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Ivory Coast

from Red Horses by Bring Prudence

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A song about willing someone back into existence. Typically, when you miss someone you’re powerless - the person being missed has the upper hand. In this song, the stakes are reversed with the ability to wish someone back into your backyard. “Seven sisters, nine knives” is a Tarot card I invented for this song. Not only does it sound foreboding, but there’s also a mathematical mystery to this card - what happened to the other two sisters?

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She turns over the cards with her hand on my hand.
Seven sisters, nine knives -
that leaves room for surprise

And later on when I’m swimming in the Ivory Coast
I don’t remember you best
but I remember you most

Oh you will find your way, you will find your way back home
Oh you will stay awake, you will stay awake

Cause today is the last day,
Happy Birthday to me,
and if I want you back here in a lawn chair
you will be

Now I’m on my knees and I have flowers growing,
and my hand is bleeding
at six in the morning

And I look for you in every piece of cake
between the Land of Lincoln
And the Land of Lakes

Oh you will find your way, you will find your way

Cause today is the last day,
Happy Birthday to me,
and if I want you back here in a lawn chair
you will be

Cause today is the last day, it’s the last day,
Happy Birthday to me,
and if I want you back here in a lawn chair
you will be

And If I want you back here
you will be.

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from Red Horses, released September 23, 2016
Jared van Fleet - piano, bass, shakers, and handclaps

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Bring Prudence Brooklyn, New York

Bring Prudence is the project of singer-songwriter & producer Oleh Zaychenko.

He sings of magical thinking, disintegrating relationships, childhood loneliness, and sacrifice, sprinkling in some business jargon and Ukrainian folklore characters. ... more

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