This Is The Kit : Birchwood Beaker

My sister lives in Ireland, and it’s rare that we see one another, so when she tags my name in something on Facebook it’s a cause for celebration. Today she tagged me in a song that she was listening to on Spotify, and said ‘these lyrics are so you.’ The song was entitled Birchwood Beaker by an English folk band called This is The Kit. Today was my first introduction to their music, and when I listened to the song, I felt connected to the beautiful lyrics in a deeply emotional, almost physical way. They brought me back to Scandinavia, where my heart calls home. Unsurprisingly, I cried.

– Katie

Carry through the snow.

Made it passed the trees,
Three migrating geese,
To the North Sea.

Creaked out on a ship,
Sneaking as she slips,
Breaking up the ice drifts.

Only Odin knows,
Only Odin knows,
And the wind blows.

Sleep some in your hood,
Sleep should do you good,
Beaker of birchwood.

Bent it out of bark,
Drinking in the dark,
The night-time brought sharks.

Craving colder climes,
Ours is yours,
And mine,
Plenty of time.

The sun it sure did shine,
All the time,
Far too hot,
Ever so dry.

Carry through the snow.


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