Proof of Ghosts

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released March 4, 2008

all songs, lyrics, arrangements and production by Stephen Heyerdahl. All voices and instruments by Stephen except where noted

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Proof of Ghosts Toronto, Ontario

I'm riding away, picking up steam, moving along at my own special speed. There in the grass by the tall shady tree, watching life pass in the warm summer breeze. Maybe today the sun will shine down on me and my blues will fly away. So babe take my hand and ramble with me, I aint got no plans and I do as I please. Summer aint long but the summer is sweet and life may be ours for the moment at least ... more

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Track Name: I'm coming home
Down the road
down the lane
in a dream I heard you say
"I'm coming home"
past burned out cars
chared remains
left turn down the Interstate
I'm coming home

Dreamed of woods by a lake
where the angels go to bathe
their weary souls
while the stars watch in vain
from a thousand miles away
up where it's cold

I'm coming home
so watch the constellations
all spin by
in the moment that you feel
you're most alive
baby, take the wheel and drive

Dreamed of woods by a lake
watched the woods fall to decay
along the coast
and days are dark and threaten rain
and all the roadsigns on the highway say
"I'm coming home"

I'm coming home
so watch the constellations all spin by
in the moment when you feel you're most alive
baby take the wheel and drive

further on along the way
past open fields and unmarked graves
changing gears and changing lanes
but every mile looks the same
Track Name: Genevieve
I think I need a hospital to hide in
or at least a nurse to look after my needs
'cause I feel the world's weight heavy on my shoulders
so stay with me, Genevieve

It looks like we're all in for nasty weather
the funeral pyres burn for all to see
and I can't help but see that you've been crying
but you're seceret's safe with me, Genevieve

And if there was a roadmap here to guide us
into the silver lining of our dreams
i think I'd still prefer to find my own way
and the highway just rolls on
so baby, won't you ride with me, Genevieve
Track Name: Oshawa, ON pt. 1
By the stream I lay down beside her
shaddows dance through the tall grassy sea
and the ageless tide rolls on to forever
in the fading sky
and the waltz of the flowers and trees
but deeper than shaddows
in twilight's last fading
in blooms of deep violet and red
our voices are lost in a silence
engraved deep in stone
but don't wait long,
'cause I'll be gone
there my heart still goes
a stone marked by a rose
Track Name: Summer's wasted on the young
Summer's wasted on the young
down by the river in the sun
never believed it
when they said the fall would come
'cause summer'd only just begun

Me you and Paul and Allison
living was so easy then with everyone
and time was all we had
and so we kept him on the run
watching the world come alive
and come undone

I knew you'd leave me in the end...

Summer's wasted on the young
when nights in July go on and on
lying there in the dew damp grass
in the fragile light of dawn
yeah, summer's wasted on the young

I knew you'd leave me in the end
though you said we could still be friends
just like a cowgirl in the sand
I knew you'd leave me in the end
Track Name: Hey Anna
Hey Anna, why are you so sad?
Hey Anna, did you forget the times we had?
The sun was shining bright
the stars are all around you
and the moon is ful tonight

So put away your Edgar Allen poems for awhile
'cause we're still young and dancing's fun
so lets head into town
'cause Chris and John and Mike and Kel
will probably be around
just sitting in a coffee shop
talking about nothing at all

So put alittle lipstick on
'cause it's best not to stay in tonight
'cause summer only lasts so long
and autumn's in the wind
and you'll be smiling again
because you'll never think of him
yeah, it was he who lost a friend

Hey Anna, why are you so sad?
Hey Anna, did you forget the times we had?
The sun was shining bright
the stars are all around you
and the moon is full tonight
Track Name: California is doomed
Yeah surf is up
let's go
let's get out of this place
don't look back,
oh babe,
there's a tear on your face
and oh,
this lonely night of gloom
and I know California is doomed

Yeah in a flash
the sky burns
and the mountains fall
I hear your voice
as the sea covers all
and you're crying,
"Oh baby is it true"
but I know California is doomed
Track Name: My baby don't come 'round here anymore
My baby don't come 'round here anymore
I don't know what I keep on comin' for
I should turn around and walk right out the door
'cause my baby don't come 'round here anymore

She said she didn't want to go out dancing
she didn't want to dance with me at all
so I went out to drink until the morning
but I came home a bit early and I saw...
...I saw my baby lying all sweaty and naked
in the arms of another guy
I tried to scream but only made a whimper
my knees grew weak and I fell back outside
outside into the cruel, cruel winter
the silver moon mocked me with its glow
their sleeping forms softly through the window
and me, crying in the snow

I woke up in a fog that Sunday morning
I stumbled to our room and found them there
embracing still in death just where I left them
each strangled in the other's underwear
I threw them in the trunk and went out driving
I dumped them in the swamp by Dekker's Pond
and I told everybody that my baby went away
that she bought a ticket home to Arkensaw
and that I'd been real since she'd gone
and everyone's believed me for so long
and I promised myself that I'd never again drink 'till dawn

My baby don't come 'round here anymore
I guess that's what I keep on coming for
so I think I'll stay and drink alittle more,
'cause my baby don't come 'round here anymore
Track Name: Tempted and tried
There was a time when I was alone
worries and tears fell on a pillow of stone
dark days grew longer, the sun never shone
when I called my baby, my baby was gone

Tempted and tried, Lord
passed through the fire
restless and wild, Lord
broken and tired
sorrow like rainclouds
to the dry thirsty ground
once I was lost, Lord
now I am found

Some turn to women, some turn to wine
some search the heavens and look for a sign
I've done all this and more and baby that's fine
just wake me tomorrow and we'll be alright

Tempted and tried, Lord
passed through the fire
restless and wild, Lord
broken and tired
sorrow like rainclouds
to the dry thirsty ground
once I was lost, Lord
now I am found

Someone once told me, "Son this life's cruel
the one who you love will walk all over you"
So I fell in love and found out thatit's true
tempted and tried, Lord, blacker than blue

Tempted and tried, Lord
passed through the fire
restless and wild, Lord
broken and tired
sorrow like rainclouds
to the dry thirsty ground
once I was lost, Lord
now I am found
Track Name: Sinking men
Breathe the air
and i don't care
but my tears will follow,
follow you always
and skin like ice
I remember the touch
remember the touch
like our last goodbye
and distant hills hide under blackened brush
in mist and in moonlight
in blood and in tears
i'll follow forever your beautiful voice
if you call my name, if you call my name

Love is the promise of life
love is the glimmer of dawn
love is this heart i held open to you
love has let sinking men drown...
Track Name: Time takes its time
Oh give me a home
where I can stand alone
where friends come cheap
and the eyes of love are blind
but hope is dim, I know
and the Earth is turning slow
and time takes its time
takes its time

Oh find me a wife
who will stay with me awhile
with open arms and legs
and heart and mind
but I've known all my life
that bad luck is more my style
and time takes its time
takes its time

Oh give me a heart
that won't cower in the dark
I've never been a brave man
but I try
and if we kill the ones we love
our journey's over where it starts
so meet me, baby
somewhere down the line

Yeah, miles down the line
where stars look dim and small
and dark trees stand against
the darker sky
and if I finally find it
or if I should fail and fall
still time takes its time
takes its time
Track Name: Saturday night in the summertime
Do you remember hanging around
by the 711 just outside of town
the radio playing that rock and roll sound
Saturday night in the Summertime?
Do you remember how good it seemed
falling in love by the slurpie machine
under a halo of neon beams
Saturday night in the Summertime?

And in your car behind the mall
and no one noticed we were gone
I made you cum with the radio on
I think it's still my favorite song

Do you remember going downtown
buying records 'cause we liked the sound
with old punk rock T shirts on
Saturday night in the Summertime?

Do you remember how good it seemed
down on the boardwalk, out by the sea
and still somehow time passed you and me
Saturday night in the Summertime?

And if you hear that Summer's gone
well don't you worry, babe, they're wrong
I've got the proof and it's here in this song,
yeah it's been Summer all along...
Track Name: Glen Hill Park
I know a place just down the street
where lonely go to meet
down at Glen Hill Park
when then sun goes down
and the moon comes up
we can stay here all night in the dark

Lets stay together by the swings
and we don't have to talk about a thing
just stay with me awhile
'cause I wanna see you laughing
like you used to laugh
when you were just a child

The lights below are shining bright
bannannanana-hey-hey! it's alright!
It's not that I don't care my love
but lets forget about the world tonight

So baby don't feel bad for me at all
just take off all your clothes with me awhile
and it'll be alright
'cause in the darkness you look like
the girl I've been in love with all my life
Track Name: Time is a tyrant
Say a prayer for the white grain
for reaping time has come and gone
shed a tear for this raped land
for all the seasons that have gone
I would be the young man who toils
in the fields of the father
in love and for you
break this fallow land
breathe in the soil
crawl through the clay
and lay in the earth

Seventy seasons of toil and labour
under the cruelty of seventy suns
to rest in the ruins of years
years wasted and lost by the sea
Time is a tyrant, time is a tyrant
the chains of our hopes
the length of our days
His fortress is endless
we struggle in vain
Time is a tyrant, time is a tyrant
Track Name: Everything is gonna be alright
Oh Suzanna,
don't you cry for me,
I know it hurts
but baby, everything will be alright,
yeah I know everything is gonna be alright

Tonight i'm lonely as can be
watching lovers
dancing drunk beneath the disco lights,
but I know everything is gonna be alright

I loved a girl who couldn't keep
her promises,
but hey it's spring,
and the girls are wearing
ribbons in their hair tonight
and I know everything is gonna be alright
Track Name: Oshawa, ON pt. 2
Across the great divide
wind sweeps the brown decay
and carries wayward hearts away
and when the silence breaks
in lonely moans and creaking bones,
cracking rock and crumbling stone

Phantoms haunt the empty spaces
between fare-thee-well's and sad good-bye's
the portraits of a thousand faces
drift and change across the grey and frowning sky

No one hears, no one tries
no one sees the murder in her eyes

Phantoms haunt the empty spaces
where broken rocks and rabbits hide
and there's a dead and dry oasis
where i watch the moons of all the planets
wax and wane, set and rise