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The Murmur of the Land

by Winter Aid

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The Murmur of the Land is the debut full-length album from Winter Aid.

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released April 28, 2017

Vocals by Winter Aid, Carol Anne McGowan, Susanne Putney, Pinda del Rey, Darragh Nolan. Drums by Marc Gallagher.

Written in Dun Laoghaire, Kerry and Berlin.

Recorded at home in Dun Laoghaire and in Asta Kalapa, Wexford.

Produced by Darragh Nolan and Winter Aid.

Mastered by Stephen Quinn at Analog Heart.

Artwork by Anika Heinz and Winter Aid. Image of Aran Boy on Rock by E. Fitzpatrick (1930), courtesy of the National Folklore Collection, Dublin.

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Winter Aid Dublin, Ireland

Winter Aid is the musical name for the songs Shane Culloty makes in Dublin. They can involve guitars, singing, and deadly synths.
The debut album 'The Murmur of the Land' is out now on Bluestack Records.

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Track Name: The Old Sound
The Old Sound

the day i ran away from home
no one was looking for me
through field and sky and flood i roamed
singing softly

i found a little world for me
i found a little pleasure for me

the sky was lit by candle ink
flickering softly
the hills, they rolled like slumberbeast
and you were dreaming of me

i dreamt of eating
a little pleasure for me
i dreamt of dreaming
your lips glistening

no one comes down to the old town
and no one ever leaves
i was always home by sundown
singing in my sleep

this is what comes when you run round
singing carelessly
watch where your heart puts roots down

you'll never get home before the sky goes dark
that's what you whispered to me

but i know somewhere we can lay our heads
flickering softly

i remember feeling
the fire close to me
i woke and you were singing to me

no one comes down to my old town
i will not be free
no one goes home by sundown
i will not be free
no one sings songs with the old sound
unless they walk with me
sing on, sing soft, sing me
Track Name: Where the Night Goes
Where the Night Goes

I’m tired of thinking of something to say
When there’s something we’re not talking about
You run a million miles away
But you don't go very far

You go where the night goes
You go where the night goes

Nobody sees how the lights
go on around you when you’re down
and while we’re waiting for the night
your eyes go wide at the sound

While we’re blinded by the light
I can tell just what you’re thinking
the graveyard is full of people who would love to
go out tonight

So we go where the night goes
We go where the night goes

And I know this is your line
But you're not here to sing it
I think my eyes are turning white
I will never learn to stop

I've nothing left but time
Nothing left but time
And that's what gets you
Track Name: OKAY
OKAY

Down among the dead men
down among the dead
The town is burning up but
we will meet again

Down among the rushes
I will float away
Down among the dead men
I will be okay

Down among the dead men
I will be okay
I know where I’m going
I will be okay

When the widow’s singing
I will be okay
when the bells are ringing
I will be okay

When the night is talking
I will slip away
See the houses walking
I will be okay

I can see the silence of the night above
I can see the light inside your eyes my love
I can see the pattern that your mother wove
Are you okay?
Track Name: The Night is an Ocean
The Night Is An Ocean

oh little darling
please let it be
i can be quiet if you want to sleep
i will say nothing, nothing at all

oh little darling
please let it be
i won’t speak of the things you dream
i will say nothing, nothing at all

summer arrived while you were asleep
the days are sweet and sun-fading
i want for nothing, nothing at all

the night is a blanket seamed with teeth
i don’t know why it seems so sweet
it might be nothing, nothing

autumn arrived while i was asleep
The leaves are collecting in our street
I can do nothing, nothing
I can do nothing, nothing

and just when i find the words to speak
the night turns cold and i turn weak
so i say nothing
so i say nothing

and just when you start to fall asleep
you wake me up and kiss my cheek
and i need nothing
and i need nothing nothing, but that

the night is an ocean the stars are its fleet
they sail to the sun and reel in defeat
they fade to nothing, nothing

oh, little darling, stubborn and sweet
can’t figure out what all of this means
i would say nothing, nothing
i would say nothing, nothing at all.
Track Name: Softy
Softy

There's an art to falling apart like this my love
There's an art to smouldering bliss like this my love
Don't let it get away from you

When you say my name, do the words roll around in your mouth?
When you break my heart do the pieces roll round in your mouth?
There's an art to being a part of this my love
Just tell me what you want me to feel

Though I say your name your voice rolls around in my heart
Though it beats for me I think I could tear it apart
It keeps me awake my love
Track Name: Wisp
Wisp

let me sleep
i am tired of my grief
and i would like you
to love me, to love me, to love me

this is the night when these woods sigh

come with me
there are people who cannot speak
without smiling

they would take me from your hand
or they would try, they would try

this is the murmur of the land
this is the sound of love's marching band
and how they hold you like a gun
and how i sing you like a song
i heard when i was young
and buried for a night like this
Track Name: Fields
Fields

autumn took our home
tamed it made it cold
when it learnt to sing

so we hit the road
doing what we're told
thought i heard you sing
of love and other things
falling in between
falling in between
i thought i heard you say
That life is far away
and everything had changed
everything has changed

winter sent us home
taught us to be cold
taught us how to sing

children don't grow old
don't notice the cold
thought i heard you sing
a life spent tumbling
in and out of sleep
in and out of sleep
and love's not what they say
it blooms from day to day
and everything is changed
everything is changed
Track Name: Within
Within

Set out to find her shoes
and take care of me
She wears the same old blues
but now happily
On Sundays she wakes me up
to make sure it's me
On Sundays I write the best songs backwards
to keep her with me

Some nights we stay awake
and make coffee stains
We paper up the walls
and pencil in our names
On Sundays she wakes me up
to make sure it's me
On Sundays I write the best songs backwards
to keep her with me
Track Name: Penny Sweets
Pennysweets

handfuls of these
say it doesn’t matter
a night of bad dreams
and you never slept better

tumble to me
an ocean overflowing
bedfuls of thee
a heart slowly growing
you and me

nightfuls of thee
a dawn in night’s clothing
treads so softly
that smile was made for knowing

words fall from thee
your eyes are overflowing
and though i am free
i know i’m never going to leave