The Beautiful Humming of Ms. Fortune

by Led to Sea

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released May 5, 2015

Alex Guy: vocals, viola, violin, piano
Paris Hurley: violin
Maria Scherer Wilson: cello
Samantha Boshnack: trumpet
Jherek Bischoff: bass
Paul Kikuchi: drum set, percussion

all songs and arrangements by Alex Guy
© 2013

Recorded by Jherek Bischoff
Additional recording by Evan Schiller at zulusound
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 mixed by
Evan Schiller
Tracks 3, 7, 10 mixed by Jherek Bischoff
Produced by Alex Guy and Jherek Bischoff
Cover Art: Janet Miller, planetjanetart.com
Design: Kyle Hanson
Mastered by SAE mastering

Thanks to: Jherek, Evan, Paris, Maria, Sam, Paul, Janet and Kyle for contributing your amazing talents to make this record happen! And love and gratitude to Joanna, Josh, Christy, Jolie, Laura, Tim, Thao, Em, Christina, Maia, Mirah, Shenandoah, Ronni, Donald, Laila, Callie, Hank, Bill, Timothy (for the title), the Guys, and all the other friends and family who encouraged me to bring this music out into the world. This never would have happened without all of you!

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Track Name: Facing South
As I watch the moon draw the tide away
I think of you
and I think it's strange
to feel this pull so strongly
when you're sailing away

I'm facing, facing south
south to the wind and the sea
oh come for me
I'm facing, facing south
south to the wind and the sea
please comfort me my dear

You seek out its company
leave my arms, strong and secure run from me
to the dark of the sea
It's a wild, tumbling thing
that cares nothing for you
loves no one

And I see that time slips away from me
and I've grown grey, dry
you're halfway around the world by now
you're halfway around the world

I'm facing, facing south
south toward the wind and the sea
oh come for me
facing, facing south
south toward the wind and the sea
oh come for me my dear, oh
please comfort me
Track Name: Breathe Some
In the time it takes to breathe
I've grown old
watching men younger than me
search for gold
yes, I know
each one folds his hand with nothing more
to show for all his pain than his words

I try to recreate what was lost, lost to me
can't make sense of anything
truth and lies fall equally
close my eyes, still see
lonely memories I try to transform
into something more than just one life

She says, come to bed. it's late
I'll draw the curtain, the light's fading
no more work tonight
and I think, yes its crazy,
but each story breathes a little life into
this weathered imagery I call my own
we all know
we all struggle to create a vision
worthy of ourselves
before we die

I try to recreate what was lost, lost to me
can't make sense of anything
truth and lies fall equally
we all know
we all struggle to create a vision
struggle to create something that's
worthy of ourselves
before we die
Track Name: Certain Kinds of Lies
If the sound I hear
is something you meant to hide
quiet sorrow that cannot be denied
you'll find that life you’ve lived inside
fosters only a certain kind of lie
that tonight will wake you, petrified
tonight you'll wake
petrified.

give them all to me
these secrets that you keep
whisper in your sleep
Track Name: So Long
Let's look back
at the time we had with her
so long, so long
oh it feels so long
so long ago my dear

Resting here with your hand in mine
watching leaves fall
leaves fall
oh light fades
fades away
away

A simple thing
empty grass in sunlight makes tears well
tears well
up in your eyes
oh well, up in my eyes
oh well, oh well

I watch a single star shining
I watch a single flower bloom
and there's nothing can take the place
she held here

Let's go down
down to the forest and listen
for wind blowing through the leaves
quiet footsteps soft between the trees

All the same
it seems as it was before
linger
but oh the memory lingers
like mist in the morning
oh so long
so long
Track Name: Nothing has Changed
I can watch the distance grow
pull me from you
check the state of disinterest
I still call true love
that I call true love

But I still feel this twisting, burn in my chest
that devours all semblance of spark I have left
That I say is true love

What made you think
I'd stay?

When you ask, I tell you
that nothing has changed
I've just learned to hold back
to keep myself sane,
to keep myself safe

I once tried to give myself over to you
much too fast
I know I fell too hard too soon
I thought it was true love
don't even know true love
maybe it was a true love

What made you think
I could?
Track Name: I Never Listen to Them
They try to tell me it’s all a lie
that this is all pretend
Track Name: Slowly we Decay
If I close my eyes quickly
I won't see your face change
as you think of the reasons
you won't try to stay
let me reclaim the moment before
illusion's fade
let's just be silent
silence stay
let there be silence
silent we'll remain

You'll grow grey while I stay frozen
in time we'll disappear
ever changing in a slow decay
too slow to see with our naked eye
too slow to feel, too slow to hear you
so slowly we decay
If I don't look then you can't show me
the distance that's grown here
it holds us hostage,
since once you say it
the words will start to break apart
all that we've built here

In a moment alone
no distractions to shield me
I wait in the stillness
I sense that the fear will fade away
just sit in silence one more day
let me have silence one more day

I can feel the chill of what's to come
when your words fall tumbling out
but I take a breath just before you speak
and I lay resistance down
let the words hold me, pull me down
I am cradled in the sound
Cradle me in sound
Track Name: Knifethrower
I came to you
splaying my wrists
those brave lilies throats
as if to say drink
take your teeth and drink

Under love sometimes in the ivy room
we'd talk of family
but never in the day light
never without cover of smoke or dark

When you told me not to worry
I worried anyway
and when you told me not to be sad
I simply shined the blades
and kissed your mouth
which was a different country entirely
one that believed in amnesty

Poem by Sarah Brickman
Track Name: Landed
Landed, in this green field
show my face to the sun
landed, in this strange place
looking back, it feels so far
from the place from where I've come

Now my new life begins
the secret life of a king
who has fled far from home
take me north to the new
village where I'll make my mark
shaping minds, sweet young men,
brilliant shade, and a clear new start

Do they search and scour
this small world for me
my death is their singular task
those close to me hid the all signs
but it's only a matter of time

Safety, has a new face
sheltered from the sun
brilliance there awaits me
linger in the shade of your tongue

A handsome king in his prime, secrets kept close in his mind
lays the path for a grey, aging hero to write
at the end of his time, a work that will redeem
all the mundane detail of his common and routine life

Here, in a strange place
I know that you are near
beauty, a true friendship
waiting here, soon I’m there
just wait for me to arrive.
I'll feel in the night, you're working
I'll watch your every move, my dear
my land waiting to be discovered
and recreated by you
just invite me to share your table
I'll understand you like no one else
show me something, just tell me something
feel my chest fill with air, my heart rising to
meet you

We are strangers
all this will soon change
our lives, intertwining
come, let's meet our fate