Little Leviathan

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Little Leviathan is the stage name and debut album title for singer/songwriter Dane Hillard. Dane grew up in northern Michigan and is inspired in part by the beautiful nature of those surroundings. The work in Little Leviathan is comprised of material written over the last seven years, and as a result of organic inspiration each song is true and untouched by the stresses of imminent release. The text explores ideas along the spectrum of love and loss, drawing from personal experience and observation.

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released May 1, 2015

All songs except "Roots" recorded by Patrick Niemisto of Holy Wah! Studios. "Roots" recorded by Mark Swanson of Origami Incident. Album Art by Katie Eberts.

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Little Leviathan Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dane Hillard grew up in northern Michigan and is inspired in part by the beautiful nature of those surroundings.

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Track Name: Entwined
I wouldn't mind if I were fully blind
As long as you'd be there to hold my hand
You and I we would roam the countryside
The fairest pair of squares in all the land

If you went deaf I would guide you with each breath
I'd leave a trail of whispers like souvenirs
You could be my eyes, yes, and I would be your ears
And together we would conquer all our fears

Sing to me the sunset and I'll paint for you the tune
Of how two lovers lost did find their way
They held each other underneath the waning moon
And there they lay 'til they were old and gray

If my heart went black and could not find its own way back
I'd count on you to light the lamp for me
If you had no belongings I would grant you all you lack
From the stars down to the bottom of the sea

Ask me not your fate for I can't even see the past
These eyes of mine are good for naught but looks
Ask not to steal my heart because, dear, you already have
Faster than a band of thieves and crooks

Sing to me the sunset and I'll paint for you the tune
Of how two lovers lost did find their way
They held each other underneath the waning moon
And there they lay 'til they were old and gray
Track Name: Hopeless Romantic
You don't know me too well
But I think we're a team
Don't ask me how I can tell
I burst at the seams

'Cause I don't know what to think
And I don't know how to say
I think I fell for you today

I'm your best friend
And you're my worst secret
Bad is how this will end
Out my mouth it will leak

It isn't easy to hide
Can't keep it at bay
I think I fell for you today

From your carnation toes
To your daffodil hair
A garden of eden
Temptations I bear

To you I'm a pal, a listener of sighs
A shoulder to cry on over different guys
I'll attempt to dislike you, I will hope and I'll pray
That I don't fall for you today

Ten years along
And we're still birds of a feather
I wrote you this song
So that we might be together

And I know how it sounds
I know it's cliché
But I think you fell for me today
I think I fell for you today
I think that we're in love
Track Name: Nowhere Town
Take me with you when you go
Somewhere warm
Where the rooster's crow
Rings for miles

This bitter winter's grip has got me chilled
Right to the bone
So let's just go and run away
For now

And soon enough we'll settle down
But until then
We'll wear the crowns
And be the king and queen
Of Nowhere Town

Frost is slowly covering my heart
Please warm it now
Though I'm not sure how
It'll help

Put your jacket on until the spring
Or you will freeze
I beg you: please put on your coat
For now

And soon enough they'll find our bones
But until then we'll guard our thrones
And be the king and queen
Of Nowhere Town

Do you even know me anymore?
Or have you gone
In search of warmth
And shining sun?

A single sign of spring is finally here
A flower dear
For you alone, for you to keep
For now

And soon enough the birds will sing
But until then we're on the wing
And I'm the king and you're the queen
Of Nowhere Town
Track Name: Planes
There in the sky they met
Faceless and far away
There all alone in the sky
A jungle of steel and concrete

He, wondering why his words
Fell to the ground unheard
She, wondering why she screamed
Without so much as a nod in return

Then, like a dove, flew a page
To her feet unfolded
The words as she read made her smile
She knew them to be true

She answered him with a page
And he sent one more on its way
White notes of love spun madly
Through the air

And when the sun sank
They didn't know what to do
Waiting for the dawn

So it went on each day
There on the roof above all
Gifts of words on paper
Holding captive the hearts in their chests

It went on 'til one day the downdraft
Made all the planes spiral down
She did not return; he waited
Creating a flock of lonely thoughts

Left with his thoughts he began
To slip silently from himself
Dreams of wings and feathers
Formed a plan in his mind

And when he awoke it was dark
And, though awake, still in dream
Waiting for the dawn

Then, as he jumped, she appeared
She grabbed his arm and pulled him back
They then embraced with a kiss
A single piece of paper floated down

The words, as he read, made him cry
He knew them to be true
Yes the words on the page made him cry
They said "Please don't jump dear. I love you."
Track Name: Lilliputian Sight
I had another dream last night
I washed up on the shore
But then I gained lilliputian sight
And my sanity was no more

My thoughts and problems melted to become as one
They floated past and waved as they went by
Your face appeared and it evolved into ecstasy
And that I can't deny

Sixty men six inches tall
Scaled my arms and legs
They roped me up and tied me down
Secured with stakes and pegs

Like Gulliver I was ensnared
Escape was last in line
And though I was held captive there
I was feeling rather fine

My thoughts and problems melted to become as one
They floated past and waved as they went by
Your face appeared and it evolved it rhapsody
And that I can't deny

In this floating world I sank like a lead balloon
The swelling pain in my shrinking head took me for a trip
Down the rabbit hole

Then suddenly in clarity I woke up from my bed
I found you there in the kitchen chair
A sight for the sorest eyes
Track Name: Big Fish
I was born in the sky
I saw it all as I fell
The water melded with the land
Forming handsome hues

But then again I say, my friend
It might have been a dream
Yet never have I felt so damned alive

I lived in the sea
I saw it all as I swam
Fish with lights on their heads
Guided me like crossing guards

But now it's time that I rewind
And get my story straight
So they can write a right fine eulogy

I died at the core
I saw it all as it burned
The rock reduced to fire
Allowing me to shine

But then again I say, my friend
It could be one tall tale
But I wouldn't bother you if it weren't true
Track Name: Whispers
Whispers ring in your head
Wandering the space inside your skull
The sound becomes jarring, strident noise

Regrets cry out in your mind
Things you've left unsaid and done
The calls keep you from your sacred rest

And now you see how life can be
Lacerating you

The guilt of your mistakes fills you
An ether of despair
Enough to make you rise up from your grave

The meaning of your greatest deed: nothing
An empty accolade
Pray to God he'll let you try again

And now you see how life can be
Lacerating you
Track Name: Fireflies
Running through the meadow we arrive at that kingdom of ours
Tucked away in secrecy and we've sworn to keep it that way

Running through the meadow you've fallen and scraped your knee on the stump
That used to be the tree that we'd climb high to reach the sky

Running through the meadow
It greets us as its guests
Until the fireflies fill the air
And we lay down to rest

Aging in the city, our old friends all have gone
The postcards slowly fade and faces follow suit

Aging in the city, what are we to do when we're passed?
Past our prime, the grass was just so green

Aging in the city
It greets us as its guests
Until the headlamps fill the air
And in the ground we rest
Track Name: Roots (feat. Origami Incident)
In the end we will sit around the fire
Singing hymns 'til there's nothing left to do
But write our names upon the wall
In the end we'll lose it all

Now and then I still think about you darling
Remember when we would sit and watch the starlings
Stealing all our shiny things?
Pointy beaks and beating wings

And I wander on
Searching for the root of all good things
And I wander on

Have you learned all the music that I gave you?
I was so stern but there are things we're all a slave to
Always present, time and space
Yet our paths are hard to trace

We used to run all in circles 'round each other
It was kind of fun when we'd worry both our mothers
'Til it bit us in the ass
Laying bleeding in the grass

And I wander on
Searching for the root of all good things
And I wander on
Searching for the root of all good things
And I wander on
Searching for the root of all good
Track Name: The Last Song
This'll be the last song that I write
I'm going back tonight
Back to the years when no concerns were holding me down

Mine will be the last tune that you hear
Before your tender ears go quickly deaf
From the deafening pop of traveling time

Maybe if I'm lucky I'll receive
A massive jubilee
Where all my friends gather round to see me

But if I go way too far back in time
I'll be primordial slime and then you know
I will go and evolve into all of Earth's creatures
Like a swan and a squirrel and a pterodactyl

Of course there's always a small chance I'll die
But I'll ask that you don't cry; it's just a phase
It's like a daze that I can return from whenever I like
'Cause I'm not dead; inside my head I'm still alive

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