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(Swojens) Cage

by Zeb Gould

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1.
When I was a misty mountain When I was an innocent I'd listen to a Silver Story That made me come back down again And I went looking for you Where did you go? When I go to sit and star gaze I like to talk to Taurus the Bull And tell him all about my glories And every victory I've known But he tells me to go And look for you Did you see my heart upon the sunrise? It broke into a million small birds They rolled and stretched and waved to me Then flew into this beautiful world To go looking for you Where did you go? When I was a misty mountain (When I was a misty mountain) When I was an innocent (When I was an innocent) I'd listen to a Silver Story That made me come back down again And I went looking for you Where did you go?
2.
Hey there boy with your restless heart It's looking like the city won't let you stop The words that flow like blood while nothing gets in A nail to the face and a break to the bone Pull yourself together and we'll make it back home Hold up your sign so the kids can read it again One falls in and another one goes You look familiar, are you someone I know? Let's stick together while the flood carries us home. And it's one, two, three are you good to me? I'll throw you under if you wanna be alone with words my blood Crack that caul and let me go The bats and the birds in the basin know We've been together for much to long, my blood With every new strike now I get a little life I scan all the peaks for a bird in flight I'm gonna reach up for a talon tonight, my blood One falls in and another one goes You look familiar, are you someone I know? Let's stick together while the flood carries us home. And it's one, two, three are you good to me? I'll throw you under if you wanna be alone With words my blood Hey there boy with your restless heart It's looking like the city won't let you stop The words that flow like blood while nothing gets in The words that flow like blood while nothing gets in The words that flow like blood while nothing gets in
3.
When you know you've wasted time with me it's much too late We can see our ugly faces in the brand new day Let us cover up again, and hope the big kids understand The machine won't let us in again as long as we are innocent of sin Abel was hopin' that Cain was jokin' - Sometimes it's hard to tell Can you look into my eyes and know that I'm for real Come with me and I will show you everything that Abel told me to build in the face of the great machine - One day it will get us clean away Dog on the beach are you coming for me - From here it's hard to tell Man and a woman in the brand new day, why are you completely still? Don't be afraid of the big machine - Get yourselves together and come with me to the girl with nothing but time on her hands, and Cain will be waiting to make us young again
4.
Burn my house with your golden torches and watch it float away Will it make it up to Taurus or die in the light of day? Are you standing next to me, my love, while we watch flames engulf our home? Take my bones and break them open and have what you can use Dust and blood and words of longing are all I can give to you Are you reaching into me, my love, while you're pointing to the stars above? Take my golden, broken heart and leave it on dry land I'd like these birds to feast on me, and sing this song I've left Will you sing these words I wrote, my love, before you fly away like a mourning dove
5.
Are you really in this world like a pale skinned ghost Always out of place and exposed like a fox on the road You can quit anytime and head back home I'd rather break my bones I'd rather break my bones Than let you go Devil of the country, I am sad and hungry too Pumping all my blood, chasing after ghosts like you See the red on your dress as smooth as glass? You're bloody from my heart attacks You're bloody from my heart attacks But you won't fight back Are you gonna let your fingers slip away from your bow And listen to the pulse as you let your golden arrow go You won't land upon my heart, my blood, my bones Because I'm not the same anymore I'm not the same anymore I'm just another ghost
6.
Tau 04:06
My lonely bull of heaven, do you know what's in store? Beyond these bright red ribbons, my golden hearted sword Lonely hearts, I've known them, I've laid them at your door You've saved and tried to own them, but you always wanted more My lonely bull of heaven, do you know what's in store? Beyond these bright red ribbons, my golden hearted sword You've kept me from the darkness with your veiled and lonely call, but the devil of the country is here - It's time to go. But the devil of the country is here - It's time to go. My lonely bull of heaven, do you know what's in store? Beyond these bright red ribbons, my golden hearted sword Beyond these bright red ribbons, my golden hearted sword Beyond these bright red ribbons, my golden hearted sword
7.
Spike Driver 02:57
Spike driver did you really believe that you could strike through a man like me? When they trade your for a new machine, don't feel bad if it breaks my skin. Hearts beat like yours everyday. It's not your pulse but your blood that remains. You spilled it once and you'll spill it again. Just save something for that last command. Spike driver did you really believe that you could strike through a man like me? When they trade your for a new machine, don't feel bad if it breaks my skin. When you swung, you gave what you could. You used your heavy heart and drove it down good. In the end, it was never enough. Sometimes a god is just a man like us. Spike driver did you really believe that you could strike through a man like me? When they trade your for a new machine, don't feel bad if it breaks my skin. Don't feel bad if it breaks my skin Don't feel bad if it breaks my skin
8.
My lamb, my sorrow, I feel so weak. Come back tomorrow and let me see with eyes like yours so I can walk away. Our flock is dying, my shepherd's gone, our old alliance has come undone, and in the night I hear the new machine. It's getting closer now - I thought it was a game we use to play. All the big kids told us, "Just close your eyes and it all goes away." My golden ruler, you played the part. There's no denying your shining heart. Please come around and shine a light on me. I'm in the darkness, be still with me. I stay here often, just listening - Any day they'll bring the new machine. It's getting closer now - I thought it was a game we use to play. All the big kids told us, "Just close your eyes and it all goes away." My lamb, my sorrow, come back to me, and I will show you the new machine, just wait with me until it comes around. We will not follow, we will not run, we will not worry when it comes. The waiting here has been my favorite part. It's getting closer now - I thought it was a game we use to play. All the big kids told us, "Just close your eyes and it all goes away." And all the big kids told us, "Just close your eyes and it all goes away."

about

---Originally released 4//8/2016 under the moniker "Swojens"; Reissued by Zeb Gould on 1/14/22---

From the summer of 2013 until the early winter of 2016, I worked as the estimator for a small company that manufactured plastic fasteners. My job was to determine, given all the variables (material, labor, machinery, etc.) how much to charge the customer for a given product.

The owner of the business, a methadone addict prone to anger, took a shine to me once word got out that I was a musician, and he started pulling me into his office for long spiels about jazz harmonica, Jerry Lewis, and Joe Bonamassa. Because his lectures were regularly, and frequently, punctuated with bouts of incoherent rage, I began spending as much of the workday as I could away from the factory.

My preferred escape was the local Stop & Shop, where I would grab a sandwich and eat while parked near a small Off-Track Betting facility. It was here, watching bettors come and go, and seagulls fight over food scraps, that I began to jot down the ideas that would eventually turn into this album.

I'm not sure it matters that you know these things, but this is where I was, and this is what I was doing when these songs first came around.

So far as I know, the machines are still whirring, the seagulls are still battling, and the bettors are still betting.

- Zeb Gould 2021

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released April 8, 2016

Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Mastering
All songs © Zeb Gould 2021

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Zeb Gould New York, New York

Since moving to NYC from Indiana in 2003, Zeb Gould has released several critically-acclaimed albums both under his own name, as well as under the monikers of Bowery Boy Blue and Swojens. His earlier works fall under the genre of acoustic guitar instrumental (In the vein of John Fahey), while his later output, falls within the realm of indie folk singer/songwriter (akin to Will Oldham, etc.) ... more

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