the plague dances

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nosoupnomeatnofoulnosweatnoryeblackgoldeyebelliescryhungrynightbreakblackbreaddonotaskhimwhy!
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ohwheredoestherainblossom? theorchardsofthegardenofeden? whereblesseddoascend? whererivershavenoend? andskinisnocauseforweeping? ohsingthealderandthebeech! theysingtheterrorsyouhaveseen! allthebranchesflailandwaveandreach! they know where you have been! they know where you have been! they know where you have been! they know where you have been! thereohtherenightbirds sound likefeetuponnewwetgroung theresa twitch anda tremor inthelimbsofthebirch,a s t re t c h andashiveraleap&alurch thewhaterswashedeverythingdowntoit'sskin,limbsofsilverdancingtoasongthatnooneheardbegin a s o n g t h a t n o o n e h e a r d b e g i n
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cut & throw the golde nrows behind you in a trail rake and stow in the earth below the cricket and the snail. ohhowscarceandskinnywerethestocksawaving! whatwasonceafrozenthingisnowaripegoldfieldthatsings!! cut & throw the golde nrows behind you in a trail rake and stow in the earth below the cricket and the snail. ohhowstarvedandfearfulwereweinthemorning! butnowit'sbrokenevening! weraisethedustwithfeetandstrings! cut & throw the golde nrows behind you in a trail rake and stow in the earth below the cricket and the snail. fromagreatblacklakesprings... athousanddancersswayin! sostrangeintheirsaying! starsdeadintheskycontinueburning! igotasongtosingtokeepmybodygoing!igottokeepmybodymoving!cuzthereain'tnowayofknowingwheretheotherreasonslie! (but i heard a secret from the rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!) cut & throw the golde nrows behind you in a trail rake and stow in the earth below the cricket and the snail.
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oh!thesehillswewalkbetweenarefilledwithbonesandthingsunseenlayereddeepwithchalkandclaytheremybonesaresoontolay! oh!thesefieldsthatshakeandsigharegoldentounkowingeyesbutoh!theyweepandoh!theycrybeneaththeearthwherefirelies! the furnace below us burns too bright! theresastrangeheatin the ground tonight! oh! icantfeelmyownheartbeat! fortheshudderingbeneaththewhat! mybonesarelighterthanmyskin!sincethetremorsdidbegin!theearthisshakingfittoburstshe'llthrowusfromhersurfacefirst! oh! takemybonesandlaytheminthehive of beesthecherry skin: an honest grave the worms turn in! Oh!theres a black wind blowin'!! theres nowheretohidemy sins theresnowaytostopthisgrounda rolling rolling rolling rolling
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oh! themoontonightisaplateofwhitecoalsthatglowandsigh! I'll make my prayersto it up there! (though i cannot see the sky!) w h y !!?? haveYouturnedYourfaceaway? isitthatmybodyshuddersandsways! come on down! and tell me why my hearts still beating! (oh if someOne could come down!) (just make me onesmallheartysound!) make! me! one! small! sound! isthatthenightbordbeginingtosing!? theregothecricketstuningtheirstrings!? givemearhymeforeverything! alinkingvinethatweavesalineroundtheearthandbackagain! thepatternthatfollowswillswallow me in.......... i hear the ocean! (thoughineverhavebeen) oh! I'LL PULL DOWN THE SKY LIKE A BRIGHT BLUE CURTAIN! fireflies they dance and dive in a thousand constellations! i have dancedforcenturiesandi'veneverknownthereason! but now the earth swells up through my feet theresawarmthinthegroundhereastrangeandwondrousheat!thefurnacebelowusburnstoobright!theresastrangefireinthegroundtonight! thepatternthatfollowswillswallow me in.......... Ihearthe sound ofangelswhisperin... (oh!) I'LL PULL DOWN THE SKY LIKE A BRIGHT BLUE CURTAIN! oh!sweetpathwaytremblingbridgewestanduponwithskinaglowing,wewillallmeltintooneintheplacewhereiamgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoingi'mgoing!
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Da Ecclésiae tuae, quáesumus, Dómine, sanctis Martírbus tuis Vito, Modésto atque Crescéntia intercédentibus - (oh!ihearthemsinginginthesquarewhereidostandanangelflanksmeoneithersideingarlandsgreenandgrandohidreamyourfootsepsleadmetothepromisedland!) (oh!thestarsarefallinginthefieldfarfromheresevenangelsdanceandspeadtherescalesacrossthesqaureoh!iseetheholylightofheavensdrawingnear!) (oh!iseethemcrossthenightaslividdancingscarstheysinginvoicesstrangeandsweetandholierthanstars(deadintheskythatcontinueburning! i'vegotasongtosingtokeepmybodygoing,iv'egottokeepmybodymovingcuzthereain'tnowayofknowingwheretheotherreasonlies!) (butiheardasecretfromtherye!) ohseeHisstepsarenearing me! oh SAINT ofdancers heavenly! all my bones are lifting up to see! asheiscallingme!
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ohthesehillswewalkbetween theycradleseasonswehaveseen amothwilldanceatfarofflihght anddisapearintothenight! ohthisgroundwewalkupon isbutapileofchalkandbone! andthesparrowspassingby smallsoulsleapingtothesky!
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released May 22, 2012

music by matthew diafos sweeney

ida duelund hansen (double bass, singing), lisa crystal salvo (singing, percussion, etc), esther hannaford (singing), adam casey (dulcimer, banjo, cumbus, guitar, percussion), genevieve fry (harp, singing), benjamin hoetjes (singing, violin), matt crosby (singing)
words by jesse rasmussen

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