Sleeping Bear

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Lyrics and Music by Gayle Skidmore ©2013. Sea Boot Café Publishing. ASCAP. Raincoat Records. Engineered by Ben Moore at Singing Serpent Studios, Audio Design and Signature Sound. Co-produced by Ben Moore and Gayle Skidmore.

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released September 15, 2013

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Gayle Skidmore San Diego, California

Seven-time San Diego Music Award nominee Gayle Skidmore has written over 2000 songs since she began songwriting at the age of 8. She just won Best Pop in the 2015 San Diego Music awards, and her latest album and coloring book, “Sleeping Bear,” won Best Pop Album in 2014. She won Best Singer-Songwriter in the 2013 San Diego Music Awards, and her song "Paper Box" was featured on HBO's "Looking." ... more

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Track Name: Sickle in the Shade
I feel afraid for you
I see your future falling out from under
I feel afraid for you
Cataclysmic premonition
Cosmic blunder
It could only be real
It can't be what we make it
There is no veil between
That could be extricated
There is no veil

Your lips are moving
But all I hear is what you didn't say
Your lips are moving
But all I hear is what you didn't say

I feel afraid for you
Intoxicated with the thought that seizes me
I won't be made to say
A single solitary word that pleases you
It could only be real
These shadows aren't illusions
I see the sickle in the shade
Coming to cut confusion
I see it there

Your lips are moving
But all I hear is what you didn't say
Your lips are moving
But all I hear is what you didn't say

It could only be real
It can't be what we make it

I can see the sickle in the shade
I can see the sickle in the shade
But all I hear is what you didn't
All I hear is what you didn't
All I hear is what you didn't
All I hear is what you didn't say
Track Name: Don't Let Me Go
We didn't take it slow
No ready, set, just go!
No talk of love or forever
Just everything so red-letter

We didn't say yes or no
Or try to say when we'd know
We just knew that when we're together
Everything's so much better
Everything's so much better
Everything's so red-letter

Don't let me go
I've fallen too far now
And babe, if you let me go
Not sure I can fall out of love

And we didn't take it slow
No ready, set, just go!
No talk of love or forever
Just everything so red-letter

And it doesn't matter now
Who said it first, or how
We just know that when we're together
Everything's so much better
Everything's so much better
Everything's so red-letter

Don't let me go
I've fallen too far now
And babe, if you let me go
Not sure I can fall out of love

I'm starving for an answer
I'm falling farther, faster for you

Don't let me go
I've fallen too far now
And babe, if you let me go
Not sure I can fall out

Don't let me go
I've fallen too far now
And babe, if you let me go
Not sure I can fall out of love
Track Name: Whisky & Cigarettes
I've been rolling over in my bed
I've been mulling over what you said
I've been softly praying for my death
Wondering why it hasn't caught me yet


It's a strange taste, my regret
Mixed with whisky and cigarettes
Can you tell me why I haven't thought 'til now
To just let you drown
To let you drown

Tied me to a shipwreck, fathom bound
Said, "It'll be okay, just don't--honey, don't look down"
But even with my eyes up I'll still drown
And as the water fills me up I get that same taste in my mouth

It's the strange taste of my regret
Mixed with whisky and cigarettes
Can you tell me why I haven't thought 'til now
To just let you drown
To let you drown

Oh, how it hurts me so to keep hanging onto your hand
Oh, if I just let you go I might make it to dry land
Why do I keep coming back to you over and over again
And again and again and again and again

To the strange taste of my regret
Mixed with whisky and cigarettes
It's a strange taste, my regret
Mixed with whisky and cigarettes
It's a strange taste, my regret
Mixed with whisky and cigarettes
Can you tell me why I haven't thought 'til now
To just let you drown
To let you drown
Track Name: Tourniquet
Tourniquet, hold me tight
Don't you let them bleed me dry
Tourniquet, hold me tight
Keep me safe now
Keep me alive

Oh no, no, no
Don't unwind yourself, don't you go
Keep hold, keep hold
Keep calm, keep steady now
Keep me close

Cauterize
Burn out every lie
Burn the accursed words
From my tortured mind
Scream aloud until the awful sight
Fades into the grey of forgetful night

Oh no, no, no
Don't unwind yourself
Don't you go
Keep hold, keep hold
Keep calm, keep steady now
Keep me close

In my heart, in my soul, in my faith, in my bones
There's a light that never fades in the deepest, heaviest shade (4X)
Track Name: Pendulum
My mind's collapsing on itself
Confusing life for something else
And, like a pendulum, escapes
And is drawn back to what it hates

Fade
Let's pray this goes away
Never to come back again
Fade
Let's pray this goes away
Never to come back again

I climbed a terraces road through hell
Only to find I lost myself
And I just cannot bring my mind
To climb again, my self to find

Fade
Let's pray this goes away
Never to come back again
Fade
Let's pray this goes away
Never to come back again

Fade, fade
Back to whence it came
And never come back

Fade
Let's pray this goes away
Never to come back again
Fade
Let's pray this goes away
Never to come back again
Track Name: Little Bird
Unlock the cage of these ribs
Let out what's within me now
Un-sew the seams of my heart
And let all the hurt fall out

Sing, little bird
Let all your words
Reverberate here in my soul
With each tiny seed
You sow what I need
You are carefully making me whole

Suture the wound deep within
And let it begin to mend
Give me a needle and thread
I'll sew back together the rend in my head

Sing, little bird
Let all your words
Reverberate here in my soul
With each tiny seed
You sow what I need
You are carefully making me whole

I'll incline my ear to your lips
You'll whisper a kiss
I know that I need you

I will open my tightly closed fists
You'll give what I've missed

I know that I need to sing

Sing, little bird
Let all your words
Reverberate here in my soul
With each tiny seed
You sow what I need
You are carefully making me whole
Track Name: Field of Marigolds
Big, black limousine
You carry me to the edge of dreams
Posies for the dead
I gathered them from the weeds in my head

A field of marigolds
A story told by the wise and old
A hand I thought I'd hold 'til my body's cold
But it's buried over the river

Ravens on a wire
Watching this transpire
With their eyes afire
Ticker-tape parade
Confetti tears in the stifling shade

A field of marigolds
A story told by the wise and old
A hand I thought I'd hold 'til my body's cold
But it's buried over the river

Come on, mourners, wailing mothers
Ashes on your head
Cross upon your breast
Come on, Lonely, this is only what we can expect
We'll all eventually fall down dead

In a field of marigolds
There'll be stories told by the wise and old
And the hands we thought we would hold will be shoveling earth

As we're buried over the river
Track Name: Sleeping Bear
The sleeping bear inside your brain will wake again to kill and maim
My quiet steps won't wake him yet
I know I really should escape

But still I wait
I hesitate
Amidst the smell of fear and death

I'm paralyzed by your disguise
Your pretty face hides hideous depths

When I go my heart will turn to stone
And I'll be left to sleep alone

The sleeping bear inside your brain is waiting there to fight again
I cannot go because I know the road I take won't curve or bend

And here we sleep amidst the trees
And lick the wounds he left before
The shadows bend in angry wind
Across the face that I adore

When I go my heart will turn to stone
And I'll be left to sleep alone

And so my fears will keep me here
I'm buried in a summer snow
And slumbers still the beast that will return to kill lest I should go
And so my fears will keep me here
I'm buried in a summer snow

When I go my heart will turn to stone
And I'll be left to sleep alone
Track Name: Technicolor Ghost
I was awakened from sleep
Burned by a feverish dream
Pearls on my brow, could it be
That this is really happening?

How could this happen to me?
God, where were you when I needed, I needed you desperately?

Vague recollections would be blessings compared to the scenes
That play in my mind like a picture show starring your
Technicolor ghost
Crawls on my skin like a centipede
I wish this would never return to me
Presses my lungs, I can hardly breathe

How could this happen to me?
God, where were you when I needed, I needed you desperately?

Try as I might, I can't seem to fight off the feeling
Try as I may, I can't seem to stray from the question
That burns deep inside

How could this happen to me?
God, where were you when I needed?
How could this happen to me?
God, where were you when I needed, I needed you desperately?
Track Name: Come Back to Me
There is a nothingness
Beautiful emptiness
Nothing of hesitance
Nothing to fear

Barren and great expanse
Completely desolate
I am a sinking ship upon this sand

All I want is a remedy
Come back, come back to me
All I want is a remedy
Come back, come back to me

There is a hollow tree deep in the heart of me
Where I keep my secrets safe
The past finds a resting place
No noise, no near, no far
Stillness and absence are all that I think upon
Not all I really want

All I want is a remedy
Come back, come back to me
All I want is a remedy
Come back, come back to me

Fill me with anything
The hunger is crippling
Open me up and pour
Whatever fills the void
Fill me with anything
I beg you, please, for peace
There is a hollow tree deep in the heart of me

All I want is a remedy
Come back, come back to me
All I want is a remedy
Come back, come back to me
Track Name: The Wilds
I feel like I'm losing control
In the wilds of my soul
In the deafening roar
All is lost inside the storm

I feel like I'm breaking apart
There's a thorn in my heart
Burrowing deeper in
Hastened by harrowing winds

I can't ignore what's burning behind that door
The smoke that is creeping in
To lull me to sleep, sleep until death

I feel like I'm losing control
Don't make sense anymore
And in my heart of hearts
All my hope is covered in sparks

I can't ignore what's burning behind that door
The smoke that is creeping in
To lull me to sleep, sleep until death

Where can I go?
The world's up in smoke
There's nowhere to turn
Just watching my world burn

I feel like I'll never find home
I feel like I'll never find home
Track Name: Zombie Heart
I keep fighting it back, but I charged with no plan of attack...
Just a singular thought in my head-- I wanted you back.
I keep pushing it down
Thought I buried my heart in the ground
But like the living dead it clawed its way out
And it wants you around

Woah, I can feel my heart beat like it's alive again
Woah, I can feel my heart beat when you hold my hand

Tried to put it to rest
But it's hard when you wake up the dead
To know how to stop it again
But to tear it to shreds
I keep pushing it down
Thought I buried my heart in the ground
But it suddenly found its way out
And it wants you around

Woah, I can feel my heart beat like it's alive again
Woah, I can feel my heart beat when you hold my hand

You say there is no way for us
Only heartbreak for us
But you can't deny my heart had died
You say there are no miracles
No healers, no oracles
But you can't deny
My zombie heart's come alive
You say there is no way for us
Only heartbreak for us
But you can't deny my heart has come alive

Now you can feel my heart beat like it's live again
Now you can feel my heart beat when you hold my hand