BOREAL

by Mark Mitten

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
I swear 02:39
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
5.
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
6.
Mexico 03:50
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)
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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 **** Constellations whiskey smile in her eyes Constellations whiskey smile in her eyes
10.
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 **** 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

about

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"). Mark and Rod Halmshaw performed a set of songs from the BOREAL album at a film promotional event, at Snowbasin ski resort in Utah, at Jeff Lowe's request.

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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

Singer-songwriter. A blend of folk and folk-western. Also lead singer of Atomicana.

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