Myth & Stars Part 2: Rivers of Stars

by Casey Stratton



released September 21, 2010

Photo by Terry Johnston


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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: Landing

Wait for the landing
Wait for the ending
Wait for the sky to open up
Wait for that which cannot be named

If that’s what you want then I won’t intervene
But you were the best thing that I’ve ever seen
I went to the back door and you went to the front
We went different places, the direction of us

Only the same thing again
I know it must be here
Where the lilies bend for the last time in your hands

Somewhere in the mind is a place
Lost in a fortress of memories erased
I wasn’t the same on that you thought I was
A god and a goddess, they made us for fun

Only the same thing again
I know it must be here
Where the lilies bend for the last time in your hands
Somebody had to send the signal out, the one that you were looking for

Take me back
Back into where I can spin along the river of changes
On it you will be floating
This isn’t my mistake to make anymore
So everything is clear out my window
If this is a game, this is the one
That we will play until we are done
It’s the only way to stop this now

If you will back up, I might be there
You can call me back but I may not answer
And if you are the same one I wanted then
I can’t seem to find you in the land of pretend
Track Name: Meteors

It was all that we could do to see it
The mountains rose and I know it all had changed
I’d never seen the light like this
On that day when we were coming forth
We were chasing all that we had been promised
And the meteors came to cry my soul to sleep
I knew it wouldn’t be easy
But I kept the longing near

It was all in front of me
In the darkness I offered you safety
And you were almost free
But I never left all of me

I remembered all the things we’d longed for
When the rituals and we thought we had done everything right
And when the angels wings unfurled
We saw a familiar sight
We weren’t everything we could have been on that day
But we pushed toward a better way to go
We never wanted the end you know
But we circled it just the same

And I never could make it end
And I know that I had suffered again
Oh and so you never opened up
It was a world that I would never know
Still it’s more than we can possibly say
It is more than I can hear in these days
And the hero cannot be saved
Just by leaving all the truth of this place
Track Name: Hyades

Give me some way to move forward
Change me beyond my grief
Raining these tears for nothing
Caught in a downpour of faded dreams

Fall over me
Storms over seas

Fixed in the heavens and crying
Sisters of the Pleiades
Give me your rain and your story
Comfort for the frail and weak

I can’t make out the shape of my sadness
The lightning has flattened the skyline
I can’t hear what became of the Spring
I still feel everything is too close

You will fall
You will fall
Track Name: Ashes to Ashes
Ashes to Ashes

Lovers and the vows that they make
Living in the eye of the snake
Stumble into fountains of youth
Certain when they don’t have any proof

Fallen angels lie behind every smile
Blowing kisses down the Miracle Mile

Ashes to ashes
Cradle to the coffin
Love gained and love lost
Fortune at what cost

Needles in the arms of the lost
Deals made on the mirrors of dust
Welcome to the belly of the beast
The Earth shakes while the moguls feast

Hissing cobras never dropping their guard
Blowing kisses down Sunset Boulevard

Move ahead don’t look back
All of those little people that
Sold their souls to make your cash
They might be hunting you
Go ahead stake your claim
Go ahead make your name
All is fair when you can gain power and possessions
Track Name: Shadowland

Thought I was made of stone
Made me veer from the road

All I wanted was a change
All I knew were things staying the same

Thought I had made the right choice
Thought I could avoid

All I wanted was a change
All I knew were things staying the same

Summer will fade into a barren land
Will anything change or will I be planted?
Maybe to bloom in the Spring
Maybe to conquer everything

We live in a shadowland
Track Name: I Began Where We Ended
I Began Where We Ended

When I was underneath the ice you took my hand
You pulled me up and I, I fell back in again
And I was so afraid
I wasn’t keeping track
I never understood where my desire was at

I began where you ended
I could not remember when
We made sense
No sense in fighting the bitter end
I will not go back again

I couldn’t understand why time was running out
I wouldn’t try again, I knew too much about
What would happen if I did it wrong again
So I ended it and moved to where I am

I began where we ended
I could not remember when
We made sense
No sense in fighting the bitter end
I would not go back again

Sunny days gave a false sense of hope
I was still entangled here where you were
Something in between what I needed
Oh it wasn’t the same

I began where we ended
There was no excusing us
No making sense of the grave
Where you knew we’d end
Track Name: The Truth
The Truth

Enter into this place
Where I live in constant doubt
And the sky won’t spell out an answer
So I leave the questions out

Don’t begin to name
All the ways we’ve failed
Life brings these things from time to time
But you have to weather them out

I can’t understand where the better times went
They had kept me coming back
Now there is no way to see it
Any way other than the way it is
The truth will always win
The truth will always win

And the light comes into your room
Like a sorcerer’s spell
And you feel your heart begin to fall
So you cast the light out

It was all I could do to hold on
It was all I could do to save face
And it was all I believed in and much more
It was all I was feeling
I became so much less than when I started out
I became someone else I couldn’t stand
And you became what you feared that you’d become
So we stayed in a land of doubt
Track Name: Override

I heard there was an explosion
There were no survivors
On your little island
A line we couldn’t cross
And I knew how to avoid you
At least while you needed space
I was under the impression that you cared about these things

Aphrodite, she knew what was up then
She could turn a corner and everyone would see
And Zeus was a guy that everyone loved
He could playa song that would make you dream

And it isn’t a good time for stories
We are playing into a comedy of errors
And I know that you would rather be flying
But I must insist on an override

When you took the role of your lifetime
You were sure that you could hit every mark and line
And you were a game that I was playing
Not very well, in fact, I was losing all the time

If you’ll kindly leave me here
I may not be wiser
There existed a sound that I used to call you
And you would answer me

I will meet you back in your garden
In the Spring
It wasn’t a game
In the back of a mountain
It was Spring when you could answer me
Track Name: Neverland

Golden days spent down by the lake
All we had was time
Didn’t see how we were being changed
We just lived our lives

Then one day I waved goodbye
The June sun was shining
And as the car took me further from you
I felt the emptiness inside
Our long goodbye

I will never let you go
You became my definition

And all these years have passed quickly by
And I meet you on a rainy Friday night
It feels the same after all this time
Like I never left you behind
All of us bound by what we’ve known
We can always come home again

We lived in a dream
We lived in a dream
We loved in a dream
In Neverland
Down by the lake
Memories were made
We were made
In Neverland
Track Name: Wish For Peace
Wish For Peace

Hold the light in
Don’t let them steal it
Don’t lose compassion

Cold and grey evening
Our world gone to pieces
It’s our chance to heal it

When you wish, wish for peace
When you live, live loud and free

Hold your hope close
We can’t lose the feeling
That change won’t be fleeting

When you wish, wish for peace
When you live, live loud and free
When you pray, pray for peace
When you give, give gladly

Wish for peace
Track Name: Break Down the Wall
Break Down the Wall

Night sky, you command all the stars while
I’m in charge of the sea
The currents embrace me
I was never as good as you were at flying
So I’ll stay in place
I’m at home on the waves

Stories I told while you listened
Muses sang along
I was lost in their song
And maybe we will
We will not be destroyed
Make some sense of the noise
And return to a place
Where our hope is safe
Where we have a choice
I will lift my voice up and we will fall

I will give this my all
I will break down the wall
I will come when you call
I will break down the wall

Justice will finally be done
And all will be restored
We’ll find something more
And the stars will gather into their shapes
Wanting for nothing we will drink from the well
We will wisely tell of all that we’ve seen
We’ll send our song and we will fall

And I will understand
All that I couldn’t then
And I will fall