Sun Moon Lake

by Remington Cox

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Self recorded in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas and in the mountains of Nevada City.

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released December 10, 2016

Recorded and Mixed by Remington Cox
Mastered by Dominic Tassinari
Album Art by Greg Skiano

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Remington Cox Coloma, California

Multi instrumentalist Remington Cox travels to West Africa to learn how to play the kora. He returns to his shack on the American River with the harp he helped build. He goes into the woods alone with a microphone. He emerges with these songs.

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Track Name: Michela And I
it's morning
in Milano
you are
every silhouette of the gothic spires
Olivier says I can spend the night
I feel closer to you
in a stranger's room

now your floating
off the southern coast
the water is warm
and turquoise blue
Adnan he's my yogi
we smile at our toes
in sand-less San Francisco

we'll hide out
like ancient druids till we find out
why I find solace in slogans on ruins
now

Michela and I
have just one thing on our minds
tonight

these thoughts come in swirling
in a cyclical mire
they leave circular stains
on a glass meant for wine
and they don't go away
for a couple of days
I let them sit out
and slowly decay
oxidation arrives
like a thief in the night
but I can not taste the change
my tongue is so unrefined

we'll hide out
like ancient druids till we find out
why I find solace in slogans on ruins
now

Michela and I
have just one thing on our minds
tonight
Track Name: St. Mary's Glacier
blinded on the roadside again
from Golden to Boulder I fled
my crooked thumb caught dead in the wind
you said that friends is friends
and that's all we've ever been

I followed you wherever you go
from Florence to Mexico
Madison to Colorado
I used to go but baby I can't go no more
go

I stood before a mountain
frozen in time
a perpetual wave
of stillness
winter is over
and I feel fine

but still
it snows it melts it freezes
it snows it melts it freezes
it snows it melts it freezes
it snows it melts it freezes
it snows it melts it freezes again

our love
it snows it melts it freezes
it snows it melts it freezes
it snows it melts it freezes
it snows it melts it freezes
it snows it melts it freezes again

cotton tails and swallows
rocking chairs empty bottles
I love you
but now I'm traveling on

cotton tails and swallows
rocking chairs and empty bottles
I'll sing my song in the spring time sun
and with the snow you'll melt and my troubles will be done
with the snow you'll melt and my troubles will be done
Track Name: Toes In The Water
there's no time but the present
and our hearts are all ours
we could swim in the river
or make love
under the stars

toes in the water

a caustic shimmer on translucent leaves
retune my eyes
to see the glow
behind all that we know

I'll draw you a map
so when I don't come back
you'll know where to go
to find me

I live in a house with no walls
no doors to lock
and the Hill Nisenan gave me mugwort
to dream of a river
in it I'm weightless
both ancient
and newly born

oh caustic shimmer on translucent leaves
retune my eyes
to see the glow
behind all that we know

follow your map
so when I don't come back
you'll know where to go

toes in the water
Track Name: The Bear Hunter
red dusty dirt
inside my lungs
buzzard bludgeoned
sky above
beneath the cashew tree
Sanjally says to me
speak less than you listen
these lessons were given to me from my father
gone but not forgotten

meanwhile heads
peek
between the cracks
in the cinderblock and scrap metal fence
there's a toubab in Kembujeh
sent village life to disarray
disarray

but child you shine so bright
with your dirty feet and kaleidoscope smile
how I wish
I could steal just
a bit of your magic
and see the world
with innocent eyes

but oh Africa
won't let me forget
this life is a gift
but we don't get to keep it

how's the view
up in Katmandu
I hope your antimalarials are
treating you better
because every night here is a
lariam terror
where I try to outrun
your lover

the bear hunter

berries and blood
matted in my fur
I was the last of my kind
free in the wild

oh Africa
won't let me forget
this life is a gift
but we don't get to keep it

one day when our
disparate tributaries
align
we will meet again
on the shores of time
and we'll float together
into the unknowable ocean
I have seen the way
and I
am
unafraid
Track Name: A White Out
I saw your face
in a sand cloud
a mile high
you devoured me whole
and into a strange new world

with
nothing behind me
nothing ahead
and nothing beside me
only inside

oh desert spirit
lead me to water
or some kind of shelter
in a city
built to burn

oh in the Black Rock Desert
alkali dust in my eyes
oh I can see
eternity
oh the ashes hold
shapes of our destiny
the stuff we were made
to be
to burn

to burn

on the dust white tiger I
rode in on
I am luminous
she gives me courage
I laid by your side
for the last time and
into the deep night
I said goodbye
goodbye

oh I finally know
what it is
to burn

on the dust white tiger I
rode in on
I am luminous
she gives me courage
we tried to catch the sun
but time waits for no one
and we lost our way
smoke and neon skyline
I laid by your side
for the last time and
into the deep night
I said goodbye
goodbye

I wrote your name
on the temple wall
and when the fire came
all the pain was gone

and it's
a white out
a white out
a white out
Track Name: Golden Eternity
Robin
we could hold in our hands
the same stuff
in God's hands
if we're unafraid
to taste the fruit
in the garden
dissolve it
on the tip
of my tongue
it's all coming undone
this tidy little fiction
I
memorized
to remind myself
I'm just decomposable matter

I will climb
up this mountain
I'll go deep
in these woods
I will retrace
this river
to get back to you

you're my
guardian angel
my self-same well
my hallelujah
my midnight bell

oh

when I came around
the sun was coming up over Stockholm
Lilly I'm sorry
I woke you up
throw down
your keys
to me
go back to sleep
it's been a crazy night
felt like
oblivion
without a flashlight
or the bottom
of the ocean
on a single
breath of air
an astronaut
watching my spaceship
disappear

cellophane mermaids
translucent and blue
commune me to the shoreline
trickling fire
I stood
at the foot
of your shrine
trembling
you burned
in my eyes
meaning
now that you know
the truth
what will you do?
will you crumble
under the burden
of a culture
you inherited
or will you
barrel headfirst

into the golden eternity