Astrolabe

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released April 17, 2017

Joshua Camp: vocals, guitars, bass, piano, synthesizer, organ, keyboards, optigan, mellotron, orchestron, mandolin, percussion, drums, drum programming, and a variety of other noises and treatments.

all songs copyright 2017 Joshua Douglas Camp/Calle Del Campos/BMI

Recorded and produced at Pink Room Studios

Dorsal Fin Records 007

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Westwork is the solo songwriting project of Brooklyn-based composer and performer, Joshua Douglas Camp. He is also co-founder of the bands One Ring Zero and Chicha Libre.

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Track Name: The Distance Between Us
we’ve been tryin
we’ve been tryin
to cut out the distance between us
to cut out the distance between us

we keep denying
we keep denying
the common ground between us
the common ground between us


this is how we triumph or this is how we fall apart

this is how we triumph or this is how we fall apart

heir to the throne
lord of today
can’t leave well enough alone
even though you own all you survey


this is how we triumph or this is how we fall apart

this is how we triumph or this is how we fall apart

all for one or one for all
(all for one for one or one for all)
a sirens’ song or a mating call
all for one or one for all
(all for one or one for all)
how the swan song’s ‘cry every black’ning church appalls’
Track Name: I Was Subatomic
I caught a glimpse of what
of what I really couldn’t say
it must have been the light
it must have been the time of day

a woman standing on
clouds floating over fields of may
and time felt newly lived in
but a thousand years I dreamed away


and she spoke to me slowly

I was subatomic
I was feeling very small
I heard the groaning of
I heard the growing of it all


and she spoke to me slowly
Track Name: The Nameless Lovers
on the steps of the porch of your father’s house
I am contemplating my day
and the only one who’s moving through this world
the same is me is standing inches away

I wouldn’t mind,
no I,
I wouldn’t mind
sitting next to you
I wouldn’t mind,
no I,
I wouldn’t mind
holding hands with a you

in the hour that my focus was hopelessly broken
I wasn’t thinking it through
my sweet loss of reason was on trial for treason
i’d betray just for you

I wasn’t trying,
no I,
I wasn’t tryin
to be the heroic fool
I wasn’t trying,
no I,
I wasn’t tryin
to be in love with you

but the stars offered you a way to evade-
the mundane streets,
the dull esplanade,
the unquiet mind,
the false calvacade,
the comfortable grind,
the pedestrian trade—

on the steppes of the plains the invisible hordes
they will carry us away
and the nameless numbers of slumbered lovers
they will wake themselves today

Can’t keep from crying,
no I,
can’t keep from crying,
what else can I do?
Can’t keep from crying,
no I,
can’t keep from crying,
I am run right through

‘cause the stars offered you a way to evade-
the mundane streets,
the dull esplanade,
the unquiet mind,
the false calvacade,
the comfortable grind,
the pedestrian trade—
Track Name: Astrolabe/Falling Ashes
Falling-
Into-

I am waiting for you in the branches
I am calling for you as she dances
In the fire-
In the ashes
Track Name: Evalyn
evalyn with your crown
do you think you’re better?
all our hopes go with you
will you make it better?
evalyn with a frown
your sweet head is heavy
throw your throne to the fire
step out from your portrait

evalyn bury them
and divine an order
you are all, you the star
on the stage of England

evalyn of the age
that is legendary
shame on us what would you say?
fallen out of favor

if you hadn’t come to us
we would need to make you up
are you sad to be the one?
do you need to see how lonely we can be
without your eyes on us?

evalyn without sin
do you think you’re better?
velvetine,
guilty crime
you deserve the former
raise a glass
to what is past
and get on with the business
of evalyn
just pretend
you’re not any better

if you hadn’t come to us
we would need to make you up
are you sad to be the one?
do you need to see how lonely we can be
without your eyes on us?

evalyn with your crown
do you think you’re better?
all our hopes go with you
will you make it better?
evalyn
bury them
on the stage of England
throw your throne to the fire
and divine an order

if you hadn’t come to us
we would need to make you up
are you sad to be the one?
do you need to see how lonely we can be
without your eyes on us?

evalyn with your crown step out from your portrait
Track Name: You Started Telling Stories
You started telling stories
about when we were young
But you don’t have all your facts straight
you don’t have even one

Whatever became of loyalty?
You sold your friends out for the royalties

You can’t even meet my gaze
but you act like you’re completely amazed
you can’t give back what you already took
you can’t take back what you wrote in your book

Whatever became of compassion?
When did a kiss turn into a shove?
Whatever became of honesty?
Whatever became, whatever became of love?

You started telling stories
about when we were young
But you don’t have enough distance
for the truth to find the sun

Whatever became of compassion?
When did a kiss turn into a shove?
Whatever became of honesty?
Whatever became, whatever became of love?
Track Name: Safe From A Winter's Day
I love it when we play,
safe from a winter’s day
you make to go but then you stay.

I love it when you’re here
keep me close and near
and tell me I’ve got nothing to fear.

I love it when you’re gone,
but just for one song,
and then you ask if I’d like to tag along.

I love it when we play,
safe from a winter’s day
you make to go but then you stay.

I love it when you’re gone,
but just for one song,
and then you ask if I’d like to tag along.
Track Name: Solid Blue
the sky’s a solid blue
and so’s my present mood
I smile and breathe it in
what else can I do?

I cannot change what’s written in your heart
I cannot change what wasn’t there from the start

I float from day to day
in something of a haze
I count the hours of May
and hope it’s just a phase

There’s so many ways to distract me from you
there’s so many ways to block my perfect view

but this one is hard to shake, this one’s no ordinary hue
this one is hard to break, this one is solid blue

another color can
describe me now and then

but I can’t really feign any lightness in my heart
I feel just the same, as when we first drifted apart

cause this one is hard to shake, this one the pain is true
this one is hard to break, this one is solid blue
Track Name: The Waiting Room/Astrolabe Return
in the waiting
in the waiting room
different choices
different voices loom

in the corner
the television tugs
at our attention
histrionic news

crowding out our fears
pushy and overbearing interviews

in the frozen
the unmotion shrine
institution for all the poor and dying

cracks upon the yellow walls
maps that only lead to inner trials

and then a name is called
unfamiliar sound
it’s only the second time
I recognize it’s mine

i rise and follow like cattle into battle
Track Name: We Were Independent
we were independent once I know
nothing could affect our ebb and flow
our counterfeited ways made good copy
we always stood out from the scenery

this tired old sentimental song

the interest came and then the interest went
we gave them perfume but they lost the scent
all the foggy weeks gave them some time
to second guess the sentence and the crime

this tired old world crusader song

what we learn is what we read and watch
what we sign for is why we open the latch


we were predators that much I know
feasting on the remnants of our foes
our fabulistic ways drew people in
the excess and the carnage and the sin

this tired old unrebellious song

once the captain gets us settled down
we’ll call up all our friends and clown around
and put an end to our relevancy
pack up the belongings and flee

this tired old Armageddon song
Track Name: Who Counts
who’s counts the hours and turns sweet to sour?
who’s stuck in a grind?
it’s me,
it’s me.

who keeps a vault of other people’s faults?
who likes to whine?
it’s me,
it’s me.

who stumbles on virtue and ignores the curfew?
who’s stepped out of line?
it’s me,
it’s me.

all I did was wrong today

all I did was wrong

all I did was wrong today

I know, I know, I know

who runs from a smile yet craves it all the while?
be still or beguile?
it’s me,
it’s me.

I am so withdrawn today

I am so withdrawn

I’m overcome with this song today

I know, I know I know


who keeps a spotlight on things that don’t feel right?
demand a retrial?
it’s me,
it’s me.

who does this daily? and who’s gonna save me?
sadness exiled?
we’ll see
we’ll see…

all I did was wrong today

all I did was wrong

all I did was wrong today

I know, I know, I know


I am so withdrawn today

I am so withdrawn

I’m overcome with this song today

I know, I know I know
Track Name: All Hands On Deck
‘All hands on deck!’

we hear as the CFO resigns

‘Abandon ship!’

the documents clearly cross a line

the chaplain sighs,
‘Amen, amen!’
we fold our hands
we’re pious men and barely living…

look back on empire days when we feasted by firelight
and what were we roasting,
well the people who were too weak to fight

we’re shipwreckers all
too deaf to hear the boatman’s call
but up there a man can see forever…

kind thoughts go out
to all of our comrades who will fall.
They dream of sidewalks,
carefully managed summer lawns.

we ruled for a time
on the salty high seas,
lords of the brine,
now the pundits dance
on our watery graves.