Tide Take Him

by Various Guises

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released November 25, 2016

Various Guises: Blanche Ellis & Maya McCourt
featuring
Dana Immanuel (voice, tracks 1 & 5)
Tom Hyatt (piano, track 2, Satan's Kitchen, track 5)

Recorded and produced by Tom Hyatt
Mastered by Steve Watson

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Various Guises London, UK

Formed in the embers of a late-night bonfire, Various Guises takes your expectations of a female folk duo, rocks them in the cradle, and then holds them upside down until the blood rushes to your ears. Together Blanche Ellis & Maya McCourt weave a dark and dreamy aesthetic that has been called ‘enigmatic, timeless folk’. ... more

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Track Name: Tide Take Him
Lay him on the deck, and rock him gently
Early in the morning

Send him up the rigging for to catch an angel
Early in the morning

What shall we do with our drunken sailor
Early in the morning

Give him a dose of salt and water
Early in the morning

Send him down below and the devil with him
Early in the morning

Scrape the hair off his chest with a hoop iron razor
Early in the morning

What shall we do with our drunken sailor
Early in the morning

Keel haul him in the deep, dark water
Early in the morning

Wrap him in a sail and let the tide take him

Home.
Track Name: Green
Sweet young man, you are so green
Like a rocky road in early spring
The grass grows fast between your toes
And where you step, you do not know

Fine old fellow, you've grown so grey
Time tinkers and takes away
Leaves you with all you have seen
And fullbright eyes untarnished green

Wild young woman you are so green
Carving your course in the early spring
The waters turn under your toes
And where you step, you do not know

Wise old woman you've grown so grey
Time moulds and erodes the clay
And leaves you with all you've been through
And fullbright eyes untarnished blue
Track Name: Willow
Under a willow tree
My old mistake and me
Take turns walking out on the water
Up on the tallest branch
I see him take my hand
Swing me out into space
And close his eyes before I land

Under a yellow sky
My youngest child and I
Go gather jewels in the garden
We plant them in the ground
A fatal six feet down
But before we turn around
They've grown in stone and we're surrounded

Under a willow tree
My old mister and me
Take turns walking out on the water
Up on the tallest branch
I see him take my hand
Swing him out into space
And close my eyes before he lands
Track Name: The Sound & the Fury
As if, all that we were
Were only words
That travel round and round
In one another's mouths
Never to be born from the word into the world
Into the sound and the fury
Never to be born into the land of blood and bone
Into the sound and the fury

Write yourself a ledger of all that you've been and done
Sew of it a shift to be worn outdoors in lieu of conversation

As if, all that we were
Were only words
That travel round and round
In one another's mouths
Never to be born from the word into the world
Into the sound and the fury
Never to be born into the land of blood and bone
Into the sound and the fury

Count up all the hours spent counting the hours
Of telling and re-telling of our soul stories
Stories that we need for the telling and re-telling and that we begin to believe

As if, all that we were
Were only words
That travel round and round
In one another's mouths
Never to be born from the word into the world
Into the sound and the fury
Never to be born into the land of blood and bone
Into the sound and the fury
Track Name: Bedlam Boys (Bonus Track)
To meet Mad Tom at Bedlam
Ten thousand miles I travelled
Mad Maudlin goes on dirty toes
To save her shoes from gravel

It's well that you sing bonny boys
Bonny mad boys
Bedlam boys are bonny
For they all go bare and they live on the air
And they want no drink nor money

Went down to Satan's Kitchen
For to break my fast one morning
And there I got souls, piping hot
All on the spit a-turning

It's well that you sing...

Them spirits hot as lightning
Did on the journey guide me
And the sun did shake and the pale moon quake
Wherever they did spy me

It's well that you sing...

My staff has murdered giants
My pack a long knife carries
For to slice mince pies from children's thighs
For which to feed the fairies

It's well that you sing...

Tonight I go a-murdering
The man in the moon to a powder
His dog I'll shake and his neck I'll break
And I'll howl a wee bit louder

To meet Mad Tom at Bedlam
Ten thousand miles I travelled
Mad Maudlin goes on dirty toes
To save her shoes from gravel

It's well that you sing bonny boys
Bonny mad boys
Bedlam boys are bonny
For they all go bare and they live on the air
And they want no drink nor money