outside the cave

by maaskant

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released 14 July 2013

Composed and produced by Matthew Maaskant
Mixed by Matthew Maaskant & Murr
Mastered by Andy Krehm
Additional vocals by Yola Beru & Abigail Lapell
Viola by Joe Nadurata

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maaskant Toronto, Ontario

maaskant is a gold miner, watching the stream drift past, while still completely alert enough to detect pattern and meaning. He brings this to his music, panning for beauty: ideas, sounds, collaborators and time, scattered bits that wash through his hand and he catches a flash here, a twinkle there and builds delicate structures, held gently together, anchored in the familiar, almost traditional. ... more

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Track Name: The Pine
run away with me through the long grass
walk with me through the pine
i am here in the darkness
i am here in your time
it surrounds me now
it's around me now

when all the roads we abandon
when you take on the winding paths
at my hand a hidden number
at your hand i'm afraid to ask
you surround me now
it's around me now

in the war between
you are between

the thunder of the horses
we the stars to fight their courses
in the animal of divorces
always murdered among the choices
that surround me now
it's around me now

in the war between
you are between

drain the riverbed i think i'm drowning
feet on the watershed i think i'm free
win me back love so confounding
use the words you use on her on me
they surround me now
they're around me now
Track Name: Outside The Cave
first the hurricane that shatters rock
and then the earthquake that will never stop
thrown to fire all you cannot save
the gentle whisper outside the cave

i told you once in your time
but you don't listen when there's hills to climb
you burn on legs of fear
what are you doing here?

read with me the line
stay with me here in time
such a long arm i have
did you think it wouldn't win you back?

they decide who keeps the boat
ocean gripping you by the throat
in a belly or a grave
the gentle whisper outside the cave

so you're angry enough to die
punishment has always been your right
repentance makes you afraid
speak with fire at what brought you shade
Track Name: Cutting Throats
face to the day and the moment
or lay on the floor of your cage
give back to whatever was stolen
arise to the night of your age

my family are lost to proportion
torn between blades of a plow
all i can hear is distortion
things i thought G-d would allow

i am the law so the suture
everything promised to be
all that i saw now the future
with everything promised to me

i scattered the trail to the fire
i bury it deep in my heart
always i search the desire
that keeps us from falling apart
Track Name: Even Now
hide like an old man
all romance is dead
any number pulls me under
and we all go home instead

even now I search for you
even now I am
even now I start anew
even now I am

you and i have never been in love that way
you and i have never had the nerve to say
even now I start anew
even now I am

even now i take from you
even now i am
don't know what to make of you
don't know where i am

you and i have never been in love that way
you and i will never had the nerve to say
even now I start anew
even now I am

even now i wait for you
even now i am
don't know what to take from you
don't know who i am

you and i have never been in love that way
you and i will never had the nerve to say
even now I start anew
even now I am
Track Name: State Of Delay
to stand a word to fall
to be alone at all
if one along the wall
could be alone at all

i found a way back to stay
i ran away ran away
i'm pulling clocks back to say
i ran away ran away
ran away
from a state of delay
ran away

burn the branch and bone
rinse the food of stone
tonight we eat alone
at dark we build a home

i found a way back to stay
i ran away ran away
i'm pulling clocks back to say
i ran away ran away
ran away
from a state of delay
ran away
Track Name: Underground
I lay underground
you fly overhead
if i understood that sound
if i'm changing what you said

to the easiest line
for the quickest to find
the big bang they heard
at the beginning of time
holding on to you

i ran overhead
you move underground
when you move outside my head
when you never come around

to the easiest line
for the quickest to find
how to act like a thought
cause it crossed your mind

i lay underground
you rise overhead
if i understood that sound
if you're changing what you said
holding on to me

you lay on the ground
i am overhead
and we understand that sound
there's no changing what was said
holding on

we will persist in ours
we grew out of the triangle fires
dreams dry up
watch a bobcat chase a rabbit
disappear down a branch of habit
bold to think
that i am not
what i am

and the easiest line
was the quickest to find
the big bang we heard
at the beginning of our lives
Track Name: Any Number Pulls You Under
i'm lying
what's this lion waiting for?
any number pulls me under
and it's at your door
when we take
and we wait to restore
any number pulls me under
and the kill means war

how you gonna live with me this way?
how you gonna love me this way?

home lies
over a hill
twilight and sunrise lie
over a hill

a lion
what's this lying waiting for?
any number pulls you under
and it's at my door
when we wait and we take to restore
any number pulls me under
and the kill is yours

how you gonna love me this way?
how you gonna live with me this way?

home lies
over a hill
twilight and sunrise lie
over a hill
Track Name: With Strangers Around
love is a stranger
morning comes
sunlight and danger
broken thumbs
new with every heartbeat
cut from your hair
asleep in the back seat
i don't care

I am alone here
I am unknown here
beating a heart
tell me just tell me

stood on your shoulders
and crawled from the sea
with words dropped like boulders
downed like a tree
the last of the headlights
walk back to town
they ask how the pen writes
with no one around

if i am alone here
if i am unknown here
beating a heart
tell me just tell me

my reflection is smiling
you fall on your face
with everything dying
for love to replace
i want you in circles
and outside the frame
i love you in detail
i love you in name

so I am alone here
I am unknown here
beating a heart
tell me just tell me