Thou Art The Dream

by Branches

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Brady Holm
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Brady Holm This is beautifully written good mood music, alive with hope and poignant imagery. The lyrics and the instrumentation are incredible. Love this line from Wishing Well: "When I breathed into my lungs, Your song made its home." I've been breathing this album in and it has definitely found a home among my favorites. Favorite track: Wishing Well.
Hannah Coates
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Hannah Coates Just about the catchiest folk pop album I've heard in ages. It'll put you in an excellent mood.
Michael Reilly
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Michael Reilly More inviting indie folk/pop from Branches, again showcasing their knack for writing appealing songs that effortlessly skip along without any distraction from unwanted overproduction or needless vocal embellishments. Favorite track: To The Desert.
Light & Hoppy Bar Co.
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Light & Hoppy Bar Co. Eclectic, bouncy and addictive folk pop. Great lyrics and vocals. Truly original with a fantastic use of instruments and excellent arrangement. Haven't been able to stop listening to this album over the last few days!
Jessica
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Jessica Lovely folk pop album with some of the catchiest hooks I've heard. Favorite track: Humming.
Trenton Gartke
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Trenton Gartke I mean, how does this not get you psyched on life?! Sticks to your lips (for a while) and leaves you wanting more- like that really good s'more from last night's campfire. Favorite track: Helicopter.
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released February 10, 2012

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Track Name: Helicopter
Yellow leaf fall
Like helicopter blades
Yellow leaf fall, yellow leaf fall

Come on, you words
Come and take your places
Everything changes, everything changes

After the sun, the wind will come.
And the wind will come!
When worries gone, the wind will come.
And the wind will come!

Come! Come!

Come on, you heart
You restless child
Open up your hands
And wait here awhile

Yellow leaf fall
Sound under my feet
Fill my sleep, fill my sleep

When all is done, the night will come.
And the night will come!
Come meet me there, and the night will come!
And the night will come!

Come! Come!

If I am the dreamer, then Thou art the Dream
If I am the pebble, then Thou art the Stream
If I am the sapling, then Thou art the Bean
Thou art the Laughter, Thou art the Dream!
Track Name: Letters
I went through old letters that you wrote me
And followed your words to the bottom of the page
To find all the things that you tried to show me
Months ago at the bottom of the page

All the words that I once knew
Oh, I gave to you, yes I gave to you
And all of the words that I want to know
Have dried up in the back of my throat

I set sail across your words
Hoping never to find shore, never to find shore
And in the ocean of ink, I started to sink
Before your words filled my lungs with breath again

There in the light of the evening city sky
The yellows and pinks tell my heart to think
And my mind to feel this love that is real
And to let my lips say at last everything you mean

So I whisper slow, three words you already know
And the marching band falls in line
And the symphony leads your lips to mine!
Track Name: Humming
Fingers extend
And find the lonely pen
Who has no thoughts of his own

Filling pages with
The sounds of your lips
As they run off the desk and fill up the room

You let out a cry
With your hand held high
In the window-blue, laughter-filled, teardrop sky

The clouds start to speak
I remember them each
Every raindrop that fell from its place
And slipped down your cheek

Lips buzz along
Humming towards home
Your breath is a love song

Marching beside
The ins and outs of your sigh
Pushing and pulling in perfect time

Breathing clouds from our lips
And we’re starting to kiss
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The rain falls around
Our doubts learn to drown
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The rain joins along
In apocalyptic song
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The clouds learn to sing
The sky stomps its feet
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Track Name: Lullaby
Morning birds sing me goodnight
Lullaby in the failing light
Broken wings make a quicker flight
Morning birds sing

The earth lets out Her birthing pains
Oh, baptize me in the pouring rain
Father Adam, Brother Cain, what have you done?

Ooh, we're all gonna' die!
Ooh, we're all gonna' die!

The earth lets out Her birthing pains
Oh, baptize me in the pouring rain
Father Adam, Brother Cain, what have you done?

It doesn't have to end like this
Like a funeral for a future kiss
It doesn't have to end like this
No, it doesn't have to end like this!

Ooh, we're all gonna' die!
Ooh, we're all gonna' die!

If a broken heart be your will
I'll love you still, love you still
But if there's another way for me
Then let it be, let it be
And if you're willing that this should pass
Then take me far from this yellow grass
But if it is your will be done
Then take me home, take me home
Track Name: Rocking Chairs
You and me, we could be
Something extraordinary
You and I, we could fly
Somewhere in the sky worth finding

I'll build a tower a mile high
A mile high and in the sky
So you could see the world
By my side, by my side

We could fly away
Wouldn't it be wonderful?
You're wonderful

Hand in hand, step by step
We could walk down to the corner
Store by store, hour by hour
I'll find you what you're looking for
I know you know me
You could be my pretty lady
We'll grow old, rocking chairs on our front porch

We could fly away
Wouldn't it be wonderful?
You're wonderful

Oh, we could fly away
Wouldn't it be wonderful?
Wouldn't it be wonderful?
Track Name: To The Desert
I came out to the desert
To find what I lost in your eyes
I filled my lungs with the sunset
And walked out into the night

I am a wandering soldier
In this dusty land
Nothing but the torn clothes on my back
And the empty barrel in my hand

"Onwards, broken-hearted soldier
Into the great unknown
Lay down your weapons and follow
Into the light of the sun"

When I couldn't walk any further
I fell to my knees to pray
With my final breath I cried out
In the blowing wind I heard you say

"Onwards, onwards good soldier
Into the great unknown
Hear the golden trumpets sounding
Calling the tired soldiers home

Onwards, broken-hearted soldier
Into the great unknown
Lay down your weapons and follow
Into the light of the sun
Onwards, onwards good soldier
Into the great unknown
Hear the golden trumpets sounding
Calling the tired soldiers home"

I came out to the desert
To find what I lost in your eyes
I filled my lungs with the sunset
And walked out into the night
Track Name: Planes
Sitting on the roof of your parents' house
I watch your mouth as you talk
But I don't make a sound

I'm feeling like the key at the end of the kite
And I'm trying to catch something
That I'm afraid of

'Til just like a paper plane
Caught in a hurricane
We are swept away
Into the great unknown

Your words are like raindrops falling on my hands
And my heart's blowing back and forth
Like a weathervane

And the water is rising all around
And if we don't move soon my love
We're gonna drown

So just like a paper plane
Caught in a hurricane
We are swept away
Into the great unknown
So you lean in and our lips say "Amen"
And I forget what it means to be afraid
Track Name: Going Home
Tell your sister and your brother
Tell your father and your mother
Tell your friend and tell your lover
"We are going home."

Tell the lion and the lamb
Go tell every lonely man
Tell them of the promised land
Oh, we're going home

Tell the sun and tell the moon
Join with them in broken tune
Tell them that we're going soon
Soon, we're going home

The earth is cold and darker still
There ain't no hiding in its hills
We are lost and lonely 'til
You tell us come on home

Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief
Open wide your eyes and see
Everything we could have been
It's time to go home

Come forgotten, scarred, and scorned
Come ye empty, lone, and worn
See the curtain that's been torn
To welcome us home

Our bones cry out beneath our skin
To wash these hands of all their sins
Oh heaven, let us in
We want to come home.
Track Name: Lines
I built a home there in the trees
With splintered hands
And bruised and bloodied knees

One day your voice came riding on the breeze:
"Ooh, ooh.
You don't have to be alone, you don't have to be alone
You don't have to be alone, you don't have to be alone
You don't have to be alone, you don't have to be alone!"

Your voice touched my skin and filled my bones
It's running through the trees
Like the wind that blows

You set my words alive like skipping stones:
"Ooh, ooh."
I thought I had to be alone, I thought I had to be alone
I thought I had to be alone, I thought I had to be alone
I thought I had to be alone, I thought I had to be alone!

Empty out my pockets full of light
Filling riverbeds
With tears turned dry

The earth claps its hands in perfect time:
"Ooh, ooh."
No more singing all alone, no more singing all alone
No more singing all alone, no more singing all alone
No more singing all alone, no more singing all alone
No more singing all alone, no more singing all alone

No more singing all alone!

The clock grows old in the grandfather sky
The lock grows cold just waiting for me to die
And all of the wrinkles that my tears have left behind:

They're just lines, they're just lines, they're just lines
They're just lines, they're just lines, they're just lines
They're just lines, they're just lines, they're just lines
They're just lines, they're just lines, they're just lines!
Track Name: Sun And Moon
I'm on fire all alone
An empty sky to call my home
I call for you but you can't hear me

All my days feel like the dark
An arrow made to miss its mark
A whisper always left alone
Never loud enough to echo

What's the use of all this light
If it keeps me from the night
If this glorious glowing
Keeps me from ever knowing you

But I will chase you still
I'll make these days grow long until
I can look into your eyes
And let our meeting fill the skies

The stars call out as one, singing:
"Look how far we've come!
Though it seems we're standing still
We will catch the morning still
So we sing our sunrise hymn
As the midnight starts to dim
And the moon waits in the sky
For our sunshine lullaby!"

My son, my son please stay
It doesn't have to be this way
We could be together yet
When you rise, I will not set
Together we will share
The midnight-noonday air
With night and day as one
Singing:
"Look how far we've come!"
Track Name: Wishing Well
I was a wishing well, waiting to be filled
I was an empty hand, waiting to be held
I was asleep within, You made me breathe again
I was asleep within, You made me breathe again

When You came along, my heart knew Your song
And I could not contain Your mysterious refrain
When I breathed into my lungs, Your song made its home
Kicking over gravestones, never leaving me alone
Never leaving me alone
Track Name: In Your Eyes
There's something in the wind
There's something in the wind
And I don't know, oh, I don't know
Oh, I don't know, oh, I don't know what it is
There's something in the wind

There's something in the rain
There's something in the rain
And I don't know, oh, I don't know
Oh, I don't know, oh, I don't know what it is
There's something in the rain

There's something in your eyes
There's something in your eyes
And I don't know, oh, I don't know
Oh, I don't know, oh, I don't know what it is
There's something in your eyes

There's something in your kiss
There's something in your kiss
And I don't know, oh, I don't know
Oh, I don't know, oh, I don't know what it is
There's something in your kiss