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Fall Off The Hillside

by The Kindling

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We’re all gonna die. Yet life doesn’t end. This album is about the power of the seasons, the cycles of leaves falling and flowers blooming. We sing songs of beauty, humor, and butterflies; trauma, heartbreak, and grief. We learn what has come before us from the stories of the elderly and the hum of the woods. We write what we study. The voices on this album are as much our own as they belong to our ancestors. We cannot sing without those who have made us who we are- from the families we choose to those through out herstory who have pursued liberation. Listen to the harmonies on this record and you will be listening to millions of voices. You could call it folk music, we call it psychedelic rock n roll.

This album is dedicated to those who build and dismantle in the struggle for liberation.

all proceeds from this album will be made into reparations and go directly to Sojourners Land. Sojourners Land is an eco-spiritual practice space for Prismatic, Queer, Transgender, Intergender and Two-Spirit People of Color.

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released March 20, 2018

the kindling are : Ryn “Knuckles” Grace on bass and vocals, Yosi Pearlstein on drums, Beau Lane Reed on lead guitar and piano, Beef Wacks on vocals, and Matilda on guitar and lead vocals, and Mona Wam.
the choir on tracks 9 and 10 are the Kindling and Talka, Swamp Rat, Hella, Danielle, (Danielle’s friend), Oliver Flowers.

all songs written by Matilda and her spirit guides

You cannot build a fire without The Kindling! May your winters be warm.

anti copyright June 2016
Mind Rider records, MPLS, MN
recorded in Asheville, NC

We would like to thank our friends, ancestors and ginormous queer family. We thank our dogs: Cookie, Mommie, and Marilla. We thank the Earth: her creek, hillside, and all of her insects and animals; and the universe: her galaxies, suns, moons, planets, and stars. Special thanks go to the goddessmother IDA, without whom we may have never met; Patrick Kukuchka for his stellar recording; Nona, Fletcher and Mind Rider records, Rai Yin Hsu, Ila Rose, Benjy Russell, Kris Brown, Claire and Leopard.

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We sing songs of beauty, humor, and butterflies; trauma, heartbreak, and grief. We learn what has come before us from the stories of the elderly and the hum of the woods. We write what we study. The voices on this album are as much our own as our ancestors. We cannot sing without those who have made us who we are. You could call it folk music, we call it psychedelic rock n roll. ... more

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Track Name: The Song You Came In On
The Song You Came In On

Who will hold your head up,
If not for you?
Who will hold your head up,
If not for you?

Who will sing you sweet songs,
Who will sing you sweet songs?
Who will sing you sweet song?
Not me, but you.

Who will love you all night,
If not for you?
Who will hold you all night,
If not for you?

Who will tuck your heart in,
Who will tuck your your heart in?
Who will tuck your heart in?
Nobody, but you.

Who will grow your garden,
If not for you?
Who will tend your garden,
If not for you?
Who will harvest and reap
Flowers that smell so sweet?
Everybody, thanks to you.
Track Name: We're All Gonna Die
We’re All Gonna Die

We’re All Gonna Die
For now we sit and comb our hair
Along one another’s side
Swinging fast and not thinking
Of the time
When we’ll pass
and miss one another so dear
Time
Moves fast and you don’t who will disappear
Or when

I’ve known all along
That you might die while you’re still young
I’ve loved my friends all the more
For days with them are years in score of
Time
Doing the wash and scrubbing the floor
Time
Moves slow dusting off clocks and yearning for more
Time
Time
Time
Move slow dusting off clocks and yearning for more
Time
Track Name: Baby Ducks
Baby Ducks

All the little baby ducks around the millpond are nestled in their mother’s down
All the little children dancing round the maypole, ribbons twisting all around
Oh but this too shall pass and fade away
Oh but please let me come back again another day and stay

Why’d you have to go and pick all them roses like they bloomed for you?
Why’d you have to go and wake up the children before their naps were through?
Oh but this too shall pass and fade away
Oh but please let me come back again another day and stay

Oh I never should have asked
No I never should have asked
No I never should have asked for what you gave

Why’d you have to go and rustle all the hay before they could get it bailed?
Why’d you have to go and give me an A, when you knew I had failed?
Oh but this too shall pass and fade away,
Oh but please let me come back again another day and stay

Oh I never should have asked
No I never should have asked
No I never should have asked for what you gave

Oh I never would have asked
No I never would have asked
No I never would have asked for what you gave

Oh I never could have asked
No I never could have asked
No I never could have asked for what you gave

(rinse and repeat)

All the little baby ducks around the millpond are nestled
Track Name: Hillside
Hillside

Let the hillside roll your bedclothes
Drawn tight with no folds
Hold me close and don’t let go
I don’t wanna be alone

I wished on a star
You are that star
Near or far
You are that star

Light and easy I can handle
Soft and gentle
Place a ribbon in your window
So I know when you’re home

I wished for your heart
You gave me your heart
I hold it like a mountain
You hold me like a range
You are that star

Comfort comes in the morning
When the birds make their first sound
Life did not come without warning
From those who’ve been around
I am aware of the dawning
Here comes the sun

(fade unto infinity)
Track Name: Shaky Hands
Shaky Hands

Sometimes my hands shake
Sometimes the Earth quakes
Sometimes I just fall down
For falling down’s sake

Sometimes my friends let me down,
I’m rude to those who are around
Sometimes I curse at the ground
Just to curse at the ground

Sometime I get an idear
I wanna get outta here
But I just stare at these walls
And they go on for years

Sometimes I make a mistake
My poor ol lil heart breaks
I don’t know what all I can take
But I go on and take
Track Name: RT
RT

I cry like the morning dew
Soft and damp and nothing new
Surrounded by thoughts of you
I so often like thinking of you

But if I have to let you go
If I have to let you go
I will do so gracefully
The way you let go of me

No one’s ever treated me like you do
No one may ever again
I am learning to treat myself
By the example set by my friends

So, if I have to let you go
If I have to let you go
I will do so gracefully
The way you let go of me

Overcome with a sense that I belong
Can’t say that anything is wrong
Cold winds come and take my mind
Carries the leaves off, one at a time

I have to let you go
If I have to let you go
I will do so gracefully
The way you let go of me
I will do so gracefully
The way the wind carries off the leaves
Track Name: Aggravated
Aggravated

You could find fault in anything that I do
You feel the same about me
Starlight, starbright, the headlights I see tonight
Shining on eternally

Well and you don’t need to ask me what you’re looking for
You’ll find it in the fridge, and won’t you carry it out the door?
You’ve been aggravating me!

The laundry’s on the line and it’s raining again
Won’t you pack up your clothes and be on your way?
Flowers only bloom in good earth, not hardened clay
Won’t you come back when you can carry me a bouquet?

Well and you don’t need to ask me when that time is gonna be
Your tail lights in the distance are the prettiest things I’ve seen
Oh, you’ve been aggravating me!

Oh you’ve been aggravating, oh you’ve been aggravating, oh you’ve been aggravating me!
Track Name: Hillside Upstairs
Hillside Upstairs

Let the hillside roll your bedclothes
Drawn tight with no folds
Hold me close and don’t let go
I don’t wanna be alone

I wished on a star
You are that star
Near or far
You are that star

Light and easy I can handle
Soft and gentle
Place a ribbon in your window
So i know when you’re home

I wished for your heart
You gave me your heart
I hold it like a mountain
You hold me like a range
You are that star

Comfort comes in the morning
When the birds make their first sound
Life did not come without warning
From those who’ve been around
I am aware of the dawning
Here comes the sun

(fade unto the light)
Track Name: Not Until Everything Felt So Shitty Did A Butterfly Ever Look So Pretty
Not Until Everything Felt So Shitty, Did a Butterfly Ever Look So Pretty

If not for the butterfly,
I’d surely lay down and die
If not for the hills
and the mountains to climb
I know there is higher ground
I need not feel so low down
Let me rest on your wings so divine
That I may learn to fly
Track Name: Death
Death

Death
I keep on falling in and out of love with you
You
Take my friends from their Earthly homes
And let me wonder where they’ve gone

For the clouds may have parted
For you to cross the universe divide
Death
I will find comfort
In your mystery I will abide

For the clouds may have parted
For you to cross the universe divide
Death
I will find comfort
In your mystery I will abide
Track Name: Remembering
Remembering

I remember everything that you said to me
Words linger like leaves on a tree
Drift away in the fall and bud in the spring
I remember the past, I remember the past
I remember like it’s still happening

Did your voice fall away when your body stopped breathing
I don’t believe it and they have no proof
With your eyes finally closed, I don’ think you stopped seeing
I remember the past, I remember the past
I remember like it’s still happening

There’s a miracle in light and a miracle in darkness
Shadow are just what you call
I fall off the hillside into a field of softness
I remember the past, I remember the past
I remember like it’s still happening
I remember the past, I remember your laugh
I remember like your still laughing

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