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Darling Darkness

by Beerjacket

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1.
Antlers 03:00
Put your hands to my head to make antlers I refuse to shed you to the winter I will glue you to me, we will battle the freeze You won't trouble us, December. Shoot the dearest among us for leisure And hang our poor heads as your treasure I will pull you from tree, I'll bring you to your knees You won't topple us for our tower. Lay your weight upon me Your lungs make me breathe My back is built for breaking Slave to what makes me free Lay your weight upon me. Your foot to my heart is affection Wholly the most divine intervention You walk upon me like a bridge to belief To carry yourself on the ocean Put your faith in the flux of the future Hang as a cross on a rear view mirror You'll walk upon seas, make a rock out of me I'll hurry my way to your labour. Lay your weight upon me Your lungs make me breathe My back is built for breaking Slave to what makes me free Lay your weight upon me. Lay your weight upon me Your lungs make me breathe My back is built for breaking Slave to what makes me free Lay your weight upon me. Dear, I believe Dear, I believe in you, dear.
2.
Two Travel 03:47
The beating ticket must be torn in half Defeat the distance on a shared born path For when two travel, truths unravel Truths unravel when two travel And every journey is a blood-filled vein Release your captive on an open plain For when two travel, truths unravel Truths unravel when two travel. The world rests heavy in your hands The great escape is to be the lesser man Fall to knees and need no plan Few are free the more they understand The world rests heavy in your hands The great escape is to be the lesser man. An intersection is a test to friends Divides directions to their own mean ends For when two travel, truths unravel Truths unravel when two travel Love is the distance between man and cross Two arms extended make a lie of loss For when two travel, truths unravel Truths unravel when two travel. The world rests heavy in your hands The great escape is to be the lesser man Fall to knees and need no plan Few are free the more they understand The world rests heavy in your hands The great escape is to be the lesser man. We'll dive down to the ocean And we'll make our home in a deep-sea cave Our shells will all be opened They'll be filled with song, they'll be filled with song. We'll dive down to the ocean And we'll make our home in a deep-sea cave Our shells will all be opened They'll be filled with song, they'll be filled with song. Dive down to the ocean And we'll make our home in a deep-sea cave Our shells will all be opened There'll be nothing wrong, there'll be nothing in our way.
3.
Glow 03:09
Darling darkness, I confess, lives in every breath I breathe But it's the aftermath of a nail-bit past The morning breaks for me. A bitterness so sweet I rot my teeth and grind them in my sleep In the aftermath was a dream that lasts The morning breaks for me. You are a place where I can go in my heart I know that your face will always glow in the dark You are a place where I can go in my heart I know that your face will always glow in the dark Like a star, that's what you are. Leonard left shaking his wise head, death in every word he breathes In the aftermath I learned to laugh The morning breaks for me. You are a place where I can go in my heart I know that your face will always glow in the dark You are a place where I can go in my heart I know that your face will always glow in the dark Like a star, that's what you are.
4.
Dog Day Star 03:05
In rented space Your bones replace one who has gone before But there's an open door that will clamp its jaws When you have run your race. A dent in time you called your life One lived by many before But there's a hope for more far from the cross you bore Closer than eyes shut tight. The ring is always boxing the fighter The book is always blocking the writer And the sun won't make a difference, it always keeps its distance The dog day star will always shine brighter. You spent your pay on rainy days Now that you're broke it pours But the sunglasses you wore held to your face through wars Onwards now to grace. The ring is always boxing the fighter The book is always blocking the writer And the sun won't make a difference, it always keeps its distance The dog day star will always shine brighter. The ring is always boxing the fighter The book is always blocking the writer And the sun won't make a difference, it always keeps its distance The dog day star will always shine brighter.
5.
Cape 03:02
My jacket buttoned at the neck is a cape to lift myself With one leap over tall buildings With great unease and no real stealth But what I may lack in delivery, I make up in discontent I may be soft but let me off for good intent. A man of steel would bruise your feelings A man of feelings will be true My super powerful x-ray vision will lead me to the core of you But wear the Kryptonite around your neck If my gestures are in vain I'd sooner wait till later than be sent away. Then I'll come through the skies Lasers shooting from my eyes All the bad guys will decide To run and hide, run and hide from me Racing through the skies Lasers shooting from my eyes All the bad guys will decide To run and hide, run and hide. My jacket buttoned front and back Gives my movements due restraint If I cannot move my arms I know I cannot do you pain For what I may lack in my sanity, I make up in my madness I may be sad but I would never bring you sadness. A man of steel would bruise your feelings A man of feelings will be true My super powerful x-ray vision will lead me to the core of you But wear the Kryptonite around your neck If my gestures are in vain I'd sooner wait till later than be sent away. Then I'll come through the skies Lasers shooting from my eyes All the bad guys will decide To run and hide, run and hide from me Racing through the skies Lasers shooting from my eyes All the bad guys will decide To run and hide, run and hide Run and hide.
6.
Snowball 03:04
A television glows to lift the heavy gloam No phones ringing, silence singing An island of your own, you fill the space alone With no doors knocking, old ghosts talking On and on, the empty memories echo all night long On and on, their distant voices sing the saddest song. And in the Winter's slow fall, the heart becomes a snowball Since your Spring's curtain call, the cart has found a new colt In the Winter's slow fall, the heart becomes a snowball Your voice may carry but who will pick up? A lonely flower grows into a poisoned rose Kills the garden, poor soil hardens You are a bowl of fruit, still life and destitute Pills are scattered, bottles shattered On and on, the early memories are never gone On and on, time's resistance only makes them strong. And in the Winter's slow fall, the heart becomes a snowball Since your Spring's curtain call, the cart has found a new colt In the Winter's slow fall, the heart becomes a snowball Your voice may carry but who is calling?
7.
There was chaos in the street A mosaic of broken buildings Turned out all the lunatics were right All the cars were set alight So no-one queued for taxis They burned out to illuminate the night. At the end of the day, nothing really mattered That anything really mattered was a lie At the end of the day, nothing really mattered Nothing really mattered but you and I. All the skies were black with smoke And the birds hailed like a rainstorm Turned all the maniacs were right All the stars were set alight No-one wasted their time wishing They just stared into a single point of light. At the end of the day, nothing really mattered That anything really mattered was a lie At the end of the day, nothing really mattered Nothing really mattered. You should have broken every silence Fixed all your mistakes Lived every born minute Loved what you hate. Now it's too late.
8.
Keys 03:48
We were born fully-formed, a two-hearted chest to be treasured A lung to belong to, a song to be sung as the measure. I still see our ghosts board the train as we drive past the station The wind carries whispers like weights through the first conversation. And in the cursed name of romance, we should abandon all our plans No more thirst for flowing time, we would need no more rewind Grab your coat, I have the keys Do not reason with me please There is nothing more to say, let's run away. We'll always live on the breeze, cross seas, travel constellations Buzz with the bees, pull rabbits from sleeves of magicians. You'll still see our ghosts board the train as you drive past the station The wind carries widows to wakes in your imagination. And in the cursed name of romance, we should abandon all our plans No more thirst for flowing time, we would need no more rewind Grab your coat, I have the keys Do not reason with me please There is nothing more to say, let's run away.
9.
The Story Of 03:06
You sailed a ship on frozen tears, drifted into a bottle Failed your grip on good ideas, misstepped into a pothole Braille on wrist from a brake severe, lifted over your handles Daily fits of shaken spears, shifts of being a shambles. Something out of... something out of... something out of nothing at all The story of... the story of your life (The story of your life is the story of most lives) Nothing out of... nothing out of... nothing of anything at all The story of... the story of most lives. Your ceiling drips existential fear, a pot of God to end your rainbow Your halo slipped into your beer, rose to the top as a bubble People that you knew aren't here, a map of time now lines your eyeball Stealing seconds but losing years, the wave you ride is turning tidal. Something out of... something out of... something out of nothing at all The story of... the story of your life (The story of your life is the story of most lives) Nothing out of... nothing out of... nothing of anything at all The story of... the story of most lives.
10.
Pelican 02:42
Wings will fly us from histories, We'll look down on them like tops of trees They'll become small as we become free As we become free. Cast your fears to the rising tide Beak to chest, not a blood-soaked knife. We'll we our waking hours to our dreams We'll walk our wisdom without a leash Walls are weak when a bad wolf breathes When a bad wolf breathes. Fast your tears and surprise your eyes Beat your chest on the soul's dark night. And I'll be your pelican. Bring the lies, I'll unpack the truth I'll pull the ugly words out from the root They'll disappear as we come to bloom As we come to bloom. Cast your fears to the rising tide Beak to chest, not a blood-soaked knife Fast your tears and surprise your eyes Beat your chest on the soul's dark night. And I'll be your pelican.
11.
Men 02:23
Men, they just don't work right Start fights and leave Men, they're always on fire Till it's a fire that you need. Men, they just all tell lies They truly do believe Men, they're running noses Wiped on your sleeve. Don't let the men tell your sons that all but men are weak Don't let the men sell your sons the lesser lessons that they teach. Man, I'm such a cliche Castaway No man is an island So men say Man is just a grain of sand Falling through a woman's hand Man is God of his own plans Speaks but does not understand. Don't let the men tell your sons that all but men are weak Don't let the men sell your sons the lesser lessons that they teach. Don't let the men tell your sons that all but men are weak Don't let the men sell your sons the lesser lessons that they teach When the truth is men are sheep The truth is men are sheep.

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'Darling Darkness' is the brand new studio album by Beerjacket.

#8 Scot Album 2014 - The Herald

"This time last year, Peter Kelly (aka Beerjacket) was stealing the show at Celtic Connections' Roaming Roots Revue with a cover of Atlantic City, backed by an ensemble that crammed more personnel on stage than the E Street Band itself. Usually, however, Kelly's stripped-back, wonderfully melodic Beerjacket output is a more affectingly intimate experience. Second studio album Darling Darkness picks up from where 2011's The White Feather Trail left off, filling out the space between Kelly's voice and guitar with soft backing vocals by Louise Connell (Reverieme) and Julia Doogan, and additional playing by producer Stuart MacLeod. The footstomp heartbeat of Antlers is the perfect antidote to that stagnant Mumford sound; Two Travel slips in and out of minor chords as Kelly shifts his writing up a gear; End Of The Day even has an echo of Morrissey and Marr about it. This is folk music with roots in the 1960s, but it is never copycat or backward-looking: Kelly sits at the modern end of a long tradition, writing songs that would be equally at home in Greenwich Village or on the T Break stage."

Alan Morrison, Glasgow Herald

"no matter how much music you listen to, you rarely stumble across a musical approach that does not wear its influences on its sleeve. these songs speak in their own language." (Kristin Hersh)

Julia Doogan (Julia and the Doogans) and Louise Connell (Reverieme) guest on vocals.

Producer Stuart MacLeod, who also recorded 2011's critically-acclaimed 'The White Feather Trail', sings and plays guitar, mandolin and percussion.

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released January 27, 2014

Recorded and mixed between April-December, 2013 by Stuart MacLeod at Beetroot Studios, Airdrie.

All songs written by Peter Kelly.

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Beerjacket is Scottish singer/songwriter, Peter Kelly, who has opened for The National, St Vincent, Kristin Hersh & Frightened Rabbit.

In 2018, Scottish Fiction released album/book of songs & short stories, Silver Cords, leading to an appearance at Edinburgh International Book Festival, a sold-out show with Cairn String Quartet at Celtic Connections, & radio play from BBC Radio 6 Music and KEXP.
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