To The Earth (Volume II, Hibernal)

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 December 21, 2016

Volume II Hibernal

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

Duncan Arsenault - Drums
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: Ancestral Dogs
Every blade of grass is an ancestor coming back as
One more set of hands raised towards the sky
So may we all look back with our rose colored glasses
And to tomorrow too, baby come what may

Well I'm tired of your voices and all your talk of choices
I've heard enough to know you don't want me
So one more time with feeling, make everyone believe in
The things you do and say and teach to all

We don't need reassuring, our confidence is growing
With every little step along the way
We no longer need to go down the only road we've ever know
All roads lead to Rome no more

Oh the boatman takes one more, no empty ships upon his shore
He just wants your last two pennies for the ride
But when you come back across the water,
You'll be no ones son or daughter
Till you find a way to make right by everyone
Track Name: Day Comes Anew
I drink my tea in the evening when the coyotes sing
And the will-o'-the-whisp draws you near
Hard like the ground but you're soft like the rain
For what you listen you will hear

So I fill my glass with brandy and I fill my heart with love
Fill the air up full of song as below as above
And I fill my lungs with laughter and I hope you fill yours too
And we can love and we can laugh before the day comes anew

The stars look like diamond rings on the fingers of the trees
Blow your kisses in the wind
The rain brings them down like acorns from above
Everything old begins again
Track Name: Endless Machine
Keep on rolling keep on scrolling
This endless machine is prepared to do as you please
Will you go out the way you came in
There's more blood on the lamb now than there ever has been

Take the wheel I want to let go
I don't feel anymore
Drift away in smoke green rivers
Wash away to the sea

Keep on praying keep on slaying
The difference between shadow and shade has all faded away
Love grief and money cannot be concealed
Pleasure will pass but sorrow will always remain
Track Name: The Apple
I eat the apple but the doctor, he still comes
I drink my water from an endless cup of love
You've got to find a little magic in the world
The ashes of what I used to burn have all turned into gold

You want your savior, he's got a plan
You want your savior but all you've got is man

Swim like Odysseus into the setting sun
There are two hay thieves in the field who move as one
You breath out to the world and she will breath you in
Tell me where you want to be and I will let you in

So take me tripping slipping through the backbeat of your heart
You don't know what love is 'till you start