Memories and Photographs

by Casey Stratton

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1.
05:46
Highway Tell me you might find your faith again Give me a time, I’ll see you then I’ll give this another chance Highway stretching out in front of me I’ll be there by the morning When we’ll see more clearly If you need I can believe for you If you try I can survive for both of us I can be what you need me to be I know there was a time when we both Tried to give up but we won’t Were so much more than we know So please don’t tell me you’ve given up hope We’ve come too far to let go Give me a chance to show you love You are stronger than your agony Give it time and I know you’ll see Everything I can see Sunrise is casting out its blue light I’ll get to you just in time For our day to finally shine If you need I will bleed for you If you try I will supply to you What you need, I can give everything I can find you anywhere, any time I can give you back your life
2.
03:54
Sea Change They say that change is coming It just takes some time So I will gladly wait while sitting quietly Destroyed and broken, in good company I know I am not the only one Who is feeling the effects of 8 long years Our sea change it may be slow in coming At least we’ve been dealt back in the game We tore up the bushes from this landscape And now I feel much better I can see beyond the chaos that surrounds us all the time I know I am not the only one Who is feeling that we took long-awaited steps We have decided to break vicious cycles Maybe we can prevail
3.
05:00
What If? What if this is all there is? Just a memory and a photograph of you What if I don’t get you back? Is there any point in trying? What if this is all I get? Your old T-shirt and an empty bed Are you ever coming back? Do I ask you that too often? Is it so? Have you thrown out all the signs of you and me? Have you ever wondered if we’re meant to be? I can tell you honestly I don’t know But I hope so What if I end up alone? Full of bitterness and thousands of sad songs Would you ever really know? Would it make a bit of difference? Why did we cut the cord? Did we fall on the sword? Did we close the open door? And why did I ever let you go? Did I dim your glow? Will I ever really know?
4.
05:14
I Fail Again Will you tell me what you’re thinking I can’t read between these lines A broken window let these doubts in We never seem to win this game What once was clear Seems to disappear I fail again I don’t know when I lost your love Is nothing enough? I spent too long blaming myself I think it’s you who closes up Can’t you let yourself be happy? Can’t you choose another way? What once was here Has now disappeared Where was I when you started to change? How could I have missed it?
5.
The Hundredth Time No you cannot explain Heard enough today to last a lifetime No you can’t stay here I have faced my fear of you leaving Your front line is not as fierce as mine We built a life Then watched it die For the hundredth time Let’s say goodbye Yes I’ve thought this through This time I will really do what I mean to Yes we had a few good times But in the end it wasn’t enough to keep me here Your bottom line must be lower than mine I have hoped and I have prayed But I must face the choice I’ve made And when some time has passed I know You’ll understand why I had to go The deepest scar will fade in time And I will have a better life For you I wish the best as well When we break our evil spell
6.
06:02
Broken Sky Fall into darkened clouds Rain upon the ground I can feel you seeping into me One day I’ll find the strength To learn to make the rain But for now I need it from you Still pushing against the wind Covered in shame and sin I need to be absolved of this When time stands still and dies We’ll say our last goodbyes And I’ll be on my own When dreams are sent into a broken sky They’ve got no chance to fly And I’ve dreamed away my life So please tell me everything you know Show me how you’ve made this so Cause I’ve got no place to go Not sure how I lost my way Tried to go but I stayed I can’t seem to play this game I thought I’d found the road But it ended just before I had made it home Dreams sent to a broken sky They’ll take away my life And bring on an endless night Time will keep its desperate hold Its hands around my throat With nowhere else to go There’s nowhere else to go
7.
The Most Human Thing Underneath all my anger Lie the pieces I’m trying to find Gets too hard to move on from you When my heart refuses to let go The most human thing I’ll ever know Sometimes you know it’s just the wrong fit But still you fight against what makes sense All alone with yourself you’re resigned to it But your heart refuses to let go The most human thing you’ll ever know Under sky Under blue Under clouds Is the truth Life is hard enough without holding patterns Without the longing for what’s in the past All alone with myself I know this But my heart refuses to let go The most human thing I’ll ever know
8.
06:00
Slow Motion You were busy promoting Your hatred speech I was busy imploding Nothing I could reach And it was like slow motion when the time came I had drank your poison potion made of acid rain You were what they wanted Had the loudest voice I was closed and guarded You gave me no choice And it was like slow motion when the day came I had built up my devotion to you just the same You talked a good game then You made us all believe When the judgment day came That we would all be saved We lifted up our hands then We waited for a sign But the magic was gone We were very wrong You could find any weakness You stored them away But to us you were sweetness We had all been played Still it was like slow motion when the time came Would have done anything you wanted without any shame You were like a shepherd And we were nothing but sheep You held us in a spell And put our will to sleep And you were all we needed We could conquer all the pain But in the end disaster waited in the rain
9.
Shut You Down Snap went the ropes And the wall came down It was quite a show I used to know Your best friend well You and despair were inseparable I was there when your lips first said it Shot me down I cannot forget it You reduced me to nothing then You produced a destructive trend That was there and that was then I don’t know how but I know just when I began to shut you down I began to shut you down Crash went my heart And the wound was born Never there before I used to care Where your love for me was After that I’d had quite enough I turned away from Our façade of a life And started the hell fires No chance to remain in What was once my life This has changed me
10.
04:24
When You Go I crawl back inside this cage I go back inside the house I am nothing without you Was never much when I was with you just the same Running out of time is not an option Losing more than this would be unjust So when you go Please leave the better memories By the door So I can pack them with my things And when I go I’ll try to paint the best of you And forget the way I see you now I go back inside my sorrow I go back inside my head And I’ll bet you’ll move into your next mistake While I turn this over year to year Running out of hope is not an option Losing more of myself is all my choice This is a one-way exchange No time to rearrange events and make this fly
11.
Love in Flames Is this the game that we’re playing now? I’m not sure about his Never really was Tell me the name we will call this When they come to ask us Why we’re stained in blood You turn around in circles You always do I’ve learned to see your signals And hide from you When love is in flames it melts the core You burn in a rage forevermore I will never be who I was before I tried in vain to love you You could not accept love And I can trace the blame back to both of us But still I think you gave up Long before I did You turned around in circles You always did I learned to see your signals And hide from it Buried alive with this music inside That haunts all my days With the sound of us And I’m still here burning While you’re living your life
12.
Coming Back For More I was wrong when I guessed the code This door won’t open for me anymore And it’s all for the best as far as I’m concerned Three times I’ve burned Consider this a lesson learned Still silence brings unease to a lonely night I can hear you say, “We both know this isn’t right” But how can I put you away When I’ve lost the key? So I leave you out in the open to torture me For now, for then I grieve I keep on coming back for more Each time I’m wiser than before Still I fall through the trap door in the floor Yet I keep on coming back for more When you left me far from home I should have known That your levels of radiation could kill my soul Still it would a few years before I finally learned That for you, you’re the only one who deserves concern For now, for then I grieve You’ve shown me your other side You’ve shown me your other side On the floor Falling for What I know I will go I will show I will glow I will know I will go
13.
Time Will Melt us Away I heard the way you said my name And I saw the way your movements changed Hard as it is I think I’ve forgiven you Neither of us the same It’s time to move on When all is said and done We learned the hard way And I know that you will be OK I know that time will melt us away Time will melt us away We gave as much as we could give But in the end I know why I did what I did When all is said and done We couldn’t escape from it You can think of me In a life that’s more than free And I will think of you And be happy when I do
14.
06:57
Done For Fade out again Frame by frame we end Turn to face me then We’ll both know just when We’re done for this time No hope for this life Night falls again Hour by hour we end I will give you back As we fade to black We’re done for this time No hope for this life

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This album contains 2 bonus tracks available exclusively here and at caseystratton.com. "When You Go" and "Done For" will not be featured on iTunes or other online retailers.

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released September 1, 2009

All songs written, performed, recorded, mixed and produced by Casey Stratton

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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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