Names We Used To Go By

by In The Circuit Of The Sun

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $10 USD

     

1.
Raise your eyes and both fists to the sky Shake and shout, and call them out And take them by surprise The secret's out, we'll hang them out to dry Shadow shapes, a rabbit on the wall Tried to run, it's in its blood And the sleight of hand of God The lights are out, you see it now it's gone Are we a dream? Your technicolor mind just playing back a scene Of some forgotten time like snow upon the screen? The dancing black and white patterns that you see Flickering and beautiful are random just like you and me Sing, I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive Sing, I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive Break your back, forgiveness don't come cheap And every word will go unheard Like you're spitting in the sea And we don't need anybody's sympathy The sun is out and no shadow of doubt is seen
2.
03:21
You say I can't dance or do as I please "Just do as your told boy, get down on your knees, And let the spirit move you and cleanse your disease, You'll pay a price if you set your body free." You say it was the voice of God that you heard He was talking in tongues so your misunderstood So would you make it right, now, even if you could But you could do no wrong and I could do no good I know they're gonna call me "Backslider" I know they're gonna call me "Backslider" I bet they're gonna say "He don't believe in Jesus Christ!" You say I should change my thoughts and my ways "Just cut all your hair and then give up your name." You wanted control and you tried to call it faith I gave you my youth and you threw it away
3.
04:31
Sing me a song your mother would sing Of God and Man and the ocean between Of long before you were imagined to be When he was hovering over the sea Then you were born in the swell of a storm And carried away to a faraway shore Well I knew that it all was written before And Love, you told me, was older than war But oh, my love Oh, they say it's just eh way it goes Play me a song your father would play On a saw that he used for his pay And out of his mouth the mountains were made At the sound of his bow the ocean obeyed And Christ's in the cast of a radio play You were the one who was calling his name When a voice in the static said "Don't be afraid, It's only in death can you really be saved" But oh, my love Oh, they say it's just eh way it goes But oh, my love Oh, but who are they to claim they know?
4.
We were young, we were turned on And we sang a hallelujah And we kissed in the churchyard And took on each other's gods We took on each other's gods And we came down the mountain To lay eyes on the lowlands And we tasted its fountains And drank it from our hands We drank it from our hands And this is all you were made for You're trying to hide, staying inside all the time While you watch the world passing you by You turn off the lights and close your eyes Now the homes that we lived in And the names that we used to go by Were all sold or abandoned Now we're running for the borderlines Yeah we're running for the borderline And this is all you have prayed for You waiting to die but we made it out alive just in time Just like some hollywood ending would go We let the credits roll and said goodbye On the outside, on the outside Looking in and it don't look right On the outside, on the outside You're looking good but you're terrified On the outside, on the outside The sun is warm and the grass feels fine On the outside, on the outside On the outside On the outside, on the outside We're running for the borderlines We're running for the borderlines
5.
You burned around the world like a sun Dying from all the heat to fall into the deep, blue sea You turned all the world inside out 'Til you found everything In mountains underneath the sea But the road goes on, and on You teenage vagabond And when do you intend to come home again When your indian summer ends?
6.
04:05
Nobody knows quite what you looked like When you were young, now that you're older Nobody knows quite what you looked like When you were young, now that you're older Save for the photographs You saved So when he died of a heart attack Your memory remained Joanne, Joanne If only had listened to you when you said "Someday you'll understand" But I was so naive back then Joanne, if only I could do it all again I was young and didn't understand Will you forgive me, Joanne?
7.
Oh my son, how you have grown From a cask of bluebird bones To a man, on a sailor's song You've flown into the ocean But when you're done with the sea My son, come home to me And even though you're going off to see How bright life can be In the Merchant Marines Oh my son, what have you done? You've thrown your days from an old tin cup To a sea of kings and queens And coins you plucked from fallen trees But when you're done with the sea My son, come home to me And even though you're going off to see How bright life can be In the Merchant Marines And so my son, If ever you meet a gypsy girl Don't give her ropes of pearls Or combs to tame her ringlet curls Don't let her sanguine lips unfurl But pass her palm with a blade of silver
8.
Remember you loved me Back when we were kids, Underneath the willow trees, In Connecticut? Remember you told me Stories in your head You said to me "You wait and see, kid We'll be happy then, in the end, 'Cause in Heaven you won't get bad news again" Remember you loved me Naked took me in And winter's sting was turned to spring And summer came and went Remember you told me Love would never end It just changes like the autumn leaves In Connecticut And it did In eleven years when he took your tears and your sin
9.
Who will make the body clean? Can you bleach out your darkest stain? Can you bleach out your darkest stain? Who will set the body free? Can you shake off such heavy chains? Can you shake off such heavy chains? But you can't shake that feeling of shame Work your signs and wonders And miracles to see For all your sons and daughters And all who would believe And turn the wine to water And pour another drink For all your sons and daughters And who would receive Who will make the cripple leap? Can you reshape a broken piece of clay? Can you reshape a broken piece of clay? Who will take the widow's grief? Can you make a profit from her pain? Can you make a profit from her pain? Might as well not lose if there's nothing to be gained Work your signs and wonders and miracles to see For all your sons and daughters And all who would believe And turn the wine to water And pour another drink For all your sons and daughters And who would receive And pour it out for me Hyssop's on his lips Blood is on your hands Dry and broken ribs In the list of his demands The wreckage of a ship On the unforgiving land Like everything you did Is sinking in the sand We were just some kids But you spoke just like a man With secrets in his kiss And murder in his plans Is it still a sin If it's his command? And maybe he'll forgive Or at least understand Vinegar and spit Doesn't wash your hands
10.
And now I see it all at once You wait your turn to turn to dust She said to me, "You'll never be free, in your mind" So pay it back and then some more And lace your boots up with some thorns And how long can it be, Before you can see it's in your mind? So don't you worry 'bout a thing It's only in your weirdest dreams She said said to me, "I don't know what it means and I don't mind" So children hear your father's voice You never really had a choice And now it is done, Before it's even begun in your mind

about

Recorded in the artist's home over the course of three years.

credits

released August 5, 2015

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

In The Circuit Of The Sun New York, New York

In The Circuit Of The Sun is the ongoing project of Tofer Moran. It started in a bedroom in 2009 after dissolving his former band Proud Valletta and moving to San Francisco, and has since become an evolving collection of songs recorded in his home over the years. ... more

contact / help

Contact In The Circuit Of The Sun

Streaming and
Download help

Report this album or account

In The Circuit Of The Sun recommends:

If you like In The Circuit Of The Sun, you may also like: