Light

In by Moses Guest

  1. Light 
  2. Dawn
  3. Emily
  4. Free
  5. Light Out of Me
  6. Silverton
  7. California
  8. Empty Hall
  9. Black Road

Produced by Moses Guest.

Cover design by Katie Farmer and Doug Alexander.

All songs published by Sclanard Music Publishing (BMI) 2017.
A 2017 Aufheben Records & Floating Records release. Distributed and further promoted by Home Grown Music Network, North Carolina.

Lyrics

Light

I’m thinking that it might’ve been your thoughts
Your thoughts that burned out in the end
That wouldn’t friend again it was your thoughts
That turned out to be nothing at all

Light
I think that I thought there was light in you
But then
I think that I thought that there wasn’t too

With hooks for eyes I know it was you
You know I thought that with nails
And now again I cannot be certain
That your thoughts it was that burned out

Light
I think that I thought there was light in you
But then
I think that I thought that there wasn’t too
And now
I cannot be certain of either one
Light
Light and then you and then nothing at all

Light,
Wood with nails and
Hooks for eyes and then
It was nothing then
It was you then
Light…

Dawn

It is dawn, and with it, across the window,
eagles in formation fly, against a silver sky.
And there I stand, paling, in the light, watching it all, disappearing.
Everyone else is already gone.

You know I did the same thing, says the giant, in the dark.
And I can’t be sure that I say anything at all.
That window was my television, but all right, man, I’ll leave you there, he says,
and then, disappears in, places within his habi – ta- tion.

I find that I am out of doors, back behind, somewhere.
It’s back behind the giant’s house crackling ‘round in the cold moonlight.
There are darker shapes out there than the darkness, itself, moving through the,
darkness and then, becoming one, with it again.

I turn around: It is dawn… again.
I sit and watch the sun come up, over and over and over and over.
Because it is brighter when I have my eyes closed. I close my eyes. I close my eyes.
Dawn has arrived. I can tell by the birds. Dawn has arrived.

Emily

I see big trees, and i see cats
I see elephants, and i see rats
I see her with me, yeah, i see that
Birthday parties and our little spats

But you can’t see everything from anywhere
I saw clearly what was never there
I can’t see anything, but i don’t care
I lay my head in this little chair

But if one won’t come true, she makes way for two
And if one wasn’t right, well two’s outta sight
So one made the way, now two can play
But two ones make two, and one lives in you

It’s like i can know things and then i can’t know things at all
But i’ll tune up my strings and i’ll play them to an empty hall
I’ll give all that i have, though i know that i won’t get the call
I’ll give all that i’ve got – I’ll give it all until i fall down

Free

For Edie Jane – June 4, 2008

Call it a weakness – A ship upon land
To wonder what someone might think of your band
Make it for nothing – Just ‘cause you can
It’s alright to try here right where you stand
Right where you stand
Free, free
In a world without idols or gods you can be
Anything you ever thought
You can be a maker of marvelous art
We shall see

It’s a good place as any to start
Pay no attention
To the popular brand
This kind of pollution can damage your band
Break it for nothing
Just ‘cause you can
Sometimes destruction can show where you stand

Light Out of Me

Guide me with a subject
Anything held over time
Because a lot stays the same and it changes over time

But you don’t know what it means to make changes
So you don’t know I don’t have the time to be making you into the subject every time

You take the light out of me and you hide it
You take the light out me every time

You take the light out of me
Light out me
You take the light out of me

A frickin’ weenus in a hat
You looking mighty fine
Said, “this is it,” and that was that
You’re going out tonight
Locomotive on the wrong track
And that’s a fact, but there was little that i could do
You might’ve told me you was on crack you took a liber-thai

You took a liber-thai on that night
And there was nothing that i could do
‘Cause you was sanctified
This beggar was out to choose
You took a liber-thai

It’s not true! You’re full of crap!
It’s just a sack of lies
You’re like Maria Von Trapp
I’m singing every night
Local motives on the wrong track
I’m just a hack, but there is little that you can do
I might’ve told you I was on smack
I took a liber-thai

I took a liber-thai on that night
And there was nothing that you could do
‘Cause i was sanctified
This beggar was out to choose
I took a liber-thai.

Silverton

Outside of town, by a little mine, the river’s flowing all the time.
Mahatma packets fall like rain; Ruth Buzzie’s getting on my brain.
Dancin’ while driving; cussin’ out all the passersby.
Breakin’ out that BB gun; shoot down the walls, our brains will fry.

In Silverton, you can be yourself
Maybe live your life; outside your hell
You drink all night with yo’ BB gun
To be yourself out in Silverton…

Dropping down into town; think I’ll scratch off a while.
Hike along the mountainside, deep down in the mine we slide.
Dancin’ while driving; cussin’ out all the passersby.
Breakin’ out that BB gun; shoot down the walls, our brains will fry.

California

Caroline wasn’t good enough; everyone could see
Made a lie, and the fabric of everywhere had come
It’s all right now, it’s okay…everyone lies
It’s all right now, it’s okay…everyone lies…
In…their…shoes

The stars will come shining down as I fall out on my knees in California
Here I can stay the same as I was when I was twenty-one
I got change in my pockets say
I got change in my head
I got change in my pockets say
I got change in my head…
In California

Love my sister and my brother too for they are wise
Love my friends from long ago; I hate to say goodbye
Love my father and my mother though they’ll never know
Maybe out to California they might someday go

I wonder whether California last forever –
That separation is gone away to go astray, and I cannot say but
That situation is stronger than a broken man who’s riding on the
Sun burns a hole in my heart forever-lasting whether I will see the Day fall away into night

Empty Hall

She was born
In ’23
In a small town
In New Jersey

She ran away
When she was young
Took up with strangers
In Oregon

She met a man
And had a kid
Got old and died
Forever hid

But you’d think she’d have told me a story or two about love
And you’d think she’d have taught me a thing or two about life
But she never said nothing ‘cept nothing ‘bout nothing at all
And it was kind of sad, like an empty hall

She had no name
She made up one
She had no photographs
No family album

She had no school
She had no car
She had no past
No one could scar

And I’ll never know
Just what happened
I don’t know why
She had a son

Black Road

Where… Where the black road ends
The mountain begins
Time we will spend
Where the black road…

Ends
The Mountain extends into…
Sky
The bird is gone; it’s on its own
It has over-flown; it’s too…
High

To start again
More than halfway in is a…
Lie
Lose a turn; crash and burn;
Never learn; time to…
Die

Time to ditch the car; it’s broke down
Time to throw the phone
Time to leave it all where you found it
Time to dig [you] a hole [in the ground]

Where… Where the black road ends
The mountain begins
And time we will spend
Where the black road…

Ends
All of the fountains run…
Dry
The water’s gone; the bird has flown;
Put down the phone; say good-…
Bye

Time… to… ditch that old the car
Time… to… throw away the phone
Time… to… leave it all behind
Time… to… dig holes in the ground and…

To start again…

  1. Light 
  2. Dawn
  3. Emily
  4. Free
  5. Light Out of Me
  6. Silverton
  7. California
  8. Empty Hall
  9. Black Road

Produced by Moses Guest.

Cover design by Katie Farmer and Doug Alexander.

All songs published by Sclanard Music Publishing (BMI) 2017.
A 2017 Aufheben Records & Floating Records release. Distributed and further promoted by Home Grown Music Network, North Carolina.

Lyrics

Light

I’m thinking that it might’ve been your thoughts
Your thoughts that burned out in the end
That wouldn’t friend again it was your thoughts
That turned out to be nothing at all

Light
I think that I thought there was light in you
But then
I think that I thought that there wasn’t too

With hooks for eyes I know it was you
You know I thought that with nails
And now again I cannot be certain
That your thoughts it was that burned out

Light
I think that I thought there was light in you
But then
I think that I thought that there wasn’t too
And now
I cannot be certain of either one
Light
Light and then you and then nothing at all

Light,
Wood with nails and
Hooks for eyes and then
It was nothing then
It was you then
Light…

Dawn

It is dawn, and with it, across the window,
eagles in formation fly, against a silver sky.
And there I stand, paling, in the light, watching it all, disappearing.
Everyone else is already gone.

You know I did the same thing, says the giant, in the dark.
And I can’t be sure that I say anything at all.
That window was my television, but all right, man, I’ll leave you there, he says,
and then, disappears in, places within his habi – ta- tion.

I find that I am out of doors, back behind, somewhere.
It’s back behind the giant’s house crackling ‘round in the cold moonlight.
There are darker shapes out there than the darkness, itself, moving through the,
darkness and then, becoming one, with it again.

I turn around: It is dawn… again.
I sit and watch the sun come up, over and over and over and over.
Because it is brighter when I have my eyes closed. I close my eyes. I close my eyes.
Dawn has arrived. I can tell by the birds. Dawn has arrived.

Emily

I see big trees, and i see cats
I see elephants, and i see rats
I see her with me, yeah, i see that
Birthday parties and our little spats

But you can’t see everything from anywhere
I saw clearly what was never there
I can’t see anything, but i don’t care
I lay my head in this little chair

But if one won’t come true, she makes way for two
And if one wasn’t right, well two’s outta sight
So one made the way, now two can play
But two ones make two, and one lives in you

It’s like i can know things and then i can’t know things at all
But i’ll tune up my strings and i’ll play them to an empty hall
I’ll give all that i have, though i know that i won’t get the call
I’ll give all that i’ve got – I’ll give it all until i fall down

Free

For Edie Jane – June 4, 2008

Call it a weakness – A ship upon land
To wonder what someone might think of your band
Make it for nothing – Just ‘cause you can
It’s alright to try here right where you stand
Right where you stand
Free, free
In a world without idols or gods you can be
Anything you ever thought
You can be a maker of marvelous art
We shall see

It’s a good place as any to start
Pay no attention
To the popular brand
This kind of pollution can damage your band
Break it for nothing
Just ‘cause you can
Sometimes destruction can show where you stand

Light Out of Me

Guide me with a subject
Anything held over time
Because a lot stays the same and it changes over time

But you don’t know what it means to make changes
So you don’t know I don’t have the time to be making you into the subject every time

You take the light out of me and you hide it
You take the light out me every time

You take the light out of me
Light out me
You take the light out of me

A frickin’ weenus in a hat
You looking mighty fine
Said, “this is it,” and that was that
You’re going out tonight
Locomotive on the wrong track
And that’s a fact, but there was little that i could do
You might’ve told me you was on crack you took a liber-thai

You took a liber-thai on that night
And there was nothing that i could do
‘Cause you was sanctified
This beggar was out to choose
You took a liber-thai

It’s not true! You’re full of crap!
It’s just a sack of lies
You’re like Maria Von Trapp
I’m singing every night
Local motives on the wrong track
I’m just a hack, but there is little that you can do
I might’ve told you I was on smack
I took a liber-thai

I took a liber-thai on that night
And there was nothing that you could do
‘Cause i was sanctified
This beggar was out to choose
I took a liber-thai.

Silverton

Outside of town, by a little mine, the river’s flowing all the time.
Mahatma packets fall like rain; Ruth Buzzie’s getting on my brain.
Dancin’ while driving; cussin’ out all the passersby.
Breakin’ out that BB gun; shoot down the walls, our brains will fry.

In Silverton, you can be yourself
Maybe live your life; outside your hell
You drink all night with yo’ BB gun
To be yourself out in Silverton…

Dropping down into town; think I’ll scratch off a while.
Hike along the mountainside, deep down in the mine we slide.
Dancin’ while driving; cussin’ out all the passersby.
Breakin’ out that BB gun; shoot down the walls, our brains will fry.

California

Caroline wasn’t good enough; everyone could see
Made a lie, and the fabric of everywhere had come
It’s all right now, it’s okay…everyone lies
It’s all right now, it’s okay…everyone lies…
In…their…shoes

The stars will come shining down as I fall out on my knees in California
Here I can stay the same as I was when I was twenty-one
I got change in my pockets say
I got change in my head
I got change in my pockets say
I got change in my head…
In California

Love my sister and my brother too for they are wise
Love my friends from long ago; I hate to say goodbye
Love my father and my mother though they’ll never know
Maybe out to California they might someday go

I wonder whether California last forever –
That separation is gone away to go astray, and I cannot say but
That situation is stronger than a broken man who’s riding on the
Sun burns a hole in my heart forever-lasting whether I will see the Day fall away into night

Empty Hall

She was born
In ’23
In a small town
In New Jersey

She ran away
When she was young
Took up with strangers
In Oregon

She met a man
And had a kid
Got old and died
Forever hid

But you’d think she’d have told me a story or two about love
And you’d think she’d have taught me a thing or two about life
But she never said nothing ‘cept nothing ‘bout nothing at all
And it was kind of sad, like an empty hall

She had no name
She made up one
She had no photographs
No family album

She had no school
She had no car
She had no past
No one could scar

And I’ll never know
Just what happened
I don’t know why
She had a son

Black Road

Where… Where the black road ends
The mountain begins
Time we will spend
Where the black road…

Ends
The Mountain extends into…
Sky
The bird is gone; it’s on its own
It has over-flown; it’s too…
High

To start again
More than halfway in is a…
Lie
Lose a turn; crash and burn;
Never learn; time to…
Die

Time to ditch the car; it’s broke down
Time to throw the phone
Time to leave it all where you found it
Time to dig [you] a hole [in the ground]

Where… Where the black road ends
The mountain begins
And time we will spend
Where the black road…

Ends
All of the fountains run…
Dry
The water’s gone; the bird has flown;
Put down the phone; say good-…
Bye

Time… to… ditch that old the car
Time… to… throw away the phone
Time… to… leave it all behind
Time… to… dig holes in the ground and…

To start again…