Bye Polar Bear

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Bye Polar Bear is Flocke's debut album, recorded in Brooklyn at Room 17 and at Nicole's house.

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released August 31, 2016

All songs written by Nicole Mercedes
Guitars- Daniel Rote
Upright and electric bass- Ran Livneh
Drums on Queen of Fall, Last Seen and This Lamb Doesn't- Uri Zelig
Viola- Laura Sacks
Cello- Luke Krafka
Violin- Nick Pauly
Flute- Dos Allen
Everything Else- Nicole Mercedes
Arrangements by Nicole and Daniel
Produced by Nicole Mercedes and Joe Rogers
Mixed by Adam Lasus
Mastered by Joe Lambert

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Flocke is the project of Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Nicole Mercedes

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Track Name: Legs are not for Running
I could write everything down,
put it all in paragraphs
for others to read
and never be
afraid to start over.

I could hollow out
every last drawer,
put it all on a clumsy display
and as curtains closed
collect all the rows
of paper cameras

But why would I
go to such lengths
when I could just keep you around
and always see my
dance in your eyes

I could write everything down,
put it all in paragraphs
for others to read
and never be
afraid to start over.
Track Name: Pink Boots
All of our plays
all of our plays
are brighter than us
so magnificently
underrated

Under the haze
under the haze
decorous affairs
drunken caribou fly
unpersuaded

Little pink boots in the snow
is all I think you should know
it'll stop the grow

One of these days
One of these days
The ground will betray us
And then we'll begin
The long way home

Little pink boots in the snow
is all I think you should know
it'll stop the grow
Track Name: Last Seen
She didn't plan a thing
and in the last scene they died
from a B12 overdose
Right before the end
she painted his eyelashes a jungle green
So we would know
they weren't all city


Unbearably cliche
trampled coats, they promised a scene
Summery soirees,
disappointment served on a tray
and never will her teeth be the same


If they could stand- they'd stand the cold
If they could see- they'd see things through


Some accidental light
uncovered all the afternoon blue.
Just a shallow pond
in early november they'd get along
Track Name: Queen of Fall
I'm into gold rings
and the aesthetics of autumn
Gave away my extremities
to a handful of boys with nice hair,
just to learn that
I can't spare
any city where

All the girls I loved
sit on trimmed grass banks
and tie their words 'round their ankles

So if this is the only loophole
I'll be the fucking queen of fall
And a little name
in the corner of the
watercolored panda where

Every girl I was
keep so very fine, for
when cats circle 'round my ankles


All the girls I loved
sit on trimmed grass banks
and tie their words 'round their ankles
Track Name: This Lamb Doesn't
Such a sleepy prodigy
weighing every word
while rusty notes take root nearby.

You want to invest
in long-term hugs and property
you don't have the right kind of shoes.


Those elegant thoughts
I could catch them
plant them in clouds over your head


Like that cats itchy smile
my laugh bounced off the trees
and off your knees right up the chimney
Such a silly prodigy!

Those elegant thoughts
I could catch them
plant them in clouds over your head
Track Name: Easterling
there is no terrible secret, I lied
panicked that my panic could be set aside
then what exactly are you
what exactly are you good at

I can do the homeward
dusk walk like
no one else
set like a mood ring
barley see me moving
waiting out the small talk season

what was that one about me
only half listening?
(I can't remember)
don't make a scene

I can do the homeward
dusk walk like no one else
in my scramble suit
semi country boots
waiting out the small talk season

there is no terrible secret, I lied
panicked that my panic could be set aside
don't make a scene
it's all exactly as it seems
Track Name: 24 is yours
Just the other night, or the year before that
you saw me so clearly
dancing upon the damp landscapes

Chemicals instead of presents to find the right shade,
or at least a glade
where the air could change color

I was aware of the looming boredom
and always am
That was the last time
I waited for a glance

I've used these same glasses, to find it before
Deep in the halls
it dissolved into a painting too familiar

So I set your hair on fire even though really
I wanted you to follow me
all the way down

I was aware of the looming boredom
And always am
Really that was the last time
I waited for a glance

I hardly believe in family, or in coming through
But I thought that dress
looked lovely on you
Track Name: Venice
why call it confirmation
so we saw it first
I've too much admiration
for girls selling used books
you've always known how to
find a chair to either your
liking or mine

What in my hands is some summer luck
nothing but a nuisance and two months rent
and love on a boat never meant to float
Venice is a state of mind
leave me my time

I'd like to see our characters
forget what they sought
dusting off banisters
without a second thought
But what have you caught
there in your net
cause that's no butterfly

I can trap the morning in my coffee mug
and keep it safe 'til ducks touch bottom tub
along side a boat never meant to float
Venice is a state of mine
leave me my time

Venice is a state of mind,
it’s a state of mine
Track Name: Goodbye Polar Bear
Woke into a wedding atop a hill
Not sure whose but I knew I'd see you still,
This dreamy manner in which we meet these days
Is fading as fast as a solved maze


And while you scrambled for a pen
I told you there was nothing left
to mend so if you don't mind
I'll lift my hem and join the dancing line

Still I was impressed by how depressed
it made you feel but none the less
best head up north before
The witches broom finds the sycamore

Saw him one day down by the grey line
With ragged white fur and one single glass of wine
Said darling you and I
are never really
more than freelance fireflies

and when we're not so
kippled in, crippled by the scene,
it's such a sight to be seen


I know you're good
no matter where you're at
you can wander pole to pole
I know you'll come back


I'll keep safe of that
map out every track
I'll take every cave
carving petroglyphs in mass
don't you worry 'bout
that weight on my back
I'll take on the years
as well as sea glass
and when we forget
just how to talk
you always can
meet me in Montauk


And it is so overwhelmingly
painless to find what you need
What's done is done, didn't you know?
best head up north before

Don't suppose I'll live long enough to find
A way to curb the appetite
Of time, though I intend to try
and weave you all into my nights.