Memoriam

by Summit Station

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Summit Station is a folk-rock band that performs original music by Daniel Snoke, based on the lyrics of the almost-forgotten famous poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson. Their debut album, mixes americana and post-romantic music in a style that only rustic Western Pennsylvania can cultivate.

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released November 20, 2015

Original music and lyrics by Daniel Justice Snoke

All My Tears (Be Washed Away) by Julie Miller © 1993 Word Music, LLC (ASCAP) and Tinkie Tunes (ASCAP)

Tennyson lyrics from In Memoriam A.H.H. by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Produced by Robby Breckinridge and Daniel Snoke
Mixed by Robby Breckinridge

Recorded by Robby Breckinridge and with the Carnegie Mellon School of Music Multitrack Recording class: directed by Riccardo Schulz.
Recording engineers: Chen Liang, Crystal Yip, Daniel Mock, Davis Good, Koso Suzuki, Lucy Liang, Rohit Harlalka, Stephen Smith, Bryston Hollis, Alex Marthaler, Cloud Tian, Linda Zhang, Theo Teris, Thomson Yeh

Recorded at the Vlahakis Recording Studio, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University and at Audible Images Recording Studios

Vocals by Kristi Overland and Daniel Snoke
Guitars by Daniel Snoke
Bass by Jonathan Heins
Drums by Robby Breckinridge
Rhodes and Piano by Davis Good
Brass and string arrangements by Davis Good
Brass by C Street Brass
Strings by Kristen Strom and Evan Kahn
Art and design by Caleb Sawyer
Photos by Rachel and Andrew Poerschke
Special thanks to Bethany Snoke, Riccardo Schulz, Mitch Hill, and Pam DeCecco

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Track Name: Desires Mine
This year I slept and woke with pain, 
I almost wish'd no more to wake, 
And that my hold on life would break 
Before I thought of my mistake 

But, for my unkept heart and brain, 
A use in mournful singing lies; 
The sad mechanic exercise, 
Like dull narcotics, numbing pain. 

Desires mine, 
We know not how to make them thine. 
Desires mine. 
Thou seemest human and Devine. 
Desires mine, 
We know not how to make them thine. 

Let Love hold Grief and both be drown'd, 
Let darkness bare her heavy cross: 
Ah, sweeter to be drunk with loss, 
To dance with death and beat the ground. 

Perplext in faith, but pure in deeds, 
At last I beat the music out. 
There lives more faith in honest doubt, 
Believe me, than in half my creeds.
Track Name: Sleep
To Sleep I give my self away; 
My will a rebel to the dark. The dark! 
Soon barren judgements find my heart, 
And in my dreams I muse. I muse and say: 

So many worlds, so much to do, 
So little done, such futile things to be. 
But in this silence I will stay, 
To dream my dream, and hold it true, what’s true. 

As if my faith had gone to sleep, 
I heard a voice, `Believe! Believe no more." 
If Sleep and Rest be truly one, 
In some long trance I slumber, slumber on.
Track Name: Light
They call'd me fool, they call'd me arrogant child: 
They look'd upon my bruise and then they smiled: 
I found my angel mettle in the night; 
Its voice was low, the look was almost bright. 

It's light is mixed with life. It mixed with death. 
It yields a whisper of my wishful breath. 
From East to West they race and die away; 
'The dawn, the dawn,’ without a breath they say. 

Peace; come away: the song of woe 
Remains after all, an earthly song. 
Peace; come away: we do love wrong 
To sing so wildly: let us go. 

They call'd me fool, they call'd me arrogant child: 
They look'd upon my hope and then they smiled: 
From East to West we race and die away; 
'The dawn, the dawn,’ without a breath I say.
Track Name: Love
I cannot love you as I thought  
‘Cause love reflects the thing beloved; 
My words are only words, they move  
Upon the melody of thought  

I tasted and I loved with half my mind, 
I'm doubtful joy can hold our fling 

But Hope has never lost her youth with you  
You only saw through dimmer eyes;  
Our Love we mixed with gracious lies inside 
Because we felt so fix'd in truth:  

I cannot love you as I wanted to 
‘Cause love reflects the thing beloved; 
Your words have captured my heart
My words are only words, they move for you 
Upon the melody of thought 
I cannot love you as I wanted to 
‘Cause love reflects the thing beloved. 

I hold it true, whate'er befall; 
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost 
Than never to have loved at all
Track Name: Welcome Delicate
Welcome, delicate 
Lives unknown by fame. 
And it’s tempting to hope 
In the dream that caught your eye 
But it’s left your heart undone. 

These shoes are all worn out 
From chasing flawed designs 
And they’ve left me alone. 
Now I’m bold enough to trade 
Ambition for some rest. 

Welcome, beautiful 
Hearts restored through shame. 
I envy your peace. 
There’s nothing left to loose 
When all your pride is gone. 

The simple things in life 
Are all that’s left to do 
When you realize your heart 
Has hope for something more 
Than all your dreams can give. 

Welcome, sanctified 
Souls unseen by time. 
Now it’s waiting for you, 
The life you’ll have again 
When this sorry world is gone
Track Name: Sea
There rolls the deep where grew the tree. 
O earth, what changes have you seen!? 
There where the wide street doors have been, 
The stillness of the central sea. 

Imaginations, calm and fair, 
You haunt the silence in my chest. 
My conscience like a sea at rest, 
Your memory a cloudless air. 

By which I rest, the ocean sounds, 
And star and system rolling past, 
My soul shall draw from out the vast 
And strike your being into bounds. 

From belt to belt of shifting crimson seas 
A hundred leagues of mortals bellow `Peace.’ 
What freedom find I in the highest place, 
But mine own precious phantom dying hymn? 
And through the depths of you I long to swim 
And find the image of a human face.
Track Name: Sing To Me
Your hands are cold 
Guess you forgot but then I thought you knew 
But then you sing to me. 

You’ve been told 
That when I think of all the things you do 
I love the way you sing to me. 

My mind grows bold 
And everything I did is in review; 
Come on and sing to me. 

Tomorrow can’t compare to you, 
It fades because you’ll always be 
My muse, so make a promise to 
Never stop the way you sing to me. 

Your mouth is shut 
And you are silent but I know you’ll try 
‘Cause then you reach for me. 

I’ve built my wall 
And all my darkest thoughts are so nearby 
Come on and reach for me. 

The day runs dry 
Disappointed but I can’t say why 
Please, darling, reach for me.
Track Name: At Last Far Off
Be near me when my light is low, 
When the blood creeps, and the nerves prick 
And tingle; and the heart is sick, 
And all the wheels of Being, slow. 

Be near me when the sensuous frame 
Is life, a Fury slinging flame. 

But what of that? My darken'd ways 
Shall ring with music all the same; 
To breathe my loss is more than fame, 
To utter love more sweet than praise. 

Behold, we know not anything; 
I can but trust that good shall fall 
At last—far off—at last, to all, 
And every winter change to spring. 

Forgive what seem'd my sin in me; 
What seem'd my worth since I began; 
For merit lives from man to man, 
And not from man, O Lord, to thee. 

Ring out the want, the care, the sin, 
The faithless coldness of the times; 
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes, 
But ring the fuller minstrel in. 

Ring in the valiant man and free, 
The larger heart, the kindlier hand; 
Ring out the darkness of the land, 
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
Track Name: All My Tears
When I go, don't cry for me 
In my Father's arms I'll be 
The wounds this world left on my soul 
Will all be healed and I'll be whole. 

Sun and moon will be replaced 
With the light of Jesus' face 
And I will not be ashamed 
For my Savior knows my name. 

It don't matter where you bury me, 
I'll be home and I'll be free. 
It don't matter where I lay, 
All my tears be washed away. 

Gold and silver blind the eye 
Temporary riches lie 
Come and eat from heaven's store, 
Come and drink, and thirst no more 

So, weep not for me my friends, 
When my time below does end 
For my life belongs to Him 
Who will raise the dead again.