Ghosts of the Old City

by Christian McIvor

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released April 3, 2014

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Christian McIvor Greensboro, North Carolina

Christian McIvor has been performing as a singer/songwriter since the late 1990s, performing at venues throughout New England, New York, and North Carolina. Influences include Ryan Adams, Nick Drake, Counting Crows, Bob Dylan, and Ellis Paul. He serves as a minister at College Park Church in Greensboro, NC, and his recent focus has been progressive Christian music. More info at the website below. ... more

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Track Name: Waiting for You
I look, but cannot recognize
The light behind your tired eyes,
And there’s no more tears.
I’d wait until the moment passed
To keep from moving on too fast,
But it’s been too long.

And the moonlight falls like rain upon my face
But there’s no one here to share in my grace
These moments passing seem like years,
But I will be right here

Waiting for you…

We’ll take these chances and take these falls,
But I can’t promise much at all
‘Cause it takes too much
I’ve had some trouble saying no
And I’ve had some trouble letting go
But the day is new

And the moonlight falls like rain upon my face
But there’s no one here to share in my grace
These moments passing seem like years,
But I will be right here

Waiting for you…
Track Name: Everywhere
Was it you who met me in the morning?
Quick to rise, even in the winter
The smell of Christmas trees and cigarettes leaving in the air
One more break, just until it’s over.

Looking through the constellations
I know it’s not my imagination,
I see you there, you’re everywhere.
It’s getting harder not to try
To find you looking down from the sky
I see you there, you’re everywhere.

Can you take one more look around me?
Reaching up to pull me down a star
You knew all the words to say, even as you sleep
When you watch, I can see inside

Looking through the constellations
I know it’s not my imagination,
I see you there, you’re everywhere.
It’s getting harder not to try
To find you looking down from the sky
I see you there, you’re everywhere.

Can you see me changing?
Do you know me now?
I can hear you breathing
Over all the rain.

Looking through the constellations
I know it’s not my imagination,
I see you there, you’re everywhere.
It’s getting harder not to try
To find you looking down from the sky
I see you there, you’re everywhere.
Track Name: Go Your Way
In between the shadows, in between the air
In between the breaths You breathe, nothing can compare
I can’t help but wonder if I’ll
Ever be the same

Next to my confusion, beside my disarray
Next to all that doesn’t fit, I’ve pushed it all away
‘Cause now I know for sure that I
Won’t be left behind

‘Cause You and I
Won’t be denied

And there’s another Way I can see
And it’s everything I’ll ever want to be
I’m gonna give so much more
Than for anything I’ve ever done before
I will go Your way.

Over all the bitterness, over all the pain
Over all the emptiness that’s washed out with the rain
You were the One who would
Never leave my side

After all my time is done, after this is through
After I lie down to leave, I’ll be there with You
And it feels so right just to
Hear You call my name

‘Cause You and I
Won’t be denied

And there’s another Way I can see
And it’s everything I’ll ever want to be
I’m gonna give so much more
Than for anything I’ve ever done before
I will go Your way.

‘Cause You and I
Won’t be denied

And there’s another Way I can see
And it’s everything I’ll ever want to be
I’m gonna give so much more
Than for anything I’ve ever done before
I will go Your way.
Track Name: Ghosts of the Old City
Take the road that runs past the river
Into the town, and brush past the crowd
I turn my head to see
She’s looking back at me

She’s looking back at me

The churches are empty on a Thursday afternoon,
The last train moves out of the station.
Standing in front of the door,
She’s come back for more

She's looking back at me...

Down into and over the city line
Where nothing meets more of the same
She looses her smile as she takes off her clothes,
And autumn rushes in to paint over
The ghosts of the old city.

Half a thought passes me by
Try to leave it where it came from
She can read my mind
I’m seven steps behind

She's looking back at me...

Down into and over the city line
Where nothing meets more of the same
She looses her smile as she takes off her clothes,
And autumn rushes in to paint over
The ghosts of the old city.

When it’s time to leave and it’s time to ask, “Why?”
I’ll be thinking of you with that tear in your eye
Keep on dreaming and thinking of me, ‘cause it’s
Plain to see

She's looking back at me...

Down into and over the city line
Where nothing meets more of the same
She looses her smile as she takes off her clothes,
And autumn rushes in to paint over
The ghosts of the old city.
Track Name: You Were There
The lights are on now, it’s time to go
And there’s one place that I know I’m gonna be
You can’t change what you’ve said and done,
But I know you’ve walked this way before

Walk on water with your grace again for me
Keep your hair down hanging loosely in the wind
Trace the footsteps from the place where you fell in
Lead me back along the river of time

‘Cause you were there when I found this out
And you were there when I found myself
Don’t change for nothing and I won’t care, because
You were there, yeah you were there

Trying to fit everything in its right place
It won’t work out, it’s not even close to true
After this is done, when you come down
Will you remember how it used to be?

‘Cause you were there when I found this out
And you were there when I found myself
Don’t change for nothing and I won’t care, because
You were there, yeah you were there

‘Cause you were there when I found this out
And you were there when I found myself
Don’t change for nothing and I won’t care, because
You were there, yeah you were there
Track Name: Sympathy
Your vision’s not so clear
Can’t find your way from here
Nobody’s looking and you’re gone
I don’t need your direction
I can’t give you my protection
All that I know is that you’re gone from

Here
How does it feel?
Does it feel?
Can you feel?

Tell me when you dream, do you dream in colors,
Do you dream at all?
Do you dream of any other but yourself?
I’ve seen all I need to see and I’ve got
No more sympathy

Look from the outside in
‘Cause your rope is wearing thin
I don’t believe there’s any hope
Look what you’ve done to me
Someday I hope you see
What a waste your time has been

Here
How does it feel?
Does it feel?
Can you feel?

Tell me when you dream, do you dream in colors,
Do you dream at all?
Do you dream of any other but yourself?
I’ve seen all I need to see and I’ve got
No more sympathy

And I refuse to go on living life in fear
Don’t you wait for me, ‘cause I’ll be far from

Here
How does it feel?
Does it feel?
Can you feel?

Tell me when you dream, do you dream in colors,
Do you dream at all?
Do you dream of any other but yourself?
I’ve seen all I need to see and I’ve got
No more sympathy
Track Name: Before My Eyes
Late one night, through the fog before my eyes
I’ve been down this road before
But something is different, you seem a little unsure
He walks alone with nowhere to go

And we cry to the black holes in the night
No sign of relief, no change in the wind
And the colors that surround you are waiting for the last drop
Please lie to me a little longer, and I promise you,
I promise you, I promise I won’t tell

‘Cause there’s so much more that you need to know
And there’s so much more that I’d like to give
There’s no reason to live the way that you do
And it’s so hard to swallow this down
And it’s been so hard since she’s gone away
And I know that things are different now
But you’ve gone to far, and baby, you can’t stop the rain

Knocking at your door, no answer to be given
When all is said and done, only questions remain
Wasted in the afternoon, what better way to be?
Take a look around you, ‘cause I promise you,
I promise you, I promise you can’t hide

‘Cause there’s so much more that you need to know
And there’s so much more that I’d like to give
There’s no reason to live the way that you do
And it’s so hard to swallow this down
And it’s been so hard since she’s gone away
And I know that things are different now
But you’ve gone to far, and baby, you can’t stop the rain
Track Name: Lullabye (Goodnight)
Sleep in the afternoon
Sleep through the night
Sleep through the morning after
Sleep through the light
Sleep through the winter
Sleep through the pouring rain
Sleep in between the cracks and creases
Of my mind

Goodnight, goodnight my angel
Sleep tight, and keep on dreaming
Stay warm in your blankets, don’t worry anymore
Things are taken care of, you can walk through that door

Take the weight off your shoulders
Lift off the hurt
When things like seem they couldn’t get worse,
It’s time to let go
Hush, little baby,
Hush, don’t say a word
I know how you feel
I can feel what you know

Goodnight, goodnight my angel
Sleep tight, and keep on dreaming
Stay warm in your blankets, don’t worry anymore
Things are taken care of, you can walk through that door

Sleep in the afternoon
Sleep through the night
Sleep through the morning after
Sleep through the light
Sleep through the winter
Sleep through the pouring rain
Sleep through my memories
Sleep through my pain

Goodnight, goodnight my angel
Sleep tight, and keep on dreaming
Stay warm in your blankets, don’t worry anymore
Things are taken care of, you can walk through that door

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