Fables of the Fall

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1.
Skulls 05:53
Darkness has fallen, the light has all fled from this place A cold wind is blowing, its icy claws slic throught my flesh And winter is coming, I fear I might drown in the snow The weight of it falling threatens to crush me to death And I'm lost in the darkness, I can't see the path at my feet The only way out is to set my world ablaze So I'll walk through the fire, I'll feel its tongue scorching my soul (sole?) And if I survive this, I'll find that the fire's warmed my bones Fire is always hungry, it's never had enough And skulls are always grinning because they get the joke But fire cannot help it, to live is to destroy Skulls go right on grinning as they turn to ash and smoke
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We found our way out of the storm We, the tired, the broken, the worn The price that we've paid is too heavy, too lofty, to steep But any port in a storm, maybe now get us some sleep We fly by the seat of our pants We, far too dependant on chance Cross your fingers, cast your bones, spin the wheel, look to the skies Nobody makes it through even when everyone tries So just try and settle in 'Cause this house of cards surely will fall again It will fall again We climbed our way out of this trap We just could not wait to go back Cover your bases, say your prayers, cross your t's and dot all your i's Everybody says it'll be okay but everybody knows everbody lies So just try and settle in 'Cause this house of card surely will fall again It will fall again, It'll fall again, again We thought we were on the right track We thought we could find our way back The price that we paid was too heavy, too lofty, to much Just do what we can and hope maybe it will be enough And try not to make a sound 'Cause this avalanche will surely come crashing down It'll come crashing down, it'll come crashing down to the ground
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Insidious 04:34
Lost in the dream again Promises of grandeur Getting beneath our skin It's so insidious... Recursive inequity Collective hallucination It can be hard to see Throgh lies that they tell of us Through lies they tell us of us And they say you can't get there from here But we don't know until we try Swim cross the ocean, fly to the sky, shoot the moon When we get there we'll find, we've already arrived Lift up your feet again You'll get nowhere going nowhere Dressed like a mannequin Dreaming the dreamless dream So listen to what you said Eternal internal wisdom Unanticipated Things are not what they seem Nothing is as it seems And they say you can't get there from here They've underestimate us Let us tear down the walls in our way Then there will be nothing to put us up against Last in a line of kings First in line for the gallows Half-truths and whitewashings Won't protect you for long So give up the pantomime The emperor wears no clothing Looks like your out of time 'Till the end of our song We've been singing it all along! And they say you can't get there from here But who are they? How could they know? Too many paths obscured by broken dreams First we overcome and then we overthrow First we overcome and then we overthrow
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Ghost Town 03:31
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Volcano 06:42
There's a volcano somewhere With an island on a lake That's on an island on a lake That's on an island in the ocean A volcano with an island On a lake that's on an island On a lake that's on an island in the sea And there's this wheel that we're building With a hub and lots of spokes That go to other hubs in other wheels That other people are building And their spokes go to other hubs In wheels build by other folks With spokes and spokes and spokes and spokes And some of those come back to us Inside our wheel spin other wheels And one is you and one is me And we're all spinning together Inside around and throughout Spinning circles all about This wheel that we're building together And that volcano with the island On a lake that's on an island On a lake that's on an island in the ocean It's a volcano in the crater Of a volcano in the crater Of a volcano in the cradle of the sea Inside our song sings other songs And one is you and one is me And we're all singing together Inside around and throughout Singing circles all about These bridges that we're building together There's a song that fills the air With bridges everywhere But there's no watr underneath the stones And the song, it sings us too It's singing me and you But there's no water underneath, just bones
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$9.81 04:36
Is it human nature to indulge in chemistry and do falling apples fall far from trees I've seen people justify about everything from bombing buildings to finding veins do you prosper most in cities or towns can you turn a trick to avoid a frown well while I'm young my short comings seem to justify an aspirational dream Just one more beer, one more cigarette and nine more dollars and eighty one cents short term goals seem to fall short consequentially paid with passing time One day I'll never, some day I will contradict myself with placebo pills mathematically proven, psychologically backed but there's no excuse when common sense cracks I'll point a finger and close my eyes drink down the shame, exhale the lies be strong my child, maintain your gaze there's no fucking cheese at the end of this maze Just one more beer, one more cigarette and nine more dollars and eighty one cents short term goals seem to fall short consequentially paid with passing time Is it my head that's splitting from dehydration or lack of self will in a material nation will I ever commit to the things I say or get buried with em' in the fucking grave We want this, we want that but there's never a cap I know we're not alone we all suffer the same but maybe one day it will all transpire let's throw some gas on the proverbial fire we'll watch it burn and when morning comes we won't just lay around Just one more beer, one more cigarette and nine more dollars and eighty one cents short term goals seem to fall short consequentially paid with passing time
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Toxic 04:24
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They've stolen our future to sell it back to us Wrapped up in plastic, infused with industrial waste And available for four easy payments They've pulled all our teeth, confiscated our arms Replaced what they took with electronic distractions And cognitive dissonance And the future ain't what it used to be The lords of our ancestors started this fire Burning our fields from the past and setting us up For chronic mediocracy The wolves would be closing in if they still could But they're competition so they're dissapearing Passing into metaphor And the future ain't what it used to be No the future ain't hat it used to be The hand we've been dealt is a hand that can't win Dealt from the bottom of a deck full of jokers And the dealer declares that nothing is wild Tricked into thinking we actually could win But the rules keep changing to send us all back to zero This game is rigged! And the future ain't what it used to be No the future ain't what it used to be Today's the tomorrow we looked towards yesterday Hoping in vain that today would be something it's not But! Tomorrow's another day! So together today let's work towards a tomorrow Not tied to the one that was built for us yesterday Where everyone plays and nobody loses 'Cause the future ain't what it used to be No the future ain't what it used to be Th future ain't what it used to be

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released March 20, 2019

Schwa Michel - Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Derrick McGuire - Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals
Dana Shin - Cello, Vocals
Lindsey Gardner - Piano, Vocals

Recorded by Derrick McGuire and Fables of the Fall
Mixed by (The Real) Nick Carter
Mastered by Rich G at the Ghosthouse, Denver CO
Album art by Schwa Michel

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