From The Belly Of A Woman

by The Opiate Mass

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Live recording from December 4th, 2010 performance at Immanuel Lutheran in Seattle, USA. Among them: a favorite that has eluded proper recording, "I Heard The Bells"; a classic carol we haven't yet tired of, riding on Radiohead's "There There" beat; and another adaptation from Handel's "Messiah".


released May 17, 2011

Zadok Wartes (Producer, Second Engineer, Graphic Design), Tara Ward (Assistant Producer), Joshua Sherman (Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer), Christopher Mael (Recording Engineer), Floyd Reitsma (Mastering Engineer), Joshua Longbrake (Photographer), Heather Stringer (Model), Colleen Barrows (Graphic Design), Christopher Enstad (Executive Producer), Kesler Woodward (Executive Producer)



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Track Name: For Unto Us A Child Is Born
for unto us a child is born
unto us a son is given
unto us a son is given
and the government shall be upon his shoulder
and the government shall be upon his shoulder
and the government shall be upon his shoulder

and his name shall be called wonderful counselor
the mighty God the everlasting father
the prince of peace
the everlasting father the prince of peace
Track Name: I Heard The Bells
I heard the bells on Christmas day
their old familiar carols play
and wild and sweet the words repeat
of peace on earth
good will to men

I thought how as the day had come
the belfries of all Christendom
had rolled along the unbroken song
of peace on earth
good will to men

and in despair I bowed my head
there is no peace on earth I said
for hate is strong and mocks the song
of peace on earth
good will to men

all will be well
all will be well
all manner of things will be well

then pealed the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead nor doth he sleep
the wrong shall fail the right prevail
with peace on earth good will to men
Track Name: Isaiah 35
even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days
the wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses
yes there will be an abundance of flowers and singing for joy
the deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon
as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon
there the Lord will display his glory
the splendor of God
with this news strengthen those who have tired hands
and encourage those who have weak knees
say to those with fearful hearts
be strong and do not fear
your God is coming
he is coming to save you
Track Name: Love Is Fear
where is peace when's this end
filling spaces with answers to defend on and on
and I can't recall
something's missing (where is peace)
something's missing (when's this end)
questions in twine but why but why

some love overcomes some is fear
those real enough and those we make up
some love opens up some just kills
those under us we cover up
some love overcomes overcomes

when'd you leave alone in bed
you promised love in the shallow and deep end
but then I can't see far
are you listening (when'd you leave)
are you listening (alone in bed)
answers entwined but why but why
Track Name: Everywhere Else
seen and unseen
if there is nothing in between
I'm lost I'm nonplussed
surface leaves me nervous
wheels swerving
lines blurring on the bridge I cross
same one I dream of jumping off
patiently to eternity
answers hardly qualify new life

you sting my eyes now swing with both arms
I need you with all that I can
still it's not over still I'm no older
the bullets go everywhere else
you are the fumes that burn the whole house down
if everything is meaningless

illusions of
exposure leaves
erosion of the soil
I'm turning over
turning over
run my will over and over
Track Name: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
o come o come Emmanuel
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the son of God appear
rejoice rejoice Emmanuel shall come to thee o Israel

o come thou wisdom from on high
embracing all things far and neigh
in strength and beauty come and stay
teach us your will and guide your way
rejoice rejoice Emmanuel shall come to thee o Israel

o come o come thou Lord of might
as to your tribes on Sinai’s height
in ancient times you gave the law
in cloud and majesty and awe
rejoice rejoice Emmanuel shall come to thee o Israel