A Silver Thread to Weave the Seasons (expanded)

by Stone Breath

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Songs 1-15 make up the original album. The rest of the tracks come from various compilations from the same time period as the original album, as well as from "Scarecrow Stuffing" by The Spectral Light & Moonshine Firefly Snakeoil Jamboree (a Stone Breath side-project). "Red Twilight" was recorded specifically for this collection.

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released October 31, 1998

timeMOTheye: guitar, vocals, zills, banjo, dumbek, Irish banjo, autoharp, whistles, tablas, motheart, oud, tarka, harmonium, mandolin, harp, zither, sitar, bullroarers, clay pots, human skull, bamboo, kalimba, dulcimer, drones

Prydwyn: flute, vocals, harp, shakers, wood flute, dumbek, sitar, tambourine, oud,

Sarada: vocals

PJ: tambura and guitar on "Evening Air"

RA Campbell: bass on "Path of Nails"

Bob Buckingham: fiddle on "The Song of the Scarecrow"

Fit and Limo play various instruments and sing on "Red Twilight"

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Stone Breath Red Lion, Pennsylvania

Stone Breath is not new. It is cracked. Broken. Imperfect. Hidden. Weathered by the seasons.

We sing of ghosts and of forgotten paths through forest and fallow field.

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Track Name: The Silver Thread
Sometimes I still sit waiting in the room you named "Spellbound" by your heart. And sometimes I can smile, here in the shadows of the past, cast by your heart. So often your beautiful pale image haunts me. Tears and rain brought by your heart. And I lament the pain I gave you, and beg forgiveness from your heart. And you may never know the Silver Thread you helped to sew, placed by the Fates into my hand, that I may always be where I am. The lonely kiss we never shared hangs in the air between our hearts. And spellbound I sit watching silence cleave a path through our hearts. words go unspoken; letters unwritten; but the spell is unbroken on my heart. The kiss is not tasted - time has tainted the bitter apples of my heart.
Track Name: The Rainbow-Gilded Leaves of Autumn
Sow the rainbowed season through the fingerprinted skies until the reaping winds of winter ice your sleeping words inside. Let the calling of the crows; the rushing of the streams; the jack-o-lantern flames - speak your words to me. Lady fair, with emerald eyes, the autumn wind draws you nigh. The rainbow-gilded leaves woven to the boughs so high; through the twisting oak above and into the starlit sky. Immersed in the cold stream, your hand held in mine. the autumn flowers of our hearts into a knot shall twine.
Track Name: Peppermint and Clover Honey
Your face, the moon, gleaming above; silvery shining, mirror of night. And I am frozen, in awe of your beauty. I can but stare. You're so far away. So, just this once, promise me that when Night dies in your pale arms, you will speak to me. Please do not leave me, for I have not the strength to take your hand. The song of the wolf; the speech of the crow; bring my words to you. In sleep you know: the secrets behind the moon; the harp and the bow - all shall praise you! In sleep you know. To kill your sadness; to end your sorrow; to catch the sunrise in your bright smile: I'll bring you bones. I'll bring you orchids. I'll bring the birds from out of the sky. The song of the wolf; the speech of the crow; bring my words to you. In sleep you know: the secrets behind the moon; the harp and the bow - sing my praise to you! In sleep you know. "Sadness lasts but a moment and, once you awaken, happiness was just a dream."
Track Name: The Clouds of Red Twilight
O the rain falls on the garden wall; and the petals drip with silver tears; and the clouds form your face against the sky. But I'm lonely on the garden wall - and you're lonely in the silver sky - and the tears of the clouds against my lips. And the clouds twist on into twilight - and the red dusk tows the night behind - but the light of the moon is a cold flame.

I dream your face. You sing my song. The webs of night pull us along. The garden glows in pale moonlight. The music echoes throughout the night.

When the petals fall upon the ground - and the rain has washed away the tears - I will still wait upon the garden wall.
Track Name: My Heart is an Acorn Buried in the Black Earth
The shadows always hide me from you. The dusk always covers my eyes. Your hair always falls like leaves across my face. The shadows always hide me from you.

My skin is like the bark of trees. My breath is one with the breeze. My words are always sung by the birds of the wood. The shadows always hide me from you.

I move like a ghost across the hills. I ghostwalk through your mind. You wonder: was it real - or was it just a dream? The shadows always hide me from you.
Track Name: Fleance
"It will have blood they say. Blood will have blood. Stones have been known to move and trees to speak" - Wm. Shakespeare
Track Name: Rain of Days
As the cold rain falls over me: I'm thinking of you. I'm singing of you and these lonely nights and these lonely days. As the bright sun parts the cloudy skies: I'm thinking of you. I'm singing of you. On this springtime night, wet with springtime rain, I'm coming to you.
Track Name: Leaves About Our Feet, We Reached for the Moon
Upon the water moonlight glows. Among the pines the wind howls. Through the starry night pure darkness flows - and who among us can tell how?
Through the graves I saw you run, chasing leaves blown by the breeze. Those dancing leaves are notes from the sun - and who will sing those words to me?
And in the forest we lie down, singing long-forgotten tunes. Dead weeds and flowers shall be our crown - and in our hearts Green Fire burns.
Track Name: Devotional Two
Spirit and nature dancing together. Victory to spirit! Victory to nature!
Track Name: Through the Trees (a prophecy)
When I saw you through the trees, you turned your head and looked at me. I called your name. You turned and ran away. And the clouds closed overhead. The air was quiet, still, and dead. I prayed to you. I gave my love away. Your dark eyes were wet with tears. Your dark heart was cold with fear. In those green woods, you took my hope away.
Track Name: The Bone Collector
The Bone Collector walks alone. The Bone Collector rolls his bones. The Bone Collector sees. The Bone Collector knows. The Bone Collector walks alone. He finds beauty in bones. He finds peace walking alone. The people are afraid - they call him a ghost - for he finds beauty in bones.
Track Name: Path of Nails
Ghosts and dust behind me - many miles to go. Ghosts and dust behind me on this trail of nails and woe. My face is covered with ashes. My heart is cold as snow. My face is covered with ashes on this trail of nails and woe. I've walked the path of petals and I've reaped what I've sown. The petals turned to dust and smoke and blew right through my sunbleached bones. I've walked the path of the living. I've seen the skein the sew. I'd rather walk on with the dead - on this trail of nails and woe.
Track Name: Black Horse Ride
The black sun's been shining down my back. The black moon's been shining on my path. The black horse is running through my dreams. The black snake is coiled in my veins...and I don't know if this road leads to Heaven or Hell.
You talk of sheep and they talk of wolves. Sing of the beast at the edge of the woods. With all his holy books and Holy Grails, the holiest of men still fails... and I don't know if this road leads to Heaven or Hell.
Track Name: The Song of the Scarecrow
I stand alone, deep in the fields, through sun and clouds and storm and rain. I watch the corn. I watch the grain. With tiny bells tied to my hands, I watch the world with open eyes. I see the earth. I see the skies. I see the birds circling above the new passed on and soon to die. I watch the wheat. I watch the rye. I see the white Queen Anne's Lace bloom for the new born and soon to be. I see the stones. I see the trees. I sing the songs that no one hears. The wind and birds accompany me. I watch the corn. I watch the wheat. And when night falls, I walk alone, all through the shadows, singing my tunes. I see your flesh. I see your bones.
Track Name: Stealing the Fire from Heaven
You may drain the blood from the moon; You may steal the fire from the sun; You may wring the rain from the clouds; You may pull the light from the stars; But you'll never pull me from my love.

You may know the secrets of the moon; You may know the names of the sun; You may whisper unto the clouds; You may speak the words of the stars; But you'll never sing the song of my love.

The song of the moon; the song of the sun - this is the song of my love.
The song of the clouds; the song of the stars - this is the song of my love.
The song of the shadow; the song of the light - this is the song of my love.
Track Name: Red Twilight (featuring Fit & Limo)
O the rain falls on the garden wall; and the petals drip with silver tears; and the clouds form your face against the sky. But I'm lonely on the garden wall - and you're lonely in the silver sky - and the tears of the clouds against my lips. And the clouds twist on into twilight - and the red dusk tows the night behind - but the light of the moon is a cold flame.

I dream your face. You sing my song. The webs of night pull us along. The garden glows in pale moonlight. The music echoes throughout the night.

When the petals fall upon the ground - and the rain has washed away the tears - I will still wait upon the garden wall.