Whisky Priest

by Ben Noble

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released March 10, 2017

Produced by Ben Noble
All songs written by Ben Noble
Mixed by Aaron Ankrum and Ben Noble
Mastered by Greg Reierson
Engineered by Ben Noble, Aaron Ankrum, and Zach Foty
Album art by Eli Jorgensen

Henry Donato: Piano
Hilary Ritchie: Violin
Whitney Loher: Viola
Hunter Selg: Cello
Bekah Noble: Vocals
Ben Noble: Guitar, Vocals, Piano

Thank you to:
Bek, my love
Zadie, my heart
Dad, Mom, Emily, Allie, Will, Abby, Lauren
The Cumming family for letting me use your cabin to record. Heaven on earth. Thank you.
Jeremy Sanoski, Dan Lukas, and Jeremy Dinegan for letting me borrow your gear for way
too long.
Graham Greene

All of my Kickstarter supporters, especially the heavy hitters: Roger Allmand, Bronwyn
Gillespie, Michelle King, Jenny & Lizzy Austad, Dan Lukas, Bradley Jackson, JL, Stephen
Seaberg, Eric Sievert, Emily Noble, Allison & Will Lee, Dad & Mom, Michael & Lisa Gungor,
Jon Veenker, Becky Cumming, Joe & Katelin Held, Henry Donato, Margaret Perko, Reese Kling,
Daniel Arend, Estelle Hasert, Becca Rogers, Jason Harms, Elaine Hayoz, Steve Tranby, Paul
Hjellming, Jordan Reed

© Ben Noble, 2017

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Ben Noble Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ben Noble is a Minneapolis-based singer songwriter. His music is heavily indebted to a vast span of artists including: Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Radiohead, and Damien Rice. He has a number of projects in the works, of varying musical taste. This site is a home base for all his work. ... more

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Track Name: Birthmark
Bullet holes inside my body
Death’s number on my arms 
The shattered state, the cooling fade of my lungs

Ravened soul, years in the breaking
Wearied as a beggar’s bones
Too many mornings writhe in fate’s disguising song

Oh I am bleeding out from these scars
Oh I’ll run recklessly into the dark
For a new start, a birthmark

Sea of glass on which I’m walking
Bends to break beneath the shame
Why do we slave to build an able ship with doomed remains?

Oh I am bleeding out from these scars
Oh I’ll run recklessly into the dark
For a new start, a birthmark
Track Name: Healer Might
The healer might, healer might come today
The healer might, healer might, healer might come and take 
The healer might come and take away the pain
He might come and take it all away 

The healer might, healer might bring the rain
The healer might, healer might leave you in the hurricane
Oh but keep breathing though the pounding waves
They might come and take it all away

The healer might, healer might come and take
Oh when you feel the light come and your body break
Come on, keep it steady as the sun, let the body say
We aren’t in our final frames

I've been waiting here
Chicken scratch prayers, come to pass,
I have ripped out the last of me (can’t you see)
I've been wasting here
I forgot how to breathe

Come, hold me
Hold me

I know that we're still gonna die some day 
Would you come and take it all away
Track Name: Daughter
Father, lead me by your still waters
Save a place for my daughter
Oh with your spirit
The way is dark, how I’ve feared it
A shaky heart is the courier to guide her through the grey

Father, I’ll wear the word as I wander
Through all the world with my daughter
I am broken and faithless
I can’t begin to unmake it
A winter’s hymn is a worry heard beside me on my way

Father, if you hear could you call her
Save a place for my daughter
For my daughter
Track Name: Little One
Little one, I see
Tender spirit struggling
Little one, I see
Sickened panic, desperate to your knees

Little one, the seed
Symptomatic stuttering
All the world, the grief
Ruin’s grip will come, will wait to feed

Little one, I see
Oh, my love, come free
Your scars the start, you see
You’re all my heart
Track Name: Cutting Teeth
Oh, the places that I’ve been
The faces mine offends
Fumbling, fumbling

Though, with murky miles ahead
The fates sing softer, they’re
Humming

Slow, though hurried in the dark,
I hear them calling when it starts

"Go, they’ll find you in the glen
The horsemen closing in 
Rumbling

Row, though wilder blows the wind"
Into the river raging white, I’ll start again

"Sleep, while you cut your teeth
Whisky priest
Hope, take it slow
Through the habit’s prey, through the whisky’s weigh
You’ll learn to grow

Hold”
Track Name: Worldspin
It wasn’t death, it wasn’t flight
It wasn’t debt, it wasn’t blood, it wasn’t crime
The day the Angels fell

It wasn’t lust, it wasn’t sight
It wasn’t sex, it wasn’t love, it wasn’t lies
The day the angels fell

Heaven’s hue, haunting you

It wasn’t trust, belief in a lie
Not the red tape ripping or the run
You can name it all
In a box tethered off to the side
Settle-safe, your labels state your case 
The way the angels fell

Heaven’s hue, haunting you
Heaven’s hue, haunting you

It was just a word, whispered light
Just a horsefly ringing in your ear
“You’re in the right”
You can play the fear, you can move the sky
You can make the world spin however you want
With your crooked pride

But it will haunt you, it will haunt you
It will haunt you at night
But it will haunt you, it will haunt you
It will haunt you, the light
Track Name: The Sea and the Moon
Lover, you’re a vapor, chasing an evasive rest
Lover you’re the melody I can’t get out of my head
Lover, you’re the amber, the face affixed in every step
Lover you’re the memory I can’t get out of my bed 

It happened so soon
The sea and the moon
Weaving the darkness with the light
The sea played its tune
To reason the muse
But it fell far far far far

Lover you’re a cancer, a strain equipped for second death
But lover you’re the remedy, and I can’t get you out of my head

It happened so soon
The sea and the moon
Weaving the darkness with the light
The sea played its tune
To reason the muse
But it fell far far far far

It’s a long way down
It’s a long way down
It’s a long way down
From here
Track Name: Madness
When the madness is gone
And the earthquakes have weathered away
When the breathlessness is hushed
And the best is burned to grey

When the magic is lost
In passion and promise’s phase
When tenderness is far
Far with the rest it fades

The end of love, the end of love
Will we find love at the end of love
The end, the end of love

When the damage is done
When bickering burns through the braid
With emptiness the start, the star of a doomed sky, darling will we find

Love, the end of love
The end of love
Will we find love at the end of love
The end, the end of love

Brick by brick we’ll set our place
We’ll carve our names tick by tick into the face
Cause the walls we’ve built will stand the rest of our days

When the madness is gone
My love, will the music still play?
Track Name: Morning
Wake up slowly, still and softly
Let the looming torment still to break of day
All your weeping, feeble easing
When you cease the feeling you swore

Wait for the morning flood
Wait ’til the glory comes
Wait for the morning

Wake up boldly, firmly walking
Any passing vice a crutch to still the pain
All your drinking, feeble easing
As you see her sinking from shore

Wait for the morning flood
Wait ’til the glory comes
Wait for the morning

Unmade in the warring 
You’ll say how the story goes
Just wait for the morning
Track Name: Secondhand Savior
I am a heartbeat triggered by an unseen tremor
In a waning light
A season’s sigh

I am a watchword waking in the woodshed
Weeping till my words are found
Writing till the ink runs out 

Rugged and tried
Covered in lines

I’ll be a secondhand savior to the wasting
Later I’ll be freaking out
A shiver with a scathing doubt

There’s a wrestling venom in my vessels crippling
Everything
I’m waiting till my time runs out

The harder I fight
The steeper the lie
Just see that I’ve tried
I’ve tried
Track Name: Ikon
Gentle little light
Kicking at the walls, you hear a call from right outside
Little look-alike 
My heart

Bitter storming fight
Chaos of the call, constricting walls
The ending line
Blinking azure eyes
My heart

Autumn night
Terrified
The image and the infinite collide
Spirit burned inside 
Your image is the infinite 

Please don’t go

Image of my heart