These Familiar Days

by Max Heinegg

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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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Track Name: St. George and the Dragon
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
Track Name: Failsafe
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
Track Name: Echo
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
Track Name: Branch
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
Track Name: Straightaway
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)
Track Name: Alibi
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
Track Name: These Familiar Days
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
Track Name: Circumstance
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
Track Name: A Poison Tree
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
Track Name: Grief Begone
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
Track Name: Stella
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
Track Name: Favor of Rain
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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