Songs On Harmonium

by Abhay Singh

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seeing the humanity in the divine other and the divinity in the human other, the inherent sexuality of spirituality and the sacredness of sex, reading the Bible as a romance and my romantic relationships as religious texts, so that heartbreak and falling in love become earth-shattering, cosmic events

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released January 1, 2014

Engineered by Joe McCarthy, Chris Sprindis, Danny Lipsitz, and Abhay Singh
Mixed by Joe McCarthy & Abhay Singh

musicians:
Abhay Singh: vocals, harmonium, percussion
Joe McCarthy: vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar
Remy Maelen: vocals
Danny Lipsitz: clarinet
Alex Sklodowski: violin

Photo by Remy Maelen
Artwork by Bobby Cardos

Thanks to Bobby Cardos and Duckbill Records for allowing us to borrow all the recording equipment, thanks to Tom Barnes for letting me use your bells even though I didn't ask you, thanks to Tom, Nick Johnson, Joe, Peter, Remy, Danny, and Gina Macari for being the best band a guy could ever ask for, thanks to Nick and Tom for being the best rhythm section on this side of the Mississippi, and a special thank you to everyone who inspired these songs

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Track Name: Last Summer
Last spring you went back to him
And I thought that that was the end
That you had moved on but then we fell in love again

You showed me such tenderness
Guided my hands in the dark
I read to you from Genesis
While we’d sunbathe all day in Prospect Park

But on the day that you went away
I cried home on the subway from JFK
Without you I don’t know what to do
Since you left me last summer, my last summer with you

You were so tipsy that night
We made out up on your roof
In your eyes I saw the light
I knew you loved me again, I had proof

But on the day that you went away
I cried home all the way back from JFK
Without you I don’t know what to do
Since you left me last summer, my last summer with you
Track Name: I Need A Saviour
Standing at the foot of the cross I see his blood come trickling down
I need a Saviour, I need a Saviour
Now the one that I love has left me and is now with somebody new
Now more than ever, I need a Saviour

Now his blood is dripping from his feet trickling down on to my face
I need a Saviour, I need a Saviour
Now the one that I love has left me and loves somebody else
Now more than ever, I need a Saviour
Track Name: A Night Of Vigil
Rain fills the sky, and I cry
For you to come and save me in our bed
But you would rather be with him instead

And from on high, darkness falls
I’m really missing you tonight and I break down and cry against the subway walls

Since you left I sleep all day
And I work nights just like my granddad did
So that the darkness might not get our kids

But I’ll stay alive, and I’ll survive
And keep the faith burning till the morning light
I just gotta keep it together through one more night
Track Name: I Still Believe In True Love
After all the betrayal and the lies
After I’ve been hurt so many times
I still believe that one day I’ll find a love that’s true
And no matter what you say, I’ll always believe in love anyway
If you only knew all that I’ve been through
You’d have to believe in it too

I still believe in true love
I still believe in true love
And if you took a walk in my shoes, you’d have to believe in it too

After all the heartache and the pain
Even though it feels I’ve gone insane
I still believe I’ll fall in love with somebody new
And no matter what you say, I believe I’ll find the one, one day
If you only knew all that I’ve been through
You’d have to believe in it too

I still believe in true love
I still believe in true love
And if you took a walk in my shoes, you’d have to believe in it too
Track Name: Theophany In (The Wilderness Of Sin)
When I first saw you standing on the banks of the Red Sea
Built like the Temple you had arms and legs like cedar trees
Under the moon we took a long walk through the wilderness
At an oasis sitting by a well, there we first kissed

When we first touched I felt a rush like electricity
The earth did shake, your body quaked, as you cried holy

That night you led me by a fiery pillar to your bed
When I was tired you carried me, when hungry you fed me bread
You raised up your hand, your thunder and lightning like an electric fence
I cleansed myself so as not to pollute your holiness

When we first touched I felt a rush like electricity
The earth did shake, your body quaked, as you cried holy

At the oasis sitting by the well where we first kissed
I cleansed myself so as not to pollute your holiness
When we first touched I felt a rush like electricity
The earth did shake, your body quaked, as you cried holy
Track Name: Untitled Hymn
When you spoke to me I wasn’t even aware of my own body
A shining light, it was just like a theophany to me
When I looked in your eyes I was paralyzed, I was so in awe of you
I couldn’t move, what could I do?
Track Name: Back Into The Church
I’m going back to the church
To give my mind some relief
Leaving behind rational religion
Suspending my disbelief

I’m going back into the church
Ending my spiritual search

Into orthodoxy
Priests and rituals
Into the darkness and mystery
In smoky cavernous halls

I’m going back into the church
Ending my spiritual search

Going back to the church
Incense and mystery
Going back to the church
To raise my family

Back into the church
Medieval heaven and hell
Biblical authority
Into the smells and bells

I’m going back into the church
Ending my spiritual search

Going back to the church
Incense and mystery
Going back to the church
To raise my family
Track Name: Down By The East River
Her dreams never came true
She stopped drinking, whiskey and beers
Her friends didn’t call her anymore
She wanted to just disappear

In the shower and on the subway
She would plan how to get away
Maybe die like that guy in a bar fight way down Mexico way

I’ll follow her down
I can’t stick around
I’ll follow her down by the east river
I’ll wade in the water, and I’ll be delivered

When her old man called she told him that she was all right
But then she got a text from her ex later that night
And sitting on her bed she wrote a note
“Don’t follow me down” on her body she wrote

But I’ll follow her down
I can’t stick around
I’ll follow her down by the east river
I’ll wade in the water, and I’ll be delivered

She should have driven down to the Sun Belt
Out to the desert where her beloved dwelled
Just to talk to him, to tell him how she felt
But instead on the banks of the river she knelt

And I’ll follow her down
I can’t stick around
I wanna go with her
Down to the river

I’ll wash away my sins in the water, in my tears
And I’ll be born again in between the piers

Down by the east river
I’ll wade in the water and I’ll be delivered