Slave in a Stone

by Hello Moth

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1.
So now wait eons ago you called me So now wait eons ago you called to me I think we were confused, my dear Here truthfully hidden behind a skull’s face We’re ruthless repentance in all of our sweetest grace We conformed to the echoes of what we both feared Weakened forms surrounded our flight and then disappeared I think we should have tried, my dear A slave in a stone A sculptor all alone I close my eyes and imagine the world that crumbled We’re holding hands in an earthquake, we’re trying not to stumble I thought I was lost before I knew How lost could I really be without losing you? I think we could have won, my dear A slave in a stone A sculptor all alone
2.
Some Shadows 03:43
I am wingless When I fly I fly away from you As I sing this You reply There’s nothing left to do She could see him Falling down But she folded folded hands Everything was All around Like nothing that expands Some shadows don’t seem lonely to me Seem lonely to me Life isn’t only what we can see But what we conceal There are stories We’ve been told Of angels God made sick Burning faster Like a fuse No wax around the wick But some shadows don’t seem lonely to me Seem lonely to me Life isn’t only what we can see But what we conceal
3.
Some people die before they see Reasons for darkness to flee And I was numb before I knew Soul indentations from you Oo, you sold me a secret days before I died Oo, you told me I needed something I could hide And it was never more than sky Held in the weatherman’s eye Like something we did not intend We stood by and watched moments bend So don’t you be sober when nobody can hear you There’s no point, there’s nothing there You can cry on my shoulder when nobody can see The way you fold into the air Oo, you sold me a secret days before I died Oo, you told me I needed something I could hide And then it’s here and then it’s gone Brief as a sunrise is long With every breath we’ll see it borne Into the arms of the morn Don’t you be sober when nobody can hear you There’s no point, there’s nothing there You can cry on my shoulder when nobody can see The way you fold into the air Oo, you sold me a secret days before I died Oo, you told me I needed something I could hide
4.
She was carefully designing atmospheres Little endings to little stories, small awakenings to smaller dreams The light shot short desecration of the way she seems And she was wild and dusty as the western sky The only queen who’d ever seen the naphthalene I glorify Apocalypses come and go Worlds end every day, you know It’s okay I was prepared I brought a white tin can full of gasoline To take me places I had been imagining With everything Calmly, calmly washing the dirt away And she was wild and worried in the eastern sky The only queen to stand between my naphthalene and I Apocalypses come and go Worlds end every day you know The hand of God returns to you
5.
Send thine hand from above Rid me and deliver me out of great waters From the hands of strange children The waters have come up to my neck The waters are come in unto my soul Happy shall he be that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones By the waters of Babylon We sat down and wept for thee Zion We remember thee, Zion And our harps, we hang them up from the trees that are therein He leads me beside still waters
6.
Dear you Watching, wondering how I flew Dear you Waiting, isolating, passing through Dear treasured you I know it’s hard when reasons disappear I fear you Will never find me now my dear You been watching like a specter crawling through the sky and coming down But I’m like a ghost now too, I guess I might as well be found Here I lie, alone in my grave Alone in my grave I lie, alone in my grave But I’m like a ghost now too, I guess there’s nothing left to save
7.
Always Done 03:56
And when everything we expected to happen happened we realized it was for different reasons than what we thought it would be When the sea belongs to us we can swim within it and we’ll think of all the trouble we caused with our threadbare dreams Our dreams, our dreams Just like humans have always done We feed ourselves to our young Truthfully yesterday scares us more than tomorrow the perfection of the moments we won and the time we took We’re made of concrete surrounded by a cloud layer like the brightness of a brightening star that we overlooked We overlooked And just like humans have always done We feed ourselves to our young Gloria Gloria like we’ve always done Like we’ve always done
8.
I Prayed 02:24
I prayed until I broke my hands My fingers snapped like celery Then shot away like rubber bands To rest in shrines too dark to see I prayed until I broke my knees The joints exploded like a war Becoming dustcloud memories Of places I had been before I prayed until my eyes were crushed Beneath their unrelenting lids They flowed like nectar being flushed Away the way dismay forbids I prayed until my words went numb Intoxicated by the sound I watched and let each one succumb Then left their bodies strewn around I prayed until I broke my faith With each impacted shattered word But hammered blows cannot erase The wretched hope of being heard
9.
Holy Chapter 04:45
It’d be better if I just forgot you but you got me so it’s hard And nothing remembered is untrue you were young too in the start And believing is trying to pick up the pieces you think would have carried you far And needing is bleeding yourself in a river that washes your blood to an ancient star, star, star I never imagined the first time I loved you I'd lose you to love you again It’s a terrible trickery played by a tired mind that I never could love you a second time And my confidence seeps from broken heaps of reminders of what has been lost A delicate lesson I never did learn is ensuring an action is worth the cost, cost, cost Oh you saw it coming through There was a time when I was waiting for you Oh you heard the crash of the rain There was a time when I would have held you again The terrible damage, the painter’s brush and the tears that broke your eyes Like a holy chapter of disaster tell of blessings in disguise I could curse you by wishing you well and by saying I hope all your dreams come true But the ruins of words are rarely heard and most of my dreams are nightmares too, too, too Oh we feel it falling through There was a time when I would have waited for you We can hear the rain when it pours Through a time when there were still open doors
10.
Evading Eden 05:24
Breathe Every organ in your body just became a lung So breathe You’ve got Ninety-nine percent of your eyes behind your eyelids ‘cause it’s fun To think of the things you’ve done Now think on the things you’ve done Here I have brought you to a street you’ve never seen And now I point With my hand across the darkness to a house you’ve never been And say to you “this is home” I’m telling you this is home Cool breeze and I’ll control you tonight Control you tonight Evading Eden’s light Cool breeze and I’ll control you tonight Control you tonight Evading Eden Trust Every truth that I have told you could be a lie But trust That this This is psychological warfare we’ve been waging and though I try I never remember why I never remember why Cool breeze and I’ll control you tonight Control you tonight Evading Eden’s light Cool breeze and I’ll control you tonight Control you tonight Evading Eden
11.
Old seared days are wounded with time Diamonds blaze upon the finger’s mind Here I am although I’m hard to see sometimes Take my hand ’cause that’s all that you will find It’s a tired old mind that thinks these things And it’s a tired old heart that has no wings And I was only trying to say goodbye to you I was only trying to say goodbye to you Goodbye to you The longer I fall The longer the wait Impact is all That I long for these days And it’s a tired old mind that thinks these things And it’s a tired old heart that has no wings And I was only trying to say goodbye to you And now I’m only trying to say goodbye to you And I move much slower than I used to do And now I’m only trying to say goodbye to you Goodbye to you

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From alt-pop anthems to dark cinematic monoliths, tribal punk techno to dollhouse rap ballads. Themes of religion and violence swirl throughout.

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released November 4, 2016

All selections written* and performed by Hello Moth
*except “The Waters of Babylon,” composed by Philip Hayes in 1786, adapted by Hello Moth

Recorded and produced by Hello Moth

Mixed by Spencer Cheyne at The Mixing Station
Mixes prepared by Brennan Kennedy

Mastered by Brock McFarlane at CPS Mastering

Photography by Kenneth Locke
Design by Hello Moth

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