Lilacs

by So Dark a Train

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1.
Lilacs 03:58
The wind from the east blows The wind from the west blows Meet on the prairie as the night breathes Shroud the stars in fingers of fog Chorus: What shall I hang on the chamber wall I hear you where the lilacs grow Down to the river's ragged edge Shadows twist in the rising wind A sorrowful song between the pine trees Come, lovely, open your heavy arms Chorus I watch in silent dawn and dreams Battle flags broken and burned Silver face of night, heart-shaped leaves Break the flower from the bone Chorus
2.
Here at the quiet edge of town under a plague of burning stars we stand in the rising dust of summer you can question all the gods and wait on all their answers but you will always wait in the darkness the black hills are red with gold they glint like fires in the moonlight I will meet you in the mountains of the night I will meet you in the mountains of the night I know you carry all the voices from the green battlefields running red through the darkest of your thoughts these hills once were mountains and if you let me in your sleep I will share your unbearable dreams the black hills are red with gold they glint like fires in the moonlight I will meet you in the mountains of the night I will meet you in the mountains of the night
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I was born near where the Spoon River flows under the whispering winds of the plains I wandered across the wild Atlantic I've been lost on the streets of far lands I came back to take the slow train west across the fields turned red in the sun and of all the people I could see in my dreams you have always been the one chorus: I rode the train to the Mississippi wrapped my mind in rails and wires now as the sun falls so slowly and sweetly stand with me at the shore of night stars at the shore of night stars I crossed in the flood when the rains wouldn't end walked streets paved with stones and silver coins all the beauty that staggers my heart and I can only long for you I would give it all for a lingering moment every dawn in every verdant land I would give it all to stand on the prairie and feel the heat of your skin chorus credits released June 5, 2017
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Fall Away 03:11
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Orpheus 03:36
I'm going to the kingdom of death where the wide river flows oh please let me pass I know what I ask chorus: oh the descent is easy the return where the labor lies like Orpheus I rise I walk under a grudging moon by the high deceptive light where the twisted elm tree spreads false dreams under every leaf chorus I bring you this golden bough to breach the realm of night carry me from the river's edge into the fields of mourning chorus oh dawn hold your rose red chariot I wish more time I cannot help but to turn my eyes back no chance to say goodbye chorus
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caught in the firelight of a lamp shining low on the street I see him out walking for the right things, I would do no wrong bow down, angel, through days as slow as a rose unfolds why must you wander when you stand at the heart of the world ink black feathers fall on the white and silver waves do you see the lantern swaying from the shore of the restless rolling sea bow down, angel, through days as slow as a rose unfolds why must you wander when you stand at the heart of the world
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lovers always run before the clock the night plays the runaway light through a yonder window breaks the river overflows its tired banks lovers always run before the clock how cold is the blade in her hand how empty is the cup by his side all the heat of her blood releasing can't warm her baby's still heart lovers always run before the clock now is the sun on the high-most hill the mask of night across their faces the streets are red with the rising light and sorrow spills over the waking land lovers always run before the clock you will lie on the wings of night whiter than snow on a raven's back your love will shine in the star's of the sky and all the world will worship the night lovers always run before the clock

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released May 15, 2018

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So Dark a Train Albuquerque, New Mexico

So Dark a Train is a collaboration between two sisters that stretches across the western half of the United States. Cellist Nicole lives in the Los Angeles area while guitarist Amanda lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Drummer Richard Houghten has also contributed to the band's recordings. ... more

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