Lilacs

by So Dark a Train

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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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Track Name: Lilacs
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
Track Name: Mountains of the Night
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
Track Name: Shore of Night Stars
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

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Track Name: Orpheus
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

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Track Name: Heart of the World
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
Track Name: Lovers Always Run Before the Clock
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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