Available Light

by David Corley

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“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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Track Name: Available Light
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
Track Name: Beyond The Fences
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
Track Name: The Joke
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
Track Name: Easy Mistake
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
Track Name: Dog Tales
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
Track Name: Unspoken Thing
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
Track Name: Lean
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
Track Name: Neptune
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
Track Name: The End Of my Run
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
Track Name: The Calm Revolution
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