To The Earth (Volume I, Autumnal)

by James Keyes



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 September 22, 2016

Recorded at the Crooked Star Barn by Roger Lavallee


Duncan Arsenault - Drums
Jeff Burch - Bass
Brooks Milgate - Organ on "Damaged Goods"
Alex Nagorski - Trumpet, vocals on "Damaged Goods"
Geoffrey Watson Oehling - Cello on "Gone Circadian"

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: Gone Circadian
I woke up this morning and I ran out of time
Got too much to do, too much on my mind
I'm lost in the noise of the people all around here
Got to find my way back to the earth and the water

Got dreams bigger than I can sleep at night
Return to the rhythm and I'll feel alright
Gone Circadian

There's more to the world than the glow in your hand
Fade out the false lights and listen again
Lightning is gone in the blink of an eye
West rolls the rain in the wine wet sky

Chase your shadows around the sun
Turn your back on what you've become
Get your hands back in the Earth
Where do you come from
Where do you go
Gone Circadian
Track Name: Breath of the Arsonist
When the daystar set the night lights all shone bright
But when the blood moon rose she eclipsed them all
He heard a sea sick serenade out over the water
Never trust the one who sings the sirens song

You know it's always feast or famine
I don't know no fortune or fame
Just those two hands keep on spinning
Round and round again...

In the shadow of our hearts is where we hide
In the shade of love is where we wait
In the red of the evening you burn for your kiss
Set your heart on fire with the breath of the arsonist

Ive been drinking Muddy Water and Howling like a Wolf all night and day
In the Shining Penny Cemetery where the paupers lay
But when he bosun calls and I hear the ships bells ringing...
Shore leave's over boys but I'll be back some day
Track Name: To the Earth
To the Earth, to the Earth
Everything goes back to the Earth
You're a seed, you're a weed
Tell her what you want and she'll give you what you need
He was a right raised man,
Some do what they want, some do what they can
You can hold or you can show
Something's gotta give I cant give no more
What do you give, what do you want?
What do you get when it's all for not?
You're the hoax, you're the lie
You're all that there is when nobody asks why

Your answers are in the shape of things to come
Your endless chances are less by one

I'm ahead, I'm behind
I'm not me I'm just my mind
My 9 lives are getting tired
When you find God will you throw him to the lions?
You were born, raised and fell
While this whole mad shit house belonged to someone else
While you can wait, you can't miss
February keeps you from the Lion's kiss
Live fat, hog smile
You can have it all but there's beauty in denial
Look up any time and marvel at the endless palette in the sky

The luck of youth is wearing thin
Petals blow off in the autumn wind
Seek truth, the light of day
While primadonna pettifoggers take it away
Clear the path, lose the trail
Never gonna learn if you're never gonna fail
I had a name when I was young
Now it's all gone it's just zeros and ones
The well is drying up, penny has poisoned to the very last drop
Truth fades over time, maybe we're all just looking for a better lie

You're answers are in the shape of things to come
You're endless chances are less by one
The moon is the eye that she sees me from