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The first of a new trio of albums by John Isaac Watters, "Casas" is a set of songs grouped around the idea of home.

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released August 30, 2012

All songs written by John Isaac Watters
Acoustic Guitar & singing - John Isaac Watters
Piano & Singing & Tambourine - William Gramling
Singing - Alex Rhodes

Recorded, Engineered and Mixed by Chris Rondinella at Heritage Studios.

Mastered by Dale Becker

Cover art work by Mariana Blanco
Photo by John Isaac Watters

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Track Name: Houses Filled With Light
Early one morning, I was awakened
By your breathing, on my window pane
You were writing my name, There was no mistaking it
I never thought you'd come 'round here to see me again

We live in houses filled with light,
We stand and sit and walk around in it
Still there are those who live in night,
Let us not forget our former loneliness.
Track Name: Lets go in to The Forest
Raise your fist put on your summer dress
Do your very very best
No matter what, no matter what might kill you

I was called as witness to a mess
Where even young men caught their breath
And hung their heads
And walked away weepin.

There are things no man should see
I have seen them clearly
If your heart
Has not been broken dear
Then I suggest
Lest breaking it
That you do not come near me

Lets go into the city at dawn
Press our fingers tight to the pillars we find
And make them question what they've built upon

I'll bring em down like Samson did
But in the end I'm gonna need you to dig me
Outta the rubble my friend

Lets go in to the forest
While the leaves are still on the trees
Press our arms around the trunks
Like silent monks
And squeeze till our forearms bleed

There are things no man should see
I have seen them clearly
If your heart
Has not been broken dear
Then I suggest
Lest breaking it
That you do not come near me
Track Name: Before
Dry grass can burn easy, easy laugh
It shouts a loud orange shroud out in the rain,
Stares in at my face
Flickers pale again
Eats a pile of trash
Its a photograph
Its nothing

Do you believe I knew your name
Before the coronation came,
Before the years of distancing
Before we tumbled, tumbling
You're the tall one, better yet,
You are light in my dark

In the land of freeways, clogged memories
There are houses up the hill where
There are only stairs
In the cleanest air
Right after the rain
You can hear the train
Whistling

At night the ashes heave themselves
I should ignite and read these signs your name
In tongues of flame
In the windowpane
The light gets trapped
Beneath the lamp,
Hovering
Track Name: Two Legs, One Leg
I used to have two legs, now I only have one.
When you left me I tipped over, I can no longer run.

You were steady as a steel post
When you held me in your arms
But I slid downhill and to the coast
Im living in a storm

Los Angeles I do not miss, I don't know what it is
Something I lost ten years ago or more

We were living in the desert then,
the skies were big and wide
And believing was as easy as taking a step outside.

I used to have two legs, now I only have one
When you left me I tipped over, I can no longer run.
Track Name: Uninhabited
Uninhabited, uninhabited
I have become uninhabited

Cry aloud my friend, Cry aloud my friend
Uninhabited

Call again I was not here, Call again, I was not here
I was where the land leaves itself

Out like a carcass, out like a carcass
Uninhabited

Beneath skyscrapers, Beneath skyscrapers,
Uninhabited
Track Name: Train for the Desert
Throat all dry and I'm walking
Parched thunderclouds to the west
Heartbroken I found a tree in a creek-bed
and lay down too weary to rest.

And I dreamed I held you by the window
Of a house overlooking the sea
I dreamed our children played soft and slow
A song I had written for thee

Lets take our picnic basket
And our crackin picture frame
Get that old rowboat overturned and patch it
And push out from the icy bank

On the other side of the river,
Is a palace fit for a king
If you do not come with me across the water,
You surrender everything

While the train for the desert is leaving,
Like a man swimming straight out to sea
I left you on your porch in the evening
As the dew leaves the moss on the tree

In the morning the sun will come shining
A body washed up on the rocks
Will you quit your crying my darling,
When they tally up what has been lost

A great painter has been born again
In a dump outside mumbai
While ten millionaires just disappeared
Out above the atlantic sky

And my mother she's been reunited
With the blue thistles bloom
In the tired train station she said she'd been missing me,
Whistling round the room

And I love you as sun rises
As oceans rise and fall
As a bird whips through the air alone
And catatonic calls

I am stunned, I am stunned
Grasping gasping for the truth
If you do not come with me cross the water
You will die alone in your youth

While the train for the desert is leaving
Like a man swimming straight out to sea
I left you on your porch in the evening
As the dew leaves the moss on the tree

In the morning the sun will come shining
A body washed up on the rocks
Will you quit your crying my darling
When they tally up what has been lost
Track Name: My Tall Tree
She wore those brown pants so stark,
She had no need to thaw or freeze.
I stared at seedlings in the dark,
I told her eyes hello, those hollow seas.

I've been up water-tanks in parks,
I've been up staircases nobody sees.
I told her town hello, I say hello you towering tree.

Oh when I get home, I'm gonna be lonely.

Well I used to ride to you in brand new trains,
You were so full of light it hurt to look.
Well I used to write to you in brand new trains,
I came up from the dark in all your books.
Track Name: Your New House
Past your new house, I went walking,
I heard you singing, I heard you singing,
But you were just an old man
And your voice was just a flute made of porcelain.

I'll tell you softly, I got no reason
To love you like this, its just a freedom
Which I've been given, and which I'm breathing in
Like the air from the coldest darkest mountain.

Saw you there then, it was last weekend,
On the beach in an umbrella you were speaking.
And you held my hand, we were singing,
It was easier then, we were cold children.

And I'm so thankful that I have found you,
I was so alone, when I was without you,
And im so thankful that you like the things I do,
I like the things you do as well
And thats what makes it less painful to be living