A Day In The Stark Corner

by Lycia

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Farrowe This record reminds me intensely of the best writing of Agalloch - brooding, melancholy, with an ethereal, nature-oriented atmosphere. Lyrics and instrumentation are full of gorgeous chiaroscuro textures - day and night, sun and rain, colour and grey - that are woven together into an exquisite portrait of the narrator's struggle with despair. Favorite track: The Morning Breaks So Cold And Gray.
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Niton Decay Creating a very special and intense mood, this is one of my all time favorite albums. The unreleased track is a nice addition. For lysis. Favorite track: The Remnants And The Ruins.
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released June 10, 1993

newly remastered with an additional previously unreleased track

all songs written, performed and recorded by Mike VanPortfleet

recorded August 1991 to July 1992 on 4 track cassette

mixed by Sam Rosenthal

mix assistance by Mike VanPortfleet

remastered April 2017 by James Plotkin

cover photo by Mike VanPortfleet

the original CD was released by Projekt Records and is no longer in print

Official Lycia Merch: www.hellomerch.com/collections/lycia

© 1993 LyciumMusic BMI

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Lycia is a darkwave atmospheric band that was formed in 1988. The current lineup is Mike VanPortfleet, David Galas and Tara Vanflower. John Fair and Will Welch were early members of the band. Lycia has released 10 full length studio albums (including one under the Bleak name), 1 live album, 2 compilation albums, 3 EPs, 1 split 7” single (with Black Mare) and appeared on over 50 VA compilations. ... more

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Track Name: And Through The Smoke And Nails
look around here and feel this place for the very last time
the very last...time
feel this flesh with your lonely flesh for the very last time
today is the very last time...good-bye

I know it's time to leave, I know that I must go
just let me look around and see this place just one more time
I know that I must leave, I know I have to go
just let me look around and feel this place for the very last time

cleanse this soul, ease this mind, incinerate...just everything
aim these flames straight at me
through this smoke you'll see everything
see my face melt the final time
it's the very last time, the very last...time
see my lips part a final time
it's the very last time, today is the very last time...good-bye
the answer is clear

my arms and legs are bound, I'm pulled through glass and nails
deception seeps from me, the answer is clear
and as the thousands stare, I'm nailed upon the wall
this blood is freeing me, the answer is clear
the sky's so beautiful, so blue, so beautiful
so far from all of this, the curtains close
and I stare endlessly, so awed, so endlessly
emotions burn in me, the picture fades
I'm now so far away, these years have drifted by
and through the smoke and nails, the answer is clear
illusions fade away, and I'm here so alone
these flames are killing me, the answer is clear...is clear
Track Name: The Body Electric
lifeless sharp volts pump hard through my veins
emotions sucked clean and drained clean from me
this gray horizon fades stark to endless days
electricity and light pumps life into me ...for awhile

strap this mask firm, bolt hard this lightning rod
the storm outside fantastic pumps life into me
out to the darkened sky, take my hand for awhile
electricity, I'm here, strike down on to me...forever

swirl and swirl and swirl and swirl and...
I'm on fire, electricity is clean and pure for awhile
...is pure for awhile...
strike down on me, hard and clean
Track Name: The Morning Breaks So Cold And Gray
the morning breaks so cold and gray and I'm still here alone
it's all the same, the years have passed so slow and gray
...with nothing
I can't believe that ten years have passed and I'm still here alone
I need to change, I need to move on, I'll whither here
...forever

the time has come for me to leave
I must go, I must leave this all behind
I must leave, no need for second thoughts
I must go, the time is ripe I hear
and everybody waves good-bye
they hate me, they were never friends at all
they needed for me to roll around
they wanted me to stay and never leave...their misery

the clouds break, the sun beats through, I'm so alive again
the cold and gray is so far behind, I'm so alive, I'm so...alive
I'll never go back to the gray place again
I must stay here, I must..., I must...
I have found a place of happiness, the sun beats down on me
...for awhile
wave good-bye to the lonely days, good-bye at last, good-bye
just let me be alone and feel this place
and see this place, alone again, alone ...again
wave good-bye to the lonely days, good-bye at last, but wait...
then the morning breaks so cold and gray
and I'm back here again, again, again, again...
I knew I could never leave
Track Name: The Remnants And The Ruins
looked straight from afar then stared at the ground
the blood in the veins trips the heart and the days
not long ago it seemed promising, but it's changed
now it's all passed but the ghosts and the laughs
and the remnants of this all

dismissed by the lack of a honest reply
the truth rips it bare, and exposes, denies
what little there was became faded and bound
the rains from the heavens never reached the brittle ground

crawl back home and smile again, smile like a madman
look in here and fear again, afraid of these ruins

at the end of the long, dark room
he sits alone and envisions the distant ruins
he smiles and hides his face
...he's king again
Track Name: Goddess Of The Green Fields
I don't think about her anymore
I don't think about her at all
...at all
Track Name: Everything Is Cold
life is so bare, life is so, so bare
we must not run, must not fight, we must stay here forever
everything is cold, everything is cold
I am such a child, just let me take this away...again

everyday I pray for love of...
life, everyday I pray for love of...

life is so bare, life is so, so bare
I don't think that I can take this again
everything is cold, everything is cold
I am such a liar, just let me throw this away...again
Track Name: Sorrow Is Her Name
I am so tired, please just take me away
just let me lay down here for awhile, again
open my eyes to the bright morning sun
hopelessly stare, she is with me again
why does she come and why does she care so much for me?

she reaches out to me, she whispers so sweetly
"come to me, be with me, sink with me, die with me"
sorrow is her name and she's mine
her hands reach out to me, her words bore deep in me
"I'm so alone, please won't you come and be with me"
sorrow is her name and she's mine, and I...

breath in this air, so humid and dark
this desert takes me in again and again
reach out my hands to the dark desert sky
fall to my knees she is with me again
and then for awhile her night time prevails in me again

she grips and pulls at me, she sinks her teeth in me
"you're not alone as long as you sink deep with me"
sorrow is her name and she's mine
naked in front of me, lust gets the best of me
"loneliness adds to our beauty and our decay"
sorrow is her name and she's mine, and she is mine

the top of the world is so endless and stark
there's ice in my eyes and ice in my heart
the desert slow fades into cold, restless days for awhile in me
the summer seems long on this hot humid day
salvation tonight if she fades in the rain
but tonight I will stay as she creeps in the rain
and seeps through me

she sinks her tongue in me, "I will not ever leave"
she sings a song that's so sweet (but in disarray)
sorrow is her name and she's mine
"slip through this open door, come in and never leave"
she smiles for me and says "I'm all you'll ever need"
sorrow is her name and she's mine, and she is mine
Track Name: Daphne
this light glares hard, and I'm here
the sun beats so hard, and I'm here
then I slip back to another day, a simple day
and I creep back, and I want to be with Daphne

she's so simple, she's so pure, she's so, so, so...
she's so simple, she's so pure, she's so, so, so...
she don't care, oh Daphne, do you remember me? Daphne

this day drags hard, and I'm here
these days stall so hard, and I'm here
then I sink back to another day, a simple day
and I creep back, and I want to be with Daphne

do you remember me?