Night Lights

by Ethan J Perry

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released October 22, 2010

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Track Name: Friends & Enemies
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
Track Name: Desert Jeweled Sky Night
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
Track Name: Thirteen Hours
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."
Track Name: Moon Lullaby
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
Track Name: Like A Thief In The Night
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
Track Name: Candid Crow
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!
Track Name: Field O' Blood
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
Track Name: Lovers Brew
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?
Track Name: Black Fly
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
Track Name: In the Dead Of The Evening
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
Track Name: 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

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