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Myth & Stars Parts 1 & 2

by Casey Stratton

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kmouse76 I have purchased around 14 CS releases here on Bandcamp and they have each gone through heavy rotation and I seriously can’t get enough. Especially now while in quarantine, the music has been my greatest comfort. Myth & Stars is an absolute treasure. The whole thing is a mesmerizing musical journey that you want to continue forever. It’s magnificent, expansive, contemplative and deep. A masterpiece. Thank you Casey. Favorite track: Pegasus.
Revolution 04:03
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
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
Hunter 04:58
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
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
Pegasus 05:12
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
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
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
Echoes 05:36
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
Days Go By 04:47
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
Ready or Not 04:38
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?
Stories 05:09
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
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
Landing 05:33
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
Meteors 05:40
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
Hyades 04:32
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
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
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
Shadowland 04:33
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
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
The Truth 05:37
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
Override 05:38
Neverland 05:37
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
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
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


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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