Wildebeest

by Northumberland

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released January 11, 2014

LARA SWEENEY | voice, guitar, piano, percussion
BRENDAN DE MEILLON | voice, viola, guitar, electric guitar

TOM BUNNETT | trumpet (Tracks 2 and 4)

Produced and arranged by PRIMROSE COOPER; additional production by BECKI WHITTON and SDG. All songs written by LARA SWEENEY and BRENDAN DE MEILLON. Recorded at HEL Studio, December 2013 - January 2014.

Album art by Brendan de Meillon.

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Track Name: And They Shudder
The wind is hot and the clouds are dark
But there is more than just shame burning through our hearts
The ground is shakes and my heart it aches
For a place I know that I must fight for
The chaos seeks to reign
But I will see the Morning Star rise again.

Hold to one another in this most frightful hour
The heart that fights alone is that which turns to stone
The fever burns your bones
But fear not child for you are not your own-
The price for your soul you cannot afford
We’d better hope someone will buy us all

Now I hear the song of the multitude-
It is a song I’d never heard but always knew
It was the song that every beat and breath had ever meant
They sung it at my rebirth and now louder after death:

Holy is the Lord who was and is and is to come
Holy is the Lord who was and is and has come.
Track Name: Beasts
“I’m drying up, brother
They speak to my blood, brother
They speak to my blood

I’ve tried to keep it in and keep it up
But they speak to my blood

When the rain falls, brother
I don’t think of where it comes from no more

I just feel it soak into my shirt
I just feel it soak into my skin.”

I heard these words fall from his lips
I didn’t know it was like this
I heard these words fall from his lips
And all I could say was this:

“I don’t see the beast brother,
The beast, that’s on your back

I don’t see the beast,
I see you.”
Track Name: Wildebeest
Gentle wildebeest treads the cold dirt east
Knows he won’t find a home there
Knows the fog hangs low

Gentle wildebeest treads the cold dirt east
Knows he won’t find a home there
He’s always known

But here he lays his head
Buries his dead
And waits for the not yet

Gentle wildebeest dreams of that land of peace
Follows the sun follows the road
Won’t get him where he longs to go

Gentle wildebeest dreams of that land of peace
Follows the flock and the ways of old
Won’t get him where he longs to go

But he knows, he’s heard, of the Great Migration
And he knows his post at Battle Station
In this lonely life of near starvation
He waits

He waits
Track Name: The World's Playground
He talks about jobs and he talks about lines
He says, “It’s just a matter of time, babe, just a matter of time.”
But all the while it’s getting cold outside
So I put my stockings on
I feel it getting cold outside

I feel this shaking frustration
This place has started chafing
The skin on the backs of my legs

The bitter winter wind has blown
But I’ve no coat to keep me warm
And so his melancholy tones
Leeched into my bones

He talks about jobs and he talks about lines
And he talks about love that never dies
But we’ve both grown cold
He knows we’ve both grown cold
I’ve grown cold

The clouds are so thick and so concrete
And I’ve been too long under them
In this hungover street
The stars have forgotten me

Wendy, wonder more
You don’t find what you don’t look for
You don’t find what you don’t ask for
Track Name: Abe
The bristles that grow on my cheek
Show the world that I’m too weak
The lines that lie beneath my eyes
Show the world that I’m too tired

He says “Old man, do not be afraid,”
“But, Lord, can’t you see how my hands they shake?”
My hands, they’ve been shaking for a long time.
They’ve been shaking for a long time.

He says, “I’m your shield- your great Reward,”
“But can’t you see my hands shaking, Lord?”
My hands they’ve been shaking for a long time.

I know He knows that I’m not,
But I think He sees me as if I am
And now I can’t help thinking
I’ve become a stranger in this old land.

He says “old man, look to the sand on the shore,”
I know He’s better than all that came before
But my hands they’ve been shaking for a long time

He says “old man, look to the lights in the sky,”
I did
And the tear drops formed in my eyes
My tired eyes that have seen
The love of the Lord
The promises of the Lord
Keep my lamp burning
Let the stars keep on turning
Keep my lamp burning.