Artist: Will Oldham
Format: 7" Single
Label: Drag City/Palace Records
Catalogue Number: DC118/PR16
Year of Release: 1997
B Take However Long You Want
Two quiet ballads featuring just Will and a guitar. Lyrically not dissimilar to Arise, Therefore in that they are a little bleak [hopefully the lyric sheet has come out OK in the photos above (click to enlarge)].
The chorus to Patience runs:
and I will align myself with nothing
and I will enjoin my heart with no-one's
cause I was untried
when I was applied to the light of birth
Now just reading that you might think it could be uplifting, or angry perhaps. But the hushed and slow delivery, with country-strummed guitar backing, just makes it sound resigned. Similarly in Take However Long You Want:
I will be here
when you need to leave
and I won't be sorry when you go.