From the Ashes

by Aaron Corwin

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about

Recorded in a garage in Colorado Springs in the summer of '03. This album was intended to be mostly non-filk, but a few of these songs have proved popular with filk crowds, and will be re-recorded and re-released in new arrangements and much higher quality.

In the meantime, enjoy the originals.



Cover art by Peggy Stenmark

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released August 1, 2003

Aaron Corwin: Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Shane Knutson: Bass Guitar

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Aaron Corwin Seattle, Washington

Aaron has been writing and performing filk and folk music since the mid-90s. He will be releasing a new album in 2012.


Photography by Shanna Washburn (aurorachrisma.deviantart.com)

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Track Name: Wandering Man
Oh, I was born a wandering man and a wandering man I'll die
For I have crossed the land and heard the call of the open sky!
On these two feet I've traveled from the mountains to the sea
Oh, I was born a wandering man, come wander now with me

REFRAIN: And it's Hi and it's Ho!
And away to the winds we go
And it's Hi and it's Ho!
And away to the winds we go

I left my home when I was young to see what I could see
I set my pack upon my back for the spell was over me
To hear the music of the world and the rhythm of the road
In a hundred towns I've sung my songs and a hundred tales I've told

I've worked with the deck beneath my feet in the spray of the water's tide
I've sung and drunk the night away with friends at every side
I've lived and laughed and loved and cried with a broken heart to mend
I've marched as a soldier in a land I'll never see again

BRIDGE: Oooh, Away to the winds we go
Oooh, Away to the winds we go
Oooh, the time has come
Oooh, to wonder on...

Oh, here's a toast to the open road and another to the sea
And here's to all the wandering souls that never dared to leave
At desk and dorm and darling dreaming of the open sky
And I'll be a wandering man until the day that I should die
Track Name: Running from Fear
He walks along an empty road
Hands in his pockets keeping fingers from the cold
Inside his place is warm and dry
But there’s a picture of the one he left behind

And he says…
Love is only running from fear
Another way to lose my mind
Working hard now for all these years
Doing my best to survive
Doing what I can to get by

She looks up into the sky
Up on the mountain standing by her lover’s side
His eyes are warm his hands are strong
But they both know she doesn’t know where she belongs

And she says…
Love is only running from fear
Another way to lose my mind
Working hard now for all these years
Doing my best to survive
Doing what I can to get by

No, no, no… no, no… I let you go
So don’t you keep on coming by
No, no, no… Our time is gone
Why can’t you just let it die?

I would let you go I would let you know
What you meant to me
I would let you go I would let you know
I would let you be

Love is only running from fear
Another way to lose my mind
Working hard now for all these years
Doing my best to survive
Doing what I can to get by
Track Name: Slow Down (Little Tina)
Where have you been little Tina
Why so much pain behind your smile?
Where are you going littleTina?
And could you stay for a little while?

Slow down I can hear the sound of your heart breaking
When I smile for you do you know what it is you’re taking?
I see you stripped of all the masks that you’ve been making this time
Ooh, this time
Ooh, this time

I’ve gotta know little Tina
Do you really understand?
Who do you run from, little Tina?
You hold your future by the hand

Slow down I can hear the sound of your heart breaking
When I smile for you do you know what it is your taking?
I see you stripped of all the masks that you’ve been making this time
Ooh, this time
Ooh, this time

Well you’re looking at me with your eyes so sweet
And you never know where we’re going to meet
And you’re taking it off but you’re taking your time and you know
When everything fits but you don’t know where
And you’re going on down but you’re taking me there
And you’ve got the rhythm but not the rhyme and you know

What have you done now, little Tina?
Why did you have to catch my eye?
Will you ever hear me, little Tina?
Or will this be the last goodbye?

Slow down I can hear the sound of your heart breaking
When I smile for you do you know what it is your taking?
I see you stripped of all the masks that you’ve been making this time
Ooh, this time
Ooh, this

Slow down I can see the tracks that you’ve been making
When I smile for you do you know what it is your taking?
When will you leave behind the masks that I’ve been breaking this time?
Track Name: Behind the Curtain
She looks out through the eyes that made the ocean
Stillness in motion through the darkness
As the lightning parts the curtain

Stands alone as she dances in the shadows
Watching the madness hidden there
And still I see behind the curtain

CHORUS: In stillness waiting
I stand creating
In the silence
As I stand beyond the curtain

Sky is burning
The light returning to
The smile in her eyes
And once again
I see behind the curtain

She looks up and the emptiness surrounds her
Though I have found her still I cannot
Reach her through the curtain

Drawing breath through the chains that try to bind her
Someday I'll find her and I'll hold her
When we pass beyond the curtain


REPEAT CHORUS

Calling me
Calling me to go
Calling me to
To leave this place

Run away
Run away from here
Never see never care
What lies behind the curtain

REPEAT CHORUS X 2
Track Name: I Am the Wind
A hundred-thousand stars are burning in the night
The secrets of the world are laughing in a child’s eyes
You’ve found the places where the shadows run to hide
And found the circles where the fairies dance to music of the
Nightmares of a world that never knew a world beyond
And cut your hands upon the shattered dreams that never left their
Home that couldn’t hold a heart that heard a different song
That hold you down and wrap you ‘round until you cry out let me free!

Let me be…
I am lost I am alone and I am trapped within the stone
And I am bound
Reaching down
To sieze the whirlwind in my hands and shout my challenge to the land

CHORUS:
I am free I am the wind that rolls the waves across the ocean
I am the voice that calls the river to the sea
I open up my wings and watch the world re-open
And call the cry that lets the water fall and wash away from me

You’ve left the world behind that held you to the ground
You’ve donned the wings, touched the sun and fallen from the sky
And looked with wonder on the mysteries you’ve found
And heard the bitter voices calling out to save you from your
Doom that always beckons, always laughing out of reach
Another shadow in the darkness in between the stars
Another voice to tell you where you cannot seek
Another warrior that stands between you and where you must go

Letting go…
Losing hope, losing your dreams, letting the silence take your screams
That I am free
I am me
Reaching down to take the sword and cut the chains that I have forged and

REPEAT CHORUS

A hundred-thousand voices calling in the night
Fearing the broken paths that you have walked a thousand times
Blind in the darkness never seeing their own light
Stopping to wonder as you cry out ‘open up your eyes!’
Never stepping in a world they’ve never known
Never dancing to the music they could never hear
Until the breaking of the silence fills the night
And then the voices call out, Teach us, show us
How to set us free…

Let us be…
We are lost, we are alone and we are trapped within the stone
And you must cry
Let them die
Till they take their soul in hand and call the cry that they have banned:

REPEAT CHORUS x2
Track Name: Dark Son Rising
The suns will rise
To set ablaze these desert skies
And to remind me of this light that they say we must hold

In hearts of stone
Forget about all I have known
To walk the path that they have made
To my grave with my blade
Still and useless at my side
While my pride screams inside

I cannot stand aside and
Listen to all these screams

On my own
On my own

Oh, my life
My memories
Of an angel I see her now in your eyes
Oh, I…
I still need you… But I need you

To hold me from the fall
I walk the precipice of light
And go where I am called to fight
Until the darkness shows the lies
In the guise that the wise
Used to cloud my open eyes
And my cries reach the skies
And the Dark Son rises
Over the sand and the stone

To stand alone
I stand alone

Oh, but I need you
When I see you
All the pain
The emptiness is gone
Oh, I
Will never leave you
But I need you
To keep me at your side

Deep inside
We will ride
On the power of the mind
Hold me tight
And the light
Fills us both and
Makes it right
Through the night
And the sight
Of your passion brings up
All of my dreams in your eyes

The son will rise!
The son will rise!

Ooh, hear the call
At the wall
When the light falls from me
Then I know
Where to go
Then I see you and night
Falls down
On me
When the light falls from me
I know
Where to go…

The son will rise
To look his father in the eyes
And very soon the world will see
What it means to be seen
No more cold and silent screams
And the dreams that you’ve seen
Know that I’ll be standing
There when you open your eyes

The son will rise (x2)
Track Name: Desire
Dancing and diving
Lost in the ruined skies
I return to the moment
Something was left behind
In the dawn of a dream of the light
Lost in the light of your eyes

Going down that road not alone
I have spent my blood and my bone
Looking for that place I belong
Now the time has come to return

I’m going home
Time isn’t done
Life isn’t gone
I have returned
Love is my song
Life will go on
Here in your arms and we’re

CHORUS: Born in the fire
Rising up to the sky
In the dawn of desire
Loving you through the night

And the day
I can hear you calling my name
From a thousand miles away
All the times I wandered astray
To come back to hold you today

Let it begin
Lips over skin
Breath drawing in
Tasting the wind
Burning within
Flame starts to spin
Spiraling in and we’re

Born in the fire
Rising up to the sky
In the dawn of desire
Loving you through the night

Oooh, no nooo
The time has come the light is gone
Oooh, no nooo
The road I’m on goes on and on na na na…

I’m going home
Time isn’t done
Life isn’t gone
I have returned
Love is my song
Life will go on
Here in your arms and we’re
Born in the fire
Rising up to the sky
In the dawn of desire
Loving you through the night

Born in the fire
Rising up to the sky
In the dawn of desire
Loving you through the night
In the dawn of a dream of the light
Lost in the light of your eyes
Track Name: Ride On
Hold on
Say it softly
We are here, now
With secrets yet to tell
We can leave the lies unspoken
Come with me, love,
For the moment is real

Slow down
Take it slowly
I am here, now
To take you away
All that came before is broken
Take my hand, love
And hear what I say

CHORUS

Oh these dreams
Of horizons
Rising up to me
All I see
You can ride on
You can ride with me

And we are free now
Free of sorrows
And this emptiness
Is a fading dream
You and me our lives aren’t over
Take my breath, love,
And see what I see

REPEAT CHORUS

Ooh let it go
Let the light come down
On this empty town
Ooh I am here
And tonight we’ll see what this life can be

REPEAT CHORUS x2
Track Name: All Right Now
You and I
All warm and breathless
Coming lovers as the night becomes the day

All the while
The storm was breaking
And the lightning falls and thunder rolls away

Falls away…
And the day…

CHORUS: You and me! We have stowed the sun and
Returned the mountains to the waves
And the days! It is all undone and
This life has just begun today
And I say

That it’s all right now (for this love we share)
It’s all right now
Yes it’s all right now (let the world begin again because)
It’s all right now…

Holding on
We’ve got each other
In this moment when it all begins to change

Moving on
Into this new life
Knowing nothing now can ever be the same

Be the same…
And the day…

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE: Never knew what life could be
Trying so hard just to see I couldn’t find you
And all the times I could not cry
Til you opened up my eyes I saw inside you


But it’s all right now (for this love we share)
It’s all right now
Yes it’s all right now (let the world begin again because)
It’s all right now…

You and I
All warm and breathless
Coming lovers as the night becomes the day…