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Bring Me The Workhorse

by My Brightest Diamond

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Bring Me The Workhorse courageously gathers all the essential elements of classical and pop to create an album that breaks down the barriers of both worlds. These songs are simultaneously gentle and urgent, evoking moments of tremendous joy and sorrow with the magnitude of Italian opera and the modesty of a Japanese haiku.

Under Shara’s gaze, ordinary objects begin to have supernatural meanings. A robin’s nest, a grocery list, a glass bottle come to represent love, mortality, and the overwhelming need to "freak out" every once in a while. Shara is not afraid to use superlatives. But she also considers the benefits of self-control. This is most evident in the carefulness of her arrangements. Earthy drums and bass guitar are augmented by Celeste, music boxes, prepared piano, and a string quartet; each song is scrupulously composed and arranged by Shara herself.

Shara’s songwriting reconciles the high art of opera with the low-brow of the folk song by compounding them into a form that is both as sublime as it is pragmatic. The music is set in transcendent landscapes familiar to Wagner’s operas, but it is also planted firmly in the materials of everyday life: dirt, tree branches, bird feathers and thrown away charms. Strings and chimes beckon mysterious apparitions, but Shara’s tone of voice is dead serious.

Almost every song pivots around a moment of crisis, distilling stories to their most distressing points of contact: a phone call, an injured horse, a dragonfly caught in a spider’s web. Shara doesn’t share all the information — just the stuff that matters. The effect is a sensational compression of time, in which an entire event is summarized in a single note. This, of course, is the essence of opera. But My Brightest Diamond is much more than musical theater.

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released September 11, 2006

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My Brightest Diamond Detroit, Michigan

As impressive as her list of recent collaborators, Shara Worden’s voice and arresting live performances have left audiences thunderstruck from the Sydney Opera house to Lincoln Center to the House of Blues. She’s performed under the experimental-pop moniker My Brightest Diamond for the last seven years, and counts The National, The Decemberists, Bon Iver, David Byrne as friends and fans. ... more

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Track Name: Something of an End
When you came jumping down the stairs
Screaming bloody awful
You woke up God and everyone
Screaming bloody awful

So I took you to the doctor
He said, 'Ay, it's a bad one.'
'And the such ashame about it,
Is she's so pretty.'

And then the earth started shaking
And, yeah, it was crazy
Heaven and hell came crashing down

And then the earth started shaking
Yeah, it was crazy
Heaven and hell came crashing
They came crashing

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It was beautiful(beautiful)
And terrible(terrible)
So beautiful(beautiful)
And terrible(terrible)

Phone call
And now I spiked
And somebody get...
It's a sound you never forget

Because the earth starts shaking
And, yeah, it's crazy
Heaven and hell come crashing down

And then the earths starts shaking
Yeah, it's so crazy
Heaven and Hell come crashing
They come crashing
They come c-c-c-crashing

It's so beautiful(beautiful)
And terrible(terrible)
So beautiful(beautiful)
And terrible(terrible)

It was something of an end
Of a lovely and a wild thing
So beautiful in the morning
You're beautiful
So beautiful
You're beautiful
In the morning

And I can't seem to get it through your head
No matter what I do
I can't seem to get it through your head
That I will always love you
Track Name: Golden Star
I always felt so far from you
Like something wasn't right
But tonight
I rest my head inside the crook of your arm
And I feel like a golden star exploding

(Tonight we are full up)
(Tonight we rejoice)
Exploding
(You are my golden star)
Exploding

One
Two
Though everything has come undone
The distance between us closes
And everything is suddenly exploding

(Tonight we are full up)
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(Tonight we rejoice)
Exploding
(You are my golden star)
Exploding

Tonight we are full up
In spite we rejoice
Tonight we are full up
In spite we rejoice
Like stars(exploding)
Exploding(exploding)

Exploding
(Exploding)
(3x)
Track Name: Gone Away
Far away you've gone, and left me here
So cold without you, so lonely dear
May June July I count the time
Every minute I go takes the smell of your clothes
Further away

'Cause you've gone away
Where there isn't a telephone wire
Still I wait by the phone
You don't even write to say goodbye
Goodbye

I have saved every piece of paper
Like grocery lists and note cards
To do lists and race scores
So just in case you change your mind
And come back, I've kept everything safe

While you're gone away
Where there isn't a telephone wire
Still I wait by the phone
You don't even write to say goodbye

Get me out get me off
Get me out get me off
Oh this is a ride going nowhere
But somewhere that I despise
Going nowhere to end up with a tearful
I don't wanna go on with these pieces of paper
That you left behind

This is a ride going nowhere
But somewhere that I despise
Going nowhere to end up with a tearful
I don't wanna go on with these pieces of paper
To keep me company in my old age

While you're gone away
Where there isn't a telephone wire
Still I wait by the phone
Why don't you write to say goodbye
Goodbye
Track Name: Dragonfly
I once saw a dragonfly
Caught in a spider's web
As I looked at her once more
I thought that she was dead

So I left her alone and I went on my way
And I was dreaming of Paris and Pierre Boulez
But she called to me with a beat of her wing
She called to me and said free me

She said come and fly away
With me tonight
Come and fly away
With me
Come and fly away
With me tonight
She said ah ah ah…

I've been up there before
Riding the wind and
Laughing and open
But now I am afraid of flying
I am afraid of finding the black again
I am afraid of flying
I am afraid of finding the black fade, black again

She said come and fly away
With me tonight
Come and fly away
With me
Come and fly away
With me tonight
She said ah ah ah…
Track Name: We Were Sparkling
There was a silver tree
Down by a river wide
That's where we would go
To hang our pretty things
& watch the wind blow

There used to be a tree
Where we took our pretty things
We'd hook them by a thread
Golden egg lipstick and feathers
Pieces of glass, chandelier baubles
And empty bottles of wine
And watch the light shine through

I'm afraid to forget you
I am remembering you
You were sparkling
Track Name: Disappear
One day I may disappear
Don't be too surprised
'Cause I got tired of noisy alarms
And phone bills

And I don't think we're meant to stay here very long
I don't dream of bringing heaven down not like this
I'd rather move on

One day I may go for the longest walk
Don't be too shocked
'Cause I get tired of sneaky societies
And combat boots

And I don't think we're meant to stay here very long
I don't dream of bringing heaven down not like this
I'd rather move on
Track Name: The Robin's Jar
Once we found a robin
In our backyard
It was already dead
But we were so sure
That things weren't gone too far

So we prayed to God above
That He'd bring it back to us
And we put it in a jar
And waited, and waited

But mama made us bury it
Mama made us bury it
In the backyard

I wished to be just like my best friend
She was the brightest star in the room
Yeah but we didn't know what we had

With the world pressing in
On her backyard
She fell in backwards
She fell in backwards

With the world pressing in
On her backyard
She fell in backwards

We prayed to God above
That He'd bring her back to us
So we put her in a box
We put her in a box
And waited
For something to happen
But nothing happened

But mama made me bury her
Mama made me bury her
Mama made me bury her in the backyard
Track Name: Magic Rabbit
I had a magic that could sing
Maybe I took her from her mother too early
She never came out of recovery

Even on summer days she'd complain
She couldn't take the chill out of her bones
Maybe I took her from her mother too early
I put her outside in the sunshine

All the rabbits died for supper tonight
All the rabbits died in the spotlight

I had a magic that would sing
And boy oh boy was she a pretty thing
By some great mystery she looked to me
Like she was wearing thin

Are you fading away magic
Are you fading away
Are you fading away all the rabbits died
Are you fading in the spotlight

Are you fading away magic
Are you fading away all the rabbits died
Are you fading away in the spotlight
Are you fading my magic rabbit
Magic, oh
Are you fading away magic
Are you fading away, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit…
Track Name: The Good and The Bad Guy
Sometimes when I tell the story of you
I make you out to be the bad guy
And though it's true
Sometimes you're the bad guy
You're still mine

Sometimes when I paint the picture
It's easier just to remember
The awful things you said
And what you chose to do with legitimate need
You made like a fool
You made like a fool but you're still mine
And I want you
I want you
I do

Why does it hurt more to recall
Your good side, your good side
I always went to you for advice
You were a wise one, a wise one then
When I think about you in that time
It's harder to hate you then

But sometimes I want to hate you as the bad guy
But I want you
I want you the good and the bad guy
The good and the bad guy
The good and the bad guy
The good and the bad guy
Track Name: Workhorse
Somewhere sunshine burns
A dark but common horse
When he fell by the wayside
No one seemed to notice him

'Cause you're no good to us
Lost all your youth
And all of your usefulness
And you know that

No good to us
Lost all that you could
To a no, no, no, no
No good to us
Lost all your lost all your youthfulness
And left with a precious little good
Good to us lost all that you could
To a no, no, no, no…

Bring me the workhorse
Bring me the no good workhorse

'Cause you're no good to us
Lost all your youth and all of your usefulness
And you know that
No good to us
Lost all that you could
To a no, no, no, no…

No good to us
Lost all you youth all of your usefulness
And who told you
No good to us
Lost all that you could as a workhorse

You’re no good to us
Lost all your youth all of your usefulness
And who told you
No good as a workhorse