Edge of Today

by Atom Orr

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1.
Here I go into the mystery I know I walk on the edge of today Too late, too soon to go From whispers that come to speak Smiles come tears to cheek From dreams that I disappear Set the birds free from your eyes Born of dust, water, and light I need you here, here in my hand We’ll walk to the edge of today Feel the ground move beneath your feet And your soul Madness is the closest truth that we will ever know The yellow moon’s rising The days light is dying What I thought would never leave disappears Rest your head for the new day rise Gold celestial sky that leads you here Here in my hand We’ll walk to the edge of today When the mind chooses to survive rather than understand The “Nevermore” of a woman and her man The midnight bells are ringing The nightingales are singing Way up top of the calling pine Our hearts will know the way
2.
There was a time when I was young And running free, free and wild Like a Summer breeze, until I was told to come inside It was getting dark, too dark to see They used to say you can live your dreams Both free and wild, but true words are like rare birds Dreams beyond your sight, don’t look away When no one else believes When it’s getting dark, too dark to see You’ve got to free yourself I found true love when I was old Still free and wild But my Love felt, that love was a trap Instead of a fair wind blowing at her back Lifting up above, up above the grey Beyond the pale and the fray She had to free herself When it’s time to leave this body behind With nothing left to find But the Summer breeze of my memory Of our memories I had to free myself You have to free yourself
3.
Grey skies rolling in the morning light Cool wet air still hanging on The silence is only broken from the waking birds song And my slow shifting walk down the hallway Still echoes from the night’s dream I had Blurry visions of what I thought to be true You would be normally making your ginger tea right now But the remains are only the space of you It will be alright The overcast skies will change Like the shadows moved by the light To a brighter day Lately I don’t know where I’m going to If I am truthful, I don’t think I ever really knew I would just write my life story in my head And in my heart, I would tell myself it was true We’ve got to reach out and take hold of our lives Life is but a day, make the world what we want to see Even if it is just a few steps, leaving no regrets Only the strong can trust going on to where they want to be It will be alright The overcast skies will change Like the shadows moved by the light To a brighter day
4.
I still am alive, my scars have nothing to hide My arms are still open wide, from proof of life Leave everything you were and come to me As everything you are Cast aside your doubts of living Throw away your fear of the open heart I am still alive, I have the pain that’s deep inside The falling rain that clears my eyes, with proof of life Wind falls still to the soul that’s heavy Run with me in the bright green grass of our minds One step away is one step closer to me A wide awake dream that disappears in the night Love and Hate, bound to an endless star Fingering you in the front seat of your car The light of the stars shine in your teary eyes With proof of life, proof of life I still am alive, the magic of gain and loss Giving all your love at all cost from proof of life
5.
There was a chance, there was a hope There was dream that went up in smoke There was a time when it was possible But it’s nothing but wind on the water Lies that tell the truth, are the lies we tell ourselves The dangerous path we take can get us lost in the forest we make Leaving us a chance of a ghost We say we’re busy, we say we’re tired Every opportunity we throw in the fire There was a time when we would have done anything But now it’s nothing but wind on the water Make love to me, take love from me If you don’t let me in your heart There will be nothing to hold on to Just nothing but a chance of a ghost
6.
Looking up to the ceiling in my bed Replaying everything done and said Like a bird flying in the sky Doesn’t know nothing underneath him or why Just the air in his wings and hunger in his heart It is not how much you are wanting to know But the distance you are willing to go Fly away, far away to the penetrating view There’s nothing I can say that will give us a new day Of making shadows on the ground of me and you Running around in your Summer dress Taking all what comes despite the rest A simple life you dare to try Leaving the fire and the fury of us behind With your wheels running down the miles Your smile has even the mountains beguiled It is not how much you let your feelings show It is the distance you are willing to go Fly away, far away to the penetrating view There’s nothing I can say that will give us a new day to leave imprints on the grass of me and you There are still stains and immortal remains on your Summer dress We go to the wonder, into the mystery we lay I built my life around a bird that flew away No matter…doing crazy things for love is always the right thing to do
7.
Some may say I’m your lover And your friends call me your “other” You might be holding another man’s hand Even wearing a gold wedding band But when I see you, I am your lover man When I look in your eyes You are still holding my hand Your man, before all others Born from desire we cross the line Straight into the fire and into our time On the thin ice we will be skating Forbidden love, our hearts will be breaking But when I see you, I am your lover man When I look in your eyes You are still holding my hand Your man, before all others My darling one, my Starling flung Through the circling sun the restless river runs Going where it must go, down into the rabbit hole When “over” never has an end Even now that you tell me that we are just friends When you turn that corner And you dare not look back You still feel my mouth on your neck and my hand on your… ‘Cause when you see me, I am your lover man When you look in my eyes I am still holding your hand You’re mine, before all others
8.
The Feeling 04:02
Feel the feeling I am reeling so Thunderclaps and lightning won’t ever go Crystalline mornings, love without warning My own Beyond the sunset, as far as we can get Back to Us, back to our home Making love and making reasons to go Falling Sparrows, our river narrows through the snow The Desert’s Milky Way, motel love getaway Our own We are the gravity, falling insanity We can get back to Us, back to our home ‘Cause home is holding your hand Only your eyes can understand What the heart already knows Love Feel the feeling I am reeling so Like the deepest ocean we will know Come to me my dearest love We’ll find the midday sun and midnight is our time Crystalline mornings, love without warning My own Beyond the sunset, as far as we can get Back to Us, back to our home ‘Cause home is holding your hand Only your eyes can understand What the heart already knows Love
9.
Without Fear 03:33
Sorrow is just an empty glass waiting to be filled Like the tall grass touching my face lying in the field The sky isn’t falling it is I that’s floating away Echos of the past ruminate like Death on a sunny day Love without fear Love without hope that it will be returned to our hearts Love without conditions Love without admitting that we don’t deserve it The devils are here to rip away the lies So the angel’s truth can open our eyes Feel what you felt and see what you saw From a great height we will fall Immortal knowledge, mortal forgetting To be more than what you’ve begun Singing like a bird through the night Only to vanish with the rising sun Love without fear Love without hope that it will be returned to our hearts Love without conditions Love without admitting that we don’t deserve it Love without fear

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released July 25, 2021

Christopher Hoffee - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Piano, Song-writer
Matt Lynott - Drums
Molly Thomas - String Arrangement, Violin, Viola, and Cello
Martin Seiler - Woodwind and Horn Arrangement, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, and Tenor Sax
Ben Zinn - Pedal Steel on "The Penetrating View"
Carissa Lynn Renner - Backing Vocal on "Without Fear"

Christopher Hoffee - Engineer, Producer, Mixer, and Mastering

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Atom Orr San Diego, California

Atom Orr is Christopher Hoffee performing, writing, recording, mixing, mastering everything but the drums, marimbas, and congas. Matt Lynott lays it down on those instruments.

Based in San Diego, CA by way of Memphis, TN...Atom Orr mixes up quite a few genres and does what it wants. We don't tour. We just make stuff up and send it out. We live on making music, helping others, and eating burritos.
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