No Matter How Deep The Darkness, He Descends Deeper Still

by M Iafrate

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released 03 March 2011

Recorded, mixed and mastered on March 2, 2011 at David Klug Studio, Pittsburgh, PA by David Klug.

Guts photos by Dallas Campbell.
Cover design by David Klug.

Michael John Iafrate - voice, acoustic guitars, harmonica, piano sounds.

"Horse Birth" and "God O God" by Michael John Iafrate. Alternate versions will appear on the forthcoming M Iafrate & The Priesthood album Christian Burial.

"Take My Will" by Jandek, arranged by M Iafrate.
"Stick In The Mud" by The Jayhawks.
"I Am The Bread Of Life" by Suzanne Toolan.

Thank you: Emily, Hazel, Dave, Dallas, Clint, Sean, Ryan, and all the Iafrates.

Contact: mikey@catholicanarchy.org
Web: miafrate.catholicanarchy.org

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M Iafrate (& The Priesthood) Wheeling, West Virginia

Singer-songwriter from West Virginia whose dark "theo-folk" touches on the intersecting themes of religion, politics, and sexuality, navigating the shifting boundaries between devotion and blasphemy while giving respectful nods to such influences as Will Oldham, Neil Young, classic R.E.M., Elliott Smith, Ryan Adams, The Jayhawks, and Magnolia Electric Co. ... more

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Track Name: Horse Birth
for bathing my baby head to toe
in a bucket of glass.
for making me take it, as you know, in my past.
perfect i know i am not,
but my freedom is now worth a shot.

horses are free, and horses are gold,
but when when the horse is a man, his face is a hole.

and i’ll have you suffer like the man
you knew nothing about,
and find my redemption hanging there
on that tree of life.
no need to disrupt the decay
with parts of his corpse in the cane!

horses are free, and horses are gold,
but when when the horse is a man, his face is a hole.

remind, remind this clouded mind
why baby and i would not leave you behind.
this sound rebounds all through these hills,
that icy white scream of this beast that i’ve killed.
i once was told to forgive’s divine,
but my god has died seven times seventy times.
besides i know it’s nature’s law,
for our lives are red both in tooth and in claw.

horses are free, and horses are gold,
but when when the horse is a man, his face is a hole.

no need to disrupt the decay
with parts of his corpse in the cane.
Track Name: God O God
maybe the fire will rain down tonight.
the flocks would all run and take cover,
breathing and panting, their lungs full of stones
they picked up and hurled at each other.
then the things that we’re chasing will appear to our eyes
as emptiness dressed up in grandeur.
and the longer we’re empty, the drama we thrive on
will wash away as clean as the sand.

and that’s why the papers are spotless,
and that’s why there’s little to see.
we don’t need a drink to forget all our worries.
we’re doing just fine with tv.

maybe the fire will rain down tonight.
the flocks would all run and take cover.
and maybe the fire is making us scared
for maria our virginite mother.
god o god, won’t you make me an athlete,
and make yourself manifest daily.
and give me the courage to make up in song
for what i know in my heart that i’m lacking.