To Set Things Right

by The Bell and the Hammer

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1.
The After 02:36
I don't believe in God if he can't stand up for himself if he needs anybody's help if he didn't only come to save I won't go to heaven only out of fear for hell Isn't that an easy sell? I've got better things to do than be afraid Like trying to forget the Fundamental things I learned: like how to sleep with fear to know the devil's always near that he'd jump into me when I least expected that he'd steal my soul just to be respected And I could go on about the antichrist, but I figure it'll be addressed in the afterlife
2.
I have set to live a quiet life Packed up all my things and sold them for an even price Put pressure on the poor to take what I had earned Then made my way up mountains far above the earth The elements strike harder here, I do not heed their sting I host the highest heavens, fight the lowest beasts Time does not exist I've got all of it to spare, but I've got none to give to you, I've got no way to share The pious come to see me They remark about my beard I almost hear them singing, I almost see them stare I think they think I see them I think they think I'm glad they came But I did not ask for their leisure I have a higher goal than fame I have come here to complete in me what was lacking still there in my suffering I have come here to escape, and, in escaping, understand I have come here for the quiet solitude affords I think they think I see them I think they think I'm glad they came But I did not ask for their leisure I have a higher goal than fame I have come here for the quiet that solitude affords And any other of concerns, I have chosen to ignore
3.
Here It Is 03:24
Isn't it just like the thing to change you? To make things matter more when they can loose I will hold him tighter like you told me to, and make sure we still come and visit, too I won't pretend that I saw it coming, but foresight doesn't ease the pronouncement I can only guess how you are feeling If nothing less, less confident So, here it is, your separation, and I've got nothing but to cry Here it is, your separation, I better learn to say goodbye Isn't it just like the thing to change you? To make you send a pitiless attack These 30 years, no match to anger You didn't even try to have me back Well, I won't pretend that I don't blame you, but blaming doesn't ease the aftermath I can't even guess what you are thinking or why it fell so easy and so fast So, here it is, our separation, and I've got nothing but to cry Here it is, our separation, I better learn to say goodbye
4.
Coming Soon 05:51
I'm not a man You're not a wife I can't provide so you can sleep at night What we were was swept away when only tumbleweeds would grow We tilled all the tricks we'd ever know But still moved west, with a baby in the belly of our youngest West, with a fire in the belly of our oldest West, a better life is coming soon We moved west So, brother, I'll see you at fireside, where we'll pretend a better life: Eleanor will have us over for a White House meal No, I can't spare a dime I'm just as poor as you, poorer if you count all I lost you never had to lose It's not a village We don't live here There are no children anymore who ain't been raised They're ancient beggars with no fear, lining streets like pockets lined with cash Praying hard to God that that bread will last Here in the west, with a hunger in the belly of every liar West, with cotton picking gone like paper fliers West, a better life is coming soon We love the west Painters paint murals to happier times Young men ride the rails to happier lives, digging ditches in the desert, laying line that leads to never Living paycheck to the next meal, as they work out Franklin's New Deal, but you can't trick the spirit Being useless--we all fear it And you can't convince that useless tasks don't make the worker worth his work. Oh no.
5.
Are you a deep pit, are you a narrow well? Do you increase the faithless, send their souls to hell? Do you collect your wool, your oil, your drink, your bread from men with foreign tongue who climb into your bed? And when the morning comes, nightwatchmen climb from towers, they watch your husbands sneak home in the early hours, back to the wives they left when you called them in the square They turn their backs and run only to leave you there Oh, forgotten harlot, does it make you want to sin no more? Oh, forgotten harlot, does it make you feel like a whore? But when your harlot's wages keep rolling in, does it make you want to begin again? Just a harlot, still a harlot, till she becomes somebody's bride Do you profane your father on every threshing ground? Are you a constant hunter, your feet knowing no house? Does your face stay veiled, your forehead show no shame? Are you an act of folly for many men to blame? And when before a king, a sword is drawn for justice to dispense whores' sons, one lost, one stole for fairness Do you claim an even share that then betrays your lie? Shout, "Neither mine nor hers! But let monarchs divide!" Oh, forgotten harlot, does it make you want to sin no more? Oh, forgotten harlot, does it make you feel like a whore? But when your harlot's wages keep rolling in, does it make you want to begin again? Just a harlot, still a harlot, till she becomes somebody's bride So take up, take up and play with skill Take up and roam that city still Take up, take up and sing your song to be remembered after long
6.
So, where were we again? There was a second war There was a wardrobe There was a thunderstorm and a hiding game The youngest of the children went for tea And here you are with all your life supports I hope you hear me reading you to sleep No first steps, but there were first breaths And we were just as proud of them That's why the best thing we'll ever do was our decision to keep you So, where were we again? He was on the move He'd just returned He had come to scare the winter with his wail There was a proper place and an ancient way And when the winter breaks, we'll have you back again Now here you are Freed from your life supports I hope you hear me reading you to sleep No first steps, but there were first breaths And we were just as proud of them That's why the best thing we'll ever do was our decision to keep you Still no first steps, but there were first breaths And we held you till goodbye That's why the best thing we'll ever do was our decision to keep you
7.
The longer that you get, I know the harder it will be With every corner of the world bathed in memory But the shorter that you get, I know the harder it will be, if you don't get a fighting chance at being you, And being you and me. When you die, if I am still alive, I will be sad beyond compare If you die out in the cold, all frozen in the sleet, I will have to travel to a land of summer heat I'll sell all of your things, but I will keep a few for me Just enough and not enough to forget, And to remember you When you die, if I am still alive, I will be sad beyond compare
8.
I'm a reluctant soldier, satisfied to pacify with tales of others' wars The only weight I shoulder for characters with weapons fighting off in fairy moors I'm only bold in my assertions I'm never bold in my behavior I'm paralyzed by loiter, when all we ever hear, it seems, are rumors of our war We're sitting safe in service, reciting tidings of who's felled by whatever evil sword I'm only bold in my assertions I'm never bold in my behavior, and clever as I want to be, I could do with being braver Yeah, I could do with being braver There's a longing to reconcile to rightness There's a brazen sort of truth about this war But there's hope in the Victor and an end, simple and final that everyone is fighting for Everyone but me, I'm a reluctant soldier Everyone but me, I'm a reluctant soldier who could do with being braver
9.
As the father of my children, you never fathered anyone Only led them through the city to the homes of loose women When our princes take their kingdoms, they'll be more wicked than you were You've taken and You've stolen them for evil But how can I give you up, oh Ephraim? How can I surrender you, oh Israel? Though you've taken hired lovers, traded your altars for thorns, How can I give you up? How can I give you up? How can I give you up, oh Ephraim? As a mother, I have reason As a bride, I have a case You have joined yourself with others to the reaches of my shame The affection you have for me is the dew's affection for the ground A fall at night And then you leave me early But how can I give you up, oh Ephraim? How can I surrender you, oh Israel? Though you've taken hired lovers, traded your altars for thorns, How can I give you up? How can I give you up? How can I give you up, oh Ephraim?
10.
How It Ends 04:30
Is it losing her if you watched her go, If you know where she is buried? Is she lost if you know the way by rote? If you know right where she's gone to, how come she's so hard to get to? So you keep sleeping from sorrow If you can sleep at all Does it help to borrow all the memories we hold? Learning to smile again, Things you never knew were learned It's never for the better anyway I should start thinking more about how we live But whenever I think about life How it's metered out and ruled by exception Strange for everyone and fleeting I can't help thinking how it ends How you keep sleeping from sorrow If you can sleep at all Does it help to borrow all the memories we hold? Learning to smile again, Things you never knew were learned It's never for the better anyway
11.
Recovery 04:20
Some years ago you tried to give your name What went instead wasn't his to take And you've been recovering ever since Hoping that no one would notice That you've got recovery on your mind You've been recovering all this time You've got recover on your mind You've been recovering all this time I know how you did everything all wrong I could recite it like a song So I've been recovering ever since Hoping that you would not notice But when I recover I want it gone Don't want a reason to hang on When I recover I want it gone Don't need a reason to hang on I'll have a daughter of my own I never want her to have to know How to recover and never to heal But to be free and free for real.
12.
There is pain enough for us, pain enough for us What if I have only come to set things right-- to love the whore to settle every score without a fight to straighten limbs uncover eyes to fix your mind to fill your belly full for every night Cause there is pain enough for us, pain enough for us There will be peace enough in a valley for us There will be peace in the valley for me one day There will be peace in the valley for me, I pray There'll be no sadness, no sorrow no trouble I see There will be peace in the valley for me

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The debut album from the Bell & the Hammer is honest. Husband-and-wife duo Dan and Serenity Johnson make use of simple words and melodies to express complex emotions and ideas throughout the twelve tracks that make up "To Set Things Right."

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released February 23, 2010

Produced & engineered by Eric Tuffendsam @ Moonlight Studios

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