From the album Grenades

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Kaia Kater, banjo, lead vocals; Christine Bougie, electric guitar, lap steel; Brad Kilpatrick, drums; Anna Ruddick, electric bass; Lydia Persaud, Meg Contini, Jill Harris, backing vocals

Lyrics

Away to the east of the isle where the

median swells and they gut the fish

The wharfmen sing, and beat the water beat the water so



We watch them shift from the timeworn

dance to the heated clash

Our sisters pray to raise us for better men



Chorus

On meridian ground

The half-breeds and the kids in bloom

Drain the water from the room

Fill it up again

On meridian ground

The half-breeds and the kids in bloom



My auntie died in a one-room house on the top road

With the candles cold, and a smile upon her face

We run inside and place our kites by her bedframe

She surges higher, the hills and the gullies fall

We swim out under the ships and flirt with pain like a mistress

Like the hemlock blade that bathes in the boiling tea

What a fool, what a fool can I be



Chorus



Midway through the hour

We send our blighted tongues to rest

Twin babies sick and dispossessed



Chorus

On meridian ground

The half-breeds and the kids in bloom

Drain the water from the room

Fill it up again

On meridian ground

The half-breeds and the kids in bloom

Drain the water from the room