Mourning Dove

by Menhirs of Er Grah

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Reviews of 'Mourning Dove':

“Faultless, soulful, acoustic stars”. (Bull & Gate).
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"One of London’s most hard working folk singers is easily Menhirs Of Er Grah’s Tom Carter. And his spiritually solid release Mourning Dove is another fantastic addition to his already impressive body of work through various monikers. But, when Tom hopes to reach back to the basics of folk melodies, it is always back to the good ole Grah".

"Joining the ranks of acts like Naama Hillman, Robin Grey, or Madeline Hart, Menhirs Of Er Grah showcases the fascinating and elusive underworld scene in the city across the pond. You get pop minimalist tracks (”Whitening Light”), experimental propaganda (”Continental Drift”), and cleverly adapted stories of the earth (the other three tracks) on Mourning Dove. At times the E.P. is haunting, but is always soothing".

"If you are looking for hot coffee in the morning through music, let the rain pour down upon you and the beans brew for a half an hour with Tom Carter. This album could surely act as the muse to a better day, maybe even a better existence. Menhirs Of Er Grah is exactly the sort of musician’s artist the world has been awaiting. The Hunter S. Thompson of the music world some might say. To know music, to love it, to make good on promises to thy own self as far as artistic credibility is a huge concern. This is a presumption one could use to describe Carter’s way of life and work. And so far, he’s doing pretty good".

(Comfort Comes) www.comfortcomes.com/2009/05/08/menhirs-of-er-grah-mourning-dove/

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released February 16, 2009

Written and produced by Thomas Carter. Artwork by Joshua Rex. Design by Stefan Wesley. Distributed by Bendi Records [BEN-EP-014 2009 ]. Copyright Verlaine Records. All Rights Reserved.

Thomas Carter: thomcarter.tumblr.com
Joshua Rex: www.myspace.com/joshuarex
Stefan Wesley: www.myspace.com/stefanwesley
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Track Name: Whitening Light
WHITENING LIGHT.

Music and Lyrics by Thomas Carter © 2008.



In Brooklyn,
Lean your weight on me,
And talk to me,
About your family in Spain,
And the thirst that you feel for change.

And when you leave here,
And you leave me,
Well, what more do you have to do?
Until you break me too?

In this New York night,
In the whitening light,
I’m suffering,
From ever knowing you.

Hope,
In a love that will
Maybe,
Someday,
Come to you.

You’ll never change –
That I knew.
From the moment that I loved you,
I was burned by you.

You hid from my eyes,
Had me loose my sight,
And all I feel about it now,
Is that maybe you were right.

Yeah, maybe you were right,
To get out while you could,
To leave me standing –
As I always knew you would.
Track Name: Mourning Dove
MOURNING DOVE.

Music and Lyrics by Thomas Carter © 2008.


Black hair across her body,
Around her like a maid or a shroud,
And in that blissful sleep of morning,
Remember your words to me now.

You hold your breath and I wonder,
Of those thoughts that move in you,
And I can still feel the echo in my brain,
And in my joints I see the silhouette of you.

Pleasure took me over,
Forgive me, I was young, I needed to.
And now your gone, it hits me like a wave,
Its neither pain now, nor pleading, here with you.

***

Hold out, ‘till the morning,
Through all the long, long day.
And when it comes,
You’ll be just like that Mourning Dove,
You wanted me to be.

***

Eyes like a sea of cold diamond -
But you’ll burn out in the end,
And your velvet, uncensored, holy tiger blood,
Is still the reason that I can’t love again.

***

Hold out, ‘till the morning,
Through all the long, long day.

And when you come it will be
just like
that Mourning Dove,
you wanted
me
to be.



********************
Track Name: Continental Drift
CONTINENTAL DRIFT.

Music and lyrics copyright Tom Carter 2008.

From Dover, straight to Europe now,
The ferry has arrived,
To take us to the port on which,
Your ancestors relied.

In the 1560’s,
When from Catholic France they fled,
Over ‘cross to England,
From where you’re leaving now instead.

Jealousy and honesty,
Cocaine and your pearls,
Body heat and misery,
A passport in your purse.

And then, a different hour,
Flowers in the room;
Tulips for your lover,
And almonds for her too.

Hit the Prism Limit,
The Peak Oil of the sea -
It’s a balance and compression of,
Resources and Need.


Rouen is,
The constant state of drift that we are in.

Berlin is,
The hope that you will meet me here again.


I cross the street, to walk in sun,
You don’t follow me.
It’s a habit that I’ve kept to,
To look like strangers when we meet.

First you were my teacher,
Now you’re my lover,
Now you’ll be,
Both of them in tandem - and in sacrifice to me.

Take all I’ve given you,
As you have given me,
The darkness in the countryside,
The birdsong call of Eve.
Track Name: Long Distance
LONG DISTANCE.

Music and Lyrics by Thomas Carter © 2008.


Time for you is not the answer…
Time for you, it just takes more…
Time for you, is never going to be easy…
But I just hope that you want more.

You’re my friend, and I love you,
But I don’t want to loose you now.
But sometimes all that I can see in front of me,
Is past, and distant, and gone.

***

Long distance…
Where I have been.

***

A summer I can still feel - if I want,
The words that never came - still on my tongue,
Without you to hear them, I just don’t want,
To talk about it, my love.

***

Long distance…
Where I have been.

***

Come and be with me darling, do,
Be with me, like you should be,
Be with me, like you could be,
Oh, like you were.

***
Track Name: Spring
SPRING.

Music and lyrics © 2008 Tom Carter.


Darling, don’t you worry,
Please, be kind,
If I don’t belive you
And be there by your side.

Well, if it has to be,
Then it has to be,
If it has to be,
Then its done.

If it has to be,
Then it has to be.
Now you’re gone,
Now you’re gone.

If it has to be,
Then it has to be.
I’ve done no wrong.
I’ve done no wrong.

Don’t be lonely.
Don’t be uptight.
Just lean form your window –
Watch for the morning light.


If it has to be,
Then it has to be.
Now you’re gone,
Now you’re gone.

Well, if it has to be,
Then it has to be.
I’ve done no wrong.
I’ve done no wrong.


Darling, don’t you worry,
Please, be kind,
If I don’t belive you
And be there by your side.



Well, if it has to be,
Then it has to be.
I’ve done no wrong.
I’ve done no wrong.

Well, if it has to be,
Then it has to be.
Spring will come.
Yeah, spring will come.


Do you think that we could share some time?
That you would come to me?
I keep on watching,
For her eyes to see.