Would I Were A Swift (Or A Skylark Be)

by The Diamond Family Archive

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WOULD I WERE A SWIFT (OR A SKYLARK BE)

by THE DIAMOND FAMILY.

Recorded and produced over a period of a year in a converted garden shed in rural Devon and compiled from improvised sessions, studio outtakes and live recordings, WOULD I WERE A SWIFT (OR A SKYLARK BE) is the latest full length album from THE DIAMOND FAMILY. 
Personal and pastoral themes are mixed with sleepy-eyed awe to create sparse, fluttering and elegiac arrangements as well as dense, layered soundscapes. The sounds of the rain, the old mill leat outside the door and the ever present ominous rookery in the nearby slate quarry all make it onto the recordings too. 

A physical copy can be purchased here: thediamondfamilyarchive.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/old-new-current-merchandise-for-sale.html

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released June 30, 2015

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Track Name: A Raven
A RAVEN

Light falls on me
Through a tall pine tree
I look up & see
Beauty

O death come for us no more
O death come for us no more

She said I had a raven in my heart
Poor raven
Poor me

I had no room for another
Poor raven
Poor me

She said she the wings a-beating
Poor raven
Track Name: A Radio
A RADIO

I can triumphant & stand
Would I were a swift or a skylark be
My anger was my folded arms
Would my service lead me
To light & glory untold
To light & glory unbound
Or would my service lead me
To lying in the ground


Kiss your lover when the gorse is in flower
& heed ye not the ice nor the rain
& beat upon a drum
When old Goliath comes
& heed ye not his fighting tongue
Fear of a dark winter
& of temperance too
I hear crying
I hear moaning
Death bells ringing
In my ears
Beloved of intoxicants
Horses do not wake me
Track Name: The Morning Singing O
THE MORNING SINGING O

I longed for her all night
But asleep and weary was she
Then outside in an elm tree
I heard the morning singing o
So I saddled up my burden
With my felling axe
A copse to slay of alder & ash
But where will the deer & doe
With no higher ground to go
& the morning light
It pushes up the night to show
Track Name: Mountain Lions
MOUNTAIN LIONS

What about those mountain lions
Biblical beasts
What about the leaves on the branches & o
The branches on the trees
What about the boundaries we cut
The ditches and the hedges
What about the barn, the old caravan
What about life's edges
Me I've heard the valley below
Is evil but I want to go
Buildings right up to the sky
Light for me a fire

Slowly I will burn
Until that I am fire
Track Name: Light The Lamp
LIGHT THE LAMP

August has gone
September is come
& the darkening night approaches
We can light the lamp
Cast shadows with our hands
& ward off the hunting dogs
From our door
From our door
& leave us here
As an armature for our thoughts
Track Name: Call In
CALL IN

Call in the harvest man
Call in the stock tender
Call from the land
& carpenter too
Raising a barn
In the field & the fold
Call from the farm
Call in the wanderer
The gatherer too
Call in the huntsman
& the fox killer too
'cos carrion birds
They caw for you

Come my holding hand
Hold my other hand
& come my other hand
Hold my holding hand
'cos carrion birds
They caw for me too
Track Name: Who Owns The Twilight
WHO OWNS THE TWILIGHT

Who owns the twilight
At the first wick on the lamp
& who will sing a rook song
Low & melancholic
O starling in flight
Here comes the night
Too dark for your eyes
Safe harbour must you find
The sound of a nightjar
De-tunes my guitar
I can't place an owl cry
Hard though I try
Maybe my capo will
Allow me to mimic
Pull the notes right in
Until there's nothing in it
O curlew sing a note I know
& I will play the mournful morning slowly
& corncrake too
I share the night with you