An Opening

by Minor Moon

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released February 8, 2019

An Opening was performed by Minor Moon:
Sam Cantor - vocals, guitar, synthesizer
Michael Downing - vocals, bass
Colin Drozdoff - Wurlitzer, Hammond organ, piano
Nathan Bojko - drum kit, glockenspiel
with additional performances by:
Luke Otwell - lap steel guitar (all tracks)
Izzy Olive - vocals (tracks 1, 4, 10)
Alex Blomarz - baritone and tenor saxophones (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10)
Josh Torrey - trombone (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10)
Drew Hansen - trumpet (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10)
Horns arranged by Colin Drozdoff and Sam Cantor.

All songs written and produced by Sam Cantor.

Recorded in Chicago, IL at Jamdek and Decade Music Studios by Dave Vettraino, at Pieholden Suite Sound by Matt DeWine and at Wall of Sound by Luke Otwell. Additional recording by Sam Cantor and Michael Downing at home.

Mixed by Dave Vettraino and Sam Cantor at Public House Sound Recordings. Mastered by Michael Downing.

Album artwork by Irina and Irina and Silviu Székely.
Design and layout by Serena Wagner.

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Track Name: Hold Me Up (Liar)
Hold me up and
Pour me out
Watch the molten core
Overflowing to the ground
There’s so much to betray
As I cascade on down
But you’ll see the light
Dance round the cave
For a moment before the sound

So hold me up

We felt the quiet of that ancient tide
Where the great pool that divides us
Never takes a side

You’re a liar
You’re gonna leave this place
I’ll still long for your reflection
I’m gonna miss you, babe

Deep and buried and on a sunlit day
We unearthed them, tools forgotten
Found a shine in their decay

You’re a liar
You’re gonna leave this place
I’ll return to this impression
I’m gonna miss you, babe

You’re a liar

In the garden of our own design
We grew restive, started singing
Just to pass the time

You’re a liar
You’re gonna leave this place
I’ll still hope for restoration
I’m gonna miss you, babe


You’re a liar
Track Name: Sacrificial Animal
In a quiet place
As a sacrificial animal
And I hope to god
My commitment's not intractable
I'm feeling delicate
At the face of the all-powerful
I'd try to make it stop
But right now I feel so distractible

The way out
Is back in
The way out
Is back in

Another violent dream
It's become a nightly ritual
From by bed to the kitchen
Where the honey's gone, the milk is spoiled
I'm feeling impotent
Disgusted but insatiable
And I want it to stop
But I fear that I'm incapable

The way out
Is back in
The way out
Is back in

Maybe I feel betrayed
By the holy and the profane
Both will burn me out either way
Sunrise, sunset

In a familiar place
I am offered like an animal
And I want it to stop
I think that's understandable
Track Name: In The Park
Oh love, oh love
We’re only in the park for a little while

Oh love, oh love
You know it’s getting dark in a little while

Oh love, oh love
We’re only in the park for a little while

Oh love, oh love
we’re only bearing the mark for a little while

We’re only in the park for a little while
Track Name: Out Into Where You Are
It’s not just a feeling
It’s more like a dance
On the nights you come to meet me

You can pour it on so strong, babe
So I keep a little light on
Just in case you’d come to take me
There…

Out into where you are

I could pull you from the shadows
No, it’s just in my mind
But I know I can’t control you

But you’ll slip through my fingers
When they buzz ‘round the blue glow
Just know I still long to feel you
There…

Out into where you are
Track Name: When You Notice (A Little Light)
Sleepless in your room
You can see it
There’s a little light
The silence they outgrew
Boots marching, flying
Land and sea and sky

On screen and in the street
“Please share your purpose”
The hand is in plain sight
In your darkest hour
That’s when you notice
There’s a little light

Wake up, honey
Wake up, it’s alright
Wake up, let your
Dreams all subside

They came into your room
Forewarned, you’re ready
There’s a little light
The sound is deafening
Your hand is steady
There’s a little light

Wake up, honey
Wake up, it’s alright
Wake up, let your
Dreams all subside
Track Name: It's Okay
Feeling important on a busy street
Like a protagonist from good TV
Picturing myself on a shiny screen
Fellow pedestrians do you think like me?

And now I’m feeling hungry at the grocery
Humming along to the top 40
Each package whispers, shouts and screams
And the savvy ones enter my dreams

And then I’m thumbing my phone in the checkout line
I'm not thinking about death not thinking about time

It’s okay

And now I’m walking through the hectic parking lot
Sunlit, was there anything that I forgot?
I see a couple of guys, they're eyeing my spot
In scarcity our peace just rots

And then I’m thumbing my phone before I start to drive
Taking up space without even trying
Don’t be mad, man, we’re all going to survive
Oh, but now you got me thinking about death and wasted time

It’s okay
I’m okay

And the pictures always seem to lie
On the screen, in the street and in my mind
And I’m mad cause I just want to feel alive
I've had more than enough of this sticky shine
Track Name: New Blood (Dark, Dark, Dark)
Bits of styrofoam are littered on the floor
By the box that walked itself through our front door
Automatic operations keep the score
But I still count the choices you choose to ignore

And here on the ground they’ve laid
I see the dark, dark, dark
Foreboding music plays
It’s all pretty stark, pretty stark

A few more shiny scenes of violence for the road
In the golden age of eyeballs bought and sold
I know it’s late but can we please watch just one more?
I think I crave this content just to keep that blue light on

And here on the ground they’ve laid
I see the dark, dark, dark
Foreboding music plays
It’s all pretty stark, pretty stark
I guess nuance is out these days
And it’s just the start
Embedded in spooky haze
I see the dark, dark, the dark

I took the car out to the suburbs for a show
I was playing a birthday party for a precocious three-year-old
Oblivion, take notice! You won’t ever know
The sheer consequence of inheriting this world

And here on the ground we’ve laid
I see the dark, dark, dark, dark
The color the music makes
Is breaking my heart, my heart
And new blood surrounds us babe
And it’s just the start
Welcome to this spooky maze
Where I see the dark
Track Name: I've Known You For A While
You stared like I was a ghost of me
Unholy, out of time
Embedded in your strained belief
Does it even cross your mind?
I can’t say goodbye

And I’ve known you for a while
Known you for a while now
Wild strange new words until the morning
New words until the morning now

And then I had the strength to speak
Unfrozen, I took my time
It’s the best you could expect from me
Still I won’t change your mind
But I can’t say goodbye

Silent in truth and denial
In truth and denial, now
Sighed retorts stick in the doorway
They get stuck in the doorway, now
And I’ve known you for a while
Known you for a while now

So spare us both the feigned relief
Oh please, we’ve still got time
To wake up from this deafening dream
I’ll take yours if you take mine
I won’t say goodbye
Track Name: The Mark
Here is where it starts
In a mirror scrawled and scarred
By a highway bathroom stall
It’s late
You can set upon the stars
But a year before you’d start
Your aching sides revealed
Your fate

And I’m hearing how you led
But I’m faltering beside the tread
My wheels are worn my blood
On the drain
A gift and a hex
Both are given with intent
But this is just something they
Failed to chain

And the fear in your heart
Was over by the morning
The coffee keeps the curse at bay
But the mark it made was sick
It came without warning
You’ve been handed down your debt to pay

I can feel it start to drift
Beyond my heavy lids
So I let the wind in as Kidsmoke plays
And we who bear the mark
Will be driving through the dark
Beneath a moon that won’t return our gaze

And the fear in your heart
Was over by the morning
The coffee keeps the curse at bay
But the mark it made was sick
It’ll surely be returning
You’ve been handed down your debt to pay
Track Name: An Opening (Parting Song)
All around this holy sand
Is the sound of a battered land
Reeling back like a rubber band
From a tireless and cold demand

And there’s an opening
At the faultlines in this dream
This is a parting song I’ll sing again

And the fear crumples you
Into a shape opaque, obtuse
You can roll blindly into the noose
Or unwind, wild, wide-eyed and choose

An opening
At the faultlines in this dream
This is a parting song I’ll sing again

As I thumb some weathered stone
Shaped smooth in the crashing foam
I feel god in its formless home
In the thrust of this molten shore

And there’s an opening
At the faultlines in this dream
This is a parting song I’ll sing again

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