Concerning Lions

Concerning Lions

 Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
BandAlternativeFolk

Alternative folk. Entertaining shows. A quintet of instrumentalists and vocalists writing and playing melodic songs that tell stories.

Biography

Split between Nashville and Chattanooga, Concerning Lions is a quintet divided geographically, but united by writing songs they enjoy performing together. Their influences range from Sufjan to Sting, Buckley and Nat King Cole to Mumford & Sons and Jump, Little Children. Their first project of five tracks, "A Movement Back and Forth," will be followed in 2011 by a live-in-studio record, and a full length album.

Lyrics

Dragons

Written By: Brian Beise

Dragons

I’ve looked so hard for dragons to slay for you
But if you’re caught in the rain there’s so little I can do
If I took a swing at the sky I’d miss
I hate to see you disappointed

But I’ve read Tolkein again
And if my last breath tastes like you
There’s nothing left to win

They don’t let boys carry swords these days
So I use my words to make you feel safe
It’s not what you need you didn’t ask for this
I hate to see you unimpressed

But I’ve read Tolkein again
And if my last breath tastes like you
There’s nothing left to win

Rolling Storm, Titan Sigh

Written By: Brian Beise and Jonathan Durham


And if I feel the pull of stone
And if I hear the grass blades comb
And if the Lord tells me he’s alone
Would you listen or nod along

We’re still so far from our wedding
Bring the oil, bring the oil
It’s not a hymn to sing

If I tie the sunrise in a bag
Would it go stale on your front step
A lightning glint in lidless eye
A rolling storm, a titan sigh

We’re still so far from our wedding
Bring the oil, bring the oil
It’s not a hymn to sing

And if I close my hand on yours
And you show me three falling stars
I’ll tell you stories in our sleep
We’re still so far from our wedding

Canon

Written By: Brian Beise


We don’t wait we pine
We don’t bide our time we burn it
And we don’t rest our eyes or travel light
We are burdened by the negative of you

And our footfalls are a drum-roll to your arrival
And this canon is the anthem of our survival
Storm clouds you’re leaving an oasis you’re breathing
See our bending spines we share our sin
We’re children of crying children

Every word we write and read at night
Is a movement back and forth
The things we make don’t roll or stand upright
All our shoulders burn and good intentions turn

And our footfalls are a drum-roll to your arrival
And this canon is the anthem of our survival
Storm clouds you’re leaving an oasis you’re breathing
See our bending spines we share our sin
We’re children of crying children

Meet us

Lazarus

Written By: Brian Beise

We’ll never talk this way again
Two decades you’re still thanking him
You keep your shoes beside your bed
Are you sure this time you will stay dead

I learned to change my oil here
I shot a crow out of this air
I took the couch you took the bed
Are you sure this time you will stay dead

Did you walk far across that plain before the fourth day
How long ought I to wait around before I close the ground

We’ll never talk this way again
Even his miracles must end
Linger if you like above my head
If you’re sure this time you will stay dead

Holy Africa

Written By: Brian Beise


Brother breathe your breathing
Your bones give rhythm to their song
Lids eclipse their seeing
Lions are on the lawn

Children come indoors now
Lions are on the lawn
Your brother tends the fire
Your father is dead and gone

Brother breathe your breathing
Your bones give rhythm to their song
Lids eclipse their seeing
Lions are on the lawn

Keep the dogs on chains now
Lions are on the lawn
Keep out of the shadows
Your father is dead and gone

Brother breathe your breathing
Your bones give rhythm to their song
Lids eclipse their seeing
Lions are on the lawn

Children go to sleep
Lions are on the lawn
Your safe in the shadows
The fire’s dead and gone

Brother breathe your breathing
Your bones give rhythm to their song
Lids eclipse their seeing
Lions are on the lawn

Discography

"A Movement Back and Forth" EP

Set List

Typically two sets each lasting 1.5 hour

Set 1:
Superman!
Livin' With a Girl
Albatross
Dragons
Where we Carved Angels
Airline to Heaven (Wilco Cover)
Holy Africa
Charlie Darwin (The Low Anthem cover)
December News
Canon

Set 2:

Picture Show
Lazarus
3 to 5
River Carol
Feeling Good (Cover)
Rolling Storm, Titan Sigh
Letter Through Your Window
Roxanne (Cover)
Young Curmudgeon
Superman!