Beyond The Black Sea

by David Abel

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released January 28, 2012

Written and Produced by David Abel
Mixed by Léonard Mule, Paris, August 2011
Mastered by Rick Fisher, Seattle, August 2011

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Track Name: Madame Ray
These haunting treetops seem high and hollow
From the market square right down to Vincent St,
Where Madame Ray at the end of the day, is ready for the night time
I can see her red dress dancing off the floor through the bottom of her high window

From the shadows in the streets below, and you know I wanted
I guess I wanted to know Madame Ray,
Does it have to be that way?

With every little kiss in the darkness
When you’re counting out your money at the top of the stairs
In your Chinese bathrobe, are you having me on?
Tell me now we’re alone,
Does it have to be that way?
Madame Ray

The day I find you gone may well my redemption
As the wind blows the ashtray’s ashes off an unmade bed
Madame Ray I was just about to say, but in a minute I’d forgotten
The punch line to a joke that I heard, some idea you’d only find absurd

I used to get up before the sun but now I sleep all day
Take care of myself but I’m in disarray,
Does it have to be that way?

With every little kiss in the darkness
When you’re counting out your money at the top of the stairs
In your Chinese bathrobe, are you having me on?
Tell me now we’re alone,
Does it have to be that way?
Madame Ray

I will never ever retire I will never grow old
I will never ever expire, let my body grow cold
Before I ever get old

You’d never believe what I’d go through
Just to be counting out my money at the top of the stairs
In your Chinese bathrobe, you’re looking around
Come on tell me now
Does it have to be that way?
Madame Ray

With every little kiss in the darkness
When you’re counting out your money at the top of the stairs
Just like the 1920s, there was a time I’d go out of my mind
Just to see you again one more time
Madame Ray
Track Name: Out Of The Game
There’s a black cat called depression
Licking at my bare-feet toes
Choice of clothes gives the impression
You’re giving in to your woes

Might I say that you look lovely?
Or could it be the light in the room?
Things I said I’d do this morning
I’ll push to the afternoon

Mama I can’t sink any lower and I’ve only got myself to blame
The cards have been switched, the dealer’s taking bribes and I fear
I’m out of the game

You can fly a rocket ship to the moon and,
Climb the highest peaks when you’re bold
But even the tallest, tallest towers,
Ain’t as tall as the stories I’ve told

There ain’t no need for conversation
You don’t need to use your name
There ain’t no need to take your hat off
I’ll be gone just as soon as I came

Mama I can’t sink any lower and I’ve only got myself to blame
My horse has broken ranks; bishop’s gone to the other side though I was never
Really in the game

Mama I can’t sink any lower and I’ve only got myself to blame
Even if I could fix what is broken things never seem the same

Mama I can’t sink any lower and I’ve only got myself to blame
The dice are loaded, slot machine’s magnetic and I think
I’m going to lose again
Track Name: Potter's Field
I thought of you when you were gone and the oak tree lost it’s leaves
I thought of you when you were gone and easier to please
And I was just a sorry Judas, walking down by the scarps of stone

Where nothing grows
Where poor souls all call their homes
The Potter’s Field, there ain’t no marker stone
Where they buried my bones

I thought of you when days were long, when I was cruel when I was kind
I thought of you when days went by, when I was drunk when I was blind
And I was just a sorry Judas, went walking down by the scarps of stone

Where nothing grows
Where poor souls all call their homes
The Potter’s Field, there ain’t no marker stone
Where they buried my bones

Where nothing grows
It don’t rain and it don’t snow
The sun don’t shine and the wind never blows
Where they buried my bones
Track Name: Won't Come Looking For Me
Mountains will move when I will shake them loose with the heel of my boot
Like you never knew I could
Trees will bow and when the dust settles I’ll be disappeared
And it won’t do you any good, no it won’t

Won’t do you no good
Crying tears is wasting water
Won’t do you no good
Apologising like you ought to
Won’t do you no good
Trying to track me down I told you
I’ll be hiding like a crow in a cabbage tree
Where you won’t come looking for me

Season's in bloom and is this what it’s come to? Was I fool?
Was I simpleton?
Lilac and dew and one more how do you do now it’s understood
That it won’t do you any good, no it won’t

Won’t do you no good
Leaving the latch off you mama’s back door
Won’t do you no good
Dressing up how I liked it before
Won’t do you no good
Explaining to me what swimming is for
I’ll be sinking like a stone in a lonely sea
Where you won’t come looking for me

And I will dry my bones like a buzzard dries its wings
I will cry out to the moon like a coyote sings
Well I never said I could be a humble king
And it won’t do you any good, thinking about such things
No it won’t

Won’t do you no good
Scaling walls and toppling boulders
Won’t do you no good
Climbing up on Atlas’s shoulders
Won’t do you no good
Knowing what the direction I took down the road is
I’ll be flying like a leaf on a morning breeze
Where you won’t come looking for me
Track Name: One More Night On Earth
Love was a cruel girl tossed out in the dark
Never to return, never thought you’d wander so far
And like the gamblers say
Live it up while you’ve got it baby; live it up till it’s all gone

Love was a feeling I once had in my hands
Rotten to the marrow when I tossed away my foolish plans
And caught the night bus home and I,
Got a job because I needed the money,
A good job will make you happy

Love was your shaking hands on a balancing pole,
The only time you looked down, the only time you ever lost control
And left the tightrope there,
Above a speechless public a thousand eyes were saying

Love was an old car spinning to its end,
In the twilight of winter it’s hard to see the ice on the bend
And love is a pantomime,
A foolish and drunken stupor that I can’t remember

Love, make me honest give me speed and a painless birth
Give me minutes, give me hours, give me days,
Give me one more night on earth,
So I might say with grace that I,
Knew you just a little bit longer before I leave this place
Track Name: Every Corner
Out of the dark doorway and into the daylight where I plan to
Catch you out of the blue,
Whispered words in conversation, footsteps behind me and I wonder
Could they belong to you

I confessed this to a desperate king with daggers in his back right as he cried out
I believe we've both been had
Still the blackbirds they call your name and doctors go to great lengths to explain
What it is I cannot say

Speaking low in a whisper they're telling me time is a gift I can't return
And walking any way I care, I will always hear, your name said aloud
On every breeze that blows itself around me
Every corner that I turn

Out of the underground and into the street I though I just saw
Somebody who looked like you
So I made my way through the grocery store, I followed you until the trail went stone cold
At the end of the avenue

Speaking low in a whisper they're telling me time is a gift I can't return
And walking any way I care, I will always hear, your name said aloud
On every breeze that blows itself around me
Every corner that I turn

Oh crying, shouting out in anger that a metal heart may heat but never burn
And walking, anywhere you please, I wonder do you see, my face in the crowd
On every lover that stretches out upon you, every corner that you turn
Track Name: 16/17
I want the daytime to
I want the nighttime to
Stop moving I’ll just lay here by your side
I want the seasons to
Mean something to me and
I want a reason why you’re staring right through me

Oh darling in the hospital you said
Don’t want to think about it
I don’t want anything to regret

Now here it is your fingers in the cold
Touching on your body where you feel like you’ve grown old
And I wait a lifetime in the queue outside the door
Brought a magazine I didn’t’t feel like reading anymore

You’ve been up for sixteen hours
How’re you going to blow seventeen candles out?

Oh darling in your loudest voice you go
Don’t want to think about it
I don’t want anybody to know

You’ve been up for sixteen hours
Now how’re you going to blow seventeen candles out?

Seventeen candles, seventeen candles

Nothing too much I can think of round here
Cleaned up the yard, got the Christmas card you sent last year
Nothing too heavy just a party at a friend’s home
School’s a kind of drag, I’m thinking about travelling on

Seventeen, seventeen, seventeen candles
Track Name: Coming Up Sixes
She says there’s no way to tell
No way she’ll ever tell me now
Every time I wait a little longer
She says if I leave you now
I want you to get this down
That even with a thousand thorns in my crown

Even if the colour goes out of your eyes and your blood runs dry
But I’ll still go anywhere with you tonight
I’m giving you till the sun comes up in the morning to feel alright
And I’ll be coming up sixes in no time at all

She says if I ever die
Don’t you put my body in the ground
Burn me black and send me away with the wind
She says if I knew you well, by now you’d have got a life
But even with that big thorn sticking in your side

Even if the colour goes out of your eyes and your blood runs dry
That I’d still go anywhere with you tonight
I’m giving you till the sun comes up in the morning to feel alright
And I’ll be coming up sixes in no time at all

Now the colour’s gone out of my eyes and my blood’s run dry
And I’m wondering around talking nonesense getting no reply
Then I see you when the automatic lights come on outside
I’ll be coming up sixes in no time at all
Track Name: Jesus Gun
I used to ride shotgun in the summertime,
You said you never cared too much for sunshine
Lady in the orchard I was wrong,
My tired bones couldn’t carry on

It’s hard to walk in shoes filled up with sand
Impossible to sleep with shaking hands
And now you want to know what I have to say

About what it feels like shaking down fathers and sons
If people all look the same when they take to run

I used to collect change and magazines,
You said I had conviction like you’d never seen
Thought I was only good for adoring you,
And getting kick by the horse while our orchard grew

It’s getting harder to imagine winter’s snow,
But easier to calculate or know
What mothers on their knees might have to say

About what it feels like shaking down fathers and sons
If people all look the same through a Jesus Gun

It’s getting harder to escape damnation’s flood
Impossible when dreams a made with blood
Said my lady to the lonely priest while he prayed

About what it feels like shaking down fathers and sons
You turn water to wine and watch the minds of men go numb
About what it feels like shaking down fathers and sons
And if people all look the same through a Jesus Gun
Track Name: Ordinary Lives
Dawn will open eyes to another bitter sunrise
Gone are the maps that take you home
And we are the many that sleep beneath the naked night sky
In shelters that we built in the fallout zone

Splinters feel long when they’re digging in your side

Down by the cedar trees I did you walking there in my sleep
You woke me from my dreams and you said
Such a beautiful night but do be wary where you’re walking
For you might step right on the bones of the dead

They came by talking of you like one might talk of Armageddon
A wilted rose or a fight at a wedding
They came by talking of you like one might talk of indecision
But we are blood and kin, two birds on a limb

The winter is long but I know now
The sun is going to shine on our ordinary lives

On our ordinary lives, lying low with the nameless
It’s no ordinary life
Would you really want to blame us?