the Bat Cave Demos

by Kesia Nagata

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There we were in the kitchen You said, "I don't have words for you now, Give me time, don't know how But I'll have them soon." Did you see through the doorway? We were running like wolves through the night, In our teeth shone the light Of the moon. And I've never been forgotten, And I don't care to think that I might be, When I'm cold, quiet and gently rotting In the sweet ground. You know what it's like to be someone Waiting, with you hands on your mouth As you grandmother's house Is burning and burning. She says something I can't quite hear. Something 'bout the ways of the wind And the cost of her sins And the depth of her yearning. And I've never been forgotten And I don't really think that I will be When I'm cold, quiet and gently rotting In the sweet ground.
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Wayback 06:02
I'm lost in the wayback where they found Brian's body; Where Alanna was pulled from the ice by her brother. Where boys die from jumping too far and then breaking Their bones, their hearts, their mother's lives. And I'm so full of sorrow, and patience, and terror - It just hurts so much brighter from here. But I've walked through valleys with you and the horses, Where Moses struck stone with his staff to find water, Where bolder men choke on their own desires And never know what it means to be free. But you are a beacon, an ember, a teacher, And there's something of you in my eyes. I can take off my clothing to swim in the water. The cold burns my body, I'm holding my daughter. She's shaking and growing so tall in the summer, We swim in the morning shade. How will we survive these turbulent times? I'm wild beyond my years. I'm lost in the wayback where Brian went searching, Where the earth gave way and the snow fell like thunder, Where boys are still jumping with courage and abandon, And they know what it means to be free. I'm so full of wonder, and patience, and terror - It hurts so much brighter from here.
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400 ways to tie one thing to another got the urge to climb anything at any cost: a hill, that tree, your body 3000 miles away from you hometown you can take the girl out of the west coast but you can't take it out of the girl mud caked on your boots and blood under your fingernails ain't nothing going to save your soul tonight find a bit of shelter, start a decent fire and pray to your angry gods for a little light you got 24 reasons not to get the hell out of dodge you could live in fear of the sunlight or you could stand on the corner with your thumb out 'cause I got one enormous feeling in the marrow of my bones we're all going to end up dancing all night long mud caked on your boots and blood under your fingernails ain't nothing going to save your soul tonight find a bit of shelter, start a decent fire and pray to your angry gods for a little light

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In the basement of Wayne Manor, with a portable four-track machine and a box of second-hand tapes, recording over evangelical Cantonese music that bled through high-speed and backwards in the monitors, we did our best to lay down a few tunes for you. Enjoy!

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released February 15, 2013

All songs written and performed by Kesia Nagata 2012

Recorded and mixed by Emile Scott

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Kesia Nagata Hazelton, British Columbia

Kesia is a BC-based singer-songwriter who sings about trees, death, horses, and the unbearable enormousness of existence, among other important things.

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