The Serpent and the Dove

by In Gowan Ring

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THE SERPENT AND THE DOVE relates an alchemical journey
through a luminous garden round the Living Tree; there is a serpent… and there is a dove.
A candle’s flame flickers in the night, lighting the face of a wandering sage settled by a stream. He sings a story he’d heard whispered through the reeds; about a cosmic dancer: her rainbow eyes, her bowl of tea, and a field of dreams out of which the universe grew, and all that we can see… There are willows; there are masks of leaves; there are thousands of bees.

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released November 21, 2015

Oneiric Observation – Iida Ojanperä
Viola, Nyckelharpa – Georg Börner
Baroque Flute, Voice – Emma Skemp
Voice, Spanish Guitar, Piano, Organ, Guitar, Dulcimer, Oboe, Bowed Bells, Drum, Choir, Jaw Harp, Percussion, Bells, Animism & Elementals, Electric Guitar, Bowls, Specters – B'ee

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In Gowan Ring Germany

Rooted in poetic-folk traditions and veneration for the natural world, the Symbolist Folk Music of In Gowan Ring channels stories of stones and angels through homemade instruments and human voice.

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Track Name: Thousands of Bees
In a jar of alchemy
The sands of mind washed in from the sea on a sinking boat
Navigating the tangled thread
In a snag at the edge of the bed a well-worn plot
Written in an aching need
The book with the shining seed could not float
I awoke in the early morning
I thought to tell you something
But I forget what it was now anyway
It’s good of you to stay
I saw myself in shattered mirrors
Each an echo of the other’s features, but never the same
The pieces hung on to the wall
Held a while before they fall from the game
But if they could resolve
To flow as they dissolve my name
I had a dream, beautiful
In a garden there grew shining trees
Fruit and vines in the night
The plants shone a strange light from their leaves
I drew closer to the colored shapes
Illuminating the folds of my cape and my sleeves
And of a sudden heard a sound
Buzzing soft all around without a breeze
Flying in the garden where
Flowers touched my hands and hair thousands of bees
Track Name: Sial at Play
Sial sings songs south of the river – Sial the sage
Sial serves voices so strangely they seem – Sial the mourner
There are no challengers here to his strange mystery
In the ages when his wild angels were wandering
South of the river to the cemetery calling
Out of the wild wilderness wandering
The forest of bones amid the wild wolves howling
Lately in mourning south of the river – Sial the Angel
Sial the sage of the ages is calling – He wanders no more
He watches and waits through the wind and the wild storm
All through the lands of the lilting lovers
The babies of angels their sons and their daughters
Following, following down through fields they wandered
Sial sings songs south of the river – Sial the sage
Sial serves voices so strangely they seem – Sial the Mourner
He watches and waits through the wind and the wild storm
Sial the sage of the ages is calling – Sial the angel
Sial the sage, the mourner, the angel – He wanders no more
Track Name: Julia Willow
Julia Willow
Drooping fingers down, teasing the ground
Her gown swaying in moonlight and dew
Julia Willow
With ten thousand twigs of whispering sound
Falling her leaves
Lost to the breeze
Branches waving, a fluttering tree
Julia Willow
Loosened hair drifting over the air
Her gown playing in moonlight and dew
Julia Willow
Dressed in leaves of jade and midnight prayer
Falling her leaves
Lost to the breeze
Branches waving, a fluttering tree
Julia Willow
Wrapping arms within the voice of the winds
Her gown straying in moonlight and dew
Julia Willow
Dancing wild, green ribbons and limbs
Falling her leaves
Lost to the breeze
Branches waving, a fluttering tree
Track Name: Set a Candle in the Night
In a cave beyond the light
In a cage of shadows
Questioning always what is right
And which path to follow
When a whisper calls my name
Things will never be the same
I stand to face the shadow
And hear the hollow cries
Feel the fear and wonder how
Long must they echo in the night
When a light from the crack
Of the cavern calls me back
And the angels singing choir
To all creatures great and small
Perched upon their hallowed spire
Sounding the wonder of it all
They pierce my breast and flood my mind
The Light Eternal leaves me blind
And struck dumb at the cross
Of space and time down on my knee
All is Love and all is Loss
In everything that is to be
I set a candle in the night
Keep safe the flickering light
Track Name: Field of Dream
Field of Dream

Tell me a story of what is to come
Tell me a story of what has been
Tell me how things come to an end
Tell me how things come to be

Gather 'round then and listen right well
Come and hear the sory of the Dancer, Her colours
The great bowl of Tea and the feild, a field of Dreams

The Dancer looking into her own eye
Saw there was a circle
And from her iris these colours she spied:
Red, orange, yellow, Green, Blue, Purple
Round and Round, the colours spun out
In a widening tapestry
At the edges of which the colors merged into a great bowl of Tea

Ah, making kisses out of starlight
Oh, scattering them to the wind
Gathering windswept kisses into gumdrops
Suck on the stones, spit them out again

The Dancer swimming out into the Tea
Left the colors all in a muddle
Stepped out of the bowl, looked up at the stars
Dripping a grey-brown puddle
As te puddle dried, bright grasses to sprout
From this field grew all things
To leap to life, to whisper, to shout
In the field, a field of Dreams

Ah, making kisses out of starlight
Oh, scattering them to the waves
Colecting waveworn kisses into sweetmeats
Savor the flavors of the day

And so we too walked in to the field
Where all things sprout up and decay
Here we've lived, loved laughed and cried
Tme will come, we too, here will lay
I remember her story like wiss of wind
Whispered through the reeds
As time wrapped around bones
Like a stone by the streem

Ah, making kisses out of starlight
Oh, scattering them to the wind
Gathering windswept kisses into gumdrops
Suck on the stones, spit them out again

I stood within a veil of tears
Crying for how things must be
I awoke renewed by the stars so near
And the rush of the blood pulsing through me
I saw it as a fleeting game
She came she left again she came
Spun 'round the seasons
A Dancer of Joy and of pain

Ah, making kisses out of starlight
Oh, scattering them to the waves
Collecting waveworn kisses into sweetmeats
Savor the flavors of the day

Tell me a story of what is to come
Tell me a story of what has been
Tell me how things come to an end
Tell me how things come to be
Track Name: A Song, a Story and a Stone
Did you see the dawn after a thousand dreams?
Stories from a childhood haze
Riddled in a scene
Of eternity

Can you see, mingled with the sea, the Sun?
Pictures, leaves, memories
And the stones
Of an unknown home

Awake, awake, awake after the black dark night
From all the shapes and colors did you see the sign?
A song for the heart
A story for the mind
A Stone for the soul


Amid the tattered rags of work and all that's left undone
The searching and the seeing
Breath on breath, one after one
Under the sun

Did you wait, longing at the gate alone?
With flowers, words, promises
And the stones
Of an unknown home

Awake, awake, awake after the dark night rains
Of all the shapes and colors what then yet remains?
A song for the heart
A story for the mind
A Stone for the soul