Corporal Spirits

by Don McCloskey

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All instrumental tracks were recorded live over the course of three days without the use of click tracks, overdubs or edits.

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released 01 June 2012

Written by Don McCloskey
Produced by Bill Moriarty and Don McCloskey
Recorded live and mixed by Bill Moriarty at Waking Studio in East Falls, PA
Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering
Album Artwork by Brian McMicken

Don McCloskey – Vocals
Matt Scarano – Drums
Tim Lappin – Bass
Julie Slick – Bass (tracks 3 and 5)
Eric Slick – Percussion
Tom Hamilton – Acoustic Guitar
Adam Flicker – Piano, Organ, Accordion
Tim Motzer – Electric Guitar
Mike Brenner – Slide Guitar
April McCloskey – Vibraphone, Percussion
Claire Wadsworth – Vocals
Alison Wadsworth – Vocals

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Don McCloskey Brooklyn, New York

Don McCloskey is an eclectic singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn. His idiosyncratic style, independently produced albums and energetic live performances have gained him a cult following in the US, Europe and Australia. He has toured in support of G. Love and Special Sauce, Donavon Frankenreiter, and the cast of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. His third album "Corporal Spirits" is available now ... more

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Track Name: Into The Unknown
It’s a dark stretch of highway but there’s nothing to fear
Even radio preachers can’t reach us out here
Are we tied to the stars?
Are our hands on the wheel?
As the world rushes by us
The heavens lie perfectly still
And the past is fading in my rear view
But I will drive
Into the unknown with you

We rise and fall like a wave on the edge of the night
Where the crosses march under the weight of the telephone wires
Where the light and the shadows play devious games
Hiding and showing the places we’re going
From the places we came
And where it’s all leading
I haven’t a clue
But I would drive
Anywhere you want to
To the ends of the earth for you
Into the unknown with you
Into the Unknown
Track Name: Off My Mind
You came elephant riding
When my will was weak
Sent synapses firing
And took a chunk of me
Can’t get you off my mind

Now every moment lingers
Whenever you leave
From the tips of your fingers
To the regal ennui
Can’t get you off my mind

Not outnumbered but clearly overcome
Now encumbered by what could never be undone

How could I give you such power?
I know not the day
I know not the hour
But any price I’ll pay
To get you off my mind
Can’t get you off my mind

Not outnumbered but clearly overcome
Now encumbered by what could never be undone
Track Name: Kill The Lights
Kill the Lights

There must be something in the air tonight
Your eyes are glowing in the strangest light
Something electric has brought you to life

I can feel it in the way you move
There’s something stirring up inside of you
That makes me wanna take a closer view
Take a closer view

Believe me when I say my intentions are true
But I only feel alive when I’m dancing with you
So kill the lights and turn up the music

Who needs those stars in the sky?
Curse that moon
And it’s hideous light
Just give me the darkness
Where everything inside of you has nowhere to hide
And believe me when I say
My intentions are true
But I only feel alive when I’m dancing with you

Here in the darkness
Space and time
Bend to the music
Blurring the line
Between you and me
Here the in the darkness so slow
Close my eyes now and watch you glow
I can finally see

The earth movie underneath our feet
The melody the wine the heart the beat
Every moment an eternity
Finally, finally, finally

Believe me when I say my intentions are true
But I only feel alive when I’m dancing with you
So kill the lights and turn up the music
Track Name: Union Divine
Everyone I know can plainly hear it
That hazy afterglow of disembodied spirits
We’re hovering around like predator drones
We’re crashing to the ground like enemy bones
Cause when we land it’s devastation
It’s devastation
Of a Union Divine

All the naked and the dead come out to greet us
We’re all shaking phantom limbs
They’re happy to meet us
We’re champions of hearts
Victors of minds
We’re liberate souls leaving bodies behind
Cause when we land it’s devastation
It’s devastation
Of a Union Divine
Track Name: Genuflecting Skyscrapers
Outside my window I can hear the call to prayer
Rising over brownstones and mingling with the air
And it soothes me like the church bells playing Angelus at noon
Be still the Brooklyn evening sky
Be still the summer solstice moon
Tonight her majesty returns prepare your most rejoiceful tune

'Cause out in the restaurants and the open-air cafes
Lovers hit the brown bags and chess is being played
While the old men sitting in the park
Fall in love and sip champagne
Cause ever since her majesty’s been gone
This town just hasn’t been the same
But tonight the order is restored
And forever shall remain

So bow down you skyscrapers
Lay low your heights
Prepare you avenues the festivals of lights
For the queen returns tonight
To the rush of the raging rivers
To the beacon burning bright
To the clamor of the headlight highways
To the pigeons taking flight
To the rhythm of the beating on the buckets
To the rush of wind from the downtown trains
To the frenzy of the mad violinist
Turning music into change
She can make the marble lions roar
Make the ambulances sing
Rejoice and be glad
Tonight the queen returns to the county of the kings
Track Name: Crashing in Waves
They’re fast asleep
The lions are in their cages
They dream at ease
Just knowing that the dangers out there
Have been contained
Their shadows roam and wander open spaces
They shape their shifts
And wear a thousand faces out there
Unrestrained
Cause when they close their eyes
The beast arrives
Bursting through to the sound of a million lights
Crashing in waves
They send the night
Crashing in waves

Her heart it beats
And beckons like a speaker
Their reverence deep
They listen to the teacher out there
Unrefined
Her dance is strange
Her rhythm unfamiliar
Her face deranged
A countenance peculiar
Out there
Keeping time

And if her rite requires a sacrifice
Well there’s plenty more just waiting in line
Crashing in waves
They send the night
Crashing in waves
They send the morning light off to die

Bursting through to the sound of a million lights

Her heart it beats and beckons like a speaker...
Track Name: If You Only Knew
Back behind the curtain
Lies a terrible mess
From a life I was certain
I’d never have to confess

Till you came through my window
And you woke up the dead
With the perfume and moonlight
That you dragged through my bed

And if you only knew
What life was like before you
You would break down and cry
And that’s why I intend
To spend my days around you
Till the day that I die

Cause I was torn out and broken
And left on the shelf
Tired of breathing
Tired of myself

And if you only knew
What life was like before you
You would break down and cry
And that’s why I intend
To spend my days around you
Till the day that I die

That’s why no one comes before you
That why no one comes close
I’d do anything for you
For you and you alone

Cause if you only knew
What life was like before you
You would break down and cry
And that’s why I intend
To spend my days around you
Till the day that I die
Track Name: Angeline
When I was a young man
I tried too hard
Had my life set up like a house of cards
A joker acting like a king of hearts
Till the wind came and blew me away

And I walked back alleys with my tongue untied
And a strange look in my eye
I sat and cursed the riverside
Laughing at the sun going down

It was long time coming but
Now I know that the one I needed
The one I thought would never show
Moved with the air and came without a moment to spare

When I was a young man I truly believed I was
Walking round in someone else’s dream
I swiped at shadows I kicked and screamed
Hoping maybe one day they’d wake
And I’d find there’s someone waiting there
Now I know that the one I needed
The one I thought would never show
Moved with the air and came without a moment to spare

Angeline
Show me everything
My saddest memory
Is every day I spent without you

Sing to me
That little violent melody
The one that called to me
In that life I lived without you

When I was a young man I tried too hard Angeline
Track Name: Cold World
We ring out through the ages
Two dog-eared pages
From the oldest story ever told
Only the names and faces change
But the story remains the same
Two hearts that beat strong imprisoned in rib cages
Since you and I were there in the cave
When the thunder crashed when the lightening came
Unafraid
We were unafraid
And on the tip of your tongue was a sacred name
For the feeling in our bones that we could not yet explain
So we stayed near the flame
We clung to each other we banged on the drums and sang
It’s a cold world
Let’s stay together
Come a little closer
I’ll wear you like a sweater
Cause without you
There would be nothing
It’s a could world
Let’s stay together
Whenever you’re near me I feel a little better
Cause without you
There would be nothing

Bon voyage, my love
I heard you cry
As the planes flew above us
High
And as the fire fell from the sky
A single tear fell from your eyes
You leaned in close and whispered
Until next time
It’s a cold world
Let’s stay together
Come a little closer I’ll wear you like a sweater
Cause without you
There would be nothing
It’s a cold world
Let’s stay together
Whenever you’re near me I feel a little better
Cause without you
There would be nothing
It’s a cold world
Track Name: Late Night at The Golden Eagle
Late one night while I was sleeping
I had met a girl there weeping
And the waitress kept on sweeping up the past from the diner floor

The girl looked through a pain of tears
That she’d carried through the years
And she tried her best to smile
But her lips were trembling with fear

So I looked to the girl’s reflection
In the raindrops of perfection
That were streaking down the window
Of the diner late that night

There she told me of a demon
Who had come while she was dreaming
Through the closet door was screaming
Of the horrors that were yet to come

Well I must have looked confused
Bewildered and bemused
Cause her soul begged for forgiveness
Through contorted swollen eyes

So I looked to the ashtray smoking cigarettes
And I was choking
On a joke that I was cracking
I was much too insecure

But her restlessness endured
And my jokes head for the diner door
Leaving me faced with her demons like a priest from a distant time

She’s the kind girl who cries herself to sleep
With the weight of the world over her bed
She’s the kinda girl who still tries counting sheep
To please that shepherd in her head

And the man at the counter sipped on something black
And his eyes were fixed
On my broken hearted dream girl and his lips slithered to a smile

And she froze when the man came near her
So I knew there was something there
So I pointed to the mirror
Where he looked to my surprise

There the demon faced the demon
And the two if them were screaming
As the two of us were leaving I dropped a 7 dollar tip

And the waitress looked up from the floor
As the two of us ran for the door the diner bell rang in the distance
And my jokes started the get-a-way car