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6 Psalms

by Harrison Lemke

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i stop the car, start crying for no reason. is this just a season? i'm twenty-six years old. i thought by now i'd know, well, something i don't like what to live for what to love more how to love at all or how to breathe when the dawn comes singing by with blood on her sword. but i'm still struck dumb still all thumbs i wasted my life. i wasted my life. but the day still shines down on me still shines down on me down, down.
my lamp is burning low. sister, don't let it lose its glow; the winter is cold and the night is dark. sister, show me a bit of what you see. sister, stay awake with me and watch what unfolds and wait for the spark. you gave your patrimony to the poor, but if a poor sinner could beg a little more of your Father above, would you hear? oh sister, i need oil for my lamp. i've been asleep so long, oh! and the night is damp, and i don't have enough, and the bridegroom is near.
cigarette smoke and damp air under the awning. college kids with their faces half lit up, huddled and fawning. i feel twenty again, floating in darkness; nursing home parking lot, waves well over my head. oh Mother pray for the ones that i've hurt and can do nothing for now. hide me in your cloak of stars. catch me should i wander far. don't want to be seen except as you see me. don't want to be except you be near me.
Street Dream 03:35
the blackout street has been dreaming about you, wondering when you're coming by. me, i don't know what to do but stand apart and sigh. my heart thrills to the secret all your creatures seem to know; i glimpse its back in the windows of the places i can't go. a streetlamp nests in the crown of a tree all glowing golden veined, arms outstretched toward the mystery the world cannot contain. oh! to be swept up like Elijah to the bleeding heart of things, rising on a chandelier of burning seraph's wings. wake with a shock and some relief that the tired old world's still there. traffic murmurs in the street, a rote and endless prayer. years of fear and longing left me something that i'm not, but show me a death worth dying and i'll give it all i've got. i'll give it all i've got.
saw my reflection Sacred Heart window and oh i saw my life coming to the point of a knife. saw you demonstrated in glass in a sun of swords of brass and oh i saw my fear coming to the point of a spear. but all the pain in the world wouldn't stop you all the pain in the world wouldn't stop you not yours and not mine


six paeans to divine love


released September 6, 2019

these songs were written and recorded at home in austin, tx between nov. 2017 and aug. 2019. harrison played all the instruments except for the electric guitar on "another confused prayer", played by jared evans.

all music and lyrics by harrison except for the text of "te lucis ante terminum" which is an ancient hymn as translated by john henry newman, cardinal and saint.

vidi aquam egredientem de templo, a latere dextro, alleluia


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