Valasketh

by Nigel Wright

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Lee Fletcher Nigel's bittersweet bewitching vocals are reason enough to listen, however the mature songwriting and emotional arrangements deserve considerable attention. I can't recommend this music enough. Simply beautiful... Favorite track: Ebbing Lurid Squander.
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released September 9, 2014

"New Year"
Nigel Wright: vocals

"Old Ways"
Nigel Wright: vocals, guitar, bass, drums
James Merritt: cymbals, drums

"A Comfort Someday"
Nigel Wright: vocals, guitar, bass, drums, horn arrangements
Clay Dean: drums, saxaphone
Walter Cumming: trombone

"Cathy"
Nigel Wright: vocals, guitar, cymbals, upright bass, string arrangments
Hope Arnold: violin

"Anna"
Nigel Wright: vocals, guitar, bass, drums, horn arrangements
Walter Cumming: trombone
Drums arranged with James Merritt

"Ebbing Lurid Squander"
Nigel Wright: vocals, piano, guitar, bass, drums, horn arrangements
Walter Cumming: trombone

"Exodus"
Nigel Wright: vocals, guitar, bass, drums, e-bow

"Made Free"
Nigel Wright: vocals, guitar, bass, drums
Hope Arnold: vocals

"Dark Dotted Line"
Nigel Wright: vocals, guitar

"Considering The Odds"
Nigel Wright: vocals, organ, guitar

"Burned Mountain"
Nigel Wright: vocals, guitar, piano, drums, bass, horn arrangements
Walter Cumming: trombone
Clay Dean: saxaphone
James Merritt: drums, cymbal ambience

Recorded 2011 - 2014 in the North Georgia mountains
Artwork by Whittier Wright
Mastered by Neal Warner
All songs written and produced by Nigel Wright

David, Bryan and Holly, Clay D, Walter, Hope, Forrest, Neal, Bob, Tim and Louellen, James, Clay J, Will, and my parents-

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Track Name: Old Ways
grace us with your light
with your aching smile
those here have found out by themselves
you hapless precious child

steadier as you were
as you promised me
drug by an aimless bitter beast
who veers too close to the sea

that's me yeah you nailed it
send for smokes, a drink
best bring your coat and all to ride
it's cold, no stars out tonight

embrace us one last time
this you'd not deny
what was the day those pale blue eyes
lost themselves but stayed inside
to survive

well who knows
your old ways
might die down
if I'm around
the chances
are hopeful
I promise
just not today

I am out of time
Track Name: A Comfort Someday
terror keeps the keys to the best icy burrows and
terror clings to things today vapid and invisible before
still it's fine I've got well watered landscape
and plenty of time away from school
I'm happy to say the least

though I can't make it right
with or without a fight
a comfort somehow

dawn reveals the life extinguished by my icy window
overflowing with prisoners
I wonder if he'll last beyond tonight
I said to her as mud clung to the towel
from carrying some crippled prize
broken but still alive

so as she blames the dog for what I alone have done vain
outcomes of guiltlessness multiply inside me despite
all of her mercy which I take without question no
never again I tell myself loathing every cell in my body

though I can't make it right
with or without a fight
a comfort someday
Track Name: Cathy
cathy relax it's not that permanent
this fear you're feeling
the shove is imminent
you're just resisting

while your neighbors
pack up
and give your garden back
their favorite place to trash

when they can't
face themselves
much less their children
who watch from outside
craving their affection

cathy you're wrong
you're not that innocent
for you've come to be
all that you resent
nurturing your fury

when you lay down
curled up
replaying strategies to crush
each one of your enemies

who taunt you daily
from outside the evergreens
swapping stories
the blood on their boot heels

because they can't face themselves
much less their children
who watch from the outside
craving their affection

in need of direction
Track Name: Anna
I owe my sanity
and most of my insanity to a cat
but to you I owe who I am
and who I will become at that
no long roads, no wet streets
no rhyming trying freezing reasons
just feelings

held in suspension
repentant of all commitment, you're wrinkle resistant
when he cleans late into the night
to ponder with what is cruel, broad and bare
the tempting melted to tasting
broken and balding glass
you now no longer care for

a heart full
of parting pools

the train rattles your nameless rings
you feel my face taut against the fraud
funny it's here you choose the place
feigning so he'll spill a sign or trace
failing yet so careful
before my teeth set
it's easier by now I bet

your eyes pulled
for a mouth full
the sun off the plates
mist fills the maze
Track Name: Ebbing Lurid Squander
guess it's
overrated
from where I'm standing
from where I will stay

fine then
have at the high ground
we'll manage somehow
with you not around
you better
bring back stories
bring back blood to bleed
gallons we need

and don't you dare disappoint us
or all our lives are in your hands

shoreline
floods my vision
familiar buildings
soak up the sun

not now
I'm overwhelmed by
the oddest sounds
the look in their eyes

I know
I was so wrong
but he was meeker once
before he got strong

well don't feel sorry for us darling
all our lives are in your hands

ebbing lurid squander
Track Name: Exodus
I'm packing up my bags
send me letters and your photographs
'cause I'm packing all I have
send me letters and your photograph

how much more
before I go
a few more floors
and then I am home

I'm packing up my bags
send me letters and your photographs
'cause I'm packing all I have
send me letters and your photograph

how much more
before I go
just one more door
and at last I am home

I'm packing them, I'm packing up my bags
I'm packing them, I'm packing all I have
I'm packing them, I'm, packing up my bags
I'm packing them, I'm packing all we have
Track Name: Made Free
how
could
you
leave
with no more than goodbye?

and who dares
cross
now
with what waits 'neath the tide?

think on us
as you flee from
this world you loathe
and know that you are
in all our thoughts
for the worse until
you're fully grown

still
it's
his
heart
that cauterizes our wounds

made
free
by
the news
though he will not survive

one last laugh here
as we skip through the ash
round our home
one last stitch stuck
in between my promise
and these bones
these bones
Track Name: Dark Dotted Line
there you are
belly up, my dying star
stuck in the mud
afraid of some love

heaven knows
that it's time
for heaven's sake
don't you say never mind
I checked twice
you are mine

oh why do you still stand
you know who just I am
go trample some leaves
it's the sound that you need

I like this
sleepy nest
keeps me still
sticks with me the best
don't act like you signed
some dark dotted line

the others would just keep me
to leave me
except you and your family

all my body weighs me down
makes a broken brittle sound
you effortlessly
then dive in after me

at first it's all black
but then it hits a release of slack
I awaken in awe
watch you unclench your jaw

and though no ideal
is discovering us
you've gained all of my trust

the others would just keep me to leave me
believing in what they did not really feel
it's revealed
Track Name: Considering the Odds
not to be too forward
but I think we did pretty well
considering the odds

so not to be too forward
but I think we fared pretty well
considering the job

the job
oh god
a fevered slumber more like

what's that?
we'll give it time?
well I suppose I don't mind

cold cylinders
and salty rain
it's the same
it's the same
she explained
Track Name: Burned Mountain
you wear it well
a bullet to the shell
woke up still entombed
all by yourself

if I were you
I'd still see it through
one day they will learn
this here is their doom

only spare me
from all you desire
I will yield no more
than snowfall stifles fire

in a green marshy world
with no meadows
only briars

if you dare
join us in the fumes
stumbling down the stairs
we'll reach the bottom soon

this is the day
no next time to presume
lets get you on your way
organize your room

now go let out
no I am not surprised
that it's painful to watch
the others undock

though they have not a clue
of what they will do

yeah you heard me right
eat what you like
eternal little boy
slam doors all night

release me
I'm unarmed
all is on reserve
just say the word

only spare me
you are all you desire
what a waste I feel
what snowfall would fight a fire?

in a green marshy world
it may as well
all be burned