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The Wild Unrest

by Beth Whitney

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1.
Raven 03:28
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
2.
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
3.
Tumwater 05:12
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
4.
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
5.
Morning Star 04:13
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
6.
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
7.
Fireflies 04:04
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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"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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