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In Distress

by The Pharaoh Sisters

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In distress we cried to the LORD,
and our call, he answered.
We deserve the arrows and burning coals
Our hopes we place in money and politic

We love to dwell among those who bicker
The discontent sets on quicker and quicker
We mock your peace as we mock our adversaries
Laughing at them when we’re fraught with unease

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.

You break the rod of our aggressor
You sanctify us, we are just as often oppressor
King of the world landed upon our soil
We rejoice with the workers at your harvest’s spoil

We’ve dwelt in a land of darkness but seen a great light
The taste of your bread and wine is our delight
For to us a child is born, a son is given;
Into his flesh our sins and distress driven

A las montañas levanto mis ojos;
¿de dónde viene mi ayuda?
Mi ayuda pro-vi-en-e del Señor,
creador del cielo y la tierra.


released December 4, 2020
Austin Pfeiffer: guitar, vocals
Jared Meyer: guitar, lap steel
Elizabeth Ottenjohn: vocals
Thomas Pendergrast: cello
John Daniel Ray: upright bass

Produced by The Pharaoh Sisters
Written by Austin David Pfeiffer and Jared Meyer
Mixed & Mastered by Jared Meyer

Artwork by Travis Lintner
Special Thanks to Raysa Saurez Williams


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The Pharaoh Sisters Winston Salem, North Carolina

Seated in the foothills of Appalachia, we are related to no one, are beneficiaries of no tradition, and no one asked us to carry on anything. Aloof and uninvited, we press on. Our music blends the cowboy sensibilities of our Western-roots with the Appalachian traditions of dark imagery and moody stringed instruments from our current home in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. ... more

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