Halcyon & Surrounding Areas

by The Library is On Fire

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Recorded and Mixed 2013-2014 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC

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released April 15, 2014

Recorded and mixed by The Library is On Fire on Cassette 4 track at The Library is On Fire Loft, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC

Pre-mastering by Todd Tobias at Waterloo Sound, Brecksville, Ohio

Mastered by Kevin Blackler at Blackler Mastering, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC

Cover photo by Brenda Bancroft

The Library is On Fire:
Steve Five - Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards, Electronics
Travis Tonn - Bass, Electronics
Cory Race - Drums & Percussion
Pete Sustarsic - Drums & Percussion

Johnny Coolati - shred guitars on the psych out ending of "Smoke Signals"

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Track Name: Red Flags
caught in the fray
when no path is safe stepping forward
and a leap of faith
only to jump to conclusions
maybe its safe but its looking like red flags

red flags, red flags

The future’s so faint
its just adding to the confusion
red flags
hey little snowflake
what good will it do looking backwards?
maybe its safe but its staking out red flags

red flags
Track Name: 1913
When you were with me, that harmony
colored with voices of epiphany
but that’s not to be, as you can see
I’m stuck here alone in my fantasy
and it might as well be 1913, Alfred Jarry,
Maldoror on the beach and the sharks in the sea

And isn’t it sad at the Marienbad
I remember so clear just how it should be
just you and me 1913

And so my dear, if you could hear
blue guitar playing our rites to the spring,
Antonin Artaud, Arthur Rimbaud,
1913, Paul Valery,
Kandinsky, Kokoschka, Miro, mise en scene
1913, Florida Keys,
you’d sing beyond the genius of the sea

And ain’t it so sad
At the Marienbad
I remember so clear just how it should be
Just you and me 1913

And isn’t it sad
At the marienbad
I can’t remember so clear just how it should be
Just you and me 1913
Track Name: Fly on The Painting
You while away in a world so enraptured
like no step is new, but hey I do it too.
You hesitate at the blank wall beside you,
never learned the time that it takes you.
Nevermind the lives in the paintings
push on through, you can do it too.
Ooh, you can do it too.

Miles away, a fly on the painting.
And through the screen door
a world of disaster.
Seeing things, the white wall beside you,
heart attack, the time that it takes you
looking back to the lies in the painting,
pushing through Its all because of you
Track Name: Uncanny Mark of The Wounded Healer
This is getting out of hand, I can see it rising up again yeah
This is getting out of hand, you’re hanging like an ampersand
And who will be the first to know, and who will be the last to show
And this is getting out of control, this is getting out of control
There is nothing wrong with me, I can see in varying degrees
And please can I just have my keys, and please can I just have my keys
And there is something wrong with me, I really just want just to leave
Yeah, this is getting out of control, this is getting out of control

You’re losing control kid and you can’t keep food down
And what’s with all those drugs you just did man you’re talking upside down
And you’ve got demons who possess you like a gunshot to the brain
Just one crash and they all scatter like they got hit by a train
I know they say to just snap out of it why can’t you be ok
In a world that doesn’t owe you shit you have to find a way to make it pay

This is getting out of hand I can see it rising up again
Yes this is getting out of hand I can see it coming up again
Who will be the first to go and who will be the last to know
And this is getting out of control this is getting out of control this is getting out of control this is getting out of control

You’re losing control kid in a different part of town
And what’s with all those things you just did that will run you to the ground
You’re letting all these things control you and their looking for a fight
If you throw stones the glass will shatter like some demons in the night
I know they say to just snap out of it why can’t you be ok
In a world that doesn’t owe you shit you have to find a way to make it pay
Track Name: Labyrinths of February
You woke up in a Metaphor
in the Labyrinths of February
stuck alone on aisle 4
couldn’t see you anymore
glowing on my monitor

You whispered through a megaphone
from the Labyrinths of February
singing of your broken hope
as seen through a kaleidoscope

With a silhouette like Terpsichore
through the fabric of February
I couldn’t find you anywhere
no matter how hard I would stare
but its all about the clothes you wear

And maybe you’re just not aware
and asleep in a different dream than me
tossing through the empty sheets
ready to admit defeat

And I can’t let it come to that
I’m walking the fairy tale streets
closing all the broken doors
cuz those were what the past was for

And I hope that I find you before
you cut down the forest for the trees
and settle for a guarantee
trade yourself for tragedy

As snowflakes fall onto the floor
in the Labyrinths of February
still searching for you everywhere
I know that we could be a pair
so maybe you could meet me there
Track Name: Ice Friends
The elevator is stuck on 4
and we can’t keep these wolves from the door
and since they left us, we’re stuck alone
all of their faces have turned to stone

ooh ooh

If they came a-knocking, what’s it to me
stuck on the side of this apogee
can’t even help a friend in need

And they don’t ever call this phone
the weeds are getting overgrown
our ice friends left us all alone
abandoned in the catacombs

ooh ooh

A ghost could learn a thing or two
from how they change your black to blue
its easy though, to misconstrue

But I can’t see through all this black
my ice friends shot me in the back
they couldn’t cut me any slack
our ice friends never coming back

ooh ooh
Track Name: Let It Die
Half moon rise reminds me of your smile
The saddest of all goodbyes was what I saw in that smile
And it threw me off, could not figure what the cause
You had it once and for all, oh how you cut me off

And let it die, and leave me asking
I thought I was on your side how could you let it

And cut it off at the coin of a toss
How you just let it fall all at such great a cost
How could you let it die, and leave me asking why
We only have one light, so why can’t you be in mine

How could you let it die and leave me asking
I thought I was on your side, how could you let it

How could you let it die and leave me asking
I thought I was on your side, how could you let it
Track Name: Treasure Lake
I was hoping these blues would blast away
I was hoping you might just come on down my way
In a blizzard looking for a snowflake
Couldn’t take apart a puzzle’s pieces so great
And I could tell just by the tempest’s face
I could tell that I had been replaced

And I was wondering why you washed away
And the heavy heart I woke up with today
So I took a dive in Treasure Lake
I was hoping that I might find a figure 8

And I will love you as you wash away
I will love you as you wash away
I will love you as you wash away
I will love you as you wash away
Track Name: Hey Snowflake
Hey there now snowflake, what’s with you?
Been looking all over to miss you
Been biding my time to finally meet you
So I can finally say, ‘hey snowflake’

Ooh, hey snowflake
Ooh, hey snowflake
Ooh, hey snowflake
Ooh, hey snowflake

Hey there now snowflake, I can’t find you
Hurry before I become see through
and trapped in a daze of your invisible haze
when all I want to say is

Ooh, hey snowflake
Ooh, hey snowflake
Ooh, hey snowflake
Ooh, hey snowflake
Track Name: Mad River
Mad river wash ashore
Turn the clock back to the place it was before
On another sunny morning
Its so sad when it’s the now that you must ignore

I can’t remember anymore
I can’t recall just what your face looked like before
I can’t remember anymore

You were a dream
The pain of your heart that was busting at the seams
But I could not compete
I always thought that you had something really neat

But you could not take it anymore
And I can’t recall just how you tuned your old guitar
And you could not keep it anymore
I can’t recall just what your face looked like before
I can’t remember anymore
I can’t recall just what your face looked like before
I can’t remember anymore
I can’t recall just what your face looked like before
Track Name: Smoke Signals
Where you’re from the purple sky was painted night
and faded slowly into morning white
the sun rose softly the miracle of everything
the bower grass the birds would slowly start to sing
when you were young your spirit was a wild wind
wound up by the everything that’s nothing
and you were loud unchained and unaffected
from the crowd to which you were connected
Swimming soundly through fishes out of water
Soon you could tell the nothing that is everything
And you reached hell before they even taught you it
But love abounds it’s the energy you enter
Eat and laugh said the shaman to his idols
The world is full of happy surprises

And when the night comes the nothing that is come to pass
round the energy you enter
the earth becomes lighter than a feather
and you’re connected to the energy you enter
And when the night comes it doesn’t all just go to black
When the light comes you know that’s when you’re coming back
And when the night comes it doesn’t all just go to black
And when the light comes you know that’s when you’re coming back
Track Name: Sleeping Out Loud
Stand by, stand by,
the strangest dreams will await you,
stand by and keep with the hope
that I, that I, await the world that awakes you
denied, you wake up alone

Stand by, stand by
awake the words that await you,
they give you hope
Goodbye, goodbye, to all the sadness beneath you,
you won’t be alone

I can hear you when you sleep out loud
I will know you when you sleep out loud
Track Name: Halcyon Daze
Stuck in the slipstream
for I don’t know how many astral weeks
Lost at sea behind
a cache of beautiful holograms

But I can see even stuck
Even stuck in my fortress of amplitude
Your halcyon face on the mountaintop sing

Ooh ooh

And my dreams
What are they but sinister galleries
Armed to the teeth
And filled with such desperate facsimiles?

But I can see through the halcyon daze of my solitude
Your beautiful amplifier eyes start to sing

Ooh ooh
Track Name: Girl
Girl you got me all wound up now
Your heart is like a hand grenade
And you’re cooler than the sweetest shade
And Girl I thought I might ask you out
Hoping that I make the grade
And we can drop this whole charade

Girl you could make me so happy now
It would be the best of luck
Even if my songs start to suck
Girl you know its been so long
Waiting for these blues to fade
It would be such an easy trade
Cuz girl you know that I’m so spellbound
And I hope that you will stay
That would really make my day
Oh girl