The Lifting

by German Error Message

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Written and recorded Summer/Fall 2011-Summer 2012
Paul Kintzing - words, singing, instruments
Joe Ford - Euphonium on I am trying
Kate Neff - Violin on The Sway
Spencer Wingate - Toms on No more songs

Additional recording by Cody Munholland
Mastered by Carl Saff
Released digitally by Hand Eye Records and on cassette by Tent Revivalist Records


released April 9, 2013



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Track Name: I am trying
Inside my comfort, that light I used to show
Reverent and full then
Come out of there now, you've been inside too long
With a careful coaxing sound
Short tapping on the floor
Will I look for hidden things
And then show them to myself
There is nothing more of waiting for
Some sound to make me move
And so lit up my face
With tender feelings
And I am trying
I am trying again
Track Name: The Sway
The quiet air you carry around
In lamplit nights and through still days
I remember those other months
when it would pour out of my heart
Out into the dark

But if I've carried this too long
I am tired now
On the verge of something else
I'll walk yawning through the cold

The sway you held
and showed me
And I know that I don't want to be alone
There's no meaningful embrace
No touching my face
Your hands were always cold

But I'll not cling to anything
I can't hear you
I'll not cling to anything
I can't hear you
Track Name: What did you hold
Your brightest breadths were spaces in my recollections
Holes in my maps
What did you hold that I don't know
A gentle lack, a h(a/o)llow frame
Some billowed boast without a name
When I was wanting for some new unending breeze

I know there's something up ahead there in that new space
And we've been moving closer to it at the ends of days
And if faith is such a blessing
What song then will I sing?
I'll sing it out now what is pouring in through me
Track Name: I see now
I see
the ways that I have grown sometimes
No longer tall and leaving
Moving away from that old delineation
And will you be
comfortable inside of me
The house creaks
the tired strings are breathing dust
Oh will you be
comfortable inside of me
That oblique sheen of a thing
not beaked or hushed

Will you grow close and full?
We will, we will, we will
Track Name: There's a place
I like the look of the dark from afar
Over my shoulders
Standing in the backyard
Not being there anymore
Growing light and leafy in the day

There's a place for us

The closest I get to the trees at night
Is from the windows of the car
And I feel the the draw, the fog
The separation
Oh what a mighty gulf

There's a place for us
(No rifts unknown, then clearly show in daylight)
(Touching my hands, a void of calm space)
(The feeling(s) shape)
Track Name: No more songs
Though I see
the bearing
A shaded place
static hum

From where now do we take the name?
No new encompassing refrain
Or one that touches all my days
That I sing or do not sing

So now in every way
I do delineate
The frame and unknown shape
That scope, that empty space
So say: "Oh, there you are
My little soft felt flare
I know you never left
Held close and unaware"
And we are transient

No more songs
Track Name: The Lifting
I came up slowly
I rise
Knowing only the slightest part
of that greater thing
A sound already resonating

And when the lifting comes, it's bright

Not light and lonely
A little fire
No new expansion
Or showy might
Just gentle voices
That do decry:
"This is where you are
keep listening"