Trick of Light

by Jake Kolesar

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released October 30, 2013

All songs written, performed, and recorded by Jake Kolesar.

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Track Name: Ballad of Truth
I have bitter taste in my memory
Though I can't remember nothing anymore
I'm just passing through your town
I'll be gone without a sound
'Cause I've done this many times before

I'm not trying to stir up trouble in your dwelling
I'm not trying to second guess the old tradition
But would you help me understand
What constitutes a man
Because I'm trying to live my life without contrition

I didn't come here to watch your parade
I didn't come here to listen to your stories
I didn't come just to look
At your fist and your hook
I didn't ask a question just to ignore you

I didn't come to play a ballad of truth
I didn't come here to sing you a song
I didn't come in
For to lose or to win
Maybe I never came here at all

I'm not trying to break the news to your lovers
I'm not trying to make you lose your peace of mind
But I didn't come only to see
That I should just turn and leave
But I'd rather that than hear you tell me lies

I didn't come here to watch you sneak around
Pulling flasks from your pocket
I didn't come to hear a joke
I didn't come to have a smoke
I didn't come to help your world or to rock it

I didn't come here to win or lose a battle
I didn't come here to take the side
Of the hobos and the bums
Or the ivy-league alums
Yes I'm trying to walk a nonexistent line

I'm not trying to shoot a bullet through your doorway
I'm not trying to stomp my feet on your lawn
I'm just passing through
Like those vagrants like to do
Yeah, when you look up I'll already be gone
Track Name: Astral Eyes
I saw your face in a crowded room
Obscured by the glow of the silver moon
The light was low and shadows ran
From the spirals of your eyes and the glow of your hair

It felt kind of like I met you
And kind of like I lost you
In just a split second of time
Was a sweet hello and the sad goodbye

In the window of my mind your silhouette shines
But I struggle to see the details and lines
I'd try to remember but memories lie
All I recall are your bright astral eyes

A tick of time and a breeze of cold air
I climb up a mountain and I trip down the stairs
She was like a prop in a TV show
So let them laugh and let the cameras roll

When the light hits right you know what you forgot
Now you know what you had but you forget what you got
A faint picture shows in the shadows of your mind
A light wind blows and you remember her eyes

In the window of my mind your silhouette shines
But I struggle to see the details and lines
I'd try to remember but memories lie
All I recall are your bright astral eyes
Track Name: Till I've Done Something I'm Proud Of
I wanna leave from this life
Feeling like I did right
I wanna do do all the things
That a noble man might.
I have my fears
Without a doubt, love
But I’m not leaving till
I’ve done something I’m proud of.

I wanna go where the leaves
Hang low off the trees
In a land that a child might
See in their dreams.
I’m going far
Off into the night, love
And I won’t return till
I’ve done something I’m proud of.

I wanna see all the things
From the songs that they sing
I wanna feel pain and
Some suffering.
I just want to live
I’m not joking around, love
So I’ll be gone till
I’ve done something I’m proud of.

I wanna run in the cold
Before I get old
I wanna live with the dogs
And sell all my gold.
Lock the door
I’m not fooling around, love
I’m not coming back till
I’ve done something I’m proud of.

I know I’m gonna die
At some point in time
But it don’t matter
Where your dead body lies
The only thing
That truly counts, love
Is that you live till
You’ve done something you’re proud of.
Track Name: Babe, I'll Be Gone
Every thought that ever graced my mind
Has left me with uncertainty
And every treasure I ever did find
Has been ripped from my heart most painfully.
But now they’re gone
They’ve carried on
And left me alone for who knows how long.
So I’m leaving tonight
I’ll be out of your sight
You’ll wake up alone at the break of dawn.

To every friendship I ever have lost
Justice has been given,
for every tear that those friendships have cost
Have made my life worth living.
While I weep
The door does creak
As the wind blows through
I can hardly sleep.
When the gale subsides
In the dead of the night
Babe, I’ll be gone while you so sweetly dream.

To all the men who ever misled me.
I do not blame you harshly,
For I have done my share of misleading
So I have been wronged rightfully.
While I wait
For my soul to take
The greatest dive in the deepest lake
I don’t give a damn
I am who I am
So babe, I’ll be gone by the time you wake.
Track Name: Trick of Light
I thought I saw an angel
She had silver wings
I thought I saw an angel
But she slipped into my dreams

I thought I saw a sparrow
Singing in the night
I thought I saw a sparrow
But it was just a trick of light

It was just a trick

I thought I saw a moonbeam
Shining all around
I thought I saw a moonbeam
But it went behind the clouds

I thought I saw a garden
Bursting into life
I thought I saw a garden
But it was just a trick of light

It was just a trick