The Beast That Rolls Within

from by Dietrich Strause

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes in a delightful four panel package with original photography by Michael Spencer. Inside you'll find a lyric and credit booklet. Pre-order includes an immediate download of a track from the record.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Little Stones to Break the Giant's Heart via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Includes unlimited streaming of How Cruel That Hunger Binds via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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I came to worship brothers
I came to enter in
to kneel before the station doors
and the beast that rolls within

To share in blood the crimson flood
through a tunnel of tiled veins
in earth embedded, in darkness descended
I rode that Charlie train

I rode the ways of the hollow days
with the weary chained in the cars
I found a witness to the emptiness
of the chambers of my heart

On the tracks below where the garden grows
among roots I was lost in my thoughts
of my deepest love, my fondest one
the thistle in my paw

When the brakeman stalled, the conductor called
at the end of the long platform
I noticed not who we picked up
when he stepped into the car

From first to last he shuffled past
with a can he gathers with
I just sat in my row in a hopeless glow
clutched to my offering

No alms I spared no glance I dared
my breath held in my lungs
like I didn't hear his sacred prayer
the plea from his tongue

"Mercy brother, I must beg of you
for the good grace and the bright trace
of the light that shines in you."

The train stood still, my pockets filled
with every dime I entered with
past the empty can and the turnstile man
I crawled from the den


from How Cruel That Hunger Binds, released August 26, 2016
Dietrich Strause (guitar, vocals)
Zachariah Hickman (electric guitar)
Sam Kassirer (wurlitzer)
Alec Spiegelman (flute, clarinet)
Dominic Billet (drums)



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