Raking Through The Ashes

by Mandolin Jack

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I’m raking through the ashes Now the fire has died down Burnt letters and dispatches Embers spread around There’s a few un-singed remains Not consumed by the flame Old memories of passion, pique And pain I’m raking through the ashes To find out what remains I’m sifting through the cinders Incinerated love Charred reminders Of all the things - that I had grown fond of I guess I should have used a little more kerosene Burn down the pyre of all my dreams Build a fire that would render My slate clean I’m sifting through the cinders And finding my old dreams I’m raking through the ashes To find out what remains I’m raking through the ashes To see what I can save
2.
I've got a secret addiction I read your old letters every night Sweet, solitary fiction Maybe I need you here Need you here to put me right Now, in some songs there’s hidden lyrics Mysterious bits I may have missed before Each of your letters holds that magic A word can bring you back Bring you back to me once more Wherever the good things are Let me find them Wherever the good things are Your words hold the key Wherever the good things are I rewind them Wherever the good things are All will be revealed I’ve done a deal of reminiscing With all those stories, all the songs And just to help me in my mission I replay them to myself Now all else is gone
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Exile 05:00
In the dark and the stillness of the night, I stand my trail, I stand my trial The difference 'tween what's wrong and what is right Is but one turn of the dial. Time hovers by the wall Waiting on me to fall, Go meet my kingdom come; Where I will stand & face the truth One thing I must do, 'coz I don't run. She was like a spirit in the moonlight So alive, a fire-fly; Her innocence it burned so bright But I was in denial. I found what it takes to take a life Run the sharp edge of the knife Across my thumb; Desire spreading like a stain The hurt, now the pain won't be undone. There’s a light, a brief crescent Of a fallin’ star; Never more to grace the heavens, leaving just a scar Straight across my heart … In the dark and the stillness of the night I stand my trial, I stand my trial; The difference 'tween what's wrong and what is right Is but one turn of the dial. Now I walk this this road alone, Kicking every other stone I watch them skip and run; And with the passing of each mile My exile has begun.
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Life can be beautiful, life can be tough Bad turns to worse just when you Think you’ve had enough The future look’d rosy when you welcomed the dawn But remember .. Life’s like lickin’ honey Lickin’ honey off a thorn Life can be beautiful, life can be wild So look at the world Through the eyes of a child It’s gone in a moment so you'd better be warned Don’t surrender .. Life’s like lickin’ honey Lickin’ honey off a thorn Life can be beautiful, life can be cruel A sharp sliver of glass Disguised as a jewel It shimmers in the light, but your heart will be torn Asunder .. Life’s like lickin’ honey Lickin’ honey off a thorn Life can be beautiful, life can be tough Life can be wild Life can be rough It’s something to tell - to every new born Remember .. Life’s like lickin’ honey Lickin’ honey off a thorn

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Four tracks first seen on YouTube .. remixed & bundled together as an "EP".
(sleeve image - thanks to elements from a photo by Stefan Doerr)

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released July 27, 2021

All music: Mandolin Jack
All songs written by: Chris Tulloch
www.mandolinjack.com

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Mandolin Jack - "a unique brand of mandolin-driven Americana" say the press. But the new songs are more introspective & written mainly on guitar ...

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