voices from the batholith

by Guy Grogan

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released August 24, 2011

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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: hey othello
today todays
giving
what can never be
mirror mirrors
cleaving
what’s too real to see
well oh well oh
desperado
lost looking for ecstasy
well oh well oh
hey othello
a blade’s ocean, a meadow’s teeth
time is, time is
fleeting
fugues wheel in an endless stream
lovers lovers
leaving
for promises no one keeps
well oh well oh
andantino
for hearts, minds and the cold machines
well oh well oh
hey mephisto
can’t burn when the fires sleep
secrets secrets
keeping
cast shadows on songs unseen
willows willows
weeping
arms shaking like tambourines
well oh well oh
we are cosmos
shine your light like a laser beam
well oh well oh
galileo
supernovas and peonies
Track Name: flowers for the enemy
so it goes
goes to show
no one knows
why heart glows
fade away
is there more to say?
when you’re dying to believe again
real is more than now and then
somehow can’t remember when
love became a war without enemies
wouldn’t see
inside of me
had to be
a way to breathe
after all
empires fall
after someone took the life from me
forged an early eulogy
burned it just for tragedy
ashes in the air of the enemy
I wouldn’t tell me
I couldn’t tell me
is it won
murder undone
bells were sung
psalms were wrung
now as before
hearts without doors
but with words that never could be said
living’s just as good as dead
hearts are finally over-bled
but leaving can’t abandon the enemy
Track Name: come to my star
come to my star
far away births
of long lost promise
and loneliness
when the meaning takes the feeling
and the gleaming
and brings it to gray
never knew anyway
how to shatter the haze
when the clouds can’t stop their bleeding
and the weeping
slowly drowns the parade
never knew how to save
but the dying forgave
when the poets stop believing
that their screaming
can never tell us the way
hear their mute serenade
we are the infinite slaves
When the heart stops yearning
does the burning ever wander away
and the scars that remain
are our limitless days
Track Name: carousel sublime
can’t we see
we’re just mirrors in the dark
only free
to break each others’ hearts
no more needs
except to drift apart
endlessly
our loss becomes our art
truth wins over time
by hiding the sublime
in clarion designs
just beyond the wine
can’t we hear
private arias implode
reappear
turn our ashes into gold
no more fear
dying’s warm and living’s cold
coming clear
returning secrets that you stole
truth wins over time
by hiding the sublime
in clarion designs
just beyond the wine
can’t we feel
heaven’s shadow in the night
make it real
certainty instead of might
only steal
the reason for the fight
watch us kneel
butterflies upon the light
truth wins over time
by hiding the sublime
in clarion designs
just beyond the wine
Track Name: looking through the daughters
no waking, no warning
no sunlit mornings--
the clouded hope of what we are
looking through the daughters
just ships on the water
time’s anchors fall, but not that far…
into your blue
indigo bloom
into your true
indigo bloom
living for the sun downs
waiting for the mind crowns
for solving the ghosts of who we are
hearts full of rumors, truth, breaking, the sooner
we find the shadows in our dark…
indigo bloom
into your blue
indigo bloom
into your true
Track Name: adieu and in between
always had what I was hoping for
even then
I burned those ships
sailing past what I was waiting for
on the wind of a wish
adieu and in between
what’s real
or maybe half a dream
never cared where I was before
i came to you, we came to this
never said I’d join the silent wars,
hed the blood or spill the bliss
adieu and in between
who kneels
for the half unseen
shapes of time, a silhouette of more
than it was, than it would become
orphaned words from the whispers sworn
only damage left undone
adieu and in between
can’t breathe
with the air so clean
adieu and in between
can’t speak
once we’ve lost the scream
Track Name: could i, could you
could i, could you
vessels on the blue
destroyers’ rendezvous
could I, could you
divide, come to
alone at our debut
poisoned and taboo
divide, come to
and I can’t help but wait here for you
disguise the lies with something less true
besides what’s left when everything’s through
collide the world with what we can do
beside, between
an ordinary dream
see what’s always seen
beside, between
too late, too soon
a pendulum of room
for withers and for blooms
too late, too soon
and I can’t help but wait here for you
disguise the lies with something less true
besides what’s left when everything’s through
collide the world with what we can do
within, without
faith hides half of doubt
forever comes about
within, without
above, below
still real if no one knows
sebastian’s missed arrows
above, below
and I can’t help but wait here for you
disguise the lies with something less true
besides what’s left when everything’s through
collide the world with we can do
Track Name: shenstone
now and then
the boy breathes again
a childhood’s sails
from the past
hill and dale
too young to fail
dreams in stone
were meant to last
and I’m flying
back to Shenstone
and I’m dying
for a place called my own
days of swans
lakes float upon
shepherd graces
light the path
youth has burned
in heroic dawns
gone like frost on the grass
and I’m flying
back to Shenstone
and I’m dying
for a place called my own
Track Name: before dreams were a cage
epic glances
sting of missing chances
souls for dead romances
burn tomorrow’s promise today
throw it away
shattered time is
constant, un-rewinded
often un-reminded
leaving all the chards in the way
our darkened hallways
love is the war cry from above
sharpen your swords with kneeling doves
disarm your heart and fire away
and if you are beaten by the light
lay down your guns and start to fight
with songs of before your dreams were a cage
quiet bleeding
only when i’m breathing
life is always leaving
you wandering in circles of why
answers will blind
stained with tears
wrapped in flags of fear
blind and holding dear
chained yourself to crumbling skies
cutting the line
love is the war cry from above
sharpen your swords with kneeling doves
disarm your heart and fire away
and if you’re beaten by the light
lay down your guns and start to fight
with songs of before dreams were a cage
wish so loud
somehow can’t be found
whispers underground
voices murmuring in the stone
the song goes unknown
flames are sighing
bonfires un-surmising
truth on horses riding
lies are meant to be overthrown
and left like a bone
love is the war cry from above
sharpen your swords with kneeling doves
disarm your heart and fire away
and if you’re beaten by the light
lay down your guns and start to fight
with songs of before dreams were a cage
Track Name: rumors of angels
we might not be now forever
we might be alone together
once the skies release the thorns
and the miracles are sworn
will the light become our feathers
we might not want what we wanted
we might welcome those who haunted
heart’s a dark and frozen well
and a million blissful bells
leading back to where we started
when it’s time for time to begin
returning all that’s ever been
except the moments that killed us again
and again and again and again and again
do we really think we can win
outrun the demons in our skin
unless the rumors of angels are brighter
than we can become overcome overcome
we might blow our only chances
we might see it all in glances
until we’re what we’re meant to be
once we’ve learned we’re only free
to know we’re love’s apotheosis
we might hide in what’s unspoken
we might not admit we’re broken
like the waves of galilee
upon a shore we cannot see
until the soul shells cracking open
when it’s time for time to begin
returning all that’s ever been
except the moments that killed us again
and again and again and again and again
do we really think we can win
outrun the demons in our skin
unless the rumors of angels are brighter
than we can become overcome overcome