B i o g r a p h y
 (by Official Site)

Seemingly living up to its name--the collective of musicians, lovingly christened "Jesse Sykes And The Sweet Hereafter" in 2001 was born out of a chance meeting a few years earlier in Seattle Washington, and led to an enduring musical partnership, spanning more than a decade- that continues to this day. Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter have traveled extensively in both the US and in Europe, and have had the pleasure of touring with: Black Mountian, Earth, Sparklehorse (rip), Bright Eyes, Iron And Wine, Marissa Nadler, Laura Veirs, J. Tillman, Great Lake Swimmers, and many more.They have shared the stage with acts on opposite ends of a vast spectrum of genres, ranging from Sunno))), Boris, Nicolai Dunger, Coco Rosie all the way to Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch. The core still remains singer-songwriter Jesse Sykes and guitarist/ writer Phil Wandscher. Past and sometimes present members have included long timer William "Bill" Herzog, Eric Eagle, Anne Marie Ruljanchic and Kevin Warner. All three previous releases in the US are on Barsuk Records, and in Europe all releases remain on Fargo Records. The most recent album "Marble Son" was self released in the states in 2011 and is the bands fourth full length. Over the years they have worked with the wise ears of Tucker Martine, Martin Feveyear, Mell Dettmer, and Randall Dunn.




Reckless Burning
- 2002-05-28 -

Reckless Burning
Doralee
Lonely Still
Your Side Now
Don't Let Me Go
Drinking With Strangers
Made Of Wood
Love Me Someday
Lullaby


Oh, my girl
- 2004-04-08 -



Oh, my girl
You are not gotten here
Troubled soul
The dreaming dead
Your eyes told
Tell the boys
Birds over water
Winter hunter
House by the lake
Grow a new heart

 


Like, Love, Lust...
- 2007-01-30 -

Eisenhower Moon
LLL
You Might Walk Away
Air Is Thin
Spectral Beings
How Will We Know
Hard Not to Believe
Aftermath
Station Grey
I Like the Sound
Morning, It Comes
Open Halls of the Soul


Marble Son
- 2011-03-29 -



Hushed By Devotion
Marble Son
Come To Mary
Servant Of Your Vision
Ceiling's High
Be It Me, Or Be It None
Pleasuring The Divine

Weight Of Cancer (Instrumental)
Birds Of Passerine
Your Own Kind
Wooden Roses



Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

In the Summertime
The Sinking Belle
(Blue Sheep)


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Reckless burning

Reckless burning

Pretty thing, i've got you
Right where i used to be
We ride across this city
Starting fires recklessly

And everything is closing
But tonight, we'll stay awhile
And if this darkness lingers
I'll fall to you just like a child

Pretty thing, i've got you
Right where this trouble lands
With reckless burning
I have been charged again

Pretty thing, i've got you
Right where i used to be
We ride across this city
Starting fires recklessly

Goodnight, irene

Doralee

Doralee, there's water in the basement.
Saturday, you'll be sleepin' in the tree.
Gone are the weeds that you tended to like children.
Gone are the days, the distance between.

Doralee, there's gravel in your bath tub.
Fish swam free before their ocean went.
Once loved a man whose heart was big and open.
He said he could see the beauty in a song.

Doralee, there are flies among the dead now.
Fish swam free, looking for their ocean moon.
Once loved a man whose heart was big and open.
He said he could see the beauty in a song.

Lonely still

This is where my ship has run aground
Stuck in the mud of the puget sound
I came from the great lakes
And i watched them turn dry
The sky turned black & i cried

I never thought heartbreak would follow me 'round
Well, i'm lonely
Well, i'm lonely still

Hammered hearts tired of being young
It wasn't you, it could have been anyone
I came from the great lakes
And i saw them turn dry
The sky turned black & i cried

I never thought heartbreak would follow me 'round
Well, i'm lonely
Well, i'm lonely still

Your Side Now

How am I to believe
I've lost myself in you
Afraid to ask for what I need
So I give it to you

But I'm on your side now
Well, I'm on your side now
I'm on your side now
I'm on your side now

And if I sleep beside the river
Will it flood over me?
Well, I'm as far away from my life
As I could be

But I'm on your side now
Well, I'm on your side now
I'm on your side now
I'm on your side now

Faith is all we ever need
And I can't compete
I think on those who care for me
Care for me

But I'm on your side now
Well, I'm on your side now
I'm on your side now
I'm on your side now

*** Thanx a lot to Michel for this one ***

Don't Let Me Go

Keep me, don't let me go,
When I'm losing my head.
Well, if the angels won't have me,
Well, meet me at the bar-room instead.

Keep me, don't let me go.
Keep me, don't you let me go.
Go. Go.

Like old Tudor places,
Where the lights are all down.
And all those beautiful faces,
But yours ain't around.

Keep me, don't let me go.
Keep me, don't you let me go.
Go. Go. Go.

Night time spent waiting:
Well, in the dark we all are fools.
This love makes me impatient.
Morning takes me too soon.

Keep me, don't let me go.
Keep me, don't you let me go.
Go. Go. Go.

Drinking With Strangers

Drinking with strangers
For the last time
And you fell asleep
With the smoke in your eyes

Hot flashes burning
The dust on the blind
Gin-soaked and lonely
You're fuel for this fire

You threw it all away
These days
You threw it all away
These days

The Salvation Army
Has called out its choir
The blankets, the water
Can't fix your flat tire

*** Thanx a lot to Michel for this one ***

Made Of Wood

He said
I think you know my name
He said
I think you know what I came here for

And if you don't really like it
You walk out that door
If you don't really like it
You don't have to keep asking for more
Right here on this floor

He said
That I was the only one
He said
That we would have so much fun

Well, I tried and I tried
To get back on my foot
The lines on my face
Tell me that I need sleep again
Well, I just pretend

He said
I think you know my name
He said
I think you know what I came here for

And if you don't really like it
You walk out that door
If you don't really like it
You don't have to keep begging for more
Right here on this floor

Alice in Wonderland
Put out your hand
If you were made out of stone
I'd know that you'd catch me
Oh, if you could
'Cause I'm made of wood

*** Thanx a lot to Michel for this one ***

Love Me Someday

Love me someday
I'll be here
As long as the night
The moon so bright
Well, love me someday
I will be here

The snow on the roof
The parkway's closed
The weather was right
You'd leave tonight
The dangers within
And all will be forgiven

Love me someday
I'll be here
As long as the night
The moon so bright
Well, love me someday
I will be here

Love me someday
I will be here

*** Thanx a lot to Michel for this one ***

Lullaby

You picked me up, dried me off,
You were hopelessly devoted to my darkest hour.
Like you, I broke every rule,
Just so I'd be close to you.

Well, I was just your passenger,
Hoping you wouldn't see the sign: said "Funeral parking only."
An' if the rain would settle down,
Well, maybe we will catch a glimpse of this troubled town.

Well it's not hard to forgive,
When you're holdin' back a river of drownin'.
Well it's not hard to forgive,
When you're holdin' back a river of drownin'.

Well it's not hard to forgive,
When you're holdin' back a river of drownin'.
Well it's not hard to forgive,
When you're holdin' back a river of drownin'

Oh, my girl

Oh, my girl

On a distant hill
I get my body to lay still
Without my home
This work i must do all alone
Between them trees
Is all the world’s fuckery
I begged for light
Where you once stood
A fever came and i called your name

My girl
Let’s dance across that sunlit room
Oh, my girl
I’ll hold you in the afternoon

If evening’s kind
It’ll give us light to take our time
When that treeline’s gone
You will know i’ve carried on

My girl
Let’s dance across that sunlit room
Oh, my girl
I’ll hold you in the afternoon

You are not gotten here

No, you are not gotten here
We’ve been shut down for some years
You waited ‘til the warmth of spring
To be let in

Oh, there’s fire on your tongue
Face of a forgotten one

No, you are not gotten here
Belle of the sea, carry me
There’s a ghost across the room
In the afternoon

Oh, there’s fire on your tongue
Face of a forgotten one

Troubled soul

My heart knows
It needs protection
While it grows

Somebody show me
A place i can go where love’s around
A trip to the ocean
I just need to get far from town

There’s no way around this
No way around this
No way around this troubled soul

Now you’re gone
And i stand, i stand
Between time

Somebody show me
A place i can go where love’s around
A trip to the ocean
I just need to get far from town

The dreaming dead

What did i have
Oh, what did i have?
Search for the diamond
Shine through the door
What ever i did, lord
I would do again
Oh, what did i have then?

Don’t say it’s over
Hilltop leaves turn gold and red
Don’t say it’s over
Your black eyes remind me
Of the dreaming dead

Turn up the future
Turn off the past
Only in your arms
Will this fire last
What ever i did, lord
I would do again
Oh, what did i have then?
 
Your eyes told

Tin roof shaking, crashing black
Well, i ain’t going back
Deliver me, take me in
Let me breathe your coarse wind
Day is empty, night too long
River hums a sweet song

Every song your lungs sang
Every lie your eyes told
Canyon whisper, canyon weep
I thought you were behind me

Tin roof shaking, crashing black
Well i ain’t going back
Deliver me, take me in
Let me breathe your coarse wind

Tell the boys

Tell my boy
I’ve been thinking about him tonight
A december’s day, gone astray
Well, he took the fall
’Cause some things in life
Are still worth a good brawl
Two hearts lost in the fray

Tell the boys
Tell the boys
Tell the boys

Things we don’t know
Words lovers say when they’re letting go
Dropped through the arms of a thief
The planes fly in low
Taking me down past those tracks in the snow
A december’s day, gone astray

Tell the boys…

Birds over water

We used to be free
Like birds over water
Small mysteries
Lost and forgotten

You kissed the moon
And i hugged the sea
Troublesome things
They fall down on me
Fall down on me

Drifting back in
To the slick again
We used to be free
Like birds over water

Winter hunter

Tell the winter hunter
I knew, i knew
Nothing of you then
And when the snow had melted
I was, i was beneath you

Still, there is no place
Still, there is no place

Where was i
Where was i . . . Was i?

Tell the winter hunter
I knew. I knew
Of a heart gone still
We crossed the tracks that carry
And i was, i was beneath you

But still, there is no place
Still, there is no place

House by the lake

Fill your pockets full of river stones
For us, deep beneath the soul
On your stockings a songbird sang
Alone, all alone

Oh, these things that hold onto me
Drag my feet across the sky
Oh, these things they don’t belong to me
This time, oh this time

Baby, it’s time to go
To that house down by the lake
Baby, it’s time to go
To that house down by the lake

A beauty all by herself
Just floating peacefully
Death had forgotten her
Like she’s, she’s forgotten me

Grow a new heart

Could you grow a new heart
And could you run the distance
In the time that it takes
Before it all fell apart?

We fell through the cracks
Stole the sheets and burned the maps
Watched the smoke fly from the stacks
Before it all fell apart

Particles on the fringe
There’s a heaviness, this stillness brings
Those twisted palms, oh how they swing
Telling tales, young breathless things

Things that move on
Left wandering where the mystery’s gone
We made it ’cross that frozen pond
Before it all fell apart

Like, Love, Lust & the Open Halls of the Soul

*** Thanx a lot to Pull_to_Bits for these lyrics ***

Eisenhower moon

Is this a good place to be
If it feels the same, how will we know
If it's breaking down
If it's breaking down?

And will I still find you there?
In the stone and wire
The disconnect
That gets me nowhere
That gets me nowhere

Yesterday's way tells me more
Say what you've said before
And tell me what you need to see
Half sadness half fury

Beautiful at any age
Eisenhower moon, hovering
Like a weight on the day
Like a weight on the day

And tell me what you need to see
Half sadness and half fury
Yesterday's way tells me more
Say what you said before

Will I still find you there
Will I still find you there
Will I still find you there

LLL

I wanted you to stay
On that sun-drenched holiday
Two visions on the fly
Only you and I

How those replicas remind
Hollowed out in daydream time
On that shadowless drive
Beneath the empty sky
Those were happy times

And forget the few
Those quiet fires had nothing on you
We almost lost our minds
In the bottle's shine
Those were happy times

Like love lust
Sometimes you have to kill
The one you trust
We could only try
Those were happy times
Oh so happy
Those were happy times
Oh so happy

Somewhere out there
Someone's breaking down the barricade
And under a halo or flame
Someone else becomes the slave

You might walk away

At the reservoir, following
A narrow path of light
What keeps us coming back for more
Is always out of sight

And raindrops fall on broken glass
On a tender patch of grass
And from the ashes of the crash
Where all things rest but nothing lasts

Cold raindrops fall
See the wonder of it all
Cold raindrops fall
And you might walk away

Don't you wish that someone wanted
You that way today
A catastrophic blunder
From which you might walk away

Cold raindrops fall
See the wonder of it all
Cold raindrops fall

Something from you I’ve taken
I have taken
Something from you I’ve taken
And you might walk away
You might walk away

The tendency is to be let go
Before you come undone
And someday soon they'll light up the woods
And you'll see you're not the only one

Cold raindrops fall
See the wonder of it all
Cold raindrops fall
And you might walk away
And you might walk away
And you might walk away
And you might walk

The air is thin

When nobody listens to you
Does your heart remain
With the unsettled few
That are true

Oh, the air is thin
Oh, the air is thin
For you, my love

And something
Is happening here again
Well stay where you are
Stay where you are
'Till the end

Oh, the air is thin
Oh, the air is thin
For you, for you

Oh, to let go
Of all that you know
First you will need
To be free

Oh, the air is thin
Oh, the air is thin
For you, for you

And the child
That follows you in
Keeps you awake
Pressing wet leaves
To your skin

Oh, the air is thin
Oh, the air is thin
For you, for you

Oh, the air is thin
Oh, the air is thin
For you, my love...

Spectral beings

Some came here before us
And others still arrive
Some stand behind
The unmarked signs
Recognized from time to time
And everything is up for grabs
The spectral being's stark raving mad

In the tender part of the hologram
The lights went off and came on again

And I held you on the chordless line
Everything spinning inside

The underlying that does without
The lethal punch that knocks you out

What binds us, we're all borrowing
And what was left, we've traded in

And who has the kindest face
And where is the one I’ve loved so long
So long, so long, so long...

How will we know

Kind light, find me
Inside, baby cries
Following the sound, in time
Mama please, stay with me

How will we know
How will we know
How will we know

Stranger, lost in my garden
Blind and dumb, body's broken
Say, say, his name to me

How will we know
How will we know
How will we know
How will we know...

Hard not to believe

It's hard not to believe
The tender heart
Will fool you so
Overflowing matter
I am naked, out of reach
Silent and complete

But it hangs, constantly
This division, inside me
It's hard not to believe

Those floating clouds
Up on the ridge
Are hungry ghosts in waiting
The one that I’m beholden to's
Relentless glow has faded

Sit down for the feast
oh, the one's who need it least
It's hard not to believe

I was born to be loved in
The golden age of chatter
That endless rope, it pulls me where
The tender-hearted gather

Sit down for the feast
Oh, the one's who need it least
It's hard not to believe

Aftermath

Walk us through
All the remnants of the aftermath
The stakes where high I knew
But i could not stop

Two aimless arrows fell
And I motioned you
Said this was nothing that
Two friends wouldn't do

Captured in the afternoon
It's better not to give yourself away
Give yourself away, away too soon

So, sing us your praises
It is without regret
Some say there's too much love
We just haven't found ours yet

Station Grey

Station grey
Are you still waiting
For the children
To tumble away

Walk us through
Fields undivided
Feel the weightless
Return back to you

Down in the valley
I've not lost a thing
Down here in the valley
Where the mission bells ring

Two by two
The lights shine
In the orchard
Ask me why I'd
Stand in for you

And I once knew
The feel of a body
Satisfied, oh so satisfied

When nobody's watching
Will you please be kind
When nobody's watching
Will it be your way or mine

Down in the valley
I've not lost a thing
Down here in the valley
Where the mission bells ring

Station grey...

I like the sound

When the prisoner died
Lord, we knew we had failed
The black ladies sang
And the neighbourhood children wailed

Now the siren singers
Are about to come out
Can we blame ourselves
For ever having had a pitch of doubt

I like, I like the sound

I want to watch you draw infinity
Listen to you
While you're listening to me

'Cuz I like, I like the sound

Morning, it comes

Morning, it comes
With the good things
The day brings
A new light
To help mend last night

And, baby I know
This love is a feature
lost on us creatures so small

And who are the ones
That're getting what they need
Dressed for this cold century

Record me your heart
So that I can do my part
With ribbons of concerned melody

Oh, I saw your love
Oh, I saw your love

Morning, it comes
With the good things
The day brings
A new light
To help mend last night

And baby I know
That this love is a feature
Lost on us creatures so small
Oh, us creatures so small...

The open halls of the soul

Oh, the open halls of the soul
I wouldn't be surprised
If we never sang this song again
No, i wouldn't be surprised
If we never sing this song again

Only music
Sets my soul free
My heart's a gem
Wrapped up in your song again

Hear the branches break
Beneath the trees
Oh, what will I do
If I stop loving you?

Oh, the open halls of the soul
And I wouldn't be surprised
If we never sang this song again

The ocean beaches
Have all been washed away
And i must let you go
You show me so
'Most every day

Damaged stars fall
Silent, to the sea
Oh, the lonely life of a fool
Of a fool like me

Marble Son

Hushed By Devotion

Everything you know so well
Is bound by hushed devotion
And in the shapes we used to be
I remember asking
Why mirror all that moves
To be soothe, yet still be lacking

Leave me as I am today
Bound by only one thing
Search for warmth out on the fray
Yes I remember wanting
Two hearts so aligned
They’d reach and never resign

Marble son

Oh marble son, why can’t I love you more
I wish I’d found you beautiful before, before

When I was young, I’d have most anyone
I only loved what was to come undone
Come undone
Oh, marble son
Who stands beside you

They say we are the trees, we’re in the air
We are the land, the ocean and the moon
We are despair and the happiness
That lingers everywhere

Will we ever be ourselves again
Worried minds in need of silencing
I do not wish to be free
But I know
It’s what needs to be

Oh marble son, please let me love you more
I wish I’d found you beautiful before
Oh, before

Come To Mary

Come to Mary, she don’t mind
Come to Mary, she don’t mind
’Cause everybody gets to have their time
Come to Mary, she don’t mind

To everybody left behind
To everybody left behind
The world feels wicked
But I’m feeling fine
’Cause everybody gets to have their time
To everybody left behind

I’m the one who cannot let go
How I long to stand beside her golden glow

Come to Mary, she don’t mind
Come to Mary, she don’t mind
Come to Mary, she don’t mind
Come to Mary, she don’t mind

Come to Mary, come to Mary
Come to Mary, come to Mary...

Servant Of Your Vision

Every day I wade through Muddy Waters deep
Without this wanting, will I soon be free
It’s hard to know, it’s harder not to know
And if you lose yourself to love just once more
Is the servant of your vision at the door
He’s brought shadows for your flowers

In the absence of fear, beauty will appear
Though this beauty is not mine
It’s hard to love, harder not to love
Everything that’s ever come before
The universe exhales just once more
Time for recovery

It’s always winter inside every heart of gold
Summer hearts just longing for the cold
Heat for the young, winter for the old
Soul, whose grown tired of his skin
Who generates the warmth to rise again
If you lose yourself to love just once more
Will the servant of your vision kick down the door
And bring shadows for your flowers

Ceiling’s High

Talk to me
The ghost still needs to breathe
And sing precious melodies into the air

Ceiling’s high
And the devil he never came
But he still shouts out your name
Among the missing
The estranged
Oh, the missing
The estranged

Oh, he knows
He can’t keep you satisfied
Offering delight to ease the longing

Overripe
Listen to the children sing
While precious offerings
Are laid upon your head and feet
Do you love them
’Cause they are weak

Answer me
Do you love them
’Cause they are weak
??

Night it came
Following behind
I love them because they’re mine
But there’s a ceiling
It’s just been hung
For a daughter and a son

Be It Me, Or Be It None

Are you the one who sees
Are you the one who knows
Why we ask ourselves
Why we ask ourselves
If the feeling’s real

Be it me or be it none
For now
Be it you or be it me
Somehow
Somehow
Somehow

There’s nothing left back here
For the silent one who stands
I will disappear
I look inside, I’m loving what I thought I saw
I look inside, I’m loving what I thought I saw

Be it me or be it none
For now
Be it me or be it none
For now, for now, for now

Be it me or be it none
For now
Be it you or be it me
Somehow
Somehow

Pleasuring The Divine

I was longing to be near
The changing sea
With repetitious praise
And symphonic reverie

?? in a word
Eternal and reserved
Where I could meld into your side
Until the mystery’s satisfied

I thought of all we loved
And what love wanted of our lives
And through a stand of ancient pine
We kissed each other’s wives
Forever we will spy
Forever we will hide

Inside the heart of every child
Plucked from the bitter vine
Life’s seemingly sublime
And what more is a man
Expected to give
When he’s pleasuring the divine

Birds Of Passerine

You dream
The birds of passerine
Where night calls past
Every day serene

You’re free
From the muck caught in the mire
Born of light
Stillborn of desire
Of light
But stillborn of desire

Some
Some they get away
While others
They find the will to stay
And some thrive
But are left unsatisfied

The world won’t let you go
No, the world won’t let you go
The world won’t let you go
No, the world won’t let you go
The world won’t let you go
And still we had to cry
Oh we cry
For the space you occupied

Your Own Kind

Does he understand your heart, girl
Really understand your heart
It’s a rare, rare find
To be cared for by your own kind
By your own kind

To live a life completely
To have lived a life complete
You must first let go
Of everything that you know
You must let go

And, those heavenly creatures
They call out
“We are too young to be troubled by this doubt”

Do you understand your heart now
Really understand your heart
It’s a rare, rare kind
That isn’t troubled by his own mind
A rare, rare kind

And, those heavenly creatures
They call out
“We are too young to be troubled by this doubt”
“We are too young to be troubled by this doubt”

Wooden Roses

Take care of me
Behind a doorway of wooden roses
Where nobody goes,
Where nobody
No body goes

Fell into the sea
Suspended and broken hearted
How I longed for the shore
Where love it is
A song
And nothing more

Coiled and refrained
From the darkness a silver sermon
Collects me from the pain
Shall I ask for more
Shall I
Ask for more

When love came to me
It brought a sweetness that’s not been found
In the hollow ground
Where time it is
So tall
And that is all
Where time it is
So tall
And that is all

Non Albums Tracks

In the Summertime

( Gentleness of Nothing EP )

In the summertime, when it all goes down
It's a child I've become and a child's feet I'll bow
I've made this secret my
I've made this secret my own
Oh, oh

In the summertime, when it all goes down
Fires burning wooded thickets
on the edge of town

And when those fields burn down
And when those fields all burn down
Oh, oh, all burn down
Oh, oh
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
I can see a vision of  mountains
In the parcel root of a tree
And I can hear your voice in the fountains
One impatient melody

In the summertime, when it all goes down
Will I see you in a year when I come back around
How many days must I
How many years must go by

Oh, oh, must go by
Oh, oh, must go by
Oh, oh, must go by…

*** Thanx a lot to Peri for this one ***

The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep)

( Sunn O))) and Boris Featuring Jesse Sykes )

Passing by
Rose and emeralds
In silence I
Stand alone

And out of you
Grey birds fly
The gravel path
You qualified
Pretended to
Favor few
The walls are fine (?)
In hollow time

The shape I'm in
Oh she knows so well
My hearts become
Her sinking belle

The sinking belle
Oh the sinking belle
I'm worried now
You're worried now
I

The sinking belle
Oh the sinking belle
You're worried now
You're worried now
I

We're smaller than
We used to be
What came from you
Is now inside of me

Don't ask me why
Oh, don't ask me why
All my life,
All my life
Wear in black and white

The sinking belle
Oh the sinking belle
I'm worried now
You're worried now

The sinking belle
The sinking belle
I'm worried now
You're worried now
I

The sinking belle
h the sinking belle
You're worried now
You're worried now
I

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