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Fall of Man

by Port Arthur

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"If this invisible germ of life in the grain of wheat can thus pass unimpaired through three thousand resurrections, I shall not doubt that my soul has power to clothe itself with a new body ... when this earthly frame has crumbled into dust."

- William Jennings Bryan, 1908


Dedicated to Kristin Keith and Jess Hartweg

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released February 27, 2017

All songs written, arranged, produced, engineered and mixed by Luke in his bedroom and at the Headroom, Philadelphia PA.

Additional engineering by Mark Watter on "I Remember."

Mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering, Boston MA.

Luke Shefski - vocals, guitar, organ/synth
Phil Arrington - drums, tambourine
Jacob Colby - violin
Drew Davis - electric guitar on "Control"
Todd Fausnacht - lap steel on "I Remember"
Margot Gatenby - vocals
Ello Shertzer - vocals
Carolyn Thorn - vocals
Chet Williams - bass on "I Remember" and "Fall of Man"

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Port Arthur Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Port Arthur stands at the crossroads between folk and jazz, between the earth and the sea, between matter and mind. Singer- songwriter Luke Shefski, in extraordinary collaboration with a most remarkable ensemble of seasoned musicians, takes inspiration from the untamed energy that simmers just below the surface of the ocean, and from the darkest, wildest corners of the forests of Pennsylvania. ... more

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Track Name: I Remember
You brought me once down to my knees
A long time passed but I’m still weak
The next time that I fall asleep
Might well be the end of me

Could you promise that you might
Remember all those summer nights?
We fought against the burning sun
And laughed about the world to come

Stop right there
What did you do before our love was gone
I’m so tired
What am I saying, I loved you all along

Sometimes I wish I was a man
And I remember that I can
And I remember what I was
I know I still have work to do

Stop right there
What did you do before our love was gone
I’m so tired
What am I saying, I loved you all along
Track Name: Control
Well I woke from a fever dream last night in my new bed
I shouted to the star-light “Oh God, if I am dead
Please tell your angels to let me bed so that I may understand
In my own way”
And I fell back to sleep

Head was churning, stomach burning
Didn’t know where I was
Four AM and sickness forming mental static buzz
I flew around the room a couple times before I lay down to rest
And I fell back to sleep

I’ve been thinking about myself too much
I’ve been working way too hard
Control is all I’ve ever known
That’s why I’d rather see you when I’m stoned
That’s why I’m so impossible to know

Didn’t know for sure if I was here or I was there
A magic trick, the fleeting kick of morphine and the glare
Of all the heavenly architecture they built to care
For me in my sleep

I’ve been thinking about myself too much
I’ve been working way too hard
Control is all I’ve ever known
That’s why I’d rather see you when I’m stoned
That’s why I’m so impossible to know
Track Name: Consciousness
Lesser lights of consciousness are dancing in my eyes
A rising feeling in my soul as my body dies

Hanging on an energy, an astral being now
The time is right for exiting, my clock is winding down

Done with cancer's greed, falling through the spinning leaves
Toward my newest home, excitement mounting on the eve

Talk to me in the strangest language that you know
It's a gift to understand the highest highs and lowest lows
Never feeling freedom with your head sewn shut so tight
Falling into chaos though your soul is shining bright
Falling into chaos though your soul is shining bright
Falling into chaos though your soul is shining bright
Falling into chaos though your soul is like a light
Track Name: Blue Mountain Moon
Never again, never again
Will we dance beneath the blue mountain moon
Never again, never again
Will we sleep in the fields of our home
When I remember how we came together
The nights we spent alone were so sweet
We fell to our knees and thanked the spirit of the leaves
For blessing us with the sound beneath our feet
Blue mountain moon, you’ve shared your tune
With all the people gazing up at you
Blue mountain moon, you know it’s true
The ones who love your gift are just a few
Blue mountain moon, I’ll cry to you, it’s hard to shake the feeling
That we’re doomed

At night I wash away all my sins, then I fall asleep
Summers I wake up late soaking in sweat from the heat
I followed all of your rules
Even though some were just cruel
Blue mountain moon

Blue mountain moon
You are so cruel
Blue mountain moon
You are so cruel
Blue mountain moon
You are so cruel
Blue mountain moon
You are so cruel
Track Name: Fall of Man
At the end, it’s good to see you
In the winter dressed in snow
Can we find our love again
Like fire-lit skies so long ago
Knew you before you first began
Before you met all your new friends
Who took you from your home and lover
Down the highway into nature
You’ll return someday

The fall of man, now that’s a shame
Now all you creatures look the same
Through cracked screen doors or VR eyes
There’s no such thing as compromise

I call you every now and then
But only when you’re in my thoughts
Cause I’m so busy with my health
While you camp in a parking lot
We’re at the end, I’ll come to you
You’ll cry to me “It’s just not fair”
It’s true our love is evergreen
But even trees need watering
You’ll return someday


The fall of man, now that’s a shame
Now all you creatures look the same
Through cracked screen doors or VR eyes
There’s no such thing as compromise

Well looks like you have found me now
In the spring with budding leaves
March the trails, swim the rivers
Get high on the mountainside
I followed you through thick and thin
You kissed me once and then you grinned
And said “You’ll miss that someday”


The fall of man, now that’s a shame
Now all you creatures look the same
Through cracked screen doors or VR eyes
There’s no such thing as compromise