Everybody All Together

by I Ching Quartet

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Recorded at Joyride Studio in Chicago IL by Ryan Nueschafer
MIxed by Ryan Nueschafer
Mastered by Jonathan Schenke
Artwork by Sharon Hoyer and Josh Miller

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released January 31, 2013

Performers:
Nathan Paulus
John Herbst
Josh Miller
Ethan Pikas
Sharon Hoyer
Ross Martens
Cara Sawyer

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I Ching Quartet Chicago, Illinois

I Ching Quartet is a group of core song writers and a cast of collaborating musicians. The group currently features pedal steel, french horn, upright bass, banjo, accordion, ukulele, percussion, guitar and lush vocal harmonies. Their original compositions reflect the music they love: soul, country, blues and folk. They have played and recorded in Chicago since 2006. ... more

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Track Name: Eleanor
She only comes around when the nights on fade,
and though through tireless effort I try to persuade
her, for a while, in one place please do stay
I know i'll never have my way

so I sing aloud each night to the heavens above
ohh, Eleanor my love

Eleanor, my love, you break my heart in two
Eleanor, my love tell me this time you'll stay
Your wandering ways, will be the death of me
why can't you leave this poor heart be

Eleanor, my love, you broke my heart in two
Eleanor, my love, tell me this time you're gone for good
Just one embrace, before you go
Just one embrace, will be the death of me
why can't you leave this poor heart be
Track Name: Wishing Well
A love from long ago my dear, sung of coin and spell
The secrets of apollo inside a wishing well

They were yet young when he first took leave, she held an empty cup
On his back there was a sieve and cloth all folded up

For a stream with gold he had heard tell by one who'd seen the way
A ring of gold he'd make his bell, for their wedding day

Was one year since he first had gone, and set on his return
at home there was a baby fawn and woman he had spurned

there was no hew of joy on her face when he back to town
with ring and coin all wrapped in lace, stood the fool and clown

for it was another man who held, the lady and the fawn
absence for a year to weld, his fate for having gone

with note on door he left the ring for his baby boy
for the girl who'd make him sing, and bring him lasting joy

his last act was of kindness as he walked down to the well
dumped his wealth to blindness, a prayer became a spell

the god's took pity on the poor man, and gave him final rest
a ring that's passed through many a hand, eternally to be blessed
Track Name: The Good Light
it's never been a long way to too far gone
there's never been a better friend to turn your back upon
there's never been a better time to rise with the dawn
rise, rise, rise with the dawn

so we can see the good light grow

no one ever said the terrain wouldn't change in the end
or that the clothes you would wear were too good to mend
but the message that you have can still send
ride out messengers; send, messengers send

so we can see the good light grow

the devil might know your name, but he doesn't know it well
cause it was the lover's fire that put him to hell
and I know you've drought from that fire like water from the well
it's best to drink from the fire like water from the well
so you can burn in your fire, burn in your hell
or you can burn with the fire and drink from the well

so we can see the good light grow
Track Name: The Love That We Make
Where have our hearts gone,
I know that something inside me has changed
We were neither right nor wrong,
and this is not an easy game
baby yes my heart does ache,
I've known the deepest parts of you
And in the deepest parts we made,
our own world to be true

in the love that we made for each other

I know this world is wrong,
I want something to hold onto fast
for our time we flowed along,
but I've been damned and baby you've passed
like water over me, I am grateful
you softened me, and made me kind
like water, lets stay playful
not be a past left behind

but keep on with our love for each other

we can be the whole length
baby we can be the sea
if we've got to go our own ways
everyone still meets at the sea

in the love that we make for each other
Track Name: Marianne
the song on your breath is the arrow
the arrow has come to pierce my heart
hold me up that sacred call, the pieces break and fall
wide and flowing down into the earth

the song on your breath is the arrow
the arrow has come to pierce my heart
hold me up that sacred call, the pieces break and fall
wide and flowing down into the earth
I don't care about your fuss or fight, gonna treat you right
some say it's duty, but I know this to be my worth

Marianne, Marianne
Marianne, when I watch you sleep,
you dream a thousand miles away from me

I am the man who'd walk a thousand miles
to be the song
to be the breath
to be the arrow
gonna call that fire down into me to burn away with impunity
all that must be burned
hold me up that sacred call, the pieces break and fall
wide and flowing down into the earth
I don't care about your fuss or fight, gonna treat you right
some call it duty but I know this to be my worth

Marianne, Marianne
Marianne, when we call your name will you dream us into your dream
Track Name: The Alchemist
Water and Earth, Sunlight and Rock
My hens produce riches and so does my cock
I learned of their secrets through the lore of their squawk
Their god is a coo-coo who sings "Hickory dickory dock

there's a place where there's a stream that flows forth from eternity."

The buffoon with his trumpet is after the gold that I've got
He's spread out my coals and sullied my pot
But I've found a way, to foil his plot
A place to hide, in which, he knows not

A place where there's a stream that flows forth from eternity
A place where there's a stream whose name is eternity

I've laid out my plans, sharpened my stick
the wire is set, I know where he'll lose his grip
when he sees the water, that's where he'll slip
from the ground, to the air, onto my pike his head will split

in the place, where there's a stream that flows forth from eternity
the place, where there's a stream whose name is eternity
Track Name: Begging For Your Water
Ohh my wife, where have thee laid thee on down
Run on a side, a side I can see
On a side that runs, down to the ocean
To lay me on, down by the sea

My mouth is dry, my shirt has old stains
Though my faith has grown dull, I sit and I pray
On struggles to come, and victories I've gained
On the day I went south, the day that it rained

Well you've got me
begging for your water
Track Name: Birdsong
Heart so full, I love you to pieces
Yeah, you'll have yours and many successes
but you've got to shake it, shake it, move it right
yeah, it's happening

If you can put it down, It will go down
Yeah, it's happening

Heart so full, got blown to pieces
The seeds are sown for their successes
Gonna break on through, break on through, the mud into the light
yeah, it's happening

Zylum up, and phloem down
yeah, it's happening

How come this love won't stay with me all the time?
Won't try to own it, or keep it, or call it mine
But I'll grow it, and feed it, for myself and my kind
Yeah it's happening, it's happening

Give to me a birdsong to sing, in the morning,
in the morning
The rituals, once known, now forgotten,
so long forgotten
And desire, that for too long a time, that's been far reaching
too far reaching
Pull it in, bring it back boil it down
my birdsong
my birdsong
Track Name: Lighthouse
There is a lighthouse and a lighthouse keeper
holding the space between the land and the sea
On the land, with logic and figures,
stable the dwellings and the picture of light with the ground beneath your feet

Therein lies the difference between the land and the sea
there in my tempest I learned how to be
a keeper of my own

Once I had eyes, fixed on the lighthouse
but before I could land was arrested by tempest
And she was my keeper, kept by the sea
I tried to use mind, but tempest won't reason
I tried with my body to force her submission
I held to the light, to steady my mission
but tempest she pounded, and my heart resounded

ohh, empty, and stretched to the thin
surrender, surrender
I gave her my surrender

Let go of my mind, which in fury was taken
with my body to the edge, and thrown in prostration
to the mercy of the sea, and the torrent of my tempest to be
where I gave up the light, gave up my light as well
I gave her my light, gave up my light as well

ohh, wouldn't you believe
my light had calmed her
and melted the fury of the sea
Track Name: Dreams To Come
When I look back, when I was young
moments that I had, and dreamed of them to come
but I only grabbed a few
afraid of what was new, and unkown

there were girls to close to grab,
dreams to far to have
I didn't know I wanted to taste the wine
I thought that I was doing, thought that I was doing just fine

walking alone on empty tracks waiting for the midnight train

I had some big ideas, thought of them as true
picked up my guitar, got in with a crew
and I felt good in that tribe
thought that they could carry me high

my dreams were closer now
had some girls who taught me how
this was my first taste, my first taste of wine
and I thought that I was doing, thought that I was doing just fine

kicking my ball around, looking for someone to play
walking alone on empty tracks waiting for the midnight train

I was leaving, and I was free
this feeling inside of me
I was living my destiny
Had no worries to bother me

there will be many who will leave, cause everyone must grow
changes happen quick, what you think you know
the hands that were to lift me high
went out to try their own try

but there were dreams that I still had
and moments that would come around
I tasted each and every one
and to myself I found
I was in the mystery zone
no cover to be blown, when you are mystified

now I'm grabbing my girl to dance the night away
kicking my ball around, looking for someone to play
walking alone on empty tracks waiting for the midnight train

If I'm leaving, it's cause I'm not free
this feeling inside of me
I'll keep living to get set free
got my worries, but they don't bother me
Track Name: Tuchus
Come on over to me my sweet, sweet heart
darling you're the one I'm after
I can see in your eyes and your smile, you don't want me to go
and I don't want to do nothing buy stay by your side

let me take you into my arms, let me take you into my arms
I'm standing here, I've got nothing to hide
I won't do no harm, if you let me take you into my arms
and soon we'll see if it's gonna be a pleasant ride

my love, my love, I can't bear to see you standing there all alone
let me be the one to take you on home

you can have it all, and you know I want it all
it's time to step up and meet me
in the middle, cause I'm here, so step up, step up,
the choice is yours for the taking

so come on over to me, my sweet, sweet, heart
darling you're the one I'm after
Track Name: Now My Wife
Ripple the sea, strength of the tide
I lost control, I wouldn't hide
from the beauty of angels and bread on the hearth
I'd let you feed me, and give you my heart
from the fire that burned in me that I saw in your eyes
an impish grin, and tears to cry

now my wife, now my happiness, always my love, always my love

in the willow that bends in the wind, in the river that runs to the sea
in the story you don't want to end, for you and for me
precious the vessel, precious the water
precious the flame, precious the daughter
whose hand I will take and together we'll step
with each other through the world and without regret

now my wife, now my happiness, always my love, always my love