Fortune & Folly (volume II)

by Birch Book

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released December 11, 2015

Voice, Guitar, Instrument & Artwork By B'ee
Chorus on "Whisper in the Pine"– Joshua Blanchard, Molly Blanchard
Mastered By – Denis Blackham

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Birch Book Germany

The enigmatic B’eirth is best known as the frontman for the psychedelic folk outfit In Gowan Ring. However, with his Birch Book project, he has moved away from the psychedelics and instead, opted for a simpler, more straightforward folk sound. The result, however, is still some pretty haunting — and haunted — music, thanks to B’eirth’s deft guitar-work and dreamy Nick Drake-esque vocals. - Opus ... more

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Track Name: New Song
Please, won’t you ask of me
Ask me to sing for you my new song
Please, won’t you ask me to stay
Ask me to play for you my new song

It was just the other day
While sitting with my morning tea
Looking through the windows early haze
A lone melody
Came flitting floating down on me
I caught it like a leaf in autumn’s breeze

Please, won’t you ask of me
Ask me to sing for you my new song
Please, won’t you ask me to stay
Ask me to play for you my new song

The other evening
While ambling down the street
Something came on to my empty mind
The words they did appear
Upon my notebook written clear
Fitting so, the melody and rhyme
Track Name: Whisper in the Pine
I’ve got a friend I don’t yet know
I’ve got a story waiting to be told
And I’ve got seeds that have not been sowed
Out in any field
I’ve got Gold waiting to be mined
I’ve got desires, they’ve been denied
And I’ve got dreams that have not died
Safe inside my soul
Oh Sun, please don’t fail to rise
Oh Stars, please don’t fail to shine
Oh Breeze, don’t fail to whisper in the pine
I’ve got shoes never been worn
I’ve got a shirt that’s never been torn
And I’ve got a song waiting to be born
Hiding in this guitar
I once hugged a man, he’d never been hugged
I once loved a woman, she’d never been loved
But she had something waiting to be sprung
From behind her green eyes
Oh Sun, please don’t fail to rise
Oh Stars, please don’t fail to shine
Oh Breeze, don’t fail to whisper in the pine
Track Name: Young Souls
There will always be Young Souls that can’t reform
Tossed into life’s storm
They’ll try their sails
Before they will be forewarned
When the going comes and just won’t let you be
How is it that you see
What will enslave you,, what will set you free?
Give it all away again, just playing for today
Got to go away again and throw it all away
Leaving everything,, moving to another town
Willing to play the clown
Forgetting that each up
Will have a down
Packing a case and carrying my guitar
Look up and see how far
Away up in the sky there hangs a star
Give it all away again, just playing for today
Got to go away again and throw it all away
There will be some folks that never will agree
With the majority
About what is real and what is fantasy
There will always be them folks that can’t reform
Tossed into Life’s storm
They’ll tear their sails before they will conform
Track Name: New Joy
Coming ’round the bend over the high life
Never seeing where the signs have marked the trail
The Lovers find their ways in rough surrender
Never knowing where the wind will blow their sails
I don’t know that things were ever meant to be easy
Don’t know how thus far I’ve managed to get on
I don’t know that you could see this life through my eyes
I don’t know that I could show you in a song
This much I know: with love comes sorrow
This much is plain: with new joy, new pain
Of course its clear looking back in hindsight
That old fantasy of freedom bound to fall
But looking in the mirror there’s an open road
Pack it up say goodbye to them all
Have you got a light to give a weary traveler?
Have you got a lift for one who’s fallen down?
Have you got a smile to show a broken hearted man
Who knows not where he’s bound?
This much I know: with love comes sorrow
This much is plain: with new joy, new pain
Track Name: The Wandering Boy
The wandering boy passing by
Lifts his head to the birds in the sky
Petals flitting by his face
In May winds they are falling
Falling with the breezes to the ground
…Falling with the breezes to the ground
The wandering boy with his staff
Lingers long at the brook by the path
Waters flowing on and on
In May floods they are gushing
Rushing with a low and limpid sound
…Rushing with a low and limpid sound
The wandering boy with a whisper in his eye
A whistle in his step, a lute upon his back
A feather in his cap, a picnic in his pack
His bare feet treading soft upon the grass
Cherry blossoms in the winds of spring
The petals falling
Falling with the breezes to the ground
…Falling with the breezes to the ground
Track Name: Zephyr through Willows
Zephyr through the willows,
Toss all my sorrows to the wind
Listless leaves follow
Silhouetted in the shallows of the stream
In reflections of the tangles in the branches
of the trees there I have seen
Silver daggers, chains of hearts,
Lovers lost, Islands in the rain
Zephyr through the willows
Toss all my sorrows to the wind
Memories, like masquerades,
Make artifice of all my precious dreams
Leaving empty shores, ghosts and shadows
Like players in a scene
In the reflections of the tangles in the branches
of the trees that I have seen
Zephyr through the willows
Toss all my sorrows to the wind
Just reflections of the tangles in the branches
of the trees that I have seen
Zephyr through the willows
Toss all my sorrows to the wind
Silver daggers, chains of hearts,
Lovers lost, Islands in the rain
Track Name: The Trip Goes On
When the open sky meets the trail
When the restless wind blows on the sail
My listless leaves will flutter fall
When the horizon’s beckon calls
The road is wide, the passage free
The trip goes on and on endlessly
Through all the ways to no return
Should I stumble, I may learn
Stitch a patch upon my pack
Hoist the sac upon my back
With my staff and one good eye
I may laugh and I may cry
The road is wide, the passage free
The trip goes on and on endlessly…
Track Name: The Carnival is Empty
Cross the lot, Wave a hand
Dust off the loaded caravan
In the settled haze of morningfall
Mark the way, hark the call
The tone is dry
The note is clear
The road is wide
The passage free
The Carnival is Empty
Lift a finger, lift a chin
Lift the corner of an eye
Floating falling into sight
Adrift, the paper butterfly
Without aim
Painted wings
Gather gust
Flutter free
The Carnival is Empty
Waking has no worry then
Dreams have no sleep
A cage’s edge has no name
Words have no speech
The thought is gone
The face serene
The brow is clear
The mind is free
The Carnival is Empty