Longest Dream

by EMay

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    This album is the closest to a concept album I've come up with yet. It traces a theatrical dreamscape through love, loss and living. It is also an intensely personal narrative for me, and therefore a chance for me to explore a deeper and sometimes darker side of that which is most important to me: recognizing the preciousness of the life we live.
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    This is the first batch of piano songs I've ever recorded. It feels like a rare collection to me, and is very dear to my heart. I hope you enjoy.

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released December 18, 2015

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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: Skipping Stone
You with your madness and I with my skipping stone
You with your justice and I with my melting throne
You hide your secrets and I show you where mine have grown
You make decisions and I go out to face this alone

What will be waiting for us at the end of the play?

You with your baggage and I with my unskillfullness
You thrust your kindness and it’ll fill my emptiness
You with your calm sense of style, I with my loftless grace
You with your solitude and I, my loyal embrace

You know what is waiting for us in the warm month of may
I’ll stand beside you until my very last day
We’ll walk thru embers and locusts and mountains of rain
And I will be waiting for you at the end of the play
I will be waiting for you at the end of the play
I will be waiting for you at the end of the play
Track Name: Oak, Poplar, Pine
Sitting at the old homestead, hearing voices in the rain
Asking all these questions, but I’ve not answers to explain
All the hills have turned to rust now, like an old metal sign
Like apple cider vinegar turns from homemade wine

and it’s the same down by the river
that flows below the mines
where we’ve cut down all the spruce trees
all the oak, all the poplar, all the pine

So I ask them, does it even matter
in the long run, over time
If these mountains reach the valley
One day, we’ll all reach back towards the sky

and it’s the same down by the river
that flows below the mines
where we’ve cut down all the spruce trees
all the oak, all the poplar, all the pine

And it’s the same for me and you, dear
If there’s just one thing I know
We only have this moment,
There may be no evermore

and it’s the same down by the river
that flows below the mines
where we’ve cut down all the spruce trees
all the oak, all the poplar, all the pine
yes it’s the same down by the river
that flows below the mines
where we’ve cut down all the spruce trees
all the oak, all the poplar, all the pine
Track Name: Lay Down
Life it seems is covered up with dreams
Even when no stars fill the sky
You and I, we meet in between
Come on, love, do not pass me by

Like a moth drawn to light, you come into my sight
And you’re all I’m aiming for
You and I, we understand the sky
Love is light – you are mine tonight

And all I want is the light to shine
Come on, love, and lay me down
We’ll make the fire burn so bright
When we lay down tonight
When we lay down tonight

Come on, love, make me tremble like the leaves
Come on, love, and lay me down
We’ll make the fire burn so bright
When we lay down tonight
When we lay down tonight

As the sun sets over the mountains
And the moon pulls waves on the sea
You and I, we wade up to our knees
Oh, this is where we’re meant to be
This is where we’re meant to be
Track Name: Heavy
Heavy is the heart that won’t quit
Sick of all the childish bullshit
Heavy is the heart that won’t stop
Measuring the silence between us

Heavy is the answer I see
A choice of dying or living
Heavy is tumbling around
Grown up tall from the cold ground

I can turn in, my love, for the empire of stars
That are so high high high up here
Let it go for another thousand years,
Could it ever be so clear
That you’re right here with me?

Heavy is the age in your footsteps
Heavy that you don’t act your age
Heavy is all that we have left
Heavy will take us all someday

Heavy is your suicide
Heavy is the return of mine
Heavy lets you just disappear
Heavy keeps you always right here

Heavy is the heart that won’t quit
Holding on to all that supports it
Heavy is the moment you stop
Measuring the silence between us
Track Name: The Judge
It’s been a while since I could see.
I turned my head ‘til you were gone.
& now I find it’s hard to speak
But I’ve only got one call.
& I’m hoping your words can free me
Like you have before, please save me.

Sand fills my feet,
I face a loud and angry crowd
Inside my chest, a heart still beats
Though it feels like I have drowned
And your words have me hung like a jury
Oh, until my dying day, you’ll be the judge of me

Have I been shut in? Or will I be free to go?
I’m guilty of the crime, already sitting on death row
And it’s not just fresh air I am missing here today,
So with these last moments, just stay with me, I pray

That I’ll do better next time,
If I can get you off my mind
& I see it is divine,
Whether yours or mine, and Your Honor
Grant me my freedom, or my memories
Until my dying day, you’ll be the judge of me

Lay my body down, deep in the frozen ground
Where I’ll be lost and never found,
nor ever make another sound
And what is it you will say When you meet me at the gates?
Lord, until my dying day, you’ll be the judge of me
Track Name: Longest Dream
This is the longest dream
And I wait on the porch
For you to wake me
This is the longest life
Without you by my side
And I’ll be here until you hear
Your own voice – is it what you say
& Is that what you mean?

You could’ve saved the world
But you never changed
You never meant the words you spoke

And when you finally told the truth
It was rough and tumbly
Like the first time we knew each other

Awake and alive, when you leave the light on
The light shines on, oh love…

Sometimes I look back at the lives we’ve come from
And you were here before – I must not have learned
That’s why you’ve come back to me
Once in a while
For a little while

Still you own me
And we never change
So come back to me
Once in a while
There’s plenty of time
In this life baby
So please,
Come back to me

Awake and alive, when you leave the light on
The light shines on, oh love…

I love you like I love the world,
And I wish I could save you both
I wish I could save you both with the same words:
I love you…. I love you…