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This was one of the last songs written and recorded by the entity once known as Lil Tiger. We were realizing that our record deal was falling apart but we responded by continuing to write and record at our original low-budget studio, owned by Joe the bassist, so essentially free. The lyrics play on the two definitions of Palisades, one being a natural feature of steep cliffs alongside water and the other being a fortified fence such as were used in Celtic villages, to ward off potential invaders. The idea of trespassing on dangerous ground is relevant to both definitions and used here as a metaphor of the negotiations of relationships, not to sound too pedantic!

Once again, we used a lot of analogue sound effects in the studio and nobody took any notes so I couldn't tell you, for example, where the cello lick is from and no more could I identify the bass woodwind or other orchestral elements.

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Each heavy second
Thick with sound
And chained to my empty ache
Drops down a lonely chasm
A leaden feather
Of the offering bird I gave you
And you pushed
You pushed it over

Once you sang a road
An empty road
I thought to wander round
Love is like a blind walk
On the steep edge of the Palisades
That drop 20,000 feet down

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And oh the line
The line that moves
That isn't ever where it was
Oh the line
That marks my trespass

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Lost in my travel along your borders
Your unforgiving hairpin corners
I cannot see the time before
But from this high ridge of alone
I see your fence
The line I crossed

I see the labour
The path of rocks
The steep and narrow path
Where lost I tried to turn around
But found
That going up no matter what
Was easier by far
Than coming down

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And oh the line
The line that moves
That isn't ever where it was
Oh the line
That marks my trespass

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from The Tragic Tale of Lil Tiger or How the Music Bizniz Destroyed My Best Recording and Derailed My Life (San Francisco 1999​-​2001), track released June 30, 1999
Tim Mooney - Drums
Michael Belfer - Guitars, loops
Joe Goldring - Bass
Diana Trimble - Voice
and featuring the Unknown DJ!
Sounds, samples and Production - Lil Tiger

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Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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