Ghosts of the Old City

by Christian McIvor

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1.
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…
2.
Everywhere 04:03
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.
3.
Go Your Way 03:44
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.
4.
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.
5.
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
6.
Sympathy 02:27
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
7.
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
8.
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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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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