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Broken Shadows - The Fuchsia Dell and Other Tales

by Darren Johnston

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1.
I always knew this day would come. You’re harmless now, i forgive you some. It’s not about who lost, who won. But I always knew this day would come. I see you there across the room. it’s cool, no sweat, and I’m leaving soon. Just gotta play through one more tune, and I see you there across the room. How to fall and when to grow and when to melt and when to go, How to fall and when to grow and when to melt and when to go. Lines got drawn so long ago like fading tracks under fresh new snow or things you’d think by now I’d know. Those lines were drawn so long ago. So we sing and play for better times we had our laughs, we drank our wine but I knew back then your dreams weren’t mine. So now we sing and play for better times. How to fall and when to grow and when to melt and when to go, How to fall and when to grow and when to melt and when to go. I’d never ever wish you harm but I hardly ever miss your arms. Still, seeing you set off alarms and I'd never ever wish you harm. Feels good to get back on the street, my lucky coat to bring me heat, but what I’m feeling, it ain’t relief…. How to fall and when to grow and when to melt and when to go, How to fall and when to grow and when to melt and when to go, nothing lasts is what I know.
2.
You know that future’s miles away we got miles to go today And if I get lost And I’d rather be lost with you And it’s a long road ‘til we get there. Seems like we’ve got forever And if I spend that time I’d rather spend it with you. Take my hand Take my hand And we’ll ride across this land. I believe that we don’t gotta be lonely. Take my hand Take my hand And we’ll ride across this land. I believe you could be my one and only. You know I’ve been let down before Some walked out and some slammed the door But if I get hurt I’d rather be hurt by you. Or maybe all will work out fine we’ll spend our days, your hand in mine, if I’m going to believe, I’d rather believe in you. Take my hand Take my hand And we’ll ride across this land. I believe that we don’t gotta be lonely. Take my hand Take my hand And we’ll ride across this land. I believe you could be my one and only. We mostly never reach our dreams. We’re more a tragic mess, it seems But when I fall I’d rather fall with you. And when it all comes to an end And I look back and I count my friends If there’s only one I’d rather count just you. Take my hand Take my hand And we’ll ride across this land. I believe that we don’t gotta be lonely. Take my hand Take my hand And we’ll ride across this land. I believe you could be my one and only.
3.
Farewell my dear, dear friend now that this chapter’s ended we held on ’til the end our happiness suspended we never got that far and Lord knows where you are but you did right by me. We have our darker sides You never tried to hide it for too long we denied our love was just one-sided but it was worth a try for you I would have died and you did right by me. We can’t control our hearts lost mine that day we parted but I hope you find that spark now that you’re life’s restarted we may not meet again but it would be as friends ‘cause you did right by me and Lord knows where it went but it was time well spent ‘cause you did right by me.
4.
Brittle Snow 05:17
1. The long way home some years ago in some small town in the falling snow The bus rolled out as I sat down we seemed to glide down the street somehow and night became the morning the brittle snow still falling I could’ve just kept rolling on 2. She took a seat right next to me sized me up and began to speak ‘bout freedom lost and freedom found and how everything depended on her leaving town she told me all her stories she was abused and lonely but on a search for glory 3. She said to me it’s worth a try we’ll seize the day then we’ll let it fly And what’s to lose? is much at stake? we’ll reach the ocean by tomorrow then we’ll find our place And night became the morning The brittle snow still falling I could have just kept rolling
5.
The time of our lives was sold to the man who had dirt on his shoes and a stain on his corduroy sleeve and the last thing she said was “I should have given another my dreams” then I watched her roll slowly away. La da dee, la da day that’s the way it should be La da dee I know that time is the healer La da dee, la da d’I know that I’ll be alright when the road it starts calling my name.
6.
Stay 04:32
I know there’s times it seems you’ll never heal. You need someone to watch your back, instead they rob and steal your dreams away and I too have known those days. You’re so far gone I’m not sure if you can hear me I’m trying to catch your eye to let you know that I see you clearly from across the way and I too have known those days The traffic’s bad and folks are rude and no one ever smiles at you and all those lies you thought were true ‘least now you know…. The sky just might be brighter than you think I know it seems you’re all alone and now’s the time to drink your fears away I know you know I’ve known those days Just trying to let you know you’re not alone I’ll help you make it through the day and always walk you home so please just stay and I too have known those days
7.
Letting Go 05:47
Across a blood-shot city sky I know, I know, I know, I know It’s time to finally let it go The cars are pearls of chrome and light As this old town prepares for night And I know, I know, I know, I know It’s time to finally let it go 2. The fog rolls in, it’s extra cold I try to keep from feeling old I know, I know, I know, I know It’s time to finally let it go But it sounded like a symphony When you said we were meant to be Now I know, I know, I know, I know It’s time to finally let it go 3. and now we all come stumbling in we’re drinking wine, we’re drinking gin and we know, we know, we know, we know it’s time to finally let it go. So now raise your glasses to your lips ‘cause we’ve still got time to find it yet then we’ll know, we’ll know, we’ll know, we’ll know we finally learned to let it go.
8.
Victory Day 05:12
When we won the day it was a beautiful day. Freedom Finally a victory day - a break from the old ways. ‘Course those who'd want it, well they’ll tell us just what we want them to say, reaching for shadows again. And the people rush to step in line and play the favorite game and the deeper souls on different sides remember all the names and a city burns while back at home we look the other way and we say how in the future we will sing on Victory Day. Once I saw a face it was a beautiful face. Peaceful, drifting in spite of the day found freedom anyway. And how the people at the gate wept oh how they shouted and prayed reaching for something like rage. And the people rush to step in line and play the favorite game and the deeper souls on different sides remember all the names and a city burns while back at home we look the other way and we say how in the future we will sing on Victory Day.
9.
When you sold me out, and I left that day All I could think about, was I didn’t know why You Turned me in that way, I never harmed you in any little old way, But I got away.   Made it to the West, by the Bay Sometimes I think about, think about those old days Old Choices that were made No looking back now or wondering what if I’d stayed ‘cause we all know what they say   Everything will be okay I just never thought you’d be that way You’re the one who said to set it all free You’re the one who never cared about me But I know   Every little thing, will be okay I just never thought we’d end this way You’re the one who showed me what I can give You’re the reason I live.
10.
Fucshia Dell 05:18
On the day of your parting I ride to the park To the Fuchsia Dell I play you a song The one you left behind From a bench I know And I play to the trees But my horn, it won’t ring Not like it ought to I feel hazy and numb like I can’t be undone. Not like I used to. Spots of blue And a splash of grey And the birds are all singing your name. For today for today for today!
The birds are all singing your name. Now you’ve passed through the pain You let go and gone home Just like you ought to And we’ll gather the pieces The ones you left behind Because we loved you and the drops of a wave will return to the ocean to be where they belong and I think a bit more about waves and of shores. It’s how we carry on. Spots of blue And a splash of grey And the birds are all singing your name. For today for today for today!
The birds are all singing your name.

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released June 26, 2016

All songs by Darren Johnston

featuring
Darren Johnston - trumpet, vocals
Mathew Szemela - violin, vocals
Dave Macnab - electric guitar
John Finkbeiner - electric guitar
Ila Cantor - electric guitar
Dan Cantrell - accordion
David Phillips - pedal-steel guitar
Morgan Nilsen - clarinet
Doug Stuart - upright bass
Jordan Glenn - drums
Hamir Atwal - drums
Briget Boyle - vocals
Tiffany Austin - vocals

recorded and mastered by Myles Boisen
mixed by Todd Sickafoose

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Darren Johnston Brooklyn, New York

My musical interests rotate mostly around playing lots and lots of trumpet, composing instrumental music, writing and singing songs, and performing all styles of jazz, chamber music, experimental and purely improvised music, as well as traditional music of the Balkans, Greece, and Macedonia.

After 21 years in San Francisco, I'm now mostly living in Brooklyn, but have horn and will travel....
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