Before The Moment's Gone

by The Rose Lights

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released May 15, 2013

Recorded August 2011 to 2012 by Paul O'Brien and Jason Shao at Studio B and Jason's bedroom (Madison, WI).

Produced and mixed by Jason Shao.
Mastered by Chris Graham.

Aarushi Agni - Lead Vocals
Jason Shao - Guitar, Vocals
Scott Klasek - Keyboards, Marimba, Vocals
Kevan Feyzi - Bass Guitar
Julian Spindell - Drums

Additional drums on tracks 3 & 9 by Andrew Reidenbach.

All songs written by The Rose Lights, except for:

Tracks 5 & 7 by The Rose Lights and Nathaniel Javid
Track 10 by The Rose Lights and Jacob Wolbert.

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The Rose Lights are a jazz-influenced piano rock band from Madison, Wisconsin.

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Track Name: A Study In Blue
I opened my mind to see the world
With masses of color and shape
I opened my window and wondered aloud
Must it always be the same?

There’s something we’re missing
And something we’ve lost
We may never find it again

But now, but now
As we lay hand in hand
A prism of colors passes my eyes
A flock of strangers passing by - I see
In you, in you...

You held fast to stories of worlds left untold
You watched me unravel; you let me unfold
And there in the distance, I saw you in tears
Wrapped in your kindness; blinded by fear

Something was turning
And something was gained
And I never could’ve foreseen

But now, but now,
As we lay hand in hand
A prism of colors passes my eyes
A flock of strangers passing by - I see
In you, in you
In you...nothing is the same!

And nothing, nothing,
Nothing is the same
But now, but now,
In you...

Bringing my fortune into this new world
You’ve gone unnoticed; I know all too well
And seeing a future for all that’s in shreds
That’s where all of my travels have led

Something is missing
And something is lost
But now I’ve found you, my friend
Track Name: Dinner Bell
The dinner bell is ringing loud tonight
Wonder who’s been cooked today?
Before we wave around those angry knives
Hold your place. Now who’ll say grace?

That bell sounds oddly like a curse tonight
And here I'm set before the fire
For forks and stoic eyes to scrutinize
The manner that these bloody things require

Hey, hey - what will it take to demonstrate, now?
Hey, hey - they’re not out to get you, no

But that don't change the fact
That I can’t turn my back
On the world, for the sake of saving face
Oh no, not I...no

The dinner bell hangs there before my face
Reflections of fear and gleaming knives
A desperate prayer to her indignant grace
A hole appears in me before my eyes

Hey, hey - what will it take to demonstrate, now?
Hey, hey - they’re not out to get you, no

But that don't change the fact
That I can’t turn my back
On them all, for the little
Sense of comfort that it brings
Oh no, not I - not this time
This time, you won’t win!

So, imagine my surprise
When I dared unveil my eyes
Face to face with my head upon a plate
Oh well, thought I,
If I were doomed to fall that night
At least I could enjoy a decent meal!
Track Name: Wait For Yesterday
At midnight, the rain fell
Roughly over half the world

On that day, the wall fell
Doors opened to the town

And you said, "Why do you do this
For people who won't learn your name?"

Do you remember?
When we all came to see you
And we all raised it up one more time
And we wonder, and we wait
For yesterday...

Yesterday, the days were long
And the wind pulled at our jackets

Do you remember?
When we all came to see you
And we all raised it up one more time
And we wonder, and we wait
For yesterday...

Yesterday, our dreams were in reach and
All we had to do was to catch them

And we made all the grades
That we didn't deserve
Isn’t that what happens
In a perfect, perfect world?

And I took your hand
That I didn't deserve
False memories we preserve
Track Name: White Garden
Step up to the fireside, admire the starry sky
The moonlight makes us free again
Not shackled, you and I

And we hope there's a passionate courage inside
That keeps us strong, pushing on
If we put all this anger and warfare aside
Our fair Earth could join as one
Discover its wonder, put all else aside
Now it’s time to join along

On a hike amidst the wilderness
A man, his kids embrace the forest sound
He said, "I thought to take you here
Before they come and cut this to the ground"

As they barefoot race into the swell
The salty sea sprays crystal drops abound
A paradigm so natural
That wealth beyond the tangible is found

Step up to the fireside, admire the starry sky
You think we're insignificant
Just pieces, you and I

But one voice can speak loud
What the whole world denies
One man strong pushes on
Our beautiful planet is fated to die
Save our souls, save our souls
But there's still a chance now to open your eyes
Now it's time to join along...

Ohhh, every action, every action
Ohhh, reaction, reaction
Track Name: A Study In Red
For you the fire burns blue
As I only see red
And the more I linger here
The more I wish I was dead

You didn't notice; I didn't care
The time it took to make me here
I didn't even want to see your face
This far away from mine

But I can see you now; you're just a machine
A perfect canvas for a childish dream
Your indifference speaks louder to me
Than a gong...

I can see you now...nothing is the same
Track Name: Gypsy Melody
The reluctant bride - soon
She will learn to disappear

Switch of the hand -
She will lose her composition
She'll be unable to fit into the arms

Of her mother, whom she is now
Kissing on the forehead for the last time
For the last time

She'll not see the fallen face of her mother
When she discovers an absence
Impossible to bear
And we'll not hear the end of her sorrow
When we come back to this land

She'll not bravely wipe her tears
And run away from all her fears
She'll not turn back her head
And long for something real

Until this story comes back again to me
By the sound of a Gypsy melody...

Beside the lake, below the crest
A marriage tried to manifest today
But forcing love's impossible
I floated down the waterfall away
Though I don't want to hear it
How they'll reflect on me I cannot say

I haven't been remembered
Except among the forests of the deep
Nor have I been forgotten
The sound of the waterfall puts me to sleep
Track Name: Evergreen
The wizened field before me
Where I saw you
We were frolicsome and hapless
Beneath a dusky moon

And you told me in shadow tones
You thought you were in love
But as we lay and we gazed
It was too vast to comprehend
You must have forgotten too

The beaten path behind me, I turn back
Not one more step, I thought
Before I touched the ground
Trying to discern your shape
Among the remnants of a wood afire
Where I thought you might have stayed

Carried away in such a haste
You were lost among the flurry
A hurricane of leaves
Now how am I ever to find your canopy again?
I haven't forgotten you

Where have you gone?
I always thought I'd have you back by now
I try and sing a song
And nothing really happens
As I pass back by the spot again

Where have you gone?
Always thought I'd have you back by now
I sigh and say hello
As if nothing else had happened
And I pass back by the spot, the hollows

You smile and wave back
Your presence is still here to me
So near yet hard to see
So stay as far away as you do
‘Cause you know
In time we'll just fade back into the winter

Please don't take her
Please don't turn away from me
Please don't take her
Please don't grow away from me

I need you by my side, forever green
Track Name: We're Dreaming (Inception)
You’re swimming by a school of fish
In the deep blue crystal water
Your motorcycle’s out of gas
But you need to get across the border

You realize this imagery is
Too hard to make up
But this is not a dream until you wake up

They said, make the best of it
Give it everything
But you don’t know at all ’til you realize
Is a minute way too long?
Before the moment’s gone
You can’t remember what you’ve left behind

They said, make the best of it
Give it everything
But you don’t know at all ’til you realize
Is a year too long? Before the moment’s gone

You can’t remember what you’ve left behind
You’re sitting at a desk and talking to a man
In a suit with a beard and glasses
About why you’re here and what’s the point
Of all the interconnections

You realize philosophy just
Judges on emotions
But this is not a thought until you notice
Track Name: Becoming Real
Someone told me every time you remember
You're rewriting the memory
And I'm diluting the truth
With my own convolutions

Did it really happen? If all I have
Is your word and mine?

Every day I wake up, I do other things
I've put myself on an assembly line
I'm gonna get somewhere
That's what I tell everyone
I'm coming into my own, I say

Oh, but would you tell me
Oh, tell me what it means to you to be real?

Someone told me that if your life is empty
You'll always find a way to fill it
Well, I don't know if I'll ever accidentally
Stumble on my truth
Ooh, the only thing left to do
Is to assume that there's something
Something better out there

Everyday I find a message
Someone tries to send to me
Leaving little notes everywhere I go
Sometimes in a song, or a magazine
But when I stayed to see their face
I discovered it was only me

Baby, baby I don't know
If I know any of this to be true
Baby, I don't know if I
Know any of this to be true
But I'd like to try it out

And you and I could become real
You and I, becoming real
Track Name: From Starlight
I see you tumbling over on the other side
I wonder why it is you hide
From streetlights on a cool night
From feeling, sometimes

I see you tripping over your ashes
Do we concern ourselves with the passage
Of time?

I’ve been spending my days alone now
Carving a place out for myself
A platform for my thoughts to land on
I won’t remember you’re gone

When you come around, I can see
Remnants of what you used to be
An ancient ruin you’ve become
And you speak my name like I was anyone

Sometimes it stings just like a hornet
The life you wanted, is it yours yet?

I always hoped you’d stay in my town
In case the picket fences fell down
But I was sadly mistaken
And my heart, it is breaking