The Wild Unrest

by Beth Whitney

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"On The Wild Unrest, she delves beneath the surface--- sometimes far beneath--- trying to find... something. What she creates during that search is haunting and eerily beautiful...I have listened to music for years and have found a number of voices as good, but none better...It brings an ache to my heart and at certain moments, a tear to my eyes."
-Frank Gutch Jr., NoDepression.com

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released November 11, 2017

Beth Whitney: vocals, Kalimba, baritone ukulele
Aaron Fishburn: Upright bass, percussion
Jonathan Berry: violin, background vocals
Natalie Mai Hall: cello
Brandon Bee: electric and acoustic guitars, piano, percussion, mandolin, banjo, keys, mountain dulcimer, background vocals
Background vocals: Carina Lewis, Sarah Gerritsen, Kate Lynne Logan, Ellen Whitney

Produced by Brandon Bee
Songs Written and Published by Beth Whitney (ASCAP)
*Fireflies uses an original poem by Linda Pastan

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Beth Whitney Leavenworth, Washington

About Beth Whitney....Husband/wife duo craft original wild folk from their homestead in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Their latest project, poised for release in the spring of 2017, takes the human heart through the darkly wooded wilderness into dappled high mountain meadows and back again. ... more

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Track Name: Raven
Raven fly on a river
Rapids raging in her chest
See her body flying over
With a song of wild unrest

River roll down a mountain
Wash your face in the sea
Tell the sirens I’m a comin’
I’m a comin’ and they’ll see

Siren sing us a love song
Something old that’ll put us at ease
All these bones and all their tremblin’
All these bones and what they keep

Raven cry on a river
River roll to the sea
Siren sing me a lullaby
Lay my tremblin’ bones to sleep

Raven cry
River roll
Tell the sirens I’m a comin’
I’m a comin’ and they’ll see
I’m a comin’ and they’ll see
Track Name: Shadows of a Man
I stood below the Lincoln
Lily white in a marble seat
He stood a trifle tall and so
They took him off his feet
The war has not been won he said
"The dyings just begun" he said
"The dying of our will to crawl
Up the ranks of men"

The shadows of a man will keep you guessing
The shadows of a man can take their toll
The shadows of a man can break your back then take your hand
But the shadows of your own can take you whole

I stood in a sea of stone-etched names
Some I recognized and others blurred into the same
Like the colors of a flag when all the red's run in the ground
A meadow bed of fallen men
Their shadows standing round

Standing in the shadows
Walking through their dust
Wading in the echoes

The shadows of a man can take their toll
But the shadows of your own can take you whole
Track Name: Tumwater
That was just another thing that I lost in the fire
It settled in the ash and nail and a curl of barbed wire
And I haven't found the gold yet
Refined like I've been told yet

Here she is, a fires plunder, looking out a blackened glass
Spring is pouring out her tender but I've not the nerve to ask
See I haven't found the gold yet
Refined like I've been told yet

Ashes on ashes
Ten miles wide
Ashes on ashes
Ten miles deep
And I haven't found the gold yet
Refined like I've been told yet

I thought that I'd do better than this
I thought that I'd be better than this
I thought that I'd fare better than this
I fought and I lost and I cried

Ashes on ashes
Ten miles wide
Ashes on ashes
Ten miles deep
And I haven't found the gold yet
Refined like I've been told yet
Track Name: Tides Are For Sirens
Which heartbeat is yours and which one is mine?
Am I the water, the mist, or the sky?
Your sorrow’s heavy here mingled with mine
And its lighter that way

Which voice is yours and which on is mine
Our songs by the sea, a blend of red wine
Tides are for sirens, for singing in time and
I’ll echo yours and you echo mine
And its lighter that way
It’s lighter that way

You take me in and I
I don’t know what to say
So I’ll hum here beside you now
And we’ll sing of the day
It’s lighter that way

I’ll echo yours and you echo mine
I’ll echo yours and you echo mine
I’ll echo yours and you echo mine
I’ll echo yours

Whose breath on the glass is blurring that light?
Long as we’re breathin’ we’ll do wrong and do right
I don’t wanna die but I don't wanna fight
So tell me your story and I’ll tell you mine
And its lighter that way
It’s lighter that way

You take me in and I
I don’t know what to say
So I’ll hum here beside you now
And we’ll sing of the day
It’s lighter that way

I’ll echo yours and you echo mine
I’ll echo yours and you echo mine
I’ll echo yours and you echo mine
I’ll echo yours
Track Name: Morning Star
She walked along the seam of a roof
Arms stretched out to side and I wondered why
What a morning she said
Fog lay like lashes on a the quiet rye
to a wild eye

Don't fall
Don't fall
Please don't fall

Where the wild things close their yellow eyes
A boy a sailor becomes a king
Tows this heart near
On foreign seas here
But I'm losing line
Sure as the time

Don't fall
Don't fall
Please don't fall

Morning star rise up to meet me
Like a diamond in the dark
"Love like this" he said
"Love like ours fills the poets pages
paints those cavern walls"

Don't fall
Don't fall
Please don't fall

I walked along the seam of a roof
Arms stretched out to side
Like a dragon fly

If I fall
If I fall
If I fall
Hang my picture on the wall
Track Name: Days of Nights
I don't remember much
But I still feel that floor
Cold on my face and alone as before
A swarm in my head of voices unkind
Some of them his and none of them mine

He said don't fight it
He said its too late
He said I'm just like the others
As he gave me away
To that red light
Where my days are made of nights and he said
"Won't nobody love you like this"

Touch the scar on my skin
Where the ink used to live
Said that I'm his for the take or the give
I took up the lies
All at once over time
Some of them his
And none of them mine

Would you take this
Would you take this cup from me
Touch the scar on my skin
Said I'm just like the others
Oh that red light
Not going back to that red light
I belong to me
I will walk through the fire into a new day
Oh I will walk through the fire into a new day
Would you take this
Would you take this cup from me
Track Name: Fireflies
here come the fireflies
with their staccato lights
their tiny headlamps blinking
in silence through the tall grass

here come the fireflies
with their staccato lights
like constellations cut loose
cut loose from the night sky

here come the fireflies
with their staccato lights
see how desire transforms us
the plainest of us

here come the fireflies
with their staccato lights
flashes of insight that flare
for a moment
for a moment
for a moment
then flicker out

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