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Songs from a Phone

by Halfwitch

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The water is wide, I cannot cross over And neither have I wings to fly Build me a boat that can carry two And both shall row, my love and I D G D – / Bm Em A – / F#m – Bm G / Em A D – A ship there is and it sails the seas She’s laden deep as deep can be But not so deep as the love I’m in I know not if I sink or swim I leaned my back against an oak Thinking it were a trusty tree But first it bent and then it broke So did my love prove false to me O love is handsome and love is fine The sweetest flower when first it’s new But love grows old and waxes cold And fades away like the morning dew When the roses bloom in winter’s gloom Then will my love come back to me When cockle shells turn silver bells Then would I lose my love for thee
Un canadien errant, banni de ses foyers (x2) Parcourait en pleurant des pays étrangers (x2) Un jour triste et pensif, assis au bord des flots Au courant fugitif, il adressa ces mots: "Si tu vois mon pays, mon pays malheureux Va dire à mes amis que je me souviens d'eux"
Chorus: I'll fly away, o glory, I'll fly away When I die hallelujah, by and by, I'll fly away 1. Some glad morning when this life is over, I'll fly away To a home on God's celestial shore, I'll fly away 2. When the shadows of this life have gone, I'll fly away Like a bird from prison bars have flown, I'll fly away 3. Just a few more weary days and then, I'll fly away To a land where joys shall never end, I'll fly away


Lofi acoustic sadcore by half of Wychwood.

Played and recorded by Tim in Jan-Feb 2019 on a cellphone whose brandname doesn't need to be named.


"Priests & Paramedics" appeared on the Pedro the Lion album Control (2002) and was written by David Bazan.

"Trouble With Boys" was also written by David Bazan and appeared on the album Blanco (2016), released under his own name.

(David is a stellar songwriter and human being. His albums, shows, and interviews are well worth checking out.)

"A Few More Weary Days" is (obviously) an appropriation of "I'll Fly Away," which was written in 1929 by Albert E. Brumley. It's partly inspired by Jonni Greth's appropriation of the song into his chorus of "Some Glad Morning" (jonnigreth.bandcamp.com/track/some-glad-morning). Joni's an old friend from another life and has lots of music you might like.


released March 21, 2019


"A lot of what people do in music and performance is a cop-out. They’re just afraid of what they are, and they want to be seen as something bigger and more magical than what they are. So they do extra things – you know, they have extra layers of vocals in recordings or they have a bunch of stage business, or lighting, or costumes, and all that kind of stuff. All of that stuff is a product of the fear of being exposed."
— Steve Albini




Wychwood Ottawa, Ontario

We're a duo (Chrissy Steinbock & Tim Kitz) who identify only half-jokingly as “the world’s first blackgrass band.” We both sing & play guitar or banjo, while mixing in accordion, bass, saw, dobro, harmonica, glockenspiel, etc. Some days we’re acoustic purists. Some days we like to corrupt traditional folksongs with bits of black metal, ambient, & noise, trying to make folk music dangerous again. ... more

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