Ghosts of December

by Seven Graylands

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Todd Nelson and I started a project called "Souls in Darkness" when we were just young lads. Commonly, I’d write, play and record the music and Todd and I would write the lyrics and put down vocal tracks - although 50% of the original tracks were just me doing all the parts. Later Martha Weiss joined in on violin and some vocals. The project was active for several years and I’ve got boxes of tapes from that time.

I recently decided to exhume the project and re-record a handful of my favourite tracks from this period.

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released January 1, 2012

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Track Name: The Moments Dead
The blinking of bright light
Your life flash in front of your eyes
The taking of photos

Her soul is trapped in paper
Beliefs that now are true
The saving of photos
The saving of photos

She once was a person
A mind like you and I
She’s now an idea
Caught in the public’s eye
Oh why

Her soul is trapped in paper
Beliefs that now are true
The saving of photos
The saving of photos

The photo eternal
It's flat the future gone
The moments dead
The moments dead
The moments dead
The moments dead

Oh why
Track Name: You Fear You
Ask youself
What you really fear
Is it something you don’t know?
Or something that’s too near?
How do you feel?
The most ancient desire
Dark, sweet smile
Sing of Jesus death in choir
You fear you
Do not know you
When you’re alone
It is here you can not hide
Brought damnation
Of the old ways
Knowing it’s over
Here you will stay
Fear you will stay
Track Name: Crisis Line
Lack of communication
Loosely called dehumanization
I’m here all alone
Crying to a dial tone

Crisis line
Will you talk with me
Crisis line
Will you set me free

I cry out for some help
Being strangled to a yelp
I’m crying out forever
In a lonely sort of fervour

Crisis line
Will you talk with me
Crisis line
Will you set me free

So I go on dying here
Lost except to myself I fear
The walls of my room closing in
My screams rise above the din

Crisis line
Will you talk with me
Crisis line
Will you set me free
Track Name: New Gods New Ideas
Find me a place
To sit and to wait
For the old ones to die

Watch me smile
Unacceptable style
We leave them behind

We’re new and we’re gods
The temperatures hot
We lock them away

All that they’re left
Is cultural unrest
In the past they stay

Left off the train
They find that they stay
They can not move on

Is there no choice
They have no voice
They can not respond

Push in one more
Dance on new floors
Yes dance in their graves

Travel new ways
Colours or days
Who is it that pays?

Who is it that stays?
Track Name: Gently Eventually Collapsing
Electric
Terror
Motorblade
They circle
Humming
Powerhouse
There’s no humans in the planes
No persons in the sky
No one sucking power from the circuit’s mind

I’ve got dream machines knocking down buildings
I’ve got dream machines knocking down buildings

Watching city
Tower
Flame
Moving slow on horror cloud
They take it brick by brick
Mechanic genocide
Stretching faces watching as the cities die.

I’ve got dream machines knocking down buildings
I’ve got dream machines knocking down buildings

My God machines. My Machines. My god.
Track Name: Ghosts of December
Watching the ghost parade I know them like friends of mine.
With long necks and holes in arms
My Jesus in the city of skulls
When the prison door slams
It’s then I’ll remember
I’m miles away
Miles away

I’m chipping away at the super structure
Without arms, without arms
Sometimes I’m close to you
With a dead man in my eyes
Some walls are forever
Some destroyed in a day
I’m miles away
Miles away

The ghosts of December
Never work out quite the same
The ghosts of December
Never work out quite the same
I’m chipping away at the super structure
Without arms, without arms
I’m miles away
Miles away

Watching the ghost parade I know them like friends of mine.
With long necks and holes in arms
My Jesus in the city of skulls
When the prison door slams
It’s then I’ll remember
I’m miles away
Miles away
Track Name: Storm
You feel the cold wind
And it cuts right through you
It brings a message
And you know that it’s true
Clouds black out your sky
And you know that old fear
You don’t have to ask why
As the storm draws near

Caught in the fury
Caught in the storm
Caught in the fury
Caught in the storm

It’s gone on for years now
And there’s no end in sight
Water off your brow
Won’t you come out tonight
Won’t you die tonight

Caught in the fury
Caught in the storm
Caught in the fury
Caught in the storm
Track Name: Fade
Heard her call from an empty room
When I turned she was gone
Unfelt feelings lie on closet floors
I haven’t seen her for so long
Pages torn from an empty book
Somethings missing from inside
Hollow stare, not a fallen tear
My eyes are dry

She follows me
She haunts my dream
I’ll ever be alone
Ride the subline and stare at her door
I know she won’t be home
Walk amount the tombstones
Bouquet behind my back
Place the flowers on her grave
As my life fades to black
Track Name: Eyes
Eyes and tears
Dark stained years
You can try to deny the rotting of time
Can you flatter some with names?
You grow fatter
Succumb to the flame
Shuffle through the days
Not knowing when it rains
Just another crock
Another in the flock
Maimed and raped
Guess I should use I
How time flies when you’re on the run
Under the gun
The wanting of the fun
The scars
Track Name: Party Dress
She feels less than human
Is what she said
It makes me feel so useless
Knowing what you did
How many times before?
How many nights for you?
And I’m calling
Take off that party dress

And I’m calling
Take off that party dress
And you’re nothing
Bones break under stress
And something crawling
under my flesh

Knowing what you did
Knowing what you did
Knowing what you did
I know what you did

She feels less than human
Is what she said
Words that know
Fluids that flow
Something cutting flesh

Party dress dyed red
Party dress dyed red
Party dress dyed red
Her party dress dyed red