Midnight Snow

by Abscondo

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"Midnight Snow" is a deeply personal concept album, with every lyric written to fit exactly where it does in the album. The first 5 songs (which can be thought of as Side A) are "Midnight Snow", while the last 5 songs (Side B) are to be thought of as "Morning Rain".

Side A, "Midnight Snow":

Strangled Into Gray is an anthem about the struggles of everyday life. The frustrations expressed in this track provide the spark for everything that is to follow. Every note on this album was intended as a response to this daily struggle. The next 4 tracks take us to those candle-lit evenings full of intimacy, inspiration, bliss and beauty. How intense and magnificent life can be under the right influences! But what is the meaning of those moments in relation to the struggles and mundanity of yet another tomorrow in the world as it actually exists?

Side B, "Morning Rain":

After the candle is blown out at the end of Track 5, the beauty symbolized by a midnight snowflake is replaced with the grayness of a rainy morning. The difference between the lightness of snow and the heaviness of rain is only a few degrees in temperature. The idea of this small change in temperature is meant to symbolize our small changes in perception. "Morning Rain" reminds us that "Midnight Snow" is not and cannot be a permanent state; that, symbolically, the next morning will come and we will have to deal with its unpleasant and harsh realities. Track 10, "Sentiment", closes the album with the idea that perhaps what matters is not life's peaks or valleys, but the contentedness of a life well-lived with that one special person who is worthy of spending one's entire life with.

In recording and releasing the album, I didn't look for any help from a record company because I didn't want it and didn't need it. I wanted to create something truly non-commercial and unfiltered. I have decided that I didn't want money to come between my creation and your ability to enjoy it. I make money in other ways and my music is something completely different in my life. When I mix music with business, the music suffers and my bank account tends to suffer as well. I want to keep my music pure and authentic. This recording isn't perfect, but what is perfection anyway? I think that uniqueness and authenticity are more important than some notion of "perfection" and I hope the final result agrees with your sense of aesthetics.

All songs have been written by, performed by, recorded and mixed by Abscondo (C. Mark Manney). These tracks are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, which means you can do anything you want with my music. Share it, use it in films, podcasts, even sell it if you find a way! All I ask is that you give me credit. I will also be releasing the album "properly" so it will show up in iTunes and at other on-line sources.

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released February 26, 2008

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Abscondo Slovakia

Abscondo is a European band fronted by American singer-songwriter, Mark Manney. To abscond is to run away, taking something or someone with you. Mark did just that when he left Seattle to start a life in Slovakia -- a romantic country ruled by love.

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Track Name: Strangled Into Gray
You get so set on such a narrow line
And do what your teachers say
But they've gone away
And all they've left you with is one big lie
Intended to keep us sane
Until we wake

So don't go chasing shots of whiskey every day
With all you wanted and loved strangled into gray
Do you fight what's real?
Do you want to fucking feel...
But you can't?

You bare such weight, the so-called healthy life
You do what the doctors say
One dose each day
When so much pain flows from a so-called life
Well maybe its time to change
A choice that you can make

You can't go bigger, stronger, faster every day
With all you wanted and loved strangled into gray
Do you fight what's real?
Do you want to fucking feel...
But you can't?

And on and on and on
You do what the teachers say
You're strangled into gray

And on and on and on
You do what the doctors say
You're strangled into gray

Come on!


You do what the teachers who don't wanna teach us
And do what the doctors who don't wanna treat us
And do what the preachers say
Track Name: Tattoo Angel
I must have followed you to that cafe
Stood in line and when you raised your arm to pay
Above your skirt, beneath your shirt, in the light of day
Your tattoo angel's gotta come take me away

Do you still search your heart for passions?
Do you still throw your cares aside and sing?

The drugs you use are numbing you
So don't ask how you feel or what you need but who
I know you hurt, but still you flirt, that's how I knew
Your tattoo angel gonna fly just like she flew

And we will search these hearts for passions
And we will throw these cares aside and sing

I have nothing to do, I just wanna be
So carefree, we got wings

Let's abscond away for just a night or two
To play the music, have a glass, and sing off-tune
Lift your shirt, take off your skirt, and in the nude
Tattoo angel in a sky so dark and new

And we will search these hearts for passions
And we will throw these cares aside and sing

I have nothing to do, I just wanna be
So carefree, we got wings
Track Name: Midnight Snow
We only had up until midnight
As one to hide away from these games

And though I'd never fit with you
I still liked what you do
So you came

Now I'd rather have lost control
Tonight I'm so alone
Behind these shadows I overflow

I sent you away in the midnight snow
Your tears cling to my soul
I won't say I love you but you still know

On your red hat were flakes of white
But when we faced the day
It turned to rain

Those few days were filled with you
I still can taste it too
And now this pain

On your red hat were flakes of white
But when we faced the day
It turned to rain
Track Name: Buyer Beware
Come with me, into my room
There's one thing on my mind today since noon
What we knew yesterday changed today
That's why I smile at you

Dark eyes on me, tear me in two
There's one thing we got right
We both knew what to do, and to say
There's no way to fly like I do with you

Buyer beware
My heart is taken
Buyer beware
And your hand is shaking
Beware
Where will this go tomorrow?

Hold onto me, let yourself go
With no need to cry we watch the tears flow
What we knew yesterday changed today
The world wants you to go

And every time I hear you speak I feel a piece inside of me
I've never ever known, I'm aware

But when these dreams are fast asleep
You'll still have my soul to keep
And wherever you go
I'll be there
Track Name: Candle Glow
Into our days we go
Delusions and our goals
Dreams of wealth and fame
But that don't make me whole
So watch my self-control
Burning in a flame

We put on such a show
In daylight cuz we know
What's real and what's a game
But that don't make you grow
Girl I know your soul
And it won't be contained

These pleasures will run deep
These secrets we shall keep unspoken and unseen
And without words we know its fragile and its weak
When I've blown the flame

A space where no-one goes
So undo all those clothes
To touch makes me insane
We lose all self-control
Is that what makes us whole?
Pleasures mixed with pain?

But in the candle glow
Lost sight of all we know
And only bliss remains
When off to sleep we go
I know you'll know my soul
Remember in the rain

When off to sleep we go
I know you'll know my soul
Remember in the rain
Track Name: Morning Rain
Within your dreams you'd stay for a while
The holiday of the rank-and-file
But one foot on the floor and then two
The morning rain to suit your mood

If they'd just go away for a while,
You could get on with your life and maybe even smile
But that's not what they will give you
In return for all you do

You want more
You shuffle through the door
In morning rain you don't care anymore
Yeah you're bored but that's just the start of it
The problem is, you don't give a shit

To fit their mold, you change your style
If not your soul, they take your smile
You may not see how much they're changing you
You once were free to dream, then do

You want more
You shuffle through the door
In morning rain you don't care anymore
Yeah you're bored but that's just the start of it
The problem is, you don't give a shit

And if your world don't change in awhile,
Just pack up your bags and baby leave in style
Because after all this it's still me and you
And that won't change, what what you'll do?
Track Name: Beneath the Lies
Oh I want freedom beneath the lies
Give me something I can change and make right

What's right is freedom in our lives
Permit us something that is real
And something we can feel tonight

I don't really wanna fight
I just want what's right
We all know what's right

Oh I want freedom and clear blue skies
Walk with me in the sun, by my side

Oh I want freedom
The mother cries
I need something good to eat
No more selfishness and greed and lies!

Who do you think you are?
Telling us what to do with our lives
That's not your right
Beneath the lies, the mother cries

I don't really wanna fight
I just want what's right
We all know what's right
Track Name: Footprint
Don't you dare forgive me
What lies beneath my shoe
You don't know me
But I'm not shy, my footprint is on you

And there's nowhere you can run to anymore
And there's nothing you can do
Just consume
Just consume

No it don't make me happy
But I've nothing else to do
I don't know me
I guess that's why my footprint is on you

And there's nowhere you can run to anymore
And there's nothing you can do
Just consume
Just consume

What does it take to stop me?
I guess a friend or two
But no one knows me
And I'm not shy, my footprint is on you

Is there nowhere we can run to anymore?
Is there nothing we can do?
Track Name: Dreamscape
We build up walls
Pretend to stand tall
And swallow thoughts like corporate food
Expensive pills to kill our moods
To kill what comes from you

Dreamscape
Dreamscape
Everybody's talking like they're doing great
Its all gonna break
We're all gonna wake from these lives
With really not much to say

And without much say
We'll watch the world go a different way
Will different colors blind our sight?

I guess the Communists did think the same as you
Such a system that the system told them what to do
And they had no clue

Then one brilliant May the system fades away
Everything that they had known gets stuck in yesterday
When the lies all fade
Well they got nothing to say!

Tear down that wall-street coke-fueled death mall
We'll turn off the TV too
Fuck all night and sleep 'till noon
That's just what we'll do

Dreamscape
Dreamscape
Everybody's talking like they're doing great
Its all gonna break
We're all gonna wake from these lives
With really not much to say

But if you find a way to know yourself and the words you say...
A life of art is the art of life

You know I once was plugged into the system too
I guess my thoughts and dreams were mine just like a branded shoe
Or a cool hairdo

Then one brilliant May I finally flew away
To let my present overcome my fears...well anyway
Now I live my days
Track Name: Sentiment
Oh when my working days are through
And all my day is filled with you
And when we play another tune, will it be old?

And when I stand undressed with you
Although we're old, will we see through?
When a life that came and went is now...sentiment

How soon it came, how soon it went
Memories been saved, a lifetime is spent
I'd still do the same
Sentiment

While we're free and have our youth
Swim with me...forget your suit
We carry everything we do as we go

But will we still know what to do
When we've danced and had a few?
When a life that came and went is now...sentiment?

No need to argue
I'll stand beside you
Where you've always been for me

Have I ever told you that your absence won't do?
You're a piece of me

We'll watch the pigeons flying by
In the distance a baby cries
We'll think of everyone we knew long ago

But I'll be such a lucky guy
Be with me on the day I die
When a life that came and went is now...sentiment