New Traditions

by Karter Schachner

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released April 4, 2015

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Karter Schachner Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Avant-garde singer-songwriter from Pittsburgh, PA.

///Allow me to grab & lift you into mystical dreamscapes.
///Allow me to sonically deconstruct the binaries that separate us.
///Allow me to foster New Traditions of truth & empathy.

(cover photo by David McCandless)
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Track Name: Moonflower
I'm trying to tell you a story
I'm trying to put this into words
I'm trying to tell you a story
If I could write this story down, I would
This story is meant to be heard
And felt and tasted and buried
I'm trying to tell you a story
I'm trying, but I'm failing
I'm trying to tell you story
I am not wise
I am not brave
I am not strong
I am not unique or special or beautiful
I'm trying to tell you a story
I would like to know who you are
I like for you to help me know who I am
I'm trying to tell you a story

I know nothing that you don't know for yourself

They set my house on fire
Just to watch it burn
I set my heart on fire
They choke the flames with dirt and sweat and fear
They took us from our homes
They took us far away
They took us from our hope
By the sword
By the sword of a lonely god

I'm trying to tell you a story
I'm so tired
From lack of sleep and lack of empathy
I'm so tired
I'm trying to tell you a story
But I can't make you listen
And I can't make myself forget

I fear the day
and the light it brings
I hear the night
and the song it sings:
It goes La da da da da da da
Track Name: Speckles
There's a universe beneath the skin
where distant hearts cry out

We are speckles in the dark
Stars collide as we redraw the constellations
Planetary thoughts float by in finite periapses
A thousand questions breed on our tongues

Observing insects in the grass
Who's watching us inside our rooms
Pollinating honeybees choose flowers for the yard
To lovers choose the colors for their future home

There's a universe beneath the skin
Track Name: How to Dream
Creator are you there
I think my time has come
May I return to my home in the clouds

I forget how to sleep
I forget how to dream
This heart is all I know
This skin is all I know
This life is all I know
This heart is all I know
This skin is all I know

You left me on a page
Without a face or name
You left me on a stage
Tell me what's left to learn
Tell me what I deserve

I set myself on fire
I wore the mask you made
Time stood still
And I became the dream
Track Name: Workthoughts & Weekends
I try
I try and I try and I try and I try and I try
I sing
I sing and I sing and I sing and I sing and I sing
You smile
You smile and you smile and you smile and you smile and you smile

But please forgive me
For not having the words to say
La da da da da da

I think
I think and I think and I think and I think and I think
I feel
I feel and I feel and I feel and I feel and I feel
You cry
You cry and you cry and you cry and you cry

I know so many words
I know so many people
And I know we're all just trying to breathe

I know
I know and I know and I know and I know and I know
I hide
I hide and I hide and I hide and I hide and I hide
You show
You show and you show and you show and you show and you show

You show me forgiveness
When I can't forgive myself
Track Name: I am Always
I sleep in a bed
That's not my own
Another ghost another body
Another day another dollar
I am always
I am always passing through
Name a price and name a pleasure
I'll make you sweat out every word you've ever known

I don't call this part my own
Cuz I believe this life is an illusion
I don't call this heart my own
You gotta conceive this night as an illusion
Ba da ba ba da ba da
A furnished body in an empty home

Reality comes in waves
And your eyes are an empty shoreline
It's gonna take more than words to find you
It's gonna take all of me away
I am always
I am always watching you
In the street in my reflection
It's gonna take all of you away
________

Well here I am
In a cold dark place
I try to remind myself why
And then I remember the dream
The one where my head was a bulb
And that bulb grew into words and
The words told me that I am a seed
Among many other seeds
And eventually I would grow into something bigger than myself
All I needed to grow
Was a cold dark place
And some moisture
Well here I am
On my knees in the darkest of places
And tears should be sufficient moisture don't you think

I'm so far from everything that I used to call love
I'm so far from everything that I used to call love

Yet I am closer to the earth than I have ever been