Devil On My Shoulder

by The Symbolists

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Poems by Carole Young set to music by Eric Daum. This project is an outgrowth of the Dreamsville Oracle Songs Project from 2010 in which several musicians set Carole's poems to original compositions.

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released October 5, 2016

Carole Young, Words, Eric Daum, Music

Cover painting: Pink Rabbit Thing
© 2011 Alexandria Levin
www.alexalev.com
(Used by permission)

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Track Name: Alchemy
Alchemy
Carole Young (c) 2011

You appear to be one thing
But then prove to be another
You seemed wonderful
And then became my lover
Yes things soon took a downward turn
You could be fun/ But are full of frailties and issues
I can't turn you on

I am merely human
Not a super being
No not a super being
Another fragile human
Is what I am seeing

I can't turn you into another
If only I could extrapolate
Your good qualities
Then leave the rest
Alchemy is not one of my strong points

I am merely human
Not a super being
No not a super being
Another fragile human
Is what I am seeing
Track Name: A Lover Like You
A Lover Like You
Carole Young (c) 2011

We’ve never met
But get on well online

´Of course, you cannot
Judge someone
Until face to face
The race begins
The race is on
You live close by
Why have we never met?
No matter what happens I (Don't have a clue)
Reminds me of my youth
All I can say
On this lovely day
Is that I've dreamt
Of a lover like you
Track Name: The Rain
The Rain '(Raindrops)'
(c) Carole Young 2013

Falling from the sky
Falling in my mind
Painting different colours across the sky, beautiful
Like diamonds, they shine
Opaque on the window frame
Whispering my name
Sparkling through the years, it seems
Opening the door to
Many a day, many a year
Nay, centuries pass us by, we wait
To see if the rain will end
And the sun will rise once more.
Track Name: Oliver In His Jesus Sandals
Oliver in His Jesus Sandals
Carole Young C 2011

Walking along the road
Oliver stops and looks around
Was it the noise of the traffic
Or was he just feeling sick
Of the way things were?

Oliver try to stay cool

In the heat,
He had Jesus sandals on his feet,
On his feet

After a few minutes
His heart rate had slowed down
He didn’t care anymore
About the sounds

Oliver felt calm again
And so he strolled on
To meet his friends

In the heat,
He had Jesus sandals on his feet,
On his feet

Jesus sandals (On his)
Jesus sandals (On his)
Jesus sandals (On his)
Jesus sandals (On his)
Track Name: Still Waters Run Deep
Still Waters Run Deep
Carole Young (c) 2012
Adapted by Eric Daum

Still waters run deep
Through the secrets we keep
Memories from long ago
Thoughts no one else can know

We feel in our souls
We were here before
A memory from beyond the grave
We need to know more

Blood mixes with the water
Cleansing our wounds
The body heals the scar remains
There is no thorn without the bloom

We feel in our souls
We were here before
A message from beyond the grave
We need to know more

Feelings deeper than oceans
Burn forever through time
Dormant in each other’s arms
Await the call you will be mine!
Track Name: Faith In Your Convictions
'Faith in your Convictions'
Carole Young (c) 2013

It's everything we see
It's everything we do
No memories for me
And neither for you

As yet, this journey is new
These promises may be untrue
But given with passion

Reliable, honest and alive
Faith in our actions
Yes, faith in these convictions?


Matters untold but strong
The visions take shape in song
Hold fast
The lantern burns brightly

Navigating the route
Steering this ship through the storm
We must have faith in this dream

Reliable, honest and alive
Faith in our actions
Yes, faith in these convictions?
Track Name: To Be with You Again
Be with you Again
Carole Young (c) 2012

Can you feel me
Reaching out for you?
Daydreams of times
Gone by
Happening again
I will be
With you again
You showed me everything
But made me yearn for more
I need you
I want you
You know I need more
We only have this life
I'm here now with you
In my head
Just not my bed
Yet
I will
Be with you again.
Track Name: Paragon Of Virtue
Paragon of Virtue
Carole Young (c) 2010

Land of my dreams
Carried into upon these wings
I am spirit I am time
Too late to draw the line

If I want to be happy,
If I want to stay sane
I must alter my course
Then I will be a paragon of virtue


A rocky road was upon us
So I took to the skies
But now I realize
Changed the deck For my next game
If I want to be happy,
If I want to stay sane
I must play a new hand
Then I will be a paragon of virtue

If I want to be happy,
If I want to stay sane
I must alter my course
And I will be a paragon of virtue
Unlike you...
Track Name: Like In A Dickens Novel
Like in a Dickens' Novel
Carole Young (c) 2011

We wander this earth, dejected
Like in a Dickens' novel
It's January
And we're miserable -
No man's land between
Your death
And funeral
Strap on seatbelts
It's bound to be a bumpy
Few days
We await, agitated
This will soon be over
And we can send you peacefully
On your way
We love you
We miss you
We wish you nothing but peace
Rest easy
We owe you good lives
And thank you.
Track Name: Symbol of Hope (The Reckoning)
Symbol of Hope
Carole Young (c) 2010

They came from over there
A symbol of hope
Showing the way
The Reckoning
Lesser mortals like us
Can now see
Just get your heart's desire
Let the fire
Burn brightly
Then it will truly
Set us free
It is The Quickening
Track Name: Devil on My Shoulder
Devil On My Shoulder
Carole Young (c) 2011

Since my life changed
Is there anybody out there?
Does anybody care?
You have been the devil
Sitting on my shoulders
But, now, I am older

Time to hit that ejector seat
And if we
Ever meet again
I want you to regret
What you did
To me
Who was supposed to mean
So much to you

The first sign of trouble
You were off like a bat out of Hell
Though that devil remained
Constantly whispers your name
Into my ear
Now, it is my fate
You WILL evaporate!