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Entered By: grantb on April 23, 2011 No Observations

SONG: “Grains of Aragonite.” (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on Primitive sea creature sports eyes made of rock, LiveScience, 14 Apr 11, as used in the post “Eyes of stone.”

ABSTRACT: I grew up on the beach. Chitons were always around. They’re one of the hardest animals to get to know, because they really have nearly no observable behavior. Stare at a clam, it’ll bury itself and stick up a snorkel. Stare at a yellowtail jack, it’ll swim around, nibble a few things, then dart out to deeper water. Stare at a chiton and it’ll… well, I guess stare back, we now know.

I wanted this to be as minimal and stripped down as possible. Peculiarly, in order to get it really stripped down, I’d have to buy some equipment (a breakout box) to get both the vocals and the guitar to sound right while playing them at the same time. This is a guitar track and a vocal track with some nearly subliminal stuff behind them to round ‘em out and smooth ‘em over. At least that’s the idea.

[Hat tip to Ms Stone]
Lyrics:

Why can’t you show me
The unlit shape
Of 20 unlit moons.
I can’t hold my breath
Through the unlit night
I can’t sleep inside your room
(E F)
I can’t sleep inside your room.

Why can’t you show me
The water in your sky
Let me feel these tides
Looking through your stony

(CH)
eyes – between the armor carried on my back
Before the shells we’re in begin to crack
Cling so tightly to the things we bring to light
in grains of aragonite
in grains of aragonite

Help me understand
Put my face under your hands
Feel my scar-marked past
Holding my heart of glass
(E-F)
Heart of glass.

I’ll help you understand
Run your fingers through this sand
Soon you’ll recognize
What lies behind my stony

(CH)
eyes – between the armor carried on my back
Before the shells we’re in begin to crack
Cling so tightly to the things we bring to light
in grains of aragonite
in grains of aragonite

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