Down the Road and Back Again

by Neil Cain

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1.
I peered into the looking glass got turned around spent what seemed like lifetimes in silence then I heard a sound And it came from the voices of charlatans and magicians spoke of simple love I stood before the vastness of the endless plain I implored the distance to tell me my lover's name It came from the voices of mountain springs and rustling leaves said "now go my Son"
2.
Emptiness 03:51
Batten down the hatches, brace for the fall I'm passing like shadows, away from it all and everything I've ever seen cast into storm clouds absently Write one last letter and sign your name I swear I'm getting better, but I'll never be the same see, I trained my eyes to find the lines that hold me here, then cut those ties And lost in the sound of a downpour for your shattered sense of self Caught in the bliss of emptiness I whisper like the wind carving new canyons within Head for the hills boy, you've waited too long The tentacles of city strife have grown too strong Sever these ungracious things and find new way to be... lost in the sound of a downpour for your shattered sense of self Caught in the bliss of emptiness we whisper like the wind carving new canyons within
3.
When you wake up and find it all around, you'll feel inside A sense of something so still, this feeling free Into the annals of our lives go all the ways we've tried to come together in a moment Like a roar of thunder from a distant cloud, we hear the cries of all that's driving the wind, of the pulls that shape the tides Into the annals of our lives go all the ways we've tried to come together in a moment All these ways we have found to dissolve our beings and keep our lives
4.
Woven with threads of surrender, twine twisted in hardship fortified with faith never ending, now you can take my flesh And you know we've gone to far when we grow afraid of what we are, so we sneak out in twilight's embrace see the transformation in my face Distilled in waters without shore crafted in boundlessness worn away by invisible erosion now you can take my flesh And you know we've gone to far when we grow afraid of what we are, so we sneak out in twilight's embrace see the transformation in my face
5.
Under, over, in-between it is what it is, but it's not what it seems we gave up understanding for the dream nothing's ever been quite so serene In our waking lives things are breaking away Spending all day finding out just what it means to be faint as a cloud out at sea nothing's ever been quite so serene In our waking lives things are breaking away
6.
In the Distanceless Nothing, the Son yet to be born hangs in the sky as I ponder the color of his eyes from East to West the whole day long In the dirt beneath my feet flesh yet to be decomposed hangs on my bones ready to heed that call when it sounds And what goes up, must come down so I keep my hands sunk in the ground Sweet Mother Earth never disappointed me And what starts crooked grows straight in time impurity fades I'm sure you'll find Great Father Spirit never lets our heads hang low for long And they gave me the words to this song In the air above my head thoughts yet to be formed drift with clouds and storms and plunge lightning bolts into my unsuspecting mind With the fire in my hands I sweep streaks of flame as I dance in the black twilight stillness of eclipse And what goes up, must come down so I keep my hands sunk in the ground Sweet Mother Earth never disappointed me And what starts crooked grows straight in time impurity fades I'm sure you'll find Great Father Spirit never lets our heads hang low for long And they gave me the words to this song
7.
I wanna push thru this city and echo off the walls sing to the heavens in a 6,000 watt drawl I wanna be your first symphony, be your sacred son and lie on your deathbed second to none I wanna shape a new day forget what you heard I'll run 'til my legs fall off, just say the word I wanna give rest to tired and obsessed minds and speak without thinkin' from the source of the divine To be devoured by the wind & the waves, breath so deeply, I wanna be saved I wanna be resurrected as the glint in your eye and peer thru the centuries yearnin' to fly I wanna hum long lost melodies you swear that you heard and be somethin' weightless like the good word I roamed to the end of the Earth just to find that everything I ever wanted, I left behind And I stayed up all them late nights pollutin' my blood when nothin' ever got me higher than your love To be devoured by the wind & the waves, breath so deeply, I wanna be saved from these endless preoccupations and disease Own up to who I've been without deciding to leave
8.
I'm gone, gone, gone on up that hill yeah, I'm gone, gone, gone you might as well give my best song on to the wind I walked, walked, walked all them countless miles 'til I found the land where the good lord smiles and I'd send you a postcard, but it'd never make it out I cried, cried, cried all them lonely nights until I died, died, died along with all of my frights and was reborn somethin' much lighter than man I long, long, long for a place of my own yeah, I long, long, long for a place to call and we'll know when we get there that we've been here all along
9.
Heavens divide and conquer me up and away cracks in the sky like stars we watch streaks of time What light prevails at night? What light's faded and gone? What was that most glorious sound that we heard? I'll settle down below the pines nestled and fed now we can talk without all the noise in the land of the dead What light prevails at night? What light's faded and gone? What is that most glorious sound that we heard? 'Cause that belongs to me the right to go wherever it leads we like to go
10.
You 03:10
You, covered in Earth and Ash, become what none of us knew we longed for until we saw that fire spark and flash and go deep... into the embers glow we flow so effortless who knew thru you we'd be free at last? And you, lost in that wild dance, become what the wind intends to guide us into a whirling and blissful flight, we go deep... into this endless glow we flow so effortless, who know thru you we'd be free at last?
11.
I can match your pace, I'll duck, dive, and weave it is not what it seems and I can see your face, eyes pushin' like a plow and I do not know how we found this place sweet embrace not one breath to waste our heartbeats race I remember when you said "these things never die" and we closed our eyes and when our bodies met, it was like a thunder clouds sending streaks of lightning between Earth & Sky In an instant of Light wingless flight and everything's right in this endless ride

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released March 5, 2012

Recorded by Timothy Frantzich in the summer of 2011
Cover photo by Carrie Frantzich
Titled by Echo Trobridge

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