Heart of Man

by Thad Kopec

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released 13 November 2012
Engineered & Mixed by Thad Kopec
Mastered by T.W. Walsh
All songs written by Thad Kopec


Thad Kopec – guitar, vocals, piano, bass guitar, ukulele, violin (on Black Lake and Dogs of Night), bowed guitar, percussion, antlers

Kirby Lin – violin

Josh Gilligan – trumpet, flugelhorn


Design - Thad Kopec
Cover Images taken from the Library of Congress Photochrom Collection

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Track Name: White Wolf
I once had a vision of a great White Wolf
He came to me in my sleep
Oh enemy, my enemy, why do you visit me?

In the darkness where
I finally find a place to close my eyes
In the darkness where
I lose all my disguise

Oh, who will I be?
In the summer time when you’re not with me
Oh, who will I be?
In the winter time when I cannot see

Running to the Great White Plains
Asking you now, “What will remain of me?”
Take everything, take everything
I cannot keep it clean

In the darkness where
I finally find a place to hear your voice
In the darkness where
The flame the night destroys

Oh, who will I be?
In the summer time when you’re not with me
Oh, who will I be?
In the winter time when I cannot see

How can I explain myself to you,
After all I have put you through?
How can I explain myself to you?
Tell me what is right, tell me what is true
Track Name: The World Was Young
Standing on the precipice
Of truth and oblivion
The world was young
The world was younger

Running out, free undone
Screaming now, I can feel the sun
The world was young
The world was younger then

Branches breaking in the sound
Flowers growing from the ground
Time stands still
Time stands still now

Everyone together where
It’s filled with love, that’s how everything ends
Time is not real
Nothing is real here

You thought I would let you go
But I chased you through the winter snow
Oh, it was so cold, it was so cold
Oh, I feel so old, I am never going to leave

This dreamland
Let’s stay asleep forever
Track Name: Heart of Man
I could never see
How they ever made me believe
That you were never there,
So idly, I set my eyes to sleep
I set my mind to sleep

In my slumber
I could not unlock all of the numbers
A sequence leading to the end
The others
Before me saw into a world of wonder
The heart of man confess

So unlock the doors, unfold the path
To the house of the Father we will return
So rejoice and be glad

I could never see
How they ever made me believe
That I was not your child
I set my mind to sleep, I set my mind to sleep

In my slumber
I could not unlock all of the numbers
A sequence leading to the end
The others
Before me saw into a world of wonder
The heart of man confess

The heart of man confess
Track Name: Winter Forest
The Winter Forest ever does know
The devil is the maker of the pure white snow
If the breeze comes by with the seeds she sows
Then her beauty breaks their branches before ever they can grow

What will they say about you?
What waves may break around truth?

If the river comes down with everything
What once was in the winter now flows into the spring
The flower once silent now stands and sings
The cubs out of the cave to the blue ceiling

What will they say about you?
What waves may break around truth?
What waves will break around you?
Track Name: Red Wolf
Red Wolf don’t come ‘round here
Clawing at my door
It’s been four weeks since winter
And spring don’t love you anymore

The sun comes up, the rooster crows
He sings a song of regret
I saw the blood-red sun as it rose
Your four teeth in my neck

The crow caws high above the river
I can see your tracks in the snow
It’s been four hours since sunset
And my daughter still hasn’t come home

I fear the worst; I fear she’s dead
I fear she’s all alone
I hear her there in your stomach
Screaming, “I just want to come home”
Track Name: Praying for Rain
The widow’s heart is like a broke-down car
In the middle of a desert storm
She’ll pray for rain until it comes some day
And washes out valley floor

She’ll say, “The sea is no place for me,
There’s nowhere I can rest”
She’ll say “God, my God, give me back dry land,
I can’t take much more of this”

Oh, you made your choice my daughter
Oh trust me, you can swim a little farther

Daughter of the shadow, has your truth been revealed?
In the darkness you are nothing, in the light you are real
All you see before you is yours to call home
As long as you don’t look for answers you don’t need to know

Oh, you know my voice my Father
Oh what’s the point of going any farther?
Oh, do I have a choice my Father?
Oh, what’s the point of going any farther?

As the waters rise up, I will look to the sky
And say, “Lord, where are you?”
You’ll say, “I was there the whole time my son
You just never asked me what you should do”
Track Name: Fire in a Gold House
Well, they’re saying that I’ve won
But I don’t see the victory in what I’ve done
I climbed atop a tower just to see the sun
I’ve been around the world, but I still don’t know why I run

I bleed like any man
But all anyone sees is the lightning in my hands
I dug a hole in the dirt just to find some peace
But I was in the earth, just like the earth was in me

And I set myself on fire everyday
Just to remind myself that I am made of clay
I will become hard, and it will stay
I will dry and crack, and I will eventually break

I live in a house made of gold
She sure is a beautiful sight to behold
I love how she looks, but I sold my soul
I shine like the sun, but I am cold
Track Name: Cathedral
I speak to the Spirit
And I hope that he hears it
Because I don’t think I’m home

Life runs around us
It’s hard not to feel stuck
Wherever we go

I don’t know if it’s love
Or just a ghost
But I know
That there is something

Wherever you go, I will follow
Into the cavernous night

I just want to love you
Find a place I can come to
But I don’t know if I can

Because you, you’re a Cathedral
All the pews and the people
Are all flooded with light

I don’t know if it’s love
Or just a ghost
But I know
That there is something

Wherever you go, I will follow
Into the cavernous night
Track Name: Black Lake
I told you that I loved you so
There was something that you should know
You ran before I could tell you

The sirens rang and called my name
I think I actually became sane
Because I could hear you singing

And I won’t leave until you know that I love you

The water swelled above our heads
The beast emerged, but all it said was
“Please leave me alone”

He fell back to the murky depths
And swirled so ghostly as he left
To be with his family

I went home and tried to sing
About this thing that I had seen
No words flooded my memory

Half-satisfied I drove all night
And let the dark soak up my eyes
Because I could never see you

And I won’t leave until you know that I love you
Love, won’t you please listen to me?
Because I love you

The Black Lake is a cover
You’re a cover for me
The Black Lake is a cover
You’ll recover from me
Track Name: Dogs of Night
Go stare into the eyes
Of those black dogs of night
Those snarling hounds
From days you can’t recall

Don’t use caution son
It’s the coward’s potion
Don’t go stumbling underneath the drink of fools

Well what do you speak of when you say that you have honor?
Friend, what have you honored other than yourself?

I have seen the fire
Coming down like the tongues of liars
I have seen the truth my friend
I’m just like you

Rise from the ashes brother, we won’t stay here long
We’ll sing our song
Of our victory over the devil, brother
We will stand so tall
Kingdom come

I have seen it
I’ve seen their ways; I’ve seen them change
But I know it stays
Stays the same
All the same

One day, we will see
That there is life and there is love
There is something to hold on to

Rise from the ashes brother, we won’t stay here long
We’ll sing our song
Of our victory over the devil, brother
We will stand so tall
Kingdom come