Myth & Stars Parts 1 & 2

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: Revolution

So what happens now?
I would suppose we simply wait
And I wonder how
Evolution will seal our fate?

I heard that the plans have all been made
Through the wires we’ll attempt escape
In a sea of green we’ll evade them

Here revolution brings a change
It’s the dawn of our gilded age
Always forward, never back
This oppression cannot last

Time will be on our side
Wait for the perfect moment when
The stars will all align
The answer will ring clearly then

One voice will give way to our common refrain
And the sound will do all to explain
They will know we’ve made the change then

The world is on our side
We can rise against these tides
And open the door, just like before
We’ll win the war
Track Name: Seven Sisters
Seven Sisters

Betwixt and between amidst the stars and
Here we must connect the dots

Well gone dry from the drought
Claw at the sides to get out
Sky up above full of stars
Your constellation shines afar

In between the beginning and the end
Seems to me a supernova again

At the end of it all
These seven sisters will fall
At the sound of my call
These seven sisters will fall

No surprise that I melt
I forgot about myself
Left exposed I became
Something for the wind to erode away

One last dream comes to me
One last night to gaze at the lights
Cause even the stars in the sky have to die
Even the stars in the sky have to die
Track Name: Hunter

In a forest, with a raging wind
You searched for your belief
It was harder than you bargained for
You thought you’d been deceived

I remember when you first declared
That you’d find what had been lost
In the garden of a distant dream
You’d move forward at any cost

I heard you were hunting for her
The Mother of this Earth
Never ending your search
You had to find her

Over mountains to a shining sea
The stars guided you home
In the distance was a promised dream
And your pilgrimage to walk alone

You had to keep going on
You had to find what was gone
Had to hold on to hope
You had to hold on
Track Name: A Little Ending
A Little Ending

I still remember the smell of the garden
Wilting though September, no seasonal pardon

Do you remember the myth that I carried?
When we were together, you were my adversary

Fear not for the roses
They were never pretending
They’ll surely return from a little ending
A little ending
With a little mending
A little mending

I knew Forever when she made the promise
An infinite tether to a universe beyond this

Make me a garden and make me a sea
Build me a life here and make me believe
Track Name: Pegasus

Bring the water up from the ground as I
Hear the song, those muses sing along
I can heal this, I can be a Pegasus
Make a spring and move on from everything

When the day comes that I must leave this place
I will call for the wind and fly away

You’ll know it’s time
See it in my eyes
So much will change
I’ll turn the page
And maybe I will get back my life
So much that I can survive

From the Earth I’ll rise, when the seasons change
Spread my wings and ascend toward clearer skies

When the moment comes that sound replaces light
I will call to the clouds and make things right

I feel that things can get better
I know who I am
And the song that I will have sung
Will only be one of many that someday come
I’ve begun to carry the sun
So there I will run when rain will surely come
Track Name: Not the Same Place
Not the Same Place

The years we were estranged
I gradually changed
And hurled the anger overboard
A calm I couldn’t ignore

But still I bathed in this pain
I think I overpaid
So here and now I somehow doubt
I should be over this by now

Here it comes again
I am lost in this
And I won’t come here again
This is not the same place that I left

Where did I leave my sight?
When did mortality arrive?
As time was turning I was still
So if you won’t push me, I will

For the time I’ll stay where I might
Heal these wounds and gain back my sight
I will not return again
I will not die again
Track Name: The Human Chain
The Human Chain

In the back of a house of pain
Temporarily insane
I picked up the sharpest blade
I’d take care of that pretty face

In the throes of a jealous rage
You broke another window
Then went back into your cage
Rage is a deadly sin, you know

When the heart is involved
No way to see straight
As much as we’ve evolved
It may be too late
We’re all just one more link
In the human chain
One more soul to stain

In the room where it all began
She told a little lie
Then another until she had
Somebody else’s life

When we learn how to manipulate
When we learn how to wound
We can turn on a current of hate
And we turn it on too soon

At the end of a bitter way
He came to an old life
And as hard as he tried
He no longer loved his wife
Track Name: Echoes

Make no mistake
I used to know the way
Take what I gave
It’s yours to save

Whisper the secret I couldn’t say
I’m tired of the weight that it gives this place

So far away
Lost in the echoes
I can’t remember, the picture fades
No easy way to say what I said, so
I’m paying the price for it
Guess it cost me this

No way to hide
The truth that lies inside

No one can save me it’s far too late
I can’t hide forever from my mistakes

Whisper the secret I couldn’t say
I’m tired of the weight that it gives this place
No one can save me it’s far too late
I can’t hide forever from my mistakes
And whisper the secret I couldn’t say
I couldn’t say
Track Name: Days Go By
Days Go By

You open your eyes
There may be a different side you’re showing this time
A marked page that ends this

Save it for another time when we are both heading North
Still as these days go by we travel back and forth
And I don’t know what for

Well there you go
There lies the symptom that made me want to know
If we could ever get home

No real surprise there
I am like an open book
And you are like a chapter
That I mistook for the whole story

Days go by
We’re flying across the skies as
Days go by
I don’t know why
Track Name: Ready or Not
Ready or Not

When it matters, you’d better show up
I know just how to find you anyway
When I shatter, when this blows up
I’ll find it hard to hear just what you say

Ready or not, here I come
I’ll give you all I’ve got
Twisted into knots
And you must make some sense
Out of all of this
And bring your best defense to it

I’m not a stranger, we’ve cleared a wide path
And we lived inside the boundaries made of stone
Loving danger, I smashed the safety glass
If I can’t have what I want, I’d rather live alone

Where do all these fragments come from?
Unresolved, they do more harm
Will there be more than what we’ve seen?
Can we find it in between?
Track Name: Stories

Remember this moment
It won’t come again
And keep it near
Hold it close to your soul
Don’t let it go
I can’t guard it forever
I can’t predict the weather

The wind spins out a story
Grab onto the pieces
And fit them all where they belong
One day I’ll tell the children
How it came to pass
This world inside the glass

And maybe someone will be saved
Maybe someone will be changed
For these stories are the gifts that we will leave behind
This is how they’ll know our lives
When we capture a moment in time

As time goes on, and memories fade
I’ll know that I have saved what I could save
And made what I could make
One day when I fade away
These stories will remain

And maybe someone will be saved
Maybe someone will be changed
By these stories that remain forever
These are the gifts we’ll leave behind
This is how they’ll know our lives
When we capture these moments in time

Remember this moment
It won’t come again
And hold it close to your soul
Track Name: The Elysian Fields
The Elysian Fields

A mother lays in the dark and prays
Will her love be enough to keep him safe
What God would take a boy who’s barely grown yet?
He must come back
So much lies ahead

A father sits as the sun goes down
Will his hope be enough to bring her home
What God would take a girl who’s barely twenty?
Please bring her back
So much lies ahead

All that we want is a compromise
The killing to end on both sides
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 came 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: Burning the Bridge
Burning the Bridge

Somehow I think we had missed it
A turn of phrase on quicksand
Caught by another way underground, we found
No kind of diamond or sapphire
Across a telephone wire
I might have heard a lot more than you

And the more that we guessed it
The more it became unknown
Kept moving against it
Kept burning the bridge that lead home

I said “Olly olly oxen free
I’ll bet you really missed me.”
You said “Not to much, really
I was fine.”
Buried beneath a little story
You wrote so long ago for me
I found the answer to the question, finally

Before when I was saying more
When we implored about this
I thought it might be out of line
Now I know it was completely fine
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: 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