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released October 1, 2014

These songs were recorded with Kurt Ballou at God City in the month of September 2014.

Artwork by Liz Walshak

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Track Name: Hour of Awakening
Passage of time
The promises we made
So far revised
We lost sight of who we are

And all the things that were said
Were not said and done

Reclamation

And can we rise?
In the light of a dying sun
Uncompromised
By the ones who just let it burn

Because the things that were said
Were not said and done

Reclamation

Recapture lost conviction
Abandon the charted path

Eyes open
Bound to see right through
Fractures in illusion
As we wake up

As we emerge
Our habit’s grip
Will take a stranglehold
Must let it go

Because the things that were said
Were not said and done

Reclamation

Recapture lost conviction
Abandon the charted path

Eyes open
Bound to see right through
Fractures in illusion
As we wake up
Track Name: The Wave
Can’t you hear the sirens calling?
Can’t you feel the wave?
It’s coming out

Wake up it’s time to take control
This reactive existence has now taken its toll

We’ve been asleep for way too long
And on the death of our slumber
We shall follow the road
Right back

Can’t you hear the cries of the fallen?
Reach your hand out
Help their rising up

This time we cannot leave behind
The ones who dare to put it all on the line

We’ve been asleep for way too long
And on the death of our slumber
We shall follow the road
Right back

To where it started
From where we came
Right back to the essence of this core

Let this wave become
The one that carries us home
Track Name: New Clothes
How could one know
Where they truly stand
When their sense of self
Is so tightly bound
To the views of others
That shape with a crowd
That draws its direction
From the one that’s most loud?

This is new clothes
You’ve all heard this story
Yet you feign your ignorance
In hope of belonging

And the one that’s most loud
Will have its appeal
But under the surface
How do we know it’s real?
But rather than questioning
Another’s intent
You fear the reprisal
And just join in the chant

This is new clothes
You’ve all heard this story
Yet you feign your ignorance
In hope of belonging

This situation
Is approaching critical
What’s it gonna take to
Prove this to you?

And now you are part
Of a collusive whole
That allows false idols
To rest on pedestals
Pretending to cherish
All that has come to be
Overlooking the flaws
That a child can see

This is new clothes
You’ve all heard this story
Yet you feign your ignorance
In hope of belonging

This situation
Is approaching critical
What’s it gonna take to
Prove this to you?

Reject the claim
That what’s done is done
No matter how much
Damage is done

Because we can choose
To open our eyes
And observe the truth
That others disguise

And the day will come
We capture a glance
A tear in the curtain
We’ll make our advance

Ripping through cloth
And tearing through thread
Until nothing’s left
It falls apart
Track Name: Rational
You say you have your reasons
And you won’t compromise
But who are you the one to tell us truth from lies?

Because these conversations
Have another side
So what are you prepared to justify?

And I get we have the right
To see things as we want
But if you want to join the ranks
Of the Rational

You have to find a truth
That stands up on its own
And be prepared to
Defend it on your own

And I see there are others
Echoing your cries
But who are they the ones to tell us truth from lies?

Because a positive feeling
Doesn’t mean it’s right
So ask yourself is this all worth the fight?

And I get we have the right
To see things as we want
But if you want to join the ranks
Of the Rational

You have to find a truth
That stands up on its own
And be prepared to
Defend it on your own
Track Name: Crusader
You break out into one of your speeches
But do you really care?
Because words were never your weakness
But actions are often spared

And when we share a problem
And have to see things through
Can we count on your efforts
If it’s not just about you?

We’re well aware of all the flaws in the system
But what about the parts that work?
Are you here to offer up a solution
Or to shame those that don’t get your points?

And when we share a problem
And have to see things through
Can we count on your efforts
If it’s not just about you?

The world seems no better of a place
When it comes to your personal crusades
Crusader
Back off

We all agree
That something must be done
But without your choir
Would you even be singing these songs?

The world seems no better of a place
When it comes to your personal crusades
Crusader
Back off

Now here you are abandoned
By the ones that were closest to you
You pushed everything up until the point
You no longer saw friend from foe

So why can’t you let it go?

We all agree
That something must be done
But without your choir
Would you even be singing these songs?

And when we share a problem
And have to see things through
Can we count on your efforts
If it’s not just about you?

We heard what you’re saying
So many times before
But what’s the point of listening
When it’s us that you ignore

Stop this now
Track Name: The Ladder
We reach out to grab the next rung
The base snaps and it all comes falling down

And we push on

The others then circle around
And tell us there’s no hope of breaking out

And we push on

How much will we have to endure?
Before we find ground to stand firm

We’ll finish what we started
Or breath our last breath in pursuit
The only way out of this is through

We get up and wipe off the dirt
And set our sights right back up towards the top

And we push on

No matter how hard we may fall
Our wounds heal then we return to the start

And we push on

We could use the help
Whatever we can get
As we climb this ladder
To a better place
Track Name: Witness
We find ourselves in a position
Where what we see we can’t deny
And now we have to make a decision
To face the truth or live the lie

Eyes on me
I feel the gaze of those who want me to break from my side

And when there’s nowhere left to hide
You’ll then be forced to look inside
And what fail to see today
Will then come back with force in time

Eyes on me
I feel the gaze of those who want me to break from my side

When the time comes for us to take the floor
We will not just sit back and ignore what we know is true
Track Name: Differentiation
I know you don’t fit
Social conventions
But that on its own
Will not define you

You've gotta fight to embrace your center
No matter what others want to see
It will be your salvation
Because those scared

Will aim to see right through you
And try to take the upper hand
Can you maintain your balance?

If your decisions
Place you in the fringe
That won’t absolve you
Of this condition

You've gotta fight to embrace your center
No matter what others want to see
It will be your salvation
Because those scared

Will aim to see right through you
And try to take the upper hand
If you loose your balance
Who’s gonna take the fall?

Not us

Once I connect to the parts within me
That tether to a place of integrity
You might require that I alter my voice
But I won’t, because I can’t fake this

Show us your difference