Kuhzoo

by Bella Ruse

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1.
I know you're mine but I can't help thinking It's not alright when you're all out drinking You're leaving me all alone Consistently blowing smoke I want you back in the bed while I'm sleeping I can't lay down when my mind is eating My heart with the things I think You might be doing late My mind is made up You're not gonna like The conclusions I've come to Cause they point to your move Out on the street Baby don't come to me anymore When I'm at home it's you I'm ringing It's the same old words to the same old singing I heard it all yesterday blah blah blah blah blah blah I shake my ice with a tall glass of liquor It tastes just fine but my head's getting thicker I'm leaving it all behind Hoping that you don't mind My heart is heavy Cause I know you're not gonna like The conclusions I've come to Cause they point to your move Out on the street If you're dragging your feet When you're begging me please Baby don't come to me And you're leaving loose ends When you're out with your friends If you're down on your knees Baby don't come to me anymore.
2.
Light a fire, light a flame Make em run and run again Try it out, let it go It's not like I don't wanna know It's not as if you ever even wondered Why I spread my arms Why I fought so hard Close your eyes and come outside Tell me I Am a natural, an animal Don't even catch my breathing Hard after midday Cry sweetly like a morning dove A tiger love An animal a natural to you
3.
Sea Love 03:46
What if the current won't subside When I try Giving you all my heart What if our boat begins to list And our lips Lose their salty taste Love, cruel love New love Blue love Love, mean love, Sweet love Sea love When the ocean and its whale Grow pale In the northern light I'll be a seahorse to your coral You are my world Under the deep blue night And when we are dead and gone And fish still swimming in the sea They will hold each other tight And do our dance eternally
4.
Don't look for a lover when you only need a friend The furrows in your eyes are evidence you don't pretend Like an actor out on stage you don't need an invitation Your heart's a bombardier with a personal invasion Uh huh I'm your lover, you're my friend And we're both wrapped up in a complicated rhythm Remember when we climbed the dune and pitched our tent and slept till nighttime I don't recall if you were after me but I loved you This retrospection only deepens my conviction That we're both under the spell of unattainable affection Uh huh Don't look for a friend when you only need a lover The dimples on your cheeks are evidence we're getting stronger Your face is lovely, your eyes so cozy I'm falling into your love.
5.
It's only just the morning But I wish this day were done They tell me keep on fighting But why's the stupid battle never won I am just so tired of getting kicked around and never left alone Trying to stay above the water But I'm sinking fast I don't mind never winning But I hate always coming last I am just so tired of giving all I got and not getting back I am never gonna make something more of my life I am never gonna come out on top if I try I am never gonna be something else in your eyes I am never gonna You are never gonna We are never gonna be Trying to be patient It's hard when there's no end in sight I know it's a virtue But I'll hurt you if you say it one more time I am just so tired of waiting round for things that never turn out right I am never gonna make something more of my life I am never gonna come out on top if I try I am never gonna be something else in your eyes I am never gonna You are never gonna We are never gonna be Be together, but I still am gonna try It may never work out for you and I But this hell I'm living Is not much worse than knowing That I just didn't have The gumption or the guts to try
6.
I never heard you cry until the day your father died It was a sad affair with black and flowers everywhere People filled the room Waiting for dead men to rise and meet them in the gloom But baby that's not you I never heard you laugh until the day that I came back It was an early dawn and I came home with fetters on Chained to your heart Well babe I'll wait here until the year withers with the fall And you know that's not all I never wanted you until the day I heard the news It was a tragedy that I could not be torn in three That I could not have followed you Well now we're moving on and crying through our teeth Come have your drink with me I never heard you breathe until the world turned under me And when it did it wasn't bad, it wasn't good; it was just Me as close as I could get to you And now we're old men all again looking for the past to guide us And now we're old men all again looking for the past to hide us
7.
Dislocating 03:17
Form in November Home with no members Capturing rain in a tarp Air full of leaving Walls just for leaning Lamp shades and shapes in the dark Put your mouth next to mine and keep me alive Boxes and bags That chair from your dad One anxious cat on the sill The truck will be fine Don't wait and don't whine All fabrics turn into sails Put your mouth next to mine and keep me alive Worn shaggy carpet Two bedrooms no heart It was always headed to pain Time trips on past So empty your glass It'll hurt but it's always the same Put your mouth next to mine and keep me alive Coffee stains, bed sheets Gravel roads, John Keats, Car in the driveway again Remodeled kitchen Keys in the ignition When did now become then Put your mouth next to mine and keep me alive
8.
I know what you are my friend And where you're going to I see the light in you Whispered out into the gloom It changes the heart of everyone I want you to stay with me We'll fall into a sleep That cannot dream away The pieces of the day because It changes the heart of everyone You turn a tune and take the time from me I trip so deep into a love I can't believe It changes me Everything I have I give it all to you Cause everything you are You give to me
9.
Darling 03:34
Sometimes it's smart to be stupid Always you caught my eye I lost my guard more than you did Again and again Where have you been Where'd you go darling, darling I'm in pieces Darling, darling I am strong Darling, darling I never laid like this before It's in my blood to be risky What seeds would logic choke I nearly drowned in your mystery Again and again Where have you been
10.
He came to visit one pretty day in summertime Held my hand and kissed me in the baggage line We were together in the heat A small adventure close to home Our bodies touched, we grew apart and in the end I was alone I'm alive, telling you why Making it alright baby Why don't you marry me We'll run away We could be happy there In some other place No matter what we do, we can't go back to where we started from Though it might be nice if I could change my mind and turn the time back some You painted pictures for me then and left them in the sun I sang you songs to make you cry but you laughed at me when I was done
11.
While you make pretty speeches I'm being cut to shreds You feed me to the lions A delicate balance And this just feels like spinning plates I'm living in cloud cuckoo land And this just feels like spinning plates Our bodies floating down the muddy river

about

"It pains me to imagine a world where Kuhzoo wouldn't be a huge album. It really puts Bella Ruse up there with the likes She & Him, The Weepies, and KaiserCartel as one of the elite indie pop duos."

-Peter Kearns, Snobs Music

"This whole album finds a way to warm your ears faster than they can freeze in the recent Minnesota blizzard...you can't deny its brilliance."

-Music That Isn't Bad

credits

released January 1, 2011

An infectious blend of charming pop and introspective folk, Kuhzoo was written and recorded in fleeting moments between tours in bedrooms, churches, basements, and cold hallways around the midwest. It was made possible by Bella Ruse's generous fans, who pre-ordered the record on Kickstarter.com

All songs by Joseph Barker except:
Sea Love - by Joseph Barker and Kay Gillette
Gumption and Guts - by Kay Gillette
Dislocating - by Peter Jurmu
Darling - by Jeff Bodkins
Like Spinning Plates - by the good folks at Radiohead

vocals and various keyboard instruments - Kay Gillette
guitars, keyboards, percussion, programming, and one little vocal part - Joseph Barker
bass - Nathan Eliot
drums - Alexander Young
trumpet - Sten Johnson
whistling - Adam Grimm
additional vocals - Isaiah Custer, Heather Craven, Sarah Fisher, Austin McCombs, Aubrey Poppen

mixed and mastered by Joseph Barker
art by Kay Gillette

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