Available Light

by David Corley

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1.
Available Light pink clouds the sun comes like a rocket up to the edge of the afternoon from my drippin' porch, i can sure feel it comin' the screen door smacks, and it's just you and i and you're all shot up with the available light the available light the book well it's a movie now 'bout how i was busted up and laid-out tried to grab this girl, - she was goin' way too fast around> didn't understand quite how she was wound but you know we wound up tight and i shot it all with the available light the available light i can see life runnin' in the big lens - the frames just flickin' by and i'm all shot up with the available light the sky cracks and the moment's jammed the sun cuts deep in an ancient groove and i don't carve these days out of remembrance, man i've seen enough now to know, you got to shoot while you got it in your sight you gotta shoot it all with the available light yeah i can see life runnin' in the big lens the frames just flickin' by and i'm all shot up with the available light available light available light the available light music and lyrics by d. corley
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Beyond The Fences People are not fools, she said i think she paraphrased someone, i don't know who yet she taught 'strangers religion' she shook respect, and then she put it to bed well now, out beyond the fences beyond the middle-scientific heads i made contact, - some momentary focus and it was somethin' i'll never forget well i just lay out among the stars and the stars rained down and i could see a little farther well it was the strangest night i throw the moments over my shoulder yeah it was the strangest time that you know i never try to get over i'm beyond the fences yeah i'm out beyond the fences down at the passion river i stood in my thoughts, slingin' mud i burned all the scientific bridges - and when it let loose, man, i stood in the flood but i will stand on my own volition i am, perhaps, a bit too sentient i'm out of breath, yeah, but i ain't stoppin' i'm goin' over this fence well rpt. chorus out there in the blue of distance out beyond god's eminence i felt around, for a minute, in my pocket but all i could come up with was my six cents rpt. chorus music and lyrics by d. corley
3.
The Joke 04:07
The Joke It takes a while, to cut the diamond face drawn on a desperate man, yeah - coolin' my hips to judge lines in the terrain i'll suffer your smile where i stand because hey, - this one's on me - try to lend a hand and i'll shoot this one's on me alright been standin' around, tell-no-tales corner - thinking, somehow there's got to be a blessing here but if i move, my lip's split, - my next step is broken glass you left me a wish, baby it's still lyin' where you passed because hey, - this one's on me every letter this one's on me alright and it's hard to fake - the joke, it was all lost on me whatever is on this one's on me i'm bearin' down now, yeah man, i'm ultra-montane i spent the night, thinkin' 'sun!' you will, again, live to remember the midnight-tryst and i still may end up with some extra lines on my wrists because hey, this one's on me try to lend a hand and i'll shoot this one's on me alright and it's hard to fake the joke?, - it was all lost on me whatever is on this one's on me listen this one's on me this one's on me music and lyrics by d. corley
4.
Easy Mistake 04:32
Easy Mistake i hopped up into my truck but i headed to the wrong bar got way too fucked-up started wishin' on the wrong star - but the sky, man, it's so large.... that's just an easy mistake you had such a nice face you were lookin' like a long love comin' from your strange place - it seemed like you come from the sky above but i forgot the sound that love makes that's just an easy mistake yeah yeah yeah i'm tryin' to do the right thing - that's an easy mistake i'm tryin' to do the right thing that's an easy mistake oh yeah .....comin' from a long night jus' seein' what time takes knowin' even if you get it right and forget the sound that love makes well that's not something that's ever easy to try to fake but it's an easy mistake hangin' with some old friends seein' where the dream ends lookin' to where the light bends and knowin' what you mean when you say even the colors we've dreamed in, fade - ah, that's just an easy mistake rpt chorus that's an easy mistake if you forget the sound that love makes baby that's an easy mistake, oh yeah - i was in the right world but i must've got the time wrong - you were such a nice girl but i forgot the sound that love makes baby that's an easy mistake ah yeah music and lyrics by d. corley
5.
Dog Tales 06:17
The Dog Tales oh oh, you know sometimes i think life's just gonna pass me by i've crossed insane fields, beyond the bounds of all reason and i'm just about dog-tired mm, it's strange, it's strange, down in the crease, under the soft-light-veil oh well, guess i'll just dream the same dream - lead me down i dream a dog tale oh yeah yeah i live, and travel, in the crease and i crawl through daylight in my sleep i've been over the bridge, and i was lookin' down but now there's no chance of wakin' me up from these light dreams - some of them go rail to rail oh yeah some of these light dreams, you know leave me down i dream a dog tale, oh yeah yeah i am beyond the bounds of all reason i am and i sigh, as i'm rollin' up my sleeve but you don't want to lift this load now i lie here, rusting, covered in a light dream you wonder some of them glow? - they glow whoa! i am beyond the bounds of all reason, i am standing alone in a gale, - caught in a hurricane, - down in the crease, with some of these light dreams - some of them go rail to rail oh yeah some of these light dreams, you know lead me down i dream a dog tale, oh yeah yeah rpt. intro ( bridge) back down through the years, - i can see it in a thousand mirrors - one caustic reflection now i lie in my tomb-town, grinding the gears and turning keys, man, - i make it all up i sigh as i'm rollin' up my sleeve but you don't want to lift this load i lie here rusting, - covered in a light dream you wonder, some of them glow?, they glow whoa! rpt. chorus and fade music and lyrics by d. corley
6.
Unspoken Thing look where i draw my breath yeah that's where i draw my breath i draw my breath from the source of the thing gonna throw down some forever saved up but i'm not leavin' a trace and i'm not walkin' away hey hey because whatever it was, man i know what you meant it's like an unspoken thing ah yeah so i said some things about whatever it was because what things are ha that's hard to get so now i don't question the view no i just walk here with you because whatever love is, man it's nothin' we said it's like an unspoken thing oh yeah it just makes sense and that's where that's where that's where i draw my breath yeah that's where that's where i draw my breath and when the east mountains fall, it will be all one solid gold line of silence kinda like an unspoken thing oh yeah just makes sense and that's where that's where that's where i draw my breath yeah that's where that's where i draw my breath so look where i draw my breath (that's what it is) yeah that's where i draw my breath (that's where it's at) i draw my breath from the source of the thing gonna throw down my forever saved up but i'm not leavin' today and i'm not walkin' away hey hey because whatever it was, yeah i know what you meant like an unspoken thing oh yeah just makes sense music and lyrics by d. corley
7.
Lean 02:47
Lean the river moves through the sand archives i might have been holding her up - i'm not gonna this time i relinquish control i think it softens my eye i believe in the power of this moment but i let it wash over the bow i believe you got to lean into it man, you got to lean i started waiting again i started doctorin' up threw some weight off my head ah man, i just threw it off i said well now after today i will sharpen my eye i will believe in the power of this motion but i'll let it wash over my brow i believe you got to lean into it oh man, you got to lean music and lyrics by d. corley
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Neptune 05:53
Neptune my mind's in a shadow a dark spot in a mirror stretched out before me - my life, on the glass of this river lovin' it always ( lovin' it always ) laid to waste these are my days of waste - and i'll tell you if you want the truth..... The Line You're Leavin' From what were you like when you were younger ? were you always this alone, and driven by your strange wonder ?, that you kept locked up ? there was some warmth in your bed, i guess you always needed i was never enough, - that much you finally conceded just a little more time, you think you wasted ahh, baby i think now i understand but i hope for a little while, at least, you can taste it if you've got love to burn but i don't believe you're gonna find things gettin' any easier on down the line..... on the line you're leavin' from - it's time you went lookin' for what you lost you lose what' you've found, at whatever the cost and you finally found our paths only just crossed ahh, i think now i understand (but) what did you lose? - or did you just lose your thread? i said some things, but it was not what i said..... - you were backin' up even back then, and lookin' down a lot and i guess that's just not where it led but that's not what it was i don't believe you're gonna find things gettin' any easier on down the line on the line you're leavin' from on the line you're leavin' from look in my eyes, and look at my face in your mind i just hope you can see, - i was really trying to taste it, this time and there's still a thin line, from my soul to yours - across the platform yeah you're standin' at the station, - the tracks are rusted another man, you thought you trusted - just a little more time you think you wasted ahh, in a choice, baby i think i understand i just hope for a little while, at least you can taste it if you've got love to burn but i don't believe you're gonna find things gettin' any easier on down the line on the line you're leavin' from on the line you're leavin' from on down the line baby i'll see you on down the line maybe i'll see you on down the line music and lyrics by d. corley
9.
End Of My Run yeah i've been runnin' all my life i've covered some ground, - could use some sleep and i just raised my head up from the gulf of centuries i wonder how i came to be here and is this hell, or paradise, or what? the rain parades outside, and i just got to lie low at the end of my run i'm boxed-up in this canyon sometimes i wish they'd just bury me and i can even justify the end but i don't know what that means i'm goin' to make a play here come hell, or high water, or blood it's like a parade today at the end of my run it's the end of my run and the money's all gone it's been so long, since i had my fun would i do it again, now that it's all done? oh man it's hard to say it's just hard to say now i've been mis-placed here and i won't cross this life again n' i've been dialin' imperial area-codes to wake up all my old friends but they don't wanna talk to me or else the lines keep breakin' up long-distance, meet the sages now at the end of my run it's the end of my run and the money's all gone it's been so long, - i was so set up would i do it again, now that it's all done? oh man that's hard to say it's hard to say that's hard to say that's just so hard to say it's the end of my run and the damage is done and if i have any feelings left well there's no-one left to feel 'em - as for my fate under this sun - i will let no man seal it it's the end of my run oh oh oh-oh-oh oh-oh ah that's hard to say music and lyrics by d. corley
10.
The Calm Revolution when she came, she dived out of the cold bliss, without warning yeah she kept days out of the sun don't yet realize what she's done i was just a kid, then so i am now oh yeah yeah can i get a head count? do you want to prolong this dream? the earth is on one big damn roll this is the calm revolution turning this is the calm revolution push it around keep it turning well i'm down, but i'm in down in the ocean, with the planet sun yeah i'm kinda like a submarine mountain but i'm about to break the surface now about to come clean oh yeah yeah rpt. chorus push it around keep it turning push it around keep it turning keep it turning push it around we're under this sun the same sun, - you and me this life is for us..... and i was just a kid then but so i am now oh yeah yeah can i get a head count? do you want to prolong this dream? the earth is on one big last roll this is the calm revoution turning this is the calm revolution push it around keep it turning push it around just keep it turning words and music by d. corley

about

“David Corley has a rough baritone voice, one that makes you think of heartbreak, cigarettes and the low purr of a mountain lion.” Wei Huan-Chen, Journal Courier

“If there’s an album that’s a bigger surprise this year than David Corley’s “Available Light,” I haven’t heard it. At the ripe old age of 53, Corley has released a debut disc of ragged, atmospheric blues-rock that he most likely didn’t have in him when he was a younger man. We reap the benefits of Corley’s experience, and of the desperation apparent in his worn-through vocals….But there’s an underlying sense of hopeful resignation that comes through his weary croak and easygoing Americana piano and guitar, not to mention lyrics that have at times an almost Leonard Cohen-esque zen to them.” Pete Chianca, Wicked Local

“Produced by Hugh Christopher Brown Corley sings about rural Indiana, staring at the night sky and making ends meet. His hoarse baritone voice fits the rootsy blues music like a glove.” Hans Werksman, Here Comes the Flood

Lafayette, Indiana - David Corley has been scribbling down notes, ideas, and tunes by hand for as long as he can remember, secretly creating an expansive body of work that has consumed and kept him out of the public eye for a span of decades until this very moment in time.

At the age of 53, Corley is ready to release his debut album, Available Light, produced by the acclaimed Canadian multi-instrumentalist Hugh Christopher Brown. Available Light, a collection of original indie rootsy-rock songs, encompasses the poetic landscapes of Corley's heart, as well as his life in rural Indiana and travels across the United States. From the opening notes and first words ("pink clouds") of "Available Light," Corley's rich raw baritone and imaginative lyrics ponder the immediacy of the passing of time as if he were on deadline to write:

"the book
well it's a movie now
'bout how i was busted up and laid-out
tried to grab this girl,
she was goin' way too fast around
didn't understand quite how she was wound
but you know we wound up tight
and i shot it all
with the available light
the available light"

A voracious reader, David's songs were also inspired by his vivid dreams and classic literature he's been entranced with over the years by the likes of James Joyce, Walt Whitman, William Blake and Rilke, among many others. On the atmospheric "Beyond the Fences" the evocative lyrics and music metaphorically address a place in which one gets immobilized, unable to take the leap into unknown or undiscovered country (the "middle scientific heads"). David says, "I was living in a one room apartment in a horse-barn in Indiana when I wrote 'Beyond the Fences,' and I used to climb the fence, and lay in a field with two or three horses wandering around, and stare at the stars." The narrator of "Easy Mistake" humanly and humorously grapples with any notion of "trying to do the right thing":

i hopped up into my truck
but i headed to the wrong bar
got way too f**ked-up
started wishin' on the wrong star
but the sky, man, it's so large....
that's just an easy mistake

And Corley's fiercely expressive voice soars to tell his "Dog Tales" wrestling with a character who has "crossed insane fields" while "Unspoken Thing" speaks to a time when Corley was living off the land in a log cabin in the mountains of Georgia for a number of years, exploring simplicity and silence.

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Hugh Christopher Brown raved: "To say I was arrested by David's voice is a mild way of saying it almost eclipsed the majesty of his writing. The two elements combine as well and fountain, and the source seems eternal. I am fascinated by David's art; his language is as open as his phrasing. As mysterious as it sometimes gets, it's the farthest thing from arbitrary there is."

Corley (vocals, piano, guitar, bass) is accompanied by a formidable group of musicians: Gregor Beresford (drums), Hugh Christopher Brown (piano, hammond b-3, clavinet, wurlitzer, vocals), Tony Scherr (bass, guitar), Kate Fenner and Sarah McDermott (background vocals).

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released December 9, 2014

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