SpinTunes #11: Round 4

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Photo Finish - Write a song inspired by the Everett Leigh photo. (2 minute minimum length) (they had 8 days)

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released March 8, 2016

Album art by Matt Schubbe
Based off an Everett Leigh photograph.

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Track Name: Jailhouse Payback - The Real Indiana Jones
Ever since he was a boy, he always hoped
that he could protect the artifacts of the globe
any hero can save the day and move on
but if he don't save history it's already gone

The more he looked, the more he would find
unusual passion to pursue these crimes
A global supply, stolen idols of god
their methods were deep and their treasure was broad

Land of many temples, clouds and sky
The smell of salt water, a rocky climb

The temple looter took what he could take
deceive, inveigle and obfuscate
packed in a box labeled "handicraft"
headed for madison avenue
yeah. . . .

Land of many temples, clouds and sky
The smell of salt water, a rocky climb

As the sun went down, he knew he had won
in his satchel, a bullet inside of a gun
one shot as a warning was all he would need
the thief had no courage, he only had greed

to sleep on a rock now, to sleep in the cold
to save a treasure 2000 years old
wake up in the morning, put this case to bed
then go back home, his hat still on his head

Land of many temples, clouds and sky
The smell of salt water, a rocky climb
Track Name: Megalodon - Stout Cortez
End of days, just amazed at where the journey led
Far from home, all alone with no way back again
The tales they told, worn out and old, they are all emptied out
The way ahead you chose instead, better without a doubt

Just when you thought you'd seen it all
Welcome to the something new
You don't know just what you must have fallen into

Standing on a ledge
Right on the edge
Of the only world you've ever known
You're watching last light
Fade out of sight
Over an ocean yet unknown

It wasn't you, but Balboa who first took this vista in
But just the same you gave your name to this new reckoning
A tiny tomb that rubber room where you spent all your time
A kaleidoscope of familiar tropes hiding the sublime

Just when you knew nothing at all
Beckoned into fading blue
You can't think much when paying such over-dues

Standing on a ledge
Right on the edge
Of the only world you've ever known
You're watching last light
Fade out of sight
Over an ocean yet unknown

just when you see with clarity
the light might fly from you
the watcher of the skies can close his eyes for a few

Standing on a ledge
Right on the edge
Of the only world you've ever known
You're watching last light
Fade out of sight
Over an ocean yet unknown
Track Name: Ominous Ride - Rocks And Sky And Water And Sand
In the depth of the morning
Opening up my eyes
Million daggers before me
Cutting across the tides
I have come to release you
Every single Word
All the questions that caught in my throat
Suddenly so absurd

Never really seen the sunrise
Without the comfort of your lens
A different kind of clarity
Now all I see is
Rocks and sky and water and sand

At the first strip of amber
Grappling with the dawn
A new chill finds my collar,
No longer a ghost response
Now the spell has been broken
It sinks down to the ocean floor
It’s a beautiful thing
To feel so insecure

Never really seen the sunrise
Without the clouds inside my head
The waking world in front of me
And all I see is
Rocks and sky and water and sand

I cannot blame you for my sorrow
Any more than I can manifest
My solace from the sky
And when the night is cold,
Behold the light was just a candle

The coming eventide
Doesn’t make me change my mind
No longer bow to grand designs
Or master plans
All I see is rocks, sky, water and sand
Track Name: Governing Dynamics - Sound On Sound
Golden hour on a rocky shore
Fleeting feeling there was something more
Than what I’d captured in the frame
Old mathematics, fortune plus blame

Satisfied, in that anxious way
Of a place you love but know you can’t stay
Feel it deep, the sun and the sea
But deeper still is your vacancy

Slow build piecing together the day
Peaks and crests arrest the mess of what I meant to say

Sound on sound
Regrets and fury unbound
My truth surrounds, hide in the air
If you don’t care, then they’ll never be found
In this sound on sound

Can’t relax in this dawning sun
This symphony doesn’t want to be done
This photograph, that dress you wore
Bleeding colors forming towering chords

The same old dance we’ve been sitting out for years
The song is rising, crying like a siren, but never in your ears

Sound on sound
Regrets and fury unbound
My truths surround, hide in the air
If you don’t care, then they’ll never be found
In this sound on..

The tension twists and shifts and grows
But you’ll never hear enough to know
In blinding light where I see the least
I spread my ash on Folly Beach

Sound on sound
Regrets and fury unbound
My truths surround, hide in the air
If you don’t care, then they’ll never be found
In this sound on sound

Sound on sound
Cacophony welling up from the ground
My straining voice, come push or shove
Can never quite be heard above
This sound on sound
Track Name: Jailhouse Payback - Steps And Regrets (Shadow)
He put on his coat and his boots
his favorite hat and a cigarette
a climb of steps and regrets
up on the mountainside.

He had a gun in his bag
just outside the frame
he had big plans for today
up on the mountainside.

and as the sun was about to go down
grandpa loaded up chamber one
the heavens were about to run
up on that mountainside.

He said, "Lord I got a message for you
and it's been eatin me up inside.
I thought id let you know where we stand
up on this mountainside
up on this mountainside"

what have you done, my friend?
lost in the ice in the wind
come back and play and we'll drink
anything is better than this

as the sun was about to go down
grandpa loaded up chamber one
the heavens were about to run
up on that mountain side

la-da-da-da-da-da-da....
la-da-da-da-da-da-da....
Track Name: Boffo Yux Dudes - Sunset (Shadow)
A ribbon of light still cuts across the dark
A sliver of time left where I can make my mar
The days may slip away but we will always come back to this place

The sunset of my days is hard upon me now
The weight of moments falling softly on my brow
I don’t know how
I will cope with the fading of the light
I see the puzzle pieces as they fade from sight
To eternal night

I hear the distant waves crash upon the shore
Did I do enough or should I have done more?
I’m still wasting time while all my thoughts tumble out into space

I meant to tell you
Something of what you mean to me
I meant to tell you
But the thought escaped me

I think about us together through the years
And for a moment calm blankets all my fears
Maybe I’ve done what I can and somehow, someway it’s enough
Track Name: Boffo Yux Dudes - The Color Of Invisible Light (Shadow)
The color of invisible light
Radio waves shift frequencies
Extending past what we can see
We see in the darkness of the night
The color of invisible light

Electromagnetism feeds the pulse
That winds its way back to the source
Electric nature takes its course
Compels us by magnetic force

Anti-positronic quarks ride on a carrier wave
Simple science sings the rules make energy behave

The light you see reflected
While standing on the shore
Denies the force of darkness
Louder than the whispers before
Tachyons will not stand still
Like fingertips of matter
They speed through subatomic space
No barriers to shatter

Everything you see and feel are part of the same spectrum
Listen to the song I sing, it’s pulled out of my rectum

Doppler shifting from below
To a place that we all know
There’s no falling without height
The color of invisible light

Radio waves shift frequencies
Extending past what we can see
We see in the darkness of the night
The color of invisible light

The song continues evermore
And echoes through the ages
The brilliance of a sunset flash
Aren’t measured by your gauges