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released November 8, 2011

All songs written by Joe Hertler
Engineered, Produced, and Mixed by Kevin Pritchard
Additional Production by The Rainbow Seeker Production Team of America
Additional mixing provided by the Extended Rainbow Seekers Network
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica by Joe Hertler
Background Vocals, Electric Guitar, Bird Screetch and Broomstick by Ryan Hoger
Electric Bass, Upright Bass and Background Vocals by Kevin Pritchard
Drums and Auxiliary Percussion by Rick Hale
Additional Gang Vocals provided by Aaron Stinson
Violin and Viola by Alex Applegate
Trumpet by Ross Hoksbergen
Managed by Irving Ronk

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Mastered by Jim Roll of Backseat Productions.

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Track Name: Ego Loss On Grand River Avenue
we are jesus and we are satan
we gave them bodies and we gave them faces
we are their potter, still making changes

we are 10,000 dead in a war that was won
we are the father, holy spirit, and the smoking gun
we are the future that will repeat what we have done

we are a mother with a bag over her head
we are a father in the cold with a drink in his hands
we are a divorce that never found its end

we are the pill that fell down a throat
we are the silent specter hides in old homes
we are closet monster waiting till the child's alone

we are the wind and we are the sand
we shift and change till we become with the land
we are brush in the painters hand

we are comic book heros, the strong the brave
lost in a world where we're the ones to save the day
but with our masks off we have no place to stay

we are x's and we are y's
we are breast cancer and the clock that tells time
we are dust, we are carbon that binds

we are love and we are hate
we are war, poverty, and rape
we are the apple that eve ate

we are hero's with a thousand faces

we are the face god, but we made it ourselves
it's made of plastic, so please don't ever tell
we gave light to heaven, and fire to hell

we are lovers in a falling building
and the promise of the diamond wedding ring
we are artists with dirt in our hands

we are, we are each other and one day we will find
that if love is real, then maybe we're really alive
until the clock finds the end of time

this is how it begins and this how it ends
just hold each moment as you pull on the minute hand
and think how you are everyone you've ever met
Track Name: We Are Everything
in a cold lit road outside a country town
a boy and girl sit stranded
headlight beams mix with engine smoke
animating a shadow dancer
the sky is littered in pin holes
and corn rows stood like soldiers
evening fog spoke in deep tones
"for you, the days will get no older"

and there they were
shrouded in their consciousness
and there they were
like children jumping a playground fence

the stars were brilliant between the space folds
music rang from highway ditches
they knew the light that shone was so old
a million light years traveled in the distance
wet grass smelled of living earth
for which they'd soon be below
then they both began to float
and realized this is all they know

there in the warmth of the night
we are nothing now
he saw her gaze, lost to the sky
we are nothing now
she took his hands like the starts were crashing down
we are nothing now
they began to float leaving their bodies behind them
we are nothing, now
they found warmth in the folds of the universe
we are nothing, now
they passed time by watching sun die
we are nothing, now
their lips touched, but they fell through each other
we are nothing, now
flashing lights sang their final goodbyes
and they finally disappeared
Track Name: Oh, Dear Lover
oh dear lover, can we take a swim
ill drag you out hand in hand, to the ocean where i live
and we can tell each other secrets amidst the waves
and i'll swear to god again
i'll hold you up so high
and i'll swear that i'll never lie again

oh dear lover, please take my hand
i'll show you my heart, if you'll give me your land
and we can climb the highest tree and blow
kisses on to the clouds
and with a great gust of wind we can watch the pieces of your heart blow out
when the feelings are gone, you'll ask, "why is my chest bleeding?"
let me cut through all my lies and tell you something,
love is fleeting
Track Name: Carbon c14
i was under the impression that me and you and really just same
cause while our fingerprints our different the carbon is still flowing through our veins
help me please, is this really what i'm made of
help me please, is this carbon which im so afraid of

i was riding on my bicycle when jesus rode right up to my side
he said, those bastards thought they got me, i've been feeding on the apple tree inside
help me please - is this really what i'm made of
help me please - is this carbon which im so afraid of

i said sir will you reveal to me the answer that is your true name
he said don't you dare call me mohammed, ghandi, or jesus cause you know we're all the same
help me please, is this really what im made of
help me please, is this carbon which im afraid of

...all these words i wrote
are true and we are all alone
then the dirt and rocks are all we got
say a prayer now cause your starting to rot
i'll admit i'm was jealous of abel
it's so convenient to trust in fables
I am I that weak to call you real
are these my hands on the steering wheel

i just to feel you, i just want to be you
i just want to fear you like i did when i was young
just want to hear you, i just want to see you
i just want to fear you like i did when i was young

we were like giants, we were like giants
on the earth for the first time
Track Name: Good Times
cut, paste, copy a face for every lie
like a mask, cold cropped, full lips and a wink of the eye
baby you might think you know me from the smile draped across my face
but my shadow trail that follows leaves a ripple in every wake


you don't know me
the sun wont show me
until tomorrow there's only truth, so good night
you don't know me
i don't know you
until tomorrow, so fuck you and good night
i was caught up in the moment of a good time

you showed me pictures of your family, standing in your sunday best
you wore a familiar scent of perfume and your face shone of porcelain glass
i said baby don't you notice that we're alone when we come to rest
the ground will grab you by the feet and eat you, don't count your breaths

chorus, then, like,
another typical 16 bar build to an orchestral jam because i never know how to end songs.
Track Name: What It Feels Like To Drown
sometimes you can be drowned in a moment.
that is what this song is about.

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we were caught in the pouring rain
and you asked me if i'd mind
if we could retreat to a secret place
buried in the dust of time

your took me to the water's edge
our feet were bare; our hands bound
we waded till the current swept
away the thoughts of our old town

the trees hung low along the river banks
forgotten kings with tarnished crowns
they gazed as if they knew our names
and told us stories as the sun went down

by moonlight some ghosts did rise
like memories from our childhood
with them we bottled fireflies
lanterns for when we venture to darker woods

we leaned back into the summer breeze
just as the rain came pouring down
arms Spread; water hit her face
this is what is feels like to drown

at that moment she took my hand
and said surrender to the stars now
cause your nothing but dust my love
this is what feels like to drown
Track Name: Ask The Dust
somewhere in the world
a god has been created
he will mirror all our faces
he will free the human race from binds of dust
lord, have mercy on me

there are cynics like me
content to find our own
to bad i always call out to your name
when i'm left out in the cold
lord have mercy on me

i cant remember
the last time i said a prayer
i believe that maybe there is something greater
beyond all recognition
a universal bind
i believe it's the essence of religion
a truth learned when we die

somewhere in the world
a god has been forgotten
but his face is not all lost,
like a bag of sand cast out to sea
oh lord have mercy on me

they were soaking summer sun
watching clouds, they were lovers
and while both found divinity
they saw it different from each other
lord have mercy on me

chorus

go and ask the dust, brah!
Track Name: Devil, Don't You Steal My Bicycle
i was runnin from the devil
on my seven speed bicycle
he dun caught me and stole my wallet
now i cannot go to the club tonight

he can take my smile and i'll be well
but if he takes my bicycle he can go to hell

i was running from the devil
on my seven speed bicycle
he dun stole my wife and doggy
dog just barks but my wife did love me

time to get down, yo

he can take my smile and i'll be well
if he takes bicycle he can go to hell.
Track Name: Best Friend
oh jesus did you need
a friend like judas
just like god planted the tree
and a snake to confuse us

oh devil did you need
a friend like jesus
without good could evil even be
or is it born from within us

where will i find you
under dust and rocks that bind you
no telescope will see through
when i have yet to find myself
i see you with my own face
created by the day's grace
while we were worshipping ourselves

all along we've been worshipping ourselves
Track Name: J. L. Hudson
are you feeling sinister behind your hazel eyes
are you plotting out the storm as a catalyst before the rising tides
history books and religion won't teach you much about the stars
but with shoes up on his crucifix show you that when gods die, they die so hard

i was wading on the west branch fishing the au sable
watching ghosts floating by, like dead angels from the rubble
one asked me if i knew of a man in the sky
who hangs the stars for all to see as dusk descends to night
i said who sir, who am I to answer such a question
for my reaper came to greet me as i lied in my confession
he said then you aint the only one forgotten here on this river
i lost my heart along these banks, help me search, fellow sinner

are you feeling sinister behind your broken sky
the clouds part ways to visions, make you incision to the afterlife
access granted to only you and noone else, side for those who share your wealth
when did magic lose it's logic, and illusion to keep warm one's own self

i walking down in detroit when a man tapped my arm
he was a ghost from 84 with a tigers tshirt on
we floated above the buildings as asked me to take his hand
and led to the base of where the JL hudson used to stand
he said son, if you may have noticed as these times have come to pass
that all great things, while they touch the sky, will someday come to rest
we'll have houses, love, and jesus until we touch the stars
but while we're here on the ground, when gods die, they die so hard