Fisher King's Collection

by The Orchards

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1.
New Snow 05:11
Take this tea into your body (Drink it while it's warm) Take your bed right by the window (The bed where you were born) Look out now over the pastures (The whole world's fast asleep) As you drift into the ethers (And so soon shall you be) When you wake it will be Christmas And there will be new snow
2.
Fisher 04:16
Fisher, sing me a tune It was raining all afternoon So I got drunk, I got sober again And I washed out the child I'd been So may we all make it home Well home is a word I don't know Like a book with its pages unturned I think home is a place that we earn Time's an anvil And joy the dust I've been wondering Who can I trust? He spoke her name like a prayer It was almost as if she were there In the sheets of his unmade bed In the blood that rushed to his head Thunder and lightning above Oh, what shall we do with this love? That grabbed us and coursed down our spines Now it's the only thing that keeps us alive Time's an anvil And joy the dust I've been wondering Who can I trust? Time's an anvil And joy the spark Can you guide us Out of this dark? Breathing so warm and so deep There's a valley you go when you sleep I've been there, I know what it's like So just hold me and we'll go there tonight
3.
Psalm In Me 04:40
Abbey walls all wet with rain At least we're on the inside At least we're on the inside And if the moon don't rise tonight At least we have each other At least we have each other Father, just how far are we From the edges of the ocean The edges of the ocean Because I know there's a psalm in me When I'm looking at the sea Bells ring out in the dead of night Martin's ghost out walking Asking who's awake still? Can I encourage my dreams To come before the dawn does? I will make them welcome Little do I know of peace But the bit I do I cling to Like the moss clings to the mountains And the only thing I know for sure Is I'm still looking for the cure I've read the words, I've learned the songs And we won't be here for very long
4.
Seven Stones 05:34
If these woods would welcome me in I would build my altar here North wind to my back, Venus to the west I would bury seven stones Lightning scarred the land, and your hand Holding the lantern That heat lightning you keep inside your heart Bring calendula for tired eyes that moan to tired bodies Weary bones that drag themselves through the dawn And speak to the stars like the old friends they are Please speak to the stars like the old friends they are Because lammas shoots are protecting you Lammas shoots are protecting you Shipwrecked Dying a slow death Like an elm no axe can fell I would bear witness to this Tongue trapped in my teeth Trying to shout him your name Through the shattering rain Trying to shout him your name Through the shattering rain
5.
Heavenly host, lay me down Heavenly host, lay me down I'll walk out the front door I know what I'm in for But you're still beside me somehow My hands have been working so hard My hands have been working so hard They're pushing and pulling Like they know what they're doing But they don't know as well as my heart And your guess is as good as mine Your guess is as good as mine We suffered so gladly We were in love so madly We hadn't a whisper of time So heavenly host, lay me down Heavenly host, lay me down The body has borders Mine's been taking orders From a light at the edge of this town
6.
Bless me moon, make me better Bring some hope with this letter Because I have never needed this before No, I have never needed this before Tonight you are beside me as I breathe A light to keep away bad dreams Because I have never needed this before No, I have never needed this before You are alive, you are alight And you're my last reason to fight You are alive, you are alight And I have never needed this before No, I have never needed this before
7.
The mission is empty, it's starting to rain There are holes in his jacket but he don't complain On the stone steps of silence is where he learned repose He walks up to her place, changes into dry clothes He was impressed She had it bad And that was the only thing they had Rings on her fingers, tears on her cheek Her voice is like water but she doesn't speak Nothing but the truth falls from his mouth He wouldn't lie because he don't know how A bottle between them, down to the dregs The scars on his forehead match those on her legs She claims she has red thread instead of blue veins She says "My heart is an anchor and you are the waves" She was impressed He had it bad And that was the only thing they had Shake off the day Embrace the night It gets so heavy in the light Fishers and singers meet at the gates Both of them early with nothing to say They call Hallelujah but it sounds like a curse And those who are last now will later be first She's stronger than poison when you drink her down She runs through these streets like they're the veins of this town He claims he has lightning where he used to have wings He appears framed in blue light each time that she sings Shake off the day Embrace the night It gets so heavy in the light Shake off the day Turn out the light We don't weigh nothing in the night Made out of steel It's made out of mist They're made out of thin air when they kiss Raise up your eyes Don't be afraid You're mine, I have called you by your name
8.
Night's End 05:15
I've chosen my tools again The bottles, the page, the pen My old friends the waves, the wind The moon at night's end And which one is heaven sent The thunder or it's best friend Because the lightning loves silence More than it will admit And I've found I've grown hungrier For old things familiar Closer are thoughts of home The farther I roam With each day a strange one In a strange land I'm learning the comforts Of each stranger's hand And the night keeps its quietness Reserved for the loneliest Sometimes when I'm listening I hear the night sing So if we forget the words To all those old songs we've heard Remember the melodies Sometimes that's all that we need

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Recorded by Dave Noyes and Brendan Glasson 2011-2014 in Portland, ME and Providence, RI.
Mixed 2013-2014 by B. Glasson with D. Noyes and E. Schwan in Providence.
All songs by Eric Schwan.
Arrangements by Dave and the musicians.
Mastered by Caleb Mulkerin in South Portland, ME.
Cover painting by Anne Danae.
Layout and design by Pat Corrigan.
Apohadion Records 2015 Portland, Maine.

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released May 16, 2016

Eric Schwan - guitar, voice, piano, drum
Dave Noyes - organ, voice, trombone, bass
Emily Dix Thomas - cello, voice
Pat Corrigan - bells, electric guitar, drums, percussion
Ed Kniseley - fiddle, voice, percussion
Randy Illian - marimba, voice, banjo, shakuhachi flute
Jerusha Robinson - cello, voice
Jeremy Robinson - accordion, voice
Catalina Rodriguez - voice
Burdie Burd - voice
Todd Hutchinson - pedal steel

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The Orchards Portland, Maine

The Orchards were the songwriting project of Pennsylvania native Eric Schwan, now based in Portland, ME and featuring a revolving cast of musicians adding orchestral and ambient textures and harmonies to his simple, folk-based songs. They released their LP, "Sing Birds, In Your Shrinking Woods" on Apohadion/Burst & Bloom Records with a final show on September 15, 2019. ... more

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