The Natural World: Lyrics & Credits

The Natural World:
• The Girl Who Said Too Much • Underwater • Silk Tourniquet • Acrobat • In the Forest • Hard, Harder, Hardest •
•Apples to Orange • Natural World • Violet Rising • Celestial Dust • Stars • Shoebox • Lie • Eight Minutes •
• Safe as Houses • Wait • Coyote • Elements • 

The Girl Who EP (The Natural World EP 1) 
• The Girl Who Said Too Much • Shoebox • Stars • Elements • 

Produced by Anna Madorsky
Additional production by Jeff Fitzpatrick. Mastered by Ian Sefchick
All songs written & arranged by Anna Madorsky © 2013 ℗ 2015
Photography, art direction, layout: Ethan Shvartzman
Cake: Ashley Prikryl. Makeup: Ella Pons.
Drawings by Anna Madorsky

Musicians (all tracks unless otherwise noted): 
Anna: vocals, keyboards, synths, handclaps (3), engineering (2, 4) 
Jeff Fitzpatrick: engineer, mixing, drum & noise programming,
bass (2) 
Axel Steuerwald: electric guitar, acoustic guitar (1), e-bow (4) 
Eric Baum: drums (1, 2), drum engineering (1, 2) 
Charlie Dresser: drums (3) 
Jonathan Alvin: drum engineering (3) 
 

1. The Girl Who Said Too Much 

Living in a world of short term solutions 
The headsail unfurled, stirring for flight 
like a great eagle’s wings. I hoisted the tied rope; 
you braced the salt sea and launched into night. 

I call out your name into the dark overhead 
The green waters freeze without warning 
and I return to the beach, it’s cold enough for the clouds 
to drape the morning in stretches of snow. 

The girl who said too much, who called his bluff 
The water is holding you in her sheath 
The night swim belies the great knife underneath. 
Sun and moon and stars, not enough to find where you are 
Sun and moon and sky, all I got and I will get by. 

Not all great loves end with a death 
Not all desire meets a last kiss 
You’re in the depths collecting the sea nymphs 
But now with you gone, it’s neither I miss. 

The girl who said too much, who called his bluff 
The water is holding you in her sheath 
The night swim belies the great knife underneath. 
The water is holding me like a leaf 
A fog circles over great life underneath. 
Sun and moon and stars, not enough to find where you are 
Sun and moon and sky, all I got and I will get by. 

Lifting and tying it down, tying it down. 
The girl who said too much, who called his bluff 
She called his bluff.

2. Shoebox 

Shoebox, open a blue box  
Close it when it traps all of my wicked thoughts 
My sweet little confection 
I want to give you my adoration 

Red and blue perfumed it with my reveries  
Poets drown in pairs before we fall asleep 
Extraordinary eddies put into a box 
oh god take desire underneath its lock 

I pull my feet up to push it down now                 
It just won’t shut up, under attack now 
I had it beat up, hammer it down now 
but human side up, I’m in the black now    

Are you sure it's closed? Can you feel me close? 

Follow the line of the story 
Outline of chalk round my body 
The butterfly of my imagination 
is in shroud, must wait for excavation 

Red and blue perfumed it with my reveries 
Poets drown in pairs before we fall asleep 
Extraordinary eddies put into a box 
oh god take desire underneath its lock 
I pull my feet up to push it down now                 
It just won’t shut up, under attack now 
I had it beat up, hammer it down now 
but human side up, I’m in the black now  

In the hours before dawn, you’re safe with me 
You can’t run me in circles, I’m underneath 
I’m the grass down below, the wind in the trees 
always one step ahead, footprints you cannot read 
You’re too spent to connect and I am the dot 
that will close in on you and tie it across 
every bridge that you burn, every stitch you disrupt 
every tapestry torn, I will build back up 
Don’t hammer it down now 
Are you sure it’s closed?

3. Stars 

Don’t tell me ghost stories now that I’m counting on you  
Your superstitious heart will pull it all out of tune 
I got to let you know, just how far I will go  

From the edge of the sun, through a sky full of stars  
with the love that I have for you, two worlds couldn’t keep us apart 

You stay awake wondering who could be following you 
I know your good reasons, but now you’ve got to come through 
Let me show you why, you’ve got to get it right 

From the edge of the sun, through a sky full of stars 
with the love that I have for you, two worlds couldn’t keep us apart 

So pull your head up, the sky is unusually blue 
Into that dark horizon is where we’ve got to get to 
We’ll explore this space until all your fear’s erased 

From the edge of the sun, through a sky full of stars 
with the love that I have for you, two worlds couldn’t keep us apart 
Now that I’m next to you

4. Elements 

I dreamt you asked to meet me on the 
warm coast of the Algerian Sea 
In the paleness of morning, the slant of the light 
told me winter was over 

I woke up crying at the threshold of spring 
with a terrible fear that sunshine would mean 
exposing two worlds indistinctly contained 
What order of space could remain? 

But latitude, longitude, here in my skin 
is moving me closer than I’ve ever been 
A simple geography for me to find 
a single dimension inside   

The next time I dreamt of you I would cross 
the mighty Atlantic with ships I had bought 
A maritime master of fate I’d become 
The next trip, I would not run 

But latitude, longitude, here in my skin 
is moving me closer than I’ve ever been 
A simple geography for me to find 
a single dimension inside 

The last time I woke from turbulent seas 
the water receded under my feet 
meridians prime, axial tilt: 
the blade of my natural hilt. 
And as the ether and elements settle  
into the core of one woman’s mettle  
I stand on the ridge like an alchemist’s ghost 
bidding the will of the coast 

Now latitude, longitude, here in my skin 
has moved me in closer than I’ve ever been 
A simple geography for me to find 
a single dimension inside 

Elements
A single dimension inside  
Latitude, longitude 
I stand on the ridge like an alchemist’s ghost 
bidding the will of the coast