Out of the Dead Land

by Orion the Hunter

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released May 15, 2016

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Orion the Hunter San Francisco, California

Nathaniel Orion. Just a small, tired poet learning how to play guitar and pet dogs at the same time. Donations go toward keeping me in socks and comic books.

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Track Name: Snow On Fire
This is how it goes: I take off my stolen clothes
My heart is buried in the icy ground
The winter wind is howling, but the beats still make a sound
And I mourn for the blood inside that froze

The city is restless and so are we
We chase our shadows through the empty midnight streets
I’m a nomad in my head; I get lost for a week
And I come back half dead

And you - you’re the one thing I never could erase
Let’s wash the tear stains from our pillow case
You know what I’m asking: screw your courage to the sticking place
And stay, and stay

Tell me where you stand and I will mark it on the map
I borrow all the peace of mind I never could kidnap
If you talk me down from heights, then I will never learn to fly
And if it kills me, I will try

And you - you’re the one thing I never could misplace
Let’s wash the tear stains from our pillow case
You know what I’m asking: screw your courage to the sticking place
And stay, and stay

Where there’s smoke, there’s a fire
Where there’s pain, there’s desire
And the blizzard in me rages ever higher
But now it’s time to set the snow on fire
But now it’s time to set the snow on fire
Track Name: Howl
Sometimes I wish that you could see the beast you bring out of me
I keep it locked inside but moonlight sets it pained and free
You’d better take my hand, my feet are bloody in this land
No preacher-man can save your soul, and babe, by now

I want to howl, I’m here for you tonight
I want to howl, and no one, babe, can drag me
From the blood-moon’s light

Like laughter in the dark, I’ve got you running scared
You’d better keep your silver close and try your hardest not to care
Sometimes I worry that I’ll be the death of you
But clouds are parting in the night and babe, by now

I want to howl, I’m here for you tonight
I want to howl, and no one, babe, can drag me
From the blood moon’s light

The scent of victory is more enticing than your skin
Although the starlight in your hair can sometimes make me ache within
You’re not the only one who’s got a past of shame
I keep mine hollow in my name, but babe, by now

I want to howl, I’m here for you tonight
I want to howl, and no one, baby, can drag me
From the blood moon’s light

I am not the sum of all my anger and fear
Though my rage may bruise
There isn’t any person who can pardon my sins -
My god lives on the dark side of the moon

It’s not your lonely mind or your tortured soul
That makes me want to dig my fingers into your chest and feel your heart pulse
I want to hunt you down, I wanna bear your weight in my arms
I want your heart inside my breast, but now I want

To hear you howl, I’m here for you tonight
I want to howl, and no one babe, can save me
From the blood moon’s light
No one can save me from my howl
Track Name: The River
I am nobody’s son, no one’s dangerous daughter
I won’t stand six feet tall, I won’t lie six feet under
I wander to the river, chase the night and chase the thunder
I would kiss the riverbed, but I’d still drown in shallow water

I knew you in a past life, my bones know your bones
Knot a tie or knot a noose, I’m homesick for a headstone

Can anybody hear me? Is anybody near me?
Can anybody hear me under moonlight in the cemetery?

Your heart makes footprints in the fresh snow
You wrote your name in red lipstick on your gravestone
If I were buried where your heels tread
Would you love me even more if I was dead?

The sharpness of your smile broke my skin
Press your ear to my heart to listen in
I’ve tried so hard to teach myself my name
But there’s no one but myself to impress or to blame

Can anybody hear me? Is anybody near me?
Can anybody hear me under moonlight in the cemetery?

So recoil like a gun from my gentlest touch:
I saw our reflections and I knew enough
I’ll come back from the dead with defeat in my eyes
The river will welcome what I don’t recognize

The apartment walls are paper thin
So I guess we know how the water’s getting in
And I would drown my heart like I promised I would
But I won’t drown my heart like I know I should

It isn’t like the movies said:
We built up a city to bury our dead
The river will swallow the buildings by the shore
So brace yourself against your city, locked windows and doors

Can anybody hear me? Is anybody near me?
Can anybody hear me under moonlight in the cemetery?
Track Name: Collateral Damage
He wants to die where his heart cannot see him
Where everyone cries, but his friends all believe
That his sacrifice will keep the world spinning on
I ask “where’s the line between hero and savage?”
He can’t meet my eyes when he answers “collateral damage”

And I can remember his face in the dark of his past
His eyes were masked by the darkest part
I grasped at his shoulders but he did not feel my hands

He veils me with worry to hide his obsession
And sometimes I like it, sometimes I can’t stand him
I ask him how long he has shouldered the weight of his heart

And I can remember his laugh when he’s out of control
I’ll kiss him again until he can feel clean emotion
I’ll ask him tomorrow if blood makes him a better man

I cannot tell which way leads to easier rage
I will not sing softly the song of broken age
And the birds, oh, my brothers, can wail til their wings burst to bone
Until I can’t fly, I will spend all my sky alone

And he will bite his tongue and spend the evening on the ground
But I can’t stay still like that, rotting and gaining more baggage
I ask “what’s the cost of my love?”
He says “collateral damage”

He bleeds me with scorn when my love can’t deceive him
And all of my feelings can’t hide from his reason
I live like a parasite, latched to his smile and his bones

And I laugh like a lover, though he will not touch my hand
The sharpest of smiles fill my head with impossible notions

I am stuck on his trail, I will shadow a specter of him
He must know I’m straggling behind him, a phantom limb
But I will not run from my fear, though he has the advantage
When I ask what I am to him, he says “collateral damage”
When I ask what I am to him, he says “collateral damage”
Track Name: Hypochondriac for Heartache
Take my hand, take my pride, take my temperature
Your hands are always coldest in the summer
I will wait, I will wait in the darkness of your city
Feeling its heartbeat run through my veins

And you take it all in stride - the murmur of my heart

Take a chance, take a look, take your courage in hand
Your arrogance will make you run - take me with you
You can take comfort, take heed, take no for an answer
But the world will always need saving from heartbreak

And you never could say no the echo in our hearts
To the ancient fear of love, the ancient truth in solitude

If I am a hypochondriac for heartache
Perhaps my love’s not real, my anxiety a ghost
But baby, I see your face written on my palms
Smudged on the mirror, oh, oh

The city bleeds when you cut it
Your masks litter the pavement like lost pennies
You like the rooftops, it suits your lonely nature
To be higher than your shadow

But I will climb to get to the coldness of summer
Take my hand
Track Name: James
We both catch our trains again
City streets like veins again
I swallow all my shame again
Let you take the blame again

Steal a glance across the tracks:
I ain't never looking back

You're a nightmare, you're poetry
We blur the lines of symmetry
We're neither of us gentle or kind
I'm desperate for your touch
I know I'm asking for too much
But could you ever stomach being mine?
James - what's on your mind?

You take your love and fold it up
It fits inside a coffee cup
Your heart’s the size of your fist
Clench it tight so it won’t split

Did you think it would come to this?
Borrowed time? stolen kiss?

You’re a nightmare, you’re poetry
We blur the lines of symmetry
We’re neither of us gentle or kind
I’m desperate for your touch
I know I’m asking for too much
But could you ever stomach being mine?
James - I need more time

You’re still some kid that chases the shadows
And looks for your place in the world
I know you: I know all your faces
And I know how much it can hurt
I’m sorry: sorry I held you and sorry I tore you apart

You’re a nightmare, you’re poetry
We blur the lines of symmetry
We’re neither of us gentle or kind
I’m desperate for your touch
I know I’m asking for too much
But could you ever stomach being mine?
James - make up your mind