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Sand to Pearls, Coal to Diamonds

by the Silent Boys

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1.
Living in the lion’s jaws Shown no mercy The soul in nonliving things Losing connection Safe in the tall grass Wincing from afar, remaining silent A river shrieks and then the mountains moan Living in the lion’s jaws Callous caretakers The soul in every living thing Shrinking nature An ear to the the ground Vibrations turn to a roar- it’s closing in A forest goes quiet; lakes start to tremble Giants once roamed these groves Giants roamed these plains I am waiting for the, I am waiting for the The lions to fall asleep at my feet Living in the lion’s jaws Fleeting courage Wondering where the heroes are- Bygone virtue Wet a finger Raise it in the air- feel earth’s breath Lie naked on the ground and feel its pulse Giants once roamed these groves Giants roamed these plains I am waiting for the, I am waiting for the The lions to fall asleep at my feet Living in the lion’s jaws Kinship severed What creatures will be left to translate The last babbling brook?
2.
Christine 04:12
I’ve calculated every step. but who can solve your equation? I’m awake at odd hours, daydreaming through the night What’s going on with Christine? My head is a snow globe- you shake it like a maraca You struck a match that scorched the heart- I’m calling 9-1-1 What’s going on? What’s going on with Christine? Nonreturnable moments- back pedaling again You are the song that keeps writing itself over again Christine, Christine, Christine what am I supposed to do? The heartburn of concealed desire- frigid seas of indecision I speak to you in gibberish- you must think that I’m a fool What’s going on with Christine? I’m picturing a pink sand beach, you’ve let your hair down If I got the chance I’d be everything to you What’s going on? What’s going on with Christine? Nonreturnable moments- running home fast as I can You are the song that keeps writing itself over again Christine, Christine, Christine what am I supposed to do?
3.
He dresses up his critique With ribbons and bows She throws her head into her hands I wipe the tears on my sleeve And I tell her not to worry Because just like the Spinners I’ll be around. I’ll be around She used to sing in her garden And songbirds would respond Left to feel so ordinary Life’s a parade watched from a cage And I tell her not to worry Because just like the Spinners I’ll be around. I’ll be around Now that our roads run parallel I’m not taking “no” for an answer Once so lively but now so reticent Such a heavy weight on my heart And I tell her not to worry Because just like the Spinners I’ll be around. I’ll be around I’ll be around. I’ll be around I’ll be around. I’ll be around
4.
Fatal Folly 04:08
Half past autumn What’s a boy to do? I’m falling in love with you I’m falling in love with you Standstill poet Inspiration renewed I’m falling in love with you I’m falling in love with you one more time In the blink of an eye it’s over. It’s over In the blink of an eye it’s over. It’s over. It’s over again Could it be fatal folly? Excitable moths suffer burnt wings Dare I be sanguine? When will my grey skies turn gold? Was the poetry of my letters too suffocating? Did the pebbles tap-tapping your window startle you? It was never my intent to chase you, yet here I am once again Overcast Sunday The sun peeks through the blinds I’m falling in love with you I’m falling in love with you Weary lavender your fragrance lingers for weeks I’m falling in love with you I’m falling in love with you one more time In the blink of an eye it’s over. It’s over In the blink of an eye it’s over. It’s over. It’s over again Could it be a fatal folly? Excitable moths suffer burnt wings Dare I be sanguine? When will my grey skies turn gold? Was the poetry of my letters too suffocating? Did the pebbles tap-tapping your window startle you? It was never my intent to chase you yet here I am once again
5.
Driftwood 03:33
I tried to scrub the red wine stains You brought me to my knees again Abandoned earring in my car Down the lane from head to heart Reflections in the wake of stillness Did i ever look the part? Like an interesting piece of driftwood You placed me on your shelf Please don’t be afraid of, don’t be afraid of me! Please don’t be afraid of, don’t be afraid of me! I’ve taken measure of every angle but that Fails to soothe me, fails to soothe me I pulled your long hair from my brush Down the drain from head to heart I banished the sun. I cursed the moon You hit a pan with a metal spoon! Reflections in the wake of stillness did I ever look the part? Like an interesting piece of driftwood You placed me on your shelf Please don’t be afraid of, don’t be afraid of me! Please don’t be afraid of, don’t be afraid of me! I’ve taken measure of every angle but that Fails to soothe me, fails to soothe me
6.
Sugar House 04:54
How can I surrender When there’s been no resistance? I can’t get enough of your sweetness My peach pie in the morning Down the rainbow walkway In Candyland on a gumdrop high I licked my way through a forest of lollipops I nearly lost my mind This is your last slice This is your last slice of cheesecake I struck that match to burn your sugar house down I struck that match to burn your sugar house down How could I be this thirsty When I drink chocolate from a river? I can’t get enough of your sweetness My cupcake before bedtime Down the rainbow walkway In Candyland on a gumdrop high I chewed my way through four walls of gingerbread I nearly lost my mind This is your last slice This is your last slice of cheesecake I struck that match to burn your sugar house down I struck that match to burn your sugar house down This is your last slice This is your last slice of cheesecake and I struck that match to burn your sugar house down I struck that match to burn your sugar house down
7.
Fists of wild ideas is all I have To wake you from your age old slumber I’m quick to catch your fumbling words My finger to your lips, now say no more Hear the jazzy guitar chords Aztec Camera strums my soul Let’s walk out to winter before the thaw It’s a fantastic weekend- a dust of snow weekend A fantastic weekend- a clear skies weekend Think of us as stranded stars From stardust you and me From the debris you and me From the debris you and me We’re tossing stars, playing catch at night Then just like fireflies we put them in a jar I’m sinking in to my favorite chair You’re the warmest blanket on the coldest day Hear the jazzy guitar chords Aztec Camera strums my soul Let’s walk out to winter before the thaw It’s a fantastic weekend- a dust of snow weekend A fantastic weekend- a clear skies weekend Think of us as stranded stars From stardust you and me From the debris you and me From the debris you and me Wishing on a star Heaven’s above, it’s coming true! Wishing on a star Heaven’s above, I’m here with you!
8.
Some call it innocence Her tap dance of rebellious joy Every time I ride from here to there There she is mugging every scene Everywhere, Everywhere Girl Everywhere, Everywhere Girl Every time I turn around Sand to pearls, coal to diamonds Sand to pearls, coal to diamonds She uncovers the sweetness in everyone If it’s missing she sprinkles some and stirs it in Infectious laugh. There’s no disguise The world’s her reflection and she celebrates Everywhere, Everywhere Girl Everywhere, Everywhere Girl Every time I turn around There she goes- a bounce with every step There she goes- nimble eyes sparkling The most important person in the universe Is the one with whom she’s eye to eye She thinks she’s no better than anyone, It’s all downhill, she’s an ever-growing snowball It’s all downhill, she’s an ever-growing snowball She’s everywhere, Everywhere Girl Everywhere, Everywhere girl Every time I turn around Sand to pearls, coal to diamonds Sand to pearls, coal to diamonds She’s everywhere, Everywhere Girl Everywhere, Everywhere Girl Stay oblivious Everywhere Girl!
9.
Echoes of laughter fill the hallways of our minds Moving room to room, we’re One panicked step Beyond the fear Insomnia is a raceway for Speeding thoughts that all go round and round Fools in love. Fools in love Too clouded to see the hazards Too dizzy to question it all Fools in love. Fools in love Biking down sun tickled avenues Wild trumpets are blowing when the Saints Go Marching In We clutch our hopes Explain away every mystery Then you’re left with a world missing magic Fools in love. Fools in love Too clouded to see the hazards Too dizzy to question it all Fools in love. Fools in love

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Limited Edition CD available from Too Good To Be True:

toogoodtobetruerecords.bandcamp.com/album/sand-to-pearls-coal-to-diamonds

Rhythm guitar + vocals: Wallace Dietz

Lead guitar + backup vocals: John Suchocki

Bass: Grant Oliver- tracks 1, 3-9

Bass: Michael Click- track 2

Drums: John Morand- tracks 1, 2, 8, 9

Drum Programming: Dan-O Deckelman- tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Backup vocals: Maitreya Suchocki- track 9

Keyboards: Dan-O Deckelman- tracks 3, 5, 6

Engineered by Dan-O Deckelman

Recorded @ Sound Of Music Studios & Snake Oil Recording

Mixed by John Suchocki

Mastered by Brent Lambert @ Kitchen Mastering

All songs written by Wallace Dietz

Cover art by Agathe Meunier

CD released by Too Good To Be True Records (France)

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released November 4, 2022

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the Silent Boys Richmond, Virginia

The Silent Boys is an indie-pop band that has been silently playing and recording music for the past three decades.

Prior to their debut "Beauty Tips" CD, the Silent Boys released songs on various compilations including: Will There be Time for Tea (Morgan Leah), Seven Summers (Kindercore/Tweenet), and You Thought It Was the End of the World When the Rain Ruined Your Hair (Firestation Tower).
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