Hypnopompy

by Songs Become Water

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Dear Listener,

The modern song is a unique art form. Song lyrics, both in the form of poetry and prose, have the potential to inform, humanize, and infuse meaning into music. Likewise music has an unparalleled ability to add depth, feeling, and personal connection to words.

Various songs have inspired some of our most meaningful thoughts, feelings and ideas. The songs that are most valuable to us have been carefully composed to marry lyrics and music into an art form that would be substantially weakened by the absence of either party.

We have written songs that attempt to explore a few of our most meaningful thoughts and feelings. We have sought to marry music and lyrics in a meaningful way. While our lyrics are inherently personal, we hope you find them both accessible and relevant.

We hope to continue to improve our ability to think, feel, and convey those thoughts and feelings through songs.

Sincerely,
Michael Escalante
Danny Jasperson

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released 21 April 2012

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Track Name: Holden Street
Looking at your photos is a habit that
I often try to break
I'm captured by your smile
memories
expressions on your face

You were living poem
now scripture
that always speaks to me

People say a lot of things
hurtful things
but you're still a queen to me

You're still a queen to me

I can't help but see
your angel wings
they help you fly so high
Wish you had seen them too
seen through the stoney labels
placed on you

Mortal eyes forever shut
have blessed and opened mine
Lessons never told pervade my heart
forever transcend time

In a world of weeds
a world of weeds
we look for gardens for the soul

We look for gardens for the soul

I still live on Holden Street
Still live with songs and dreams
Here people pay taxes with honesty
and love for one another

We'll throw away the mirrors
for oft they lie
they don't show what's on the inside

And God and angels sing our names
sing us through the storm
And every stone that's cast will fall
short of breaking hearts

And if I had a wish
I'd throw if far into a fountain
so you could see the way you are

Wish you could see the way you are

Wish we could see the way we are
Track Name: Luna sin Moonlight
Sometimes I want to see
beyond all this haze, and then
sometimes I wish I'd never
cared enough to open up my eyes

Once I wanted to see
beyond all these ink stains on the page
they slapped my fingers repeatedly
to purge me of the sin

Here's ancient wisdom
wrapped in polyethylene
a faith that's made to never decompose

And I like the clear nights
of luna sin moonlight
and how we're meant to wander
You kind of grow accustomed to it-

Everything is clearer
Everything is beautiful
Everyone is happier
When you start believing with no eyes

And I like the clear nights
of luna sin moonlight
and how we're meant to wander
you kind of grow accustomed to the dark

And out on clear night
of astros sin starlight
Ineffable and laughable
Nostalgic and indifferent

Everything is clearer
(everyone feels fear)
Everything is beautiful
(everything is futile)
Everyone is happier
(everyone is trapped in here)

When you start believing with no eyes
Track Name: Words Leave out the Rest
I think that we are getting closer
closer to each other
and further from our goal

And it seems when every we get closer
something tries to stop us and we fail

But I believe
you've got something special
Together we've got something
and I feel the world would benefit from us

And I want to sew our
dreams and time into a quilt
and drape it over us
as we sit by the fire of our hope

And we'll take of all the
beauty that we feel from the world
and lament the fact that
our words leave out the rest

It frightens me
that though we feel a calling
we let our fear and busyness
be our god

But I believe that
what is scaring me
is that this is just iconic
of what is happening in the world

Is this song a warning?
A prophecy?
A wake up call?
Some jumbled words?
A battle cry?
A desperate plea for help?

Maybe the kindling of our hope?

And I want to sew our
dreams and time into a book
and turn its pages
as we sit by the fire of our growth

And we'll sing of all the
beauty that we feel in the world
and lament the fact
that our words leave out the rest
Track Name: One True Lullaby
Take your time
but do it now
Lock yourself in a darkroom
where the evidence can resound
If you feel the most lonely
when you're among your own
It's time to peer at the problems exposed
when you develop your doubts

Sketch yourself
Draw a face with no eyes
You call for my name
but you should listen to your own advice
That writing songs is easy
Unless you avoid all lies, so
I wish I could creep into your mind
and sing you one true lullaby

Sing that...
Fear will take your hand
and guide you far from here
but I will stand and hold
to the hope that we feel

Videos and magazines
make everything look easy
Videos and magazines
make true feelings seem trite and rusty
Burn the words and pictures
Burn away the lies
Life's not a game of cards or dice
Create the future with your own decisions

Fear will take your hand
and guide you far from here
I will stand in shallow water
Because I'm afraid to go too deep

I will take your hand
and hold you close to here, and

I will take your hand
and hold you close to hope, and

I will take your hand
and hold you close to me

And I will take your hand...
I will take your hand
Track Name: Upwards, beyond the Onstreaming
Upwards, beyond the stream
beyond the flow of words that
sweep me away

Like buckets full of water
each drop given away
is more room to breathe
more room to breathe...

Give freely
breathe deeply
and live!

Give freely
breath deeply
and live!

Did god make me this way
or was it the world
or did the world make god
to make me hate myself?

Somewhere...
beyond the stream
beyond the cry of
"Love the sinner
hate sin!"

Love as you would be loved
Love as you would be loved

Or you don't believe in love
Track Name: With All My Love
I had a dream and saw
hundreds of people
in a town by a dirty beach
and everyone was beautiful
but didn't know it

I tried to wave
but they didn't see me
still, I'm not sure I was seeing them

And in that dream
I tried to sing
and some of them heard but didn't feel
I wanted to sing their beauty
so I tried

and I'm not sure if I did

And I dreamt I was in a little rowboat
drifting away
watching the people on the shore
and everything was so real
but far...

I could feel it so close
I could hear it so close, and
I'm not sure if I could see anything
close up
or clear
but I think I want to
I think I want to

I think I want to...

And since I didn't have
a song to sing
for every living being on that shore
I sang one
for someone and everyone
with all my love

With all of my love

Knowing it could never touch everyone
content with only touching anyone
content with harmonizing with the breeze

The waves
moving me in sweet simplicity
me
seeing
watching
as my song collects on drops of ocean mist

Watching as my song becomes water