Right & Leaving

by Arthur James

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1.
And underneath One frozen tree I took Two breaths and found Three of you With Four hands stretched to Five of me We stumbled into Six amused Not Seven now, but Eight long days Thrown into Nine and bore from Ten Strings That found the tune of Twelve Swing back your head to find Eleven Where Thirteen left you still and sound Fourteen exhaled the warmth to find The Fifteen tics on tocs to tame The Sixteen clocks whose hands have paved The Seventeen streets I've walked Just to Love you
2.
Let It In 04:27
3.
The Message 03:24
I heard a whisper before you said, "hello" It said, 'I love you", before you had to And I stood and watched with hands heavy as mud And it was me standing behind You Hands outstretched before you In a moment, your eyes fell away... and they fell away And the first thing I remember when I came to Was the blood dripping to the side of my face Now, my days are gone, my head is weak and you're the only thing I see And I'm gone I painted pictures with your name Behind my eyes, I wished it all My little secret trapped in dreams "Be well", you said and told me not to find you I bled it all, but I'm done now It was my mistake You're just a dream I have at 3am every night A breath that escapes my lungs I can hear you at the window sill "Come down", but I won't because we both know you'll run And I'll chase Clawing blindly at the air for the hem of your dress And I won't find you... I won't find you And I don't know where I am no more And you're not coming back
4.
Clarity 04:56
I can't take my ears off of the air that's pushed from her lips The kneading grip her right hand bestows on her left Reminds me of emotion I left lonely years and years ago Now, I can taste the look she gives me from below A setting smile she's stolen from the ones we know And she says she's never been so alone That she still can't remember when Happiness met with Forever And shook hands on her name And gave her life away Clarity comes when she opens her eyes Clarity comes at 5am And she can't take that away from me No, she can't just walk away "Don't stop being where you stand", she says And pantomimes my fall Untying her cramped fingers Pointing at me to affirm her convictions She said, "I'm not here to watch you drown... ...but I will if I have to" And she says she's never been so alone That she still can't remember when Happiness met with Forever And shook hands on her name And gave her life away
5.
So, Baby... 04:20
The eruption of one syllable, the sound that is your name Is bleeding from my lips again and I will wait... Until the morn these eyes are given a view to you again I will sit in darkened days, my dear, to pretend... And I will get down on my knees and hope There's only one more day to go There's a new light now that shines on me, picking shadows clean from shades of green You can break these beams with the beat in me, but I won't... No, I won't afford you solace after I get myself free I am leaving where I stand my dear, for I can see...
6.
Now she's breathing dreams into the warmth below her covers Screaming to a sky that holds the words I whispered to her And she peaks under her bed to see if I am where she left me last She's got eyes and lips and a love that stare right through me This is not a love that's wasted now, but the pain that went long with it And as her forehead meets the carpet, she sees that I have gone These are not words, they are not breath I feel the cold that stops my chest Inside the pushing and unrest We are the Truth, we came to be And there's nothing left but to believe Just hear my voice, a sound so honest It was not before, but now it is bereft of Everything I was never the kind to keep my heart somewhere I couldn't find it Chained to my pulse in my pocket fiver fingers on it Now I'm penniless and I lack the beat under my thumb and I'm wondering... The moonlit fire, the flick'ring flame The yellow blades that cut your eyes out The insects that believe that they can touch the heat and run And the screaming of the voice inside your head won't tell it all
7.
Sweet 04:34
Take my trembling fingers and stop them from feeling awkward All I need right now is something to take this away Take this away and give me back Serenity All I need right now is all that's been left for me Can no one give me back that place I need to me? But it's good to see that you're happy If it's Sweet that you were looking for, it's Sweet that you will find I'm fumbling words with a twisted tongue I'm naked and undone Now, if it's Sweet that you were looking for, it's Sweet that you will find I'm fumbling words with a twisted tongue It's difficult to breathe Here I am with my blank expression It seems that I am looking for your hands extended Does it mean I'm selfish in my attempts to speak? Or do you need proof of something that you cannot see?
8.
Victim 04:19
I am a victim of my own mind Held at gunpoint under my rhyme The things I say don't mean a thing Just like the word I call my name She is afraid to break down There's no one here to pick her up off the ground She cannot sleep to that same sound Of the grinding teeth inside her mouth It's just a smoke, a coping mechanism Because I can't put up with my own realism And I will chase what I can't see And learn to live with who I can't be She says it's hard, it's not like breathing You'll learn to test yourself away from leaving And I can't wait to return to sea And further chase who I can't be
9.
Breathe me in, it's the last time you will Take it deep and feel Me enter You Hold Me in, now, just give in to the Me inside You Where I'll swim through every vein For the last time, again The last time I send these letters to the wrong addresses The last time I fake the smile that was always pretend The Last Time... Again Pace the room, draw the lines in your mind Of the words that you will send me off with It's not fair to say that I cared But I meant every word And tonight, you'll say goodbye For the last time, again

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These are songs about Life.
Songs about Love.
Songs about You and Me.
And I hope that you find, buried somewhere between the guitars, pianos, and things that go boom, something you can agree with.
Or something to sing along to.

Thank you for stopping by and if you can get down with any of this, please.. tell someone else about it.

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released June 20, 2012

All songs written by Arthur Lipatan, copyright MahalMusic.
Tracked and Mixed by Tommy Tousey at Silver Ant Studio in Minneapolis, MN.
Mastered by Sean Downes at All On Black Recording in Minot, ND.

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