Through the Deep, Dark Valley

by The Oh Hellos

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The Oh Hellos' first full-length album, "Through the Deep, Dark Valley," is a self-contained concept album, and so for best results should be listened to in its entirety, in chronological order, in one sitting.

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released 30 October 2012

Special thanks to our stellar guest musicians:
accordion - Reagan Smith
banjo - Reagan Smith
cello - Amber Shirah
viola - Matthew Hagerman
additional vocals - Matthew Hagerman, Victorio Marisigan, Anthony Ramirez, Reagan Smith, Zack Wiggs, Montana Wood

Additional special thanks to:
Those Know-It-Alls & Their Mighty Causes (thoseknowitalls.bandcamp.com)
O! Victori
(ovictori.bandcamp.com)
Shirah
(ambershirah.bandcamp.com)
Laurie and Curtis Heath, Pam and Danny at La Casita Verde, Friends Community Church, and all the fine folks who continue to support our music (yes, you!)

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The Oh Hellos San Marcos, Texas

The Oh Hellos are Maggie and Tyler Heath, intentionally-independent self-produced music-making siblings hailing from the great state of Texas. Their influences range from Los Campesinos! and The Lumineers to Sufjan Stevens and The Middle East, bending and blending styles and genres into a unique mixture of eclectic folk rock. ... more

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Track Name: The Valley
we were born in the valley of the dead and the wicked
that our father's father found
and where we laid him down
we were born in the shadow of the crimes of our fathers
blood was our inheritance
no, we did not ask for this

will you lead me?

we were young when we heard you call our names in the silence
like a fire in the dark
like a sword upon our hearts
we came down to the water and we begged for forgiveness
shadows lurking close behind
we were fleeing for our lives

will you lead me?
Track Name: Like the Dawn
I was sleeping in the garden when I saw you first
he'd put me deep, deep under so that he could work
and like the dawn you broke the dark and my whole earth shook
I was sleeping in the garden when I saw you

at last, at last
bones of my bones and flesh of my flesh, at last

you were the brightest shade of sun I had ever seen
your skin was gilded with the gold of the richest kings
and like the dawn you woke the world inside of me
you were the brightest shade of sun when I saw you

and you will surely be the death of me
but how could I have known?
Track Name: Eat You Alive
he said to me,
child, I'm afraid for your soul
these things that you're after, they can't be controlled
this beast that you're after will eat you alive
and spit out your bones

she'll string you along and she'll sell you a lie
but there's nothing but pain on the edge of a knife
there is no courage in flirting with fear
to prove you're alive

I've seen the true face of the things you call Life
the voice of the siren that holds your desires
but Death, she is cunning, and clever as hell
and she'll eat you alive

oh, she'll eat you alive
Track Name: Second Child, Restless Child
see, I was born the second child
with a spirit running wild, running free
and they saw trouble in my eyes
they were quick to recognize the devil in me

see, I was born a restless child
and I could hear the world outside calling me
and heaven knows how hard I tried
but the devil whispered lies I believed

can you hear it hanging on the wind?
can you feel it underneath your skin?

you've got to go on, further than you've ever gone
you've got to run far from all you've ever known

you've got to run far from all you've ever known
Track Name: Wishing Well
I ran like a speeding train
cut my hair and changed my name
only had myself to blame
for the company I was keeping

curse my restless wandering feet
prone to wander endlessly
all the love you gave to me
it wasn't enough to keep me

oh, I stole from my father all I thought I could sell
tossed his copper, and I watched as it fell
but there wasn't any water in the wishing well

bent my knee to many kings
idols of prosperity
heard that dollar calling me
so I sought it in the city

oh, I stole from my father all I thought I could sell
tossed his copper, and I watched as it fell
but there wasn't any water in the wishing well

for my soul, he made an offer
and to the dust again I fell
and oh, that devil's got a hold on me now
because there wasn't any water in the wishing well
Track Name: In Memoriam
well, it's a long way out to reach the sea
but I'm sure I'll find you waiting there for me
and by the time I blink, I'll see your wild arms swinging
just to meet me in the middle of the road
and you'll hold me like you'll never let me go
and beside the salty water, I could hold you close,
but you are far too beautiful to love me

it's a long climb up the dusty mountain
to build a turret tall enough to keep you out
but when you wage your wars against the one who adores you,
then you'll never know the treasure that you're worth
but I've never been a wealthy one before
I've got holes in my pockets burned by liars' gold,
and I think I'm far too poor for you to want me

it's been a long road, losing all I've owned
and you don't know what you've got until you're gone
and it's a nasty habit, spending all you have, but
when you're doing all the leaving, then it's never your love lost
and if you leave before the start, then there was never love at all
and heaven knows I'm prone to leave the only God I should have loved,
and yet you're far too beautiful to leave me
Track Name: The Lament of Eustace Scrubb
brother, forgive me
we both know I'm the one to blame
when I saw my demons
I knew them well and welcomed them

but I'll come around
someday

father, have mercy
I know that I have gone astray
when I saw my reflection
it was a stranger beneath my face

but I'l come around
someday

when I touch the water
they tell me I could be set free

so I'll come around
someday
Track Name: I Was Wrong
I was born at the hands of the potter
and I was torn from the start
I was torn between my god and my Father

I was born at the dawn of our folly
and I was young, and stubborn to the bone
as I took from the tree that was rotting

I took my chance and bit down deep
the weight of the world was crippling
now I'll hide my shame with woven leaves
I was wrong
and I'm so, so sorry

I knew you'd never forgive me
but I was wrong
and I'm so, so sorry
Track Name: I Have Made Mistakes
I have made mistakes, I continue to make them
the promises I've made, I continue to break them
and all the doubts I've faced, I continue to face them
but nothing is a waste if you learn from it

and the sun, it does not cause us to grow
it is the rain that will strengthen your soul
and it will make you whole

we have lived in fear, and our fear has betrayed us
but we will overcome the apathy that has made us
because we are not alone in the dark with our demons
and we have made mistakes
but we've learned from them

and the sun, it does not cause us to grow
it is the rain that will strengthen your soul
and it will make you whole

and oh my heart, how can I face you now?
when we both know how badly I have let you down
and I am afraid of all that I've built
fading away
Track Name: The Truth Is a Cave
I was young and naive
as I was told, so I believed
and I was told there's only one road that leads you home

and the truth was a cave on the mountainside
and I'd seek it out until the day I died

I was bound and determined
to be the child that you wanted
but I was blind to every sign you left for me to find

and the truth became a tool that I held in my hand
I wielded it, but I didn't understand

I got tired of giving more than you gave to me
and I desired a truth I wouldn't have to seek

but in the silence I heard you calling out to me
Track Name: The Valley (Reprise)
we were born in the valley of the dead and the wicked
where our father's father fell to the crimes he'd committed
we were young when we heard you call our names in the silence

still you lead me, never leave me
never leave me