• Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Handmade casing with premium watercolor paper, hand-stamped minimalist artwork with guache color added by finger. Individualized and rare!

    Cost covers BOTH June 2012 releases, The Saltpeter Wars and Desert EP, in one double-CD case.

    Includes unlimited streaming of the saltpeter wars via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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with her breath in my lungs
I am already gone
wildgoose, your call--
wildgoose, your flutter--
with her rhythm in my chest
thunderous mountain of mine
can’t feel but the fool
can’t move but in time

grow old, grow old
grow whorled and weary
grow wild with moss
and mountain lily

with his tongue in my mouth
I am already gone
saltpeter, your war--
saltpeter, your wasteland--
with his taste on my beak
his thorn in my side--
his sweat in my pores--
his desert in my mind--

grow old my child
but I am older
I sparked your fire
and stoked your smolder

don’t be knocking at my door
I am already gone
wildgoose my raft
wildgoose my waters
with these bones in my skin
and a war on my back
shove out alone
shove out together

the young, the old
are slow of motion
and drift and dream
upon the ocean

cradle’s on the western waves
my child, my child
my moon is a watchful eye
sleep with the swell, the pummeling

whales are in the western deep
how long, how long?
my moon is a distant world
drawing the dreams of travelers

jake be nimble, jake be quick
my child, my child
what wound are you after here?
ropes on a raft, a runaway

baby’s in the western sea
how long, how long?
my moon is an ancient orb
sounding your ocean quietus


from the saltpeter wars, released June 18, 2012
part of the wildgoose performed by Rachel Laitman




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