Our Fathers Were Lions

by Devin Sinha

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1.
There was rain on the porch swing  and rain on my boots  and the hood to my jacket was drawn  when I saw you come skipping  your way up the street,  you were smiling, I'm soldiering on.  You gave me a carving  you found on the road  and you gave me a jar full of sand  from a beach far off somewhere  that I'll never see.  I was here and I gave you my hand.  I was a braggart, you were a rogue:  the best two this town's ever seen.  I was a drinker, and you liked to smoke  but between us we kept our souls clean.  There was sun on the water  and sun on your skin,  the evening came on as I strummed.  Your hair caught the last light,  your eyes caught the stars,  you voice caught the tune while I hummed.  You gave me a kiss  and loaned me your heart  and took me down into your bed.  I left town the next day  crossing fingers for you,  you crossed me right off your list instead.  I was a braggart, you were a rogue:  the best two this town's ever seen.  I was a drinker, and you liked to smoke  but between us we kept our souls clean.  There was dirt in the phone line  and under my nails  when the fighting and sighing was through.  You had ice in your veins and  stones in your eyes.  I was out cold and dreaming of you.  You gave me some heartbreak,  I gave you some too  when the Spring came and you were withdrawn.  I was always so faithful,  'least when you were around,  you were crying, I'm soldiering on.  You played the liar, and I played the fool:  the best two this town's ever seen.  Once or twice we forgot we were on the same side,  but between us we kept our souls clean.  There was rain on the porch swing  and rain on my boots  and the hood to my jacket was drawn  when I saw you come skipping  your way up the street,  you were smiling, I'm soldiering on. I loved you, yes I loved you On, I loved you, yes I loved you On, my darling, you were my only one
2.
04:37
Forgotten your father's face there's a snake in your garden and the wishes in the well have all gone dry you put up your walls yours, a heart that has hardened you snuff out the rushlight where your soul once did shine   when the blood in your veins beats thinner than water and the souls of your feet lie bare on bitter ground the taste in your mouth of that bold, brackish laughter a reminder that jesters and kings both someday must lose their crowns   and all I ever wanted was to know you all I ever hoped was you'd be coming home   I would shine, shine a light, this world could still feel new You could shine, shine a light, let your light shine through I won't leave you in the darkness, I am always by your side we can shine, we can shine, shine a light   your shelter is rotten - and succumbs to the sand sinking like promises broken and words left unsaid wearing fear on your sleeve like a black mourning band do you dream of days past as you sink in the depths of your bed   I would shine, shine a light, this world could still feel new You could shine, shine a light, let your light shine through I won't leave you in the darkness, I am always by your side we can shine, we can shine, shine a light   Call on me, I'm saying Shine, Shine a light When your sight is fading Shine a light There's still hope in heartache Shine a light Love is patient, love waits   I would shine, shine a light, this world could still feel new You can shine, shine a light, let your light shine through I won't leave you in the darkness, I am always by your side we can shine, we can shine, shine a light
3.
04:40
Again we saw the same signs we said the same lines we have the same fights the world keeps turning, turning the sun, it will rise you wake by my side the same great divide but are we learning, learning   and you call me backslider no great decider why are we back here again and again Your ocean eyes my life capsized the waste and weight and words will only pull us under   (and) This is an apology for all you've given me for all the times I take and take and take for granted Again we're on the cresting wave what is there left to save I left you drifting, sinking, on an ice sheet stranded   and you call me backslider no great decider why are we back here again and again Your ocean eyes my life capsized the waste and weight and words will only pull us under   time through time river through stone carving our names etched on our bones time through time river will rise how many mistakes before the river runs dry   (and) I knew only discontent I spoke not what I meant I lived a life of rashness, reason, taking, taking I watched you growing dark the seasons of the heart my darling, tell me, can we stop this breaking, breaking   and you call me backslider no great decider why are we back here again and again Your ocean eyes my life capsized the waste and weight and words will only pull us under   time through time river through stone carving our names etched on our bones time through time river will rise how many mistakes before the river runs dry   You were always on my mind two steps back, two steps back, falling over You were always on my mind two steps back, two steps back, diving under
4.
03:20
worn out map and a gravel road ink-black sky still thick with smoke willows shake, the cold wind moans comin' back's not comin' home   dry your eyes and stem the tears took you far too many years the rust and shame cuts to the bone comin' back's not comin' home   in the night the stars were falling for you as they found the sea in the light you'll find me calling for you will you reach for me   carve your name in withered earth tell me what of it was worth wounds that blind may never heal once was yours, my soul to steal   shake the chains and champ the bit there's no getting used to it slide the key under the door nothin' here for us no more   in the night the stars were falling for you as they found the sea in the light you'll find me calling for you will you reach for me
5.
In the station, I was waiting for the seven-thirty to come on by a steam whistle harbinger shouting your name to the summer night then you cascaded down the platform bathed in fog and amber light I was crashing off the rocks onto the sand   In Nashville, we were shipwrecked holding on as the grey moved in we were two with the world around us though my resolve was wearing thin as I dove deep in your southern drawl you asked if I could tell you when I last saw the lights crashing off onto the sand In my city, there's a park bench where I drink my winter tea I loose leaves to read your future but you said you never could read me but you were so steeped in all I ever was and you'd bring me sweet release light from you and I crashing off onto the sand   In the night sky, we were wide-eyed as the shower slowly passed You wished for resolution, I wished some moments could last You turned me into something better weathered rock to newborn glass Lightning crashing off the rocks onto the sand
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05:05
All these days and all these dreams Lying down, lie down with me I am not the man I hoped for I am not the man I thought I'd be   late nights playing songs for players like we're just passing the same ten dollar bill around I’ve carried this guitar through every back alley back door of every dead end dive bar in this dead end town   and the waiting and the waiting and the waiting is the fastest way to drown   These pictures mark the memory of my less than humble youth I'm the age my father was when I was born It's a hard and simple truth   There's a moment in the darkness when the stage light settles in When our eyes met you were mouthing back the words and I love you though we might not meet again   and the waiting and the waiting and the waiting is the fastest way to drown   The busker on the corner sings a love song dawn to dusk Put your faith in the patronage of strangers passing by, it takes a hell, takes a hell of a lot of trust   All these days and all these dreams lying down, lie down with me I am not the man I hoped for If I don't wait, I know someday I'll be   and the waiting and the waiting and the waiting is the fastest way to drown
7.
03:56
Help me, this time I'm breaking Silence cannot settle me All the breaths I am taking I gave you all my belief   Help me, this ship is fading Steer me down into your sleep I stole a dram from a deep well I gave you all my belief   You're a moment You're a moment You're a moment You're gone   Help me, this time I'm breaking Silence cannot settle me All the breaths I am taking I gave you all my belief   Help me, this ship is fading Steer me down into your sleep I stole a dram from a deep well I gave you all my belief You're a moment You're a moment You're a moment You're gone
8.
04:07
All the lights are burning All the bridges I've been burning down All the nights, lost, yearning Call them all down, call them all down   All the leaves are turning Ashen angels sigh into the ground Wings arise, flames churning Call them all down, call them all down   And you, so poised and proud And you, call so loud   See the sirens soaring Rivers scream and turn toward the sky Hear the dragon roaring Your skin was cool on summer nights When the charnel house erupts in flame with all I've ever known I'll see you there against the blaze, within its searing glow As the wind sweeps down o'er barren slopes leaving ash upon my breath I'll plant the seeds of a better life for the beauty that it left   And you, so poised and proud And you, you call so loud   Gave it all, you gave it all away All your love for all those left to save   All the lights are burning All the bridges I've been burning down All the nights spent searching All the years I should have left this town   And you Call them all down And you Call them all down You know I've been waiting You know I've been waiting
9.
Left my homeland State and flag gone by Oaths of fealty And your father's golden ring Past the white sand Past the riptide I will hear you when the cannon fire sings   Come destiny, come home And if I leave before my time forget my name and let me go Come destiny, come home And if we meet on foreign shores I won't still be the man you know   I'm no villain There's no hero in our tale Words of passion And a promise in the rain I was young then You were an ideal I will hear you When the cannon fire sings   Come destiny, come home There are crimes deep in your mind I know I'll never answer for Come destiny, come home So raise the flag, burn my name, and call the captains back to war   I shed my skin on bended knee Feeling the fire from my works wash over me I wrung my hands for mothers I will never meet Then raised my sword and swore to see that we die free   In the sunlight When you hailed defeat Independence I'm forever through with kings Such a cruel fight Broken sons lie at our feet I will hear you When the cannon fire sings   Come destiny, come home For such a loss the gain was more than you or I will ever know Come destiny, come home And when the cannon fire sings it sings for all that we let go Come destiny, come home Come destiny, come home
10.
And you ask me Looking down out the window If I could fly would I find my way home As the birds overhead mark the seasons’ divide How can I find my way back to your life Falling out of bed when winter was coming strong Wrap ping up the warmth of dreaming in dreaming on At night, grey light, your sighs mingle with the snow The streets, our feet, walk paths that we'll never know Now, in the night, it finds us pouring down pouring down Given all away In our life, we're always looking out, reaching out Coming back to say If I had a knack for saying it all too wrong You would come back to hear it right in a song If I'd been him, if you'd been born in a different time I might evoke the ghosts buried down in our mind Now, in the night, it finds us pouring down pouring down Given all away In our life, we're always looking out, reaching out Coming back to say If I had been there or perhaps if I had done that If you met me now, know we are never our past All ghosts, all lost, the seasons and choices change Project your life, just a breath on the window pane Now, in the night, it finds us pouring down pouring down Given all away In our life, we're always looking out, reaching out Coming back to say
11.
02:49
We held our hands in the fire and swore off the night in ourselves. The coyote calls out for shelter; we hold on to moments too long.   I still love watching your hands move; aged rosewood, clear spruce, dulcet tones. Each chorus refreshes our past selves, we hold on to moments too long.   Staying out west at Juniper Lake; mountain hemlock and tall lodgepole pine. Draw my body down into the moon grass; we lie loudly beneath a clear sky.   One more note. Then I'll go. We hold on to moments too long.

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Our Fathers Were Lions is the third studio album from Devin Sinha

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released September 22, 2017

Written and performed by Devin Sinha
Engineered and Mixed by Dylan Fant at 1 Shot Studios
Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering

with Paul Murphy, Mike Thornhill, Ean Verver, Rachel Lee, Helen Anderson, Elena Loper, Kevin Stiles, Robert Lee, and Charles Wicklander

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Devin Sinha Seattle, Washington

Devin is a singer/songwriter living in Seattle, hailing from Midwestern roots as he spent most of his life around Kansas City. His style is primarily acoustic indie/folk, mixing autobiographical flavors into his fiction of poetry and music. Songs tend toward narrative verse, with lyrics and feeling taking front row center, often complemented by guitar, keyboard, and bass. ... more

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