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A Thread in the Labyrinth

by Dedalus

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Point Xero 04:47
Maiden Rain 06:02
Ghost Roses 04:35
Wrist Kill 04:24
Dreamwalker 03:09
Plasma 03:44
Swift 03:59
Long ago in the realms of the sky There was a raven with opal eyes She held dark magic in her heart For this reason there were men who Sought to capture her and distill All the secrets she held within  So they set a trap in the trees But she was killed when it snared her   When they dissected her broken wings  And cut out her heart and opal eyes Her severed beak began to sing And all the men stood in shocked surprise In fear they put all her parts into a jar  And buried them deep in the earth It was to no purpose  for her song was still in the air    Soon the men themselves became ill And madness tortured them endlessly What they had released into the world Were notes of wrath and chords of disease  The ignorance of man and  his desire to lord over all living things will reap only suffering and death  to the end of his days
You put the color of the clouds Into perspective for me You put the hi-beams on the lines You showed me grace that I could not Contemplate before you Magic of the blood and brine And now I paint the black abyss Knife this canvas with a poisoned, sentimental kiss From the shadows passages Illuminated themselves Maps and runes scribed marbled walls My fingertips trace lines along the surface Wet with weeping A compass for the broken souls Have you escaped these catacombs? Where is the metaphor? The lesson? Or the path your lighted voice has shone? A silver key hangs at my throat It can’t unlock this mystery Symbolize the search within The only answers lead to questions Among these dusty tomes Where the fuck do we begin? As the creative fire consumes The artists’ thirst for inspiration suffocates within its lethal fumes A careful balance is the cost Between voices never heard, the songs of those we loved and those we’ve lost Black water of the river wash me up Upon your shores A spell of deliverance cast me here Carry me home Black water of the river wash over me Troubled and deep I long to deliver flesh and bone Carry me home


released December 21, 2021

Guitars, vocals, words, music, piano, synth: joe Wilford
Backing vocals: Rowan Bishop
Drums on Point Xero: Jason Byrne
Drums on The Song of the Raven and Blood & Brine redux: Runtt Wah
Drums on Plasma: Steve La Cerra
Drums on Swift: Mike Stevens
Drums on Ghost Roses I and II, Crashing Suns, Dolores Dreams, Dreamwalker, Wrist Kill, Maiden Rain, and Edge of Never: Amel

Song of the Raven, Plasma, and Blood & Brine redux: Mixed by Rowan Bishop at Garage Mahal Recording, Westbrook Maine.




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