My Blue House

by Celeste Krishna & Monarchs

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1.
Tides 03:11
The tides they come quickly And now I’m not the only one Who moves across the jetty The waters they accompany me They’re dancing with the sunlight On the surface of their body And it’s high tide Tide has rolled in It’s that moment when The pool is full And it’s just before It’s about to roll back out Then my fisherman Come and catch a blue fin While the sea retreat That’ll be the day When I can date Easter or Mardi Gras Without a calendar of the Moon or Sun That’ll be the day When I can predict a Jubilee When I can guess it Before it comes Ain’t knowing when it’s coming, no It’s knowing when it comes you’re packed to get going, so When the moon is full And the East Wind blows On a Summer night Grab ahold your love line Go join the call Of the parade in song With your dancing shoes And your party dress on Cause it’s high tide Tide has rolled in It’s that moment when The pool is full And it’s just before It’s bout to roll back out Then my fisherman Come and catch a blue fin While the sea retreat It’s high tide Tide has rolled in Then my fisherman Come and catch a blue fin While the sea retreat Then my fisherman Come and catch a blue fin While the sea retreat
2.
“From the foothills to the Catskills, my blood spills Appalachian. My people sailed Atlantic Avenue to Eastern America Started in New England, moved down to the South, Wed and planted the seeds of a Blue Family on a Druid City Drive” Beneath these Oaks my Grandma spoke, “Mama - one of these seeds Had daughters and sons - of 4 of us children, the oldest one was me. Then I had my own three, your mother the baby, then came you and your brothers Your maternal trail’s full of many tales of branches on your tree.” Her story lines the map of my heart Planted in an Alabama garden It marks the memory and pain Of our childhood-days, the canopy of our family life From the live oak, to the magnolia, we are an arboretum And we grew up here together and weathered hurricanes Gathered round at Christmas, swam in summertime Mourned in times of loss, danced in times of shine, shared whiskey in the evening light And around the table, we’d share the fables - some we’ve heard before Bout aunts and uncles, and cousins, and legends of our family lore Spoke of parents’ behavior and how it was taken with the ones they bore And we laugh and we cry and we live and we die together on this drive These stories line the map of my heart Planted in an Alabama garden It marks the memory and the pain and the beauty of Of our childhood-days, the canopy of our family life Woah, Blue Druids Life’s passages, we all go threw em Let’s sing a carol To our special love Our branches tangle into One another And just like my grandma said so When your time comes to go In our memory and blood In our love and our words We will carry you on
3.
Applied Love 03:09
Winter time Come easy Can Spring Be Far Behind? And I wanna know Is it warmer there? Warmer than the year before? I don’t know how to love you It feels we’re miles apart Looking out my window You’re like a distant star Oh I, can’t seem to see your view It’s fully different than mine Seems the golden rule Didn’t get it right Applied love Isn’t giving you What I would want Applied love Doing unto you The way you want it done Was it not, so lovely In the gloaming, before night When I built a fire And threw a flame for you? Smoke drew your name across a Blue cobalt sky But you did not see it You were cleaning up a mess i made Inside our house that evening I gave you, something I’d want to see But not the thing that you needs Space to rest, space to relax Applied love Isn’t giving you What I would want Applied love Doing unto you The way you want it done Applied love Isn’t giving you What I would want Applied love Doing unto you The way you want it done How do you wanna be loved? Let me learn the language to love you How do you wanna be loved? Let me learn the language to love you How do you wanna be loved? Let me learn the language to love you How do you wanna be loved? Let me learn the language to love you
4.
Damn dude, I think you just earned a medal for the most gross-words-a-minute in a single monologue masquerading as a 90 minute conversation this an indication of who you are it’s not the subject of the words you speak that says anything at all what’s exposed is your obsessive attempt to make a framework where you’re in the right for all that you’ve done and not done and it’s evident you’re not aware of this all not big enough to say what underlies your talk Talk talk talk You say nothing at all Talk talk talk subtext of you speaks vols. Talk talk talk You say nothing at all Talk talk talk subtext of you speaks vols. Unlike your words that try and muck up and cloud the water My words are H20, they magnify what’s under After showing my sea shore, You showed up like a cloaked-up king Claiming all of my treasures Throw spears at my delicacies Your generosity, it was a trap What was given was not, it was a debt Your friendship was counterfeit, it was straight fool’s gold You a lie! you a lie! you a lie! Prince John, you are not to be trusted Talk talk talk You say nothing at all Talk talk talk subtext of you speaks vols. Talk talk talk You say nothing at all Talk talk talk subtext of you speaks vols. Cause you’re not brave enough to say what you’re afraid of You’re not brave enough to say if I have hurt you You’re not brave enough to hear if you have hurt me too You’re not brave enough to tell the truth And I’m saddened by the loss of what we were once Disappointed cause I thought that we were golden And the 180 had me mad confused The 180 had me mad confused You’re not safe And you’re not inspiring me Now that this is clear This means you lose your seat Dethroned! Dethroned! Dethroned! Dethroned! Dethroned! Dethroned! With my Irish goodbye You lost your seat in my life Talk talk talk You say nothing at all Talk talk talk subtext of you speaks vols. Talk talk talk You say nothing at all Talk talk talk subtext of you speaks vols. Talk talk talk You say nothing at all Talk talk talk subtext of you speaks vols. Talk talk talk You say nothing at all Talk talk talk subtext of you speaks vols. Volumes on volumes Volumes on volumes Volumes on you Volumes on you
5.
Beast Inside 03:23
I don’t wanna play games with you But now I’m trapped by a Beast inside Orbited around me and it caste itself around my mind Opening my mouth and all my actions leave a wreck behind I don’t wanna play games with you, no I don’t wanna play games with you, no Didn’t wanna be prey but gave in When the whirlwind passed me by Should have run the other way But stopped to dip my toe inside Now I’m fully hemmed in by a Beast that’s rendering me blind Didn’t want to be prey but gave in Didn’t wanna be prey What is it that coaxes me back To life? Did I get free by my own will Or did my opponent decide To let its talons release me? I cannot remember the exact moment I went from trapped to free My beast is a trap of my insecure fear My beast is my hurt acting as anger Throwing a fit My beast is a trap of my insecure fear My beast is my hurt acting as anger Throwing a fit And I’ll hurt you When I’m hurtin
6.
Gaea's World 04:46
On a mountain top I see Gaea’s world below me The water trickling down the creek Is beautiful from my high high peak I hear the resonating sounds The chorus of the glorious land Sings you are not an I or me You’re not alone, you are a We I join and echo in the sound The vista and my spirit one And in these moments I am free Free of my my, free of my Me And in these glimpses I lose all my senses Satellite beams me Views from outside of here Thank you infinancy Thank you infinitely Your Truly, Infinite in Me On a mountain top I see Gaea’s world below me The water trickling down the creek Is beautiful from my high high peak I hear the resonating sounds The chorus of the glorious land Sings you are not an I or me You’re not alone, you are a We And in these glimpses I lose all my senses Satellite beams me Views from outside of here Thank you infinancy Thank you infinitely Your Truly, Infinite in Me Infinite in Infinite in me Divinity, I pray to you Divinity, I give thanks to you The divine in me, is the divine in you Nature you’re divine I give thanks to you Divinity, I pray to you Divinity, I give thanks to you The divine in me, is the divine in you It’s our nature We’re divine Give thanks to you Give thanks to you I give thanks to you I give thanks to you I give thanks to you
7.
Wanna Be 03:42
Woke up to a day that was my nightmare Couldn’t see where To put my foot down I couldn’t take a step All I saw was fear I don’t wanna live this way Feel trapped in my own body I don’t wanna think this way My mind’s not My mind’s not safe I don’t wanna be myself no more Break me from the cage that holds me I don’t wanna be this house no more Get off me, get this off me! Quicksand Moving takes me deeper Deeper deeper down and down Cool breeze I can’t feel it All I see and feel’s the cloud I’m in Analysis paralysis My own mind Ties knots that it cannot untie I try to run I try to get outside But where I go There am I I don’t wanna be myself no more Break me from the cage that holds me I don’t wanna be this house no more Get off me, get this off me! Though I can’t see out I am made of will And I know I have the desire to live Look at all the branches are offering Getting off my mat and I’m going When I feel the magnet pull me backwards Don’t feel better Just might feel worse I step forward I take action I plant seed inside my garden Oh god I’m overly overwhelmed From this tragic fear more tragedy Then I close my Eyes and imagine Where I’m at peace Where I’m happy I just wanna be at home My joy Is to stay in and tend my garden Dance around the room with my favorite song on Take care of all the space within I just wanna be at home My joy Is to stay in and tend my garden Dance around the room with my favorite song on Take care of all the space within I love my house I love my self Give thanks for my life And my well I love my house I love my self Give thanks for my life And my well
8.
Born as a child I awoke a woman Big spirit inside Big bias viewpoint Where is the world without me? I don’t know I’ve only my blue house And views from her windows So I’ll make a home Where that child may grow And what if I have a daughter? Will she be an artist? Will I deliver her my winding river? The river’s wide, Lord knows I feel it After a swim wise to emerge Sit quietly at the shore Sit quietly Leave alone I hear the monsters knocking at my door I’m screaming back “You will not come in!” What’s the use in shouting answers for? I was at peace I was sitting there writing Uh Oh! Fight violence with quiet Uh Oh! Stay calm, stay sitting there writing My mother’s anxiety is not my own I sit at the feet of the Katsura tree Upon its skirt of green I dance, I sing, I laugh, I play, I love, I write, I sing I dance, I sing, I write, I play, I breathe, I let it be I dance, I sing, I write, I play, I breathe, I let it be I dance, I sing, I write, I play, I breathe, I let it be I dance, I sing, I write, I play, I breathe, I let it be I dance, I sing, I write, I play, I breathe, I let it be I breathe, I let it be I breathe, I let it be I breathe, I let it be I breathe, I let it be I breathe, I let it be I breathe, I let it be I breathe, I let it be I breathe, I let it be I breathe, I let it be
9.
I’ve got nothing but time Nothing but time and space Say I When it seems There isn’t enough But it’s not a thing It’s not anything It’s nothing It’s everything you are If time were a train I’d ask it to race It’d beat me time And time again It leaves my loved ones Behind In places I can’t find them Wears itself out Its engine runs thin I’ve got nothing but time Nothing but time and space Say I When it seems There isn’t enough But it’s not a thing It’s not anything It’s nothing It’s everything you are There’s more living When I slow it down When I speed it up I lose time But it’s not a thing I have It’s a thing I ride It’s a thing I shape When I take flight All memory All imagination All the moment All in one All memory All imagination All the moment All in one Tomorrow’s my birthday Yesterday’s the day I died It’s always all the time It’s always all the time I’ve got nothing but time Nothing but time and space Say I When it seems There isn’t enough But it’s not a thing It’s not anything It’s nothing It’s everything you are I’m it I don’t spend it, I’m it
10.
Beauty 02:12
The thing about beauty is I don’t want it to go I don’t want you To leave me I love you too much Beauty is you The thing about beauty is Hurts when it’s gone It hurts when you leave me Don’t want you to go I love you I don’t wanna lose you But the thing about beauty is I never do To know you Is to always have you in my heart To always have my dear one Dancing in the kitchen after dark Cooking up a pot of curry Coriander, cumin, turmeric too Curry smell in the kitchen There’s you Cause even if you’re in another room Across the country Or can’t be found on Earth I still feel you You are always with me, Beauty! Cause beauty don’t go away Beauty don’t go away Cause beauty don’t go away Beauty don’t go away Beauty don’t go away
11.
And when I die Take me Upstate Take me to West Texas Fly me to the Gulf of Mexico Don’t need my body there No ashes necessary In these gardens of my soul Don’t wash my grave Let the life lie on it It looks nice With some life grime on it Don’t bleach that stone Let it get closer to home To the earth Where it’s from Don’t wash my grave Let the life lie on it It looks nice With some life grime on it Don’t bleach that stone Let it age out Let it fade Let it grey Don’t wash my grave Let the life lie on it It looks nice With some life grime on it Don’t bleach that stone Let it get closer to home To the earth Where it’s from Don’t wash my grave Let the life lie on it It looks nice With some life grime on it Don’t bleach that stone Let it age out Let it fade Let it grey Don’t wash my grave Let the life lie on it It looks nice With some life grime on it Don’t bleach that stone Let it get closer to home To the earth Where it’s from Don’t wash my grave Let the life lie on it It looks nice With some life grime on it Don’t bleach that stone Let it age out Let it fade Let it grey It is well With my soul With my soul It is well Nothing can take my peace It’s floating above me My halo I’m an angel, Lord knows A little god, divine and I will die And when my time comes Won’t hold the house I will let it go I will let it go
12.
Reprise 01:48
The thing about beauty is I don’t want it to go I don’t want you To leave me I love you too much Beauty is you I just wanna be at home my joy Is to stay in and tend my garden Dance around the room with my Favorite song on Take care of all the space within Sing sing sing sing with me Sing sing sing sing sing sing with me Sing sing sing sing with me Sing sing sing sing sing sing with me Divinity-vinity Divinity-vinity Divinity-vinity Divinity-vinity Sing sing sing sing with me Sing sing sing sing sing sing with me Sing sing sing sing with me Sing sing sing sing sing sing with me Divinity-vinity Divinity-vinity Divinity-vinity Divinity-vinity Sing with me! Sing with me! Sing with me! It’s high tide! It’s high tide! Sing with me! Last four Sing with me Sing with me With me I give thanks to you Give thanks to you
13.
Back It Up 02:43
Back it up! Back it up! Back it up! Back it up! Get a beat goin! Get a beat goin! Get a beat goin! Get a beat goin! Join in the circle, let’s link up It’s good to be with you Now take the center Take a solo Dance it looks good on you Celebrate Celebrate your body Celebrate Celebrate your body Back it up! Back it up! Back it up! Back it up! Get a beat goin! Get a beat goin! Get a beat goin! Get a beat goin! Now take the center Take a solo It’s good to be with you Twisting around With your freestyle So good to dance with you Celebrate Celebrate your body Celebrate Celebrate your body Dance, it looks good on you Dance, it looks good on you Dance, it looks good on you Sing, sing sing sing with me Sing, sing sing sing sing with me Sing, sing sing sing sing with me Sing, sing sing sing sing with me Back it up! Back it up! Back it up! Back it up! Get a beat goin! Get a beat goin! Get a beat goin! Get a beat goin!

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released October 30, 2020

Big gratitude to this talented team of people for building this house with me. Special thanks to Mary, Feli, and Adele - this house's playmate, handyman, and midwife - could not have made this without y'all, the process was beauty and I'm honored to call y'all Monarchs. Thank you to Hannah for listening, for knowing this project so deeply and making its visual home. Thank you Shiva for steady love. Thank you Rebecca for fierce flow.

Composition:
All songs written by Celeste Krishna, except "Nothing But Time" and "Applied Love" - cowritten by Celeste Krishna & Mary Ann Keeler; "Back it Up" cowritten by Celeste Krishna, Mary Ann Keeler, & Felipe Wurst; & "Reprise" cowritten by Celeste Krishna, Adele Fournet, and Luca Susti

Production and Engineering:
Produced by Celeste Krishna, Adele Fournet, Felipe Wurst
Additional Production by Mary Ann Keeler
Audio Engineering by Arun Pandian
Assistant Engineering by Adele Fournet and Felipe Wurst
Vocal Production by Celeste Krishna, Adele Fournet, Felipe Wurst
Vocal Engineering by Adele Fournet and Felipe Wurst
Additional Audio & Vocal Engineering by Celeste Krishna
Mixed by Elliot Scheiner
Mastered by Sarah Register

Performance:
*See each song for details on who performed on which tracks:
Celeste Krishna - vocals, piano, synths, bass synth, programming
Adele Fournet - vocals, piano
Mary Ann Keeler - vocals, synths, bass synth, piano
Felipe Wurst - vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar
Josh Holland - vocals
M the Myth - vocals
Solange Prat - vocals
Luca Susti - drums, percussion
Camille Gainer Jones - drums
Fitzgerald Sam - hand drums
Ian Kenselaar - bass guitar, double bass
Adrienne Baker - flute, piccolo
Blair Hamrick - french horn

Artwork:
Hannah Baker with creative direction by Celeste Krishna
Incorporating photos of Celeste by Aaron Anish

Labels:
Blonde Records
Frances Lakshmi Records

Management:
Blonde Artist Management

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Celeste Krishna & Monarchs Birmingham, Alabama

Celeste Krishna is a Southern expressionist music artist, songwriter, and producer originally from Birmingham, Alabama, who is now based in Brooklyn, New York. With an ensemble of musicians she calls “Monarchs,” Celeste creates a range of poetic songs that have musical notes of Van Morrison, Lauryn Hill, and Björk. ... more

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