Mortal Moon is a quietly powerful collection of songs about love that showcases the harmonies of Debra “Ruby” Petritsch. Ruby, along with her sister Laura Petritsch and Gibson Arlasky, who also provide harmonies, beautifully rounds out these meditations on the joys and pain of love. The songs, originally recorded in 2006 as acoustic demos, were expanded with the performances of other musicians, including fine cello work by Robin Crawford. The album was released simultaneously with Jackal and Dove in 2012.

  1. our love 45 Souls 2:38
  2. secrets 45 Souls 2:57
  3. high street 45 Souls 3:07
  4. west of heaven 45 Souls 4:00
  5. coma 45 Souls 2:32
  6. my friend 45 Souls 3:08
  7. pain in my heart 45 Souls 3:34
  8. cheryl anne 45 Souls 3:16
  9. but if there’s a reason 45 Souls 2:40
  10. emma 45 Souls 2:32
  11. you’re far away 45 Souls 2:51
  12. goodbye 45 Souls 2:12

Lyrics

our love

our love
icicles will shatter
our love
or melt and water scatter

we can’t marry
that tender moment cannot matter

one love
it closes in like fire
and two love
forgets its one desire

we can’t marry
when there’s two too many liars

but that love
a second chance to fill me
and that love
is second best to lonely

we can’t marry
because two to one you know
there’s only me
there’s only.

secrets

you can shed some tears about your wild and crazy years
when you played the game so well
tell me dirty lies about the people you despise
you know i’ll never kiss and tell

you can say goodbye and never tell me why
if that’s the way you want it to be
and you can hold me tight in the middle of the night
you can tell your secrets to me

you can tell me tales about your loves both lost and failed
all about the one that got away
call me on the phone when you don’t want to be alone
’cause things didn’t go quite your way

shoulder which to cry on when the world keeps telling lies
and foster my unwavering sympathy
and you can hold me tight in the middle of the night
you can tell your secrets to me

secrets that you dream about
the ones that make you cry
the ones that put your heart out on the line

secrets that you scream about
the ones that make you die
tell me yours and i will tell you mine

you can reminisce about the lovers that you miss
you know it doesn’t matter to me
bring on to extreme all your silly little dreams
all those things you wanted to be

you could disappear into a place so far from here
and label me another casualty
and you can hold me tight in the middle of the night
you can tell your secrets to me.

whisper in my ear so no one else can hear
you can tell you secrets to me.

high street

walking down high street with a bright star twirl into this brave new world
walking down high street into hope prosperity
but she don’t really know me
she can’t really say

she’s coming up on high street with a pocketful of wishes and the girl
is coming up on high street in a bright and shiny murmur
but i don’t really know her
i can’t really say

i’m taking on the one i want
taking on the one i want to make from end a new beginning

walking down high street in the 5am, the hope and dawning light
walking down high street with it feeling awfully right
but others might not know light
others might not say

what is it with high street when the low and desperate shout from down below
but up here on high street there is only light and dust
how can we really know us?
how can we really say?

coming down high street and the ups come down come up enjoy the ride
coming down high street stoplight red yellow green blue
but who can really know you?
who can really say?

i’m taking on the one i want
taking on the one i want to make from end a new beginning

i’m feeling so fine right now that it might last forever
feeling so fine right now as night divides that day
feeling so fine right now, good night i say and love her
and for now that’s all to say

west of heaven

west of heaven there’s a locomotive
ride that rough train if you want to live

in bed at night when i’m lying loose
i only want to tell me the truth
all right—every night

wasting away as i hasten to live
pasting pictures in the book as i give my soul
in order to live

i just can’t bear the weight of it.

minding business there’s a corporal yell
watch that line drawn out from heaven to h-e-l-l

lose a nickel and i lose a dime
losing wishes as i’m losing my time
all right—every night

every friend that i have ever known
slide away ‘til i disown their hearts
and that’s just a start

every lover i have ever had
gone stark-raving mad hatters all
we each have a fall

i just can’t bear the weight of it.

coma

there’s a frigid breeze
and a twitching in my thumb
and ice beneath my feet

now my cheeks are numb
and there’s a vague sense of surprise
that never seems to come

and i can recognize
and my eyes can follow movement
they drift and localize

how did it get so late?
but still i hesitate
and watch each moment slow

and i don’t want to know
and i don’t want to hide
from every high and low

and i can recognize
and i can see for what i am
and i can empathize

my friend

you notice she’s my friend
and she’s crying
inside she’s dying
and she’ll never live again

and it’s cold outside my girl
i can’t help you
but i’ll tell you
that to die inside instead
is to waste and slowly dying my friend

a time was once when we
we were talking
now just walking
it’ll break my heart in two

just to see you cold my girl
i can’t hold you
and i’ve told you
that to live your life alone
is to waste and slowly dying my friend

and you’ll never see me once again
how was i to know
it’d be the end
i just want more time
where we could just be friends again

you keep on dying

you notice she’s my friend
and she’s crying
inside she’s dying
and she’ll never live again

and it’s cold outside my girl
i can’t help you
but I’ll tell you
that to live your life alone
is to waste and slowly dying my friend.

pain in my heart

i call you friend
i’ll see you through
when those other friends
they don’t call on you

and jesus knows
you know who you are
you didn’t come to die
when you’ve come so far

now it’s your turn to need me
so hold my hand and we’re free

and you need a man
who can see the day
when we’re hand in hand
and pain drifts away

and i’ll be there
from way back when
until that special day
when you need me again

cheryl anne

cheryl anne took a beating
now i’ll take a walk
through my neighborhood
ghosts ’round the corner are fleeting
i’d like to stay in my thoughts if i could

and you might know what was taken
and you might know what was given
to a girl like that

there’s a hole in her face
beneath her purple-brick eye
she speaks of vengeance with a trace
of her hope for me and maybe

she might know what was taken
and she might know what was given
to a girl like that

time passes by
most of the pain goes away
we can walk on another day
we will if we could and we would
i’d like to stay in my thoughts if i could
i’d like to stay in my thoughts if i could

and you might know what was taken
and you might know what was given
to a girl like that.

but if there’s a reason

now we are apart
blue to red, the pain will start
i still have these feelings
i still have this heart

how could i have hurt you
how could i push you away
i will have more patience
if we could only stay

but if there’s a reason
if you need another one
i want to tell you
that i’ll miss you while you’re gone

i can’t say it’s over
i watch your door every night
it’s lonely in the shadows
it’s lonely in the night

but if there’s a reason
if you need more time to decide
i want you to know
i’m in the shadow
of your beauty’s light glow
and i will wait for you
if you want me to

you’re far away

it’s lonely here in this room
no one near in this room
tv shadows for companions

you’re not around again
you’re out on the town again
and i feel so abandoned

i don’t know what’s real
don’t know how to feel
i don’t think you know how it feels to be me

all i really wanted to say
didn’t think it work out this way
where i’m here and you’re far away

we wanted to marry
i wanted to be with you
did you think when we married?
now i’m waiting for you

you’re not around again
you’re out on the town
and i’m feeling so abandoned

and i don’t know what’s real
don’t know how to feel
i don’t think you know how it feels to be me

all i really wanted to say
didn’t think it work out this way
where i’m here far away

and i know the things that you say
want to have things you’re own way
tonight i’m here, and you’re far away

goodbye

it’s been heaven
it’s been fine

time has touched its heart
upon the head of fortune
time, it beckons now
it calls us to the world

is so painful
is our hello

time has been a friend
upon the head of love
time has beckoned now
to bring us to our fortune

and so long.

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Mortal Moon

Title : Mortal Moon
Release Date : August 1, 2012
Format : CD