Seedensoul

by Robert Oakes

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released June 1, 1999

Robert Oakes - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric bass,
percussion, bamboo flute, synth
Jason Loughlin - electric and acoustic guitar,
mandolin, vocals and dobro
David Hunscher - electric and upright bass and vocals
Jonathan Ward - drums and percussion and vocals
Michael Robbins - violin and viola
Dan Patak - percussion

All songs written by Robert Oakes (BMI).
Recorded and mixed by Max Caselnova
at Clearcut Recording Studio, Garfield, NJ
Except "in Love," recorded and mixed by Jim Shagawat.
Mastered by Garrett Haines at Treelady Studios, Turtle Creek, PA

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Track Name: Leave the Books Behind
Walking through the world with one hand
Blotting out the sun and another on the bind
I find protection in a mansion of the mind

But I've danced under the open sky
I've been beyond and back in the blinking of an eye
And I don't need to hide in a mansion of the mind

We can hear the sound of silent talking
And read the poetry in motion
And rest our minds between the lines
See through the binding, leave the books behind

It's not here, not there, it's not anywhere
That you can see with eyes open or the mind can understand
It's at the end of ends, look on it when it comes around again

And listen to the sound of silent talking ...

It's a lovely day, I think I'll make my way
To the edges of the ledger, look and leap off from the page
And I don't even care if I vanish in the air
Track Name: Why Go Anywhere (Else)?
Why go anywhere?
Why go anywhere else?
Here you are
You are here
Here and now
Now and here
And nowhere

I know I don't know
I know I don't know (I)
Here I am
I am here
Here am I
Am I here
Anywhere?
Track Name: In Love
Outside the page, where the words fall away
We feel the full breadth of our voices in waves
Out on the water under infinite night
We flow through the edges of the earth and the sky

From inside this room
You can see the moon
Through the window
At the open door
Don't go back to sleep

Up above the moon
You can see this room
Through the window
At the open door
Don't go back to sleep

Outside the window looking into the room
We watch you become me, become you
Track Name: Haunted
Thumbing through the pages, fumbling for the words
I never even heard him
Brush aside the curtain, looking through the glass
He let in the darkness

Dressed in an endlessly opening robe
With light-eating sight in his eye holes
Holding his hands out, he offered a richly wrapped package
But under the folds
There was nothing there

I can still remember that unquiet night
In the cold November
And the dying embers, the pale candlelight
The pages burned to cinders

Wrapped in an endlessly opening image
His voice took the sound from my ears
My mind could not know him, my heart could know feel him
I reached out, but as he came near
There was nothing there

I woke in the morning with frost on my window
I knew he had stolen away
I looked through the pages, I looked to the heavens
I looked in the light of the day
But there was nothing there
Track Name: Undying Love
Can you look with me when I am facing the end of this life?
Could you hold the handle as I stand and fall on the blade of this knife?
Could you stand by my side as I slip and slide on this unstable ground?
Could you walk with me into the fire that's burning this house down?

Is this love just a dream for the sleeper
Who's tossing and turning, lost and yearning
To believe in a beautiful lie?
Is this only a moment of love for the lifelong lonely?

Do you think this hard rain could be quite contained in your hard-earth heart?
Could hold me and ache even as I am breaking your heart apart?
Could you lie by the end of this ocean and let me crash through you?
I laugh at those sinking ship lovers. Could an undying love ever be true?

Is this love just a dream for the sleeper
Who's tossing and turning, lost and yearning
To believe in a beautiful lie?
Is this only a moment of love for the lifelong lonely?

Are we only alone in this life?
Track Name: Everyday
The world is whirling around everyday
Around and 'round the same way, everyday
And all I want is to be that way
Be free that way

Somewhere under the sun everyday
The river's running its way, everyday
And all I want is to know that way
To go that way

Be like water
Flow round and round
And pound the mountains to the ground
And break through borders
By not doing anything at all
In cyclic order
Another day is another life

With eyes watching the sky everyday
I see the light come alive everyday
And all I want is to see that way
To be that way
Track Name: Sitting Beside a Giant
In the face of forever
Sitting beside a giant
You and I came together
Secure in the shelter
We found in each other

We saw the sun lying on a riverbed
We saw the starts flying high above our heads
We came together that night

We watched the sunset from Sunrise Mountain
Closed secrets were exposed
We flowed as if from a fountain
And we drank of that water just taking it all in

We saw the sun lying on a riverbed
We saw the stars flying high above our heads
We came together that night
I will remember that night
Track Name: The Train Song
This is the day I've been waiting for
This is the day I've been waiting for
This is the day I've been waiting for
So long, so long
So long, so long
So …

I am leaving here
I am leaving now
I am leaving here
I am leaving

Hop on that train and I'm out of here
Hop on that train and I'm out of town
Hop on that train and I'm out of time
So long, so long
So long, so long
So …

I am leaving here
I am leaving now
I am leaving here
I am leaving