Killdeer

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Recorded by This Is Deer Country at Bridge House.

Mastered by Keith Kinnear.

Kate Pote - voice
Dan Haefs - guitar, drums, bass, harmony
John Hanson - vibraphone, chime
Chris Bathgate - mandolin


Killdeer

In the corner of the field the farmer forgets
Grows a wildness that forgetfulness bred
And the thistle towering over me
I will sleep, I will sleep.

Thunder in the meadow where the killdeer cry
Feigned injury performed for the hungry eyed
And the hush that falls from the darkening air
Haze on the horizon and the rain it bears

You told my father you'd return for me
Ere the winter wind set the field to freeze
Now the cold has come twice without word of you
Not a whisper from the man I was promised to

I heard down the river you settled down
Wed a yellow haired woman in a satin gown
And her belly hangs heavy with a child of yours
Hangs heavy with the prize I'd waited for.

What evil have I done to account for this?
By my love forsaken, by my love dismissed.
And what evil must I do to bring reckoning?
For my faithfulness given, for my love spent.

In the corner of the field the farmer forgets
Yellow hair and blood matted to the thistle bed
Redemption is the name of the fruit I reap
Oh, I will sleep, I will sleep.


Haw and Bray

How's the air filled with humming?
Relentlessly buzzing?
Smelling like honey here, oppressively green

here I am tremblin' and terrified
weeping and hazy eyed
while the wind comes rushing down to meet me

cowering in my doorway
frantic and fearing a new day
but too frightened to leave the step leave my home leave my

baby you're mine,
I say it all the time
but next to words these actions seem inept and unclear

and we haw and we bray
mouths dusty with hay
we asses, we infants, we ignorant animal minds

mindless still am I
still stubborn and slight
still willful as the day I was made, I was born

born a wretch, born alone
some small writhing form
likened to a stone thrown and tumbling through the water

water so deep, so soothing, so sweet
like the neverending sleep
we're all rushing to try

oh Evangeline, am I wasting my time?
what god do you know now
worth relieving my mind

baby you're mine
I say it all the time


Rise and Fall

I am a vengeful god.
And from me a sea of blood
and a decline, a decline
Silent shift in vital fire

But oh, doesn't it seem to shine.
Oh, doesn't it seem to rise and fall and
Rise and fall again

I will fall and I will fade
All mysticism and pulsing veins
And before my eyes, a veil of grey
To the flickering floor, myrtle and bay

But oh, doesn't it seem to shine
Oh, doesn't it seem to rise and fall and
Rise and fall again


Siúr Boat Song

rowing on the river
with silvery shadows chasing my mind
whispering fields o'er the banks growing near
and the panting i'm bound to abide

I can hear them in the dark
the beating of their hooves like a big bodhran pounding
and they're shifting likes ghosts or a darkening coastline
as seen from a ship departing

and I can hear them calling my name
and a song rising up from every muscle and bone
oh the dapple and the bay and the gunmetal grey
the black and the red red roan

and here, like a shivering foal
wet and clumsy and crying out in the night
and smelling like blood to bring the wolf or the flood
or the crashing and thunder
or the fury of the sundering sea
tree shaking ghosts
on river banks oh
or the cold, cold hands
of godless lands
that envelop and seek to end me

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released October 20, 2011

Thanks to Bridge House, WMTU, Keith, Mostly Midwest, all of the amazing musicians in Michigan, and everyone who has been so nice to us over the years.

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Track Name: Killdeer
Killdeer

In the corner of the field the farmer forgets
Grows a wildness that forgetfulness bred
And the thistle towering over me
I will sleep, I will sleep.

Thunder in the meadow where the killdeer cry
Feigned injury performed for the hungry eyed
And the hush that falls from the darkening air
Haze on the horizon and the rain it bears

You told my father you'd return for me
Ere the winter wind set the field to freeze
Now the cold has come twice without word of you
Not a whisper from the man I was promised to

I heard down the river you settled down
Wed a yellow haired woman in a satin gown
And her belly hangs heavy with a child of yours
Hangs heavy with the prize I'd waited for.

What evil have I done to account for this?
By my love forsaken, by my love dismissed.
And what evil must I do to bring reckoning?
For my faithfulness given, for my love spent.

In the corner of the field the farmer forgets
Yellow hair and blood matted to the thistle bed
Redemption is the name of the fruit I reap
Oh, I will sleep, I will sleep.
Track Name: Haw and Bray
Haw and Bray

How's the air filled with humming?
Relentlessly buzzing?
Smelling like honey here, oppressively green

here I am tremblin' and terrified
weeping and hazy eyed
while the wind comes rushing down to meet me

cowering in my doorway
frantic and fearing a new day
but too frightened to leave the step leave my home leave my

baby you're mine,
I say it all the time
but next to words these actions seem inept and unclear

and we haw and we bray
mouths dusty with hay
we asses, we infants, we ignorant animal minds

mindless still am I
still stubborn and slight
still willful as the day I was made, I was born

born a wretch, born alone
some small writhing form
likened to a stone thrown and tumbling through the water

water so deep, so soothing, so sweet
like the neverending sleep
we're all rushing to try

oh Evangeline, am I wasting my time?
what god do you know now
worth relieving my mind

baby you're mine
I say it all the time
Track Name: Rise and Fall
Rise and Fall

I am a vengeful god.
And from me a sea of blood
and a decline, a decline
Silent shift in vital fire

But oh, doesn't it seem to shine.
Oh, doesn't it seem to rise and fall and
Rise and fall again

I will fall and I will fade
All mysticism and pulsing veins
And before my eyes, a veil of grey
To the flickering floor, myrtle and bay

But oh, doesn't it seem to shine
Oh, doesn't it seem to rise and fall and
Rise and fall again
Track Name: Siúr Boat Song
Siúr Boat Song

rowing on the river
with silvery shadows chasing my mind
whispering fields o'er the banks growing near
and the panting i'm bound to abide

I can hear them in the dark
the beating of their hooves like a big bodhran pounding
and they're shifting likes ghosts or a darkening coastline
as seen from a ship departing

and I can hear them calling my name
and a song rising up from every muscle and bone
oh the dapple and the bay and the gunmetal grey
the black and the red red roan

and here, like a shivering foal
wet and clumsy and crying out in the night
and smelling like blood to bring the wolf or the flood
or the crashing and thunder
or the fury of the sundering sea
tree shaking ghosts
on river banks oh
or the cold, cold hands
of godless lands
that envelop and seek to end me