The Lighthouse at the Edge of the World

from At Home At Sea by E.G. Phillips

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An oft repeated trope in the love some is the protagonist who professes their need/desire/ability to go to the ends of the Earth for their beloved. This indie-folk Jules Verne-esque ballad goes beyond mere talk, and explores what such a place would be like and what being there would entail.

Inspired by an old Dr. Who comic, the imagery is surreal and at points seemingly impossible, yet at the same time highly evocative and providing distinct textures to this otherworldly landscape.

lyrics

I’ll apply to be the keeper
Of the lighthouse at the edge of world
Where the ocean tumbles into the stars
And a foghorn warns ships off the shoals of the void

I can talk with the sea lions
When I’m not busy maintaining the lantern
Or tossing out life preservers
To catch sailors drifting towards Saturn

If all I can do
Is push you away
Then at least I can ensure
You will be safe

If all I can do
Is push you away
Then at least I can ensure
You will be safe

I’ll watch for you on the horizon
While I’m standing out on the gallery
With only the celestial sea spray crash
And the ticking clockworks to keep me company

If all I can do
Is push you away
Then at least I can ensure
You will be safe

If all I can do
Is push you away
Then at least I can ensure
You will be safe

Because you
Can’t come back, no you can’t come back
You can’t come back
From over the edge

You can’t come back, you can never come back
Just… trust me
Trust me on that

I’ll apply to be the keeper
Of the lighthouse at the edge of world
Where the ocean tumbles into the stars
And a foghorn warns ships off the shoals of the void

If all I can do
Is push you away
Then at least I can ensure
You will be safe

If all I can do
Is push you away
Then at least I can ensure
You will be safe

credits

from At Home At Sea, released July 12, 2019
E.G. Phillips (Vocals, Acoustic Guitars), Louise Nalbandian, Samantha Sipin (Backing Vocals), Shawn Tamborini (Steel Guitar), Ben Osheroff (Nylon String Guitar, Percussion), Sean Silverman (Upright Bass), Ben Visini (Drum Kit)

produced, recorded and mixed by Ben Osheroff
mixed at Laughing Tiger Record Studios
mastered by Matt Boudreau, Working Class Audio
songs and artwork by E.G. Phillips (ASCAP)
published by Ducks With Pants Music (@duckswithpants)

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E.G. Phillips San Francisco, California

E.G. Phillips is a San Francisco based songwriter who creates lyric driven songs with his own special blend of whimsy and cinematic imagery which he uses to give a wry take on dealing with the longings of the heart and the madness of existence.

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