Cheshire King

by Vesper Sails

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released February 24, 2017

Vesper Sails
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Marshall Hattersley - vocals, guitars, sax, keys
Ian Harshman - guitars, clarinet
David Adamiak - bass, additional guitars
Evan Kaiser - drums

Lyrics by Marshall Hattersley and Evan Kaiser


String Quartet on Wake Up / Field of Crows
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Alisa Rose and Matthew Szemela - violin
Keith Lawrence - viola
Elizabeth Vandervennet - cello
Composed / Arranged by Ian Harshman and Marshall Hattersley

Production Credits
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Recorded at Pique recording, Oakland and Bird & Egg Studios, El Cerrito
Engineered and mixed by James Meder
Co-produced by James Meder and Vesper Sails
Mastered by Piper Payne at Coast Mastering, Berkeley
Artwork by Vinnie Byrne

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Track Name: Ordinary Day
Why do the days come and go?
Days come and go

I lay your head to the stone
Concrete and bone,
and move right along

I want to let you in
I need to make amends
Out lost in waning winds
Meant for us

My arms a shield to the storm
Shield to the storm

And when at last, they yield to the shame
At the end of an ordinary day
Will I see them go

I want to let you in
I need to make amends
Out lost in waning winds
But you are already gone
Track Name: Lost Coast
There’s nothing more to say
I’ve nothing more to give
Go on about your day
You always chose to live

I’ll fall in love someday
Someone to hold your hand
Stranger to call your name
Someone to take the blame

I am a lonely man
Living on ocean’s head
Sand slipping through my hands
Coral reef for a bed

I’ve done my time out there
Filling my head with air
Now I can finally lay
Silent beneath the waves
Track Name: Push Back
Stay alone
Trapped inside your head
Pondering
Things you never said

Magistrate
Listen to their lies
Holographic
Ever long you wait

Darkest mirror on the shadow I could not devise
Darkest mirror showing signs of life I can't describe
Running running running running running for your life

Don't resist
Pixelated dreams
Black hole hard drive
Fading into time

Darkest mirror on the shadow I could not devise
Darkest mirror showing signs of life I can't describe
Track Name: Chocolate Hill
Out there,
Endlessly, riches found, everyone forced to gather around
That unvoiced sound

Silence,
Symmetry, salty skies, trapped inside but they never ask why
Oh why

Chocolate Hill,
All our worries fade away until
Sweetness has eclipsed the house we made
Holds us to our families memory
Flickers like a flame that keeps us bound
Always thinking that we're on our way home

Each day
To remind them the words, sing it but that lullaby's already been heard
Paradise turned

Stasis,
No time to wonder why they chants they sang could never be learned
Those thoughts were burned

Chocolate Hill,
All our worries fade away until
Sweetness has eclipsed the house we made
Holds us to our families memory
Flickers like a flame that keeps us bound
Always thinking that we're on our way home
Track Name: Rad Angel
I’m a warden for the man
Waiting on the stair
I’m an anthill in your hair
Preaching life and death

To the lover on your bed
All moments bled
On the shoelaces you wear

Oh no!
How many times to fall?
Walk off the ledge again
So many legs to break

I’ve been living in a well
Four damn years
And I used the drops of dew
To hydrate my waterbed

To the legacy you led
All moments bled
On the shoelaces you wear

No!
How many times to fall?
Walk off the ledge again
So many legs to break
Track Name: Field of Crows
Every lover wrote their name to find
Every other on their way to my
Darkened charnel, to rest

Every ancient memory I sustain
Every single moment I embrace
Like my fool's gold

It lives in an empty lot
That could grow old
Like all of my weakened ways
I could always unfold
I sought the consequences only

To collapse in a field of crows
Endless and overgrown
Struck by the moonlight rays
That touched your face

It lives in an empty lot
That could grow old
Like all of my weakened ways
I could always unfold
I sought the consequences only

To collapse in a field of crows
Endless and overgrown
Struck by your moonlit gaze

Take my hand
Take my soul
Take my name
Track Name: Dialysis
Your fear of death is
But the trembling of the shepherd where he stands

Before the king whose head
Is to be laid upon his empty hands laid bare

On Dialysis
Empty feelings pooling from the blood

For What Is To-

I see you disparate
When the earth could claim your limbs and
You could truly-

But I still remember you
Evenings wasted, sundials rusting through

Wake up, Wake up
Stop your breathing

For what it is to-
For what it is to-
Stand alone out in the wind only to melt
In the sun I spoke into those bleak desires
Solace in the forever withered
Stronger than the ground you walk in deep design
Seedling of another world inside your silence