Seen and Unseen

by John Goraj

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The follow up to Goraj's debut, Possible. Seen and Unseen explores new soundscapes lush with harmonies and layers while still retaining traditional folk songwriting.

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released 13 March 2012

Engineered and produced by John Goraj- June 2010- June 2011,
A little house in La Crescenta, California
Mixed by Douglas Kirby in West Marin County, California
Mastered by TW Walsh

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Track Name: Horse and Home
We smoke in stairwells
kiss in Castaic hills
and my baby is made of love

and if you see her
digging and planting things into me
don't worry she knows what she's doing

we grew up amongst
farmers and drunks
and they taught us the tough kind of love

and if you see us
laughing till our heads fall off
don't be startled, that's just how we are

and now that your'e here
the fears kick in
but still I can't wait

and thank God I found you
when I did
in the most unsuspecting place

my life keeps changing
in so many ways
and it's strange to me

and thank God I found you
where I did
on a bridge over Hell

we undress in quiet rooms and open windows
and someday
we'll have a horse and a home

and I'd be a damn fool
to think I could possess her soul
but maybe her body could be my clothes

we smoke in stairwells
kiss in car seats
and my baby, sings me to sleep

and if you see her
shoulder blades becoming wings
don't be aghast, she knows where shes going
Track Name: South of the South
Im wrapped wet
in the red veins of the city

the skeletons
of the landscape startle me

i saw those
hummingbirds coming out of your mouth

I'm blowin' all of my dough
and headin'

south of the south
south if the south
Track Name: Rushing
all our blood’s in the love

all our faces breaking waves

all our love’s in the blood

and you have found us

sweetheart, i am here

sweetheart, i am here

so rush to me

and speak the words

you know i long to hear

in this moment

envelope me

our time is bleeding now

you rush to me

cause’ all of this life

is many deaths

and many births

that made us bright

and i just don’t know

if i’ll be here tomorrow

all our blood’s in the love

all our faces breaking waves

all our love’s in the blood

and we are weeping

all our blood’s in the love

all the veins you create

all our love’s in the blood

and you have found us

sweetheart, i am here

sweetheart , i am here

so rush to me

and speak the words

you know i long to hear

in this moment

envelope me

our time in bleeding now

enflesh me again

like a great wingspan

spread out before me

with a promise

to carry me away

from this hell

i’m living in

you rush to me

cause’ all of this life

is many deaths

and many births

that made us bright

and i just don’t know

if i'll be here tomorrow

tomorrow…
Track Name: Grape Juice
Here's some grape juice
i'll carry you, back to your shoes

just so you know
i got nothin to do

but to shower you
with songs that could split you in two

here's my boots
they will also carry you

back to the place
where we sang

hey, hey, hey,
hey, hey, hey
hey...

you know i adore you
the more, more, more, more , more
but how could you
love, love , love, love, love
me the boy in poverty
and more, more, more, more, more
than you bargained for
and love, love, love, love, love
is a beautiful war
I want more, more, more
than i ever did before

here's an arnie
it should serve as a sweet pick-me-up

so we can talk late
and let our hearts speak
the necessary complexities

just so you know
i got nothin to do

but to shower you
with songs that could split you in two

just so you know
i got nowhere to go

but the home i built
inside of your heart

hey, hey, hey,
hey, hey, hey
hey...

you know i adore you
the more, more, more, more , more
but how could you
love, love , love, love, love
me the boy in poverty
and more, more, more, more, more
than you bargained for
and love, love, love, love, love
is a beautiful war
I want more, more, more
than i ever did before
Track Name: Vanquish
you were
biting your lip

and i was reading aloud
a volume of poetry

written by an Oregonian
who had a fascination

with the scent of blood
and pandemonium

and his words
they warmed my skin

just like the way i felt
when you let me in, let me in

now i'm at work
and so are you

and i was thinking about
what you were thinking about

now vanquish
me in the autumn
my family
will come to save me
from the shotguns
and the shot from one
and suddenly
i was carried away
and every crucifix
resting on every chest
transcended
and bloomed into a necklace
of orchids

and at the funeral
everybody was crying

and the melodies they sang
were heart-mangling

and how to make sense
of a casket built

for a baby
who barely got to live

and asked God
to be there with us

and He was
i felt him in my nervous system

now i'm at work
and so are you

and i was thinking about
what you were thinking about

now vanquish
me in the autumn
my family
will come to save me
from the shotguns
and the shot from one
and suddenly
i was carried away
and every crucifix
resting on every chest
transcended
and bloomed into a necklace
of orchids

now i'm at work
and so are you

and i was thinking about
what you were thinking about

now i'm in bed
wishing you were next to me

and i was crying about
what you were crying about

now we're in heaven
and so are all our friends

and i was laughing about
what you were laughing about
Track Name: We Were Just Kids
the sun crescendos
like a Morzartian symphony

and when will your eyes
stop burning in my memory?

if only, if only
i could back to the place

where i said

"unfold me, unfold me
love is a healing grace"

the son illuminates
all these beautiful agonies

and when will my eyes
start burning in your memory

if only, if only
i could get back to the place

where you said

"me only, love me only
and i'll never leave"

we were just kids
we were way too young
to be french-kissin'
and smoking cigarettes
before all of this
i remember i was happy
sucking hard candy
for weeks after Halloween

we were idiot kids
were way too young
to be smoking weed
and skinnydipping in the lakes
before all of this
i remember i was happy
just playin' ice hockey
it was all i needed then
Track Name: Snow on the Mountain Peaks
my lover
how did i
become
so graced
to have you in my life?

and i'm back
on the road
back on the road
to life

and i'm bursting
at the seams
bursting into streams
of life

and...
soon there will be
snow on the mountain peaks
soon we will be
rushing in God's arteries
soon we will be
flowing like rivers streams
soon we will be
sleeping in love's peace
Track Name: Resting Place
i drive on down
a dark web
of lonely freeways
and stack interchanges
always looking
for a sign of you

i keep on kissing
the faces
of little children
praying
that you'll show up
in a smile or a word

and somethin'
has got to give
before
i lose my head
and somethin'
has got to give
all of my love
to live

and still i wouldn't trade
a single day
that iv'e got to be with you
my light and my ray

and still i don't regret
a single mistake
that brought me to you my love
my life and resting place

i've been searching for you
in little old rooms
all over this country
Track Name: Sweeter than Life
if you find the way
back to love
won't you let me know
how you made it?

just open up
your imagination
to wonder

cause' i can still see me
holding you
with the whole
of my body

and i can see
pajamas on the floor
and chrysanthemums

there's bobby pins
in the bed and bloodstains
from the night
you skinned your knee

the children are screaming
on the blacktop
of the schoolyard

and we're all asleep
in the country
and it's sweeter than life

it is sweeter
it's sweeter than life
Track Name: Prisms
i see
prisms
in the mountains
in the mountains

and my dear one's face
laughing in the sun
under fountains
under fountains

and here' your tea
and the memory
of the memory

of you on horseback
as a child
jumping over things
jumping over things

and nothin'
matters much
but kindness
ans nothin'
matter much
but love

i see
wavelengths
in the ocean
in the ocean

and all of the spectrums
of colors
come alive
in the open

and here's a ficus tree
and the memory

of you and i
in the riverbed
jumping over things

and nothin'
matters much
but kindness
and nothin'
matters much
but this moment
and nothin'
matters much
but kindness
and nothin'
matters much
but love