The Village

by The Family Crest

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The Village was conceived in Europe and recorded over two years in Northern California with the help of nearly 100 musicians working under the guise of The Family Crest. By 2010, the recording project evolved into a six-piece core band with over 250 'extended family members' who participate in recordings, live shows, and other media and art projects.

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released 01 May 2012
The Family Crest

Liam McCormick | John Seeterlin | Charlie Giesige
Laura Bergmann | Owen Sutter | Lucas Chen

Guitars
Liam McCormick, Acoustic Guitar
John Seeterlin, Electric Guitar and Bass
Jason Countryman, Flamenco Guitar

Strings
Eric Chin, Violin
Sarah Dabby, Violin
Andrea Oh, Violin
Owen Sutter, Violin
Evan Buttemer, Viola
Daniel Jang, Viola
Charly Akert, Cello
Lucas Chen, Cello

Woodwinds
Laura Bergmann, Flute
Sophie Huet, Clarinet

Brass
Jay Maddox, French Horn
Dave Creel, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mike Rocha, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Kevin Diggins, Tuba

Percussion
Pat Elliott, Drums
Liam McCormick, Piano, Harpsichord, Glockenspiel, Tambourine, Cabasa, and Timpani
John Seeterlin, Piano and Glockenspiel

Drum Line
Brian Breneman
Pat Elliott
Frank Temmerman
Matt Underwood

Bellow Instruments
Matt Payne, Accordion
Liam McCormick, Pump Organ and Pipe Organ

Concert Choir
Nicole Calhoun, Ben Cohen, Sarah Dabby, Leland Frates, Elizabeth Hoffman, Holly Jamison, R. Clark Jewett, Britney Kaplan, Bethany Mamola, Liam McCormick, Mark McCormick, Jonathan Napier-Morales, Nora Plutzik, Danielle Rose, Kjira Robinson, John Seeterlin, Owen Sutter, Maggie Weiland, Jake Wynne-Wilson

Bar Choir
Nicolas Albert, Amber Attell, Robby Bancroft, Markus Bawidamann, Emma Bergmann, Laura Bergmann, Owen Buenaventura, Nicole Calhoun, Lucas Chen, Irene Chung, Ben Cohen, Sarah Dabby, Matthew Davies, Elizabeth Dorman, Eric Engle, Brad Evans, Timothy Faust, Alice Finch, Peter Finch, Robin Galante, Luca Giaramidaro, Julia Gombos, Keenan Grimes, Benjamin Harris, Heike Harris, Elizabeth Hoffman, Eric Jacobs, Angela Jarosz, Hailey Johnson, Britney Kaplan, John Koch, Amy Krause, Tracy Krause, Sherry Lambert, Bobby Leiva, Peter Lim, Ravenna Lipchik, Jay Maddox, Jakub Mamczak, Bethany Mamola, Sarah Manson, Liam McCormick, Caitlin McSherry, Keith Merrill, Stéphane Nguyen, Hunter A. Nordhauser, Spenser Nottage, Mike Odynski, Peter Pearson, Eric Pedersen, Jeanne Psomas, Jessie Kay Randolph, Cassie Resendez, Justin Riberio, Roshni Shukla, Gary Seeterlin, John Seeterlin, Margaret Seeterlin, Solenn Seguillon, Kathryn Small, Magda Stanova, Owen Sutter, Russell Sutter, Michael Syrett, Heather Thorpe, Sally Tingley, Jesse Marie DiCarlo-Wagner, Matthew Washburn, Les Wisner, Sisley Yi

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Based in San Francisco, The Family Crest blends genres and dense orchestrations to create a sweeping musical landscape while maintaining a pop sensibility.

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Track Name: Before Your Father Hears Us
Before your father hears us dear
I have something I have to say
I need you ever closer dear
I need you here both night and day

Don't let him stand in our way!

Before your father hears us dear
Love, let us fly into the dark
And how we flee into the night
Our bodies cast beneath the stars

Don't let him tear us apart!

Before your father hears us dear
I have something I have to say
I need you ever closer dear
I need you here both night and day
Track Name: North
The bells are ringing over the city
And here the clouds sit low in the sky

The cars, they echo slow off the hillside
And the wind, it whispers
North

I want to be the man who loves you
Why can't you see that I need to
That I need you

The night, it lingers soft on our fingers
And the wind, it whispers, Tu es perdu
And along this river time moves quicker

I want to be the man who loves you
Why can't you see that I need to
That I need you

The night, it lingers soft on our fingers
And my mind, it travels
North

I want to be the man who loves you
Why can't you see that I need to
That I need you
Track Name: Romeo
My ball and chain
She moves against the sea again
Silent and obscured, shallow and unsure
Shaboom, shaboom

Her heart it goes
It raps against her chest again
Muddles out the pain
Cast like wind and rain
She moves, she moves

My libido is sprung
And my heart it did long
For your wondrous touch
But as night it drew on
I could hear the faint sound of a crowd
Hark, their voices they sang

Go get Romeo
His Juliet is on her back
And she is giving away
Everything that they had
Go get Romeo
His Juliet is on her back again

My ball and chain
She drove me to feel young again
Oh the way she moves, seduction through and through
Shaboom, shaboom

She stomped her boots to the sound of an erotic aged guitar
And the sound of my heart came out in unison
But far away they sang, she'll be back in his bed again

Go get Romeo
His Juliet is on her back
And she is giving away
Everything that they had
Go get Romeo
His Juliet is on her back again

My libido is sprung
And my heart, it did long
For your wondrous touch
Track Name: All is Dark
All is dark
All is quiet
And we're still moving fast

All is calm
All is cool
And we're still moving fast

Down the night it comes, out
Shaking the light
Here it sets

Maybe there's a place for me
Far beyond this Eastern sea
Here we move against the stream
Track Name: The Bells
Love, give me your time
And pour me more wine
Set by the fire, we two
And I'd give it all for you

'Cause now, out in the streets
It's silent, it's sweet
And echoing soft

How the bells
They played their songs for you
And the bells
They played their songs for you

Oh, how now the night
It pulls down the light
Here how the stars shine through
And I'd give it all for you

'Cause now out in the streets
It's silent, it's sweet
And echoing soft

How the bells
They played their songs for you
And the bells
They played their songs for you

Hold me under
My heart's a mess
Loud like thunder
Straight from my chest

Oh, outside it's cold
So dear, grab your coat
The city is quiet

And the bells
They played their songs for you
And the bells
They played their songs for you
Track Name: Got Soul
Got Soul

Hey I've got soul if you want it
Still you need more than you're given
I've got my own now

Shake down your boots in the evening
Fly from your coup when you're feeling
I've got my own now

Now that the rain comes down they want you
Now that you're moving out they need you
Now that the sun goes down, now

Shake down your boots in the evening
Fly from your coup when you're feeling
I've got my own now

Here in the night you did feel their arms
Grasped so tight to your back
And I've got my own now

Now that the rain comes down they want you
Now that you're moving out they need you
Now that the sun goes down, now

Now that the wind, it howls
Their hearts, they break with the bitter sound
They need you
A piece of me is a piece of you right now

And there's no time for you, my dear
So there's no reason why I'm here

And there's no time for you, my friend
So there's a reason for an end

Deutsch

Ich liebte dich, aber vergan deine Gierigkeit ist es fertig

English

I loved you, but because of your greed this has ended
Track Name: Sell Yourself Lightly
Sell yourself lightly
Daily and nightly
She moves to the strings of an aging guitar

Moving so queerly
Speaking so clearly
She makes herself known with a boisterous guffaw

She goes,
Oh, I'm alone and so far

Softly, slowly
Hilter, kilter
Out into the streets with an aging guitar
Now the wind wails
And she'll set sail
Out into the streets with a boisterous guffaw

Sell yourself daily
Speaking so hasty,
Tell me you love me, you know we've come far!

But oh now she's shaking
Spinning and quaking
Armed to the teeth with a boisterous guffaw

Oh and the band it rises up
Oh and she's never coming down

Softly, slowly
Hilter, kilter
Out into the streets with an aging guitar
Now the wind wails
And she'll set sail
Out into the streets with a boisterous guffaw
Track Name: Backwards and Forwards
Backwards and forwards and backwards and forwards
Backwards and forwards and backwards and forwards
Now he adores her and now he does scorn her
Backwards and forwards she wants him to be
But their moment ran out when his heart ceased to beat

Oh no,
How now the silence grows
Out from the way they were
And how now they’re stationed
Oh no, now that they know

Backwards and forwards and backwards and forwards
Backwards and forwards and backwards and forwards
Now he adores her and now he does mourn her
Backwards and forwards he wants her to be
But their moment ran out when her heart ceased to beat

Oh no,
How now the silence grows
Out from the way they were
And how now they’re stationed
Oh no, now that they know

Backwards and forwards they wanted to be
But their moment ran out when their hearts ceased to beat

Oh no,
Now that the silence holds
Out for the words they'd known
But how now they’re stationed

Oh no,
Now that the night moves on
Pulls from the sound
That's bringing us down

Backwards and forwards and backwards and forwards
And backwards and forwards and backwards and forwards
Track Name: Like Passing Ships
This is how we're supposed to be
Out beneath these falling leaves
I held you to my chest
You're better off like that

Love I'm used to playing the fool
The vagabond, the moving ghoul
Who's slow to slip and fade
When all the leaves, they are swept away

Sha la la, sha la la
You're better off beneath that man
Than in my arms love

This is where we speak so slow
Out into the towns we go
The dawn it rides our backs

Oh my love, though my heart is moved
The wind may pull my lips from you
And we might stand to be
Like passing ships on the open sea

Sha la la, sha la la
You're better off beneath that man
Than in my arms love

Love don't let your heart dismay
Save it for a rainy day
And you'll be the first to know
If I stay or if I go
Track Name: In the Avenue
In the Avenue

Here in the morning she shakes the sunlight from her brow
Places her feet to the floor and slowly stretches out
Her legs take shape and reveal an orange silhouette
Silent she lifts up her hands to light her cigarette

Down right here the silence fades
She moves into the crowd, she evaporates
Down right here the streets all look the same
She moves along, she evaporates

A sea of motion the cars, they flicker in her eyes
Forming odd shapes with the bodies of the passersby
Flowers and curtains, they move so softly in the breeze
How now the wind whispers slow atop her tiny feet

Down right here the silence fades
She moves into the crowd, she evaporates
Down right here the streets all look the same
She moves along, she evaporates

Here in the market the old men smile and sell their goods
These bakers, butchers, and buyers smile as old friends would
She lifts her head and the sun, it flares in orange hues
How now she's moving along against the avenue

Down right here the silence fades
She moves into the crowd, she evaporates
Down right here the streets all look the same
She moves along, she evaporates

Down right here her heart, it quakes
She moves into the crowd, she evaporates
Down right here the streets all look the same
She moves along, she evaporates

Français

Le noir est détruit par le soleil
Son dos est caressé par ses rayons
Elle se promène avec, dans l'avenue
L'étincelle qui a brisé la nuit

English

The darkness is destroyed by the sun
And her back is caressed by it's rays
She strolls with them in the avenue
She is the spark which shattered the night
Track Name: Upon Cobblestone Streets
I could be one of a million of loves
Taken aback, not more than a second in time
And these streets they'll know my name
The ones to come, the ones that came

And there she sits out in a nearby cafe
Though she seems miles and miles away
Listen close and you'll hear
The sound of breaking hearts, my dear

Please believe me
When I tell you you're something
Hold me love, yes
Clutch me to your breast
As the sound of breaking hearts pulls back

Now we move silent like one silhouette
But oh the words love that she tries to forget
How the sounds they ring so clear
And how these nights bring on her fears

Please believe me
When I tell you you're something
Hold me love, yes
Clutch me to your breast
As the sound of breaking hearts pulls back

So slow we slip away
Like shadows to the shade
This candle burns itself out at both ends
Like it always was, but has never been

Français

Femme:
Qui est cette fille qu'il voit en moi?
Il m'aime, je l'aime je pense
Je l'aime, je l'aime je crois

Hommes:
Et nous sommes à la fin
Ça toujours été
Je l'ai aimé, je pense
Je l'ai aimé, je crois

English

Female:
Who is this girl that he sees in me?
He loves me, I love him I think
I love him, I love him I believe

Male:
And we are at the end
It has always been
I loved her I think
I loved her I believe