Both Sides Against the Middle

by One Slack Mind

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1.
04:24
Nuts & Bolts: Oh no! We’ve gotta lift off now! Polymer engine, with the secret fixings I’ve got a machine that’s pinned, that nobody’s seen and lived Give me my timeline, ultrasonic enzymes At a certain speed….you can’t even breathe Is it gonna work for me? It’s hard to perceive. The nuts and bolts and water vapor smoke are gonna churn Fold the light along the line of sight, it’s gonna learn things from me Positively charged and refining dynamic range The elements we’ve trained, can barely been restrained I’ve got a machine that’s pinned, that nobody’s seen and lived Give me my timeline, ultrasonic enzymes At a certain speed…you can’t even breathe Is it gonna work for me? It’s hard to perceive. The nuts and bolts and water vapor smoke are gonna churn...they’re gonna churn Fold the light along the line of sight, it’s gonna learn! All is slow……the engine’s solar glow Relatively still, relatively still Checking my calculations…..make sure the math is right. Checking molecular reactions, make sure the bolts are tight. All is slow, the engine’s solar glow. Relative…my gift to give. Checking my calculations….make sure the math is pure. Checking molecular reactions….the bolts are all secure. At a certain speed, you can’t even breathe Is it gonna work for me? It’s hard to perceive. The nuts and bolts and water vapor smoke are gonna churn they’re gonna churn Fold the light along the line of sight, it’s gonna learn things from me.
2.
04:09
Mongrels: Now your mud will rise high enough to drown ‘em out. Now your mud will rise high enough to drown ‘em out. Mix it up and let it bloom. And who decided to let one drop in the pool. ….and all the time, the genetic markers bind us. It’s too late to defend The mongrels are at the fence x2 Lord we blend The mongrels are at the fence x2 All the strands the same & both ends to the middle range Primed for what they’ll sell & quarantined on the upper shelf All the strands the same? Both ends to the middle range Fine for them, not you x 2 and your mud will rise high enough to drown ‘em out and your mud will rise high enough to drown ‘em out Mix it up and let it bloom and who decided that they had to hide it? ….and all the time, the genetic markers bind us. It’s too late to defend The mongrels are at the fence. The mongrels are at the fence Lord we blend The mongrels are at the fence. The mongrels are at the fence Some will pass Some will hang And some will pass And some will hang And I blame the humans for this And I blame the humans for this And I blame the humans for this And I blame the humans for this
3.
05:05
Grey Area: I collect your glances, and I collect your looks And I collect your collection of “almosts” and the toll it took I protect the sanctity of silence and the comfort it brings In the absence of color, the grey child is king You know this…better than most of ‘em And we were supposed to win, and we were supposed to win We built a wall and you dove off the side My karma collides, compartmentalized You don’t have to explain, to anyone You don’t have to explain, to anyone (GUITAR SOLO) Caught lightning in a bottle, and the scent is still fresh I’m collecting 2nd chances, and parlaying ‘em to success And we’re almost pulling through, and we’re almost done for anyway And we’re almost pulling through, and we’re almost done for anyway You know this better than most of ‘em And we were supposed to win….and we were supposed to win You don’t have to explain, to anyone You don’t have to explain, to anyone And it causes me to wonder…..“What if?” never gave a damn about us I wanted you to beg me….to stop….to go…. and I don’t know…..I’ll let you know when I know And It causes me to wonder, “What if?” never gave a damn about us And It causes me to wonder, “What if?” never gave a damn about us Of course it’s grey Of course it’s grey Of course it’s grey Of course it’s grey
4.
05:03
Maritimus: Perish the thoughts we had when we went down this path Perish the thoughts in your head, they said we’re dead…..we’re already dead. Perish the thoughts we had when we went down this path Perish the thoughts in your head, they said we’re dead…..we’re already dead. Going through the motions, rising boiling ocean The seas have long erased the lines And you can see our ends, in falling walls of ice If you didn’t generate this, then who generated? And we can’t go home We can’t feed them on your salt and soot And we can’t go home We can’t feed them on your salt and soot Just because you don’t believe in science And I’ve lost every ounce of my faith Doesn’t mean my eyes are lying If you didn’t generate this….then who generated? And we can’t go home We can’t feed them on your salt and soot And we can’t go home We can’t feed them on your salt and soot Perish the thoughts we had when we went down this path (GUITAR SOLO) The ice is melting And this walrus bleeds I’m hunting rings, I’ve got cubs to feed, I swim for leagues, I dive to the depths Look what you’ve left Look what you’ve left for us The ice is melting And this walrus bleeds
5.
05:45
Versus: Blown away as you the walk to the shade You can’t empathize with us anyway Crying wolf with the hands of a dog Constricting your chances to ever have her ever love you …and all I reap is this mangled mess You said that you were ready for this… …and I know I was a patient man You thought I’d coddle and understand you again The more you feast on your own weight The more you starve and waste away The more you starve and waste away x 2 West of the right way, and somewhere south of wrong We can’t connect you! And you just won’t switch on Self-serving logic, served scarecrow slow We’ll take our chances! versus somebody we know Whatever’s clever….’cause I’m a clever guy We already knew you wouldn’t compromise The more you feast on your own weight The more you push us all away The more you starve and waste away x 2 West of the right way, and somewhere south of wrong We can’t connect you! And you just won’t switch on Kill my logic? You won’t kill my glow We’ll take our chances….with somebody we know. We know what you did and we won’t abide We repudiate you, you’re shunned…..goodbye The trick is nothing ever clicked with you We repudiate you, you’re shunned…..goodbye Blown away…as we walk to the shade You can’t empathize with us anyway.
6.
06:17
Gumption: You’ve got the gumption and elbow grease She is your curse, take your early release…please You’ve got the gumption and elbow grease She is your curse, take your early release…p-p-p-p-please Isn’t it obvious to you…by the way she’s carrying on….and carrying you? You don’t have to wait anymore….you don’t have to wait Little brother, if she had any pride in her heart…little brother if she had any shame…. You can move….and you can smooth it out…you can shift the earth’s axis for her….she’ll never get it. Precisely, what gives her the right? She’s running and running and laying around….while you’re locked up tight. You don’t have to wait anymore….you don’t have to wait Little brother, it won’t make you less of a dad….little brother it won’t make you less…..except stress Little brother, if she had any pride in her heart…little brother if she had any shame…. You can move….and you can smooth it out. You can shift the earth’s axis for her….she’ll never get it. You’ve got the gumption and elbow grease She is your curse, take your early release…please You’ve got the gumption and elbow grease She is your curse, take your early release…please (GUITAR SOLO) BRIDGE You can move….and you can smooth it out. You can shift the earth’s axis for her….she’ll never get it. You’ve got the gumption, multiple function She is your curse, your self-destruction….take your early release…please You’ve got the gumption, multiple function She is your curse, your self-destruction….take your early release…please
7.
05:23
Hen’s Teeth: Call off your dogs, ‘cause she’s got sharp teeth too. Just make your sprint a stroll, and she’ll offer it whole The pen and the purpose are oils that anointed us…once…we all were pure Carnivorous, they run from us….once…we all were pure She looks weak to me Call off your dogs, ‘cause she’s got sharp teeth too. Just make your sprint a stroll, and she’ll offer it whole I don’t think that she said that she’d wait by you And I’m amazed that she learned It’s a thought that she had that she’d run by you It’s a turn of phrase that she learned. Don’t bother me, with these thoughts absurd Don’t sully me with your deeds. BRIDGE SECTION I don’t think that she said that she’d wait by you And I’m amazed must be the haze I’m in It’s a thought that she had that she’d run by you It’s a turn of phrase….. It’s a turn of phrase Don’t bother me, with these thoughts absurd Don’t sully me with your deeds. The miles and miles of road that I walked for you Have left me wise beyond my years The piles and piles of things you forgot to do Have left me wise beyond my years This old soul is outgrown….it’s all been worn.
8.
Flipped Over Things: You purchased on credit, what should have been paid for in flesh A celebration of hibernation. What is left? I’ve got the reaper on a string, cobwebs, seat belts and flipped over things. Rhesus monkey hearts, spoiled liver and bovine parts, pump your veins, pump your veins. It’s been so long, I’ve forgotten was wrong It’s been so long, I’ve forgotten was wrong I recuse myself, judge me and no one else, no way you’ll stay, no way you’ll stay. Positional interference, do I have clearance to abort? A celebration of procrastination….why we’re short. I’ve got the reaper on a string, cobwebs, seat belts and flipped over things. Rhesus monkey hearts, spoiled liver and bovine parts, pump your veins, pump your veins. I recuse myself, judge me and no one else, no way you’ll stay, no way you’ll stay. I recuse myself, judge me and no one else, no way you’ll stay, no way you’ll stay. It’s been so long, I’ve forgotten was wrong Ohhhh. It’s been so long, I’ve forgotten was wrong
9.
Stories and Plans: If we’ve lost your interest, can we travel past? Walk up another level, you know you’re fading, you know you’re fading They said it to me, they said we wouldn’t last the night Drop down another level, you know you’re fading, you know you’re fading I’ve got the scars and the broken bits I want to talk….but I stifle it It’s the story you wanted me to grow, so you could tell me that you told me so I just want to know “what’s the fuss?” Did I not love you enough? What do you see? & what do you see? ‘Cause I don’t bruise easily Stacked up, stacked up….it’s time to go You think you’ll talk your way outta this again? I don’t know Lie, lie, lie…and it’s time to go You think you’ll talk your way outta this again? I don’t know I’m salivating….at the thought of you tasting your just desserts. Back up….it hurts. All your stories and all of your plans, are the measure of a man….and all of your plans are gone. I’m salivating….at the thought of you tasting your just desserts.
10.
This Guy’s Disguise: We all wear a mask, and mine provides shade for me We all prepare to face the day long – feeling for right and wrong You persist and the parasite digs are you diminished? why you can’t you finish this? Walking too soon, I’m talking too soon If you think it’s sweet x 2 Then wash it down x 2 I feel the sun on my neck…..I bask in the glow Absorbing it slow and I had to be right! It’s my design to avoid the scam My reaction doesn’t make me a man There’s bigger and faster game for me So much … so much for your loyalty It’s my design to avoid, to destroy It’s my disguise, it’s my disguise If the hunt is sweet, impatience taints the meat you wolf it down….and you wolf it down I feel the strain on my back I carry it low; and I carry it so….and I knew I was right! It's so, it's so, it's so it’s so much, so much….so much for your loyalty It’s my design, to avoid, to destroy It’s my disguise, it’s my disguise Hidden from sight, my left hand knows how far you strayed from the path What you see when the blood is let are times even I forget, even I forget You bring the bullhorn, I’ll being the bat, crack in your armor, crack crack crack! It’s my design to avoid your noise It’s so much. It’s so much…..so much for your loyalty It’s my design, to avoid, to destroy It’s my disguise, it’s my disguise I know you wear a mask, your name is not safe with me x 2, your name is not safe You persist and the parasites tighten Are you diminished? are you enlightened?

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released July 21, 2017

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Rich Wilson: Vocals
Rick Leith: Drums
Mike Ricci: Guitar/Bass

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