All The Birds EP

by The Western Den

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The Western Den would like to thank our incredible and supportive families; for their encouragement and their love of music. A special thanks to Jon, for being our best friend and worst enemy.

We would also like to thank the following: Simon, Paula, Melissa, Meg, Martin, and Chicky.

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released 23 March 2015

Written and arranged by Deni Hlavinka and Chris West
Produced and Engineered by Jon Hubbell
Engineering assistance from Simon Katz and Chris Geller
Recorded at The Record Company (Boston, MA) and various small apartments.

Deni Hlavinka: voice, piano, clarinet, additional vocals
Chris West: voice, guitars, bass
Alec Alabado: voice, trumpet, bass
Hayden Cotcher: drums
Jon Hubbell: electric guitar
Tim Reynolds: violin
Dan Lay: viola
Ro Rowan: cello
Rob Taylor: contrabass
Tanya Phillips: harp
Kelly Eberle, Kevin Erskine, Emma Hern, Callie Huber, Mark Joseph: choir of magical humans.

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An ambient folk duo telling stories out of Boston, MA.

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Track Name: Eden
Oh, this kingdom is not for the dwellers,
There’s no vacancy for the other side of me.
And I know not how to remain frozen here,
Oh, I hunger for more than he’s chosen, I fear.

Come my child, my remedies will ease you.
Near the top of my tree, come find rest within me.
I bear fruits not of seeds that your father has sown,
Be gratified like the rest of us, you’ll never feel alone.

Serpents, they soothe in hiding,
No thoughts, no path, no fighting,
Peacefully preying on poor and prudent minds.

Born from the bones of my lover, yet I’m bound to another,
Heeding towards evil’s eye.
I’m changing this garden for my brothers, as I follow my hunger,
Gaining nothing but how to survive.

I’ll never find home again,
I’ll never find home again,
I’ll never find home again,
I’ll never find home again.

I am one with the beasts now, we are begging for the sea,
Run, run, run for the darkness, because the light’s turned on me.
Lift your eyes from your flowers now, there’s nothing left to see,
Oh, my husband, almighty king, have you forsaken me?
Track Name: Tumbling Down
Been a while now, still in our house,
Filling the voids and hoping that our fates align.
Shall I go back to where you found me?
Meek as a new seed, but I was yours to sow.

We were young then, our fire came and went,
Burned our hearts right out of our tangled bodies.
Built our castle atop the ashes, made it worthy of our plans,
And it all came tumbling down.

Every part of me knows only your name,
Oh, I will keep taking my time changing your mind,
While you knock the winds right out of me.
But oh, the water’s rising again,
Why do I keep taking my time changing your mind?
You always knock the winds right out of me.

And it all came tumbling down.
Track Name: Carter Hall
We got married on a Saturday in June,
Stole out before my father protested,
Too young, too soon,
A suitcase filled, left by the door,
And a prayer to run astray,
Our love is more than I'd hoped for,
In you, I'll hide away,

With the apples strewn about our feet,
Carried out our plan to roam,
That's when we conquered Carter Hall,
Claimed her fortress for our own,

A year has gone since our wedding song
was played by your mother's bow,
New life grows within my body,
The seed planted we'll sow,
A baby girl with her mother's curls,
A mind brighter than the stars,
A beauty born in Carter Hall,
The fruit of youthful hearts,

With the Shenandoah around our toes,
We shall never go astray,
And we'll be governing o'er Carter Hall,
Til our baby flies away,

If I could make a map,
All roads would lead to you,
This is our little life, our little life,
If we could go back, I would never change a thing,
For alone, I am the winter,
And you are the spring,

With our wrinkled hands, we reach for the others',
just like younger days,
Reminiscence built within the walls,
We'd never dare erase,
Our castle still stands mighty
just as it's always been,
Our love was found in Carter Hall,
You the king and I, your queen,

With the mountains climbing higher still,
And the moon to light our way,
We'll be governing o'er Carter Hall,
Though our souls are old and grey,
We'll be governing o'er Carter Hall,
Until our dying day.
Track Name: Stay The Sun
You only visit me when night falls
By the banks of where we’ve grown
And I know you’ll leave me in the morning
But I can’t go on.

We held each other by the waters
And prayed our pities stay the sun
Holding on to relics of the land
That we laid upon.

Now the tide’s rolling in
Will you take me out again
Without the warmth of your hold
I don’t want to hold it in
I don’t want to hold it in no more.

When we will come undone
All the birds will hold their tongues
And I’ll be your only one
Holding down the setting sun.