Tuskha

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released May 24, 2016

All songs written, performed and produced by Phil Moore
Mixed by Jon Ashley
Additional production by Nick Sanborn
Additional production on “First Date” by Ari Picker
Mastered by Evan Bradford

Photography by Elise Tyler
Design and layout by Endless Endless

Special thanks to my beloved Beth Tacular, Autry Moore, Mom & Dad, Martin Anderson, Will Hackney, Mark Paulson and Bryant Froeschle.
With special help from the Billy and Lisa Burke Foundation

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Track Name: The Shine
Take a shine tonight
set your clocks back
I’m on down that path
with my cherry eyes

lightning lift the gates
I’ve been all up and down...
...and up and down
these days

on the best we fall apart
in some way
with a force
and that shadow of ours
Always begging

In the blossom of night
we could start a war
and never fall back
in place
but, always there’s the call of the wild
you see that other side
and your always begging

Take a shine tonight
set your clocks back
I’m on down that path
with my cherry eyes
Track Name: The While
I’ve been up most the night, most the night
and every little hour slips through, every little hour slips through

I’m the water, and you’re somewhere out there, in the darkness and every little hour slips through, every little hour slips through

....and I disappear, disappear, a little further

I’m the shape and you’re the shadow
and every little path was true, every little path was true

......I’s trying to tell you

that it’s alright, if it all falls around you
if every little heart beats true, if every little heart beats true

There’s a lie
that eats you up inside all the while
the lies, the lies, the lies

hold me back, but you can’t hold the reigns
There’s a lie
that eats you up inside
all the while
the lies, the lies, the lies
Track Name: No Pain
We heard the chatter
no, nothing makes haste like a cold wind blowing
across a cold lake

don’t lose the message
now, hold it to your heart
and walk the line
walk the line

frail edges
wear your old colors
old guard
walk the line

same journey same voice
out on the pier tonight
and it’s all chance and wonder
from now until they cut the lights

same journey same voice
out on the pier tonight
and it’s all chance and wonder
from now on

no pain tonight we equalize
no stitch in time
well, alright alright

we cater to you
we lay down for you we’re over that
well, alright alright

no pain tonight
we equalize
what’s wrong with that
well, alright alright

we cater to you
we lay down for you
we’re over that
well, alright alright

throw ‘em out the door and down the road
heads bowed, sullen in a daunting world
don’t lose the message
hold it to your heart
and walk the line
walk the line

same journey same voice
out on the pier tonight
and it’s all chance and wonder
from now until they cut the lights

same journey same voice
out on the pier tonight
and it’s all chance and wonder
from now on
Track Name: First Date
In the arbor
where the spirits lead the charge tonight

I’ll take you home
I’ll take you home
I’ll take you all the way home

It’s the last day of the quarter
and the moon’s alive
Listen as the bombs begin

and you can’t even imagine
this is where our hearts give in
and the world, as we know, just ends

I’ll take you home
I’ll take you home
I’ll take you all the way home

and there’s meaning in the shadows
of this gorgeous night

we paint the earth
we paint the sky
I steal the light from your eyes
and this feeling, overwhelming
overwhelming night

Listen as the bombs begin, etc
well you can’t even imagine
this is where our hearts give in
and the world, as we know, just ends
Track Name: Fight All Things
In the dark parts of your mind
what takes you there
well I’m on that line
feeling like a stranger here
but it takes all kinds, all kinds

change after change
you know it’s been a long road
fighting with the demons here
tearing out your throat

they whisper in the other ear
we go
all night, all night

If this is all it takes
I’m riding on your breath
we’re in that minor place

well who could want for anything less
you know it’s
just this moment fading from us

waste not - want not
you got me by the leash
singing, Take me down the mountain
wash me in the creek
feeling like there’s more to believe in
but these days
we fight all things, all things

If this is all it takes
I’m riding on your breath
we’re in that minor place
well who could want for anything less
you know it’s
just this moment fading from us
Track Name: Stops
Back in the yard and all of fourteen
my mates and I were on the beat
don’t let the sky crash down on us
still got the whole world and then some

burning trash in the lilac bushes
still don’t know what all the fuss was
one match and no one to watch us
does our world melt down to nothing

is it art, call it art
is it life, call it life
is it the real thing, darling
or just a new oblivion

is it life, call it life
is it blood, call it blood
is it the real thing, darling
or just a new oblivion

changing the names
changing the street
this fettered lark is on the wing
don’t let the sky crash down on us
still got the whole world and then some

stealing back to the old country
hanging from the willow tree
what is true and everlasting
does our world melt down to nothing

is it art, call it art
is it life, call it life
is this the real thing, darling
or just a new oblivion

is it life, call it life
is it blood, call it blood
is this the real thing, darling
or just a new oblivion
Track Name: Two Hands
yes, we’re haunting these old statues
while the dream is in the straight noose
but you are, you are, you are, you are, you are atoned
old world

yes, we’re steady on the tight wire
and there’s a river raging harder
but you are, you are, you are, you are, you are atoned
old world

on to the next (now)
so much weight on these two hands
all this time on the fence
all this time to forget

It’s just you and me and all we love
and the wild horses can’t stop
us
we are, we are, we are, we are, we are atoned
old world

on to the next (now)
so much weight on these two hands
all this time on the fence
all this time to forget

Oh my dear
we are just seed to hope for
our dreams are up in the rafters
new worlds
you are what you care for, yes
the dirt in your own two hands

on to the next (now)
so much weight on these two hands
all this time on the fence
all this time to forget
Track Name: The Program
Like a cinderella in the wee hours
I stand in the shadows of the new world
just give me time pull me out of these doldrums

don’t let me feel like I donned the gown for nothing
put some color in my cheeks again, say...
....say, do you know how deep the ocean is

well......

do you wonder, do you wonder, what do you wonder for
do you wonder, or do you sit there on the phone
no, I just sit there in the full sun, sing.

is this the moment or is this just the end
is this the moment or is this just the end
....say, do you know how deep the ocean is
now......

Like I’s put here to be broken, broken.
but, they say I’m just uncertain, who knows
They say so many things I just dust off my shoulders
There are so many ways to make an honest dollar
so many lives, I can’t insist I found the right skin
but do you know how deep the ocean is, son

is this the moment or is this just the end
is this the high, then we watch the whole thing burn
is this the only way to come to terms, now
is this the moment or is this just the end
is this the moment or is this just the end
....well, do you know how deep the ocean is

well...........

Live bird
Two hearts
hold the ax
behind the barn

we want the castle
but bet the farm
head in hand
honest youth
skin to skin
can’t light the fuse

horseback
from here on out
passion never
looks back
of course you knew her
she was the bride
she turned off into the night time



dead bird
two halves
swung the ax
behind the barn

we want the castle
but bet the farm
head in hand
honest youth
skin to skin
can’t light the fuse

horseback
from here on out
passion never
looks back
of course you knew her
she was the bride
she turned off into the night time
Track Name: Golden Boy
If you can’t keep the moment live and well within your chest
If life is just a blur and slowly coming off the rails

you know I’ve been dredging up the past
and I let the stars sink down to the bottom
out in the stillness to quite the mess
aurora

haven’t seen the light lately
head’s in the breeze
just barely floating on my wildest dreams
and now I seem to be slipping down the rabbit hole
“searching for, mining for, a heart of gold”

I’ve been working towards it
some kind of truth
peeling back the layers
to the red earth
with just these hands
all cut and bruised

If you can’t keep the moment live and well within your chest
Stay Golden, Boy, Stay Golden
If life is just a blur and slowly coming off the rails
Stay Golden, Boy, Stay Golden

and I fill my cup with it
all the years
pouring down
paying dues

now I’ve been hiding out from you
scared of beauty, scared to lose
and if that’s your light, I’ve been walking towards it
I feel I’m getting honest here in the finish
and even if we're wandering......
stay golden boy

If you can’t keep the moment live and well within your chest
Stay Golden, Boy, Stay Golden
If life is just a blur and slowly coming off the rails
Stay Golden, Boy, Stay Golden