Polar Bear

by Black Pepper Sea

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11 songs about dreams, animals, rain, silver, death, love, snow, birds, lust, the ocean, motorcycles and women with knives.

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released March 1, 2009

Written and performed by J. Montgomery

Design: Wednesday

Cover photo: Gideon Mendel.

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Track Name: Pearl Diver
I still have the faded page
Almond eyes and a smile that looks a little lonely

I see you twisting in the reef
Silver skin and a knife flashing in your teeth

I always thought about it
But I don't talk about it
Staring down at you
Half naked in the blue... blue... blue... blue

I'm all alone I'm all alone
I turn around and you're gone in the undertow

I always dreamed about it
But I don't talk about it
Pulling down on you
Half naked in the blue... blue... blue... blue
Track Name: Hey Late Morning Sun
Hey late morning sun
Go back to sleep leave me alone
I've had a bad night
Too many thoughts won't leave me alone

You never come when I'm in need

Hey late morning sun
Call back the rain to wash me away
My eyes start to burn
Can't take the strain of a bright sunny day

You make it hard to go back to sleep
Bring on the clouds and give me some peace

I know you're wondering why I complain
You only shine to keep me awake
And I'm tired of looking at you
You keep pushing through
Leave me alone...

You're not giving up
So I get up and crawl to the floor
You're warming my bones
Filling me up I'm wanting more

I hope that you keep hangin' round
Shine on shine on keep shining down

Late morning sun (thank you)
Late morning sun
Late morning sun
Track Name: Silver Postcards
I was dreaming
I was dreaming on a train
Silver postcards
From your lovers fell like rain

And you sparkled in the flood
With your lips as red as blood
And you almost smiled when your autumn hair broke free
Do you remember me

Not a second
Not a second calms me down
Silver postcards
Have covered the whole town

Was it me or was it school
Were the summers always cruel
Were we ever where we thought we ought to be
And you don't remember me

Remember
Please remember me
Remember
Please remember me

La la la la
Track Name: Warm Wool Starling
Take my hand my darling
We musn't move so slow
There's a black-eyed wounded starling
And she's bleeding in the snow

I feel her heart barely beating in my hands
And she hardly makes a sound
Wrap her in your scarf try and keep her warm
Because the snow is coming down

The fire is small but growing
And we place her near the heat
But her black eyes have flown far away from home
Your scarf falls around your feet

I'll fly away
I'll fly away
I'll fly away
I'll fly away

We wrap her up again like we would a loving friend
Touch her wings before we go
For the pretty black-eyed girl is sleeping once more
Deep beneath the snow
Track Name: Rainy Motorbike
Rainy motorbike
Nothing's what it seems
Why am I nothing like
The violence in my dreams

I feel your loving scar
The silver kisses burn

I know you shake
When the boots are dropping
It's your mistake
If you think I'm stopping

In the kitchen so young and spare
Your hands are twitching and you've cut your hair

That's when you learn
When you take the turn
That's when you learn

Rainy motorbike
Nothing's what it seems
Why am I nothing like
The violence in my dreams

That's when you learn
When you take the turn
Track Name: Slow King Of Germany
I used to think I had a kind of armor
Protected me from you
I watch the boats burn in the harbor
Now you want to burn me too
Burn me too

I followed your siren song you left me in the cold
My eyes fluttered and you were gone a sleepy head of gold
I'm the slow king of Germany coronated with a stick and a stone
Abdicated my sanity for a broken plastic throne

Your mouth opens and the thoughts fly from your tongue
Shiny birds that try and block the sun
Poison words that can never be undone
Undone

I see your flags and your drunken armies gathered on the hill
You once swore you'd never harm me but we both know you will
I built a cage for my blinded hours a carriage for your heel
A wooden box of last years flowers I'm pinned against the wheel

I'm the slow king of Germany
Never asked if I want to be
Float across the black pepper sea
And I'm free
I'm free

You walked away like a mystery no answers no reply
I'm the slow king of Germany I loved you now goodbye
Track Name: Snowflake
Drop me into the ocean
Wait awhile till the commotion settles down
And we'll swim to town

And if a pretty girl
And if a pretty girl is like (is like) a melody
At my funeral would you sing for me

Little bird
Your smile is like a snowflake
Shiny as a dime
Different every time
And my heart
Will never be a polar bear
Thought that I was strong
Never been so wrong

Lead me into the station
Let go of your frustration say hello
And don't let go

Draw me into your warm heart
The city shines and tears us apart it's quiet here
If we concentrate we can disappear

Little bird
Your smile is like a snowflake
Falls all over town
Never sticks around
My heart
Will never be a polar bear
Harder than a stone
Cold and all alone

Little bird
Your smile is like a snowflake
Shiny as a dime
Different every time
And my heart
Will never be a polar bear
Thought that I was strong
Never been so wrong
Track Name: Goodbye French Johnny
He smoked a cigarette
She did a pirouette
And waved at every passing car
He touched her swollen lip
A promissory slip
A bitter tasting candy bar

So long

Sleeping on the stairs
Like dreamy millionaires
Cherry blossoms at her feet
She took his little book
And clutched it like a crook
And watched the dogs run down the street

So long

He thought it was enough
Pretending to be tough
It didn't work out how he planned
She tried to pay the rent
By looking innocent
But she could never understand

So long
Track Name: Beauty Wolf
You're a velvet hand
You're a bloody brick
You say you understand
You say I make you sick

(don't do it/give in)

You are a golden crown
You are a tower bell
You never let me rest
You're as cold as hell

(uh huh)

You are a forest fire
And you are bitter cream
You're a beauty wolf
And a troubled dream

(don't do it/give in)

You're a lying dog
And a spiral stair
A poison fog
And laissez-faire

(uh huh)

You're a drunken mob
You're a whippoorwill
You're a mindless job
But better still

You never will (don't do it/give in)
Track Name: She Defends Swans
When I say lover
I mean lover
When I say leave here
I mean stay

I'm all alone
That's what I mean

When I throw voices
I won't hurt you
You say my eyes want it
But they don't mean to

Anyway that's how I feel

She defends swans and loners
She believes in hearts and their owners
She doesn't have to speak
Softly
But she does

When I ask questions
Don't give me answers
You're not some offering
For me to misuse

I know that's not why I'm here

She defends swans and loners
She believes in hearts and their owners
She doesn't have to speak
Softly
But she does

When I say lover
I mean lover
When I say leave here
I mean stay
Track Name: Bruises
Cars are long and dark
There's drinking in the park
And the river swells like a sink without a drain
The street is slick with tears
And broken boutonnières
And the sky is full of bruises
Do you think it's gonna rain

Tried to be around
When they put you in the ground
But it was hard enough just to look like I was sane
Now the box is full of bones
And rusted telephones
And the sky is full of bruises
Do you think it's gonna rain

Don't believe I'll see another bluebird
Or a lilac in the spring
Don't believe I'll face the music
Don't believe I believe in anything
Don't believe I believe in anything
I don't believe

Now the trees are cold and still
Like you finally broke their will
And I know I'll never see you again
I can cry and wish I could
But I know you're gone for good
And the sky is full of bruises
Do you think it's gonna rain