The Ghost is Clear

by Exohxo

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Produced by Jackson Justice Long at SoundHouse, Hear Me Shimmer, and MRX in Seattle, WA. Mastered by Adam Straney at BreakPoint Mastering.

All songs written by Danny Oleson and Jasen Samford.

© Ceci N’est Pas Musique (ASCAP) 2015

Artwork by Jesse LeDoux

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released 02 June 2015

Exohxo is:
Danny Oleson (vocals, bass, violin)
Jasen Samford (vocals, guitar, percussion)
Romi Dougherty (violin)
Bill Nordwall (piano, organ)
Bob Zammit (drums, percussion)

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Exohxo Seattle, Washington

"Exohxo are a chamber-pop band you should know about; they're experts at combining orchestral strings, forceful guitars, and poppy melodies into something at once catchy and erudite." - Paul Constant, The Stranger

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Track Name: Past Lives
I'm taking comfort in the presence of the ghosts of my past lives
They sing such sweet harmonies
And I'm pressing colors through the fibers as they fade into my mind
Down with sleepy memories

And though we're haunted by the ghosts of our past lives
We hope we might find what we like
Through the static and the flashing lights
We're terrified we might like what we find

I still remember how her hair was such a mess, she taught me
How to close my eyes when things get loud
She made it all a little smaller when she made it here it all
Seeing all in all we are

And though we're haunted by the ghosts of our past lives
We hope we might find what we like
Through the static and the flashing lights
We're terrified we might like what we find

And everything comes to life
And everything if fine

I'm taking comfort in the presence of the ghosts of my past lives
Hope they won't answer when I call
Track Name: Parting Shots
The coast is clear tonight
And I can hear the ships
As they crash on distant shores

Grains of sand outmatched
By balls of distant gas
And I can't claim to comprehend
The size of facts like these

We go to sleep to find some peace

I've been here before
Each year since I was born
This is where I broke my bones

Strength of will outmatched
By past events rehashed
And I can't claim to know why
I'm consumed by thoughts like these

We go to sleep to find some peace
Reprieve
Release

I have a way of taking parting shots
When I'm feeling lost, yeah
And no one seems to know the strength of glass
Until they heat it to the point of breaking
I have a way of overstating points
Just to make a point
I think I've made my point

The coast is clear tonight
And I can hear the ships
As they crash on distant shores

Grains of sand outmatched
By balls of distant gas
And I can't claim to comprehend
The size of facts like these

We go to sleep to find some peace
Reprieve
Release

I have a way of taking parting shots
When I'm feeling lost, yeah
And no one seems to know the strength of glass
Until they heat it to the point of breaking
I have a way of overstating points
Just to make a point
I think I've made my point

On the other side this is who we are
We act surprised although we know it all
We were told that the best defense
Always was a strong offense

Melted plastic can cause a scene
In a simple way it's like discovering
That the coast was never clear at all
But I'll get over this now!
Track Name: Up To Me
So you wrote it down and
Found out nothing seemed to look just right
Straightest lines and bright, white lights behind your eyes
They find each other here at night.

I heard tell you went back to the well
And found yourself in all the old familiar places
Is this blowing kisses to the wind
Or is it simply spitting in familiar faces?

If it were up to me,
We wouldn't spend another minute inside this place
And we would go and see all the night has left to show
And it would set us free
Cutting loose, cutting our teeth on the unknown

Boxes of old letters that you never did intend to send
There, under your bed
With the laces of those old, red shoes that never fit
You must admit you laughed about it
Didn't you?

So throw your hands up now
Forget about the words you heard me say
A million miles behind my smile
Forever gone, forever far away

If it were up to me
We wouldn't spend another minute inside this place
And we would go and see all the night has left to show
And it would set us free
Cutting loose, cutting our teeth on the unknown

Boxes of old letters that you never did intend to send
There, under your bed
With the laces of those old, red shoes that never fit
You must admit you laughed about it
Didn't you?

If it were up to me
We wouldn't spend another minute inside this place
And we would go and see all the night has left to show
And it would set us free
Cutting loose, cutting our teeth on the unknown
Oh, come with me
We shouldn't spend another minute inside this place
And we should go and see all the night has left to show
And it'll set us free
Cutting loose, cutting our teeth on the unknown
Track Name: Same As Always
Well, it’s strange how we've changed
Since we parted ways
Yet still the same
As always

You could be
My first and last
My always
Future and past

You've come so far
Far from your home
Into this place
Where we belong

And you could be
My first and last
My always
Future and past
So tell me, oh, won’t you be
My first and last
My always
Future and past

Oh tell me, oh, won’t you be
My first and last
My always
Future and past
Oh, won’t you be
My first and last
My always
Future and past
Track Name: You Can't Know
Heroes are not what they used to be
You can't know what I know
You can't know what I know

Heroes are not what they used to be
You can't go where I go
You can't go where I go
Right now

What our fathers have taught
About the men we've become
Is living off of instinct
And waving crimson banners

What our mothers have taught
About the men we've become
Is knowing what we're good for
And shame for our desires
Right now

The perils are not what they used to be
You can't know what I know
You can't know what I know

The perils are not what they used to be
You can't go where I go
You can't go where I go
Right now
Track Name: Trains That Look Like Towns
Our hands are the machines
And our bodies figurines
I'm taking all my pieces back
From all of the places where I
Left myself behind

And our eyes light up the night
With our voices sounding bright
Although we don't know who is listening
It's nice to be heard when we've got something to say

Look at how the landscape rolls out
And trains can look like towns
That follow you to catch you when you fall
And look at how the small words we've had
Have taught us what the silence means
When nobody is scared
Although we feel unprepared
For what's to come

Our wounds are on the mend
Our joints begin to bend
Although we know we that we could be running fast
It's nice to be still and let moments come our way

Look at how the landscape rolls out
And trains can look like towns
That follow you to catch you when you fall
And look at how the small words we've had
Have taught us what the silence means
When nobody is scared
Although we feel unprepared
For what's to come

Look at how the landscape rolls out
And trains can look like towns
That follow you to catch you when you fall
And look at how the small words we've had
Have taught us what the silence means
When nobody is scared
Although we feel unprepared
For what's to come

Look at how the lightning bugs
Are never where you saw them lighting up
And how the trees are all in lines
As if inviting us to run
We're on the fire escape
Escaping from the fires of our families
And the wind is whispering in our ears
That we will never die
We will never die