All Creatures Here Below

by Those Know-It-Alls & Their Mighty Causes

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released May 20, 2013



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Those Know-It-Alls & Their Mighty Causes San Marcos, Texas

Reagan Smith - guitar, vocals
Rand Renfrow - banjo
Amber Shirah - cello, vocals
Matthew Hagerman - viola
Jon Zmikly - trumpet
Nathanael Smith - trumpet
Aaron English - drums
Joseph Chance - trombone
Glynn Jordan - glockenspiel
Chad Jaso - bass
Maggie Heath - vocals
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Track Name: Mountain Song
I wake up to the mountain song, I wake up to the sun in my eyes
Where you’ve gone I don’t recall, I see your shadow across a dark lit hall

The trees all bear your name, in a circle they dance and sing of the day you came
The moon shines down from above, illuminating the place you once loved

Oh, to be a sparrow in the sky and chase after the dove flying by

When the stream begins to run, I will follow hoping to catch the Son
And as he walks through the field, the flowers rise to their feet finally revealed

I wake up to the mountain song
I wake up to the sun in my eyes
Track Name: The Unfulfilled Life of Frances J. Wolfe
Well you’ve messed up one too many times
You’re a wolf in sheep’s clothing trying to hide
From the things that you’ve done but they wont easily be forgot
And the love of our friends and family it cant be bought
So you try to tell them that old life is in your past
But their hearts are hard and their wounds are deep, they wont heal fast

But they say there’s a man, a wise man that they serve
Their shepherd who protects them, he’ll have the final word

The wolf goes down and bows before him, but he says stand you are a friend
For I know your heart and I can see all of the things that you wish to be
I’ve loved you since you were born and soon this darkness from your life will be torn away
For I know your heart and you can join our family and be set apart
Track Name: The Awakening of the Field
The birds have been called home, they’ve left their trees alone
The wind in the leaves makes a lonely sound, the cries for what can not be found
The roots have grown so deep, they’re in search of what they need
The slight of a hand could bring them down, the smallest flood could make them all drown
Slowly she walks through the fields speaking words the trees can feel
Her voice shakes them to their bones, they start to stretch they start to grow

She sheds her tears to feed them now and a renewal comes about
It starts slowly but then it spreads, its an awakening of the dead
Then the trees start to cry out, in new voices they shout
They sing like no ones ever heard, a song to all people of earth

Peace be among you men
Take heart in the world you’ve been given
Open your eyes to your brothers pain
And help them become whole once again
Track Name: The Fall
I was there at the fall of man
I stood atop of this crumbling land
And I asked myself where’d we go wrong
As I screamed to the sky

The knife that cuts the axe that swings
The hand that holds all of these things
I’ve seen them lost they’ve been cut away
I’ve seen them fall to their lies

And so we’ll sing our songs to you
And pray for the mercy in all that you do
Though we’ve forgot about the love that you taught
Still we wait for your reply
Track Name: Tree King
The trees all gathered around in a great council meeting
They had come together once again to anoint a king
Someone to reign and watch over us but who shall it be
One spoke out from the crowd and said elect the olive tree

One by one they approached the olive tree and said reign over us
But he answered in reply behind his hidden smile shall I leave my abundance
My oils that make the gods and men both sing
To hold sway over you and be your king

With heads hanging low they rested their hope upon the fig tree
Come reign over us, come be our king over all that you can see
Looking down into the crowd the fig said shall, shall I leave
The sweetness of my good fruit and go hold sway over the trees

Losing hope, their spirits sinking low they traveled onward to the vine
Come watch over us and treat us as sons, be the light that we all see
Twisting and turning around them he said shall I leave
My wine that cheers both God and men to hold sway over the trees

In one last attempt the trees approached the bramble bush
Won’t you please come and reign over us
The bramble looked up and said to the trees
If in good faith you are anointing me king
Then come take refuge in my shade son
But if not let fire come down and devour the cedars of lebanon
Track Name: Tower of Babel
I heard the tower crumble as you hit the ground
I watched the townspeople all gather around
They said why did you try, it was suicide

You’re mother read you the story when you were young
Of the tower that was built to reach the heavens above
After hearing of their failure you claimed you knew where they’d gone wrong
And you set out to complete the task as your families heads all hung
They said please dont try, it is suicide

Brick by brick you gathered and worked as the tower grew
Your friends and family joined together to intercede for you
You screamed from your tower I’m going to the sky
And no one can stop me no not even God would dare ever try
and we prayed why Lord oh why, cant he swallow his pride

I heard the tower crumble as you hit the ground
I watched the townspeople all gather around
Track Name: The Daughter, the Witch, and the Crow
There was one thing that I could do to save your life
enslaved under a witches watchful eye
After five years I said no more Im done Im through
she said if you leave there will be a curse on you

And now I watch you from the branches of my trees
perch on your window but you seem disgusted by me
My caw my hideous melody my lullaby
I try to sing you to sleep but instead you cry
A father birds no father indeed no father to you
your mothers eyes the water inside when you ask who
So you set out to find a man you’ve never known
a man whose presence would have completed your home

To the witches of whom shed heard so many tales
eyes as black as night and skin that is so pale
“Yes i knew your father she said but many years ago
he tried to turn his back so i turned him into a crow
And if you don’t leave at once to you I’ll do the same
your friends and family will get it worse and you’ll be to blame”
“I’m not afraid of you she said as she looked in her eyes
I’ll get my father back and make sure of your demise”
She started to sing she started to dance and the witch wondered why
she started to yell she started to shout she started to cry

The ground it started to shake as the witch screamed
I’ll curse you, take your life and put an end to this thing
The crow dived down to stop the witches attack
a flurry of feathers and a streak of black
Crumpled and broken the bird lay on the floor
but slowly it began to change to transform
“My daughter my dear now you see
that crow that you had so much disgust for that was me
I was always with you always by your side
and here I am with you on the day that I die”
The daughters eyes filled with tears and she began to sing
one last song to you I will bring

“I’ll sing your song
I’ll sing your song
When you can no longer carry on
I’ll sing it loud
for all to hear
I’ll sing it strong
and without fear”
Track Name: Lullaby of the Wolfe
If I read you a story would it be new
would it be the first time someone read it to you
If I planted a seed would you let it grow
would you give it water, keep it from the snow
If I started a fire would you promise not to put it out
would you let it consume your life, be what you’re about

These are the questions that plague my head
‘cause when I see you, you look so dead
These are the thoughts that fill my mind
‘cause when I hear your voice you don’t sound fine

If I sat you down and looked into your eyes
would they be filled with red could I see your demise
If the doctors drilled into your head and looked into your brain
would they see the things there that once kept you sane
And if your friends all gathered to say goodbye
would you look around at them and would you cry

If they dug a hole for you into the ground
would you make it your new home
because of the life that you found
Or would you crawl out and fix the things
that you had caused
when you were in your dreams

These are the questions that plague my head
These are the thoughts that fill my mind
Track Name: The Sacrifice
Animals will lose their souls
to guide you home

Long live the Slaughtered Lamb
Track Name: His Banner Over Me
I have seen the road die 
Often where my hope lies
Filled with many failed attempts
To fill the shoes my father sent

You found me with a bag of nails and took me to the tree
Said this is how I loved you dear and now you are free

There was a man that once loved me
He promised he would never leave 
And though I am a bag of bones
He loved me more than anyone

From the dark He found me out
Paved the road with another route
Took my eyes, took my heart, shook my world, set me apart

And O like the sun He raised me up
And O like the sea He filled me up 

His banner over me is Love

We will shout with joy when The Lord does come
'Cause His banner over us is love

So love your brother, love your sister
Just like He loved you
'Cause all we need is Love
Track Name: March of the Gallows / Sparrow's Song
In the dark I have no name
and these faces are all the same
With teeth barred into the night
and eyes closed to the light
and you cry

You step out of line and you scream
these things aren’t as they seem
Open your eyes and see what’s around
this is not the king that we’ve crowned

So stand up brothers stand and fight
stand up for what is right
Lay down your swords and your guns
and pick up the words of the son

Swords and guns may cut me down
but I’ll never bow before your crown
There’s a fire in my heart that cant be doused
and if I fall my soul will break out

I was hung from the gallows for what I believed
they cut me down and buried me deep
But my words still lingered in the air
spreading like a wildfire, tyrants beware

Oh to be a sparrow in the sky, and chase after the dove flying by
Track Name: Father Sea
My father said row out to sea
Search for the sun
Join with the mist
And become the one

So I found a tree and cut it down
So I could build myself a boat
And I paddled out to sea
Just to find that it couldn’t float

The water closed around my head
As I threw up my hands
I said I’m sorry dad I failed you
I never should have left the land

Where I was born
Where I laid my head
As my mother read me stories of the past