by Casey Stratton

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kmouse76 A beautiful album that gets better with each listen. I regret discovering CS so late but I look forward to purchasing more music in the future. I also bought the limited double cd of DIVIDE and can’t wait to get it. 😁 Favorite track: The Wasteland.
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released November 1, 2005

Written, produced, recorded and mixed by Casey Stratton.


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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: The Hardest Part
Woke up in a panicked state
I was so afraid that nothing would be
What I wanted
I took stock of everything
Then realized that you were a liability
To me

I get so tired of unraveling
Nothing ever working
So I face what I was hiding all along
Without you I think I could be
Happier than with you maybe
You would finally learn to stop avoiding

Spent too long without a spine
Always putting up with all your demons
Covered in weakness
But now I finally realize
That I must be the one to close the door on us
And get out

This is the way
This is the hardest part
This is the hardest part of us

Maybe I was wrong
Maybe you were wrong, maybe
But does it really matter?
It’s too late to place blame
We’ve ruined everything

Maybe I was first
Maybe you were first maybe
But does it really matter
What we’ve got is an ending
We must face
Track Name: Wild Soul
Early morning light had come
Watched you turn as if to go
With no way out, I gave up the ghost
Memories that paint these walls
This is where we made our home
There’s no way out
Go now

As I heard your car back out
I collapsed inside myself
Now I can’t get out
I am so lost
Packed your things and I left word
For you to come when I’m at work
This is it
For real this time

I can’t cage your wild soul
I can’t stop the tornado
I can’t change what’s become me
To get back nothing
I can’t stop what’s coming

I came home to an empty room
So much of me was wrapped in you
And I don’t know what to do
People say it’s for the best
But it feels as if I’ve failed this test
Could I have done more?

Here it is
Here it is
Track Name: In Silence
I crawl back inside this shell
I can’t let you in
I’m tapped out
Transitions I cannot bear
This is too much to take in

Your kindness is foreign and strange to me
In silence I lived far too long in the valley of sadness
Alone and feeling nothing
Will it be easy to need you?

I am used to the darkness
Can’t adjust to the light of day that you bring
Nothing has worked out before
Why should it work this time?

Here again I find myself afraid
Never knowing what each day will bring
Track Name: Maybe For A Minute
Hurry up, then wait
I get caught in your haze
Two years after the fact
You landed right back here

We never found our way
But still I’m connected
Thought I’d pushed you away
But you here you are again

This is the story you’ve made of me
This is an hourglass running 11:59

I thought maybe for a minute
You might want me back again
But then I was reminded
Of the way it what then
I thought maybe for a minute
I might want you back again
You looked right into me
Saw right through me

How many times can I weep
For what I’ve lost from you
Barely able to sleep
Surrounded by pain

This is the story you’ve made of me
This is an hourglass running 11:59

You know I don’t know the way
To find where my love is
I weave a twisted story
Of what I feel, of what is real
You know I adored you
And in a way I guess I always will
But we are far too fragile
To reconcile, to end the denial
Track Name: Sorry I...
Through the wind I hear myself break
I can’t do this again
I can’t open
I can’t risk this
I’ve been hurt too deep within the layers

Feels like something between us has died
I feel alone
But I am too scared
To let you in
But you are already there

Your face is etched in my mind
But still I’m frozen inside
Sorry I must wave goodbye

I wish I could have more to say
You deserve an answer
But I am too numb
To find the words
I am too weak to stay with you

I know it’s over
I know it’s over
Track Name: Summer
Summer days past
Lying in the warm grass
I was young then
We were two like the wind
Always rolling
Never really touching down
Not aware yet
Things would complicate themselves

Summer days here
Now I see it clear
I am older now
I have learned how
To close up
To deny us
Was in love once
Now I bury us

So please remind me
Why I shouldn’t leave you
It’s so hard to change
When you remain the same

Summer can wait
I must deviate
I can’t keep you next to me
One too many times
Stabbed by your knife
Still my heart fights
With my rational mind

Summer days past
We were young then
We were happy then
Track Name: Opaline
I was far too lost to discover
Six of one but none of the other
I slid myself toward the fire
But I’d never burn
I could see what happened before
I could see them closing the door
For years I let all the water
Fill up my lungs

I could hear the sound of your flood
Cascading down toward my flood
I slid myself into what would
Be my revenge
Underneath the memories of anger
Lay your cloak and dagger
You had a way of crashing
Right in to me

What happened was all your fault
Why would you deny it?


In the depths a figure was hiding
All dressed in black and deciding
If she would come to devour
Our falsified life
You never wanted to be
What you claimed to forsee
For yourself so I sat waiting

What happened was all your fault
Why would you deny it?


You could have tried a little harder
To fix this
But somehow you made me believe
That this was all we could be
Track Name: When the End Arrives
Move very slowly
Toward the exit sign
Stay very calm
No need to panic
Follow the blue lights
Help will arrive
Stay very orderly
And we will survive

A world out of order
Violence abounds
No way back down
We are too far gone
Relief has become a myth
Stay our of this
No need to call your god

We have ourselves to blame
For all that’s become of us
No one we can name
Who started the fall
Who started the fall?

No one said it would be easy
Take off that blindfold that you hide behind
Nowhere to run to when the end arrives
We will be left to justify our own lives

Do you remember
Not seeing colors
Or disorders
Before we learned to discriminate?
Do you remember
Living in the now
Not wondering how
The future would affect you?

Dear god
I don’t want to be here
When the spark ignites the fire
I want a place to take cover
But there will be nowhere to hide
Dear god
Have you forgotten us?
We try everything but love to find
Our way out of this disaster
That we call our lives
Track Name: Coercion
Can you see
How you’re hurting me?
Fast asleep
My subconscious weeps
In the growl
Of your hatred now
Feel the sound
Move around

Deep within your evolution
Coercion creates the diversion
And I can’t believe your version of events
We must find a peaceful solution

Here tonight
Are the northern lights
Your space age feast
Who can say
If we’ll be OK?
In you r growl
Watch me now

We divide
No compromise
A new addition
To you fruition
And I still say
That there’s no way
To turn it around
To turn it around
Track Name: You Move Away
You came to me
Full of pain
Your guard was down
You felt ashamed
Cried yourself to sleep
To escape
From that day
From all the pain

You turn away
I don’t know what to say
Something inside is frozen
You move away
I don’t know what to say
Looked to the sky and prayed

I’d never seen
You so distraught
Your eyes looked lost
You felt alone
I can’t understand
What you’ve been through
But I will try
To get to you

With the morning light
You felt some hope
You saw yourself
As truly changed
The shadow remains
But you can cope
I know your strength
I feel your soul
Track Name: The Wasteland
Vines cover the home I once knew
Water dripping down upon the Earth
Outside a fire burns slowly
Ravaging everything in its path

And underworld where once stood trees
The fire taking all it sees
Blood runs still
And no one cries
Pitch black is the sky

Here lies dust
This is all
This is all
Leave with us
This is all
This is all in the wasteland

Ashes cover the bodies
War-torn and lost
Ashes cover everything
Nothing remains
Track Name: I Promise Love
We were lost inside a dream
You floated across the crystal sea
And delivered us from what we believed
While angels sang a song for me
There’s a waterfall of what I wished
And seven prayers to handle this
I couldn’t speak from the beauty there
I didn’t dare

We were lost inside a scene
Where spirits called right out to me
And I could see them easily
For I was open to believe
There’s a waterfall of what could be
If I would heal the tragedies
Of a life where nothing ever seems to be easy

Open your soul up and look inside
Sleeping the love that won’t be denied

One world where we all fit together well
It could be, but we make it hard for us
A solace is coming
On the summer winds
No pain or disaster
I promise love

We were lost inside ourselves
But we didn’t car to get back out
There was a light that we rushed toward
And a bright and shining silver cord
There was no disease
And no confusion
We didn’t get caught in our delusions
And I was happy to be there
In the pure air

Open your heart up and see inside
Still full of love that won’t be denied