Sweat & Splinters

by Mother Marrow

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Gratitude:
We are in awe of all the many hearts that joined together to create this work, and the Spirit that inspires us all. Deep gratitude to all of you who contributed to the production of this album, and to Clay Miller for being kind, professional, and working your magic (and for playing bass on “Come Home”).

Charity says thank you to:
Nonna & Grandpa for the piano lessons and the jazz tapes, Mom & Dad for everything (and for the Martin guitar that is on this album- 20 years of tunes), D.E. Vickers for all the mixtapes, The Psalters for growing me up, Aimee Wilson and Jeremy Siegrist for the songs, Joel for giving me the best thing in my life, Lively for shining bright, all the MO friends for keeping it real, Josh & Michelle Garrels for believing in me, David Brown, The Divas, Tina and Quetzal, Ryan Oslance, Patrick Kukucka, Nalu, Catiflor, Niki, Matty, Margaret, The Sacred Thread, S & V for the music, Paige and Cora, Nathan for letting me borrow your Baby, Emmalee and Matt for making dreams come true,
and Devin, for pouring your heart into this with me,
sweat, splinters and all.

credits

released August 1, 2019

Mother Marrow is:
Charity Cimarron - voice, guitar (acoustic, electric), banjo, keys, nyckelharpa
Devin Morgan Crow - banjo, guitar (acoustic, electric), voice
Emmalee Hunnicutt - cello
Matt Shepard - drums, percussion

Production:
All songs written by Charity Cimarron, except ending of “Good as Dead”
(trad. “Swannanoa Tunnel” by Bascom Lamar Lunsford)
This album was recorded at 432 hz
Copyright, Sacre Couer 2019

Recorded July 2019, at Crossroads Recording Studios, Arden, NC
Engineered and Mastered by Clay Miller

Booking:
mothermarrow@gmail.com

Artwork:
Cover art is “Georgia’s Hands”, painting by Jacqueline Maloney
All photos and layout by Charity Cimarron, except “Heron”, by Eliza Bell Rosbach

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Mother Marrow Asheville, North Carolina

Mother Marrow is elemental, powerful, modern folk music with unique vocal harmonies, guitar, banjo, cello, and drums, and lyrics that can call up tears, or send shivers down your spine.
Bewitching and poignant, Mother Marrow's music and imagery capture the voices of the elements, and the creatures that dwell underground.
A musical journey into the depths...these tunes have teeth and tenderness.
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Track Name: Come Home
Come home to me, lay your head upon my breast
Feel my skin beneath the grass
Come back to me, where you’re sure to find your rest
My twinin’ limbs around your chest
Come make your bed, in the folds between my flesh
Drink, and bathe, and be refreshed

From my dust you were born, to my dust you shall return
The table is laid, now take your place
Where have you been, my son, where will you be then
My daughters, and my wayward son

Come ravage me, break my spirit, bend my knee
But you’re never gonna have my love
Build your marble homes, suck the marrow from my bones
Chase tomorrow from your minds
Come fill your greed, take as much as you have need
’Til there’s no soil for your grave

From my dust you were born, to my dust you shall return
The table is laid, now take your place
Where have you been, my son, where will you be then
My daughters, and my wayward sons

From my dust you were born, to my dust you shall return
The table is laid, now take your place
Where have you been, my son, where will you be then
My daughters, and my wayward sons
Track Name: Sweat & Splinters
Logs of locust, cedar splits,
I offer sweat and splinters
Forest elders breathe their last
I’ll bring them for your supper

Every piece of wood I bring
Carries a story in
Lichen fungus, beetles maze
It’s the same to you, all a -blaze

When you…
Burn, burn with the light of the morning’s birth
Burn, burn with the heat at the heart of the earth
Burn, burn with the light that reveals our faces
Burn, burn with the heat that will warm these places

Some may fear your endless greed
But not me, no not me
Some may fear your appetite
But I’m at home in your light

Fiery fingers curling ‘round
Flaming tongues a-flutter
Promise you will warm my bed
I’ll satisfy your hunger

If you…
Burn, burn with the light of the morning’s birth
Burn, burn with the heat at the heart of the earth
Burn, burn with the light that reveals our faces
Burn, burn with the heat that will warm these places

First the tinder, light and thin
The chill of winter’s creeping in
I’m stacking sticks on bended knee
So you will keep me company
I’ll bring you branches, feed you logs
So soon this wood will all be gone

I’ll build you a lovely home
I’ll leave you lots of breathing room

Logs of locust, cedar splits
I offer sweat and splinters
Track Name: Fits & Starts
I’m the kind of pretty face
Who sees it as no disgrace
To leave behind the ones who love me

Got so many options lord
That I can’t choose none at all
And not a single one is what I’m wanting

Tried to tell you how I feel
But my words only come out
Like pieces of my heart
In fits and starts, fits and starts

It’s slightly unbearable
Weightless and terrible
This longing for roots and for sky

You know you’ve been using me
While I gave you everything
You never looked back once to thank me

Tried to tell you how I feel
But my words only come out
Like pieces of my heart
In fits and starts, fits and starts
Like pieces of my heart, in fits and starts

I know I’m not the only one
To love a mother’s only son
I’m just the only one who loves you
Track Name: On My Knees
I will build a ladder that reaches the stars
Out of every arrow I wounded you with
I will dig a tunnel to the depths of your heart
With my bare- boned fingers

I will dance naked like a fool in the street
I will tear at my hair, and blacken my face
I will beat a path to your balcony
I will chase you down

When I find you, I will make you love me
I will be on my knees
With my palms up, like the dogwood
I am begging you please

I will light the foxes tails on fire
I will burn down every hiding place
I will track you like a bloodhound, thru hell and high-water
I will chase you down

I will weave you a shirt of star-thistle down
I will ruin my hands to keep you on the ground
or I’ll fly with the weight of the world on my shoulders
I will chase you down

When I find you, I'm gonna make you love me
I will be on my knees
With my palms up, like the dogwood
I am begging you please

I will feed you like a mother, I will lift up your chin
I will sit in the corner, with the cap on my head
I will tuck in my tail, and do what you said
But it’s all for nothing

I will lick up your blood, til the wounds have healed
I will carry the carcass of what I have killed
I will reach for you, in the night, in the dark
I will find nothing

I will find nothing
Track Name: Good As Dead
I won’t ask you, to risk no more
If I’m unsure, but I’m unsure
And I know you’re not sure neither

My spirit flies above my bed
While I lay here, as good as dead
My body growing colder still

I feel as though my heart is gone
A withered branch, a paper gun
The question plagues upon my mind
Should I fly, while there’s still time

There’s just one thing I’d ask of you
Stay by my side, while I see this through
Hear me now
Your name is on my lips

“When you hear that watchdog howlin’
Somebody’s round, Buddy someone’s round
When you hear that hoot owl cryin’
Somebody’s dying, oh someone’s dyin’”
Track Name: The Distance
Two lonely lovers, looking for others
To hold all that they have to give
But taking the leap, is never as steep
As going the distance

Constellations of fireflies, light up the summer skies
We can’t help but stay out til dawn
The dew on the grass, my head in your lap
And you’re humming softly

Cast iron and glass, makes a careful match
Your down home strength, my fragile tenderness

The mist of the downpour, comes in through the screen door
We’re dancing by hurricane lantern
You’re hand on my waist, your eyes on my face
I feel like you know me

All the cruel things we’ve said, some still in our heads
They hover and settle, between us
What do you take me for, I’ll walk out the door
But I’m already looking back

Cast iron and glass, makes a careful match
Your down home strength, my fragile tenderness

Cast iron and glass, makes a careful match
Your down home strength, my fragile tenderness

Are the bones of this house
Ooo, ooo, oo, oo, oo, oo

Two lonely lovers, looking for others
To hold all that they have to give
But taking the leap, is never as steep
As going the distance
Track Name: The Selkie
Deep calls to deep, one voice will ring
Clear as a bell, not hard to tell, it is mine
One voice to guide, one to be led
Find Ariadne’s thread, light my way

Deep calls to deep, cave where the sirens sleep
Sweet spirit dream, drifting slowly to the surface
Silent she beckons, dives into shadow
Fearless I follow, and delve into the endless

Deep calls to deep, one voice will ring
Deep calls to deep, one voice will ring
Clear as a bell, not hard to tell, it is mine
One voice to guide, one to be led
Darkness has fled, there’s nothing left to hide
Track Name: Dry Land
Tidal waves bring me to shore on dry land
Where heavy hearts evaporate and lighten
Like salt they say that I’m too much
Or maybe somehow not enough
But really I’m both, and I can’t be told which one to be

Who says there’s no blood in seas of brittle grass
Dry wind that sucks the life from every breath
Every tear will leave a trace of salt
Each drop of sweat from bitter struggle
Joins into the atmosphere, and comes down as the rain
Life is pain, is life

What grows green in hardship carries strength and fragrance
To shed our skins we drag ourselves across those rough rocks
Like salt they say that I’m too much
And also somehow not enough
But really I’m neither one, so don’t you point that gun my friend

Sand in the ocean is an oyster’s pearl
Salt sea in the desert is a juniper tree
Dry land in the ocean is an island world
Salt sea in the desert is a juniper tree
Sand in the blue ocean is an oyster’s pearl
Salt sea in the desert is a juniper tree
Track Name: Still
When we were children
We would pretend
We were like animals
Mountain lion climbs a tree
Great blue heron rides the breeze

When we were children
Naked was good
We lived in our own skin
Ray of sunshine, blade of grass
Chilly river, mother’s lap

When you dream
Close your eyes, and,
You’re a child still

When we were children
Stories were real possibilities
You can’t see it, but it’s there
Like the wind is more than air

When we were children
We believed we were truly free
Free to wander, free to stay
For a lifetime, or a day

When you dream
Close your eyes, and,
You’re a child still

When you dream
Close your eyes, and,
You’re a child still

…when we were children
Track Name: Son of Man
Every bird makes it nest
Every deer has it’s bed
Every fox in it’s den
But I’ve no place to lay my head

I’ve no place to lay my head, I’ve no place to lay my head
I’ve no place to lay my head, I’ve no place to lay my head

I’ve no place
I’ve no place

Roads that wind away from here
Witching winds won’t let me be
Voices of the ones before say
I will find my way

I will find my way, I will find my way
I will find my way, I will find my way

Find my way
Find my way
Find my way
Track Name: Ancient Islands
Every wave is a mound of moving darkness
Spirit creatures calling for us
To swim among them become them in the depths
To forget where we end and they begin

We wait so long for these fleeting days
We wait so long for these fleeting days
We wait so long for these fleeting days

Dripping wet, make a bed of hemlock needles
Dream the dreams of ancient islands
Birches send telegraphs along the root lines
Sharing sunsets, seabirds, swimmers

Leave behind, travel time
To find the present
Set apart, with a heavy heart
Cut the ties that hold me back

We wait so long for these fleeting days
We wait so long for these fleeting days
We wait so long for these fleeting days

Fleeting days
Fleeting days
Fleeting days
Fleeting days
Track Name: Mystery
You come with your own expectations
Romanticize what can’t be real
New world, new frontiers seem so foreign
But I’m native to my own country

I know ins and outs and underneath them
You came to cut them down, build your fortress
Build your fortress, build your fortress

Don’t fear the mystery, don’t fear the mystery
Don’t fear the mystery, don’t fear the mystery
Mystery, mystery, mystery, mystery

I know you’ve been told I’m dangerous
But look who is threatening
You twist and you mold, everything you hold

What happens when you hold me
You don’t own me, don’t deny it
Just try to hush my mouth, keep me quiet

Keep me quiet, can’t keep me quiet

Don’t fear the mystery, don’t fear the mystery
Don’t fear the mystery, don’t fear the mystery
Mystery, mystery, mystery, mystery

Don’t fear the mystery, don’t fear the mystery
Don’t fear the mystery, don’t fear the mystery
Mystery, mystery, mystery, mystery
Track Name: Lady Heron
There’s a pond in the field next door
A murky pool of mystery
Where this story does unfold
To reveal it’s tragedy

Crusty crawdads in their caves
Stir the mud of centuries
Schools of silver minnows swish
Iridescent, jeweled fish

Tadpoles and turtles twist and turn
Deep in the mire and the muck
Cloudy waters swirl and churn
To see how long they can stretch their luck

Lady Heron swoops so low
Gliding swift and silently
Sets her sights on the banks below
Where she lands with graceful ease

Not a ripple on the murky pond
Not a shadow, not a trace
Not a single feather floats
To give a way her hiding place

All the fish in the little pond
Don’t do anything at all
Intertwinin’ and shimmerin’
No idea of what’s to come…

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