Everybody All Together

by I Ching Quartet

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1.
Eleanor 03:59
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
2.
Wishing Well 06:39
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
Marianne 03:50
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
Birdsong 04:29
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
9.
Lighthouse 06:33
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
10.
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
11.
Tuchus 03:57
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
12.
Now My Wife 02:49
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

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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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