Lantern Through the Labyrinth - Deluxe Version

by Casey Stratton

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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…….
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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
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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
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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
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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
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credits

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
ghostlightdesign.com

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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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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