The Old Sisters' Home

by Orpheum Bell

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Orpheum Bell's most ambitious CD to date, their eclectic style is demonstrated by genre-crossing selections including folk, country, Eastern, and even a hard-driving song sung in Russian – all filled with explosive, intense musicality and vocal hooks. As with their previous two CDs, the art and packaging of “The Old Sisters’ Home” is a quietly elegant compliment to the music contained inside.

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released December 10, 2011

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Track Name: Poor Laetitia
Poor Laetitia...
Just a stem of a girl
Just the stem off a flower
Just a nail in the wall

Just a head full of trouble
Just a pond full of reeds
Just a glass in a dry town
Buried under the leaves

Ashtabula...
Coal town beauty long gone
My, what a long ride
With no one by your side

Poor Laetitia...
How come nothing's for sure
How come everyone's staring
By the light of the moon

Counting the chimes as you sleep

What lies in the tall grass
All the boys want to know
O Laetitia you show them
But they learn much too slow

Parley's lost
In the Oil Sands she's gone
Change the town where you born from
Change your name when you run

Counting the chimes as you sleep

My luck's yours
If you want it just say
But Laetitia you know this
If you want it just say

My Laetitia...
Just a stem of a girl
Just the stem off a flower
Just a nail in the wall

Counting the chimes as you sleep
Track Name: Whatever Shines So Bright
Whatever shines so bright?
Won't let you wake or slumber
It's trouble's crown
It's trouble's number

You think you're done, its finally over
But it's only just begun
Gently he'll stroke your wicked fingers
My, it's only just begun

My city slipped into the sea
It was so easy, for one so ready
A wounded ship upon the sea

I wished so hard
I broke, I broke upon the rocks
Until he came for me
"Invite me in", he said, "and you will see"
"What I... and you and I can do for thee"

One tear from you, one from another
Until his golden cup
Is trembling with the salten water

And all the money will be bad
The air grows thin, as you get higher
Then your heart begins to spin
Too late to wonder why
You ever let him in...

One tear from you, one from another
Until his golden cup
Is trembling with the salten water
Track Name: Chain Stitched Heart
You lied about the river I lied about the sea
Like a telegraph cutter that lies to the trees
I didn't want your picture I just want the frame
I don't need your worry I just want your name

I walked and I dreamed an old dilettante's dream
How to hold down your station, hide where you've been
Lost in a wish that is ether and steam
I forgot what I was and what it might mean

So I ran from the dust and the terrible sky
To the arms of a fool full of terrible lies
Mild was the evening when we stole away
Then you lost me on purposes and sky gave way

Now the soldier brigades they in unison sing
And the world will be lighter in the morning it seems
Lost in a wish that is ether and steam
I forgot what I was and what it might mean

All my dreaming is done
My last breath is drawn
All my dreaming is done
My last breath is drawn



What have I needled here?
I trembled over this part
So red but it's not real
It's just a chain-stitched heart

What did I give away?
A magnet for my mule
No furrow will I plow
God never loved his fool
God never loved his fool
God never loved his fool
Track Name: Family Pictures
Silver flaking off the paper
Hard and silent in the hall
The house is cold and we are shivering
As August crumbles into fall

The family gathers in the parlor
We're strangers now the years are gone
There's nothing says that we are family
Except the pictures on the wall

They're hanging still the family pictures
Our little tombstones on the wall
The silver's flaking off the paper
Better versions of us all

Remember planting up the wind break?
The kids all dug without a spade
The skinny pines like crooked dancers
Are giants now, gone stiff with age

The way an old man sets to wonder
The way a child forgets a harm
Is nothing like the way we've settled
We drift and smile and then we're gone

The rye's not ready for the reaper
The stars are begging off the dawn
Branches try to reach and flee
But the roots hold on
Track Name: Daddy's Crying
Why's Daddy crying, why is he this way?
Why's Daddy crying, why is he this way?
Hush little brother, hush go away
Daddy's not crying, he's just full of rain

You can't put a fire out, with water he'd say
You just got to let it burn out by itself
Till there's nothing but gray ashes, morning and dust
Till there's nothing but gray ashes, morning and dust

Why's Daddy crying, why is he this way?
Why's Daddy crying, why is he this way?
Hush little brother, hush go away
Daddy's not crying, he's just full of rain
Track Name: Cuckolded Wren
Oh my wings!
That you can see between
Thinner for the winters
That have screamed by underneath
I'm down to black
A fish hook in my back
That I will twist and fashion into this
A wedding garrote for your faithless hand, a wedding cilice you will not forget
A wedding garrote for your faithless hand, a wedding cilice you will not forget

Bone China white
But cracked upon the rim
I took you though and took you though the others looked away
I spread my wings
For you against the wind
You spread your legs in anger, spread them wide
A shame that burned and blistered, burned and lied
You spread your legs in anger, spread them wide
A shame the burned and blistered, burned and lied

The hand that holds
The hammer holds the throne
My feathers all point backward
But I know which way to go
I'm down to black
A fish hook in my back
A sweetness offered you could not deny, but I will turn my ragged head and fly
A sweetness offered you could not deny, but I did turn my ragged head and fly