Saint Unknown

by Frances Smith

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released November 27, 2016

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Track Name: Where Isaac Lay
Isaac lay beside the cold wall
the rain fell alongside
"loneliness is a choice gone wrong"
she said as she left
he felt her voice inside his arms

And where I saw him wasn't shown
on the virtual mapping of the zone
movement fell, and rose, and fell
and he won't know I know
where Isaac lay

Chorus

Love again is twisted
turned and burned
damaged, torn, and tortured
where Isaac lay

He'd been an undone song so long
walking through the rooms of passion
removed, remote, reinvented
along the streams of fashion
along the streams of fashion
streams of fashion

Repeat chorus

where Isaac lay
where Isaac lay
where Isaac lay


Copyright Frances Smith @2016
Track Name: Unkind
Looser hung the chains
and innocence was set free
she wore the sweetest of her beads
and chased the smiles of passers by

And I was braver by the time
I passed the demarcation line
where she fell, she fell, she fell
oh innocence you were unkind

The barriers were reinforced
and the laws were broken in the crush
as people drank to life and change
that came and drowned those left

And I was braver by the time
I'd reached the unfinished line
drawn and undrawn and drawn
oh broken you were unkind

And I was braver by the time
I'd wandered to the end defined
where she lay, she lay, she lay
oh endings you are so unkind


Copyright Frances Smith @2016
Track Name: Five Minutes
Chasing the beauty of a mayfly
i went searching for the woods
primitive is the new love
that I laid myself upon

And i saw the earth's shadow
cast upon the sky
come on he said let's travel
without learning how to fly

By the river bank I lost you
I never knew that you could swim
so far so fast so fleeting
five minutes and I again begin

And I saw the earth's shadow
cast upon the sky
you'll be gone before the sunset
but then alive and then begin

And now I am the mayfly
I can see you for a while
and you, you cannot catch me
five minutes and I again begin

And I saw the earth's shadow
and I saw the earth's shadow


Copyright Frances Smith @2016
Track Name: Spark In The Ashes
There's a spark in the ashes
glows orange in the night
and I saw you walking
and I saw you alight

And if you don't love me
that's a strange way to go
are you burning for someone
you imagined you know?

There's a spark in the ashes
glows orange in the night
and I saw you walking
and I saw you alight

And if you don't want me
then I really don't mind
but don't hang around crying
when it'll all pass with time

There's a spark in the ashes
amongst the greyness of night
it still burns with beauty
and it says you're all right


Copyright Frances Smith @2016
Track Name: Underground
Barriers built their way around him
he'd lived beneath the burning bridge
that carried cars across the mouth
oh those drivers go so fast

And he could be the better brother
when the other was sunk low
and he could be the unloved lover
when he was living underground

Over there was the doorway
where he'd watched the fallen man
as he lay, and lay, and lay
and the rain had painted Silvertown

The window had been shattered
last night, and he had touched
the wild man in his anger
and felt the heat, the heat, the heat

I am living underground now
he told the woman counting change
she dropped a little and she lost it
as it rolled, and rolled,and rolled

I thought one day I'd go to China
but one day it never came
I was hidden from the night's worst
but the best won't find me underground


And then he left the closing clubland
it was later than it had been
he heard the soft roar of the traffic
as he walked, and walked,and walked


Copyright Frances Smith @2016
Track Name: Automatic
Administration of the dose
was made as early light
was showing on the western side
but the window was too small

There she stood her halo gold
lit by the incandescent bulb
and still the water fell revolved
hallucinogenic, fierce, and cold

The whiteness of the walls
made morning seem more bold
and through his sleep he saw
delivery begin once more

Chorus

Automatic was the response
automatic was the defence
automatic was the rate
how beautiful the sad mistake

The waking of the waiting crowd
was stumbling through the cloud
evaporating, dried like dust
and then, all emotion lost

Repeat chorus


Copyright Frances Smith @2016
Track Name: The Next Star
On the next star where I met you
you were shining in the light
and you were ready for redemption
and to take another flight
space travel's in your soul seems
like you like the burning bright
then I saw you lying lost and lonely
said the next stars just not right

On the next star seems to want you
and you seem to want it too
but is there no one else can give you
those illumination tools?

On the next star where I met you
there were demons in your life
and you were chasing angels
you said they cut you with a knife
and the past prefers the future
but the future knows no past
and you were lying in the long grass
with the snakes that stole your skin

And on and on and on
to the next star

Oh the next star is your friend now
and the next star and the next
and you were following the next star
and the next star loves you best


Copyright Frances Smith @2016
Track Name: And Unfaithful Hero
Against the light of day the warrior stood
fighting for the war
his shadow laid
and unfaithful hero
fade away

The dust is scattered through the lanes
the seasons turn
the light around
and unfaithful hero
make no sound

Winter fields are brown and dark
no bird flies past
eaten are the stores
and unfaithful hero
fall once more


Copyright Frances Smith @2016
Track Name: All Soul's Day
It was All Soul's day
I wrote this
vision fades away
I am ghost, I am parting
from the dancing light waves

And all across the city
moved the many, slept the few
and he lay in the chantry
need you no more, need you no more

You'll have the end you offered
to those who fell on their way
across the market there was silence
and it was All Soul's day.


Copyright Frances Smith @2016
Track Name: Trouble Borrowed
Once I had none of my own
but I went searching for a loan
I could have stayed on Lover's Lane
but I just had to find some pain

Oh, he was all that I could want
he was the flower in the swamp
his fragile loveliness exposed
but then I moved, position closed

Chorus

Oh. trouble borrowed turns to sorrow
trouble borrowed turns to sorrow
I could have stayed at home
and then I wouldn't be alone

The roads are full of angry thieves
who steal the meaning from the leaves
who see the sunset not the moon
who wake the demons with their tunes

I was the seller who bet too high
flexed her wings and tried to fly
and he was sweet, was sweet,
was sweet, was sweet
but I went fighting on the streets

Repeat Chorus

Trouble borrowed turns to sorrow
trouble borrowed turns to sorrow
turns to sorrow
turns to sorrow


Copyright Frances Smith @2016
Track Name: Saint Unknown
The falling of the hard born against the night's edge
leaves the loved alone and frees the end
and they walk back through the soft glow
faded in the sun, and it starts to show
and amber, in it's water, colours all below

I thought I saw him standing there before me
and he had been a shadow beneath the photocells
unfolded the paper rolled, and unrolled, and rolled
he'd paved, created, stayed alive, and tried to die
while each bitter leaf there survives, it's still alive

Chorus

The stranger and the pilgrim stood
like danger and willing washed
by the stream of pain of saint unknown
with the gambler and the wooden cross

The flickering flame, orange strange, prescription
lit the bending iron but could not change the game
in the contract he had signed, unnamed, ungrown
he pulled his body like a heavy load, low
across the stones that submit to all

And the laying of the long night's end
had stories that won't begin again
and the earth had turned itself around
and I'm older now, and losing ground, then
are we entering another dream

Repeat chorus

Bridge

The heat was spinning in the doorway
closed upon the morning thaw before
the power was held within it's jaws exposed
I faded into another view
and I'm a stranger but I forgot I knew
the counting down great faster above
as into the street space silence dropped
smashed like a fragile broken clock
while time, it seemed, mattered no more
and there he was, he was saint unknown

The stranger and the pilgrim stood
like danger and willing washed
by the stream of pain of saint unknown
by the stream of pain of saint unknown
by the steam of pain of saint unknown
with the gambler and the wooden cross


Copyright Frances Smith @2016
Track Name: The Mill Stream Flows No More
Green glass shine
meet the ledge
distorted light falls some more
found fragment pale and soft
dressed for duty bringing beauty
oh bottle dream small and sweet
visit me

and the mill stream flows no more
and the mill stream flows no more

Segment sliced useless beauty
wave no more silenced partly
tree bark feathered body
broken space unopened
oh bottle dream slipped away
never stays

and the mill stream flows no more
oh the mill stream flows no more
the mill stream flows no more


Copyright Frances Smith @2016