Crying For The Moon

by The Sandman's Orchestra

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released 14 November 2014

written and produced by Pierre Laplace

Léonie Gabriel : vocals

Pierre Laplace : vocals, guitar, banjo, piano, wurlitzer, keyboards, melodica, kalimba, theremin, percussion, beats

Guests :

Nicolas Fahy : cello

JB Hoste : drums

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Track Name: If This Is Our Swan Song
if this is our swan song
can I ruffle your feathers

and pretend for a final moment
we still belong together

a bird of prey eats away at my heart
in darkness he holds me tight

his wings of steel they keep me trapped
in the wax figure of the night

hearts come undone
as we watch vultures on the loose

I follow you round
cry over all the traps you fall into

birdsong of the winter
froze our faces

we dug for beauty and a grain of truth
in the ashes of the land

but the dreams I dreamt with you
they were built on sand

now I have to draw the curtains
on your tired eyes

we’re an ocean and a world apart
as the crow flies

hearts come undone
as we watch vultures on the loose

I follow you round
cry over all the traps you fall into

birdsong of the winter
froze our faces
Track Name: No Other Way
child on the run
strangers on her trail

she heads towards the sun

sleeps on the ground
with her bag of books

and her good-luck charms

tears on her face
there's evil on the road

there's beauty and grace

she walks past places darkened by fear
haunted by dreams of falling

and she knows there is no other way

I met her years ago
a kid from a broken home

with no place to go

and I remember well
the girl with a hundred lives

and stories to tell

in the eye of the storm
she was light as a feather

all skin and bones

she walks past places darkened by fear
haunted by dreams of falling

and she knows there is no other way
Track Name: The Rememberer
gone are the days
when an angel smiled
watching over me

oh I'm a rememberer

there is a face up in the clouds
high above the sea

oh I'm a rememberer

there is a place
where your light shines on
through the flowers and trees

come out of here my lonely ghost
let nights turn into days

take another piece of my soul
I am your willing prey

I open the gates
throw away the key
and your spirit is here

oh I'm a rememberer

I call your name
and reach out to you in my wildest dreams

oh I'm a rememberer

come out of here my lonely ghost
let nights turn into days

take another piece of my soul
I am your willing prey
Track Name: Crying For The Moon
awaking from a dream
in the dark woods

far away from home

footsteps of a ghost
follow me wherever I go

birds perched on branches
like question marks
scattered high and low

baby you're a leaf
on the mighty river

I hear you loud and clear
no god holds the answers

we rose from the ashes
the land was ours
at the crack of dawn

strangers in haunted places
we travel blind
and no one sees us roam

baby you're a leaf
on the mighty river

I hear you loud and clear
no god holds the answers

no one will take you in their boat
but I just love the way you float

I’m crying for the moon
In the cold light of winter

I’ve left my world of blue
I’m near you in the water

no one will take us in their boat
but I just love the way we float
Track Name: Sands Of Time
a blanket of grass and branches
underneath the moon

we lie there waiting for a ghost to come round

promises and pledges
secrets that we share
while the stars light up the deep summer sky

we open our hearts
to the music that floats in the night

What Color is Love
Time Of No Reply
Spirit Of Eden
Pacific Ocean Blue
Our Mother The Mountain ...

familiar voices taking flight

I sit on a bench in the sunshine
my mum's in her garden
my sister reads a novel
my dad works in the house

so many summers we spent together there
this tender harmony I thought it was meant to last

I piled up moments of fleeting light for later times

and all these memories I have
they're the blood of my life

there’s a night I remember when I met a girl
who left me hanging on the shadow of her smile

I showed her a few chords on an old guitar
my heart melted
cos I'd found my guiding star

I hope together we can walk
through these sands of time
enjoy the beauty of everything
and make sense of our lives
Track Name: 1949
I rode a train through the winter landscape

sleepy towns, churches and frozen lakes

when I got to your place I saw the changes

how your garden was overgrown with weeds


your face was pale in the light of day

you looked so frail beside the willow tree


pretty pictures spread out on the table

in your time they made you a beauty queen

then your man was shot in the trenches

and you withered fast on your trail of tears


you wanted to share a story with me

one I'd remember over the years


it happened in 1949

a lost little girl knocked on your door

you gave her food and she stayed forever

now you had someone to care for


when the time came for me to leave

you shivered and whispered farewell in my ear


and your story stayed with me
Track Name: Black River Moan
I took you by the hand and led you through the woods
- I knew your time had come

your skin was pale in the glow of the moon
- the night dragged you along

we got to the black river and I watched you drown
- you sank without a sound

I thought our story was over and done with
- but oh I was wrong

am I cursed for being evil
and letting you go
now the sad song of the river
will never ever leave me alone

I see ripples and hear wails in my sleep
- the spell you cast is so strong

I'm possessed by a place beyond the hills
- and the nights seem so long

in my waking hours there's a voice in my head
- and it sings of our downfall

this lonely stream brought back from the dead
- black river, black river moan

am I cursed for being evil
and letting you go
now the sad song of the river
will never ever leave me alone

you will never ever leave me alone
black river moan

song of the water chills me to the bone

black river moan
Track Name: The Silent Kind
sitting in the dark on cold Sunday evenings
I would spend a while by your side

watching western movies to pass the time
that was our life in black and white

I dreamt we were cowboys out on the plain
riding our horses far and wide

not a word was spoken between you and I
I guess we were the silent kind

and in the Cheyenne autumn of your life
you watched me go with no return

the preacher man dressed in black shook his head and said
"you gotta learn how to walk before you run"

standing by the roadside you waved me goodbye
a solitary man-child

I don't know what may have troubled your mind
you'll always be the silent kind
Track Name: Man In The Shade
I see you on the edge of falling
down into the desolate well
of long-lost wishes

you say there's a dark star above you
but in my eyes you shine and burn like a candle

how long will you float in limbo
hoping no one will see
the depth of your sorrow ?

I love you and my dreams are filled
with your faint smile and your words
like distant echoes

the world is blind to your beauty
I know the way this story goes

you're the man in the shade singing your song
softly and low

but I'm listening

always on a journey to places
far beyond anyone's reach
it's your curse and your blessing

you've wandered for so long in mazes
and I'm afraid of losing you
to the devil's embraces

you're swimming in a sea of white noise
so lonely among the crowd
and their hollow voices

the world is blind to your beauty
I know the way this story goes

you're the man in the shade singing your song
softly and low

but I'm listening
Track Name: Now The Circle's Broken
I remember you tending to flowers
lost in your thoughts
on warm summer days

counting your blessings
the good seeds you'd sown
and time slowly slipped away

even though you're gone
you know I'll always be your son
I'll walk through life with you by my side

my gentle shadow

early birds that we were
when the house was quiet
around coffee we talked

as a teen I didn't give away much
but with you I opened up

you knew I have a good heart but a troubled soul too
you loved me no matter what
all the way through my darkest moments

I walk up the hill to the place where you rest
and memories start flooding in

I still can't believe you're no longer here
but for spending time with you I was blessed

thank you for being so kind and so warm
you were a lighthouse and a map for us all

now the circle's broken