The Vigil

by Casey Stratton

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06:04
You were saved by the kindness of strangers It restored my faith in love Voices raised to the skies like saviors I was so surprised by their song And I won’t forget The way I felt in the darkness Terrified then With walls just closing in on me I wasn’t ready For you to leave me We had more time than was ever expected And I could feel your every breath I had to find the strength in my center Synchronized with your heartbeat as you slept I know it’s coming Nothing can stop it Desperately trying To make my peace with what I cannot change I’ll be OK when you leave me
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06:15
Soldiers – in battle They are holding them back Across the line On their side Soldiers – some falling Survival depends on Keeping close watch On the skyline We must keep going, press ahead We must keep fighting Backed up against the mountainside Soldiers – up against it Losing battle in the end Maybe, but we try Keep on trying We must keep going, press ahead We must keep fighting Backed up against the mountainside We cannot forget to watch the sky The mountain towers overhead I call out “Incoming fire ahead!” I’ll cover you when you need a hand I can’t lose tonight We must keep going, press ahead We must keep fighting Backed up against the mountainside We cannot forget to watch the sky Danger can hide in plain sight Incoming It’s coming
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03:53
I was so amazed that you could Pull yourself back up Never expected to last the weekend Then you proved us wrong Still I can say I was not surprised It’s you after all And as the days and weeks go by Of your final curtain call It reminds me of so many other times I witnessed your colossal love for life Doesn’t seem like you’ll be leaving any time But I must not close my eyes on Your setting sun I could not imagine I’d Ever love you more than I did But as we go through these motions I am closer to you as we live Tethered to one another like the moon to the waves From morning to the night you’re near me As we traverse these days I won’t leave your side again You will fall but I don’t know when So take these tears I’ve cried for you And let them hydrate you
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05:28
I watch you sleep In your dream, you’re far from me Body healing All these years we’ve shared Now I’m worried and scared How will I live without you? For all you’ve given me Let me give this to you A peaceful ending And a chance for more time To spend with me Just until you’re ready Then I’ll let you go Peacefully When I saw your eyes turn to stone I knew we were here In your end days This is all I have to give I will do what I can I owe this much to you For the years you’ve helped me through When the sky turns cold and black I will brace myself for the sadness And our tears will guide me back And the years will comfort me then
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05:03
Water dripping down lines of pain Made a deal with time again No securing a guarantee Sister guarding you next to me Long ago when I made the vow Couldn’t imagine we’d be here now No preparing to see the fade No frame of reference when the deal was made All we have is the here and now Make the most of what we’re allowed I can sustain more of this rain Hearts entangle in time and space With no way to win the race Still the morning sun shines again One more day that we’ll see to the end Water cascades down In our here and now I will keep you close Never give up hope
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05:11
Wait through the hours of the night With a shroud of blackness Chilling the air as you fight Can you please not go tonight? When we were told it was time To prepare to send you home I turned to stone inside No way to let you go Remember all the daylight And treasure all the good times I’ll never forget what you mean to me When you leave me So I must fine a way to let you go And take some time to heal my shattered soul It seems like it will be more than I can bear But I will press on The wind sends a sign This night is not your time So I come back to life And I breathe a wounded sigh Still it lives just outside This dream world of mine But I hope and I pray For at least another day
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Resisting the end of this Holding the angel at bay I’m wishing for strength in this Missing the long lost days And now and forever I’ll be here loving you And now and forever I’ll do all I can do Ravaged by time and space Savage, the end of our days Hoping against hope I will hold on to your soul And I’ll make you a bed of roses and prayers Where you can rest your head And take some comfort in knowing That I am by your side to the very end Beside you to the very end I resist this I will hold on You can go on I will hold on
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04:59
Back in ’95 as the morning light Discovered us, on a rooftop Love came into my young and dream-filled life And I brought you home As the sun came up And now the palms seem so far away As you hold on I knew this time would come someday But it doesn’t soothe the pain And I rage quietly all the time As I try to deny this Everywhere I’d go you’d be right near On a plane to Chicago, to New York you were here And now the Village seems so far away As we move toward that day I am moving Into a place of Emotions that I am hiding here I was afraid of the sun before I knew the morning this well I was afraid of the sunrise Before I knew the morning this well You need your rest now Don’t let me keep you
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03:35
Requiem aeternam Requiem aeternam Grant then rest Please grant him rest, eternal I give you to the light Your time with me is over now I set you free from the pain I send you home Go on I send you home I send you love Up above I send you love Go in peace You are free You can go in peace You will be Eternally You will be with me

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released June 14, 2011

Very special thanks to Bonnie Jacobs, Catriona Blain, Kirsten Vangsness, Naomi Owen, Lynne Audsley, Carolyn Gramlich and Mario Leon.

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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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