For the Fairest

by Paris by Sea

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“For the Fairest” is a reference to the story of the Judgement of Paris, one of the events from Greek Mythology that lead to the Trojan War. One brief summary would be to say that it is a story of man kind suffering due to the vanity of a God, or Goddesses, but this leaves out subtlety and much prose. The story goes that Zeus held a banquet to celebrate the marriage of Peleus and Thetis (parents of Achilles). Eris, the goddess of discord (Chaos) was not invited. Eris went anyway, though in secret, to avenge herself for the exclusion and she threw a golden apple into the celebration. On the golden apple was the inscription καλλίστῃ (kallistēi, "for the fairest one"). Goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite all claimed the apple as theirs. They asked Zeus to judge which of them was the fairest. Wise not to become too involved, he abdicated the burden of judgement to Paris, a mortal renowned for his fair judgement. Various versions exist, but all agree the judgement of Paris was for Aphrodite. Whether as a reward or as a bride to him it is unclear, but Aphrodite had Helen (“the most beautiful mortal woman”) fall in love with Paris, which she did despite being married to the King of Sparta. They sailed away together across the Aegean Sea to Troy, and in doing so unwittingly began a ten year war, the Trojan war. The story is detailed in the Iliad. So the reference “For the Fairest” is about many things; petty revenge of the Gods, desire, vanity, and perhaps a lesson for mortals meddling in the affairs of higher powers, but I think it points to ideas and lessons beyond that. I would venture that one truth from this tale would be that there is strength or goodness in not judging.

MBWenham

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released 12 January 2013

Recorded at Uneven Studios, Denver, Colorado

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Paris by Sea is Lori Trautwein on lead vocals and keyboards, Michael B. Wenham on guitar and vocals, Ben Kessel on bass and Danny Shuford on drums

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Track Name: Flowers
Scold me with your silence
Scold me with your fears
Scold me with the violence and bitter tears

Flowers say everything
Flowers say it's still spring
Flowers say everything she needs to hear

You told me what is danger
You told me what is love
You told me with anger it's not enough

Flowers say everything
Flowers are words on wing
Flowers say everything she needs to hear

I rolled you in the grass
You rolled me in the garden
They rolled me in the cruiser without a pardon

Flowers say everything
Flowers have stems that sting
Flowers say everything she needs to hear
Track Name: Across the Sea
You live alone across the sea
Where every mistake is opportunity
Seas are always shifting, but you can't see
The waters surrounding you, they are your miseries

You live alone in the city
The asphalt surrounds you, it's a mystery
Streets are always shifting, but you can't see
When you're alone, you're alone with me

Take the waters to the shoreline
Drag your miseries to the grave
Drop your robes of stones to pave the moonlight
Take your pleasures from the maze

Drop your robes of stones to pave the moonlight
Take your pleasures from the maze
Track Name: Make Your Way
You walk on eggshells
That's how it goes
What happens next
Nobody knows
You trip on words
So easy to do
You say, "What's the point of trying with you?"

From my perspective
I try to be fair
Sometimes this seems
To be going nowhere
Wish I could help
To figure this out
The things you say
Make me want to shout

Make your way
You make your own way
Make your way
Track Name: Let's Go Out Tonight
Too much thinking leaves me with a sinking feeling
My mind creates illusions, what I fear of losing
I want to slip into this prism of thoughts
And leave them all behind to a new state of mind

There's no comfort to pretend
There's no answer in the end

Let's go out tonight
Take the time to do it right
Let's go out tonight
Take the time, enjoy the night

From a dream I'm waking, lost in a dream of making
It clouds your life with thunder, can't you see the wonder
See beyond your thoughts and feelings, don't think
Just leave it all behind, it's all in your mind

There's no comfort to pretend
There's no answer in the end

Let's go out tonight
Take the time to do it right
Let's go out tonight
Take the time, enjoy the night
Track Name: Handcuffs & Islands
Nothing says control
Like your handcuffs on my wrists
Skin is your console
Torture or be kissed
No one gets parole
Love's a bleeding wrist
The kids are on patrol
Fortress will be missed

In your charms there is an island
In the car there's an alarm
In your arms there is a silence
In the bars bottles and bombs

Magic measured moments
Flying in the cards
Plastic precious romance
Crying in the dark

It's not enough to be handcuffed
Build your home on an island

Fight the true within me
Distant like the sun
Kite in the blue above me
Further when you run

In your charms there is an island
In the car there's an alarm
In your arms there is a silence
In the bars bottles and bombs
Track Name: The Night Waits
Can you see the candlelight flickers in the wind?
Can you hear the traffic beyond the trees, beyond the trees?

The crickets are calling
And they keep calling for you
And the night waits for you
It waits for you

All around you is quiet
Everyone's waiting for you
Time doesn't exist in your mind
Time, time is a stone for you

I see a candlelight glowing in the night
I see the night
It waits for me
It waits for me

The crickets are calling
And they keep calling for you
And the night waits for you
It waits for you, for you
It waits for you