Winter Letters

by Arn Rhys

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This album was recorded up at a cabin in the interior of British Columbia last fall. It is the first record that I have made together with my great friend and producer Jarett Holmes that I feel has managed to capture a compelling degree of raw sincerity.
The tracks are all performed live-off-the-floor and without accompaniment, with minimal editing. The choice of a bare aesthetic was deliberate. In presenting the songs with just guitar and vocal, I hoped to create a space in which the listener would be able to most directly witness--and perhaps even resonate with--the hues of vulnerability and loss that glow softly at the heart of this collection of songs.
I offer the Winter Letters to you now with warm feelings of gratitude. Happy listening.

AR

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released March 7, 2011

Produced by Jarett Holmes
Mastered by Steve Hall
Songs Written & Performed by Arn Rhys
Cover Art Layout by Heidi Schlitt at Indie Pool
Special Thanks to Paden Barder, Scott Larson and Ian Bevis

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Track Name: Come Sweet Snow
Come, sweet snow
Let me go, I am warm now
I can't have what I had before
Come, sweet snow
Let me go, to be home now
I can't hold this old heart any more

Come, sweet babe
Cross the wind to be my rhyme
I only loved one before
Come, sweet babe
I may wait for a lifetime
Just to hold you in my arms once more

All is now
but I must wait in then
I'll see her fall from me again

There's too much nothing in tomorrow
So today I make to go
I can't suffer for this question lord
Which side should I show
When it's such a shame to fall apart
Such a shame to lie
Such a shame to call it art
And such a shame to die singin'

Come, sweet snow
Let me go, I am warm now
I can't have what I had before
Come, sweet snow
Let me go, to be home now
I can't hold this old heart any more

All is now
but I must wait in then
I'll see her fall from me again
Track Name: Dark Sky
When your heart goes out to the stork that delivered you
And the dark sky over your island appeals to you
Then you can't untwist what you thought was true
'Cause your love's too close to see you through

Well do you call it foe or do you call it friend
This dream of dying at the end
Do you curse at all the time you spend
Just 'a wishing old love back again

And when you arrive and decide to be beside yourself
May no one lay you down
And when you do find to be kind's opened a real wealth
May no one steal your crown

Just say what I see come to life for me

Well no one's going to find me now
'Cause I done escaped but I don't know how
I split to tombstone from the grave
And make the ghost pay my way

And when you arrive and decide to be beside yourself
May no one lay you down
And when you do find to be kind's opened a real wealth
May no one steal your crown

Just say what I see come to life for me

Darlin' my love what you do to me I can't explain
Just don't know when I come back to you
Won't be the same

When your heart goes out to the stork that delivered you
And the dark sky over your island appeals to you
Then you can't untwist what you thought was true
'Cause your love's too close to see you through

You trip so hard and the floor falls through
And you can't call home what you come back too
Track Name: Dharma Rose
My old love, over me
She holds me down, and lets me see
All my life, and all my needs
Pale before her mysteries

She says, boy you've been, gone so long
And while you were, I carried on
I fell in love, and it changed my world
You'll never know the same old girl

She sits me down, with the same old eyes
That can see right through, the same old lies
Sayin' I forgive, the child in you
'Cause there's nothin' else, that I can do

I'll give you part of what I found
But don't be fooled, I won't stick 'round
There's a whole wide world to take your place
And I see this truth clear on her face

She turns to me, then turns away
Holds the silence in just her way
'Fore she lets me go from all her mind
Beyond the light that left her blind

But in her very last smiling sigh
There's a sweet release that let's me by
The smallest thing inside her gives
And it's just enough to let us live

I love her, love her
I love her, love her

My old love, over me
She holds me down, and lets me see
All my life, and all my needs
Pale before her mysteries
Track Name: Half My Answer
babe that's only half my answer
but you can't hear for what you're after's
filled your head
with all they've said
'bout how to see right through

i'm born in bloom
but not to stay
as up in smoke i rise to fade away
my dark effect
and shadow clear
are humbled under all my mind in fear

our two thrones now turned away
yours through the night, mine through the day
as you break in two
what makes me true
and give it to the blue

i'm born in bloom
but not to stay
as up in smoke i rise to fade away
my dark effect
and shadow clear
are humbled under all my mind in fear
Track Name: Love in Doubt of You
I live alone without time
I'd call it a home, but it's not mine
I want to say I only want to be there
I want to say I'll give this up for you
I want to save the ghost in me that don't care
What anybody throws on what I do

Oh, it's so strung out
This love in doubt of you

I draw a line that you dance 'cross
and I'd call it a sign, but at what cost
I want to say there's something for me out there
That'll never catch the wind that brought me you
But I just can't see it comin' out of nowhere
This arrow that'll pierce me straight and true

Oh, it's so strung out
Yeah, it's so strung out
This love in doubt of you

I make a stand, and you bow down
I offer my hand, and you turn 'round
I only want to make up what we're missing
But these questions fill my mind with what you do
You only offer answers when I'm kissing
From the heart in me that just don't care what's true

Oh, it's so strung out
This love in doubt of you
Track Name: Mara
Don't say in your way that I'll be there
'Cause I'm fine and this time I'm nowhere
I'm comin' off a feeling of going under
So please watch yourself
I'm comin' to a feelin' of knowing wonder
and no, it's no one else

I was open, but you're just the same
Such was broken, please don't call my name
I'm comin' off a feeling of going under
So please watch yourself
I'm comin' to a feelin' of knowing wonder
and no, it's no one else

But oh how I see you change before me
Oh, how I see you come to be
Track Name: Mary
What if I was only made to see
what you're built to hold for me?
What if I could only understand
if I offered you my empty hands?

Now, Mary, your sons were broken
but what else could they be
The right kind in the wrong time
in a twenty-odd century

What if I could only free my mind
if I let myself go truly blind?
What if I could only fake the song
that made me seem more right than wrong?

Oh, Mary, my life was broken
but what else could they be
I'm the right kind in the wrong time
in a twenty-odd century

Now I'm steeped in such confusion
and I see it only for you

What if I could break the one machine
that ties my heart to both our dreams?
What if I could not get past the thought
that takes these wings to all I'm not?

Oh, Mary, your sons were broken
but what else could they be
The right kind in the wrong time
in a twenty-odd century
Track Name: When It All Comes Back
What do you do, what do you feel,
what do you write and how do you deal
when it all comes back to you?

What do you think, what do you know,
who do you ask, where do you go
when it all comes back to you?

There's a change that walks on down the line
and a change that shines and blinds your mind
and a change that feels just like old times
when I'm only holding you

What do you like, what do you name,
what do you fight, and what do you blame
when it all comes back to you?

What do you start, what do you end,
what do you buy back, what do you bend
when it all comes back to you?

There are times when I'm alone and I
look out beyond and feel alright
Through all these homes and all these lives
I'm only holding you

'Cause even freedom wears me down
from sleeping floors about the town
from chains and days I weave your crown
when I'm only holding you

So what do you change, what do you turn,
what do you undo, and what do you learn
when it all comes back to you?

What do you love, what do you see,
what do you forgive, and how can it be
that it all comes back to you?

Yes, all my pain has served me well
of hope and fear my troubles tell
it's a hardened claim that rings the bell
when I'm only holding you
Track Name: The Winter
Cold, moon-dyed soul
and the feeling rolled
I'm the rising tide
in the wake of winter

With all I've seen
of the prism's heartbreak stream
I will find a life
in the way of the river bend

And I'm running again and again
to get by the river, run by the river
and I'm running again and again
to get by the winter, by by the winter

I'll wait my turn
to live and learn
as I ride inside
the weight of the river

When peace don't flow
for the lustless soul
the moral know
the way the good get to quiver then

And I'm running again and again
to get by the river, run by the river
and I'm running again and again
to get by the winter, by by the winter

I will come to be a wave unknowin'
as I have all but seen the grave I've chosen

I come by the river to learn how to pray
and to lose myself and to find myself
Living a dream with an ancient soul
the winter ain't so cold

...moon-dyed soul
and the feeling rolled
I'm the rising tide
in the wake of winter

With all I've seen
of the prism's heartbreak stream
I will find a life
in the way of the river bend