Shall Be Released: Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood by Sun Kil Moon

Well, it’s like five or six months away but today everybody can pre-order the Sun Kil Moon’s new album. It’s suppose to be Nick Cave day but I guess nobody told them because they drop all the info about thier new double album today. These recording details are Sun Kil Moon is now stripped down to just a duo, Steve Shelley and Mark Kozalek. Recorded in San Francisco and  Hoboken which is in New Jersey just across the river from Greenwich Village, New York City. Shelly is the old Sonic Youth drummer, who was always a New York band and Kozalek former Red House Painters lives in San Francisco so both recording sessions are around where these two live. I do wonder if the two discs are the two sessions like disc one SF and disc two is NJ but I wouldn’t know that yet? It would make alot of senses the not mix up the two different sessions and one disc called Common As Light and the other called Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood so me just guessing if that is right? Common is the Hoboken one just for the fact that in the opening song he sings about payphones and recording there in the lyrics. So the makes Love in San Francisco which make even more senses because for the fact he raves on how much he loves SF all the time and love pops up in two song titles too. These session taken places from February to August 2016 so that’s last month, just finishing mixing it I guess.

Also pre-orders from his label will shipped approximately 2 weeks before everyone else get’s it. Comes with free four track EP too called Down In The Willow Garden which I got last time I pre-order his last album. It’s two versions of the old traditional murder ballad which it takes it’s title from, cover of Led Zeppelin’s Sick Again and he put music to a chapter of one of his fav crime novels, John Connolly‘s A Song Of Shadows. It’s totally wicked songs and they’re just giving it away.

So below is the album cover which hopefully will be a bit bigger when release, track listing, Steve and Mark photo recording and then the lyric to the first single/song released and just click on the link to listen or here and here’s the track I Love Portugal too if you haven’t heard it yet. Oh yeah the release date is February 27, 2017.

Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood album cover art:

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Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood track listing:

Disc 1:
God Bless Ohio
Chili Lemon Peanuts
Philadelphia Cop
The Highway Song
Lone Star
Window Sash Weights
Sarah Lawrence College Song
Butch Lullaby

Disc 2:
Stranger Than Paradise
Early June Blues
Bergen To Trondheim
I Love Portugal
Bastille Day
Vague Rock Song
Seventies TV Show Theme Song
I Love You Forever And Beyond Eternity

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God Bless Ohio lyrics:

There you were, a little kid in the yard
I was a friend and a brother
There’s an old picture of us playing cards
And at night we threw corn at houses
It was meant for feeding hogs
Later in life, I was playing Jimmy Fallon
You were getting chased by police through cornfields
And mauled by canine dogs
And when I go back and visit
It’s like a ghost town
We travel around, and around, and around
Past the perpetually vacant
Past the abandoned Molly Stark Hospital and I think about
The old Mansfield prison where Shawshank Redemption was filmed
And I think about
The Alcoholic’s Anonymous guys I knew in my teens who had been in and out
Past the old steel mill
I think about my grandpa
And that horrible nursing home
And the ugly tattoo on his sagging dying arm
I said fuck that, Dad
Whatever that is I’m never ever ever going to get one
My Dad is one of two left of his nine siblings
And when he’s gone I’m gonna lay down in my bed and I’m never gonna wanna get out again
(I’m never gonna get out again)
I’m gonna be strong when I can
Cause if my little brother goes before me
Don’t want to swim out into the sea and never come back
God bless Ohio
God bless every man
Woman and child
God bless every bag of bones, six feet under the snow
God bless O
God bless O
God bless Ohio

Just saw the news on my television in New York
Pike County, Ohio Massacre
If it ain’t families getting shot then it’s one thing or the other
Guy letting his pet lions loose in the street and putting a gun in his mouth
Young girls held as slaves in a basement by a guy
Until a neighbor ratted him out
Craigslist killers luring people by offering them work on a farm
Killed and buried their bodies out by Belden Village Mall
Stole their cars and credit cards

God bless Ohio
God bless every man
Woman and child
God bless every bag of bones, six feet under the snow
God bless O
God bless O
God bless Ohio

Oh, as sadness lingers
And the rain clouds above
Well, sadness lingers and the lightning storms
Rain floods

Oh, as sadness lingers
And the graffiti underneath the bridge
Well, sadness lingers and the old dilapidated barns
And the doors coming off their hinges

And in the empty downtown parking lots
And the lonely alleyways
And the foreclosed homes that once had kiddie pools in the yards
And cars parked in the driveway

Oh, but the beautiful things from Ohio
My mother, my mother, my mother, my mother
And my walks along the path of the Tuscawaras
(Of the Tuscarawas)

The beautiful children of my sister
And the blue herons
(Blue herons)
The black squirrels nibbling on acorns
The fireflies flickering on the summer lawn
(On the summer lawn)
Domino’s pizza brings me back to when I was younger
When I was younger, when I was younger, when I was younger, when I was younger
These kids I hear outside my window
I was one of them, I was one of them, I was one of them, I was one of them
Now I’m the old man in the chair
Deep in thought in the living room
I’m that old man now and I’m grateful that I got this far
And that I’ve become him
And when I go back, we drive around
We drive around, we drive around, we drive around, we drive around
(We drive around)
The old supermarket we used to go hide behind
Is closed down
(Is closed down)
I was raised on groceries my mom brought home from their spring, summer, fall, winter
(Spring, summer, fall, winter)
Velveeta cheese and Wonder Bread and chocolate milk, and Salisbury steak TV dinners
(Salisbury steak TV dinners)
She squirreled a few bucks along the way because she loved you and me
(She loved you and me)
So she could make sure we had a few gifts each year under the Christmas tree
(Under the Christmas tree)
At the risk of pissing my dad off very, very, very badly
She socked that money away from those grocery store trips without him knowing
For you and me

What saved me from the dark clouds hanging over Ohio?
What’s chasing the dream, baby?
Who would have known
That the pursuit of love and music would have even bought me a home
Or’d have take me to Tokyo, to Tel Aviv, to Athens, to Reykjavík, and Rome

There is healing in writing poems
There is healing in psychotherapy
There is healing in taking walks along the beach
But never underestimate the healing of music, baby

Some songs are funny and some are sad
Some are short, some are long
There is nothing as healing and powerful
As the power of song As the power of song
As the power of song
As the power of song
As the power of song I was walking along the Hudson looking at the New York skyline on my break from the studio in Hoboken
Every pay phone I saw I checked to see which ones worked and which ones were broken
And in my head there was a melody going
Oh God bless O
God bless O
God bless Ohio God bless O
God bless O
God bless Ohio God bless O
God bless O
God bless OhioGod bless O
God bless O
God bless Ohio God bless O
God bless O
God bless Ohio God bless O
God bless O
God bless Ohio God bless O
God bless O
God bless Ohio God bless O
God bless O
God bless Ohio God bless O
God bless O
God bless Ohio God bless O
God bless O
God bless Ohio God bless O
God bless O
God bless Ohio God bless O
God bless O
God bless Ohio

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