Past Present Future

by Kate Schell

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released March 8, 2019

Recorded, mixed, and additional production by Mat Lejeune at Chicago Recording Company

Produced and arranged by Stefan Clark

Piano and Rhodes recorded at IV Lab Studios. Vocals recorded at The Vault at KMA. Mixed at Chicago Recording Co. and V.S.O.P. studios, Chicago

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Track Name: Darkroom
The village is quiet tonight
Sing soft and sweet a lullaby to rest the children’s eyes
Fruits in season and flowers are bright
The village is quiet tonight

We had fields and valleys
I had a man who loved me
I understood the things around me
As things of beauty

I heard his horse running from miles away
I saw his son chasing behind him as if he would stay
And right then I could see the people gather ‘round
This child they were shinin’ their lights on

We had fields and valleys
I had a man who loved me
I understood the things around me
As things of beauty

We hide away in the boxes of a basement
As undeveloped film

I’ll climb up the ladder to my dark room
My dark room attic
Track Name: While I'm Away
While I’m away may you think of the place
Where the sky meets the lake upside down
Where the river is bent, and the water has sent
Us through fields upon fields where I’ve found

I could never be done loving you
I could never be done loving you
I could never be done loving you dear


While I’m away may you think of the day
When you held me beside the fire
You felt the same but here somehow I changed
And I knew you had filled me with life

I could never be done loving you
I could never be done loving you
I could never be done loving you, dear

The road is long. The night is cold
I hear it all when I’m alone
Whether I rise, whether I wake
I’m taking the step you told me to take

The garden is dry. The water is low
The day may be dim, but there is light still
The flowers can still turn to us still (You can still turn to us)

The light may be dim
The air is so still
I hear you still
I see you still

It’s all around me
All around me
All around me still
Track Name: Shoeboxes
I am opening gates up to a property I once knew
I knew it well when I knew you needed me too.
Pull back the curtains, I’m cutting all of it open
My heart’s been knocking my hard-earned memories down

Shoo bah Shoo bah Shoe boxes filled with tickets
Shoo bah Shoo bah Shoe boxes filled with letters from you
Shoo bah Shoo bah Shoe boxes filled with tickets
From my dearest, dearest friend

Break down, break free let it all go
Ghosts never learn to die
I’ll take the good ones even though they still
Make me wanna cry
I feel it all rush in
I’m reaching in
And waving goodbye

Shoo bah Shoo bah shoeboxes filled with tickets
Shoo bah Shoo bah shoeboxes filled with letters from you
Shoo bah Shoo bah shoeboxes filled with tickets
From my dearest, dearest friend

We were like kids with playground crowns
We raced down hills, my heart was bound
The sun never set, the sun never rose
When we were alone the calendar froze
Track Name: Stay for Good
We’ll find a way out
We’re chasers of the light, we just got lost in a storm
We’re pickin’ up fast and letting it go
We’re not alone anymore
It’s a new day. We’re free of our mistakes
I’ll keep you safe in this place

Dream, Dream, Dream

My sweet friend, I hope you come back again
And stay for good
I’m on your side. You know I’ve always been
I hope you stay for good.

You kissed me away.
I watched you take a step down from my place.
I watched you walk away (I don’t blame you)
I would have done the same

You went away to play all around the world
You’ve been so far away
I was barely awake when I let you go
I wish it didn’t end that way

Dream, Dream, Dream

My sweet friend, I hope you come back again
And stay for good.
I’m on your side. You know I’ve always been
I hope you stay for good

Dream in the night
Talk a little to me in the night
All the bad has turned to rust
And there’s so much good in both of us and we’ll
Dream, dream, dream

Stay a little longer in the night
Maybe we’ll remember what it’s like
To open up our eyes to see
There’s nothing left to run from and we’ll
Dream, dream, dream
Track Name: Salt
Give me white light
Make it shine, make me see, give me truth
What really happened
Could it fit behind a blink from my eyes when I cry?
Make me see what’s really happening

Tell me the truth
I wanna know you
Tell me the truth
I wanna know you

It circles around my mind
Turn it off. Make it stop. Wake me up.
Make me see why you’re turnin’
If I could never see
I can’t care, I can’t stare, I can’t learn
If I did wrong

Tell me the truth.
I wanna know you.

Make it hurt. Make me learn.
Make me change. Make it rain
Salt to the wound

Make it hurt. Make me learn.
Make me change. Make it rain
Salt to the wound

It’s the hardest thing you’ll ever have to say
But I’d rather know than live this way
It’s the hardest thing I’ll ever have to take
But I’d rather know than feel this way.

Tell me the truth. I wanna know you.
Track Name: Sound the Bells
There is a boy who’s been living in my head
He offers me water from a well
And from the mouth of the well he rolled away the stone
And my father has offered him a place to stay

Sound, sound, sound the bells
I’m going to choose you.

Seven years go by and he’s working away
My father deceived him, and I still have to wait
My mind is running with my heart
And it aches and it aches to think that you are
Made up in my head
Made up in my head
Made up in my head

Sound, sound, sound the bells
I’m going to choose you
Sound, sound, sound the bells
I’m going to choose you

I wanna know your name
I wanna know, I need to know
The choices you’ve made
I wanna see your face
I wanna see, I need to see
If you are afraid

I wanna hear your voice
I wanna hear, I need to hear
If it shakes

I wanna take your hand
I wanna walk away

Sound the bells
I’m going to choose you.
Track Name: Never Let Go
I’ve got something to say, I’ve never told you
Hold on love
I am the ghost that walks in the daylight
And I can’t see

Make me remember, make me believe
That I had something to live for
Something to keep

I’ll never let go

Blind to the way you left me
Blind to the memory
Left with the music box that you gave me
I’m winding back the years

I start to hear you when it plays
I start to see you when it plays

I’ll never let go

Flip the lock
Turn it back to a time we were together
Turn the key, wind it up
It’ll make me remember

Let it play. Let it fade until I am better
Spin away, spin around little ballerina
I’ll never let go. Make me remember. Make me believe
Track Name: Wait
Deep in the mourning still in a rage
I’m still here in the same state
I’m a little bit shy, a little afraid
To love you back the same

Hold up, I need a little time to think
I know that I can try
Try to do better than you think I could
You gotta give me a little time

Wait here for me
Wait for me

I’ve got a few things left to take care of
I got a good thing going on
Got a year and a couple of days
I don’t drink. A good thing’s going on.
Nothing about me is the same
Now I can look up not ashamed
Though he hurt me in a way I can’t say
I’m better off this way

Wait here for me
Wait for me

I’m almost out of the dark
I don’t see his face
I’m looking over my shoulder
I don’t see his face

Wait here for me
Wait for me
Track Name: Free to Love
In the light of a setting sun
Do you remember when we were young?
We had nothin’ to give, nothin’ to take
Nothin’ to lose, nothin’ to fake

We were free. We were loved
We were free to love.

In the light of the moon we’d sleep
On a silver circled dream
For a nickel or dime, we’d wake up to see
We had ships to sail, we were pullin’ teeth

We were free. We were loved.
We were free to love.

What I would give to go back
What I would give to walk away
Take a good look around you when the day breaks

If I could take it all back
If I could take it all away
Would we be standing in the same place?

I wanna see you again
Don’t wanna hold back what could’ve been
I wanna tell you I was so wrong to let you go

And when we hate to remember
We chose to forget
I wanna know if you can recall this
Tell me now where do you stand?

Would you walk away
Would you walk away
Would you walk away

We were free
Track Name: You and Your Shadow
Gather up, gather ‘round
Let us all hear how your mind sounds
Maybe we’ll think your sane
Maybe we’ll keep you safe

Why do you keep so quiet?
Everyone here is insane
You’re better of talking about it
‘Cause everyone here feels your pain
Everyone here feels the same

We’ll run away with you and your shadow
Run away with you and your truth

Where medicated minds all think alike
Where white walls hold us in
We eat, sleep, breathe, all talk the same
Even the unholy try to pray

Someday soon we’ll get outa this
This always surreal fuckin’ fog
You’ll take your head up off your hands
And you’ll learn to look up
You’re gonna learn to look up

We’ll run away with you and your shadow
Run away with you and your truth

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