L y r i c s  

LIFT YOUR EYES TO THE HILLS (2012)

Written and performed by Thayer Sarrano

w/Drums by: Jeremy Wheatley (1, 2, 4, 7)

Seth Hendershot (6) and Jim Wilson (9).

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Drew Vandenberg at Chase Park Transduction, Athens, GA. 2012.

1. Quiet Now Your Bones

 

 

Lift Your Eyes to the Hills (c) 2012 

 6. Gates

 

 

Lift Your Eyes to the Hills, (c) 2012

Your Bones are cold, they walk alone

they stagger out of time

the ghosts critique your silent leave,

you've turned your back on peace of mind.

you go, go, your body leaves its track marks behind

cause you've lost your guide to a crooked smile, again.

 

home, this is not our home, it's a stop to rest.

you lean along a flight of stairs and you worry for your health

you go, go , your body leaves

it can' stay well.

cause you've lost your guide to a crooked smile, again.

 

I WILL CALM AND QUIET NOW YOUR BONES

LIKE A WARM STONE...

 

you usher in the silence, turn your head, turn your head.

now in the silence you are fed, you are fed.

you're steady as you're waiting

for someone to take your place

cause you've lost your guide to a crooked smile, again.

 

I WILL CALM AND QUIET NOW YOUR BONES

LIKE A WARM STONE...

LIKE A WEANED CHILD...LIKE A WARM STONE.

2.Hand Held to Your Mouth

 

 

    Lift Your Eyes to the Hills, (c) 2012

It's not uncommon in a room like this

for the walls to be telling fortunes to their guests.

shadow profiles surround you in a circle,

they are speaking to the ceiling of your name.

would you believe me if i told you my stories

or would you leave me

in that room again?

 

ONCE I SIGNED AWAY, I ONCE GAVE OUT

YOU BLEW MY LIFELINE, THROUGH A HAND HELD TO YOUR MOUTH

THROUGH A HAND HELD TO YOUR MOUTH

 

MY WILL, MY WILL

WAS STILL, SO STILL.

 

3. The Bend

 

 

Lift Your Eyes to the Hills, (c) 2012

Feel the pulse of pilgrims, echoing the way

all the waking, walking visions

steady set the pace.

steady set the pace, on restless games.

 

YOU LOOK LIKE HOME TODAY

 

Stumble, longing for a shoulder

lean along the way

these hours we are getting closer

the bend is room for grace

the bend is room for grace

the bend is room for grace, it's the blues of our names.

 

YOU LOOK LIKE HOME TODAY

 

 

4. Witness

 

 

Lift Your Eyes to the Hills, (c) 2012

Come revival, with your plan

speak a word we understand,

like a witness

a witness rising bones

 

calm the bottles of of our minds

with your feathers made of light

like witness,

a witness rising bones.

 

THERE'S A VOICE, THERE'S A CURRENT, THERE'S A LIGHT

THERE'S A HOME, THERE'S A LANGUAGE, THERE'S A FIGHT

TO LEAVE THIS NOW AT IT'S TABLE.

 

Lift my eyes up to the hills,

believe with me so I can build

a witness,

a witness rising bones.

 

5. I Miss My Lord

 

 

Lift Your Eyes to the Hills, (c) 2012

Oh hallelujah, you are sitting in the light

you faught for your eyes, faught for eyes

so you stay awake

 

i am affected, from counting all your ways

and when they're gone, when they're gone

i count the holes they leave

 

THESE GATES ARE RARELY OPEN

AND I LONG, I LONG TO SEE THEM

THESE GATES ARE RARELY OPEN

AND I CLIMB, I CLIMB TO FIND THEM

BUT I FALL, WHERE THEY DANCE THEY DANCE

AND I HAVE NO HANDS

THEY DANCE DANCE, I HAVE NO HANDS.

 

i made a bargain, for the endpoint of my grief.

i've known it well, known it well

i think it's on my side.

 

i miss your hands, i miss looking at your ring

and seeing gold, seeing gold

see the gold of kings. 

 

 

 

7. The Wolf

 

 

Lift Your Eyes to the Hills, (c) 2012

The lamb is quiet, while the wolf escapes

he left, in front of them

he walked right out the front door.

 

THIS IS NOT WHAT WE WERE MADE FOR

IT'S DARK UNDER YOUR EYES

HAVE YOU HAD WHAT YOU CAME FOR?

YOU'LL CLAIM EVERYTHING ALIVE.

 

two hands, one thread - broken now, unwound.

two bodies, with one head left each other for dead.

 

THIS IS NOT WHAT WE WERE MADE FOR

IT'S DARK UNDER YOUR EYES

HAVE YOU HAD WHAT YOU CAME FOR?

YOU'LL CLAIM EVERYTHING ALIVE.

 

we are weary, but we will walk.

we won't fall or faint.

but i am left, to wonder why,

machines remain in the night sky.

8. They Are All Used to Your Beauty
(Instrumental )
9. Blue Mother

 

 

Lift Your Eyes to the Hills, (c) 2012

Blue Mother, I trust her I trust her

she is friends with my father

blue mother.

 

blue mother, i searched her, i searched her face

i tried to remember, so i wrote down her name.

 

ECHO BELIEVER, LINGER LINGER

ECHO BELIEVER, LINGER LINGER

 

blue mother, i could silence all the voices with my motion

with my motion i could silence all the voices.

 

ECHO BELIEVER, LINGER LINGER

ECHO BELIEVER, LINGER LINGER

 

LIFT MY EYES TO THE HILLS

LIFT MY EYES TO THE HILLS......

10. Echo Believer, Linger Linger
(Instrumental )

I miss my lord, I miss my lord...

 

I wish I was back, in that old wooden room

with all the ones in there who meant what they said.

oh do you hear the call?

i miss you lord, i miss you lord.

S h a k y [2015] 

"Shaky" (Lp) 2015

Thayer Sarrano: Vocals, guitar, pedal steel, organ, piano

Seth Hendershot: drums

Andy Lemaster: Bass

Dan Nettles: guitar (tracks 1, 5,)

Matt Stoessel: pedal steel (track 8)

Philip Mayer: percussion (track 8)

 

Recorded at Chase Park Transduction, a chapel, and home studio in Athens, GA.

Engineered by Andy Lemaster, Drew Vandenberg, Marlon Patton, Hank Sullivant

Mixed by Andy Lemaster.

Mastered by Neal Warner

 

 ©2015 Thayer Sarrano.

 

1. How Can I Wait

 

 

Shaky (c) 2014 

How Can I wait, 

How long till peace?

How can i stay, 

when you won't love me or leave?

 

HOW CAN I WAIT

I HAVE NEVER BEEN HELD SO LOOSELY

HOW CAN I STAND

IN THE PALM OF THE HAND THAT WON'T MOVE ME

YOU WON'T MOVE ME, YOU WON'T MOVE ME...

 

There is a space

between regret and peace

where we will find rest

where we'll find relief

2. Crease

 

 

    Shaky (c) 2014

Our horses are all dead, 

being beaten, we keep killin it

We drag it out, now it's on the ground

being beaten, we keep killin it

 

Wild hearts broken, hollow and sunken

Being beaten, we keep killin---- it.

 

ALRIGHT--

I'LL GIVE YOU RELIEF

FROM MY WORRIED MIND, MY FOREHEAD, MY CREASE.

 

Your memory unties my cells

it breaks the line, between your heart and mine

wild hearts broken, hollow and sunken,

being beaten, we keep killin it. 

alright...

 

3. Touch My Face

 

 

Shaky (c) 2014 

Calm down forgive me

( touch my face, touch my face )

Be honest, be with me

( touch my face, touch my face)

Sick, I am sick now

(touch my face...)

 

NO I WON'T, I WON'T GO THROUGH THIS

I FINALLY FOUND MY HOME

GUARD IT NOW AND LEAD US LOUD

SO WE KNOW WE'RE NOT ALONE

WE ARE NOT ALONE.

 

You can't remember

(touch my face..)

Sick I am sick now

(touch my face...)

You split your spirit

(touch my face...)

 

4. Shaky

 

 

Shaky, (c) 2014 

You're shaky shaky but you settle me

your silky silence shot right through it

you're shaky, shaky, but i can't leave

your dancing shadow, is holding me

ah ha ha ha...

 

i thought i saw you but you weren't real

i send a message but you can't hear

i beg and bargain but it's not you

i wonder wander, i'm shaky too

ah ha ha ha...

 

THOUGHT I COULD FIND YOU IF I SCREAMED YOUR NAME

THOUGHT I'D SEE YOU IN THE ROUND

CONJURE, I'D CONJURE YOU

IF I SCREAMED SO LOUD

BUT MY VOICE,

IT GETS LOST IN THE CROWD.

 

I lost you once i'll lose you again,

you disappear when i stop singing

i'll trace your echo, i'll follow your lead

you're shaky shaky, but you settle me.

 

5. Thieves

 

 

Shaky, (c) 2014 

It comes calling, it comes calling me

it follows, it watches me leave

just when i thought i'd washed my hands of thieves

they wait till the second i thought i was free

 

DON'T LET THE THIEVES TAKE ME AWAY

THEY WILL STEAL MY PEACE AND THEY'LL STEAL MY BRAIN

THEY WILL TIE MY WILL AND TWIST MY NERVES

JUST SAY THE WORD,

SAY THE WORD AND I'LL BE CURED.

 

I'm fainting, it takes my strength.

steps over me when i cannot breathe.

where do they come from, and why won't they leave?

is you who is all even in me? ah a a

6. Quiet State of Panic

 

 

Shaky, (c) 2014 

There's too many faces, and they're flying through the air

it seems, everything i see,

is built from them.

not a space, or surface left,

or hills without the eyes.

what i'm lookin for is what is lookin more

staring through blinding light.

 

Reason is wasted, on a worried mind.

it seems, everything i hear,

is the wrong shade of time.

they are the loudest spaces

they've tied wires to my head

i forget everything i know

i need stronger thread.

 

IT'S A QUIET STATE OF PANIC

WHEN I FEEL ALONE IN MY HOMETOWN

BUT THEY'RE PLAYING MEMORIES ON THE CORNER

THAT'LL PULL ME, PULL ME BACK TO SOLID GROUND.

 

the Shaky road is walking, by my side

i'm standing on a river i know it's deep and wide

they say, come back down

but oh land i'm not sure...

what i'm lookin for is what is lookin more

my hopes are high hold on.

 

7. Aim

 

 

Shaky, (c) 2014

It's strange what you build

to break your desire

you leave your best laid plans

and you say you're tired

you call them off

your guards are fired

i want to go over you again

from up higher.

 

higher...

 

words aren't good enough

it's not how we're wired

so what do we trust

which flame is higher?

we call we call it off

but we are liars

i want to go over you again from up higher.

 

higher.

8. Lost Art

 

 

Shaky, (c) 2014 

Their hands are open, call to the wild

layer landscapes, breaking the sky

i remember them, from when i was a child

it's the same little image, from inside my eyes

 

THE LOST ART OF LIVING IS AROUND AGAIN

THE LOST ART OF LIVING IS AROUND AGAIN

oh sweet hosanna, i hear them whisper

their voice is soft and fanning, through the world so loud

they are subtle shaken

shaken in the round

sweet hosanna singin, shaken in the round

 

they're the ones who notice, they're the ones who fly

they know something we don't where do we sign?

i think i hear them, i love their ways

i hear them singing, on my ancient days.

 

THE LOST ART OF LIVING IS AROUND AGAIN

THE LOST ART OF LIVING IS AROUND AGAIN

oh sweet hosanna, i hear them whisper

their voice is soft and fanning, through the world so loud

they are subtle shaken

shaken in the round

sweet hosanna singin, shaken in the round

 

 

9. Glimpses

 

 

Shaky, (c) 2014 

There's a world at the same time as this one

it's bright it trembles it glistens.

keep my eyes open, don't wanna be tired

don't wanna miss it, i wanna listen, i wanna stare at living

 

I CAUGHT A GLIMPSE OF IT TODAY

BUT THESE GLIMPSES NEVER STAY

IT'S HARD TO LIVE YOUR LIFE THIS WAY

CHASING GLIMPSES THAT NEVER STAY.

 

there's a world on top of a mountain

i was dancing

i wanna trade my home, for that mountain

i am sure it is where i was born.

 

 

and it swings now, it's like a joke. they all say i make this up.

but i don't, i don't.

i've seen it...

10. Hide My Health

 

 

Shaky, (c) 2014 

How can I miss you in this crowd

if strangers who can't be bothered

I've seen to much to fake it now

I really need you, you'd understand.

 

We have learned social graces

but i've forgotten small talk

how can i put it on now

when it's just too heavy to be light.

 

SO GO NOW AND SEND MY BEST

I'LL BE GONE WHEN YOU GET BACK

TELL EM ALL THAT I AM WELL

I'LL BE LEARNING HOW TO HIDE MY HEALTH.

 

hide my longing hide my face

hide my lonesome lonesome gaze

put it somewhere that i can't reach

someplace they, they can't see

 

cause it's a secret place the land of sadness

and we must not be tempted towards solice

outward, but rather inward

there is help there. ( there is help there )

I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty [2018]

1. I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty

 ©2018 Thayer Sarrano.

I will never be used to your beauty, there’s something else I heard you singing those songs, I know them well
I know them well, I know them well it is well within my cells.

 

I call on mystery, so I can tell
I rest in visions and go down to the well
from the well from the well drink the well and hear the bells

 

We wake to miracles, each first light
there’s something glowing underneath our eyes under our eyes, under our eyes, the bend of night

 

we know their names now, but we don’t know why their patterns are shifting, from side to side
side to side, side to side, side to side the bend of light

 

the birds are shining, blue and gold
we stare at the clouds and watch them unfold unfold, unfold, sun water wind and stone

 

flocks of birds flying now, out of the hand
and oh to be so thankful, wherever they land they land, they land, on both lines of the sand

 

o sweet hosanna, i hear them whisper
their voice is soft and fanning through the world so loud through the world, through the world so loud

 

i will say it if i can say it right
may the words be clear on my tongue, open the sky open the sky, open the sky, put me inside

 

come morning, come dawn of time
awake from the dark night of the soul
and let us rise, yes let us rise, yes let us rise you red sun fly

 

it is silent now, holy and free
i kissed you, through the veil, that covers me oh mercy, let it be, let it be 2 as 3.

 

i will never be used to your beauty, sound of the years you are a river and your words are clear
hear the sound of the years, it’s the music of the spheres

hear the song of the years, it’s the music of the spheres

hear the song, of the years, it’s the music of the spheres....

"I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty" (45) 2018

Thayer Sarrano: Vocals, guitar, keys

Jeremy Wheatley: drums

Andy Lemaster: Bass

Rick Lollar: guitar

Engineered by Andy LeMaster at Chase Park Transduction, Athens, GA. 

Mastered by Jason NeSmith

 

 

 

WINGS ALLELUIA [2019]

©2019 Thayer Sarrano.

Written and preformed by Thayer Sarrano : vocals, guitar, pedal steel, keys 

Marlon Patton: drums

Featuring vocals by The Athens Cowboy Choir and T. Hardy Morris 

Recorded by Drew Vandenberg, Dex Green, Marlon Patton, and Patrick Damphier.

Mixed by Drew Vandenberg at The Fidelitorium ,Kernsville, NC and Chase Park Transduction, Athens, GA.

Mastered by Ted Jensen.

 

O My Soul 

Speak to me, speak to me. Hold your flame so I can see.

Dance with me, 1 2 3. Palm to palm and cheek to cheek.

Palm to palm and cheek to cheek.

Hold my hand, hold my tongue. Make me quiet like the dawn.

O My soul, O my joy. Lift my hands and lift my voice.

Lift my hands and lift my voice.

It moves the sound ( my soul, my soul)

It moves the dance (my soul, my soul)

It moves the sound, it moves the dance, we dance, we dance

We dance...

In the wind’s wail

Oh my soul

We dance through the gates, through the veil

Oh my soul, oh my soul.

Dance with me, 1 2 3. Palm to palm and cheek to cheek.

Never fail, you never fail. Pull my hands through the veil.

Pull my hands through the veil.

 

Grace Goes On 

We thought we’d come farther, farther down some line

But time was just arrows on a circle changing it’s mind

The circle is endless, but the circle is the same

We just keep repeating and using different names.

How many times how many fires,

How many codes how many liars,

How many lessons till it’s done,

How many wars until it’s won?

So here we are again (same old road same dead end)

Why can’t we see it coming (wears us out and we give in)

Can’t remember where we’ve been (same old pattern same old song)

So grace goes on...

 

I can see the shadows behind the screen that are tied to

unraveling

The lesson is endless but the lesson is the same

Hear the song hear the same song

Grace goes on and on.

 

 

The Eternal 

Sun, rise on the sides of our minds,

of the mountain mouthing names.

Feathers of light, on the sides of our eyes,

Oh river, open your wings.

I saw your face in the water

I saw your face in the smoke.

You come and go, old soul.

When you come, I carry on.

I’ll carry on, on and on

I will carry your song on my lips.

I saw you fly and I heard you laugh

Open your soft eyes again.

Live forever, through your song

Ma-ha-la, ah-le-lu-ia

(Alleluia).

 

 

These Arms 

Where is the place we still believe—where the Spirit never leaves?

Where do space and time release?

Where will you find me, where should we meet?

Where do I walk with my cold feet?

Into your arms

These arms I dream.

Holding strong and carry on,

Follow the line from the palm.

Hear the song, on the shoulders of God

That holds these Arms I dream.

Show me how to stay and show me again,

So I remember where I’ve been

Into your arms, these arms dream.

Into your arms, these arms I dream.

 

Red Sun 

I feel the circles fall through the sky

See the face on the hills and the spirit to the right

Everything is shining, I see the light

Voice in the silence and the spheres come alive.

Should I let go of you, or hold on tight?

Should I stare at you, or close my eyes?

Red Sun...

Has come.

Come back for me, find out where I am

Shine your light on me, for as long as you can

I wanna feel like the dawn, I wanna hear your song

Echo of the spheres like the banging of a gong.

Should I let go of you, or hold on tight?

Should I stare at you, or close my eyes?

Red Sun...

Has come.

 

Back to the Home

Take the whole, Take it apart

Take the whole, take it apart

And move the pieces to the start

Cause this time we’d be older, this time free

This time our souls could finally see.

 

The air is changing colors,

I’d hoped for better weather in your eyes

Is it wrong that I’m still looking,

For that old familiar light?

 

Sometimes you open your channels,

Sometimes you pour them on me.

But mostly you’d just rather

Be a vast resistance to this dream.

 

Oh come back here where I’ve been waiting

And meet your heart that I adore

Take my hand and walk on with me

Back to the home that we’ve become.

Back to the home that we’ve become.

 

Oh it hurts to see this all

It hurts to open tired eyes

But I wish you’d see through your wall

Or put me on the other side.

 

Oh come back here where I’ve been waiting

And meet your heart that I adore

Take my hand and walk on with me

Back to the home that we’ve become.

Back to the home that we’ve become.

 

Take the whole, take it apart

And move the pieces to the start

Cause this time we’d be older, this time free,

This time our souls could finally see.

 

— 

Totem 

All the animals that you seek are shown up in circles 3

They are here here to guide you,

To the one you need to meet.

they sing a song I’ve heard before

Sounds like all I knew a long time ago

Like a wooden dream

The animals tell us where to go they are here for us they hear us

The spheres grow as time flows

All the animals, they know they know.

You can see them in the trees, above it and beneath

There’s a heaven on this earth,

It breathes it breathes it breathes.

White Shores 

Heart rise in morning water

Bless yesterday as today

Now flying as forever

Call, call,  and call

All, all, and all.

I trust what holds us,

So still, so still

I’ll marry mystery

You have me

You have me. 

White shores are where we least expect them

buried just beneath our plans

And peace runs to us, through us,

At last.

One soul, one soul

I thought that was you

May I see you through?

This now at last

This now at last.

White shores are where we least expect them

buried just beneath our plans

And peace runs to us, through us,

At last.

 

— 

Wings, Alleluia

I wanna sing like the statue, fountain lips of stone

With eyes carved open, they are staring home

The dead go to my eyelids they live

Like falling leaves

Their name brings meaning

Brings meaning to my grief.

Oh mystery,

cover me.

just how long, how long?

How long till we know— till we know we are free?

I call on mystery, so I can tell

I rest in glory it is well in my cells.

Good night sleep walkers, goodnight hungry ghosts

I see through ya, hallelujah

Oh mystery,

cover me.

just how long, how long?

How long till we know— till we know we are free?

Is there a name for it,

is there a name for these wings?

——

Will you stay with me

Watch and pray

It feels like we could be

This holy place.

If we can breathe we sing

Through all the love and the pain

Yes let us do this thing

Where we know, we are the same.

Do you think the birds can feel it?

And will it affect their flight?

We watch them cross the sky

With what feels like our own two eyes.

Now we at last remember

Who we are and where we began

Sing it again, sing it again

There is love, alleluia, amen.

Amen.... 

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