BOREAL

by Mark Mitten

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If you like Springsteen, Cash, Jakob Dylan or Nick Drake, you must hear BOREAL. Poetic, reflective, storytelling through imagery and impression. This album contains the track "Metanoia (Boreal)" - inspired by Jeff Lowe's epic solo ascent of the Eiger in 1991 (see JeffLoweClimber.com and his award-winning 2015 film "Jeff Lowe's Metanoia").

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released August 26, 2011

MUSIC VIDEOS:

"Mexico"
vimeo.com/63659019

"Penitentiary Shadows"
vimeo.com/119823399

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Mark Mitten Winsted, Minnesota

Solo singer-songwriter & also lead singer for the indie rock duo Atomicana.

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Track Name: Lost in her name
O my love
O my love (she is)
lost in the flame, (I am)
lost in her name, now
my love

Polaris, child
poured out like wine (she is)
lost in the sky, (I am)
lost in the night, now
my love

Light the kerosene
In the burn I see (her)
A shade of every moon (I am)
A shade of every moon, now
my love
Track Name: Metanoia (boreal)
Out stealing horses
junkets on their dime
fjords and then onto the sea

Out stealing horses
junkets on their dime
fjords and then onto the sea

The last place on the earth is
the last place they'll go
in the wake of my soul they will know

Metanoia, metanoia
I'm headed north, boreal

Clank of the cowbells
barefoot and bonfire
timber and onto the fields

Clank of the cowbells
barefoot and bonfire
timber and onto the fields

The last place on earth is
the last place they'll go
in the wake of my dreams they will know

The last place on earth is
the last place they'll go
in the wake of my soul they will know

Metanoia, metanoia
I'm headed north, boreal

Like Willi and Edi
in whisper and snowflake
glacier and onto the sky

Like Anderl and Toni
in whisper and snowflake
glacier and onto the sky

The last place on earth is
the last place they will go
in the wake of my soul they will know

The last place on earth is
the last place they'll go
in the wake of my dreams they will know

Metanoia, metanoia
I'm headed north, boreal
I'm headed north, boreal
I'm headed north, boreal
I'm headed north, boreal
Track Name: This ain't no more than you wanted
This ain't no more than you wanted
this ain't no more than you need
the place you think you are going
is the place you will leave

Raise a flag in the city
hold your head up and dream
in times of peace you're a soldier
let your talk be your deed

This ain't no more than you wanted
this ain't no more than you need
the place you think you are going
is the place you will leave

Spy a glass that is broken
drown on a skiff in the sea
like a spirit you're haunted
by the dice and the key

This ain't no more than you wanted
this ain't no more than you need
the place you think you are going
is the place you will leave

So drink a cup full of barley
look to the hills and the trees
your soul is just a reflection
of all the things you will be

This ain't no more than you wanted
this ain't no more than you need
the place you think you are going
is the place you will leave
Track Name: I swear
The heavens will open
like a dove she will descend
your druthers are choking
and the rain will wash your sin
sullied by bottle
and rhyme-rusted care
like tent-folk that travel
by soap-box and ware
I swear

Bread cast on waters
the seed is in the wind
in banks and cathedrals
by sword and violin
carried by vineyards
and war-withered stares
like ox-yoke and gavel
and end-game affairs
I swear

brazen with cold whims
and devil-may-care
back-slidin' pilgrims
and dust-bowlin' prayer
I swear
Track Name: Simple things
She feels the concrete
from the street into her soul
the city never sleeps
cross the steel and pay your toll

O for a world of simple things
O for a world of simple things
where the river flows
something inside me knows
O for a world of simple things

Light the sky on fire
pour your hurt into the sea
break and bleed the ground
say it's all for you and me

O for a world of simple things
O for a world of simple things

She feels the sunlight
through the leaves into her soul
the city, she will find
what she can to make it whole

O for a world of simple things
O for a world of simple things
where the river flows
something inside me knows
O for a world of simple things
Track Name: Mexico
Desert blooms and desert cold
empty rooms and young is old

Fence in wire and iron doors
hands are tied but spirit soars

Make my bed in Mexico
Make my bed in Mexico

A thousand miles, a thousand bowls
branded bodies, branded souls

Rites are last and rights are wrong
I see her face, I hear her song

Make my bed in Mexico
Make my bed in Mexico

Make my bed in Mexico (x4)
Track Name: Penitentiary shadows
Leave these fields
and family trees
pearl-snap shirts
angelic figurines

Penitentiary shadows
penitent beneath these gallows
the things they say I've done
I'll never know
say goodbye
say goodbye
don't follow

Rusted wire
and tractor green
home-baked breads
and gasoline

Penitentiary shadows
penitent beneath these gallows
the things they say I've done
I'll never know
say goodbye
say goodbye
don't follow

Here I stand
a broken man
don't follow

Here I kneel
Jesus feel
my sorrow

Penitentiary shadows
penitent beneath these gallows
where I'm being led
you cannot go
say goodbye
say goodbye
don't follow
Track Name: Four horsemen
Seven angels with seven trumpets
are swinging low and sing
and have taken wing

Seven beasts with seven heads
are crawling from the sea
looking for you and me

Four horsemen cross the sky
cross the sky and you close your eyes
and you wonder why

Tree of knowledge of good & evil
and the tree of right & wrong
but the fruit tastes good

There was war in heaven
'tween Mike and the Dragon
and the Dragon with his stars
just like lightning falls

Four horsemen cross the sky
cross the sky and you close your eyes
and you wonder why

Golden lampstands and gates of pearl
and a thousand cows on seven hills
yeah you've had your fill

Bread and wine and the holes in time
and the cross that's yours to bear
it's where you cast your cares

Four horsemen cross the sky
cross the sky and you close your eyes
and you wonder why
Track Name: Whiskey smile
In the wilderness, her spirit
in the Appalachian skies
in the alleyways & shanties
whisperin' her wiles

Constellations
whiskey smile in her eyes
Constellations
whiskey smile in her eyes

In the desert drink her water
in the bayou, wisp her will
like a ghost through broken windows
never have your fill

Constellations
whiskey smile in her eyes
Constellations
whiskey smile in her eyes

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Constellations
whiskey smile in her eyes
Constellations
whiskey smile in her eyes
Track Name: Redemption calls
Rooster crows daylight
I curse on my life
I can't see nowhere
and You can see why

Mothers you worry
and fathers you sigh
sons they remember
daughters they lie

Redemption calls
redemption calls
I fled hound & heaven
redemption it calls

Down nights and down days
arches of years
I fled down labyrinths
midst of my tears

I hid from His laughter
up vistas I sped
footsteps that followed
soul curtained red

Redemption calls
redemption calls
I fled hound and heaven
redemption it calls

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Redemption calls
redemption calls
I fled Hound in Heaven
redemption it calls

Redemption it calls
redemption it calls
I fled Hound of Heaven
redemption it calls