Big Plants For The Weekend

by The Sinister Turns

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The Sinister Turns take a more sinister turn from their first record.

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released September 3, 2010

The Sinister Turns are: Sophie Besl (Bass/Vocals), Jared
Gruszecki (Drums), Susan Putnins (Piano/Vocals), Teddy
Sherrill (Keyboard), Dan Thorn (Guitar), Additional vocals
& instrumentation: Pat Belken & Cooper Conley-Currier
Recorded, engineered and mixed by Pat Belken (check out his other work at www.myspace.com/thezookeepers)
Artwork by Andrea Tsurumi (andreatsurumi.com)
Songs written by Susan Putnins
2010 The Sinister Turns
Email us at thesinisterturns@gmail.com

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The Sinister Turns are a four-piece independent pop-rock band based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, playing richly-orchestrated piano-driven pop influenced by Okkervil River, Mirah, the Organ, and Salvador Dali sliced eyes.

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Track Name: The Door Death Last Night Stood By
He said the tree of freedom grows on the blood of men like him
And if my hands overlaid his, well, it wouldn't have been a sin,
No caress, but blisters hot boiling with the lonely oxide
But I wanted more to see than this ambiguous bedside.

Did a breath in our defense cause a Rube Goldberg of trade winds?
Did the pestle and the sieve turn your memories to straightpins?
I'm darning in my diary the suspension of our war cry,
But how could you feel having stood at the door death last night stood by?

Think of how the minutes count the way we used to be,
A bit depressed but without the rest of body's gravity.
When I believe that I can't breathe, all that I want to do
Is think of how the minutes count my way home back to you.

I meant to hand you needle, thread, and provide potential patterns.
The fairest one pulled out her gun and the bullets turned to caverns.
But how could I prioritize what I want over what you need?
I wash our hands and clench my own but the whole damned thing still bleeds.

Think of how the minutes count the way we used to be.
So suspect to intersect the sordid memories.
Melting clocks and bedroom locks prevent our hands to feel.
Think of how the minutes count the layers left to peel.

I want to kiss your wounds
And make them yours again
So you can heal them in your own terms
And not the ones laid out by them.

Think of how the minutes count the way we used to be
And use it to remind us who we are and what we see.
The glasses mar the nearest star from visibility.
Think of how the minutes count the way we used to be.

Oh, think of how the minutes count the way we used to be.
Think of how the minutes count the way we used to be.
Track Name: Calypso
The instruments are full
But sound's empty, push and pull.
You pull me in like the tide,
I'm the vengeance, you're my pride.

I've been a thousand places
Tried on a thousand faces
Trying to find the one that fits.
Each time the plastic's thicker
Each time the sand is quicker
Each time I say I'll call it quits.

This tidal wave called you
Is coming closer through and through
And it washes my mask away.
Just when you think it's done
You gasp 'cause there's another one
So you shake your head and say:

"I'm ashamed to know you.
I'm ashamed to know you."

A symphony of sound, it's
Unlikely you're astounded
More chance the riptide's reeling.
I've lost my sense of feeling

'Cause the seashell's music plays
An orchestra of endless days,
The seven seas have wiped me out.
The message comes too soon
A draw between us, crack of noon.
Why must your words come pouring out?

I've been a thousand places
Tried on a thousand faces
Trying to find the one that fits.
Each time the plastic's thicker
Each time the sand is quicker
Each time I say I'll call it quits.

The push and pull of sea
Sweeps my mask away from me.
This monsoon season lasts all year.
But then to your surprise
Another's covering my eyes.
You say the last thing I want to hear:

"I'm ashamed to know you.
I'm ashamed to know you.
I'm ashamed to know you.
I'm ashamed to know you."
Track Name: Say It All Again
I, I know that it's impossible
But I turn it into parable
Where the moral is the saddest part:
We don't need to end up with a broken heart.

Once upon a time and far away
We supped on vitamins and Tanqueray.
In the parlor you helped me erupt,
Now your palladin hands shut me up

But I'll say it all again, say it all, say it all again.

And they made glasses with their hands
I drank and saw a lighter land.
I was weighed down by rules of pause,
There's only time, there is no cause.

Thinking it can't be fixed with idle prayers
I knocked out your teeth to comb your hair.
Ours, well you can see right through it,
So when we see one we say shoot it! shoot it! shoot it! shoot it!

Say it all again, say it all, say it all again.

Say it all again, I was trying to clear the view
I'll say it all again, but you don't, you don't want me to
I'll say it all again hoping that words will rescue you
I'll say it all again.

And the phone calls that tore my ears
Could not compare to your tears.
I'm sorry if I brought the scale,
Betrayed gold plates and turned you pale.

I used the most beautiful dagger
Twisted and the rubies were lacquered.
This time it's your heart that I'm after,
Kissed it and prepared for disaster.
It is such a dangerous tether
At least now you won't be together
And whether it's declared in letters
One day it'll get better.

Oh! Tomorrow you'll begin
A world that you deserve to live in.
No matter what's in emblazoned script
You already paid the price of it.

So I'll say it all again, say it all, say it all again.

Say it all again, I was try-trying to defend
I'll say it all again, does it need, does it need to end?
I'll always hate me just as much as I hated them
I'll say it all again.
Track Name: Glass Eyes
Hold out your hands, turn up your palms
And discard everything you know.
Your heartline's weak and your knuckles creak
From picking flowers in the snow.

I warned you of closing eyes and using lung
I warned you of keeping tendons highstrung.

I betrayed your darkest days
By saying my demands were wise
I wanted from you a stronger gaze
Instead you grew glass eyes.

Hold out your head, he echoed the wind
And lit the words upon the screen:
"He's not a rock, you're not an isle,
You're both the branches, roots and between."

I warned you that river stone can't replace bone
I warned you that both will leave you alone.

I betrayed your darkest days
By saying my demands were wise
I wanted from you a stronger gaze
Instead you grew glass eyes.

I warned you of sudden thoughts and stimuli
I warned you that endless plans go awry.

I betrayed your darkest days
By saying my demands were wise
I wanted from you a stronger gaze
Instead you grew glass eyes.

Hold out your arms, you tied them to mine
I wanted comfort with desire.
I held my breath and you swallowed yours.
I wanted embrace, not expire.
Track Name: Brighter Sky and Darker Weather
Why'd he have to say it in all that open space,
To ask about the progress of my California race?
The odometer was ticking down and everybody saw.
What'd they want, an MRI in a court of law?

In the tall tower I cringed
On anonymity my insanity hinged
It's like the puzzle pieces making awkward into crime
What'd they want - a shyer hand, or my peace of mind?
Rebound, rewind.

It's the coasting that undoes
All the barricades to flood
And it's the chastening of our love
That causes push to come to shove
And on that night she wore the mirror of our retribution
She saw the outcry in reverse and chose the same solution.

They say my heart is blooming in electric light
Fluorescent flower drinking voltage through polluted night
But I am more than just one pulse, a line across the plane.
As you watch, I will break into drops of rain
As you watch, I will break into drops of rain.
Return, refrain.

I was watching from the sides
As I was falling from the blinds
And I was catching in my arms
As I was sounding the alarms
But in the sun it was the man who wore the tree-bark armor
And 'cause the concrete wasn't on my neck, it made it harder.

I know the worst thing that I've done
Is tell you it was all or none.
One way, humanity is gone
The other and we move beyond.

It's the coasting that undoes
All the barricades to flood
And it's the chastening of our love
That causes push to come to shove
And I was watching from the sides
As I was falling from the blinds
And I was catching in my arms
As I was sounding the alarms.
There is no time tonight to talk about our revolution
We sit and dwell upon our past and present prosecution
And in the morning when we wake we'll find them tied together
Wrapped 'round the trees beneath the brighter sky and darker weather.
Track Name: You Are Not Supposed to Pass This Test
You are not supposed to pass this test.
You are supposed to fail like on the other ones
To fail like all the rest
And you are not supposed to confess
How you waited all day long
To take the fire, make it strong.

You are not supposed to understand
All the words that I'm not saying,
All the scriptures in the sand
And you are not supposed to demand
That I take it all in stride
And I share what I've inside.

That's not what we both agreed on
That you'd be someone I could lean on
So if I question how you feel
It's 'cause it wasn't part of the deal.

You were the steady drum parade
And that's okay, yeah that's okay
You held my breath when I would pray
And that's okay, yeah that's okay
But you are not supposed to say
That "it's okay, yeah it's okay."

You are not allowed to be sincere,
You've gotta say the happy words
And actually think what I fear
And you are not allowed to hold me dear.
You cannot take away the harm
With the pressure of your arm.

I never dared hope we'd be so good
But now I'm frightened that we could,
So if I bite, if I attack
It's because I want my money back.

And you were a Guinness renegade
And that's okay, yeah that's okay
You were young enough to stray
And that's okay, yeah that's okay
But you are not allowed to say
That "it's okay, that it's okay."

So what do I do when you do?
You're breaking my heart being true!
I'm scared of this side of the blue
So if I push your buttons it's 'cause

You were not supposed to pass this test.
You were supposed to fail like on the other ones,
To fail like all the rest
And you were not supposed to confess
How you waited all day long
To take the fire, make it strong.

You had your blinders on display
And that's okay yeah that's okay
But now you're putting them away
Is that okay, is that okay?
I'll learn to love it when you say
That "it's okay, yeah it's okay."

I'll learn to love it when you say
That "it's okay, yeah it's okay."
Track Name: The Book Of Therapeutic Psalms
Nervous fingers, nervous palms
Folding down the corners of the book of therapeutic psalms.
Cool down, breathe in, and look around.
This is the safety net, this is the battleground.

As I recall, I thought I knew it all,
But every night I fall from my prophetic wall,
But if I don't toe the line I know that I'll be fine.
Just give me time, just give me time.

So you told me that I'll come first
But oh I hunger, oh I claw for some present tense to quench my thirst.
I'm gonna take the T to Chinatown and I'm never coming back around,
No way, at least not today, not if it's not in my own way.

And I know that it's cliche, but if I push you away
It's because I am afraid of the demons that I play
But if I don't toe the line I know that I'll be fine.
Just give me time, just give me time.

No rock can crush it
No knife can cut it
No top can cap it
No cloth can wrap it
No buffer buffs
No love's enough
All roads are rough
And I've had enough!

I want it! I need it!
I fight it! I feed it!
I write it! I read it!
I spite it! I heed it!

There's nothing more that I want now
Than to open up and take it down.