Benthic Lines

by Dan Lyth and the Euphrates

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released 12 May 2014

All songs written and recorded by Dan Lyth.
Recording took place entirely outdoors in a variety of locations.

Arranged by Greg Bell, Alastair MacGregor and Dan Lyth.

Performed by Greg Bell, Natasha Bell, Alastair MacGregor, Dan Lyth and Sarah Lyth.

Double bass performed by Dara Stewart.

Trombone performed by Tim Lane.
Trumpet performed by Philip Cardwell.
French Horn performed by Marcus Britton.

Brass and French Horn arrangements written by Alastair MacGregor.

Mastered by Alan Douches.


Front cover image - Leviathan, 2008. © Matthew Cusick
Book layout and design by Sarah Lyth.
Photos by Greg Bell, Natasha Bell, Dan Lyth and Sarah Lyth.
Already Here written by Craig Rennie.


For more information, videos, photos and a map of recording locations visit benthiclines.com



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Track Name: All My Love
Our street erased
Raised into cloud or lowered in waves
Either way the veil was close
And I had lost my sight

Hidden creatures creep
Green turns to rust and lies to sleep
Round my feet that tiptoe past
Although they know not where

The computer at my thigh
For all its skills can’t prophesy
Our course extends unclear
But know this I’ll give you oh my dear
All my love, all my love

Loom of land appears
Strange cry of hoolcraw haunts our ears
Halts our resolve, removes our breath
But there is no way back

Ginormosaurs* awake
Ghouliphants lurch out from the lake
I hold your hand and we press on
Press on to firmer ground

The caves beyond my chest
Drip with uncertainty, unrest
Unsure and insecure
But through them I’ll walk for nothing less
All my love, all my love

Call me out, call me out love
I was already lost
Call me out, don’t seal it up my love
I was already lost in all my love


*Ginormosaur is the name of a band that David Moyes (from The Scottish Enlightenment) and Dan are going to form one day. Ghouliphant is currently still available.
Track Name: Four Creatures
My brother, he was faithful
In wisdom he would say -
“The pale horse falters
Death scares no longer
The two horned draws near
Forget all fear”
But then it all kicked off
One Friday, two o’clock
They picked you up and I’ve not seen you in weeks, I worry
Timelapse this slow collapse
So tired of being entrapped
Change my name, shave my beard but every day it’s the same

High in Phoenician sky
I saw the alibi die
Four creatures circle above with many eyes
Riding the Eblaite air
Calling “enough is enough”
Four creatures circle above with many eyes

Rooms filled with smoke
Blood pressure rise
Lines of red are torn through
I need a line to find you
Words are bent on Straight Street
Lower me over those city walls
Marksmen are everywhere
Looking out on the square
This Spring feels like the worst winter we’ve had in years
We shot some video
Scenes that would not be shown
Think what you will but the devil’s in the pixels on my phone
Track Name: Earth Broke Its Vow
Under the stars we sleep
Betrayed by our concrete and bricks we can no longer trust
Homes turned to graves in the dust

All that once was solid
The city capsizes and everyone's overboard

The earth broke its vow
And danced like the sea
I said "what shall I cry?"

All is all lost in the dust
Knocked from our knees to our backs
Where will, where will we journey from here?
All is all lost in the dust
Knocked from our knees to our backs
When will the glory be revealed?

The monsters think they can come back
And take hold of old haunts
We stand at the gates with our swords
Hunt down and kill as we've sworn

Hidden bright cogs are turning
All your uniforms will help to heal the wounds and to rebuild walls
But nothing will bring back my love
Track Name: How It Happened
The M8 was closed with drifts on the road
The lorries lay down, made angels of snow
Cars formed a conga but nobody danced
All the brains and the fingers had no freaking chance

Of getting to work, but there was no point
The blackouts remained, the panic was taut
And up in the sky the silver iodide
Lined every cloud high, made every cloud lie

The lines were all down, the days were all dark
Lives were undone and chaos was sparked
The cables installed along ocean floors
Is where we had lived too long for sure

Animals scoffed “Inadequate beasts!”
As digital kids fought over feed
There were fires on the ridges in no time at all
Weirded out voices and bangs on the door*

So we took a boat and sailed it for years
Attacked every month by monsters and fears
Through pestilent storms and cauldrons of sea
Till one day at last the doldrums we reached

Silence of calm. Stillness of sea.
Absence of wind. Banquet of peace.
I sit and write, watch you and the child
I catch a smile, I think we’ll be fine.

* Reference to a line from 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy
Track Name: We Were Bones And We Were Meat
We were hunting, always hunting
We were chasing, always searching
Not arriving, never finding
Self-deceiving, unbelieving
All consuming, we were exhuming
We were stealing without feeling
We were storing, we were hoarding
We were stalking without halting
We were holding all our gold and
We were crumbling, we were rusting

O we have been consumed!

There was fire, there was dragon
There was burning, we were running
We were hunted, we were hiding
We were searching, never finding
There was monster, there was teeth and
We were bones and we were meat
All confusion, all illusion
All imagined except dragon

O we have been consumed!
Track Name: This Time In November
Warmer sea
Floating in far lunar dream
Head on hands
Drifting in deep hidden lands

Until an unearthly tone
Reveals your home
Your secret's out
I've seen your quiet hideout
Your quiet hideout

You compose
God only knows what fabric of notes
Journeying muse
Keep painting yourself in fair delicate hues

Until all that's coarse and bright
The noise and light
You come to find
And leave your old life inside
Your life inside

You won't remember
This time in November
Track Name: Standing Start
I almost had found what I always had sought
One moment profound one glorious thought
A notion divine to have graced my mind
My final lines to be cast into iron
But the click-clacking calls and discreet creeping claws
Render all else as nought and put death to the thought
Almost formed
Fallen cold

This is the speed at which we choose to travel
The rate at which all our thoughts unravel
Hunting for flies and consumed by our finds
It's the rise and decline of the fruit of our minds
Still I rejoice at avoiding the abyss
Keep hold of my coins and my personal bliss
Mortal, flawed
Morbid hoard

So we'll make our peace with the surface of seas
While leviathans lurk in the deep underneath
And forget all we've learned
All the scrolls we have burned
Forget our concerns and the stones left unturned
Because this is the speed at which we travel
The rate at which all our thoughts unravel
Almost formed
Fallen cold

We had feeling we had lost
We were stealing it had cost
We sold our sight, we sold our sight
We were hunting we had searched
We were building it had burnt
We knew what's right, we knew what's right

Hark, hear marching, call the far-flung shards of your heartache
Taking, breaking, unafraid by the acres of darkness
Track Name: Super Nature
Here are the facts
No secrets to find
A dry stone wall
Nothing sacred at all

But then my heart went down
And I was undone
But then my heart went down
And my chest got tight
But then my heart went down
And I was afraid
But then my heart went down
And I wanted more

All the circumferences I held
I will leave
Throw all myself at your table
I will eat
Lost to most festive of feelings
I drink your wine
Taste every crop that we planted
All at once

It's black and it's white
No reverence required
The thesis is clear
No mystery here