Fairytales and Fears

by Geraint Luff

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1.
One of these days, when I feel the ache and face it all the same When my memories stop bursting into shame Not afraid of my own name One of these days, I'll show the red raw surface underneath The anchors and the anger buried deep Coming up to breathe When it's time to face my fairytales and fears Spun through all the years Like an iceberg in the sea Feeling more than half deceit Coming up to breathe free One of these days, I'll find out all the answers that I need How to carry all my history with me Never buckle, never lean One of these days, I won't give a damn what any of you think I'll finally find my feet before I sink Finally see before I blink When it's time to face my fairytales and fears Spun through all the years All the things I couldn't be All the disasters and the dreams Coming up to breathe free (coming up/out to breathe) xN One of these days, I'll finally stop searching and just see The centre and the sense of everything When there's nothing left to need And it's time to face my fairytales and fears Spun through all the years All the things I couldn't be My disasters and my dreams Coming up to breathe free
2.
Carcassonge 02:28
Our wooden men tread the patchwork path Walk their splintered victory march Rough-hewn tribes in a riverless world Toil and treasure untold Beam on beam, stone on stone Field by field misshapen empires grow The edgeless map becomes your own Rolling rivers ride their regal way In their wake fragile boundaries sway Holy stones lie in wait, a steady mast In turbulent waters of fate Beam on beam, stone on stone Field by field misshapen empires grow The edgeless map becomes your own Looming turrets now new horizons shape Tangled streets amass beyond their gate Beam on beam, stone on stone, Field by field misshapen empires grow Each man a king, his throne A fraction of the whole The edgeless map becomes your own
3.
Unfurl 03:34
4.
The Fall 03:58
When your bruises keep you far from what you want in life When the path has gone and left you on the mountainside And the fading light just stole the last hope you saw When it feels like the fall Will make spirits of us all, spirits of us all If you can stay Feel the earth under your hands and look the other way You will see us all Hold you tightly from the breach As best as we can reach Give you space to heal Keep your wheels on solid ground And keep your spirit free And we all just want to see what's coming next from you But we know it's fine to take your time to make your move We can give a little more to keep you fed and warm When it feels like the fall Will make spirits of us all, spirits of us all If you can stay Feel the earth under your hands And look the other way You will see us all Hold you tightly from the breach As best as we can reach Give you space to heal Keep your wheels on solid ground And keep your spirit free When your bruises keep you far from all your favourite things in life When you're right against the edge of what your hope survives I promise you that your heart's spark makes part of someone else's light And they'll be there to see you rise We'll be there to see you When it feels like the fall Will make spirits of us all, spirits of us all If you can stay Feel the earth under your hands And look the other way You will see us all Hold you tightly from the breach As best as we can reach Give you space to heal Keep your wheels on solid ground And keep your spirit free
5.
Get close enough that I can see The flaws in your surface, your joins and your seams Get close enough that you can't see My creases and canyons and scars, or so it feels Get far enough that I can see The shape of my life and the hole when you leave Get far enough that you can breathe Stretch your legs, sharpen your teeth because You've got tiger stripes hidden underneath And I shouldn't have let you down Oh we, we will never see how strong we can be If I'm trying to shrink your crown When I am small, on my fragile knees My awkward frame covered in rags and leaves I draw on maps, name regions for me And I mean no harm (on the surface at least) But when we walk within my lines It's easy for me to forget and to stride To trample down, to leave behind So you push me back, and you tell me that You've got tiger stripes hidden underneath And I shouldn't have let you down Oh we, we will never see how strong we can be If I'm trying to shrink your crown When I look down I mind my feet I don't fall but I can't look up to see You've got tiger stripes hidden underneath And I shouldn't have let you down Oh we, we may never see how strong we can be If I'm trying to shrink your crown
6.
There's a hole in my words, in my words And I'm not surprised that nothing grows on rock instead of earth I've seen so many good examples of men who always won Who could fill the screen with anger, love and hurt tied in their tongue Just a nod is all you need to solve how lonely you've become There's a hole, there's a hole in my words There's a hole in my clothes, in my clothes Took me twenty years to find it, couple more to sew it closed I've seen so many good examples of how I could be free Wearing jeans more thick and sturdy than I ever need to be Never measure with a mirror whether it hangs above the knee There's a hole, there's a hole in my clothes There's a hole in my touch, in my touch And it's telling me there's something wrong with wanting it too much I've seen so many good examples of friendship standing tall And every thumping hug is proof the heart's a muscle first of all And the soft embrace is locked away 'til romance comes to call There's a hole, there's a hole in my touch There's a hole where it hurts, when it hurts And if we don't know how to share it then it's only getting worse I've seen so many good examples of gritted teeth and fists And if I just could catch my breath I swear I'll fix it after this And as our broken bodies fail we say "That's just the way life is" There's a hole where it hurts, in my touch, in my words There's a hole, there's a hole...
7.
Dream Song 01:32
8.
I Just Know 03:25
I just know that the heart of a giant star Is plotting our demise I just know deep, deep beneath the sea Ancient gods are opening up their eyes 'Cause every inch of this Every inch of you Every inch of us Is too good to be true I just know that the celestial books Have a mistake And I know soon they're coming to set things right And take you away 'Cause every inch of this Every inch of you Every inch of us Every inch of this Every inch of you Every inch of us Is too good to be true
9.
Lazarus 03:08
Keep all your hope safe and sound No seed can grow in this ground I've seen our plans taken root Lost in the shift and the move And now I feel like Lazarus rising from the dead And I can feel those circuit-breakers coming on again My heart is shedding all its stones My hands are cracking off the shell that they have grown And I'm pretty sure that I am not alone Keep all your plans wrapped up tight Safe in the back of your mind I built up my dreams for the day I could fly Look at the world in the light And now I feel like Lazarus rising from the dead And I can feel those circuit-breakers coming on again My heart is shedding all its stones My hands are cracking off the shell that they have grown And I'm pretty sure that I am not alone I am not alone Leave all your dreams turned to nightmares behind Now I have nothing but time
10.
11.
Black River 02:20
12.
Going Home 02:34
Follow the river into the sea And keep on sailing, 'til you finally reach Another shoreline, a distant beach You're going home, you're going home And when you get there you can take Every moment lost along the way Time for healing every break You're going to be whole, you're going home You're going home (x4) And if you need it, when you land They will be there, and with open hands They'll build a refuge where you stand You'll know that you are home, you're going home You're going home (x4)

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released December 2, 2017

cello by Alison Berry: allyberry.webs.com
cover art by Yasmeen Farooqui

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