Call to Arms (album version)

by The Huntress and Holder of Hands

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From the soon-to-be-released full-length album.

The greatest man I ever knew was a scholar of world religions, of the histories of cultures, and of the musics of the globe’s people. My greatest muse and teacher, he believed, and I believe, in a common thread that connects all human beings in a universal mandala. We believe in the goodness of people; in the unifying powers of compassion, education, the arts and curiosity.
This, the first song that came after losing him to leukemia was a personal Call to Arms which came not only from a place of grief but from one of gratefulness and hope.
Our community had emptied their pockets to us and became our comrades in woe and in war. Together, we took up arms and fought a battle against cancer: a community that felt more like a family.
Two years after it was written, this song that he inspired has surprised me by taking on a new meaning that extends beyond us. It rises out of a shared grief and calls to arms a bigger community to fight against a different kind of cancer.
Bigotry, misogyny, racism- these are diseases that must be cured.
There has never been a better time to take up the arms of education, compassion and the arts.
Stand together, comrades.


The emptier of pockets
the bearer of the arms
March we into battle
sound the droll alarms

Fear not, comrades in woe
Fear not, comrades in war

The bearer of our secrets
the holder of our charms
carrying the banner
we call ourselves to arms

Fear not, comrades in woe
Fear not, comrades in war


released January 21, 2017
Recorded by Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets.

MorganEve Swain: vocals, viola, bass
Spencer Swain: bass
Emily Dix Thomas: cello, vocals
Liz Isenberg: string bass, vocals
Emily Shaw: vocals
James Maple: drums



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The Huntress and Holder of Hands Warren, Rhode Island

MorganEve Swain is The Huntress and Holder of Hands. Widely known as half of the music duo, Brown Bird, with her husband, Dave Lamb, the duo thrived for over six years until Lamb’s untimely passing in April 2014. The Huntress and Holder of Hands pulls creative energy from the same emotional place as Brown Bird, and offers an intense musical experience that explores love, loss, power and strength. ... more

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