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Requiem

by And Tears Fell

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1.
Intro 00:52
2.
Demons 05:23
I hear voices in the night My head feels like a cannonball So heavy, and about to explode The rain beats down relentlessly So hard to take the pain sometimes But I'm getting used to being alone (Bridge) Running down a road to someplace Better than I've ever known Through the doorway and the past is gone Driving down a road to nowhere Maybe I'll never grow up Through the doorway and the future rushes in (Chorus) Well it's all laid down in black and white And yet, people see what they want to see But it could still turn out alright For other people like you and me Days may come and days may go You never know 'til you reach the end When I get it figured out Will I still be able to call you "friend"? Dreaming of a better time Watching the ghosts of all my family Go parading by If it should come to pass that I should Ever need to stand and fight the demons Would you stand by my side? (Bridge, Chorus) See them coming closer Will I ever have the courage To stand up for myself? If I should fall before the laughing Fucked up bastards, will you pick me up And help me make it through? (Bridge, Chorus)
3.
Knocking down the old ideas Try to find what's right I could say, "I'm fine, how are you?" But that would be a lie Having it all, wanting nothing What a way to go Wanting it all, having nothing I only want to go home Feelings in the chamber of light All I know is shadows I can't tell the day from night Oh no, not from here Bringing back my fantasies Could it be right? I only wanted solace from you Could you hold me tight? Seeing it all, hearing nothing What a way to go Hearing it all, seeing nothing I only want to go home Feelings in the chamber of light All I know is shadows I can't tell the day from night Oh no, not from here
4.
Well I face the morning with the World on my mind And I turn on the TV only to find That I've got no value Reduced to a talking head And I ain't got no existence Just might as well be dead Well maybe this is all just a dream And maybe this means nothing to me And maybe someday I'll find the truth And maybe it's just that we're all screwed Waiting for the day to come Waiting for the day Waiting for the day to come Any time now Any way... Well I'm not as stupid as you Say I look And I can't see reality through the Haze and smoke And I look toward my future Away from my past And the street prophet says that Armageddon's coming fast Well maybe this is all just a dream And maybe this means nothing to me And maybe someday I'll find the truth And maybe it's just that we're all screwed Waiting for the day to come Waiting for the day Waiting for the day to come Any time now Any way... Well the glowing angels They gather in my room And all the saints and all the sinners Warn me of impending doom And I turn toward the table And turn on the light And I blink my eyes and tell myself It's gonna be a long night Well maybe this is all just a dream And maybe this means nothing to me And maybe someday I'll find the truth And maybe it's just that we're all screwed Waiting for the day to come Waiting for the day Waiting for the day to come Any time now Any way...
5.
I can't see the day from here I can't see the sun from here I don't want to run away from here Oh let me out of here Let me see again Let me touch your face Just one more time Love flies the skies tonight In the darkest hour On the wind tonight Just one more time I can hear the bells from here Ringing in the sky from here Something tells me not to run away from here Oh let me out of here Let me see again Let me touch your face Just one more time Love flies the skies tonight In the darkest hour On the wind tonight Just one more time
6.
Faith, Maybe 03:19
She was talking about how History was at an end But she swore to God she'd find Someone to love again But the clouds blew away and Left her sitting all alone And she cried and her eyes Shed tears until the light was gone As we run in circles Spinning madly round and round I try to make her see The happiness I've found She asks me what to look for In human nature I hold her hand and reply "Faith, maybe..." She was talking about how History was at an end But she swore to God she'd find Someone to love again She asks me what to look for In human nature I hold her hand and reply "Faith, maybe..." "Which one?" she cries, "Faith, or maybe?" "As we run on down this Twisted path of life, Who will save me?"
7.
Fire Inside 04:54
I never thought you'd run away like that I always thought we'd be together I never dreamed that it could hurt so much I always thought I'd take it better You always seemed to be on top of the world I never guessed that you were lying So now you're gone and living in the city While I sit here crying And the light from your eyes Makes a circle in my mind And the thoughts run rampant Make me lose control every time Baby I know you can give me a smile Although it's been such a long long time Come back and hold me just for a while You're playing with fire inside I never thought I'd see you here again I never thought I'd be here either I guess you want me to apologize But I'm still waiting for the same from you And the light from your eyes Makes a circle in my mind And the thoughts run rampant Make me lose control every time Baby I know you can give me a smile Although it's been such a long long time Come back and hold me just for a while You're playing with fire inside
8.
Tapestry 03:26
Sitting high above the sea A ship on the horizon I see a figure strong and bold My joy has overcome me Waiting so long For you Waiting so long For you Tattered days and shattered lifetimes So long... I say a prayer to gods above And thank the fates that brought you I weave a spell to call you in To make you love me forever Waiting so long For you Waiting so long For you Your touch, your kiss So long... I weave you into my tapestry I will make you love me I weave you into my tapestry So sensually You won't forget, this is not your home And you still won't love me How could I touch a fated soul And hope that you would not leave me? Waiting so long For you Waiting so long For you Your touch, your kiss So long... I weave you into my tapestry I will make you love me I weave you into my tapestry So sensually
9.
Please don't ask for consolation I cannot help you anymore It seems a hopeless situation A sad reality You never asked for my opinion You never spoke when I was there You were held by three chameleons Blowing smoke rings in the air Hold me, come hold me now Enfold me in the sky Let me hear the evening song The Devil's Lullaby And should you fall One winter's day The angels and devils Around us surround us And take your soul away How many times did I tell you I could not love you anymore Now memories compile upon memories And I find I'm missing you But you were cold and introspective And didn't care enough to smile And on your back, the three chameleons That kept you naked like a child Hold me, come hold me now Enfold me in the sky Let me hear the evening song The Devil's Lullaby And should you fall One winter's day The angels and devils Around us surround us And take your soul away
10.
Nightmares 05:27
Looking back in anger My vision fades to white A thousand stags and lions Pass each other in the night Distant drums and echoes Are still pounding in my head But still my conscience tells me That we should all be dead Not one of us are jesters But still we wear the mask And find our hands are severed By the blades of our one task You could have been destruction You could have held the gun And rid the population Of every last one of us Help me to understand This gnawing here inside I'm looking for someone to take my hand And bring me down And lead me home again Would you stay right here beside me? Would you love me 'til the end? So many have challenged So many have lost We try to save our foolish pride But what will be the cost? We terrorize each other To win the gift of fire We cave in into our wishes And every last desire Help me to understand This gnawing here inside I'm looking for someone to take my hand And bring me down And lead me home again Would you stay right here beside me? Would you love me 'til the end?
11.
Lightning strikes a lone explosion Fire in my mind I'm hoping these ecstatic visions Won't strike me blind But still I wear the hours My spirit torn inside Praying nature leaves me with A modicum of pride Ancient dreams Look inside me Ancient dreams Walk with me Staring at the open ocean Clouds gather above I'm thinking of a grand illusion People full of love But every time I blink my eyes The tears wash the dream away I sit and wait for its return Perhaps another day Ancient dreams Look inside me Ancient dreams Walk with me Spirit dancer, dance your dreams Let it fill your heart Fill the sky with your cries Make a brand new start Spirit dancer, dance your dreams Let it fill your heart Tear the sky open wide Make a brand new start Rabbit on the southern wind Coyote in the stones The sweat pours out of me And chills me to the bone Red Road calling But the city calls me its own Can I walk a million paths And ever end up home? Ancient dreams Look inside me Ancient dreams Walk with me Spirit dancer, dance your dreams Let it fill your heart Fill the sky with your cries Make a brand new start Spirit dancer, dance your dreams Let it fill your heart Tear the sky open wide Make a brand new start
12.
Sometimes 04:43
Sometimes I feel as though My life could be happier But I still pray for rain Sometimes I want to be Somewhere out of time Outside myself and my pain But knowing you are here And feeling all your love Lets my heart know I have somewhere to go Leaving all behind The places and the time When I'm with you It's magic... I wish I could go far away Away from the things that haunt me These things inside my mind I only want to run away When people don't listen to me I just can't seem to find the time But knowing I am here Away from what I love Let's my heart know We have somewhere to go Leaving all behind The places and the time When I'm with you It's magic... (Mile Marker 38 - spoken word by Caleb Long) There is a child in everyone's past Mine was towheaded, sly, And always up for oatmeal But until I met her, There was no child in my future She was so beautiful to me All hair, and lips, And in between, those eyes And I touched her all the time To try and pay her back For that time she touched my life forever In a bench seat we broke 55 Near Shasta On the way to all that elsewhere We had dreamed about back home In a teenage haze Underneath pennants and posters Kicking socked feet Rolling breathless on an old plaid comforter And the first time that our city's lights Bent their brilliant Braille upon our dashboard A hand was squeezed But just like the Shot Heard 'Round the World, This sinew trigger had no name Just like before, Someone had to feel it first, And react Now when I wake up every morning Further along the continuum that is my life The bench seat's all in buckets And to my brief surprise I'm all alone I turn my head longingly back And in my brain's binoculars She's sitting Back at Mile Marker 38 Singing to me, "remember..." "Remember..." Remember that she and I are, for now, A then and there, That she took a flight last year beyond the border That there the road of life is an infinite kilometer That you should see it this time of year The way the leaves turn blue, and purple, And never die
13.
See Devil's Lullaby...
14.
We were children holding hands Once upon a time Two satellites in orbit Around a love sublime We kissed in darkness, made a pact And held each other tight You and me against the world It all just felt so right (Good night my love) All you were to me (Good night my love) Is etched into my memory (Good night my love) And everything that was (Good night my love) Will always be inside of me Your presence, it still lingers here From night until the day Your image smiling, voice in song A ghostly cabaret Lonely tears I've shed for you I reach out for your touch And take with me the memory Of times I've loved so much (Good night my love) All you were to me (Good night my love) Is etched into my memory (Good night my love) And everything that was (Good night my love) Will always be inside of me Waking alone and gripped by hollow fear All that I know is reduced to a blur of tears Time wasn't on your side and I wonder How I got here So good night my dear One day we might meet each other Passing in the night Until then I'll draw the curtains And put out the light If you stop along your journey Think of me sometime Remember that brief, shining moment That we called a life (Good night my love) All you were to me (Good night my love) Is etched into my memory (Good night my love) And everything that was (Good night my love) Will always be inside of me

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20th Anniversary Memorial Project for Founder Samantha Downing (1967-2005)

Requiem was recorded over a period of 2 years in West Seattle, produced by Brian Chase (Dogfish, Full Life Crisis), and includes musicians who knew and loved Samantha: Mike Berg (Brad, Satchel), Steven Fox (Riots, Ledenhed), and vocalist Muriel Montgomery, a longtime friend of Samantha’s who joined the project to cover what would have been Sam’s vocal duties.

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released November 11, 2007

Todd Downing - guitars, vocals, keyboards, percussion;
Mike Berg - bass;
Steven Fox - drums;
Muriel Montgomery - vocals;
Brian Chase - additional guitar, production

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And Tears Fell Seattle, Washington

And Tears Fell was an eclectic art-rock recording project founded by Todd & Samantha Downing in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1988. Twenty years, a move to Seattle and five albums later, Todd put the project to bed for good. The REQUIEM album is a tribute to Samantha, who lost her battle with cancer in 2005. ... more

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