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Detail is a Devil

by Dave Bradley

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released January 5, 2017

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Track Name: Lost to the Weather
Lost to the Weather

Lost to the weather
on a dark and stormy night
I'm searching for you
But you've already taken flight

I'm lost in translation
Nothing feels quite right
Your secrets are safe in the shadows
Hidden well out of sight

But, I feel, I feel unprotected
Like you feel, when you're rejected

The time is now for plans of acceptance
Can't hold your hand, I feel so helpless
Now I know why. I understand their offensive

I'm lost to the weather, windburnt and colder
Half frozen to death, and another year older
I'd be lost to the weather
If they capture you now...

Coming into the station
On a cold and foggy night
Their agents are waiting
Their fortunes they feel are quite right

But, they're lost in translation
Into shadows you will take flight
Defective and chasing
Catch up with you, well I just might

Your message comes through
All bridges are crossed
I see you caught in the headlights
As the sniper takes his best shot

You're lost to the weather, windburnt and colder
Now frozen to death, not another year older
And I'm lost to the weather
As they captured you...
Track Name: In Deep Water
In Deep Water

Seems to me that the fakers
Are the ones who want to make it
And they don't care, 'cause they are hanging on

The chances are they'll take it
Leaving nothing for your favours
But they don't care, 'cause they are moving on

They haven't got the questions
But find out there's no answer
They take a chance and break through all that's strong

They turn around and watch you
When you're hiding they can see you
They don't believe in anything they did wrong

I never had the patience
When nothing solves the problem
But I don't care, 'cause I am staying strong

Don't tell me what you want to hear
Don't say that it's a secret
Just sweep it up and make believe you're wrong

Well that's a loaded question
Empty out your answer
Now take your time and I will follow on

Don't turn around and watch me
I'm hiding can't you see it
I know you think the battle's nearly won

And after all is said and done
When we find the answer never comes
And after that if we find we're trapped
Then you will find we're not the only ones

I haven't found the questions
There's no way I can answer
Your prayers are lost
I rake through all that's wrong

I never had the patience
When nothing solves the problem
But, I don't care 'cause I am staying strong

I'm staying strong
Can't know the answer
But, I'm staying strong
Can't know the answer
Track Name: Broken City
Broken City

Hide it away, it's not looking too pretty
Running away I want to head for the city
And if there's something I can't find
If it sends me out of my mind
Then I'll know time after time
You won't take any pity

I know the dreamers are screaming
And I know the screamers are dreaming
But you show nothing you're hiding
Cos I know you're always offsiding

Hide it away, it's not looking too pretty
Running away I'm gonna head to the city, the city
And if there's something I can't find
Well, if it sends me out of my mind
Then I know time after time
You won't take any pity

Time after time I head for the city
No reason or rhyme I head for the city
Way down the line I'm lost in the city
Well, I'm wasting my time I come back from the city, the city, the city

On and on and on and on anon
Track Name: The Tide That Never Turns
The Tide That Never Turns

For some of us, it's a story too far
Of distant lands, of pearls and bars
For others there's still a life untold
In dusty towns they never found gold

There are those who take it all too hard
They stake their claims but bear the dull scars
For others there's still a grief unsound
In dusty towns unholy ground

But either way, the sea's unchanged
The lies it hears the lives it takes
All of them are foam upon the waves
And though some are lost, none are ever saved

For others there's a grief uncrowned
In gusty towns on holy ground

The tide that never turns
The sun that never burns
The summer wind that only makes you yearn

For storms to ride and waves of pride
On a tide that never turns
The tide that never turns

We all deride the waves of pride
You will never learn
On a tide that never turns

Three lost cities beyond the wind
Fatigued by fear, the changes begin
If time and tide sweep all away
Then what are we but the ocean spray?

Yet either way, the seasons change
The smiles we fake and rearrange
Emotion lost unto the feign
Now summer's gone we all feel the same pain

The tide that never turns
The sun that never burns
The summer wind that only makes you yearn

For waves to ride
and ways to hide
From a tide that never turns
From a tide that never turns

We all deride the waves of pride
You will never learn
On a tide that never turns
Track Name: Prevailing Wind
Prevailing Wind

Reading between the lines
Sketching the fever of a swollen tide
The endless meaning of a mindful time
Picking up the stones of the smoothest kind

And then it begins
Beyond the veil of original sin
Reaching out to sea
Carried on a prevailing wind

And so you have your say
That the proof's the truth in its own sweet way
The bluest blue carries you away
Back to where you grow

And so it begins
Beyond the pale you take it in
Dream of the sea
and foreign shores on a prevailing wind

You didn't see the signs
Painting a picture of another time
Drawing deeply from a tainted vine
Kicking up the dust on The Poppy Line

And so it begins
Beyond an age of original sin
Setting out to sea
Carried on a prevailing wind
Track Name: Bait and Switch (Mono Stone Remix)
Bait and switch

There was a key under the mat,
but you changed all the locks
There was a note deep in your pocket,
but no stamp for the box

I saw a light up in your room,
but your heart was like stone
And though you strayed out of the gloom,
there was nobody home

There was a seed inside the pot,
but no water for the bloom
There was food there on the table,
but no taste in the room

You wore a smile and a little more,
but you cried on the inside
And though you veil all that you feel,
there's no place left to hide

When you turn about face
I can't stay in that place
Switch and bait me
I know that you're cunning

When I find the right pace
It's the end of the race
Bait and switch
is the game that you're running
Track Name: Luna
Watch the moon slowly crown the horizon
Imagine gravity's pull
Feel the silken waters rising
The tide turns and I'm wondering why

If I ride with the tide, I'm under
If I got with the flow, I'm under
If I say I should leave then I know I will stay

It's too late to turn the tide and just sail away
If I couldn't love, then there's nothing to say

I couldn't love you
I couldn't love you any more
I couldn't love you any more than I do today
Track Name: Latin Class
Latin Class

You lost a piece of the action, no one's ever relaxing
Should you be documenting all your life?

I can't behold you baby, if you're not beholding to me
I'm broken and bruised, waiting for the answers
Tongue-tied and cruising, it hurts to take the chances
I'm losing. I'm losing you

Every blind alley you turned
Every lesson you never learned
The final bridge you burned
From the tiny spark to the flame that you spurned

You chose a new class action, there was a chain reaction
Could you be coming back to life? Just don't know baby

I can't just hold you baby, if you're not beholding to me
I'm broken and bruised, waiting for the chances
Tongue-tied untwisted, I'm finding all the answers
Am I amusing? Amusing you?

Nowhere to hide, no place to run to
Kneel at your side, every tide that I turn to,
I got nowhere to bleed, nowhere to hide
I'm a fool and I can't see it, owning my reality
Track Name: A Better Year
A Better Year

When life takes a turn for the worse,
the worst it could ever be
And you yearn for something to quench that thirst
There's a chance that you'll fail to see

Are you still hoping for a silent night?
Are you still open to love's shining light?

There are no signs, but there's a warning
This is our time, no time for mourning
One thing it seems is very clear
Right now, we're hoping for a better year

Are you? Are you?
Are you? Well, are you?

And you had a hunger it wasn't the first
Maybe, there's a chance you'll see
The road you travel, well it seems that it is cursed
The time is running out for breaking free

Are you still hoping for a silent night?
Are you still open to love's shining light?

Are you? Will you?
Can you? Can you live? (Can you leave?)

There are no signs, but there's a warning
This is our time, no time for mourning
Track Name: Foreign Shores
For every man who fights on foreign shorelines
It matters not to him the flag that he dies under
And if the colour of his skin matters on foreign shorelines

Well, do you see right through it?
Do you see right through it?

Keep up the pressure and we can win
We can bring it back down again

For every man who fights on foreign shorelines
For every man it matters not to him
For every man the flag that he dies under
Nor the colour of his skin
Track Name: The Silent Spring (ft. Emmazen)
The Silent Spring

They tell us history is a lesson to learn
Too many times we ignore it
They say the danger is a stranger to burn
Through the seasons they implore it

It doesn't matter how near or how far
The border lands we deplore them
They feed us lies that just won't settle the score
Fail to see that we abhor them

Across the desert a healing wind blows
Now the promise of a silent spring
Though lines were drawn and the borders were closed
Above the cloud the eagle spreads her wings
Above the cloud the eagle spreads her wings

They say that fear is the enemy within
Too many times that we have sworn it
From East to West their lies begin to wear thin
The oath I swore I could ignore it

Across the desert a healing wind blows
Now's the promise of a silent spring
Though lines were drawn and the borders were closed
Above the cloud the eagle spreads her wings

And through the valleys a healing wind blows
With the promise of a silent spring
The lines were cut but no borders are closed
Above the cloud the eagle spreads her wings
Above the cloud the eagle spreads her wings

And in the cities a healing wind blows
With the culture of a vital sting
The ties once cut and all borders exposed
Above the cloud the eagle spreads her wings

And through the desert a healing wind blows
With the promise of a silent spring
The lines once cut and our feelings deposed
Above the cloud the eagle spreads her wings
Above the cloud the eagle spreads her wings
Track Name: White Line Warrior (Bradley, Schwaegler & Tropp)
White line warrior
Heading up the Inca Trail
Silkroad Surfer
Hides behind electric veil

Foothill courier
En route to the promised land
Fuelled with a bitter taste
Torment is in her hand

Global decimation
One in ten, where worlds collide
Find the taker nation
A future lost for lack of pride

Main line quarrier
Digging up the dragon's tale
Milk wet citizen
Finds the time to read the Mail

Timeline warrior
Waking in the promised land
Works with little haste
Though history is in his hands

Global decimation
One in ten, where worlds collide
Find the taker nation
A future lost for lack of pride
Track Name: Escape to the Stars (with Eddie Bryant on Sax)
Escape to the Stars

Over the water, no anchor out at sea
Islands will be washed away by change
Climbing up our mountain believing we’re free
Emptiness that clings hides only rage

You’ll see them as they struggle through the years that roll by
You know that they’ll try their best but in destiny they’ll die

But the air is poisoned, so there’s nowhere left to hide
Could we leave behind this empty shell with no pride?

Ever looking upwards it’s the stars that draw us near
If stardust’s what we’re made from then our fate is ever clear

Over the water, no anchor out at sea
Our island washed away by change

Know how we struggled as the light years flew by
Know that we suffered for the dreams we left to die

And the air that we poisoned, left us nowhere else to hide
So, we left behind that empty shell and our pride
Track Name: Sail Me Back to Uh-Huh Town
Sail me back

Take me down to the river
Take me all the way out to sea
Chill my heart with the spindrift
Sail the memories home to me

Take a look at the questions
At the questions you have found
Catch a wave without harbour
Where the truth is surely drowned

Yet you know how I wonder
If the truth will be concealed
In the safety of that harbour
That's the time when all's revealed

Sail me back to Uh-huh Town
Sail me back for free
Shake the water from the prow
Sail me back for free

Take me down to the river
Take me all the way out to sea
Chill my heart with the spindrift
Sail the memories home to me

Take me to the lost & found
Sail me back to where I'm bound
Take me to the lost & found
Sail me back to where I'm bound

Take me to the lost & found
Sail me back to where I'm bound
Take me to the lost & found
Sail me back to where I'm bound

Take me to the lost & found
Sail me back to where I'm bound
Take me to the lost & found
Sail me back to where I'm bound

Hey, hey, hey

Sail me back, sail me back
Sail me back to Uh-huh Town
Sail me back, sail me back

Take me down to the river
Take me all the way out to sea
Track Name: The Oldest Trick in the Book
The Oldest Trick in The Book (Fairweather Devil)

Back in the day, there was a boy you could never save
Never found any time to play, so a devil came to steal his soul away
Masquerading as an open book, she drew him in with bitter-sweet deception
He didn't see what was coming, wrote a cheque for love and affection

The oldest trick in the book
He fell for it, hook, line and sinker,
He never got a second look
She turned his head, then threw him into the drink

Back in the day, there was a girl who could only pray
Never found any time to play, then a devil came to steal her soul away
A dashing preacher with an open book, he drew her in with bitter-sweet deception
She didn't see what was coming, mistook her faith for love and affection

The oldest trick in the book
She fell for it, hook, line and sinker,
And though she grabbed a second look
He turned her head and then he pulled his trigger

So they went to an early grave
No flowers no wake, whatever
And though they paid the price they paid
Some friends don't hang around in stormy weather

Now, we're right up to date. Surely you don't want the same fate
Don't spend your time on money and craving
Spare a dime for the guy at the gate
Don't pray too hard and get on with some playing

The oldest trick in the book
Don't waste your life on money and slaving
Don't give that devil a second look
The oldest trick in the book,
don't fall for it hook, line and sinker

The oldest trick in the book
The oldest trick in the book
The oldest trick in the book
Track Name: The Day that Bowie Died
The day that Bowie died
Woke crying at your side
There was no call from the action man, though he had a plan
Took strangeness in his stride

The day the Wall came down
We were dying in our room
There was no call from a higher ground,
just a changing sound
That echoed with the bloom

All the roads are clear now...
No message came in from Major Tom
But a black star on the horizon taught us everything we needed to know

Told us everything we needed to know
Everything. We needed to grow
Needed to know
Oh, we needed to know

The day that Bowie died
Woke crying at your side
If dust is all we'll ever be,
Then let that be, an end to it
You've torn it and your pride

Was there ever really a Major Tom?
A black star, with the pressure on
Showed us everything we needed to know
Taught us everything we needed to grow
Everything. We needed to show
That we did know

The day that Bowie died
Knew everything was alright
Track Name: Hidden Track
Hidden Track

Make it breathe around you like a fire in your hearth
Make it breed around you like a fire in your heart
I have got no memory of what I've seen before
But, I feel a fine line drawing

And I turned away from the mystery that I had been before
Could you know me?

Where's the fire in your heart?
Burning like a slow-burning soul
I bring it back too
Had to break the mystery
But I don't need what I can't fear

If I'm walking I'm right there with me
Bad feeling, like a weirdo
You're going off to bed
That's what you're doing,
with your thoughts on fire,
bleeding out through the wire

It's a long way, a long way back home.