The Cave (and Other Assorted Love Songs)

by Ryan Yunck

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The first fifteen tracks form one long piece of music (The Cave), while the remaining three are stand-alone songs; hence, "The Cave (and Other Assorted Love Songs)". As you may have guessed, none of them are actually love songs.

Cover art by Matt Dunn (matthewndunn.com)

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released 15 July 2012

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Track Name: The Puppet's Hall, Pt. 1 - Opening
(Instrumental)
Track Name: The Puppet's Hall, Pt. 1 - All There Is To Know
A flicker of the light, this is all
Shadow's dance in The Puppet's Hall
Never turn, never look away
This is where they were meant to stay

"All there is to know of this world
We see it in the shapes passing by
All there is to know of this world
Doesn't come from asking why"

Satisfied not to understand
Why they're here, why they've bound their hands
Name the shapes, call them what you will
It won't change that you're trapped here still

"All there is to know of this world
We see it in the shapes passing by
All there is to know of this world
Doesn't come from asking why"
Track Name: The Puppet's Hall, Pt. 2 - The Beckoning
There's a higher truth than what you've known
There's another world beyond The Cave
There's a way to rise above the stone
There's a chance for your souls to be saved

And you can find your way
Out of The Cave

There's a better life not far above
There's a truth you can't yet comprehend
There's a place that you will come to love
There's a sense of knowing in the end

And you can find your way
Out of The Cave
Track Name: The Puppet's Hall, Pt. 2 - The Realization
-A-

(Instrumental)

-B-

That's when I realize my eyes cannot see in this pale light
How can I play their games when I know there's so much more?

"All there is to know of this world
We see it in the shapes passing by
All there is to know of this world
Doesn't come from asking why"
Track Name: The Puppet's Hall, Pt. 2 - The Judgement
"There's a higher truth you claim to know
There's another world that's left you blind
You call it light but fail to show
that it's more than poison in your mind

You leave us no choice but to make you pay
the price for your lies"

But I know the way to leave The Cave
I can show you the way, your soul to save
Freedom only comes once you leave this place
Please
You're living a lie
Track Name: The Puppet's Hall, Pt. 2 - The Noble Sacrifice
Blind, they could never look away
For the ignorance, this is the price you pay
The way of light in The Puppet's Hall
is only flickerings on the wall

And now you become as the shadows are
Track Name: The Puppet's Hall, Pt. 2 - Closing
And so, those who have ascended to the light of higher truth must make the noble sacrifice: to return again to The Cave and, even in the face of death, beckon those prisoners to undo their chains. Only then may this story someday have a different ending, and may we someday leave the passing shapes as they are:

A flicker of the light, this is all
The shadow's dance in The Puppet's Hall
Track Name: To Silence
Silent social stigma stands
Belief through bated breath
Tiny words and fractured hands
were never any less

A subtle change inside us all
Black light that lights the way
Doubly I'd hear the call
as she would say

The world is not dying
All is all

From splinters breaking free
To silence holding me
Believe me, if I could, I'd look you in the eye

What once was not the same
Still tried to play their games
And now it holds me back much deeper than before

If this would ever really change
and time's the only test
Underneath it's all the same
Pretend that it's the best

The mind is not dying
All is all

From splinters breaking free
To silence holding me
Believe me, if I could, I'd look you in the eye

What once was not the same
Still tried to play their games
And now it holds me back much deeper than before

And when a voice inside my doubt says,
"It's all right to feel alone sometimes
To let it all be known, sometimes you fall"

I try to connect to myself again, but it seems I've lost the way
So I'll move quietly
To get to where I've got to be, I fall
I fall

From splinters breaking free
To silence holding me
Believe me, if I could, I'd look you in the eye

What once was not the same
Still tried to play their games
And it still holds me back as my words slowly fade to silence
Track Name: While It Lasts
At the surface
Where the clouds break
Where the winds don’t blow

It’s all perfect
It’s everything we have ever known

In the open
Where the sun bakes
Where the truth roams free

There’s a child
Who is hoping
That someone still believes

Don’t move too fast
Breathe in deep while it lasts

Don’t let it pass
Feel the moment while it lasts

At a time when
I was drifting through the open book

There you found me
Slowly lifting in the words from us they took

They were:

Don’t move too fast
Breathe in deep while it lasts

Don’t let it pass
Feel the moment while it lasts

So they told us to wait for something
But tomorrow never came
That fulfillment that we ordered was so surely coming
But it seems it lost its way
We had to find our own reason to stay

At the end of that which once was
Just the everyday

You’ll know that the world keeps turning
And the memories remain

Don’t move too fast
Breathe in deep while it lasts

Don’t let it pass
Feel the moment while it lasts

Can you teach me how to breathe here while it lasts?
Track Name: This Time
There’s a sign on the wall
Did I already take my fall?

There’s a passion still moved
But is there something else I lose?

‘Cause the sun seems just a little colder somehow
And those dreams feel a little bit different now

So this time
Maybe I’ll find myself alone
Lost in another world not quite my own
And this time
Maybe I could set my true self free
If I only knew what I was meant to be

There’s a dream I’m still dreaming
Yet still not yet the life I’m living

‘Cause the sun seems just a little colder somehow
And those dreams feel a little bit different now

So this time
Maybe I’ll find myself alone
Lost in another world not quite my own
And this time
Maybe I could set my true self free
If I only knew what I was meant to be
This time
Maybe I’ll fall out of the sky in the end
This time


Look away in the fear that you hold now
You can stay in the pride that has come down
For a time
It’s all your mind
So just wait again to seize the day
Look away from the calling
Don’t acknowledge the fact that you’re falling
And as such
It isn’t much
Only your life



If I only knew what I was meant to be