To The Earth (Volume III, Vernal)

by James Keyes

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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 March 20, 2017

Volume III Vernal


Recorded at the Crooked Star Barn by Roger Lavallee
Mixed and mastered at Wachusett Recording, Princeton Ma

Players:
Duncan Arsenault - Drums tracks 3,4.
Jeff Burch - Bass - Bass track 4.
Brooks Milgate - Piano track 2
Jay Scheffler - Harp track 2
Tyler Stadlman - Viola track 1

Cover artwork by Morgan Freeman

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James Keyes

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: Lazarus Tree
Honey-drunk all sheets to the wind,
Waiting for the Green Man to come back again
Ground splits open, who do I see...
Up come little Persephone
She comes for the lovers, her breath is the spring
Blowing her sweet kisses on the Lazarus Tree

It's seen a hundred generations of man come and go
It's seen flood it's seen fire but its roots still grow
Some have tried to steal its treasures, as mankind often does
But it comes back stronger than it ever was
Men will always fight and die pretending they are free
Falling like the blossoms of the Lazarus Tree

Been cut, been axed, been burned but it keeps coming back
Now some might see their fortunes in the leaves of their tea
I see the future in the limbs of the Lazarus Tree

Murder of crows staring down at me, from the cooked old branches
of the Lazarus Tree
Track Name: Head Full of Tomorrows
There's more diamonds baby, in our dreams than hidden pearls in the sea
Don't go searching for signs in the stars unless you like what you see
Ever feel like you've been here before, passing time in your head
Cutting squares from a quilted sky, trying to make your own bed

I've got a life full of yesterdays, a head full of tomorrows
Everything in between is ours, never let that go

Walking blind through this human maze trying to find someone
We all look up to the same blue sky, the same moon, the same sun

Maybe we're just made up of what everyone has lost
You cant hold on to what you haven't got
Track Name: Distilled
All your big ideas in flames, each a nail in your coffin brain
Work for illusions and linger on
Is it shadow or is it shade, how long since the band has played?
Sing me that old song one more time

How many times will you rise up again
How many times will you return
How many times will we go around again
In the end we move the same

She sleeps in alkahest, distilled like all the rest
Still looking for that mystery
Cut it up and rearrange youth really shows your age
Lost like a dream song in the night