This is How We Swim

by Lisa Bozikovic

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released August 28, 2012

All songs written by Lisa Bozikovic. Produced by Sandro Perri, Lisa Bozikovic, and Heather Kirby. Engineered by Heather Kirby. Additional engineering on (8) by Jeff Mcmurrich. Mastered by Mike Keuhn. This record was made with the support of the Ontario Arts Counsel.

Piano/Wurlitzer/Guitar/Flute/Harmonies: Lisa Bozikovic
Moog/Synth: Sandro Perri
Drums/Percussion: Dan Gaucher (1,2,3,4,6,9) and James Bunton (5,7)
Electric Bass: Mike Smith (1,4,6,9) and Sandro Perri (3) and Heather Kirby (5)
Upright Bass: Tyler Belluz (1,2,10)
Cello: Anissa Hart (5) and Erika Nielsen (9)
Violin: Mika Posen (3,6)
Clarinet: Gabe Levine (2)
Harmonies: Felicity Williams (2)

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Track Name: Light Years
1. light years

i awake to a gentle murmuring
a melody that to me does speak
across the light years, the light years of sleep
across the light years into the morning…

lucky am i to hear this gift
this melody that comes so gentle, so swift
across the light years, the light years of sleep
across the light years into the morning….

lucky am i to lie here and breathe
my chest is rising like a wave in the sea
and I can wait here, wait so patiently
until the day comes to share with you this melody

some distant morning
Track Name: Waterfall
2. waterfall

meet me in the middle
half way up the waterfall
where the treble is forgotten
and the bass is lost in the softening
and the echo the echo in your eyes wakes you in the night
meets the echo the echo of the voice that cries, leaves me far behind

and nothing here is static, even the polestar drifts
as you give me circling words, rearrange me with your lips
and the water swells and surges down
how the water falls to wake the ground
the water swells and surges down
how the water falls to wake the ground

and you say orchestral display, visuals of everything you say
listen close to everything i say, you listen close as weather gathers round, around the day

and nothing here is static, even the polestar drifts
as you give me circling words
rearrange me with your lips
Track Name: Midnight Ice
3. midnight ice

when the midnight ice spread across the pane, and the wintertime flexed its talons great, and when the brightest fire couldn’t shake the chill, you came to me and you stood so still
and your eyes did say comfort me, warm me, into the morning
when we see our silhouettes there standing
side by side- they don’t look right.
so i walk on into the snow, feel my own weight, carry my own load
but when i get home to my unmade bed, my stale room, there you are still in my head
so i wash the sheets, and i wash this body clean, from all these shifting dreams, shifting dreams, shifting dreams…..
Track Name: This is How We Swim
4. this is how we swim

last night, we both did dream
of waters so cold, of waters so clean
and in my dream, i was so at ease
how i was floating
but your dream it was a different sort of dream
how your arms were flailing
and when you awoke, you were shaking still
and the hawk wind was poised to kill
as the feathered ice spread across the sill
i said if you let me, you know i’ll warm you, yes i will
and i’ll show you how it is to swim
yes i’ll take you right in….

and then we’ll roll with the waves, follow the sound our breathing makes
roll with the waves, follow the sound our breathing makes…..

but again and again you do tell me, this is not your time for love
you say there’s nothing inside me to give you, so run run run run run

but i slip into the lake, longing to shed my heavy weight
and i swim out to the sky, with no regard for that rip tide
and i roll with the waves, follow the sound our breathing makes
roll with the waves, follow the sound our breathing makes

and i just don’t know how to hear you
when you say this is not your time for love…
for in these arms i find such comfort
and i’d rather swim than run
Track Name: Misplaced
5. misplaced

there’s a fish in your eye, and he darts from side to side
when I ask him to leave, he just jumps into me
and fills the swamp with worry….

and the bird in your face, I know she needs her space
but when I step away, I find I lose my place….

no i know not my place,
no i know not my place
Track Name: No Monument
6. no monument

there’s no grave marked with your name
no monument that stands the same
through all the wind, and all the rain
there’s no such solid plane

and i don’t go there to sit and be still
to be still and think of you
in some parlour room, with rows upon rows
of photographs far away from
the differing light

but when i stretch my arms to the day
you come to me on the back of a wave
and when i smile at some simple truth
all through my cheeks spreads the warmth of you

and when the birds rise and fall in the sky
there you are fluttering in my eyes
and when i hear these simple tunes
why i sing them right back to you

all through the differing light
Track Name: Into the Waves
7. into the waves

how can it be the loss of love can come to mean much more
than the very love itself, leave us clinging to the shore?

you left and left a hallow place that doesn’t seem to change
no matter how i walk and run all through the wind and rain

and i go on and on and on into the waves
on and on into the waves
Track Name: Fever Dream
8. fever dream

you wait there for me
at the bottom of a dream
but your eyes are running

and i rearrange
the letters in your name
yes im searching for something

when the wind it comes, and the wind it goes
now you see her, and now you don’t
and you’ll never know where that wind goes
when the wind does not blow

the late summer leaves shimmer in the heat
and burn a fevered dream
and im swirling without aim into a vision i can claim
when that vision has already claimed me

when the wind it comes, and the wind it goes
now you feel her, now you don’t
and you’ll never know where that wind goes
now that the wind does not blow.
Track Name: Patient Stands
9. patient stands

patient stands the winter tree
as the rivers burn, as the rivers freeze
and i walk on into the snow
feel my own weight, carry my own load

and the snow swirls in the snow
covers your eyes so you cant see
where you’ll go
Track Name: Out On the Sea
10. out on the sea

out on the sea weather’s always changing
clouds come and go before you can blame them
for the fog that wraps round your eyes
comes from the cold, cold place in your own mind

out on the sea tides are always turning
the currents go up and down and all around before you can learn them
and you’ll never see the same fish twice
and the moon sings a new song each night