Shadows for Sundials

by Casey Connor

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released October 16, 2014




Casey Connor Bellingham, Washington

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Track Name: Kiss on my Head
everybody wants the same thing
to love the power of the long, cold lie
i'm no stronger than i once was
push me over just to hear me cry

we fit together like a bad plan
simple lessons like a fledgling bird
i got the message in a white light
forgot the energy that that inferred

all the memories of hot days
tall prarie grass and deer fly miles
lost your trail in the corn rows
still hear your laughter in the gold july

scared of nothing but a shadow
crawling out across the valley light
i'm only drinking what i'm offered
always hoping for a chance to fight

can you recommend a home team?
tear the place apart and bleach these bones
cause when i'm empty then i'm no good
i'll never see under your darkest stone

and now it's seven in the morning
and i must have missed your call
i guess i'm scared to see you lonely
i pulled the barrel from the waterfall

but i never wanted to change like that
given all of the slow hope that i've known
but when you're growing you don't look back
you just pack it up and go
would you forgive me if i said that?
put a kiss on my head
and say that i'm loved
no matter the crime
that i'm guilty of?

it's too much to ask
and i'd understand

i'm doing it anyway
Track Name: Entropy
i've been wasting energy
all of my life
holding down the entropy
that we keep inside

wondering about the treasure
deep down in the bones
have i got the marrow?
blood in the stone?

i'm not the antidote
to my disease
slipping down the slope
whenever i please

when the wind blows
you could say it breathes
in the caves down underground
for the owl in the trees

all the flesh and the blood
that you thought you knew
they got a machine
that can see right through

through to the dream:
the full moon is drained
ghosts picking up the shells
to hear the sound of their names

if you don't give up the ghost
you're carrying inside
let it be known

matter of fact, you can take that literally
can't you? hear it now, lonely one

there's a saying where i am coming from:
you can never be too strong

i was immortal
but not for long
Track Name: Field of Fevers
i should have known better
i should have rolled with it
seized that moment
like it was mine

but i didn't know nothing
always waiting on something
so my heart aches for you, now
all of the time

and i want back in with it
got one short life to live

amber waving
swallows playing
a warm dry wind
in your dress

you catch me drifting
lost in something
i'm just at the mercy
of your sweet arrest

and i try so hard to know
should i hold it or watch it go?

clock keeps ticking
and i don't know what i'm missing
i got a summer field of fevers
that break by your hand

you couldn't blindfold me now
i'm seeing signs fully now
read the lines on your face

but i guess i'm ok
i've come a long way
maybe my day is sleeping in for now

moonlight bathing
and we're ok with it
i hold your head in my hands
here now, today

in the one safe place i know
it's as clear as i have been told
Track Name: Albatross
how many battles passed
till you betrayed me?
blood-hot syrup
twice blessed

hairline cracks in the bones
these were the veins of spiders
and now here's a backwards blessing:

you are the bright discovery
tire skidding -- water wounds

and your heart was but a bow
for mine to break across
and my blood traced the shape in your wake
of a ghostly albatross


never again the rest shall it know
of the sweet nest of your arms

sun glinted of the puddles
his song stuck in my head
and your hands to my heart

you make as much sense
as a cathedral
you're watching the world
through your stained glass

turned your timbre on a lathe
trained to strike -- moment's notice

but you just do
what you
gotta do
Track Name: In Gloria
born as a child
with nothing to learn
firefly in amber
a stone that burns
sprit to dust
and matter to light
tragedy's howling
and i'm safe inside
if i'm alone
as i've been told
i've no need for shelter
or the baring of my soul
eight hours a day
i work for that love
with a back old and broken
keeping on the job

i saw your star
i heard your dream
and i didn't touch nothing
not offered up to me
but you ran down the lie
just to see what it was
mother of millions
trusts the telling of

can you be still?
will i be there?
sow a little sorrow
i'll harvest you my share
the death of my heat
a patch for the sail
shadows for sundials
the shell that held a snail

my heart leapt to you
like crossing a stream
and the blood in the beating
the forest evergreen
i don't know love
but i know what i like
lost in the living
listening for the light

in gloria
Track Name: Turning Moon
the turning moon
and what she pulled
one life away
the waters toward the sky
and the seaweeds' spawn

you were born of the grit
and the marsh
risen like a gentle flag
to cast your prayer
back to the waves, the fire sun

reach out for touch
like a child
reach out like the tendril
of a pea vine

you can hold on to me now

and so we gathered to sing
the leaving songs
to float these leaves down a stream
to mark the harvest

why should i cry
for the time taken?
what was rightfully yours
till your soul awakens

back to the waves, the fire sun

i'll understand it
a little, by and by
feet to the fire
and my eyes up to the sky

the pulling moon
and what she turned
bright hope to ashes
water into wine
for empty glasses

why should i cry
for the time taken?
what was rightfully yours
may our souls awaken

back to the waves, the fire sun
Track Name: What it Is
little family
sharing sage
quiet moments
silent song

river rolling
burning gas
seeking solace
kissing sugar

nothing secret
garden stories
broken trophies
you could not frame the name

traveling traveling...
always sleeping
earthly dreaming
mandolin singing

so many songs
come into my soul
street sleeper
quiet questions

turn so soft
becoming blossoms
dropped too soon

what it is
Track Name: All We'll Ever Be
a place in the heavens
don't see that anymore
dragging my feet through the mud

can you imagine
that glittering shore?
do you remember when you could?

all we'll ever be is alone.

call me a cold man
but don't call anymore.
i took what i wanted, like you said

but i never promised
any alms for the poor
i can't even keep myself fed

i never wanted
any poison in me
walking the line, back straight as a rod

along come a monster...
now, who could that be,
catching the boss asleep on the job?
Track Name: Thrown from a Building
i was thrown from a building as a baby
and i don't remember someone catching me
but i suppose it musta happened

people try to scare you off their lovin
like a dare, or a tiny cry for help
and i'd like to take you up on that offer
yes i would

how could something ever start so sweetly?
like a candle softly lit --
i know my medicine when i see it
and this ain't it

now the novelty's not all that's gone
nor the logic, nor the song
i've been barking at my echo all along
all along

i was thrown form a building
as a baby