Nine Pin - Lyrics

Paradise Fell
Kaia Kater

Paradise fell and the tenements grew/Swept my soul across the avenue
Paradise fell and the tenements grew/The tenements grew
Paradise fell and the tenements grew/The tenements grew

I’m a real live wire/I keep my suffering slow
You’re a child of fire/And the Holy Ghost
But we keep our hand close/And we play on out
 We let it play on out

In the mother’s breast and the father’s bone
In that city of gold with revelations unknown
Parts in temperance grey
You could live that way, you could live that way 

That needle rides high on the bruised up tracks
Like a bitter train along the saviour’s back
We repented in quiet
Silence in the Psalm, Silence in the Psalm

Paradise fell and the tenements grew/Swept my soul across the avenue
Paradise fell and the tenements grew/The tenements grew 
Paradise fell and the tenements grew/The tenements grew

I’ll dip you low and far into the depths of time
And scan the waves along the west coastline
‘Til you come up for air
Glory everywhere,glory everywhere

So who’s your maker now? Who’s your maker now?
The sultan King or the velvet sow?
Just keep on driving that wheel
And count your steps out loud, count your steps out loud

Weight of the withering vine in this concrete boat
Close your eyes and get your coat
Get you an honest job
At Peter’s gates, or a cigarette shop

Paradise fell and the tenements grew/Swept my soul across the avenue
Paradise fell and the tenements grew/The tenements grew 
Paradise fell and the tenements grew/The tenements grew

Nine Pin
Kaia Kater

These clothes you gave me don't fit right
The belt is loose and the noose is tight
I'm drunk out looking for a fight
I'm soft and heavy as the night
I'm soft and heavy as the night

I've drowned the leagues of thirty men
And I've borne the wrath of each of them
O Sugarcane and Sugarplum
And the evils of a setting sun
The evils of a setting sun

I'll be your nine pin, eight ball, seventh day, six pound, diamond quarter girl

Well the holy water caught my dress
And I fell down into a holy mess
O Lazarus here and Lazarus gone
Oh Lazarus won't you take me home 
Oh Lazarus won't you take me home 

It poured down from the mouths of babes
Locusts in a land of grey
I am wild-eyed and gone astray
Brother dear, bear me away
Brother dear, bear me away

I'll be your nine pin, eight ball, seventh day, six pound, diamond quarter girl
I'll be your nine pin, eight ball, seventh day, six pound, diamond quarter girl

Rising Down
Kaia Kater
 
Arise, Arise
To fight these dogs biting at my heels, arise
 
Awake, Awake
My God is heavy-handed, awake
 
Your cross, your cross
Is a symbol of my lynching, your cross
 
Fill me up, fill me up, fill me up,
I’m rising down
 
In this town, in this town
I am meat for the taking, in this town
 
But in my home, in my home
There are kings and queens and blessings, in my home
 
Fill me up, fill me up, fill me up,
I’m rising down
 
Your gun, your gun
Is a symbol of my lynching, your gun
 
But I won’t run, I won’t run
I will stand with my people, as one
 
As one

Harvest and the Plough
Kaia Kater
 
Baby O baby, I’ve been seeing you lately.
In carriage and in chariot, swingin’ low.
You were born out loud, harvest and the plough,
Did hold you hand in hand in this land.

Cut this thread in time, and dance with me and mine.
The waters come and go, and it’s slow, it’s slow.

We lived dawn ‘til dawn, raisins in the sun.
Hark, the angels sing, and we hum.
Flooded by the red, woken up and led,
‘twixt the banks and up the River Styx.

Leaf o’ the poisoned vine, take body or take mind.
Lullabies in soft and swelling night…

Cut this thread in time and dance with me and mine.
The waters come and go, and it’s slow, it’s slow.

I stay strong and heavy, ancient as the levee,
I think in waves and settle on the shore.
Cause baby O baby, I’ve been seeing you lately,
In carriage and in chariot, swingin’ low.


White
Traditional
This is a shape-note song that I first came to know through Emily Miller.  She and I adapted the tune for banjo and choir with the Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble in Fall 2015.

These fleeting charms of earth
Farewell, your springs of joy are dry
My soul now seeks another home
A brighter world on high

I'm a long time travelling here below
I'm a long time travelling away from home
I'm a long time travelling here below
To lay this body down

Farewell kind friends whose tender care
Has long engaged my love
Your fond embrace I now exchange
For better friends above

I'm a long time travelling here below
I'm a long time travelling away from home
I'm a long time travelling here below
To lay this body down...

I'm a long time traveling here below,
I'm a long time traveling away from home.
I'm a long time traveling here below
To lay this body down,
To lay this body down,

 

Saint Elizabeth 

Kaia Kater

Rise up and fall, Saint Elizabeth
I am king to your call in the mist
I am slave to your land and I will die by your hand, Elizabeth 

The Church it did call me, Elizabeth
To sing in salvation and joy
But the carriage is stained- I am broken and plain, Elizabeth

Take me up to your glory, Elizabeth
On white and screeching wheels
For the serpent has died and I remain by your side, Elizabeth

CHORUS 
Can’t you hear me calling from beneath?
With black and rotten teeth
White roses all around 
And covered on the- 

Can’t you hear me calling from beneath?
With black and frozen feet
White roses all around 
And covered on the ground


I’m the devil’s disciple, Elizabeth
Down down in depths of below
Tie me up on your cross, take me into your thoughts, Elizabeth

Let the earth fall around us Elizabeth
And let it sink into the valley below
Let them come and tear us free
We are bound eternally, Elizabeth

So stand with me now, Saint Elizabeth
Away from this mountain town
Take me into your breast
I am broken and blessed, Elizabeth