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The World Howls


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Branches & Sticks I cried like a swift I mourned like a mourning dove my eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens I am troubled I am troubled I am troubled Oh my Lord Even the sparrow has found a home even the swallow a nest for herself where she may lay her young a place near your altar, O Lord I know we don’t need another song about how I’ll spread my wings and fly but you, my swift I’d like to kiss For how you don’t seem to worry I wanna be like you building my nest by the sea and believe there is enough food because your home is just branches and sticks maybe that’s why its so easy to fly off and make your home somewhere new And wouldn’t it be grand to have a home by the sand and hear the waves crashing down on the shore then to fly high in the sky with my mate by my side twisting and turning in the air loving you and one of these days we will rest near the king with our home on the altar of the Almighty
Traum Tod 04:21
Traum Tod Death is such a darkness Even Jesus wept when he looked into the faces of his loved ones weeping Was there empathy, or doubt in his heart when did look death in the face and he’d win In the face of death, there’s so much life thinking of how we truly want to live before we die what we always wanted to do where we always wanted to go what we always wanted to say before it’s too late to tell someone “I love you!” The fear is not just that we’re going to die the fear is that we’ll never really truely live I want to live in peace before I rest in peace and peace will come when I say I’m ready to die
My short lived shadow I am loved I am pure I am beautiful I’m not afraid and I’ve been made to be a queen I am whole I am complete I have all that I need And I can see I have such power that doesn’t come just from me Because what you see, isn’t me, it’s my shadow, my evil shadow. Because what you see, isn’t me, it’s my shadow, my evil shadow But it’s not me. I am free And I can see you seated here next to me And you accept me and call me your own I am new And bound with you I’ll branch out onto your tree And I am rich, so very rich with nothing you can take away from me Because what you see, isn’t me, its my shadow, my evil shadow Because what you see, isn’t me, it’s my shadow, my evil shadow But it’s not me For when the light does truely come and surround All the shadows will be chased till no more abound and my eyes will see clearly yours looking at me and we’ll dance and we’ll dance until the end of time. You are loved you are pure you are beautiful Be not afraid You’ve been made to be royalty
TRAGEDY MAGENT If I were you, I’d be wondering too if I would die of Lupus, too much Coumadin, or AIDS If I were you, I’d be moaning and groaning and having a hard time not complaining of all the aches and the paining But you change the topic and wonder why the others die before you they are too young (your young self says) shot to the head, died in his bed Oooooh, too much sorrow But I’m not you, you my beautiful tragedy magnet But I’m not you, you my beautiful tragedy magent I know you wonder OOh why why why yet your spirit rises over the injustice flying all around you you have hope, hope you have hope, Hope you have hope that you can do something good for humanity If I were you I’d be having a hard time forgiving the people that are spinning around hurting you If I were you, I’d be ooh so bitter for all that life’s littered on your beautiful world view I know you wonder why why why yet your spirit rises over all the justice dying around you You have hope, hope deep within you Hope, and I hope I hope that I can be half the person you are in suffering There is hope, hope, there is hope HOPE.... There is hope, hope, hope, oooh there is hope.
Rusty Sounds go Silent Where are you? I know you’re here but how can I hear you now Rusty, clanky noises in my head Covering your sweet sounds Lets clear the table, wipe it all away And leave it with the words of your buffet I am here I am so near And oh…oh I love you dear I’ll take these words and eat them up To fill my hungry soul Oh it tastes good to eat from your plate This could just make me whole This could just make me whole
GEORGE LASSOS THE SUN I could swallow the sun And all the colors around It would beam out my ears With my fingers I could light up the ground There could be light everywhere Shooting out the ends of my hair. But the cold would linger on But the cold would linger on But the cold would linger on Without your love Seems the lies and the fears Been screaming so loud in my ears About what’s gonna fill my soul Where remains this frigid hole But the cold just lingers on But the cold just lingers on But the cold just lingers on Without your love I could swallow the sun And all the colors around I could heat up this world And try to melt it all down I could drink that dry too And still be thirsty, without You But the cold would linger on But the cold would linger on But the cold would linger on Without your love, Oh I need your love I want you now I need you Oh fill me now….Now I have you! Now the cold wont’ linger on It doesn’t have to linger on anymore Now the cold won’t linger on Cause I got your love Oh I love your love I love you…
LOVE’S HARSH WINTER The one who was your fire, the one your shining star snuffed out fallen from your universe around that beautiful taste of someone new is gone and discust is all you can spew The spring of love has gone by now we watch the leaves fall around and die It grieves me that committment often won’t through the winter last to grow old in the cold till the ice storms past All around me “death do I”s are having regrets and wondering what brought them to share the same nest Those inseparable birds that fit perfect together Have faced a cold wind and been blown apart forever Where is the help the second chances and the grace The help us make it through to the end of the race I know they’ll always be rain and ice and snow but does it need to break us apart does it need to make you go? I know some winters last past the time spring should arrive And hope is not some magic melting love back in your eyes But can’t there be a way to make right what’s wrong I just wish I could make that love bird sing again its song.
Dungeon Birth Dark, cold Prison I sit in this dungeon and wait for the light to come in I hear footsteps and think this could be my beloved key who will bring my desired freedom But the feet walk on past and I wonder how long I will last Darkness enclosing around... Then from behind in this dark place, there's a cry and a face of new life entering into the filthly place. This cannot be, so I turn back around searching for light coming from the under the door. But the only light to behold is a splendid star shining down on this dust and this dirt and this mold. A cold draft blows by and I turn my eyes from the sky to the babe wrapped in rags, homeless child. They say this helpless one has answered the songs that were sung, "O come, O come, O Come!" But I'm still aching for Freedom and Light For Wholeness and Sight as I look in the face of the child. My dark doubt has won once more as I turn back to the door to search for freedom in more practical ways. "I can wait," I do say to myself, "another day." As day turns to day turns to day. I'll wait for the door to open up and for the light to fill up my cup and I will gulp down my freedom and be whole and be whole!" Maybe so...I really do not know I do not know I do not know. The baby cries and I sigh knowing my choices are slim. I can sit here alone or turn and open my dark home to the new life that is calling my name. Oh come, oh come oh come!
The World Howls I’d like to walk the neighbors dog but he’s all chained up, he’s all chained up, crying I’d like to walk the neighbors dog but he’s all chained up, he’s all chained up, he’s howling I’d like to see the neighbors dog set free, set free but it doesn’t have to be me You got a solution that needs a problem Well, I gotta problem that needs a solution (we’d be great together) I don’t want to be in the problem I wanna be in the solution and I don’t know what to do I don’t know what to do Oh I want you, to be let go, to be set free, to be set free I wanna walk the neighbors dog cause he keeps howling they keep howling the world is howling, right next door. The world is howling, the world is howling, the world is howling right next door. Oh I want you to be let go, to be set free, to be set free...
Whiskey John & Irish I used to hang out with Irish, Smiley and Pete down under the bridge where they all would meet To commune with sandwiches, chips and Kool Aid that the Salvation Army truck had made But before I was there I was up on my perch looking down wondering- where was the church? Was it in some old building used one time a week or was it with these guys hunger driving them to meet? I thought “I’m gonna love ‘em, just watch- you’ll see. I’ll go down and show ‘em what I’ve got inside me.” So I tried to look homeless, put on my best rags I thought incarnation would be a good gag With love on my collar and grace on my shoes I floated on down with my own kinda booze. But down below I was certainly in for a treat this Jesus I had they did not want to meet They were kind and were gentle sacrificing what they had to give to this “poor” girl sitting there looking sad. I didn’t come bringing gifts, all I had was some love and I was hoping to get some help from my dove. But they all beat me to it, I arrived a little late They were getting that love in the food that they ate I got extra mustard and a skull on a ring getting treated like I was the new underground queen So what of it, Holy Spirit, how different are you, if you flow in my body and walk in these old shoes? I guess it just shows how things turn, what’s in store, try to give all the answers and get left asking more. I just know that love is love is love is love if it comes from below or if it comes from above. love is love is love is love is love... Hey you there little lady what you’re doing there is good just don’t worry your sweet head, and keep on loving like you should those lonely people down there could use a listening ear So if you wanna bring some love down, bring the love but not the fear but if you think that you love better than the other one’s around then you already lost the battle gotta be lost before you’re found cause love is love is love is love is love is... So love a little, love a lot, just give what you can, Give what you got love is love is... so whether you love a little and squeeze someone tight or you decide to give up your entire life for another, it’s all good brother, it’s love love is love love is love LOVE IS LOVE


Black Swift’s new Album “The World Howls,” ranges in style from Tarantino road trip Rock to Morricone, to Fugazi to Tom Waits. Together with her collaborators Black Swift has been working steadily on a new album for over a year. The bones of the song were written by Grayson, but the rest has come from a variety of musicians who helped arrange and record in numerous places in America and Germany. “The World Howls” features Jerome Fontamillas (Switchfoot), Beverly Fre$h, Nate Lehner (The Guilty Wanted), Burkhard Mayer-Anderson, Mike Gunther (Mike Gunther & his Restless Souls), Jayathi Kyle (Black Audience), Stefanie Haecker and more. Of all her collaborators, her most consistent on this album are co-producer David Arzt (Jumbo Jet) who played and arranged on most of the songs on the album, Steffen Eifert (Same Same Here) on drums, and Tobias Unrath on bass. From energetic post-punk indie rock to epic dark ballads, to soul infused & blues influenced story telling, “The World Howls” stretches the gamet of songwriting and soundscapes.


released July 10, 2014

All songs and lyrics written by Sally Grayson
Collaborators and arrangement help from:
David Arzt, Steffen Eifert, Tobias Unrath, Nate Lehner, Burkhard Mayer-Andersson, Jerome Fontamillas, Beverly Fresh, Mike Gunther, Jayanthi Kyle, Stefanie Haecker
Mixed by Johnny Park
Mastered by Jacques Wait


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