Tongues & Teeth

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"Tongues & Teeth" by Il Gato

All songs written and performed by IL GATO / Pari Passu Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

Produced by IL GATO
All songs written by IL GATO
Daimian Holiday Scott (vocals, lyrics, guitar, piano, microkorg, percussion, etc.)
Andrew Thomas (vocals, upright/electric bass, etc.)
John Major (vocals, piano, electric guitar, drums, etc.)

Additional musicians:

Rima Ash (violin)
Annie Bacon (vocals)
Yates Brown (banjo)
Matthew Souther (trumpet, flugelhorn)

Recorded and Mixed at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, CA
Overdubs recorded at various homes in San Francisco & Oakland, CA
Engineered by Ian Pelicci and IL GATO
Mastered at SAE in Phoenix, AZ by Roger Seibel
Artwork by Daimian Holiday Scott. Image is part of public domain.

Thank you to all of our families, friends, fans and loved ones!

Cata Atria, Michelle Dawson, Annie Bacon, Jeremy Mulder, Tony Brasunas, Deanna Zabaldo, EDD, John Vanderslice, Ian Pelicci, Roger + Mary Seibel, the Bay Area, the kind people who made this possible via Kickstarter and, of course, the simple times and the times which make those simple times so magical.

Love,

IL GATO


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LYRICS
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The Minutes Excite

“Take your hand and trace the lines”, I said
“Follow the cracks to see where our future is being led”
Because sometimes it feels like this body knows more than my head
Maybe now is the time to trust these feet instead
Time to just start walking without another word being said

It seems like we lead a long and ragged life
The wrinkles accounting for every single sore, scrape, bruise, break, pain and strife
But now the sun hits your skin and I can see nothing but light
The glare all around brightening every single thing in sight
The seconds exist, but the minutes. . . the minutes excite!

Because these are our bones, that have been broken long, I’m amazed they have kept working since the day their struggle proved too strong
So touch your hands to mine, as in this moment we’ll find there’s nothing more divine then knowing we’ll keep moving forward to the light

There is no way we can help but grow so now I know everything will turn out right
The seconds exist, but the minutes. . . the minutes excite!



The Timing

As I looked past my hand there was just no way to understand how we’re always in a stance trying to survive
While attempting to avoid the blows I thought of all the things I’ll never know and how easily this can all be so terrifying

The world seems so much bigger than us, it can break our leg it can lose our trust and it seems no matter what we want we’re walking the line
Poisonous clouds up there in the air, or something entirely new to fear, and it always wrestles with my ear, “Are we dying?”?

We must protect our fragile bones and our fragile hearts, (as the time we have has an end and it seems like we just started
to rest our feet as the days discreetly got up and walked away), and now it seems like all we doo-doo-doo

With so many things we will never know something told us it was finally time to grow and so we decided it was time to decide
We made a choice to love the simple times, legs kicked up with a bottle of wine but what finally made us change our minds?

We must protect our fragile bones and our fragile hearts, (as the time we have has an end and it seems like we just started
to rest our feet as the days discreetly got up and walked away) and now it seems like all we doo-doo-doo

It was the way we were raised, it was the place of our birth,
It was the spots of the sun, the rotation of the earth
It was the fate of our teeth, it was being lost in the sound,
It was the color of our blood, it was whatever never beat us down,

It was the roaring of the waves, it was the temperature of the sea,
It was the meaning of the words, it was our tongues which were lazy
It was the searching for the truth, the fact we’re always climbing
It was how it was all on the line and it was the timing.
The Timing.
The Timing.
The Timing!



The Buzzing of the Bees

Sit up straight, hold your head up, son!
Take it from me, one’s work is never done.
Brush your teeth and make your bed,
The buzzing of the bees will always live in your head.

Look at your hand and now slap your face.
This is how it feels when you’re actually in pain.
So lay down the guns, shuck the bullets out.
You can stop waiting for a war, when it’s here there will be no doubt.



The Static (Please Turn This Radio Off)

Although there is magic where we stand, our lives will never seem as grand
Please turn this radio off
But still these fingertips automatically reach for the next prize which is just out of reach,
Please turn this radio off
The buzz in my head must never reach its bed,
So won’t you please turn this radio off
Please turn this radio off
Please turn this radio off
Please turn this radio off

But I’ve tried to be stronger and wiser still but I’ve only ever been as smart as my will,
Please turn this radio off
Because it’s hard to trust these hands when we know everywhere they’ve been,
Please turn this radio off
The static within my ear only plays everything I fear,
So won’t you please turn this radio off
Please turn this radio off
Please turn this radio off
Please turn this radio off



The Ruse

I scraped my hand on this ground we stand we are sometimes so much smarter than all these paths which we choose
As the phone went dead the thoughts they twirled around my head although I know you said there was nothing we could even do

We must make no mistake, as all of these bones can break, sometimes the blood isn’t fake so let us try not to confuse
Because sometimes life get’s tough, and it becomes hard to love, and no matter what we want it all feels like a ruse

And now we try, as the birds fly on by, to look life straight in the eyes and say our ‘I do’s
We must attempt to bare our skin, accept the darkness where our eyes have been and find our strength while knowing full well all we could lose

* RUSE - From Middle English, from Old French - “evasive movements of a pursued animal”



Slap your Tongue

Hold my hand, you said, and step into the light
Hold your tongue, it is love and it’s a sword and it is mine

Slap my hand, let’s celebrate our love and let it shine
Slap my face, hold me close, stroke my hair and let’s fuck all night

Own your house, plant a garden outside and paint the walls white
Own your time, all these precious moments that we have, because they’re always slipping by



Attitude (As You Do)

Thought back to the time we stayed up all night
The moon undressed as we talked so long we almost saw the morning light
I thought the world would always be on the tip of my tongue
Instead we only plateau while we slowly grow withered from the sun

As you do
As you do
As you do
As you do

But still we just can’t help but to celebrate
All these moments we gain while the earth it rotates
Now as we look at our parent’s and see a future we might not want
How do we embrace the lines and further the celebration?

Attitude
Attitude
Attitude
As you do



The Promised Land

We’re on our way to the promised land
No matter what you say, nothing can ever hold us back
The cymbals’ sashay as they feel the tip-tappin’ of our feet walking on past
On this wind-swept bay the stars are all falling so fast it feels as if they are on the attack

Because I know
Yes, I know we’re going home

There are dancers of light pirouetting as we walk through
Pianos tinkling in time on all four corners of this moon
No clocks tick-tocking in rhyme as we’re surrounded by the colors red, orange, green, grey, gold and blue
A huge blinking sign proclaiming “Don’t you worry about a thing! Rest your bones, you are just dreaming!”

Because I know
Yes, I know we’re already home



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ADDITIONAL LYRICS (Not on album)
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The Tide

Try the drugs, try to control your breath
Though I’m not sure if there is any way to prepare for what comes next
So can your vegetables and can your fruit
The buzzed look in our eyes let me know exactly just what to do

Now I cut the ropes and remove the fabric from our eyes
As I couldn’t help but sneeze from the sudden light
We fought through our youth with a will to survive
But now that we finally have grown we realize we’re at the mercy of the tide

So, let us just sit down and enjoy this meal
Say our blessings and ask for no appeal
Because there is sun and food and everything we need
Let us build a home, start a fire and grow a family



The Wind

I keep hearing that same song again, the one which we always used to love
But now these ears of mine sense a dissonance, these eyes finally see the writing on the wall

All the lazy tongues say it was just ‘the time’,
Just one more secret we will never know;

But I’ve always wanted to hear you call my name as you pass on by
Because I’ve always been in love with the wind
Because I’ve always been in love with the wind
I’ve always been in love with the wind

Now my hand is resting on my heart again, calming the inevitable rushing of my blood
Maybe all there to say now is “amen”, and accept this life is not meant to be understood

Now all the lazy tongues say it’s part of the design
Just one more secret we will never know
But I’ve always wanted to hear you call my name as you pass on by
Because I’ve always been in love with the wind
Because I’ve always been in love with the wind
I’ve always been in love with the wind



The Pantomime

Drop the cape and raise the flag, there was a time for rest but that time has passed, though all these moments are truly beautiful while they last
But there was a time for that and now there is a time for this, so release your teeth and unclench your lips, this is our day to make up for all we missed

These words will fly, you can’t deny, just don’t hold your tongue as they pass on by
These words will fly, you can’t deny, just don’t hold your tongue as they pass on by

In your life there will come a chance, to control your eyes or just shut up and dance, so soften your knees, do your best to remove your stance
Some say we’ve all died and come back again, our time in the clouds was just a vacation, so enjoy the light, now calcified, and embrace the sun

These words will fly, you can’t deny, just don’t hold your tongue as they pass on by
These words will fly, you can’t deny, just don’t hold your tongue as they pass on by

Because if there is only thing you hear or only one thing I say, we might not control the future or past but we have today, so let it do it’s thing and please just ride the wave
Because we create our world and we created time, and we up hear have only this one big pantomime to forget all else and come alive

These words will fly, you can’t deny, just don’t hold your tongue as they pass on by
These words will fly, you can’t deny, just don’t hold your tongue as they pass on by



The Fire (Aimee)

I remember the fire which was in your eyes, a flame I want to stand near
I remember the lion which was in my heart who gnashed his teeth, and now I don’t know how I got to here

So, don’t you start. No, don’t you start.

There have been many lovers on my tongue, the birds have all flown around,
I’m trying to build my house with stone, although I know one day (with your weight) this could all fall down

So, don’t you start. No, don’t you start.

No, don’t you start on me now.
No, don’t you start on me now, Aimee.



Unfolded/Undressed

Don’t you say that I would play with puppets in disguise and never believe with my own eyes if you took that which set the lights for the stage away from me?
In your own words could you ever have killed your sage, incensed by rage, as they broke the insane chains and the framed frames only to eventually set you free?

I would never believe
No, I could never believe
Oh, I would never believe the darkness lyin’ behind your eyes could breathe
Because lyin’ eyes they could never see

Don’t you say that your life never came easy and that’s why you had to fight so greedily for every little seedy thing for your world, so brief and needy, but which you call home?
In your own words could you ever have guessed that your own words, when the stresses slowly unfurled and they unfolded undressed, would contain traces of empty nests and all of the muted memories of which you stole?

I would never believe
No, I could never believe
Oh, I would never believe that your words would sound the same if you had known
That your words would sound the same if you had known
That your words would sound the same if you had known
That your words would sound the same if you believed



The Dried Sage & The Leaving

When we left your eyes were screaming from the dried sage and the leaving while I couldn’t help perceiving somehow my steps were wrong
The distance between us was growing and all the light bulbs were finally a glowing but there are certain things your heart doesn’t want to know and now all these seconds feel so strong
Forget the dreams of our house so white, calloused knuckles from trying to do right, there won’t be another night of pursed lips and whispered songs
The black all around is creeping, silent pokes to keep me from sleeping and now I just can’t help believing that this life is so long

Now I will just lay down
and try my best to forget
that the earth it still turns all around
Time to let the days unfurl and love this crazy world unwound
as these clinked teeth desperately try to make a sound
as these clinked teeth desperately try to make a sound
as these clinked teeth desperately try to make a sound
to make a sound
to make a sound
to make a sound


The Facts and the Cost

We tried to rise, we tried to fight, so I don’t know why this time it was hard to understand
No matter what we do, who we lose, and what we choose it’s always slipping through our hands
Our lines were crossed, our hearts were in knots, we knew the cost and it wasn’t happening again
so we said, but then it came
a brand new rule, encased in flames
we wanted to survive, to find a little bit of strength
but we just fell down, and lost our way

The next time we got more personal, we played the game and laid sleights at your feet
We mentioned the facts, presented our official papers in stacks, we even sent the fax but we made sure not to cheat
It seemed like there was a chance, but you did your dance and now you resume your stance as you expertly whittle all your deceit
but we couldn’t wait, we called it quits
the lines we made, we tried to respect
but it was too late, I must admit
it was time to part, to finally submit

But now as we finally walk alone
we can admit to ourselves all that we don’t know
we will plant the seeds and hope they will grow, to the sky, into the night

Whatever we do we must not hesitate
We must find a time for rest and a time to appreciate
we are here right now but it can all so easily slip away, slip away, slip away, slip away

Save the Earth! Save the parks! Save yourself and get back to the land!
Fight a war! Fight your dad! Fight all those lessons they planted in your head!
Grow a garden! Grow a pair! Grow right now or risk the chance of winding up dead!

Because a time can come, when all our castles made of sand
Will all fall down, and nature will rise again
All your hit songs, will have no demand
All your stomping feet, will not be able to stand
All our tightened throats, will be ready to expand
Of your heart and of my hand, only apart do we understand
Of your heart and of my hand, only apart do we understand
Of your heart and of my hand, only apart do we understand

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IL GATO is a folk-rock band from Gainesville, Florida who had their start in San Francisco, California. Their newest album is titled "Tongues & Teeth".

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Track Name: The Minute's Excite
The Minute's Excite


“Take your hand and trace the lines”, I said
“Follow the cracks to see where our future is being led”
Because sometimes it feels like this body knows more than my head
Maybe now is the time to trust these feet instead
Time to just start walking without another word being said

It seems like we lead a long and ragged life
The wrinkles accounting for every single sore, scrape, bruise, break, pain and strife
But now the sun hits your skin and I can see nothing but light
The glare all around brightening every single thing in sight
The seconds exist, but the minutes. . . the minutes excite!

Because these are our bones, that have been broken long, I’m amazed they have kept working since the day their struggle proved too strong
So touch your hands to mine, as in this moment we’ll find there’s nothing more divine then knowing we’ll keep moving forward to the light

There is no way we can help but grow so now I know everything will turn out right
The seconds exist, but the minutes. . . the minutes excite!
Track Name: The Timing
The Timing


As I looked past my hand there was just no way to understand how we’re always in a stance trying to survive
While attempting to avoid the blows I thought of all the things I’ll never know and how easily this can all be so terrifying

The world seems so much bigger than us, it can break our leg it can lose our trust and it seems no matter what we want we’re walking the line
Poisonous clouds up there in the air, or something entirely new to fear, and it always wrestles with my ear, “Are we dying?”?

We must protect our fragile bones and our fragile hearts, (as the time we have has an end and it seems like we just started
to rest our feet as the days discreetly got up and walked away), and now it seems like all we doo-doo-doo


With so many things we will never know something told us it was finally time to grow and so we decided it was time to decide
We made a choice to love the simple times, legs kicked up with a bottle of wine but what finally made us change our minds?

We must protect our fragile bones and our fragile hearts, (as the time we have has an end and it seems like we just started
to rest our feet as the days discreetly got up and walked away) and now it seems like all we doo-doo-doo


It was the way we were raised, it was the place of our birth,
It was the spots of the sun, the rotation of the earth
It was the fate of our teeth, it was being lost in the sound,
It was the color of our blood, it was whatever never beat us down,

It was the roaring of the waves, it was the temperature of the sea,
It was the meaning of the words, it was our tongues which were lazy
It was the searching for the truth, the fact we’re always climbing
It was how it was all on the line and it was the timing.
The Timing.
The Timing.
The Timing!
Track Name: The Buzzing of the Bees
The Buzzing of the Bees


Sit up straight, hold your head up, son!
Take it from me, one’s work is never done.
Brush your teeth and make your bed,
The buzzing of the bees will always live in your head.

Look at your hand and now slap your face.
This is how it feels when you’re actually in pain.
So lay down the guns, shuck the bullets out.
You can stop waiting for a war, when it’s here there will be no doubt.
Track Name: The Fiery Nights
The Fiery Nights


Go tell the stars and the fiery nights that we’ll be just fine
Slipped on the ice as the night it froze and we chose not to drive
Held my hand as we watched the blurring lights all slip on by
Limping along but still reeling because tonight you’re mine

Dropped my coat and felt your tongue down my throat as we walk inside
While the lights of the moon stumble in out of the night
Fell on the bed as we forgot all we said and softened our eyes
Kissed your lips with all that meant and we survived

The lights they all went out
The quiet removes all doubt
because it was in the solemn stare, with your eyes laid bare, the looks we shared that night

So, go tell the stars and the fiery nights that we’ll be just fine
It’s been a week since we clinked our teeth and stayed in that night
The great abyss rests beyond our lips but we won’t mind
So, go tell the stars and the fiery nights we’ll be just fine
Track Name: The Static (Please Turn This Radio Off)
The Static (Please Turn This Radio Off)


Although there is magic where we stand, our lives will never seem as grand
Please turn this radio off
But still these fingertips automatically reach for the next prize which is just out of reach,
Please turn this radio off

The buzz in my head must never reach its bed,
So won’t you please turn this radio off
Please turn this radio off
Please turn this radio off
Please turn this radio off


But I’ve tried to be stronger and wiser still but I’ve only ever been as smart as my will,
Please turn this radio off
Because it’s hard to trust these hands when we know everywhere they’ve been,
Please turn this radio off

The static within my ear only plays everything I fear,
So won’t you please turn this radio off
Please turn this radio off
Please turn this radio off
Please turn this radio off
Track Name: The Ruse
The Ruse


I scraped my hand on this ground we stand we are sometimes so much smarter than all these paths which we choose
As the phone went dead the thoughts they twirled around my head although I know you said there was nothing we could even do

We must make no mistake, as all of these bones can break, sometimes the blood isn’t fake so let us try not to confuse
Because sometimes life get’s tough, and it becomes hard to love, and no matter what we want it all feels like a ruse

And now we try, as the birds fly on by, to look life straight in the eyes and say our ‘I do’s
We must attempt to bare our skin, accept the darkness where our eyes have been and find our strength while knowing full well all we could lose
Track Name: Slap Your Tongue
Slap Your Tongue


Hold my hand, you said, and step into the light
Hold your tongue, it is love and it’s a sword and it is mine

Slap my hand, let’s celebrate our love and let it shine
Slap my face, hold me close, stroke my hair and then let’s fuck all night

Own your house, plant a garden outside and paint the walls white
Own your time, all these precious moments that we have, because they’re always slipping by
Track Name: Attitude (As You Do)
Attitude (As You Do)


Thought back to the time we stayed up all night
The moon undressed as we talked so long we almost saw the morning light
I thought the world would always be on the tip of my tongue
Instead we only plateau while we slowly grow withered from the sun

As you do
As you do
As you do
As you do

But still we just can’t help but to celebrate
All these moments we gain while the earth it rotates
Now as we look at our parent’s and see a future we might not want
How do we embrace the lines and further the celebration?

Attitude
Attitude
Attitude
As you do
Track Name: The Promised Land
The Promised Land


We’re on our way to the promised land
No matter what you say, nothing can ever hold us back
The cymbals’ sashay as they feel the tip-tappin’ of our feet walking on past
On this wind-swept bay the stars are all falling so fast it feels as if they are on the attack

Because I know
Yes, I know we’re going home


There are dancers of light pirouetting as we walk through
Pianos tinkling in time on all four corners of this moon
No clocks tick-tocking in rhyme as we’re surrounded by the colors red, orange, green, grey, gold and blue
A huge blinking sign proclaiming “Don’t you worry about a thing! Rest your bones, you are just dreaming!”

Because I know
Yes, I know we’re already home