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.​.​.​from the Burnpile

by Bonfire Madigan

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Anthemic Amendments (This Change, Change, This Change...) Over my dead body you will touch me or her. Over all of these dead bodies you'll condescend me or her. Me or Her. Me or Her. I refuse to be a window display today I'm not on sale She's not half-price The commodity of a body Has got to go away. (when we sing) Over my dead body you'll touch me or her. Over all these dead bodies you'll condescend me or Her. Me or Her. Each one take one save yourself save yourself each one take one save ourselves hold a hand this way she won't stay down i make amendments, i man the boat i manned the baby and stayed an antidote. Take Her Hand Save Yourself (Victory - over all the evil)
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Smoke Signals from the Burnpile Hands go. Middle of the chest. Depress. Depress. Depress; Depressed? No! I will not let this tear me apart. You are my Rosa Parks. You are my Joan of Arc, yeah. Clear out of here. Out of the clear. Clear out of here. yeah - everybody clear out, there's smoke in here. there is smoke in here. I will not watch her go up in this smoke. I will not let this tear me apart. they wanna kill the girl - kill the girls i give my heart, and i gave you, you know it's true when They Say "BANDAGE YOUR HEMORRHAGE, BANDAGE, YOUR HEMORRHAGE." an aching heart burns blue and bright. (but out of sight. out of sight.) You'll be...you'll be. all right..."just wrap it up inside out - you know outta sight out of mind you're going to be just - just... BANDAGE YOUR HEMORRHAGE, THEN BANDAGE, BANDAGE, YOUR HEMORRHAGE." BUT Blood runs pure and blue. Only till oxygen gets through, and she was getting thru. she is getting through. getting through. thru to you. so Hands go. Middle of the chest. Depress. Depress. Depress; Depressed? No! I will not let this tear me apart. You are my Joan of Arc. You are my Rosa Parks. and you are and you and you and you are You are your joan of arc, you need a rosa parks, you are my yoko ono and my amelia earhart, i am your joan of arc. i need a rosa parks you could be a rosa parks. and you are... <3
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Snowfell Summer Brand new snow, And we were Burned by that brand new snow, Snowfell summer while we were Burnt by that brand new snow, Fell summer. (hold on) Sensing the new moon right around the corner came June, Sensing the new moon when I just wanted to go with June, (repeat) I just wanted to go where June goes. Well fed and apathetic who will take starved and impassioned, (repeat) It's real clear we hold a pity tear, Well fed or welfare? (repeat) Swimsuit or a sled? (hold on) Swimsuit or a sled? (let go) (repeat) Brand new snow, And we were Burned by that brand new snow, Snowfell summer while we were Burnt by that brand new snow
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IV. For Life Long (Scars) "I don't wanna talk about it now." "We have got to talk about it -talk about it, anyhow." "And I can't tell you here - you hear?" "But we have to tell someone - that is clear." it's clear. Hear. Only tears behind her eyes. She wears full bodied armor. A full time disguise. If she doesn't let this out - well you'll never be in. She may have been penetrated. But that was only skin. TRYING - TRYING SO HARD - FOR LIFE FOR LIFE LONG TRYING TRYING SO HARD FOR LIFE LONG SCARS "I can't tell you here - you hear?" "You had to tell someone yeah that was clear." "I don't even know where you think we're going from here!" Baby with your full time armor, where's your full time gear? you here? hear. IN HER. BLOOD. IN HER. IT'S IN HER. SINNER. TUB TUB. IN HER. BLOOD. IT'S IN HER. TRYING - TRYING SO HARD - FOR LIFE FOR LIFE LONG TRYING TRYING SO HARD FOR LIFE LONG SCARS "What did you say?" "What did you wanna hear?" Did you say what you wanted to hear? Did she say. Did you wanna hear. Did you already hear what you wanted to hear? Did you already hear what you came to hear. will you hear her say --- DON'T. YOU GO. AWAY FROM ME. WATCH. ME HIT. THE FLOOR. YOU KNOW I LOVE IT WHEN MY BLOOD POURS. DON'T. YOU GO. AWAY FROM ME. WATCH ME HIT THE FLOOR CUZ YOU KNOW I LOVED IT -BABY- WHEN YOUR BLOOD POURED. WHEN OUR BLOOD POURS. did you already hear all you wanna hear? Did you hear her say what you came to hear? Do we only ever hear what we wanna hear? will we hear her say yes. no. yeah. i like it like that. you like it like that. yea. yeah, no. no. oh no. yeah ...
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V. Backseat Buoy (Revisited) There is a car outside waiting. On the inside outside nothing is quite what it seems. The trunk is full of broken dreams. Ripped out back- dress seams. The trunk is FULL of broken dreams. Ripped out back- seat schemes. Everything that's real seems to be illegal - hunger and homelessness, living high on your dreams. Everything that's real seems to be illegal - hunger and homelessness, living high on your dreams. and You're in the backseat. Now you are in the backseat. yeah you're in the Backseat. here. hear? but I'm coming over about to take this over. about to take us outta here hear you're in the backseat they like you in the back backseat they want us in the backseat but i'm coming over about to take us outta Here. Hear? Everything that's real still it's illegal... hunger, homelessness - living high on your dreams. like ripped out backseat schemes, like ripped out back dress dreams, like ripped out back dress seams, like ripped out backseat screams!
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VI. Dishes and Spoons I am watching you dry dirty dishes like I've done for years. I will leave soon like I said I would but I won't mean it when I say that it's for good. No - not this time. While I'm trying to write you a love song. Because I know it's time you heard one. I'm trying to write you a love song because somewhere you know you're some- one. The dish is gonna run away with the spoon because we're having no more of the needle and the spoon. The dish is gonna run away with the spoon. And they better do it real damn soon because they're never coming back for you. No they're never coming back for you, no not for you, not this time. While I'm trying to write you this love song. Because I know it's time you heard one. I know it's time you heard. I know it's time. I know it's time. Fairy tales never found me a heroine. heroin was never a heroine. It just let you play the victim (and we know they love you when you play the victim). Fairy tales never found me a heroine, but heroin was never a heroine. no no no - not again and again and again. and again and again and again and now i am ten and you're saying you want to die again (and again and again) and we're breaking dishes again and I'm wishing all you're spoons would bend. i am. i'm wishing all you're spoons would bend. why won't they bend? why wouldn't they bend. No -not this time. But we're trying to write you a love song. Trying to write you a love song. you always told me you wanted "all of my dreams to come true." you never told me about dreams for you. Come tell me 'bout dreams coming true. Come tell me about your dreams coming true. please -come tell me 'bout your dreams coming true. i need you to come tell me about you're dreams coming true.
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Zamora, CA 05:42
VII. (Playin' the Ponies in) Zamora, CA Half way out of Zamora, CA what was a girl to do? put her arms around herself and know there is something new. Half way out of Portland, Maine what's a girl to do? but put her arms around herself and know she's fine without you. Betting on Redemption. Everything she owned was on Redemption. She had to get to something new. She has her fingers wrapped through the mane of Redemption. Did I tell you her whole fucking life is on Redemption (Mama Needs a New Pair of Shoes)? But that Track only goes to One World View. Work her like a horse. Kick her like a mule. She will always have something else to do. Work her like a horse. Kick her like a mule. She will always - get through. Work her like a horse. Kick her like a mule. She will always have something more than this shit you call her something. Then put your arms around yourself and know - and know - she's fine without you.
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Promised 04:25
VIII. Promised She didn't want to know your name She lied to your face while you heard truth just the same. She wouldn't take your hand. She's keeping a promise for a promised land. She promised. A promised land. Blueprints with her own two hands. Promised. She promised, a promised land. Too late - she left her father's homeland. Back to the sun. Nose to the sky. The answer is in parody. In questioning the why. Why she has lain four directions in the sand - licked her forearm to taste the salt, the salt, of her land. Promise. Promised. A promised land. Blueprints with her own two hands. A Promise. Ya Promised. A promised-land. She is a carpenter too, who has come to take retribution with your golden rule... you promise. she promised. She threw your caste system away. Limbo was alright - but she just couldn't stay. Promise. You Promised. A promised-land. "Been living so long on these knees. Bury me standing." My foremother's final decree.
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Junebug 02:17
IX. Junebug junebug, play another heartstring. junebug - go on playing those heartstrings. you're out of control. junebug, let her go. let her go. jigalo! !gigalo! junebug/rich girl/gigolo, you're out of control, out of my cello] butch girl, up on a high wire. just don't let go.
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skinny-skinny on a tightrope shimmy only to get across skinny-skinny on a tightrope shimmy only to get a cross The 21st century psalm reads: change is good, necessary & inevitable Through burning times to burning times it's a new Century Dance through burning times to burning times It's a new Millennium's Chance go on take a chance fire-dancer arabesque careful not to get your footing off fire-dancer arabesque careful not to get your heel caught fire walker through a witch trial only to get across fire-walker through a witch trial only to get nailed to a... cross fire walker through a witch trial only to get a... fire walker through a witch-trial only to get nailed to a ... and the cross was dropped when realized we bear it only as a bridge and the cross is dropped when realized we bear it only as a ... only to get a ... only to watch our granddaughters arabesque a cross only, only only to get across skinny-skinny on a tightrope shimmy only to get a cross skinny-skinny on a tightrope shimmy only to get a ... take a new... new... take a new millennium's chance The 21st century palm reads: change is good, necessary & inevitable *take a chance* The 21st century p/s/alm reads: Change is Good, Necessary & Inevitable change is good, necessary & inevitable

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Bonfire Madigan, AKA Madigan Shive, is one of my favorite musicians of all time. She clutches her cello like a life-raft, singing in gorgeous yelps and hums. It doesn’t really matter if you like the kind of music Bonfire Madigan sings, because she does it so soulfully and gracefully, you can’t help but stand there openmouthed, gawking at her vocals and cello.— Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, The Mercury Portland, OR.

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released December 10, 2017

cover artwork by Tinuviel

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Bonfire Madigan, AKA Madigan Shive, is one of my favorite musicians of all time. She clutches her cello like a life-raft, singing in gorgeous yelps and hums. It doesn’t really matter if you like the kind of music Bonfire Madigan sings, because she does it so soulfully and gracefully, you can’t help but stand there open mouthed, gawking at her vocals and cello.— JS The Mercury Pdx, OR ... more

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