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Zealous Laborers​/​Chest of Drawers

from Shaker Songs by Winterbirds



Oh how I long to be released,
Not feel one poison dart,
From every feeling of the beast
And his foul stuff around my heart

But while I'm laboring with my might
And every step I tread,
The hate-filled beast will heave in sight
And tread I will upon his head

I need not think of gaining much
Or dance some handsome form;
To give that floor an easy touch
That scarce will keep my ankles warm

For so far have I not increased
Beyond my bowing head
That I can manage such a beast
Though my whole body flows with sweat


from Shaker Songs, released January 24, 2019
Text: adapted from "The Zealous Laborers" ("an early song"), recorded in "The Gift to be Simple" by Edward D. Andrews
Music: Nick Rich


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Winterbirds offers a powerful take on Progressive Folk. Deeply versed in traditional Appalachian Folk, Bluegrass and Newgrass, Classical Music, and Contemporary Chamber Music, these young performers cloak timeless melodies in unusual instrumental colors and thrilling textures. ... more

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