The Devil's Toil

by Brian McGrath

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C Blane Very nice hypnotic sound. A very chilled out yet moody feel.
A great piece of work! Favorite track: Will You Dance With the Devil?.
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"We are each our own devil, and we make this world our Hell."
- Oscar Wilde


"The Devil's Toil" is a project I wrote and recorded during the late summer of '18, immediately after the release of my last album "Into the Grey" (Aug. '18).

After taking over a year to write and complete "Into the Grey" which was pretty emotionally taxing, I wanted to find the joy in writing again. I gave myself a short window, wrote around a central theme, and kept it stripped back to essential elements.

"The Devil's Toil" is driven by characters, stories, and ruminations on the devil. My hope was to create a sense of a specific time and place, with an ominous breeze blowing through each song. What resulted is a stripped-back piece, just voice and guitar, and some really interesting songs.

It has been a pleasure working on this project. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

-Brian, 9/13/18

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released September 14, 2018

Words, Music, Performance by Brian McGrath.
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Brian McGrath.
©2018 Brian McGrath

Recorded in late summer '18 in Illinois.

Main cover image adapted from "Wax dolls being given to the devil" c/o the Wellcome Collection. Creative Commons.

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Brian McGrath Chicago, Illinois

Brian McGrath is an Indie Folk singer/songwriter and Chicago native.

With an intense, honest conviction tempered by Chicago sensibility and grit, the big man with a big voice tells tales of broken characters, desolate landscapes, and fleeting redemption all along the road connecting Chicago and the Northwoods. ... more

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Track Name: Old World Dawn
There's a cold dawn when the night's gone
Lost our hold on right and wrong
Blood and soil, endless toil
Sing the Old World The Devil's song

I've been smoking fine tobacco
From my burled-walnut pipe

I'm imbibing from my chalice
On fine spirits of the night

Not quite Hell or Heaven
Somewhere in between
We can feel it slipping
No one to believe, to believe

Painted smile, laughing wild
Dagger hiding behind the back
Gone too far now, bleed it out now
The beasts are hungry, it's time to feed

Not quite Hell or Heaven
Somewhere in between
We can feel it slipping
No one to believe, to believe

There's a cold dawn when the night's gone
Losing hold of right and wrong
Sing the Old World, The Devil's toil
The debts come due now, it won't be long
It won't be long...
Track Name: Will You Dance With the Devil?
You've been gone for awhile
Roamed this world mile by mile
My dear child don't come home
There's a monster out for your blood

Will you dance with The Devil
In the cold blue night?
Or will you run for your covers
In the fading light?

Will you dance with The Devil?
It's gonna be alright
I can make you a promise
Now why would I lie?
Tell me...

Hanging judge, a guilty man
The whole town out for a laugh
"Sinner!" whisper the crowd
Fingers point all around

Will you dance with The Devil
In the cold blue night?
Or will you run for your covers
In the fading light?

Oh will you dance with The Devil?
It'll be alright
I can make you a promise
Just tell me why...

Would I lie?
Oh no never to you
Why would I lie?
Oh no no no not you
I'm telling the truth
Now tell me...

You'll regret the day
You let me in to stay
I'm not going anywhere
I will feed on your prayers
Track Name: Fire in the Night
Oh the sea and the sky, and the burning rain
There's a fire in the night, oh nothing remains
And you never can tell when he'll be back again...
Oh, I

Born from the rubble, born from barren land
Drunk on the pain of the marked and damned
And you never can tell if he's enemy or friend...
Oh, I

Everywhere we've gone
Everything we've seen
On every living thing, The Devil's waiting to feed

And the curse of indifference will cut you inside
Leave you with nothing and nothing to hide
You never can tell when the best of you died
Track Name: Dreams Run Wild
Close your eyes
Rest your head
Broken thoughts better left unsaid

Crooked crosses
A burnt autumn sky
Strangers' faces lit by lantern light

Her body's burning
Her soul cries out
She says "I'm trying, but I can't go on"

Rivers rising
There's no higher ground
Shouts through the night no longer make a sound

So sleep awhile
Let your dreams run wild
While you can

Unholy nightmares born of your dreams
Lost all direction, caught in between

The bonds we've broken
Evil seeds we've sown
A peace of mind that we will never know

So sleep for awhile
Just sleep for awhile
Let your dreams run wild
Run wild!
Until it takes you by the hand
An endless life, bride to the damned
God, no!
And your heart beats slow
Then you're gone
Track Name: Thieves & the Midnight Breeze
What I say, not what I do
The truth bent to my will
Ain't no use now, you can't escape
Lord, you're gonna get your fill

Ain't I pious?
Ain't I free?
Snow-white like a dove
Come bask in the warm glow of my dark, twisted love

Change your face darling, change your name
Nightmares become dreams
Breed a false truth from your lies
As long as you believe in...

Thieves in the midnight breeze
Oh thieves, got you on your knees
Beggin' please, please

If you give it enough time
You turn to what you hate
Drawn to the dark edges
Like a moth to a flame

There's no better, there's no worse
You're somewhere in between
I'm gonna get my hold on you
When no one is looking

Change your face darling
Change your name
Nightmares become dreams
Breed a false truth from your lies
As long as you believe in...

Thieves in the midnight breeze
Oh thieves, got you on your knees
I can take you higher!
Higher above the pain
I can take you higher!
Look me in the eyes
Would I lie?
Would I lie?