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Light & Shadow

In Come Back Kate, Blood Ruby's Cynthia Conrad talks about the influence of British singer/songwriter Kate Bush on her own music. One such song is "Light & Shadow," a conceptual piece based upon Cynthia's poem "Cinemaphobia." While the song exhibits Blood Ruby's trademark sound, Kate's influence can be found throughout, from its high-concept themes to its creative use of sound effects to Cynthia's vocal delivery.

The lyrics for "Light & Shadow" are transcribed below, and the song is available as an advance MP3 single in our store:

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Light & Shadow

I heard a rumor we are
Blind as a one-way mirror
Watchers outside
A window in time
Follow us all of our lives

      Light and shadow
      Light and shadow
      Living on the plane of

      Light and shadow
      Light and shadow
      Caught between the frames of

      Light and shadow
      Light and shadow
      All we are made of

      Light and shadow
      Light and shadow
      All we will become

I heard a rumor we are
Bound in unending spirals
Watchers they spy
And rewind the time
Replaying our lives

      Light and shadow
      Light and shadow
      Living on the plane of

      Light and shadow
      Light and shadow
      Caught between the frames of

      Light and shadow
      Light and shadow
      All we are made of

      Light and shadow
      Light and shadow
      All we will become

Our flesh and blood
So real, so sure
But to their touch
We're fleeting ether

Where is the wall
Dividing our worlds?
More to it all
Than we've ever heard

      Light and shadow
      Light and shadow
      All we are made of

      Light and shadow
      Light and shadow
      All we will become

Flickers of light
This life

We are flickers of light
In this life

      As in a sťance, we can call them by name,
      And they will appear, wearing the same dresses,
      The same gestures, the choreography of mummers,

      Forever transparent as anything that moves
      Indefinitely through space, a sunburst
      From a distant star, a flight without wings,

      Until the world slips from its spinning axis,
      The edges clatter against the guides,
      Brown coronas eclipse each face,

      And the light of the projector burns through.


Flickers of light
This life

We are flickers of light
In this life

      Light and shadow
      All we know
      Lumière's ladder
      Row by row


© 2006 Blood Ruby


Credits:

Lyrics © 2006 Cynthia Conrad, except exerpt
from "Cinemaphobia" © 2001 Cynthia Conrad
Written, performed and produced by Blood Ruby
Engineered by Thomas Wall at Blood Ruby Studios

Cynthia Conrad: Vocals
Margaret Browning: Backing vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards
Thomas Wall: Guitars, bass, keyboards, programming
Paul Bellantoni: Voiceover