Into the Dark Unknown

by Holcombe Waller

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released 21 June 2011

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Track Name: Atlas
"Atlas" (lyrics)

The soul of all things
Floating around
In echoes of darkness
Specters of sound
Cyphers of dreams
Flown from the deep
Floating around in his sleep

And from the East came the sun
And the morning light
All morning white
To cut a line in the corner of his eye

And Atlas awoke
Jonesin' to toke
To quiet the thoughts all rumbling down
Like a dam that done broke
You lost your touch, he says
Maybe you've got too much, he says
Maybe you've got too much

For what it's worth
It was the sky on his shoulders
Not the earth
But Atlas just shrugged
He's going back on the drugs
Oh man I'm back on the drugs

It's hard to get up
When you're stuck in a rut
When you're spinning around and around and around
'Til you don't know what's what
And I want to see every leaf
On every tree, every leaf
On every tree

As he walked through the whirlwind of his home
Every thing in the whole world that he did own
Fell to his feat, calling for Change, Change, Change
O, Change
But Atlas just shrugged
He's going back on the drugs
Swallowed down that bitter slug

And in full seriousness, he looked to the sky
And he said, O!
Why I want to see every leaf on every tree
Who put all this burden on me?

Let the beauty of the world rise around him
Let the beauty of the world rise around him
Let the beauty
Track Name: Risk of Change
Risk of Change (lyrics)

I don't know much, but I know you
You are the kind of magic always breaks my heart in two
The house all trashed, the wine uncorked
Maybe I should call you when I get back from New York
The barlife strays along your street
Poor girl's got a cough and that man's checking out my feet
They look for signs and they make plans
To forge for the better good of all those children in their hands hands hands hands

Home on the range, who knew life could be so strange
All boils down to a risk of change
Pick up the pieces of your life and rearrange
All boils down to a risk of change
Change

The midnight shoppers stretch for miles
Bundled up all coffee cups and cigarettes and smiles
I search the stars across your chart
Through the constellation of your hands, your head, your heart
This city's tiring out my feet
Penny rolls a joint, and all the men who pass smell sweet
Oh penny I can't win this race
Boy you are like Jeff and you must walk to that dark place place place place

Home on the range, who knew life could be so strange
All boils down to a risk of change
Pick up the pieces of your life and rearrange
All boils down to a risk of change
Your pretty eyes cut like the devil through my brain
They're so smooth, so sharp, so strange
Pick up the pieces of your life and rearrange
All boils down to a risk of change
Change

I think I'll sleep alone tonight
Cuz babe we both know I could never love you right
The house all trashed, the wine uncorked
Maybe I should call you when I get back from New York
You've got your barbs, you've got your stones
Pool them in your pockets with the ox meat and the bones
I've got my bags, I'm on my way
Cruising like a bandit 'neath the dark Northwestern day
I don't know much, but I know you
You are the kind of magic always breaks my heart in two
I've got my wings, I'm on my way
Cruising and communing with the vine to meet the Saints
The river sleeps alone tonight
Tucked around those cities that will never treat her right
I've got my wings, I'm on my way
To cruise and commune with the vine and the spirits and the Saints
Saints, Yajé, Yajé, yes

Home on the range, who knew life could be so strange
All boils down to a risk of change
Pick up the pieces of your life and rearrange
All boils down to a risk of change
Your pretty eyes cut like the jewels on your pretty frame
And you're pretty hot, and you're pretty cool and you're pretty strange
Pick up the pieces of my life and rearrange it
All boils down, it all boils down
To a risk of change
Track Name: The Unicorn
The Unicorn (lyrics)

Deep within the dream of love
Caution burns
A heat beyond the point of no returns
Deep beyond the thicket and
The grandma tree
The unicorn is grazing on the leaves

You're poised to make yourself so inconsolably alone
No more breadcrumbs lead you home
No more breadcrumbs lead you home
And all your fear is gone
Your calm is spreading through and through
Like you know not what you do
Like you know not what you do
Like all the means to happiness are here
They are here
They are here
Like all the loves you're looking for are near
They are near
They are near

As darkness falls your loosened voice
Will float across the fold
His ears will perk to track the singer
And through the mist and gloam he'll come
Careening 'cross the cold
To sting you with his pure white stinger

Barreling down, careening down
The world bends in his wake
Laws and leaves just tear away
All that fabric tears away
Your eyes all filled with blood
Your heart impaled upon his horn
Now you are the unicorn
Now you are the unicorn

Now all the means to happiness are here
They are here, they are here
Now all the loves you're looking for are here
They are near, they are near

They are near.
Track Name: Baby Blue
Baby Blue (lyrics)

Baby blue
In the kitchen sun you stand
Oh your shoulders, oh your hands
Your weekend plans trapped in the orbit of your bed
As your heart pounds in your head
Like a prisoner left for dead
If he were only dead

These quiet conversations you've been having with yourself
Bruise your ribs up with the iron that once belonged to someone else
I take two steps back and then three steps up
Still I'd fall back to stand by you
And back to sleep, baby blue

For the case was true, yes it was true

These quiet conversations you've been having with yourself
Bruise your ribs up with the iron you wish belonged to someone else
I take two steps back and then three steps up
Still I'd fall back to stand by you
Back to sleep by you
Back to sleep

But that kind of dream is done
Nothing lost and no thing won
And the best is yet to come
And that old bull dogging my friends I've outrun
Track Name: Hardliners
the bar closed and the whole day went
not much to your liking
fresh rain on the beer green glass
broken where you're biking
a dark cloud over your bed
you're so sad that you just might die
but the sun will still rise
the sun will still rise

now don't laugh cuz i just might be
the soft curve in your hardline
there's no doubt that you are mine babe
there's no doubt that you are mine

you act so shy
but you know you're pretty
you act like there's no one left
alive in the whole city
well maybe the end is upon you
and what then, here repeat after me
it goes, i won't stop loving
i won't stop loving

you don't have to be perfect
you don't have to play well
you don't have to fix everything
all by yourself
now don't laugh cuz i just might be
the soft curve in your hardline
there's no doubt that you are mine babe
there's no doubt that you are mine

mine, here repeat after me it goes
i won't stop loving
i won't stop loving
now don't laugh cuz i just might be
the soft curve in your hardline
there's no doubt that you are mine babe
there's no doubt that you are mine
Track Name: Shallow
muddled in the plans
to be a woman or a man
to be a woman or a man
spinning in the wake
of an apple and a snake
oh an apple and a snake
i set out alone
out, out of house and home
out, a toothbrush and a comb
looking for you
but i don't know how to find you
i don't know how to recognize you

i have fought for you, I
have put my needs above you
made a pederast of you
i've rustled through the leaves, oh
your bushes and your trees, oh
your fables and your thieves
and i don't know one thing
don't know one thing about you
don't know an emptiness without you
but stillness is the proof
in stillness i can tell you move
stillness i can tell you're moving

and when you finally floated
up for me to see you
shallow enough for me to meet you
i could not accept that i was floating within you
ocean with no land to swim to
and it was only time
that moved the boundaries to hold me
moved the pattern to enfold me
and it was only prayer
that echoed like time was even there
echoes like time is even there

one way or another
we are going to meet each other
one way or another
we are going to meet each other
we are going to meet each other
we are going to meet each other
Track Name: Into the Dark Unknown (The Marriage Song)
Into the Dark Unknown (The Marriage Song) - lyrics

Like a vision she stepped out
And all the fear that fed his doubt
Just surrendered to the hour
The bridesmaids and the flowers
The promises they made before the gathered here todays
Well I crept through the reception
Like a child freshly scorned
I caught up with all my old friends
Tending to their newborns
I thought I could have cried
But all my ghosts laid down and died

I'm ready to go my way
River life take your knife and cut these tethered weights
Cut them free
Let me be the way that I must be
Let things flow where they must go
Into the dark unknown

Mother will I disappoint you
If I can't make it back upstream
I am fighting, I am fighting
But I don't make the team

Son I've stood here by your father
Over 30 some odd years
If there's one thing I should tell you
You have to face your own fear
Whether married or alone, you are always on your own

I'm ready to go my way
River life take your knife and cut these tethered weights
Cut them free
Let me be the way that I must be
Let things flow where they must go
Into the dark unknown

Hey look, now
There we go
Track Name: About Time
You’re a figment on my radio flyer
A family ghost asleep in my bed like a brother
That’s the truth, yeah, and I’m a big liar
Cruising like I’d ever fall for another
I wanna fell the world in your honor
So bad I wince and I pray and I think, hey
Its about time so figure it out
Or I’ll figure my own way out of all this baby
It’s about time so figure it out
Or I’ll figure my own way out

It’s about time so figure it out, or I’ll be
Looking back not missing one bit of all this baby
It’s about time so figure it out
Or I’ll figure my own way out

I bend however you want me
I bend however I fit against you, baby
I take the baight when you taunt me
I take whatever I get from you, baby
I wanna fell the world in your honor
Don’t wanna write no song about moving on, oh
It’s about time so figure it out
Or I’ll figure my own way out

It’s about time so figure it out, or I’ll be
Looking back not missing one bit of all this, baby
It’s about time so figure it out, or you’ll be
Looking back just missing the hell out of all this, baby
It’s about time so figure it out, or we’ll be
Looking down just kicking ourselves for all this, baby
It’s about time so figure it out
Or I’ll figure my own way out
Track Name: Bored of Memory
Bored of Memory (lyrics)

Oh my love
Oh my one and only light of hope that turns to me
I never dreamed you would die so far away
All the history, all the wars
The ever distant dangers frightening us
All return to us, the bold forgetful senders

And that's all, and that's all I need
Bored of memory the man said
Let me trade the future for a war nobody understands
And that's all I need
Bored of memory the book said
Leave me to my T.V., I am history, never been read

If I'm your lover, if I'm your friend
If I'm the protest laying down for you
All you have to do is lay yourself beside me
If I'm the Roman, if I'm the fighter
If I'm the puppet dangling here for you
All you have to do is put your hand inside me

And that's all, and that's all I need
Bored of memory the man said
Let me trade the future for a war nobody understands
And that's all I need
Bored of memory the book said
Leave me to my T.V., I am history, never been read
And that's all I need
Bored of memory the queen
Ordered up the moat bridge, never been kissed
Never been seen
And that's all I need
Bored of memory the book said
Leave me to my T.V., I am history, never been read
You can leave me to my T.V., I am history
Never been read
You can leave me to my T.V.
I am history
Never been read
Track Name: Down & Cried
when john was young, he put the old horse down and cried
down and cried
the gun went off
his silver girl just bowed her head and died
down and died

john i'm alone in my bed
looking down the road in my head
and nothing's gonna fix the kind of trouble ahead
trouble ahead, oh ahead

john i'm alone in my skin
looking down the road where i've been
and nothing's gonna fix the kind of trouble i'm in
the trouble i'm in
oh i'm in, oh i'm in

john stood up
william laid before him flushed and still
fevered and ill
their lungs filled up
breathing in the air, ye save and kill
john thought he'd shake fate with his will

william, you've stood in my stead
no doubts, no fears to be fled
if all these years of living's just a skin that you'll shed
a skin that you'll shed, well
well, let mine be shed
i may be down, i may be down lord
lord, but i'm not dead

i may be down lord but i'm not dead
trouble, trouble up ahead
i may be down, lord, but i'm not dead

and the rain poured down
like a poison bled
and mercy crumbled
and the last breath fled
and the truth still trembles
in the morning bells
to tell the unknown story
of william evans and doctor john wells
Track Name: I Can Feel It
i can feel, i can feel it
the truth is rising
and the truth is, the truth is
is neither with or against us
and the system, the system
always reflexing 'gainst ourselves
but the truth, yeah, the truth is
now we're on to something else

for the fallow overgrown
for we come here with our hands up
for the answer unknown
for we come here with our hands up
for the ending overblow
for that we shall die as gods died
for the present, not the past
pulls you in for it's not over

i can feel, i can feel it
the truth is rising
and the truth is, the truth is
is neither with or against us
and the system, the system
always reflexing 'gainst ourselves
but the truth, yeah, the truth is
now we're on to something else