Chapel Cabaret

by Northern Arms

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released June 30, 2017

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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Track Name: Tear Me Away
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
Track Name: Away with Words
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
Track Name: Up and Onward
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
Track Name: On the Inside
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
Track Name: Come to Me
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
Track Name: Swing Out the Bottom
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
Track Name: Body 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

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
Track Name: Gal Friday
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