The Sparrow and the Wolf

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released May 28, 2010

NOAH HARRIS: VOICE, PIANO
NATHAN SWANSON: VIOLINS, VIOLA, CELLO

ALL SONGS BY NOAH HARRIS
STRING ARRANGEMENTS BY NATHAN SWANSON
RECORDED AND PRODUCED BY NOAH HARRIS AND NATHAN SWANSON
MIXED BY JUSTIN PERKINS, NATHAN SWANSON AND NOAH HARRIS
MASTERED BY JUSTIN PERKINS
COVER PAINTING BY TYLER BERGFIELD
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ADRIEL DENAE
DESIGN BY NOAH HARRIS, NATHAN SWANSON AND DAVE DECASTRIS

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NAGANT Chicago, Illinois

NAGANT is a chamber-folk ensemble living and working in Chicago, IL. It is the collaborative effort of composers Noah Harris (piano and voice) and Nathan Swanson (violins, viola and cello). The music draws from a broad base of classical, world, and western folk influence. ... more

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Track Name: In This Winter
In This Winter

I am longing
Oh I am longing for you
to make your way back to
the love of our spring
in this winter

I need you
lover I need you to turn
your darkest gaze of love
back upon
my greying life

I need you on my side
find me where you met me
I need to feel your eyes
blinded to the heartbreak
tonight

Oh lay down
lay down beside me and sooth
the fear that's paralyzed
my last hope
of being loved

Stand beside me
stand with me blindly I need
someone who can't see
past there love
and through me

Why don't you
push me out
to the sea
in my own
storm

I feel you on my side
looking past a future into this hour
I feel that you've gone blind
stay here in the darkness
with me love
Track Name: Elizabeth
Elizabeth

William on the deck
of the Elizabeth in his fourth year at sea
when he feels her run aground upon
the rocks beneath he weeps
Oh this flimsy life
he speaks to her gaily of there times

But oh no not here
Oh no
not here
not now
William finds her out

The time it is now
for our life together to come to its end
the ship she begins to groan for the loss of there love
upon these horrible seas
You've been the kindest captain I've know at the helm
I've known you so well

Oh no not here
Oh no
not here
not now

Elizabeth I'm fighting
the urge to end it all now
in my hand is our rifle for protection
let it protect me from drowning
in this now

My love right here
My love
right here
in this hour
and she finds him out

William lifts his arm
thus ending
his fourth year
at sea
Track Name: Your Side
Your Side

Lovers I see you from your side
but I can't enter the fight
Leaving you to lie there on your own is hard
but all I'm able to do for you
is lend my voice
to raise your song to my own ears
lovers can't you let yourselves
release me

I want to be what you need me to be
but lovers my own wick is short
I have lived the frailest side of hope
I have none left to give to you
but lift your voices
through these tragic times for your own ears
lovers can't you let yourselves
be released

It's in your eyes
It's in your eyes
It's in your eyes
your eyes
It's in your eyes
your eyes
It's in your
eyes

Lovers I see you from your side
but I can't enter the fight
Track Name: Asylum
Asylum

The time that we share is an orphan
the lust that we live isn't free
Darling tonight is fragile for you
in ways I'll never see
Tonight is an offer
we can take and live

When all that we can gain
is all that we are
all that we are in this moment
It isn't like you to give your heart
and your hope to just one
We're in this night
and it's the only one
I know how to love in

Lover my heart's an asylum
on these moments I must swallow the key
My loves are far too fragile for me
for you to ever see
Tonight is an offer
I must take to live

When all that can be lost
is all that we are
all that we are is this moment
It isn't like me to give my heart
and my hope to just one
This night is one
and in it we are one

I know
I know you feel that your heart is mine
and honey tonight that maybe true
but the sun will rise upon this
and the light will carry all of this away
love we just can't stay here for long
We can't stay here love
we just can't stay here for long
Track Name: The Sparrow and the Wolf
The Sparrow and the Wolf

Surely the sparrow
toils not for peace
but in the arms of the Lord
he waits for the moment
when the gun is fired
and alone he dies

There is no hell
only life tangled up with death
No hope but the grace
that we can give
to our darkest selves

Surely the wolf
lives not to hunt
but in the arms of God
she waits for her meal
when it comes not
she strikes the foal

There is no reason
only desire and confusion
The hope to break
beyond the bounds of
a life tangled thus

Today as ever before
we move down this path
burying all of our fear and loneliness in hate
oh the victims they cover the shame
of our desires
our secret lives

Surely the sparrow
toils not for peace
but in the arms of the lord
he waits for the moment
when the gun is fired
and alone he dies