Ghost Rings: Live at New York Live Arts

by Half Straddle

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This live album is comprised of live recordings from performances of GHOST RINGS between April 24th and April 30th, 2016, at New York Live Arts in New York City.

GHOST RINGS is about Tina's real-life sister and a band they had as children; two made-up friends named Samantha and Shawna; Samantha and Shawna's Spirit Animals; and what happens when Shawna wills the universe to make her pregnant with Samantha's baby.

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released April 5, 2017

Lyrics by Tina Satter
Music by Chris Giarmo and Erin Markey
Arrangements, Musical Direction, Production and Mastering by Chris Giarmo
Live Audio Mixing by Jimin Brelsford

Lead Vocals/Samantha & Shawna: Erin Markey and Kristen Sieh
Drums and Text: Tina Satter
Keys and Vocals: Chris Giarmo

*"8 Ways to Disappear" and "Not Here,"music by Chris Giarmo. "Eight Ways to Disappear," drums: Chris Giarmo, keys: Tina Satter.

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Half Straddle is an Obie-winning, Brooklyn-based ensemble of composers, performers, writers, and designers that makes music, plays, performances, and videos. The company has shown its work in Europe, Japan, Australia, and the U.S. since 2008.

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Track Name: Hellock's Brimble
Hellock’s Brimbles like this place
between the transitions in the air marks
And it’s kind of like a gap year
in an existential ruin
So, yeah, it’s kind of metaphysical
and the oldest bears are the rugs

When you’re there you forget all about
dumb things like fact-based idioms
And you only think about nets
to swallow whole
You focus more on how we trick our
hearts all the time

Just admit it

And how far your limbs
go back to hug

And all the ways to die which means
all the things to love

And reaching for that gold-eyed chipmunk
and the moment
that is never there anymore

Is what we use to rise up

Rise up
Rise up
Rise up

Reach for the underwater hug

The weirdest thing that happens here though
is that I love it here

It’s what we’ve always wanted
And it’s free
And you do, oh you do
You get a spirit animal

Ohmmm
A weema-wamma
Ohmmm
A weema-wamma
Ohmm
weema wamma

And it so could be real.
And it so could be real.
And all the darkness I can stand.

All the darkness I can stand.
All the darkness I can stand.
All the darkness I can stand.

Hellock’s Brimbles like this place
Between the transitions
Track Name: Big Woods
We got a woodchip chip
I feel your eyes
We got a fine fine
You take my size
We got a cottonwood ball
That’s the thing
We got a leaf ball
Make it ring ring ring
We got a stream ball
More and more
We got a dropping ball
I’m just not secure
We got a grass ass
Please wind me up

Kick it like a Great Horned
Prance like a duck

Through ruddy reed and wood
O’er each trodden path
You went further than you thought you could
It’s simple: Do the math

1 + 1 is Whoa
2 + 2 is Let her go
3 + 3 is Oh Yeah Right
4 + 4 Refract Your Light

Do the Math
Do the Math
Do the Math
(Repeat)

In the Hollows of the Great Oak
Know your rules
In the Glades of the pedagogue
Sharpen all of your tools

Mmhmmm
I can only control myself and maybe try for you
I can only see myself and then look at two

B is for big deal, latent devotion
I for idle repression spread on like lotion
G is to generate a force field at bay

Thunder in thine sides
Lightning ‘neath the saddles
Slow, jump in the deep
Surprise! Don’t need a paddle

Just say
Just say
Just say

Do the Math
Do the Math
(Repeat)
Track Name: 8 Ways to Disappear
There’s eight ways
She said her lashes flicked down
Mint in the glass
Stirred round and round
Sat right there
Tried to take a pass

But with my fur couldn’t grab the glass
With my fur couldn’t grab the glass

Deer gave me
A kind a side eye then
Like a sleek animal
She did not bend

Grabbed a slice in my jaw and gave it a tweak
Grabbed a slice in my jaw but I was too weak
Oh I was too weak oh
I was too weak oh
I was too weak oh
I was too weak oh
8 ways to see us
And 9 to die
It’s all connected
Happens when you cry

8 ways to find out
And 9 to go
It’s all linked
And it happens slow

Yeah yeah you’ll see
It goes real low
Yeah yeah you’ll see
It goes so low

Eh
Eh

This is what she told me
This is how I knew
We’re matter reduced
As thin as sin
Matter made
O so thin
O so thin
See us, believe us
And then you win

Coming to know
We existed right there
Past tangles and confusions
A dot past a care

Spirit’s how you crush it
Curving cross the floor

If you step slightly out
You’ll fully get more
Step slightly out
Definitely get more

Time and space
Expanded for this
I’m so real, you’re so sure of it

Then you come
And then we’re here
Rustling in your freckles
Feeling in your hair
Feeling your fears
And making it clear

Feeling
that this feeling
is the whole damn world
And this feeling
Don’t cause strife
Cause this feeling
Can be your wife

Such revisitations
Constitute a life
Such revisitations
Constitute a life
Such revisitations
Constitute a life
Such revisitations
Constitute a life

8 ways to disappear
Two to hold
If you close your brain and breathe
The odds’ll let you know

We tell it out
All soft and clear

This feeling is a whole world
And you can be its wife
Such revisitations
constitute a life
Such such revisitations
constitute a life

Deer gave me
Kinda high-five then
One with room to grow
Small paws moving
Through the air
I lifted and reached
And tried to care

I lifted up then
And felt the air
(Repeat)
Track Name: Map of the Area
Dear Map of the Area
Dear edges
Dear paper
Dear pen
Dear diary

I’ll draw you
Draw you
Draw you
A map of the area

These are the trees I don’t know
This is the section I forgot to see
This is the sky for you
Fat blue lake for me

Row to the center
Cross to the edge
Row row row to the center

Row to the center
Cross to the edge
Row row row to the center
(Repeat)

Cabbage on the balcony
Can they see?
Get the eggs from the hall
Stand next to me
(Repeat)

You said I don’t show anyone
You let me hold the key
You said I don’t show anyone
You let me hold the key
The key
The key

This key is for a fur hand that can hold anything but won’t
This key for all the boats
Row row row row row row row
To the center
Track Name: Two Gloves
This was your person before you were a ghost
This was love before you knew about love


This was my person before you were a person
This was me when I wanted to be you

I was your girl when I was still a girl
This was you when I was trying to be me

This was my person before you were a person
This was you when I wanted to be me

I was still a girl when I was your ghost
This was you when I was trying to be me

Come on, I need to know
How could we have stayed
And stayed in that moment

So serious
So much to say
So young
So laughing
So nothing, no way
No way
No way
No way
No way

Oh, we were so free
We were so separate and so free

How was that possible?
How was that possible?

You were my glove
When I wanted one glove to love
Two gloves
Then it’s right there to wear

Our nights were so long
Our nights were so long

Tell me everything you need to know
Go slow go glow
About feeling so small
So small
We’ll tear the light
We’ll bear the light
In this fraction of the night
Eat the hate up like love
Oh oh just wear my glove

You were my glove
When I wanted one glove to love
Two gloves
And that perfect deep down love

It’s possible
It’s possible

We’re most awake in the dark
That’s what you sent

Even better than a call
So deep and so steep
Just sit back and fall
Just fall, fall, fall

Seemed like everything was known
No choices to choose
Thoughts and searching all
An entire life to lose

You were my ghost when I was still a girl

That was something, you know
Something, you know
That was something you did
I know you did
You did

Something, you know
Something, you know
Something
Something you did
You did
You did

You were my glove when I wanted one glove to love
Two gloves
And we eat your hate like love

The ghosts are so strong
Our ghosts go so long

You were my glove when I wanted one glove to love
Two gloves
Awake, awake in the dark love

It’s possible
It’s possible
Track Name: Sarcastic and Proud
Sarcastic and proud
I don’t know if it was me or you

But there was a person
I know
Sarcastic and proud

Hmmm-mmm
I am wild
Hmmm-mmm
I’m almost nothing

Abducted by myself
It’s daylight, it’s day

Ongoing and wild
I remember knowing

Sarcastic and proud
I felt like it too

When I’m thinking of you
I, I smell like you too
Unnamable

But I can give you everything

Obliterate me

But I can give you
I can give you
I can give you
Everything

Obliterate me

Oh
I am wild
Track Name: I Love That
A few, small tiny moments
of soft touching
that feels amazing
Or when you’re tired
one time when they take care of you
It’s probably like the equivalent
of doing a heavy drug
which I’ve never done
but for it’s addictive powers

I can tell you about love
about having another seal
rub it’s nose on you
About swimming for days
knowing that another seal
is swimming
and thinking about you
I can tell you stuff
that makes you stronger
that lets you forget

Oh yeah
Oh yeah
I love that
I love that

Oh yeah
Oh yeah
I love that
I love that

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh Let me tell you

Oh yeah
Oh yeah
I love that
I love that

It all feels like a blur,
when you were just right there
when you were just right there
I could have seen you
Any time
Any time
Any time
Track Name: Not Here
Let’s let the rays of possible ideas
Do their work
Do your work

Oh oh oh oh
Just do it for me
Do your work

Just do it with me

Not here
Not now
Never
Doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye

This idea seemed like a rectangle
That I could not
Ever know

This idea seemed like a bad one
I just had
To let that go

But here’s the thing
Here’s the thing
Here’s what it means
When we sing

Oh oh oh ohhhhh
Oh oh oh ohhhhh

I’ll spot for you
If you stay for me
But this is what we have
Fill in who we are

This idea seemed like a rectangle
That I could not ever know
But I bust right through the edges
And let us grow
And grow and grow

This is moving alongside the shadows and candy
Next to me
This is letting possibility be in my skin
And be so so so so far
And the distance is the thing
The distance is the thing

Here’s what it means when we sing

Oh oh oh ohhhhhhhh
Oh oh oh ohhhhhhhh
Oh oh oh ohhhhhhhh
Oh oh oh ohhhhhhhh