Meridian

by the Soil & the Sun

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Recorded at Audiotree Studios in Chicago during January of 2014

Featuring special guest musicians:

Anton Dang - Bass
Chris Hainey - Percussion
Samantha Cooper - Violin
Jeffrey Niemeier - Violin
Fiona Dickinson - Cello
Micah Ling - Cello

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released 19 August 2014

Written and performed by the Soil & the Sun
Engineered by Rick Fritz and Patrick DeWitte
Produced by Rick Fritz and the Soil & the Sun
Executive Producer Michael Johnston
Artwork by Jeffrey Kraus

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Track Name: Are You?
Are you in the sky?
Are you in my mind?
Could I look into your eyes?

Are you in the rays?
Are you in the shade?
Does it matter anyway?

How could I know?
Where do you go?
Where are you going?
How could I know?

Are we out of touch?
Do we talk too much?
Have I said enough?

Were you in the fire?
Did you pass me by?
Will I always wonder why?

Are you in disguise?
Are you undefined?
Should I look into the light?

Are you out of sight?
On the other side?
Should I slip into the night?

How could I know?
Where do you go?
Where are you going?
How could I know?

Who are
You are
We are
Track Name: How Long
I know ya can’t hear me
But I’m singing anyway
Yeah, I know ya can’t see me
But I’m dancing in your rays

How long? How long?
How heavy are these chains
How long? How long?
Oh, Lord, my soul must wait

I know ya can’t feel me
But I’m swimming through your waves
Yeah I know ya can’t believe me
But I swear you keep my faith

How long? How long?
How heavy are these chains
How long? How long?
Oh, Lord, my soul must wait

I know ya can’t tell me
But I’m asking for your name
Yeah, I know ya can’t love me
But I’m loving you the same

How long? How long?
How heavy are these chains
How long? How long?
Oh, Lord, my soul must wait
Track Name: Push Push
Underneath an overpass
Illuminated by the lightning
And clothed in black

Lead us to another path
And when we feel our fate approaching
We push it back

Push it, push it
Give it all your goodness
All, all, who you are
Freely believe me
Lay it on me easy
All, all, all of your love

Rise into the heart of life
Out of living in the shadow
Of endless night

Let the scales fall from our eyes
And when we see our time is coming
We make it right

Push it, push it
Give it all your goodness
All, all, who you are
Freely believe me
Lay it on me easy
All, all, all of your love
Track Name: Samyaza
Samyaza
Don’t watch me anymore
I’ve been running into
What it is that I’ve been put on Earth to do

You demon
Perverter of the truth
You’ve been poisoning my blood
But I know that I’ll be purified by a flood

Prophet
Would you tell me what you see?
I’ve been hungry for to be
Consumed as a berry on a tree

My burdens
I don’t bear them anymore
I’ve been learning how to seek
Who it is that I was put on Earth to be

These mysteries, spoken to us
Who knew what we’d become?
Our memories turn into dust
You grew out of our love

This suffering, appointed to us
Who knew what we’d become?
All bodies given new blood
You grew out of our love

Our history, hidden from us
Who knew what we’d become?
It’s written, shining above
You grew out of our love
Track Name: World We Used To Know
I’m an ode
To a world we used to know
Lost sometime ago

Left alone
In the shadow of your glow
Like paintings on the stone

Growing old
In this solitary hole
A shelter from the cold

On my own
In the glimmer of your prose
Like dancers in a row

Alone, below the glow above

I’m a map
A drawing in the sand
A picture of your plan

I am free
To become what I believe
Despite what is perceived

Alone, below the glow above
Track Name: Human/Machine
Feel the air in your lungs
Feel the two become one
Here in the middle
Where earth meets the sun

Touch the flame to our lips
Touch so we never forget it
A mix up of minerals
But one who is loved

So what if we don’t want to be
Stuck in a human machine
Under the cover
Of light from above

We cut a sign into our skin
But there’s a darker sigil deeper in
So now you drink up slow behind our backs
And mutter incantations from our past

A faded book primeval grimoire in citation
Ancient language, modern incarnation
Is it just another imitation?
Is it here the new transfiguration?

I’m not gonna eat the medicine
Cuz I don’t want eternal life in prison
I’m not gonna go to bed with him
Cuz we can overcome the cataclysm

No one does it like my mama does it
No one does it like my daddy does it
No one does it like my mama does it
No one does it like my daddy does it
Track Name: Leviathan
Why does it sometimes feel like
Everything is slipping away?
I don’t wanna fight it
I could leave it all today

How do you expect me to buy it?
The dying, the destruction, the decay
All I want is music
Let it go, its all okay
Everything’s okay!

All of the numbers and the figures
Is it true, is it true?
There in the decimal, it’s a pattern
Is it you, is it you?

Look how the worlds in collision move slow
Look at the perfect precision throughout
I’m sure that it’s a fact, or is it fiction?
I think it’s over my head

Now did you swallow your own tail like
Ouroborus, Leviathan in the sky?
If I were you I’d bite it
I would leave it all behind

How do you expect me to answer
A question that’s never been asked?
I won’t even try it
I would rather let it pass
Let this moment pass

Go, go on, don’t look back
No, don’t look back, go

Don’t look now, I need control
No, won’t let go

Oh, please, no, don’t leave, don’t go
Please don’t let go

Don’t leave, no I need it
Now, please go, don’t know
Track Name: Sundar Singh
Sundar Singh
Was a diamond ring
Affixed to his mother’s right hand
Reflecting with zeal
All he knew to be real
Into the eyes as he passed

As a boy
He looked to the North
And pondered in curious ways
Over the blue Himalayas
Day after day was
Drawn to their light

But if God above
Descended in love
Then why does a man feel this weight?
So he tore every page
And threw them away
Into the fiery flame

To eternal rest
The Ludhiana Express
But the train never took him away
Instead he was shown to a vision
Given a mission
“Love thy land”

All of the losing, all of the bruises
Through the illusion, into confusion
Don’t it move ya?
Don’t it move you to hallelujah?

He arose from his bed
Went north to Tibet
Renounced by the ones whom he loved
Both body and soul
Cast into a hole
Three nights in the belly of death

Oh, Sadhu Singh
Great things have you seen!
You sit at the Master’s feet
You have known Maharishi
The secret that he keeps
As his charm

All of the losing, all of the bruises
Through the illusion, into confusion
Don’t it move ya?
Don’t it move you to hallelujah?

Should your sun not shine, Hallelujah
Should your moon not rise, Hallelujah
Track Name: Lost Lovers
I’m lost and you are my lover
I call your name
I’m led by the lure of your lyre
Into your inner chamber

I’m faint and you are forever
I go astray
I walk by the light of your fire
Would you follow me into the darkness?

This heavy sorrow mine
With every sadness thine
To carry through all time
Will be our joie de vivre

I sink and you are the river
I drift away
I drink of the life in your water
Would you carry me out of the darkness?

This heavy sorrow mine
With every sadness thine
To carry through all time
Will be our joie de vivre
Track Name: Oiketerion
Once we walked
Where the water was
Took it slow

There, a dove
Alighted over us
Up above
A Holy One

From it’s mouth
Words come crawling out
“Cut him down”

As a flower’s
Scent is spent for power
In the breeze
So are we

So pass over here, low

You search for Truth
Who eludes you too…
Yet you seek

In some dark
Far – flung corner of your heart
Still you sing
A prayer for me

So I came to you
Through the morning dew
On my knees

But you bound me back
Into the curse I’d cast
But I’ve changed
I’m not the same

So pass over here, low

You could have left me on the ground
There was no one else around
Wish you’d have left me on the ground

You could have left me in the dirt
Where my body didn’t hurt
Wish you’d have left me in the dirt

You could have left me in the wild
There was nothing else for miles
Wish you’d have left me in the wild

You could have left me in the mire
Where my heart was as a child’s
Wish you’d have left me in the mire
Track Name: The Physics Of Immortality
Though I was blind
I dreamt of a light
The glow became bright
My sight purified
But I opened my eyes
And was unsatisfied

Nothing I saw
Nothing I found
So out of my mouth
I sent forth a sound
But the sound became proud
From within and without

I was alone
So I brought you to life
Your heart couldn’t bear it
So I gave you mine
But you didn’t love me
So I lay down to die

Then out in the void
I came to realize
This death was a lie
A deception of mind
So I cast it aside
Forever alive