The Great Silence

by Stewart Eastham

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released March 13, 2020

Songs Written by Stewart Eastham * Long Bar Music (ASCAP)

Produced by Burke Ericson & Stewart Eastham
Engineered by Dave Pearson

Additional Engineering (tracks 1, 9, 10, 13) by Stewart Eastham

Recorded at The ER Studio, Nashville, TN
Additional Recording at Velvet Room LA, Los Angeles, CA
Additional Recording at The Seymour Estate, Nashville, TN

Mixed & Mastered by Rich Mouser at The Mouse House Studio, Los Angeles

Stewart Eastham - guitars, synths, pedal steel, piano, organ, programming
Allen Jones - drums, percussion
Jeff Rogers - guitars
Christopher Griffiths - bass guitar

Burke Ericson - guitars, backing vocals
David Yuter - piano, organ, clavinet
Jennifer Gibbons - backing vocals
Dave Pearson - organ
Rich Mouser - guitar (track 5)
Vincent Zaalberg - banjo (track 4)
Eddie Lopez - cowbell

Painting & photography by Katrena Rochell
Art design & layout by Stewart Eastham

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Stewart Eastham Nashville, Tennessee

Stewart Eastham takes his music in bold new directions with his third full length solo album "The Great Silence". This release takes on the metaphysical realm exploring grand themes of life, death, and rebirth. While not technically a “concept” album, it feels like one with its repeating themes and motifs.

Eastham is based in Nashville, TN and was born and raised in rural Northern California.
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Track Name: 40 Days
Running from my demons, I sought the desert land
40 days and 40 nights I ran

With blacktop underneath me, the sun before me rose
40 days and 40 nights I drove

She appeared like she was heaven sent
The Devil’s Playground is where it is we went

We ate the food of the gods in repose
Take this trip wherever the hell it goes

The rain came down, dissolved me into the wind
And so it came to pass, I met my end

She often spoke of Tangiers, said that’s where she’d be
40 days and 40 nights at sea

As we shot the junk of Naked Lunch, I found myself entranced
40 days and 40 nights we danced

She whispered of occult things that she had done
Said I’d love to help, but you know I’m on the run

With serpentine movement, she came across the bed
More than once I’d a sworn that I was dead

The rain came down, dissolved me into the wind
And so it came to pass, I met my end

I showed her my pistol and I could see that she was scared
40 days and 40 nights we stared

She slumped down to the floor, pain tore me up inside
40 days and 40 nights I cried

Her heart was broke at the loss of her youth
I said, "Honey, I don’t know about you, but I think I’m through"

“This life we’re livin’, ain’t livin’ at all”
Her eyes rolled back and I ran out from the stall

The rain came down, dissolved me into the wind
And so it came to pass, I met my end
Track Name: Take My Land
There’s blood in the ocean, there’s fire in the streets
They’re selling hatred for free

Ancient religion, ancient belief
Ain’t it just like a thief

In the darkness, we hide
And see it all with a jaundiced eye

Take my land again / Same old shit that never ends
Fight on another day / Meet me out by the old speedway
Break free of control / Peace and love and rock n roll
Roll on, brother, roll on

Are we picking our leaders or are they picking us
There’s not much left we can trust

Violence of outrage, violence fatigue
Violation achieved

Divided we fall
Together we stand tall

Take my land again / Same old shit that never ends
Fight on another day / Meet me out by the old speedway
Break free of control / Peace and love and rock n roll
Roll on, brother, roll on

We all will say goodbye if we can’t break through the now
Don’t ask me why, just ask yourself how

Take my land again / Same old shit that never ends
Fight on another day / Meet me out by the old speedway
Break free of control / Peace and love and rock n roll
Roll on, brother, roll on
Track Name: Flowers To My Gravestone
I was killed by a woman
She put a bullet right through my heart
As she fired a second round, saw my blood on the ground
With the third shot my world it fell apart

I know I wasn’t a good man
But I done the best that I knew how
I lived a life of shame ‘cause the drink was my game
Now I’m living six feet underground

Please bring flowers to my gravestone
Please come visit my new home
I lived out my days, but my spirit won’t raise
Please bring flowers to my grave, my gravestone

That waitress she didn't mean nothing
She was just an old drunk that I knew
I tried to tell her no when she took me to her home
But I cannot say what she made me do

My old lady she didn't wanna hear it
Just stood before me and laughed
I guess she'd had enough of all my low-down stuff
Her eyes glowed red behind that muzzle flash

Please bring flowers to my gravestone
Please come visit my new home
I lived out my days, but my spirit won’t raise
Please bring flowers to my grave, my gravestone

Can’t get no peace in this graveyard
The dead make a helluva squall
Their carrying on keeps me up all night long
If I had me a gun I’d kill ‘em all

Please bring flowers to my gravestone
Please come visit my new home
I lived out my days, but my spirit won’t raise
Please bring flowers to my grave, my gravestone
Track Name: One More
Said you wanna be my queen then give me what it is I need
The harlequin doesn’t wear a crown

Words might seem cheap, their damage so discreet
You tear me up when you cut me down

I got one more chance to hold you
You got one more chance not to let me down
We got one more round left between us
Before the lights go down in this town

Your amphetamine smile entertained for a while
But I don’t have time for another show

The fog of rage rips out another page
Reveal yourself and let it go

I got one more chance to hold you
You got one more chance not to let me down
We got one more round left between us
Before the lights go down in this town

All that I want is for you and your heart to be mine
All that I need is for your grace and your kindness to shine
Let your grace and your kindness shine

I got one more chance to hold you
You got one more chance not to let me down
We got one more round left between us
Before the lights go down in this town
Track Name: Life Of Crime
Did some lines and did some time
Bought the ticket and took the ride
Gettin’ high and gettin’ fly
Go and tell your momma I that said hi

You said you wanted me but I didn’t want you to know
Now that you're leaving, down must I go

Did real bad thing a long time ago
With a lady of the night outside Reno
Went sideways in a cheap hotel
Drunk for years but I never did tell

You said you wanted me, but I didn’t want you to know
Now that you're leaving, down must I go

Baby, I lead a life of crime, doing things that I must hide
Baby, I lead a life of crime, lying and cheating is all that you’ll find

Had me a job in Bakersfield
With a good ol’ boy behind the wheel
But that sumbitch was wearing a wire
So I burnt him down in a ring of fire

You said you wanted me but I didn’t want you to know
Now that you're leaving, down must I go

Baby, I lead a life of crime, doing things that I must hide
Baby, I lead a life of crime, lying and cheating is all that you’ll find

You said that you want to believe
But you’re acting so goddamn naïve
So, Darling, open up your eyes
‘Cause you’re in for one big surprise
Everything I told you was lies

Thought with you I’d change my ways
Turns out it wasn’t nothing but a phase
Built for speed, not built to last
Ain’t never gonna outrun my past

You said you wanted me but I didn’t want you to know
Now that you're leaving, down must I go

Baby, I lead a life of crime, doing things that I must hide
Baby, I lead a life of crime, lying and cheating is all that you’ll find
Track Name: Curtain Call
I was an actor in a play that you wrote
But nobody told me how the ending would go
I thought I was the hero and our love would not die

But heroes don’t fall, when their back’s to the wall
And they damn sure don’t cry

The footlights are shining and the crowd is so loud
When the curtain call comes I’m nowhere to be found

As the second act started you slipped from my grasp
I watched as you charmed them with every spell you cast
The kind of performance that lights up the stage

Pristine and profound, my heart hit the ground
As you floated away

The footlights are shining and the crowd is so loud
When the curtain call comes I’m nowhere to be found

The rain poured down
Filled the gutters up with shame
The playbill was soaked through
With no sign of my name

My best friend betrayed me
Stole all of my lines
Stood in the spotlight
While I lost my mind

The footlights are shining and the crowd is so loud
When the curtain call comes I’m nowhere to be found

I thought I was the hero and our love would not die

But heroes don’t fall when their back’s to the wall
And they damn sure don’t cry
Track Name: The Executioner's Lament
Stuck between war and peace
When I got back from overseas
With hearts and minds pinned on my chest

Got myself a job downtown
Running high class girls around
You know the kind, better than the rest

I can’t say I lost my faith ‘cause it wasn’t mine to lose

Babe, I believe you’re innocent / All your days have came and went
Babe, I believe you’re innocent / The executioner’s lament

She cried out for her son
I knew it was all for fun
Tarot cards revealed the truth

Spin the wheel, take a chance
Dreaming of the South of France
The High Priestess wore a noose

Think you just might win but in the end you’ll lose

Babe, I believe you’re innocent / All your days have came and went
Babe, I believe you’re innocent / The executioner’s lament

Wandering through the streets of my hometown
Freaks and desperados all around
Said you want to know, I don’t think you do
Guillotines and gallows, so taboo

Please stop, I cannot stay
See me, I won’t be okay
Broken, soaked in decay
Obscene like a dream in the day

Find yourself another man
There’s too much blood on these hands
Lost it all when I lost my...

Babe, I believe you’re innocent / All your days have came and went
Babe, I believe you’re innocent / The executioner’s lament
Track Name: Do You Dream
Do you dream of the sunshine
Do you dream of the rain
Do you dream of a child who never came

Do you dream of your mother
Do you dream of your sins
Do you dream that heaven might be real but you’re not getting in

Do you dream of that old house
In the town where you used to live
Do you dream you ain’t got a goddamn thing left to give

There must be more than all we see
So tell me, baby, do you dream?

Do you dream that you’re slippin’
Flying through space and time
Do you dream that you’re nothing but a mote in god's eye

Do you dream of amusement parks
Trains going off the track
Do you dream of running away and never coming back

Do you dream of the photograph
Do you dream of films unseen
Do you dream of the truth behind the lies that you believed

There must be more than all we see
So tell me, baby, do you dream?

Do you dream of the springtime
Do you dream of the fall
Do you dream of the moment when you thought that you’d lost it all

Do you dream of smoke
Do you dream of the fire
Do you dream there will ever be a day when you’re not tired

Do you dream of the blood
Do you dream of the crash
Do you dream that everything you loved turned into ash
There must be more than all we see
So tell me, baby, do you dream?

I woke up this morning
The sun was black
This time we’ve gone too far to ever make it back

So I lay myself down
In the middle of Gallatin Road
Hear the cars overhead playing stop and go

I close my eyes
And drift out to sea
Tell me darlin’, do you dream?
Track Name: Beyond The Oak Trees
They say our love is trifling
They say our love ain’t right
I’m tired of all this hiding
Under cover of night

Run with me beyond the oak trees
And we’ll see what lies on the other side
Run with me beyond the oak trees
And we’ll find ourselves another life

In darkness there burns a fire
Extinguished by the light
We hold on to each other
With all of our might

Run with me beyond the oak trees
And we’ll see what lies on the other side
Run with me beyond the oak trees
And we’ll find ourselves another life

Oh, how they tried
To tear apart our hearts and break our minds
There ain’t no greater sin
Than to persecute another man just so you can win
One day they will all fall down
‘Cause there's far too many of us now
There’s far too many of us now

Run with us beyond the oak trees
And we’ll see what lies on the other side
Run with us beyond the oak trees
And we’ll find ourselves another life
Track Name: Lake's Edge
Stand at dawn on the lake’s edge
In the place where I come from
I ain’t been here in so long
But I cannot say what I’ve done

My thoughts drift back to the ones I’ve loved
The pleasures and the pain
Is it the beauty
Or tragedy of life it all fades

Lovers they come and lovers they go
But the first light of the morning
Is the loneliest thing I know

Bright lights and pretty eyes
I’ve chased them across this land
Trying to find the answer to
A question I don’t understand

See the forest for the trees
Like soldiers just waiting to die
The romance of another day
Is the only thing that kept her alive

Lovers they come and lovers they go
But the first light of the morning
Is the loneliest thing I know

Higher and higher I must go
Break the shackles of all that I know

Memories, they change like the seasons
In time I’ll forget all the reasons
For all I believed in

Stand at dawn on the lake’s edge
See the shadows below
Feel the sun shine on my face
What’s hidden they’ll never know

Lovers they come and lovers they go
But the first light of the morning
Is the loneliest thing I know
Track Name: The Great Silence
Rising winds announce the clocks are slowing down
Stillness in my head so loud

From the razor blades to the sidewalk cafes
In reverse the jazz band plays

I could not foresee the end
I might break but I won’t bend

Infinity is but a drop, our love will never stop
I am the apple, I am the snake
Out here in the great silence

My body folds in two like it should never do
Breaks apart and slips right through

All this illusion, noise and confusion
Crashes down in flames and ruin

“Be true to you,” I heard them say
As I go back whence I came

Infinity is but a drop, our love will never stop
I am the apple, I am the snake
Out here in the great silence

There’s a god inside each and every mind
Coded in the DNA of time

I forgot when I was born
But I remember so much more

Infinity is but a drop, our love will never stop
I am the apple, I am the snake
Out here in the great...

We’re all children of the stars, in the clear light we are
I am this song, I am your fate
Out here in the great silence