Names We Used To Go By

by In The Circuit Of The Sun

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

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released August 5, 2015

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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

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Track Name: Shadow Shapes
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
Track Name: Backslider
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
Track Name: White Jesus
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?
Track Name: On The Outside
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
Track Name: Indian Summer
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?
Track Name: Joanne
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?
Track Name: A Father's Instruction
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
Track Name: In Connecticut
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
Track Name: Sons And Daughters
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
Track Name: The View From A Train
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