Down the Road and Back Again

by Neil Cain

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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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Track Name: Into the looking glass
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"
Track Name: Emptiness
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
Track Name: Something So Still
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
Track Name: Threads of Surrender
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
Track Name: ...for the Dream
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
Track Name: Distanceless Nothing
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
Track Name: The Wind & The Waves
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
Track Name: On Up That Hill
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
Track Name: Heavens Divide
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
Track Name: You
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?
Track Name: Instant of Light
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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