Shadow Show

by Corpus Callosum

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1.
Shadow Show 04:48
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
2.
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
3.
(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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
JLC 03:04
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
7.
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
8.
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?
9.
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
10.
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

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released June 5, 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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