From the Lamplight

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released February 22, 2009

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EMay Dryfork, West Virginia

emay is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who migrates from city to city by day, and at night settles into the bright starlight deep in the heart of the mountains. These are songs from the heart, from the earth, and from the great beyond.

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Track Name: Emily
“Every day is the same, I’m off to work again
Is this how it’s gotta be? There’s nothing at all for me”
She said, and then she switched the hand that held her chin
“I don’t know where to begin, oh it never ends
I’m paid to smile and I can’t even be myself
No one calls me Emily, nobody wants to know my name
And I am on my feet all day long
The concrete floor they stand on is wearing down, it will be gone.

Can’t nobody see?
Everybody will be, they’ll be a little like me”
Just too late for Emily

“I wanna stand on the beach of a foreign land
Oh one day, I’ll make it there
I can make it anywhere, but I’m tied
To a job that takes so much time from my life
I wonder what I would choose
With my time for my own use
But no, no! No, we’re paid to put a smile on the bosses face
Oh how come we can’t smile like them?
Don’t we see this mess we’re in?
No! No, no, I can’t see you tomorrow
Like I said I’ve got to work everyday and everyday after that
Can nobody see?

That everybody will be, they’ll be a little like me”
Just too late for Emily
Track Name: American Dreams
“This is it, gonna graduate soon, what’cha gonna do?”
He said, “I don’t know, you?”
She said “I’ll head out west towards mountain crests.
I’ll chase my dream, my American Dream.
I’ll hit the bars, play my guitar, I’ll raise hell & won’t ask for anything
Cause I’ve got what I need – and that’s life
The sun flies from the east, as will I
And I’ll be singing… woohoo!”

He said “Woah slow down, just you wait
I won’t go to Californicate… just not my thing
So come with me, babe, to the city
Come with me, sound ok? Great”
She said “Oh slow down, what’c-you gonna do?”
“Me?” he asked “Well to tell you the truth
I got this dream, yeah, I been thinking,
I got this dream, my American Dream, and it goes like…

I’m gonna be a suit – blue collar, white collar, anything to get that dollar
I wanna be a suit – ball buster, get all flustered, yellin on my cellular phone
I’ve gotta be a suit – advantage taker, money maker, see pure innocence, I’ll break her down…

“For the money, the dough that you know, man, we know it’s about”
So this girl saw his world, shook her curls, said “yo, man, I’m out”
But I’ll be singing…

Where are we, where are we going?
Is it cash or true love that we’re growing?
The green countryside that we’re mowing and throwing away
Said, where are we, where are we going?
Is it cash or green grass that we’re growing?
The green countryside that we’re mowing and throwing away.

He said, “It’s your loss babe, you just tossed away your chance to be truly happy”
She said “No”. She said:
I don’t have to be a suit – blue collar, white collar, I anything to get that dollar
I don’t wanna be a suite – ball buster, get all flustered, yellin on my cellular phone
I don’t have to be a suit – advantage taker, money maker, see pure innocence”
You’ll break her down… but you can’t break me down
Cause I’ll be singing..

Where are we, where are we going? (x3 to out)
Track Name: In the City
In the City – the lights are pretty
And you see these shifty eyes on the street
Walking home I hear a passerby
Mumbling while shivering in the cold

I pick up my pace, try to replace
His face with something that will bring me
Some comfort to ease my mind through
Ignorance – I’ll forget about him and his pain

My eyes in front of me,
I don’t look, I don’t wanna think
About that poor man’s family
Starving at home
Looking at me, he says
“Hey, Mister Big Money
Release your paradigm, come spare a dime for me
Hey, Mister White Collar
Would you be so kind? Buy me a bite to eat”

At a stoplight, I pull up besides
A woman with a sign: she’s had no food for three days
She catches my eye, so she’s gonna try
And in my mind I know that I have some change

My eyes in front of me,
I drive away, do not let her speak
Pretend that she’s not happening
Sorry, sorry!

Looking at me, she says
“Hey, Mister Big Money”…
Track Name: I Know Better
Before the fight begins, I know that I’m not gonna win
But some things are worth fighting for
After the fight ends, I’m disappointed but I knew that I wouldn’t win
You don’t want me anymore

When I see something that I can’t have
I want it so bad
Especially when it once was
So tightly in my hands
I think I could win you back

The glass could be half full, it could be half empty
But it don’t matter if you don’t want a drink
They say that I’m half a fool, I know I’m half full of myself
I know I could change how you feel

CH

I don’t want us to be, but at this moment you could have me
Should I act like I can’t be touched?
No, that won’t do any good. I couldn’t keep you away
But if I could… well I won’t, cause I need your love

CH
Track Name: Empty House
This corner is where our days have piled
I’ve put hairs there which I pulled out by the follicle
Are you alive? With dust on your eyes,
I pull open your shirt just to see…
But there is no breathing, there’s no heart beating
I’d like to see you bleed, but I have nothing sharp to try
I am an empty house on a Cliffside in a landslide and by now….
You’ve sank into the sky

You froze in the snow fifteen years ago
Now I slant out the window to watch you pile up below
Sometimes as the chimney, I spew out hot air
Lately I’m the bedspread and you are still up in here
Eating at my skin like a termite
And even my insides wouldn’t satiate your appetite
I call to you to stop as my bones groan
“Take your memories, and leave this hollow home”

Still I have been loved like a child all of my life
And you have given me nothing mild

Is this the most that we could be?
You left the garden while I waited on the balcony
But I believe in ghosts with my faith innermost
Safe and stable, at least they stay inside
But you are the clouds I cannot own
For that you have no value and I have no hands to hold
You are above the atmosphere,
If I go looking for you, will you be there?

(Anywhere? And do I care?? Da de dumm…)
Track Name: Sleep Well
To say goodnight tonight is what I don’t want to do
Leave from the lamplight on your doorstep with you?
We both know it’s coming, try not to dwell on it
I know you’re leaving, and I hope you sleep well
Sleep well

Pretty soon you’re leaving, we both know it’s true
Though unbelieving there is not much to do
I’m gonna write you, I’m gonna visit
But nothing I do will fill those nights I miss you
I miss you

I, I won’t sleep well

I, yes, I’ll just keep singing
And you, you’ll just do your thing…

Say you gotta get inside, gotta get well rested
I know you need your sleep but I wish we would be
Bohemian lovers, fly away in a moment of passion
They’ll wonder what happened to us?
What happened to us?

I, I know we’d sleep well

But I, well I’ll just keep singing
And you, well you’ll just do your thing….
Track Name: Evergreen
It takes a while to wake up
I just ate those words whole
That’s all there was to know

But that won’t be my reality
There’s nothing saying it has to be
Forget this forgotten story
It’s for the people or it’s not for me

What have we left to build?
These things we’ve killed
You look at me and say
Balance will be centered
All things do come together
Sometimes you’ll have to come our way, so

Lift me up with song if you find that I have fallen
& if we sing in sorrow, I will never sing alone
Sung through darkness, it will carry me through tomorrow
& if you sing this song, we will never sing alone

all the world I see - once evergreen
Small pieces of debris where the mountains used to be
It was all that I could see

What about the waking world?
I’d rather die by this torture
Then live on torturers terms
It’s not just about the weather,
It just won’t give them pleasure
To upturn progress we have made, so

All the world, all I see - once evergreen
Small pieces of debris where the mountains used to be
It was all that I could see
We are walking down the road
The only one we’ve ever known
And it’s a long way I know, but it will turn around
Just one more time around
CHORUS
This little piece of Eden is my own humble garden
And if we sing, we will never sing alone
Track Name: Afar
This is to you my love, you always were the one
You only spoke the truth, You helped me find the words when I had none

This is to you, my friend, you mostly knew it all
You helped me write my book, you saw into the secrets of the world

If you were the stars, I’d be your light
If you were afar, I’d be in flight

I come for you my dear, because you know the way
You’ve shown these roads to me, & I know you by the gate you walk

I hope that you can stay, but if you’ve gotta leave
Let’s make the most of these days, let’s spend them all alone with everyone

If you were the stars, I’d be your light
If you were afar, I’d already be in flight

It isn’t defined, but that is just fine for me (x_)

This is to you my love, you always were the one
You only spoke the truth, you helped me find the words when I had none.