secrets replete

by noah mclaughlin

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released September 13, 2011

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

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Track Name: heart once lay
the wound is angry where my heart once lay
my pulse now slowly ebbs and flows
with every beat away more of you goes
a stone against the ocean worn away

the current swift will always hold its sway
no matter the course this sailor chose
the wound is angry where my heart once lay
my pulse now slowly ebbs and flows

mark your course against your fate
its length only the siren knows
take your chance as hope it grows
cast your lot on Peter's gate
the wound is angry where my heart once lay

it was strong once upon a merry time
but one summer i lost your love
when Charon called from his ferry fine
i could not fill his glove

and so i sang our love was made a rhyme
fed my heart to flights of doves
it was strong once upon a merry time
but one summer i lost our love

mark the beat this song my crime
its tune a constant push and shove
sing with choirs all from above
hollow carols do my heart mime
it was strong once upon a merry time
Track Name: uncomplicated
we said uncomplicated
come the morning we let it go
already dedicated
no time to take it slow
we got lost on the city streets
we got lost in between the sheets
we played out in the rain
we played out all our pain

this is the book of us
on these rumpled sheets
this is our book of lust
with secrets so replete

we said uncomplicated
dark confessions in the night
at last our passions sated
invitations to calm the fight
days & nights so far apart
one city, two aching hearts
lips to skin and a humming bird
five ways to count these words

this is the book of us
on these rumpled sheets
this is our book of lust
with secrets so replete

oh stranger, stranger, where are you?
oh danger, stranger, where are you?
i feel you, i feel you still
i feel you, i feel you still

we said uncomplicated
the last moment a simple kiss
it's not so complicated
how i feel about this
i'm down where i ought to be
and here you are still haunting me
a friendly phantom to warm my skin
a friendly phantom who let me in

this is the book of us
on these rumpled sheets
this is our book of lust
with secrets so replete
Track Name: good lines make good lovers
i wore black for you that night, you wore me white
but those shades are too stark for us
we learned: we prefer grey
we learned: we prefer...

i was the one under the light, you held me tight
but that was later after the revelry
we learned: we prefer shadows
we learned...

there is a question you should not answer
keep it simple, keep it true
there is a line we draw together
and i keep crossing it

we are an unfinished song; we are a melody
we are a chorus of bedpost confessions
our harmony was unseen
our harmony ...

we are a portal, a passage, a dark secret alley
a drug, an addiction, we know what we’re doing
or do we know where to go
do we? i don't know

there is a question you should not answer
keep it simple, keep it true
there is a line we draw together
and i keep crossing it
over and over again

are we ghosts for each other, phantoms of wanting
are we shadows of fear, well, what do we fear
getting near, nearer to
near, nearer to

another verse in this rhyme, this psalm of lost bodies
another rhyme in this line do you know where it’s going
with you?
going with you

there is a question you should not answer
keep it simple, keep it true
there is a line we draw together
and i keep crossing it
over and over again
Track Name: bourbon
have you met my old friend Jim?
Kentucky-born and good to me
and have you met the twins?
from a shady Clermont street

ain't got nothin' left to lose
an' that's the way it oughta be
in the gutter can't crawl no lower
after all what she done to me

i got bourbon
i got you two
i got hammered
i got screwed

but i deserve half these kicks
on a bender, i'm an SOB
but the other half're just outta spite
on a bender, she's just as mean as me

she got bourbon
she got those two
we got hammered
i got screwed

well i'm a man of simple tastes
my truck is old, my dog is new
he's more loyal than i'll every be
but less fun than my latest bruise

i got from bourbon
i got from you two
i got hammered
i got screwed

oh, she got bourbon
she got those two
we got hammered
i got screwed
Track Name: isle dauphine
i am so lonely on this island made of greed
so far away from friendly drawls
it’s black and cold up here on this steely Yankee sea
no gulf winds to calm my soul

you are home, you are home
Isle Dauphine, you are home

your bones are on the outside when they should not be at all
it was a scene that chilled those sailors' souls
but once they changed your name to sound like Louis' son
they came and claimed your every knoll

you are home, you are home
Isle Dauphine, you are home

you survive the hurricanes
with Katrina's wrath, only split in twain
the sea will always pass you by
your enchanted shores in the storms' eye
your bay of birds, your lakes of blue
your fancy balls, but your haulers too
the fleur de lys is in your past
i am the son you have raised best

you are home, you are home
Isle Dauphine, you are home
Track Name: so long shuffle
i wait
for a single note from you
i lean
so far that i fall

silence - is all that i get from you
i guess - you're letting me crawl
these words - are all i that have for you
i guess - you gave it your all

let go
this weightless anxiety
stay calm
alone in this crowd

i wish - i knew what to say to you
do you - think i'm too proud
i wish - the best of the best for you
there i - said it aloud

i walk like i’m gonna fall over
i dance like i’m gonna fall down
no balance i’m a jangly lover
heart heavy i shuffle around

and maybe someday you’ll walk up and touch me
will you say oh lover you wanna dance?
we’ll turn and we’ll spin and we’ll laugh so giddy
we’ll burn and we’ll crash just like we did before

i take
all of my love for you
leave it
all at your door

i want - just one thing from you
one more - turn on the floor
i want - this one thing from you
one last - turn on the floor

i walk like i’m gonna fall over
i dance like i’m gonna fall down
no balance i’m a jangly lover
heart heavy i shuffle around

i drink like i’m gonna fall over
i love full tilt and down
no balance i’m a jangly lover
heart heavy i shuffle around
Track Name: under over
in the depths of Hades’ halls
she awaits in shadowed thrall
oh my
on the banks of Mnemosyne
she bathes in her memories
of sky
how she sings the hymn of us
it echoes on through Tartarus
oh me
in the gold of Elysian fields
she sows these seeds & shields
for me

and the Sisters one-eyed watch
all black winter long
when the poet comes: debauch
with his lover’s song

on the mount above the clouds
there drinks a mighty crowd
ambrosia
at Delphi writhes a little girl
who questions a divided world
but won’t heed
she asks the Sphinx and Tiresias
to divine our secret trust
they can’t say
all the spring and the summer, too
we soar on 'cross those fields of blue
can’t stay, please stay

and the Sisters one-eyed watch
all white summer long
when the poet comes: debauch
with his lover’s song

and there she goes my divided love
another year gone by
but i know that we will meet again
another year gone by
Track Name: in the end
gave up my life today
ground all my dreams to dust
and now there’s nothing left to lose
i found death today
i stood up straight and tall
and i asked him: what’s this life for anyway?

he answered me in many tongues
in riddles from necromantic tomes
but in the end all he said was nothing

i crawled down the pit of hell
just to see the frozen lake
to ride the hairy flank of God’s forgotten son
i found Lucifer
i stood up straight and tall
and i asked him: what’s this life for anyway?

he answered me in many tongues
in riddles from necromantic tomes
but in the end all he said was nothing

i climbed up to the pearly gates
and argued with the keeper there
but in the end they had to let me in
i found God today
i stood up straight and tall
and i asked him: what’s this life for anyway?

he answered me in many tongues
in riddles from necromantic tomes
but in the end all he said was nothing
Track Name: seeds to sow
old abandoned rusty love
where did you go, these seeds to sow
seasons hot and seasons cold
unending rain, deepest snow

back roads
black hills
your motor
trills on

those happy days of rolling free
pedal down, you took me
your took me far, so far beyond
these silent hills did we abscond

back roads
black hills
your motor
trills on

it’s so unfair to leave you so
roll away steel tombstone
long you live beyond the grave
my aching heart did you once save

back roads
black hills
your motor
trills on
Track Name: up to zion
when Leonard spoke of that secret chord
that David played and it pleased the lord
well, i knew exactly the modulation
and when he said hallelujah and praised the skies
praised Vienna, and praised your thighs
yes, i knew the pitch of the ululation

and every time you come into my bed
you bring me back from the dead
i am your Lazarus, you are my savior
and i will perch upon Golgotha in your place
as you fling your sacrifice into space
but you know there ain't really no excuse for my behavior

in the darkest corner of your mind
there is something that only i can find
it’s hidden there - deep within your dreams
it’s nothing that you have ever thought
but it is something sold and something bought
and it ain’t ever exactly what it seems

so take your paradise in hand
give it color, give it sand
and watch it rise high above the horizon
and from your lonely wooden tower now
watch the world as its men all drown
and take your loving victim up to Zion
Track Name: it's time
i guess it's time to find out
how long it might take
to forget me, forgive me, to love me again
i guess it's time to go looking
afar in the field
right next door, right next to me in bed
what am i looking for?

i sing you
you sing me, too
i feel you
but do you feel me
they way i see you

i guess it's time to remember
our first kiss, that mix
of fear, of passion, of reckless abandon
i guess it's time to decipher
those runes of madness
you scribe, you sing, you carve onto my heart
you put a spell on me

i sing you
you sing me, too
i feel you
but do you feel me
they way i still do

i guess it's time to let go
to watch you take flight
take wing and soar upon those winds you're not alone
i guess it's time for patience
to wait and sing this tune
will you return or will you soar away
your destiny your own

i sing you
you sing me, too
i see you
do you see me here

i'll see you
whether long or soon
no one can tell
not even you
when it's time
Track Name: missives resplendent
missives resplendent with shining guitars
bridges that bring you back to yourself
i could not have wished you a greater bounty
i could not have given you all of this wealth

and it's been such a long time, a long time coming
you've battled your demons, your devils so long
i wish at least i could've held your banner
you are Joan, Elizabeth, Boudica, God

you suffer these slings and destiny arrows
they've rained down upon you for so long it's just noise
these lists you make and you free to the ether
protect, project your sorrows and joys

these lists you make have unmade me
they carry truth beneath their facade
your madness is wisdom, just takes time to see it
you are Joan, Elizabeth, Boudica, God

i have remade you
you have remade me
your silence the poison
your silence the cure
Ouroborus hemlock
Orphean refrains
your silence the thorn
your silence the balm

you may not believe me but i think you do
methinks that this lady doth protest a bit too much
yeah, 3 in the morning ain't no time for phone calls
but why do you keep on calling my name?

you cannot refuse what's offered up freely
you can only keep quiet, keep to yourself
but i am patient, i seek such divinity
you are Joan, Elizabeth, Boudica, God