Persephone Is Dead, Long Live Persephone!

by Dogwood

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Thar be some curse words scattered about here, as well as some mentions of sex. Please preview before sharing with any little ones!

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released September 24, 2015

Copyright Dogwood, September 24th 2015
All songs written by Dogwood (Kate McKnight),
except "Neil & Selena" written by Dogwood & Adam Bratman

Producer/Engineering: Nathaniel Johnstone
Cover Art: Kate McKnight & Laura Zakroff
Layout: Laura Zakroff

Dogwood: Vocals, tenor ukulele, percussion
Nathaniel Johnstone: Guitar, percussion
Adam Bratman: Guitar, guitar hysterics ("The Loom Years")
Erik Brown: Bass
Andy Lowe: Upright bass
Tom Coyne: Drum kit
Aaron J. Shay: Banjo
Sarah Shay: Washboard
Betsy Tinney: Cello ("Persephone")
SJ Tucker: Djembe ("Persephone")
Frog Chorus: Backyard frogs
and Dan McKnight: Banjo ("Sinking Sands")

Friendship Chorus:
Annie Hughes, Aaron J. Shay, Sarah Shay, McLean Sloughter, Jody Ellen, Nathaniel Johnstone

Dedicated to the donors for the album fundraiser, my fellow storytellers, and Sarah B-H
With Love,
Dogwood

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN

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Dogwood Seattle, Washington

Hailing from the hedge and loam of Seattle's undergrowth, this chimerical songbird aims to weave historical and wax hysterical in the old-new traditions of mountain men, shantymen, and her fellow men as she tromps and twirls acro'st both ancient myth and accidental malady. This little troubadour delights in bringing life to the voices of the past, so come and share a pomegranate seed or two! ... more

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Track Name: Persephone
Persephone was a friend of mine
Warm hair and honey eyes
Taken from her mother’s side
Persephone was a friend of mine

She sailed so far away from me
I didn’t miss what I didn’t see
But how could I not feel that breeze
She sailed so far away from me

Baby, come home
We miss you so
These fields won’t grow
Without you by my side
Baby, please stay
I need your strength
I can’t plant these seeds on my own

She slipped into the loin’s den
The chasm closed over her head
Thought that I’d never see her again
She slipped into the loin’s den

Oh God, what have you done?
You’ve gone again and took away the sun
How will my love see to run home?
Oh God, what have you done?

Baby, come home
We miss you so
These fields won’t grow
Without you by my side
Baby, please stay
I need your strength
I can’t plant these seeds on my own

Persephone was a friend of mine
Warm hair and honey eyes
Taken from her mother’s side
Persephone was a friend of mine

She slipped into the lion’s den
The chasm closed over her head
I never saw her again
She slipped into the lion’s den

There is so much danger when we fall in love
There is so much danger when we fall in love
There is so much danger when we fall in love
There is so much danger when we fall in love with death...
Death...

Oh, Persephone was a friend of mine
Warm hair and honey eyes
Taken from her mother’s side
Persephone was a friend of mine
Oh, Persephone was a friend of mine
Oh, Persephone was a friend...
Track Name: Neil & Selena
The moon lost her first love today
Twas the shepherd that laid in the hay
He bore her fifty daughters all bright and gay
The moon lost her first love today

The shepherd was a shepherd of men
He reached to the stars and then
When he first touched his darling, he never slept again
The shepherd was a shepherd of men

Ohhh, an astronaut is washed upon the tide
Ohhh, never to return to his old life

But a man cannot outlast the moon
For his life is a flower in bloom
And his father will call him home again soon
A man cannot outlast the moon

She will take him in her arms
And keep him safe from harm
And from the skies they will hear all the wars and the psalms
She will take him in her arms

Ohhh, an astronaut is washed upon the tide
Ohhh, never to return to his old life

Ohhh, the moon lost her first love today
Ohhh, but in death she might love him again
But in death she might love him again
Track Name: Ballad of the Psychopomp
Counted up the death toll this New Year’s
Found that I was short a soul or two
Lookin’ around, there was blood on the ground
And the vacant eyes showed not a trace of fear

I rode ‘ore the valleys and crossed the oceans wide
Searching for the one that got away
But when I saw it was you, well my heart burst in two
Didn’t think that this would be your day

Oh, whatcha been doing
Oh, to the folks back home
I hope that you know now
That neither me or God will ever leave you alone

Don’t call me a hopeless romantic
Don’t think that I am anyone to judge
It’s just that I believe in better days
Although it’s true that death can conquer love

I am the one that ferries souls to Heaven
It’s not a job for the weak at heart
But I’ll carry on long after you are gone
And the loneliness will tear me apart

Oh, whatcha been doing
Oh, to the folks back home
I hope that you know now
That neither me or God will ever leave you alone

I’m doing my time until my time comes
I’m doing my time till it comes
I’m doing my time till I see that light
I’m doing my time till it comes

Yes I’m doing my time, I’m doing my time
I’m doing my time till it comes
I’m doing my time till I cross the line
I’m doing my time till it comes...
Track Name: Pygmalion
Your body is growing on me
I’m getting so close that I can’t breathe
Your body is growing
We keep on growing older...
I’ve set myself up to fail
Always cutting the wind from my sails
I’ve set up myself
Built up myself for permanent winter...

All the sheets are cold in my neighborhood
And it’s not worth it anymore to stand where I’ve stood
White is the color of marble, powder and bone
My pedestal was raised to high and I’m tired of this throne

When did these boys all get so bold
Barely out of their mother’s mould
I don’t wanna hurt you, babe
But I’m not a goddess I am man-made...
So you can touch me if you’d like
I am the statue coming to life
I am not perfect and that’s not fair
But it still happens so I don’t care...

My maker carved my eyelids see-thru
And even when I close them tight, I can’t shield from the beauty of you
As stone is constant, so am I
Even with this ancient heart you come as a surprise
Come as a surprise...
Track Name: The Pressure
I awoke to the sound one night of two birds
Fighting outside my window
Cawing and tearing, cussing and swearing
Each thinking their heart was in the right
Oh birds, oh birds, won’t you lay to rest
All that fluttering, fluttering inside my head
For I got enough that’s laid on my chest
I don’t have the heart for this

But oh, blow for blow they traded their words
There was nothing that I could do to stop those birds
So I found a tune to carry me through
And help me pretend that I hadn’t heard what I heard

None of your poems were written about me
My pain is a giant, so bring on the cavalry
This is a list of all the reasons why
You’ll never be perfect or useful so stop fucking trying

It’s just not healthy, we’re not getting better
Don’t patronize me, I won’t wear this damn scarlet letter
I can’t take the pressure, I can’t take the pressure
I can’t take the pressure, I can’t take the pressure!

Oh birds, oh birds, you sing so loud
That you’re filling the air and you’re drawing a crowd
Don’t make your cries into my morning shroud
Light is coming through my windows now
Oh birds, oh birds, won’t you lay to rest
All that fluttering, fluttering inside my head
For I got enough that’s laid on my chest
I don’t have the heart for this

Sing loud, it’ll go away
Sing loud, it’ll go away
Sing loud, it’ll go away
Sing loud and it’ll go away

Sing loud, it’ll go away
Sing loud, it’ll go away
Sing loud, it’ll go away
Sing loud and it might stop
Track Name: Drink the Flood
I’m gunna drink the flood before I die, I’ll drink the flood my son
I’ll stem off the rising tide until the battle’s won
Tie me to the masthead and set a course to go
I’m gunna drink the ocean’s dry before the Devil gets me ‘low

The last time the flood it came, it took my dearest friend
We were lovers, we were fighters and together till the end
But the rising waters took the breath of life forever more
And he left me standing weeping and a-wailing on the shore

Now you may think that I am only a sailor’s poor widow
But my love drowned in not the sort of way that you may know
But he was not a sailor boy, and I no sailor’s wife
But the bottom of the bottle was the thing that took his life

I’m gunna drink the flood before I die, I’ll drink the flood my son
I’ll stem off the rising tide until the battle’s won
Tie me to the masthead and set a course to go
I’m gunna drink the whole place dry before the Devil gets me ‘low

I’m gunna drink the flood before I die, I’ll drink the flood my son
I’ll stem off the rising tide until the battle’s won
Tie me to the masthead and set a course to go
I’m gunna drink the whole place dry before the Devil gets me ‘low
Before the Devil gets me ‘low
Before the Devil gets me below
Track Name: Lost Boys
The gulls and the crows are in the midst of a turf war
It’s a screaming song of sadness that I’ve heard somewhere before
Didn’t you say the same thing while we waited for the train?
Well we saw the lightning, we chased the black storm
Followed it down the tracks till the early morning
Electricity bleeding with the dawn

Seagulls never get lost on their way to the sea
So if you’re not a seagull, don’t worry
Just get lost with me

Picking out the feathers from your hair one by one
You’re flustered and you’re honest and that’s attractive to some
I don’t see you as a burden, your wing is broken just like mine
Tanning on the rooftop, ship-shape, sails drop
Roaring over this lonely ocean and we can’t stop
Lost Boys don’t give a shit about unhappy thoughts

Seagulls never get lost on their way to the sea
So if you’re not a seagull don’t worry
Just get lost with me

Lost Boys don’t give a shit about unhappy thoughts
Lost Boys don’t give a shit about unhappy thoughts
Lost Boys don’t give a shit about unhappy thoughts
Lost Boys don’t give a shit about it

These air currents are sublime, though we’ve had our rough times
As long as you’re happy, I’ll have my piece of mind
I wouldn’t want this leviathan city to catch you in it’s jaws
If the wind blows us apart for miles
We can still kill pirates with our crocodile smiles
Let’s stay lost.......for a while
Track Name: Sinking Sands
Poison purple vine, I see you reaching for the sky
Twisted up and twining in the green of my love’s eyes
This land is full of patient marshes
Deception in the sand
And I’m ready, sink me down down down, oh...

In the shadows of the raptors all my secrets are held captive
I’m passing over state lines, sunlight trapped beneath my eyelids
I try to sleep with no one there
It’s twenty-eight miles to Delaware
And I’m ready, sink me down down down, oh…

These barren pines leave me dripping with regret
That there’s nowhere left to lay my head
But the sinking sands

And the world just keeps on spinning as the gravestones keep on grinning
Over all the land they’re creeping till the world deals out its ending
I feel the heel of time upon my neck
And I won’t stop loving you until I’m dead
And I’m ready, sink me down down down, oh…

His body fills the caverns of my desolated rapture
His tides are tumbling blindly, gladly drowning every pasture
I welcome every ache he brings my way
My lungs are filled without any pain
As I sink down….oh

These weeds leave me as barren as my bed
And breathing in the longing in my head
I disappear….into the sinking sands

In my lust and in my longing, something’s missing something’s wanting
Being buried in the mud can’t quench the fire in my blood
And the way the air is hanging is just so delicately haunting
Each breath of wind the touch of your hand clenched around my heart

If this is how it feels to be apart, I want no part of it
Help me, hold me love, before the trouble starts
Ohh, I’ll do my best to swallow it
No landscape can feel like the circle of your arms…
Oh I’m fallin’ all apart

And these barren pines leave me dripping with regret
That there’s nowhere left to lay my head
And these weeds leave me as barren as my bed
And breathing in the beauty of your hand
I disappear….into the sinking sands
Into the sinking sands
Into the sinking sands
The sinking sands….
Track Name: Loom Years
God bless her, my mother, while thinking of lonely me
And trying to help bought me the highest pedigree
Of fictionalize, scientific sex magazines
That shock and amaze the whole world with their accuracy
And it’s not that I’m one for pity or jealousy
But I’ve been at this loom since 1993

Before you had left you carved our bed around a tree
The last night we made love for a shorter eternity
But I don’t have faith in lifetimes or bureaucracy
And I’ll never know why you’re so fucking nature-y
So I guess I’ll have to sit here imagining
Why for twenty years you’ve been gone and blown out to sea

I don’t want to disappoint you
I’ll hold my breath till my face turns blue
Cuz you asked me to

Oh brave gallant warrior you’re lost in your artistry
And taking your time is just not a nice way to be
Regardless, I’ll wait here, and smile so happily
While the inside’s turning black-and-green crazy
The suitors at the door are unraveling the tapestry
Although let’s be real, none of them really love me

So when I’m not busy I read all those magazines
Though your face is in all the papers and TV screens
Wherever you are, with whoever you please
This isn’t me begging, I’m not on my knees
There’s no lying, no cheating, I won’t stoop to pleading
This queen is a coward, but the waiting is killing me

I don’t want to lead the poor fools on
I’ll be patient, I will keep us strong
I am fine, I am fine, and there’s nothing wrong!
I am fine, I am fine and there’s nothing wrong!
Twenty years you’ve been at sea
Who do you fuck when you’re not fucking me?

I don’t want to disappoint you
I’ll hold my breath till my heart turns blue
Cuz you asked me to...
Cuz to asked me to
Because you asked me to
You asked me to
You asked me to
You asked me to
You asked me to
Track Name: King of Death
All of Paris is burning
And you’re eyes are on fire
Though it’s dark in this cavern
To your dreams I aspire
I see it in your heart
I see it in your mind
It’s not a question of love and loss
It’s a matter of desire

I am here of my own free will
My arms can keep you from Tartarus’ chill
Cling to me on your blackest days
Don’t listen to their lies, I know the truth of your ways

Your wealth is not in riches alone
And I will never leave you alone

When the King of Death closes his eyes
Then my fierce love is no surprise
When the King of Death falls asleep
It takes all my strength not to weep

I know you are feared
Lamented and reviled
But your judgements are righteous
And they’ve never seen you smile
I live for that smile
Just for that smile
So take off your heavy crown, my love
And rest for awhile

I don’t feel ugly around you
I hope I make you feel that too

When the King of Death closes his eyes
Then my fierce love is no surprise
When the King of Death falls asleep
It takes all my strength not to weep

When the King of Death closes his eyes
Then my fierce love is no surprise
When the King of Death falls asleep
It takes all my strength not to weep