Barks of Yore

by Paul Demer

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released October 15, 2011

Words & Music by Paul Demer // Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Tom Demer // Produced by Paul Demer & Tom Demer // Strings by Shelley Jessup, Melanie Demer & Tom Demer // String Arrangement by Tom Demer // Artwork by Stephen Floyd


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Paul Demer Dallas, Texas

Paul Demer's melodic and lyrical blend of folk and pop is reminiscent of the 70s singer-songwriter tradition. Since beginning his solo career in 2011, he's toured across the country in support of two LPs and shared festival and concert bills with Indigo Girls, Jars of Clay, and Gungor. Demer is currently writing and partnering with other Dallas creatives to make the city a more beautiful place. ... more

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Track Name: Your Smile is a Sun Ray
When I look in your eyes
I see a sunrise
A shining beacon, a lighthouse beam
It's no surprise that

You stand out to me
And you're all that I see
When you look my way
Your smile is a sun ray

When I look in your eyes
I see a sunset
Reminds me of all the things we've said
And when we first met

I am thankful just to know your name
And I hope you feel the same
I just want to tell you how much I care
That you are always there
Track Name: Enemy Inside of Me
I have an enemy inside my throat
Causing me to say the words that aren't my own
Either tongue-tied or slurring the speech
That I don't mean to say

Why do I do the things I hate?
I can't seem to get my life straight
I need some help now
Send a reinforcement

I have an enemy inside my lungs
Taking in all the things that I don't need
But I'm just dying to breathe You in

I'm always hit when I'm down
And shoved all around
It's always been this way
It's not always my fault
But I should of called
On You when it mattered the most

I have an enemy inside my head
Dictating all my thoughts and administering all my crimes
Setting snares but coming up short
Track Name: Everything & Nothing
Strange things have happened
In my life, but this one tops them all
My ship is sinking
My sails are going down

I don't know which way is up now
I don't know which way is down

What's been going on all along?
Everything and nothing is wrong
At the same time

Communications are failing
Where do we go from here?
This fight is tearing us in two
Track Name: Barks of Yore
We walked in the sun step by step
On a winter’s day
When our young smiles glowed like the sky
As it came our way

And once upon a time the world spun slower
And once upon a time I still could still clear my thoughts
In this world far across the sea
It seems like once we were happy

So we sail on our sea of memories
We ride in our ships of the past
Convincing ourselves that these thoughts aren’t our enemies
Wake me & remind me that these things don’t last

When life's a movie
You're always on the screen
The cast & the extras
What do we all mean?

There’s hope that I can learn from the past
Dissemble the ship but hold onto the mast
Writing chapters in pursuit of the dove
Wash me in grace, drown me, drown me in Your love
Track Name: Sending Out a Dove
We're on the ark
Searching for shelter while the flood is rising
We're on the boat
Far from our homes but we aren't stranded

And I'm sending out a dove
I'm sending out a dove
Looking for promises
I know that You'll always keep
And I'm waiting for Your love
I'm waiting for Your love
Looking for something
That's right in front of me

In the interim
It seems so hard to see the promised land
In the desert
This stagnant air won't let me move onward

Look at the rainbow
Your sign from the sky
Why do I worry?
I know You could never lie