Witching & Divining

by Swallows

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Witching & Divining
Folk tales from the Harvest Home to the Crossroads

“Witching and Divining is Swallows’ most expansive work to date, featuring haunting folk tales brought to life by arrangements that incorporate American roots and blues, tribal beats and old world traditional music.” - Hymie’s Vintage Records (Minneapolis)

"A record that sounds like autumnal weather, the Swallows’ 'Witching & Divining' blends raspy-voiced frontman Jeff Crandall’s dark story songs with hard, cold blasts of cello, accordion and guitar that fall somewhere between rootsy punk and Celtic folk." - Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A complex combination of American roots and Old World folk music.... Each song is seeped in folklore, feeling at times like an interpretation of John Lomax’s legendary field recordings.... The result is alternately reminiscent of Tom Waits and of contemporary revivalists Mumford & Sons, while retaining a dense, organic sound entirely unique to Swallows.” - City Pages (Minneapolis)

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released 02 October 2012

Jeff Crandall - Vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, percussion
Aaron Kerr - Cello, bass, vocals
Tyson Allison - Electric guitars, vocals, keys, melodica, harmonica, marimba, bass, percussion
Mike Nordby - Mandolin, pipe, trash can, grill wok, washboard, djembe, sandpaper, vocals
Toni Tinetti - Cello, vocals
Justin DeLeon - Drums, percussion
Leigh Gregory - Resophonic on "Witching & Divining"

All songs by Swallows
Recording arranged and produced by Swallows
Production assistance by Randy Gildersleeve
Recording engineered and mixed by Randy Gildersleeve at GilderSound, Forest Lake, MN
Recording mastered by JJ Golden, Golden Mastering, Ventura, CA

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Track Name: Long Long Shadow
Hold head up high
Give praise to the sky
Toil be done
We wait for the sun
We work under long, long shadow

Hope for the light
Turn back the night
Hope for the light
Turn back the night
We sleep under long, long shadow

Sang that sweet song
Of a valley wandered down
Sang that sweet song
Of a meadow in the sun
We dream under long, long shadow

We live under long, long shadow

©2012 Crandall
Track Name: The Winnowing
Spread a perch of rope
Half the length with stone
Tie a whipping knot
Bind sinew and bone

Go into the fields
Search through bog and knoll
Find a pleasing lamb
For the offering pole

High, high, high, love
High, high, high
High, high, high
Let the ashes fly

High, high, high, love
High, high, high
High, high, high
Set fire to the sky

Gather wood and straw
Bring the fuel to sow
Seed for barleycorn
Bless the plough and hoe

Set the wood on fire
Light the hallowed pyre
Sing a song of praise
As the flames burn higher

High, high, high, love
High, high, high
High, high, high
Let the ashes fly

High, high, high, love
High, high, high
High, high, high
Set fire to the sky

Feed the wind with flesh
Drink from skull and bone
Sow the fields with blood
Break the rock and stone

Stain the earth with life
Call the rain and sun
Harvest fruit and grain
Praise the shining one

High, high, high, love
High, high, high
High, high, high
Let the ashes fly

High, high, high, love
High, high, high
High, high, high
Set fire to the sky

High, high, high, love
High, high, high
High, high, high
Let the ashes fly

High, high, high, love
High, high, high
High, high, high
Set fire to the sky

© 2012 Crandall
Track Name: Rattle Them Bones
Sleep, lay thee down to sleep
Cover your ears
The wild men out prowling

Tonight, the full moon is bright
The Harvest Home come
It’s time for rejoicing

So, don’t let them break down the door
Don’t let them rattle them bones

Tonight, old bogies will haunt
The vineyards will flow
The demons come calling

Burn, their fires will burn
With reckless delight
They’ll dance ’til the morning

So, don’t let them break down the door
Don’t let them rattle them bones

Howl, hear the wind howl
The time will come soon
For long winter slumbers

But tonight, the wild men will fright
And all will delight
At the Wicker Man’s burning

So, don’t let them break down the door
Don’t let them rattle them bones

Peace, child, wait for the dawn
Sleep, child, and demons be gone

© 2010 Crandall
Track Name: Witching & Divining
Kickin’ at the stones waitin’ on you
Gnawin’ on the earth waitin’ on you
Witchin’ a new well waitin’ on you
I’ve been waitin’ on you

Waitin’ on, waitin’ on, waitin’ on you
Waitin’ on, waitin’ on, waitin’ on you
Waitin’ on, waitin’ on, waitin’ on you
Sweet Lara, I’ve been waitin’ on you

Dyin’ on the vine waitin’ on you
Drinkin’ all my wine waitin’ on you
Readin’ bones and signs waitin’ on you
I’ve been waitin’ on you

Waitin’ on, waitin’ on, waitin’ on you
Waitin’ on, waitin’ on, waitin’ on you
Waitin’ on, waitin’ on, waitin’ on you
Sweet Lara, I've been waitin’ on you

© 2012 Crandall
Track Name: Brigid's Cross
Good heart of charity
Bring us plenty in time of need
Shine on, burn bright
Fiery arrow, bring death to life

Cure this barren sea
Forge and anvil
New birth come spring
Long shadow, time of strife
Milk mother pours when well runs dry

Rise up
Precious light
Shine on
Tonight

Warm hearth burn effigy
Brigid’s Cross leave us in peace
Entwine thy soul with my
Fare thee well
Find sleep tonight

Lie down virgin bride
Kildare’s angel
Find sleep tonight

Kildare’s angel
Find sleep tonight

Kildare’s angel
Find sleep tonight

©2012 Crandall
Track Name: High Water
Drowning man
High water
Hard winds
Blind rain

I don’t know why I won’t lend a hand
I don't know why

Red clay
Cracked broken
River
Dry dust bone

The sweat on my fingers
Sucked up by the noon sun
The fields lie fallow
River - dry dust bone

Sky bleeds
Redemption
Hard earth
Gives way

High water
Moves swiftly
Over thirsty
Low lands

It came to me like a new horizon
Came to me and washed away my pain
It came to me like a new horizon
Came to me and washed away... my pain

© 2010 Crandall
Track Name: Roam
I pierced the sky from heaven
Wayward angel with no home
Child of chaos
Given life to roam

My cohorts took up battle
When wisdom failed to know
The blows once struck
Cursed me to roam

Roam, roam

I’ve transgressed map and compass
Clash and clamour
feud and row
I left the quiet life to roam

All weights and counter-measures
Pitch and yaw
And broken stone
I made the crooked path to roam

Roam, roam

I was there when Christ was thirsty
Wet his lips with bitter gall
Eased his pain
When he cried out for love

I gave the knife to Brutus
For Cain, I held the stone
With honey tongue
Led them to roam

Roam, roam

I’ve blessed a thousand children
All babes with mother’s gone
I left the wicked ones
To roam

I’ve got the wind at my back
No, I won’t linger long
I’ve set my feet on course
To roam

Roam, roam

© 2012 Crandall
Track Name: Seismic
I’m sorry I accused you
of crimes that just don’t mean enough
To risk exposing fault lines
In our tacit harmony
I got it wrong
I got it wrong

That I should bear false witness
Paranoia, jealousy
Or a careless indignation
That serves no one but me
I got it wrong
I got it wrong

Oh, just sing along
I got it wrong

Two continents colliding
Seismic shifts in troubled seas
Find the weakest point to exploit
Deep volcanic energy
I got it wrong
I got it wrong

Oh, just sing along
I got it wrong

Where is this going?
Too late to forgive
I try to recapture
The light that let us live

All of those long nights
All the questions, all the talk
Couldn’t put us back together
Once the earthquake found its fault

I’m combing through the data
Trying to find that seismic seed
That led to our destruction
Under landscapes lush and green
I got it wrong
I got it wrong

Oh, just sing along
I got it wrong

Oh, you know this song
I got it wrong

© 2012 Crandall
Track Name: Walk Down
Walk down
Yeah, the devil got me
Walk down
Yeah, the devil got me
Walk down
Yeah, the devil got me
Walk down

I’m leavin’ my savior
Ain’t changin’ my behavior
Ain’t gettin’ no better
It’s either now or never

There’ll be no convertin’
Touch me, you’ll be hurtin’
You’re gonna put it away
You’re gonna hear what I say

Down
Yeah, the devil got me
Walk down
Yeah, the devil got me
Walk down
Yeah, the devil got me
Walk down

The cellar door is open
The stairs are dark and broken
This path is gettin’ steeper
The valley’s gettin’ deeper

The river is shallow
The bridge long and narrow
I’m lookin’ at Satan
He’s talkin’ but I’m not shakin’

Down
Yeah, the devil got me
Walk down
Yeah, the devil got me
Walk down
Yeah, the devil got me
Walk down

The cellar door is open
The stairs dark, broken
This path is gettin’ steeper
The valley’s gettin’ deeper

The river is shallow
The bridge long and narrow
I’m lookin’ at Satan
Well, he’s talkin’ but I'm not shakin’

Down
Yeah, the devil got me
Walk down
Yeah, the devil got me
Walk down
Yeah, the devil got me
Walk down

© 2012 Kerr, Crandall
Track Name: Medusa
She’s on the prowl now
Searchin’ hard for me
Tryin’ to catch my eyes now
Wanna ensnare me

But I won’t back down
I said I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down
I said I won’t back down

Ain’t got no cocaine
Runnin’ through my veins
Not a pint of whiskey
To my name

But I won’t back down
I said I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down
I said I won’t back down

Gonna blind those snake eyes
While I’m flesh and bone
I’m gonna bring that bitch down
Before I turn to stone

No, I won’t back down
I said I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down
I said I won’t back down

I will not refrain
I said I will not refrain
Gonna bring that witch down
Won’t petrify my brain

No, I won’t back down
I said I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down
I said I won’t back down

© 2012 Crandall
Track Name: The Devil's Hole
It’s a long way
From the bottom to the light of day
It’s a long, long tunnel
Of lost and luckless souls

I can smell the devil’s breath
Hits me like a heart attack
I feel it creeping over my skin
Like a cancer to a bone

I made a blind bet
With a demon in the dead of night
Now I’m inching like a maggot
From the fire to the light

Searching for the marrow
Dying to be whole
Aching for the parts of me
I left in the devil’s
In the devil’s hole

He’s come to lay his claim on me
Bond backed by a blackguard’s soul
But a demon shouldn’t trust a jackal
To spend his death in the devil’s hole

And I’d do anything
To feel some cool air in my lungs
I’d even pray to Jesus
To see a bright sky filled with sun

Searching for the marrow
Dying to be whole
Aching for the parts of me
I left in the devil’s
In the devil’s hole

It takes a desperate man
To barter with his soul
But a cut-throat deal with the prince of light
Seems better than dying
In the devil’s hole

© 2012 Crandall
Track Name: Home
Oh, Lord, I wanna go home
Oh, Lord, I wanna go home
Feel it deep down in my bones
Oh, yeah, I want to go home

These legs too tired to roam
These arms can’t lift no more
This heart done turn to stone
Oh, yeah, I wanna to go home

© 2010 Crandall