Dark Sky Ordinance

Dark Sky Ordinance July, 2019

DARK SKY ORDINANCE is a pet project of mine that I have been toying with for quite awhile.  The impetus for DSO began about 25 years ago, during a period when we had just gone through the breakup of Native Alien and I had just begun a new career in scoring music for film. It was an exciting but emotional time of self reexamination, both personally and in my music. These tracks have rested patiently in my archives for all those years, raw and unmastered and mostly unlistened to by anyone other than myself. DARK SKY ORDINANCE will be producing a new album, with new material, but it only seemed right to publish these songs first, if only to serve as a basis of bearings for future DSO projects. I hope you enjoy them.  ~Jim

  • 1 Don't Wanna Hear It 3:58 Lyrics

    Don't Wanna Hear It - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by:
    Jim Halfpenny & Jason Blume

    HE WAS LOOKING KIND OF STRANGE
    EVEN FOR THE BOULEVARD
    HE SAID MISTER PLEASE SPARE ME SOME CHANGE
    YOU KNOW THIS YEAR’S BEEN AWFUL HARD
    BUT I TURNED MY BACK GOT IN MY NEW CAR
    I LOCKED THE DOORS AND I DROVE OFF HARD
    CUZ I DON’T WANNA HEAR IT
    IT KEEPS GETTING LOUDER
    I DON’T WANNA SEE IT
    BUT I SEE IT SO CLEAR
    I DON’T WANNA KNOW IT
    BUT IT’S CALLING MY NAME
    SAYING, “LIKE IT OR NOT IT’S HERE”
    LOOK OUT HERE HE COMES AGAIN
    IN A THREE-PIECE BUSINESS SUIT
    HE’S TALKIN’ LIKE HE IS MY FRIEND
    WORK ME LIKE A PROSTITUTE
    BUT I DO MY JOB AND I PAY MY DUES
    THEN I WATCH THE PAIN
    ON THE EVENING NEWS
    I DON’T WANNA SEE IT
    BUT I SEE IT SO CLEAR
    I DON’T WANNA KNOW IT
    BUT IT’S CALLING MY NAME
    SAYING, “LIKE IT OR NOT IT’S HERE”
    I HEAR IT IN THE CRYING OF CHILDREN
    BUT I CAN’T HEAL THEIR WOUNDS
    I DON’T WANNA WATCH THE OLD MAN DIE
    CUZ I’LL BE OLD TO SOON
    I DON’T WANNA HEAR IT

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 2 Eyes Closed 3:45 Lyrics

    Eyes Closed - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    INCH BY INCH, MILE BY MILE
    THEY GOT US CRAWLING
    AS THEY GO SPEEDING BY
    WITH THEIR EYES CLOSED
    THEY’RE DRIVIN’ WITH THEIR EYES CLOSED STEP BY STEP THEY CHOP ‘EM DOWN
    THEY WATCH THEM FALL
    AND WHEN THEY HIT THE GROUND
    THERE’S MORE PAPER FOR MONEY!
    LET’S SPEND IT WITH OUR EYES CLOSED
    HEY YOU, I GOT YOUR NUMBER
    YOU’LL CARVE OUR
    HEADSTONES OUT OF ANCIENT LUMBER
    THE PASSENGERS ARE RESTLESS NOW
    YOU’RE DRIVIN’ WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED INCH BY INCH, STONE BY STONE
    YOU’LL CLEAR THE WORLD OF EVERYTHING THAT GROWS THERE’S NO AT THE WHEEL TONIGHT
    AND SOMEWHERE IN A CITY JUNGLE, CAMOUFLAGED IN THE SCENERY A ROARING BEAST CUTS OUR FUTURE INTO TOOTHPICKS AND NOVELTIES
    EYES CLOSED
    YOU’RE DRIVIN’ WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED
    ONE EYES CLOSED

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 3 I Cry (While You're Asleep) 4:40 Lyrics

    I Cry (While You're Asleep) - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    MY LIFE IS A DYNAMO
    SOMETIMES I HEAR THE HUMMING
    LATE, LONG AFTER HOURS AGO
    BUT WATCHING YOU DREAM TONIGHT
    SEEMS TO STILL THE DRUMMING
    IT’S A CRAZY LIFE I KNOW
    BUT IT KEEPS ME LIVING
    OOOH, WHEN I GET TIRED
    AT NIGHT WHILE YOU’RE ASLEEP
    OOOH, UNINSPIRED
    I CRY WHILE YOU’RE ASLEEP
    MOON ON THE ROOFTOPS IN THE CITY WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE OF VINYL SPINNING UNDER THAT NEEDLE IN THE HAYSTACK
    BUT WATCHING YOU DREAM TONIGHT
    I WHISPER THAT I LOVE YOU
    IT WON’T BE LONG - WON’T TAKE LONG CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO DIE
    WHEN THIS DREAM BEGINS TO FLY
    IT WILL CARRY YOU AND I
    LIKE SALT IN THE SEA
    FOREVER YOU AND ME
    NOT JUST TODAY - NOT JUST TOMORROW OOOH, WHEN I GET TIRED
    AT NIGHT WHILE YOU’RE ASLEEP
    OOOH, UNINSPIRED
    I CRY WHILE YOU’RE ASLEEP

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 4 One Small Voice 3:53 Lyrics

    One Small Voice - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    I KNOW THIS MOUNTAIN
    I’VE STOOD HERE BEFORE
    IN THE FOOTHILLS OF HOPELESSNESS
    AND I’VE CLIMBED TO THE OTHER SIDE
    COAL BURNS FOREVER
    IN THE CENTER OF THE EARTH
    IT’S TEN TIMES HOTTER NOW RIGHT
    HERE IN THE CENTER OF MY LIFE
    I STILL GOT YOU - I STILL GOT HOPE
    I STILL GOT TIME
    ONE SMALL VOICE ECHOES IN THE NIGHT ONE SMALL VOICE, ONE SMALL VOICE ONE SMALL VOICE ECHOES IN THE NIGHT
    KEEP ON, KEEP
    ON A BILLION TONS OF PRESSURE TRANSFORMS EVEN THE HARDEST STONE
    TO SOME MOLTEN MEASURE
    I’LL CRY AND LIQUEFY MY SOUL
    THERE’S COAL IN THIS MOUNTAIN
    THERE ARE DIAMONDS IN MY HAND
    DON’T EXPECT ME TO TRADE THEM IN
    FOR A PROMISE AND A CUP OF SAND
    I STILL HAVE YOU - I STILL HAVE HOPE
    I STILL HAVE TIME
    ONE SMALL VOICE ECHOES IN THE NIGHT ONE SMALL VOICE, ONE SMALL VOICE
    ONE SMALL VOICE ECHOES IN THE NIGHT
    KEEP ON, KEEP
    ON WELL I’M THINKING
    ON A COOL ROCK IN THE SUMMER
    IS IT ONLY FOR MYSELF?
    IS IT ONLY FOR MYSELF?
    ONE SMALL VOICE ECHOES IN THE NIGHT
    KEEP ON, KEEP ON
    KEEP ON

    © 1998 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 5 Words Along The Wire 3:24 Lyrics

    Words Along The Wire - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    BE THE FIRST TO OWN ONE ON YOUR BLOCK THIS NEW DEVICE ENABLES ONE TO TALK OVER HILLS, THROUGH BARRIERS
    ALONG A SILVER LINE
    SMALL ELECTRODE CARRIERS
    SING OUT, SING OUT, SING OUT
    WORDS ALONG THE WIRE
    YOU HAVE MY HEART I MISS IT DESPERATELY YOU HAVE A VOICE
    WHY DON’T YOU TALK TO ME?
    DISTANCE IS NO OBSTACLE
    TRANSMISSION IS RECEIVED
    PLEASE TELEGRAPH YOUR THOUGHTS TO ME SING OUT, SING OUT, SING OUT
    WORDS ALONG THE WIRE
    TELEPHONE.
    NO ONE HOME.
    SEND ME WORDS ALONG THE WIRE

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 6 New Frontier 3:58 Lyrics

    New Frontier - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    IT WAS AN ACCIDENTAL LIE
    THAT AMAZED THE MEN OF HIS TIME
    WORD SOON SPREAD HE WAS THE GENIUS OF HIS TIME
    AND THEN HE ACTED ON THAT LIE
    HE HALF-BELIEVED IT HALF THE TIME
    A DEVASTATING ACT OF VIOLENCE
    FROZE IN TIME
    GET A LOAD OF THE SCENERY HERE
    PEOPLE CALL IT THE NEW FRONTIER
    YOU CALL IT ANOTHER YEAR
    I’LL CALL IT TODAY
    LET THE WEAKER FALL BEHIND
    WE’LL MOVE FASTER MAKE GOOD TIME
    AND IF THEY SHOW ME POVERTY
    WELL THAT’S FINE
    GET A LOAD OF THE SCENERY HERE
    PEOPLE CALL IT THE NEW FRONTIER
    YOU CALL IT ANOTHER YEAR
    I’LL CALL IT TODAY
    FATE SMILES AS HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF AGAIN

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 7 Just Into Town 3:38 Lyrics

    Just Into Town - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by:
    Jim Halfpenny & Reed WIlliams

    JUST INTO TOWN
    FROM HALF WAY AROUND
    THIS WORLD I KNEW
    YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BY NOW
    SO YOU GO FOR A WALK
    BUT THE CITY DON’T TALK
    THEN YOU COME TO ME LITTLE GIRL LOST WELL I DON’T SEE YOU CHANGING YOUR WORLD FOR ME
    AND I DON’T FEEL YOU FEELING THESE THINGS TO BE
    WHEN YOU’RE ONLY JUST INTO TOWN
    JUST INTO TOWN AND ALREADY DOWN FROM THE WORDS THEY SAY TO THE WAY THINGS WORK OUT
    WELL I DON’T SEE YOU CHANGING YOUR WORLD FOR ME
    AND I DON’T FEEL YOU FEELING THESE THINGS TO BE
    WHEN YOU’RE ONLY JUST INTO TOWN
    OH, IT’S SUCH A LONELY TOWN
    OH, IT’S SUCH A LONELY TOWN
    AND I DON’T SEE YOU CHANGING YOUR WORLD FOR ME
    AND I DON’T FEEL YOU FEELING THESE THINGS TO BE
    WHEN YOU’RE ONLY JUST INTO TOWN

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BM

  • 8 Climbing The Rope 4:15 Lyrics

    Climbing The Rope - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    WHATEVER I’VE DONE
    WHATEVER I’VE SAID
    HOW CAN YOU TREAT ME LIKE THIS ANYWAY? HAND OVER HAND, DAY TO DAY
    CLIMBING THE ROPE
    IF EVER I FALL...
    OH, OH, I’M CLIMBING THE ROPE
    TUGGING AT HOPE
    CAN’T TOUCH THE GROUND
    YOU’RE LOVE’S NOWHERE AROUND
    I’M CLIMBING THE ROPE
    HOW CAN I COPE
    WITH THIS LOVE THAT’S BOUND
    LIKE A KNOT AROUND MY THROAT
    I CLIMB THE ROPE
    IF EVER YOU SAY, YOU’LL NEVER COME BACK YOU’VE TIED ME AND LEFT ME WITH THE LOVE I LACK
    DAY AFTER DAY - HAND OVER HAND
    CLIMBING THE ROPE
    F EVER I FALL...
    OH, OH, I’M CLIMBING THE ROPE
    TUGGING AT HOPE CAN’T TOUCH THE GROUND
    YOU’RE LOVE’S NOWHERE AROUND
    I’M CLIMBING THE ROPE
    HOW CAN I COPE WITH THIS LOVE THAT’S BOUND
    LIKE A KNOT AROUND MY THROAT
    I CLIMB THE ROPE
    YOU’RE LIGHT, HONEY
    YOU’RE THE LIGHT IN MY DREAMS
    YOUR LOVE, HONEY
    WAS ALL THE LIGHT LEFT IN ME
    NOW I’M TIED TO A DREAM
    I’M CLIMBING THE ROPE

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 9 Kiss The Bride 3:57 Lyrics

    Kiss The Bride - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    ONE SILENT QUESTION
    ONE SILENT ANSWER FROM THE EYES
    WORDS AND WATER
    ANOTHER WOUNDING
    ANOTHER HURRIED COMPROMISE
    ANOTHER BANDAGE
    HOLD YOUR FIRE, KISS THE BRIDE
    DON’T FORGET WHO’S ON YOUR SIDE
    HOLD YOUR FIRE, HOLD YOUR FIRE
    MIDNIGHT IS ROMANCE
    LOVE IS A QUARTER TO NINE
    ONE EASY LESSON, DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME HOLD YOUR FIRE - KISS THE BRIDE
    HERE STANDS A DANCER
    HIS STEPS ARE FROZEN FROM WITHIN
    HIS WIFE, HIS PARTNER
    IN SOME HAUNTED BALLROOM T
    HE GHOST OF LONELINESS CUTS IN
    AND LEAVES HIM BLEEDING
    HOLD YOUR FIRE, KISS THE BRIDE
    DON’T FORGET WHO’S ON YOUR SIDE
    HOLD YOUR FIRE, HOLD YOUR FIRE
    MIDNIGHT IS ROMANCE
    LOVE IS A QUARTER TO NINE
    ONE EASY LESSON
    DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME
    HOLD YOUR FIRE
    KISS THE BRIDE

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 10 Bedrooms On Fire 4:07 Lyrics

    Bedrooms On Fire - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    OH, I CAN’T THINK OF A BETTER BATTLE
    THAN THE ONE I’M FIGHTING IN YOUR ARMS AN ACROBATIC COMPETITION
    I CAN’T HELP FEELING ALONE
    EVEN WHEN YOU’RE HOLDING ME TIGHT SOMETHING JUST KEEPS TUGGING AT ME TRYIN’ TO TELL ME IT AIN’T RIGHT
    OH, THERE’S BEDROOMS ON FIRE
    CONSTANT DANGER, ABLAZE WITH DESIRE OH, THERE’S BEDROOMS ON FIRE
    I CAN’T HELP FEELING ALONE
    EVEN WHEN YOU’RE HOLDING ME TIGHT SOMETHING JUST KEEPS TUGGING AT ME TRYIN’ TO TELL ME IT AIN’T RIGHT
    OH, I THINK I’LL FIND ANOTHER LOVER
    THE TASK AT HAND IS NOT THAT LARGE YOU’RE VICIOUS IN YOUR IMPROVISION
    I CAN’T HELP FEELING ALONE
    EVEN WHEN YOU’RE HOLDING ME TIGHT SOMETHING JUST KEEPS TUGGING AT ME TRYIN’ TO TELL ME IT AIN’T RIGHT
    OH, THERE’S BEDROOMS ON FIRE
    CONSTANT DANGER, ABLAZE WITH DESIRE OH, THERE’S BEDROOMS ON FIRE
    THIS NIGHT HAS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF LUXURY
    THIS NIGHT HAS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PAIN
    OH, THERE’S BEDROOMS ON FIRE

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 11 Good Laughs 3:51 Lyrics

    Good Laughs - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    LENNY CAN’T SING
    BUT HE WANTS TO BE PART OF A BAND NOW AND SULLY CAN’T PLAY
    BUT HIS HEART IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE
    THEY KNOW THEIR MOVES MUST BE RIGHT
    TO MAKE THE CHAOS SEEM AIRTIGHT
    THEY’RE LIKE A FLAMING SATELLITE
    OUT OF ORBIT TONIGHT
    SAUCY AND LOUD
    UNREHEARSED THEY’RE SO FULL OF BRAVADO NO ONE KEEPS THEIR EYE ON THE BOOKS
    OR PLANS TACTICS AT NIGHT
    THEY KNOW THEIR MOOD MUST BE RIGHT
    TO KEEP THE STARCH IN THEIR LIFE
    THEY’RE LIKE A FLAMING SATELLITE
    OUT OF ORBIT TONIGHT
    GOOD LAUGHS
    GOOD LAUGHS AND HIGH LIFE
    GOOD LAUGHS
    GOOD LAUGHS AND HIGH LIFE
    GOOD LAUGHS, GOOD LAUGHS
    GOOD LAUGHS, GOOD LAUGHS

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 12 Sleep On The Road 3:33 Lyrics

    Sleep On The Road - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by:
    Jim Halfpenny & Reed Williams

    I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING, THERE’S SOMETHING TO SAY HERE ON THIS ROAD WE’LL BE MILES AWAY DOWN THROUGH THE CITY, DOWN THROUGH THIS WORLD BOTH OF US TRYING TO BRING THE WORD YOU AND ME - WE HAVE A DREAM THAT AWAITS - YOU AND ME WE’LL WAIT FOR THE MORNING TO BRING THE DAY BUT TONIGHT WE’LL SLEEP ON THE ROAD TONIGHT WE’LL NEVER GROW OLD TONIGHT WE’LL SLEEP ON THE ROAD - DRIVE TO THE NIGHT I’VE HAD YOUR LIPS, NOW TRY FOR YOUR HEART BOTH OF US WANTING IT ALL FROM THE START BLACK IS THE NIGHT, THE BLACK IN YOUR HAIR WORLD WITHOUT LOVE, WHO REALLY CARES? YOU AND ME - WE HAVE A DREAM THAT AWAITS - YOU AND ME WE’LL WAIT FOR THE MORNING TO BRING THE DAY BUT TONIGHT WE’LL SLEEP ON THE ROAD TONIGHT WE’LL NEVER GROW OLD TONIGHT WE’LL SLEEP ON THE ROAD - DRIVE TO THE NIGHT

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI