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Ocean Oddity Bonus Tracks

by Tom Harter

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And as the water falls And the temple rises As the water falls We kneel down And we look at the sky
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And when his moment came he simply slipped below the surface While all the pain of life ran away All that came before was merely just a fleeting memory As each moment here expanded An eternity of now Then he looked with heightened vision, no lenses on his eyes To see what was foretold in ancient rhymes All the words and songs he’d heard, all the sacred rants and holy tomes He knew they fell short of what could be An eternity of now For here set forth before him were ageless childhood illusions Imagination made so real The source of all the fragments musicians and the holy Had used to light their souls and paint heaven upon earthly moments In an eternity of now Now beneath the water alabaster columns rose Holding the universe above in a starlit dance Now his home was everywhere and every soul was one And every when was now; yes every when was now Tears had fed these waters Salt was all around Purifying wounds and loss Here in this ocean of love He felt one last gasp of earthly pain All the slights once brought against him All times he’d come up short All the poisons and infections All the doubts and naked fears All the panic and the heartbreak All the weakness and the frailty Drawn out in spiraling dark ribbons To vanish far below Now cleansed and wrapped in light she came to take his hand Androgynous she would always be And here their conversation began
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Don’t forget to pack dear You don’t need the heart now We reside here, my love All the time you need now is living here Death and darkness are gone Only light and water becomes holy Breath is breathing someone Home is where the heart bleeds Open and free to rise Up above the pieces of broken souls Like a needle Gleaming for some love, for THIS love to take, take me Now somewhere below here You will hear the calling Of a songbird singing I’m the one you want now to hold your love And believe me, you’ll sigh Will you come, will you come to hold me now Pasts which haunt you are a Closet full of ashes Burned in sunlight and fears Of the dark, of sad tears, and of the wind Blowing hot ash in eyes Seeing truth, seeing love, and becoming Poems of a lost time Seem to write themselves here Hear the mermaids touch down In the sand are her words of wisdom wheels Spin them ‘round now; bet red You can’t lose, it’s your time, it’s eternal Fire was once a phoenix Always rising higher To shine above the skin Of the Earth, of the sky, of everything I once believed my words They will last, they will shine, no they will not Fall into my arms now Here is where you’ll find it Burning so bright, so fine We alight, we’re just like the fire of Rome Nothing to leave; just stay This is time This is love The calling will hear
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How to go silent How to endure How to think clearly How to be sure How to go silent How to survive How forgive you How to arrive I will not leave I will not lie I will forgive I will justify I will go dark I will not shine I will stay here I will not breathe (ch) I will write words But I will burn the page I will not share I leave an empty cage I run in the dark I hide in the rain I am not here I will not breathe Through a withering eye Hitting close to the bone Through a withering eye Hitting close to the bone Compelling and alluring Compelling and alluring Welcome back my friend Welcome back my friend Mercury goes direct (Mercury goes direct) Mercury goes direct (Mercury goes direct) Welcome back to the sun I will not leave I will not lie I will forgive I will just cry I will go dark I will not shine I will hide here I will not breathe… How to go silent How to endure How to forgive you How to be sure...
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She was dressed like a needle Sharp and thin, in skylark blue The arc of an eye turns toward her Then looks away far too true The figure 8 is a crime But the way she moves turns back time The figure 8 is a crime But the way she shines is a simple rhyme She turns temptation on a dime And the curve of her hand is a touch risque The galaxy falls at her feet And worships the night as you drive away (ch) Yet her love is an illusion Yet her love is an illusion But it’s an illusion we choose to believe Yes her love is an illusion Oh her love is an illusion But it’s an illusion we choose to believe The figure 8 is a crime But the way she moves Turns back time
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I saw a lightning flash In a crystalline sky And before I asked I wondered why Every someone sees something new And every nobody believes what’s true Enter the sandman And his world of dreams She dodged around him Through cracks and seams Only in rising do the waters flow And forgetting tomorrow is all we know Sometimes you’re only the morning And sometimes you’re only the night
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Wisteria don’t give your heart away It’s just another way of being alone Wisteria it’s only someone else’s dream Just a crack between the seams or so it seems Kings and Queens of empty castles stay in the frame She looked like a tintype photograph As she had a conversation with a whale Keep your eye on that horizon Skyscrapers they wouldn’t rise Kings and Queens of empty castles stay in the frame They stay in the frame Wisteria saw him on a southbound train But he was just a glass of wine A vague reflection of true romance While eagles took down the drones Kings and Queens of empty castles stay in the frame
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It’s all in the infinite sky It’s all in the infinite sky Look up now… Look up and you’ll see it The infinite sky Look up now… Look up now and see it The infinite sky
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It was a Thursday A day like any other day That was the day that you went away But I don’t seem to mind You’re all that I can find Now that I’m alone I was born here In the morning light I will die here As the day turns to night And I’m breathing now (And I’m breathing...) Now that you’re away There’s an exit There’s an exit There for you and me Just another way Another way of leaving But I won’t back away From another day There’s an exit A way off the land Another day to let go of my hand But just won’t back away From another day
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There's a trigger in a gun It's made to be used There's a trigger in a gun No you won't be abused There's a trigger in a gun It's pointed at you There's a trigger in a gun And here's what we do Gunfire There's a trigger in a gun It's all about love There's a trigger in a gun I swear on heaven above... oh... There's a trigger in a gun It's a beautiful thing There's a trigger in a gun Touch and make it sing... oh... Gunfire There's a trigger in a gun The curtain is drawn There's a trigger in a gun Soon it will be dawn... oh... There's a trigger in a gun Just a sensual touch Yeah, there's a trigger in a gun No, you won't feel much From the... Gunfire

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Bonus Tracks for the Deluxe Edition of Ocean Oddity

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released June 10, 2019

Words and music composed by: Tom Harter
Produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered at: Waiting for Guitar Studios, Green Bay
Engineered by: Tom Harter

Musicians:
Tom Harter: electric and acoustic guitars, voice, bass guitar, keyboards, and drum programming
Jeni Funk & Emily Paulson: vocal harmonies

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