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No Excalibur

by Tele Novella

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Recorded by Paul Millar at Bug Sound and Mastered by Barry Simon


Silence is delivering its
Monologue to the dumbstruck night
Eighteen layers of paint on the house
crying so softly in this quiet

Oh, I have known so many nights like this
I'm on my own, I'm on my own

A statue, fully-formed, in the middle of a stone
I'm no Excalibur, I'll get out on my own

Dancing streets step on my feet
I myself never learned to lead
Orphan dreams growing like weeds
I've got my pockets filled with seeds

Oh, I have known so many nights like this
I'm on my own, I'm on my own

I called into the night and got a cosmic dial tone
Don't try to cut it out, it goes straight to the bone

All I have is a grain of sand
Pressed in the precious mouth of an oyster
Though it's slight, I'm up all night
Who am I to find a pea under the mattress?

Yet--I can feel it rise
It brings tears to my eyes
and decorates my whole life
Reel in the line
Hold it up to the light
I know what I've got
But I don't know why
they ever bite.


released November 8, 2013


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Tele Novella Austin, Texas

Tele Novella is a project out of Lockhart, Texas--a small town lost in time--where their classic and sincere pop songwriting is slowly processed through a loner medieval-tonk machine and then captured on cassette 8-track. Their latest record, Merlynn Belle, was the music they wanted to be making all along but didn't know until it happened accidentally. It's out now on Kill Rock Stars. ... more

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