Afternoon Parade

by Mike Dole

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All songs written by Mike Dole, except "Holly's Window" (Damien Youth)

Written/recorded May-November 2013

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released 26 November 2013

Instruments & vocals: Mike Dole

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Track Name: Tree That Rains/One Small Death
heavy flower
meadow drifter
come tomorrow
shed the dark once more

face of fire
stand the season
winter shoulder
falling neath her glow

when the storm is gone
tears continue on
like a tree that rains
when no cloud remains

echoes play, the sadness grows

daydream lovely
somewhere above me
watching shadows
curled up on the shore

secret story
come to show me
rest your sorrows
deep within my hand

when the storm is gone
tears continue on
like a tree that rains
when no cloud remains

echoes play, the sadness grows

I melt away lost with a hunger for you
knowing you're there, knowing it's not really true

so we slide away
one small death to follow
generation run
simple rock to swallow
Track Name: Afternoon Parade
there's an afternoon parade
just beyond the window shade
but I'm 50 miles away
asking for the time of day

wishing me the best of luck
from the window of her truck
wish I had a face that true
ocean eyes for falling through

feel the light, feel the light
don't try to disguise the fear in your eyes

one more day in paradise
see them passing once or twice
on the airport road of dreams
motel life is all it seems

too much time you learn to love
what you once thought lowly of
memories that start to fade
of an afternoon parade

feel the light, feel the light
don't try to disguise the fear in your eyes
Track Name: Walter Chase
walter chase wakes and shaves
other room death in bloom
nonchalant resteraunt
dinner date meet at eight
cleans the plate maybe she will be the one

brings her home takes her coat
offers drink sees her blink
sniff and hum walters mum
she goes to leave walter pleads
"do you believe that love is eternal?"

a tingle on her skin and the room starts to spin
colors fill the air as she lays down on the stairs
walter strokes her pretty hair

feeding the machine is hard work
walter's tired of the scene
but the voices push him on through the dawn

walter chase smiles and waves
long red hair sad and fair
small talk slows painted toes
to her ear feigned sincere
"do you believe that love is eternal?"
Track Name: Live In Dreams
time twisting on the rope
squeezing on the gun
time straps you to a train
aiming at the sun

all you do
mull your schemes
fall inside
live in dreams

we plan on happy days
life gets in the way
we have a place to go
till we lose our way

all you do
mull your schemes
fall inside
live in dreams

love is a living thing
with a peak and ebb
the promise that you build
traps you in a web

all you do
mull your schemes
fall inside
live in dreams
Track Name: Holly's Window
Holly wont you leave a light in your window, to carry this pauper home
A beacon for a soul you cannot remember, who wanders the freezing cold
Half lit in shadow walk, dust blown through city park
to siren songs
Swallowed in shadow play, lost in a book of days
well read & torn

Holly don't you ever want to go over, the field where we used to meet
It's frozen in the bellowing of October, through hum of the city streets
I ride past the abstract lawns, the streetcars, the Audubon, the window stains.
Reflection stares broken glass, boys eyes in monster's mask who's spirit fades

Darling won't you leave a light in your window, for lost boy in wonder glow
Stranded on the street & staring above fences, your warm silhouette in flow
Oh Fairy of barker street, the witch masks of Halloween bring winter's spell
Way up above it all, safe in your window warm
you carousel.
Track Name: Nothing Man
raise a toast to nothing man
he's been here since it all began
long troubled brotherhood
lives to be misunderstood
wants to love you
loathing of you

give a nod to nothing man
share a smile, shake his hand
but when you turn your back
you won't see his heart turn to black
tries to love you
be rid of you

will he grace us with his acid dances
make the sunlight fade as he passes

say a prayer for nothing man
see him go a step too far
chasing oblivion
take a bow, au revoir
nice to know you
doesn't owe you

will he grace us with his acid dances
make the sunlight fade as he passes

we all follow our own shadow...
Track Name: Still Needed You
when I was down in the blue
you came around, brought me to
brightened my world, made it new
and I wish that I still needed you

wanna make you feel satisfied
wanna whisper in your ear
but I'd just be deceiving you
with words you want to hear

your love is what got me through
and I wish that I still needed you

wanna make you feel satisfied
wanna whisper in your ear
but I'd just be deceiving you
with words you want to hear

you lifted me and I grew
and I wish that I still needed you
Track Name: Soul In Your Skin
he who hates others does love himself dearly
brags of his virtue and claims it severely

always certain that you would win
bitter as the dead winter wind
killing any chance to begin
ever was a soul in your skin

righteously radical youth dreams abounded
somehow the years left you gravity grounded

always certain that you would win
bitter as the dead winter wind
killing any chance to begin
ever was a soul in your skin

proclaim your sorrow and rage at the lessers
aim the sight downward to drop your oppressors

always certain that you would win
bitter as the dead winter wind
killing any chance to begin
ever was a soul in your skin

dreamer of worship once guessed of my sadness
wrong as the rightness that drove him to madness

always certain that you would win
bitter as the dead winter wind
killing any chance to begin
ever was a soul in your skin