And Your Blood Shall Nourish This Oak (Autumn 2014 single, NEW MIX)

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First track to be recorded following Slings & Arrows. There are two mixes included here, since the original mixing/mastering engineer was unhappy with the original.

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released November 18, 2014

Engineering, mixing, and mastering by Spencer Still
All music and lyrics by Dustin Grooms
Art by Karlie Stewart

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Solo studio project based in northeastern KY. Old Thunder explores themes of suffering, loss, and redemption, inspired by life and literature alike.

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Track Name: And Your Blood Shall Nourish This Oak (Remixed & Remastered)
Son of mine
Charm around my neck
A bottle of perfume poured out in the desert
Sending waves up to the eastern sun

Those fumes writhed around limbs
Limbs to which you were clinging by a silken strain
Limbs which opened you wide to being
Pierced alive

O my son, the roots run deep
And your blood drips to the ground
The sand congeals under your life
Which waters the thirsting trees

A monument to your own doom
Erected in your arrogance
Your revenge unfulfilled by the bridges you burned

Did it flash before the whites of your eyes?
What went through your mind as the javelin ran you through?

O my son, the roots run deep
And your blood drips to the ground
The sand congeals under your life
Which waters the thirsting trees

These messengers speak tragedy and deceit
One tells me all is well
Another pays no tribute, the proverbial disowning

There is a disturbance in my spirit
Your name unmentioned, you did not return from battle

My tears stain the gate of bronze and stone, my son
Our line has ended and I am forsaken by the fruits of my choices
I shake the dust off my trembling hands and feet
Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom

My grief is as the juice of the vine grown bitter
You fade, o warrior,
and I cannot lift up my countenance to the noon sky