Seen and Unseen

by John Goraj

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1.
Horse and Home (free) 06:48
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
2.
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
3.
Rushing 04:44
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…
4.
Grape Juice 06:41
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
5.
Vanquish 06:31
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
6.
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
7.
Hope 01:53
8.
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
9.
Bravery 02:11
10.
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
11.
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
12.
Prisms 05:08
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

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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 March 13, 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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John Goraj Tucson, Arizona

John Goraj is a American songwriter. Goraj draws inspiration from a deep and diverse well of philosophy, ecology and western landscapes on this new work. "The Patience of Glaciers" is an allusion-filled rumination on growing up in South Dakota, marriage, the birth of his son and the intersection of religious mysticism and natural history. ... more

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