Song and Void Vol​.​1

by Richard McGraw

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"The record is a true masterpiece..."
-Performing Songwriter Magazine

"We are nearly halfway through 2006, and
Song and Void is the best album to be released."
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released March 15, 2006

PRODUCER: Zoe B. Zak
RECORDED AND MIXED by Paul Antonell, Clubhouse
MASTERED: Dominick Maita, Airshow Mastering

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Track Name: Butter Hill
Glory to God and all of His children.
I am among the holiest of them.
On Butter Hill

She made me feel that nothing else mattered.
I loved her breast her face and her laughter.
On Butter Hill

I must like to fall because that is all
all that I do for these local girls.
Lord can you help me if I like to fall.

There lies my heart the one I surrendered.
It felt like gold until it all ended.
On Butter Hill

Truth is a light that I could not handle.
With my can of Hamms I started that ritual.
On Butter Hill

I must like to fall because that is all
all that I do, fall after fall.
A beautiful lady a labor to quench me
a God with His mercy I must like to fall.

So glory to God and all of His soldiers
wounded by girl maimed in the suburbs.
On Butter Hill
Track Name: Natasha In High School
When I’m all alone and all the kids are cool
I dream of Natasha in high school.
And all of the blood flows to my head
filled with all the stupid things I said.
I wish she would be mine just one more time.

Dreamt of her last night, called her the next day
hey Natasha do you know my name?
We made out at Seymour’s property
when you drank too much of my 40.

Then there was the kitchen pantries,
panties, flowered lovely for me.

She told me bout her life
there wasn’t much to say
and she’s dating a boy named Beret.
And I hear he wears one on his head
filled with all the stupid things he says.

What about the front lawn bedrooms, assumed
suddenly, wonderfully for me?
What about the basement closed doors, my wars
fought until I was twenty three?

And how could it be that you’d give your virginity
and I would let you go on account of bad chemistry?

So when I lose the wife and all the kids are cool
I dream of Natasha in high school.
And all of the egos and the ids
laugh at all the stupid things I did.
I wish she could be mine just one more time.
Track Name: Find Me Then
Oh dear Lord I’m losing again.
I’m staring at women
I’m wondering when
all my friends will lend their lovers
and start hanging round me again.
When my body needs someone
when I can’t pretend.
Peace, find me then.

Oh dear Lord I’m losing again
these workplace-made fuckers
have worked their way in
to my life, I’ve given my freedom.
Now what life is left for me?
In the love of my country
in the hate of it’s men,
Peace, find me then.

Cause I wandered into a church house
when the voices were calling my name.
Now I’m down on my knees
Yeah but it’s still the same.

Oh dear Lord I’m losing again.
My body is tired so are these plans.
I would like to buy a neck tie
for every dream I cannot defend.
I’d take them out back
and I’d show them their end.
Peace, find me then
Track Name: Death Is Not Peace
Look how you failed in the summer of love.
Take down the poolside you drew to stay cool.
Women are infinite so are my needs.
Death is not peace my friend
death is not peace.

So give thanks to the instincts
that have kept you assured
that something lies waiting
behind those closed doors.
Because the doors they are closing
and you are lying on the floor.
The floor made of tile that
will not support
all your hope born of body
and your faith ill conceived
your triumphs your trinity
your tradition your creed.
Take off your training bra
and what do you see?
A lifetime of labor and no peace.

Death is not peace my friend
Death is not peace.

So give thanks
to your dogmatic tendencies clean.
Give thanks to your
humble-minded innocence scene.
Give thanks to the
mother and the father
who have trained.
I think I see a tunnel
I think I hear a train.
Death is not peace my friend
Death is not peace.
Take off those training wheels
what do you see?
I see a life, I see labor
I see no peace.
Track Name: St. Anthony
Anthony, if you can hear me
I hope that your better
now that the worst of things
came knocking upon you door.
His face was like real estate.
Intending to mold your fate
he got what he came for.

Making out in the 6th grade.
You were so ahead of your time.
I didn’t make out brother
till I was fucking 99.
In the gymnasium
befriending the big girls,
letting the white boys
join in the freestyle.

Alright alright,
goodnight goodnight
Alright alright, goodnight

Now that you’re number one.
Get down on your
graveyard knees.
Cut loose from this
Newburgh scene.
Return to the fragrant trees.
No animal vacancy.
No cheap mediocrity.
No evidence in the sky.
No eyes to see me cry.
Goodnight.
Track Name: To Keep You Safe
If I have to pray to keep you safe,
point to the god tell me his name.
If I have to kill to keep you safe,
point to the man and I will plan his end.

And yes things are simple
you can say that to me
cause the hole in my heart
you can’t see, you can’t see.

Because I must sleep, will you lie with me
burdened by dreams endless they seem.
If I have to die, will you lie with me
in my last bed waiting to feel my end.

Yes things are simple now to that I’d agree
cause the hole in my heart I can’t see
and the hole in my heart
and the hole in my heart
and the hole in my heart
I can’t see, I can’t see.

Through all these hills of evil wills,
hills made of man, man made of fire.
We take our turns and if you get burned
my heart will spill into the arms that kill.

There you will see a man not so different than me
with his cause warm like blood worn like a sleeves.
And the hole in my heart
and the hole in my heart
and the hole in my heart
you will see.
Track Name: The Things That Devils Bring
Jesus told me he loved you.
He told me last night in a dream.
And I said, I love her too
take these degrees away please do.
They lead me to sin, la la la la.

When notions of freedom weigh in
they taunt with the trappings of fame.
They whisper in my ear,
There’s a great man that’s rarely here.
And ain’t that a sin, la la la la.
And the things that devils bring
make the earth and the sky
seem the same.
Make some of us more like them.
Some of us ought to be like them.
Wait too long to be
covered in sin, la la la la.
Track Name: Hopefully
You’ve been without wonder.
You’ve been without mercy.
You’ve seen the temple.
You gave your reasons fully.
You’ve been unsettled
at comfortable dinners.
You felt the sad heart.
You entered the temple fully.
Hopefully.

There is peace in Victor,
good in Jeffery
and John was soilder
let’s bow before him fully.

You loved your mother.
You made a living.
You cleared the table
and tried forgiving fully.
Hopefully, hopefully, hopefully.
Track Name: The Masses And The Craftsmen
So you want to be rock star
but you’re at home with all your needs
in the basement of your mother
keeping quite so she can sleep.

Of all of the dreams one could
choose, there’s one that will place
you on display if you lose.
Find yourself there long-haired, 45,
rockin out the county fair.

So you’re just not that clever, well
there’s much better things to be.
Take what you will from the celler.
There’s nothing there worth selling to

to the masses and the craftsmen
you’ve collected over the years
in worship and fear.
Fear that you’ll find yourself there
long haired, 45 and still
rockin out the county fair.
Track Name: Are You Still
Are you still in love with me?
Is there sweetness in your honesty?
Remember when we were both crazy
and I was willing to travel to be by your side?

Maybe we could be lovers
without touching each other.

When I forget what you look like
you tell me you’re in love with me.
I used to know what that felt like.
Wasn’t that a gift that you gave to me?
And how long will it be till
that feeling comes back around?
And if it’s not found?

Maybe we could be lovers
without touching each other.
Cause you have trained with every loser
and I have lost every battle.

I once prayed to God for you.
Oh the things I do in my misery.
I still write these songs for you.
Is that all that I’ve got left me?
And no I don’t expect much of you
yet your always giving me more,
a postcard in front of my door.

Maybe we could be lovers
without touching each other.
Cause I forget what you look like
and I remember every battle.
Track Name: Navy Blue
Your songs, your life
your room, your right
you’d like to write
in simple retreats.
She teases you
with endless truths,
you see yourself in navy blue.

The sun, the wind, the park,
your coat and your friends
are so refined.
You see yourself in navy blue.
She turns to you
and what’s that you say?
It’s green, it’s gold
it hasn’t been sold
it’s worth, it’s worth
it’s worth I don’t know.
The sun, the wind, the park,
my friends and my coat
are unrefined

How can that be?
Track Name: The Many
Are you asleep my little baby?
I am miserable like all the many.
I have tried their humble comforts
they leave me so blind and empty.
And in the middle of the night
the questions rise aplenty.

This is how I’m going to die
in a field of daisies.
This is how I’m going to die
in a bedroom all alone.
This is how I’m going to die
amongst my friends and family.
This is how I’m going to die
on my own.

I once slept like all the many
with my pillow tightly sown.
And my supernatural family
they would tell me I was wrong.
And in the middle of the night
I would not feel so alone.
This is how I’m going to die
in a field of daisies.
This is how I’m going to die
in a bedroom on my own.
This is how I’m going to die
amongst my friends and family.
This is how I’m going to die
on my own.
When I left that crooked family
I was left in outer space.
Staring at my hometown planet
without me without a trace.
And in that middle of the night
I felt a horrible place.

This is how I’m going to die
in a field of daisies.
This is how I’m going to die
in a bedroom without God.
This is how I’m going to die
amongst my friends and family.
This is how I’m going to die
on my own.
Track Name: Where Men Go
SOON YOU’LL SEE WHERE MEN GO.

SO FIND YOUR SUIT OF GREY.

PLACE IT ON THE BODY BORN WITHOUT A SAY.

HOPE WILL RUN. LUCK WILL RUN.

SO WHERE THEN WILL YOU STAY.

YOU CAN STAY WITH ME THE OLD ENEMY,

NOTHING WILL SAY.

FEARS YOU’VE TRIED TO FIGHT AND OR HIDE

WITH KNIVES LIKE “I DON’T KNOW”.

THEY ALIGN SINGLE FILE,

WITHOUT DENIAL OF WHERE MEN GO.