Hopeful Monsters

by Charlie Nieland

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04:18 video
Nothing I I am nothing I am nothing in the end There There's no trying There's no trying to pretend And it's all just the ocean or the fire or the wind And the unbounded motion doesn't end or begin And it's breaking you open when you're diving within But your heart isn't frozen There There is nothing There is nothing to defend They say don't worry about the darkness Cause the light will return And the fire takes the likeness Of all that it burns But this drunken boat is lost now And I'm lashed by the tides Washed away in the ocean I am nothing I am nothing And the fire you will learn takes the shape of what burns
2.
I Am Your Emperor It's all so fantastic You're so plugged in that it's hard to believe But isn't it tragic You cannot feel what you cannot perceive And all your attention Scattered and holding you down like the weights round your neck So strike up the music I'm here to set you on fire I am your emperor I am your conqueror Now everything's even Even the words that fall out of your mouth Blasted by reason The things that you can't figure out But I am here now Banishing thoughts like the sirens that wail in your mind And up to the ceiling I am defying your gravity I am your emperor I am your conqueror Who will be my bride?
3.
Lost In Space The world it stopped spinning I should have told you everything I'm growing stronger and lonely every day I can only watch you drift away The light inside is hidden from your view I'm here to reflect it back to you Lost in space Is there a way, from this place To find you again Lost in space Sending signals home Like Laika all alone And all I can remember I should have told you everything Lost in space Is there a way, from this place To find you again Lost in space Sending signals home Like Laika all alone Orbiting the sky Without knowing why Sending signals home Take me down
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04:42
Sacred King When all that's left is mendacity When you are broken, you can lean on me You're waiting for the click, well I am here To sing the siren song, whispered in your ear Holding on to what you cannot touch You must let go It's just a crutch Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah This cat will hold on, you will not take less The gown I wore was grandma's wedding dress But now you don't want what the family needs And take your place on the throne beside me And now Daddy dies Like a Sacred King So there will be One more Spring Oh dance with me Take your place in the tree. It will be Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah You lose yourself In the Echo Spring And greed and avarice Seem to be everything And now Daddy dies Like a Sacred King And so it's your turn To do this very thing Avarice, avarice, greed, greed, greed, greed
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03:54
Splitting Wake up. Wake. Wake up. Wake. Forgot how to become yourself And you find that you're sure there's no one else to let you Know you used to know Try to remember The way to find your other mind Bind them together Wake up. Wake. Wake up sir. Wake. And when kindness makes you fall apart Because love makes it hard to hurt yourself but in the Dark it's just a spark Try to remember The way you find the other mind Bind them together So broken Can this broken mirror break your fall? Forgot how to become yourself And you find that you're sure you've got me to let you know You used to know Try to remember The way to find your other mind Bind them together But in the dark it's just a spark Try to remember The way to find your other mind
6.
Passion Of the Lovers Noah Found the girl in Florida Came to dance with A pirate and a warrior "So we meet again." She ran to the mantle Grasping the blade by the handle All your dreams, all your nightmares All the is darkness is becoming clear Pilar had to flee Santiago Now her heart has been exchanged for the ship she stole And all she knows She crossed swords and she parried With this man that she married All your fears, all your battles All these kisses have you rattled The passion of the lovers As they capture one another All your fears, all your battles All my kisses have you rattled The passion of the lovers As they capture one another The passion of the lovers
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Hopeful Monsters What you know is true The future's coming back for you There's a captain with no chart To find a place for you to start One mistake or one mutation Will make the perfect situation And save the day for those who saw Their life contain the perfect flaw The future, they say she waits for no one But a million years from now You won't believe the place she made For you and me And all that you have to do is go on And make your big mistake and then create The world you couldn't help but make In this time of hopeful monsters With cravings that are constant But distant relatives will win With smaller brains and bigger fins The future, they say she waits for no one But a million years from now You won't believe the place she made For you and me And all that you have to do is go on And make your big mistake and then create One million years is long Complications will be gone No one will sing this song La la la la la la la la la.....
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04:22
Lady Ligeia La la lady Ligeia Lady Ligeia White as ivory Blackest hair and strangely divine Her voice was music I lost myself in Those luminous eyes La la lady Ligeia Lady Ligeia She knew secrets The vastness of form Her voice was the deepest But she was fading In the rush of the storm The night that she died She told me As she grew so ill "We yield ourselves to the Angels We only die because our feeble will" We only die because our feeble will After months of aimless wandering I found myself in darkest grandeur An abbey in the deepest England Driven by my heart abandoned Marrying fair haired Rowena I led her from the wedding alter To the cursed bridal chamber Never to replace Ligeia Lofty walls and ghastly figures Haunted her into the bedroom She fell ill into the fever My opium dreams they came and took me She grew pale and then she grew still Grief took me then she awakened Raven black tresses fell down the bed There she was no longer dead La la lady Ligeia La la lady Ligeia
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Pickett's Charge Waves of fire like flowers bloom In the drifting clouds on Seminary Ridge Sliding down the long afternoon To the end He said the Lord will come for you in his own time As if these triggers pulled themselves And the music of cannon fire Scores the scene Where we die for nothing Falling down We'll hold the line Til the end But the Lord won't come for me, not this time We chose this way to hell While the music of cannon fire Scores the scene Where we die for nothing

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released September 28, 2016

Hopeful Monsters

1. Nothing (4:19)
2. Emperor (4:27)
3. Lost In Space (4:13)
4. Sacred King (4:42)
5. Splitting (3:54)
6. Passion Of The Lovers (4:24)
7. Hopeful Monsters (5:13)
8. Lady Ligeia (4:22)
9. Pickett's Charge (3:58)

All songs inspired by books read for the Bushwick Book Club

Written, Produced, Engineered and Mastered by Charlie Nieland in Brooklyn NY at Charlie Nieland Productions 2015-2016

Cover Art and Design by T-L Reid

Charlie Nieland: 6 & 12 String Acoustic Guitars, Bowed and Plucked Electric Guitars, Bowed and Plucked 4 and 8 String Basses, Autoharp, Lap Steel, Piano, MTron Virtual Mellotron, Korg MS20 Synth, Electric Piano, Drum Kit, Percussion, Handclaps, Programming, Vocals

Susan Hwang: Accordion (4, 7, 9), Janggu Drum (1, 4, 8), Handclaps (4), Vocals (1, 4, 5, 7)

Mia Pixley: Cello (2, 3, 6)

Storm Garner: Violin (1, 6)

Jessie Kilguss: Vocals (7), Harmonium (8)

Thanks to Susan Hwang for inspiring the whole thing with the Bushwick Book Club and so much more, Ronan Conroy, Barbie Lackey, Bob Appel, Antonio Huerta, LG, Daniel Cousins, Marlon Cherry, Matt Johnson, Storm Garner, Jessie Kilguss, Palmyra Delran, Rachelle Garniez, Ellia Bisker, Mia Pixley, Paul Shellack, T-L Reid, Oh Halo, Her Vanished Grace and Jan Nieland. Dedicated to Richard Nieland.

© 2016 Athame Music

Charlie Nieland:
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Charlie and Susan are Lusterlit:
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Bushwick Book Club:
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Lusterlit Brooklyn, New York

With their songs created for Bushwick Book Club, BBC founder, Susan Hwang and BBC contributor and producer, Charlie Nieland, have joined forces to perform as the new, literature-inspired duo—Lusterlit. Both vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, Charlie and Susan alternate lead vocals and harmonies while supporting each other on guitar, bass, synth, traditional Korean drum and accordion. ... more

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