All That Light

by Skye Steele

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $10 USD  or more

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    You wanna curl up with the lyric sheet? You wanna sock-hop to it on your kitchen boombox? I got you babe.

    Includes unlimited streaming of All That Light via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 7 days

      $13 USD or more 

     

1.
I'm back in the valley, and I'm overthrown No more king in the counting house, no more control Back in the valley, down off the mountainside Storm carried me up there in winter and dropped me to sparkle and shine waiting for Springtime And we go around and round and round and round and round and round and around. I'm back in the valley, called out by the sun Dressing the trees up in emeralds to dance on the branches sucking up light into our blood. Back in the valley, swimming upstream Taking my cues from the curling moon and following the rocks up to the next version of me. And we go around and round and round and round and round and round and around. Oh, we're just spinning in rings with these roses and things that we hold in our teeth, till we all fall down. I'm Back in the valley, bleaching last years bones. We ooze out and crawl in and blossom up where death's been Brief and soft but we're taking life Around and round and round and around and round and round and round and round and round and around and around and round and round and round and round and round and around.
2.
Yesterday I saw a tree fall in the woods I heard the crack and watched it crash But of course, this proves nothing. And all day long leaves are abducting photons, Cruelly conscripting them into the hard life Of matter. So I guess that makes a forest fire a freedom fighter, Tearing through and cutting loose All that light All that light All that light. And I finally learned how to wake up in the morning The secret is go the fuck to sleep at night And a little less caffeine and a little less liquor All that clean living, I feel great, but I guess I'm getting older But I still need to get crazy and act out sometimes, Get drunk with my friends and stay up all night And walk home in the morning feeling alright And shake my head and laugh at All that light All that light All that light From the burning heart of everything Is all I see, it isn't you at all, It's just light reflecting reflecting As we do, invisible and indivisible We send light flying all over But we're not here at all, maybe it's All that light All that light All that light.
3.
You’ve been living a storm so long you only know the sun When it’s tearing tearing you apart You’ve been living a storm so long the only sound you know Is the clap and the hair-raising drop in the weight of the air That tells you Thunder’s coming, thunder’s here But where can you go for shelter from your own fury That you carry in your cloud And it goes down it comes all around And the oceans strand us separate To unravel in our own Tiny worlds, tiny worlds When I held you and felt you trembling in my arms saying (oooooh) please yes, ah Couldn’t show I did not know how to be so helpless How to tell you I need to But how can we both Be shelter for each other how could you know You were listening for thunder I was looking for some dice to roll Both seeking a vibration So helpless in our own Tiny worlds tiny worlds Tiny worlds tiny worlds Now I’m shivering in the snow (oooooh) And you’re burning up in Mexico And you’ll hear this somehow I know, (oooooh) And it won’t be mine it won’t be yours It’s just a magic dragon sent to comfort (oooooh) Us helpless in our own Tiny worlds tiny worlds tiny worlds tiny worlds When I’m looking at you I see myself looking at you looking at you I see myself looking at you When I’m Talking to you I’m talking to myself Talking to you I’m talking to myself
4.
God’s got Satan, Adam’s got Eve Fish got the ocean, trees’ got leaves I got nobody to tell my troubles to But if you stay with me I’ll tell them all to you You could go real far or you could stay with me You could go real far or you could stay with me I know you’re leaving, just tell me so I won’t cry baby, everybody must go God banished satan, even Adam strayed from Eve Come winter the trees drop leaves, Oh, it’s just what they do You’ll go too. You could go real far, or you could stay with me You could go real far, or you could stay with me I got trouble that’s troubling my mind I got love but its leaving me behind I got trouble that’s troubling my heart Love my lover but the trouble is We must part You could go real far or you could stay with me You could go real far or you could stay with me You could go real far or you could stay with me You could go real far or you could stay with me You could stay with me.
5.
What Remains 04:07
On the last day I walked our house I cried and burnt a palo. Waved smoke through the empty rooms And listened to the vacant echo I know that I will never see this again, So memory memory, hold on to both sides The good times and the pain. So that I can make the most of What remains Of all we had, all we did, all we were, all we tried to be. I’m leaving my city tomorrow I don’t know when I’ll return I’m going south to the mountains and west over the plains To the Rockies and then on to the ocean. I know that nothing in this world stays the same Except what’s held down and caged and I’ve been there But it’s time for release So that I can make the most of What remains Of all we had, all we did, all we were, all we tried to be. I miss you like a lost country I’ll be back, I’ll be back, but will you know me When I come around, when I come around Will we have more than the past.
6.
Take Me On 04:28
Was I a fool to believe That you could open your heart and breathe A little life, a little color A little magical something or other Into my little world, was it my mistake To think you’d take me on Oh, I know I’m crazy, I’m too much But I know how to look at you sideways and make you blush Cause what I see in what you do, I don’t know if you know that you’ve got it but it’s true You inspire me, I could show you in a thousand ways If you’d take me on I know what I’m gonna do when I get wrapped around your body and you’ll love the way I love the love right out of you What can I say, what’s left to do, if you don’t feel it by now, I can’t make you I gotta go, but you know where to find me, don’t take too long and if you’re lucky I’ll still be ready For you to take me on
7.
It’s been two years and I haven’t spoken to you I don’t know where you are I don’t know what you’re doing I still see you in my dreams sometimes But much less often than before. I’ve got a box filled up with pictures gifts and rings I know I gotta figure out one of these days What to do with all those mementos of the life I gave up When I walked out on us I’m not so angry now I’m sorry for the pain and years I cost you But I’m glad I left. And I hope you have a good life And I hope I see you sometime And when I do I hope you see me too And when it finally happens Hope we both smile the truth is I wish you well Though that didn’t always come so natural I don’t keep in touch with any of your friends Though I often see their faces in my news feed There are two or three I could call and see It might sound selfish, But I just don’t. I should call up Nadja, I should call up Liz, Have a drink and catch up with them and their lovely husbands But I’m not in New York very much these days And when I am the time just seems to slip away It’s hard just keeping up with my own friends we all travel so much now I can’t believe how long it’s been And I hope you have a good life And I hope I see you sometime And when I do I hope you see me too And when it finally happens Hope we both can smile the truth is I wish you well Though that didn’t always come so natural There’s been so much silence now I don’t know what to say Should I reach out should I keep letting the past just fade away. I wish you well.
8.
In the side of the mountain I see your face Swimming in the river I feel your embrace And at the waterfall the song you sing Comes to me comes to me Like a dream The leaves in the forest echo your name And the birds as a chorus tell me again Just as the waterfall singing your song Flows along, flows along Love goes on. My grandfather pined for you dancing in the waves, And my father longed for you on the banks of the lake Now at the waterfall your song I sing Come to me, come to me Like a dream.
9.
Red Cloud 04:58
What’s it gonna take to open up this door So few times it’s swung, I can’t recall First was a fawn, then came a distant star One knew me like a twin, one burned me like fire And all I see is the red cloud flying And all I feel is the wind that builds the storm blowing Through me Go plant the seed, but await the blossom Earth moves around the sun, only she can bring the season And all I see is the red cloud flying And all I feel is the wind that builds the storm blowing Through me I’ll take on all the rain you pour down, pour it on my ground Roots so thirsty drink and never drown, Pour it on my ground I’ll take on all the rain you pour down, pour it on my ground Roots so thirsty drink and never drown, Pour it on my ground Roots so thirsty drink and never drown, Pour it on my... And all I see is the red cloud flying This voice, all over me I hear the echo of the echo of it burning away And all I feel is the wind that builds the storm blowing Through me
10.
The Ring 03:35
Betrothed to the Earth, promised back to her at birth We all wear the ring, we all are Separate for a while till we join her in the aisle, We all wear the same Goddamn gorgeous ring. And we walk all over her, and she’ll take it We all do the same we all do the same, Nevermind that we came and return from one damn thing We all wear the ring we all wear the ring we all wear the same Goddamn gorgeous ring. And what we call life has more to do with what we call light than we ever knew It’s all just beams Borrowed from a star frozen waves pulled from afar We all wear the ring around the body and the ring of blood The ring of water Ring the bells that flash ring for the flood the bells of fire bells of light are ringing Everything is ringing over everything is ringing out we all wear the ring we all wear the ring We all wear the same Goddamn gorgeous ring. We all wear the same goddamn gorgeous ring We all are the same thing.

credits

released May 26, 2017

All Music written by Skye Steele and Ben Cassorla
All lyrics written by Skye Steele except "Stay With Me" by Charlie Burnham and Skye Steele.

Produced & Recorded by Ben Cassorla at Martha’s Room.
Mixed by Brian Forbes. Mastered by Joe Lambert.

All sounds by Ben Cassorla and Skye Steele except: Vanessa Carlton voice on 8; Jolie Holland voice on 4,9; Michael Loren Lavalle bass on 1,9; Aaron Steele snare drum on 9; Stevie Weinstein-Foner voice on 2; Mighty Mike additional drum programming on 4; Brian Bender additional synth programming on 7.

Cover image courtesy of NASA.

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Skye Steele New York

contact / help

Contact Skye Steele

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like Skye Steele, you may also like: