No Dark​/​No Light

by Lilac Shadows

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Recorded between February 2013-August 2013 at home in Chapel Hill, NC, and at the Cotton Mill rehearsal studios in Raleigh, NC.

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released February 8, 2014

Written and recorded by Sam Logan
Produced by Sam Logan and Nathan Price
Mixed by Mitch Easter at the Fidelitorium
Mastered by Nick Petersen at Track and Field
String Arrangements by Rachel Rollins and Mark Paulson

Additional Musicians: Nathan Price, Derek Torres, Karen Blanco, Zack Oden, Jacki Huntington, Rachel Rollins, Mark Paulson, John Wollaber, Amanda Lindsey

Thank you to everyone listed above, and everyone else who helped us see this album through.

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Track Name: Occidental Oceans
Bring your knees to the shore
Let it wash your broken form
And give yourself to the sand
Bow your head, and pray to the land

With holy words begin to roll away again

You're left with only one alternative:
To fill your lungs and pretend
That you know how to swim
Track Name: Tunnels
Blood in your teeth
Smoke in your eyes
Salt where it bleeds
But no tears to cry

You waited for her touch
But when it came it wasn't enough

Now you're tasting cigarettes and stone
You're feeling your fingers
For ghosts that may linger on

Knives in your back
Fire in your face
Dirt where you drag your penitent weight

You're saving for another life
When tunnels dark look light

Now you're shaking fever dreams and smoke
The lesson's well learned
and the pain that was earned
is tattooed to the bone

And now you're feeling so alone
But you told me not to come home
So I'll wait for your steel to show

So now it's come to this
You know it's true
As dawn breaks inside her arms
your end is coming soon
Track Name: Tsunami
When you first saw that setting sun
Was your whisper louder than your loaded gun?
Did it flash and dance just like the storms
That have swept us out to sea where we belong?

Cause you wouldn't wait for this
You wouldn't wait for this

Now you drift between water and sky
You're thinking of a time when the sea was still alive
And the flame that you once held close
Drowns as fast as you now drift away from the coast

Sit down and fall out
Just tell him you won't
Just tell you will
Cause he will not know

Cause you wouldn't wait for this
You wouldn't wait for this
Track Name: Inactivision
Are you getting tired of living underground?
Seasons spent within, feelings went without
A song that makes no sound
Have you gotten settled into another skin?
A quiet architect of single-minded sin
A dream that ends

So now you're falling out, or starting to fall in
The hole that you have found which never wants to end
A light that grows dim

So tell me what you wanted
Tell me I was wrong and
I'll believe it's true
Tell me I am sorry
Tell me not to worry
and I'll believe you

Now you're holding on to the light I helped turn off
And I'm slowing down, but these engines cannot stop

So tell me what you wanted
Tell me I was wrong and
I'll believe it's true
Tell me I am sorry
Tell me not to worry
and I'll believe you
Tell me what you need and
I will stop the bleeding
While your blood runs blues
Track Name: Honeycombs (Stay Asleep)
Turning from the mirror will not make the past get clearer to you now
As your razor's getting thinner while you walk into this winter on your own
And if you want to come undone
Just hold your tongue like everyone

Feelings are forgettable, but silence rings so heavy you could drown
And there is only silence now

When you open wide
When you open wide

(You say it's not enough holding on to what was)

Before - you'll see, you'll find
To be, to seem
To lift your eyes

When you open wide
When you open wide

You say it's not enough, holding on to what was
Track Name: Fever Pitch
Your mind is dark
You're tearing pages apart
The laughter you gave them,
The light from your station,
The fire that rages on is almost to your own door

Your hallowed heart
Drew a fire from a spark
But your tables aren't turning,
Your ears are not burning,
The lessons you're learning will not clean you

Cause soon you'll know
And time will show
That love grows cold
When you need it the most
Track Name: No Dark/No Light
Wait til the days have turned cold
You'll be safe in the light that you hold
While you waited for something to tell you that nothing is real
Just a ghost at your back with a touch you keep waiting to feel

While your sun hangs low
A curtain which blinds you from it all
And soon you'll know
That the light from your heaven is as cold as your dawn

Those aren't my eyes watching over you
Those aren't my hands moving over you
That's not my voice whispering to you

You who would wait for the day
Or the sun to tell you that you are safe
While you hide from the places that you had erased from your mind
Like the ghost at your back with a touch you were hoping to find

No dark
No light
No dark

Cause your veil is thin
Between nothing and feeling it all
And soon you'll swim
The rivers that run through like knives in your heart

Those aren't my eyes watching over you
Those aren't my hands moving over you
That's not my voice whispering to you
Track Name: Drone
Your eyes are wide - you see it
The time is near - you feel it
Up and down your skin

Your hands are tight - release them
The air is close - just breathe in
And it will begin

Cause nobody's waiting
For you to walk through that door
Nobody's waiting
And you cannot ask for more than we have

The door is closed - so you lean in
Your legs are strong - but they weaken
At this welcome world

Cause nobody's waiting
For you to walk through that door
Nobody's waiting
And you cannot ask for more than we have

You see
You hear
You feel
It's near