longing in the mirror

by noah mclaughlin

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music and lyrics released 2011 under creative commons attribution-sharealike (CC BY-SA 3.0) creativecommons.org

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released April 22, 2011

all songs composed, produced and performed by noah mclaughlin except lyrics for “no excuse, no reason” by shay and drums on “plato's shadows” by hammersmith

album art by
Derrick Tyson (flickr.com/photos/derricksphotos)
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Lance Ramoth (lanceramoth.com)

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noah mclaughlin Atlanta, Georgia

french professor by trade. songwriter by passion. pretentious lyrics by choice.

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Track Name: this wind sings
single beat repeats
rhyme inside but never out
a drum a hand clap
slowly building ocean waves
wash away the messy dream

1, 2, 3 - nah, nah
4, 5, 6 - nah, nah

gathering voices
splendid parts of harmony
unusual forms
choirs unending in scale
order to chaos in song

1, 2, 3 - nah, nah
4, 5, 6 - nah, nah

a joyous refrain
tender blossom petals fall
on strings wounds too tight
loose your silent song (your fear)
this winds sings new life to you

1, 2, 3 - nah, nah
4, 5, 6 - nah, nah
Track Name: old fashioned miracles
we came down from Satan's mountain
the light of truth to shine amongst you
we are mighty - our chorus legion
we came down

old fashioned miracles, old fashioned rhymes
old fashioned miracles, all out of time

we are mighty - our chorus legion
our song is older than the Earth, than the sky
we sing the half-truths you have forgotten
we are mighty

old fashioned miracles, old fashioned rhymes
old fashioned miracles, all out of time

we sing the half-truths you have forgotten
we came down from Satan's mountain
we are mighty - our chorus legion
Track Name: cassandra complex
i want you to come over
spread some of that death around
i want you to read me the riot act

i want you to take over
spend me all about the town
i want you to reign me in

you know just what i mean
you know just what i need
you know just what i mean
you got your crystal ball in me

i want you to possess me
sign away my soul to you
i want you to drain away these blues

i want you to undress me
parade me about the room
i want you to break me in

you know just what i mean
you know just what i need
you know just what i mean
you got your crystal ball in me
Track Name: looking at the sea
i am looking at the sea
it is staring back at me
out here searching for the truth
all i'm seeking is you
i am wading through the stars
tonight i've traveled so far
the tide is still, the water gleams
white light burns at every seam

there is nothing left to say
things will always be this way
even when you come home to me
i am looking at the sea

i am listening to the moon
she is singing out this tune
i am staying up too late
bit by bit succumb to fate
the moon can wane to paper thin
to match my soul without within
the moon can rise and grow again
the moon goes where i've never been

there is nothing left to say
things will always be this way
even when you come home to me
i am looking at the sea

can you feel the ebb and flow?
fall victim to the undertow
let it take you where it goes
two times up the third below
Track Name: susan
oh susan have you left me now
my bright shining star
oh susan what have i done
has this worship gone too far

oh susan have you gone for good?
the path was narrow and it was steep
oh susan where have you gone
the night's too dark i cannot sleep

oh susan would you be a dear
hold my hand i am afraid
but susan you are not here
how would it be if you had stayed

oh susan are you peaceful now
no ropes to bind your limbs
oh susan do you sleep at last
the worms crawl out the worms crawl in

oh susan is that you
your voice is just like and angel near
oh susan your touch
your skin has seen better days my dear

oh susan that's far enough
don't hold my hand don't call my name
oh susan you're just a ghost
you have no heart you have no shame
Track Name: no excuse, no reason
i stepped into my shoes
they didn't fit like i wanted them to
summer faded when it began
took off running without a plan

i missed my favorite season
never thought to take it slow
there's no excuse, there's no reason
oh where did my summertime go?

fall came on way too fast
couldn't slow down this pace i had taken
darkness arrived without notice
closed my eyes as daylight was breakin'

i missed my favorite season
never thought to take it slow
there's no excuse, there's no reason
oh where did my summertime go?

snow has covered all the streets
frost on my lip and it's no longer sweet
he put a ticket in my hand
now i'm taking off to a far away land

i missed my favorite season
never thought to take it slow
there's no excuse, there's no reason
oh where did the summertime go?

the sun on my skin is bliss
i'm coming home to your warm honey kiss

i missed my favorite season
never thought to take it slow
there's no excuse, there's no reason
oh where did the summertime go?
Track Name: cakes
i like where i'm going with you
it's not the same avenue
i like how you're looking at me
guess i just like being seen

but i've got this theory you see
your taste says a lot about me
what flavor frosting preferred
cut it up in quarters or thirds?

so i wanna know
about chocolate, vanilla or marble swirls
are you a fondant, lava or creme-filled girl
what is your favorite kind?

do you take it decadent?
or do you prefer it simple?
you see the eyes are not the windows they say
it's all about how you taste these days

and i wanna know
about chocolate, vanilla and marble swirls
are you a fondant, lava and creme-filled girl
what is your favorite kind?

do you take it with coffee or tea?
would you take it anywhere with me?
do you like lemon or coffee or any of these
with a fork with your fingers however you please

just tell me
about chocolate, vanilla or marble swirls?
are you a fondant, lava or creme-filled girl
carrot, or sponge or velvet red
short or tall, baby, or on the table or bed?
what is your favorite kind?
Track Name: jardins vides
Mon amour a volé loin
à vivre bel dans les nuages.
La matinée elle saluait
pour s'échapper aux petits sages.
Des longs jours ai-je travaillé
pour la garder dans un cage d'or,
Mais à travers des barres si belles,
cet oiseaux lançait son essor.

Elle est la reine des rossignols,
sa voix un air trop vértueux.
Elle filera entre voiles jalouses
des hommes planqués mais désireux.
Et lorsqu'elle plâne on l'admire:
nos plus beaux rêves de honte rougissent.
Ses ailes, sa taille, un arc sans faille;
les hommes, la terre: tous sous elle glissent

Des larmes lourdes mes compagnons
et parties sont les journées gaies.
Ô, quand va-t-elle me revenir ?
Hélas ! jamais je ne saurais.
J'attends, j'écoute, je me torture,
tout seul je traîne dans les rues,
Aux jardins vides, aux jardins nus,
de toute sa beauté dépourvus.

Comment ce manque remplirai-je,
ce manque atroce que nul ne voit ?
Qui d'autre connaît autant de peine ?
Qui pourrait me dire un mot ?
Le silence, comment l'accomplirai-je?
À qui mon amour j'enovie ?

Dois-je feindre de l'oublier,
cette chanson grise que nul n'entend ?
Ou dois-je suivre triste OEdipe,
qui s'aveuglait face à son lot ?
Ô pas un mot! Ô pas un son !
Au jardin vide je l'attends
Track Name: up/down
look to the heavens - what do you see?
nothing but blue skies raining down on me
rain down on me

listen to the wind - what do you hear?
nothing but white noise where angels fear
tread where angels fear

look up to the sky
look down on me
look up to the sky

reach out to the void - what do you feel?
your soul could slip away on even keel
sail on even keel

bite down on the flesh - it's not a sin
we all are cannibals, we all fit in
we all fit in

look up to the sky
look down on me
look up to the sky
Track Name: careful count of distance
little equations
running wild across my dreams
never solve themselves

set the limits well
follow arcs parabolic
calculate the rate

will descent and speed
tremble before the abstract
comfort of symbols

proximity
the careful count of distance
to heart-ache abridged
Track Name: plato's shadows
who are you now
what do you know
where have you been
when will you show
how can i learn
why you went away
your lips so tight just like that day

these are my questions
this my cave
these are my questions
these are my chains

who were we then
what did we know
where were we going
when you didn't show
how long to wait
why you never came
your reasons now are not the same

who do you think
you're talking to
what lame excuse
are you pushing through
when did your soul
finally slip away
how did this love you so betray?

these are my questions
this my cave
these are my questions
Track Name: eating a wasp
i am eating a wasp
i am swallowing my pride
i am stinging from a loss
i am taken for a ride

the girl who played with fire
should have never been
left near the matches
the girl who stole my heart
should have kept it soft on a pillow

how long have i known you?
why didn't i see this coming?

you were making me whole
you were soothing all my wounds
you were patching up my soul
you were changing my tune

the man who played with fire
he will always come and burn all his bridges
the man who lost his heart
will always keep it out - yours for the taking

how long have i known you?
why didn't i see this coming?
Track Name: solstice
crooked as the path less traveled
serpent tongues the river winding
ancient tales of words unbinding
in our dreams we are unraveled

all night long the miller grinding
sleep not grain his crafting makes
how we burn for holy cakes
that final taste that light so blinding

take sup now with pagan stakes
dance and sing ‘neath summer moons
dread the trod of suns too soon
live and love before you wake

for long have we at hot stars marveled
bled and fought their secrets finding
crooked as the path less traveled

all fears now with you take
hecate mother serpent croons:
live and love before you wake
Track Name: hard landing
my mother said to me: you don't know what you're doing, boy
my father confessed: i don't know what you're doing, boy
my brother complained to me: i don't know what i'm doing here
but my lover whispered sweet: i love what you're doing

& it's gonna be a hard landing tonight
just you wait & see
everything's gonna turn out all right

my friend charlie said a poet is like an albatross
who glides above the waves that men so roughly toss
but bring it to the deck & it might as well be lame
my friend charlie said: i don't want to play their game

yeah, it's gonna be a hard landing tonight
but just you wait & see, chuck
everything's gonna turn out all right

just you dream aloft
all those dying thoughts
just take to the air
you're no longer there

you know i dream at night about hank, babe & cobb
my good friends dimaggio & beara, boys, we're gonna rob
that other team of dreamers of their joy tonight
just step up to the plate & knock that pitch right out of sight

& it's gonna be a hard landing tonight
just you wait & see
everything's gonna turn out all right