The Clearing

by Dead Kings of Norway

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1.
03:36
We're getting closer now, I swear the road is up ahead. Well that's behind us now, That city holds nothing but the living dead. I can tell you're scared by the way you squint your eyes There ain't no monsters here, just fields of green for miles around And I know your smile when you see how the towers light the sky Where we're going you'll see how the city lies. You said let's get away, run from the endless refrains Well we're alone out here, no polluting pulses for days and days With this distance we can listen to the rhythm of our lonely souls Ain't nothing in our way I've seen a clearing in the trees where I'm alive again We've been captives, but we've been kept away This ground is sacred, and the maps of been erased With this distance we can listen to the rhythm of our lonely souls Ain't nothing in our way
2.
02:45
Who knew? The mysteries used to ride on the breeze 'til Like the leaves they fall, fall, fall to the earth What we do in the woods couldn't be understood Not by a longshot, baby, I wish that you could Don't blow away, away, away Catch the breeze and it all collapses down the same But who knew? With this moon we're entombed some are waiting, Some are convinced of the truth Strip this bird of both her wings On a platter for the adder hear it sing, Or do you only hear a hiss and then a sting? Don't blow away, away, away Catch the breeze and it all collapses down the same The branches bear the weight of what we're doing here. But who knew where the wind fell, Which songs are screaming through the wildwood? And who knew in the clearing, Which rhythms are banging through the rocks and the roots? Where do the mysteries go in the light? Why do you shiver when we kiss in the night? Who knew? Who knew what it meant to be a mystery? The branches bear the weight of what we're doing here. Who knew?
3.
02:37
A long time ago, could breathe in the frosted air A long time ago, could lose your head upon this field, Lose your faith in how it feels When a good man, a strong man met his cold end Tainted with the power of rust Keep me Amanda, Amanda I'm coming home We don't write, we don't speak, we just lay here Buried under rock and bone Even the dust knows we'll stay here, buried under skin and stone Hold this clearing 'til the grass is spattered red We're gonna lay here let the glory find us instead Please don't cry when I die and I'm dying Amanda I'm coming home Who will find the meaning? When I die will I die? Who will let the grass grow? When we lie single file? I can feel you in the clearing oh, Amanda I'm coming home I'll be waiting in the dust under rock and bone.
4.
Underneath, he believes that when the angels cry it rains Outside of her, it's a miracle if he's seen better days Clean hands pretend how it feels to be a man on summer days This whole land leaves her feeling like God damned the strung out and afraid Kicked around, he still worships at the altar every day What the altar is determines how the blessing stays in place You know, our Lord can't show her face Whose hand's been stolen, been stolen out from underneath His gaze? Her touch it creases it all the page. Then crucify and make it all okay Turn out that city feel their hate It must be summer in the states Let it boil up and make it rain Whose hand's been stolen, been stolen out from underneath His gaze? Her touch it creases it all the page. Then crucify and make it all okay
5.
We've been holding on to days last light I'm beginning to plead across the ghostly night 'Cause it won't wait for you 'Cause it won't wait for you. We should have headed back! We should have run when the light demanded lingering When we weren't afraid When we could have raced the rays and found the way but hold back! Hold back the mysteries that were screeching through the trees The rattled leaves like a devil in green Still holding on... It don't matter, those long legs Won't carry you fast enough Did you close your eyes? Don't close your eyes. Wait! Meet me in the clearing Wait! Meet me in the clearing Hold us up to the starlight, what do you believe in? There's no saying if this twilight holds the key When all the nights grow cold, will we die or will we thrive? Does it matter here? Wait! Meet me in the clearing
6.
04:03
Did that pop put a crink in your neck? You whipped your head around quick, Did you catch a little glimpse of it? Is it better to go back? Go back, Go back home? We're involved in something else, Something old and proud and dark and lonely And all the paths lead us to fear, Lead us to fear, to fear that we should Go back. Go back. There's no such thing as a night in the woods I think you're seeing that now, Think you're seeing like I do. Peer in this pool, the visions go for seasons stretching back All that you've been, just a branch, just a blade of grass And all the problems that you wrestle with will blow away And all the feelings that were so compelling will be ground to dust And any sympathy you bear will turn to gravel in your throat And any sentimental voices croak and catch among the oaks. Peer in this pool, the visions go for seasons stretching back Fear drove the hope away Relax, this night, it can see since the stars were born All that you've been, just a beast, just a thing, scratching on the trees And all your problems they will blow away And all your fears are here to stay Come witness decay
7.
I can tell you're weary the clearing is just ahead Gotta stop that leakin' your weepin', your freaking out We walk the trails like ghosts among the oaks We're full of holes and made of smoke I've seen the future it's wasted, we're buried there There's no more bluster, or trust, there's no fancy talk Keep on thinking that you'll go home It ain't the wind that makes the woods groan It ain't the cold that makes you shiver in the dark Sends the blood to your heart It's a long unbroken, long unbroken night We walk the trails like ghosts among the oaks We're full of holes and made of smoke They promised us heaven and we were spurned We killed our hopes here among the ferns And while we wait the clearing burns It don't bother with a reason These woods are thick with the lost and loathed You stick with the process and you ground it and you will know We walk the trails like ghosts among the oaks We're full of holes and made of smoke They promised us heaven and we were spurned We killed our hopes here among the ferns And while we wait the clearing burns
8.
03:44
Pray this darkness isn't all there is Cold men don't own no homes Deep down in the darkness in the pond of old souls Crow 'bout old wicker hands Light 'em up in the starlight, spangled red It's what lies in the heart of the old world, What bubbles up in the troubles we buried deep in the dark Don't speak this, it's not your time These woods don't tell no lies If we build it who will kill inside these crystal halls? Does it offer to blossom or do we fill it alone? Don't speak this, it's not your time These woods don't tell no lies It's what we can't bring in In the deepest part, in the thick of the rustling din It's the silent meadow, it's the hush that hangs like a warning cry Don't speak this, it's not your time These woods don't tell no lies
9.
03:08
We gon' break those pearly gates if we see them after all First comes pride before the ruin before the fall And he knows I'm the only one Keep the questions from my lips they've sealed the gates We'll never break the chains Dreams of green grass Dreams that drowned in the rain Breathless, dead air The last gasp burns the hope away Mark the place where I am sprawled Feel the dirt where glory choked and smashed upon the wall We were wrong, we got the screams The screams without the song Darling, I'll write you when I can You know it calls to me, the ecstasy The perjury of heavenly embrace 'Cause what we've done out here God don't make no caveats for this It won't take, won't take Him long to judge It ain't like, we ain't already cast to hell You know it calls to me, the ecstasy The perjury of heavenly embrace 'Cause what we've done out here God don't make no caveats for this
10.
02:53
Do you believe in the treasure that's buried in the souls of men? Do you think your heart burns strong enough to drive the breath from every living thing? Your mind is open now I see So blow your horn and sing For these vibrations, they gon' clatter Walls gon' tumble, town gon' scatter Joshua... Do you believe in the promise, in the vastness of his love? Will you put the horn to your lips and the sword to the throat? Will you put down everything that breathes, everybody every beast? They gon' scatter, like seeds upon the wind. Oh Canaanites, oh Canaanites come meet your righteous end. Joshua... Such music in a lyric never sung Such a sound can make the dirt rise up and the firmament come down Such strange strains that we'll create To cleanse the land and wash our hands in a purifying hate Do you hear the chains? Like softly falling rain. To drench the disobedient and destroy the branch of Cain. We gon' bury the idols that they serve. Oh Canaanites, oh Canaanites, come get what you deserve. Joshua...
11.
04:35
She been preachin', we call it caterwaul He lays cement, up 'round near Ithaca We done left alone, we gon' buy, pocketful of marigold We gon' hear about the time Slick got stoned way down in Mexico Remember the masquerade? This was the time that Billy's state of grace fell willingly we prayed In the vale we came alive, becoming diamonds in its eyes The dirt gon' sip until we're dry, but I ain't dry. She believes in the story of the devil in the woods The shrill silence the promises of quiet violence "Now honey," she laughed, "I see there's fear beneath those eyelid. Keep sayin' and prayin' that you don't know just what I'm making." Transcend my friend going way back when This was just another wood, like all of the rest It don't sleep, it don't weep for the dead Souls pass over unfound We can live forever in the ground.
12.
We've been creeping 'cross the living room floor So long, so slow Since the spark that we wasted was lost in the gloam We're no brighter than night We've been slinking up on to the shore So cruel and so blind Across the field we've been tainted convinced we're the light We're no brighter than night Oh, you'd think we'd been gods Since the dawn we awakened, we've crept toward the night And we're cold, we're dumb, and we're dying And we're breathless, we're breathless We rode to the brink of the night It was covered in rust We're cold and we're wasted, we're wasted
13.
When the wind picks up it'll kick off the dust And scour the face of the whole human race, go blow. Go blow... We can ride 'cross the sands of this barren land Wiped clean of the trees and the paradise we call home Go home... Y'see the bombs did fell like a prophet from hell Then the sirens lit up, they wailed, wailed away Those screamers in the night don't carry no fight. Don't carry no fight, don't scare me none, we don't pray Go home... We've been made this way We were put here to betray And it was planned: We were given the promised land. We got no one left to blame We struck the match and braced our bodies for the flame. We've been made this way We were put here to betray And it was planned: We were given the promised land. And I don't recall it anymore How the breeze made you more lovely than before And I'm not sure that everything Was swallowed up when the coals began to rain And I don't remember anymore If you're buried underneath the forest floor And it don't matter on the plains What was taken we ain't getting back again.
14.
07:29
Hello? Where have they gone? It's emptied out, quiet now without the breeze. The silence leaves a symphony. Be not bereaved. The slip can grow thick Through trinkets and toys Those crystal palisades Nothing more than stones, rubble for the grove They sputtered out so slow These ancient pines, they natter and they blow. Embrace this, embrace this new world They made their homes on a kickstand Those rhythms tore it all to the ground around them Turned it all to dust They built their nest in the quicksand Those tracks won't lead you anywhere We've been captives, and we've been kept away This ground ain't sacred and the paths have been erased Even mysteries buried deep grow old Even mysteries born of fire grow cold Embrace this new world

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The first Dead Kings of Norway album since Alexa Hunt and Mike Schokmiller joined songwriter Tim Kraack to create this collection of songs about mystery and visions in a clearing deep within the woods.

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released November 12, 2016

Dead Kings of Norway is Tim Kraack, Alexa Hunt, and Mike Schokmiller. All songs and lyrics are by Tim Kraack with drums by Alexa Hunt. Recorded and produced by Tim Kraack.

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