As Far As Blindness Could See

by Androcles and the Lion

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released 15 August 2011

All songs written by Androcles and the Lion

Produced by Androcles and the Lion and Drew Vandenberg

Recorded, Engineered, and Mixed by Drew Vandenberg at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA

Except for drums on "All We Were" recorded by Paul Hammock at Moog Studio in LaGrange, GA

Mastered by Alex Lowe at Red Tuxedo in Atlanta, GA

Androcles and the Lion is McKendrick Bearden, Austin Harris, Paul Stevens

Artwork by Ben Arnold

This album is dedicated to Griff Parrish

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Track Name: All We Were
When all we wore was the skin on our backs and knees
We'd run through the yard as the wolves gathered round in the night

The winter comes you call his name to hear the echoing
In a house of leaves that we built with our hands from the trees in the backyard

And the war that took you away didn't care to call or write
The days into days a ring to hold the cancer of age

The yard is burned the fangs have sunk into our backs
And we have fallen to our knees

A cold sets in a fire burns and it's true what you said
That I have tried so hard to hold

The wolves run wild the snow is red
Falling to your knees as you wait for the others

And inside the room where your sister cried out
The memories have faded like the portraits that you hung on the wall
Track Name: Eulogy
Your head was warm
But not as warm as your heart
Now we fall apart

That day we encircled your grave
And each gave their own part
Each gave their own part

That night we slept beneath blankets in bed
We were alone
Now we are alone

O Brother, we placed you in the ground next to another
Taken by the hand that lulls our fate
And reveals the instability of our state

We took pleasure in your simple furry nature
And your presence it will surely not be forgotten
We held your dead body by the fire
Wrapped in blankets and your presence
It will not be forgotten

O Brother, we placed you in the ground next to another
Taken by the hand that lulls our fate
And reveals the instability of our state
Track Name: Twist Me by the Arm
We've forgotten all of our names
In the streets we used to play in
When our mothers called us back to sleep
In the homes we used to pray in
Where I would lay there at your feet
Sometimes I think that I might can be the same
Again

We've worn out the heavy clothes
That our fathers used to grieve in
And left them in the empty tomb
That my sister first believed in
And what's worse is just to know
What once was sweetest is now barren in the snow
Again

In the nights my thoughts have tried
To return and then to reconcile
That I have nothing to resist
Just contentment of a life less lived
And did you know
Did you know that you're the only part
To twist me by the arm
And take me to an answer why

It hurts more
Everyday
Track Name: Forgiveness
You could ask for forgiveness
You could call his name
You could wait for the others
You could walk away

But oh, how the dead they rise with the morning
And oh, how the dead they howl through the night

And I want to call his name
And I want to hold his place

You laid down in the garden
You laid down at the gates
You did ask for forgiveness
You cried out in vain

But oh, how your voice did rise with the morning
And oh, how the night did cover your shame

And I want to hold his face
And I want to cover his shame

But Peter, don't cry
You know I'll always be around
Peter, don't cry
Would you just wait here for a while
Track Name: Beautiful Things
Stop talking about leaving
Don't bother the innocence we've known

Bury me with the leaves in the backyard
Children play in the leaves in the backyard

Go tell your sister I'm not the one to keep you anymore
Go tell your sister I'm gone
I'm gone

Bury me with the leaves in the backyard
Children play in the leaves in the backyard

I only dream about beautiful things
Track Name: The Creek That Ran Behind Our House
Father what have you in hand
A land that bore a child to wear upon your knee

Moses went down to the Creek
To wash our sins with hair that ran down to his feet
To wash our sins as far as blindness can see

Follow me out to the yard
And I'll place my promise
Upon your hand so we can be

Father take me by the hand
And lead me where you first fell down upon you knees
And lead me where you first cried out upon your knees

Give me another name
Make me a brighter shirt
Send me a flaming word in the garden next to Peter
Where I wait and sleep
And awake with fever
Like a clawing child in the garden next to Peter

Will you forgive who I am
Or did you forsake who I am
Did you foreknow how I am

To give me another name
Make me a brighter shirt
Send me a flaming word in the garden next to Peter
Where I wait for peace and for my Keeper
But still I find I'm in the garden next to neither

Where you forgive who I am
Or did you forsake who I am
Did you foreknow who I am
Will you forget who I am
Forget who I am
Track Name: Tired Voices
Tired voices echoing in the dark
As you wait for the others
Wolves gather round as you fall in the snow
Would you know you were home

Fading portraits that you hung so low
Now your head hangs lower than the wall

Inside the room where you wrote it all out
Your poor sister lay down

Running from the wolves inside of your head
Your poor mother cried out

Fading memories of echoing days
When children would run through the yard

Of all the things to put inside your hands
To fill them up and pour them out again
I have tried so hard to hold