Set in a Stem

by Moral Circus

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And now, a new music video for "Little Pine" Directed by Emma Gerig, Videography by Mia Graber Miller.


released December 9, 2013

Moral Circus: Lauren Treiber (voice, guitar, keys, percussion, bass, melodica), Henry Stewart (accordion, keys, voice, percussion), Phil Scott (voice, guitar, percussion, bass), Justine / John / Al / Emma / Jess / Drillbit (chorus vocals on track 3). All songs were written by Moral Circus between September 2012 and July 2013 in Goshen, IN. This album was magically recorded and mixed by Joel Jiménez at The Art of Bea Studios in Goshen, IN. Additional Engineering by John Billings at FunkyTymz Productions in Nashville, TN. Album artwork crafted by the hands and mind of Emma Gerig. And to you, we raise our glasses.
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Track Name: The Youth Who Went Forth to Find What Fear Was
bedsheets let breathe masonry, for plates have left their crumbs / let pass surfaced children from fall’s mosaic earth // ankle sting, the ivy cling and let go // sanctuary pioneer / no one ever comes out here // wake up, swallow hollowed bones / hundred green canals / capillary salty pore / rushing darkness out to the silhouettes // ruffled hair and paper crown / lay my ghost on the ground
Track Name: The Dogwood Tree
are you coming to the tree / mother waits to let me down / soldiers took away my clothes / she will save away the crown // are you coming to the tree when ground shakes as a leaf / when the clouds are churning black and the curtain cracks / are you coming anyway // are you coming to the woods / where my little brothers grow / and my sisters push themselves through the thorny undergrowth // why’s your soil gone so dry / is my water not enough / why’s your branches missing leaves / why’s your skin become so tough // la la la la la la la // are you coming to the cave / oh where you going on your walk / if i’m silent are you brave / if i’m frightened will you talk // were you there when they nailed’m to the tree / oh sometimes it causes me to tremble
Track Name: These Hands Will Have Blisters
the wake from a trip / i was the stubborn passenger / the coming waves would surely strip my face // i was the sound of the alarm / the spinning heads and grey realities / banished like a king or a captain / a will before life / not a mutiny // spines will be corrected / the garden left neglected by a withered fool / i will go home to see what the rain has left for me when the garden is overgrown
Track Name: Little Pine
oh sunlight is spreading / smoke creeping out of the cracks and rachel is laughing as i talk, talk, talk / as i act, act, act as a fool // where you going so quick / mom and dad keeping track of the water / why you running so fast / rachel’s got legs like her mother and i can see little pine // i can see little pine as i run, run, run
Track Name: Bend
mountainside / poppies blooming in the summertime and just last week she said i never wanna leave here / but the doctor called her over and in all his wisdom said your seeds have all been sown / the garden is overgrown / the geese have all flown past the clouds // crippled stare / ah but everything i know is here and i haven’t known a map in years / oh i’m bound to get lost // but will you go for me / let your hair grow for me / i’ll keep this all safe should time be gentle // when the strings ring out and the fallboard closes / the steps on the floor disappear / you’re spinning just fine with me here
Track Name: Salt & Vinegar
bite marks on the bread / tongue too dry to chew, spit the cud of a leather shoe / and boy what a bargain, darling / a rustic man rusted and seasick // papa’s farm’s not what it was / growing men out of sons / where’s the writer (in her field) / pulling skirt up from her heels // floorboard ticket in the dark / rolling out to sea on iron / oh st. bridget, guard your captives / misted fires, huddled masses // while wine crests immaturely though silently amid the chatter of the homebodies / whistling like thieves, i can’t hear anything / i can’t see anymore
Track Name: No Life
i cut my hair off so you couldn’t pull it / and i cut the jungle down so you couldn’t burn it / i lit the village with a tin bird / and i taught a child to kill with a word / this is no life
Track Name: Cool Me Down
ice that shakes in your glass loud as my breath / only sounds put down your tea, set your hands on me // cool me down // rusty light shadows move keep me here / feel your breeze on my neck in my hair // cool me down