Live on WNUR

by Zachary Cale

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1.
Would you know paradise If it stood before your eyes Would you dress it like a whore Charge admission at the door Would you abuse it Cheat and use it Would it be your will Turn a blind eye To the dove's cry Out on your window sill All to order Divide and conquer All to order The dance of light is synchronized Behind the static on your screen It's putting words in your mouth And a reason to believe The neon glow Of the all night show Keeps us coming back for more The cleaning man WIth broom in hand Sweeps the love from the floor Beneath the barbed wire Between the crossfire We arrive without fail And in the clearing Among the screaming We find the serpent eats it's tail All to order Divide and conquer All to order
2.
My train of thought has derailed from the track I came in on and left me in a place where I have no recollection Still the sound of steel forever penetrates my mind and the signs all read as if writ in a foreign land which I can't understand Pay your respects to the doorman for the empires are falling like leaves and soon we'll be lost among the debris As I lie supine my dreams meander slow through cracks in walls from one room to the other I ride these winds back down And I wake to find myself at a table, a host for a banquet of fools as they spill their wine, a toast for the conquest to rule Pay your respects to the doorman for the empires are falling like leaves and soon we'll be lost among the debris
3.
Two big hands crush the sky A clap of thunder makes the crowd cry A paper hat of headlines sits On your head a perfect fit Please be still for the photograph Have a drink throw it back Take this vow before it breaks Fall in love celebrate Will you trust me like I trust you Will you love me like I love you Twice a day a bitter pill Keeps the hunter from his kill Dropping pennies down the drain Finding pleasure in the pain Sharing sickness sharing wealth Let's make a toast to our health Fiction finds a way to twist Every truth in every kiss Will you trust me like I trust you Will you love me like I love you Twin explosions rock the bed Hit the nail on the head Synchronized beating hearts From this world to depart Side by side headstones lay A love embrace beneath the clay I'll take it on if you insist I'll take it all despite the risk Will you trust me like I trust you Will you love me like I love you
4.
Once you give up the ghost the leech will drop from the host and die and in a flood of relief you will soak your feet and sigh But will you look back and laugh when you study the path that you walked when you were searching for fame as a subject to pain and loss Or will you cry hello oblivion Into you I am slipping, day to day and end to end Do you feel yourself living? Another dance with death another stolen breath of air Trapped beneath their nets with your feet set in the snare They got you up on trial with that crooked smile on your face and now you're playing dumb like you don't know what to say And you cry hello oblivion Into you I am slipping, day to day and end to end Do you feel yourself living, do you now?
5.
I don't know what to tell you baby You're going to have to go it alone This gamble's bound to drive you crazy But it sure beats staying home And when you're out there beneath the weather I'm sure someone will give you shelter And when he offers you a private look into The world that he's constructed for you to explore Will you tie your heart to the floor? It's easy to get down about it When days just blur and nights are long But since it's just one big experiment There's really no way to go wrong The future is a fantasy that you alone claim to see The story's still unfinished, it's history's still unwritten And we are both still standing tall With the axe yet to fall Between the first and last call I don't know what, I don't know what, I don't know what to tell you baby
6.
Hey Mr. Death Wish I can see by your face that something died inside of you. Your spirits all but crushed and there ain't a soul that you can trust and everything you love has turned to dust You set ablaze everyone who turned an ugly hand upon your plate and some demon masquerades behind the mask upon your face and no one here dares speak your name Go call to heaven for your thunder now Burn the whole place down, burn the whole place down Fix a grave for every broken heart Throw the pieces down, throw the pieces down Hey Self Destruction Man listen here don't you pull your guns on me. You put holes in everything and holes in me You leave nothing standing but your own misery This place you came to well it isn't much. I don't look on it with pride. But seeing I have time and am very much alive. I don't feel the need to die Go call to heaven for your thunder now Burn the whole place down, burn the whole place down Fix a grave for every broken heart Throw the pieces down, throw the pieces down
7.
The moon is down spirits they lie around there's nothing left to tap aside from the dregs in each glass We lifted the roof reeking of cheap perfume And burned through the night as if it would be our last And by the time we retired we squandered our entire fortune Yeah we flew through the fire and came out entirely numb Back to square one with the widows and orphaned ones Rehearsing our steps like a chess player who plans his next move Riding through town going the easy route Turning the wheels on a bicycle built for two With no need to worry about what's bound to bury us both. Yeah we'll know when we're off course by the lights on the seaboard coast O When you talk in your sleep you describe the most beautiful things, where the sun meets the sea, Eternity, Eternity On the island of dreams we sort through the shattered things Collecting ingredients for a new recipe While we stand in the stream we'll talk of mortality And watch our reflections as they waltz cross the sea With no need to worry about what's bound to bury us both. Yeah we'll know when we're off course by the lights on the seaboard coast O When you talk in your sleep you describe the most beautiful things, where the sun meets the sea, Eternity, Eternity
8.
Once it did appear you finally met your match But with every lucky number there seems to be a catch You cast your lot in life on a table that always turns And now you're at the doctor getting treated for your burns You might think I want an eye for an eye But that's why you and I never saw eye to eye A servant to your whims I was faithful as they come But all that running around just left me feeling numb You finally hit pay dirt on a bargain you couldn't refuse But your triumphant eyes are cemented down with glue You might think I want an eye for an eye But that's why you and I never saw eye to eye The gambler I've become is living by the roulette wheel Clothes-lining the past with another shady deal Descending to the maelstrom drowning in his drink A lady on each arm ready to break his bank You might think I want an eye for an eye But that's why you and I never saw eye to eye On a high horse you reside pausing to glance below LIke a gargoyle on his tower watching the river flow And down on the banks I'm fishing for a meal Choking on the dust left from your clicking heels You might think I want an eye for an eye And that's why you and I never saw eye to eye
9.
When the moon dissolves into the sky like the shine in your dilated eye, miles from me sobriety stands with a hammer in his hand. And we roll down the street like a pair of coins that fell from the place where your jeans are torn and you smile at me with your wine stained teeth And say let's take the train To a quiet place I know where we can be alone Where the shore meets the sea meets the sun And although we should be tired the day has just begun Well the train doors close and we collapse as my head sinks down onto your lap and we're talking about nothing just to keep from falling asleep, and the ringing in my mind is amplified by the music of the night and that stuff we tried but retreating is the feeling like the tide that's no longer high Just three stops to go until we're out on the road Where the shore meets the sea meets the sun And although we're winding down it's clear the day is young So we stare at the sun and talk about how long it will be until it burns out, when it's fire retires will we be around to see? For all we know it could be that day and if it is I hope it's final ray kisses your eyelids before we are shown to the door Lay your head down in my hand among the diamond in the sand. Where the shore meets the sea meets the sun And as we drift into dream the day carries on
10.
Before we start to fall apart Before we leave for unknown parts I will Make good and settle the bill You pulled me out of the tiger's mouth You cleaned me up and turned me round to face The burdens that I could not face The Gods above are making love Throwing thunder and causing floods to wreck The towers that we erect Language tries to pacify Even when are tongues are tied we go On talking of what we know Talking while exchanging blows War love, war love is that all it really was A war love, a war love Between the breath of seconds stretched Beneath the sky's big blue dress you stand Frozen as the night watchman's hands Guarding what alone you trust Upon the shelf beneath the dust that lines The pasture of your mind The pasture where your secrets reside War love, war love is that all it really was A war love, a war love Lovers lie with legs intwined Letting off the heat inside their guns Unloading into the sun Fevers flare over bodies bare Coughing in the cup they share in hope To keep their love afloat To keep it from going broke War love, war love is that all it really was A war love, a war love

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Zachary Cale and his band perform live on Chicago's WNUR May 16th 2011.

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released May 4, 2012

Zachary Cale - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Uriah Theriault - Electric Guitar
Phil Glauberzon - Organ, Piano
Michael Flis - Bass, Vocals
Marlon Doucette - Drums, Percussion

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Zachary Cale Brooklyn, New York

Zachary Cale is an American songwriter/musician based in NYC. False Spring is his 6th full length album. To be released May 29th, 2020.

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