The Collective Sigh

by Casey Stratton

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released September 1, 2016

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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: Dysfunction
Dysfunction

Semper idem...

The world in tatters
Hearts and lives shattered
The privileged ones need to act
Systemic structures
Too many souls punctured
What can I do to empower?

I’ll hold you up
Even when you haven’t the strength
We must show love
But we have to make a change
Sending out a candle to the fallen
May they rest in everlasting peace

Bombarded by all the news, all the time
We must make space to heal
I question why many can’t see the light
Should we not be on the same side?

I’ll hold you up
Even when you haven’t the strength
We must show love
But we have to make a change
Sending out a candle to the fallen
May they rest in everlasting peace

Radiate the light of the diamonds
Mediate a shift in the design
Ingratiate the ones with all the power
From within, the change must be made

I’ll hold you up
Even when you haven’t the strength
We must show love
But we have to make a change
Sending out a candle to the fallen
May they rest in everlasting peace
Track Name: Movie in My Mind
Movie In My Mind

If there is anyone deserving
If there is anybody there
There are people who are yearning
There are people here who care
It’s not a natural disaster
These are atrocities of man
Through all the centuries of “answers”
We haven’t done all that we can

I can’t stop the movie in my mind from looping
It feels like the violence is all we have

I must believe a shift can happen
I must believe that we are more
Than the next attack of terror
Than the next in “nevermore”
I am tired of all the violence
I am tired of being scared
That the next trending hashtag
Will be someone in my care

I can’t stop the movie in my mind from looping
It feels like the violence is all we have

I hear what you are saying
I’ll do all that I can
To elevate your voices
To push through with the plan
With one step, then another
We’ll march and we will chant
Not one more grieving mother
Not one more fallen man

I can’t stop the movie in my mind from looping
It feels like the violence is all we have
Track Name: Weight of the World
Weight of the World

It was easier when we were young
And the world revolved around ourselves
Around our dreams
I remember well the setting sun
And the ocean’s waves
Swimming out, after a long day

But now - we feel the weight of the world now
We feel the urgency
I thought I could stay fixed in one place
But that’s not enough in these days

It was easier when word spread
Over days not seconds
Must disconnect from time to time
I remember well that other world
Where we could hide
So unaware of the collective sigh

But now - we feel the weight of the world now
We feel the urgency
I thought I could stay fixed in one place
But that’s not enough in these days

Give me strength to be me now
Give me courage to facilitate
Give me language to be heard
Give me challenges that I can face
I will give all of myself
I will give to our futures
I will give and receive love
I will and I’ll give and I’ll give

Now - we feel the weight of the world now
We feel the urgency
I thought I could stay fixed in one place
But that’s not enough in these days

Give me strength to be me now
Give me courage to facilitate
Give me language to be heard
Give me challenges that I can face
I will give all of myself
I will give to our futures
I will give and receive love
I will and I’ll give and I’ll give
Track Name: This Isn't Justice
This Isn’t Justice

Twelve year old boy shot dead
Plastic toy in his hand
How can nothing be done?
Family without a son
This can’t sustain as it is
No one is served like this
Police on the edge, all the time
Split-second decisions with lives

This is working for no one
This isn’t justice for anyone
This isn’t justice

Panic in hearts and in streets
America burning in effigy
Everyone taking their sides
Refusing to listen or empathize

This is working for no one
This isn’t justice for anyone
Each of us is something to someone
We can’t be blind, we are all one

This isn’t justice
Track Name: Another One Gone
Another One Gone

In the middle of the night
A terror engulfs me
Will it be your time?
Will the world let you go free?
After all of this worry
You left in a hurry

When stars shine brightly
Will you lie down beside me
And be here to console me?
Touch me, so lightly
I’ll turn and hold you tightly

It came - that day I’d been dreading
Kissed you goodbye
But I wasn’t ready
After all of this sorrow
I made it to tomorrow

When stars shine brightly
Will you lie down beside me
And be here to console me?
Touch me, so lightly
I’ll turn and hold you tightly

I know you’re near me
I know you hear me
I know you still know me
I know you console me

But sometimes those waves
They crash so hard on the shore
And leave me wanting more
They leave me alone
They leave me alone
With another one gone
Another one gone
Another one gone
Another one gone
Track Name: Aldebaran
Aldebaran

Where - where in the dark, clear sky
Where is Aldebaran’s light?
I need the sight of the fiery eye
Chase - chase all the mourning doves
The Pleiades’ song of love
Show me what I'm afraid of

Fly into the night’s dark wind
Where I can see you again
Follow the stars to the end

Lost - lost in the storm, as its doom
Aldebaran moves
Growing closer to freedom
Show - show me the crimson sign
That you have entered in flight
Seven Sisters in moonlight

Fly into the night’s dark wind
Where I can see you again
Follow the stars to the end

Shock - shock me back into life
I’m lost in endless night
I’m lost inside this fight
Shake - shake all the stars to the ground
I cannot move them now
I cannot move them myself
Track Name: Desperate Lives
Desperate Lives

Gone - the stars and the moon they are gone
What’s left here is stark truth in sun
The brightness destroys while it glares
And I can’t find anything…

There against what I’ve come to find
Deep within, the violence on the inside
Garden dripping with memories
Roses black and ravaged from disease

Gone - my heart hurts, the saviors have gone
Their messages twisted to spawn
A hatred so deep it despairs
The light cannot reach what is…

There against what I’ve come to find
Deep within, the violence on the inside
Garden dripping with memories
Roses black and ravaged from disease
Terror starts at home, they say
I can find it easily every day
Snakes constrict around desperate lives
Make the noise stop
Are we out of time?

Nothing gets through
Don’t let this destroy you

There against what I’ve come to find
Deep within, the violence on the inside
Garden dripping with memories
Roses black and ravaged from disease
Terror starts at home, they say
I can find it easily every day
Snakes constrict around desperate lives
Make the noise stop
Are we out of time?
Track Name: Sleep/Dream
Sleep/Dream

Open the window and just lie down
Listen to the wind, it knows your name
And fall asleep, tomorrow brings another try
It’s all right
It’s all right

You’re not expected to bear it all
Everyone needs everyone else as well
So let yourself dream, tomorrow brings another try
It’s all right
It’s all right

Let this go, for now
Find in yourself the candle’s flame

And fall asleep, tomorrow brings another try
It’s all right
It’s all right
Let yourself dream, tomorrow brings another try
It’s all right
It’s all right
Track Name: The Last Days of May
The Last Days of May

Something isn’t right
There’s a haze in this light
I feel warning signs
I can sense a demise

When the thunder came
In the last days of May
I began to see
An unraveling

I know you, I know what you do to me
This sadness creeping through my veins
I know you, I live in fear of you
This sorrow, remembering those days

There’s a heavy force
A deep sense of remorse
What could I have done?
Should have circled the sun
But what’s done is done
When you lose someone
You can tell yourself lies
But you can’t change “goodbye”

I know you, I know what you do to me
This sadness creeping through my veins
I know you, I live in fear of you
This sorrow, remembering those days

We’re still on a collision course
Anger fades into grief, into MORE
Make me see what I don’t want to face
There’s no way to recapture those days
Watch the clouds as they roll in tonight
A gathering storm in the fading twilight
Nothing ahead will be easy to do
But we must do what we can to get through

I know you, I know what you do to me
This sadness dripping through my veins
I know you, I live in fear of you
This sorrow, remembering those days

I know what you do
I know what you do to me
Track Name: Give Them My Stars
Give Them My Stars

This is a space I know well
The forests of Hell
Can’t let go but it must be so
Trapped under history and pain
Adding one more name
To the moon’s light brigade

I ask you treat her well
And give them my stars
So they can shine where they are
And I’ll see them

Night after night feeling lost
The numbness gives way
To a wound that’s so deeply made
All alone I must weep
In my dreams while I sleep
You all visit to calm me

I ask that they have peace
And give them my stars
So they can shine where they are
And I’ll see them

I send you love
I send you love
You’re never too far
You’re never lost

I’ll grab these ribbons
And float to you
In the moonlight
Your stars will shine
They will shine
And I will see them
Track Name: All This I Know
All This I Know

Here we go
Feel the undertow
A reckoning
A beckoning
In the waves I hear
A message written with sound

Good to know
There’s a place to go
A memory
A reverie
In the setting sun
Hear the laughter of children outside

It’s not all so negative
Though it feels that way
It’s so hard to take
Take each step, one then another one
And live each day
Don’t hesitate

Just find your way
Just live through today
Just cry your tears
Just face your fears
It’s hard letting go
All this I know

Don’t fade away
Take a breath and say
“I can understand”
Nothing goes as planned
In the trees I hear
The connectedness of it all

It’s not all worth everything
Though it feels that way
All those steps we take
Make a path, one then another one
And live each day
Don’t hesitate

Just find your way
Just live through today
Just cry your tears
Just face your fears
It’s hard letting go
All this I know

All this way we have come
As the clock chimes at midnight
It’s here
Where we learn
Where we grow
Oh, let it be so

Just find your way
Just live through today
Just cry your tears
Just face your fears
It’s hard letting go
All this I know
Track Name: This Train
This Train

Midnight train travels in pouring rain
I cannot say why we went this way
Lightning flash disrupts the night
Our path, laden with smoldering ash
Laden with fear

So if we pray
Will that bring change our way?
I think it takes much more
We must break down the doors
And leave this train
Make life from all this rain
Look inside and say “I will push for change”

Up ahead, is that the sunset?
The rebirth of us, true connected love?
We cannot stay barreling ahead this way
We must change course, we must find the source

So if we pray
Will that bring change our way?
I think it takes much more
We must break down the doors
And leave this train
Make life from all this rain
Look inside and say “I will make a change”

In my dream there are fountains of light
We co-exist with a shared set of insights
The fireworks bring a message in code
And every child has hope

So if we pray
Will that bring change our way?
I think it takes much more
We must break down the doors
And leave this train
Make life from all this rain
Look inside and say “I will be the change”

We must be the change

I will be the change I want to see
It all starts with me