Hymns To The Night

by Balla Dear

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Hymns To The Night began around 10 years ago, conceptually anyway, but none the less, it began.
I had read a book by the same name, written by 17th century German Romantic luminary, Freidrich Von Hardenburg, otherwise known as Novalis. To say that his work 'inspired' me would be a gross understatement.
The songs mostly came between '10-'12, after the dissolve of a previous band, and lit the torch for a new trodden path.
Soul searching, mind molding, and heart stretching. Trying to 'find' my sound as a songwriter. These qualities in this record are obvious to me, and I like the novice/roughly hewn fabric of it. I hope you will too.

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released August 1, 2012

MASTERED by Bruce Neher at Disc & Dat
All photographs courtesy of Christpher MacDonald, with kind permission.
Balla Dear is Patrick Steele.
He played a Guild GAD30 on this album.
He played a Djembe.
He played a C, B harmonica.
He did lots of hand claps, attempted some 4 part harmonies with himself, and tried to conjure up Brian Wilson, Neil Young, and the Zombies.
Thanks to Mike Scott for writing the "This Is The Sea" album, the "Pagan Place album, and for the song, "The Big Music".
Thanks to Chris Taylor and Bill Mallonee, your encouragement is dear to me.
Thank you to my wife Laura, toast.

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Songs born out of trial and triumph, Balla Dear explores the dichotomy of the human condition, the physical and the spiritual. From deep in the heart of South Texas, Balla Dear muses in the medium of Southern Folk, Country Gospel, and Folk Ballad. The themes are evident; peace and solace amidst one's own undoing. Sacrificial love is by far the greatest gift among men. ... more

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Track Name: Moon Carol (Hymn To The Night)
"Oh light of dead and of dying days
Oh love in thy glory go
In a rosy mist and a moony maze
Over the pathless peaks of the snow"

Moon, oh moon
How you swoon over me
Nightshade falling down, below your darkened nursery
You know what every man does seek and can not find
You are the picture of the meek, counting your time
Oh moon, oh moon
Track Name: Foggy Mountain (Adelaide)
I lost my way into the fray
When hope's blue flame went out into the day
I thought that hope abandoned me
Only because I couldn't see
The path put on his coat of fog
And dressed himself up for a ramble
Twisted and turned me to my end
And waltzed my heart into the bend
Adelaide, Adelaide, Adelaide, I make my way up to your arms
Adelaide, Adelaide, Adelaide, I make our home up in the stars
Companions long since left my side
Searching for "BIG MUSIC" has all but died
I know the tales of travelers past
Struggling to find their way at last
My opposition remains unseen
An apparition of a voice unclean
Would have me fall into his pit
So I must keep my footing lit
Track Name: Out of the Woods
We are spent but we are strong, a rolling stone ramblin' on
We want out of the woods
Tenderfoot and weary soul, wayfarers bear the toll
We want out of the woods
Path is ancient and old, harrowed narrow and cold
We want out of the woods
Tiaga dank with delitier, some afar and some near
We want out of the woods
These woods are not where we come from,
but they are where we've been
Dragoons for hope we're trudging on, our aim is set on the end
We have paid so dearly, brother have you not heard?
We want out of the woods
Stakes are high the way is low, in the valley of shadows
We want out of the woods
Tramplin' daisies and bone, tread the moss and the stone
We want out of the woods
Following the MORNING STAR, so close and afar
We want out of the woods
These woods are not where we come from,
but they are where we've been
Dragoons for hope we're trudging on, our aim is set on the end
Track Name: Cherry Tree Redge
Sunlight over me as I lay underneath the cherry tree
Young boy beneath, and suddenly it all dawned on me
Clouds cast across the light, my heart began to well up from the deep
I am part of the whole, I'm planted like a rich, bustling seed

And the fruit that's grown from my own
Is not grown for me to partake
And the boughs I stretch where children play,
are raised for a glorious fate

Old man gave to me as much of the fruit as I could eat
Garden mystery, it haunted my young and faithful feet
Brother lead the way up into the branches above
Witching Warbler Song, reminds me of that great feral love

And the fruit that's grown from my own
Is not grown for me to partake
And these boughs I stretch where my children play
Are raised for a glorious fate
And for me, to know the WAY OF OLD
I'm bound to walk with light upon my feet
Arise, shine, dawn on my soul, once and for all I am replete
Track Name: The Grapevine
Oh grapevine, oh grapevine
You give my life heart and soul
Oh grapevine, oh grapevine
Abiding in your very whole

I'm watching our love grow, just like a grapevine creeping up a trellis
Of hope
Now it was wild and bound, and now it's fierce and free and found tied up to, your rope
You know the way I see it, sometimes I can't believe that it's true
You picked me from a crowd and now this scoundrel gets to be with you

Look at the love you sow, I'm like a seed you buried in your garden
to grow
I was among the thorns, until you plucked me up and out of folly
la-la-limbo
You know the way I see it, sometimes I can't believe that it's true
You picked me from a crowd and now this scoundrel gets to be with you

Oh grapevine, oh grapevine
You give my life heart and soul
Oh grapevine, oh grapevine
Abiding in your very whole
Track Name: Ardor Orchard
"Are you with me in the night
Whether fortune or the plight
Are you with me on the road
To the country on the shoals?"

"Yes I'm with you in the dark
With a blessing and a spark
Growing fire in your heart
Into an orchard, flaming soul"

"Are you with me in the night
Whether fortune or the plight
Are you with me on the road
To the country?"
Track Name: Anchors Away (Star On The Brow)
Heart of mine is adorned with garlands of grace hung above the door
Rooms of splendid design for many sweet loves, many a kind
You are central my Dear, you hold the key to enter in here
Softly you tread on me, you are my ship, I am your sea
Anchors away
Heart of mine was once torn by cares of the earth, such thistles and thorns
Ivy upon the door, 'twas rotted washed up, driftwood on the shore
You were still just a dream, a hope and a wish I could not redeem
Softly he bled on me, gave me his blood, laid down his body
Anchors away
Heart of ours is ablaze with holy fire, the purest arrays
Halls decked out with words, life giving breath, two edged swords
Let this love be a toast, to fruit of the Spirit, come Holy Ghost
Sweetly we now agree, he is the ship, he is the sea
Anchors away
Track Name: Bellflower (Life, Love, and Other Maladies)
You gave all you had away to the day like a bellflower
Your solstice grew long, and your song it was lost ne'er be found
In the gloaming of your wretched old soul, forlorn from the cradle
The empyrean within you sinks lower to the welkin below

I want to be a LION HEART
I want to be a BRAVE ON THE KNOLL
I want to be a PART OF THE PART,
WHICH AT FIRST EVER WAS, THE WHOLE
I want to be a hero, but I'm barely a man
Nothing but a doer of my work, a jewel within the cog
Pulled up from the sand

You fill your table with the fruits of your labor and see that it is good
You know that your song, are the olive shoots springing up beside
So don't wander inside your bewildered old mind, looking for some idyllic scene
Your children are your gemstones, carved out of flesh and bone
Forged in a Seraphim dream...

Now you know the delight of being lowly
I am what I am nothing more, use me up