Eye of the Storm

by Rosa del Duca

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Eye of the Storm is my first album. The songs were all written, played, sung and recorded by me. Enjoy! More solo music (with fewer Pro Tools gaffes) to come in 2013. Until then, check out my band's debut EP here: welcometohunterson.bandcamp.com

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released 31 December 2010
Muse, photography, occasional lyric contributor: Nicholas Leither
Pro Tools advice: Mark Zizzo

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Rosa del Duca Berkeley

Rosa grew up in Montana before moving to California. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, writing and playing solo or with her folkpop band hunters.

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Track Name: Phoenix
Invisible girl, in a divisible world
She comes with a warning label:
Implosion Immanent
Do not provoke or invoke or
Light a match to the fuse

This invisible girl
Hiding herself from the visible
She’s a time bomb ticking,
She’s the end of the world
Pushing against the constraints
That keep thickening

You can see right through her,
To the other side,
A woman made of vapor,
No substance inside

And the high rises and the fancy cars
Keep moving up, moving up, to uptown
And the train tracks and the bus lines
Keep moving out, moving out, to outdown
They just pass on by
They pass her by

She’s a time bomb ticking,
She’s the end of the world
Pushing against the constraints
That keep, thickening.
Well, she’s fed up with this visible world
And all its implications:
Dictated beauty, accepted deception,
Talk shows and the death throes of
Speaking your mind

(Chorus)

Invisible girl, in a divisible world
She comes with a warning label:
Implosion immanent
Do not provoke or invoke or
Light a match to the fuse

Well somebody lit that fuse, and
Sparks flew across the sky
She blazed a fiery red
And the cities fell to ash, free to rise again,
Like the phoenix
No substance, no past, at the beginning again
At the beginning again
Track Name: The Ballad of Kate Blake
Kate Blake went out one Saturday night
When the moon was bright
The air was salty from the sea wind,
Beyond the mountains.

Kate Blake slipped in the saloon,
Trailing rose perfume, making men swoon,
Looking for a man to croon her a tune,
Nothing she wanted more

Nothing she wanted more
Than a song she knew all along
Because the words belonged to her

Kate Blake went out that Saturday night
Left a baby in the crib, gave her man the slip
To look for something more,
Some kind of magical door to another,
Another life

Kate Blake found a man with
Thick-fingered hands who took her
Out for a walk, said he wanted to talk
But that wasn't what he wanted at all

They went out by the old lake
That rippled all year long like the
Earth was quaking in its boots

Kate Blake went out by the lake
The moon was bright
One moment they were there then they
Fell out of sight, not a whisper,
Not a glint of skin, like the lake took them in

Kate Blake found a key to her magical door
Among the roots of a weeping willow tree
With shaking leaves and heaving branches
That reached out and gripped her clothes
With a touch she hadn't known for so so long

Nothing she wanted more
Than a willow tree and a strong strange man
To sing her a song she knew all along
Because the words belonged to her
To her
To her
Track Name: Losing Time
You set off on the sea
The water looking like the sky
They always seemed the same to me and
Birds swim like they fly

I see you grow small in the distance
I watch from the shoreline
I feel it coming on strong,
Late at night
Nights like these.

But I still have this fear
Stored up, from each time you leave me

It’s been my fear that you’ll
Never come back again
It’s been my fear all along.
So come back to me soon,
Don’t be long.

Cause every time you step away baby,
You and me, we’re losing time.
And every time I’m missing you baby,
There’s that much less time.

You come back over the ocean
The water looking like the sky
They always seemed the same to me and
Fish look like they fly.

You step out of the boat
You come up the shoreline
Wrap me in your arms and
Tell me it’s alright.
And I breathe you in.

But I still have this fear.
Pent up, for the next time you leave me.

(chorus x2)
Track Name: Eye of the Storm
Twisting and turning,
The storm wreaks a path of destruction
Burning and yearning for more, it
Reaches for the stars, and burrows underground
The rhythm is speaking prose
As the shadow of it grows,
Closer and closer,
Like a grieving heart, it bleeds

There’s no translation for the eye of the storm
It offers just a moment of peace
Before going on with the war
It creep creep creeps up on your sanctuary,
But you can’t stop it,
She draws her force from such an ancient time,
Going back through the ages
There’s no translation for the eye of the storm
(2x)
And there never will be

Howling, and screaming, T
he walls come over our heads
The center it seems as if
Everything’s gonna be alright
But you can’t have perspective,
Not from the eye of the storm
Waiting and waiting
For the other side to catch you

Time stands still in the eye of the storm
You can take a deep breath
Before going on with the war
It’s a cruel cruel trick to play on your mind,
But you can’t stop it
The expression of her anger goes
Back through the ages
Time stands still in the eye of the storm
(2x)
That’s how it’s always been and will be
Track Name: Your Name
Your name weighs on my tongue and my hands
No matter how I try to throw you off
And just when I've forgotten your name,
It creeps to the tip of my tongue, my tongue

It's so heavy it weighs me down
Like hands around my neck
Anchors on my feet, sand in my eyes

Some people are bound to leave their
Their mark on you
That's exactly what you've done
You know what I mean

But you won't own up to it, and you shouldn't
But it's there, I'm marked
And I'm so angry to have let you get to me
Maybe when it fades, your name
Will drop off my tongue, my tongue

You want to know me now, but how can you
You couldn't even when you had me
I always said I would hate you
If it came to this, and it's come to this

(chorus)

Now I've got a reason
To let you slip into oblivion
I'm asking you to get off my tongue
You know what I mean

You feel like sour and I need something sweet
And I very well may have found it
What's in a name I'll tell you
It's everything to me, to me, to me
Track Name: Stardust
Walking down the road and I see you up ahead
Your head is ducked down low,
Ducked down low
I call out to you, but you don't hear me
My words are lost, like long ago

You keep on walking, kicking up dust
With the soles of your shoes

I ask you what's wrong, why the sad eyes?
You look just about to cry, And you say

I lost my dreams to the night
I lost my dreams to the sky
I can't get'em back

I'm more than a little surprised
I've never heard you say something,
Quite so strange
I call out to you and ask How is that even
Possible to do? And you say

(Chorus)

I let you fall ahead
I've got to stop and think about what you just said
Why offer your dreams to the sky?
When nothing ever comes of the night?
So I call out your name again, and ask you

What did you lose to the night?
What are your deepest desires?
And you say you
I want you
All I want's another chance with you
But now you're gone, now you're gone,
Now you're gone
And I can feel it, in my heart
I can feel it, in my heart

I turn around I don't want to hear you now
My head is ducked down low,
Ducked down low
You call out to me, but I don't hear you
You should have said this, long ago.
I keep on walking, kicking up dust,
With the soles of my shoes,
With the soles of my shoes,
And I'm thinking:

No dreams are lost to the night,
But I was always wrong, you were always right
What's the point in wishing your life away?
Why didn't you tell me your heart?
Cause I couldn't hear your heart
And I need more, I need more,
Always needed more

So until you give me your heart
Will you give me all your heart
Track Name: Cold River
He sits beneath the trees
Trying to forget, but she’s singing
Through the earth from a lifetime away

The darkness closes in
The fog creeps up like a stranger

Lie down and close your eyes
The ghosts are coming out again
Reach out to touch them
Feel their bones,
They’re as cold as the river
He sees her in that long red dress
The one she jumped right off the cliff with
Her eyes are speaking words he can’t hear
She says: you couldn’t have
Stopped me anyway, my dear

The wind picks up and blows
Clouds across the moon
Deep down inside he refuses to listen

The darkness weighs him down,
The fog wraps round like a stranger

(Chorus)

At last he understands
With age comes a wisdom
She backs away from his hands
And steps out on the water

And he lies down,
And closes his eyes,
As the ghosts come out again.
They reach out to touch him,
Feel his skin,
He’s as cold as the river

And she sees him there, with all the rest
He’s the one she’s been waiting to slip away with
Her eyes are speaking words he can hear now
She says: you couldn’t have
Stopped me anyway, my dear
Track Name: Going to the Sun Road
Pick yourself up off the ground
After falling face first down
Wipe off the blood and
Dust off your coat
Pretend like nothing happened
Until you get back home

Empty out water from your shoes
Pour the storm right out
Bottle up the rain,
Save it for another day
Convince yourself that
Everything is just fine

Take the train, ride the train into the
Mountains, take the sun,
Take the going to the sun road down
Where you can see your dreams
Like shattered glass they shine
Up from the canyon floor
Up from the shadows of the canyon floor
Up from the shadowed canyon floor

Pick yourself up off the ground
After getting knocked back down
Square your shoulders and
Take that first step forward
Forget what you want until you want
Something else

Pick it up, put it in an old suitcase
Throw the suitcase off the basement stair
Say your goodbyes and wish it well
Then lock that part up in deep sea water

Take a boat, row a boat to the other shore
Dive in, no need to breathe anymore now

And you can see your dreams
Like shattered glass they shine
Up from the ocean floor
Up from the shadowed ocean floor

Take the sun, take the
Going to the sun road
Take the sun, take the
Going to the sun road down

Down forget to turn
Down forget to turn, turn around
Turn around
Track Name: She Rides
She rides the train in to New Montgomery
Under the Bay, all grey in the morning light.
The city never sleeps, she never wakes
Always there to say

Hello, how’ve you been
I came knockin’ at your door last night,
But you weren’t in
So I, I left the lights on

Déjà vu comes like a slap in the face
Every morning, as she wakes up
A lifetime comes flooding back,
from a place pitch black,
Asking where am I now

Where am I now?
Where did I come here from
Outer space, outer space, she says
You’ve got to listen to the night sky

She rides the train back from New Montgomery
Under the bay, after the light has gone
She can’t seem to decide
If she’s dead or alive,
Why always the mystery?

It’s the midnight, the midnight mood
No sound comes with the rain
When everything fades away and
There are no names

You’ve got to hold on tight
You’ve got to listen to the night sky
That’s why I turned the lights off
Track Name: Can't See Anything Coming
You should have warned me
You should have turned me down
You should have walked away
Instead of spinning me round and round and
You should have had the decency
To put me in my place
But you left me out in the rain
Just like a slap in the face

Never again, never again
I'm saying never again no no no no
Never again, never again
But I know, that I can't see the future

You should have left me there
Let the sun dry me out
But now I'm stuck in here
With your man-made drought
You should have known better
Should have seen right through yourself
Selfish ploy
What could I do but surrender?

(chorus)

I, I can't see anything coming
No, certainly, certainly not the future
I can't see anything coming
No certainly, certainly not the future

I should have warned myself
Should have seen right through you
Followed my instincts and
Heeded my reservations
And I'm trying not to regret
And I'm trying to let you go
I know it's all my fault
You don't have to tell me so

(chorus)
Track Name: Unfound Free
Who’d have thought in a place so dark,
No shine from my eyes, no light from the stars,
You’d have found me? You’d have found me
Shadows after all, are only skin deep
I don’t want to be found, I like being out of reach
Out of sight. Out of sight

Who’d have thought in a town so stark,
Full of broke down cars and sad old bars
You’d have found me? You’d have found me.
Out of the blue, you walked in from the night.
Driven by the wind, you pushed into the light,
And here you found me.

(chorus)
Come on, lets get out of here
Take the wheel, put it in gear
Race the dust and kiss the fear
To the unfound free
The unfound free

Who’d have thought in a room unseen,
No shoes on my feet, no blush to my cheeks,
You’d have found me? You’d have found me?
Letters lie unopened, piled under the door,
Every time I’m ready, every time that I’m sure,
I fall apart. I fall apart

Who’d have thought all these doors,
No keys to the locks, under all this rock,
You’d have found me, you’d have found me?
Words lose their meaning, you say’em too many times
All that’s left is sound alone, and a heart that isn’t mine
It was never mine

(chorus)