Safe Passage

by Agenbite of Inwit

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Recorded in Portland, Maine. February through March of 2011. Fathertime/Baby New Years Records. FT/BNY - 017. fathertimerecords.com

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released April 1, 2011

Eric Schwan - words, voice, guitar
Douglas W. Milliken - guitar, bass, keys, percussion, sounds, additional voice and words

Additional vocals by: Burdie Burd, SK Green, Hillary Dickerson, and Allison Cekela

Mastering assistance by Artie Fischer.

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Track Name: Hummingbird
Come back to me, come back to me
hummingbird.
Track Name: The Way She Tried
Have you ever tried the way she tried?
Bruise hands and bloody lips.
It was the way that she breathed that did her in.

Taste the sea, there's that memory
like your heart is not complete.
She's beyond those stars so far,
holding tightly to one piece.

And you want to hate her for that betrayal
but she didn't leave because she was afraid.
She knew the darkness that was yours
alone to face.

So if you find the road or the road finds you,
that white light will surely blind
and hold you close for all time,
paralyzed.

And if you're feeling trapped, then just look into that chart.
Choose to change the plotted course
mapped out by stars. Try and try
the way that she tired.

Try and try and try
the way that she tried.

Move earth to stone to northwind wing.
Build honey gold to sycamore stair
and the secret you thought was yours
will be yours again to share.

The secret you thought was yours
will be yours again to share.
Track Name: Reconciled
Remember when you were young
and light enough to walk on snow.
The box by her bedside was where she kept her poems.
Well father's throat was filled with dust.
He could not say the baby's name.
Leave him there under kerosene light
beside the fireplace

and sing, sing in the middle of the night.
Darkness, you came in a disguise.
And burn, burn. Grief was pouring out my eyes.
Darkness, I thought we'd reconciled.

Older now, you see yourself
with your sister across the sea.
(Blue shadows frozen across the sea.)
She's baking sweet, sweet apple bread
and pouring cups of tea.
(The shape of your mouth frozen on cups of tea.)
Together at that enchanted dance.
Light glints off the chandelier.
(Baby brother lost the chanticleer.)
Then an empty room and an empty bed
not looked upon in years.
(Light blackens the blue for years.)

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Darkness, you came in a disguise.
And burn, burn. Grief was pouring out my eyes.
Darkness, I thought we'd reconciled.
Track Name: Bread Baker's Blues
We are keeping you in our chests tonight
with apple wine and candle light,
furrowed brows and salty eyes.

And in the time it takes this bread to rise,
I'll have breathed six thousand times.
A breath for each star in the sky
that has breathed you in since you have died.

Shame on the parson.
Shame on the preacher in Maine.
Shame on the ones you did deny.
And maybe if I sleep
with my head in the moonlight tonight,
the glow will gift me the words to describe
what we lost when you died.

You blessed my eyes so that I might see
what comes after honesty.
And you're like electricity.
Sometimes you're just blue light to me.
And I felt you coursing endlessly
from bell-tower to foaming sea.
So it's a question of mortality.
Are you really gone just cause we can't see?

Remember the sailor.
Remember the breaking waves.
Remember the thoughts that did unite.
And maybe if I sleep
with my head in the moonlight tonight
the glow will gift me the words to describe
what we lost when you died.

Gemini tonight, I call on your second sight.
Gemini tonight, I call on your second sight
'til morning's quiet grace will fill my sails
and bring me home
and bring me home.

But your home is in darkness.
Your home is in darkness.
Can we ever be together if darkness is your home?
Esther was a storyteller
and darkness was her home.
Can you please forgive her?
Please do not weep for her
for she loves a specter
and darkness was his home.

Can we ever be together if darkness is his home?
Can we ever be together if darkness is his home?
Can we ever be together if darkness is his home?
Can we ever be together if darkness is your home?
Track Name: Safe Passage
Across the sleep deep snow you tread
to places not poisoned by the light
to the rooms she spends her night.

This fire's ancient, can you feel it?
These cold stone walls are waking up.
Carve your sonnet across my forehead.
Pray these words will be enough
to appease our demon love.

Blue and black turns into weather.
The weather here turns breath to frost.
Through death-dim eyes, they watch her closely.
They won't let go at any cost
and so you long for what you lost.

Those blue eyes made to match your blue eyes.
Those blue eyes promised to guide you through.
If your heart's in a thousand pieces,
I am here, I'm holding tightly to...
to the ones you've let me see.

You watch for the green-gray guardians of the dawn
who wait, spears drawn.
But whether they grant us safe passage
depends on our answers.
They're weighing the worth of our
words and our songs.
Track Name: Gemini
I call on your second sight.
Track Name: Stone Horse
Old houses keep you quiet on cold, cold nights.
Hold your breath as you hear footsteps from the hall.
My hands were shaking though the blankets were warm
and there's a stronger current leading you.
Until dawn makes the shadows leave, we'll lie awake.

Stay away from the empty room where Uncle slept.
A small stone horse stares strongly on.
And we were both so scared to go downstairs alone.
I show you pages filling up with my mistakes.
Book of regrets.
But the days ahead haven't been spoiled yet, is what she said.
The days ahead haven't been spoiled yet.
Until dawn makes the shadows leave, we'll lie awake.

Those dreams seem like memories to me now.
So hard to sort out.
Those dreams seem like memories to me now.
So hard to sort out.
Until dawn makes the shadows leave, we'll lie awake.
Until dawn makes the shadows leave, we'll lie awake.
Track Name: Black Lantern Light
The dark places its claim on you
as soon as you fall from the womb.
I will slide you ever closer, he claims.
I will slide you ever closer.

And who are you to distrust
a man dressed so fine
with rings on his fingers
and flame set deep in his eyes?

I will slide you ever closer, he claims.
I will slide you ever closer.

Well he is one for bargains
but as soon as you sign
he places a mark on your forehead
to remind you of your first compromise.

From then, it is easy for him to find
each new thing you would rather give up
than turn towards the light.

I will slide you ever closer, he claims.
I will slide you ever closer.

He's not one for favors in the middle of the night.
When morning's plea for strength and warmth
is torn into a rag
that he will use to dampen oil
for his black lantern light.

I will slide you ever closer, he claims.
I will slide you ever closer.