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Music From Saugatuck Summer

by Casey Stratton

Harvest 04:53
In Silence 04:15
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? Why? Here again I find myself afraid Never knowing what each day will bring
Sacrifice 05:48
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
Waiting 04:19
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
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
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
Sea Change 03:53
Opaline 06:29
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? Opaline 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? Opaline You could have tried a little harder To fix this But somehow you made me believe That this was all we could be
Rising Sun 05:56
Projector 03:38
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
Highway 05:45
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
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


Music referenced in the book Saugatuck Summer by Amelia C. Gormley. Available here: www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/saugatuck-summer


released May 19, 2014


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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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