Light Inviolate

by Paul Willson

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released May 18, 2012

Paul Willson- Vox, Guitars, Singing Bowl, Compositions
Evan Sarver- Bass, Synth Bass
Devonne Harris- Rhodes
Scott Clark- Drums
Max Wareham- Banjo
Lydia Ooghe- Background Vox
Trey Pollard- Pedal Steel
Ben Heemstra- Flugelhorn on "You?"
Marcus Tenney- Tenor Sax on "Rest Easy"
David Hood- Alto Sax on "Rest Easy"
Lucas Fritz- Flugelhorn and quartet arrangement on "Speak Please"
Suzi Fischer- Flute and Clarinet on "Speak Please"
Janette Corcelius- Clarinet on "Speak Please"
Chris Bates- Trombone on "Speak Please"
Tracked by the gentlemen at Songwire Studios
Mixed By Trey Pollard
Mastered By G and J Audio
Album Art By Diane Willson

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Paul Willson Richmond, Virginia

Paul Willson is based in Richmond, Virginia. He has released one album and three double-albums as a leader/primary composer. His work has been reviewed in RVA Mag and RVA News. Paul's compositions cross into several genres. He sings, plays guitar, fiddle, sarod, and sarangi. ... more

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Track Name: Rest In This Bed (Disc 1)
In warmth of love rest your soul
There is nothing it can’t hold
In this endless bed unfold
To fill with joy the depths untold
Track Name: Speak Please (Disc 1)
Speak to me and speak certainty
For I long to hear
And rest in the words you say sure and clear

It seems that everything’s always movin’ I’m too tired to keep up
Up and down runnin’ around and doin’ it all for what

Speak to me and speak soft to me for I long to feel
The touch of tenderness forgotten can heal
It seems that feelings are always changin’ I’m too weary to keep up
On and off found then lost finished I’ve had enough

If it weren’t for you I would soon be gone
There’s no leaving here this is more than I
Speak to me and speak peacefully for I long to know
That which is greater and always here to be known

It seems that everywhere and in it all its there to be found
What is me if not for you and everything around
Track Name: All The Colors (Disc 1)
Pink and purple clouds you’re keepin’ me afloat
Liftin’ all
Colors in the sky you light up my eyes
When the world seems to fade

Blue and brilliant eyes you’re bringin’ me to life
Shinin’ through
Colors in your face leave behind a trace
That lingers on kind and strong

Yellin’ bloody man you’re keepin’ me on edge
When I was so close to rest
Colors I can sense are red orange and tense
Burned and blurred never clear

In this clearing plain to see
All of the colors are
Always in motion and blending
Onward to who knows what

Pink and Purple clouds you’re keepin’ me afloat
Liftin’ all
Colors in the sky you light up my eyes
When the world seems to fade
Track Name: Only A Changing Shape (Disc 1)
Eyes wide and smiles sweet heart dear love child
I miss you
I’m hopeful yet worn with eyes wet but warm
And I see you again and I know in the end
When you find him your joy will be mine too

But I miss you
Darlin’ I miss you

We had to part ways but there’s many a day
I think of you
And wonder in time if ever I’ll find again
Someone so kind and devoted and fine
I had to leave you
But it pains me still

Cause I miss you
Darlin’ I miss you

I know that love is more than one form of it
Limited only when we try to control it
Believe me when I say it hasn’t gone away
Only a changing shape even in the heartache
The same love its true
Is what makes me miss you

Darlin’ I miss you
Track Name: Divided Mind (Disc 1)
You’ve got to wonder what’s under all this
Let’s not stay here stuck to the surface
We could swim depths where movements are free
We could be anything completely

If I had the chance I would take it
But I don’t believe chance could be mine
What’s to be other than what we see?
Why not take comfort in what we know?

The more that you sleep the harder to wake
The chance is always now, there’s no other
We’re not cast everything can be new
All that’s past, let it with the wind blow

We’ve all got our dreams
Don’t they come when we sleep?
The more that you sleep
The more there’s to dream

All that’s past
Made us what we are now
What is new
But dreams amidst an old world?

The more that you sleep the harder to wake
The more that you sleep the more there’s to dream
Track Name: People Come Alive (Disc 1)
All you beautiful people come alive
There’s no time or reason to hide
Be with me while we are here
When we live there’s no death to fear

What is this half embrace?
Are you afraid to want something?
Is there a better time?
And what until then?

Do you know the taste?
Could somebody tell you?
Can you feel your breath?
And the life it gives you

I’m so scared of losing
What will happen?
If I let go what can I hold on to?
If I am gone what will be?
Track Name: Father (Disc 1)
Father of mine
Not to worry
Everything’s fine

Though we
may have
our different ways
I wouldn’t change a thing

You’ve given more than one could ask for
Tireless heart
You’ve been there always with care
Done more than your part

As a child you
showed me how to
always bring a laugh
and what
it could
mean to others
to be a friend

you’ve given more than you were
given by your father
and given me so much to be
a father

your reward is here
look at it all
the wondrous life you’ve shared
is just starting to blossom

I hope you know how much it means
Track Name: Light Inviolate (Disc 1)
Once I knew a joy, this life seemed to be giving
But now to speak truthfully, can’t see a life worth living

What of health could grow in this sick soil?
Desert dry the fruit of toil

Trees only grow toward the sun
But in shadows we’ve begun

I don’t know how to live surely there is something I missed
Is there a care asleep in you there? Where is there a purpose?

Trees only grow towards the sun
But in shadows we’ve begun

But oh you are not alone my friend
Oh your sorrows are my own

You forgot the joy, but it’s always there
Love is finding it everywhere

Trees only grow towards the sun
Light inviolate we’ll become

And oh you are not alone my friend
Oh your sorrows are my own
Track Name: Open (Disc 2)
If that part of you dies
Take my eyes
The sights you have to share
Can’t be seen elsewhere

If that part of you is hid
Tie my arms
There’s not much we can hold
Alone

I can feel your hurt
You don’t have to close
The wholeness that you want
Is here
Open

If that part of you is gone
How brittle the song
We would sing
With your voice missing
Track Name: Ballad Of A Homeless Man (Disc 2)
These hands would work if they could find it
Is there no room here no place inside?
To you I’m crazy or maybe just lazy but
How sane could you stay with no place to go?

There’s only dead ends in black and white
It hurts to breathe when the chest is tight
People won’t leave me but can’t stand to see me
No place for a body to rest in the night

Yes I’ve been trying to keep these eyes open but
They wanna take the rest I can’t find
To you an eyesore just given what I asked for but
What would you give if I asked for your help?

What glory could be pure when this life is never sure?

But I’ve seen people with knowing in their smiles
Who feel the weight the heartbreak but joyful all the while
Is there a hope in the glimmer of these faces?
That what they know I could know too?

So yes I’ll search alone as I may be
You’ve gotta seek if you wanna find
No I won’t give up even if I get stuck
I won’t live in a rut all my life
Track Name: Divine Lover (Disc 2)
I am listening
With your sound move me
I’ll be what you ask
You are my only
I am feeling
With your hands touch me
I’ll be what you need
With your body show me

I’ll be the strongest structure or the ebb of emotion
Silent and still or a scream or a motion

In the light of the mind, you appear so clearly
In the rippling heart’s waters, I love you so dearly

With your voice call me
I’ll be an answer
You aren’t beyond reach
Let me know you

I’ll be the strongest structure or the ebb of emotion
Silent and still or a scream or a motion

In the light of the mind, you appear so clearly
In the rippling heart’s waters, I love you so dearly

You’re all I could want
Let me know you
Track Name: Come Always (Disc 2)
How could I turn away from such a lovely face?
To sing a song to pine and long, what can it do?

I don’t wanna lose you, can it be just to be here?
I don’t wanna lose you, I don’t even have you

Oh how deeply smiles my heart when yours does
When your near you bring and share such life and warmth

I can’t help but see you, can it be? Well it is now
I can’t help but love you, I don’t even know you

In the quiet, come to me now,
In the sound, come to me now
In the joy, come to me now,
In the gloom, come to me now

I’m right here, I can’t try to hide,
in this moment, please, be here

In the quiet, come to me now,
In the sound, come to me now
In the joy, come to me now,
In the gloom, come to me now

How could I even try to say goodbye?
Faces change but yours remains, you’ll be here
Track Name: In Love With A Ghost (Disc 2)
You float through my head
Your face stays with me

Like a ghost you haunt
Silently you’re here

Silent and yet there’s a call in your face
Seemingly sweet but then sours the taste
Clearly I see you yet blind to all else
dull to what’s real all I feel is your spell

I’m in love with a ghost
Oh what the mind can make
For the heart to take

I’m in love with a ghost
Isn’t it hard to face and leave
Each moment its place


Be gone from me leave now
Be gone from me leave now
Be gone
Be gone

Hair black as no light
Eyes endless as sands
Track Name: Rest Easy (Disc 2)
If there’s love in this body
If there’s pain in this body
If there’s sadness and gladness and shame in this body
Let it come through, all of it’s true

If there’s love in this world
If there’s pain in this world
If there’s humor and tumors and blame in this world
We’re all a part, no end or start

So rest easy
You’re so good
You’ve driven and given all that you could
Now rest

If there’s anger in this body
And fear in this body
If no energy seems to be here in this body
All of it is just forms we give it

If there’s hunger in this world
And despair in this world
And it seems there’s too little to share in this world
We’ve got so much
We’ve got enough
Track Name: You? (Disc 2)
The soft smell of your hair
The brightness of your touch
Could I have known you?

The color of your heart
I hear when you speak
I know I recognize

Who are you?
Where can you be?
Can you see I live faithfully?
Knowing that to be true
Is the only way to you

The round warmth of your eyes
And body with mine
Could I have known them?
The sweet smile of your love
Is without circumstance
You give it freely

I thought I had found you
Will I find you again
Track Name: Treasure (Disc 2)
I’m sorry I wasn’t there

All I want is to be there

I heard you call in need

All I want is to answer

All the beauty that I missed
When I clung to the surface
Afraid to drown
But oh the treasure in your depths
To be found

I’m sorry I couldn’t meet your eyes

But I could see your tears inside

I wanted to hold you in silent strength

But I held you at arms length

All the beauty that I missed
When I clung to the surface
Afraid to drown
But oh the treasure in your depths
To be found
oh the treasure in your depths
To be found
Track Name: In This Bed, Awaken (Disc 2)
In this bed awaken so
All that’s here is here to know
When you come to be the glow
Everywhere you’ll see it show