CRYPTIDS

by Stone Breath

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    One of the best known legends from York County, Pennsylvania is Toad Road and the Seven Gates of Hell. What is the real story? Where are the Seven Gates of Hell? Where is Toad Road? Extensive research and on site exploration is combined to dispel urban legends while revealing stranger truths.

    Journey beyond the Seventh Gate and into other weird places in York, Lancaster, and Adams Counties. Explore Hex Hollow, Chickies Rock, lonely graveyards, and old iron forges. Read true tales of bigfoot creatures, witches, ghosts, werewolves, and flying phantoms. Sometimes they haunt the woods behind you. Sometimes they are in your own back yard.

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1.
Cryptic 00:17
2.
In the Red Witch House Something is stirring. In the red witch house Something is waking in the night. And who remembers This sad thing's name? And who remembers From when and where this lost boy came? O hear him crying! He has been left alone. He's only calling For the mother he's never known. In the Red Witch House He spends his days. In the red witch house He hides waiting for the night. And who has seen him Run o'er the hills? And who has seen him? In the Red Witch House is where he dwells.
3.
Through the haunted forest, Beyond the Seventh Gate, Surrounded by a mist of ghosts Speaking an ill fate. A warning they cried, "Never look behind. Never leave the path. Begone by last light." Walk and gaze forward. Woe be to the last in line! For it takes the bravest heart To never look behind. Pacing out of sight, Peeking from the trees. The Hidebehind is hunting - Its prey is you and me. So hear the spectral warnings. Heed them if you can. Those taken by the Hidebehind Are never seen again.
4.
Trotterhead 03:38
Witch servant of black will, Begone now and do no ill. Return no more and roam until You've counted fencepost on every hill. Take with thee the nightmare grim That you've hid in my bedroom, All for when the lights grow dim To fill my sleeping mind with doom. With your bad dreams, take your leave, And cross thee every flowing stream. Never return unto me, But upon some other breathe. Get out from stable, out from home. Closed to you is every door. Locked to you is each window. Trotterhead, return no more!
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Long Lankin 04:52
Said the lord to his lady, As he mounted his horse, Beware of Long Lankin That lives in the moss. Said the lord to his lady, As he went on his way, Beware of Long Lankin That lives in the hay. See the doors are all bolted And the windows are pinned. Leave not a space For a mouse to peep in. O the doors were all bolted And the windows were pinned. Through a crack in the glass Long Lankin crept in. Where's the lord of the household? Cried Long Lankin. He's away off to London said the false nurse to him. Where's the lady of the household? Cried Long Lankin. She's asleep in her chamber Said the false nurse to him. Where's the heir of the household? Cried Long Lankin. He sleeps in his cradle Said the false nurse to him. We will pinch him and we'll prick him With a needle and a pin And that will make the Lady Come down to him. So they pinched him and they pricked him With a needle and a pin. The false nurse held a basin For the blood to run in. O nurse how you slumber. O nurse how you sleep. You leave my poor son To cry and to weep. O nurse how you slumber. O nurse how you snore. You leave my poor baby To cry and to roar. I've tried him with the milk And I've tried him with the pap. Come down, my pretty lady, And rock him on your lap. I've tried him with the rattle. I've tried him with the bell. Come down, my pretty lady, And rock him yourself. How dare I come downstairs In the dead of the night When there's no candles burning And no fire alight? But the lady she came downstairs. She was thinking no harm. Long Lankin stood ready For to catch her in his arms. Now there's blood in the kitchen. There's blood in the hall There's blood in the parlor Where the lady did fall. There's blood in the basin. There's blood in the bed. There's blood in the cradle Where the baby lies dead.
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I see the tall man, His eyes burning like coals. Where is he going In the night so cold? His long hair tangled Beneath his stovepipe hat. A walking shadow Of the blackest black. I know his name. It's Walking Sam. I know his cries are cursed and damned. And now he's calling you and me All for to follow him through the trees. A flash of lightning In the storm has shown That he's been wandering Through the grey tombstones. And if you listen When the storm has passed He howls like thunder Across the hills so vast. I hear the tall man. His calls sound just like death. And now he's so close. Listen to his breath. And what black magic Holds me in his gaze? If I walk with Sam, I walk unto my grave.
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There he stands among the graves. There he walks as you can see. There he sings "Nearer My God to Thee." All alone he waits and sings. A midnight wind through the trees. He now stands nearer my God, to Thee. He is pale as the driven snow That lays upon the lonely grave. The corpse sings "Nearer My God to Thee." See the dead man walking on. Hear his voice upon the breeze. He now steps nearer my God, to Thee. And still he stands upon a grave. And still he walks as you can see. And still he sings "Nearer My God to Thee."
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Turn back the clock! The Red Dog Fox Waits in the woods - howls with the wolves. Turn back the clock! The Red Dog Fox He follows you wherever you go. Under full moon He hunts for food. He won't hurt you! The Red Dog Fox. In silver light His red hair shines. Look in his eyes. You know them well. O leave him be! Let him run free In the night breeze. The Red Dog Fox. You knew his name Before he changed. He walked with you across the hills. He was a man Just as I am. You sat with him, The Red Dog Fox. He turned away. His skin he changed But did not shed his hair so red. He tried to run. You raised your gun. The man is dead. The fox walks on.
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Knocks 00:08
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Sticks 02:15
See the shadows in the woods. Listen to them screaming. See those footprints in the mud - Don't follow where they're leading. For the sticks are broken, Branches snapped, Woven strange formations. O what signs are these? What can it mean? The dead say it's a warning. Hear the footfalls in the trees. Know they walk beside you. Chattering in unknown tongues. Hear them all around you. They are standing at tree line, You can see them staring. Firelight and eyeshine Beneath the stars are gleaming.
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Underneath the black cloud Cloaking all the stars. Underneath your black wings Blocking out the moon. Standing in the shadow Of your strange form, Night becomes darker. Far away the morn. Far away the morning. Far away the dawn. Far away from comfort. Far away from home. Frozen in dread fear By your weird gaze. Speechless and shaking, Staring in your eyes. Where do you come from In your strange form? Time seems too slow now. Far away the morn.
12.
The Missing 02:28
I sing for the missing, Whether lost or prey. O what can they tell us From their lonely graves? I sing for the missing - Down to clay and bone - And may this song find you Where you rest alone. I sing for the missing, For the last in line. Lost but not forgotten In my heart and mind.
13.
May Paul did tend her sheep Upon the hills, Where too the wolves were seen. They sought their kill. May Paul watched her flock Along their way. The grey man watched May Paul Through every day. And so he came to protect May. Until he lay in the wolfman's grave. All around the town Dark tales were spun. The grey man was a wolf. He should be shunned. But up upon the hills, Another way: She was kind to him And he to May. The wolves did taste fresh blood Most every day. But May lost none of her flock. Wolves turned away. All in the grey man's gaze The wolves did flee. He watched over May, As she her sheep. One night a great wolf came Down from the trees. His coat was worn and grey, But sharp his teeth. As he looked for prey A farmer spied And shot the old grey wolf All through his side. The wolf took flight into the night And then he laid on the wolfman's grave. Upon the next morn, All in the sun, The farmer tracked the wolf By trail of blood. But where a wolf should be The grey man lay And there they buried him In the wolfman's grave. The grey man died and no one cried Except for May, on the wolfman's grave. And still May tended sheep Upon the hills. And still the wolves were seen. They sought their kill. But lo' they turned in fear And ran away When they did face the ghost Of a wolf so grey. The grey wolf came to protect May. He was raised from the wolfman's grave.
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Down by the river; Down by the rocks; Dry leaves are cracking Just out of sight. In the deep shadows, And in the trees, Something is watching Both you and me. Hear the drifting flute Call to me and you. Follow on Never to return. Offer ripe apples Unto the trees; Unto the river; Unto the rocks. And in the shadows, Under the leaves, Something is watching Both you and me.

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12 songs about Pennsylvania legends, cryptid creatures, werewolves, ghosts, and other strange things.

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released September 30, 2016

Rod Goelz: all bass and mandolin
Martyn Bates: guest vocals on The Singing Corpse ("Nearer My God to Thee" outro)
Prydwyn: Apples for the Albatwitch outro.

Æ Hoskin and Timothy: voice, bouzouki, jug drum, wood flute, banjo, mandocello, shakers, snare pad, recorder, bell, motheart, bodhran, cymbals, symbols, balalaika, sticks, glockenspiel, cello banjo, harmonium, jaw harp.

recorded, mixed, and mastered by Æ Hoskin and Timothy.

Produced by Caleb Brown and Stone Breath.

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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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