Songs of Moonlight and Rain (expanded)

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Songs 1-16 made up the original "Songs of Moonlight and Rain" album. Songs 2, 10, 11, 17, and 18 made up the "Strange Familiars" 7" ep. 19, 20, and 21 were taken from the "Of Mist and Ashes" cassette (1995). 22 is the first Stone Breath song ever recorded and appeared on the "Shroud" cassette compilation from Zyon (1995). 23 was taken from the first ever Stone Breath live concert at the CMJ festival in NYC. 24 and 25 are updated versions of these early songs recorded in later years of the band.

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released October 31, 1996

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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: Seven Things Placed in a Hollow Tree
With a sip of valerian tea, the steam that rises slowly calls the misty spring to mind and brings your voice to me... and the graves we walked so quietly ... and the things we placed inside the tree: a knot of red string, three tiny bells, a chip of turtle shell, and two rusty keys. I can say all the words of the songs you did sing and I can see all the colors of the petals you did bring.
Track Name: Wisdom on the Moth's Wing
The shadows traced on your skin, like some living talisman, are symbols thrown from moth's wings that spell out what the blackbird sings. Show me the secrets of you. Teach me the magick of you. The poems etched on my bones by your quiet words and songs speak to me in mystic light; gift to me a second sight.
Track Name: Perched on the Temple Bell, the Butterfly Sleeps
I saw the flowers fall. I saw the fallen blossoms rise again. I saw the stars fall. I saw the fallen stars fly to the sky. They were not flowers, only butterflies. They were not stars, but fireflies. You'll see the flowers rise. You'll see the falling stars in the night. You'll see the butterfly. You'll see the firefly dancing light. Give your heart away to the butterfly. Give your eyes away to the firefly.
Track Name: Words Written on Petals
No one but me can see the things I see. No one but you can bring the light to me. The wind has blown the blossom from the tree and youhave placed these flowers at my feet. I see the shadows dancing on the pool; The Nine of Swords now wielded by the Fool. In the black night we share a single kiss. The eyes of the moon shall be our mute witness... It begins with your eyes, as it always does. Life and death blink by and the gravestones cry. These flowers you give to me: each one bears a thorn. Each petal bears a word I will not read; But I understand. Be still my beating heart - this ceaseless time. Be calm my raging mind - these endless thoughts that plague my every day... The lotus petals enfold me; its jeweled secrets given now to thee: a caress, a kiss, and a word to speak that will bring you into my dreams. I see the starlight flicker in your eyes, just like diamonds in the darkest sky. And the wind whispers on your words. Your spirit-songs now sung by flying birds.
Track Name: Willowisp
A secret written upon an owl's wing. A gleaming truth hung in the sky. A net of hands weaving the image. A web of words to catch the eye. All of these Redsprites and fireflies and honey mushrooms are eating my eyes. With tongue of flame and heart aglow, your breathy spells shall lead the way. The course is shown; the seed is sown; in the dark wood where dead leaves lay, all of these glowworms and earthlights and belladonna has given me new sight.
Track Name: The Strength to Face the Stars Above
There are secrets behind the moon. There are secrets in your dreams. "There is hope in falling stars," whisper angels on the breeze, "In the footprints in the sand. In the symbols of old names."... and lo' the stars fall down like rain. Look what death the comet brings! A herald of our passing time; of plague; of feud; and soulless night. And now the angels turn on us! With flaming sword and spinning scythe they cut us down without mercy, leaving poisons on the breeze. And now our hope lies with the snake. It has held the seeds in its mouth - to grow the tree which bears the fruit that gives us strength to face the stars.
Track Name: Long Lost Friend
Well, the rain shall fall upon me while the sun will shine all upon you; and the wind speaks through the leaves; and the trees speak to me; and you sing their songs; and the rain just drums along. In sunlight or rain, we shall love again. In the shade of trees, you will sing to me. Well, the spider webs stretch over me while the wildflowers grow over you; and a storm stirs on your breath; and tears stain my cheek; and birds cross the sky to mark this sad goodbye. In darkness or day, we will meet again. In the shadows long, we will sing this song.
Track Name: Thunder Runs Through Me
I know you don't believe me when I tell you what I've seen. Or perhaps you think I'm dreaming when I tell you where I've been. Real or not, it's real to me when the spirits sing so quietly and Thunder runs into my room and through my very body.
Track Name: Footprints of a Ghost Girl
Ring of thorny flowers, Woven midnight hours, lying on the cold stone grave. Footprints of the ghost girl leading through the trees, into the foggy shrouded green. I heard her singing; singing so beautifully. I wished she were singing songs to me.
Track Name: My Ghost
If you happen to see my ghost, put him in a bottle, seal it with wax, and send him back to me. You see, he's slipped the silver cord and fluttered off to space. He's stolen my eyes and kissed my life goodbye.
Track Name: Leafwalker
So, this is the wind: hopeful whispering cat breath from another age, following us wherever we wander. Wander on. And the twinkling eyes of night reflect in pools of moonbeam, seeing through time. Seeing us wherever we wander. Wonder on.
Track Name: Funeral Gifts
I give her a funeral mask. I give her this song. Words traced across the pane like streaks of falling rain.
Track Name: Rain Song
From the highest branch of the eldest tree, the fairest flower that ever fell has fallen at my feet.