Both Sides Against the Middle

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released July 21, 2017

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Rick Leith: Drums
Mike Ricci: Guitar/Bass

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Track Name: Nuts & Bolts
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.
Track Name: Mongrels
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
Track Name: Grey Area
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
Track Name: Maritimus
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
Track Name: Versus
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.
Track Name: Gumption
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
Track Name: Hen's Teeth
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.
Track Name: Flipped Over Things
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
Track Name: Stories and Plans
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.
Track Name: This Guy's Disguise*
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?