Haunted Highways

by North East

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released January 8, 2013

Featuring Kayla Callahan
Photography by Matthew Mikaelian
Written, Recorded, and Produced by
Chris Waltermire and Niko Matses

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North East Boston, Massachusetts

Cold sounds, flooding out the brick walls of this old house, I turn around I could have sworn I heard someone there.

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Track Name: Hiroshima
pictures in a museum
still my heart, I'm speechless
sidewalks where people stood
until the day Hiroshima changed

outlined, a silhouette
etched upon the cement
the people, mutilated ghosts
I saw them, in 1945

an image in a museum
of the day Hiroshima changed
an image in a museum
of the day Hiroshima changed

somebody tell me why
somebody tell me why
somebody tell me why
somebody tell me why
Track Name: This Sea Side Room
this sea side room
with ghosts in full bloom
swells and swarms
like a ship in a storm

but the captains gone mad
so the crew they all left
and the lighthouse is gone
which means we're so far from home

this sea side room
with ghosts in full bloom
sheds violent light
and broken sounds through my mind

you've become a filtered
surreal and fading fast
now you've become a shadow
and I'm seasick on land
Track Name: Sparrow
we are forever young
that’s what grandfather told me
I never heard much then
outside are icicles forming

but we are just like the fire
that kept that old cottage warm
and we can share what we've got
otherwise your heart will rot

you can feel old on a cold day
as long as when there is sun
you live life like a sparrow
darting from one place to one
until you're finally tired
then you can fly back home
and hope for more sun tomorrow

we are forever young
but we are far from eternal
and where we go when it's done
is nothing like the inferno
that we were taught to fear
don't worry dear, there's nothing there
Track Name: Old Houses
old houses, where the suburbs turn to mountains
after all electricity had been long since drained from the city
apocalypse came and went and those who stayed
could no longer see the sun

these distant lights that I saw in a dream
or was I awake driving down the highway

I'm a ghost on the road
and these distant lights
they'll guide me back home

somewhere on the farthest side of summer
under the multicolored skyline
we all lost track of time

we told our stories to the ocean
and then the ocean started rising
under the multicolored skyline
somewhere near the other side
Track Name: Drive
to spark the heart
take the wires from your car
wrap them 'round your arms
and tell the driver to go

to calm your head
you need think only of the dead
eternal rest
until your tongue finds the words
Track Name: Haunted Highways
in passing it was mentioned
that there's a highway once taken
leads nowhere, yeah not to heaven
and not to hell, but somewhere in the middle of

shadows, a quick reflection
outside your window, vivid forgotten
where people you swore you loved once
reach for you, pass through you

where you can access the calm collected
dreams of millions just for a second
in passing, it was mentioned
that there’s a highway once taken

leads nowhere forever
leads nowhere forever
leads nowhere forever
leads nowhere forever
Track Name: The Scientist
the scientist, he burns his research
repaints the walls of his infinity ward
autumn sets his yard of fire
as cryptic notes and numbers fall from his veins

you are a light
shining in the depths of the darkest of nights
to remind me what I forgot about
all ghosts will go in time

the scientist, and years of acid
fall away and leave no sign of the times
a sterile room, recycled airflow
no view of the world, not even a window

on the desk
just one photo
a handmade frame
but he's forgotten her name

her face was bright
but once she left him
his brain went strange
and his words were chemicals
Track Name: EVP
cold sounds, flooding out the brick walls of this old house
i turn around i could have sworn i heard someone there

stoned haze, all the lights are low and everyone stays
i turn around i could have sworn i heard someone there
Track Name: End of the World Party
she said come with me
we're going to a party
everyone will be there

and there's no better place
on this whole godforsaken planet
to watch the supernova

cars stopped on the roads
small towns have been abandoned
everybody fled for cities with a generator

though the sun was gone
the city street lamps shown serenely
the only lights left illuminated by pollution

there's no more trains to board
the spring rains burn
another planet lost
the far watchers watch

even if the oceans froze
who'd be left to notice
a lightning storm of thought
watch time stillness