Chapel Cabaret

by Northern Arms

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1.
The paper burns but the words are free Maybe, they're not for me An inch of nothing for your history Lately, they're coming for me Another vow without action A cunning little pitch for your distraction Now, we don't talk so loud We don't talk The longer I can keep you on the beam Waiting, to break or breathe What you offer's just beyond my means I'm shaking, while you water the weeds Always taking From the hands that I should be shaking Now, we don't talk so loud But we are the ones Away with words Away with words Away with words You've got a way with words Be the martyr of my routine Take me, by air or sea To the ballroom of your make-believe Lately, they're coming for me Always taking From the hands that I should be shaking Now we don't talk so loud But we are the ones Away with words Away with words Away with words You've got a way with words
2.
I don't want to break because the wait is on In the ash of an afterthought the wait is on Move ahead just a little more Lay your habit next to mine In the dust of days withdraw The walls we’ll climb Let them be your last words Up up and onward Up up and onward Let them be your last words The lead that's left and the blood you draw - the wait is on It won't spend in the place we've gone Give you all of my possessions For a moment of time In the dust of days withdraw the walls we'll climb Let them be your last words Up up and onward Up up and onward Let them be your last words
3.
It's gonna be a long, long day Last in the valley today The nail and the rope hold fast Wrap a ribbon to the pole I pass It's gone - it's on - it's only half begun It's only half begun now it's gone - it's gone Along - the rows - you hold the rope you chose You hold the rope you chose along the row - the row Swing out the bottom boys cause we caught the bottom of the low If you swing out below If you swing on by - If you swing on by Down if you're dead to the wide (When the) light breaks over the hill Greet the ghosts along the crimson field Float like driftwood limbs Like a grain across the eye I swim It's on - it's gone - it's only half begun It's only half begun now it's gone - it's gone Go down - you drown In a shade of mountain brown The hand that hold you down and then you drown - you drown Swing out the bottom boys cause we caught the bottom of the low Swing out below.. If you swing on by - If you swing on by Hold what you hide - If you swing on by
4.
Tear Me Away 04:22
They’re gonna have to tear me away from you ‘Cause you're the one thing that I can't lose I gather my memories around me Because I can't keep holding onto you I tried, I can't no more How do you keep it from falling to pieces the guns always bring down the door You and I It was always war How do you keep it from falling to pieces the blood won't come up off the floor But I'm alright. They’re gonna have to tear me away from you ‘cause you're the one thing that I can't lose I gather my memories around me Because I can't keep holding onto you Arms hide Hands restore How do you keep it from falling to pieces the guns always bring down the door You and I - it was always war How do you keep it from falling to pieces the blood won't come up off the floor As all the days come undone How the Hell did I ever lose this one You and I - it was always war How do you keep it from falling to pieces the guns always bring down the door But I'm alright It’s not what they told you, I told you For half my life I slept with the dogs outside I'm alright whenever I hold you I touch you I'm alright They’re gonna to tear me away from you
5.
There's a place to go There's a place to hide There's a place I know I know it from the inside Face to face we row For the foreign side There's a place I know I know it from the inside When the brakes have burned On the wheels we ride There's a place I know I know it from the inside When we face returns When we brace for fire There's a place I know I know it from the inside Even when darkness comes Deeper than we can run for light What's another night When we've had all our lives When the brakes have burned On the wheels we ride There's a place I know I know it from the inside Hand and hand we’ll burn Through the long goodbye There's a place I know I know it from the inside Even when darkness comes Deeper than we can run for light What's another night Even when darkness comes Deeper than we can run for light What's another night I'll throw you to the flies
6.
Come to Me 05:54
Reach, with a failing hand And I ain't been me In the place I stand Laid, at the steps of Man This is not my home This is not my home I will place a house upon this ground I know you won't I know you can't come down I will place an X upon this ground I know you won't I know you can't come down....so Come to me These are the things that will never leave Come to me These are the reasons Come to me These are the scenes that will soon be Come to me Upon you and me Wait, though the waters rise Though the cedars break And the fire divides Laid, at the steps of Man I am not my own I am not my own I will place a house upon this ground I know you won't I know you can't come down I will place an X upon this ground I know you won't I know you can't come down Come to me These are the things that will never leave Come to me These are the reasons Come to me These are the scenes that will soon be Come to me Upon you and me
7.
Body Down 02:43
I left my lady in the waiting room Just to keep from falling down ‘cause the breathes I spent on pleasing you Have broke my body down September 7th was her first time I can't remember what she said Oh, so hard to say But she kept complaining about her brain and the state I'm in I'm out, I'm out Down. Out. Down. I left my lady in the waiting room Just to keep from falling down ‘cause the breathes I spent on pleasing you Have broke my body down She fell in love and then shut down Charlie’s the only one that can save you now Oh, she climbed the stairs You can think it over but you won't get over this Not this Come down I left my lady in the waiting room Just to keep from falling down ‘cause the breathes I spent on pleasing you Have broke my body down
8.
Gal Friday 05:40
Oh you fool You never learn do you You walk wide - taking it out in stride Are you bored? Or alone? Has the world just come home? Give way - to try again, try again You're someone's nobody, Gal Friday Cut at the tail again, cut at the tail again, cut at the tail Oh you fool Grind you right down through you Peel away peel away, openly fray & display Are you bored? Or alone? Has the world just come home? Give way - to die again, die again You're someone's nobody, Gal Friday Cut at the tail again, cut at the tail again, cut at the tail Change your mind - don't play with mine - I'm holding on too hard for you

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released February 9, 2021

Keith Peirce - vocals/guitar/songwriting
PJ Brown - vocals/songwriting
Heather Brann - vocals
David Kain - Trumpet
Michael Tramontana - Baritone Saxophone
Ken Brune - Vibraphone/Alto Saxophone
Julia Alford - Keys/Accordion
Frank Abruzzo - Bass
Angel Ocana - Drums

Special Guests:
Joe Boyle, guitar
Travis Weissman, guitar
Christen Hooks, viola
Peter English, keys
Robert Campbell, bass
Joe Melchiorre, songwriting

Recorded at: Miner Street Recordings, Phila PA
Masterd At: Paul and Paul
Album Art: Julia Alford, Photographed by Kate Raines

Thank you: Brian McTear, Matt Poirier, Matt Schmelfenig, Alec Meltzer,
Kate Raines, Gerhardt Koerner, Weathervane Music
Our beautiful families & friends

Recording ℗ 2017 Northern Arms | All songs, text & art © 2017 Northern Arms | All Rights Reserved

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Northern Arms Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Northern Arms are masters of haunting moods and striking storytelling. Helmed by singer and songwriter Keith Richard Peirce, the ten-piece band incorporates dark imagery with a musical mystique that hits on jazz, folk, and gospel, and blends it with gothic Americana in the vein of 16th Horsepower, Tom Waits and legendary Austin cult faves Lift to Experience.
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