Treelines and Skylines

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Treelines and Skylines was inspired by considerable time spent in the small pockets of true forest that remain out west: the sequoias, redwoods, firs, spruce, and cedars. There's no place where life feels more in balance than in an ancient forest. "Treeline" was conceived while standing on top of a rock face while looking across at a grove of giant sequoias in the distance. "Song for Joyce Kilmer" tells the story from the tree's point of view. "Into the Trees" explores the disunion between nature and man and the virtues of life in balance. In contrast, "Skyline" exposes the fallacies of city life and human self-importance. In between are songs about aging and our medical culture, freedom and travel, love and renewal, a musician's hard choices, death with dignity, racism and war, and losing a parent. The album concludes with an instrumental inspired by author and soundtracker Gordon Hempton, played entirely on a single acoustic guitar.

The sound of Treelines and Skylines emerges from the contributions of rocker Sue Cag and folker Kim Dicso. The album contains more softer material than Folkstar's previous album with a lot of acoustic lead from Cag. Blues, alternative, pop, hard rock, classic rock, funk, singer-songwriter, and southern style genres influenced the production. Songwriting is of prime importance to the duo and is split evenly between them.

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released September 29, 2015

Folkstar:
Kim Dicso - lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
Sue Cag -electric guitar, lead acoustic guitar, and bass guitar

Produced by Sue Cag and Kim Dicso
Recorded at Karmic Fury Records, Hampstead, North Carolina
Mixed by Sue Cag at Karmic Fury Records in collaboration with Karen Kane and Kim Dicso
Mastered by Peter Letros at Wreckhouse Mastering, Toronto, Canada
Cover painting by Sue Cag (folkstar.net/painting)
Art Direction/Design by Kimberly Baker at Shatterbeck Visual Creations
Photography by Sue Cag

All songs written by Kim Dicso and Sue Cag of Folkstar
℗ © 2015 Karmic Fury Records (ASCAP)

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Track Name: Treeline
Ⓟ © 2015 Karmic Fury Records (ASCAP)

Treeline (lyrics)

Others can look at you and see nothing at all
You're a giant among us, mysterious and tall

This is the closest we can come to life before sin
The light shines in, the light shines in

I see you from a mountain
Given away by your crown
How many miles to reach you
I will walk that ground

I walk the treeline
My eyes sky bound
I walk the treeline
Feet firmly in the ground
I walk the treeline
Open up my eyes
I walk the treeline
My ears hear all sound

When I see you I see the face of my dreams
Your strength, your energy, you say nothing

This is the closest I can come to life making sense
The light shines in, the light shines in

I see you from the valley
Given away by your power
How many miles to reach you
I will walk for hours

I walk the treeline
My eyes sky bound
I walk the treeline
Feet firmly in the ground
I walk the treeline
Open up my eyes
I walk the treeline
My ears hear all sound

I walk the treeline,
I will walk that ground
Track Name: Who Am I?
Ⓟ © 2015 Karmic Fury Records (ASCAP)

Who Am I? (lyrics)

Who am I?
I want to grow old and gray
Unburdened by a hospital stay
I want to die the way I please
I want to be taken by the trees

These days we poke and prod
We're kept alive long after we're gone
Our bodies fail, our brains decline
Bury our souls somewhere inside, somewhere inside

When you can no longer breathe
We'll breathe for you
When your heart stops
We'll make it start again for you
Still on this earth
Without my mind
I shuffle along
Please tell me
Who am I?

An army load of poisons in me
A million doctors trying to see
What I need - Turn off the light
I'm not alright

An operation successful in their eyes
Despite it going horribly awry
My expert maintains his status
While I smile and cry, smile and cry

When you can no longer breathe
We'll breathe for you
When your heart stops
We'll make it start again for you
Still on this earth
Without my mind
I shuffle along
Please tell me
Who am I?

When you can no longer breathe
We'll breathe for you
When your heart stops
Track Name: Song for Joyce Kilmer
Ⓟ © 2015 Karmic Fury Records (ASCAP)

Song for Joyce Kilmer (lyrics)

You used to think that you’d never see
A poem as lovely as me
You climbed in my arms and I held you quietly
Until it got dark and you had to leave

You’d see me often and tell me your dreams
That you’d move away and see other things
But you promised to visit and see how I was
But time changed things, it always does

Don’t cut me down
Don’t sell me out
Don’t cut me down
I’m still alive

My friends all got taken but I managed to stay
Until I got in the way
You walked by as they poked and they prodded me
But turned and walked off when friends called you away

Don’t cut me down
Don’t sell me out
Don’t cut me down
I’m still alive

Today is the day and there is a crowd
I’m the last one standing here now
I see that you’re there with your eyes pointed down
I lose sight of your face as I hit the ground

You cut me down
You sold me out
You cut me down
But you’re still alive
Track Name: We've Got Time
Ⓟ © 2015 Karmic Fury Records (ASCAP)

We’ve Got Time (lyrics)

Ten hours on the interstate we drive into the dark
My eyes are dry and burning and I don’t know where we are
But tomorrow we’ll wake in a different world than one we’ve ever seen
And we’ll drive some more and breathe it in and think of where we’ve been

We don't know another soul along this lonely road
No one waiting up for us or telling us where to go

It doesn't matter where we lay our heads tonight
'Cuz we've got time, we've got time
No matter where we're going it's alright
'Cuz we've got time, we've got time

Twelve degrees and an inch of snow as we settle for the night
We've found ourselves a truck stop that seems to be alright
Close the curtains we made ourselves and pull the blankets close
We're nice and warm and we hope we're safe but no one ever knows

We don't know another soul along this lonely road
No waiting up for us or telling us where to go

It doesn't matter where we lay our heads tonight
'Cuz we've got time, we've got time
No matter where we're going it's alright
'Cuz we've got time, we've got time
Track Name: Grow
Ⓟ © 2015 Karmic Fury Records (ASCAP)

Grow (lyrics)

You can be my shelter or my storm
You turn my bones to ice or keep me warm
Every cliché ever written down
Is twice as true and a lie when you’re around

You’ll be the sun to make me grow
I reach to the sky where the wind does blow
And when I wilt you’ll be the rain
To rinse my soul so I can try again

You want to believe in love but it burned you so
Shackled you to a self you didn’t want to know
And you scoff at me and my naiveté
But that’s what you get for being good to me

You’ll be the sun to make me grow
I reach to the sky where the wind does blow
And when I wilt you’ll be the rain
To rinse my soul so I can try again

You’ll be the air so I can breathe
And find the song that lives inside of me
And when I sing you’ll shed your pain
And feel your soul begin to love again

And we sing we shed our pain
And let our souls begin to love again
Track Name: Into the Trees
Ⓟ © 2015 Karmic Fury Records (ASCAP)

Into the Trees (lyrics)

I have a hundred songs I'll never write
A thousand notes I’ll never play
I have a light that burns unseen
As I walk alone into the trees

I've always lived my life on the periphery
In a world that makes no sense
Lost among the chaos
Nature's orphan in human hands

Struggle to carve out a place
Bending until I break

What's real and true is the earth and the leaves
They never lie, they never deceive
There's a reason for each and every thing
And the animals, they run free
Into the trees
Into the trees
Into the trees

One foot in nature, one foot on the street
The pull of the wild, the push to agree
Not one or the other, but both I need
And one is disappearing right in front of me

Struggle to carve out a place
Bending until I break

What's real and true is the earth and the leaves
They never lie, they never deceive
There's a reason for each and every thing
And the animals, they run free
Into the trees
Into the trees
Into the trees

I have a light that burns unseen
As I walk alone into the trees
There my soul will gently sleep
There my soul will gently sleep
Track Name: Mistress
Ⓟ © 2015 Karmic Fury Records (ASCAP)

Mistress (lyrics)

Another friend engaged, a wedding cake
Then a baby due next June
In my empty house, there's a suitcase packed
Because I'll be leaving soon

You had a dream for us
We'd move in and start a life
Working 9-5, I'd be your bride
We'd save up to retire

But that's love
It makes us do silly things
Like sitting still
When we hate settling
But I don't regret a thing
And all I can do is sing

La da di la di la la la, la di la la la

They'll all be settled down
And I'll have nothing to show
Except words on a page
A soul uncaged
And too many nights on the road

But that's love
It makes us do crazy things
Like choosing a guitar
Over a wedding ring
But I don't regret a thing
And all I can do is sing

La da di la di la la la, la di la la la
Track Name: Taken by the Sea
Ⓟ © 2015 Karmic Fury Records (ASCAP)

Taken by the Sea (lyrics)

She knew the water would be warm that day
Inside the cove next to the bay
The waves high enough to lift her away
To float and dance and sway

Her favorite place in all the world
Where she would take her baby girls
Before they grew old enough
To see the world alone

No one knew that she came
Weak in flesh and bone
She came to breathe the breath of life
And then to die alone

Taken by the sea
Dip and crash
Duck and laugh
Sweeping her away

They refused to understand
Wishing that she would be saved
But that day among the waves
She washed her pain away

No one knew that she came
Weak in flesh and bone
She came to breathe the breath of life
And then to die alone

Taken by the sea
Dip and crash
Duck and laugh
Sweeping her away

She knew the water would be warm that day
Inside the cove next to the bay
The waves high enough to lift her away
To float and dance and sway
Track Name: Sunday Night
Ⓟ © 2015 Karmic Fury Records (ASCAP)

Sunday Night (lyrics)

Saw a flyer for the Klan
Blow down the street and so I ran
To pick it up
And throw it all away
But there are more where that came from
More people here who think that some
Of us were never immigrants
Or human beings at all

The nightly news gives me the blues
The story of who's bombing who
The death of our convictions
And we don't think to ask why

It's too late to cry on a Sunday night
Starlight pouring down
The stoplight blinks on the only road
Leading in and out of town
I'm not much for religion
But I need a savior now
Sing hallelujah, lay your weapons down

The world runs on oil and gold
One in the same so I am told
Blood on all our hands
We don't know why
We want to believe in the common good
That everyone does the best they could
But what crazy lies we spin to justify
The death we launch across the sky

Billion dollar industry
Spreading our democracy
The death of many innocents
And we don't think to ask why

It's too late to cry on a Sunday night
Starlight pouring down
The stoplight blinks on the only road
Leading in and out of town
I'm not much for religion
But I need a savior now
Sing hallelujah, lay your weapons down

It's too late to cry on a Sunday night
Starlight pouring down
The stoplight blinks on the only road
Leading in and out of town
I'm not interested in your holy war
And I'll make it stop somehow
Sing hallelujah, lay your weapons down
Track Name: Estrangement
Ⓟ © 2015 Karmic Fury Records (ASCAP)


Estrangement (lyrics)

You stand by the door
Watching as I pull away
Age running like a line
Up through you, down through me

The sadness in your eyes
Matches the sadness in mine
Though they’re nowhere near
Being the same thing

We have the same eyes,
but we’re as different as people can be

When it’s all over
And I’m on this earth alone
I’ll feel it inside
But I’ll never let it show
I keep you at a distance
You keep me no less close
An ordinary estrangement
Passed down to me as you go

I help you these days
Small things to make it easy
Conversations mean nothing at all
Row the boat gently downstream

I edge beyond the age
Childless it seems
None of the burdens or the rewards
No one to grow up like me

We’d have the same eyes,
but we’d be as different as people can be

When it’s all over
And I’m on this earth alone
I’ll feel it inside
But I’ll never let it show
I keep you at a distance
You keep me no less close
An ordinary estrangement
Passed down to me as you go
Track Name: Skyline
Ⓟ © 2015 Karmic Fury Records (ASCAP)
Skyline (lyrics)

Rushing off to work
Hustling back and forth
Pushing through the pack
Crammed inside the city

Spending time at bars
Never knowing who you are
Think that you'll go far
When your mind is bending

Billions do the same
Bred to play the game
No matter how insane
It's never ending

We build the skyline
Artificial horizon
Metal rods, glass shards
And people to pile on
Where ego rules and money is the only truth
Skylines rise and fall, they always do

Hammering the streets
Hiding all that's green
Trampling the earth
Crammed inside the city

Moving to the 'burbs
Adding others to the herd
Giving up your worth
When you're pretending

Billions do the same
Bred to play the game
No matter how insane
It's never ending

We build the skyline
Artificial horizon
Metal rods, glass shards
And people to pile on
Where ego rules and money is the only truth
Skylines rise and fall, they always do