The Great Silence

by Stewart Eastham

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03:41
Running from my demons, I sought the desert land 40 days and 40 nights I ran With blacktop underneath me, the sun before me rose 40 days and 40 nights I drove She appeared like she was heaven sent The Devil’s Playground is where it is we went We ate the food of the gods in repose Take this trip wherever the hell it goes The rain came down, dissolved me into the wind And so it came to pass, I met my end She often spoke of Tangiers, said that’s where she’d be 40 days and 40 nights at sea As we shot the junk of Naked Lunch, I found myself entranced 40 days and 40 nights we danced She whispered of occult things that she had done Said I’d love to help, but you know I’m on the run With serpentine movement, she came across the bed More than once I’d a sworn that I was dead The rain came down, dissolved me into the wind And so it came to pass, I met my end I showed her my pistol and I could see that she was scared 40 days and 40 nights we stared She slumped down to the floor, pain tore me up inside 40 days and 40 nights I cried Her heart was broke at the loss of her youth I said, "Honey, I don’t know about you, but I think I’m through" “This life we’re livin’, ain’t livin’ at all” Her eyes rolled back and I ran out from the stall The rain came down, dissolved me into the wind And so it came to pass, I met my end
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03:34
There’s blood in the ocean, there’s fire in the streets They’re selling hatred for free Ancient religion, ancient belief Ain’t it just like a thief In the darkness, we hide And see it all with a jaundiced eye Take my land again / Same old shit that never ends Fight on another day / Meet me out by the old speedway Break free of control / Peace and love and rock n roll Roll on, brother, roll on Are we picking our leaders or are they picking us There’s not much left we can trust Violence of outrage, violence fatigue Violation achieved Divided we fall Together we stand tall Take my land again / Same old shit that never ends Fight on another day / Meet me out by the old speedway Break free of control / Peace and love and rock n roll Roll on, brother, roll on We all will say goodbye if we can’t break through the now Don’t ask me why, just ask yourself how Take my land again / Same old shit that never ends Fight on another day / Meet me out by the old speedway Break free of control / Peace and love and rock n roll Roll on, brother, roll on
4.
I was killed by a woman She put a bullet right through my heart As she fired a second round, saw my blood on the ground With the third shot my world it fell apart I know I wasn’t a good man But I done the best that I knew how I lived a life of shame ‘cause the drink was my game Now I’m living six feet underground Please bring flowers to my gravestone Please come visit my new home I lived out my days, but my spirit won’t raise Please bring flowers to my grave, my gravestone That waitress she didn't mean nothing She was just an old drunk that I knew I tried to tell her no when she took me to her home But I cannot say what she made me do My old lady she didn't wanna hear it Just stood before me and laughed I guess she'd had enough of all my low-down stuff Her eyes glowed red behind that muzzle flash Please bring flowers to my gravestone Please come visit my new home I lived out my days, but my spirit won’t raise Please bring flowers to my grave, my gravestone Can’t get no peace in this graveyard The dead make a helluva squall Their carrying on keeps me up all night long If I had me a gun I’d kill ‘em all Please bring flowers to my gravestone Please come visit my new home I lived out my days, but my spirit won’t raise Please bring flowers to my grave, my gravestone
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03:25
Said you wanna be my queen then give me what it is I need The harlequin doesn’t wear a crown Words might seem cheap, their damage so discreet You tear me up when you cut me down I got one more chance to hold you You got one more chance not to let me down We got one more round left between us Before the lights go down in this town Your amphetamine smile entertained for a while But I don’t have time for another show The fog of rage rips out another page Reveal yourself and let it go I got one more chance to hold you You got one more chance not to let me down We got one more round left between us Before the lights go down in this town All that I want is for you and your heart to be mine All that I need is for your grace and your kindness to shine Let your grace and your kindness shine I got one more chance to hold you You got one more chance not to let me down We got one more round left between us Before the lights go down in this town
6.
Did some lines and did some time Bought the ticket and took the ride Gettin’ high and gettin’ fly Go and tell your momma I that said hi You said you wanted me but I didn’t want you to know Now that you're leaving, down must I go Did real bad thing a long time ago With a lady of the night outside Reno Went sideways in a cheap hotel Drunk for years but I never did tell You said you wanted me, but I didn’t want you to know Now that you're leaving, down must I go Baby, I lead a life of crime, doing things that I must hide Baby, I lead a life of crime, lying and cheating is all that you’ll find Had me a job in Bakersfield With a good ol’ boy behind the wheel But that sumbitch was wearing a wire So I burnt him down in a ring of fire You said you wanted me but I didn’t want you to know Now that you're leaving, down must I go Baby, I lead a life of crime, doing things that I must hide Baby, I lead a life of crime, lying and cheating is all that you’ll find You said that you want to believe But you’re acting so goddamn naïve So, Darling, open up your eyes ‘Cause you’re in for one big surprise Everything I told you was lies Thought with you I’d change my ways Turns out it wasn’t nothing but a phase Built for speed, not built to last Ain’t never gonna outrun my past You said you wanted me but I didn’t want you to know Now that you're leaving, down must I go Baby, I lead a life of crime, doing things that I must hide Baby, I lead a life of crime, lying and cheating is all that you’ll find
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03:27
I was an actor in a play that you wrote But nobody told me how the ending would go I thought I was the hero and our love would not die But heroes don’t fall, when their back’s to the wall And they damn sure don’t cry The footlights are shining and the crowd is so loud When the curtain call comes I’m nowhere to be found As the second act started you slipped from my grasp I watched as you charmed them with every spell you cast The kind of performance that lights up the stage Pristine and profound, my heart hit the ground As you floated away The footlights are shining and the crowd is so loud When the curtain call comes I’m nowhere to be found The rain poured down Filled the gutters up with shame The playbill was soaked through With no sign of my name My best friend betrayed me Stole all of my lines Stood in the spotlight While I lost my mind The footlights are shining and the crowd is so loud When the curtain call comes I’m nowhere to be found I thought I was the hero and our love would not die But heroes don’t fall when their back’s to the wall And they damn sure don’t cry
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Stuck between war and peace When I got back from overseas With hearts and minds pinned on my chest Got myself a job downtown Running high class girls around You know the kind, better than the rest I can’t say I lost my faith ‘cause it wasn’t mine to lose Babe, I believe you’re innocent / All your days have came and went Babe, I believe you’re innocent / The executioner’s lament She cried out for her son I knew it was all for fun Tarot cards revealed the truth Spin the wheel, take a chance Dreaming of the South of France The High Priestess wore a noose Think you just might win but in the end you’ll lose Babe, I believe you’re innocent / All your days have came and went Babe, I believe you’re innocent / The executioner’s lament Wandering through the streets of my hometown Freaks and desperados all around Said you want to know, I don’t think you do Guillotines and gallows, so taboo Please stop, I cannot stay See me, I won’t be okay Broken, soaked in decay Obscene like a dream in the day Find yourself another man There’s too much blood on these hands Lost it all when I lost my... Babe, I believe you’re innocent / All your days have came and went Babe, I believe you’re innocent / The executioner’s lament
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03:33
Do you dream of the sunshine Do you dream of the rain Do you dream of a child who never came Do you dream of your mother Do you dream of your sins Do you dream that heaven might be real but you’re not getting in Do you dream of that old house In the town where you used to live Do you dream you ain’t got a goddamn thing left to give There must be more than all we see So tell me, baby, do you dream? Do you dream that you’re slippin’ Flying through space and time Do you dream that you’re nothing but a mote in god's eye Do you dream of amusement parks Trains going off the track Do you dream of running away and never coming back Do you dream of the photograph Do you dream of films unseen Do you dream of the truth behind the lies that you believed There must be more than all we see So tell me, baby, do you dream? Do you dream of the springtime Do you dream of the fall Do you dream of the moment when you thought that you’d lost it all Do you dream of smoke Do you dream of the fire Do you dream there will ever be a day when you’re not tired Do you dream of the blood Do you dream of the crash Do you dream that everything you loved turned into ash There must be more than all we see So tell me, baby, do you dream? I woke up this morning The sun was black This time we’ve gone too far to ever make it back So I lay myself down In the middle of Gallatin Road Hear the cars overhead playing stop and go I close my eyes And drift out to sea Tell me darlin’, do you dream?
10.
They say our love is trifling They say our love ain’t right I’m tired of all this hiding Under cover of night Run with me beyond the oak trees And we’ll see what lies on the other side Run with me beyond the oak trees And we’ll find ourselves another life In darkness there burns a fire Extinguished by the light We hold on to each other With all of our might Run with me beyond the oak trees And we’ll see what lies on the other side Run with me beyond the oak trees And we’ll find ourselves another life Oh, how they tried To tear apart our hearts and break our minds There ain’t no greater sin Than to persecute another man just so you can win One day they will all fall down ‘Cause there's far too many of us now There’s far too many of us now Run with us beyond the oak trees And we’ll see what lies on the other side Run with us beyond the oak trees And we’ll find ourselves another life
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04:25
Stand at dawn on the lake’s edge In the place where I come from I ain’t been here in so long But I cannot say what I’ve done My thoughts drift back to the ones I’ve loved The pleasures and the pain Is it the beauty Or tragedy of life it all fades Lovers they come and lovers they go But the first light of the morning Is the loneliest thing I know Bright lights and pretty eyes I’ve chased them across this land Trying to find the answer to A question I don’t understand See the forest for the trees Like soldiers just waiting to die The romance of another day Is the only thing that kept her alive Lovers they come and lovers they go But the first light of the morning Is the loneliest thing I know Higher and higher I must go Break the shackles of all that I know Memories, they change like the seasons In time I’ll forget all the reasons For all I believed in Stand at dawn on the lake’s edge See the shadows below Feel the sun shine on my face What’s hidden they’ll never know Lovers they come and lovers they go But the first light of the morning Is the loneliest thing I know
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Rising winds announce the clocks are slowing down Stillness in my head so loud From the razor blades to the sidewalk cafes In reverse the jazz band plays I could not foresee the end I might break but I won’t bend Infinity is but a drop, our love will never stop I am the apple, I am the snake Out here in the great silence My body folds in two like it should never do Breaks apart and slips right through All this illusion, noise and confusion Crashes down in flames and ruin “Be true to you,” I heard them say As I go back whence I came Infinity is but a drop, our love will never stop I am the apple, I am the snake Out here in the great silence There’s a god inside each and every mind Coded in the DNA of time I forgot when I was born But I remember so much more Infinity is but a drop, our love will never stop I am the apple, I am the snake Out here in the great... We’re all children of the stars, in the clear light we are I am this song, I am your fate Out here in the great silence
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credits

released March 13, 2020

Songs Written by Stewart Eastham * Long Bar Music (ASCAP)

Produced by Burke Ericson & Stewart Eastham
Engineered by Dave Pearson

Additional Engineering (tracks 1, 9, 10, 13) by Stewart Eastham

Recorded at The ER Studio, Nashville, TN
Additional Recording at Velvet Room LA, Los Angeles, CA
Additional Recording at The Seymour Estate, Nashville, TN

Mixed & Mastered by Rich Mouser at The Mouse House Studio, Los Angeles

Stewart Eastham - guitars, synths, pedal steel, piano, organ, programming
Allen Jones - drums, percussion
Jeff Rogers - guitars
Christopher Griffiths - bass guitar

Burke Ericson - guitars, backing vocals
David Yuter - piano, organ, clavinet
Jennifer Gibbons - backing vocals
Dave Pearson - organ
Rich Mouser - guitar (track 5)
Vincent Zaalberg - banjo (track 4)
Eddie Lopez - cowbell

Painting & photography by Katrena Rochell
Art design & layout by Stewart Eastham

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Stewart Eastham Nashville, Tennessee

Stewart Eastham takes his music in bold new directions with his third full length solo album "The Great Silence". This release takes on the metaphysical realm exploring grand themes of life, death, and rebirth. While not technically a “concept” album, it feels like one with its repeating themes and motifs.

Eastham is based in Nashville, TN and was born and raised in rural Northern California.
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