Return! EP

by Robin Mitchell

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1.
I will cut from the face of the land all the men and the beasts and the birds and the fish will be gone from the sea my hand will fall on the king's children the ones in our enemies' clothes who have turned their faces from me a mournful sound at the gate a crashing in the hills those who dwell in the marketplace, all screaming they shall build houses but not live in them they shall plant grapes but not drink of them
2.
Hibernating 03:46
weathervane spins at the whim of the wind and sweet-spirited summer's no longer my friend she's packed up and ready to move on again and I'm over her, so I keep telling her fields are empty and the sky is stripped bare the silence of absence fills up the air there's no-one I love to be found anywhere they are hibernating, they are hibernating perspective so easily battered and broken with the setting sun, there goes the last of my hope when darkness comes on you, tell me how do you cope? I am so afraid, I am so afraid snow falls and blankets the world in a hug winter crawls into my veins like a drug and simply to rest in the arms in the arms of your love would be enough, it would be enough, oh in the stillness I'm still and now I know in the stillness I'm still and now I know in the stillness I'm still and now I know, now I know, far away I can hear church bells the sound makes my trembling heart swell and out of the corner of my eye, I can see heaven
3.
those walking in darkness have seen a great light You stole in, a thief in the night You've expanded the nation and increased their joy to those in distress You've delivered a great joy the shackles that bound them have been broken the charges against them have been dropped and You've lifted the yoke that burdened their backs You've broken the rod and silenced the whip-crack and many shall rise and many shall fall in Israel each warrior's boot will be destined for burning each bloodied garment will fuel the fire and on His day, the people will exalt Him every knee will bow in submission and the heavens will be dissolved! and the sky folded up like a scroll! and the stars will fall as leaves as ripe fruit falling from the trees and many shall rise and many shall fall in Israel rejoice! like workers before the harvest raise a shout! like soldiers at the plunder the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand the King and His angels are among us and many shall rise and many shall fall in Israel
4.
they say fire burns hotter in hell they say fire burns hotter in hell but it burns just the same up here as well so I'll stay away from the fire they say it's bitterly cold out in space they say it's bitterly cold out in space but I've no reason to go to that desolate place so I'll stay right here on the earth they say in heaven the food is so sweet they say in heaven the food is so sweet but I already get so much joy when I eat I won't wait for heaven tonight la la la and what of the world in-between? and what of the world in-between? you say that it's just a delusion, a dream but I think it's beautiful la la la
5.
Séjour 01:46
6.
Stars 01:23
I won't get lonely in my bed tonight 'cause the stars are out and they wanna talk to me, they say 'hey boy, how are you doing?' and 'yeah, it's been a long time since we've seen you, where have you been hiding away?' I say, 'my dear friends, you know I love you very much but in the city I come from the are so many clouds and the buildings are so tall they cast their shadows down, they block the sky out... in the city I come from there are so many clouds' but what do you know? I've got rooftops to sing from and what do you know? so many fire escapes to dance on and laugh on, and spend my time talking to you o baby won't you please come say hi to the stars with me they tell me they've been looking out for you that you're looking really pretty lately, pretty lady don't be shy (I'm telling you) the stars are all friends of mine
7.
I have come to tear sons from their fathers I have come to tear daughters from their mothers I have come to tear sisters from their brothers I have come to tear lovers from each other and if you hate the world around you, do you hate it enough? can you take that hate within you and call it love? for where there's love you will find peace but peace is just a word and I came not to bring peace, but a sword those of you who drink from me will never again thirst but any tree not bearing fruit will surely be cursed I have come to change the rules and put them in reverse your leaders shall be as servants and the last shall be first the battle is not with flesh and blood but it's a fight all the same the enemy will come for thee time and again and so, my peace I promise you, but peace is just a word and I came not to bring peace but a sword for your heart too, for your aching heart a blade with your name written on to pierce your heart for the love of God o, His promises are never what they seem when the storm breaks like you know it's gonna you will look to me and wish that you had chosen another I came that you may have life, and have it to the full but to save your life you must lose it, you know that's the golden rule so will you lose your life for my sake, will you follow me to the ground? will you take up your cross and die upon it upside down? all for a peace that passes understanding, or so I've heard but I came not to bring peace, just a sword I came not to bring peace but a sword I came not to bring peace but a sword I came not to bring peace but a sword I came not to bring peace, just a sword let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid for I am the one through whom the world was made and I have overcome the world, or hadn't you heard? Prince of Peace, I came with a sword

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sketches to listen to by the fire
autumn/winter 2013

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released November 25, 2013

all songs written, arranged, performed, recorded by Robin Mitchell
also featuring Liam Owen (double bass), Jesse Hodgson (accordion, voice), Chloe Newnham (voice), Esther Wilcox (voice), Ben Mitchell (voice, clapping)

cover design/illustration by Ellen Hardiman ellenhardimanillustration.tumblr.com

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