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Lateral drifts

by Dwight Smith

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Sandra Zettpunkt Astonishing, what an acoustic guitar, voices and occasionally a trumpet can do: here, it softly stirs emotions. Some of the tracks have a pastoral quality, others are merely sketches. The guitar picking ranges from folk to classical and creates a very pleasant atmosphere. Favorite track: highlands.
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invocation 01:27
sargasso sea 02:49
When the wind it fills your sails And sends you on your way Across the wide sargasso sea A year's trip and a day I know that I will shed a tear For the day and for the year For though it's not for me to go It's still so strange a thing to know How to tell the savage thing That promises hot tears to bring I've never known the way to show Why the soul swings to and fro If there are words, ain't heard 'em yet To help the broken bones to set So when the wind it fills your sails And sends you on your way There may be no way to tell The things I need to say
bone eaters 02:15
What is it that always happens to you? Your heart turns Rivers change their course And fertile valleys wilt To whistling wells of dessicating wind That whips the dry and shattered earth The sun sends down its hammer In disgust Your heart turns and lakebeds go dry The sky opens up and rends the earth apart With arrows blue and grey and gold Revealing blood and tooth and bone That dirt and stubborn stone
vain prince 05:00
I want to be loved by every woman and man More than any one has ever been I'll admit that I am vain, but then Show me any one who is not I guess that I've got a whole lot To learn from her Eternal feminine ghost who resides In you and in all women and men I'll admit that I'm afraid, and don't Want to bring you down, but I want you Embedded in the sweetest nectar Is the gravest poison I've asked too much of love before I'd rather not make the same mistake again Is sex misunderstood if one's dream Is to be wild, and the other's, to tame? O, marrow of my life, I'm a coward But I try to seem brave Am I only the intersection of other people's love? Particle manifested by affection's elusive higgs boson?
Clearing debris that was left by the storm I saw you floating there Motionless, resigned to your fate No recourse anywhere To escape your watery grave Til I offer my aluminum arm Your tiny soul to save Or at least your minuscule form When I lift you from the water You hold on tight, you hold on tight When I lift you from the water You hold on tight, you hold on tight You don't wanna lose your grip On the dripping net, the island that appeared Suspicious, now, of dry land Where a treacherous fall will hereafter be feared
My life is now a void I pour myself into Without touching any walls Or reaching any floor No vessel to contain I'm spilling any way Outward into empty space I fear it is the case Still, every now and then I wonder where you are, and If I enter your thoughts, What is it that you think? I'm not begging for return I'm just not sure that I can say I know that I was right I'd hate to have been wrong
good advice 03:25
Brother, I've got years and not much more on you I want to give good advice but don't know that I have it I'm gonna try, I'm gonna try Hope what I share can shed some light Hope that the words that come out can do you right Brother, I've got words and not much more for you If you're needing promises I'm not gonna do All that I want is for you To discover the good life All that I hope is that my counsel won't bring you strife Brother, I know what it's like, I've been there before But that I learned what's to learn I'm not quite so sure All that I think that I know It ain't one hundred percent Best I can say is don't you go where I went
Brass wound nickel cords do recommend Themselves as a perch for my hand And when my clawed fingers fly they sing Take me, take me with you Unaware that they, themselves, allow us To escape to a place strange and sweet Where the troubles of our lives can't reach us Or, at least, cannot reach with such pain
gift of time 01:53
highlands 05:03
Today I stepped in dog shit right outside my door. Ain't no mistakes. Domingo wants me to go with him to catch the midnight bus to Guatemala City but I have to teach in the morning. Stars in the sky went on and on in their bright course. The bard made bold to murmur some tiny sound and it had started. The road it carves an open wound into the earth revealing its true colors-- bone white, blood red. On my right side the bubbling song of a small child whose voice has yet to be subdued. She stares up without shame. Her eyes are bright and cast wide in wonder. And on my left a woman who pays me no mind, ancient and grey, chewing her bread silently. She only stares because she cannot see.


With an absurd wish from my perch high on the wall
I empty my pillow case into the vast night
That some clandestine wind might carry my longing
Feathers rising through the void to those distant lights


released October 23, 2012

artwork/ design by alison dubois
mixed by michael kiefer
mastered by mark alan miller
horns by becky lipsitz
drums by michael kiefer
horns recorded by michael mood
written and recorded by dwight smith
℗ 2012 sonisoma
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