Tally marks on the prison wall

from 50​-​90 2020 by The Fishermen & the Priestess

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This is a 4-track collaboration. @pfoo and @standup recorded tenor guitar and travel guitar, respectively, and mailed the tape to @nancyrost. She added the alto recorder and mailed the tape to me. I finished the song by adding lyrics and recording vocals, and mixing/mastering the song on my computer.

When I first listened to the song the guitars and the recorder made me think of old times, first medieval and later old west. I had the idea of having someone in a prison, counting the days­ — I think everyone can relate to that — and I wanted the chorus to bring some hope, like light shining through. I think the song would work well with different voices doing verse and chorus.

Tape 2:
1. @pfoo: tenor guitar
3. @standup: travel guitar
2. @nancyrost: alto recorder
4. @Elesimo: lyrics/vocals

lyrics

The days grow long, the shadows, tall
Another day since my fall
I’ve paid my price — haven’t we all?
Scratched tallies on the prison wall

A day goes by, and another one
Time stands still when you’re alone
I’ve played the game, but all I’ve won
Are scratched tallies on the prison stone

Listen to my voice
It cuts through the rain
Even though it’s dark
The sun will rise again

There’s nothing new, there’s only more
Never the answer I’m looking for
It’s all the same, just like before
Scratched tallies on the prison floor

Should I stop or should I begin?
Death stands still with a familiar grin
I fight a battle I can never win
Scratched tallies on my naked skin

Listen to your breath
It cuts through the night
And the sky is darkest
Before it’s bright

The days grow long, the shadows tall
Another day since my fall
I’ve paid my price — haven’t we all?
Scratched tallies on the prison wall

Scratched tallies on the prison wall

credits

from 50​-​90 2020, track released September 27, 2020
Tenor guitar: Patti Fetz
Travel guitar: Erick Standup Ägner
Alto recorder: Nancy Rost
Lyrics/vocals: Beto Dealmeida

Photo by Pham Yen on Unsplash

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The Fishermen & the Priestess Bodega Bay, California

The fishermen and the priestess is the solo project of Beto Dealmeida, a musician interested in nature, vintage sounds and electronics.

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