Ichabod's Crane

Ichabod's Crane

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

brisbane singer-songwriter, Ichabod's Crane, plays a unique style of indie folk. . . described by Scene magazine as 'hauntingly beautiful', her sound is sweet, raw & textured. . .

Biography

Ichabod's Crane is a Brisbane based indie-folk 3 piece, comprising Charity Carleton on vocals & guitar, Sophie Adamus on cello, & Melinda Laidlaw on drums. Their intriguing style combines dusky, sweet vocals & a unique poetic lyricism, with the rhythmic interplay of carefully crafted drum-lines, & exquisite ambient sound-scapes

Ichabod's Crane was previously Charity's solo musical moniker, under which she first performed in Melbourne in 2006, & has produced 2 solo EP's, 'A Live Bird' (2006) & 'The Devil & the Deity' (2007). The latter received national airplay on JJJ & was described by Scene magazine as 'hauntingly beautiful'. She also collaborated with Portuguese artist, The Partisan Seed, on the duet, 'Ofelia', in 2008, for his second album, 'Indian Summer'.

Ichabod's Crane has performed at numerous venues in Brisbane, Melbourne, NSW & Tokyo, as well as at festivals, including 'In the Flesh' Festival (Bris-2009), 'Meow to the Moon' (NSW 2009) & consecutive spots at 'Peat's Ridge Music Festival', (NSW, 2008-09 & 2009-10).

Lyrics

driftWood horses

Written By: ichabod's Crane

in a black & white photo
in a town by the sea
i had a dream
about you, about me
the folks dress strangely
& they talk, queerly
& the wind blow through
surreptitiously

the sand, it hits
in individual grains
we've been walking, hands apart
'cross cobbled lanes
& i would that i could
wear all the disdain
& be the all, to your freedom

the women make horses
out of drifting wood
i've be'n mindin' my mumblin'
in 'tempts to be un'rstood
yet i still hear voices
telling me i could, well, be
the last one, to be free

& every thing i craft, well it's all for you
you're my midnight dreaming in everything i do
& i'm free to love, whomever i choose
& this time,
this time it's you

so we ride our horses
from near to far
collage them gently
with mud & tar
i've been talking to angels
& to lucifer, bargaining
the straightest road, to your freedom

for everything you craft, well it's all for me
i'm your all-time dreaming, in narcolepsy
so feel free to love everything, you say
ain't that the way,
it's meant to be

lonesome Heart

Written By: ichabod's Crane

my lonesome heart
she's losing her art
of always remaining apart

& now that she's whole
never does as she's told
i fear she will make me grow old

for loving, has never been easy
not for anybody i've seen
to voluntarily partake, in that pain & heartache
well i tell them that's just not for me

my lonesome heart
she's always trying to trick me
she's always out to deceive

she masks everything in
the most colourful din
& i want nothing more than to be let back in

but she says, love, oh, it's not easy
& you got no aptitude for it i can see
so you may as well just keep on walking
i've taken over here can't you see

so i gave her all my favourite toys
& i trusted her with my favourite boy

now she conducts at her will
every gig on the bill

& me, i've been disappearing

secret agent bones

Written By: ichabod's Crane

staircase leading up into the mind of a loved some-
one was touching sight upon the beat of a drum

secrets ringing outwards from the bones of a unicorn
stories as i drift over to, when i was new-born

trembling as it touches, to the edge of the forest
the sharpened buds, of wizened caskets, holding seeds of a thought

flies upon the whims of all the ideas & pre-form
resonance comes louder, in imaginary states

there's something here, never seen
calmer, quieter, brighter, than we've ever been

.
.
.

move your mind softly
hear the leaves shiver
but, stomp your heart loudly
feel my breath quiver

i've been astounded
by where you come from
i've been astounded
by all that we've done

don Quixote

Written By: ichabod's Crane

so you set out like don quixote
with all your swords & weapons drawn
to do battle with an unknown enemy
you plan your attack for dawn

& when you have won their hearts
when you have trained for years & years
when you have perfected your every skill
& exhausted all your tears

that's when i will meet you on the battlefield (of love)
& i will fight you with my all
& every thing you have come to win & know of
i will call, it back to me

will you be able to pre-empt my moves
would you be bold enough to withdraw
would you be strong enough to deal a fatal blow
& know it was the only thing called for

know it was the only thing called for
know it was the only thing called for

mother River

Written By: ichabod's Crane

old mother river she said
there's only one way to get inside your head
so, go and put your weary selves to bed
for what's coming is mightier, than you'd ever believe

i see the lichen growing, on all the words you said
& they are pretty old, but they're not as old
as me,
as me

so i was dreaming of, being your little god
with scale & fins you bestow on me, i'll
swim right through, everything

old mother river, won't you
put your water, in me
old mother river, won't you
put your heart in me

old mother river she said
i see you've lived long, long time you've bled
so, go & have some, more babies for me
they'll be the most beautiful, children you will ever see

so i was dreaming of, being her little god
with tail & fins she bestows on me, i'll
swim right through, everything

old mother river, won't you
put your water, in me
old mother river, won't you
put your heart in me

so i was dreaming of, being her little god
with tail & fins she bestows on me, i'll
swim right through, everything

old mother river, won't you
put your water, in me
old mother river, won't you
put your heart in me

crush

Written By: ichabod's crane

you won't need your money
leave it by the door
you don't need to do anything, i
just wanted to see you once more

you don't have to dance about
to play or sing
just your presence here
causes my heart tremble & ring
.

got this nauseous feeling, when
you walked in the door
do you know me, or have i
met you somewhere before

i was mesmerised by the way that
you moved your hand
the way each look you gave
felt like some critical demand
.

well, i guess i should calm down,
let it all go now
yet i'm already giving in every
way i know how, i'm still

over self-indulgent, trying to go with
every vague instinct
trying not to solidify into
another stone in the long long long link
_ . _

i'll follow any whim
i'm looking over the brink
& i've probably already fallen
more than i would care to admit

just know i like the way i feel
when i watch you stand
if you let me any closer
your will'll be my every command
.

you won't need your money
leave it by the door
don't need to do anything i
just wanted to see you once

don't have to dance about
play or sing
just your presence here
makes my heart tremble, & ring

wild

Written By: ichabod's Crane

out in the wild it is deadly quiet
out in the wild it is deadly quiet

out in the wild it is deadly quiet,
do you think there is something to fear?
for only when we see, do we tend to believe,
though you've long been whispering in my ear,

but, i told you, i don't want to hear
i don't want to hear
but maybe i will stay, outside for a while
maybe i will stay, outside

& in the cold, & in the rain
i am happy to stay
i won't be missing
any body or any other place
& in the dark, i will
keep my eyes open
just a-waiting to see, where all the
scary things come from
just waiting to see, where they all,
come from

so, come inside now, you cannot stay out there forever
oh, come in, you'll catch your death of cold
just a lying out there in the snow
that storm on the horizon, is not, one that i will let you, die on
oh, come in, it is still quiet,
you can lie beside the fire, you can
take off all your clothes &
dream of, whatever your heart desires

but in the cold, or in the rain
you were happy to stay,
didn't seem to be missing
any body or any other place
& in the dark, you still
keep your eyes open
just a-waiting to see, where all the
scary things come from
just waiting to see, where they all,
come from
just waiting to see, where they all,
come from

Discography

the devil & the deity - 5 track EP - 2007

a live bird - 9 track EP - 2006

Set List

2010:
Eye of the Storm
Don Quixote
Driftwood Horses
Diamond
Quilt of Bets
Lonesome Heart
Wild
Secret Agent Bones
Mother River

sometimes ...
Land of Mandolins
Reflection

House of the Rising Sun (Traditional)
Sail Away (Randy Newman)
Summertime (Gershwin)

+ various others...