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Compass Rose (album)

by Court Hoang

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All songs written by Court Hoang
Produced by Court Hoang and Josh Terry
Recorded at Yellow Dog Studios, Austin, TX

Copyright 2013 Court Hoang

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released September 30, 2013

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Court Hoang Fort Worth, Texas

Court Hoang is a singer/songwriter, composer and actor based in Fort Worth, TX. Originally from Dallas, he's worked in California, Vietnam, and most recently Austin before moving back to north Texas. He has composed music for several stage plays in Los Angeles as well as in Austin, where he released his most recent album, Compass Rose (2013). ... more

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Track Name: Stars
If I played you through a dirge, could you whisper me the words
of the chorus that I warned you about?
It's a tune that I think you could find in that book
that you don't let me touch or take out.

I could swear that your pictures wouldn't fade in my hands
and your spine wouldn't break at my touch,
I could tell you all the lies that you want, all the time if you want,
all the time - it's not much.

Because I sold all my hearts to a man who lives
on the way to the church...
When you feel in the wind there's a song, black as sin;
on that day you will know, you will see.

There were young boys who believed in a place to believe
in the stars and the sea and the rain;
It began with a note from a book, left alone in a cave
no one else dares to stay.

Then I sold out my loves to a million trees
that don't grow any leaves...
When he's down on his knees, and he begs and he pleads,
on that day you will know you are he.

Because you sold all your hearts to a man who lives
on the way to the church...
All the seas and the stars that you pray to don't believe
that you are what you say you should be.

All the seas and the stars that you pray to don't believe
that you are what you say you should be.
Track Name: Willow Song
The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree
Sing all, a green willow
Her hand on her bosom, her head on her knee
Sing willow, willow, willow
The fresh streams ran by her and murmured her moans
Sing willow, willow, willow
Her salt tears ran down her face and soften'd the stones
Sing willow, willow, willow

Sing all, a green willow must be my garland

Let nobody blame him, his scorn I approve
Sing willow, willow, willow
He was made to be fair, I to die for his love
Sing willow, willow, willow
I called my love false, but what said he then?
Sing willow, willow, willow
"If I court more women, you'll couch with more men"
Sing willow, willow, willow

Sing all, a green willow must be my garland
Track Name: Please, Don't Mistake My Weakness for Grace
The folding chairs are where I set my sights
The separation folds into night
But I can't sit you down until dark
No, I can't sit you down until dark

From the bottom come the light rays
But from the top come dozens of grays
And I can never open your eyes
No, I could never open your eyes

So, please, don't mistake my weakness for grace
No, please, don't mistake my weakness for grace

Tell me something beautiful now
Just close your lips and tell me right now
Because I can never read you right now
No, I can never read you right now

Just, please, don't mistake my weakness for grace
No, please, don't mistake my weakness for grace

Don't you know that you can turn me over?
Don't you know that you can just turn me over?
Track Name: I/O
I was staring out at broken clouds of heavenly hell
Following a path of broken stones, down the wishing well
You begin to read your markings well
Counting steps that weigh as much as stones
And tears that fell

Brands of X and Y came flying by, searching for a spell
Thoughts could kill if you and I could only find the words to tell
For to shine the light on where we dwell
Misery loves company in words that all begin with "L"

You are my soul
You are my soul
You are my soul
You are my soul
Track Name: Galloping on the Sea
(Instrumental)
Track Name: There Came a Sound...
Lady of mine
The storm threw you overboard
But you'll start to rise
Sharp nails into me, your swords

Matron of hours
Leave us where you find our bones
Those seas were ours
Searching for a chance at home

Make up your mind
Make up your mind

Salt-blood in me
A calm hatred of all you bring
Trust and be free
Lies born of the song you sing

You made up your mind
You made up your mind

Then there came a sound
of horses galloping on the sea
Track Name: Snow; First Light
(None)
Track Name: Jar
Truly adored, in their eyes, you were born
You were a girl and your mind hadn't learned, no
You could've stayed in here with them, no
Never to go out there with him

And the moment you strayed about
We were sure that your star would drown
In the see of the ways you'd have to pay
And when you played
I would've followed you

Hands in a jar and your face on the wall
Trying to scream doesn't get you very far, Lord
You were a girl, so young, so long
All ours have gone on home, so long

And the moments will fade away
When you come back inside to stay
In the memory of all you had to pay
And when they played
No one would fall for you

Call out and see who hears
Draw out your breath and dry your tears
Begin to change your mind
Inside out

What if it's all on you?
Maybe it's all on you
Just put it all on you
We'll put it all on you
Track Name: Countdown
He's falling out of the window
Maybe he's losing his touch
If that's just his way of remembering
I could forgive him enough for now

He's tangled up in the clothesline
Maybe he's losing his sight
If that's just his way of remembering
I could forego all the fighting words

Not just a smile, but a grin on your face
I don't know how you carry it on
And if I could wash it away then I would
But I don't think you'd like it
When never is better than

Sometimes he pounds on the table
Maybe he's losing his speech
If that's just his way of remembering
I don't know if I could reach him now

But there's something wrong in the way
That you lay your hands on him at night
More like a ghost, but you're holding him down
As if he could hear you counting down
Track Name: The World Doesn't End
Lately, I've been thinking
Good thoughts to keep me occupied
Keeping songs and stories
To keep you out, I shut my eyes

Lately, I've been breaking
The edges cracked and crumbling
And all the words I've taken
Don't keep my tongue from mumbling a prayer
For you, and all your doubts

Lately, I can't think straight
I tell myself the lies I want to hear
Just to operate
And keep me in the dark from all my fears
And you, and all your mouths

Don't remain unchanged
Know that your life will remain
And if you want love, then give love away
Only your life will remain

Nations are collapsing
Cities fall and don't get up again
And if you were asking
Yes, there will be hell to pay and then
We'll start to build our lives again

Don't remain unchanged
Know that your life will remain
And if you want love, then give love away
Only your life will remain