Isolation Songs // April

by T E Morris

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about

It's the end of April and we're still in isolation. So here's another batch of Isolation Songs.

About the project:

What a strange time to be living in. I spent the second half of last year, and up until recently, recuperating and trying to address my mental health issues. Now, like many of you, I find myself isolated at home whilst watching the news with uncertainty and growing uneasiness.

Whilst a lot of us are working remotely, there is still the rest of the hours of the day and night spent indoors. In between watching the same few episodes of Peppa Pig over and over, building Duplo and playing hide and seek (with my two year old of course!), I decided to try and get back to my songwriting, finish older projects, and stay creatively productive as possible. I started setting aside one hour each day in which to write, record and mix a song. Each song had to start from scratch. With a limited amount of resources at hand, it's a fun way to work and I have been sharing the results each day with the subscribers on my Patreon page.

At the end of each month, or for however long we are in isolation, I'll collect all of the songs that I have written for each day. There's no planning - just running with whatever idea pops up in those first few minutes of picking up an instrument. Some stream of consciousness, some more straight forward, some experimentation...

I hope you enjoy.

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released April 28, 2020

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Track Name: April 4 2020 (Waiting)
Can I help you?
I think that we're wild now
And maybe underground
Stuck in a moment of suspense
Waiting a lifetime for the punch

Am I old?
Am I just old?
We could have opened our doors

No more confusion, no more guessing games
Spring out of the trap
Turn off the dark, get out your brushes again
Sink into the bend

You were the coolest in the room and I always wanted to be you
I wonder what you could be doing now
Track Name: April 5 2020 (The Wind Blows)
Bright light, it's crunch time
I was only wondering aloud
On how to escape from this island

The wind blows
The wind blows violently
And I'm away now
I'm away now
Track Name: April 7 2020 (Dragged by Horses)
In the heat of the act
With eyes full of light
And a path along the palm of your hand

You gave us a choice
A ride in the dark
Love at the highest of costs

Dragged by horses
Into a new morning

Why now that you choose to pull on those strings?
And the shaking of the ground is almost nothing

Dragged by horses
Into a new morning
Dragged by horses
Into a new morning
You gave us a choice
A ride in the dark
Dragged there by horses
Into a new morning
You gave us a choice
A ride in the dark
Track Name: April 13 2020 (Time Runs Out)
Deal with all the changes in the colour of your skin,
you have always been
a stranger to the rest of us.
Just hanging on around the edges and
falling into another unwinding storyline full of exposition.

We'll never even learn our names
We'll never even understand what we're doing here,
even though we're always told the clock is ticking, ticking away

Time runs out for you,
Cold dark stars stretch above home.

The rest can wait,
the rest can wait.
I have never been a one to break the rules,
not even for you.

We'll never even understand what we're doing here,
even though we're always told the clock is ticking, ticking, ticking, ticking
Track Name: April 16 2020 (Sleep)
I heard your voice crack from the bottom of the courtyard
He's fallen, fallen back to sleep
it's nobody's fault
Isn't that what people say?
They can't just say nothing

Like; 'I warned you.
We all saw this coming a mile away.
But not you. you're drunk and blind almost every day to the chaos and the whirlwind beneath your feet."
Track Name: April 19 2020 (Hummingbird)
Wait, wait we haven’t started to understand this yet,
Watch the catherine wheel spin in the dark dark garden,
I will take the low pass,
The trail less traveled,
For signs of your autograph,
A tale of your survival.

Listen to that hummingbird sing
I know you’ve been waiting for a sign
Waiting for a sign

All of these years,
up against the wall,
living for a taste of it all.
And it comes,
like a crack behind the eyes,
forever the surprise.
Not worth seeking out.

Listen to that hummingbird sing
I know you’ve been waiting for a sign
Waiting for a sign

Stolen time,
rich in regret and remorse,
things that mean nothing at all.
It’s a closed-loop,
And I am a bird,
taking the trail less traveled,
for signs of your autograph,
a tale of your survival.
I know you’ve been waiting for a sign,
waiting for a sign
Track Name: April 20 2020 (Control)
Control, giving up control for you.
Fumes thinning out the air.
I can’t remember the cost,
of the ruin,
or the man who pushed the needle in.

In the ruins,
looking,
crooked and tired,
with eyes full of dust,
I can’t remember the cost,
of the ruin,
or the man who pushed the needle in.
Track Name: April 24 2020 2 (A Ticket Uncollected)
You spend your life reading and filling the sky,
with all of the new words that you learn and stories
A man out of time,
A car on fire,
A half-written note,
An unknown ending,
A circling bird,
A ringing hammer,
A child laughing,
A ticket uncollected.
Track Name: April 28 2020 (Blood)
If I were to drive myself into a wall;
A living wall of memories,
Left languishing inside a drawer until now.
Until the light hits;
It won’t mean anything.
Just a black screen;
Nobody sees the actors move.
And the smile is lost between the fuzziness of thought;
Each time another version of itself.
I’m sucking the blood out of my arm,
I’m sucking the blood out of my arm,
I’m sucking the blood out of my arm.

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