Trigger & Scythe

by Silver Thread Trio

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"Trigger & Scythe" is the anticipated follow-up to Silver Thread Trio’s 2008 eponymous debut. The record pays homage to the trio's Americana roots but focuses on original material, including a few traditional arrangements. Over a year in the making, the album was recorded at Waterworks Recording Studio in Tucson, Arizona with engineer Jim Waters. The guest list of artists working with the trio -- Laura Kepner-Adney, Caroline Isaacs and Gabrielle Pietrangelo -- include Joey Burns, John Convertino and Paul Niehaus of Calexico. Trigger and Scythe draws it sound from traditional and old-timey Americana, combining elements of folk, gospel, alt-rock and country. Featuring the trio's trademark of haunting three-part harmonies, songs cover themes of lost loves, busted hopes, vivid dreams, sin, salvation and the ever-present specter of death.

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released January 28, 2012

Silver Thread Trio is:
Caroline Isaacs (vocals, washboard)
Laura Kepner-Adney (vocals, guitar, piano, pots & pans o' Hell)
Gabrielle Pietrangelo (vocals, banjo, glockenspiel, ukulele)

Featuring:
Joey Burns (bass on tracks 4, 6, & 8);
John Convertino (drums on tracks 4, 6, & 8)
Paul Niehaus (pedal steel on tracks 4 & 6)
David DeSoucey (bass on tracks 2, 3, 9, & 12)
Michael P. Nordberg (drums on tracks 2, 3, 12)
Nick Coventry (violin on tracks 6 & 8)
The El Camino Royales (Michael P. Nordberg, guitar;
Mighty Joel Ford, drums; Andy See, bass; on track 11)
Beth Daunis (violin on track 7)
Bill Hustad (mandolin on track 8)
Ben Degain (vibraphone on track 10)
Jason Roederer (bass on track 13)
Copyright ©2012, Silver Thread Trio.
Produced by Silver Thread Trio.
All tracks recorded and mixed by Jim Waters at
Waterworks Studio, except Mockingbird and Beneath the Waves, recorded at Chamber of Sounds by Jamie Laboz. All songs mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering. Graphic design and photo manipulation by Ryan Trayte. Photos by Danni Valdez

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Silver Thread Trio Tucson, Arizona

Soulful and sultry, Silver Thread Trio's ethereal vocal arrangements can soften the hardest of hearts. The trio's seamless three-part harmonies are their signature, while breathing new life into century-old gospel, folk, and bluegrass tunes, charming audiences with every performance. They are an arresting, original
alt-Americana act.
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Track Name: Mockingbird
Mockingbird

Oh mockingbird, you sing me up each morning
With someone else’s song
Oh mockingbird, I wonder where you learned it
I’ll always sing along

All through the day I hear you singing sweetly
And even when I’m gone
I count on you and your borrowed melody
To welcome me back home

My own true love, I’ll sing you up each morning
With every song you’ve ever heard
Oh, my sweet love, until I have my own song
I’ll be your little mockingbird
Track Name: Nine Long Days
Nine Long Days

Ooh, darlin’ do I miss you
Ever since the day you said goodbye
Ooh, I dream at night I kiss you
Wake up in a cold dark fright
Sweetheart, will you come back home?

Ooh, your mother sent a letter
Telling me to leave you alone
Ooh, I don’t care about her letter,
Darlin’ don’t you let me go
Sweetheart, will you come back home?

One, two, three, got a candle burning in my window
Four, five, six, got my hands in prayer around a crucifix
Seven, eight, nine long days you’ve been gone
Darlin’ won’t you walk back through that door?

Ooh, darlin’ do I miss you
Ever since the day you said goodbye
Ooh, when I think about it
Darlin’ I break down and cry
Sweetheart, will you come back home?
Don’t leave me here to cry all alone

One, two, three, got a candle burning in my window
Four, five, six, got my hands in prayer around a crucifix
Seven, eight, nine long days you’ve been gone
Darlin’ won’t you walk back through that door?
Track Name: Hold On
Hold On

When you don’t know which way to turn
I’ll be there
Just take my hand and I will guide you
To the other side

I’m like a man but I’m not frail
And when I sing my song
Your heart it will sail
Will sail out on an ocean of gold

When darkness falls and gathers round you
I’ll be there
Just like the stars up in the heavens
I’ll be there

I’m like a man but I’m not frail
And when I sing my song
Your heart it will sail
Will sail out on an ocean of gold

When you don’t know which way to turn
I’ll be there
Track Name: River's Run Dry
River’s Run Dry

When daddy went to jail
He left me standing here
Left me standing here on a cold hard grave
My dreams at night are dark
All stars have lost their spark
Got nothing left but a soul to save
Mary run, your man has fallen
Mary run, the river’s run dry

My lover meant no harm
He took me in his arms
Took me in and said we’d run far from here
I gave myself to him
Though I knew it was a sin
Deep in my bones I could feel no fear
Mary run, your man has fallen
Mary run, the river’s run dry

When daddy found us there
I was dreaming in his arms
Dreaming in his arms of the love we’d share
But before I could wake
My father filled with hate
He took that gun and shot my lover dead
Mary run, your man has fallen
Mary run, the river’s run dry
Track Name: Wicked Polly
Wicked Polly

Young people who delight in sin:
I’ll tell you what has lately been
A woman who was young and fair
Died in sin and deep despair

She went to frolics dance and play
In spite of all her friends could say
“I’ll turn to God when I get old;
He will then receive mysoul”

On Friday morning she took sick
Her stubborn heart began to break
She called her mother to her bed
Her eyes were rolling in her head
Oh, Polly, Oh

“Oh Mother, mother, fare ye well:
Your wicked Polly’s doomed to Hell
The tears are lost you shed for me
My soul is lost I plainly see”

“My earthly father, fare ye well
Your wicked Polly’s doomed to hell
The flaming wrath begins to roll
I am a lost and ruined soul”

She gnawed her tongue before she died
She rolled, she groaned, she screamed and cried
“Oh, must I burn forever more,
‘Til ten thousand years are o’er?”
Oh, Polly, Oh

Young people who delight in sin:
I’ll tell you what has
lately been
Track Name: Cora Lee
Cora Lee

Cora Lee, Cora Lie
When did I hear your train passing by?

My footsteps were dusty, all crackled and dry
The clouds they had darkened, the crows wouldn’t fly

My last night of slumber I dreamt of your face
While lightning and thunder dismissed you from grace

I looked out in the morning and you caught my eye
A band of black warning was splitting the sky

The girl in the bottle lost me here
What swallowed the sky will carry you on

A dozen years later, you’ve stolen my sleep
The ink and the paper won’t heal what you reap

The house, it lies empty, no longer my home
The wind and the whiskey still staining my bones

Cora Lee, Cora Lie
When did I hear your train passing by?
Track Name: Lovin' Henry
Lovin’ Henry

I went to church last Sunday
My true love passed me by
I knew his love was changing
By the rovin’ of his eyes

Oh Henry, lovin’ Henry,
Won’t you give your love to me?
You said if you’d ever marry
That your bride I would be

She went down to the water
When her folks were fast asleep
And drowned her pain and sorrow
In the waters cold and deep
Track Name: Days of Night
Days of Night

Miles of darkness, days of night
Down so long I curse the light

When I was just a boy of eight
The dust from that breaker did seal my fate
Now I’m an old man looking back
My back it is broken and my lungs are black

Miles of darkness, days of night
Down so long I curse the light

Never had nothin’ but my name
Worked all my life on another man’s claim
Hear the screaming of the whistle
And the clanging of the bell
Every day we dig deeper and closer to Hell

Miles of darkness, days of night
Down so long I curse the light

Can’t see no further than the light of my lamp
Way down in the blackness it’s cold and it’s damp
I pray the Lord my soul to save
No man should have to dig his own grave

Miles of darkness, days of night
Down so long I curse the light
Track Name: Clementine
Clementine

Oh my darlin’ Clementine
You’re lost and gone forever

In a cavern, in a canyon
Digging a mine
Lived a miner forty niner
And his daughter Clementine

How I loved her when she told me
She would be mine
Told the miner forty niner
I’d take care of Clementine

She filled buckets at the river
Each day at nine
Hit her foot against a splinter
Fell into the foaming brine

Ruby lips above the water
Hands reaching for mine
Alas, I was no swimmer
So I lost my Clementine

In my dreams she still haunts me
Clothes soaked in brine
I’ll ne’er forgive the river
For he stole my Clementine

Oh my darlin’ Clementine
You’re lost and gone forever
Dreadful sorry, Clementine
Track Name: Frankie And Johnny, I
Frankie & Johnny I

All stories of true love are bold
My lover left me sad and cold
He said he’d never turn his eye
As long as stars were in the sky
His arms would hold me every hour
How magical his power
And stars were in the sky

Each week that passed reminded me
Of stories read of harmony
Of dreams I’d never thought could be
We passed each day as carelessly
As though we’d never be apart
How happy was my heart
And stars were in the sky

To lose your life, yet stay alive
Oh what a way to die

For every night and every day
He’d chase all of my cares away
But quiet as my watching eyes
She gathered him to my surprise
She took the love that I would share
And left me standing there
And stars were in the sky

To lose your life, yet stay alive
Oh what a way to die
And stars were in the sky
Track Name: Frankie And Johnny, II
Frankie & Johnny II

Wake me up sweetly with the early morning sun
Honey, remember me,
When we’re through and done
And I’ll carry our memories in this little coffee can
You’re my man but I’ll spread you around

Don’t pack your bags
There’s no time to say goodbye
Let’s get up and go, don’t look back if you’re wise
And we’ll drive ‘til all we can see is desert sand
You’re my man but I’ll spread you around

And when Johnny realized this road trip
Was his last trip he knew he had let his secret slip
As she pulled her gun out from her slip
Frankie kissed her Johnny’s lying lips
Before she let that pistol rip

Go to sleep now, honey,
Like the evening sun goes down
And I’ll pass along your memory
To every girl in every town
If you couldn’t be true to me
Then you shoulda up and run
It was fun but I’ll spread you around
Track Name: Frankie And Johnny, III
Frankie & Johnny III

For each love that’s squandered,
A heart will turn cold
Each lie’s a pure heart been turned
I’d give up the pale blue that lives in my eyes
To take back this truth that I’ve learned

And I’ll never run again
‘til I know where I’m going
Oh I swear I’ll never run again

Missing you’s harder than wanting you back
I’ve been careless and crazy with pride
I’d give up these curls and the blood in my cheeks
To see you again by her side

And I’ll never run again
‘til I know where I’m going
Oh I swear I’ll never run again

Lonely woman
In love with a victim of sin
Lonely woman
In love with a sinner and carrying sorrow within

I’m lost to my body, a ceiling-less cell
I’m the girl who went mad at the sun
I’d give up my voice and every last song
To take back this deed that I’ve done

And I’ll never run again
‘til I know where I’m going
Oh I swear I’ll never run again
Track Name: Pretty Little Bird
Pretty Little Bird

You were the one that made me see
That I’m just a girl who’s traveling light
And I don’t wanna cry no more,
No more tears for me

This is my song for you,
The pretty little bird that flew
The pretty little bird that knew just when to go
I healed your broken wing,
Loved you when you’d sing
Wanted you to sing but not to fly

But you can’t ask a bird not to fly
No you can't keep a bird from the sky
Track Name: Beneath the Waves
Beneath the Waves

I can see the lighthouse in the distance
Through the fog I can just make out the coast
But my legs feel like lead
And I long for my own bed
And I already feel like a ghost

Beneath the waves, beneath the waves
So far from shore I can’t swim no more
And I’m sinking beneath the waves

Just as soon as I set sail from the harbor
I quickly lost my way
No map and no chart
I was doomed from the start
Now all I can do is pray

Beneath the waves, beneath the waves
That bright North star
She don't shine for me no more
And I’m sinking beneath the waves

They say God’s gonna trouble the water
Well I got trouble in mind
My mistakes and my debts,
They’re a weight around my neck
And I'm not gonna make it this time

Beneath the waves, beneath the waves
These heavy boots will carry me down
And I’m sinking beneath the waves