Give Up The Ghost

by Ashley Lennon Thomas

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This is Ashley's confrontation with death, and conversely, life, in all of it's dreamy, mysterious and heartbreaking splendor. Recorded in 5 days with her father and brother, as a way to deal with a death in the family, this EP weaves different interpretations of death with musical styles that will leave leave you happy to be alive.

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released March 25, 2009

Ashley Lennon Thomas
John 'JT' Thomas
Reverend John Thomas

with guest appearances by Paris Patt & Lynn Coulter

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Track Name: More Bones
I heard the news on the radio
I saw the pictures, the memorial
Outside the world, on and on it goes
And who you were, they will never know
They will never know

And soon the moss comes to take the place
Covers the stone, takes away your name
The chiseled words, they will fade away
Outside the world, it remains the same
Remains the same

I never knew you but I’m staring at your bones

We spend our lives choosing what we show
And what we hide, just to have control
But in the end, we will never know
Who’s walking by, stepping on our bones
They’re just stepping stones

I never knew you but I’m staring at your bones
Track Name: Lights Out
Footsteps and turnaround roads
I have a feeling I don’t know where to go
Missteps and now you’re on your own
It seems appealing until you really know

Could it be the water?
Some catastrophic timing?
Mechanical illusion?
A concrete alibi?

Will it be a knockdown, drag-out Sunday night performance?
Some microscopic illness, Or quiet in the night?

Lights out and bats are in the yard
I have a feeling I don’t know where we are
It seems familiar inside my little heart
But its deceiving
Cause I know we’ve come this far

Could it be the pavement,
A local primetime story?
Like my cousin Cory,
The same old tragedy ?

Maybe on an airplane, a ski jump, a Disney rollercoaster?
I guess Ill make the most of whats here in front of me
Track Name: Funeral Flowers
Funeral flowers
So tall, so white
Cut from the ground like you’re cut from my life

The organ is playing
So sad and strong
For a small moment we all get along
In our small way as we try to move on

Cold, silent sound
Fresh fallen ground

Funeral flowers,
A standing spray
What’s the whole point if they just rot away

Faith and atonement,
Guilt and fear
I can’t understand it through all my tears
I can’t understand that you aren’t here

Cold, silent sound
Fresh fallen ground


Funeral flowers,
A standing spray
What’s the whole point if they just rot away
What’s the whole point if we just rot away
Track Name: Losing You
Your body is of flesh and bone and highways full of blood
Your body is of stardust once and will become of mud

I hold your hand, I hold it tight, I follow every line
I revel in each changing curve that comes about in time

Oh I hope
There is a soul
And a meeting place
Losing you
As a whole
Is more than I can take

Your body is of flesh, bone, and highways full of blood
Your body is of stardust once and will become of mud

Your body is a vehicle of sound, touch, and sight
But all the wisdom in the world could not contain your light

Oh I hope
There is a soul
And a meeting place
Losing you
As a whole
Is more than I can take


Like when Mary held Jesus,
I know you don’t believe it
But I saw it
Track Name: Milkman
When the milkman comes
He will make me pure
Take the weakness from my bones and all the aching and the moans
Make it disappear

Bringing liquid life
Like a mother to a child
I will bathe in floods of albino blood
I will float and smile
Waiting all the while

He’ll be coming soon
By the evening hour
I have dreamt of all the places he has left and all the faces
When the milk went sour

Cool as hidden earth
Craving nothing first
Let it soak my skin, let it sink on in
Make me clean and strong,
Waiting all night long

When the milkman comes…..

And when he arrives!
Horses tall and bright!
And the final straw is a quick hand draw
In the dimming light
With a milky smile


When the milkman comes…….