Sleepwalking: Songs of Challis & Roos

by David Roos

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All songs written by Ian Challis & David Roos

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released December 20, 2008

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Track Name: Sleepwalking
When the door stays open
And the night shines in my eyes
I feel like getting up and joining you
But I know it isn’t wise
You’ve taken me some places
Places that I didn’t want to see
And now you’ve opened up the cages
Of some things that want to gnaw on me

And I know that if I doubt you
Your teeth will come rolling out
Your skin will crack like parchment
And your one good eye will bulge and shout

Wrapped up like cherries in a cloth
My mind is seasick on this trip
Please release me to my own designs
Trip back on your word, your vain friendship

Wherever I may be taken
Whoever I may choose to serve
I’ll be sure of this one thing
If I can just bite the nerve

Trip the light fantastic
Own the night’s blue air
The red, red roses on the pathway
Lead this devil’s fair

A hunter’s shotgun in the black
Yellow eyes flashing under green
And the weight of heaven’s gate
Presses down on me

Wrapped up like cherries in a cloth
My mind is seasick on this trip
Please release me to my own designs
Trip back on your word, your vain friendship
Track Name: Speak The Sun
Now I know cats don’t always land on their feet
With a fright and a turn, some inhabit the too steep
Shouting out his longings and sliding
Heart beats its own refrain, down the truth in hiding

And cats don’t swim, cats don’t swim
They don’t swim too good

Ocean opens outside this dream I swim
You wanted to row this black water and sweep the sands again
But there’s a little that falls between the cracks
And a storm beneath the stones
And you can pick your teeth with the facts
And wipe it clean, wipe it clean
And hope it’s clean

Like Truman polishing a sentence
In a marble villa by the sea
You’ll find me pounding out repentance

Six months have gone since home was here
I’ve watched the tides too long like I’ve watched open sky disappear
To an island and a first degree
I was certified paranoid
Was blind but now I see
Villa of the mysteries, the holy words come clearer
You turn to speak the sun, your warm smile silvered in a mirror

Without any thought of why, without any thought of why
Without a thought of why, and all this way to fly

Like Truman polishing a sentence
In a marble villa by the sea
You’ll find me pounding out repentance

We don’t run far, we don’t run far
It’s not too far
Track Name: Heartproof Vest
Your heart moves like a bullet
Ripping through those in its path
So fast

You never had anything in your way till you tried to stun me
Gun me down with your heart

I’m not like the rest, when that bullet hits me
It’s gonna stop, see I wear a heart-proof vest

So don’t treat me like them don’t you love me to shoot me down
With your runaway heart
I’ll only stop it, call the whole thing off
Blow the whistle on your homicidal heart

I’m not like the rest, when that bullet hits me
It’s gonna stop, see I wear a heart-proof vest

So don’t treat me like them don’t you love me to shoot me down
With your Smith & Wesson heart
I’ll only stop it, call the whole thing off
Blow the whistle on your homicidal heart
Track Name: Birth Of Venus
Waiting for the coins to fall
Six broken line—receptivity
Which is fine if you’re honest, correct or great
Keep watching and turn around
If you walk on frost it will turn into ice
I’m just waiting for the coins to fall

I saw
The birth of venus
I saw
There was a lot between us
And sometimes
The lines end up broken
Poor child
Baby when will you learn

I wanted to get this all down
I’m over here
The dark and swirling sky
I’m over here
I’m standing in someone’s back yard
The wind is howling and the trees are still
I’m just waiting for the coins to fall
Track Name: Hourglass
And through an hourglass
Darkly I go
Staying close to the wall
Like Alice
I can’t help but fall

My shoes are gold and glass, can’t step too hard
Softly I dance, grinding
I’ve broken my last chance

Wallflowers and petals are strewn in my bed
I lie but to wake
What soothes a heartache
Hunger soothes a heartache

But before this river dries, these banks are in flower
Find me and show me, there in the night
Be sure to run and find me

And if there’s a kind or a longing word
If there can be found one single word
Let me hear it, let me hear it
Track Name: Forever Lightness
I know it’s hard to know just what you would do
If you were to be given the same situation
Would you move on, stay put, keep hold, jump ship
I don’t know what I’d do
But I’d try to do what I can to stay and not be too overwhelmed
And not be too removed

From the opening in the ocean and the path between two places
I might ask for your advice, as if you would keep it for yourself
I would follow your wisdom, if I thought anyone really know
Like I’d follow my own if and when I get a clue

But the trees are forever lightness
And the roots they dig deep down
And my body floats through ether
Even as my feet scrape on the ground


The route we take, may it never be the same
May your feet be weary at the end of each new day
And may I always remember your name

I know it’s hard to advise one you call friend
But my situation is yours too
My case is your case
Open or shut all roads lead back to you
All roads lead slowly, slowly
Track Name: West Virginia
Alone on a road, out in the green time
I lost my mind like a worn out suitcase
Contents were slipping, like ideas and bills to pay
Under the wheels
Speeding on pink asphalt roses

And what could prepare me for the sight of you
West Virginia, your hair wrapped around your throat
Like a tourniquet, and rain falling from your eye

Who were you then, and where are you now
Ages like petals and yellow lines on the turnpike
Who were we then, and where are we now
Age is like petals and yellow line on the turnpike

And if your lips weren’t so blue
And if you spoke to me that way
Like we met before, with more
Than goodbye to say
Track Name: Earthquake
And today a flower opens like a million more at once
But it’s that one that is forever
And I’m sure I saw it, sure I saw it,
Sure, I saw it once

Can I call on your softness, the sweet words you hold to hand
I don’t have the reasons yet, but to feel it gently floating
And the touch of blue water in this swimming pool baptism
Covering me over and over, wearing the familiar rhythm

Can you satisfy me, who wants so much and more
My belly is full, but my head says eat
And can I wish for more

And today the answer called me like a million more at once
it’s just that one that is forever
And I’m sure I heard it, sure I heard it
Sure, I heard it once

Can you pass out the sun and kiss the world goodnight
The lullaby that whispers for moments
When eclipse licks up the light

The parade of these days withholds a tyranny of lost and purchased time
Look to the future, look to the future you tell me and so I look
And see in all directions the patterns of our minds
These grey and soupy constellations
Web of memory left behind

And the stars still arc above us as the ships of state sail on
Stretched out along the horizon
As they calmly tip over the edge

And today our hearts are opened like a million more at once
But it was just that once forever
And I’m sure I felt it, I’m sure I felt it
I know I felt it once

And can we call your warmness your deep green eyes of summer
Your order in disorder
Sweet mother of north and south

And today our hearts are opened like a million more at once
But it was just that once forever
And I’m sure I felt it, I’m sure I felt it
I know I felt it once
Track Name: Book With Just Enough Pages
Planet three, four, five
Seven is lovely, and nine; divine
When you added you could hold me
bind me
like a sheath
A letter's intent
Or a trinity
Pour out some water, cut it with time
Do you remember the number we gave like years
Wishing to keep without age
In a book with just enough pages

Twelve, fifteen, twenty's the day
When I took up with you
For far less than I manage
Far more than just one

What numbers bind our hearts
And what days we keep
Our souls walking the line
On smooth, soft earth

So long after nature's run her course
Moon rising
A quarter, a half
Just one
Track Name: The Story That You Keep
My heart fell asleep
In Poplar Gap, Virginia
The story that you keep
Is ringing through my head

Three crosses on a hill
Come up yellow and green
Planted deep and still
Throughout Flatwood County

And these hills breathe out smoke
As my body breathes in earth
And my hands are numb and cold
And I'll never rise again

Tobacco fields glowing at dusk
Visit me in the night
Lay across this mossy bed
And kiss these woods goodnight

The story you hold is long
But the life I've had was short
Layed down for no wrong
Than to kiss a man goodnight
Track Name: Revelation (demo 1)
Lions sleeping in the grass
The time is now or never
A clock sounds far and fast
The falling of the hour
The tireless space

Birds flying upstream
In search of something cool
Along a black and spiraling line
To hold a sound, to feel a sound
Of something new

Revelation, a chance to take this time
Revelation, a chance to take this time
Now the sun is blocked out by a prayer

Home to seal the untold message
To the sharp-edged hold of a quarter moon
At every hour on every line
Every image stirs and awakens the earth
with every sound of something new

One night the answer seems to be so clear
The stars fall at one time
And the trees grow red from the palm of one I know
One who will try to tell me
Try to let me know
Track Name: House Of Cards
Symbols of time spent together is enough
Filling me too far, your eyes are cooler now

All words, at a point, are pointless
It’s not that I love, myself, it’s just you loving me

Come again, come again
On a brighter day
A night farther spent
Let me find my way
But come again, come again

Angles of artifice, your lines on mine
Building our own house of cards
It’s windy here

Underneath it all, the eye of the storm is staring at us with hope
Again to love
Track Name: I Fall Asleep
Skin says cancel those hands around my neck
Cancel the hot charge of sweat rippling off you
I’m just here a little there a little
I’m just here a little there a little
Till that kingdom rolls on out

Like a hide-a-bed for rainbows and fruit loop kids
A ten-cent dye job turned his hair into snakes
And his eyes to popsicle bombs
Thrown off the roof on the fourth of July

Correct me if I’m wrong, but you don’t recall
A moment when you were given a key
In a glass of something sweet
Do you

Take away the grip that’s eating the air and burning the grass
And bleeding from the lip

Correct me if I’m wrong, but you don’t recall
A moment when you were given a key
In a glass of something sweet
Do you

I’m just here a little there a little
I’m just here a little there a little
I fall asleep

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