More Strange News From Another Star

by James Wallace & the Naked Light

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Feng Tai Leng
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Colored Lights I kicked down your door I came into your house I fell on your floor It wasn’t right, but I wasn’t happy But when she says that she’s gonna go And it burns like a cauldron in your eyes Well, then you know it’s the truth, and you gotta drop it, or you gotta carry that load. Because Marie, when I get so angry I could quit you, I imagine myself a stream and sometimes its a wide stream and I gotta cross with my legs to the other side. So now I’m tied to the Chair On a ship that’s passing your port by And all I can do is stare ‘till you’re a thousand miles from me But they dance around me. (Colored Lights) Colored Lights, dance around me like a fog. 
And I’ll find that secret garden, at the bottom of the well You said it’s just a story, but I think it’s true When they dance around me. They say that to see see in the dark It’s best to use the corners of your eyes Well, I wish I had known...I’d have seen so much coming at me. So when you go Walk with your arms held outright but if you stay, know that I might find you in the dark. Do you remember when you kicked me down the stairs when I told you we could fly? And though I could not fly, love. I could stare, like you were a thousand miles above me. But they danced around me (Colored Lights) Colored Lights, danced around me like a fog. Ten thousand miles long. It wrapped around the sun. It looked just like a fantasy I drew. Colored Lights, Colored Lights and then we’ll go to play the game. To find the boy who lost his grave We’ll call on Stephanie next door But she won’t ever find me She won’t ever find me in my room, when they dance around me.
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Worse Things Have Happened I've had trouble Relying on what my headlights gaze I thought to trade my parts would catch up in the race Now I'm already broken at the top of the hill push me on down, till my wheels won't turn me anymore Qianmen kai, Hen duo ma fan lai Mafan lai qing Lai mafan lai you shihou jiao ni mo ren you shi ni jiao wo xiang yi xiang mei shenme da bu tong Worse things have happened to the human race Worse things have happened to the human race Fell through the trap door, you got scratches on your face Take the bucket off your head Worse things have happened to the human race Worse things have happened to the human race Stared hard with both eyes, 'till your outlines began to shake You gotta break that mirror on your dresser, boy Worse things have happened to the human race Worse things have happened to the human race It's not hard to to side with trouble, when you've had it all your days Just roll down 'till your wheels, won't turn you anymore I've had trouble Relying on what my headlights gaze I thought to trade my parts would catch up in the race Now I'm already broken at the top of the hill push me on down, till my wheels won't turn me anymore Worse things have happened to the human race Worse things have happened to the human race Killed Half the township, with your cold, blinding hate You're gonna take back what you did...
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To The River 03:05
To the River Tauryn took my hand she said we’re going to the river so I followed her like a new toy pulled down the road by a string Why we going to the river? She said, the stars are falling in Each one that falls turns the water more to blood. and I think the world’s ending. If I didn’t know much about this world, I’d say. Taryn had the prettiest face I’d seen. Besides she never held my hand before, and this summer everyone had been so mean. This summer everyone had been so mean. At the clearing the stars were fine. Disappearing only at the glow from town and the river was what it always was: a factory shade of murky brown How’m I gonna pick up all these stars? I said How’m I gonna clean up all this blood? How’m I gonna spend these last moments with you before the fire rains from above? Tauryn took my hand she said we’re going to the river so I followed her like a new toy pulled down the road by a string
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Looks like you've gone asleep With your black shirt and your shoes on talking to yourself, saying things I oughta know you've been working me backwards everyday now So when I'm stuck in regret or anything I know I won't soon forget I lay beside you while you're dreaming outloud He heard her near He heard her singing out at He'd like to hear it once again A song so softly it could bring him back to Back where it was that he began These days you're less than able to lift your head up off the breakfast table I scold you in the day, and pray for you while you sleep Well I hope you're riding on a horse I hope you leave those city lights behind you I hope you see my love when its drinking you up or anything you want to He heard her near He heard her singing out at He'd like to hear it once again A song so softly it could bring him back to Back where it was that he began Now I don't know where you've gone to You left home the first chance I gave you Can you still hear my voice? Can you still dream outloud? Well I hope you learned these words I hope you have the heart to sing them even if they are the words you can't write down and they chase you like a dog into the pouring rain He heard her near He heard her singing out at He'd like to hear it once again A song so softly it could bring him back to Back where it was that he began
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If I ever hit you child If I ever made you sit outside I can't always be divine I have been walking on the wire If I ever stole and lied If I ever broke you when you tried I can't always be divine I have been walking on the wire So when your walls come down and all the people with their flowers lift you up into the clouds you'll just smile... If you chase me, I'll run I'll run into the darkness or the fire, I won't run forever But I'll run a long time Force me into a fight I'll come at you like the sunlight hits the water I won't fight forever But I'll fight with my life If you chase me, I'll run I was a picture of a boy Always trapped behind the glass on the wall Always accepting my award with a smile Yeah, I was there for a while Now I'm the ball that got thrown Always kicked down the road I'm always dirty I always feel so strange And then I'm washed by the rain And If you chase me, I'll run I'll run into the darkness or the fire, I won't run forever But I'll run a long time Force me into a fight I'll come at you like the sunlight hits the water I won't fight forever But I'll fight with my life If you held out your hand I'd hold it in the soft hard-headed way that nothing lasts forever But just as long as it can If you held out your hand I'm turning into the rays that stall out at the end of the day oh, green flash from the sun send me back to the field to be born I'll grow legs I will run
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Jack settled down back in Kennedy after leaving the Armed forces. But it was only three months before his friends sat him down for an intervention, accusing Jack of not having spoken a complete sentence since that february. It wasn't that jack had lost his mind, but only that he he'd been spending most of it along grassy knolls, competing in the game of balancing the thrown ball on the sharpened sword. A game he'd been competing in ever since he'd seen the corner of Cedric's face fall off from a bullet in the village. and now he was already in his final round. They met him at the diner, and tried to recall the past, and how the mayor was expecting him to cut next ribbon. He Smiled. But it was to the sword fans, now making their last cries of encouragement from the sidelines. And they were lucky to have him now with the rainy season gone, and only thirty months left on earth before the sun swallowed everything past mars.
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The Coming (Shark's Song) Roaches hide in the lead pipe behind me Because the sun got too close like the prophecy written on the tree outside Just dust off the florida room chairs beneath the bright radiation And when the cat's throwing up and the poles are switching Climb out to the woodshed carve things I would have said to my wife If I had one, and I knew the world was ending... Tracy, put your red dress on when you're hanging up the christmas lights make a fire, put the water on, now the house is feeling more like a home now the war drum ain't shakin' our bones Aint it hard to remember a time when the gold star only shined? it still burns, and we're still alive but it's only holding us hostage down here I still work through the day and I hope that you pray for me that I don't die on the morning drive Find me a room put me on drugs "a" and "b" have them hold me like a rocking chair I'll rock my body in rhythm to the sound of the coming so when the cat's throwing up and the poles are switching up above our heads I'll have no feeling Ants watch us from venetian blinds with their cap gun ammo eyes tell our kids they still want wings even though the birds are gone from the sky When the rock hits the clay, I hope I'm not listening to the talk and jive on the morning drive Find me a room put me on drugs "a" and "b" have them hold me like a rocking chair I'll rock my body in rhythm to the sound of the coming so when the cat's throwing up and the poles are switching up above our heads I'll have no feeling ...and when the wind blew the ball slightly more to the left and rolled down the hilt, everyone in the stands knew, he had won. And in the winner's circle, the old man with the scissors and the dog who'd been shaved of every hair on its body, came out to congratulate him, for what he had done. A real hero's welcome. As for the townspeople, even though the game never explained what the jar at the bottom of the tar pit was for, they could see it stood for something larger than the community, and with that they were okay. Then, as the old man reached in to shake the hand of Jack R. Heroe beneath the blue sky and confetti he whispered, "Boy you'll always carry the beauty you've shown to us on this day, but this town won't always carry the beauty this day has shown for you. And with that I think you oughta be gettin a move on."
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credits

released April 30, 2013

Songs 2,3,5,7, and 9 recorded and produced with Matthew E. White and Pinson Chanselle at Space Bomb in Richmond, VA 1, 4, and 6, Recorded and Produced by James Wallace with Kai Welch at 1905 Bernard Ave, Nashville, TN. 10 Produced with Joseph Hazelwood at Innerverse. Mixed by Kevin Dailey at The Blue Room, Nashville, TN. Mastering by Andrija Tokic at the Bomb Shelter, Nashville, TN. Design by James Wallace. Layout by Ricardo Alessio.

All Songs by James Wallace except "He'd Like to Hear it Once Again" co-written with Garret Devaughn and "4th Dimension or Living in Colorado" co-written with Kai Welch.

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James Wallace and the Naked Light Nashville, Tennessee

Once, in an abandoned house, I found a tape of Black Gospel music pirated from a station out of Greensboro in 1967. Like a child of the middle class, I wrote down how it felt. Now we're six or seven together, and loud enough.

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