Volume II

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John Niffenegger - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, M-Tron
Chris Dalton - Drums

Recorded and mixed at West St. and Studio 775 by John Niffenegger during May-December 2013
Mastered at Studio B by Dave Harris in December 2013
Mastered for vinyl by Patrick W. Engel at TEMPLE OF DISHARMONY in February 2015
All songs by John Niffenegger (BMI) 2013
Higher Fire and Sea of Stars lyrics by K.L. Thigpen
All I Need and December Flying lyrics by John Niffenegger and
K.L. Thigpen
Illustration by Harry Clarke

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released January 28, 2014

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Track Name: Higher Fire (Proximity)
Higher Fire (Proximity)

Last night the black trees grew out
their green leaves, and it was spring.
But then a bright star broke free,
and she came down with all her heat!
Higher fire,
Higher fire,
She looked into my eyes.
Last night white light beams
from all the tree leaves sparked in the dark.

Higher fire,
Higher fire,
Higher fire,
My heart!

Last night the green trees put out
white lightning into the night.
Until the bright trees they burned
in the heat, and they dropped their leaves.
Higher fire,
Higher fire,
Light the light in my dark.
Today the black trees
stand in the sun with nothing on.

Higher fire,
Higher fire,
Higher fire,
My heart!

And now the black trees
they wear only their bark;
And like these black trees
I wear only my heart!

Higher fire,
Higher fire,
Higher fire,
My heart!

Lyrics by KL Thigpen
Track Name: All I Need
All I Need

All those winding roads
no one knows
where they end or where they begin
though I rode every one
took every turn
they still never led me to you
I know it’s true

All I need is love, your love
All I need is love, your love

All those mountains tall
I climbed them all
from their valleys up to their crowns
and there wasn't a stone
that I left unturned
but you still never were to be found
I know it’s true

All I need is love, your love
All I need is love, your love

When dark night takes to the heavens
and the trees bend into the earth
the brightest figure drawing near
the names of the stars
are said to be ours
she whispers them into my ear
this constellation will be our home

All these golden hours
they are ours
to spend together under the stars
and now that you're with me
here by my side
there's nothing more I desire
know it's true

All I need is love, your love
All I need is love, your love

Lyrics by John Niffenegger & KL Thigpen
Track Name: Frost and Fire
Frost and Fire

One thousand beats a minute meter
one seventh grains upon the sand.
A crystal tower, sight unseen here;
An open window, lovers dream.

Frost and fire,
Wind and rain;
Take me higher!

It won't be the sun above me
that undresses us today.
Take my hand my love and follow;
tomorrow waits beyond the gate.

Frost and fire,
Wind and rain;
Take me higher!

Frost and fire,
Wind and rain;
Take us higher!
Track Name: April Witch
April Witch

She always waits for the moment to come
but only the echoes answer her
and she cries out, ever the same
it's only the wind and nothing more

On a moonlit April night
she rides out in search of him
over the fields and the meadows wide
she's floating through the midnight air

She's never tasted of true love before
seen only through others' eyes, nothing more
and she cries out, why am I here
within this circle, unbroken, still?

On a moonlit April night
she rides out in search of him
over the fields and the meadows wide
she's floating through the midnight air

She is an angel, I declare
and heaven's answered me, I swear
but it seems I'll never know
why she hides her face and cries
and now I think it's time to go
before the morning breaks

She always waits for the moment to come
but only the echoes answer her
and she cries out, ever the same
it's only the wind and nothing more
Track Name: Violet Skies (From the Ashes)
Violet Skies (From the Ashes)

Risen up out of the ashes
of the remains of human misery,
we ascend, in the end,
in a triumph of understanding.

Violet skies,
no more lies, I can see.
Recognized
the disguise, I am free!

We swallowed the pill of confusion,
and descended into our demise.
Down deep, deeper down,
only to be reborn again.

Violet skies,
no more lies, look and see.
Recognize
the disguise, and you’re free!

Risen up out of the ashes
of the remains of human misery,
we’ll ascend, in the end,
in a triumph of understanding.

Violet skies,
no more lies, I can see.
Recognize
the disguise, and we’re free!
We are free!
Track Name: July Sky
July Sky

Gold, the light of the morning
as the sunrise brightens up the sky
a promise before me
as the last of night is left behind
all of the colors I could conceive
just to have you standing next to me
always and forever
your hand in mine that summer day

Under the July sky
we watch as the clouds roll by
Under the July sky
pleasant dreams for tired eyes

Golden flowers adorn you
like a crown you wear upon your head
a promise I've made you
and one I never will forget
for there is nothing in all the world
that could ever take me from your side
I will be yours forever
your hand in mine that summer day

Under the July sky
we watch as the clouds roll by
Under the July sky
pleasant dreams for tired eyes

Gold, the hour's upon us
though the sun sinks lowly in the sky
a promise worth keeping
and one I never will deny
though all the colors may fade away
as the darkness creeps into the day
I will always remember
your hand in mine that summer day
Track Name: New Light in October
New Light in October

Deep in the forest
where the trees grow so tall
No one can catch me
I'm so far away from it all
It makes me feel, and it seems so real
the scent of summer's end
As the days grow short and the light burns dim
It has only just begun

All the leaves are on fire
Golden yellow and red
Sunlight falls on the water
Dancing thoughts in my head

All the world’s troubles
sometimes bring me down
It's in those moments
That I'd rather not be found
It seems so real, and it makes me feel
the granite walls in the sand
As the choir sings, all around us ring
voices carried on the wind

All the leaves are on fire
Golden yellow and red
Sunlight falls on the water
Dancing thoughts in my head

A Sunday morning cold and bright
the open road is my only guide
Let this be my sanctuary; let this be my prayer
Let me feel the sun and breathe the air
close my eyes and I'm already there
New Light in October
forever and ever and ever and ever we ride!
We ride.
We ride.
We ride.
Track Name: December Flying
December Flying

Flying through this black night
the vast sky will absorb us
deep asleep in the back
December stars light the way

And you’re riding by my side
leaving him miles and miles behind

Flying through this black night
the open sky does adore us
if you only knew
just how I feel, yes

With you riding by my side
while he's miles and miles behind

Philosopher or misguided fool?
Crowned explorer or stoic saint?
No compass needle can divine
With each minute passing by
When I could look you in the eye,
and tell you how I really feel:
My love is real!

Flying through this black night
the sky is closing before us
one pin light remains
and I am driving us towards it, yes

With you flying by my side
leaving him miles and miles behind
it never, ever has to end
as we slide into the sky

Lyrics by John Niffenegger & KL Thigpen
Track Name: Darkest of Nights
Darkest of Nights

All the light in her eyes went away,
as darkness stole into the day.
She said: I must leave, for I just want to be
anywhere, anywhere, anywhere, where he may be.

So she goes
into the darkest of nights,
without light or a guide,
save only the flame in her heart.
In her heart...

Down seventy steps she did creep,
descending as into a dream.
She said: let it be, that one day I'll be
everywhere, everywhere, everywhere, where he will be.

And she goes
into the darkest of nights,
without light or a guide,
save only the flame in her heart.

When the light from within shone without,
the darkness turned into the day.
She said: I can see that you always will be
everywhere, everywhere, everywhere, where I will be.

And now she knows
even in darkest of nights,
that her light and her guide,
is the fire that burns, burns, burns
in my heart.
Track Name: Sea of Stars
Sea of Stars

Under a starry, starry sky
In a moonlit field we’d lie
Velvet shadows blue and grey.
And now the phase of the moon is right
And I want to lay with you tonight
In a sky of stars as bright as day.

When I was watching for you,
When I was waiting for you,
I wasn’t untrue.
Did you see what you came for?
Now I'm coming for you.

On a stormy, stormy sea
In a burning boat I’ll be
A lonely exile cast away.
And as I’m rocked upon that sea
I want to see you ride with me
As I brave the silvery waves.
When the sea is still
I’ll see the prophecy fulfill
When the sea is very, very still.

When I was watching for you,
When I was waiting for you,
I wasn’t untrue.
Did you see what you came for?
Love, I'm coming for you.

When I was watching for you,
When I was waiting for you,
I wasn’t untrue.
Did you see what you came for?
I am coming for you.

Under a starry, starry sky
In a sparkling boat we lie,
Night watchers on the sea.
Through a secret cave
Where I want to hear you say my name
As the echoes break the waves.
Now the sea is still
And I see the prophecy fulfilled.
Now the sea is very still.
Under a starry, starry sky,
Over a starry, starry sky,
Under a starry, starry sky.

Lyrics by KL Thigpen