Paper Ships

by Casey Stratton

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released September 24, 2015

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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: Echoes At Dusk
One place, one name
One made the same way
Two hands, two souls
Two made of sand and stone

We hunger for more life
We follow the same night

This night it bends us down
It reflects silver sound
It lets us surround
Our selves with the dawn
And it carries on
Long after you’re gone
Long after the sun
Revolves back to one

Four sails, four winds
Four candles on paper ships
Four flames that carry hope
Your name on my lips and soul

I echo your heartbeat
I let go of my tragedy

This night it bends us down
It reflects silver sound
It lets us surround
Our selves with the dawn
And it carries on
Long after you’re gone
Long after the sun
Revolves back to one

I echo your heartbeat
I let go of my tragedy
Track Name: Transatlantic
Lost in semantics
Have I known you before?
Transatlantic - but we’re close to the core
Symbiotic - we can sense what we feel
Not chaotic - I let go of the wheel

Without doubt, without the rain
I give myself the needed strength
Without fear, without the pain
I feel it change
So I send it over the waves
What was before, what will be made
I know you hear the real me
We both believe

Without my violets
My garden had patches of violence
Through the ivy and ashes to quiet
And the hum of connection inside it
Never needed it more

Without doubt, without the rain
I give myself the needed strength
Without fear, without the pain
I feel it change
So I send it over the waves
What was before, what will be made
I know you hear the real me
We both believe

I know this exact place
I’ve seen your face before

Without doubt, without the rain
I give myself the needed strength
Without fear, without the pain
I feel it change
So I send it over the waves
What was before, what will be made
I know you hear the real me
We both believe
Track Name: Silence
Unknown landscape 
I’ve grown, I see straight
When spring came the violets
Were mine again, it was quiet

So I leave this place
But my heart will always remain
Floating down the river in silence, silence

Flags blow on a light breeze
I feel hope washing over me
Painted sunsets turn to glorious light
This city gives me so much life

So I leave this place
But my heart will always remain
Floating down the river in silence, silence
I need this place
I’ll return again someday
And float down the river in silence, silence

I can feel my history
Walking these streets for centuries
I can believe in anything
I can feel the history
Moving these streets for centuries
Magical peace, vespers received 

So I leave this place
But my heart will always remain
Floating down the river in silence, silence

Je t’aime encore, je t’aime toujours
Tu me manques plus fort dans ce silence 
Track Name: Unraveling the Cosmos
How bright this is
I am in sight of it
Tell me which side you’re on
And I won’t be long
In orbit and circling
The galaxy welcoming
A comet will take us there
Where before we wouldn’t dare

Unraveling the cosmos
We’re traveling so fast
We’re shattering the speed of sound
Igniting where we land

Which satellite knew the song?
Which love had endured as long?
Eternal and infinite
Through the stardust we swim

Unraveling the cosmos
We’re traveling so fast
We’re shattering the speed of sound
Igniting where we land

Wonder which moon will be
On the other side of this galaxy?

Unraveling the cosmos
We’re traveling so fast
We’re shattering the speed of sound
Igniting where we land

One light, one word
Folding outward
One beam, one dream
Holding steady
Track Name: Sensate
I can hear your voice on the rain
Far apart but the closeness remains
Like a part of me, never claimed
This space in my heart where you stay

It is not always so easy to trust
Built defenses up with opals and dust
Now they fall each time you move me with words
In your eyes I saw the whole of the Earth

Forging many pathways
Floating through a blue haze
I'll stay right beside you
We are sensate, we carry through

In your dream, you said you loved me with song
Even there I heard the words through the fog
Can it be that this has cavernous depth?
Is this me without a gigantic mess?

Forging many pathways
Floating through a blue haze
I'll stay right beside you
We are sensate, we carry through
Track Name: The Turning of the Seasons
By the light of the morning
I gaze upon the shore
As the tide recedes with the daylight
Silver, sparkling waves that restore

It was dark enough to suffocate me
I barely made it through
Over years I pushed and I fought so hard
Found my passion, its flame renewed

Back then it was cold, it was desolate inside
I would have sold my soul to keep you alive

When I dream, sometimes I find you
I can touch you once again
And it brings great comfort to know that
There’s a place where we still live

When you left I thought I'd collapse from the great weight
I had no will to survive
Over time I found a way to move forward
A path where future thrived

It was cold, it was desolate inside
I would have sold my soul to keep you alive

You fade away into the twilight
A haze of misty gauze
I feel your presence this night
I hear your Siren’s call
Your world is brilliant color
You float in currents of
An energy of wonder
Kinetic hives of love
I know we’re from the same source
I knew that all along
But I feel so far from you
The Sirens not enough

It was desolate inside
I would have sold my soul to keep you alive

But I know that the seasons turn as they should
And it was your time, even then I understood
Track Name: Open Energy
I’m trying to live in the now not then
Not to let fear win
While it’s hard sometimes
To be a cloud in the sky
I can’t be afraid to try

This is not make believe
It’s not a silly thing
It is the wind through the leaves
That finds unfolded wings

If I travel through time
It all leads exactly to this peace of mind
And I fully inhabit
This space where I find
I was there in this place all the time
It insists, can’t resist

Transmit from outside any scripture
This is lived as pure life
When I feel doubt’s pull
I find the center
And commit to what’s made my life better

I let this welcome me
It doesn’t have to be
So hard all the time
I can let things lie

If I travel through time
It all leads exactly to this peace of mind
And I fully inhabit
This space where I find
I was there in this place all the time
It insists, can’t resist

A finger points at the moon
Its light fills the room
Feel the hands of the ages
Turning these pages
I cry for the here
I cry for the past
Never let any tears turn to glass

If I travel through time
It all leads exactly to this peace of mind
And I fully inhabit
This space where I find
I was there in this place all the time
It insists, can’t resist

Open me, energy
Follow me every day and night, my delight
Turn me to wind tonight
Track Name: Lotus
I coiled around a dream
I didn’t have to hold back anything
The flame of lotus centering, it calmed me
So then I asked myself
What I wanted from NOW and here on out
The answer came in clearly from my tuning

Won’t talk myself out of
Connecting with sound
No use in muting this

I never knew the sunlight
Certainly not this bright
Life had clicked, but not like this
So can I make the ocean
Pull me forth in motion?
Take this bliss and expand all this

From the murky depths
I emerged as red petals, open then
I had acknowledged all that needed to be said

I made my way through midnight
Found a love for daylight
Something came and took me away

I never knew the sunlight
Certainly not this bright
Life had clicked, but not like this
So can I make the ocean
Pull me forth in motion?
Take this bliss and expand all this

Reborn 
Reset
Regained full strength 

I never knew the sunlight
Certainly not this bright
Life had clicked, but not like this
So can I make the ocean
Pull me forth in motion?
Take this bliss and expand all this

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