Shadowlawn

by Django Haskins

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released August 2, 2018

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Track Name: Blink
Blink and you'll miss it
a car trip
a jump rope
a slide
Lost in the hours
Afloat on an amnesia tide
The sun is out til it's gone
The swinging bridge will hold your weight
Until it breaks

Open the window
Let the chatter and the beauty inside
Sooner or later
The branches will split from the pines
The wind will carry all
The words that tangle on the tongues of everyone

Summer garden bright
Summer garden light

Blink and you'll miss it
a car trip
a jump rope
a slide
Lost in the hours
Afloat on an amnesia tide
The sun is out til it's gone
The swinging bridge will hold your weight
Until it breaks
Track Name: The Quarry
Take me parading
Down to the quarry
The daytime is fading
The rental car is waiting
We're floating low
In algae glow
And taking breaths of heavy air

We've been here before
We've never been here
We're not here
We are the quarry
Track Name: Snakes In the Seaweed
Thirty years in the same job
In the same place
You're the same slob
Working your way up but the top is rotten
Have you forgotten your boy scout pledge
To always do your best always do your best
Always do your best always do your best
To keep yourself physically strong
Mentally awake, morally straight
Physically strong, mentally awake, morally
Straight to the bottom

Sports car on a steep cliff
Sports car on a steep cliff
Little sports car on a steep cliff

You never talk about your feelings
Never say nothing mean that you really mean
You never talk about your feelings
Never say nothing mean that you really mean
You really mean
I really mean
It might be too late for all of that now

All the way down to the ocean floor

It's so beautiful
Dark like a dream
Like a David Lynch scene
If only they could see me
If only they could see me
If only they could see
Snakes in the seaweed
Snakes in the seaweed
Snakes in the seaweed
Snakes
Snakes
Snakes
Snakes
Snakes
Track Name: Above the Timber Line
Rain but not rain
Sky but not sky
You took my hand
Winding up through the pines
Oh, oh

Love but not love
Pain but not pain
Why did you bring me here
In the not rain
Oh, oh

Up above the timber line
Where nothing grows but the hardest vines
Cling to the rocks my dear
Somebody's drawing near
Oh, oh
Track Name: Crybaby
Cry cry cry
Crybaby it's alright
I'll try try try
To hold back the night

But you only call me when you're on the ledge
And you don't believe me when I say
The bruises go, the memories fade
So cry cry cry

I walked walked walked
Every haunted avenue
To lay myself down
On the sidewalk next to you

With a newspaper blanket and a lucky pen
We'll write our story then we'll start again
And again
So cry cry cry

But you only call me when you're on the ledge
And you don't believe me when I say
The bruises go, the memories fade
So cry cry cry
Track Name: Grey Though the Day
Grey though the day may be
It will not swallow me like it did
When I was still a kid
Before you came along to me

Green though your eyes do shine
I see the colors of the sun
The one who lights us all
My golden sun

You may not always need me
But I belong to you
So try to remember baby
That when I disappoint you
As I am certain to
it's not what I meant to do

Long may your branches grow
In every sweet direction that they care to grow
I hope you'll know

You may not always need me
But I belong to you
So try to remember baby
That when I disappoint you
As I am certain to
it's not what I meant to do
Track Name: Our Old Enemy the Moon
Say good night to our old enemy the moon
There's no getting rid of him
He's like an ill-advised tattoo

Say hello to our old champion the sun
Yes he is the noble one
At least that's how the story's spun

I don't wanna live in darkness
But I go blind in daylight
I'm always caught between a hot place and a rock
So I'll keep circling the block

Say a prayer for our imaginary friends
We never saw enough of them
Once they started having kids

Say hooray for the lives we want to live
They are doing all they can
They could use encouragement

I don't wanna live in darkness
But I go blind in daylight
I'm always caught between a hot place and a rock
So I'll keep circling the block
Track Name: Green Grass of Elsewhere
Father oh Father can't you see
This little town is the end for me
I look out my window but all I see
Is the green grass
The green grass
The green grass of elsewhere

Sister oh sister oh won't you come
I know I can't be the only one
Who wants to go and try my thumb
On the green grass
The green grass
The green grass of elsewhere

Ran into Anne of the laughing eyes
She has a light that you can't deny
You think that you see her but it's made you blind
Oh the green grass
The green grass
The green grass of elsewhere

And when my time comes to an end
I hope that you'll come see me now and then
And think of the land I'm traveling in
Oh the green grass
The green grass
The green grass of elsewhere
Track Name: World Inside
Wasn't born a rambling man
Just turned out that way
When I found my piece of land
I knew that I would stay
I would stay, boys
I knew that I would stay

Twenty years of waking up
On a dirty floor
I think I can live without
Seeing twenty more
Twenty more, boys
On that endless tour

Built my nest upon the highest tree
Now that I am home there's a world to see
There's a world inside of me

Go on and chase your dotted line
Go on and sing your name
If I ever cross your mind
I will not complain
I will not complain
I will not complain

I have scattered parts of me
All across this land
I will go and visit each city when I can
When I can, boys
Only when I can

Built my nest upon the highest tree
Now that I am home there's a world to see
There's a world inside of me

I'm still making melodies
I hope you will enjoy
But my favorite symphony
Is my baby boy
Is my baby boy
He's my greatest joy

Built my nest upon the highest tree
Now that I am home there's a world to see
There's a world inside of me
Track Name: Three Things
Lost in the future
Wallowing in the past
You can't be too sure
That anything will last
Except for the way I feel at home in your arms
And the courage of your red blood so warm

I want to take you across the ancient world
Where they know how to worship
Your kind of girl
Who holds herself more dearly than gold
Who sees the ideal futures unfold
Who loves this broken world of dust
Who has a heart so worthy of trust
Who shines but she don't always know

Three things I can't live without
Your love your love your love
These days I don't tell you that enough

I can be stubborn
I know it's a surprise
And you can burn cities with your volcanic eyes
But you can also make me grow like a weed
And you save a monster in need
You can turn the chaos of words
Into a shape like I've never heard
And you can make justice shine

Three things I can't live without
Your love your love your love
These days I don't tell you that enough

Baby I'm sorry
You waited much too long
For me to set these poor images down in song
But they will burn long after we've covered the flame
And I will write them next to your name
And if you live to be a golden girl
This is how you'll keep me in your world
To sing to you when your new day shines

Three things I can't live without
Your love your love your love
These days I don't tell you that enough
Track Name: So It Is Ever
Open my ribs
Relieve the pain
Turn on the water
Wash me clean again
There is no monster to blame
So it is ever and so remains
Drown in a river of daisy chains
So young and so old it's all the same

Is it a long way to go
Is this the wrong song to sing to you today
Muscles all ache from shoveling snow
Pick up the piles of ticker tape
Burn em all up on a frozen lake
So it is ever and so remains

Are you afraid of your heart
The way it tears all your quiet a[art
Are you allowed to belong
Belong to a world with a dying star
Wherever you wake up that's where you are

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