As If Tomorrow

by Atom Orr

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1.
As if tomorrow will come again As if tomorrow will hold your secrets in As if tomorrow will want to see you As if tomorrow knows your name What’s done ain’t really done with you The past will not let you put it in the past No matter how you try to put it out of your mind As if tomorrow will show you what you want to see As if tomorrow, woman, someone will hold you like me In the morning sun, in the morning bed The light tries to come inside to touch your sleepy head
2.
03:30
Neither day or night will cast themselves upon me Come what may, come the morrow to see Doesn't matter if the sky is blue, you can win, but you're still gonna lose The savage heart is unthinking, can't tell if it's sinking The ship's on fire but we're still drinking See you never, see you sever, no matter what you do don't pull the lever Roll down the windows and let the Four Winds blow The sky is falling from down below Nature is a battlefield, and Life has a war and gets killed Underneath this shirt of woe beats a heart no grave could dig shallow Take my sweat, take my blood, take my cum, you can take my love Roll down the windows and let the Four Winds blow The sky is falling from down below Black Wind. Black Wind. Black Wind.
3.
03:38
Holding your hand feels like Autumn leaves Your mouth tastes of clay and earth and your eyes have set a long time ago But when the sun was in your eyes I fell You don't need to hunt for what you will fall into The Deadfall is for certain and for always But "Always" almost never means it Like when the stars burn out from the sky Such as we The sun splendored golden fields knew us well The white dove flew both day and night until no more I held your hand until your hand let go, and you let go The Deadfall is for certain and for all Such as we
4.
Into thine eyes 'tis better than to look in the sea or the sky Fierce is the heart that grabs and takes the love and buries it deep Run to me my love, run and I'll catch you as you make the leap 'Cause we are carried by the wind The wind blows across your skin And never will I let you go But never do we ever seem to know Look up in the sky, it's you and me hand in hand and eye to eye Down unto the earth like falling rain, we find ourselves and end the search Run to me my love, run and I'll catch you if you make the leap 'Cause we are carried by the wind The wind blows across your skin And never will I let you go But never do we ever seem to know
5.
As time passes I don't get further away, further away from my true love The light dances on the blackened waves, waves that will take me to my true love So do good and throw it to the Sea, a waking reverie Hoist your sail when the wind is strong and fair If you see Mares' Tails it is time to shorten the sails Walk on the edge instead of the middle of the road On the edge, hold fast your lashes Don't build your ship out of old wood and make your way as fast as So do good and throw it to the Sea, a waking reverie Hoist your sail when the wind is strong and fair If you see Mares' Tails it is time to shorten the sails I take another breath in this life, another breath into the wind I give thee
6.
I don't know where I'm going from But you show me the way Light moving across the room Your eyes out-talk your tongue, telling all your secrets Your mystery falls to the floor I show you the way Light moving across the room Come on and take my hand, my love Don't take your eyes off my eyes Let's go to a place only we can find Come on and leave yourself behind Behind the door, there is you and me We show each other the way Light moving across the room Come on and take my hand, my love Don't take your eyes off my eyes Let's go to a place only we can find Come on and leave yourself behind
7.
02:33
I don't know about tomorrow my love A One Day Sun is all we have I know one thing, that I will always love you Because the sun is here, but it's gonna be gone today Love and lust are not the same If there was a word for it, it would be your name Don't be scared to be consumed by the flame 'Cause the sun is here, but it's gonna be gone today I don't do a thing without love I don't do a single damn thing Tell yourself a story and you might not know the words, but you know how it goes 'Cause the sun is here, but it's gonna be gone today
8.
From far away you came to me this night Black wings a-flyin' in a mirrored sky First-day love with seven-year eyes A serpent's kiss leaves a taste in my mouth's wish I keep the night Oh begone, oh terrible dream The night's end swung down, swung down upon my chest Taking my heart, my soul, my sins, and all the rest Like a passion's hunger, I have for thee It was the Dark, the Dark waiting for me I keep the night Oh begone, oh terrible dream Only nothing is untaken Only nothing is forsaken Only nothing is left of my memories of my love
9.
02:50
In the night I watch you sleep The long day lets go its grip and let us plunge into the deep In the night The night sometimes can make the truth a liar The night sometimes can burn you clean from its cold fire Whatever the day took from you is now given back, given back to your heart And the borderline that falls away like the stars In the night In the night the love grows before the day comes and goes It will have its way Before the light, before the words take the wheel and driven far from what we feel In the night Have your way, have your day, but we will have ours in the night
10.
I want to hold you I want to love you I want to take you Take your sweet love Taste your sweet honeyed love The night comes without asking The comes without attacking The night comes, comes for your sweet love Taste your sweet honeyed love Happiness is a bird, it might fly away The heart is not a cage but a key Release thy will, but never in the daylight And never again will your heart be needed to be filled It whispers to come near you It smiles to un-tear you It dreams that you won't disappear Your sweet love Tasting your sweet honeyed love Happiness is a bird, it might fly away The heart is not a cage but a key Release thy will, but never in the daylight And never again will your heart be needed to be filled
11.
02:30
Far away from the blue sky, above and below To a time when the sun was new, the sun was new You brought me to a place I did not want to go I didn't know what I was in for I didn't know Summon the thunder Summon the sea Summon the hunger I summon you to me Far away from your eyes, above and below To a time when the love was new, when the love was new You brought me to a place I did not want to go I didn't know what I was in for That I couldn't live without you

about

This album was written during the Covid-19 shutdown. All of my tours and studio dates were canceled and sequestered in my home alone. I wrote, recorded, mixed, and mastered this album in my home studio. The guest artists I had, were also in the same empty boat I was in, and had generously given their time and talents to my album by recording themselves at home and sending me their contributions for me to mix. My friends are scattered all over...from here in San Diego, to Los Angeles, Nashville, Alabama, New York, and Munich Germany.

I finished this album before the riots began, it is hard to believe these current times, but I can only move forward a day at a time, as that is all one can really do. This album is not much of a snapshot of this time. Only "Black Wind" is a reaction to these events. The rest of the songs came out as they always do...from a place I don't understand, and like to leave it at that. All I can say is that I always try to create the future I want to see, not the apocalyptic view that can so easily be used to forage through art. While art can be a mirror, it can also be something more. For this album, it is both.

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released June 20, 2020

Christopher Hoffee - Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Percussion
Matt Lynott - Drums
Martin Seiler - Horns, Flutes, and Recorder
Molly Thomas - Violin, Viola, Cello
David J Carpenter - Acoustic and Electric Bass
Jane Lui - Backing Vocals
Ben Moore - Wurlitzer Electric Piano
Ben Zinn - Pedal Steel Guitar
Ashley Pond - Backing Vocals
Carissa Schroeder - Backing Vocals
Album Cover Art - Eric Beltz

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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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