by Snagwing

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If there is a thread that runs through this album, it isn’t plain to see, even for me. Somewhere towards the end of the writing process, though, I was reminded of the myth of Orpheus. It resonated with me in a new way, and the story brought together many things that had been on my mind for months.

When Eurydice dies, Orpheus tries to rescue her from the underworld. He is challenged with a seemingly easy task: if he can walk ahead of Eurydice without turning back to look at her, she’ll be revived.

Yet Orpheus looks back. Why?

Like Orpheus, we are all undone by caring too much, by being tempted into things when we know better, by being unable not to look.

I was so moved by Orpheus’ weakness, his self-treachery, because I find so much of that in myself. To write these songs, I challenged myself to look in more deeply and out more broadly, but I also allowed myself to look back.


released February 22, 2015

Nina Willbach - Violin
Peter Oswald - Cello, Mandolin
Lauren Chimento - Vocals
Dane Galloway - Piano, Guitar
Kirk Kubicek - Percussion
Joshua Popejoy - Trombone
Cameron DeWhitt - Banjo
Sam Sontag - Percussion
Mike Pechter - Percussion, Guitar, Vocals

Mastered by Ryan Schwabe, Philadelphia PA.



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Blending Kitsch and Weird since 2010.

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Track Name: All Ears
the days have grown long
you can see the light stretch thin
and i'm singing that lonesome song
that occupies my mind

so how have you been?
have you held out this whole time-
though the wind's been a sharpened knife
that grazed across your skin?

now i'm all ears
please tell me your nonsense fears
and let all those long due tears
run free

but where is my spring?
i'm cold and i'm crazy
and i hear that a brand new storm
will need a place to stay

but some fine day
the sun will be a-okay
you know i'll be kept up late
from the heat

there is a place
where you always call my name
and i slowly lose my face

now i'm stuck in between
needing this silence
and fearing that lonesomeness
that breaks me before dawn

so bear with me
my heart is as weak as tea
there's no place i'd rather be
than alone with you
Track Name: Shoot Shoot
rolled up to you
shoulda been a short trip indeed
but i took my time and time it took from me

far down the road from it all
getting kinda old, oh but i heard revenge is a song best sung cold

shoulda been a shoot shoot and roll
roll away

i've held a grudge or maybe two
but wouldn't change a thing
cept for waiting on you to make my doorbell ring

stayed much too long
shoulda been long gone and free
tried to pull off a job but a job was pulled on me


i've had a few in my day whose time i took
yes i read my lines exactly from the book

but you held me up at gun point
my back was turned

oh forget a woman scorned i'm a man spurned
Track Name: Honey Bee
long for thee
oh my sweet honey bee
you bring my lips all to spring

you've planted a seed
you have met every need
now what can yours truly bring?

cause in a garden i'm useless and shy
and in love i'm tangled as vines

I long for thee
oh my sweet honey bee
but on your love can i truly rely?

in a dream i saw a spider
high upon my wall
spinning web to catch me to eat

so i turned right around
kept my wings on the ground
cause i know i'm nobody's meat

but i'm longing for love like i'm sick
but i'm flinching for some kinda trick

oh you offer your hand
but just like a man
my skin has grown oh so thick

Track Name: Belong to Me
the wind bustled through my hair
where we were driving, don't know, don't care
i was glad to have made some friends
to feel a car purr and heave round bends

and the light of the sun had an ease
all yellow and long through the trees
and we parked on a slope of grass
but this does not, no it does not
belong to me

we slept in a tree in the woods
and woke when those strange birds said we should
i stumbled through a simple round maze
feeling the weight of my own sticky gaze

and the fire glowed orange at night
throwing up soot and smoke in our eyes
and the lake was suspiciously still
but this does not, no it does not
belong to me

we were poised on our bikes as on toys
peddling homeward like cold little boys
i could see myself scanning it all
as if i could keep everything i could recall

but it slipped through my hands like a rope
oh that presence that keeps us afloat
and i chase down these but in vain
because they do, no they do not
belong to me

in the night after having our fill
i held you so close until
i felt a seed of that fear, yes i know
you'dve held on and never let go

so faced with this naked fear
i let it go, let all disappear
but i'll hold on now so long
so that you will
belong to me
Track Name: It Could Be Worse
woke up in bed, nearly 3am
thunderstorm brewing broke my REM
million little things part of one big curse
but god forbid it could be worse

its stacked against me like a house of cards
its always watching me like prison guards
but i got my baby, and she comes first
so god forbid it could be worse

it could worse, oh god forbid it could be worse

try to find the silver lining in these clouds
try to see the souls in these angry crowds
try to fill my heart before i die of thirst
but god forbid it could be worse


i'd like to sleep with you all morning
and keep these covers covered shut
and leave the world all to its burning
and break myself free of this rut

Track Name: Wounds
when we opened up all my wounds again
i felt it burn where the blade had been
still i need to know

she didn't know what her words meant
but they drilled a hole in my firmament
and i heard them all

am i free to go?

when she found my room, all in a daze
i made her cringe in a thousand ways
but i was so alone

am i free to go?
Track Name: Blood
every so often i
get a feeling down in my wretched bones

i'll see a fine set of teeth
set of skin and bones and flesh all flowing blood

and i'd like to see her blood all flowing red, oh no

the only thing i regret
is i'm the one who's letting this take hold of me

i'm the one who comes out late at night
the one who stares out silently from in my skull

and i'd like to see her blood all flowing red, oh no


when you're sleepy
from such a long week i will
lay by softly and breathe in your peace

there's a smile brewing on my lips for you
as you speak out nonsense from your dreams

where i've written myself into the margins
and you read through these new lines in full faith with due form

and i'm moved by you steadfast on a small boat where i'm so fast
just to be free from the world where i feel shame to lead you

to a fresh one where I am he who you see when you see me

so let not these nightmares
disturb your soft slumber
they're all bone and no heart
they're all talk and no start
they're all coal and no steam
they're all rock and no stream

every so often i get a feeling down in my wretched bones