camouflage for fire

by Guy Grogan

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released June 10, 2015

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Guy Grogan Santa Fe, New Mexico

Guy Grogan is a critically acclaimed, prolific, award-winning songwriter and one-man-band basedin Santa Fe, NM. He creates pop sensible, singular material that ranges from hushful midnight jazz to anthem-bashing rock. Lyrically, he explores the heart space between hopeful yearning and bitter loss, expressing a voice that he hopes is not just his own. ... more

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Track Name: a little extraordinary
don’t catch me when I fall down
i need a chance to come round

a little bit extraordinary
which I guess just kind of varies
depending on what you keep or bury

who cares if i don’t make out
what you said you saw in the clouds

a little bit extraordinary
always so beautiful and scary
I’ll try to keep myself from staring

its best if we don’t open our mouths
we might slip and say what really counts

straight at the sun until I’m barely
able to see what is so very
more than a bit extraordinary
Track Name: the way we want it
if you expected it
its never around
but if you tantalize
it might make a sound

its out in the open
walls coming down
weapons are mortified
bodies are found

nothing for something
most of the time
the more you scrutinize
the more you go blind

let’s just forget it
you’re one of a kind
once your anesthetized
you won’t even mind

maybe it’s worth it
I can’t decide
if we should compromise
or feel less alive

everyone’s waiting
let’s televise
the way we want it
where nothing can die
Track Name: ballad of janus
walk me down
your memories
cos I’m tired of my own
show me round
your failings
where they feel most at home

flame out, flame in
go dark then begin
breathe out, breathe in
a spark in the dim

then sometimes
finally
good things don’t go
on hiding
secretly
turning to gold

burn out, burn in
go dark then begin
blow out, blow in
a spark in the dim

a prayer was downed
randomly
I heard the sky groan
what was found
patiently
waiting out bones

give out, give in
go dark then begin
live out, live in
a spark in the dim
Track Name: much of anything
don’t really feel like
much of anything
don’t even think I’ve
got what I should bring
I'm half of what you are
and dwindling
away from what I’ve
never really been

it’s the steal of lifetime
so take it you dare
it’s the reel of your lifeline
unraveling from where
you might feel is the right time
if only time would care
it could see what’s in your eyes
the look of years gone bare

if I just stop now
I’ll start ruining
what little chance I’ve
got at rewinding
all of what so far
has pretty much been
kind of a letdown
without much asking

it’s the steal of lifetime
so take it you dare
it’s the reel of your lifeline
unraveling from where
you might feel is the right time
if only time would care
it could see what’s in your eyes
the look of years gone bare

if I don’t get it
does that count for something
maybe to live for
or worth half-dying
if I find time
I’ll take another swing
despite the weight of
these glass wings

it’s the steal of lifetime
so take it you dare
it’s the reel of your lifeline
unraveling from where
you might feel is the right time
if only time would care
it could see what’s in your eyes
the look of years gone bare
Track Name: one more glimmer
you don’t know why
i don’t know either
if we will die
if we will shimmer
gathering light
gathering dimmer
just one more try
just one more glimmer

taking it any way
making it any way you can

if you are a drought
and I am winter
we might amount
to not be winners
so let’s wait to count
the pile of cinders
or see who pulls out
from an embrace of splinters

taking it any way
making it any way you can

if it’s all right
I want it to be more
than what’s inside
that what’s been outworn
something just might
maybe a small door
into a night
where there is a no floor

taking it any way
making it any way you can
Track Name: the color of day
you wanna go it alone
again unturning your stones
through named the color of day
decide what gets taken away

if your given what’s sought after
you won’t find it on your own
how does it feel before and after you let go
now that you’ve had some time alone

time has come and gone
a shroud for the bones of your song
a flag’s the wind for a because
the past’s not quite what it was

did it turn out like you asked for
even though your game was thrown
do you think you’ll run faster next time
from where you started long ago

when is it not time to go
bending the rules you never know
your best comes out of the blue
a way to make it on through

if your given what’s sought after
you won’t find it on your own
how does that feel before and after you let go
now that you’ve had some time alone

did it turn out like you asked for
even though your game was thrown
do you think you’ll run faster next time
from where you started long ago
Track Name: so inethereal
take me
I’ve been waiting here all day
for a ride
from where I tend to stay
right behind
whatever gets in the way
if it's mine
I might just throw it away

feeling so inethereal
getting more immaterial

this real life
it might not help to pray
could realize
there' s nothing left to say
just decide
to put it off if I may
never find out
how much I can't take

feeling so inethereal
getting more immaterial
Track Name: get up and start again
guess I'll hold that thought back now
and stop the river
gotta keep decisions out
while I dither

now i’m ready to get back
to what I left here
I just hope one day I’ll crack
away from my fear

the rain is stalling
the stars are yawning
and I know it’s time
to get up and start again
the sky is talling
the day is walling
and I know it’s time
to get up and start again

I just can’t shake this somehow
the husk I lived in
wrap my body in a shroud
of my new skin

always waiting for a chance
to make what I hear
out of someone’s broken glance
something to hold dear

the rain is stalling
the stars are yawning
and I know it’s time
to get up and start again
the sky is talling
the day is walling
and I know it’s time
to get up and start again

the rain is stalling
the stars are yawning
and I know it’s time
to get up and start again
the sky is talling
the day is walling
and I know it’s time
to get up and start again
Track Name: never really know
always the same places
I look to find traces
of what was mine or grace’s
sometimes it’s hard to tell

all in good time sets paces
try to keep up with the chases
to fill all the empty spaces
with whatever you sell

I never really know
what should I keep or let go
I’ll try to not let it show

try not to play where safe is
if I can’t swim I’ll fake it
save me a spot in the races
waiting for the sound of the bell

I need some time to shake it
but promise this time I’ll make it
might have to do it in phases
given all the times that I fell

I never really know
what should I keep or let go
I’ll try to not let it show

what we all want is evasive
and harder to get let’s face it
anything else, I’ll take it
guess this is it, oh well

I never really know
what should I keep or let go
I’ll try to not let it show