No Kingdom

by Sam Moss

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03:46
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03:17
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03:13
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05:18

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Upright bass by Michael Roberts.
All else by Sam Moss.

All tracks recorded at home in Brattleboro, VT, except 7 and 8, which were recorded at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH.

Mixed and mastered at Nada Sound Studio by Eric Carbonara.

Thank you Mom, Dad, Brother, Anna, and The MacDowell Colony.

Photos and design © 2013 Anna Coe
(with assistance from Don Moss).

All songs © 2013 Sam Moss.

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released 15 October 2013

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Track Name: Ocean
When I went away
I felt a blooming
Inside my ribs
An ocean moving

The salt was there
In every breath
Through every hour
That I had slept

But all alone
In an empty room
I watched the lightning
Under the silvery moon

Each skinny line
Jagged but right
The sky is split
All through the night

In the breeze
Breath is big
I see a lion
I am aligned
Track Name: Hammer
Find me a hammer
I am ready to swing
Find me a nail
I want to hear that metal sing
Let it sing, let it sing, let it sing

Find me a knife
I want to carve my name
In the handle of the hammer
So sharpen up the blade
Oh the blade, oh the blade

Find me an oak
I will chop it down
Slice it into boards
Build a house up from the ground
From the ground

Write me a letter
Leave it at the door
Tell me something
You never have before

Though the outside is all broken
I will make for you a room
Lay you down a palate
And hope you come back soon
Track Name: Television
Last night I had a dream, you were stranded on the water
And I was not the one who could retrieve you
I was trying to be some hybrid of my father
And the heroes that I've known from the TV

Will you sit right here on the bench while you are dripping
Every molecule that grabbed you in the lake
Will I whisper softly or just gently disappear
I'll try to be the sponge though slowly I am slipping

Yes I am the one who will try to hold you tightly
Even though I haven't found a place to land
I will try to be mighty in my faded skin
Though my bones can almost breathe the air

If I was the shark and you were sitting with me now
What would you do?
Track Name: Fog
I still don't think
It was a waste of time
But to find you gone
Feels like the right thing

And I used to see you
As a golden god
But I figured out the truth
Yeah, it wasn't so hard
Everyone was talking
I finally heard through the fog

I might have even travelled
Through the shadows of my mind
And laid inside a darkness
For awhile

But clarity soon
Replaced the emptiness
And darkness gave in
Like it sometimes will
Track Name: Son
Are you troubled my son?
Are you troubled my son?
Are you troubled my son?

Winter is cold when it comes
Winter is cold when it comes
Winter is cold when it comes

Do you see the end of the road?
Do you see the end of the road?
I've seen the end of the road before, my son

Keep your lantern burning low
Keep your lantern burning low
Even when the moon grows full, my son
Track Name: Clearing
Meet me tonight in the clearing
I will be there all alone
Hear the old owl speaking
Light whisper from the moon

Meet me tonight in the clearing
It is my favorite place to be
Cast spirits out, I don't need
Shed them away like leaves

Meet me tonight in the clearing
I won't see you on the other side
Bird sings a melody that wanders
You will sing a melody that dies

Meet me tonight in the clearing
Branches have all fenced you in
When my hair begins to raise on my arm
I'll cast you out, never let you win
Track Name: Neighbors
Well you've come, to look at your neighbors
A quiet bunch, who don't leave home
Sitting, in your bedroom
Rocking the chair to pieces, moving on

I see a few ghosts, when you are smiling
When you are sad, they cannot move
Breathing, in a four leaf clover
Spitting out a hollow tomb

All wrapped up, in a blanket
Say are you warm, are you warm tonight?
I am whispering, breathing
Cradled by that shiny pale moonlight

Fill me up you won't exist
Get me out of this old twist
My bones hurt I need to move
Your wind blows my breath is through

All wrapped up, in a blanket
Say are you warm, are you warm tonight?
I am whispering, breathing
Fighting off that devils appetite
Track Name: Kingdom
Singing on the sacred harp
Led me through the cold and, dark
What am I, a godless child
I know no shining kingdom

Yet I keep chasing, the golden land
The clearing sky, and the angel band
Though my lantern lights, my ribcage bright
I am a man, I'll turn to sand