Treelines and Skylines

by Folkstar

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Treeline 02:47
Ⓟ © 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
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Who Am I? 04:39
Ⓟ © 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
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Ⓟ © 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
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Ⓟ © 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
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Grow 03:15
Ⓟ © 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
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Ⓟ © 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
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Mistress 03:00
Ⓟ © 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
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Ⓟ © 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
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Sunday Night 03:51
Ⓟ © 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
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Estrangement 03:43
Ⓟ © 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
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Skyline 02:58
Ⓟ © 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
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about

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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Folkstar fearlessly creates music of substance. Although formed in North Carolina and labeled folk-rock, their music features a variety of influences including west coast rock, indie, blues, jazz, and of course, acoustic singer-songwriter folk and intense guitar laden rock ‘n’ roll. ... more

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