Asteroid Love Song

by Rachael's Surrender

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released June 13, 2013

Vocals and Lyrics: Liz Nickrenz
Bass, Guitar, Programming: Reuben Surrender

Acknowledgement:
Reuben thanks all present and past members of Rachael’s Surrender including Elysabeth Grant, Michael Verzani, Brian Allemana, Tre Beaudoin, Graham Brisben. You have filled my life with joy. Also to past and present bands that I have the privilege to meet and play with through all these years. Most of all, to my constant inspiration and frustration – Wookie.

Liz thanks the muses: Major Tom; Emma Frost; Weston, Florida; the Darkroom, the Pirate Crew of Awesometown, Forsythia Snare, and the treasure-trove of stories that is the Internet. Also thanks to my sweet Pete, Populele, and the Reverend Spooky (it’s OK, we have Nigel).

Special thanks to Gary Carbon who has willingly worked on this CD design at such short notice.
(P) & © 2010 Kitten-Eye Productions

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Track Name: The Ghost Watchers
They wander through our lives
Through portals that we leave wide open
Weaving through our days
Walking these electric pathways
And I can't look away

She's throwing out his letters
Letting go of it all
She sketches her forgetting
He's passing through my wall
And I can't look away – I can't look away

I monitor the wires for a sign
Sleepwalking in the stuff of dreams
The image on the screens before me

He mourns the disappeared
She's not returning, no
Last seen more dead than living
On the streets of San Francisco
Then comes the apparition, the invitation
Soulless in its cruelty
As if he had the choice
To reconnect
To say hello

I monitor the wires for a sign
Sleepwalking in the stuff of dreams
The distance in between collapsing

Just let me be
Just le me be
Where and when I am

(Still filled up with loss
Still lost in the sound
Still holding the air
Like a hole in the ground
Still holding the hope
What's lost will be found
Still lost in the sound)

I monitor the wires for a sign
Sleepwalking in the stuff of dreams
Tearing at the seams, collapsing

(Still holding the rope
Still lost in the sound
Still holding the hope
Like a hole in the ground
Still running on air
While running aground
Still lost in the sound)

I monitor the wires for a sign
Sleepwalking in the stuff of dreams
The distance in between collapsing

(Still lost in the sound)
Track Name: In the Seventeen
I lean my weight against the second hand
Countering clockwise with all my strength
At night, I only half-sleep
Half keeping my hands
Where I can feel you beside me, still

Don't cry
There's such a little time
Don't you know that's the reason why
We shine so perfectly
This time
Intensified
A shaft of light piercing through the blinds
Is how we shine

In the seventeen
In the seventeen sunrises left of you

It's the seconds to liftoff, counting down
It's the rise of the firework, just before the burst of fire
It's the coiling tighter of the spring-wire
Tighter around me
Tighter within me

Don't cry
It's such a little time
Don't you know that's the reason why
We shine so perfectly
This time
Intensified
A shaft of light piercing through the blinds
Is how we shine

In the seventeen
In the seventeen sunrises left of you

(don't you know that's the reason why
I keep my hands where I can feel you
I can feel you beside me still)
Track Name: Mrs Oddity
The cops came by this morning
Things didn't go as planned
The panic in their eyes -
Can't say I was surprised
The answers to their questions
I knew but didn't say
How could it all go wrong?
It's what you wanted all along

You were the young explorer
With stars stuck to your eyes
Charts upon your wall
What could I do but fall?
Into the great experiment
The Manifest Design
The journey of a lifetime
Of leaving me behind

What was he wearing?
How can they still not be beyond caring?
His final seconds, captured -
In my mind like a broken record:

The house we built is growing smaller in the distance
I see it through your eyes
(so small behind you)
Earth below you, growing smaller in the distance
I see it through your eyes
The small bright light you left behind

I only follow in my dreams
In this room of grand machines
I don't leave the bed we made
Block out the sun, pull all the shades
Fuck the stardom and the stars
The points and stares from passing cars
I'll take the ground over the skies
Ten more years of seeing through your eyes

Our inspiration, carried away!
By the hopes of a nation
His final seconds, captured -
In my mind like a broken record

And all the love and adoration in the world
Was not enough to bring you home
To make this feel like home
Track Name: Peppermint
We missed the moment
You kissed me full of peppermint
You'll never ask me out again

You were doing fine before me
The queen of your coterie
Of damaged little acolytes
They'll eat the heart right out of you -
Given the chance
Like sharp-toothed little savages
They don't deserve you

I know that I'm not ugly
Enough for you to love me
But I'm strange and I'm shy
Hidden where you'll never find
And it's a shame
To see you standing in the rain, again
Won't you come in?

Am I too much the princess?
Radiant and loveable
But still passive and untouchable
Hiding there up in my tower
Waiting for the call:
Let down, let down...

And oh I'm sorry for
The wall of briars around my door
It's just the sorry souveniers
Of a hundred years of habit, dear
That keep me frozen still

...We missed the moment...
Track Name: The New Atlantis
I took a walk along the streets
Of the new Atlantis
The only person walking
And as the cars go gliding by
They stare out of their windows
Like it was something shocking

The new Atlantis
The underwater city of tomorrow

Locked away from warmth and sunlight
In the enormous compound
In the sub-arctic chill
The mothers wonder why
The children aren't speaking
Their faces strangely still

And oh my eyes have seen your buildings rise
Your palms stretching to the skies
What a rare and lovely view (my eyes have seen)
In the hour of your widest arms, your glory and grandeur
Before the waters come for you
They're rising too

You'll make a plan
To save the ones you can
And build your castles higher
Over fast-eroding sand

So many questions I could ask
Before your voices are lost to time
Did you see it coming?
You wage your battles on the body that supports you
But never fear
She'll take you back again
She'll take you in
Track Name: Low
Isn't it strange, how all the space we've taken
Could collapse into such a tiny spot
A sliver of time, unbearably consequential
Concentrating all that we are not
To say
To carry far away
Edges from the shape they hold
Secrets from the life that can be told
Piece from piece the image shatters

You can't retrace me, baby, no
Just keep it down, it down, it low
In every street's a new shadow
To recollect the shape you know

So hard, I could be made of diamonds
Compromised by a single fatal flaw
A thousand shards, a thousand tiny fragments
Scattered through the world and one below
Your skin
So you begin
Sifting through the dust and ashes
Haunted by a grief that dare not speak
Gather up the shatter-pieces

You can't retrace me, baby, no
Just let it lie, in lies laid low
In every street's a new shadow
To tell a tale I know
I know, I know, I know
You can't retrace me, baby, no
The night it fall, it come, it go
In every street's a new shadow
To recollect the shape you know
Track Name: Shadow Loss
I was dreaming
I came to see you
In your library
You said you had no time for me
I left there, crying:
When will I give up on you?
I woke into
A world that had forgotten you

You were my shadow
The twinning of my heart
And we were never far apart
As long as I kept this empty space beside me
Aching with the shape of you
I've grown into
A life that has no space for you

Shadowloss
Memories of missing you
Shadowloss
Are all that I have left of you
(I've let you go, I've let go
I don't even think about you oh no
I'm free like I wanted to be for so long
I've let you go)
My ex-confidante, my over-wanted under-deliverer
Now the pain is gone, there's nothing left of you
For me to hold on to

No desire, sackcloth or ashes
No heat left in this fire
It's been long enough since you last said you loved me
I have stopped wondering what that means
In your absence

Shadowloss
Loneliness, my constant companion
Shadowloss
Can't keep my company
My ex-confidante, my over-wanted under-deliverer
Now the pain is gone, there's nothing left of you
For me to hold on to

Shadowloss
Let go the last trace of you
Shadowloss
Let light into the dark
My ex-confidant, my over-wanted under-deliverer
I go on and on, and the ghost of you is gone

How can I go on when the ghost of you is gone?
Track Name: Prohibition Suit
Put on your stupid suit
Like we're in Prohibition
Concealing guns in your cumberbund
Like chaos could ensue
It betrays your intuition
That there is danger here, for you

You are drawn to your past
The gangsters that outlast their time
And take up mine
Wasn't it here? The glory days of industry
On a familiar brink
Drink while you can, boys
(This ship is sinking)
This ship is going down

La la la la...

You don't look me in the eye these days
'Cause I want to take your time
And you don't have any time
It's cool, I'm busy, too
Just thought I might connect with you
In this future-past
Do you remember the last time we danced this way?
It was 1929
What a beautiful sunset
What a dazzling display
We'll look anywhere but where we're going
We'll do anything we can
To get away
From what we know is coming

Everyone in suits
Like it's Prohibition
Pretend we share the rules
Dressed up in inhibition
Everyone in suits
Like it's Prohibition
Perform the disconnect
Dressed up in inhibition

If I could push back time for you, would you pursue me
Like you chase yesterday?
Track Name: Pirates!
These waters are a no-man's land
And no man's hand
Can sail this ship alone
They are no man's own

Somewhere they sail
And they are hidden
Invisible behind your permissions
Call them impossible, impossible

The outlaw life
The disregard for land
And titles handed down in flesh and bone
Their fertile fields unsown

Somewhere they sail
And they are hidden
Obscured behind a life of decisions
That call them impossible, impossible

So much is lost
Within my failure to imagine
A life, with you
That no map can lead me to
Track Name: Asteroid Love Song
Every night I stand
Looking out my window
Gazing into the blue
Watching that distant light
Coming ever closer
I'm waiting here for you

I'll be by your side
When our worlds collide
I'll be by your side
When our worlds collide

I won't be afraid
To see the end of
Everything we knew
'Cause when that last facade
Crumbles into nothing
I will be here with you

I'll be by your side
When our worlds collide
I'll be by your side
When our worlds collide

And when the pieces fall all across the sky
There will be nothing – only you and I
Amidst the dust of everything that was
We will make our way
We will fly...
We will fly...