Canvas of Sky

by Paul Demer

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released June 10, 2014

All songs written by Paul Demer (BMI) except “Suspension” written by Paul Demer (BMI) & Graham Jones (BMI)

Produced by Paul Demer & Tom Demer
Mixed & Mastered by Karl Demer (atomick.com)

Design by Stephen Floyd

Paul Demer – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums, Viola
Josh Jessup – Drums on “The Window”
Ben Jessup – Bass on “Soaring”
Annalise Kean – Cello on “Maybe All is Not Lost”
Cynthia Thorne – Harmony vocals on “Maybe All is Not Lost”
Preston Eastwood, Paul-David Key, Nick Johnson & Justin Hull – Gang vocals on “Soaring”

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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: Bound For Home
What is this you say?
There’s a world beyond our own
Outside of all we’ve seen
But still as close as here and now
Where the sun will never set
And winters turn to spring
Where there’s hope that we could change
And allay the war inside

I still believe it’s true
That everyday we’re created new and
This life is not our own
When we realize that we’re bound for home

What is this you say?
There’s a world beyond our own
And we travel through vast seas
Under your canvases of sky
To a land beyond compare
Where the poor will finally feast
With the sinners and the saints
As every tribe and tongue confess
Track Name: Soaring
I get so scared of losing all I’ve gained
But the things I cling to keep weighing me down
I feel remorse at the thought of letting go
But when I breathe it out I breathe you in

We’re soaring on the updraft
With melodies flooding our lungs
Singing songs never heard before
In harmonies never sung

Time is gone, now is all we have
And all we’ll ever need
Let go of all you can do without
And learn to just believe

These worries and doubts have my feet chained to the floor
And the things I cling to are still holding me down
Sometimes I fear the vast and brilliant sky
But when I just let go I float away

Let go now
Let go now

Wings open (and hearts wide)
The time is now
But there are so many miles before dawn (the road is long)
Keep holding on
Keep holding on
Track Name: Neutrino
As independence grows
I find myself drifting away from you
Stumbling towards the light
I still can’t do this alone

We look all around
But we still don’t find what we’re looking for
We look up and down
When the truth is right in front of us

I am nothing without you
But my pride wants to tell me otherwise
I am nothing without you
So make me small again

I tried to buy escape
But the more I have the emptier I feel
Been wasting so much time
Searching for fools gold

We look on the inside
But we still don’t see the way to go
We look for a guide
When you’re the star ahead of us

Give me child-like eyes
Give me child-like faith
Track Name: Suspension
Pages, silent but waiting to say
Old words, sung in some new way
Voices, blank but begging to tell
In stories new, old stories well

There’s a space untold
There’s a line to cross
Look and behold

Who could ever relay
Beauty of infinite measure
You were called to create
Take hold of suspension

Mountains, soaring higher than clouds
Hear the echo of silence and sounds just as loud
Lights rise in the east and fall in the west
As pitch climbs still from trough to crest

Find the shore unseen
Feel the life that waits
In the in between

Can you tell me of the other side?
Are these the answers or just a waste of my time?
Can I find myself in these songs of mine?
Track Name: Open Your Eyes
Your flower is withering
I can see it in your eyes
Your frame is quivering
From too many failed tries

And when the night begins
The truth becomes disguised
You want out but you’re stuck within
Waging wars on the inside

Open your eyes
The pain you feel is temporary
Don’t compromise
I know someday you’ll see the other side

It’s hard to see the stars
When your head’s down in the dirt
And when your heart’s ajar
The small things start to hurt

“Where are you?”
Track Name: The Window
You said that you would never leave
But I seem to convince myself otherwise
And I fall victim to worry and regret
But you’re still calling me back

“Perfect love casts out fear”

I will not be afraid
Of the things that might come my way
Because you knew all my days
Before I even opened my eyes

Help me plot my course through these changing times
Cause I often lose sight of where to go
Help me hear your still small voice echo in my ear
Let me see that this life is more than me

And I will not be ashamed
Of the things I did yesterday
Cause you claimed me through grace
Before I even opened my eyes
Track Name: Birthday
One year to twenty and I thought that things would be different
But my indifference is still turning a blind eye
To the struggling world that sleeps outside my bedroom window
And the groaning creation awaiting a day when all these things will be made new

It seems so strange that we start our lives as others reach their end
But this circular life will always spin
Still, it’s hard sometimes
Must we say goodbye for now?

So here we go, we ride upon the wind
Never knowing as to which way we might blow
So we dance to rhythm of the stars
Will you show me the direction and lead me home again?
Track Name: Constant
One step forward
Then two steps back
I’ve come to see there is a pattern
The sky is cloudy
The stars obscured
Why can’t I seem to stay on target?

You are all that’s constant in my life
And you turn my dark to light
You’re everything that’s right
But still I run away
And leave you at arms length
When you’re my only source of strength
Still there’s nothing I can say or do
To escape from you

The things I’ve leaned on
The ones I’ve loved
Fall and fade as time goes on
But you are different
You’re always there
I feel your presence in the air I breathe
Track Name: Maybe All Is Not Lost
The tides roll in
Tearing down what we built up
The sun is going down
The day is done

And nothing is in place
Nothing in its truest form
We stumble in the dark
Looking for light

You are turning this world around
One day at a time
You are giving us eyes to see
So we can find you

I tremble at the thought
That all this could be falling down
But when my strength is gone
That’s where you come

Help me find you
In my darkest days when all seems to be lost
Help me hear you when you call

You are turning my life around
One day at a time
You are spinning me upside down
So I can find you
Track Name: Run
These moving waters grow so shallow
The currents turn to pools
A burning fire is glowing in the distance
But the flame is growing cool

We run into the same old walls
And nothing’s gonna break our fall

Unless we take a leap of faith
And drop these false pretenses
We will run but never move at all

When we were young we took all chances
We ran and burned and tried
These memories burn like candles on a canvas
But are we still alive