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released May 5, 2008

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anabaptist bestiary project Ann Arbor, Michigan

Rocking the world through reflection on creatures the Anabaptist Bestiary Project is a ten piece alternative rock ensemble under the creative direction of Trevor Bechtel. The ABP collects vocal and instrumental musicians from Bluffton University to delve into the artistic and literary heritage of the spirituality of creatureliness. ... more

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Track Name: hummingbird
Hummingbird (a song about hummingbirds)
50 times a second your wings beat
a path to my heart
hovering in one place now and then
away i see you dart

i see you coming backwards, forwards and
from side to side
why do i always notice you
why do i sometime hide

we are like flowers
shining in the sun
red blue and yellow
waiting for hummingbirds to come
Track Name: always
always(a song about lions)

I thought that you would make me alive
I thought that you could rise
I thought that you would lead me to heaven
I thought that you could hide

but it was always
someone else
who found the right words, found the right path

I know that you despise the young
you want them to die
I know that you don't care for your neighbour
you only care for you pride

and it was always
someone else
who would protect me, circle round me

I will be more careful the next time
I put me trust in my eyes
I will look to the colour of your hair
and how it lies

because it's always
someone else
bringing us together, holding us forever
Track Name: dreaming
dreaming (a song about cats)

O, I feel so clever
teaching you a trick
playing with some string
hiding behind a door

but I'm lead to wonder
what it is you want
what it is you need
or who is teaching who

and when i hide
you will find me
and when i sigh
you will comfort me

I need to learn to pray
in the way you pray
twisting turning out
falling within grace


i need to learn to see
in the way you see
in front, below above
before and in between

and if i hide
you will find me
and if i die
you will know me

i know that your watch
is not a friendly gaze
searching through the haze
on my ordered mind

still it comforts me
knowing that you know
after and before
the lifting of my soul

if i'm breathing
if i stop breathing
if i'm dreaming
if i stop dreaming
Track Name: nature mother nature
Nature, Mother Nature (a song about trees)

Nature, Mother Nature, You've always fixed my soul
Put me back together and you made me whole
I don't believe it, what I do in return
I make you sick, I make you dead, I make your forests burn

Nature, Mother, Nature, the society we're in
seems bound together in corporate sin
I don't believe it, what I do in return
With my silent endorsements as the money wheels turn

Nature, Mother Nature, I think they've got the right idea
These monks in Sri Lanka who've been ordaining trees
I want to be called to this new religion where
Rivers are priests and hills do teach the truth about land and air.
Track Name: just like the climage changes
Just like the climate changes
(a song about all the different ways that animals are being forced to change due to climate change)

Stop! Turn around your heart
to the world which you once loved
The world in which now songbirds need to sing at night
and shark mothers give birth all by themselves
The world where brown bears give up on hibernation.

Ice, rain, clouds, lightning

And I could change, if you wanted me too.
Just like the climate changes
see my heart melt, feel my temperature rising,
Just like the climate changes

so Stop! Turn around your heart
to the world which you once loved
The world where frogs and lizards lose their leaves
and chestnut trees bloom before the spring has come
The world that forces squirrels and chipmunks up the mountains

Ice, rain, clouds, lightning

And I could change, do you really want me to?
change like the climate changes
Track Name: supernatural existential
Supernatural Existential (a song about whales)
What is the ground of my feeling lonely,
out of place and out of time
Is it just an empty melancholy,
Is it the bit of you you left behind

Supernatural Existential

How is it that I am guided by voices,
a bit too far, a bit too near
Or it that the whole creation is groaning
for everyone with ears to hear.

Supernatural Existential

And am I just like everyone, are we all the same
or am I just the only one, no one else to blame
And are you all in everyone, are you quiet or strong
or are you calling everyone, as if seized by song

Supernatural Existential

As deep calls to deep, in the cascades of your waterspouts
A thousand voices, a thousand songs,
a thousand languages delight the ear
The melody echoes from reef to reef,
washing over me within and without
From mother to daughter, from mother to son,
from mother to mother down the years
Track Name: tonight
Tonight (a song about mushrooms)
walking the land that killed my father's father
finding the place where the atom broke
i trip on a branch and fall hard to the ground
i rise to my knees and through the smoke

crawling uneasily with the world's disdain
a possum turns an ugly eye to me
the weight of an ancient and evolving history
starts to unfold as she says forcefully

if you want to put the world aright
go underground go underground tonight
if you want to put the world aright
go underground go underground tonight
go underground go underground tonight

walking away from the home that once knew me
looking for a place that's all my own
i search for connections but there is no network
i yearn in the smallest way to be known

and then crawling over trash in my back alley
a possum turns an ugly eye to me
the weight of an ancient and evolving history
starts to unfold as she says forcefully

if you want to put the world aright ...

walking towards a future that must hold me
searching for life in a new way
i dig my hands down into the deep rich soil
i pause, and then turn to face the day