Primal Rumble

by Gretchen Lohse

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Benjamin Warfield A beautiful album of intimate music that pulls the listener in. Transcends the folk and singer/songwriter genre with unique arrangements of electronic and found-sound elements. Somehow both youthful/playful yet mature and contemplative - if you've not visited Gretchen's mystic neuvolk world, you're in for a treat! Favorite track: Spider at the Gate.
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released December 10, 2013

All songs written by Gretchen Lohse

Recorded and Mixed by Rick Flom
Mastered by James Dellatacoma

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Gretchen Lohse Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Gretchen Lohse is a native Philadelphia singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. As the front woman of Philadelphia psychedelic folk rock band Yellow Humphrey, she dreams up rich, strange musical tapestries- part memoir and part tall tale- that are heavily influenced by folklore and silent films. Solo, she is barebones and delicate, her songs full of ghosts and unrequited love. ... more

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Track Name: All Around the River
I am not a willow
though I wish that I could be
a solitary temple
silent and wise
With secrets of the world
sweet and tremulous as time
I'd let the wind blow through me
with little more than a sigh

I've forgotten where I'm going
where I've been and where I'll be
I walk through fields of echos
kind as shadows, warm as snow

All around the river, dear
I will walk until my feet appear to bleed
and I grow old

I am not a Pharaoh
though I wish that I could be
golden and unnamed
silent and wise
I'd sleep throughout eternity
as all things passed me by
I'd stare like Nefertiti
captive in Berlin.

I've forgotten where I'm going
where I've been and where I'll be
I walk through fields of echos
kind as shadows, warm as snow

All around the river, dear
I will walk until my feet appear to bleed
and I grow old

I am not a sailboat
though I wish that I could be
half sunk under water
silent and wise
I'd go where I was told to
never minding where I'd go
I'd listen as the waves call
"sail away, oh! sail away"

I've forgotten where I'm going
where I've been and where I'll be
I walk through fields of echos
kind as shadows, warm as snow

All around the river, dear
I will walk until my feet appear to bleed
and I grow old


All around the river, dear
I will walk until my feet appear to bleed
and I grow old
Track Name: Two Travelers
I can see all the roads from here
don't matter where I turn
these invisible hands show me where to go
it's not mine to choose

If we part from here it'll be nothing new
the foot will never know what the eye can do

Though I'm done with providence
and I'm through with expectation
I'll never be done with you
we are two birds, clinging to the same old tree


Honey, honey let me be near you for a moment
it's been some time since I've been around
If I got your blessing I will sit for a little while
soon enough I will drift away

If we part from here it'll be nothing new
the foot will never know what the eye can do

Though I'm done with providence
and I'm through with expectation
I'll never be done with you
we are two birds, clinging to the same old tree
Track Name: Garment
the orchid in the summertime
has no need for ermine
for velvet, for lace
it bends and sways
blooms and stays


I need you to notice me
put your hand on my hair
you're a hunter, and there's a sparrow
with a beak like an arrow.


I'll wear crimson
I'll be real still
you're not far
I'll pull you towards the center here


don't bother to leave me a trail
the dark is like lightening and voices are loud
i'll know you by the bones in your finger



the orchid in the summertime
has no need for ermine
for velvet or lace
it bends and sways
blooms and stays
Track Name: The Role of Rabbits
Sometimes the sky worries my heart
as the winter grass holds the frost
Now it carries you
who runs and blurs and bleeds
who bursts away as sandpipers do

And the earth; it breathes as you whisper
"Darling, settle in my world for awhile -
stay in my world for awhile."

The string that holds us close and brings us near
invisible like ghosts are
as we wheel over the ground as vast as moons
remember me, remember me

And the earth; it breathes as you whisper
"Darling, settle in my world for awhile -
stay in my world for awhile."

Will you tell me when you go?
Will you tell me when you're gone?
It comes faster than I think,
but now I understand
The role of rabbits
and the sought for thing

And the earth; it breathes as you whisper
"Darling, settle in my world for awhile -
stay in my world for awhile."

And the earth; it breathes as you whisper
"Darling, settle in my world for awhile -
stay in my world for awhile."
Track Name: Ornament of the Enamoured Heart
Nation of two, I'm missing the idea of you.
The one I find all night and disprove every day.


There may be grey skies but I wouldn't know. All that I see, all I see is you.


Sleepless, starless, back and forth nights, the way you hide behind my eyes.
Why can't I let you go? Why can't I let you go?


There may be grey skies but I wouldn't know. All that I see, all I see is you.


I'll never belong to anyone. I'll never belong to anyone.
Track Name: Rings
Maybe you were born in an Austrian forest
where you grew till you could no more
you were home to various creatures
who grew in you till they could no more

In the woods you lived
In death you sing
maybe one day we will all break free

I have walked through woods before
seen others like you a million times or more
I wondered if you were listening
to the quiet songs that my feet made

In the woods you lived
In death you sing
maybe one day we will all break free

I hold you in my hands and start to play
a simple tune I found written in your rings
I will continue on with you
until I can no more

In the woods you lived
In death you sing
maybe one day we will all break free....
Track Name: Bonesetter
The moon rose hasty tonight
No room in the dark
I fear I've lost him
my midnight love


I can't give him much
but I give him what I've got
I can't give him much
but I give him what I've got

He's a bone setter
He's a bone setter
I burn
I burn


I found him a long way from home
where he bedazzled me
He stared with his bird wing eyes
And oh!
he wore 'em well


I can't give him much
but I give him what I've got
I can't give him much
but I give him what I've got

He's a bone setter
He's a bone setter
I burn
I burn


When he comes marching back to me
The sweetness, the misery
the break and the mend
now I know what it's for
now I know what it's for

The measure he gives
is the measure I got

The measure he gives
is the measure I got

The measure he gives
is the measure I got

The measure he gives
is the measure I got
Track Name: The Cuckoo
Oh William, why did you blow away?
I was unaware we had so little time.

Oh, the cuckoo! She warbles as she flies.

I have lain down the comb
the only token I could leave
I hope that you found it
the only token I could leave

I would have been forever faithful
no one had warned never to trust in you

Oh, the cuckoo! She warbles as she flies.

I have lain down the comb
the only token I could leave
I hope that you found it
the only token I could leave

Roots they will whither, branches they will decay
It wasn't long till you turned away

Oh, the cuckoo! She warbles as she flies.

I have lain down the comb
the only token I could leave
I hope that you found it
the only token I could leave

the only token I could leave
Track Name: Spider at the Gate
The sun, the sun, the sun, the sun
shimmers on my hair
while people drift in and out

How long, how long, how long
can I escape this light
and how long can I hang?

I'm just a spider at the gate
I just sit and wait
I'm a spider at the gate
I just sit and wait


It's true, it's true, it's true, it's true
I am dancing on the bed
I fear I've lost the chase

This is, this is, this is, this is
how I turned out
this is what I've become


I'm just a spider at the gate
I just sit and wait
I'm a spider at the gate
I just sit and wait


Though my teeth look like kernels now
they once were white and rippled deep
they once saved the day, they once saved the day
they once save the day, they once saved the day

and now

I'm a spider at the gate
I just sit and wait
I'm a spider at the gate
I just sit and wait
Track Name: Primal Rumble
Let's tumble out onto the sand
back behind clouds
lies a barbaric globe
and I'm curious to see what it all means
I'm curious to see what it all means

How can we find what we are lookin for
how can we find that immovable center
when each of our strands relates to another?
what happens to one befalls every member
I am curious to see what it all means

We'll lift you up, lift you up over the waters
lean into our hands, the tide's getting higher
tell us if you can feel the primal rumble inside you
I know that you're uncertain about being the sky
I am curious to see what it all means


There is importance in the air here
where we are
and what we do
and who are near

All of the wild things that we are
are bottomless
and turn us
internally

We will always be here, dancing beside the sea

We will always be here, dancing beside the sea