The Serpent Eats His Tail

by Wes Covey

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released July 22, 2014

Guitar & voice: Wes Covey
All songs words & music by Wes Covey, except:
1*: Trad., variation on an arrangement by John Renbourn;
4: by Jackson C. Frank (Copyright Control);
6: by Leonard Cohen (Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC);
7: contains a nod to John Fahey;
10: by Townes Van Zandt (Silver Dollar Music);
13: by Bobb Trimble (Boysongs Unlimited);
15: by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman (Warner/Chapell Music Inc)
Special thanks to Bobb Trimble & Kris Thompson
Produced & engineered by Peter McLaughlin, January 2014
at The Broken Toy Store, Portland, ME
Album art by Wheatberry Design

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Wes Covey Portland, Maine

Wes Covey is the multi-instrumentalist frontman of experimental ambient collective The Ten Thousand Things (sacredmusick.bandcamp.com). When not bending his strings into soundscape narratives, Covey is a fingerpicking folksinger. The Serpent Eats His Tail is his first solo acoustic album, collecting favorite covers, instrumentals and songs written over the past dozen years. ... more

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Track Name: A Thousand Miles Between Us
I've done a lot of moving around, from music town to music town, trying to catch up to you
Searching for something that I've never found, that magic face or that magic sound
I've never found anyone like you

And I wish that I could just settle down, become a regular guy in a regular town
But I could never settle down without you
And I'm not there and you're not here, and there's a thousand miles between us, Dear
And I could never settle down without you

Maybe someday I'll catch you, Dear, and once I catch you, I swear
I will never lose you again

And I wish that I could just settle down, become a regular guy in a regular town
But I could never settle down without you
And I'm not there and you're not here, and there's a thousand miles between us, Dear
And I could never settle down without you
Track Name: The Old Oak Grove
Down at the old oak grove
Where no one ever goes
Amidst foxes and leaves
Ferns and old oak trees

Remember when it was summer?
We'd swim between those raindrops, falling down
We were wet anyway
And we knew we'd never have those times again

The hummingbirds would gather
Fly haloes 'round your head
The moss grew softer and fatter
And daisies crowned your bed

Remember when we were lovers?
We'd measure days in starlight, counting down
We were young anyway
And we knew we'd never have those times again

Remember when it was summer?
We'd pass that bottle 'round and 'round and 'round
We were drunk anyway
And we knew we'd never have those times again
Track Name: Icarus
When I think of you now, it seems like a dream
A sunken dream in the sky
When I hold myself up like a moth before a flame,
Then close, oh so close, do I fly

I'd listen for you, to call me by name
Then close, oh so close, do I fly

When I think of you now, it seems like a poem
Your face and your eyes seem to rhyme
You lift yourself up like a diver above a pool
And close, oh so close, do you fly

I'd listen for you, a call or a sigh
Then close, oh so close, do you fly

You covered yourself with flowers and rain
Flowers and rain was I
In a coat made of feathers you'd spread out your wings
Then close, oh so close, would you fly

I'd listen for you to scream 'cross the sky
Then close, oh so close, would you fly
I'd listen for you to scream 'cross the sky
Then close, oh so close, would I fly
Track Name: A Love Song
I met you first on the hills of green
Your sorrow caught my eye
I told you all about the ones who walk the hills
You told me why you cry
You told me why you cry

Saw you sitting in the summer sun
Your head upon a tree
Were you dreaming of those birds in the sky,
or were your dreams of me?
Were your dreams of me?

Saw you passing on a rainy day
Those waters pouring down
You feared that we'd all wash away
I feared that we'd all drown
I feared that we'd all drown

Asked you to come and you came to me
Then I came to you
It all seemed so very strange to me,
did it seem so strange to you?
Did it seem so strange to you?

Now I've got somewhere to go
and someone to be
'Cause now I've got someone who loves
somebody like me
Loves someone like me
Loves someone like me
Loves someone like me
Loves someone...
Track Name: The Strange One
As I drive past the field
Hanging haunted with fog
I know how you feel
I know you feel wrong
I know how you feel
I know you feel ashamed
I know how you feel
'Cause I feel the same

As I drive past your house
Sitting shielded at night
I know how you feel
I know you feel right
I know how you feel
I know you're feeling strong
I know how you feel
I've known all along

And I hear all about your seven-headed son
How he would feast upon the trees
He'd drink down the rivers
He'd sip up the sun
Then sleep in a stupor of leaves
He'd sip down the rivers
Drink up the sun
Then sleep in a stupor of leaves
Track Name: Bird With Clipped Wings
Like a bird with clipped wings
I sit, grounded, and sing
Of the times when we were together
And the days that we'd spend
The two of us, then
Weren't so much longer as better

But now I am thinking
Of when love was the thing
Was the glue that would keep us together
And the day's that we'd spend
The two of us, then
Weren't so much longer as better

But that's all gone now
And I'm telling you how
I'm not so much wiser as older
And the space in my heart
And the space in my bed
Aren't so much wider as colder

And my days, they pass by
With a tear and a sigh
Like a song that I never could sing
But I'll think of those times
Maybe write some sad lines
Of Those Days That Weren't Longer But Better