Weather Veins

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about

This, the debut album of Weather Veins, is a voyage into the seasons of the spirit.

There is a fourfold circularity in nature. This fourfold constellation is reflected in the human psyche. We are called on by the breath that inspires all things to walk this circle, to steep ourselves in the labyrinths of Mystery and Self.

Only through this blind art is true healing known.

credits

released January 25, 2015

Written, arranged, produced, & performed by Henry Lauer
Additional arrangements by Chet W. Scott & Matthew Raymond
Recorded by Chet W. Scott, Henry Lauer, & Matthew Raymond
Mastered by Sammy Fielding

All instruments performed by Henry Lauer except:
Electric guitar solo on track one: Matthew Raymond
Right channel vocals on track three: Chet W. Scott
Dulcimer on track nine: Chet W. Scott
Second electric guitar solo on track nine: Matthew Raymond

Gratitude to those most instrumental in helping me to birth this music:

Sammy Fielding
Annalise Friend
Arrowyn Craban Lauer
Barbara Lauer
Christopher Lauer
Mark Lauer
Dan Nahum
Kurt Neist
David Newman
Matthew Raymond
Chet W. Scott
Rachel Boaz Scott
Donovan Sendall
Ian Thistlethwayte

Weather Veins is nothing without nature. Defend her with love:

www.350.org
www.barkout.org
www.seashepherd.org
www.wilderness.org.au

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Track Name: Autumn Light
Hail to the autumn light
Hail to the autumn night
How I live for your gentle respite
And the long slow death of the year

Summer is over and autumn is come
The sun now gentle, her strength fading long
She sheds her light on homestead and tree
And bears her burden to shadowed reprieve

The wind whispers a soothing harmony
Amid red leaves that shed to the time
Of some hidden rhythm deep inside the earth
That bears us down and into rebirth

Hail to the autumn light
Hail to the autumn night
How I live for your gentle respite
And the long slow death of the year

I love the shadows of rustling tree leaves
I love the soothing scent of cold air shifting
I love the long nights borne round the home fire
And the arms of my lover that stoke my desire

I love the cool tang of the earth on my feet
I love the storm clouds that brood without conceit
I love the bird song as life ekes its last
The days grow shorter, the moon reclaims his task

Hail to the autumn light
Hail to the autumn night
How I live for your gentle respite
And the long slow death of the year
Track Name: Harvest Tide
The scarecrow has done his job well
The tide of harvest has begun
All heavy and rich and gold
But beware the cold to come, to come

Yes, we’ve work ahead
To race the cold wind’s call, its call
To fight off the rats and the thieves
To take our year’s return

Singing hail, hail, hail, hail

Now we’re all rejoicing
The harvest it is done
Slaughter some animals
Aye we’ll bless our holy haul, we shall

Dear Frey and Freya
Dear Eir and Idunn
Dear Thorr and Jord
Lady Sif bless us this harvest’s good

Singing hail, hail, hail, hail

Well winter, it is coming
You better rug up my dears, my dears
It’ll gnaw at you like a wolf
It’ll sharpen your fears

You know it will be hard
Some will not survive, survive
But have hope to bear past Yule
Into Easter’s light…

Singing hail, hail, hail, hail
Track Name: Hypothermia
Cold through my spirit
Losing my strength
Dissolving in silence

Ice in my marrow
Frost on my breath
Heart fades to stillness
In wintery death
Track Name: Winter Oath
As long as my heart beats
As long as my blood flows
As long as my lungs breathe
The ice-wind from my soul:

I’ll keep on living
I’ll keep on dreaming

As long as my heart beats
And spills life through my veins
As long as hope I keep,
To endure frostbite’s claim:

I’ll keep on living
I’ll keep on dreaming
I’ll keep on living

Through death and loss
The clutching frost
Through cruelty’s costs
I’ll keep on living

Through veils of pain
The hail-seed grain
Through black ice bane:
As long as my heart beats
Track Name: Spring Oath
I’ve been buried beneath ice and snow
My bark is cracked from the cold
My limbs are naked in the air
My leaves rot in the earth below

Winter has taken my strength away
I’m starved for light in these bitter days

I try not to forget
My hard armour hides a holy flame
It rises up from in the earth
It rides outstretched limbs to the sun

Winter has taken my strength away
I’m starved for light in these bitter days
Winter has taken my strength away
I’m starved for the solace of better days

But I’m going to keep on living
Keep on reaching to the sun
I’m swearing my spring oath
To live as though my life has just begun
Track Name: The Thaw
Quickening
Quickening
Lost in cold sleep
Now I awake

Quickening
Quickening
I’ve overslept my dear
But better late than never

Ice has closed my veins
Snow has drowned my face
Cold winds pierce my skin
Avalanches gnaw my flesh

Quickening
Quickening
Nightmares are over
Be healed by the sun

Quickening
Quickening
Just keep on breathing
Winter’s course is run

Hope has come to my life again
Things will turn to green
Nothing lasts forever
How can anything be the same?

Hold on for long enough
You’ll see this is the truth of things
In the end you’ll find yourself
Made holy, by defying your suffering
Track Name: The Spiral Turns
Here we hide
I’ll keep you safe
Until the snow melts away

You just rest
You need your strength
Folks’ll need you
When it comes your day

You know I love you
I always will
I cannot help myself
To love you is to be myself

Here we hide
I’ll keep you warm
Wait until the trees bloom again

You just sleep
Heal your wounds
Folks’ll need you
When dawn lights your way

You know I love you
I always will
I cannot help myself
To love you is to be myself

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I hear the call of the land
her blood is quickening
rivers will run again their ways
their beds woken from frozen sleep

oh my darling what sacrifice
you’ve made for me to live
I will gain my strength and ride on forth
to reveal my bounty

and if I am not for eternity
at least for a time I may be –

oh my love, you look so pale,
while life bursts all around
All your strength gone to preserve the spark
Now so weak and wan

What a terrible sacrifice
You’ve made to see me through
I will make sure it was not in vain
For the land will live again soon!

And if I am not for eternity
At least for a time, I may be –

Free

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Do you know the myth
Of the eternal return?

Recurring dreams of
Wyrd’s worldly workings

Round the circle
We do whirl

Round the spiral weaves
A story of turning love

Carries me away from you
And back again

Our love barely born
And death it strikes so sudden

But we will carry on
Around the Endless yew-tree column

The eternal dance
Of winter facing summer...