Waiting For Midnight

by Alex Rather-Taylor

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released July 23, 2012

All songs written, performed and recorded by Alex Rather-Taylor unless otherwise noted.

Cover art by Rebecca Merris-Miché

Lyrics for Loud and Clear as well as Trailing You by Rosie Wilson Briggs

Lyrics for Difference by Nathan Loceff

Cello on Difference performed by Christian Dupree

Thanks to Miles Wick, Scott Barnyardeby, Michael Spector, Nathan Loceff, Rosie Wilson-Briggs, Darcy Ballister, Rebecca Merris-Miché, Robin Wilson, Danny Kendrick, Paul Hanna, Tyler Tebrich and everyone else who listened to and gave me advice on these songs!

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Track Name: Loud and Clear
You're behind every door in my mind
I can hear your whispered words
as I search for patterns of your thoughts
in the wheeling flight of birds.

A new onion in each hand my head chalk full and sore
the thought of you comes slipping through
like a letter under the door

I try to tune my very self to your self so far away
and I imagine that you're here with me,
imagine all things we'd say.

I watch a jack rabbit through the window as I flatten down my hair
and I imagine I'm receiving signals from you through the morning air

I thought I could do better but its so hard without you near
There's too much happening in my head

I need to read you loud and clear
I want to read you loud and clear
I need to read you loud and clear
Track Name: Lucky
Its lucky that you left
got up and flew away
like all good birds do these days

Its lucky that you left me with this tickle in my chest
billowing like a sail
white, without detail

Its lucky that I left in spite of how impressed I was and I am.

Its lucky that I left.
There was no because, just a wish bone in my glove
cracked in two a wish for you and one for me too.

Its lucky that I fled,
Escaped from this tapestry that trapped me in my head.

Its lucky how it went,
here with this paper and this pen.
I can't always win what I want or when.

Its lucky that we're gone
long gone away
and dear, its better this way
though I wish you were here to stay.
Track Name: Marla
Marla woke up having been reborn, full reform.
She could only hold it for so long
To prolong meant hanging on.

And even though she'd undergone.
Yeah and even after all she'd done.

Marla sat up in a state disturbed, her eyes burned.
Weary, reckless and a bit unnerved, reassured herself and heard that

Even though she'd overcome
and even after all she'd done

She'd returned
She woke and learned
Reaffirmed
Forgot in turn

Marla's dream invented all these things, everything.
In this dream she was the feature of magnificent events and such that

Even though that time had passed
her dreaming pride was left intact

But she'd returned
She woke and learned
Reaffirmed
Forgot in turn

She'll make do

Afternoon arrives her eyes are glued, neutral mood.
Recliner chair assists her states subdued
And even though she wants to move

her fears persistently control
she lets them because she'd weak is all

She's returned
She woke and learned
Reaffirmed
Forgot in turn

She'll make do
Track Name: Difference
The blurred lines are like this
the twine wrapped around my fist
In the garden sitting pretty
Sitting for all to see
But the harvest would not be fitting
If you were not sitting with me
And catching caterpillars from the trees

The time lost is days and the days gone
Are gone but more stretch out before us
and the tendrils on the plants are long
But the sinking in my stomach is not wrong

For the time that has passed is still gone
and those memories like the trunks of trees
have transformed and the differences many
but the similarities are enough for me

And the tops of the trees sing the refrain
Music set out and brushed through the leaves
Pushed upon, bumped and squeezed
Track Name: Shameless
Silence spoken calmly after every nod
try to hear your words but I am drifting off.
Recognize your lips and the sounds you're pouring out
but I'm too involved to try and sort it out.

After I complete this song I'll be loving you
and I hope that thats ok

When I feel your power tear my mind away
temptation grabs my thoughts and lets your voice remain
Whisper thoughts and kind words encouraging me on
but all I want is repetitions of this song

After I complete this song I'll be loving you
and I hope that thats ok
Hope you're ok

I complain that I'm boring and I'm dull
but when there's life I'm full

After I complete this song I'll be loving you
and I hope that thats ok
Hope you're ok
Track Name: The World
Happiness, is it a game?
Does it fit into a frame?
Does it simply float in the air?
Taking the care you can see it floating right there
but try not to stare

Its gone as fast as it came
sinking like a balloon the next day.
The party, the party was great
but time doesn't wait or save the presents it gave
it doesn't even wave.

And my bother ends right
away
Forgetting the moments I've saved and saved
Throw away
Pocket, hands away.

Picture a face you'll forget
and hold it as it starts to slip
Is the image a faint silhouette,
a fragment of what it meant
and it meant the world
it still means the world.
Track Name: Trailing You
I will grab you by the ears
I will grab you by the ears
I will fill your head with flowers

And though they may fall out again
I will stay nearby to stuff them in as needed
Petals in your ears.

I can think of far worse ways to spend my hours
than trailing you, picking up flowers.