Across the Vast & Deep

by The Boxcar Suite

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released 09 December 2014

Tim Pritchard: Vocals, Guitars, Electric Piano, Bass, Pedal Steel
Phil Caviness: Bass and Vocals
Trevor Bell: Drums
Tony Moore: Guitars

Daniel Pritchard: keys, synths, programming on Harpsilord and Psychedelica

Darryl Robbins: Guitar on Harpsilord and Percussion on Wish Your World Away

Toby Robinson: Vocals on Until Eventually and Song of the Albatross

Max Nunery: Lap Steel and Vocals on LA, a Stranger Mourns
Harold Hensley: Vocals on LA, a Stranger Mourns
Chip Pritchard: Vocals on LA, a Stranger Mourns
Kyle Byrum: Guitar on So Far Outta Sight
Trey Stone: Piano and Organ on Until Eventually


Produced by Darryl Robbins and Tim Pritchard
Mixed by Darryl Robbins
Mastered by Andrew Hamilton at Serif Sound

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Track Name: The Wayward Charms
I'm playin' it straight these days, but playin' at all is just a fool's game
And I know I've played the fool
'Cause I'm a sidewinder, honey, not straight, square or sober
By a mile or a good day's drive

I'll take the wheel when you need me to
No questions asked, no second guessing you
Even the most wayward soul could be
Charmed by your eyes enough to walk the narrow happily

I've lost the easy way out, without a doubt
And I don't claim to doubt a thing about my past
Sometimes phases never end, but every end I pass
Just doesn't seem to phase the likes of me

I'll take the wheel when you need me to
No questions asked no second guessing you
Even the most wayward sould could be
Charmed by your eyes enough to walk the narrow happily

Struck by your love enough to walk the narrow
The straight and narrow...
Happily
Track Name: Consider the Dragon
"Will you come with me?" she asked then faded
"We're going walking in the rain
Heaven knows where we'll end up tonight anyway
Heaven knows me and I'm unafraid

I'm not a lot like anyone, careless and free
Born of the wind, a child of all that you can see
Still you look at me like you might even believe"

Consider the dragon that guards her virgin gates
Tame as a kitten, a killer of snakes
I'll place a charm upon its fire breathing face
I'll chase the dragon right out of the way

I'm not a lot like anyone, careless and free
Born of the wind, a child of all that you can see
Still you look at me like you might even believe

"Still you look at me like you might believe in anything, in me"
Believe me when I show you the dragon's teeth
Track Name: Savage Forever
Render me senseless
I come in innocence
Here for the magic show and the love of my life

A savage forever, through every endeavor
I aspire only to open my eyes

So beguiling and true
The crown of this fool
Lies on the ground and stares at the sky
Stoned
Deep
In wild wonder

A savage forever, through every endeavor
I aspire only to open my eyes
Track Name: Out of This World
Out of this world
Out of my love for you
I gave my word
I gave my love to take out out of this world
We're headed out of this world

I know sometimes it's not so bad
I see the desolation make you sad
I know sometimes that it can hurt very good
And it should, awe honey it should

I fear for the times when we're all alone
The stranger makes himself right at home
Puts his picture on the mantle, rubs the eyes righ out of ours
And it's hard
Very, very hard

Well I had a mind to take the easy way out
Forget it man that's really what it's all about
From here to forever and the in between
We'll be there until we find a way
Out of this world
Track Name: Our Humble Expanse
I thought I was a thistle seed blowin'
Across the vast & deep, but it seems I was wrong
Yet you watch me as though you'd always known
As though you'd seen me dancin' in your visions, mama

When you bring the knife to the beast of my soul
It bellows the hearth and keeps us warm
A drifter fallen to the winter's cold
I'm helplessly living without secrets

No more doubt in my mind
You're a gem, a real find
Through the rough edges of time
We wind up here

So this drifter hangs on the wall by a wire
A photograph now of a lost shoreline
Bare and beaten as the crucifix
All jangled and spread across the watery depths

Yet wrecked and revived on the living room floor
With castaway dreams that aren't dark anymore
They play out like movies or novels or songs
About drifting so far that I have no more doubt

Together through whatever
'Til death or bust
If the world goes to hell
In this love I trust
To drift like a thistle seed
From here to the sun
Burn out forever
And return to stardust clouds in my mind
Track Name: Wish Your World Away
Anytime, I'd take you in
Anytime, I could be your friend
But if I had a wish
Just one and that was it
I wouldn't have to feel any thought or regret
With a shift in the tide, no consequence to abide
The spoils of a wonderful life
I'd wish your world away and welcome you to mine

Anytime, I'd take you in
Anytime, I could be your friend
So when your world disappears
Folds to the weight of your fear
And things that you've been told for thousands of years
Come 'round when you need
To my door and feel free
To get some rest and don't mind me
While I wish your world away and welcome you to mine

Anytime...
Track Name: Harpsilord
In another realm we might not have to choose
Among the here and now or daydreams
What will we keep and what should we lose?
Let's travel lighter than a sunbeam

Don't waste a moment on anything less than forever
Keep every clever wish for nothing all all near to your heart
Don't fall apart

I saw you walk across the bridge last night again
I saw you dance on the pavillion
I hope that you forgot what you were doing there
I hope you let the silence fill you

Don't waste a moment on anything less than forever
Keep every clever wish for nothing at all near to your heart
Don't fall apart
Track Name: Psychedelica
Let's get carried away in a new day
You can follow me down and toward the shadows where we play
Love lies beneath the whisper on the seaside
Anytime that you rise

Let's write letters to God in the sand by the ocean
We'll offer up our hands in a liberated motion
Love lies between the morning and every evening
Within the darkest of nights

When you listen to the whisper
It tells you how to be true
Track Name: LA, a Stranger Mourns
There is no difference between here and Los Angeles
This midwest town is downright stuck in its ways
I've got this band and I swear we sound fabulous
But let's not be rash, let's not get carried away

I might be sick of hearing songs about Los Angeles
All desert folklore, sunshine mountain haze
I talk to refugees from southern California
And I'm filled with jealousy, doubt and malaze

But the lazy days I've had could amaze
Any sunkissed face anyway
Yet the places I've seen can't replace the sparkling dreams
Of California sands or rolling tumbleweeds

I count the miles between here and Los Angeles
I do believe that I have friends there today
I'm off to meet them in the depths of Laurel Canyon
To watch the ghosts of a century play

I swear sometimes I must have died in Los Angeles
And been reborn amidst the grass of rolling plains
Perhaps a pieace of me took shelter in ol' Joshua Tree
I'm sentimental for a time I can't explain

Still, the reigns of my fiery chariot lay in the stable
Beneath stores of grain
My fate will remain amidst rock, field and plain
And dream of Los Angeles fame
Track Name: Until Eventually
On and on until the morning
On and on until the sea
You and me, in good company
On and on until eventually

Sunday morning's not for working
Sunday morning you catch your feet
I'll see you sweet and the top of the tree
Looking for a better place to be
Track Name: Song of the Albatross
Down in the valley and into the deep
Under the skies where angels sleep
I only want to stay awake and keep on dreaming
Of a daydream of a day of a day of a day
A day that I knew when I was younger
I doesn't matter where or when
It's through and through

This is an ocean I've never crossed
Gimme the wings of an albatross
When you're with me you might as well be lost
But I don't mind gettin' lost with you

You had a smile like a cherry bomb
We were higher together whether right or wrong
I'll admit without regret that I drift there from time to time
In a daydream of a day of a day of a day
A day when I was much too young to know better
Sit back and get deep for awhile
We'll see it through
Track Name: So Far Outta Sight
Something I remember about something I forget
There are places in my mind that I haven't been to yet
Out there in the distance, so far outta sight
Rising over the horizon and growing ever bright

Yet down here in the darkness I make wishes in the wishing well
Where I collect a severence for the dreams I failed to sell
So if you see me and your dreaming
Just remember where dreams come from
The enchanted souls among us
Burning out beneath the sun

Lo and behold
Dawn to dusk, warmth to cold
Rust and turn to dust
As the rest of time unfolds
Revealed in the light
Growing forever bright
Day becomes the night
If it becomes me then I'm alright