The Dying Art of Living

by Cloud Party

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1.
The sky was falling here; stars were raining down A twilight symphony, a carnival of sound Colors disconnect and settle on my tongue A melody of all the songs I’ve sung I tried to reach for them, a ghost of a dream I could almost taste what I could almost see It was a Starry Night A Rhapsody in Blue A Day in the Life And all the nights with you The night is static now; the dark is full of snow Covering the images of everyone I know The silences whispers in memories and dreams Everything is so much more distant than it seems It was a Starry Night A Rhapsody in Blue These dreams of Wild Things Were really dreams of you I want something more than always wanting something more I want to touch the storm again Life is more than television, credit cards, and forms Oh life is more Take me back to where I believed in me I want to know life is more I need to know…
2.
Gone 04:29
The rivers are on fire It’s raining molten lead The scholars all are liars The priests are all in bed The dogs of war are howling The Prince of Peace is dead One hundred thousand canons Echo in my head I’m not the man I thought I was Don’t like the man I am I put a gag over my mouth And shackles on my own hands I’m standing on the sidelines While the weak and poor are bled And a hundred million canons Echo in my head CHORUS See what we’ve done In the name of the son I try to find my way home but Everything is gone The city is a desert now It’s empty and it’s cold We thought that we got old and wise Instead we just got old The politicians promised that we’d Overcome these days The philosophers just shook their heads And slowly walked away CHORUS Your heart has turned against me My heart has turned to stone I’m leaving here without you I’m leaving here alone And I will be the one who wanders To the distant sea And you will be the one who wonders What became of me
3.
And I guess this is the end I guess we’ll always be friends But I won’t come around anymore I got some letters to send And you can call on me and you can comfort me Anytime While we’re apart Just stay away from my heart I guess our love has been unkind I guess we both need a little time To find out what we’re looking for I understand, I don’t mind But if you get the urge again to let me back in Sometime Wherever you are Just stay away from my heart And all the sunsets and all the moonlight And all the Sunday mornings we shared Like umbrellas in the rain Just souvenirs you take away You can have anything you want Just stay away from my heart And if I call on you give me a smile or two In the night Under the stars But stay away from my heart
4.
Everything comes down Cascading waves of sound And colors far away All around Nothing seems to fit Everything’s the opposite Of what it is anyway Isn’t it? And there are spirits In the air Threading their way through the rain tonight And I am nowhere And everywhere An echo of a distant tide Everything is gone Ideas can't hold on To anything that’s real Anymore Nothing seems to fit Everything’s the opposite Of what it is anyway Isn’t it? And in the end This moment never ends And all we are now Is all we ever are
5.
You’re still in high school if you know what I mean You’re somewhere in your forties but you think you’re seventeen You wanna be a princess but you’ll settle for a queen Of a nation humbled by the wisdom of your tweets But you know you know the truth Oh the irony of you That plastic sassy vapid Barbie thing you do With your crocodile tears and your alligator shoes All combine to define the beauty of your truth So uou don’t realize your lies apply to you We all need your common sense All wanna be your Facebook friend They all know you are the news Oh the irony of you Your clock reads fourteen-fifty-nine Yeah, you’re running out of time So make the most of your good-bye Please come again! I can read your crooked smile It shows the substance of your style It shows you know you know the truth Oh the irony of you
6.
Another town, another show Frank Sinatra on the radio Got a guitar to play the blues But I can’t sleep until I talk to you I got lots of reasons to stay away Got lots of things I gotta do today I got distractions to get me through But I can’t sleep until I talk to you I need to tell you that I was wrong I need to see if you're holding on I need to hear you say you love me I need to talk to you before I sleep Got a story in a magazine Got half a bottle left of Jim Beam Got this piano to play the blues But I can’t sleep until I talk to you In the silence of the falling snow There’s a kind of psychic undertow And I’m not sure what’s really true But I can’t sleep until I talk to you I need to tell you that I was wrong I need to see if you're holding on I need to hear you say you love me I need to talk to you before I sleep
7.
She was an artist because she said so No one ever saw her paintings She tried to be a mystery, she tried to be a ghost Sad eyed Rose She read The Bell Jar and A Room Of One’s Own Yeah, she was literary She was a poem in a book full of prose Sad eyed Rose There are mysteries in the shadows we’re not supposed to know Words we’re not supposed to speak We don’t go where everybody goes Sad eyed Rose She said goodbye and then said hello She was somewhat distracted By the feel of the sand that clung to her toes Sad eyed Rose There are mysteries in the shadows we’re not supposed to know Words we’re not supposed to speak She don’t go where everybody goes Sad eyed Rose Like a mummy unwrapped, like a sheep in wolf’s clothes Like a photograph outside the darkroom I melt in the glare of her secrets exposed Sad eyed Rose I’m a prisoner, I’m a fool I suppose I guess I’m ordinary ‘Cause I believed there was more to the pose of Sad eyed Rose
8.
Alive 03:45
It’s a tired world The television plays In the darkness Swimming through the haze A pale shadow Of some younger day A fleeting glimpse of Something far away I see a face I recognize I see the sunlight in your eyes It reminds me I’m alive Oh it’s good to be alive, yeah It’s a tired world A radio cries A disconnected noise A Rush of useless lies A pale shadow Of a distant night Something lost Something out of time I hear a voice I recognize Like the laughter in your eyes It reminds me I’m alive Oh it’s good to be alive I see a face I recognize Daisies crazy in your eyes I wanna live like I’m alive Oh, like I’m alive yeah I want to live like I’m alive Every moment, every night With the flowers and the trees Bending with the breeze Sitting in the dark, underneath the stars Living is a dying art….
9.
I used to watch TV And play video games I used to be a renaissance man Until I fell in love with Cate The way she wears her hair The way she dots her eyes And every time she kisses me It takes me by surprise I’m just Making out with Kate Making out with Kate I could spend a lifetime Making out with Kate I used to have free will I used to get my way I used to be a man of destiny Until I fell in love with Kate The way I always know Just what her smile means And every new day Kate is The new girl of my dreams I’m just Making out with Kate Making out with Kate I could spend a lifetime Making out with Kate It’s always something new Somehow it always fits And every time I kiss her I taste another girl’s lips I’m just Making out with Kate Making out with Kate I could spend a lifetime or two Making out with Kate
10.
I've been waiting all this time Waiting to see you again Waiting to recognize that smile Waiting until we can be friends again I've been waiting all this time Sitting drunk in front of the fire Remember the stars and how they shined? Remember the Island of the Sun? Do you wonder where I am A world away around the bend? Our love was universal and true Do you know I still love you? I've been waiting all this time Feeling dangerously free In a world swallowed by desire It doesn't matter much to me Do you wonder how I am Writing letters in the sand? Our love was colorful and bright And I still love you tonight I've been waiting all this time For all my dreams to come true But all my memories conspire To bring my dreams back to you I will always love you
11.
You never gave me credit, baby You never game me a chance Said I had no rhythm, baby Said I couldn’t dance But I’m dancing on your grave now baby I’m dancing through the night Rocking like Doc Octopus I’m feeling alright I wish that I were Spiderman I wanna walk on walls I need to be mysterious To make you wanna call CHORUS I wish you could see I’m secretly better than me I’m secretly saving the world I’m secretly getting the girl I never got my PhD I never got too smart I never got to the end of things I only got to start But I’m drinking on your grave now, baby I’m drinking Bullshit Light Things are getting shaky But I’m feeling alright I wanna be Superman I wanna learn to fly I need to find an alter-ego And live before I die CHORUS I guess I’m no one special baby I guess that’s how it goes I got no secret night life For a villain to expose. And I wanna be Spiderman I wanna walk on walls And feel tingling in my Spider-sense Every time you call I want you to call I need you to call
12.
These Blues 05:46
In the evening got these blues in my soul Can’t sleep in the evening got these blues in my soul My baby left me and these blues got nowhere else to go There’s an empty space where my baby used to be Oh, there’s an empty space where my love used to be We were dreamers now my dreams are memories Been night for so long man the sun ain’t gonna rise Been dark for so long man the sun don’t wanna shine Our nights were sweet love and now my nights are wasted time In the morning got these blues in my soul In the morning still got these blues in my soul My baby’s left me these blues got nowhere else to go
13.
If you close your eyes I’ll sing a lullaby And I’ll fill it with stars There’ll be no goodbyes Under the dreamland skies Deep in your heart And the sky will be blue there Like the trees will be green As the ocean waves reach for The land of your dreams If you close your eyes You’ll hear seagulls cry And you’ll feel a soft breeze And the moon will shine Along the waterside In the land of your dreams And the night will not fade there And we’ll always be free Under the Milky Way In the land of your dreams If you close your eyes I’ll sing a lullaby And I’ll fill it with stars There’ll be no goodbyes Under your dreamland skies We’re never apart

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released August 22, 2013

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