Coming Back

by lower lights burning

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released 15 October 2011

recorded and engineered by Cameron Nicklaus.
produced by Cameron Nicklaus and Graydon Holden
all songs written by Graydon Holden
©2011 Lower Lights Burning is
www.lowerlightsburning.com
Patrick Toney--Upbeat Child Records
Tommy Panigot--NoTheft album & web design
Bruce Pearson--Web construction & design

Lower Lights Burning is:
Amanda Winterhalter, Graydon Holden, Michael Holden

song credits:
Samson-
•Lower Lights Burning on guitar, vocals, glockenspiel, vibraphone, ukulele, drums
•Breanna Wilson on Cello
•Abby Gundersen on Violin
•Cam Nicklaus on Rhodes/synth

Don’t Lose Hope-
•Lower Lights Burning on vocals, guitar, accordion, drums, glockenspiel, electric guitar

Back in Alaska-
•Lower Lights Burning on vocals, guitar, melodica, shaker

Find Me in the Hollow-
• Lower Lights Burning on vocals, guitar, banjo, drums
•Breanna Wilson on Cello
•Cam Nicklaus on slide guitar

Every Ship Goes Down-
•Lower Lights Burning on vocals, guitar, piano, banjo
•Cam Nicklaus on organ

A Burning House-
•Lower Lights Burning on vocals, guitar, piano, drums, accordion, banjo, glockenspiel
•Cam Nicklaus on bass & tambourine

Coming Back-
•Lower Lights Burning on vocals, mandolin, drums, pump organ, organ, piano

thanks:
Friends & Family who supported us in and out of studio during this dream: Amber Holden, Marilea & Graydon Holden, Whitney VanLierop, Cam & Ruthie Nicklaus, and Erik and Chona for helping get it rolling.

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Track Name: Samson
I’ve got to leave even if it takes my life
I’d rather bleed than to think I’d thrown this fight
and if I should fall beneath this weight
would it prove all the things you heard me say?

I got drunk, guess I said too much
when you were done and the cowards payed you off
they took me away and I had no strength to free myself
the power that I had to save the weak-
I knew then that I’d spent it all on me
and even if it takes my life I’ll try.. to do this right

so I grow my hair out and I put my head down
and I put my hands out on the foundations
and I say a prayer as I push my fears back
and I hear the post crack as i feel it crumble down.
Track Name: Don't lose hope. Don't let go.
you’re still here in my arms but you’re not with me anymore.
the cost has come too great- i could not see it there before.
each morning when we wake it crashes on you like a wave.
and it’s all that you can do to keep the tears off of your face,
and i cannot tell you how the story’s going to end
we only stand and watch as it unravels like a thread

I will not lose hope, I’m never letting go.
finger tips were made the catch the things we cannot hold.

well I have found that I am not the man I wish to be
a place for you to go like the animals in our tree
so I dig myself a hole and cover myself up
and pray that God would send the rain and it would do its job
and I would grow tall and I would grow strong
and I would stand the years and be some comfort in this storm

I will not lose hope, I’m never letting go.
finger tips were made the catch the things we cannot hold.
Track Name: Back in Alaska
October leaves are changing, I can see them shaking they are barely holding on.
One good breeze could send them gently falling to the path where we are walking as we hold onto your hands.

My brother and I, wearing matching jackets, my boots are second hand and his are handed down.
We walk across the island to the park and your slender legs are kindly keeping step with ours.

I recall the only trees for miles, a short walk from our house past the apartments on the rise.
And wind would cut the island to the bone, we could watch those trees shake like they're afraid of what's to come.

I was so afraid to let go of your hand and I felt like the smallest man when you were not around.
The years have not been easy on your hands and as I've grown into a man I've done my best to be around.

It breaks my heart you can't play your guitar, can't sign my birthday cards and I can only watch you shake.
Your father shook the same way that you do and I'm afraid for the day the winter comes to shake you loose.

But there's still time to spend in holding hands and though they don't take your commands so well I can hold them just the same.
My brother's boys are wearing matching jackets and they hold onto your hands just like we did back in Alaska.
Track Name: Find me in the hollow
the weather moves more quickly up here in the hills
if we sit for too long we’ll find the weather at our heels
and rain will over take us as we travel on our way
and we will settle in until the weather finally breaks

so find me in the hollow where the creek bed meets the trees
find me a bit smaller for the things that I have seen
find me in the hollow I’ll be back down on my knees
find me in the hollow where the creek bed meets the trees

a fly on the wall- the world seems a bit clearer
but even with this view it all seems so very unfair
and we can move more quickly if we point ourselves downhill
but things that trouble here, I know, will trouble us there still

so find me in the hollow where the creek bed meets the trees
find me a bit smaller for the things that I have seen
find me in the hollow I’ll be back down on my knees
find me in the hollow where the creek bed meets the trees
Track Name: Every ship goes down
It always starts so small but it will take you in the end
fight with all you are but it will tear you limb from limb
it will always promise peace if we would just lay down our arms but violence has its place and I will not shrink back from harm.

I climb back to the bottle but it never drowns my pain
sometimes I open up the throttle just to test the devil’s aim and if God is still as big as all these preachers boast
will he find me in the dark and make the devil cut me loose?

I don’t care how far I fall if you wold only cut these ropes and if freedom’s fall should kill me it’s still more than I had hoped. And I’ve sailed these seas too long to think I’ve done it very well. I’ve seen men dashed on the rock and slowly drifting into hell.

all I do is watch, they can’t hear me anymore
when every word I scream is swallowed in the storm
and all these ships at sea- we’re weighed down and sails are torn
I thought they’re coming back for me but each one has its own concern.
and if you would find me here, shaking in the sea
would you lift me from the dark and set me back up on my feet?
‘cause I took every measure to do what’s right by me
but every ship goes down and every sailor’s lost at sea.

in the end it’s only love that came to find me where I stand.
in the end it’s only love that came to bring me back again.
in the end it’s only love that came to face death like a man.
in the end it’s only love that came with our name on his hands.

in the end it’s only love
Track Name: A Burning House
a thousand nights and a thousand days
I would spend if you would stay
all locked up tight in our lovely house
so safe now, there’s no way out

a love I have felt only in my dreams
is what I saw when you looked at me
dark eyes. soft lips.
a life that would shake me when you left

the whole wide world the sky and sea
could all be ours if I would leave
but it’s so safe in here
I can barely breathe

we fear the cold so we’re locked inside
we stoke the flames till they get too high

it’s not alway what we wish for we find to be
what we really needed to desperately
choking on the heat we’re all trapped inside
we pray that love would get to us in time

walls on all four sides are crashing down
maybe it’s for the best- now we can get out
dark smoke on our clothes and in our eyes
is traded happily for the sun and sky

the difference in the walls of a jail or house
is who’s on the inside and who’s on the out
heaven would lose its love with out you near
and hell would not be hell if you were there
Track Name: Coming back
I have been through great wars, I have lost my share of fights. I’ve been left bleeding but I’ve been left alive. I drank from the cup of love- took bread from holy hands. I can’t get us through the gates- I think I know someone who can.

if we hold on they cannot break us so darling don’t let go

ohoh ohoh ohoh ohoh

I let this go for too long, knew when i started out
I could not walk this line, I could never hold my ground
and with one missed step now, they crash in over me
and like a drowning man, they roll on me like the sea

if we hold on they cannot break us so darling don’t let go
and when the darkness comes to take us I’m never letting go

ohoh ohoh ohoh ohoh
and I know you’re cold and you feel alone-
you cannot see we’re almost standing in the light
your strenth is gone and you can’t go on-
dont’ worry, dear the sun is chasing off the night
ohoh ohoh ohoh ohoh
ohoh ohoh ohoh ohoh

‘cause I’m coming back, love. I’m coming back around.
I’m coming back, love. they’ll never touch us now.