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Night Lights

by Ethan J Perry

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Friends & enemies It's hard to tell Just which of these You are to me Friends & enemies Your right hand shakes While your left deceives Kinda like some gift bearing Greek I trust & pray Then I cut & run Yesterday We laughed in the sun But now The night comes on With its rain & mystery Friends & Enemies While the gettin's good We're thick as thieves But what'll happen when the bottle runs empty I trust & pray Then I cut & run Yesterday We laughed in the sun But now The night comes on With its rain & mystery Brothers in arms Bear the mark of Cain Avenged sevenfold Whether slighted or slain Brothers in arms Brothers in arms Brothers in arms Bear the mark of Cain Friends & enemies Smiles hide The wicked eye Scanning like vultures in the trees
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Underneath A desert jeweled sky night The desert night lights Whisper why The carousel moves round and round But never passes by It's underneath A desert jeweled Sky Night The desert night lights Whisper why The buildings climb so high But never reach the sky And why The empty hearts In the parking lots Are begging on a dime Waiting for the time To get them through This mad and lonesome night It's underneath A desert jeweled sky night The desert night lights Whisper, "why worry? Everything every little thing gonna be alright." Even for the empty hearts In the parking lots Begging on a dime Waiting on the time To get them through This mad and lonesome night Because every broken beatin' heart Lookin' to the stars above Pleadin' their cases To the higher courts of law For each one dreaming Burning and seeking For each one The call & the answer is love It's underneath A desert jeweled sky night The desert night lights Whisper why It's worth more to light a candle Than to curse the night
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Thirteen hours to Denver Thirteen hours to Seattle I leave behind that malleable Mile-High weather & That vain clangin' of those chapel bells Thirteen hours to Denver Thirteen hours to Seattle & When I pause to remember Then I picture her so well "I'll wear a veil for you I'll take your hand in mine I'll give you love so true I'll warm the winter time I'll give you kisses deep In the rose gardens and red satin sheets I'll make the robins sing I promise you these things." Thirteen hours to Denver Thirteen hours to Seattle I sit meditating on that little flower That love first sweet that dripped delightfully from my lip has all but grown sour Thirteen hours to Denver Thirteen hours to Seattle Now this mandarin autumn weather sends me to recall Red wine and crimson lace dangled and draped from her flesh, that place, that candled altar where I prayed and knelt "I'll wear a veil for you I'll take your hand in mine I'll give you love so true I'll warm the winter time I'll give you kisses deep In the rose gardens and red satin sheets I'll make the robins sing I promise you these things." My love betrayed & called by name Simultaneously In time the same I sang my song, answerin' With my voice raised My limbs clung to this bent metal & bound to this wooden plank Thirteen hours to Denver Thirteen hours to my Jerusalem On this night firmly resolved to sing Of the olive tree midst the autumn leaves I move toward my destiny I move toward my end Thirteen hours to Denver Thirteen hours to my Jerusalem I wonder at my final hour While the wild wind shakes The flames of leaves from their limbs "I'll wear a veil for you I'll take your hand in mine I'll give you love so true I'll warm the winter time I'll give you kisses deep In the rose gardens and red satin sheets I'll make the robins sing I promise you these things."
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Moon Lullaby 03:00
Now that the moon Is riding high I'll sing to you A lullaby So close your eyes & let your body sink Into a world Made from dreams It really doesn't matter All the trouble of the day Let tomorrow worry of tomorrow & Let all your problems Fade away So close your eyes & let your body sink Into a world made from dreams
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Out the window Snow falls down On the concrete Ain't a soul around Heat pipes creak Wood floors make crackin' sounds Are you still floatin' Fainthearted in your ghost town Are you still wandering lonesome In your tailored gowns? Or, have you got it right? Does he hug & kiss & hold you tight? Well, you'll get yours like I got mine It comes like a thief in the night Like a thief in the night We studied old photographs You said the eyes don't ever last But that in fact they're the first to fade away And then it all begins to get hazy Well baby, if you saw me now You'd say that boy with his crucifix's gone crazy But I still drink my coffee black And somedays I get to thinkin' That I'm coming back Coming back around Out the window Snow falls down On the concrete Ain't a soul around Heat pipes creak Wood floors make crackin' sounds Are you still floatin' Fainthearted in your ghost town Are you still wandering lonesome In your tailored gowns? Or, have you got it right? Does he hug & kiss & hold you tight? Well, you'll get yours like I got mine It comes like a thief in the night Like a thief in the night
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Candid Crow 08:15
My little candid crow You're an odd bird, don't you know? Feathers pure white as snow No wait, more pure than snow My little red eyed albino Dance! 'Neath the pale moon light That's when you shine most bright Like an apparition in the night The holy ghost in graceful flight In all the horror of holy fright Fly! Dance on the corn row Dance on the dirt road Dance on the scare crow Glistenin' in moon glow! Fly as the fields burn Fly as the world turns Fly as the flood waters rise Waters rise, waters subside! While on this majestic moon-lit scene On this hallowed eve Amid the changin' of the flames of leaves Between night shade of evergreens Between the certain and uncertainty Come fly, let's fly, come fly with me! Strange and by what awful hand And if not real then still At who's command Wrought in me Fantasy To peek upon this strange beast Laced in serendipity? Fly, dance, come fly with me! Dance on the corn row Dance on the dirt road Dance on the scare crow Glistenin' in moon glow! Fly as the fields burn Fly as the world turns Fly as the flood waters rise Waters rise, waters subside!
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The wind blew strong & heavy on That strange & fateful night Soldiers to the left of me & soldiers to my right The stars shone just like diamonds In the desert sky above In my mind there was no peace & in my heart no love I spied you in the garden with Your confidants & friends You knew that I'd be coming & that it meant the end It would've been better if I never were born I stepped forth from the shadows Of the moon-lit olive groves The wind wild and howlin' Sent a shiver from my head Down to my toes & tremblin' like a wolf in hidin' 'Neath his sheepskin clothes I embraced you, then I kissed you There in the darkness of old Your eyes lit with the fire burnin' From the bottom of your soul Those eyes condemned me, looked right through me Knowin' then what I'd soon know It would've been better if I never were born I gave the money bag back Its weight I couldn't hack Blood money - wanted by nobody So to the Field O' Blood that bag was cast To a crooked tree I fastened my belt The night wind wailed & cried Friend, it felt Like I'd already died The wind blew strong & heavy on That strange and fateful night & from that lone tree's crooked limb Swung my body from left to right It would've been better if I never were born
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Lovers Brew 07:10
Do you sense the night surround us Do you hear a broken tune In the silence of the darkness Through the boredom of the room? Love, oh my Love Do you remember How we used to do? It starts like whispers, then grows giant A lover cryin', "You're so cruel" Some kind of quarrel & fits of violence Some kind of lovers brew Love, oh my Love Do you remember How we used to do? If there's no fire Then what's this burnin' Is this Hell we fell into? It's kind of funny, something comic A lover laughin', "Let the insanity ensue." The law of attraction, like the pullin' & the tuggin' On the tide by the moon Love, oh my Love Do you remember How we used to do?
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Black Fly 07:38
Bratteola cadat apud (Golden leaf) Me pedis (Falls at my feat) Ab flammoribus (From the flames) Arboris autumnalis (Of autumn trees) Voce me nominem (Call my name) Vene mihi (Come for me) Cujus corem (Who's heart) Mansue facisti (You've tamed) Cujus crus ad genu (Who's legs you've bent) Curvisti (At their knees) Viola, viola (Break, break) meum cordem iterum (My heart again) Dolor incedat (Let the pain come in) Non est postea (There is no after) Procella, procella in (Storm, storm) Itinere incedat (Comes marchin' in) Sed ego surdus ventui (But I am deaf to its wind) Cum strepidos et (Both to its fearful thunder) Insanus visus (And its mad laughter) Procella venit (The storm comes in) Curvat membra (It bends the limbs) Arbores tremet (The trees, they quake) Et horreat et concuitiet (Shiver, & shake) et me ventus frigidus (& I am told) narrat (By the wind so cold) sedere (To sit) patientem (Patient) manere (& wait) Take, take my hand again Stroke my hair like the wind No it's not the end No it isn't over No me quitte pas, Lover My Lover, Infinite Red rose on the stone Like a drop of blood in snow Like your pale face frames your crimson lips You, so full of grace You, the marching saint in lace Without You I'm forever dead in sin Love, take me back again Say it's not the end Say it isn't over Do you remember when The music first began & all the other dancers Looked much older? Mist meekly marches in Commanded by the wind Swirlin' so swift Sends the leaves of flame To their unmarked grave Condemned never again to lift Black fly in the web Web in the wind I wonder while the spider Spirals & spins Fog horn blowing low From a ghostly sick shadow Of a ship Break, Break My heart again Help me understand There is no other Burn, burn This house down again Help me understand You are my only lover Rage, Destroy me name by name Find me naked in my shame You are my only Love Rage, rain Both night and day Cover the town In shades of grey Let me hear you say Jealous things Like lovers pray
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In the dead of the evenin' When this little town's sleepin' & all of its dreams are tucked neatly in Ten bells chime The winter wind howls and whines The fading fire coughs and cries & as each ember dies So does a part of my heart Deep inside Strange lullaby Why you had to leave me The mystery the grieves me Not even Holmes could solve a thing Eleven bells chime The Devil's ridin' high On a stallion Dark as night Through spirals of twisted pine Both Spirit and stallion unbridled Strange lullaby Oh ancient Night Ancient Winter, Death, & Fright You lay waste whatever's in your sight Twelve bells chime Send tremors through my mind Oh cruel & gentle Time You torture me with memory You erase the memory line by line Strange lullaby
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I'm a soldier But on my shoulder Hangs not a gun But a weapon of love I charge the border When the Captain gives the order Without hesitation Hesitation or doubt I go, "Pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow... !" I'm a soldier I'm a soldier But on my shoulder Hangs not a gun But a weapon of love I charge the border When the Captain gives the order Without hesitation Hesitation or doubt I go, "Pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow... !" I'm a soldier

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released October 22, 2010

Artwork: Adam Schwankl

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