Lantern Through the Labyrinth - Deluxe Version

by Casey Stratton

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released August 20, 2014

Written, produced, performed, engineered and mixed by Casey

Recorded May 23- June 14, 2014

Photography by Terry Johnston Photography - terryjohnstonphoto@gmail.com

Package Design by Robbie Rozelle
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Special thanks to all my family, friends and listeners who have remained on this journey with me for 20 years now. Whether there from the start or hopped aboard later on, it continues to honor and humble me that you all listen to and support my work. Also thanks to my students who inspire and motivate me so much.

All songs ©2014 Sleeping Pill Music (ASCAP)

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Casey Stratton Grand Rapids

Formerly signed to Sony Classical, Casey Stratton has experienced the corporate side of music in full force. His 2004 album "Standing at the Edge" received high critical praise from the likes of Billboard, People and USA Today. His song "House of Jupiter" reached #1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Chart. Now independent, Casey has released 28 albums and much, much more. ... more

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Track Name: Lantern
Lantern

In a secret place, I was made a star
In the sky, I fell
For you to find me burned in earth
In a mist-filled glade, my smoldering embers
Hissed a coded sound
It contained a message bound for you then

And it rained, bringing urgency to the onus
Winter came and the water started to freeze
So it made what could be an end to this
I was frozen in the last dream
I was frozen in my last dream

All along, I felt something inside of me
Crawling like an energy
Made of blossoms and wood
All along, I looked for it
All along, I could not decipher
What you were trying to say

On that day, I was left holding the lantern
Ice and fire lifted my heart out from that scene
And it left me in a garden I could not escape
For to me, I was frozen in the last dream
I was frozen in the last dream
Track Name: Looking Glass
Looking Glass

Through a looking glass
Conjuring light so the dark will pass
Hidden behind a veil
A sign in the comet’s tail
And the sun unhinged
Moving toward Earth as the flowers singed
We tried to find somewhere safe
In the glass I saw my face
I was me, then you, then the white light turned to blue

Underground - we knew it was our final day
Still we tried to find another way
Our human nature wouldn’t change it
And the sounds of the screaming filled our souls with dread
There was only one fate ahead
Till we floated out of orbit then

In the looking glass
I was a girl in the cotton grass
I couldn’t remember you
Or what I was there to do
I was her, then me, then I was transported back to the scene

“It was only a dream, “ I said
“I just need to open my eyes.”
But try as I might I could not awake
I was caught in the spaces I made

So - I felt a little more
I opened wide the door
And called out to you
Saw destruction all around
And you could not be found
 I couldn’t find the truth
Track Name: Clepsydra
Clepsydra

I am trapped inside of this clock
Every second measured in toxic rain
And layers of akashic haze
I can feel the pain clearly
Someone has malevolent thoughts
I can see them writing themselves
In angles on the ultramarine
Walls that contain me

Turning hands, and I will spin
Silk chiffon billows
The gears they click and moan within
This nightmare feels well-known

Water drops and mixes with blood
Every moment moving closer
Toward the feared return of that man
Motorcycle’s sound meaning
He is getting closer to home
Muscles tightening every second
Ticking by inside of this clock
Every door is locked

Make me disappear now
Make me so still
Taken into quicksand radios
An optical illusion of knives through skin
I must insist he cannot win
Track Name: Activation-Synthesis
Activation Synthesis

Whether or not it rains, I melt
Sliding into the stream
Further or not remains the choice
Sharp as a laser beam

“You can’t get there
From here,” I said, in the telegram of
Mist that carried
My messages to you

Momentary glimpse of space
Rings surrounding Jupiter
But Earth was nowhere to be seen
Connected to the universe
I pulled and I pushed
I floated toward what I could
And then I melted again...

On a beach - moonlight calling for me
And a warm wind on my face
As the waves answered the question

Whether or not the stain still showed
I had still lost some hope
Healed or not, my heart was closed
Something had loosened the rope

“Can we get there
From here?” I asked, as the water started
Pouring into
The room I called my own

On a beach - moonlight calling for me
And a warm wind on my face
As the waves splashed around our feet
And they answered the question
I kept asking

Don’t ask me where we went to
Don’t ask me who’s to blame
Don’t ask me why we’re fading
I don’t think I am sane
Track Name: Indigo Aurora
Indigo Aurora

In twilight, standing on a dune
Almost dark enough to see right into 
A sacred indigo aurora

There as I sleep
A world unfolds to me
Crackling lights in waves
But something isn’t safe

It could break at any moment
A voice warns, “There’s danger in those waves.”
So I must radiate my own escape

There as I sleep
A world unfolds to me
Crackling lights in waves
But something isn’t safe
I must radiate my own escape

Wait
What is
Who is
And what is happening now?
The sand is falling away
And I don’t know your name now
I once heard your song but it has now gone silent
Silent
I don’t know which way to go now
Where are you?

There as I sleep
A world unfolds to me
Crackling lights in waves
But something isn’t safe
Track Name: The Other Side
The Other Side

From the other side of the glass
I see you looking at me
But I am already leaving

Even though we’re far apart
I still feel you everywhere
Here in this dream, stay with me

But I can’t get through the glass to touch you

And even though we’re far apart
I still feel you everywhere
Here in this dream

Bring back, bring back me, back to…

Don’t leave again
Don’t leave again
Don’t leave again
Track Name: Phantasm
Phantasm

Walking by the Seine
Flowers in my hand
Across from Notre Dame
The petals turned to sand

Hourglass counting time
Papers I couldn’t find
The lost days in my mind
Then I swirled toward the sky

Wonder, wonder where it could have gone?
Somewhere, somewhere in the middle of New York
With burning giraffes and telephones
I thought maybe it could’ve been one of yours
Don’t make me understand
I can’t place what this is
Don’t stop me from what I’d planned

Can this be mine?
I’ve lost time
I don’t believe
This is only a dream

Flying over buildings
In a helicopter changed into a kite
Now it is night
Now it is time

Wonder, wonder where it could have gone?
Somewhere, somewhere in the middle of New York
With burning giraffes and telephones
Make me understand
I can’t place what this is
Don’t stop me from what I’d planned

Lonely lady on the moon
Lonely lady on the moon…….
Track Name: Ribbons
Ribbons

The meadow full of light
On Sunday, you and I
With ribbons that would send
Me back with you again

I grabbed a hold and floated with your sound
A picture of your face as clouds surround
And gliding toward the moon upon the wind
The smell of you still lingered on my skin
Could it have been so long since I had held you then?

The garden lost your blooms
But I still carry you
Our spring will come again
When I return to land

I grabbed a hold and floated with your sound
A picture of your face as clouds surround
And gliding toward the moon upon the wind
The smell of you still lingered on my skin
Could it have been so long since I had held you then?

Let’s try to stop time
And sit in quiet grace
In our true place
We’ll make those ribbons intertwine
Your three with mine
Don’t go home just yet
Don’t go home just yet
Track Name: Exit Point
Exit Point

Everything was moving
In the dim light
You gave me a choice
“You can go back there,” you said
“This is an exit point.
You can also decide
To follow my light.”
I felt like joining you then
But you advised me to turn back

Why did I go?
Why did I go?
What did I know?
I had the control
Why did I go?
Why did I go?
I wanted your glow
But you told me to go

On moving walkways
I spoke with you
And then we would glide
Down to another level
In a different light
Oh, I could have stayed with you forever
And gone on home
But I wasn’t finished with this life
So I had to let go

I saw what’s on the other side
I mourned for days 
When I went back to life
Track Name: Out of the Labyrinth
Out of the Labyrinth

Enter the labyrinth I must solve
To ever get back home
The evil forces shroud me in fear
Words and symbols painted on walls
Of grey and gritty stone
I must do this all alone

Is that light breaking through the branches?
Can I be close now?
My heartbeat ups the tempo in hope
Blue flashing beacons
Someone knows that I’m inside
Call out in the darkness
“I think maybe the exit’s in sight!”

Suddenly I turn a corner
And I am back where I began
Spirit crushed, familiar fauna
I cannot do this again

Retracing my steps from the first time through
But something catches my eye
This time the scrawlings make perfect sense
And I know just what to do
So I follow the codes I know
That my other self left for me
Now the labyrinth cannot defeat me

Is that light breaking through the branches?
Can I be close now?
My heartbeat ups the tempo in hope
Blue flashing beacons
Someone knows that I’m inside
Call out in the darkness
“I think maybe the exit’s in sight!”

Exit into daylight
And I find you
Take you in my arms
I didn’t know if I’d see you again
Everything felt so hopeless
But still I pushed on through
Every dead end broke me in two
But I’d think about you
So I made it through
Track Name: Epilogue
Epilogue

Waking in a foggy trance
Living in the worlds I made
Reflecting as I rise to move
Protecting memories as truth

Still holding the lantern
Still lost in those dreams
Still looking for answers
Still a part of me sees
These blossoms can’t wither
These memories can’t fade
This wisdom was hard-earned
Over years of hard rain

Taking what I learned in sleep
Making a stronger place in me
Hoping for a chance to return
Where ice will freeze and the fires will burn

Still holding the lantern
Still lost in those dreams
Still looking for answers
Still a part of me sees
These blossoms can’t wither
These memories can’t fade
This wisdom was hard-earned
Over years of hard rain