On A Sea Darkly

by John Meeks

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It’s a lost and lonely road through desert nowhere. There are bleak reminders of what was. This town is a vacancy, faded sighs and signs, shadows of the voices that once filled the streets. The slow collapse of buildings, the languid march of time, clouds that threaten the blessing of rain. You’re driving, taming the escape of pavement. The pulse of music whispers out of your speakers. Loss and longing subdued on the southwestern canvas. Trumpets caress the landscape and set the scene for a voice, a voice familiar as the hard sun, it’s a voice as welcoming as home, yet as worn as travel. This is the music of John Meeks.

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released May 12, 2016

Recorded and mixed by Matt Resovich at Elephant Duck Studios. Produced by Matt Resovich and John Meeks. Mastered by Christopher Hoffee at CHAOS Recorders.

John Meeks - Guitar, vocals, trumpet
Matt Resovich - Guitar, vocals, melodica, homemade sounds and synths
Tom Peart - Drums, percussion
Jon Kruger - Bass

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Track Name: Exotic Reaction
A man came from a cold dark land
To give his boy the warm wind and sea
But the ocean swelled and pulled him in
He almost lost his boy that day

Her man went down to drink his fill
Her brother brought his guns out to play
The shots came out and went back in
She almost lost her love that day

The night came down upon the sea
My friend went out to take in a swim
They say he drowned himself to sleep
I think about him now and then

My mama’s love had disappeared
He could not keep his demons away
They found him dead in an old truck bed
My mama lost her love that day
Track Name: Night Sea Waltz
I’ve been alone forever it seems
Down on my own where the wind moves the sea
Bent on my sorrows head in my knees
No one for miles away coming to see

Over my home a cloud disappears
Knowing that I’ve been in trouble for years
Me and my ocean and my winter blue
Out here with no one and nothing to do

I’ve been alone forever it seems
Down on my own where the wind moves the sea
You were my ocean that never could be
You took my eyes away now I don’t see
Track Name: Cold And Cruel
Oh moon you come to me and bring me sorrow
And drown me in the ocean by the sea
But you don’t need to be so cold and cruel
The weight of all the sea is still inside you

I hear the ocean trembling
I know you need me baby

Oh moon you comfort me when I am troubled
When ocean currents drown me deep
And all the ways you came inside the room
And all the things you said you’d keep inside you
Track Name: Jungle Kook
The night goes by like slow winds do
I close my eyes and dream of you

Your eyes go by
The moon is bright
All night through

The stars above are cold and blue
I close my mind and dream of you

Your eyes go by
The world is right
All night through

You don’t see what I do
When the night winds call
And the storm is raging
And the old moon falls

The night goes by like slow winds do
I close my eyes and dream of you

Your eyes go by
The world is right
All night through
All night through
Track Name: Ocean Tears
I like your desert smile
I like your ocean tears
I know my mouth is dry
I’ve spent a thousand years

I hear your mountains roar
I feel your ocean breathe
I see your big black wall
I crashes down on me

You are the sun and moon
You are a night at sea
I run to be with you
You run away from me

I’d run the moon for you
I’d try and kill the sea
I loved you more than him
I’ll love you endlessly

I hear your mountains roar
I feel your ocean breathe
I see your big black wall
I crashes down on me

And now the moon is full
And all the air is grey
The ocean plays its tune
Like trouble’s on its way
I see the canyon sink
And fall into the sea
I run to be with you
You run away from me
Track Name: The Devil's Road
Baby don’t be cruel
You know I need you too
But time it rolls like a train
And you and me won’t be so down someday

I’m on the devil’s road
I’m feeling so worn down
A million people sing
But I can’t hear them now
The devil’s on my trail
I feel him all around
I want to be with you
But I can’t sleep until I’m…

Baby I can see
The things you want me to be
But oceans break on their own
And you won’t make me believe in sorrow

I’ve run a thousand miles
I’ll run into the ground
To give you what you want
But I can’t please you now
The devil’s on my trail
I feel him all around
I want to be with you
But I can’t sleep until I’m…

The moon is drowning in the sea
I see it drift away from me
The wind is in the trees babe
Your eyes are on the sea

Baby don’t be cruel
You know I need you too
But time it rolls like a train
And you and me won’t be so down someday

I’m on the devil’s road
I’m feeling so worn down
A million people sing
But I can’t hear them now
The devil’s on my trail
I feel him all around
I want to be with you
But I can’t sleep until I’m…
Track Name: Blood Moon
I spent last night out on the sea
The red moonlight fell down like blood on me

The stars went by I thought of you
The wind that night moved like you used to do

The world is love that breaks and bleeds above

I spent last night out on the sea
The red moonlight fell down like blood on me

The stars went by I thought of you
The wind that night moved like you used to do