The Darkest Of Summers

by Geoff Barone

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Undici 02:26
LYRICS: Sleep has come too soon It won’t wait for you Put your dreams to bed Hope is gone The rain has come and brings you back again Be certain you’ll never forget, What your Father said The end is just the start I’m speaking from the heart Put your thoughts to bed Promise none The summer’s gone You can’t go back again You never will forget What your Father said
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LYRICS: Scary human please move on, please walk on Scary stranger please go away, just leave me today All the times it’s brought you fear Can be counted on the hands of many more than mine Still, the sky looks different here Disarming trickster I fall in your trap, I’ll accept all you have Disarming imposter give me your shade, give me the blame All the times it’s brought you fear Can be counted on the hands of many more than mine Still the sky looks different here Still, the sky looks different here Is this where your torture is? Go down that rabbit hole You get lost in the shadows of remarkable men I guess we’ll never know This is where your torture lies Stop closing your damned eyes Face the fact, the sky looks different here! Fearsome sentence… “Say the words, I haven’t heard” Fearsome presence. Has it gone away? “It’s still here isn’t it?” All the times it’s brought you fear Can be counted on the hands of many more than mine Still, the sky looks different here Still, the sky looks different here
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Sidewalk 05:17
LYRICS: This is where your sidewalk stops This is where your path will end This is how a goodbye starts Bid a farewell to friends The body goes but your spirit still carries on I’m dying for no company I just wanna be alone Don’t need anyone here next to me So please just close the door This is where the sentence stops This is where the story ends This is how a goodbye starts Eyes closed. So long. The end The body goes but your memory will surely live on...memory will surely live on I’m dying for no company I just wanna be alone Don’t need anyone else calling me So please put down the phone This is where your sidewalk stops… This is where your sidewalk stops This is where your path will end This is how a goodbye starts Bid a farewell to friends The body goes but your spirit still carries on...spirit still carries on I’m dying for no company, I just wanna be alone Don’t need anyone here next to me So please just close the door I’m dying for no company, I just wanna be alone Don’t need anyone else calling me So please put down the phone
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LYRICS: Welcome to oblivion, a sanctuary of sacrifice A ministry of compromise Welcome to suburbia, you bleed responsibility Devoid of any reasoning For years you’ve been running. For years we’ve been telling you… Look ahead, look afraid Look aware with this thousand yard stare Welcome to normality, a shadow of the past Your window is closing fast Welcome to certainty, the days laid out before you The lines clearly drawn through Welcome to obscurity where no one knows your name And no one’s left to blame Welcome to the rest of your life Well my friend at least you tried For years you’ve been running. For years we’ve been telling you. (We’ve been telling you) Look ahead, look afraid Look aware with this thousand yard stare Oh my world was beautiful Wasn’t it so beautiful? There’ll be no flowers for you. For me. For you Look ahead, look afraid Look aware with this thousand yard stare They plan to plan to work to live to live to work to eat to sleep to breathe to live to lose to love to hide to fly to walk to die…
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LYRICS: Cold, depressed and broken. Lost in the rain Your sidewalk ends and suddenly you’re left with none to blame The mirror shows you half of what you are The rest hides behind your mask of lies and scars There he goes, he turns and fades away He lies you, the man who couldn’t say Down you go into the dirt where you’ll lay There he walks, the man who couldn’t say Lost, obsessed but focused on living in the past Your mourning brings no solace. No splendor in the grass The words you say mean nothing. It’s the ones that they don’t hear that hold the most importance But all in all, unclear There he goes, he turns and fades away He lies you, the man who couldn’t say Down you go into the dirt where you’ll lay There he walks, the man who couldn’t say You’re on a road all your own You’re on a road all alone You’re on a road all your own. All alone... words escape you. You’ve wasted the moment Lost, forgotten in whispers. YOUR VOICE!, silence is your virtue Try as you may these words you cannot say… Emotionless and torn with the mud still in your eyes You’re past the point of no return beneath a moonless sky The mirror showed you everything you already knew Now all that’s left is a hole in the wall… Time to step through!
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LYRICS: Even when the sun shines it’s still a rainy day for me The darkest of summers casting shadows for all to see Even when I’m loved I still feel all alone The darkest of summers won’t let me go “Even when there’s no more music left to listen to and melodies just don’t seem to calm. What do I do? Where can I turn to?” The darkest of summers... Rid me of sin and all that you know The voices within won’t let me go Wash me of guilt and all that you’ve seen The feeling within won’t let me come clean “Another lonely day with just as much to look forward to as another empty wall. What I’m needing most of all is...love” ‘cause quiet men tell no tales Out of touch Mouth shut Losing sleep Knee deep Going back...facing my past! THE DARKEST OF SUMMERS! (It will never ever let you go) THE DARKEST OF SUMMERS! (It will never ever let you say no) The darkest of summers...
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LYRICS: When was the first time you knew you couldn’t get out of here alive? You’re not ready for the storm Those that surround you and those that compound you They’re not ready to go home...yet I think we lost him years ago Forgotten in the words he wrote Will you be ready when your mourning comes? Face to face with the curse that you’ll embrace You’re too weak to hold her world How long did you think you could dodge this albatross? Before the devil came to your door I think we lost him years ago Forgotten in the words he wrote Will you be ready when your mourning comes? With eyes closed wide, your dreams cast aside Knowing that all too well your days have passed That ship has sailed away from the coast... From those that matter most Will you be ready when your mourning comes? When was the first time you knew you couldn’t get out of here alive? You’re not ready for the storm Those that surround you and those that compound you They’re not ready to go home... I think we lost him years ago Forgotten in the words he wrote Will you be ready when your mourning comes? ...when was the first time?...
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LYRICS: THE HEADHUNTER: Awaken my child...let me show you the world. Rise. Shine. It’s time to open your eyes! The mourning is near… MORGAN: Who are you!?! Show yourself THE HEADHUNTER: You know! MORGAN: Where am I? THE HEADHUNTER: In the here and the now. In the present moment…. There’s no place else that you should ever be MORGAN: Look! The light...it’s coming from the outside I can see you so clear now Even when the sun shines it’s still a rainy day for me THE HEADHUNTER: The darkest of summers casting a shadow for all to see MORGAN: But everything is changed...everyone is gone THE HEADHUNTER: You’ve been gone awhile MORGAN The snow? Where is all the snow? The Headhunter: The rain came and washed it all away MORGAN: So it was you! You kept me alive You showed me the way THE HEADHUNTER: Time to say goodbye to this cold city…
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LYRICS: Memory conceals hours that I’ve missed and overlooked (Standing...standing…Standing alone with the…) Memories made and facing the shame of the love The love that brought you here (Is now pushing you away) Fine. Let us pretend. Let us enjoy this silence (It’s still time for us to say) Let us pray! Let us stay! You kept me alive You showed me the way Goodbye cold city Hindsight reveals minutes that have gone astray and will never come back (But the feelings...the feelings stay) Memory conceals hours that I’ve missed and overlooked (Standing...standing…Standing alone) Fine. Let us pretend. Let us enjoy this silence (It’s still time for us to say) Let us pray! Let us stay! I’ve worn out my welcome and I cannot stay... Goodbye cold city It’s hard to see where this is going when I’m looking the other way If I bury the future and embrace the past, at least I know... Fine. Let us pretend. Let us enjoy this silence (It’s still time for us to say) Let us pray! Let us stay! I’ve worn out my welcome and I cannot stay... Goodbye cold city…

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Part I of "L'esprit de l'escalier"

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released February 21, 2020

PERSONNEL:
Jesse Martin (Violin stunts on #5)
Lilyanna Barone (Heartbeat on #5)
Mathew Pike (Ambient vocals on #7)
Devin Barone (Trumpet on #1, Voice on intro on #11)
Geoff Barone (Everything else)

PRODUCTION:
Produced by Geoff Barone at 603 Studios November 2012 – January 2020

Mastering & additional mixing by Michael Zucker at Differential Studios December 2019 - January 2020

Front cover photography by Tom Bush IV

Additional photography by Geoff Barone

THANK:
Katie, Devin, Lily & Biscuits, The Barone Family, The Papa Family,
Jesse Martin, Mathew Pike, Matt Hake. Stacey Givan, Ryan Gaines, Tom Bush, Dave Barone, Ryan Rubenstein, Jordan Holt, Space Junk Is Forever, Tour Supply, UPS, NYC, LI and my broken iMac.

IN LOVE AND MEMORY OF:
Frank Stewart, Delores Bilson, LuAnn Gaines, Gary Spahr, Rick Barone, Judy Schmitt, Ben Gershman, Frank Papa, Sharon Casten

© & ℗ 2020 Geoff Barone All Rights Reserved
Published by 603 Music Media (BMI)

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Geoff Barone Buffalo, New York

Geoff Barone is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. He writes and records out of his home studio releasing self-produced instrumental and concept albums. He also writes and composes for TV,Film & Video games as well is a well versed performer and singer-songwriter. ... more

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