Paper Bones

by Anders Cahill

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a journey into the heart of love, loss, and letting go

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released January 22, 2019

Album Credits

- Songs by Anders Cahill
- Arranged and performed by Anders Cahill and John Nolan
- Produced at Middle Mountain studios by John Nolan

middlemountain.bandcamp.com

- Cover art by Logan Faerber

www.clade.design

Additional Credits

Track 1 - Paper Bones

- background vocals: Erica Magro Cahill
- piano: Jared Salvatore

Track 2 - Empty Room

- background vocals: Erica Magro Cahill

Track 3 - Crumbling Kingdoms

- background vocals: Erica Magro Cahill
- piano: Jared Salvatore

Track 4 - On Your Skin

- background vocals: Erica Magro Cahill
- violin: Christian Kaufman
- trumpet: Sean Elligers

Track 5 - Don't Look Back (iPhone Demo)

- background vocals: Saoirse Rose Cahill

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Track Name: Paper Bones
[Verse 1]

They finally found me
In the closet
With my eyes closed shut

Tiny shadows
Through the keyhole
A vision lined with rust

From there I saw it all
Watched the giant fall
On the fortresses we made

They’ll never stand again
No stitches that can mend
The paper torn away

[Chorus 1]

Paper bones
Underneath our skin
Carry us back to our

Paper homes
Blowing in the wind
We’re safe inside
Just close our eyes

[Verse 2]

You can’t go back again
But it’s like I never left
Those lights beneath the door

Mom was laughing
The radio playing
An old song from the war

Father clutched his chest
Fell beside the bed
Never said a word

The song is over now
Static fills the hours
Frequencies of the heart

[Chorus 2]

Paper bones
Underneath my skin
Crumple when I least expect

Paper stones
Blowing in the wind
Passing through the derelict

Cardboard homes
Let us all pretend
We’re safe inside
Just close our eyes

[Bridge]

[Chorus 3/Outro]

Paper bones
Underneath our skin
Carry us back to our

Paper homes
Blowing in the wind
Hanging from the branches of

Cardboard trees
Let us all pretend
But it’s time to open up your eyes
Track Name: Empty Room
[Verse 1]

In the empty room
Hiding in the rafters
Are the echoes of
All our tears and laughter

I can touch the walls
Feel your heartbeat
When I walk the halls
Hear the sound of your feet

[Chorus 1]

Please listen
These visions
Come from within
You’re within reach

[Verse 2]

On the window pane
Fingerprints from August
When we climbed the old oak
We thought we’d never falter

Then you disappeared
Gone across the wasteland
Flowers in the ashes
Your presence lingers here

[Chorus 1]

Please listen
These visions
Come from within
You’re within reach

[Outro]

Pull your words from the wall
Every time I place my hand

Tracing curves as we fall
Every time the planet spins

Even though we are lost
Answers bubble within

Cut the years from the cloth
Every season comes again

In the empty room
Track Name: Crumbling Kingdoms
[Opening]

Quiet hope in worn out places
Drifting to the edge of the city
Roads that lead to vacant buildings
Searching for a love from times gone

Try to climb on the rooftops
Withering below the bright lights
Ringing bells are unconsoling
Call out for the love you left behind

So burn your cash and raise up your hand
Setting forth don’t need no plans
Darkest days will glow with freedom
When you’ve left behind their crumbling kingdoms

Crumbling kingdoms

[Bridge]

All the old gods are forgotten
They’ll still lift your spirits if you let them
Come on down from the edge
Catch in my hands, that’s my pledge to you
Oh my pledge to you

[Closing]

Shout for love in golden spaces
Stand with me, let’s take our places
You don’t have to give up freedom
When you’ve left behind their crumbling kingdoms

Crumbling kingdoms
Track Name: On Your Skin
[Verse 1]

Hold on to the wreckage of
Your precious life
The wind still whispers
On your skin

Take a breath
Take whatever's left
All your hidden gifts
Carry them across the bridge

[Chorus 1]

The prophets predictions
Our false superstitions
Throw them all away
There’s just tonight

[Verse 2]

Walk with me
Beneath the evergreens
In your bare feet
Clutch the needles with your toes

Drop your eyes and
Bend your knees
So you can see
Every single fallen hope

[Chorus 2]

She taught me the verses
The blessings and curses
I’d trade them all away
For one more night

[Verse 3]

Give me something to believe
I cried to the sunrise
I’m holding hope for a remedy

Give me space just to breathe
I cried to the sunrise
Before it’s time for her leave

[Bridge]

The sun on her shoulders
We climbed up the boulders
The waves on the ocean
Crashed over and over

The wind was lifting up her hair
She smiled when she caught me staring
I closed my coat it's getting cold
She took my hand and took me home

Inside she was starving
Her lungs like a coal mine
I felt her ribs beneath her skin
Her heart was beating paper thin

In fall we were closest
We drank in the cold air
But she left in the nighttime
Her life in a folder

I stood at the window
Her footsteps in the snow
Her breath makes me shiver
Will she ever let me go?

[Verse 4/Outro]

Hold on the wreckage of
Your precious life
The wind still whispers
On your skin

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