The Moment Is Gone

by Ronan Conroy

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1.
The signs were saying “Burn the cane” “Burn the cane - let it all burn down” “Burn the cane - burn it down to the ground” And you don’t have to come around You don’t have to come around You don’t have to be there You don’t have to go Even if it’s only me there I will still go on You don’t have to tell me I already know A waste, but it’s not different In the way that it’s come and gone The signs were saying “Burn the cane” “Burn the cane - let it all burn down” “Burn the cane - burn it down to the ground” And you don’t have to come around You don’t have to come around here now I can’t even blame you I can’t talk to you I’m not who you say We can’t talk it through Nobody here’s a victim Can’t you see right through that? I don’t like how you talk to me How did we get from silence to that The signs were saying “Burn the cane” “Burn the cane - let it all burn down” “Burn the cane - burn it down to the ground” And you don’t have to come around You don’t have to come around here now And you don’t have to come around “Burn the cane” “Burn the cane - let it all burn down” The signs were telling me “Burn the cane - burn it down to the ground” And you don’t have to come around You don’t have to come around here now You don’t have to come around
2.
Cordite 03:34
Cordite: bullet make a mark Alright, alright: everything go dark Hold on: hold onto hurt Hold tight: bitter every word Come back: time is very short No use, no use: already cut the cord Look back: any other way? Turn black: faces turned away We can’t be the ones To carry what is not ours Who are we to close Wounds that are only yours? Duty. Responsibility I got some place I would rather be Hierarchy: obsolete Recognize victory in defeat We must be the ones To carry what is not ours Who are we to close Wounds that are only doors to open If you’re on the other side If you’re on the other side? Cordite: bullet make a mark
3.
I don’t know if what I’m doing is a good idea I don’t know if I care anyway I don’t know you Who am I dealing with? You’re so cruel Maybe you’re too hot for me to handle Baby, I might have to walk away Is it you or me who brings the crazy? But I’m crazy for you anyway You’re so cruel You’re so cruel Plaything in your hands I think you know it Body sings like a live wire Nothing in my plans about any of this Plans on fire! But you’re so cruel You’re so cruel I’m such a fool for it Coz you’re so cruel I don’t know if what I’m doing is a good idea I don’t know if I care anyway Is it me or is it you who brings the crazy? Crazy for you anyway But you’re so cruel Oh you’re so cruel I’m such a fool for this Coz you’re so cruel
4.
Who do you think you’re dreaming of? Why do you have to play so rough? I got nothing, nothing for you Don’t you come a-knocking like you ain’t had enough Fire in your belly and fire in your gut I got nothing, I got nothing for you Who do you think you’re dealing with? You keep a-pushing and I think I’ll quit I got nothing, I got nothing for you honey And who do you think you’re kidding? Who do you think you’re kidding? Oh, really? I got my limits, baby, rest assured How long you think you’ll me on the floor? I got nothing, got nothing more Congratulations, right or wrong You worked so hard You earned this song I got nothing, I got nothing for you, honey And who do you think you’re kidding? Who do you think you’re kidding? Who do you think you’re kidding? Who do you think you’re kidding? Oh, really?
5.
GuiltChild 03:46
(Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!) Black as souls Sick symbols I can’t stop the pain I eat your heart You will carry me You will carry me Like a bodybag Like a vision A disease Like a will I am your heart Always the guiltchild Here’s your inheritance Wake up! You will carry me Like a scream Like a dying breath Like a nightmare Alarm! Alarm! The drilling keeps up in the head Nothing has any meaning Come to me! Come to me! With empty hands Come with your hollow hearts of lead Who’s in the skull now? Why all these questions? Here’s your inheritance Always the guiltchild Here’s your inheritance Here’s your inheritance (Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!) (Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!)
6.
Anger my love: is there somewhere we can go to be alone? Anger my love: is there somewhere we can go to be alone? I love you so dearly You cost me so dearly my love Anger my love: you want me all to yourself Anger my love: don’t wanna share me with no-one else What is crawling inside you Is crawling inside of me too Anger my love: you are the beating of my heart Anger my love: don’t let us be apart You see everything to clearly Clearly you don’t see at all
7.
The moment is gone Don’t ask me no more questions I saw what you’ve done Even if you don’t know what you’re doing Evening comes My heart is aching all over again I guess I’ll go on Even if I don’t know what I’m doing My life is some kind of meaningless joke I look back at years as they go up in smoke Faces roll in and they roll out in haze Leaves me here lying, my head’s in a daze The bells of the court house Are tolling like funeral bells I got nothing but regrets Nobody’s here, I got no-one to tell Forget where you came from We both go back there again Counting those funeral bells Counting to ten My life is some kind of meaningless joke Regret what I said just as soon as I spoke The galleries baying for blood: I’m amazed! The theatre is burning, the stage in a blaze The moment is gone So don’t ask me no more questions I saw what you’ve done Even if you don’t know what you did to me Evening comes My heart is aching all over again I guess I’ll go on Nobody knows where it ends
8.
Psalm #40 06:09
Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord; May your truth and your love always protect me. Troubles without number surround me; My sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. Oh Lord, be pleased to save me Oh Lord, come quickly to aid me My sins are more than the hairs upon my head, And my heart fails within me. Be pleased, Oh Lord, to save me Oh Lord, come quickly to aid me May all desiring to see my ruin Be turned back in disgrace. May all who seek to see my life slip from me Be but to shame and confusion Be pleased, Oh Lord, to save me Oh Lord, come quickly to aid me Be pleased, Oh Lord, to save me Oh Lord, come quickly to aid me
9.
Erase my mind The ghosts are walking Wordless and slow And safe from thought The sea is sleeping Sand settles in the cellar of the ocean Waves kiss the beach So safe from thought Silence in the cemeteries Timeless in the dark Silence in the cemeteries Timeless in your touch Moonlight on roses Starlight on hedgerows The dew kiss ivy Your kiss writes my song Silence in the cemeteries Timeless in the dark Silence in the cemeteries Timeless in your touch Silence in the cemeteries Timeless in the dark Silence in the cemeteries Timeless in your touch
10.
Into the quicksand we’re creeping low Making midnight creep as the deal goes down The ocean has widened and the moon has grown full Lunatic with your blank check: the hammer will fall None of these plans were the plans that I made When the moon it is rising the sun it will fade Drink champagne rivers before they run dry Before they thicken and turn to blood before your eyes The Master’s leaning down to dismantle the tower We’ve been building in the darkening hours The women will weep and the men they will mourn The lions will be broken and the sheep will be shorn I heard a baby crying and I heard my own voice Bitter the lessons that come at this price Standing in a quiet room, silence in the vacuum Torn free from the energy, patient in the tomb I was walking in the old town feeling dirty and low down I looked into a mirror and my face made me frown Left me feeling bluesy, empty and old somehow And I wondered if I hadn’t been born at the wrong hour I turned around a corner and you were standing there I thought this is as good a place to end as anywhere And if the deal goes down, well I’m glad I’ll be with you We turned our faces from the fire and we went crawling on all fours, two by two

credits

released May 30, 2019

Produced and engineered by Charlie Nieland at Capture Sound Studios, Brooklyn, New York between September 2014 and November 2018
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Avatar Studios Manhattan in November 2018
Album cover designed by Shannon Brown

Thanks to the artists who appeared on this album and for your continued support over the years: Charlie Nieland and Justin Wierbonski.
Thanks to Shannon Brown for the album design.

Music and lyrics by Ronan Conroy (except #8 - lyrics - traditional, adapted from an old book written by various people, mostly men)
Vocals by Ronan Conroy (except #2 - vocals by Ronan Conroy with backing vocals by Charlie Nieland)
Guitars by Ronan Conroy
Lapsteel guitar on #8 by Charlie Nieland
Bass guitar by Charlie Nieland
Synths by Charlie Nieland
Piano on #1, #3 by Charlie Nieland
Harmonica on #10 by Ronan Conroy
Percussion by Charlie Nieland
Drums on #1, #2, #5, #10 by Charlie Nieland
Drums on #3, #6, #7 by Justin Wierbonski

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