Through the Deep, Dark Valley

by The Oh Hellos

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1.
The Valley 02:54
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?
2.
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?
3.
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
4.
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
5.
Wishing Well 03:37
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
6.
In Memoriam 03:02
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
7.
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
8.
I Was Wrong 04:24
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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

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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 October 30, 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

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The Oh Hellos began in a cluttered bedroom, where siblings Maggie and Tyler Heath recorded their self-titled EP in 2011. In the fall of 2012, the sibling duo released their debut full-length record Through the Deep, Dark Valley, an album full of regret and redemption, which they wrote, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered themselves. ... more

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