To The Earth (Volume IV, Estival)

by James Keyes

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released June 21, 2017

To The Earth is James Keyes' 4th album and unlike the previous three, will be digital only and released exclusively on Bandcamp.

"Since we're not bound by physical releases or time anymore I thought it would be fun to create a living album" says Keyes. To The Earth will be released in four parts, four songs each on solstices and equinoxes over the course of one year.

September 22, 2016 - Volume 1, Autumnal
December 21, 2016 - Volume 2, Hibernal
March 20, 2017 - Volume 3, Vernal
June 21, 2017 - Volume 4, Estival

Like the title indicates, To The Earth finds Keyes getting back to his roots. Literally. Recorded in his barn theses new songs have a rustic dream-like quality to them and are all connected to the seasons, the earth and the world around him. Having moved from the city to the country after his last release, 2013's The Middle, this new batch of songs is inspired by the cycles of life found in nature. Time, life, death and rebirth are all reoccurring themes in the lyrics.

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Released June 21, 2017

Volume IV, Estival


Recorded mixed and mastered at the Crooked Star Barn by Roger Lavallee


Players:
Duncan Arsenault
Jeff Burch - Bass

Cover artwork by Morgan Freeman

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Six string dream slinging musical maestro, teller of tall tales and short stories, social media soliloquist, blues shouter, country crooner Rocknroll raconteur and avant folk rambler, pint quaffer, shot shooter, foot stomper, soul singer, rain bringer, and left fingered proletariat provocateur. ... more

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Track Name: Ain't Buyin' It
Show me your miles and I'll take your advice
Try to shake my head from the roll of the dice
The circles that we walk in expect us after time, so you got behind,
I don't mind waiting

Oh no, I feel we've been here before
Oh no, I told you a hundred times I don't need what you have

Giving all my time to the man but I can't quit
Every day I get so close I can taste it
Chasing down a dream ain't so hard till you try it,
when everyone's selling what you ain't buying

Oh no, I feel like we've been here before
Oh no, I told you a million times I don't need what you have
Track Name: Mother Milkweed
In this chase we are forever bound
In this chase we are forever bound
Like the fox the hunter and the hound
In this chase we are forever bound

When you whisper you hush the breeze
When you whisper you hush the breeze
Still looking for that mystery
When you whisper you hush the breeze

The sun shines in the morning when she comes

Come mother Milkweed spread your seed
Come mother Milkweed spread your seed
Bringing back all the kings and queens
Come mother Milkweed spread your seed
Track Name: Or Just Be
Night slips away in the morning mist
Pale light in the east
In this new day rising will you be just?

Or Just be...

We're all just racing towards the sun
Chasing our prey until we're done
We're all just praying to the son
Chasing out words till they become

Our machines will cleanse your blood of life
And drain it away
No room for god or fairytales, not these days

We're all just racing 'round the sun
Chasing our prey until we're done
We're all just praying to the son
Chasing our words till they become

Always running out of time these days
But never in
As below as above as above as below
Again begin

We're all just racing round the sun
Chasing our prey until we come
We're all just praying to the son
Chasing our words till they become
Track Name: Your Longest Day
You lie awake alone at night listening to the water rise
Dream your ship is coming in
You know they all rise with the tide

But she keeps calling you back
Calling you back to her
Sweet familiar whispers from the other side keep calling you back
To your longest Day

The Mother drank the flood to save her children
Now they've all grown strong
But promises were made next time we're all gonna burn

Come down from the mountain, blow across the moors
Tell me you're the rising sun and I'm yours
And I'll beg you to believe in the will of the mystery
Hang it from your heart plant it in your dreams
Just come on back to your longest Day