Albatross

by The Opiate Mass

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A mix of live and studio recordings including a favorite by the inimitible Sinéad O'Connor; "The Hound Of Heaven And Hell" inspired by Francis Thompson's poem of similar title, featuring Seattle's biggest pipe organ at Daniels Recital Hall; and an adaptation of "Light Of Those Whose Dreary Dwelling".

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released July 27, 2010

Zadok Wartes (Producer, Mixing Engineer, Graphic Design), Tara Ward (Assistant Producer), Joshua Sherman (Recording Engineer), Christopher Mael (Recording Engineer), Mark Mohrlang (Second Engineer), Floyd Reitsma (Mastering Engineer), Phil Nellis (Cover Art), Ian Schmidt (Executive Producer), Tim Sneath (Executive Producer), Louise Sneath (Executive Producer)

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Track Name: What Wondrous Love Is This
what wondrous love is this, o my soul, o my soul
what wondrous love is this, o my soul
what wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul

to God and to the lamb, I will sing, I will sing
to God and to the lamb, I will sing
to God and to the lamb who is the great I am
while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing

and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be
and through eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on
Track Name: This Is To Mother You
this is to mother you, to comfort and to get you through
through when your nights are lonely
through when your dreams are only blue
this is to mother you

this is to be with you, to hold you and to kiss you too
for when you need me I will do
what your own mother didn't do
which is to mother you

all the pain that you have known
all the violence in your soul
all the wrong things you have done
I will take from you when I come
all mistakes made in distress
all your unhappiness
I will take away with my kiss
I will give you tenderness

for child I am so glad I've found you
although my arms have always been around you
sweet bird although you did not see me
I saw you

and I'm here to mother you, to comfort and to get you through
through when your nights are lonely
through when your dreams are only blue
this is to mother you
Track Name: Psalm 13
o Lord, how long will you forget me, forever
how long will you look the other way
how long must I struggle with anguish in my soul
with sorrow in my heart every day

how long will my enemy have the upper hand

turn and answer me, O Lord my God
restore the sparkle to my eyes or I will die
don’t let my enemies triumph over me
don’t let them rejoice at my downfall

but I trust in your unfailing love
my heart will rejoice for you have rescued me
I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me

I will sing, I will sing
Track Name: The Hound Of Heaven And Hell
I can't believe, the million things I need
what I've done, and where I'm from, what have I not become
fled you down, nights and days, your labyrinthine ways
in my coming, in my going, in my waking, medicating
no matter the way I'm facing

these voices they surround me, and break in like a sea
and lip to lip entwined as one, in moans and beats

but where can I go that you won't follow
hell below me, your hounds above me
where can I go that you won't follow
no space around me
your thoughts about me, when I was unborn

these voices they surround me, and break apart the light
the darkness feels much closer tonight

where can I go, where can I go
Track Name: Light Of Those Whose Dreary Dwelling
light of those whose dreary dwelling
borders on the shades of death
come and by thy love's revealing
dissipate the clouds beneath
dissipate the clouds beneath

still we wait for thine appearing
life and joy thy beams impart
chasing all our fears and cheering
every poor benighted heart
every poor benighted heart

come and manifest the favor
God hath for our ransomed race
come thou universal savior
come and bring the gospel grace
come and bring the gospel grace