The Forty Thieves EP

by The Forty Thieves

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released 17 August 2012

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The Forty Thieves Brisbane, Australia

The Forty Thieves started in Jacob Clarke's living room at 2am one night after a party. Since then, the group started writing songs in university practice rooms and eventually put together recordings in Matt's little West End flat. The result was a tuneful mess of world-inspired folk, a mix of unconventional instruments (like the guitarrón, autoharp, and mandolin). They have big plans. ... more

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Track Name: On My Grave
Shedding skin and bones
In the lake they flow
Across the water reflecting the clouds

Just pick up the leaves for me now
To cover my soul
From the storm so violent, so loud

Why don't you come with me so i can show you
All that you said would be, but only i knew
All the miles and miles that i walked for you.
Would you be so kind to put that on my grave too?

I'll waited, all the seasons have passed
I've heard all the excuses you've used
And all that you said would be,
You never ended up doing for me

White storm, I told you I know nothing at all
White clouds, I see white I see white I see white and nothing else

Why don't you come with me so I can show you
All that you said would, but only I knew
All the miles and miles that I walked for you
Would be so kind to put that on my grave too?


Why don't you come with me so I can show you..
Track Name: Friend
Years ago we fought a war
A two-soldier legion made worry no more
And you met a friend who was made of the air
And what a blessing it's been; he's carried you ever since

But did you ever find it strange
that the only one who heard me was you?
And don't you hear the people say
That he must have lost his mind for him to answer?
I know you're still a child
But today you're fit for battle as a man
For time he is a thief
And while we sleep he launders all the years he can.

But friend of mine don't hide
I must leave your side
Even if it kills me
And friend through high and low
Don't you dare let go
Of all the things that made me stay

Years ago we won the war
Our two-soldier legion won't fight anymore
And you have a friend who was made of the air
And what a blessing it's been

But I will never feel the rain fall down on my face
And I will never taste the air in morning after the storm
If my eyes could summon tears know that I would cry an ocean at goodbye.
But you need to love someone who can bleed and breathe and stumble and lie!

Friend of mine don't hide
I must leave your side
Even if it kills me
And friend through high and low
Don't you dare let go
Of all the things that made me --
And friend of mine don't hide
I must leave your side
Even if it kills me
Track Name: Lady Grey
Rain pour down, days on end;
Sun will bake, and the law will bend.
Wolves come out, raze our land;
Well, Papa never was a businessman.

Fear for the hounds of Lady Grey,
For the father of the church, and his medicine crate
Bind my hands beneath your will;
Now I'm counting crows on a window sill.

Wake face-down in the shallowest grave;
Well, I've got more than a soul to save.
Patient blade ready by my side-
It'll soon be sheathed in his thick, dead hide!

Grind my bones to makes his bread;
Got a hook back home to hang my head
I climb out with a shakin' spine
Gonna cut him down and take what's mine!
Track Name: Dearest Winter
So leave me drowning in the deep
And turn your head and run.
I hear you cower in your sleep
and my guilt, it weighs a ton.

And all of your light is fading fast from me
All of your light is fading fast from me

Dearest winter how'd you get so cold?
Your white snow is sending shivers down my soul
If you see a woman who looks as lost as I,
Tell her I am looking for her
'cause she left her love behind.

La la la la la, la la la la la
La la la la la, la la la la la
La la la la la

We were two birds caught in a spider's web
dreaming of flying again
I tried to find the strength to turn my head
to take your mind away from all the monsters
but it seems that somehow,

All of your light is fading fast from me
All of your light is fading fast from me

Dearest winter how'd you get so cold?
Your white snow is sending shivers down my soul
If you see a woman who looks as lost as I,
Tell her I am looking for her
'cause she left her love behind.

La la la la la, la la la la la
La la la la la, la la la la la
La la la la la

Dearest winter how'd you get so cold?
Your white snow is sending shivers down my soul
If you see a woman who looks as lost as I,
Tell her I am looking for her
'cause she left her love behind.

But all of your light is fading fast from me
All of your light is fading fast from me.