Alpine Seas

by Brian S. Cassidy

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Chad Jowers
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Chad Jowers Talented neighbor, fellow dad, awesome artist - I love hearing him collaborate with his 7 year old...just beautiful! Favorite track: The South.
jon & liam
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jon & liam "A record about the wonder of the world and the fact that we’re alive in it" - Favorite track: Arcadia.
Nick Green
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Nick Green If there was a way to ignore,all the day and all of the night,to hold on to the ones you love in that moment before the dawn , beyond the weight....... Favorite track: Beyond the Dark.
Michael Cassidy
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Michael Cassidy All of these songs are moving. Brian's musicianship shows through in both the playing and singing. Favorite track: The South.
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The debut album from Okkervil River alum, Brian S. Cassidy. All songs were recorded with the use of 2 sub-$100 microphones, a 2-channel audio interface, and an 8-year old computer. All instruments performed by Brian S. Cassidy.

Available from Wren & Shark Records.


released December 15, 2015

All songs written, performed, mixed, and mastered by Brian S. Cassidy in Austin, TX. © 2015 Cassidy Songs (ASCAP)



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Brian S. Cassidy Austin, Texas

Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, teacher, family man.

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Track Name: I'm an Ocean
I'm a dark island
I'm the scow at the back of the bay
I'm an ocean

I want to go where the weeds grow
Want to climb up your coast, and it shows
I'm an ocean

There's no mistaking the lighthouse
All that guides when we're coming or leaving
You're a beacon

Your shore is a bonfire
Is that a token that you're leaving or loving?
We're gonna make it

Gonna take the tide on
Wintertime and weakened arms
I'm in motion

A beam in the low light
Like the wind behind the lines
I'm in motion
Track Name: Beyond the Dark
Fold into the dark beyond the last evening spark
Beyond the glow there is a place
Where the shade bends with the night
Where I've been known to go
To help my mind hear my heart
In that moment just before the dark
Before the black
So take my hand in that moment
Just before the dark

There is a time when the winds
Have changed their mind
And the earth is cold and still
And the stars have had their fill
When I've been known to go
To ease my mind, to carry on
In that moment just before the dawn,
Before the light
So take my hand in that moment
Just before the dawn

All the time in the world,
A view from our youth,
What I wouldn't trade
For this time with you, this life that we've made

If there was a way to ignore
All of the day and all of the dark
To hold on to the ones you love
In that moment just before the dawn
Beyond the weight
Come take my hand in this moment
Just beyond the dark
Track Name: A Cruise
Alone you sit, knotted-eyed
The wind unfolds your sail:
A tease that leaves you nothing
But waves

But it's fair to see your center cleat's
Got nothing so deep
A twist, a turn
You'll see

You caught me aging
And underrating
You're seaside, waiting for me
You'll be free, free

I lumbered around
Heavy steps, I suppose
But you don't get the gold
Without the weight

You're thin-skin from the north winds
Tethered the storm
A claw, a cruise,
A breeze

Set it down
We'll be gone in a minute
You get hold of all the winds that you can
Cause you can

A lonely boat tied to the shore
Of course you would want more
The dream is not forgotten

The wind over my left shoulder
We're sailing by the lee
A prayer, a clue
The Sea

Set it down
The shore will be gone in a minute
You get hold of all the winds that you can
Cause you can, they won't mind
Track Name: Arcadia
Tangled in a tide of your city sounds,
How's the ride in your mid-tempo midtown?
Is it all and more you had hoped to find?

Laughing when you're feeling low is hard to take.
Fine, let's take a walk, out-of-town, our Arcadia
I've got things to say if I could find the time.

Walking in the pine wood, I feel
I could say the words that could make you love me.
I haven't figured them out, but I'm gonna try
I haven't asked you yet, but I'm gonna try, try, try

[Don't fake it, you'll regret it, don't base it on the same science.
There's no mistaking, gonna make it right]

Life gives you seasons, do you need a reason
To leave the city if it's only the weekend?
I've got things to say if I could find the time.

My knees are on fire, my shoulders spent
Yet, you can be as innocent and eloquent as anyone
All the things you say with a lonely eye
I can't figure you out, but I'm gonna try, try, try

[Don't fake it, you'll regret it, don't base it on the same science.
There's no mistaking, gonna make it right]

Take a chance only on a feeling.
It's not your life, it's just the weekend.
You know we'll take our time.
We'll rise and fall.
We'll light the dark.
You said it right, you're city work, your handheld curse,
Could wait a while.
You said tonight, you'll feel the wild.
I feel the wild. I feel the wild.
I feel it.
Track Name: Uncompahgre
Rising on the shadows of the sunset
In the American west
On a golden, glowing river
Beware the undertow
And the things you know
Because in our minds,
We've done it all before

This land is not our own
We took it in the night
We make our way down
In a fog of white
I know it's all need
To never fall behind
I know there's gold beneath
That was never ours to mine

Even the man known
As "The Arrow"
Couldn't change the tide flow
Like a river, though,
he was stronger beneath the stillness
of his surface
Track Name: The South
Do you remember all the times we spent
in our lives looking up at the stars?
How can you afford to
forget what I cannot?
Is it all the same?
Does it take all you got?

I'm a pretender
knee deep in December.
It hasn't felt the same.
It hasn't felt like the holidays in forever.

How is the south?
How is the warm sun?
Is it all ablaze?
Is it all that you wanted?

Take a part, and a side.
Headed south, lonely ride.
Wrap it round, mount the sun.
Tie it tight, you're the one.
Take an end, pull me in.
Nothing left on my end
Except the broken hands
Of a broken man
With dreams of sun
And burning sand.
You're the one.
Lonely ride.
Track Name: Rich Man
I walked the sky this morning
Tried not to wake the dead
I bled the alimony
With wounds not healed, not yet

Hey, I'm a rich man
I did it all

The take, the sides, the armory
Oh, the wonderful life
To see the sun, the blooming
The weeds will creep when you're blind

Hey, I'm a rich man
I did it all

The days we built a home
Of stones and tangled vines
The grayed veneer and rust worn racks
Have long since past their prime

I gave you all my heart
If not all my time
I wonder if you think
You always have a part of mine
Track Name: If I Could Write a Song
I can't write a song
I can't sing a note
I can't leave my home
I can't stay here alone

I can't write a song
It just takes too long
Because you have to write words
And they have to rhyme

I can't sing about love
I wouldn't know where to start
I can't open my arms
With a broken heart

I can't sing about Jesus
But I've been prayin' for a verse
Or maybe a hookey chorus
That everyone would sing

Then I would be famous
And that would be alright
And I might even ask you
If you'd stay for the night

And you might say, "yes."
And we would get married
And I'd hold you in my arms
And you'd hold me back

If I could write a song
I'd make it the greatest
With full string arrangements
And choreographed changes

On big stages
With backup singers
And back stages
For V.I.P.s

Oh, maybe it's easy
Maybe I'm wrong
Maybe you'd love me
Without a song