It's What The Dog Saw

by Vienna D'Amato Hall

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released February 5, 2015

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Vienna D'Amato Hall New York, New York

Vienna D’Amato Hall began her musical career in NYC with the release of her debut, "It's What the Dog Saw."

Her lyrical work has been compared to the realm of Leonard Cohen’s and her blended, musical palette to that of Jackson Pollock’s.

Vienna’s sophomore album, “Red Light Temple,” is a driving album, which takes more risks and plays a tug of war between the visceral and the intellectual.
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Track Name: Song of Ruth
Brother, Father
I need some guidance from you
Is this what two are meant to do?
Oh Noah, I rescued your dove and she flew


But it all came down
So the bluebirds came
Whistled their little hearts for truth
And sang to me the song of Ruth


Oh, why can’t I leave when it’s time?
Assuming each man to be the end of the line
Bathe me in bravery and in time.


But it all came down
So the bluebirds came
Whistled their little hearts for truth
And sang to me the song of Ruth

I gathered you all with your fears
Cracking the holy egg for all who can hear
I lay down and I prayed


Brother, Father
I need some guidance from you
Is this what two are meant to do?
Oh Noah, I rescued your dove and she flew
Track Name: Dare We Dance
Dare we dance
Are we flying free
Or trying to be
At least you're a hummingbird to me

When you lift my leaden chin
Daughters of all listen in
Blinder men can better see
Touch the leaden parts of me

Dare we dance
Deep in the Mountain
Lain in the trance

How long do you breathe with me
Before I christen thee
Into the abyss
Never to grow a wing

Is it a loss if nothing was won
Myself I've grown accustomed
To noble hands of a dream
All else scare the hells living in me

Dare we Dance
High in the fountain
Weak to the glance

I'm staying today
Not living for pleads
I'm giving today
Not serving the night it's me you leave

Dare we dance
Drink in the milky fast
Dare we dance
Breathe a little grace for a little chance
Track Name: It's What The Dog Saw
You broke the bed in with your sweat

You broke the bed in with your sweat

It’s what the dog saw
 


You dragged his fight
 through the belly of the night

You dragged his fight
 through the night



You bound his feet with stones to hush his defeat
You bound his legs and then you took his final taste


It’s what the dog saw



I fed you oranges in the morning
I fed you oranges that night

It’s what the dog saw
Track Name: Madeleine
There’s a lady wrapped in cotton
Says, “cup the flame it’s been forgotten”
Is that what happened to you?
What it is to truly be blue?


Madeleine, I can’t help but feel
Your depths are like mine
Thus mine to heal
No, Madeleine


Leapt in the sound without blessing
The crowd met us with hateful drumming
Locking hands to brave what’s coming
War paint on
Our senses humming


There are days I ponder you
Rendering me the certain fool
Perhaps I hang for your amusement
But you mock my love when I know you could use it


Madeleine, I can’t help but feel
Your depths are like mine
Thus mine to heal
No, Madeleine

Please believe I take no pleasure
In slinging stones as you run through the heather
Just here to say you can’t run forever
No, I couldn’t have run forever
Track Name: We the Jailbirds
Where do the babies go?
Where will the needle fall?
How many wrongs went so very wrong?


I took my daily bread
Roses lay on my bed
Is my life my own?
From streams unknown these roots have grown


Never wanted all of anyone before
Just wanted less so I could want more



So I ran to Mars, I ran to Mars
The gods told me it would be dark
But my breath is your breath
We are all from the stars


Thirty decades of man gripped me strong by the hand
Let me bless you, adore you, show you the way
I asked him to come I couldn’t stay


So let’s run to Mars
The gods say it’s not very far
My breath is your breath (we are all from the stars)
How I long to have you in the dark

Goodbye my fire, my rogue, my sun
You’re a jailbird, a prisoner, a lover of someone
Who will take you and leave you for dead
Well that’s what I’ve heard and that’s what he’s seen read



Oh, is the sun a jailbird like me?
The crowds will watch but the crowds will not see

So let’s run to Mars
The gods took our throats and they gave us our scars
Oh sun, you’re a jailbird like me
But soon we will all play free

They can’t take us and leave us for dead
That’s what I’ve heard and that is what he’s seen read
They will take your beauty for their amusement

No, They can’t take us and leave us for dead


They can’t take us and take us and take us and leave us for dead
Track Name: Diamond Sea
December, I let you in
We bathed rich in endless sin
A twine of evil held us too
I dig up the earth just to bury the jewel


Mother keep praying for me
With atheism and your degrees
I know I lie and am filled with greed
Midnight stones guide my feet


Oh Mama, you tried
But you couldn’t save me
I left you all for the diamond sea

Remember, I let you weep?
You tucked me in the endless sleep
Tell me what it is I fight to keep?
Blow after blow from the sons of the weak



“It’s yours,” he said with ease
Your body is all I need
May I tone your mind for you?
Please shed your skin
I’ll shed mine too


Oh Mama, you tried
But you couldn’t save me
I left you all for the diamond sea.

Track Name: Benedict
I’ll take you out of the ocean
And then I’ll light it up green
So all the little dark creatures can be seen



We can marvel the skies now
And polish the milky way
Take off your singleton crown now
Baby wont you stay?


Slaughter the lamb but don’t show her the blade
It darkens her tongue, it dampens her name
Benedict skins them as he sees fit
Then cursed is he in this maddening drip


You scream for your god
And affair with your devil
On how many church floors have you practiced and leveled?


Take me by arms
Learn what I have breathed
Find me in parks
Feeding black swans white bread

I SAID!


Slaughter the lamb but don’t show her the blade
It darkens her tongue, it dampens her name
Benedict skins them as he sees fit
Then cursed is he in this maddening drip


Let us be runners
Let us conquer the fields
Let us cater the day
It’s our very last meal

Slaughter the lamb but don’t show her the blade
It darkens her tongue, it dampens her name
Benedict skins them as he sees fit
Then cursed is he in this maddening drip
Track Name: Dear Child
Dear Child,
Take it in stride
We are all a product of the line

Dear Child,
There’s cruelty here like there’s time
Pick out your heart from the tired
And drink in her light


Dear Child,
Do you know what’s yours?
Some of us weren’t shown
Were you?


Do you resign to the strange?
Do you feel so out of place
When her lips meet your tongue and it’s divine


Dirty hands and a wicked mind
Give me the upper hand sometimes
But I can’t tell a bond from a bind

But the sirens should sing
The sirens needn’t feel a thing
The sirens should sing
They didn’t do anything


But the sirens they fell
In the bottom of a bad man’s well
They can’t cry lest they break free
The spell keeps them singing
So they sing
Track Name: Black Beads of Volcano
You don’t believe, I know
In black beads of volcano
Fingers dripping with ivory horns
But no black beads of volcano


It’s my burden to bear
Lend your throat after I dare
Red river you made it into your rhyme
I should have held you through the night


What would you say to an old fashioned china fight?
Afternoon tea on the isle when you broke the line
When you broke the line


“It outlives us,” you cried
Palms up saluting the sky
Take this from my hands
“I’m lost in you,” he said

You don’t believe, I know
In black beads of volcano
Last I heard you dipped the arrow in gold
And then you called it your home


What would you say to an old fashioned china fight?
Afternoon tea on the isle when you broke the line
When you bore the blight
Track Name: In the Orchard
In the orchard of holy apples
Plain Jane wears blue

But I am the wings of the hunted
The scorned, the slandered, the sentenced
I am devil darkness
And to him a darkness

Who yearns for the whip of mercy?
I hold the ember that exorcise your hope hollow
To throw at you like breadcrumbs to a swan

In the orchard of holy apples
Plain Jane wears blue
Track Name: White Bird (Tommy)
Tommy, I woke up today
With blood on my face and a different name
Tommy, they made a fool out of me


Little white bird on the wall waits for you


Tommy, I ran away
With twenty-two pages on why I should stay
How did you love and who did it break?


Little white bird on the wall waits for you


I put a stone on her grave
And like she does I lay enslaved
Only god to speak to you


Little white bird on the wall waits for you


I believe in the hand so I kneel and I plead
To the powers that be

Tommy, I woke up anew
To find a woman who danced because she could
She danced for the conflict of the king
And she moved for what we could be


Little white bird on the wall waits for you