Everything

by James Raftery

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marytiefenbrunn The first sentence of the Gashouse review of "Everything" sums up where I'm coming from - and where I am now. Loving James' melodies and rich vocals. Favorite track: Everything.
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released March 24, 2017

Written, performed and produced by James Raftery. Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk. All songs ©2017 James Raftery/Serious Janitor Music, BMI

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Track Name: Everything
Everything


God, the ghosts were here
They picked up the bones
I left seated
Hard as any candy
Sweet depleted centers eaten

Hollow lanes
Were made to take me speeding
Same as anyone who misused the moon
And seasons
God, the souls are here
They’re cutting down the curtains

Everything, everything
Went away, went away
And I wanted to believe in it
Given all that I had done
To see the day

Everything, everything
Fell away, fell away
And all at once
Variety season’s high
Opened all utopian spaces wide

Everything, everything
Blew away, blew away
Then I started to believe in it
Throwing all that I had won
Into the day

Everything, everything
Flew away, flew away
And all the air between my
Cells breathing life
Lighting all notion of reason afire

God, it’s six below
I’m glad it’s not much further
Soft as any marshmallow
The exit’s easier

Road to wall
A favorite place for speeding
Same as anyone
Who needs a free star sweeping
God, I’m mostly here
I’m cutting up the curtain

Everything, everything
Went away, went away
And I wanted to believe in it
Given all that I had done
To see the day

Everything, everything
Fell away, fell away
And all at once
Variety season’s high
Opened all utopian spaces wide

Everything, everything
Blew away, blew away
Then I started to believe in it
Throwing all that I had won
Into the day

Everything, everything
Flew away, flew away
And all the air between my
Cells breathing life
Lighting all notion of reason afire
Track Name: Hidden Mind
Hidden Mind


Hate is over
It has had its fun
The way it threw away
A few someones

Heaven holiday
In a sunbeam ray
Is aching
In a new way

One more layer yet to go
Until the hidden mind
Shows you all you need to know
And what you left behind
Hand it over to the flow
Unhook, unrewind

Fame is over
It is on the run
Getting even was
Its only stardom

Joy nation
A world away
Is waiting
For a new day

One more layer yet to go
Until the hidden mind
Shows you all you need to know
And what you left behind
Hand it over to the flow
Unhook, unrewind

Hell is over
Burned it to the ground
Left a mark on all
The fire found

Peace paraded
In a poison play
A peacock
On Doomsday

One more layer yet to go
Until the hidden mind
Shows you all you need to know
And what you left behind
Hand it over to the flow
Unhook, unrewind

Fate is over
It weighed a ton
Couldn’t breathe right
Smothered loved ones

Heaven holiday
In a sunbeam ray
Is aching
In a new way

One more layer yet to go
Until the hidden mind
Shows you all you need to know
And what you left behind
Hand it over to the flow
Unhook, unrewind
Track Name: Frame
Frame


When the time
Moves in from behind
Aching for a re-do
Staring at the blind spots
You splashed inside
Witnesses and crimes
It will be seen decreeing
“Take it, tide!”

And when the sun
Weighs on everyone
Tearing up for nothing
Watching our re-run
Run away with some
Good for nothing bum
It will sing discreetly
“Death is done!”

This frame is weak-
Kneed in ways
The backboard bent
The gild is flaked
The borders blur
In halo haze

When your memory
Rides you in reverse
Drive a haunted highway
Cast a kind curse
Bumper car brains
Loaded trunk is filled
It’ll stand up shouting
“Heaven! Hearse!”

This door’s unhinged
The breezes blow
Kissing the jamb
The heave-ho
The bolts are blessed
The windows know

And when the moon
Bends to kiss the bough
Leaving beads of sweat
A trail to lives ago
And your hair’s a mess
Your shirt’s unpressed
It will whisper kindly
“Tears, flow!”

This frame is weak-
Kneed in ways
The backboard bent
The gild is flaked
The borders blur
In halo haze

When your bones wake you let me know
I’ll shake you gently
Utter spells and blow
The life force in
Marrow has to go
We’ll spell out together
“Break it, grow!”

This door’s unhinged
The breezes blow
Kissing the jamb
The heave ho
The bolts are blessed
The windows know

When the time
Moves in from behind
Aching for a re-do
Staring at the blind spots
You splashed inside
Witnesses and crimes
It will be seen decreeing
“Take it, tide!”
Track Name: Seed
Seed


Garden party
Is inside
Open up
Rust in lock
Seed on tide

Winded lift
Life in tow
Thought I could
Get above the down below

Way up here
Latch and gate
Took the key
Took the hill
To face the fate

Weeded beds
Frozen dirt
There’s the sun
There’s the sun
Heat and hurt

Holy wood
Burning so
Bloom is free
This is what
You need to know

This is all it would be…
This is all it would be…
This is all it would
All it would be…

Valley said
Deepest lies
Planets sang
World away
Mega-size

Smaller than a
Carrot seed
Bigger than
All the wildflower
Fields

Fly about
Star and house
Windowpane separated
Cat and mouse

Holy wood
Burning so
Bloom is free
This is what
You need to know

This is all it would be…
This is all it would be…
This is all it would
All it would be…
Track Name: Rip Tide
Rip Tide


I was alive again
It was holy
Visions ensued and they told me
You will meet wiser men here
You’ll see

To give it in, go for a ride
Which end is up, it’s rip tide
Forget yourself, I’ll take you
This is what will remake you
Into the blessed order chaos brings

I was ten sizes then
I was name free
Tears were shed for the dead
And the waking

To give it in, go for a ride
Which end is up, it’s rip tide
Forget yourself, I’ll take you
This is what will remake you
Into the blessed order chaos brings

I went beyond the bend
And it woke me
Time for unveiling
Uncloaking

To give it in, go for a ride
Which end is up, it’s rip tide
Forget yourself, I’ll take you
This is what will remake you
Into the blessed order chaos brings
Track Name: Sun Roof
Sun Roof


Cruising with you is cosmic
Coasts arise at our calling
Anywhere we stop we leave them
With a taste of our special flavor
This is why we go together
Making news from our forever
Aiming, feet off, we float there
Taking on golden adventure

How can we be any closer when
The Kingdom Come is already done?

Sun Roof…

Tooling with you is timeless
Road open, radio high
Where we wind up matters less than taking each other places
When we sing along to songs it vibrates all the cellular walls
Of all the things around us
Waking up under the boundless

How can we be any closer when
The Kingdom Come is already done?

Sun Roof…

Roaming with you is royal
Stars of the Pacific Highway
Blankets of fog will help us
Mysterious twins activating forces
Rise above the ocean
Vehicle lift off, magic notion
When we travel we take
Inner stellar transportation

How can we be any closer when
The Kingdom Come is already done?

Sun Roof…
Track Name: The Goal
The Goal


I know the goal
Cope here with no one
Phone’s cold
Other guests are no shows
I’m good to go
I know the goal
To own alone

How you’re lifted
Is the gift of it

I hold the code
Count on implosion
Stoned throws
Ghosts agree that was old
I fail to fold

How you’re gifted
Is the lift of it

I woke below
Far from the nearest toll
Car towed
Every breath is solo
High from the low

How you’re lifted
Is the gift of it
How you’re gifted
It is the lift of it

I know the goal
Grow here in the one
Hands showed
The story of a living soul
I know the goal

How you’re lifted
Is the gift of it
Track Name: Mirroring
Mirroring


It is easy
Walk up to it
Then right through it
Don’t think, just do it

I don’t answer
I’ve slipped into it
Melted through it
Be back in a minute

I am on the other side
I am reverse-eyed
I found out because I tried

Hey good people
Look in here
This is me
And you couldn’t believe
That I would be floating free
I wave when I’m immersing
And I couldn’t leave you that way
Me hiding
Life goes by wicked fast it seems
But it isn’t really that way
Mirroring

Do what I do
Press hands to it
Belief will do it
There’s nothing to it

I am on the other side
I am reverse-eyed
I found out because I tried

Hey good people
Look in here
This is me
And you couldn’t believe
That I would be floating free
I wave when I’m immersing
And I couldn’t leave you that way
Me hiding
Life goes by wicked fast it seems
But it isn’t really that way
Mirroring
Track Name: Just Believe
Just Believe


And so this only took an hour
I was connected to your power
I believe, yes I believe
And I believe
That we are as magic
As we want to be
Just believe

I loved our mystical encounter
Playing my songs on your sounder
I believe, yes I believe
And I believe
We’re only instrumental
If we’re playing
Just believe