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What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood

by The Mynabirds

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released April 27, 2010

2010 Saddle Creek

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The Mynabirds Los Angeles, California

American singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn is a shape-shifter who can’t sit still. Since 2010 she’s worked under the moniker The Mynabirds, releasing three critically acclaimed and stylistically different albums on Saddle Creek: What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (2010) and GENERALS (2012), both produced by Richard Swift, and Lovers Know (2015). ... more

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Track Name: What We Gained In The Fire
We are ships on an ocean
Passing on our way back home
We collide for a minute
Then we move on we move on

But I got something I don’t wanna lose
I’m not ready to leave you

We are born far from each other
Then we find our way back home
Every road that seems familiar
We’re just remembering where to go

But I got something I don’t wanna lose
I’m just starting to remember you

What we lose in the fire we gain in the flood
What we lose in the fire is never gone

We are lost without each other
As we make our way back home
Though the road leads together
Still we make our way alone

And I got something I don’t wanna lose
But I’m learning to let go of you

What we lose in the fire we gain in the flood

What we lose in the fire is never gone
Track Name: Let The Record Go
Let the record show
You gave it all your might
And let the record show
I gave it all of mine
It didn’t turn out quite
Quite like we’d hoped
So lay your best lines
And let the record go

One more time now
You can’t stop this
Let it roll on by

Round and around and around we go
Are we up or down I don’t know
Round and around and around we go
The circle’s tight it holds us close
Round and around and around we go
Up or down oh I don’t know
Round and around and around we go
The wheels are round to let us go

Let the record show
You gave a real good fight
And let the record show
So did I
Four black eyes
Some sticks and stones
Chalk the numbers up
And let the record go

Round and around and around we go
Are we up or down I don’t know
Round and around and around we go
The circle’s tight it holds us close
Round and around and around we go
Up or down oh I don’t know
Round and around and around we go
The wheels are round to let us go
Track Name: Numbers Don't Lie
It was always what you said
It would be and nothing more
Through the smoke screens and the pipe dreams
And the blood on the floor

You say it’s black well it’s bound to be black
You made up your mind and you see with that

Baby if you wanna be right
I will let you be right
I will let you be right
You know that the numbers don’t lie
Oh no the numbers don’t lie
Two wrongs will not make it right

You said one and one and one and one is three
But I know my lines and my graphs and my math
Honey that ain’t me

If you want it you can have it
All the lines on the cellar floor
Don’t mean nothing just a bad dream
Even if you think it’s more

You say it’s black well it’s bound to be black
You made up your mind and you see with that

But baby if you wanna be right
I will let you be right
I will let you be right
You know that the numbers don’t lie
Oh no the numbers don’t lie
Two wrongs will not make it right
You know that the numbers don’t lie
Oh no the numbers don’t lie
Oh no the numbers don’t lie
Track Name: Give It Time
Hold on hold right there a minute
This horse could mean anything
But we don’t have to guess
If he’s good or he’s bad
We’ll wait and we’ll see

It’s hard to know when you’re in it
If it’s heads or it’s tails
If we won or we failed
Oh we’ll wait and we’ll see

But I don’t wanna talk
Keep to yourself
I don’t wanna talk
So keep to yourself
Cause we said a lot
And it sure hasn’t got us
Anywhere yet

Every now and then
I hear the cold light of reason
Firing like guns from the east
But the end of the night
Is it wrong or it’s right
Oh we’ll wait and we’ll see

But I don’t wanna talk
Keep to yourself
No I don’t wanna talk
So keep to yourself
Cause we said a lot
And it sure hasn’t got us
Anywhere yet

Give it time give it time and silence
Track Name: Ways Of Looking
Give me all your loving
And I’ll give you all of mine
We can wash out all the red flags
Hang them on the line
If we paint into the corner
We’ll wait for it to dry
We can take our time

I lost my head in an avalanche
The world turned over
When I least expected
Buried me under my great plans
Why can’t it ever be easy

Then all the sparrows and the cornets
They played their own version of taps
Just when it seemed about hopeless
You counted

One to ten
There are so many ways of looking
Catch your breath
It can be easy if you just let it

I lose my sense at the sight of you
The effortless way you take the worst news
You said you can move mountains
With your point of view
It doesn’t have to be so hard

Then all the sparrows and the cornets
They started in with their same old set
But before we guessed what it meant
We counted

One to ten
There are so many ways of looking
Catch your breath
It can be easy if we just let it

Give me all your loving
And I’ll give you all of mine
We can wash out all the red flags
Hang them on the line
If we paint into the corner
We’ll wait for it to dry
Even if it takes about all night
Cause I can’t think of any way
I’d rather spend my time
Track Name: LA Rain
Another heart attack today up on the 405
The sirens came and they went away
They told me I’d be fine

And the policeman said it’s an easy fix
Just needs some cosmetic attention

It’s only an LA rain
It’s just an earthquake
If it doesn’t crack all the walls in the house
It doesn’t mean a thing at all

I got lost again today out on the 101
The exits came and they went away
But I kept driving on

And Elizabeth said just lose yourself
It’s an easy art for you to master

It’s only an LA rain
It’s just an earthquake
If it doesn’t crack all the walls in the house
It doesn’t mean a thing at all
Track Name: Wash It Out
Too much common sense
Will leave a bad taste in your mouth
So wash it out wash it out wash it out
Nothing ever follows
All the lines that we lay down
Still it helps to think we figured something out

So lay your plans by the sea
And when the tide comes in
Just let them bleed

Wash it out wash it out wash it out

All the evidence
Collected in your own defense
Doesn’t do you any good
And pinning all the blame on someone
Never made much sense
Cause we’re all convicts from a point of view

So lay your plans by the sea
And when the thieves come in
Just let them take what they need

Wash it out wash it out wash it out
Track Name: We Made A Mountain
We made a mountain out of a minute
Then we let it stand in our way
I called your name from the other side
But you couldn’t hear it for the mountain we made

We rolled around on the roads of misfortune
Then we asked how we got to this place
I could be wrong but I swear I recall
Every crossroad and the paths we paved

I hope you’re happy at the end of the day
I hope you’re happy today
Regret doesn’t undo a single thing
And I hope you’re happy today

If we could go back to the beginning
And roll the first stone away
We might not have this wall between us
But you wouldn’t have the kingdom you made

I hope you’re happy at the end of the day
I hope you’re happy today
Regret doesn’t undo a single thing
And I hope you’re happy today
No regret doesn’t undo a single thing
And I hope you’re happy today
Track Name: Right Place
I’ve got your number you got mine
I think about you time to time
I wonder if you wonder why
Or if you changed your mind
Have you even tried

Every little thing when it falls
It falls in its right place

We’ll watch the shadows fall
And count the lessons all
I’m sure you did what you thought was best
and I’m doing fine out west

Every little thing when
It falls it falls in its right place

I’ve lost your number have you lost mine
I think about you time to time
I still wonder why
But I haven’t changed my mind
God knows I tried
Track Name: Good Heart
I been towing a heavy line
Got caught up in old boots and tin can finds
I been trying so hard to be free
But the weight of the world really got a hold on me

And the poets they write their lines
And the road rises up
Gets me every time
But you got a good heart baby
You got a good heart it’s true
Mine’s not so strong
But you know I got this song
And if you keep the beat
I’ll keep the tune

I been laying up since half past three
Wondering if the world
Finally got the best of me
Well the fates they draw their lines
But you draw me in right on time

You got a good heart baby
You got a good heart it’s true
Mine’s not so strong
But you know I got this song
And if you keep the beat
I’ll keep the tune