Shadow Show

by Corpus Callosum

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credits

released 05 June 2014

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Corpus Callosum:
- Andrea Craver
- Avery Burke
- Dax Tran-Caffee
- Jason Samaha
- Qarly Canant
- Stephanie Stewart-Bailey
- Stevie Hryciw
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Guests:
- Lisa Wong: Violin on "Dream of Sailor"
- Danah Olivetree: Cello on "The Choir invisible"
- Greg Stevens: Brass arrangement and trombone on "JLC"
- Chris Grady: Trumpet on "JLC"
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All songs written by Corpus Callosum, except lyrics on "Trials, Troubles, Tribulations" (by E. C. Ball).
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Recorded and produced by Stevie and Avery in San Francisco, CA.
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Mastered by Myles Boisen in Oakland, CA.
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Album artwork by Kai Stewart.
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Special thanks to Lloyd Hryciw, without whom this project could not have been completed.

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Track Name: Shadow Show
All you shadows just roll on
The Sun will rise and you'll be gone
Soon will come the break of day
You will all be swept away
But wherever you may go
Will you take me with you
Before we end this shadow show?

All you shadows, all you shades
All you shapes upon my wall
It's by my lantern light you're made
You aren't really here at all
Oh, you know you're just like me
You're just like everyone I know
You're just like everything I see in this shadow show

Oh, to be concealed
Oh, to be in the dark
To turn out the light; black as night
Blow out the candles and be still my beating heart

If I could make them do my will
The Sun and Moon would both stand still
We'd never stop playing this shadow game

Dress the day up like the night
Clothe the black in shades of white
Dress the night up like the day
Clothe the white in shades of grey
I can keep the curtains drawn
But I can't keep out the dawn
Beneath the door will creep a glow that sends away this shadow show

They always say, "go towards the light"
I wish for never-ending night
It can't be that way, I know
Someday we'll say farewell
Farewell, you shadow show
Track Name: Dream of Sailor
We live in a house out on the water
Tied to the dock we can go no further
I live in a boat, but I am not a sailor
Surrounded by water, but I am not a swimmer
I live in a dream, but I am not a dreamer
Planting a garden beneath the water

As we lay in our bed on a boat
The wind rocks us to sleep
Dreaming different dreams

I dreamed of a garden and you dreamed of the sea
We could live in a field, on a boat, in a tree
In a patch of sunflowers and tomatoes
All around our heels the ocean grows
Every ship must run the shallows and get mud on the keel
The wolf tree is growing wide in the fallow field

As we dream of our boat in a tree
The shore drifts away
Like your fondest memory

Cherry blossoms bubbling up from the bark
Like a disease of the skin
Little petals pushing apart
Taken away in the wind

So I layer my skirts and I press my pleats
For a year without winter is a life without peace
Track Name: Trials, Troubles, Tribulations
(Based on words by E.C. Ball)

Trials, troubles, tribulations
Such have never been before
When the angels pour upon us
Their vials of wrath forevermore

When the fire comes down from Heaven
And the blood fills up the sea
I'll be carried home by Jesus
And forever with him be

A beast with horns will come upon you
One with seven, one with ten
Men will cry out for the hillsides
They'll pray to die but cannot win

When the fire comes down from Heaven
And the blood fills up the sea
I'll be carried home by Jesus
And forever with him be

The mark is worn upon your forehead
Worldly goods you then can buy
Depart from me, I never knew you
You'll hear my blessed savior cry

When the fire comes down from Heaven
And the blood fills up the sea
I'll be carried home by Jesus
And forever with him be
Track Name: Just a Little Rain
Who'll hold the baby when I'm gone?
The pills that you take make you sleep all night long
Who will hear her when she cries
Oh, in the middle of the night?

I'll stay straight when you're gone
No pills I will take, I won't do nothing wrong
Mama'll hold the baby when she cries
Oh, goodbye

What will you do on your own?
Because I know you, I know you can't be alone
So who will keep you company
Oh, if it's not me?

My door is open to a friend
Through it, while you're going, someone else can come in
You don't have to worry about me
All you ever do is worry

There's nothing you can say to ease my mind
But I can stay for a time
It's cold here in your room
I don't have to leave so soon

No, you'll have to go on without me
And I can't lose myself in you
Like the stars, drowning in the sea
Blue against blue

I'll be just a phone call away
And I'm just down the road if you need a place to stay
No, I'm letting you go free
If I call, do not answer me

I'll raise my bedroom window high
In case you want to slip in by and by
Through every open window a little rain must fall
But just a little rain, that's all
Track Name: Let the Moss Grow over Me
I loop the thread around my eyes and pull them tight
I string the beads that we call teeth so I can eat
I stitch and knot my limbs back on and step into my feet
I will sew my garden safe; let the moss grow over me
Because everything must have a place, there is a place for every thing

In my pocket is a knoblock key wrapped in a silver thread
It's laid out on the road to home; I'll follow where I'm lead
The floorboards moan as I approach to tell me where I'm at
If my tongue was a needle I would sew myself a map

I loop the thread around my eyes and pull them tight
I string the beads that we call teeth so I can eat
I stitch and knot my limbs back on and step into my feet
From the cradle into the grave let the moss grow over me
Because everything must have a place, there is a place for every thing
Track Name: JLC
I once had a retarded daughter
She died, but I don't remember when
She took my name upon her headstone, boys
I was a doctor then

Won't you hold my estate sale early, boys
Won't you sell off every seed that I've sewn
I think I'll be losing my mind shortly, boys
Can't remember a single thing I've owned

So here we go, one by one, my whole family, here we go
All my sons, all my grandsons to date
We parade into the sunset, boys
Jimmy is leading the way

So be careful of those who go before you
They have disease you cannot escape
And when the world is fast, when the mind is slow
Let it go, let it go, let it go with grace

You see my mother, she lay upon her deathbed
She could not remember my name
But you will not hold that against her, boys
If I should do the same

Here we go, here we go, all my family, here we go
All my sons, all my grandsons to date
We parade into the sunset, boys
For the doctor James L. Caffee
Track Name: Slowly Shrinking Circle
The grip of gravity released
Weightless now, once leaden feet

Drift on insubstantial paths
Is starlight fueled by lantern gas?

Dispel the heaviness of Earth
For ethereality, rebirth

The only trace of all the world
A slowly shrinking circle
Track Name: The Choir Invisible
Gunmetal grey clouds
Calling down threats of rain
Outside your windows
Out there, the wind blows
And howls like it knows your name

The night's making promises
You know it can't keep
It's the same song every time
I'd pay it no mind
Still, it keeps you from sleep

And I heard the choir sing
Did you hear the choir sing?
I heard the choir sing
Are you listening?

Down at the end of her street
The noises all meet and conspire
You walk past her door
She isn't there anymore
I heard her voice in the choir

And I heard the choir sing
Did you hear the choir sing?
I heard the choir sing
Did you hear the choir sing
Are you listening?

Are you listening at all?
Track Name: Going to Colma
Colma in the sunshine
Colma in the fog
Drinking muddy water
Through the hollow of a log

Colma in the nighttime
Colma in the rain
Twenty-seven full moons
In the windows of a train

Colma from the freeway
Fields full of green
Rows of weeping willows
Like you have never seen

Potholes in the pavement
Puddles full of sky
Casting back the grey clouds
As they go rolling by

I'm in Colma drinking coffee
She's boiling water for her tea
When I have gone to Colma
She won't remember me

Got myself a blackbird
Hear how sweet he sings
Yellow 'round his dark eyes
And blood red on his wings
Track Name: Green and Blue
Green and blue in the spring
Gold's the color that summer brings
When the leaves start to die
You will hear the robin cry

"Farewell, kind friends and kinfolks all
I'm going away, here comes the fall
I've got no lover to keep me warm
Against the winter's coming storm"

The world is all earth and stone
And you can't find yourself a home
Well, I will make a house of me
My bones will be a family

My heart the fire, bright, the hearth
'Round which they congregate for warmth
And you can have a place here too
Yes, I have made a place for you

Above my head, the cold red clay
Beneath my feet, the sky of grey
Come and find me where I lay
The constellation points the way
It's eyes to laugh and lips to cry
A troubled mind to wonder why
Hands to hold, a voice that sings
I have room for all these things
And when your ghost has quit your skin
I'll be its host; come in, I'll say
Come home, blood and flesh and bone