Radiate the Finite

by Dane Waters

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1. Imperfect Fit
2. The Mystic
3. Ne me quitte pas
4. Strange Friend
5. The Ant and the Cricket
6. History
7. Bear 23
8. For Solveig
9. Sleepyhead

This third solo album was written and recorded during 2015, thanks to a grant from Kentucky Foundation for Women. (Nine tracks)


released August 20, 2016

recorded by Dane Waters and Warren Gray, mixed by Warren
mastered by Carl Saff
back cover photo by John Nation from SONICbernheim: Blue Moon

all music and lyrics written by Dane Waters except Ne me quitte pas by Jacques Brel/Rod McKuen, and History composed by Pet Eunuch
c + p Albtraummusik 2016


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Track Name: Imperfect Fit
Travel to be loved and find the imperfect fit
You may love it more, you may love it more
Search the galaxy for a lifetime or a bit
You may love it more
Search all the while for a deeper you
Almost find it a thousand times
Before you’re through
Nothing to show for it but I’d do it again
So I show up anyway
Empty hands don’t mean an empty heart
Track Name: The Mystic
Same morning sun greets my eyes
what’s in store?
I stare and steer the way straight to you
An impossible wreck
An infinite joke
Dark forgets where your daydreams flew

But my moon keeps up the masquerade
it waxes and wanes like a butterfly’s change
He says he still dreams gravely and gravelly
and these were his last known words
as he started to make a cocoon

Wrap around the thread many times
sleep right through the unwanted pains
wake to find the sun shining still
while the new moon looks away and smiles
Track Name: Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas
Il faut oublier
Tout peut s'oublier
Qui s'enfuit déjà
Oublier le temps
Des malentendus
Et le temps perdu
A savoir comment
Oublier ces heures
Qui tuaient parfois
A coups de pourquoi
Le cœur du bonheur
Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas

If you go away on this summer day
Then you might as well take the sun away
All the birds that flew in the summer sky
When our love was new and our hearts were high When the day was young, and the night was long And the moon stood still for the night bird's song
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away

But if you stay, I'll make you a day
Like no day has been nor will be again
We'll sail on the sun, we'll ride on the rain
We'll talk to the trees and worship the wind
Then if you go, I'll understand
Leave me just enough love to fill my hand
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away

If you go away, as I know you will
You must tell the world to stop turning
'til You return again, if you ever do
For what good is love without loving you?
Can I tell you this, as you turn to go
I'll be dying slowly 'til that next hello?
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away

But if you stay, I'll make you a night
Like no night has been nor will be again
I'll sail on your smile, I'll ride on your touch
I'll talk to your eyes that I love so much
But if you go, no, I won't cry though the good is gone from the word goodbye
Track Name: Strange Friend
Well my friend we see each other again
Your hair’s still strong
And your voice is long
Your teeth grow from your fingers
You’ve got to be
kidding me
You’re the best I’ve ever tasted
Track Name: History
Through the trees I see you
circling back through
my history, my history
Beat open my own eyes
Beat open my eyes
Am I not in, Am I not in
in my full Making?
in my full Making.

This eye-blink is lasting
beautifully long
beautifully long
a sacred fire
a sacred fire
Track Name: Bear 23
Moving inside me
the bear leans on the wavy wall
and a giant whale rocks the glass boat
Am I the whale?
Am I the boat?
My limbs are boneless yet strong
the skin covering me is tight gauze;
its holes a two-way highway
I stretch and sense a bird
watching the wind
The witness cannot find the right words
But maybe the song is enough
Track Name: Sleepyhead
Wake up sleepyhead
Time’s a tickin
Something’s missing
Late at night in the stillness
faintly whisper stars of my heart
stars of my heart
It’s almost through
Begin again anew

Climb the ladder slowly, slowly
I will hold it steady for you-
glow to a fiery inferno burning
brightly, sprightly
wildly reaching
while you’re sleeping
slack and dreaming
Just one more step
You’ve not been left