Silver Tomb For The Kingfisher

by Jay Clifford

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Lisa Valenti It's intimate. Like the whisper of a quiet thought. The instrumentation is perfect and the horn part is the inner monologue finally being expressed. Where words are no longer enough and the melody carries you away. Favorite track: V Of Pelicans.
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released September 13, 2011

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Track Name: Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants
Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

On the train from Jackson to Chicago
Providence is yet to be revealed
Standing on the platform by my window
Soon you will be swallowed by the fields
A sudden blur of trees
A sudden blur of trees
Rushing through the delta veins
On the train from Jackson to Chicago
Licking all the wounds that never healed

Turn around
Turn around
Now you're at the end of the line
Don't look down
Don't look down
You're standing on the shoulders
Standing on the shoulders of giants

Everyday the shadow of my father
Is painted on the walls and on the floors
It stretches out across the open waters
And crashes on the sandy Eastern shores
Searching in the dark
Searching in the dark
Looking for a clue to what's been lost
Now I see the shadow of my father
On the shoulders of the one that came before

Turn around
Turn around
Now you're at the end of the line
Don't look down
Don't look down
You're standing on the shoulders
Standing on the shoulders of giants

A clear run
Blue sky
Downhill
A free ride
Stones throw
A straight line from here
Track Name: Clockwork
Time is a gun
Laid on the table
and you pace around
with a crazy grin

Rush of blood just in time
turn the gears in your mind
Everything just like clockwork
Everything just like clockwork

Time is a road
In a foreign country
and we drive around
and we miss the signs

the sun is shining in your eyes
the strangers on the driver's side
Everything just like clockwork
Everything just like clockwork

close to you
never been so close to you
never been so intertwined
so aligned

Everything just like clockwork
Everything just like clockwork
Track Name: Still So Far Away
Still so far away

Canary and coal
Blackbird and wire
Circling suns
Turn the winds toward your kingdom on fire
Siren in red
A priest with a bull's head
Called you a liar

Still so far away
Still so far away

Shadow and moan
Shelter the soul
Pulleys and rope
Raise the arms of the gods in control
Columns of air
Foundation of blank stares
Is taking it's toll

Still so far away
Still so far away

Waiting in the cold gray light
On the tarmac
Every heartbeat organized
Planes overhead
Like ravens over a riverbed
Maybe see you one more time
In the blue light
Every gesture sterilized
But i saw it on your face and you knew
It was just a lie, a lie, a lie

Still so far away
Still so far away
Track Name: St. Augustine's Restless
St. Augustine's Restless

Summer day's euphoria
I can't help feel something's just not right
Silver tomb for the kingfisher
I can't help feel something's just not right
Splinter born in the mind
Leaves a scar on the face
Shelter me from this paradise
I can't help feel something's just not right

St. Augustine's Restless
St. Augustine is Restless

Waterfall straight from the vein
I can't help feel something's just not right
Afternoon's eternity
I can't help feel something's just not right
Winter wind in the blood
Of a grey-eyed new baby boy
Wake me up from this paradise
I can't help feel something's just not right

St. Augustine's Restless
St. Augustine is Restless

We wander through the park
And float above the sea
And wish the dark could be
A lens into the deep
A string into the clouds
It's ours to keep for now
Track Name: Vale Of Tears
Vale Of Tears

Starry eyes
Willow trees, streetlights and butterflies
In the childhood years
Open fields, bumble bees and dandelions

Materials
June bugs and bottles glow emerald
In the childhood years
Spiderwebs, thunderclouds and animals

We'll teach you how to close your eyes
We'll teach you how to close your eyes
We'll teach you how to close your eyes
Don't worry love
It's just a vale of tears

Neither found or lost
Neither frail or numb to the cost
Neither ill or well
An empty shell
Waiting 'til the end is near
Through a vale or tears

Starry eyes
Flashlights and shadows so wonderful
Don't you agree?
In the childhood years
Fireworks and sunlight so beautiful
How can this be?

We'll teach you how to run and hide
We'll teach you how to run and hide
We'll teach you how to run and hide
Don't worry love
It's just a vale of tears

Neither found or lost
Neither frail or numb to the cost
Neither ill or well
An empty shell
Waiting 'til the end is near
Through a vale or tears

Neither found or lost
Neither frail or numb to the cost
Neither ill or well
An empty shell
Waiting 'til the end is near
Neither high or low
Neither false or true when you know
Neither ill or well
An empty shell
Waiting 'til the end is near
Through a vale or tears
Through a vale or tears
Track Name: V Of Pelicans
V of Pelicans

Taken by the ocean and the wind
Procession of broken pieces
What's left now floating like a V of pelicans

Captured by the slowly falling tide
Scattered drift wood
A doomed armada now crossing in search of the other side

With the darkness eminent
Everyone tries to find a way back home again

Nothing but a frame of skin and bone
She takes a deep breath to drown
Or baptize this river with the tears she's never known

A shadow of a wolf across the beach
Silver and black a guardian
Over the chasm that keeps us out of reach

With the darkness eminent
Everyone tries to find a way back home again

Hidden in a single grain of sand
A numinous charge of light
A sudden unveiling with a chance to understand

It doesn't matter now just what she wants
The messages drift across horizons
Half under like a flock of cormorants

With the darkness eminent
Everyone tries to find a way back home again
Track Name: One Of Us
One Of Us

Lying in the grass
Staring at the sun falling through the trees
He tries to close his eyes
Hasn't slept in days
Hasn't slept in days

The Coney Island train
Is running through his head to 34th and Grand
He wonders what it's like
what it's like to be
what it's like to be one of us

One of us who fall
One of us who dance
One of us who choose

What it's like for
One of us who love
One of us who cringe
One of us who lose

What it's like for one of us
For one of us
For one

Waking up like death
Animated birds
Circling his head
Can't remember how
How he came to be
How he came to be here

Spinning carousel
Over by the lake
Makes the world a blur
He wonders what it's like
what it's like to be
what it's like to be one of us

One of us who fall
One of us who dance
One of us who choose

What it's like for
One of us who love
One of us who cringe
One of us who lose

What it's like for one of us
For one of us
For one
Track Name: Strange Inversion Of Reasoning
Strange Inversion Of Reasoning

Beautiful machinery
An elegant army
And yes, now I realize
I realize it's love

No grand design
No meaning to
The scenic view
Up above

Strange Inversion
Strange Inversion of reasoning

Beautiful machinery
Enumerable agents at work
Who don't realize
Can't realize it's love

No hidden signs
No fingerprints
No filaments
From above

Strange Inversion
Strange Inversion of reasoning

See the world through a magnifying glass
The Southern wind is on the Arctic sea
The universe has been turned upon it's head
from how it was to how it seems to be

Beautiful machinery
An elegant army
And yes, now I realize
I realize it's love

No grand design
No meaning to
The scenic view
Up above

Strange Inversion
Strange Inversion of reasoning
Track Name: Empyrean
Empyrean

Saturday died under the weight of Mt. Pendulum's Holy crown
Maybe we should play it safe
Cause when it gets bad
she scolds her heart
with the very same venomous words
usually reserved
for the everyday, everyday common fool

The chandeliers are in the trees
the grand piano thrown in the lake
empyrean shattered on the ground

The laughter echoes down the shotgun hall
the weeds are growing thru a crack in the wall
'til it's overgrown

The heavens don't shine when you're hanging your head like a flightless city swan
Maybe there's no reason why
But when it gets cold
she guards her heart with the very same animal nerves usually reserved
to survive is the only rule

The chandeliers are in the trees
the grand piano thrown in the lake
empyrean shattered on the ground

The laughter echoes down the shotgun hall
the weeds are growing thru a crack in the wall
'til it's overgrown

to survive
it's the only rule
Track Name: Echo Location
Echo Location

Empty room
As you tear down the posters
And the shadow of your hand from the wall
At the end of the wire
The picture of you acting like you're playing
your violin
a century ago in Holland Park
a century ago in Holland Park

So when you fall in
I'll find you again
Echo Location

Learning to swim
I'll find you again
Echo Location

Signals from the white noise bloom

When you fall in
I'll find you again
Echo Location

Empty room
As you close out the airwaves
and the static from your red catacombs
Every word is a tomb
Buried in the shadow of your Manteo Orange Grove
A century away from Holland Park
A century away from Holland Park

So when you fall in
I'll find you again
Echo Location

Learning to swim
I'll find you again
Echo Location

Signals from the white noise bloom

When you fall in
I'll find you again
Echo Location
Track Name: 6th And Central Park
6th and Central Park

Every fallen soul
Is just a nickel in the street
Clumsily discarded from the fingertips of God
On his way to 6th and Central Park
Can't believe his luck
"This beautiful day!"
To lay his weary head in the grass
To lay his weary head in the grass