These Familiar Days

by Max Heinegg

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1.
St. George and the Dragon I want to feel like St. George and the Dragon More like St. George than the dragon, that’s sure Can the days’ clothes be my silver coat of armor? Can the song I sing be my spear? & If we let ourselves take All that we are wanting If we let ourselves wake From this sleep – now whole She wants to paint our life The color of St. George and the Dragon All that red and green and burnished gold I want to see my fear walk In all its brave apparel I want to see my fear at the end of my sword & If we let ourselves take All that we are wanting If we let ourselves wake From this sleep – now whole Waking up to find that you are What you were waiting on Waking up to find that you What you avoided till now We can be – if we need to be – brave Enough to face ourselves We can be – if we need to be
2.
Failsafe 03:14
Failsafe Not like the beacon or the lighthouse light Things for the sailor’s tired eyes wide More like the star on which he hangs his mind Heavy the sail against the sky Night will fall like a reverie Spilling sound Over the wine dark sea Not like the rails of a guided dream He charts by night a path he cannot see More like the star on which he hangs his mind Heavy the sail, heavier the time Night will fall like a reverie Spilling sound Over the wine dark sea From where he stands The blue just goes on for miles They move in lock-step The eye and the mind Pine for the old love, the failsafe Of the sailing years The strangest sweetness In the joining of tide to tear Night will fall on the sea Like a reverie
3.
Echo 03:57
Echo If you won’t return to me The simple painful mystery will fold me up & Break me like the hollow stairs That I go climbing everywhere - for a bit of peace Because if there's one broken heart Lifting its hands apart Because if there's one broken heart Then there must be two These grounds look the same to me The sky will veil and memory will hold me up Steal me from the hollow air that I’ve been breathing Since you made – your bitter peace Because if there's one path to take You know your mind should change Half-way along the way I could make you turn back Ooh / Ooh You'll be singing alone when your world comes down I'll be singing alone when you starve "Return to me" "Return to me" Because if there's one thing I need You know it's not beauty But if there's one heart I need It will always be
4.
Branch 02:38
Branch What’s the use in falling? You’re gonna have to get back up again What’s the use in trying? You’re gonna build something that you have to keep up and then Like a branch you’re hanging, are you the end or a beginning You might be breaking, but right now it feels alright to sing La de da da, you’re hanging on like a branch What’s the use in falling Into love, or out of love tonight What’s the use in trying You chase and catch and lose again, is spite Always waiting, in the stranger’s hand The branches of your choices We are never leading, we’re always led, By some fragile voice La de da da, you’re hanging on like a branch La de da da, you’re hanging on like a branch You’re just singing in the wind, and the wind catches your voice It may not be listening, but you’ve got to sing, you’ve got no other choice Every moment You are leaving and you are being left Every moment Time to fall in love again La de da da, you’re hanging on like a branch
5.
Straightaway 03:18
Straightaway And I want the straightaway Not the heart’s grey File me down to such a sharp shape And then wait I want to know if you’re the one to see me straightaway Given there’s time to think Cause part of me is fast asleep, and part is wide-awake Tending to, mending through, the heartache Straightaway And I want to fall from grace Just to see your face If you’d be right beside me Ah but we’ll have to wait I want to know if you’re the one to see me straightaway Given there’s time to think Cause part of me is fast asleep, and part is wide-awake Tending to, mending through, the heartache (straightaway)
6.
Alibi 03:47
Alibi October night, take the right turn off 93 Hit the brake, calculate, the minutes till I see you The questioner in my mind says “Where were you, tonight And every night, when the world was new” Here’s my alibi I was with you all the while Here’s my alibi I was with you all the while Whenever I need to find myself you appear Bearing sweet recompense, solace in a word to Tell the questioner in my mind that where I was tonight Was still as light and quiet as proof Here’s my alibi I was with you all the while Here’s my alibi I was with you all the while
7.
These Familiar Days Maybe as the light skates on the ground Of this December day I’m frozen but I’m choosing not to break Maybe as the season of the heart Swells like so much rain And the ground gives way But here and now I think about changing Here and now I might have to let myself care But when I tighten my grasp - they just slip away These familiar days Wendy don’t it seem that there’s no day We haven’t seen before Every hour lifts its own complaint But you know this just as well as me It’s what we choose to take It’s what we choose to care about But here and now I think about changing Here and now I might have to let myself care But when I tighten my grasp - they just slip away These familiar days
8.
Circumstance 02:21
Circumstance Will you stay with me awhile? Least till I catch my breath Though we’re older all the while Life changes less and less Thought is altered by love As food is sweetened by drink Wear my days down to a wire That trips me when I think That I’m still waiting to be combined With circumstance Will you stand with me awhile? Despite what you may think There’s no more safety in love Than at its unsteady brink Thought is altered by time As hope is tempered by faith Which unwinds like desire A lovely, fragile skein And I’m not waiting to be combined With circumstance
9.
A Poison Tree by William Blake I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end I was angry with my foe; I told it not, my wrath did grow And I water'd it in fears, Night & morning with my tears; And I sunned it with my smiles And with soft deceitful wiles. And it grew both day and night, Till it bore an apple bright; And my foe beheld it shine, And he knew that it was mine, And into my garden stole When the night had veil'd the pole: In the morning glad I see My foe outstretch'd beneath the tree
10.
Grief Begone 02:55
Grief Begone How the breath of wings Is not our breathing How the air is not our ground Though our feet move dust Our work move mountains They return to where we found them How the songs we sing Are of our mothers How the words we choose Echo their dreams Tie me to something That’s not a man Who can tire And break from dreaming Oh the losses we Are bound to get through As we weep and tire of weeping Though the tears become A mighty river Grief be-gone Our grief be-gone Across the light of daybreak If your heart stands Among the wreckage I will stand beside your silence Not a word of blame Not a thought to ruin Though we’ll see his like again Oh the losses we Are bound to get through As we weep and tire of weeping Though the tears become A mighty river Grief be-gone Our grief be-gone Across the light of daybreak
11.
Stella 02:49
Stella Here is our heart Here is our harbor Here sleeps our fear Here, waking ardor From winters stone, the spring is born And you are breaking through To northern eyes, that tranquilize the Loneliest of rooms & So we are Each for the other & So you are Our Stella Here is her face A stone breaks the water Here are her eyes We open their harbor Like springs horn or the rivers course The limitless view For the riches of Croesus I Wouldn’t part with you & So we are Each for the other & So you are Our Stella
12.
Favor of Rain Late spring eyes From an evergreen’s height It’s eight days of rain this morning Wanting the light To tear the shade from my eyes Eight days of rain fade like patience Maybe the sun needs a holiday Tired of this place Ask a favor of rain Monochrome A dirge playing slow As eight days of rain this evening Rain’s reprise Like a veil cross the sky To my surprise is comfort Maybe the sun needs a holiday Tired of this place Asks a favor of rain Maybe the dark has something to say Lowering her voice To ask a favor of rain Each side reveals the other But in the same color there are shades Help me stop thinking in handed-down forms Maybe the weather has a way Favor of rain

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released July 7, 2007

Max Heinegg: vocals, guitars
Alex Necochea: guitar
Mike Piehl: drums
James Gilbert: bass
Ian Kennedy: strings

Produced by Mike Quinn at the Moontower, Cambridge MA

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Max Heinegg Boston, Massachusetts

Max Heinegg. Singer-guitarist and songwriter, poet and adapter of classic poems, rock and roll vocalist... all about lyrics, vocals, and guitars.
Songs here are from Sand Painting (2015) Ruby Saloon (2010) These Familiar Days (2007) and By June (2004).
In the late 90s I fronted The High Ceilings in the Boston scene, from the Rumble to the 'Dise.
In the early 90s, I fronted the Hounds in NYC.
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