SKYSHINE

by Craig Donovan

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1.
Held our breath, You touched my hand, As we swam the relay. A warm breeze blew the wayside grass, On that sunny August day. With our supple bodies, We pierced the river's veil. Dreaming of our future days, In the call of the cicada's refrain. Chorus Flow over me You living waters Make me strong in the rain Flow over me You living waters Make me strong in the rain Gotta' be strong in the rain A silver streak, In the open sky, As we raced to the other side. A flash of a thousand suns, Killing star's roar and deadly shine. When I came to the surface, Saw a could rising in the air. Everything I loved was gone, Couldn't find your shadow anywhere. Chorus And often we wonder Are there better days on a distant shore? Not going under We all bear wounds that have no cure. But I know the flowers will rebloom so beautiful Even if the gamma shine branded my skin. Chorus Strong in the falling rain
2.
Thick and Thin Words and Music by Craig Donovan © & ℗ 2017 Craig Thomas Donovan. All Rights Reserved. By your side on St. Marks Place, Got waylaid and all went south. You saved me from the floating in the river tide, With simple words from your mouth. Like a thoroughbred who came up lame, You still believed I could win the race. Two persons know they share a single soul, Looking in each other's face. Chorus Sometimes we don't know, Where this journey goes. Can't go it alone. So we threw each other a lifeline. Together through the thick and thin, I thank my stars that we're friends today. Mapped out our plans without a care, Crash landing in defeat. I stood by you with a bloody nose, When your folks threw you on the street. Like a restless wind blowing down an alleyway, We climbed out from the debris. In my dark places, You were always there with me. Chorus We get blinded in the headlights, Rain is falling down. We give it our hardest, But now we've run aground. I promise I'll never let you go.
3.
Shadow to Your Light Words and Music by Craig Donovan © & ℗ 2017 Craig Thomas Donovan. All Rights Reserved. An orange moon in a winter's sky, As the breeze passed between us, In a place so far away from goodbye. Circling and gazing from a cage, With our stitched up lives day-by-day, We were travelers just chasing time. Chorus Show me the way unto the sky. You are my rainbow after the rain. I'll be the shadow to your light. Your lullaby in the night. I'll be the shadow to your light. When you had no voice, I listened to the whisper in your heart. And when I had no eyes, You saw the way. A heart drew a dream in the night, Two of us together make life right. Serendipity smiled on that fine day. Chorus Living in a world without you is . . . Like a pool without kids on a summer's day. (A world without you) Like a ball and glove with no one to play. (A world without you) I can't live without you . . . no . . . no . . . You are the luckiest thing that ever happened to me, Like a satellite I revolve around you.
4.
2025 06:20
2025 Words and Music by Craig Donovan © & ℗ 2017 Craig Thomas Donovan. All Rights Reserved. Against the tide, Nearly drowned that night. When we said goodbye at Dupont Circle. I didn't know, How to tell you. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. Caught the last train home, Stared at your picture on my iPhone. You told me how morning came down on you. Uniquely different. We're all called here to love. Why does the world judge us from above? Chorus Hang me high. The shadows of my former self. Time we cried. Hope you're always going to be around. By your side. A clear way shining through. I need you in my life. I'm standing at 2025. Now I fight, To understand why. Connecting the dots of who am I. In emoji silence, The drumbeat went dead. I'll sing this song for you no matter how long. Chorus Like a phoenix in the rising sun. Come storm my world and batter my heart. I'm thinking of you, Though we're so far apart. Let's spin a web and climb out from the muddy depths today. May this thread bind our hearts together in an unbroken chain.
5.
Lotus Bridge II Words and Music by Craig Donovan © & ℗ 2017 Craig Thomas Donovan. All Rights Reserved. Stream of sunlight, Dragonflies dancing on the water. Lotus flower blooming, In the passing of a moment. Its song never falters. City streetlights, Mist form clouds colliding. Sidewalk and iron, The glow of the high life never seemed so bright. So please let me exhale. Almost hit the third rail. A note bending unto you. Shades of meaning. Colors shown through. My love flows unto you. Radio under the moon. Fade away the music dies. Chorus I want to stay, With you on this horizontal plane. Knowing you're beside me. Change. Like fireflies in the rain. How could I not notice all my old ways becoming new? Break through. I don't know where I'm going. Can you see me for who I am? Just hit a rock. I'm treading water. But you lend me your hand. I wander through arched gateways. Bridge of a thousand dreams. The music's inside you. Don't let the shadows win. Chorus

about

Debut effort of this alternative Japan-rock influenced, multi-instrumental songwriter from Washington, DC is an instant classic. Craig Donovan's SKYSHINE blends well-crafted, personal songwriting with the atmospheres of artists like Elvis Costello, Weezer, James Taylor, Paul Weller, L'Arc-en-Ciel (J-rock), Bump of Chicken (J-rock) and Asian Kung-Fu Generation (J-rock) with a sonic wall of face-punching distortion and delay-drenched electric guitar, sensitive acoustic guitar arpeggios, soaring melodic hooks, textured piano and synth phrasings and heartfelt lyrics digging into unexpected themes.

"Living Waters is well constructed without a doubt, Craig certainly knows how to create good music in his genre." HighClouds "Music Junkies Holy Bible", Belgium, January 2018

"Craig's songwriting is very coherent, certainly hear his inspirations shining through." -Crack in the Road (CITR) Pop Music Blog, United States, January 2018

“Living Waters is very catchy, with nice vocals. The track is very well crafted. I’m talking to a musician who knows his sh** and knows how to bring a finished track.” -humanhuman Music Discovery Blog, Belgium, February 2018

credits

released April 1, 2018

CRAIG DONOVAN- lead and background vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, piano and synthesizer on tracks 1, 3, and 4
with Ken Eaton- bass guitar
Jordan Miller- drums, percussion

on tracks 2 and 5
with Mike Lewis- second lead and background vocals and guitar

on track 5
with Devin MacCrehan- cajon, percussion

all songs written by CRAIG DONOVAN

except Lotus Bridge II lyrics and music written by Craig Donovan & Mike Lewis

© & ℗ 2017 Craig Thomas Donovan all rights reserved
produced by CRAIG DONOVAN
CRAIGDONOVANMUSIC/ASCAP

all songs recorded, mixed and mastered by Ken Eaton, Mystery Ton
Studios

except Thick and Thin and Lotus Bridge II, recorded, and mixed by Doug Smith, Shab Row Recording and mastered by Doug Benson, Commodore Recording Studio

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Craig Donovan Washington, D.C.

Hello! Welcome to my Bandcamp site. I am a NYC-born singer-songwriter, electric and acoustic guitarist, mandolinist, and keyboardist (piano and synthesizer) now hailing from Washington, DC.

My music embodies the songwriting art in very eclectic and personal forms. I love manga, nature, music, art, writing, foreign language, etc.

Please lend me your ears and enjoy my music and my world. Thx.
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