The Least of These EP

by The Olive Branch

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Our very first release! This album was born out of a desire to start a collaborative music effort between the students and teachers at Linn High School. Hopefully, it will lay the ground work for more adventurous releases in the future. As an added extra bonus challenge, see if you can tell which two songs were recorded in the middle of the night whilst Parker was trying not to wake his parents. Enjoy!!

(Shout out to Mariah Bryan Photography for the wonderful cover art!)

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released August 13, 2015

Peter Madsen - Guitar, Vocals
Parker Mason - Guitar, Vocals, Ukulele
Andrew Peabody - Mixing/Producing

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Track Name: This Must Be The Place
(instrumental)
Track Name: Honey, Take Me Home
I'm sorry I changed your mind
My arms open wide
Your eyes are brimming
The day that we took the road
Where the clover grows
You cursed and hit me

I'm sorry we rented that place
Where the carpet stank
The floors were slanted
But baby we kissed all night
And heard bats take flight
up in the attic

But it's enough to see
We got the history
Oh, blood and bone
But it's enough to know
We got the marks to show
Honey, take me home

I'm sorry I took you there
With smoke in the air
The mood was violent
And baby you went outside
To look at the sky
I saw you crying

I'm sorry we took that walk
And we did not stop
until the bridge park
but baby then we held hands
We skipped and ran
To the car

But it's enough to see
We got the history
Oh, blood and bone
But it's enough to know
We got the marks to show
Honey, take me home
Track Name: Raging Waters
Once upon a golden touch
We fell on top a broken crutch
And bled out on the floor
Though we don't bleed much anymore

Once upon a night like this
We sought ourselves in perfect bliss
A brotherhood unbroken, a diamond in the dust
Now our gold has turned to rust

And when he has risen
We will fall to our knees
In the promise that our solace
Will be forgiven
But forget not the raging waters
That anchor us once more
To the sins of our fathers

Once upon a house, forlorn
We couldn't find a place to mourn
Fore rage was always at our shoulders
To fuel the flames, embers asmoulder

And once upon a bloodline, busted
We lost the thing we always trusted
A future forgot, a past misgiven
Love long lost, left unforgiven

And when he has risen
We will fall to our knees
In the promise that our solace
Will be forgiven
But forget not the raging waters
That anchor us once more
To the sins of our fathers
Track Name: Cherry Wine (Hozier Cover)
Her eyes and words are so icy
Oh but she burns
Like rum on a fire
Hot and fast and angry
As she can be
I walk my days on a wire

It looks ugly, but it's clean
Oh mamma, don't fuss over me

The way she tells me I'm hers and she is mine
Open hand or closed fist would be fine
The blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine

Calls of guilty thrown at me
All while she stains
The sheets of some other
Thrown at me so powerfully
Just like she throws with the arm of her brother

But I want it, it's a crime
That she's not around most of the time

Way she tells me I'm hers and she is mine
Open hand or closed fist would be fine
The blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine

Her fight and fury is fiery
Oh but she loves
Like sleep to the freezing
Sweet and right and merciful
I'm all but washed
In the tide of her breathing

And it's worth it, it's divine
I have this some of the time

Way she tells me I'm hers and she is mine
Open hand or closed fist would be fine
The blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine
Track Name: You Thought You Knew
Her living room looks like a lake
And she will never learn
These are choices that she made
She would rather be stubborn

The third time in four years
The rains came on so fast
She's got her habit, she's got her tears
Now, the mold grows faster than the grass

Pick it up and leave
Life held together with strings and grease
Pick it up and go
You thought you did
But you do not know

He asked me for a ride
Said he was meeting a friend
I opened the door on his side
With shaking hands, he climbed in

He asked me if he could smoke
Acting all cool and natural
I thought the glass pipe was a joke
And stopped the car when I heard the crystals in the bowl

Pick it up and leave
Life held together with strings and grease
Pick it up and go
You thought you did
But you do not know

You shift more than the sand we walk in
And Jesus reached even me
The same sand where he sketched his doctrine
Teach me grace for the least of these