Ten Rivers

by The Tree Ring

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The daily weight grows from a whisper Louder and louder in my mind We fell asleep beside a river And in the morning it was quiet The days get darker as the pressure Gathers a cloud between our eyes We fell asleep under a redwood And in the morning it was bright
3.
03:38
The valley is bursting out Taking the breath from our mouths With our radio up so loud The water makes all this sound Even when no one’s around With no idea of the thrill it gives We spent all of our strength just to get a glimpse We’re so pleased just to sleep on the ground The trees have never made a promise The trees have never let me down I’ve been lost, but never out here My wandering thoughts seem so common and clear When I cower at the granite’s feet I don’t find myself worrying If my prayers are soliloquies just echoing off of the towering peaks Rest, rest from the heat The lake has dried up But the meadow glows sweetly Stare at the faces in pink We’re learning their heights By what’s left of the evening Til they pool in the blue of the moon
4.
We broke in a moment through the fog The color up in the hills caught me off guard Driving so high above sea There's no reflection to hide what’s underneath Just a window to the deep And I could see The kelp waving wild and free Drowning the things I let get to me I give myself hostage to the dark The worried look in your eyes caught me off guard I’m learning there’s trace amounts of blue In every color but less when I’m with you You don't let it puncture through And you lay me down In the perennial offerings Down in the reed grass and poppies In the perennials' calming bloom
5.
Come put your feet in the water It’s warmer than everyone said Full of the stories upriver Lets brave it to be one more of them Holding tight, with the sun in our eyes Filled and bright, taken by all the leaves in this light When the summer shows it’s skin We’re always young and free again We took our bikes to the summit And ventured where we’ve never been Rode through the gumweed and aspen In bloom all along the riverbed And we held tight for the full moon to rise But climbed up blind toward the sound of the water that night When the summer showed it’s skin We got out before the town woke To the foggy pastel plateau And all the elk grazing out by the road Looked like ghosts, noble ghosts We drove to a cliff full of homes And searched them slow For signs that somebody else has felt this before And in the warmest summer wind We grew flush as one again Let’s hold this color in To our golden summer skin
6.
03:29
The bay was full The boardwalk silent And the islands blue in a monochrome And I was cold Dull as a stone and so engrossed In whatever it was The clouds were low Sprawling and formless And I blamed them all for my wallowing But when they rose Lucid like smoke from mountain folds I loved them again Oh this pendulum heart Oh, my pendulum psalms I’ve found what’s good And I’m slowly learning How to chase it blind to my appetite Cause I’ll curse it’s pull As soon as we reach the high cascade And swoon when we see the snowline fade As soon as I wake up Slow my pendulum heart Slow my pendulum want I don’t know how I still let it stop me I’ve learned so many times that it leaves me lost
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02:25
Dusk trims the sound from the fading day To the whispering banks And what the summer frogs say We know this river in different ways But we love it the same, we love it the same We need it the same, I think I need it more every day I grew up so rich, home in the trees Our generous kin set a course for my feet but the water’s more swift than it seemed From the reeds We all looked down when the shadows came And the silhouettes swayed on the Santiam’s face We’ve held our pain in our separate ways And I love you the same, I love you the same I love you the same, I think I love you more today The ferns on the pond, the moss on the oaks The old sacred songs are deep in my soul but my ardor for all of it’s grown On its own line It's hard not stir and worry who's right I just want to learn how to push it aside and jump in from our opposite sides Unconfined
8.
Light comes slow To the Eastern Somes Fades in a gentle glow To our borrowed home On an endless day Sewn in seamless gray At times it's a lovely change To have to stay in and wait out the rain We braved the cold As a day was born We rode from coast to coast on a carriage road And we climbed unknown Where the lichens grow Vermillion on stacks of stones That we followed to find the rambling dome And we paused, huddled on the silent mountain Wondering what this view will become Buried underneath whatever’s coming With our love Pronounced in the silence Of Mount Desert Island cold and new And rousing our youth Soak it slow, we’ve years to go
9.
04:00
In a sea Foreign and exciting Warm and free Brilliant and inviting In a sea Mysterious and frightening Vast and bleak With nameless secrets hiding In the deep In a sea Colorful and vibrant Blue and bright With the strangest creatures shining In a sea so powerful and violent Carving stone With every ripple rising From the deep In a sea without a conscience In a sea immense and constant That doesn’t know what we’ve accomplished Or that we’d even come upon it And in a sea so steeped with the whale song We dove down as deep as our lungs would So pleased to be just another Mass for the shimmering light to discover
10.
03:47
Silence formed the widest sea In between our tired seats Heads still dense and without dream From the longest night we’ve ever seen And following the rivers turns We tried to leave it in the dirt Climbing through the desert heat Our voices stuttered in defeat But as soon as we had closed our doors And stepped out on the forest floor The darkness softly curled up In the shadows of the massive trunks Remember how we felt so free Admiring them from underneath So hushed and in a restful peace I carried you between the trees As close as could be Hide with me under the bark In the hollow’s cover safe and dark It’s nothing we're just a little tired The great Sequoia needs the fire and we Won't break that easily We’ve as strong as our rings Tangle your roots with me In terra deep

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released September 16, 2014

Written and Arranged by Joel P West
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Chris Hobson
at Rarefied Recording in San Diego, California

Joel P West: Vocals, Guitar, Pump Organ
Darla Hawn: Drums, Vocals
Jon Titterington: Trumpet, Vocals
Kelly Bennett: Violin
Travis Maril: Viola
Erica Erenyi: Cello
Daniel Rhine: Bass
Beth Ross Buckley: Flute
Kevin Esposito: Trombone
Valentin Martchev: Bassoon
Julie Smith Phillips: Harp

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