The Moment Is Gone

by Ronan Conroy

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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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Track Name: Burn The Cane
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
Track Name: Cordite
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
Track Name: 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
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
Track Name: Who Do You Think You're Kidding?
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?
Track Name: GuiltChild
(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!)
Track Name: Anger, My Love
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
Track Name: Evening Comes
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
Track Name: Psalm #40
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
Track Name: Silence In The Cemeteries
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
Track Name: 2x2 (Bonus Track)
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

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