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The Lifting

by German Error Message

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I am trying 03:15
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
The Sway 03:24
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
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
I see now 03:06
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
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)
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
The Lifting 02:52
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"


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 on cassette by Tent Revivalist Records


released April 9, 2013


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German Error Message Nashville, Tennessee

German Error Message is the songwriting & recording project of Nashville-based musician, engineer, and producer Paul Kintzing.

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