The 4th Floor

by Arthur James

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This album was written using stories from other people's lives.
The purpose of this work is to bring attention to the duty and responsibility of the listener.
Where these songs came from, what they mean to the people whose lives they belong to and the influence of that, regarding what they might mean to You, is the focus.

Thank you for listening.

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released January 16, 2015

All Songs Written by Arthur James, copyright MahalMusic
Tracked and Mixed by Norm Bowler
Mastered by Sean Downes at All On Black Recording, Minot, ND
Artwork by Nathan Sander

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Track Name: She Looked Just Fine to Us
Falling asleep under a ceiling she talks to every evening, she won't
Reveal the tiny secret she knows is why she'll always be alone
And when she wakes up in the morning, she swears she hears the sun say, "I know".

And the trials and tribulations of getting up out of bed are the first
In a score that she will fight before she gets to check the front door
And it won't break her now, but she's trying not to whisper his name

She says, "I tried my very best to make it easy on you, love, but I failed."
She loses the plot, the air is waiting at the top of her throat.
And she remembers he's not there, pulls her hands apart and begins to pray

"I remember how you looked the last time that we kissed goodbye.
Now a moment can't get by me without your eyes looking up at me."
"I swear I'm sorry, honey, but I know that I was born to leave."
Track Name: Autumn Suspicions
We got up in time to place it
That she don't answer none to me
We got tired of making wishes
And I got up in time to leave

Autumn came to bless suspicions
We weren't raking leaves no more
Stretching days out by the collar
Tripping on the way to the door

And only once did I set sail on the breeze let in below my locked front door
Riding on that southern gale, I watched her leave pretending it was nothing more.

A mother's daughter, clean and faceless
Reaching for imagined hands
At sea, I tread the stars lightly
And drink the salt holding up me

In the morning, I was free
From ever seeing you again
Hanging by two strings, facing
The places I have been tracing

Around your head
Track Name: Elvendahl
Wake up and spend the morning tying your life in a knot
Look in the mirror and tell the time to shut up
So you can think straight and draw that line
From the clock to your chin with a razor in your spine
In your hands

Tell your wife to take her shoes off and go inside
Tell your kids to think of every time that you were good
Take the calls you know you should, but the leave the rest now
In the rain, so they can watch you bury your shoes like a man

Step out into the light, let me see you; ready or not
Hold me up and tell me the sun won't set
and I won't care if it's a lie, I just need something to tell
To the time and to your chin with a razor and your spine
With your hands

Tell your wife to take her shoes off and go inside
Tell your kids to think of every time that you were good
Take the calls you know you should, but the leave the rest now
In the rain, so they can watch you bury your shoes like a man
Track Name: The 4th Floor
you were that stranger's voice at 4am
making sounds i could not hear
i should still be dreaming now
instead i'm in my sister's ear
with the, "Oh, my god" throughout the house
the, "Oh, my dear.." from my mother's mouth

you were Johnny's voice on the radio
Love is a burning thing
i should be singing with you now about that Fiery Ring
but the down, down, down of the morning rain
and the burn, burn, burn of my everything

and we drove light speed, at least in memory
all i could hear was your voice still
telling me to breathe for what i might see
while daddy wiped away the salt
from my eyes

you were Johnny's voice on the radio
Love is a burning thing
i should be singing with you now about that Fiery Ring
but the down, down, down of the morning rain
and the burn, burn, burn of my everything