Wilderness

by Samuel Escher

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1.
A sinner with hope I wander on for days Convinced of the fact That there is another way To hell with the fear I focus on the pain Follow the tracks To uncertainty I vowed to find myself in the wilderness (of my heart) The sinner remains As I journey on for days Each step I take Thoughts fades away As I follow the stars The lights in the dark I’m a thousand miles From any place I really don’t know where I belong Or when this is supposed to end I really don’t know where I went wrong Or whether I can comprehend But I vowed to find myself.
2.
Throne 04:46
In the fading light, I look into your eyes, And although you say the words, I know our love has died. I don't need my throne, Or the other things I ever did own, You can take my blood, You can break my bones, Because without your love I'll never feel whole. In the broken dawn, Heavy hearts, forlorn, I turn to you, But I forget that you're gone Wake me up, this can't be the end, Take me back, don't make me beg, To love me back is all I'd ever ask of you, Whilst I would do anything you need me to. Heal my heart, refocus the lens, Tell me now, you cannot want this to end, To love me back is all I'd ever ask of you, Whilst I would do anything you need me to.
3.
Kin 04:14
I wake to the south with my back against the wall Gather myself as I stumble into a fall Let out a sound akin to caterwaul As I return to the ground Head out North under familiar haze Nights alone only rivaled by the days Too far in to consider being afraid I made this mess for myself On my back I carry my whole life But my thoughts weigh on me more than my supplies I think back to when everything was fine Your words echo in my head "Don't go when we both know that you'll be back again It's a long walk through the dark in the bitter rain And I know you would rather be by the warm hearth with me"
4.
There are gods in the wilderness that I haven't seen for days They burn the underbrush, they drench the many lakes They do everything that comes to pass I doubt them to the very last, ashamed There are gods in the wilderness I haven't seen for days There are gods in the wilderness I haven't seen for years They're watching over us, the heart of many fears They were everything we ever knew Now talked to by the seldom few, in tears There are gods in the wilderness I haven't seen for years
5.
Mountain 03:47
Forgive my choice My ascent from life Of all my wounds I almost died For all your love For all your lies I had forever on my side After all the pain of the last four years I needed to end my endless fears I forgave myself for past arrears And so, I climbed the mountain Admired courage of the pinnacle climbed Redemption found by shedding life I take my seat on the mountain Followed the path, above lodgepole pines I climbed until the air turned dry A shroud of fog reaches from the sky Fortitude in the face of everything For all the times in the last four years I could not say what you needed to hear I could not overcome my fear But now I climb a mountain Admired courage of the pinnacle climbed Redemption found by shedding life To reach the peak of impossible heights To change myself, my everything As I survey the town, far below I rise above my broken soul I take my seat on the mountain I take my seat on the mountain
6.
Sink 04:00
I see the ebb, the flow Pause, reflect in the surface below How to declare a life alone Lake lines, pebbles shores Sandbanks catch the ores As I push the boat out on my own To sink unknown Is to live alone By my kind of reckoning Bow strong, stern afloat Waves lap against the boat Lower self, break surface below Drenched wool, heavy bones Pockets weighed down with stones Last breath before anchor pulls me down I sink to the silt from a life unknown Pockets weighed down with pebbles and stones.
7.
How this came to be I cannot ask you why But you paint the stars In the night sky You've shown me a truth Amongst the many lies I still look to your hand In the night sky But I should have seen That life goes on for me Whether I am present or not For so long I felt alone How you might've tried I suppose you gave me hope In the night sky And now I look again I ask you for a guide You point to the stars In the night sky
8.
Embers 03:47
Embers, silhouette a quiet night Consumed by thoughts of you and other lives, You've moved on and maybe so should I I muse, watching as the embers die. Oh, what it is to be alone. Refrain, birds serenade the morning light I wake, glance fleeting at the fireside Your verse, singed but never quite alight Even words could not keep embers alight Oh, what it is to be alone.
9.
Pioneer 04:58
I cannot keep my head above the water I cannot feel my legs under me I cannot find my way through the forest For I cannot see the wood for the trees I cannot fill my lungs I am drowning I cannot breathe my body's under siege I cannot find myself I am floundering Its hard to find the truth surrounding me But in my heart I am the pioneer I'll overcome my doubts The many fears In my heart, I am the pioneer I cannot find myself a home to live in I cannot make a fire for the heat I cannot warm myself I am shivering I suffice to find a pine to lay beneath I cannot find my way upon the apex For the cannot kill the food that I should eat I cannot find my way, I am dying Dying to find the truth surrounding me But in my heart I am the pioneer I'll overcome my doubts The many fears In my heart, I am the pioneer And if I'm being honest If I'm being sincere To you I make no promises I am the pioneer
10.
Follow the river, the path to sea An endless current lined by trees I consider for a moment, what befell me Then head downstream to where I’m supposed to be Beyond the mountains, amongst the pines Through the valley, past old lake lines Under the heather, watchful eyes Life surrounds in its own reprise My path grows thinner, wade by fallen tree Traverse the line to head out East, Left the city, the last to see To live a life amongst the beasts. Beyond the mountains, amongst the pines Through the valley, past old lake lines Under the heather, watchful eyes Life surrounds in its own reprise. I do not intend to return.

about

The wilderness has always held my attention, often as a passing muse or idle thought. But, increasingly, that relationship has changed. I find myself longing, wanting to be part of it. Not a casual observer, removed, but a functioning part of a greater system. No longer governed by the human construct, but by something older and more ethereal.

This album is the first of three albums in a series exploring life. The songs on Wilderness were created and accumulated throughout my journey, reflecting introspection and my place within an increasingly complex world.

Samuel

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released January 11, 2019

Instrumentation:

Acoustic Guitar
Cello
Drums
Electric Bass
Electric Guitar
Piano
Vocals

All music on this record was written and performed exclusively by Samuel Escher.

Recorded in a 19th century tenement flat, October 2018.
Edinburgh, Scotland

Cover art by
Melanie Caple
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Mastered in LANDR.
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Produced by
Samuel Escher
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Published by artist. PRS: 359074931

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Poet and Songwriter. Second album - Migration - summer 2021.

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