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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.


from More Strange News From Another Star, released April 30, 2013



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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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