The Ghost is Clear

by Exohxo

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1.
Past Lives 03:05
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
2.
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!
3.
Up To Me 04:01
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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

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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 June 2, 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 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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