Strange Dreams

by Thom Carter

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released June 10, 2011

Words and music by Thom Carter. Artwork by Aistė Papartytė. Produced by Thom Carter.

Copyright Verlaine Records 2011, All Rights Reserved. [CAT. VR_019]

Thom Carter: www.thomcarter.co.uk
Aistė Papartytė: www.aistep.daportfolio.com
Verlaine Records: verlainerecords.co.uk

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Slow-motion alt-folk songs for those who are also walking backwards...

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Track Name: Inside a Fire
I lost myself inside a fire,
I lost myself to you,

I lost thoughts as I walked,
I lost my thoughts to you,

Snow has come in a whiteout,
In a blanket on the ground,

Footsteps left by strangers,
Who must have heard the sound.


I was in a place that you cannot be,
I was in a place that you can’t get to me,
I was in a place that you cannot be,
I was in a place that you can’t get to me,


I lost myself inside a maze,
I lost myself to you,

I lost my head up in the haze,
Of a summer afternoon

I am pulled both ways,
By hands that want me for their own,

In a place where time has stopped,
But I keep running on,


And then it settles down again,
And I am free,
From this strange weather,
Inside of me,

Out in a forest of wood,
Beyond the field,
Out in a moment of sunlight,
Through the leaves,


I was in a place that you can’t be,
I was in a place that you can’t get to me,
I was in a place that I shouldn’t be,
That I shouldn’t be,
That I shouldn’t be.
Track Name: The Albatross
Seabird, with wings to take the storm,
Gliding in a line, that only she can draw,

Ocean, spray upon my bed,
The calling and the refuge, of love is in your head.

Silent, she sails across the sea,
From Campbell island, to the Falklands, eventually,

I know, however far she goes,
She will return here, to lay again, where she was born.


And she’ll bring all the myths to life,
From the Ancient World to mine,
She will recite them.

Today we shall arise,
From the rainbow line of light,
That comes from your mouth and breast.

Awake and sleepers rise!
To far away to change their minds,
They come to these ends.

And together we recite,
These words from song and childhood times,
As we sail into the depths.


Islands, upon the edge of sight,
You will find them, on no map or chart outside,

Take them, into your desert eyes,
And let them move and blend, in shapes and colours, in your mind.


And they will always stay at sea,
No coast, no land, no time, no need,
For all these answers,

No outline do you form,
As you stand against the sun,
Upon the water.

In clouds that lift the sea,
In feathers lifting wings,
Is where I find you,

In the end, it’s all you see,
It’s the Albatross,
That is the face of love.
Track Name: Before You Go
All of the red is gone from your eyes in the morning,
In the morning,
In the morning,

Standing like you were,
Like a Saviour on the water,
Where will you go?
Where will you go?
Where will you turn, when love is calling you?
Where will you go?

Oh, it has been so long a year,
Like the North Wind, it disappears,
And goes,
Standing like you were,
Like Christ in Heaven in the hallway,
Where will you go?
Where will you go?
Where will you turn, when love is calling you?
Where will you go?


You’re the seed in every tree,
To the calling of the sea,
Ain’t nothing more than I would want,

So come on and rescue me, before you go.

To the hills and to the town,
And the Sermon on the Mount,
And they’re singing all around,
And I’m a pilgrim in your arms,
And nothing can do you harm,
That’s where you’ll go.

You’re the seed in every tree,
And the calling of the sea,
Ain’t nothing more that I could want,

So come on and rescue me, before you go,
Come on and rescue me, before you go,
Come on and rescue me, before you go.
Track Name: You Are The Land
You are the land,
You are the land.
Track Name: In Denial
Lights, all across the sky,
That are singing out,
Out into the darkness,

So, wont you sing?
Sing along with me,
It’ll take away the pain,

Now and again,
I am taken back,
To that city in my memory,

Where, where we went,
Where I went with you,
If only for a weekend,

Where I went with you, if only for a weekend.


But Saturdays are all right for me,
And I’m free all Sunday too,
If you wanna come, then call me,

“But happiness is just what other people do”,
You said, and grabbed my wrist with your cold hands in the hallway,

Everyone keeps saying that you’ve gone,
That you’re crazy, and that I should just get out of your way,

You’re turning into one of those burned out, wasted unknown people,
People who just vanish,

Vanish…


I’m going down to the corner now,
To buy souvenirs and cigarettes,

“Watch out! Watch out!”
“And look both ways before you cross”,
“And keep and looking till the end”,

And look until the end,
Look until the end,
Just don’t look back,

Look until the end,
Well, who can tell the end?
Just don’t look back.


Well, years have passed,
Filled with hand-me-downs,
And letters and disaster,

But, now I’m over that,
And do I miss you?
Well not really anymore.


But Saturdays are still all right for me,
And I’m free on Sunday too,
If you wanna come, then call me,

“But happiness is just what other people choose”,
You said, and if that’s your way then your never gonna see the truth,

Don’t look back,
Don’t even try to think,
If you feel it in your blood,
Then you know that that’s an answer,

Reason only complicates these things,
And I’d like to help you out,
But I cant because you’re living in denial,
In denial,
In denial.
Track Name: Surrender
I’ve been up all night,
Waiting in the same streets again,
Like I’m out of time,
And I can’t think of where I’ve been,

And I can’t think of where I’ve been.


The sea is on my right,
And the tide is coming in,
And I can see the light of a buoy,
Disappear,

And I can see the light of a buoy,
Disappear.


Out of focus,
Surrender your head to me,
Don’t try to think.

The words say nothing,
And I don’t want to speak,
About anything.

The words say nothing,
And I don’t want to speak,
About anything.

Out of focus,
Surrender your head to me,
Don’t try to think.

The words say nothing,
And I don’t want to speak,
About anything,

About anything.


I’ve been up all night,
And I’m still having the same dream,
That I’m still all right,
That I’m still sailing,
I’m still sailing,

It was just on my tongue,
But I closed my mouth to think it out,
Like a shutter set to Bulb,
I will hang there,
Waiting,

Hang there,
Waiting.
Track Name: Strange Dreams
Sweet, soft sounds,
And moonlight,
Wake me up from dreaming,
With hands like a ghost,

The streetlights are all off tonight,
And the sky is black as velvet,
Velvet arms,
Filled with stars,

I walk down to the gardens outside,
Take off my jacket in the summer night,
And my lungs and my mouth,
Are filled with flowers.


Oh, my lungs and my heart are filled with flowers.


Women with the wings of swans,
And men with legs like Grecian fawns,
Dance together around me,
As I walk,

Do they hypnotise me?
Or do I see them, finally?
These images from my mind…

Though it breaks your heart to feel it,
You know you have to leave it,
When you go,
Back into the world of the light.

The sea, the rain, the rivers will break,
The waters will wash it all away,
The wind will blow,
The trees will loose their limbs,

Your house will burn,
Your daughters will fall,
Your name shall fade,
Your glory shall go,
You will be left with nothing but the sound,

The ice shall come to lock you in,
And freeze you as you run from it,
You’ve cast a spell,
There is no turning back,

The garden where you thought you were,
Is bare and seedless and forlorn,
The flowers that bloomed,
Are dead and gone too soon.

Sweet soft sound,
Come back to me,
Revive my lovelorn body,
Now! Now! Now!

On my way,
Where others have not followed,
Watch me,
As I disappear like snow…

Watch me,
As I disappear like snow…

Watch me,
As I disappear like snow…

Watch me,
As I disappear like snow.
Track Name: Sunshine Girl
Sunshine Girl,
She has always been a true lover.