The Wind, As Now, Is Silent

by The Red Fetish

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I thought you’d come home to me if I gave you pleasure.
 I knew you’d come back to me
 if I sang of pleasure. 
Ate a ghost on your way down
, Stumble at your leisure
 Ate a ghost on your way down, 
A standard you can measure. All the men you know they'll say you know just what you're doing All the men you know they'll say you know just what you're doing With their hands around your neck, remember what you're proving With their hands around your neck, remember what you're doing. 'cause the road is long you've got to walk alone, you do 'still I'd like to walk with you As you carry on, your heart, it turns to stone, it's true 'still I'd like to walk with you, in the dead of night When the rumors stir you up, you know where I'll be hiding When the rumors stir you right, you know where I'll be hiding In a midnight daydream, I'll be hoping you confine me In a midnight daydream, I'll be hoping you come find me 'cause the road is long you've got to walk alone, you do 'still I'd like to walk with you As you carry on, your heart, it turns to stone, it's true 'still I'd like to walk with you, 'cause when the rain comes down, the stars still do their part, it's true They know just what to do and if you'll have me too, I think I'll marry you, I do, I do, I want to walk with you, in the dead of night In the dead of night.
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Billy, go back to South Virginia. Build your house with your own two hands. There's plenty to catch out on the lake. In time, become a better man. Billy, go back to South Virginia. She’ll wait around til you come home And maybe tie a ribbon round the old oak tree, Pray you ain't feeling all alone. Oh, the island of right and wrong. You’d stay there by yourself and never know silence. Billy, listen. Billy, go back to South Virginia. Read the news that's at your door. Remember hills and thrills and lovers long forgotten. Crack a bottle and let it pour. Oh, the island of right and wrong. You’d stay there by yourself And never know silence. Billy, listen. Billy, go back home.
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Soft rain, on the muddy ground, Your lips will quiver when you think you’ve found That silver tongue in a smoke-stained room The flower you’d expect to grace your tomb Eye to eye, you’ll rope him in Around your finger and, sight unseen To give you faith, and light your way Until the morning when you hear him say "Don't you know who I am? Don't you know me?" My sweet Mary, virgin named How many ways can you lose this game You drag your heels all through the muck and still you seem to have so little luck Until a shackle around your skin His ring will spare you from a life of sin But your eyes, they’ve changed, you look away All since the morning when you heard him say "Don't you know who I am? Don't you know me? Don't you know I will always get you home To the loving embrace of your own But I will always get you?" Soft rain, on the muddy ground You look for something that don’t wanna be found Into my arms, you’ll claim to stay Until the morning when you hear me say "Don't you know who I am? Don't you know me? Don't you know I will always get you home To the loving embrace of your own But I will always get you?"
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Outside the rain slowing starting to turn into snow Reminds me that it might soon be time for me to go You don’t seem to mind it, If you did you would have let it show And I can’t understand it, when we were fine just a week ago And the sun will shine It'll all be fine 'cause if the sun don't shine All life would be over And then the moon glaring down says “you’ll reap what you sow” But it stares right through me, I wonder what it could know You don’t seem to mind it, if you did you would have let it show And I can’t understand it, we were fine, just a week ago And the sun will shine It'll all be fine 'cause if the sun don't shine All life would be over
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It’s safe to say she felt like Faith
 But she’s got no faith in this
 We met at somebody’s house
 Away from those
 we had gone there with "I know what she wants I've seen it before." I’d like to label her a Leigh
 She came to me and asked to stay 
Claimed to have a broken home, a stable one
 I can’t remember what she’d say "I know what she wants I've seen it before." All she ever asked of you was love But all she ever gave was truth And it went right over our heads And your wife she does the same
 Her feet are cold, cold from the tile
 She sings songs you’ll never hear 
And feels no shame, 
and why should she? She cracks a smile. "I know what she wants I've seen it before." All she ever asked of you was love But all she ever gave was truth, so cold And all I ever asked of her was love But all she ever gave was truth And it went right over our heads.
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I wish I knew you then 
Back when we were young
 Restless, ruthless, and dumb 
I wish that we were young And I wish I could recall the things you told me And I wish we were alone And I wish I could recall just why you left and Lord I wish we were at home, but I don’t remember, I don’t remember, I don’t remember you
 From the bar above the fray
 Where we would mean all the things we would do
 But none of the things we'd say And I wish I could recall the things you told me And I wish we were alone And I wish I could recall just why you left and Lord I wish we were at home, but You don’t remember, you don’t remember, you don’t remember me 
From the bar above the fray 
You don’t remember, you don’t remember, you don’t remember me And I guess that that is a-ok, so I just wish we were at home Lord, I wish you would come home.
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Themes of interpersonal relationships, gender roles, met and unmet expectations are explored throughout The Red Fetish’s 17th album overall and first for Etxe Records, “The Wind, As Now, Is Silent.” The DC-based band specializes in crafting spacious arrangements, providing the songs’ contents with room to breathe and flourish.

Difficulties in forming intimate human connections while burdened by prescriptive gender roles are considered throughout the album. Still, much of the album’s uncomfortable subject matter takes the form of love songs, offering a paradox.

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released April 30, 2016

This album was made by Alejandro Castaño, Kris Kagei, Bryan McTiernan, Kai Filipczak and Daniel Suhre, with the help of Alison Lowell, Claire Blaustein, Faheem Moghal, and Kylene Kiang.

It was recorded by Greg Svitil at Empress of Sound studios in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington DC, mastered by James Plotkin, and includes artwork by Curry Hackett.

The lyrics of South Virginia were written by Kris Kagei. The album was otherwise written by Alejandro Castaño.

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