The Lighthouse Keeper

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about

The project that is The Lighthouse Keeper began simply as a goal for myself to write and record a full-length album alone for fun and experience and to have a little more direction in my writing. This is the album that came out of that goal. The guiding principles were to only include new songs written for it and to not be afraid to try anything, which is why I ended up doing things like playing wine glasses and singing into drums. About halfway into the experiment the title track was written, which tied everything else together and quickly became the name of the album and of the project itself. All this in spite of the fact that I've never liked title tracks or self-titled albums; it just didn't feel right to call the song, the album or the "band" anything else.

I learned a lot about a lot in the process of making this record, and it opened several doors I've been exploring beyond in a bunch of new songs (more than another album's worth already) that will be released in one form or another once I have the means to get them recorded. For the time being though I'm proud to finally share this album as a whole, and all its roughness and imperfections from learning as I went, with anyone who takes the time to listen.

Thanks for reading/listening.

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released June 19, 2012

Recorded 2008-2010 alone in a bedroom
All music and lyrics, as well as all performances, programming, editing and mixing by Justin Crandall
Artwork based on a block print by Christina Fantazzi: lovelsee.tumblr.com

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The Lighthouse Keeper is a solo project started in 2008 encompassing a large range of musical styles and instrumentation with a focus on experimentation and basically being a huge music nerd.

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Track Name: Panic at the Gates
Listen to the feet pound upon the stone
Listen to the screams from our own
Feel the breath catch in your throat
Feel the paralysis seize your bones
Hear them say we will be safe in our homes
Safe from the unknown
That beats upon our gates
That makes our weak knees shake
That will lay us to waste
If we do not obey

(What?)

Acquiesce, little one, to those who speak through speakers
And lead us along
For they know best, little one; I am weak, you are weaker
But they are strong
And rhetoric is their weapon for our protection
From control of our own fate
Brick by brick they build such defenses, control our senses
And teach us to hate

(Hate keeps us in fear and in fear we are safe
In fear we are safe for in fear we obey)

We put our faith in weapons and walls
And our gates splinter and shake
We just wait
We isolate to strengthen resolve
And our hate feeds the flame at our feet
But we don't see

We don't see

(We listen)

We listen, rapt, to the words that they say
And live out our lives in fear and hate
We believe that we are all kept safe by this panic at the gates

We listen, rapt, to the words that they say
They polarize, hold our eyes closed; so they stay
We're divided to sides from the cradle to the grave, knowing no other way

We listen, rapt, to the words that they say
They know that fear's an obedient state
And they know that they are all kept safe by this panic at the gates

By this panic at the gates
Track Name: Rains Wash Away
Rains wash away paralytic states
Valleys turn to lakes and rise to our gates

Rains wash away the messes that we make
But still shelter we take, and pray the clouds will break

Rains wash away
But we'll stay dry today
And just remain the same

Rains wash away
Track Name: Isabel
Isabel

Dressed in white but lost to sight
I swear I saw a ghost tonight
With your eyes
Even though I don't know your eyes
Still I recognize

Like motion in a still frame; a dance begun amongst the lame
Different when everything looks the same
I don't know you, but I know your name

Isabel oh Isabel oh Isabel
Darling I'm missing something, can you tell?

Isabel

Here I stand, upon sand
A risk I take to take your hand
Torrents will break the dams and flood this land
A tempest is at hand
But I know that we will withstand

Like motion in a still frame; an ocean to a fire untamed
For now I'm alone, but I'm not afraid
I don't know you, but I know your name

Isabel oh Isabel oh Isabel
Darling I'm missing something, can you tell?
Isabel oh Isabel oh Isabel
Darling, lift your gift and show yourself

Isabel
I'm missing something, can you tell?
Isabel
Lift your gift and show yourself

Isabel
Track Name: A Secret in the Signal
It gives me chills
It gives me chills
It gives me chills
It gives me chills
It gives me chills
It gives me chills
It gives me chills
It gives me chills
It gives me chills
Track Name: Broken Receiver
Am I a machine?
Are those around me?
Tell me: what are we if not machinery?
Built to receive
Built to believe
And what would you with me if my action should cease?

I am hearing something in the white noise
I am hearing something that is not your voice

All lined up in rows
With mechanical precision we all make the same decisions
Pray, heed the signal
Oh, but we are told
That they are by our own volition and it is only coincidence
That they're identical

I am hearing something in the white noise
I am hearing something that is not your voice

But how can I be sure?
Is it false, the sound I hear, or does it just evade the ears
Of my companions?
To this broken receiver
The signal's still heard loud and clear, but there is something else in here
That you did not intend

And, distantly
I think I can see another like me start to hear something
And, distantly
I think I can see another of your machines start malfunctioning

We are hearing something in the white noise
We are hearing something that is not your voice

And now we're tuned to the sound that will awaken us
A secret in the signal that you forced on us

You can't stop this signal
You've made it too powerful
You can't stop this signal
Even to save yourself

Can't stop the signal now
Can't stop the signal
Track Name: Teeth and Tongue
Her teeth are sharp, but her tongue is twice as dangerous
When she speaks with ignorance
She's been carried far
And become too willing to trust the words of deceitful ones

And at winter's edge she takes off her dress
Woven to protect
At the wolves request she takes off her dress
She favors something less

She favors acceptance

Her sisters stand between her and who would do her harm
But she doesn't see their scars
And she turns her back for she is sure there's no cause for alarm
So she doesn't see them fall

And at winter's edge she takes off her dress
Woven to protect
At the wolves request she takes off her dress
She favors something less

But they favor her flesh

Her sisters rise and wipe the blood from their eyes
With what they wear with pride; what she has denied
They go unheard as the wolves eye what their lies have earned
They know there's no use for words; some lessons must be learned

Oh, girl what have you been sold?
When you do what you're told others will reap all you sow
And leave you in the cold
Oh, girl where have you to go?
You betrayed all of those who once had called you their own
For those who would cut your throat

So pray that it's not too late to make it home
Track Name: {reprise}
[Paralytic, we listen to the words of deceitful ones
But I am hearing a voice
It gives me chills
But I'm not afraid]

"Hate is fear; love is courage
The hour is near that this knowledge will surface
Hate is fear; love is courage
The hour is near that this knowledge will surface
Hate is fear; love is courage
The hour is near that this knowledge will surface
Hate is fearsome, but love can conquer all
The hour is near that we will stand or fall

Go"

[I am hearing a voice]

"As courage is not lack of fear; it is the strength to rise above
So it is with hate and love

Go"
Track Name: The Lighthouse Keeper
I have waited so long here
I have made this empty tower my home
I know when something is wrong; the clouds are gathering strong
Tell me: how can I face this all alone?

I have seen this before, here
I have watched the waves, the wind and the rain
Beat upon my door and strip the sand from the shore
Until just the rocks remain

The night is falling soon
And there are no stars above that are bright enough to run these clouds through

A storm is coming
A shadow hangs on the sea
A storm is coming and these shores could wreck anything
A storm is coming
Are these walls as strong as they seem?
And, if someone is coming, will my light be received?

I have waited so long here
To bring in those under sail
I've felt the sirens' song lead me from where I belong
But I feel this night this light must not fail

A storm is coming
A shadow hangs on the sea
A storm is coming and these shores could wreck anything
(This night this light must not fail)
A storm is coming
Are these walls as strong as they seem?
And, if no one is coming, will I live to see the morning?

Will I live to see the morning sun?
Track Name: To Call an Angel Down
Stay with me love, you're not breathing
But I can feel your heart still beating
And even though I can't stop the bleeding
I'm not leaving you

I will pull you through
I can't live without you

I hold you in my hands, swear I will not let you down
You slip through my fingers like sand; my throat cannot produce a sound
To call an angel down
Still I will hold you close no matter what threats surround
And I will not give up hope; I know my voice will be found
To call an angel down

To call an angel down

Stay with me love, you're not breathing
But I can feel your heart still beating
And even though I can't stop the bleeding
I promise that I'm not leaving you

I will pull you through
I can't live without you

I watched you fall, so welcomed by the ground
I know the danger involved in staying close to you now
To call an angel down
But, darling, where could I go if I gave into the doubt?
I will not leave you alone; my bones will break before my vow
To call an angel down

To call an angel down

Hell is now upon us, I fear, my dear
But I will not leave you here

I know someone told me to let you go
But I won't
Though I know all that I risk if I don't
I know someone told me to let you go
But I won't
I'd take hell over heaven just to keep you close

I know someone told me to let you go
But I won't
Track Name: The Oasis of Your Eyes
As I look into your eyes
Mine are red and desert dry
And, darling, fire falls from the sky
But I am safe in the oasis of your eyes

Your breath could heal all damage done
By the distance I have come
But it seems you're not as simple as some
As you speak of what I am to become

You tame the fire that falls and spreads
And draw it up to wreathe our heads
And I fear for my life
But I know that I cannot hide

And as you hold my weary gaze
I feel that I have been betrayed
But blessed am I that smoke will choke my cries
Still my mouth and stir my mind

You show me that I have been blind
I lay down what I thought was my life
For I know, on the other side
I will awake in the oasis of your eyes
Track Name: Penumbra
Let me hear you now

Shadows stretch for miles before the setting sun
Like fingers greedy with lust
Cast by what we have built on the horizon
But these shadows will not reach us

Gentlemen, join in

Oh, we are safe in what we know
And our power grows
Oh, what we've made we can control
Our progress must not slow

Noises deafen for miles from where they come from
They fill our hearts with fear
Someone said they're from what we've built on the horizon
But his ignorance is clear

Gentlemen, join in

Oh, we are safe in what we know
And our power grows
Oh, take the children from their homes
They are simple to mold

With all we know
And all we don't
With all we know and all we don't
They are simple to mold
With all we know
And all we don't
With all we know and all we don't
What we don't we won't let show

Shadows stretch for miles from the horizon
Before the setting sun
Someone said that what we have made will unmake us
But surely we cannot be touched

We are safe in the penumbra

But the moon marches on the sun
And her shadow will not be outrun

Darkness will descend upon all of our heads
And then we will witness the end
Of this twilight we've wrapped ourselves in
Darkness will descend upon all of our heads
And then light will come once again
We'll see as we once did

Before we are undone
We will wait as one
For the moon to eclipse the sun
Show us what we have become
Track Name: Totality
One, two, three, four

One, two, three