New Life

by The Midnight Sons

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It is fitting that "New Life" took 40 months from beginning to end (January 2010-April 2013), as wandering in the desert is one of the metaphors I most associate with that time period. But trials and tribulations give way to joys and pleasures, and I am thrilled to present these songs as an encouragement to those struggling or looking back on struggle.

I would like to thank contributions of all size: Bobby Griffith, Daniel Howie, Ben Nichols, Grahm Roach, Rich and Stacy Lubbers, Bruce Buescher, Jake Lovelace.

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released April 10, 2013

Stephen Carradini - bass and vocals
Adam Howard - guitar, piano, percussion, miscellany

Adam Howard recorded and engineered the songs.

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Track Name: Ghosts
There are ghosts in the hallways
There are ghosts in my mind
All I want is to leave the past behind me
But my past is with me all the time
Yes, my past is with me all the time

Now my car is pointed eastward
And my heart is on the line
Now I have to leave the past behind me
But my past is with me all the time
Yes, my past is with me all the time
Yes, you all are with me all the time.
Track Name: St. Julian
All will be well
And all will be well
And all manner of thing will be well, will be well

When I wake up on the mountain I will hear you call my name
And all 1950s horror cannot possibly explain
That I am a man of unclean lips
and with these eyes I've done evil
I am evil, I'm primeval
But you welcome me the same, singing

All will be well
And all will be well
And all manner of thing will be well, will be well

When I wake up there in anchorage and look around the space
It is cold, and it is lonely, and I want to hide my face
But I look up there to heaven and I say, I know you're up there
I am down here, I am living, and I'll never be the same, singing

All will be well
And all will be well
And all manner of thing will be well, will be well
Track Name: No Haters
Not saying that's a rainbow, but it's mighty long
Not saying it's the best, but it's a real good song
Not saying he'll be winning, but he's a real good shot
Not saying what I am, but I know what I'm not

And do unto others
what they wouldn't do for you

Throw yourself in front of the triceratops if he's in the way
And when the Mongols come on unicorns, please lead them astray
And when a horde of Swedish supermodels moves in down the street
Dude, grab your bros and have a meet and greet

And do unto others
what they wouldn't do for you

Let the very last train go to someone else
Let the doctor see someone who is in worse health
Let them take the car, although you had a date
Let your enemies be the ones who hate

And do unto others
what they wouldn't do for you

If your rainbow goes double and your boy's a champ
Turn the song up loud so dudes and Swedes can dance
Let the Mongols pasture their steeds out in the yard
Find a leafy jungle for our dinosaur

oh yeah? oh yeah?
No haters.
Track Name: 88 Reasons the World Will End in 1988 (As Viewed From the Year 2010)
Driving past 10 gas stations
all more expensive than I want to pay today
and they say the Middle East will quit before the end of the world
What if they mean today?

I'm never gonna make it to your house on time
Because I know that I will have to stop
But you say, that's okay, no hurry, hey, hey,
it's not the end of the world

This is a reason I like you
For our compatible, fantastical eschatological views

And I will get there, when I get there
with you
Track Name: Denver Mint
Sometimes I am terrified by the amount of things I love
Not the least of which is because all these things will pass away
and then I will be hiding in the dark

I know nothing gold can stay, but here's to trying to explain
that to a heart that thinks it's Midas, or at least the Denver Mint
and I am hiding in the dark

Cause you are the light
And you set me right

Because I love these girls and guys, my heart is trying to disguise
itself as something boring, unpalatable to all disasters
I am hiding in the dark

I can make a fake disaster, nothing problem, even faster
than the time it takes for all the truth to make it to my heart
and I am hiding in the dark

Cause you are the light
And you set me right

Darkness isn't harsh
It's just reality, it's absence of delight
Darkness creeps in from the corners
telling me that nothing is alright
You beat back the demons
take the trash out
tell me you will win this fight

You, you've already been here,
and you've already won

Cause you are the light
And you set me right
Track Name: Reverence Static
I can't hear your voice
That is my own fault
I have kept things between us

Things I say I want
Things I say I don't
I have kept this between us, this

This reverence static
This reverence static
Oh God, it is just reverence static
and I want it gone
on the better days than this

I wanna be your man
Doing the best I can
But I can't seem to be it

I am up and down
I am all around
And I can't seem to beat it, this

This reverence static
This reverence static
Oh God, it is just reverence static
and I want it gone
on the better days than this
Track Name: New Life
Young man, anxious, stubborn as nails
Running my mouth with the tall, tall tales
Five years later with my edges worn down
Walking away from this lovely town

Come on and walk in the light with me

How do you say goodbye
to five years of your life?
I would like to recognize
contributions of all size.

All those who walked in the light with me
Come on and walk in the light with me

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Amen.