Saddle the Bridge

by Bonfire Madigan

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I am changing my name I am burning my past I'm laying yesterday to rest at last I am owning these actions then setting them aflame I'm not sorry for who I am or who you wanted me to be I am skywriting this survival I am sending this survival in a bottle to the stars here now - hear this now I am not sorry for being here now hear now I am not sorry cuz I've made it here now hear now there's no apologizing for being here now hear now be not sorry because you are here now plant your feet in the ground then take a stand we're all human beings while we're falling down bent over backwards to grab your hand we are all human beings while we are hitting the ground exsistence should be enough exsistence could have been enough exsistence should have been enough exsistence should be enough for love exsistence should be enough to be loved love we are all deciding what it means to be human
2.
this is how the clock sounds after 3 i know now where you most want to be all we are is something in the time give her all your farewell and then goodbye goodbye goodbye lay in circumstance a filthy pool we all want to be something new the money said monkey see then monkey do still want to be something new something this is where the sky below meets the sea above lay on down quarter to three place her here right next to me i cannot look at any more dead bodies David Lynch your films are killing me the signs at six-o-clock they will not bend this could be our first or last drive-in (new scene begins) i wear all your pretty dirty clothes hung to dry on paperclips and mistletoe, mistletoe the money said monkey see then monkey do still want to be something brand new something brand new something new to do this is where the sky below meets the sea above this is where the sky below meets the sea above
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Running 04:56
Running into the ocean Is the river Running into the ocean Is a woman She has her daughter by the palm of her hand And in this salt water she's doing every, everything she can Tell me You want to make this all right Tell me You've come to make her alright Tell me You need to make this all right But it's your lies That's how we know it's always right She's always alright She's always all right It's all lies but she's going to be alright Lie; that's how we know you're alright It's your lies that's how we know it's all right Running drunk into the ocean Is another woman Running drunk into the ocean Is the river It doesn't stand still And it will not move slow And once it has touched you It never lets you go She is the mouth of the Mississippi She's the deadliest undertow And once she has touched you She will never She'll never Let you go
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She's standing at the bottom of the ocean You want to know what's come so clear And you've been so long with no shore Here's the one that you adore She's the only thing you've never had you've got to come cum taste at last What you wanna know? What you come here for? She's standing at the bottom of the ocean You know now whats been so clear The only thing you've longed to have You've Come cum Now to taste at last And she's standing at the bottom of the ocean At a phone booth near the end of The Great Coral Reef Oh angel insect alien I hear her breathe in everything 0h Angel Insect Alien She's breathing in everyone You wanna breathe her in You've never tasted such sweet sin This is where it all begins with Breathing Into everything Breathing Breathing Into everything breathing Breathing #ontheconspire #angelinsectalien #anewworldisonherway (breathe into my hands / i'll cup them like a glass to drink from)
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Awake 03:55
You Are Here And this is In my heart the only place I know you couldn't touch that part He jumped in a river Saying he'd get out of the rain he went and got a bottle to saturate all of his blame and now we're so afraid he might get up today we're having a wake awake for a living man Yeah, we're so afraid he will get up today We're having a wake awake for a living man And you're at a Wake for a living man yes this is awake for a living man you are here (hear) in my heart (art) I touch this part Hear (here ear) in my heart you are here and this is in my heart the only place i know he couldn't touch this part he jumped in a river saying it'd get him out of the rain he went and got a bottle to saturate all of his shame and when you hear doors slam where no homes stand you're at a wake a wake for living man yes we're so afraid he might give up today we're having a wake awake for a living man you're at a wake (ache) for a living man yes, you're at a wake for a living man now now you're at a wake now now you've done all that you can he is a living man you're at a wake awake now now you're at aWake for A living man
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Scraps 04:21
Scraps You said you had no place to go while standing in the doorway of our home And how can I run to you when you run away How can I run to you Couldn't see the back light on I think you've gone I guess you've gone (where have you gone?) Build your house from Scraps Make a Home out of Laughs Build your House from Scraps Make a home out of laughs and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh I'm here waiting to see oh if you've come & found the key I went & put it where it used to be but I'm not waiting on eventually No I'm not waiting Are we only scraps of everything we hoped that we could be I'm not waiting on eventually No I'm not waiting oh Build your house from scraps Make a home out of laughs Build your house from scraps but Make a Home out of laughs and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh
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my mother’s hands carrying me off this ground my mother’s feet calluses, an inch deep she’ll she’ll walk walk us home at last no compass and no atlas no asking for directions and no looking back no, no looking back no, no, no looking back my mama moved among the days like a dreamwalker in a field seemed like what she touched was hers seemed like what touched her couldn’t hold she got us almost through the high grass then it seemed like she just turned seemed like she just turned around and ran and ran and ran ran us home, at last ran us home, at last with no compass and no atlas no asking for directions and no looking back no, no looking back no, no looking back (c) Madigan Shive, MoonPuss Music 2000 (ASCAP) [Middle spoken section of The Debut & Debauchery of Anna Magdelena from the poem My Mama Moved Among the Days by Lucille Clifton (c) 1969]
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This skin I am in The only box I accept being in This skin I am in The only window I expect to leap from This skin I am in The only box I accept being in This skin I am in The only window I expect to leap from This skin I am in The only place I know Freedom This skin I am in The Epidermis The largest organ (organ organ) This skin I am in I'm in (I'm in I'm in)
10.
Come Ask Her 06:22
Come Ask Her She'll meet you in the morning light Please sit me by the pale light Stand near but not too close You know my hearing's getting worse Come Ask Her Come ask her Come Ask her Come ask her And ask and ask And ask & ask Then wear your hair In a silver bun I've come to see you ancient And dancing in the sun But going there graceful It was never your style But going there graceful Could never be your style You had to go out kicking And screaming mile to mile Well Come ask her Come ask her Come ask her Come ask her And ask & ask Ask ask Scream your secrets The wind is waiting Scream your secrets They've come to bring you home Scream your secrets The wind is waiting waiting Scream your secrets They've come to bring you home Scream your secrets The wind it's waiting Scream your secrets They've come to bring you home Come to bring you Come to bring you Come to bring us Come to bring you Home home home And I wanted you to see What had become of me I wanted you to see What could become of me What has become of me Come ask her Come ask her And ask and ask Come ask her Come ask her And ask ask And ask ask I wanted you to see (and ask) What has become of me (ask and ask) I wanted you to see What could become of me Come Ask Her And ask & ask Why not Come and ask her And ask ask Maybe all you want is an answer All you wanted was an answer Why didn't you ask her? Oh Come ask her And ask and ask But you may not get an answer Come ask her Come ask her Try and try And try & try
11.
7 Mile Lane 04:19
7 Mile Lane For 7 years she could not make her bed O lawd I cried; Is this my best defense? It was 12 steps that led us to the death I will not be my own significance When your culture leaves you no no place to mourn You begin to take revenge on the unknown 7 miles until you begin to fear you 7 miles 'til another soul hears you There's no no mourning here Yes, there's no mourning here There's no no mourning hear And we'll have no morning here Driving driving driving 3 am Only to be at the place where we began A 7 mile lane lay me at my wit's end to lie here watch everything play at pretend 7 miles to grow old in 7 miles to watch your soaps in 7 miles to dig your grave in 7 miles to rise again from We came to embrace the havoc We came to play in traffic Hold our heads up to artificial light and say our prayers when we can tell that it's night We came to speak in tongues but we only know teeth & gums There's no no mourning here Yes there's no mourning here There's no no mourning hear And we'll have no morning here Stucco and skyscrapers Tombstones and mile markers A home is a 7 mile lane Our home is a 7 mile lane Did you hear about the flooding Did you download blueprints to the ark You better go and get your mother She may need that bed made before dark She could use that bed made before dark Oh the future is unfolding It is blue screen to be filled in It's a skeleton of a riverbed We put in another 7 mile lane Yes we put in another 7 mile lane
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Downtrodden Up Downtrodden was a relative of mine We traveled here and there most everywhere We walked onto the edge of the world and from there He whispered, "jump girl, what else you gonna do? Jump girl what else you got left to lose?" Push. Downtrodden up You wanna Push. Then push out They came to push. Downtrodden up You like to push. Then push Up Skid Row was a street in my hometown The last little corner of continental conquer The great Euro American scam With the non-tropical rain forests, the reservations, and the Puget Sound I stole all my city's sirens I buried them in the dirt Now I hear the center of the earth Screaming "Red-Alert" Screaming How high was it you wanted to fly How far you willing to fall to try How high was it you wanted to fly And how far you willing to fall to try How high was it you wanted to fly And how far you willing to fall to try And Push Downtrodden Up You like to Push Then push Up They came to push downtrodden up You wanna push Then push up Get out And push You see I am a deep sea diver I'll go to outer space I make my profession known in the ranks of our Fate I am a deep sea diver I've gone to outer space And I scream to the stars that my homeland is more than a human septic tank And we are more than a rat race We're so much more Push downtrodden up You like to push then push out/up They came to push downtrodden up You like to push Then push out/up Get out and push! Downtrodden Up You like to push! then push up Get out and push! Downtrodden up You like to push! Well push out/up I found a new frontier in the Universe It's a familiar face It's the one that smiles when you feel most forgotten, and says: "Oh, I know you. It's been a long time. H-how are you doing? W-what are you doing now? You know, we come from the same place? We're from the same place." We come from the same place

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"Vocalist and songwriter Madigan Shive is a powerhouse in her own world, and Bonfire Madigan’s latest release, Saddle the Bridge, sets out to prove Shive’s masterful dominance, just in case there were any doubters hanging on after BMad’s debut, ...from the Burnpile." —PopMatters www.popmatters.com/review/bonfiremadigan-saddle/

"No longer will demented minds have to wonder what might have occurred had P.J. Harvey been a cellist of compelling ability. Madigan Shive, a k a Bonfire Madigan, has shown us the way. Mind you, the only real comparisons to Harvey exist in Shive's wonderously soulful voice that seems to come from the depths, but there it is. You will play "Mad Skywriting" over and over again, for its funky syncopations that are effortlessly balanced with a droning cello melody, and Shive's irresistible singing. Ascending and plummeting through the scale, growling and bellowing, this damsel is bowing out some serious jams." — Chicago Sun-Times

"... she is astounding. A fifth-generation Washingtonian, Shive brings a deep sense of history and place to the Northwest music scene, and seeing her perform is a confirmation that this region is special, and continues to produce wonders." Grant Cogswell — The Stranger Seattle, WA.

"Downtrodden Up is my favorite track." — Elliott Smith

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released December 11, 2017

Madigan Shive - vocals, cello, guitar on Downtrodden Up, cello plays percussion parts on Rachel's Song

Sheri Ozeki - contrabass, bells + whistles, additional vocals on Come Ask Her & Mad Skywriting

Tomas Palermo - drums, percussion

all songs writtien on, for & around the cello by Madigan Shive.
all songs recorded & mixed by Sheri Ozeki with Madigan
Except Come Ask Her, recorded & mixed by Blake Leyh
in LA or SF / Fall-Winter / 1999-2000
Rachel's songs lyrics from Kicking GIant (c) 1993 & melody theme from Vangelis (c) 1982
Middle spoken section of The Debut & Debauchery of Anna Magdelena from the poem My Mama Moved Among the Days by Lucille Clifton (c) 1969

*special thank you to the life & work of Arthur Russell 1951-1992

(c) MoonPuss Music 2000

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Bonfire Madigan San Diego, California

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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