No Compass, No Map

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lyrics

Blackest sky above
Dewy ground below
Walked the runway of the backyard
You were doing your work while we were asleep

And when you were in over your head
The ground gave way an inch at a time
You kept plodding, sirens calling

You looked up to get your bearings
The light of the moon faded from view
Now it's blackest sky and blackest earth
Still following the sound

An army man lashed to the sail
And a singer, once, sang his way past the sirens' wail
No compass, no map
Us pleading, hands folded in our laps

Trinkets in cigar boxes
Mementos saved for the next life
Or the next move

Your life fringed with glory
Thoughtful words rolling off your tongue
But when you heard the call, an about face
Saints with wrong marching orders
A short circuit in your brain, in your heart

A soldier tied himself to a tree
And a poet, once, sang his way past blackest seas
You went wading, called home

Your life fringed with glory
Memento for the next life

Blackest sky above, dewy ground below
Blackest sky above—wading home
Saved for the next life

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from Child of My Sorrow, released September 7, 2018
Words and music by Eric Krewson / Arranged by The Chairman Dances

Dan Comly - analog synthesizer, hand claps

Dan Finn - piano, wurlitzer

Ashley Hartman - vocals, female backing vocal arrangement

Eric Krewson - vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, trumpet, analog and FM synthesizers, glockenspiel, percussion, tambourine, hand claps, saxophone and string arrangements, male and female backing vocal arrangement (before Ashley enters)

Maria Mirenzi - vocals, baritone and alto saxophone

Luke Pigott - synthesizer, hand claps

Will Schwarz - bass guitar

Kevin Walker - drum kit

Maddie Bell - violin

Ezgi Yargici - cello

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