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Cabin Songs

by Chris Darby

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We were alone in the wilderness The day the reckoning came And we were all afraid Of what was to come But nothing came, or so you said For I did not have the eyes to see Or the mind to think or the tongue to weep Or anything really And I looked upon the waterfall As the only evidence of god As the only evidence of evidence I thought it was all a fraud I tell you now, it wasn’t like that But you wouldn’t believe me then Your mind stood naked and angry And I was your fountain pen And we went down, down, down Till we hit the ground Where we used the names of those we’ve loved to carry on.
Time 03:46
Time is an ancient song whispering through branches Every day throughout the night the world bends around us Raise a glass and it will die, watch her meter dance and fly The universe decays in time Time is the song we sing of mystery and wonder Dark in her offering, bright in all her plunder Older than the world itself, prisoner of matter This is the tale we tell Day by Day Feel the hours slip away This is the weight of time She will catch us unaware sure as storms and thunder Stars will fall beneath her feet as she passes over She will watch us come and go like fireflies in summer This is the way of time So how will you spend your days knowing they’re soon over When will you realize that time is not your lover She has a way of weaving lies to make you feel immortal These are brief and vain
Darkest Days 04:22
And you, you were the field You were the forest, you were for real You were the song I sang when no one was around And you, you were for real You were the one I saw concealed You were the one I searched for, forever in the dark But then you were caught by the wolves, the tools of the world Pestle and soil. You were the one who found the future after all And you, you were the fruit, you were the first one that I knew You waved goodbye, and that finally broke my heart Now nobody knows where the darkest days go But they know that the future is here And nobody knows where the waterfall rolls But they know that the ocean is near You’ll be alone, you’ll be alone, on the darkest days You’ll be alone, you’ll be alone, on your darkest days You’ll be alone, so far from home, on the darkest days You’ve ever seen And you, you were the eye, the eye of the storm, hurried and warm Headed for shore, with destruction in your wake And I, I tried my best, to batten the hatch Close all the windows, remember the latch Then fall to the floor and watch our dreams decay And I, waited till dawn, to sound the alarm, close off my heart Watch as you leave, then lock those maps away And the storm went on its way, but it took you away Tangled and grey You were alone when you found your darkest day.
Take me down that road where we once belonged Down the dusty fog of common cause If you have a minute to be alone Come sit with me by the fire Watch the embers crackle shadows burning long Hear the wolves howling at the distant dawn You said all these things were written down in stone At the very dawn of time I was young and I was strong and I was brave I thought everything was just a game I thought you and me was always gonna stay One and the same for all time But you and me now have fallen on our words Hinged on obtuse thoughts of absent absolutes Say nothing to no one what you heard Leave the wind dancing at your back Then take that long road to god knows where Just know that I will always be there In your heart and mind and soul, your every prayer I will haunt your distant dreams
Where do you go, when all the scales fall away When you start to repeat the cycle, will you try to avoid that day Why do you go, to be alone with someone else I never ever saw that as a thing that you espoused Please sit down. You know how I said everything would be fine I don’t think I knew what that meant. I don’t think I knew that all these things were on your mind And so we danced And so we tried to hold each other, the way that we did then After we fell apart, from all these things we’d saved And even the fall was fine I thought, before everything, everything was rearranged So lie. Don’t say a thing. It’s all the same dissimilar, wanting everything. So you said. We were both the same, both afraid, both utterly unprepared So you retreated But you didn’t realize it was staring you right in front of you You could have had it all. We could have been free The way that we planned, the way that we thought we could see When we were young, just some time ago. Might as well be the setting sun. Might as well be. For everything we are Everything we have become. We’re still not the setting stars Or the day that has just begun Until then, there’s nothing that can be done If you go any further forward you’ll burn out faster than the falling sun I knew you well. I knew your soul. I hope you dance. I hope you fly to great heights But I have no faith in you. So we depart. A day or two. We leave this place. We leave ourselves on a fallen star.
Intermission 03:35
Our home lies beneath the winter You told me under desert skies We must be strong and show no weakness When our nation goes to die All the moles have gone in hiding All the bridges have washed out This was a century of building No one wrote about We were lost, lost, lost When we made gods of every one Lost, lost, lost Inside the all consuming plan You must learn to give up everything You ever thought you would gain There is no glory in the slaughter There is only blood and pain You will learn these lessons slowly You’ll slowly rise with the sun You’ll pass through gales of restitution You’ll turn your collar to the wind Where you’ll be lost, lost, lost Just a ray in sunset lands Lost, lost, lost Erased by your demands Will you meet me on the highway Contemplate where we have been I’ve walked this road a thousand times I’ve never found where I belong I thought that you were singing for me That shows how far I have to go These maps are all since torn and faded I’m heading east to see the snow Where I’ll be lost, lost, lost In an old boxcar by the bay Lost, lost, lost I’ll search the remains of the day Long ago and far away
IOU 04:15
I owe you everything Sun and moon and winter in the spring I owe you ties that bind Everywhere to wander, free of flight It’s not the world you seek Even though you think it’s still in style This is the world you need Hanging from a thread of concrete tile I owe you everything We lost our all our innocence trying Playing games with trust Falling through the stories of this house It’s not the world you see The fault is ours and ours only The fragile colors turn And everywhere you go the autumn burns I owe you everything You told me late one winter night That even if I run You will still be with me all the time Forget everything. Forget everything we ever knew Someday bells will ring Steel our hearts against the world
Groundswell 07:28
Hear the distant groundswell here us fight it out You wanted to believe in what we are now Hear the distant thunder that will never go away Inside the fallow fields, beside the homeless trains No one will be with you on the day that you are free So stand up straight and take care please I know you haven’t noticed, but this river is a song Of everything ill do to get by, and get along Once you are gone So wash your face, and dry your hands This is what we are now. The decision is intact We had them all believing that we were a song Now the melody’s gone flat, and the words are all wrong Be careful of the river she’ll sneak up on you Stop whatever you are doing. Plant the seeds in the soil And if you do not tend to them, they cannot tend to you And your holy water will mean nothing How’s the rain gonna fall if the sun keeps shining? If the world stops turning when you go away How’s the rain gonna fall and heal the river If there’s no more breathing. If there’s no more grey. What are we all to do?
And I miss you Mostly the subtle things Like the way we danced to forgotten words that one evening And I miss you To where you are, from where I am Won’t you stop by our old place and stay for the weekend? And I miss you Like everything could be Possible with you and me And I miss you Like no one else exists Like the words have lost their meaning and the axis went amiss And I miss you Like the flood misses the shore Against the levee, struck with water, un-impregnable And I miss you Like the forest for the trees Like a songbird misses songs when she forgets how to sing And I miss you And not just the subtle things Like the way we drove to Canada, on a whim And I miss you
At Sea 05:07
The ocean breeze sings me a song tonight The bluest waves will roll me to sleep Over water, over water, and over light These soft winds will roll me to sleep When everything is lonely I’m at peace Forgive me now forgive me, for I may never leave I’ll stay on this ship and we will sail Away, away, away into the pale The ocean breeze sings me a song tonight These gentle waves will roll me to sleep And out here at sea these stars will be my guide These soft winds will roll me to sleep Well I was a weary captains son And I woke upon the water in the end No duties left and nothing to defend Now I am just a lonely ocean song The ocean breeze sings me a song tonight The gentle waves will roll me to sleep And I may sing forever these sad songs of my life These softest winds will roll me to sleep


'Cabin Songs' was recorded during the winter of 2013/14 in a cabin in southern Missouri. It is Chris' first full length album, and follows his 2010 EP 'Road Songs'.


released September 30, 2014

Chris Darby recorded his parts in his cabin, somewhere in the hills of southern Missouri
Chris Darby recorded Rolland Gairroes’ parts at Rolland’s home in Columbia, MO
Chris Stelloh recorded Erin Frisby’s parts at Killer Canyon Studio, Paso Robles, CA.
Justin Birchard recorded his parts at Seven Sided Studios, West Chicago, IL
James Musselman recorded his parts at his home in San Diego, CA

Album Design and Layout: James Musselman
Mixing and Mastering: Justin Birchard
Photography: Georgi Johnston

This record is presented in association with the Who Do Collective and Seven Sided Records

Thank you, a million times over, to the following people. This record literally would not exist without them.
Rolland Gairroes, Justin Birchard, Erin Frisby, Chris Stelloh, James Musselman, Georgi Johnston, Stefanie Kohn, Murray and Maureen Darby, Lillian and Thomas Bronson O’Reilly

All songs ©2014 Chris Darby Music


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Chris Darby is a folk musician whose true home is anywhere his music takes him. Though his singing sometimes reaches the ferocious roar of a territorial lion and other times sinks to the gentle whisper of a wise sage, his vocal style embodies a rare emotional honesty which captures the full range and depth of his life experience. Sign up for the Newsletter here- www.eepurl.com/Lgoz5 ... more

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