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by all my nights are dreams

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released July 25, 2015

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All My Nights Are Dreams Limassol, Cyprus

punk pyrate
folk fooker
gut-punch philosophaster
from the great western wastelands between nowhere and nothingness.

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Track Name: geronimo
you've got 10000 doors, and 80 years or so
sun beat the heavens bloody, then restored
by a veil of darkness and what dreams you may know
something like an omen, a black cat or a crow

i adopted the language of my family
before i could define the words i'd hear father speak
like the grey hare tied up to a bruised birch tree
the ax fell swifter then the rabbits' scream

diamonds wrapped around my mothers arm
glistened in the sun, like a second husband
we were blind to these occurrences we were yet young
the truth is in the telling, the shot is in the gun .

..and so it goes, look out below
it goes, Geronimo...
so it goes, before we notice so it goes...
la, di, da, doe...

harder then it has to be, that's my girl Emily
we dressed up as villains every halloween
drank stolen liquor in the town cemetery
and sang off key love songs with no melody

we were learning to love and we were driving too fast
greeting each new morning as if it were our last
we'd turn down gravel roads with nowhere to go
winter then springtime then summer, you know

roll down the windows turn off the air
i've been all around the world just to find you here
we're made of the same stuff, dirt beneath our nails
turn with a crooked smile, the way a dog turns to it's tail

...and so it goes, look out below
it goes, Geronimo...
so it goes, before we notice, so it goes...
la, di, da, doe...

you were engaged by 17 to my best friends' brother and sisters' ex boyfriend
i left the small town because i had dreams of a city, but no city would ever accept me
mother remarried a 3rd then a 4th time
i lost track of so many folks down the line
but i remember December and your broken leg
and the crutches you threw down as you yelled at me

in the fog of morning, in a light rain
you breathe on the window and scrawl out a name
sing to the furniture and dishes in the sink
dance by yourself and allow a small dream

...and so it goes, look out below
it goes, Geronimo...
so it goes, before we notice, so it goes...
la, di, da, doe...
Track Name: quiver
tell mama, i'll find my way
I was born from a quiver
a taut bow drawn then released
the canyon is wide as the river is deep
somehow I'll find my place
among second growth forests
pine, fir, and fathers grave
I may always be your child
but I will be brave

to the folks who gave me my name
those kindly young strangers
in that forgotten place
what you keep and what you save are not the same

there's a bell that's still waiting to toll
and a war that's yet to be won
lessons you learn, on your own
when you depend on no one

don't worry your gentle mind
i'm a pistol, a fighter
and the rattle always sounds before a strike
shadows may darken even the brightest light

there's a bell that's still waiting to toll
and a war that's yet to be won
lessons you learn, on your own
when you depend on no one
one day the other shoe will fall
and we'll make our way out of this dark
we'll tear down the walls, that for too long
have been tearing us apart

tell mama, i'll find my way
I was born from a quiver
a taut bow drawn then released
the canyon is wide as the river is deep
Track Name: only struck the chord
when you're young you are free,
but you're not as free as when you learn,
how to drop the shackles off
it's not something we all get,
not an answer that you want
i know you're life is hard,
burn whatever fire that you got

and death, doesn't have to be an end,
don't occupy your thoughts
may we begin again,
it's only changing forms
of all the natural world, i have been assured
there's comfort and there's peace,
just look at the autumn leaves

when you're sad,
sometimes you go too far,
it's easy to get lost
out here in the dark,
when no one's looking back

abandoned in the storm,
stranded and alone
rains that know no end,
the walls are closing in

and love,
love can take your hand,
let it lift your weary thoughts
the sun will rise again,
just open up your heart
then we'll see where things land,
when the storm finally lifts
the dark clouds recede,
it's not a reprieve we all get

i thought, i would find you here,
in the kitchen by yourself
with all the lights turned off,
there's nobody else
to speak in whisper tones,
this island of a home
where you and i are stranded,
together and alone
i only struck the chord..
i only struck the chord, so that i could hear you sing
so that i could hear you sing...
Track Name: inconsistent blues
I found a way to your heart
a lonely detour in the dark
I found a trumpet for your truth
and a stage on which to play your inconsistent blues

well it's easy enough to wonder
it's easy enough to die
it's easy enough to hurt yourself
and hold it deep deep down inside

it's hard to face the struggle
it's hard to save your light..
when you finally are free of the rubble
and debris that wrecked your life

stand up be strong
none of us have all that long
stand up don't you fall
don't you crawl back in that dark

you gotta sing a little louder
you gotta walk a little prouder
or maybe we should just pray a little harder
none of us really belong to the night.
Track Name: imitating birds
We were birds, imitating birds
falling towards earth, sedimentary verse

we were young, and we held the world
with arms outstretched, so we could watch it squirm
you were the ghost, that haunts the ghost
like Henry Thoreau, we spend our lives alone

tell me if it hurts, if it all feels bad
nothing is built to last, never learned to dance
and the highway is a woman's breast, the sky her song
lets hold on to this emptiness until it's gone...
until everything's gone

invent the train, and you invite the train wreck
an astrophysics joke, Schrodinger's cat
and the nightmares that, I still get
I appreciate the company, even at my own torment

all love, is rudimentary, it's a small thing
against the ennui of eternity

when I fell to the dirt, and reached for your hand
you couldn't pull me up, but let me stand
the skyline is a woman's heart, and now it's dawn
lets hold on to this emptiness until it's gone...
until everything's gone
Track Name: inching decline
time will cure you of hope
validate your pain
vanquish your dreams
run off with your things

time will bring you the rope
and show you to the tree
teach you to joke
about misery

i'm giving up, i'm getting out
cutting loose, laying down
the world is not worth my pain
turning in, i'll take a pass
the best of us is in the past
the world is too old to change

and if i could just look away before ...it starts up again

time will drive you to drink
to forget all that you've seen
it will burden your heart
turn you cruel and mean

time is starting to stink
it's a slow inching decline
forced you to the brink
until you doubt even your own mind

i'm giving up, i'm getting out
cutting loose, laying down
the world is not worth my pain
turning in, i'll take a pass
the best of us is in the past
the world is too old to change

and if i could just look away before ...it starts up again
Track Name: you wouldn't notice
i suppose it's true that nobody ever lies
about feeling lonely
well, it doesn't hurt my pride
darling, i'm lonesome

it's hard to hold my head up sometimes
rain's coming down from that dark cloud
that has followed me my whole life
or haven't you noticed

i'm in some dark room right now
playing guitar for the drywall
thinking of all the ways I've let you down...

ain't that the truth, ain't that the way
blame it on the blues, that never go away
i guess that's the best, we're bound to get
it's not as we'd hoped, it's more than we can accept
some things can't be changed

i suppose you're right
you were better then I deserved at the time
and i was worse then I'd imagined
with that lonely old moon on the rise

you still get through the night
even without anyone at your side
now I complain more then I'll admit to
and i'm given to foolish pride

so let me collect my things
not everything can go as we plan
i'll head back out to that highway
with no certainty of where I'll land

ain't that the truth, ain't that the way
blame it on the blues, that never go away
i guess that's the best, we're bound to get
it's not as we'd hoped, it's more than we can accept
some things can't be changed
Track Name: how to levitate
it's more then a heart should bare
the quiet since you're not here
i've been learning to stand up straight
and how to levitate

I'm no longer breaking chairs
one day i just disappeared
i've been talking to the spirits
that haunt the darker corners of the heart

my feet never touched the ground and i'll be singing
a chord struck once resounds keeps ringing
we'll rise up through the clouds and i won't look down...
i won't look down

time's never moved so slow
since I've started to let you go
gravity doesn't have the pull that it used to
i can project myself anywhere
vanish into thin air
i keep to the shadows and night and then take to flight

my feet never touched the ground and i'll be singing
a chord struck once resounds keeps ringing
we'll rise up through the clouds and i won't look down...
i won't look down