The Distance of the Moon at Daybreak

by Midway Fair

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released March 19, 2011

The Distance of the Moon at Daybreak by Midway Fair is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Jon Patton: Vocals, guitars, bass, mandolin, glockenspiel, and piano
Jen Parde: vocals, piano, and keyboards
Tim Taormino: Drums, bodhran, and percussion

Christopher Freeland: Percussion, bass, sequencing
Kristin Jones: Cello
Heather Aubrey Lloyd: Vocals
Acacia Sears: Vocals
Casey Smith: Guitar and lute
Mark Wall: Accordion and tin whistle
Mike Ward: Organ

Engineered and mixed by Chris Freeland at Beat Babies Studios, Woodstock, MD
Mastered by Mat Leffler-Schulman at Mobtown Studios, Baltimore, MD

Words and music by Jon Patton ©2010 Pattunes/Walkin’ Shoes Music.

All songs arranged by Midway Fair.

Produced by Midway Fair and Christopher Freeland

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“Reminds me a lot of Fairport Convention [...] The playing and craft are exquisite.“ ~Jon Worley, Aid & Abet

For the most part, timeless [...] like a group of minstrels found electric guitars and wrote an album over the course of 500 years.

~John Powell, www.Angelica-Music.com, July 18, 2011
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Track Name: Fairest of Them All
When I was young I wandered
Strayed from where I should dwell
Gave no care to my lodging
Broke many’s a heart as well
Broke many’s a heart as well

But I met a girl by the gardens
So clearly do I recall
And I could not bear the parting
From the fairest of them all
From the fairest of them all

We all need a song to guide us
Or who knows what we’ll become?
We all need someone beside us
Play your harp and I’ll play my drum
Play your harp and I’ll play my drum

But in the sunset’s golden weaving
We all hear his weary call
And I could not bear the leaving
Of the fairest of them all
Of the fairest of them all

(Repeat chorus)
Track Name: (It's Not) 1962
I had a hat that got too small for my head
And the leather band blistered in the heat
Texas gave me water and sent children to sleep
All of us with shoes for our feet

I thought the wheels on the rails
or the wind in the sails would take me back to you
But they've torn up the tracks
and put stones in my path
and it's not 1962

I had a dream where I dreamed of a house
with a girl who was tall as a tree
She dyed her hair as black as Tennessee coal
and I loved her to a certain degree

Repeat chorus, guitar solo (verse chords), repeat chorus twice
Track Name: At the Dawn of the Day
And now I hear a sweet clarinet start to play
It's coming through the twilight, a sweet clarinet starts to play
It's blood flow, static radio,
painting the lights red and gray

And I just feel a little slow, baby when I try to express
My tongue gets tied, baby when I try to express
It's like marble so, it gets hard you know,
when I'm lost in the folds of your dress

If you need me, if you need me
if you need me, I'll come round
at the dawn of the day

In the lines on your face, I can see how it strained you
In the lines in your hands an face, I can see how it strained you
Cathedral show, and a heavy load,
how it pained you to carry that weight

And we run catercorner to the sunsets, down St. Paul in the rain
We run past the park, down St. Paul in the rain
evening glow, stepping row on row
and the cobblestones give me pain

If you need me, if you need me
if you need me, I'll come round
at the dawn of the day

And it can get to the point of self-pity, sometimes when you need to pay your way
like kneeling at the alter, sometimes when you need to pay your way
get to feel so low, down in your soul,
but it won't end in fire till judgment day

And now I'm lost on Cathedral, with a dollar and a dime
I'm lost down on Cathedral, with a dollar and a dime
Afterimage ghosts, faded afterglows ,
None of the cars here run on time

St. Anthony, St. Anthony
At. Anthony, I'm lost now
At the Dawn of the Day
Track Name: Tomorrow I'm Gone
You can call on me today but tomorrow I'm gone
The moon's just a ghost riding on a roan
One, two, five hundred miles from its home

And I could sleep tonight but tomorrow's in doubt
Sun's like a freight train crawling from the south
I woke this morning with her dust in my mouth

Tomorrow I'm gone 500 miles from my home

You can take this hammer when you go to hell
It rings like silver and it rings like a bell
If it broke my heart, it could break yours as well

Everybody's veins run with the same blood
Everybody's fagile or haven't you heard
I'd fly instead of running if only I could

Take this hammer 500 miles in the mud

Go tell Marie to listen for my call
Morphine in the summer and apples in the fall
If I don't have her now, I won't have none at all

Don't need a gun ask anyone who knows
Don't need a gravestone to talk to the crows
Don't need a weather vane to know which way it blows

Go tell Marie I'm 500 miles from my home

You can call on me today but tomorrow I'm gone
The moon's just a ghost riding on a roan
One, two, five hundred miles from its home
One, two, five hundred miles from its home
One, two, five hundred miles from its home
Track Name: Blue Eyes
Diamonds all shine in the dark
Lovers don't fade from the heart
The arrow never misses the mark
Diamonds all shine in the dark

In winter the trees all stay green
Poets all write what they mean
The blind can see what's unseen
In winter the trees all stay green

Chorus:
Someday when I call you to my side
You'll come dressed in gold like rain in the sunrise
Oh,
Oh my blue eyes

Some hearts stay intact when they're stung
And withstand all the slips of the tongue
The air holes words that are sung
Some hearts stay intact when they're stung

Heaven is a home in the sky
Where good people go when they die
You can have what you want now if only you try
Heaven is a home in the sky

Repeat chorus

Guitar wankery over the verse

Repeat chorus
Track Name: Wolves and Children
My mother gave milk to Rome
My father swallowed the sun
They tied me to a stone
But the harm was already done

But children will love their fathers
Less than they'll love their own
Chords will come untangled
And ties will come undone

Gather round you daughters, gather round you sons
Little is done we ought to, more is lost than won

Children are always thankless
So pick your fights with care
Don't shame those you've drank with
When they've gone off in pairs

Take care when you take their hand
Kindness won't go too far
Hide away your hunger
Don't show them what you are


Gather round you daughters, gather round you sons
Little is done we ought to, more is lost than won


Gather round you daughters, gather round you sons
Little is done we ought to, more is lost than won
Track Name: Two Crows
Two crows sat beneath a crown of olive trees. One said to the other, "You know this hunger's a disease. Easier to eat the wind than to try and find a wage. It rattles my bones and blows right through my cage."

Shadows are marching black across the leaves. One said, "Go west," but the other said, "It lies east."

"All right," the second said. "Maybe we'll just take the one you like least. I swear sometimes you can be so goddamn hard to please."

One said to the other, "I think I saw him fall into the chase. Happens all the time these days, it don't seem so out of place."

The second said, "This bird might be worth two in the hand, but the one I left behind is worth more than I can stand."

The first said, "I can't be the only one who's never killed a man. I swear there was a dog with him, but it must have up and ran." The first said, "I bet his wife will wonder where he's at."

The second said, "I bet she's the one who stole his hat. That dog must have gotten back to his house by now. I can tell you right now this is more time than I'll allow. You take his eyes. I'll take the part that's in between. There's a phone across the road if you find this so obscene."

"I thought we swore to each other we wouldn't do this anymore?"

The second said, "I bet he was another child of a whore. You're gonna wait here all night if you're waiting for absolution to arrive. You can't send me to hell just for trying to survive. Can't send me to hell just for trying to survive."
Track Name: Edward Cain
On a bitter night in winter, when Edward came to town,
He met a girl named Helen in a poor girl’s banded gown.
Her hair was bound in silver threads, and so he spoke his mind,
“A prettier girl in all the county I think Ill never ever find.”

“I cannot wait, and I cannot talk,” said Helen tall and fair,
“I’m off to church to meet my John, who’s waiting for me there.”
“And does your John does he call you fair, or does he call you plain?”
“He only calls me what I am,” she said to Edward Cain.

Then Edward brought from his pack a fiddle and his bow
and said he’d play a tune for her sweet and soft and low.
“Your singing may sway the ear of every other girl,
but I would not forsake my John for any in this world.”

One cold October evening, they met at last again.
The rain blew through in patches and the crosswind turned the vane.
And in one hand, he took her throat, and his voice turned hard and mean:
“I’d have given half the world if you had but agreed.”

But Helen drew his knife and drove the blade through Edward’s throat,
and ’fore she saw him breathe his last, she left him by the road.
She pulled her coat around her and waited for the train.
Lit another cigarette and flicked the ash away.
Track Name: Put on the Brake
Said oh no, you're gonna make a mistake
But you know, know, know there's gotta be some give and take
Pull yourself together, for heaven's sake
However fast you're going better put on the break

Got a heart full of fire, full of jealousy and hate
I've been scared and tired and it's getting hard to take
Someday you know, you've gotta lie in the bed you make
However fast you're going, you better put on the brake

Said I'd be there for you, come what may
But the more I love, the more you make my poor heart ache
Someday you'll regret it in the morning when you wake
However fast you're going, you better put on the brake
Track Name: Don Quixote's Deathbed Conversation with Sancho Panza
Sancho, maybe we were right about my mispent youth
On a terrible horse in some worn out boots
But I've still got my armor and I've still got my pride
But maybe not so much of either

It turns out we were wrong about doing no harm
Because I rode her to death instead of laying down my arms
But I was too old, maybe you were a fool,
Or maybe we were both just cowards.

Hallelujah, hey what can we do?
Hellelujah, thank god I've still got a use

If she were as real as she's insubstantial
Everything could still go the way I planned it all
And I'd still like to lay her down in my bed
But my body's too old to hold her

And I wouldn't have even cared if she didn't exist
If you hadn't rolled your eyes or just once raised your fists
And every time I talked about her like she was somewhere
You forgot what it was like to suffer

Dulcinea, hey why won't you call?
Dulcinea, you hurt the worst of all

Sancho, hey kid
Maybe it's for the best
I mean deception isn't really so much of a crime
So don't act like you got fed up with all of the lies
And there are worse things in this world than heroes to despise
And we can't really tell the difference if we're not infinitely wise
But a certain kind of truth says that no one really dies
And if I'm gonna go now you better start saying your goodbyes
So come on admit that it was worth it
Come on admit that it was worth it
Come on admit that it was worth it
Come on admit that it was worth it