Sunlight

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    "But sunlight in the morning shows things as they are: it was faded and threadbare in that hard, steady light: as ruined as the dead thing inside it. I saw everything, that morning, clear as something you see in your childhood: like a vision of death."
    John Gardner, "The Sunlight Dialogues"

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Inspired by John Garnder's "The Sunlight Dialogues."
A sort-of self-fulfilling prophecy.

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released March 1, 2015

Pioneer is Kenny Monroe, Jacqueline Kursel, Tyler Ditter, Shawn Pierce & Julian Lynch

Music by Kenny Monroe & Tyler Ditter
Words by Kenny Monroe
Produced by Tyler Ditter
Arranged and performed by Pioneer

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Pioneer Madison, Wisconsin

pioneer.wi@gmail.com

Kenneth Monroe
Jacqueline Kursel
Shawn Pierce
Tyler Ditter
Julian Lynch

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Track Name: Dumb Love
we were out in the white, we were walking
i sat still and serene when you walked in here
i don’t want to wait, the sunlight in the morning betrays me
i was always the strong one, you were waiting for someone
we were waiting for rain
i see all as it is in the morning,
all the holes in the clothes that we’ve worn in here
waiting the the day to decay and dissolve into darkness
you were always the right one, holding onto to some dumb love
and we were waiting for rain
and it was always just the same thing
i was out in the white, i was walking
in the end, isn’t this what you wanted, dear?
i don’t want to wait, the sunlight in the morning betrays me
you said that life was a lump sum, i think it’s more like a ransom
and we’re just waiting to pay
and it was always just the same thing.
Track Name: Sunlight
you can lay your claim to some dim town or some prized piece of land
in the morning when you come around you’ll see me as i am
a shell of what i was thought to be, an empty, broken man
just a page to write your letters on, a quick flash in a pan
the light shows all my flaws to you, it’s some simple sleight of hand
and the tattered past that led to this will be displayed forevermore
let me die inside a darkened room, let no one find me there
let me fade into a thunderstorm or darken in the night
a life that fades and disappears before the morning light
because the dark hides all my flaws from you
and the life that finally led to this will live forevermore.
Track Name: Sharp-Eyed & Shining
every day is all black-topped & moving, asphalt heating and cooling, heat just hanging like fog
a predetermined path through the ether, the yearly trek through the winter, repeating in time
i was trying to draw this line darker, freeze us both in a picture like a sword in a stone
let’s just sit here and look at each other & enjoy one another & the way that we are
every night is a cloak we confide in, a brief pause to the grinding, eternal eye of the storm
all time is determined and rolling, pushing forward & pulling, a predictable spin
every morning is sharp-eyed & shining, a sun-soaked silver lining, we’re running in place
all the mistakes we made in the evening, all the flaws in our upbringing are plain as the day
you are a beacon of light on a dull day, the dark that descends every evening, the night & the day
Track Name: All My Life
all my life i’ve been waiting for one small thing to happen
every night, one more time & you thought it would end for real
there’s nothing i can’t feel
all my life i’ve been waiting on one small thing to happen
every night, one more time & you thought it would end for real
there’s nothing i can’t feel
all my life, i’ve been waiting for one small thing to happen
every night, one more time & you want it to end for real
there’s nothing left to feel
Track Name: Captured & Kept
in the photos from our hometowns the sun is swimming all around
the winter a distant memory now, a past life that tries to drag us down
i was there a thousand times, the sun-soaked collage of summertime
stretching back to our past lives, captured & kept, immortalized
the lingering scent of the summer nights around firepits & polaroids
a dreamy, humid heat hangs light, i’m dreaming humid dreams tonight