Bedroom Demos - Vol. 13

by Terry Scott Taylor

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Dennis Draeger
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Dennis Draeger I quite like the DOX version of Hungering Dark/ Light Ships, but hearing the person who actually wrote the song sing it gives the song renewed life. Favorite track: Hungering Dark/Light Ship.
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Flannery’s Eyes words and music: Terry Scott Taylor (for Flannery O’Connor) ©2018 Shape of Air Music, BMI The peacock roosts at dusk, Gradual hops, and then From ground to fence to limb Now the shimmer and the shakes begin In a vanity that ends With the eyes of God watching you The ancient design raised A regal, ultimate array In ecstasy’s display Look, an ordinary face! The same supernatural grace And the eyes of God watching you In the meantime the bull hides In the shadows of the trees He’s sent to gore your side With the grace of your disease The bull is charging now He will thrust and open up your side Embrace him as he violently abides In a rosary of mystery inside the Glint in Flannery’s eyes Like the eyes of God watching you With the black man’s suffering (The peacock roosts at dusk) She tattoos the South’s Christ-haunted skin (Gradual hops and then) She thrusts her peacock-feathered pen (From ground to fence to limb) To strike the bloody page again (Now the shimmer and the shakes begin) She saw this dying for our sin In the eyes of God, Wounded eyes of God, In the eyes of God Watching you….. instruments and vocals: T.S. Taylor note: This song, inspired by one of my favorite authors, attempts to capture something of Flannery O'Connor’s use of the concept of the grace of spiritual insight through violence (pain and suffering) which was so often the underlying theme of her powerful and disturbing works of fiction. Among the many eccentricities of Ms. O’Connor, who tragically died of lupus at the age of thirty-nine, was the raising of peacocks on her farm in Milledgeville, Georgia. It is said that the feathers of the vain peacock, when in full display, reveal “the eyes of God.” The “bull” appearing in the song’s bridge is a direct reference to the agent of violent grace and redemption found in Flannery’s short story “Greenleaf.” T.S.T
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The Hungering Dark / Light Ship ©1986 Words and Music by Terry Scott Taylor Recorded by D.O.X for their album "D.O.X." (1986) This recording ©2018 Shape of Air Music, BMI I close my tired eyes And dream beneath a placid sky In distant shades I walk To silent nights Where tears go by My longing heart Can hear you cry I sense the coming storm I find you, little child I've come to take you home Out of the sunless wild We never will look back Like twilight slumber falls I roam the silent dream again Beneath the blood-red moon A shadow hides The ghost-wind sighs My broken heart Can feel you die I grab the phantom's hand I hold another child Must flee that shadow land Escape the sunless wild We have no time to lose (Chorus): Here comes the hungering dark Here comes the night So take my hand We'll sail the light ship 'Til we reach God's golden land Now breaks the dawn again The hungering dark Dies in the sun The light ship sails on (sails on) (Bridge): Pictures in my sleepy eyes Of silver waves so deep Painted there by wounded hands That guide the sailors' sleep To awaken in those arms And cross the golden shore Is living ever Dying never more Sail on, sail on, sail on... I sense the coming storm I find you, little child I've come to take you home Out of the sunless wild We never will look back Repeat chorus This is a song I wrote for a band I was producing back in 1986. I never recorded it myself but I had a few people request it so here ya go! Instruments, vocals- TST
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A Sigh For You from the album "Fearful Symmetry" Words by Terry Taylor Music by Terry Taylor, Tim Chandler, Greg Flesch ©1986 Broken Songs (ASCAP) A sigh for you rides the wind A cry for you rides the wind Seeking a world of ten thousand years A thousand tears I cry A sigh for you sails the sea A cry for you sails the sea Ghost ships that ride on the haunted deep In passion's sleep I Drown in the tears of my brokenness Then my love walks on the sea Of my sorrow A sigh for you breaks my heart A cry for you breaks my heart Heaven to heal every misery Each memory - I'm Lost in a maze of my fallenness 'Til my love's slain on a tree Casting my shadow A sigh for you rides the wind A cry for you rides the wind Seeking a world of ten thousand years A thousand tears I cry (I would die for you) A sigh for you A sigh for you A sigh for you rides the wind instruments and vocals: T.S. Taylor additional percussion: Andrew Taylor
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August Dupin words and music: Terry Scott Taylor ©2018 Shape Of Air Music, BMI A tell-tale heart is softly beating Behind the walls, the floor, the ceiling Of the locked room where we’re kneeling To touch the stain left by your bleeding Which formed this imprint of your head Can these clues be more intriguing When no who-done-it is this misleading? We’ve deduced you can’t be breathing So are we premature in grieving Though it’s very clear that you are dead? So bringing wits and secret ciphers, IPads, quills, pens, and typewriters, The book world’s prominent insiders Arrive to make our burden lighter And to have a look around That’s when Gaiman, Moore, and King say “We have found a hidden doorway” Then going down a winding stair case, In Lewis Carrol style, our foray Shortly leads us underground To a shadowy room that is concealing Truths Sir Doyle’s candlelight’s revealing Not dead-ends, canards, or double dealings, Herrings red, or dark deceivings, Folklore, myths, tall-tales, or fables It is the thing we’ve all been seeking, Once diaphanous and fleeting A tell-tale heart still softly beating Wrapped in parchment we are reading, Nailed to a bloody, broken table Wide-eyed, stunned, and barely breathing, Each sleuth silently retreating Without the need to say in leaving “There is enough here for believing That is, of course, assuming we are able” So in the end there’s this, The stunning final twist; All in all We never saw All we are now seeing -finis- instruments and vocals: T.S. Taylor note: A couple of years back I conceived the idea of creating a song that would be a kind of literary detective story in which certain theological implications were hinted at. The idea would be to bring several old school authors of the fantastic/mysterious along side their modern counterparts to form a collective of literary sleuths making use of their particular skills to chase down clues and solve a particularly puzzling metaphysical mystery. I named my musical allusion after Edgar Allan Poe’s fictional character August Dupin, considered to be literature’s very first detective. Listeners will note that Dupin’s name appears nowhere in the lyrics; this is for the simple reason that I’ve imagined him to be the first person narrator of the tale.
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Sky King (Out Across The Sky) Words and music by Terry Scott Taylor ©1981 Shape Of Air Music, BMI Clouds are gathering round my head It’s a rainy day without an end I’d change the world but it won’t bend Did I hear Your voice in the wind? Did I hear You calling? Is it a lighthouse shining in the night? No, I believe it’s a star twinkling up on high It’s clearing now my eyes are dry And I can see You sailing out across the sky Out across the sky This is not a dream, You’ve taken flight, far above the world You walk on clouds, You ride the light, far above my head Out across the sky, out across the sky I’m out across the sky, the ground is gone And I’m dancing on the wind, I’m dancing on the wind Ain’t no packing bags when your voyage is to the Son Ain’t no last good-byes when heaven calls you on It’s hard to believe this dreary night is gone But I can feel it’s meant for everyone It’s meant for everyone This is not a dream, You’ve taken flight, far above the world You walk on clouds, You ride the light, far above my head Out across the sky, out across the sky I’m out across the sky The ground is gone And I’m dancing on the wind, Out across the sky, far above the world Out across the sky, far above the world Out across the sky Instruments, vocals- TST

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released June 8, 2018

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