Mother's Knife

by Nest

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released November 4, 2016

Recorded and mixed by John Abbey at Kingsize Sound Labs
Mastered by Doug McBride at Gravity Studios
Album art/photo by Eric Unger
Album design by Simone Martin-Newberry

All songs written by Stephanie Maieritsch except
"Preserved" written by Maieritsch and Noah Vandercook
and "Kiss Complete" written by Maieritsch and Tommy Owley

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Nest is Noah Eric Stephanie Tommy. 90s sweet grunge reincarnate with a Chrissie Hynde vibe.

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Track Name: Lunar
LUNAR
I’m gonna feel a little bit of this woman’s scorn
You’re gonna wake up in the morning to a world
that’s a little bit lonelier

When the light pulls back off a sunlit face
I’m gonna close my eyes into a world
that’s a little bit lonelier
that’s a little bit lonelier

Come back to the States, Come back to where your heart sings
Come back to the lake that you never visit anyway

Come find me tonight
I’m seeking a friend to watch the skies
Oh come find me tonight
I could already see myself singing

Come back
Come back
Come back
Track Name: Animus
ANIMUS
She turns back in a straight line
She turns back in a straight line - to bind herself to you
She has your voice, you have hers
You have weakness, she has nerve - bind yourself to her

They say be a good loser but I don’t know how
I’ll be alone in the end, I need a lover right now
Try my hand I’m lost and reaching for you
Somehow………..unlikely as it seems

Something’s hidden in the blind
You are restless, you must find - a woman hanging on a limb
You nearly kissed me in my dream
Your face held close, I could see - you were him

They say be a good loser but I don’t know how
I’ll be alone in the end, I need a lover right now
Try my hand I’m lost and reaching for you
Somehow………..unlikely as it seems

You have reason, you have a hard drive, you have an emptiness
I have plenty, I have the part of you that you have missed
I have secrets, I have a pinpoint, and I have a mother’s knife
For cutting away what you have loved and what sucks you dry
What leaves you dry

and in the nervous silence I have found
anima, animus - staring each other down
staring each other down
anima, animus - staring each other down
staring each other down

They say be a good loser but I don’t know how
I’ll be alone in the end, I need a lover right now
try my hand I’m lost and reaching for you
try my hand I’m lost and reaching for you
try my hand I’m lost and reaching for you
somehow………..unlikely as it seems

anima, animus
you & me
Track Name: Preserved
PRESERVED
Driving in a dayless dawn
the mind collapses in song
there’s a lifting in my heart, a turning toward the start of a long road and view
there’s a figuring it out, a smile and a pout, a leaning into

you and I were made as lovers
a wind, a sail
you and I were made as lovers
you look me in the eyes

Standing on a storied shore
There is nothing I would have liked to tell you more
there was something in your eyes, something in your smile, something that I came to define
as a longing to be near, a longing yet a fear of the other and divine

you and I were made as lovers
a wind, a sail
you and I were made as lovers
you look me in the eyes

you’re a light along the boundless trail, and now
you’re my light along this boundless trail
Track Name: Make Me
MAKE ME
I don’t think about you all the time
Just when I want to smile
I don’t think about you day and night
Just when I want to feel good inside
And like I’m new

And oh, you do, you make me
you make me, do I make you?

I might miss you when you’re not around
I prefer it when you’re found
so don’t get lost, don’t get lost
we’ve got a lot of knowing to do
come see this through

And oh, you do, you make me
you make me, do I make you?

Let’s meet at the place
Cobblestones on the ground
a smile on your face
Lets meet at the place
somewhere black & white
where we can embrace

There’s a freckle on your wrist where a kiss should be
there’s a heaving in my chest where your hands should be

And oh, you do, you make me
you make me, do I make you?
I can’t help it that you do
do I make you?
Track Name: Here and Real
HERE & REAL
He saw it all unfurl
in the bath, in the rain, the damp hair of a girl
she pulled up flowers from the earth and smiled
I remember, they smiled, they smiled

That boy is here
This girl is real

She saw the twilight turn
In the snow, in the leaves, the memory of how to burn
Hand holds hand through thick and thin
a friend will never leave you like a lover
I’ll never leave you like a lover, like a lover

That boy is here
This girl is real

Winter light so small
Winter light so small
What do you think you met me for?
You get one more chance but it’s the
last chance in a sorry string
so buck up now and love me like a
blonde boy should
Track Name: Kiss Complete
KISS COMPLETE
You can’t relax
And the feeling lingers
You wear your heart on your sleeve and your anxiety on your fingers
On your fingers

You lay in bed, eating trail mix and chocolate
Haven’t finished a book in weeks I’d say
You’re in a rut, kid
It’s a very old rut, kid

You know it’s yours for the taking
If you could just stop heartbreaking
Baby it’s wrong, it’s wrong, it’s wrong
And you know why
Oh, you know why

I gave it up fast, though I knew I should pace it
Now I’m coming on to you but taking
Second place to a cigarette
I may have a few regrets

You know it’s yours for the taking
If you could just stop heartbreaking
Baby it’s wrong, it’s wrong, it’s wrong
And you know why
Oh, you know why

You’re sweet and kind
You’re plaintive, you’re moody, you’re fretful
And you’re mine

You’re a girl on the edge, lonely for some kind of feeling
Trying to run from the fear that what we had
We’ll never have again
Never have again
Why run from that? Who could ever escape it?
There’s a living and dying to love
And rebirth if you can catch it
Baby let’s catch it
Track Name: Gold
GOLD
I’m being hunted down, hunted down
There is no way to stop the bad dreams
they are hounding me

I’m being pulled and pried, open wide
there is no way to stop the bad dreams
from pouring out of me

And you can watch me
see me in my power
watch me wilt, watch me sour
And you can try me
try me on for size
watch me wither, watch me rise

I’m being hunted down, hunted down
There is no way to stop the feelings
pouring out of me

See me pained and pinned down
tied to a woman’s cry
I am not the beautiful girl in black and white
then you can watch me
watch me come alive
see me wet, see me untied

I’m being pulled and pried, open wide
there is no way to stop the bad dreams
pouring out of me

So come on, come on, come on

Give me something gold
a song, a shell
Give me something, give me something gold
a song, a shell to protect me
from the coming trouble
Track Name: Swell
SWELL
Eighteen years on a witchhunt
Twelve years down in a grave
When the light cracks open
you’re safe, you’re saved
you can’t trust the right hand
you can’t hold the left
cold, summer heart empties

ready for the swell, ready for
ready for the swell, ready for

Smoke churns into the dark night
there’s a whisper hidden in my sigh
sing how the smallest of moments
can make you sure, can make you breathe, can make you fix your sight
I’ve been meaning to tell you
over and again, and again
send me the smallest of signals
I’m

ready for the swell, ready for
ready for the swell, ready for

come close
it’s the only way to find me
come close
it’s the only way to find me
the only way to find me
Track Name: Bright
BRIGHT
I was awake through every night
I would bad dream, and he would write
I was shamed then held on high
I was something, I was a queen all right
A queen all right
and now I know
I know what it’s like

to be bright and then disappear
to be bright
and then disappear, disappear

You were near me from that start
I couldn’t find you, your soundless heart
So much time just pissed away
Shucked and burned out
day after day after listless day
and it seems like you know, it seems like you know
you might know what it’s like

to be bright and then disappear
to be bright
and he makes you disappear, disappear

You’ll see me coming on like an untold truth
You’ll see me coming on, cuz I know what it’s like

To disappear
To be bright
And he makes you disappear
Disappear
Track Name: Pity
PITY
You’re pushing papers, pushing far away
You’re crunching numbers on a life with no pay
You thought you’d landed, you were sitting pretty
but girls lose every time, girls in love, what a pity

What a pity, the girl’s in love

The truth around here is you’ll never get ahead
planning dollars and hours until you’re dead
You look around, you’re filled with quiet fury
Slack-jawed and wondering where it all went

You’ve got your skillset and a winning smile
you heard everyone likes you but you’re in denial
and you’d be right, it seems there’s no one to play with
singing songs with yourself on tape, in your parents’ attic

What a pity, the girl’s in love

Be calm and be quiet
be calm and relax
pull out your pen & your book
and record the loose facts of your life
in a song, in a song or two

What a pity, the girl’s in love
What a pity the girl’s in love with song
What a pity, she’s always in love with a song
Track Name: Uncovered
UNCOVERED
I had a bad case of hovering under
dreaming and longing, a quiet loneliness
Oh, brooding never got me anywhere
kindness doesn’t help anyone to care

Are you waiting to be
Are you waiting to be
Uncovered? Are you?
Are you?

I was complicit, controlled by the other
I was a cold case, even to myself
Timid and lonely-eyed never helped the slightest bit
you’re in a man’s world now, try to act like you give a shit

Are you waiting to be
Are you waiting to be
Uncovered? Are you?
Are you?

it’s the biggest fucking waste of time
it’s the biggest fucking waste of time
it’s the biggest fucking waste of time

Are you waiting to be
Are you waiting to be
Uncovered?
Uncovered
Uncovered
Uncovered