Volume Four: Sacrifice

by The Twelve Canons

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Charles Hoffman Everyone else trying to make evil psycho-folk can pretty much give up now. But if you find this one a bit over-orchestrated, check out the older stuff. Favorite track: Goddess of Love.
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Recorded almost entirely at a mental institute in Marion, Iowa, this marks the fourth nightmarish release from The Twelve Canons.

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released June 21, 2011

Vocals, classical guitar, lyrics - Jim DuRocher
Vocals, bass, composition and sequencing of additional parts, etc. - Justin Norman

Recorded at the Abbe Center for Community Care in Marion, IA and at Shrieking Tree in Des Moines, IA
Mixed/edited by Justin Norman
Cover photograph by Dan Nordal
Cover handwriting by Jim DuRocher

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The Twelve Canons Marion, Iowa

The Twelve Canons were formed sometime in 2001 or 2002 in Des Moines, Iowa by singer/guitarist Jim DuRocher. After three albums with members Sam Gold and Alex Body, the Twelve Canons stripped back to a two-piece with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Justin Norman. The music combines folk, pop, and unbridled horror into one bitter, but ultimately rewarding package. ... more

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Track Name: Sacrifice
Let me kill you
I'll use the sharpest little knife
and offer up the prettiest little sacrifice
Tie the noose up real, real, real tight
'cause that's a noose the way I like

Let me kill you
I'll use the sharpest little knife
and offer up the prettiest little sacrifice
Tie the noose up real, real, real, real tight, that noose
'cause I don't like my women loose
Track Name: When the Spirits Leave Me
Won't you look at me?
Talk to me
Answer, please

Won't you let me know?
Please don't go
Tell me all about my sins

Damn the man who says
that ignorance is bliss
Damn the eyes I have
for showing me this

The company you keep
is a reflection of yourself
but what if they're not real?

You're imagining things
that you want to see
because at heart you have a need
to suffer more than most

I do all of this and more
when the spirits leave me
with an empty cup
I can fill up

And I need it bad
God, this is sad
Shouting madly in the yard

What must the neighbors think?
It's clear he needs a drink
Let's not give him one
'cause watching him's too fun

The memories you leave
with all your friends and family
are difficult at best

May as well give up
Why bother even try
because you clearly want to die?

Just the captain and the ship
need be swallowed by the sea
when the spirits leave me
Track Name: High Ho
Dig, dig, dig, dig
Dig, dig, dig, dig
Dig, dig, dig, dig
Dig, dig, dig, dig

Listen here, my boy, and I will tell a tale
of men who dig inside the walls
and haunt you 'til you hide to no avail

Ya da da da da di di
High ho
Ya da da da da di di
It's off to work we go

Dig, dig, dig, dig
Dig, dig, dig, dig
Dig, dig, dig, dig
Dig, dig, dig, dig

You'll hear them when you're in your room
when no one's 'round
They raise up quite a din, you see
and you can't help but hear their awful sound

Ya da da da da di di
High ho
Ya da da da da di di
It's off to work we go

Dig, dig, dig, dig
Dig, dig, dig, dig
Dig, dig, dig, dig
Dig, dig, dig, dig

These men dig just for you,
see, no one else can hear
The devil's digging in the walls
They're raising Cain and bringing on the fear

Ya da da da da di di
High ho
Ya da da da da di di
It's off to work we go

Dig, dig, dig, dig
Dig, dig, dig, dig
Dig, dig, dig, dig
Dig, dig, dig, dig

And so, you see, you must behave
and take your pills
or little men will come for you
with picks and axes better for the kill

Ya da da da da di di
High ho
Ya da da da da di di
It's off to work we go
Track Name: Goddess of Love
Our goddess of love
She wraps around you
Fits like a glove
An angel from above

Our little angel of rape
Our lady of perpetual disgrace
has offered you a taste

Look who it is
Give us a kiss
No you can't resist
I won't ask, I'll insist
Just spread those lips

Our sheriff of lust
Deputizing each of us
to betray a private trust

Our patron saint of hatred
The guilt, the shame, you're naked
Disgraceful, obscene, you're a mess

What have you done?
I hope you had fun
'cause you fucked quite a ton
and quite frankly, I'm stunned

Now would you please come...
What?
...with me?
Track Name: Daddy Longlegs
A rose is such a pretty thing
Before it's bloomed, before it's spring
It's winter in his heart
My daddy, sinner's king

He's the gardener, I'm the rose
A living poem in nature's prose
His treasure while I'm young
Oh so precious, more than gold

But my daddy still loves me
My daddy still cares
My daddy still loves me
My daddy longlegs is always there

A cave down south, an open mouth
This way in and that way out
"It's wrong" they all say, "for the child"
But it's my daddy's way

His burning love, his burning home
When he's in me I'm not alone
So keep your heaven above
My daddy wants me down below

My daddy still loves me
My daddy still cares
My daddy still loves me
My daddy longlegs is always there
Track Name: The Spirit of Pregnancy and You in the Nude
My baby
My little child
It's been in me
for quite awhile

Look what it's done to me
Look what it's done
It's taken my beauty
Now I have none

The spirit of pregnancy

So just take it off
and lay your clothes down
and take a step back
Now how's that sound?

They don't suit you
Not anymore
No, they don't fit right
They're not for you

You in the nude
You in the nude
They'll see your true face
shining through

So take it off
and take it all off
and show that skin
beneath the soiled cloth

You in the nude
You in the nude
Track Name: There's No Getting Out
Picked you out of the crowd
No one will hear you
It's too loud

Take you back to my house
Let's play our own game
of cat and mouse

There's no getting out
Quiet now
or I'll sew up your mouth

You're not exactly the prettiest little thing in town
The shepherd was watching the sheep
so I took the cow

Slipped through the herd and snatched you up
This big, bad wolf's been getting in his cups

There's no getting out
Quiet now
or I'll sew up your mouth

What caught my eye was the dull look in yours
Said, "This one's too dim, dumb to be bored"

No one must have cared about you
'cause this was easy
As easy as a sin in a pew

There's no getting out
Quiet now
or I'll sew up your mouth
Track Name: Those Were the Days
Whatever I would say to you
You would follow me to the sand
where we would lay
hand in hand

The waves would lap our feet
as the sea and sky would meet
and the tide would rise

Whatever you would say to me
I would follow you to the sand
where we would lay
hand in hand

The moon was getting dim
So I suggested that we go
and you left

Those were the days
Those were the days
Those were the days
Those were the days
Track Name: Listen Close
Lay down
Pass out

Don't wake up
no matter how bad your dreams
They couldn't possibly be
worse than the morning

The sun may rise
but you won't bat an eye
Bones been weary so
down you'll lie

Listen, oh, listen close
I've something to say
For better or for worse or both
This ends today

In your bed
In your room
In your house
All alone

In the dead of night
Beneath the moon
Long before
the sun shone

So what do you have to say now?
What's that? Nothing snide?
You're silent but you've opened your mouth
As though you've nothing to hide

Well, we'll see how you feel about that
tonight
But I'll bet that
you'll stay quiet

So here we are now
Just you and myself
No love lost between

We've got the books
but we've knocked down the shelves
if you know what I mean

And the score is the same that it's been
for odd years
We'll settle this game with blood
blood and tears

Ya da di di da da di
You're a dead man
Track Name: I Guess It's True What They Say
Well, all the things I have
and the things that I've done
that I regret
are hard to forget
in the time that I've had
and how much I've got left

Well, you asked
so I spoke up
It's a simple task
I just don't make the cut

No, I don't do it for you
and sure as hell not for me
I guess it's true what they say
that this shit isn't free

Trying to get back on your feet
They're just not on the ground
And the frustrating thing is
Your head's not even in the clouds

But that's okay
Because it can't be that long
If it's true what they say
You just gotta be strong

I guess it's true what they say