Both the Wound and the Blade

by Tsinder Ash

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released May 7, 2020

Written & Recorded by Tsinder Ash
Andy Becker - Bass on track 3, Guitar on tracks 2 & 3
Johnny Keating - Guitar on track 3
Laura Groves - Keys on track 3
Thor Harris - Marimba & Metal Box on track 1
Tsinder Ash plays - E-Bowed Banjo, Clarinet, Celtic Harp, Flutes & Recorders, Keys & Synths
Produced and Mixed by Tsinder Ash & Derek Piotr
Mastered By Stephan Mathieu
Artwork by Mindruiner
© Bone Weapons Records 2020

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TSINDER ASH is London-based multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and performance artist. Tsinder has been featured on NTS and Resonance FM and BBC 6 Music.

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Track Name: I Am Both the Wound and the Blade
I am the Wound and the Blade
I am the torturer and flayed.

I am the Wound and the Blade
I am the known and the unnamed.
Track Name: Loom
Am i doomed to weave
that same loom?
To thread that same wound
to thread that same wound

Am i doomed to
weave that same loom
to face that same doom
to thread that same wound.

Didn’t I leave it all
Medals and land and gold
Countless crimes untold
Didn’t I leave it all
All of the blood that built
Industries of rage
Histories forgot
and new kings we made
out of suffering and pain
didn't i leave it all
didn't i leave it all
Track Name: Foreign Bodies
Fear flashes violet like night herons wings in moonlight
Doubt is a jewel both heavy and divine
A marble child on a pale blue shore
Hewn by the waves that brought him
I can feel your love glistening
Like a pearlescent stream
and i can feel your compasion flow away from me
and all muscle gives way,
to water, to soil, to flame
so i offer prayers to the wind to keep you safe
and they refuse to acknowledge
all the bodies that defy boxes
and they refuse to acknowledge.

You left those foreign bodies
Floating in dark water
You left those foreign bodies
Floating in dark water

To run from grief into the arms of an ocean
We are all refugees of the system that tries to oppose us
How many pennies for how many eyes
Can the ferryman count in how many lives?
And you refuse to acknowledge all your foreign bodies
We a multitude of creatures that know no borders
I’m trying to recall love as an echo
I want to record essence in wax
The waves of memories flutter I struggle to keep them cupped in my hand
I am left with your traces
Glistening, pearlesing down my thighs
I wonder If I clenched harder
Could I have kept you if I tried

You left those foreign bodies
Floating in dark water
You left those foreign bodies
Floating in dark water
Track Name: Conquer Me
There is a sea
That surrounds me
Things I’ve left beneath
Hidden And unseen
Invade me
Teach me a lesson
Please
Sail silently
Inside
Under a watchful
Night
It’s been so long since
A conquering
That I’ve been left alone harbouring
Impenetrable identity
Forged from myth
And memory
Now I long for the touch
Of salt worn skin
Force my head to the horizon
While you enter in

The ice is melting faster
Come quick please
Before it gets too deep to
Conquer me

Do you like what you see?
White cliffs
And tall trees
All the things Ive left beneath
Harboured insecurities
Invade me
Teach me a lesson please
Sail silently inside
Under a watchful night
It’s been so long since a conquering
I’ve been left alone harbouring
Force my head to the horizon
While you enter in

The ice is melting faster
Come quick please
Before it gets too deep to
Conquer me
Track Name: Protection
Cleave a way down through the trees
Carve your own path mercilessly
What shields you
What covers?
What ties you to the other?
Find you own peace with the tide
Claw your way back to the side
What ghost has me torn wild
Hold tight for a wild ride

What offers you protection
What shields you from life
What gifts give you deflection
From cruel words
From knives
What ties you, what binds you?
What teaches you lies?
But if I could offer you protection
I would give up my life.
Track Name: Unfold You
There is a seed
Of violence in me
I nurture it with
Every swallowed pain
There is a spool
Of violence in you
It wraps itself round
Every wounded name

I try to hold on
To my love
As I unfold you
As I unfold you

There is a need
To harbor suffering
I cradle it with
Every caged embrace

I try to hold on
To my love
I try to hold on
To my love
As I unfold you
As I unfold you

Unlock
Uncage
Release
Embrace
My rage
Let loose
I offer
This truth