The Fool & the Magician

by The Hills and the Rivers

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The Hills and the Rivers are:

Isaac Hill - Vocals, Octave Mandolin
Heidi Hill - Vocals, Tambourine
Ian Hill - Vocals, Mandolin
Colin Hill - Vocals, Washboard, Wurlizter on "The Magician"
Faith Hersey - Djembe
James Bristol - Upright Bass
Chris Fazio - Violin, Wurlizter on "The Leap"
Joey Schuller - Banjo

Kasey Fusco put down the cymbals on "The Valley" and recorded the whole album at Etc. Audio Lab
Mastered by Chris Rudyk at MixHaas

Album artwork and design by James Bristol @earthwormarts

THANKS TO: Kasey Fusco at Etc. Audio Lab! This album wouldn't have been possible without you!
Chris Rudyk at MixHaas for mastering!
Cousin Boneless and the rest of the 4th River Music Collective for having our back!
All our friends and fans across the world who give us inspiration!
Mama Hill! Luna, Katie, Kyle and Dee for holding us down at Owl Hollow!
Tatiana for making such wonderful videos!
Everybody who set us up with a show, made us food, housed us up on tour!
And thanks to our beloved Earth Mama and to the Ancestors for giving us a foundation.

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released May 18, 2018

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The Hills and the Rivers Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Post-apocalyptic river folk. From the roots to the branches, the springs to the sea.

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Track Name: The Fool
Poem in the morning, of Lovers in the Sun
Edda in the evening, of what is still to come
There's nothing you can do for me that I can't do myself
If you stay up in your tower and hoard your precious wealth

Chorus: I, I've longed for you
Just as the Sun shines for the Moon
But if I loved the Truth as much as I love you
Then I wouldn't be the Fool

Lyric at midnight of a band on the road
A golden thread that glistens like the back of a toad
Traveling in winter with a coal in my heart
You know it's always an adventure til you end up back at the start
...and back at the start

Chorus

Reaching out in front of me
A road that runs to Mystery
My load is light, my legs are strong
And so I fare, forward on... on and on

Poem in mourning of Lovers in the Sun
Elegy of morning, O, let your life be fun!
And tell me what you want from me, if it's something I can give
For all I want for you to do dear, is to love the life you live

Chorus
Track Name: The Leap
Off on the next breeze, just to see what there is to see. not thinking 'bout
the answer, just caught up in the mystery. Out in the ebb and flow,
just to learn what there is to know. Pack strapped to my shoulder,
On and up I go.
All I see is a part from me, or is all I see a part of me?
All I see changes around me, or is all I see changing me?

Ooh, What do you say?
You've got a lot to learn
Ooh, what do you see?
A different kind of world
Ooh, changing me
The path may twist and turn
Ooh, a change in me
But it's a choice you're making

Back and worth won't change my course, drop my past set me free
here or there don't have a care, I'm right where I'm s'posed to be
(scat)
All I see is apart from me, or is all I see a part of me?
All I see changes around me, or is all I see changing me?

Ooh, what do you say?
You've had some time to learn
Ooh, what do you see?
It's an ever changing world
Ooh, changing me
The path did twist and turn
Ooh, a change in me
From the choices you've made
Track Name: The Road
I weigh it all in my heart, I told you who I was from the start
I weigh it all in my mind, and down the road I ride
It's not my foolish pride, It's not like I just didn't try
I stow it all inside, and down the road I ride

I weigh it all in my heart, I knew I loved you from the start
I hide my love inside, and down the road I ride
I sew it into my soul, I carry it with me 'til I'm old
I take my love in tow, and down the road I go

I don't know where I'll go, all I've got's this open road
It's not what we had in mind, but down the road I ride
I store it all in my soul, I'll carry it with me 'til I'm old
I take it all in stride, and down the road I ride
Track Name: Gotta Get My Thrill
Why don't you tell me what you want from me?
I wanna get lost in the mystery
Why don't you tell me what you wanna know?
What will really get me free
How you gonna get where you wanna go
when your only goal is the open road?
My restless soul is following the only path I know

Chorus: Gotta get my thrill x3
Gotta get my T-H-R-I-L-L

Why don't you tell me what you wanna be?
I just wanna be happy
Why don't you tell me how to find your bliss?
I'm still searching for the key
How can you know reality
when you only see what you want to see?
Well everything I see outside
is still inside of me
Track Name: Middle Garden
Fill up my cup let it overflow
Sit by the banks of the Ohio
Take out my troubles and watch them float
On down the river to the Gulf of Mexico
And all I ever wanted or could have dreamed
(fill up my cup, in the middle garden)
Don't matter quite as much as it seemed
(my breath starts to rust, and my heart to harden)
'cause if I can't really trust what I think that I know
(the spiraling Dark denigrates my mind)
And if it doesn't really matter which way that I go
(just give me one more, I'll be good this time)
Fill up my cup in the Middle Garden
(come Holy Spirit, take away my sin)
With Love and with Truth and with Fruit and with Pardon
(or, I'll never get enough of the fix I'm in...)

Fill up my cup let it overflow
(fill up my cup, in the middle garden)
Looking for the light by the shape of my shadow
(can't get enough, once I have started)
'cause I can only see my self by the shade that I throw
(the caverns are deep in my ailing mind)
Fumbling all around for the right way to go
(give me one more, it'll work this time)
In the dazzling dark of the Grinning Gap
(fill up my cup, take away my sin)
I'm scared that what brought me here can't carry me back
(give me the door out of where I've been...)
But the paths that I walk through the Middle Garden
Meet up at the forks on the way 2 become 1 again
Like the veins in a leaf on a branch of a Tree
Like a short kiss goodbye in a worn memory
How can I long for something inside of me?
I guess it doesn't really matter as much as it's seemed
So fill up my cup in the Middle Garden
With Love and with Truth and with Fruit and with Pardon

Fill up my Cup let it overflow x4
Track Name: The Valley
Loose lips, two shits
are about all I give
A lie maintained
Becomes what it has claimed

Chorus: But I must go alone
Through the Valley of the Shadow
There's nothing you can do to take away the Truth
That I am bound to follow

Two eyes can't see
What it is you mean to me
The Truth disdained
still lies there all the same

Chorus

I don't know what to say
I could have walked away
I thought I'd found The Way
I don't know what to say
I should have walked away
I thought I'd found the way
The Way Home
Track Name: The Magician
I saw you in the back of the room, eyes wide open to the world
When the swirling noumenal settled in the shape of a girl
Why would you tear in two, entwined as you already are?
Why would you turn around with your back right up against the wall?

She turned into a hare and ran up high on a mountain
So you turned into a fox and caught her deep in the cavern
She melted out of your mouth and South she flew as a dove
A hawk then harried her, saying "O it is you that I love!"
"And I will twist and fly and chase you til the day that I die!"
So she turned into a man and shot you right out of the sky

I fell like Hail to Hell, to haggle at the Well of Wyrd
When Sunshine came like a bullet to my brain
And shattered me insane for a spell

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