Man Riding Backwards

by Kjartan Bue

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Recorded in an eastern facing room at Moon Mountain.

A special thanks to Niels Henrik Egsgaard and Kaya Elizabeth Engelstoft, and to family and frIends who helped along the way.

There were no money or other paper involved in the making of this.
It was recorded during five intense May days, 2012, in a collaboration between producer Niels Henrik Egsgaard and me.

Thanks for listening.

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released November 25, 2012

Music and lyrics by Kjartan Bue

Recorded in May 2012

Kjartan Bue: Vocals, sounds, guitars, harmonica and rhythms.

Niels Henrik Egsgaard: Audio engineering, production, mixing, mastering and a high pitched opening howl on "Rosen And Danny".

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Track Name: Man Riding Backwards
I talk to the water in my father's well
Looking for stories that we didn't tell
Pull in the buckets from the water hole
We’re getting there slowly
walking right into the midst of our mind fields

You feed the horses to stay on the feet
"Stretch out a flat hand, your fingers won't bleed"
Secrets got lost in this snow
Dig in the sand don't throw it out your window
You feed the horses to stay on the ground
Look in the corner, the food that I´ve found

Wind in the dessert, sand is flying high
Man riding backwards while he catches a fly
My eyes in the distance watches the white beard kneel
He's digging up water, digging up slowly, leaving his mind field

You feed the horses to stay on the feet
"Stretch out a flat hand, your fingers won't bleed"
Secrets got lost in this snow
Dig in the sand don't throw it out your window
You feed the horses to stay on the ground
Look in the corner, the food that I´ve found

You feed the horses to stay on the feet
"Stretch out a flat hand, your fingers won't bleed"
Secrets got lost in this snow
Dig in the sand, don't throw it out your window
You feed the horses to stay on the ground
Look in the corner, the food that I´ve found
Track Name: Rosen And Danny
So Rosen and Danny they finally got married
They'll get their own trailer and grow all their own weed
So Rosen and Danny they finally got married

One day he caught her by the fireplace
their eyes were lit with sorrow
Despite all rattlesnakes and their birth certificates
They talked about tomorrow
Back and forth..

When Rosen got scared she would crawl up the ladder
Hiding from her uncle who got fatter and fatter
When Rosen got scared she would climb up the ladder

When Danny was two he liked to load Papa's rifle
Listening to the words Papa read from the bible
When Danny was two he liked to load Papa's rifle

One evening Rosen woke up, the rooster was crowing
She found it in the arms of her dad who was moaning
One evening She woke up the rooster was crying

One day he caught her by the fireplace
Their eyes were lit with sorrow
Despite all rattlesnakes and their birth certificates
They talked about tomorrow

Back and forth
They walk hand in hand
Slow motions in the sand
"Get away"
All the neighbors say
"Blow it up and run,
Flee this hole in the ground"

Rosen flew and almost reached the blue
Danny caught her hand,
Pulled her down to the sand
Time went by
Danny touched her thigh
Her belly grew and grew
He didn't have a clue

They got away some would say
Right around the hill
They settled down to chill
They found a spot and grew their pot
He offered her a ring
They sat down and waited for spring
Track Name: Long Walks
Little girl standing in a treetop
She won't jump down to the ground
But she's alright she says
While she's turning her head

Her big expectations turn into
His Hallucinations, the thing is
Her branches are thin
Too thin for his relaxation
And oooh he's on a walk, 'round her tree
He tends to slow things down, consider and see

Lying there and starring at the ceiling
Ain't no writings on the ceiling
She's in doubt she whispers out
It kicks them out of the clouds

Big expectations all turn into
Good vibrations, the thing is
The princess left home
Experience is his kingdom
Oooooh he's gotta act
He has to whip his shoes
Or soon he'll get trapped

She screams from underground:
You gotta make those lies
You gotta wear that tie
You gotta start that life
You've got to compromise

Uhhh
You sure shot that fine girl
You dug a hole and now she's screaming through your dirt:

You gotta make those lies
You gotta compromise
You gotta wear that tie
You gotta start that life
You've got to compromise
Track Name: If I Don't Need You
Start that old worn-out car
Take her out for a drive
Now dive with her under the sun
Now throw her right into the light
You might get dazzled when she's still on your side

Help yourself for a change
Participate in the games
Your eyes will hurt looking straight at the sun
Now erase her parents´ birth
Your options were always absurd
And you'll start walking, walking walking

See the trees
They are aging
All the leaves
Flying in through your door
I don't know if I don't need you anymore
I don't knoooooooow

Step into a green garage
Start that old rusty heart
It's turned from a bronze to a blue
Now throw yourself into the bodies
Of the people you forgot about when you inhaled your own copies

Uuuaaaaahhh

Help yourself for a change
Participate in the games
Your eyes will hurt looking straight at the sun
Now erase her parrent´s birth
Your options were always absurd
And You'll start walking walking walking

See the trees
They are aging
All the leaves
Flying in through your door
I don't know if I don't need you anymore
I don't knoooooooow
Track Name: Old Woman
“I'm not really dancing not dancing these days”
She says and looks at me with her wrinkly eyes
“I’m not really going out at night
I’ll rather stay home and watch my old tuna fish swim around and fly”

“I’m so very wasted so wasted tonight”
I say and watch her emptily with my tired eye
“These days are really killing me
I’d rather see your old tuna fish swim around
Does it really fly?”

Oh Time
Oh wasted Time
You just fly, Time
Don’t you take your time

Oh Time
Oh wasted Time
You go ahead and fly, Time
I feel like I’m wasting you, Time

“I spent forty months on judging my life”
I say and still think of how to find my future wife
“He’s in the freakish twenties” she thinks and smiles
“I will tell him all about the sunsets and the falling stars”

Oh Time
Oh wasted Time

“I wish I could skip these anxious hours”
I say and still think of how to build the tallest towers
She whispers, “There’s a time for everything”
And starts to sing about all the far out places she has been

Old woman
Oh old lady
How did you get there?
I would like to see all the beauty from here