St. Helen

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about

A tale in three acts.

lyrics

as the klickitat legend begun
Sahali was a god with two sons
he sent them down the river to roam
down the Columbia find a good home

when they found the most beautiful place
for these two brothers was not enough space
then Sahale got out his big bow
and into the sky he shot two arrows

one to the north and one to the south
keep them apart to shut up their mouths
soon enough they loved the same queen
who in her wisdom could not choose between

then of course the brothers were fighting
fire and rain and thunder and lightning
father was weary and just wanted peace
he grounded them each into a mountain peak

Adams to the north and Hood to the south
his boys were locked down but they still ran their mouths
he took the queen too and made her a mountain
she is the angry one called St. Helen

Helen settled silently for so many years
suddenly grumbly and grinding her gears
people tried to hold her in the highest regard
took her very serious and listening hard

but we are easily distracted and trite
and busy people follow what the media hypes
all of the reporters led the groupies away
back into their cities and their regular days

even as it was when she had freedom before
Helen stood defiantly but she was ignored
if being patient never brings her reward
how can we expect to have a calm without a storm

vancouver this is it, its the end of the quarrel
goodbye to the hillside goodbye to the sorrel
goodbye to the story goodbye to the moral
goodbye to the scenery and all thats pastoral

the lover laid to waste all she surveyed
she was bitter at the way she’d been played
and she found her voice and made it known
and the people humbled, overthrown

ash that was proof of heat and time
the fertile history of mine
of earth and air, wind and rain
to be there once and come again

green turned grey oh nothing left
the scorched embodiment of death
toothpick trees lay scattered all across the land
it was a land that only the ash could stand

what might escape our final breath
after the chaos finally left
before the winter seals our lips
what can we say to remember this

like the sound of ash being spoken:
the calming breath beyond the hold of choking
or some great beggar’s dance being broken
or the smell of a gun that’s cold and smoking

and the world would wait for what might come
to see if all was said and done
first came the fireweed and sun
then phytoplankton, oxygen

eventually, a living scene
and the gray grew back to green
Helens, you are just like us, all our flesh will turn to dust
from the dust we grow again, because we must

credits

from Manifold, released July 24, 2014
Tyler, Joe, and George

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Drive North Oxford, Ohio

Tyler lives in Alaska and Joe lives in Ohio. They put together these songs and no one ever tells them how to do that. This is how they want it to sound. Have a listen. These songs came a long way to meet you.

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