The Breaking Light (Live at Yoshi's)

by Vienna Teng and Alex Wong

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    March 2011

    A few weeks ago we tried covering Vampire Weekend's song "I Think Ur A Contra," using only the sound of Alex's waterphone and Vienna's playing of the rim of a wineglass. It went over decently that night at Rockwood, but we thought the idea was worth exploring further, so we set a goal to write a whole new song around that sound—in time to perform at The Bell House two days later. On the car ride over to the venue, we had an arrangement but no words; we were still frantically writing lyrics as the opening band started their set. Sometimes songs are most fun written that way—quickly, one idea building off another, with no time for second-guessing or over-analyzing.

    Recorded live at Yoshi's Oakland on March 13, 2011. Extra special thanks to the audiences that night for their gorgeous choir singing!

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lyrics

watch the shadow lines fade away
brother you will return
let your lion heart cleave the waves
brother you will return
in the breaking light

leave the battlefield, leave her hand
brother you will return
we are a woven thread—find the strand
brother you will return
in the breaking light

so listen to the darkness, listen to the patterns
listen to the breathing sea
listen to the colors, carry them inside you
they will bring you back to me
in the breaking light

feel the ground beneath sweep and sway
brother we will return
feel the hollow dream slip away
brother we will return
in the breaking light

listen to the darkness, listen to the patterns
listen to the breathing sea
listen to the colors, carry them inside you
they will bring you back to me
listen to the sirens, listen to the heartbeat
listen to the turning tide
listen to the murmurs, carry them inside you
'til we're on the other side
in the breaking light

credits

released March 17, 2011
Written by Alex Wong and Vienna Teng
Vienna Teng: vocals, wine glasses, piano
Alex Wong: waterphone, whiskey bottle, vocals
Audience at Yoshi's Oakland: vocals
Recorded by Jamie at Yoshi's, Alex Wong, and Michele Santiago
Mixed by Eddie Jackson

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