by 9 Swords

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released September 3, 2013

Tracks 1 -6 recorded by Tommy Alexander (Jenke Arts), mixed and mastered by Zach Crawford (SkySplitterInk) in Burlington, VT. Thanks guys.
Track 7 recorded live, June 13th at the Down County Social Club, Sheffield, MA

Marlon Battad - drums, guitar, vocals, piano, album art
Eli - vocals
Sal Geloso - vocals
Lex Lambert - upright bass
Robert Levin - accordion, glockenspiel (track 7)
Walter Prettyman - violin
North Star - glockenspiel, vocals, drums (track 5)



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9 Swords Providence, Rhode Island

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Marlon Battad - composition, guitar, piano, percussion, vocals

with (at various times)

North Star - glockenspiel, percussion, vocals
Lex Lambert - upright bass, vocals
Robert Levin - accordion, glockenspiel
Walter Prettyman - violin
Sal Geloso - vocals
Eli - vocals

and honorable mention to
Heather Fisch - clarinet, accordion, ukulele, vocals
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Track Name: Dead Bird
I am dumb, I'm condemned, the beast in its den, the enemy waiting to die.
As they wept and they knelt to the steel at his belt he lifted up his fingers when the blood had barely dried and he cried "Ave Maria."
He put his words on my tongue, his prints on my thumb, his judgment on the copper of my face.
Know him worst, know him best, know him deep in my chest where I'll whimper for that hunger that the pastor hides away.
He cries "Ave Maria"

Go away blackbird, I'll sing my own song.
Go away dead bird, it's my tomb, it's my tune, my lips, my lungs
kiss the Earth's warm feet
where we all sleep.
Track Name: Hold the Throne
You baby, you poor little baby, sad little monster, sick little wretch,
tell me, what have they done now? What have they broken? What have they said?
Well surely your suitors are lined up, all fucked up and fired up to listen to you
and surely, surely they love you, and even if they don't you know someone else do.
Tell me, who is in charge here? I'd like to meet them. I need to know.
Tell me, who says they hold the throne?
I'll hold my own.
Well surely those jackals are lined up, all come for a bite of that secret you keep,
and surely they'd never despise you, so wrap them around you and go back to sleep.
Track Name: Silver and Gold
Nine swords've been sleeping o'er my head, ten stones weighing me down in bed.
Eyes, fiery eyes, watching me in my sleep, soft gentle hands've been burying me long and deep
but I've been dreaming of somewhere that I might call my own
and I'm done sleeping in a bed as cold as silver and gold.
There will be one place you have to leave for every place you wanna go.
There might be one face you'd have to grieve for all the hundreds you might know.
Track Name: Whiskers
Palm frond, thistle, chrysanthemum propped upon a crane's legs, and ankles like bamboo.
A dagger balanced on its tip, sharp eyes, sharp nose, sharp lips upon wind-carved, sun-bleached stone.
Some dreams start as whispers, if you listen too much they can turn into pictures that turn into touch,
and some dreams don't
Some love is so brittle it'll make you afraid, it will turn into guilt which turns into hate,
and some love won't.
Track Name: Grandmother's Waltz
You can't drown those demons in that ocean blue.
You can't run from your lovers; you'll take them with you wherever you go.
Little man, little boy, come home.
Your mother will wait until her hair turns grey.
Your father will pray across that open road wherever you go,
"Little boy, my child, come home."
Track Name: Count Your Blessings
Wake up in that dimly-lit bedroom.
Wash away the lingering perfume.
Count your blessings, them give them back, then shout at the heavens.
Hear them praying in the streets, all their answers incomplete,
"Why does every infant weep and whimper in its sleep?
Do demons come to steal our dreams or did God leave us incomplete?"
Count your blessings.
Shout at the heavens, "All is well," then count the stitches.
Hear them praying in the streets, all their answers
Track Name: Sand and Water (live)
Deep in their homes people creak into bed, dragging their hearts behind them,
Sleeping in holes dug by shivering hands, leaving their claws inside them,
and they wonder,
"Will I be coming back as sand getting stuck in the small ruptures of your skin?
Will I be coming back as water falling through your faults, flowing out and in?
Will I be coming back a hungry whisper rushing through the wrinkles in your head?
Will I be coming back a hardened memory ground in your sleep into sand?"
Slumber with those broken mirrors, small for now and small
forever Sand and water, just like children,
None forgotten,
None forgiven.