In Paths Too Dark For Seeing

by Sonntag

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Under the moniker of Sonntag (his Mother's maiden name and his middle name), Zach Johnston directs a woodland symphony of native flutes, delta brass, Andean charango, and deep-voiced ukeleles into a magical celebration of night, nature, and adventure.

Released July 11th, 2012

Recorded in the winter of 2009 in Madison, WI
Songs and words by Zach Johnston
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Dave Roberts
Bavid Records 2012

Zach Johnston - Vocals, baritone ukulele, guitar, charango, banjo, flutes, tin whistles, percussion, good times
Dave Roberts - Backing vocals, drums, percussion, mandolin, keys, programming, tenor guitar, melodica, scary noises, good times
Monica Martin - Vocals, backing vocals
Rachael Frank - Vocals, backing vocals
Matt Roberts - Backing vocals, piano, keys, synth, cello
Laura Kody - Backing vocals, good times
Jon Linley - Trumpet
Matt Holmen - Backing vocals, charango, programming, good times
Jason Krunnfusz - Backing vocals
Mafia Johnston - Backing vocals, shouts, good times
Dan Govier - Backing vocals, good times
John Paul Roney - Backing vocals
Brian Holl - Backing vocals
Brennan Gasser - Backing vocals + claps
Chris Gasser - Backing vocals + claps
Nich Thomas - Backing vocals + claps
Baraboo - Night sounds

Cover Art
Buffalo Painting by Yoshinori Asai
Graphic design by Zach Johnston


released July 11, 2012



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Sonntag is the music of filmmaker and composer Zach Johnston. His first record 'In Paths Too Dark For Seeing' is a cinematic tribute to night, nature, and adventure in the early American West. His second release, 'The John Milton EP,' is a collection of electronic compositions inspired by the epic poem Paradise Lost. ... more

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Track Name: Welcome to the Americas
My dear I've come to be
With night and flute and drums and things
So many more have come to be in America
Track Name: In Paths Too Dark For Seeing
In paths too dark for seeing

I lost myself completely but

The fireflies danced into the night

Guiding me to where I was going to

Once in that forest city

I sit on all committees and

Nine parties shout among the wind

While the night attempts to get some sleep

Next to that pact or treaty

Light cuts the night completely and

A native boy marches through the crowd

Hushing us with eyes of green and gold

Hushing us until he said...

I believe in saving trees

And for that I think they are so proud of me

I believe in nature's being

It's the only being that has this timeless beauty

I believe in doing things that make me whole

Not incomplete 'cause in the grander scheme of things

Who am I if I'm not happy?
Track Name: I Know What Ails You
I know what ails you, ails you

But I'm coming home to my baby, baby

With a case of living love

I ask you: who's been sleepin' where I'm livin?

Have you been singin' in the kitchen?

I'll let that all fall down

And I guess I'll know when I know

I'm headin' westward, forward

Towards the setting sun

And I'm making amends with the Mr. Jefferson

He said, son you're livin' like a vagabond

You been taking care in North America?

I said, I really do not know

My heart's been on hold so long

But now I'm listenin'

I'm rich and then I'm broke

I try to obey the laws just like the other folks

So I'm headin' eastward, backwards

Right to New York

And I'll write you a letter once I know what I'm writin' for

Oh, my life is not what I thought it'd be

And for that I feel so lucky now

You know I miss you Lo

But you put a river in a bucket and that river has got no flow
Track Name: Garden of Night
Evening rose, what pretty petals you have come to grow

Moon makes your red colors go black and white

In the garden of night

Evening stars, shining down on me from oh, so far

Maybe trying to show me who you are

In the garden of night

Evening toads, hoppin' across that pond to make a home

Now at least oh, you won't be alone

In the garden of night

Evening wolf, I knew your father when he roamed the grove

It's just something I have come to know

In the garden of night
Track Name: Oh, Certainly
Prairie heartache, on a tired day

All my dreams are far away

Yeah, I can see them

In the distance

I do what they say

Prairie lover

I've been wandering

And I need a place to stay

Prairie lover

In the modern age

What would you say...

If I'd ask you do you love me?

I'd hope that you would say

Oh, certainly I've always thought that you were lovely

I craft these moments in my brain

And play them time and time again

Like dust, I roll

Like gold, I glow

Like stones, you throw

Like friends, you know

I have got no place I'm going to but

I'll keep walking, I'll keep walking, every day I'm doing a little better

I've got no cares for them worries or blues 'cause

I am walking, I am walking

I'm so done with just talking
Track Name: Like So
I sing into the night

I sing in time

With the whole of night

In the dimmest light

I saw a ghost, and he said hallo

I left behind a world with light to spare

'Cause the dark of night was alluring still

If it proves a rock

Or it proves some gold

I'll know....

I ran around the world, like so

And I stomped that beating drum, like so

And I refused just to live in the known

And I ran around the world like so
Track Name: The Last Stand of the Great Navajo Buffalo
It's too hard livin' in these plains

Your language, my anguish

Take me to outdoors to be with mine

I am more beautiful in ways that you will never know

It's too late, too late

I'm tellin' you

I said leave here, believe me

At least fight me to kill me

I said leave here, believe me

It's too hard livin' in these plains

My family, it's finished but

Some mistakes you see and some take time

We are more beautiful in ways that you will never know

It's too late, too late, it must be too late

'Cause I'm tellin' you

Leave here, believe me

You will fight me to kill me

Know that I'll fight your country

Even if I am the last buffalo
Track Name: Finale (We Breathe the Winds of Time)
I know that you hate me

But we're hurting our babies

Can't we just take this to the grave?

Their hearts are much younger

And such hearts are stronger

Let's let this heartache blow into the wind