Quiet House

by Quiet House

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released April 10, 2015

Stuart Wheeler - voice, guitar, organ, bass, piano
Alyssa Pyper - violin, voice
Mary Nielson - violin
Sydney Howard - viola
Robert Willes - cello
Jesse Quebbeman-Turley - percussion, winds

Recorded at Studio Studio Dada
Engineered and mixed by Stephen Cope
Mastered by Cade Thalman
Art Design by Jessica Li



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Quiet House Provo, Utah

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Track Name: Evening Hymn
Light of the evening
Hold me over
Hold me over through the hours of night

Last little sunlight
Take me with you
Take me with you to the morning time
Track Name: Rolling Waters
If I ever learned that you had told me lies
I would open up my eyes
I'd cut off all my ties
And I would drive
And I doubt that we would ever meet again alive

There are some things that I always hold inside
They torture me at night
They weigh down on my mind
Just like a stone
They are the only things I'd ever call my own

And these are rolling waters
I set you on a hill
And I went myself to kill my brother

I met a man who scattered salt upon the earth
I grabbed him by his shirt
I fought him in the dirt
But he just slipped away
And the ground, it was already barren anyway

I built myself a fence around the yard
I built it up in parts
Without an end, without a start
It went all about
Then I tore it all back down
'Cause there was no one to keep out

One thing that I've come to learn is
Sheep, they sometimes also dress like wolves

Let him run, let him run, let him run
I'll be there to run with you
Let him run, let him run, let him run
I'll be right behind him running on

If I ever learned that you had told me lies
I would curse these cloudy skies
I'd take off this disguise
And I'd arise
And I doubt that you could look me in the eyes
Yeah the flame, it always burns and then it dies

And these are rolling waters
They'll never stay impure
This will all be washed away when I return
Track Name: Steady + Sure
Promise I will always be steady and sure
Everything that passes me - frantic and blurred
Who am I to change what was always here?
I could never turn back a thousand years

Doesn't matter anyway, these are just words
Everything I take from you I will return
Tell me how to get to the morning train
I will never run, I will always stay

Tell me when the mountains fall, I will just wait
Everyone will turn away, I will look straight
If you'll be my eyes, I can always stand
All that I would ask is that you guide my hand
Track Name: Norma Jeanne
You were the one behind the camera
All those photographs I found
The stairs up to the attic
They would bend and bow with every creaking sound
The books unbound
The dusty ground

The stories that they told me
They were fragments, they were parchment half unfurled
They were epitaphs in whispered tones
Kept safe from all the swine and all the pearls
The black-haired girl
The twists and curls

I have never seen your grave
And I will never know the things that you believed
Norma Jeanne

Oh, was he gentle? Was he patient? Was he meek?
Did the animal inside him
Have to teach you how to turn the other cheek?
Norma Jeanne
Are you any part of me?

And oh, did it haunt you still
When you would go to sleep?
Did you learn to love the darkness
Of the one who laid these children at your feet?
Norma Jeanne

Were you broken? Were you bitter?
Are you present in the secrets that I keep?
Norma Jeanne

You are the face of all my questions
And the body of the man that I will be
Norma Jeanne
Do you see yourself in me?
Do I see myself in you?
Track Name: Straw Man
Giver of my name
You put all of the pieces in a perfect frame
Blood of my veins
You made me in your image, still we're not the same

But are you breathing?
Are you breaking down?

Two-face with the crown
Don't tell me where you hid it, tell me where it's found
Don't you mess around
I'll take all of these chords and make the strangest sound

But are you singing?
Are you sinking in?
Straw man

One thing that I've heard is
"A man will become what he's looking for"
And oh, this is what I fear

But are you searching?
Are you certain now?

Oh, could we call this love?
Could you take my blood
If I'm a chuchelo?

Oh tell me, is this real?
Tell me, can you feel?
Tell me, chuchelo
Track Name: Brother
It's been so long since I've seen you
Oh my brother, won't you tell me

All that's been troubling you?
Can I tell you what's been troubling me?
Oh brother, are you listening?

I've had dark times in this city
I've met good friends in this city
Won't you tell me
Track Name: Reveille
Come with me
Down to the river where the current flows
Down, we will see where all this water goes
Down, down, down

Sounds through the willow trees as spring begins
Rings in my ears as I wade out and swim
Down, down, down

All life goes on
Blood flows and writes her songs
All life goes on and on
Track Name: Rising Tide
Blood is in the rising tide
I don't want to feel it over me
Come on get the keys, let's drive
I don't want to see
The death of my family

Oh I, I was a moonlit queen
I was a moving picture
On the silver screen
And now I don't know what I'll be
They turned the camera off
What will become of me?

Last night I saw a crimson moon
I don't know what to make of it
Don't want to speak too soon
Oh I, I was a sunstruck child
But now those days are past
Along with the passing of the wild

Blood is in the rising tide
I don't want to feel it over me
I'll show you all the things I hide
I just don't want to be
The death of my family

But God is good
He is over all
He is over all
God is good
And overall
She is over all
Track Name: Tetons
Will you send me to the Tetons when I die?
Will I be with all my loved ones until the end of time?
You will not forget me
You will be there by my side
Through all troubles you will guide me
Always by my side

Will you send me to the Tetons when I die?
Will you take me in your arms? Will you hang me out to dry?
Often I have wondered
Were you ever by my side?
Is it only my reflection
On the other side?
Track Name: Death Letter
One hope on this highway
To start again
Headlights through the mountains
Memories and family
I'm sorry, but I tried
To love you and to hold you
But now I've gone to take what's mine

Fare thee well
Roots of mine
I never owed you anything
I will carve my own path
With my two hands

Well I got a letter
"Your love is dead" it read
Night stretched into mourning
An empty bed
Oh in all these years
There have been times I've lost control
Oh Lord, please have mercy
Please have mercy on my wicked soul

Well I was wrong
I'm not proud
You know I owed you everything
Oh my home
Oh my name
You only gave me everything
Grace has passed
This I know
You'll never call me son again
I thought I could make this
With my two hands

I didn't feel so bad
'Til that good old sun went down
I didn't have the one
To put my arms around