Maple Ghost Tree

by John-Flor Sisante

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This album contains a series of songs written and produced by John-Flor Sisante, who collaborated with friends and/or fellow musicians to make it.

Album Artwork done by fellow Acoustic Long-Islander fan, Daisy Dee.

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released September 15, 2013

All songs written, recorded, and produced by John-Flor Sisante.

Guitar, ukulele, accordian, banjo, clarinet, and keyboards performed by John-Flor.

Drums on For You I'd Raise the Dead and drum programming on Passes Over were done by multi-instrumentalist Nick Jenkins.

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The following awesome people collaborated on these songs with their voices:

1. A Night In Her Apartment - Rorie Kelly, Ron Gejon, Jon Violago, Ashley Maas, Karissa Chen, Eric Saeder.

2. Bed of Nails - AnnaMarie Vu

3. Passes Over - Ashley Maas

4. For You I'd Raise the Dead - Michael Martin, Marcos Sanchez, Rorie Kelly.

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Track Name: Days Like No Other
Verse 1:

I read from the Good Book
is there where I'm going?
you said "if we don't know Him,
but we still got time".
you leapt in the hammock
we made from a parachute
we found in the attic
after lolo had passed.

Verse 2:

You said "come and get me"
I did, yelling 'timber'
and fell into the blanket
punctuated with light
that took long to reach us
and when it arrived here
it lit up my fingers on your infinite back

If ever I'm hiding,
please remind me of days like no other,
invite me to gaze in your eyes

verse 3:

We painted the evening
stayed up til' the morning
as if we were dreaming
conversation and fire
that dripped from the Maple
Ghost Tree that you loved so
you said don't let me go
as my lips sang in praise
battle hymns gone ablaze

If ever I'm hiding,
please remind me of days like no other,
invite me to gaze in your eyes
and I will remember
and I will surrender
together
igniting the stars in the sky
Track Name: Passes Over
I once had these illusions
there were monsters all around me
I never did sleep soundly
'til I met you
and the weight of the world
put pressure on my eyelids
when I woke up, I was blinded
you stood near by the doorway
and reminded me to

Hold on, hold on, hold on
I do, you do we do
what's done is done,
it's done
Now I can carry you

I once dreamt you were dying
when I woke up, you were flying
thank God you were beside me
not in hiding from the Plagues of my hurt
that comes and then passes over
paint the door red
getting closer
we run down to the Red Sea
parted wildly

Hold on, hold on, hold on
I do, you do we do
what's done is done,
it's done
Now I can carry you
Track Name: Bed of Nails
Verse 1:

Someone shouted "Fire!" in the theatre
so everybody hustled out...
except for me, who wanted to devour my popcorn,
the one I spent 4.99 on
That's when I turned around and saw your haircut;
it reminded me of that cockroach in Kafka
well even with your funny hair,
I wanted to be everywhere with you


On a bed of nails
would you like to lie down with me?

Verse 2:

I asked you for your name,
and you said "No Name,
because you didn't choose my name"
you said you got it strictly from your "parents,
and they preferred to call me Jane"
you smile caused a chemical reaction
as if I reached critical mass...
I must be glowing from the radiation
which must have caused my mouth to ask


On a bed of nails
would you like to lie down with me?
If this is how if feels to be living,
then I want to lie low again

Bridge:

And maybe this night
was just a mere illusion
alright
but maybe this was meant to be
like planets in collision with comets,
making sonnets

Verse 3:

I guess the angels landed all around us
disguised themselves as fallen snow
we skipped about like astronauts on moondust
and watched the Earth go down below
when suddenly the air became a prayer
and suddenly my heart was wide...
expanding through the universe of matter and darkness
I ran to you and you replied


On a bed of nails
would you like to lie down with me?
If this is how if feels to be living,
then I want to lie low again
Track Name: A Night In Her Apartment
We found her place in 4 acts
Crawled up the stairs on our backs
discovered secret cracks
through the walls in the hall
they were filled with letters;
she slammed the door to make noise
I heard a thrill in her voice
"hand over all your stuff"
and I did what she said
she's a good cop, bad cop

Verse 2:

For violating all laws
She pushed me down with full force
and tied me, with her mouth,
to the base of the couch
nothing could be better
than spend our lives together
I am humbled, filled with letters
I slipped through secret cracks
through the walls of her chest
as she slid her sweater
down

The Night In Her Apartment Has Begun
The Night In Her Apartment Has Begun
Track Name: For You I'd Raise the Dead
I was up, reading Matthew 9
meditating how the Son of Man shined
through the clouds
In my dreams, I traveled back in time
and ended up in the body of the guy
who was paralyzed,
the teachers were all frowns.
He told them "why do you entertain
evil thoughts in your heart?", he said
he went close, looked me right in the eye
calmly cried "for you I'd raise the Dead"

You were up, talking to your dad
your mouth was like a rubber band
that snapped back
it was loud
and you thought that maybe this was it
said sorry for your sins
that were like wall cracks
'til your castle crumbled to the ground.
And then your life flashed
before your eyes
you saw me down by the tidal wave
you took me by the hand,
and then we ran
up the mountain, every step we said

for you i'd raise the dead

I don't know what I could have without you
you heard me say
I waded in the river
'til I shivered for you to make
sense of all of this

We were up looking at the sky
the moon was like the Eucharist in blue light
and the hum of God was all around
then we lay down, hidden in the grass
waiting for teardrops from the clouds
that gathered around us,
and you were sad
but don't be sad
for you i'd raise the dead