Visions

by Mineral Stills

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released July 23, 2010

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Track Name: Summer, Echoes
1.
Are you going where I'm going?
People I know go there all the time
Are you going where I'm going?
People in love in the summertime
I'll always remember you
In the summertime

2.
Echoes ripple in time
While they ricochet, ricochet, all through the night
We circle the dead
With a gentle wind whispering
All in our heads

Oh, beautiful lights!
The neon is flickering—
Bright, blurred retinal burn
And we're circling, circling, falling in love
In the summertime

3.
Sunrise
Over the rolling hills
Light falls in the cracks in the city

Daylight
Bright as a golden coin
Tell me it'll be all right, my darling
Track Name: Devil Waits at the Window
I fell in love with a beautiful woman
Dark brown skin wrapped so tight around her elegant frame
She moved like a phantom
Held me at bay

Devil waits at the window
Stands in the doorway
Love on his lips and holding a white rose
Ever so patient
Ever so faithful
Beautiful words, such beautiful words
He sings like an angel
Sings just for me

I took out my rival
That military bastard
The ring on his finger was as sharp as a dagger to me
He fell on the front lines
He fell down on his knees

Devil waits at the window
Stands in the doorway
Blood on his lips and holding a Bible
Ever so patient
Ever so faithful
Beautiful words, such beautiful words
He sings like an angel
Sings just for me
Track Name: Sea of Trees
So you go
Out there in the day-old snow
Pretty things
Winter wings
Dusting off your black hair
Hollow bones and feathered hands
Frozen trees
Evergreens
Covering the moonlight
As you slip away
Out before anyone knows

All the sound
Ripples through your body now
Dreadful things
Chattering
Out there in the moonlight
As you slip away
Out before anyone knows
What ghosts live in the sea of trees

I'll take a better lie:
Bodies made of flowers and leaves
On the ground in the sea of trees
Track Name: Keep It on the Level
In the shadow of the tent
Low breath drifting
Showman blows cold air
And the big cat is caged
Crying out with paws raised up in supplication
If it sulks and weeps, then it's human after all
Lovely thrones all around
Keep it on the level now

I was young and out of sorts
Holding out for a sign, for anything
Until the golden lady stole my breath
I watched like a lover
With jealous eyes and a throbbing heart
But in these violent times, you can't trust in anyone
Lovely thrones all around
Keep it on the level now

Oh my darling, it breaks each morning
Tarred and feathered with wings outstretched
Holy rollers on velvet highways

Lovely thrones all around
Keep it on the level now
Track Name: Oh My Absalom!
Oh my Absalom! Would you see what you have done to me?
When I held you as a child you were all my wild eyes could see
Your face was beautiful and your hair was something to behold
(like silken gold)
You stole your nation's heart
Stole the heart that once belonged to me
To the king

Well, they found you
With your head stuck in the boughs of a mighty oak tree
Between the heavens and the earth
Your body dangling
Like an apple on a branch about to fall

When he stole your sister's secret
She poured ashes on her head and tore her clothes
So you took my battle sword, blessed the Lord
And ran that son of a bitch right through
Then you built an army of crazy men
Chariots and arms in your command, in the palm of your hand
You sent the scouts and got those pigs on the march
And they came chasing after me
After their king

When they found your body hanging there
These ten young guys—they cut you down
Threw your corpse in a deep, deep pit
Buried my heart along with it
Track Name: Loss
A red drop falls from your finger like a leaf from a tree
Oh, Jitterbug
A little bit of you is a little of me
Behind the slick glass of a windshield
The morning growls at the whitewashed sky
And I'm stuck here thinking:
"I've never been too good with goodbyes"

Tell me what I did and I'll make it right
It makes no difference but I might as well try
Love will come and love will go
Don't let it get you down
Tell me what you need and that's what I'll do
I know it doesn't matter but I'll give it to you
Love will come and love will go
Don't let it take you where you don't want to be

I want to plant a tall, strong tree
In front of the house where I used to live
I'd plant it secret in the night
When I knew everyone was asleep
I'd form some different memories
Brighter than the drop from your little white finger
Then come back in five years to see if anything had survived

The dark of night should never be this warm
I'm just as bare as the day when I was born
I think I might let you go for good
I want to be good
For you
For me
Track Name: Strangers
Where are you going to? (I don't mind)
I've killed my world and I've killed my time
So where will I go, and what will I see
I see many people coming after me
So where are you going to? (I don't mind)
If I live too long, I'm afraid I'll die
So I will follow you wherever you go
If your offered hand is still open to me
Strangers on this road we are on
We are not two, we are one

So you've been where I've just come
From a land that brings the losers on
We will share this road we walk
And mind our mouths and beware our talk
'Til peace we find—tell you what I'll do
All the things I own I will share with you
And If I feel tomorrow like I feel today
We'll take what we want and give the rest away
Strangers on this road we are on
We are not two, we are one

Holy man and holy priest
This love of life makes me weak at the knees
When we get there you'll make your play
'Cuz soon I fear they're gonna carry us away
In a promised lie you've made us believe
For so many men there is so much grief
And my mind is proud, but it aches with rage
And if I live too long I'm afraid I'll die
Strangers on this road we are on
We are not two, we are one
Track Name: Change
When I fill my cup with worries
And pour the sadness down my throat
Something inside me starts to deaden
'Til I can't feel it anymore
It takes some time to filter
While my senses lose their will
To distill it for me

When I lose my head in sorrow
And get swept out by the waves
I keep pumping my arms and legs in rhythm
To get back from where I came
But it's so damn hard to fight it
When you're caught up in the tide
And pulled out to sea

Change is coming now
But I'll keep running 'til my life runs out
Track Name: All Right
I fell asleep
With that song from "Talking Book" inside my mind
And it felt so lovely
Then I awoke in a daze, in a strange place
Your arm around my neck
That's not what I expected to find

You know I'd give the whole world
To hear you sing me, sweet and sleepy
But the days are running out
It's a nest of tangled tape in my head
I've just spoken my own condemnation
And, damn it, I'm a mess
Just tell me I'm the best and I'll tell you:
"Everything is fine, everything is all right"

My days keep running out
My days keep running out
Track Name: Visions
I dreamed I was drifting, caught in the rise
Of rushing waterways
In the foothills of the Sierra
Snow-melt twisting under the trees
A chilly hallelujah
In the towhee's call at daybreak
I was drifting away
In rushing waterways
While the snow-melt filled my veins with crystal

Then sunlight burst into my eyes
And into the corridors
Of blood and bone within me
I raised my head and looked to the sky
A flood of color
Like no one had ever seen
I was drifting away
In rushing waterways
While the sunlight filled my eyes with fire