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The Dust Never Settles

by Bellow Wing

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kryssannie I listen to a lot of music in the car, but this is the album my uncle asks me to turn up the volume. It's so fun. It's so heartfelt. It's so intricate. Even years after it came out--wow, wow.
Aaron J. Shay (he/him)
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Aaron J. Shay (he/him) An album of heartfelt songs played in a ramshackle cabaret folk-punk style, a little rough around the edges but soft and vulnerable at its core. At times funny and irreverent, at other times wrathful and melancholy, "The Dust Never Settles" is a wild ride on an emotional roller coaster made of junkyard parts and held together with duct tape, rusty bolts, and half-forgotten dreams. Favorite track: Merciful Man.
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I met your heart underneath a bridge Prayed your ramblin bones wouldn’t give me the itch Two weeks later you swept me away On freight our fate was decided that day I remember clearly when you said you’d be true By the railyard you made a bed for two You promised you’d take care of me Hand in hand as we walked the streets We laid sweetly in the tall grass With sun kissed skin we revealed to each other our dreams Now I’ve been wandering alone for quite some time Struck down aimless right in my prime Struggled to understand where I went wrong Taking on more than I own for far too long Those eyes I used to know had lost their glow Somewhere along the way we both let go My best friend disappeared and I never knew why Sorrow gained momentum as my tears ran dry Through a gift from grace, clarity slapped me in the face Ripped open an old wound, gave me solid ground for healing I get my heart back through immense pain Turns out I had to let you go again
And 01:52
And I noticed you from across the room And I hoped and prayed you’d come talk to me soon And I didn’t know you and I didnt really care And I just followed you around and played with your hair -- And you were just a place to rest my weary head And then you would tell me you wished I was dead And sometimes my dreams stretch a little too far And you would crush them in the backseat of your car -- Chorus And I just wrote this song last week And I just put my heart on your sleeve And I’ll just slip right through the back door And take back my heart and crap on your floor -- And sometimes when your schemes just dont work And then you end up acting like a jerk And it wont really matter cos I will be gone And I’ll be sitting in my room writing another song -- And it will be about kittens and rainbows and stars And how they put the bandaid back on my heart And it wont have to be good as long as it rhymes And everyone will clap along to it in time -- Chorus
Lung Blood 04:05
Chorus: Inhaled too deep, the wrong time and place Those stones are rooted, secured by pretty moss Lend a hand. Warmth is returning, warmth is returning My eyes need to adjust Verse: Spring is returning, my lungs fill with blood Mouth tastes of tin Always unsettled, stirring beneathe the dirt Been asleep for so long, been asleep for so long Where is the light I’ve seen before -- Future is undetermined, foretold only by my dreams Fear overides all reality The alarm rings again, I am so tired Time escapes me, time escapes me Life isn’t my game Chorus Overrun by thoughts of delusion, my mind refuses calm I swallow the lump and care too much Tear through my insides, enjoying self depravation Entertaining thoughts of decay, entertaining thoughts of decay And it builds -- Into a lonely castle, grown over and protected By snags and thorns carefully arranged to satisfy my safety Years tried, tested and true. Years tried, tested and true And isolated case of lung blood -- Chorus
In Your Hall 05:14
While you sleep, I’m on the floor On my own by the repaired door How did my world turn into this? Dancing around an existence of shit Forty packs won’t calm my nerves Wondering what this all has done to her Caught in a web cos my heart is true Steely brown eyes I melt into you Lost so deep in the pit of my soul Your heart’s reciprocation pays a toll -- Sitting so small on a thrashed shag rug Incompleteable thoughts rule me like a drug Not enough life to know how to be here Waiting so patient for the path to clear Everyday is torture and bliss Forever set, Seven Stars on my wrist -- Don’t see an end, wish it that we Could open this cage and set it all free These paths crossed, entwined so quick What sorcery called upon such a cruel trick Outsider to confusion while lost in my own This complicated wreck, is still looking for a home -- The heat from our embrace, wins it all Yet alone I sit on the floor in your hall The heat from our embrace, wins it all Yet alone I sit on the floor in your hall
Merciful Man 05:30
It takes a merciful soul to make a choice For one who cannot choose The best way to go You bare the burden no one else should To know when it’s time And carry it deep within -- Chorus: You know that it’s right Although the risk is high And you take it alone, you take it alone Knowing that you’ve bestowed mercy and grace Upon a suffering body Housing a kindred soul -- Chorus -- Perfect gratitude and a lifetime of truth Forever shall be yours Perfect gratitude and a lifetime of truth Forever shall be yours Forever shall be yours
You’re a magnet on my brain Can’t unstick gone insane Invade my dreams I asked for it Where did you come from? Tried so hard crossing lines While I sleep, judgment, half lies Half truths, quarter time I don’t think even you know Puzzle me fully occupied Life lived spirits tripped Shape shift carpet ride Want time so much pride Half truths quarter time I don’t think even you know Invited in, fun and sin Dissection equals detection Shape shift carpet ride Want time so much time Dissection equals detection Dissection equals detection
You’ve been by my side through thick and thin I took comfort feeling your warmth against my skin You made me look good when I felt so bad Your carefully woven lovin is the best I’ve ever had Just when everything started going right And you felt perfect to me baby, every single night Slowly you gave way, at the seams And your decaying fibers crushed all of my dreams Chorus: Now you’re so tattered no one else wants you Threadbare and transparent you’re almost useless Your purpose is served but I can’t let you go Just one more time hope my flesh won’t show Just one more time hope my flesh won’t show I thought that this would last, that you would stay true But your dwindling character tells me we’re through No longer can I count on your enfolding care All that’s left is a pile of scraps from our threadbare love affair Chorus
Wild Eyes 05:00
Walk with me on down the road And I’ll tell you all the things that I don't know Your mama told you never to listen to a girl like me With wild eyes, crazy dreams, crazier hair and endless schemes But that doesn't mean a god damned thing when your heart’s alive as a human being Chorus; If you want to roll with me I need your eyes alive If you want to roll with me I need your heart on fire With your hand in mine There's a spark that's in your eyes That makes me sweat and lights up my night Open, bright, clear and true You give to me and I give it to you Do me right and sink it in Our hearts take flight again and again Chorus I’ve got two wandering feet So pack your bags and ramble with me Thru city streets and mountain tops A love so sweet it will never stop Life beneath every single star You’ll get all you need if you trust my heart Through trials and strife love and life Adore my spirit and I’ll be your wife Chorus
The dust it never settles And the smoke it never clears And the moisture on the ceiling Is evaporated tears That once waited for perfection Before going full steam Who owns royalties on my future Dangling them just out of reach But somewhere there is a giggle There is a gaggle of them surely As I melt down wickless candles In a pot to start again And my room feels like A night of restless sleep The ground beneath is never steady Grasping at everything that isn’t ready A never ending battle between logic and my heart I’m in a thousand pieces no idea where to start In between worlds of sleep I find I’ve been plowing sand I always sew but never reap and theres still blisters on my hands Fear is a masked friend That takes me by the hand Wraps me up all safe and warm And I’m caught up in the dance Somewhere beyond the cloud Theres a glimmer of my dream Dancing out on the horizon Is it the power that I seek Ohhhh tear me up and throw me out across the sky Oohhh watch me fall like glitter in the moooo-ooooonah light
Half Truths 02:55


released October 8, 2017

Bellow Wing - Vocals, Accordion, Piano, Saw, Washboard, Bowls, Washtub base, Ukulele, Xylophone
Aaron J Shay - Vocals, Banjo
Jimmy Austin - Trombone, Tuba
Joel Ricci - Trumpet, Flute
Josa Hoppa - Vocals, Trumpet, Guitar, Q-Chord, Pinecone, Flugelhorn
Mai Li Pittard - Violin
Mickey Stylin - Upright Base
Pete Irving - Resonator Guitar
Ry Lucia - Vocal harmonies
Sarah Jane Covert-Bowlds - Saxophone
Sarah Shay - Vocals, Washboard
Seven Stars - guest verse/vocals
Strangely - Vocals
Thorin Valhalla - Drums

Mixed by Sam Top
Album art by Alex Deacon


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Bellow Wing Bellingham, Washington

A blend of Dark-Cabaret and Baroque Pop with a Folk Punk twist.
With words that will rip your heart out, woven through melodies that sew it back together.

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