No Time To Tarry

by The Bright Wings Chorus

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  • The fourth and final album by the Bright Wings Chorus is a collection of shape note songs, all but one composed by Brendan Taaffe. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Colin McCaffrey. Cover image by Maria Day ( Design by Zara Bode.
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Vermillion 02:28
Our cheerful voices let us raise And sing a parting song My friends I'm with you here today But cannot tarry long
Syria 01:49
Hungry and faint and poor O behold us, Lord, again Assembled at thy mercy's door Thy bounty for to gain
I dwell in darkness and unseen My heart is desolate within My thoughts in musing silence trace The ancient wonders of thy grace For thee I thirst, I pray, I mourn When will thy smiling face return? Shall all my joys on Earth remove, and God forever hide his love? In thee I trust, to thee I sigh And lift my heavy soul on high For thee sit waiting all the day and wear the tiresome hours away
I cross 'til I am weary a mountain in my mind More mountains, yes, more mountains And then a desert find I have born a thousand burdens, I guard the night, I praise the day But every seed that I have planted, the wind has blown away And when the sea stops raging, I raise my eyes, I ask for grace. But every step that I have taken, the waves they do erase.
And then my heart will bow, when dew is dropping sleep Until God burn time before the unlaboring stars and you And then my soul shall rest while darkness round me mourns And even time shall fade before the unlaboring stars and you
Heartland 01:38
The voice of my beloved sounds over the rocks and rising grounds O'er hills of guilt and seas of grief, he leaps, he flies to my relief The bleak midwinter now is gone. The mists are fled and spring comes on. The sacred turtle dove we hear proclaim the new, the joyful year The immortal vine of heavenly root blossoms and buds and gives her fruit Lo, we are come to taste the wine, our souls rejoice and bless the vine.
Now is the time of love, now the bells shall ring The lark, the land, the turtle dove lift every voice and sing. Joy will bring me to your arms. I'll fly on the wings of grace. I'll fly on grace This love that's lodged within my heart I never shall erase. This seed we plant in tender earth and tend it in the morn. We leap, we sing, we flower forth: our child now is born!
Holman 01:43
Death cannot make our souls afraid if God be with us there. We shall walk through her darkest shade and never yield to fear. I could renounce my all, my soul, of every fear be rid. And run if I were called to go and die as Moses did. When I shall climb to Pisgah's top and view the promised land Grief and pain and our tears shall stop as in God's palm we stand.
Aleppo 01:50
Why have you abandoned us here on the shore, While storm clouds gather and roar? To the world we are objects of anger and wrath, To the Lord beloved no more. Our homes were destroyed like a castle of sand, So with thousands and thousands we flee. Our lives we place in thy merciful hand To face darkness and storms on the sea.
America 03:02
Bamidon 02:02
Come my beloved, haste away. Cut short the hours of thy delay. Fly like a youthful hart or roe, over the fields where spices grow. Stronger than death thy love is known, which floods of wrath could never drown. Earth and hell in vain combine to quench a fire so much divine. O let thy name engraven stand, both on my heart and on my hand Seal me upon thine arm and wear that pledge of love forever there.
Like stars whose dust has shaped our bones, our every light shall fly No more shall we indulge our fears, our songs shall mount the sky.


released April 4, 2018

all songs composed by Brendan Taaffe except Ten Thousand Charms by Hal Kunkel

tracked, mixed, and mastered by Colin McCaffrey
cover image by Maria Day (
design by Zara Bode


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Brendan Taaffe Brattleboro, Vermont

The New Line, led by front-man Brendan Taaffe on mbira, brings together African rhythms with Appalachian ballads to create a new sound that comes together with unexpected tenderness. Blending mbira, gourd banjo, electric guitar, percussion, this is music from the intimate borderlands of indie-folk and afropop. ... more

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