All That Light

by Skye Steele

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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.

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Track Name: Back In The Valley
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.
Track Name: All That Light
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.
Track Name: Living A Storm
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
Track Name: Stay With Me (feat. Jolie Holland)
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.
Track Name: What Remains
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.
Track Name: Take Me On
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
Track Name: I Wish You Well
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.
Track Name: At The Waterfall
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.
Track Name: Red Cloud
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
Track Name: The Ring
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.