A Raging Forest

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released September 14, 2016

Album art by Rae Wiseman

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A Raging Forest Seattle, Washington

A Raging Forest is the sad bastard ballads of Anna Lenau, processing break ups with boys, girls, Jesus, and moments of deep reflection about being alive and loving people. Featuring soulful notes with inflections of folk and emo on guitars and piano.

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Track Name: Reckless
Cocksure and perverse, I came at you like a man would
spit fire and it worked, had you eating out of my hand
and now you know, now you know, so it goes

I was reckless with your heart
I was careless with your love
I was foolish with your heart

what do I have to show for it
pictures I’ll never print
victories I regret

and if we had it to do all over again, would I even let you in
if we had it to start at the beginning, would I even let you kiss me

Train blares in the night as this rain comes pouring down
this scream turns me inside out, ripped at the seam
I come undone, ripped at the seam, I see your gleam shining
Track Name: Blue Whale
Missed my class today, cuz I don’t care about Kant anyway.
You’re just a means to an end for me
that’s what I tell myself to keep from going insane

I want to sleep away the day. Not dream about anything
just pretend, just pretend, just pretend
I’m just a big blue whale lost inside the deep dark ocean.
wanna jump inside my right brain, stay awhile like I’ve had a stroke of good luck
not attached to anyone, just a part of everyone

But I don’t care about you. No, I don’t think about you,
your hair lips your eyes just like the sky falling down on me,
oh oh, won’t you fall on me, oh oh won’t you fall for me

I want to sleep away the day, not dream about anything
just pretend, just pretend, just pretend,
I’m just a big blue whale, lost inside the deep dark ocean
want to jump inside my right brain,
and stay awhile like I’ve had a stroke of good luck
not attached to anyone, just a part of everyone

I’m just a big blue whale, swimming on the sea of my right brain
Track Name: Take Me Now
When I said, I’m so lonely, what I meant was, I want you
When I said, you’re crazy, I shoulda said, Take me now
When I wanted to say I love you, instead I said, Let’s make this work
This will never work

You stood in the doorway waiting for me
your finger on the pulse of my empathy
and I am no stranger to this kind of waltz
you took your time

When I said, I’m so lonely, what I meant was, I want you
When I said, you’re crazy, what I meant was, Take me now
Take me now, take me now

You tapped on my window late last night,
a buzz in my throat that I couldn't reach
and I am no stranger to this kind of waltz,
I took my time and I wasted yours

I wanted to say so many things,
I wish I had, I wish I had now
Track Name: Beautiful Bird
It takes a long time to die to yourself
It takes a long time to kill all those fleshly desires
but I’m so tired of dying for you

and for the first time I’m living for myself
tasting all of the lusts of the flesh, of desire
and I’m on fire, I’m on fire

Beautiful bird why don’t you fly away
Beautiful bird why don't you spread your wings
Beautiful bird why are you lingering still
Beautiful bird why don’t you fly from here

I’m letting you go now, I’ve opened the door
I’m letting you go now, I’m saying goodbye
cuz you have been my closest ally for half my life

Cuz I believed the lie that I can’t make anything
I believed the lie that I can’t make anything good
I believed the lie that I can’t make anything
I believed the lie that I can’t make anything good without you

I’m letting you go now, I’ve opened the door
I’m letting you go now, I’m saying goodbye
cuz you have been my closest ally for half my life

Beautiful bird why don’t you fly away
Beautiful bird why don't you spread your wings
Beautiful bird why are you lingering still
Beautiful bird why don’t you fly from here

It takes a long time to die to yourself
It takes a long time to kill all those fleshly desires
but I’m so tired of dying for you
Track Name: Miss You So Badly
I want to sing you a love song
but I don’t know the words
and I’m so afraid now to let you in again
and I don’t know how or where or when
I will see you again

All I know right now, all I know right now
is I miss you so badly, I miss you so badly
when I’m away from you

Remember when we used to dance all night in my room
and you’d sing oh so sweetly, you’d sing oh so sweetly
in my ear.

But this feels so right now, this feels so good now,
this feels so right now, but I miss you so badly,
I miss you so badly, I miss you so badly when I’m away from you
when I’m away from you, when I’m away from you
Track Name: Red Menace
There is broken glass all over the floor
there is running water under the crack of the door
I am crying again that I’ve broken my heart
I’m alone again in the dark, in the dark

But you say I deserve much better than this
you say I am so much more than I see
you say I just need, I just need to believe
you say, that you love me

I am broken glass all over the floor
I am running water under the crack of the door
I am breaking everything in my path
I am bleeding again for you, for you

I have craved this silence my whole life
a quiet room, a place to dwell
a place that’s far from this madness

I have craved the silence my whole life
a quiet room, a place to dwell
a place to heal from this sickness
Track Name: Love Drug
I took you like a drug
think I made myself sick
need to go trip, oh oh oh oh

You just came through a wormhole
you had a dark halo
hanging over your skin

I just slipped off a rainbow
think I broke my tailbone
lost my faith

I took you like a drug
think I made myself sick
need to go trip, woh oh oh oh oh

I’m like a child in your arms
gonna put up a fight
even when I’m not right

you darkened my doorframe
casting shadows in the evening
I can’t make out your face

I’m like a child in your arms
I cut my teeth on your nipple
suckle your blood

I took you like a drug
think I made myself sick
need to go trip, oh oh oh

I’m like a child in your arms
gonna put up a fight
especially when I’m not right

I took to you like a gun
cold metal on my tongue
pull the trigger and I’m done
Track Name: Keep Sinning
I miss the lines of your face
I miss your voice when it breaks
I miss the funny sounds you make
when you’re not awake

I miss the crease of your mouth
I miss the stains of your teeth
I miss the sweat of your palms in my hands

But I’m not gonna go down to the river and try to wash this all away, no
I’m not gonna go down to the corner store and try to drink away this pain
I might find me a girl or two, to sink my teeth into while I try to get over you

I’m gonna keep on sinning, cuz it feels alright
I’m gonna keep on sinning, cuz it suits me just fine
I might find a boy or two to sink my teeth into while I try to get over you

Here’s hoping we can make a whole new set of mistakes
some day I’ll find the words to write down our story
here’s hoping we can make a whole new set of bad mistakes
oh honey it’s not too late

But I’m not gonna go down to the river and try to wash this all away, no
I’m not gonna go down to the corner store and try to drink away this pain
I might find me a girl or two, to sink my teeth into while I try to get over you

I’m gonna keep on sinning, cuz it feels alright
I’m gonna keep on sinning, cuz it suits me just fine
I might find me a girl or two to sink my teeth into while I try to get over you, can’t get over you
Track Name: Geryon
Flames lick the floorboards of my heart
as your wings turn in and in and in
she lingers
in the space where you won’t give
she lingers

a bright horror in a quiet light
the horses screaming there will be no rest tonight
the night springs forward like an avalanche of red
she lingers
like the cigarette smoke that clings to my coat
she lingers
like the cigarette smoke that clings to my coat
she lingers

one last photograph before you have to go
one last ride before the end of this rodeo
fly me over that volcano
Track Name: Garden of Blue
So now who’s to blame
is it me or you
or is it both of us equally
when all is said and done
I still want you
and you still don’t know what to do with me

I locked you up inside a garden of blue
you got lost inside the labyrinth of hedges
sleeping under the moon
I lost track of you
out among the statues beyond my view
I lost sight of you

I would if I could, I would release you

So now who’s to blame
is it me or you
or is it both of us equally
when all is said and done
I still want you
and you still don’t know what to do with me
I fell for you so goddamn easily

I locked you up inside a garden of blue
you got lost inside the labyrinth of hedges
sleeping under the moon
I lost track of you
out among the statues beyond my view
I lost sight of you

I would if I could, I would release you