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Feast or Famine

by Chuck Ragan

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released August 7, 2007

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Track Name: The Boat
Some days we're ripped and torn away
From the shore and tossed to a watery grave
Set adrift in the depths of the drink in the hands of the gods we curse

We call for help when no one's around
Shot down fleeting thoughts never make a sound
Set adrift in the depths of the dark in the heart of the sea where we wish

I feel it in my bones when the storm is close
Then await for the rain and the wind to blow
As dark colors fill the sky I'm drenched I'm feeling so alive
Eyes closed tight my ears open for the boat

We all carry the tune we love
Think of home when the waves and the going get tough
Hold our breath and go down with the wish of just one last kiss to rest

I feel it in my bones when the storm is close
Then await for the rain and the wind to blow
As dark colors fill the sky I'm drenched I'm feeling so alive
Eyes closed tight my ears open for the boat
Track Name: For Broken Ears
Where are the ones who carry their guns
To the far away lands with the blackened suns
From the smoke and narrow minds
The half-truth trails and holy lies
Of an empty heart and overflowing mouth
A plastic smile and a coward’s frown
Repercussions come around
When the word named free burns to the ground somehow

Where are the deaf and where are the dumb
From the side of the tracks
Where no reason comes from
And the tables never bare
The water runs and mamas always there
So who separates the world from the start
Where such words would come and such thoughts would cause
A shot heard round the world
Or just as sad never heard at all

So down, down, down like a ball of flames
To the rotten core filling up with names of hypocrites.
What a massive list
Don’t exclude yourself from it
Don’t compromise administration lies
Carried out and covered up with time
Carried out and turned around to shine
Or high on a pedestal of broken lives

Compassion speaks loud for itself
Falls on broken ears and off the value shelf
Into the dirt left to the wind
Coming up strong ready to begin
To obliterate the word from the start
Where such ideas come and such ideas cause
A spark that’ll set a blaze
And leave the embers red until the end of days

So down, down, down like a ball of flames
To the rotten core filling up with names of hypocrites.
What a massive list
Don’t exclude yourself from it
Don’t compromise administration lies
Carried out and covered up with time
Carried out and turned around to shine
Or high on a pedestal of broken lives
Where are the ones who carry their guns
To the far away lands with the blackened suns
From the smoke and narrow minds
The half-truth trails and holy lies
Of an empty heart and overflowing mouth
A plastic smile and a coward’s frown
Repercussions come around
When the word named free burns to the ground somehow
Track Name: California Burritos
How cold can a heart become
Before it crumbles
Or decides to stay numb

I know what it's like to feel cold
I don't wanna die alone

'cause I can't stand feeling nothing
I can't stand feeling old
I cant stand standing for nothing
When standing up is all I know

So why waste another day
Turning our backs
And walking away

I wanna feel everything
I wanna grow in every way

Because I can't stand feeling nothing
I can't stand feeling old
I cant stand standing for nothing
When standing up is all I know

I can't stand feeling nothing
I can't stand feeling old
I can't stand standing for nothing
When standing up is all I know
Track Name: Geraldine
Hold tight, Geraldine, I need to say what I mean.
Time's gone by for so long and I've seen all the wrongs that I've done.
Since we have yelled and stomped our feet after you took me in your arms.
Cut from you, near death you drew the breath that made me one.

And I must call on your sweet soul
In the times when we walk
In shadows of sorts
I cherish the mother you are.

Hold tight, Geraldine, I need to say what I mean.
Oh, I owe you for the stars in the sky
And the breath that was life of my own.

And I must call on your sweet soul
In the times when we walk
In shadows of sorts
I cherish the mother you are.

And I must call on your sweet soul
In the times when we walk
In shadows of sorts
I cherish the mother you are.
Yes, in the times when we walk
In shadows of sorts
I cherish the mother you are.

Hold tight, Geraldine, I mean to say what I mean.
Track Name: It’s What You Will
We are the common not filth and disgrace
You would know better if you saw it that way
Lock your scapegoats and shut out the lights
Lock up your secrets and give your skeletons the keys
We will never be what you want the world to be
You’ll never have a glimpse of what true can see
Mind the world that’s dying, it isn’t yours to kill
Look around it’s what you will

We are the blue so strong and confused
Tracking down dusty roads finding what we lose
Dancing with the casualty spirits of the wars
Shedding a few tears for the beggars and the whores
We will never be what you want the world to be
You’ll never have a glimpse of what true can see
Mind the world that’s dying, it isn’t yours to kill
Look around it’s what you will

Maybe there’s a mutiny rising with the sun
To come shed some light on the damage that was done
Maybe it’s an army or a sleeping four year old
Resting from a hard day of “army” in the cold
We will never be what you want the world to be
You’ll never have a glimpse of what true can see
Mind the world that’s dying, it isn’t yours to kill
Look around it’s what you will
Track Name: Do You Pray
Do you pray?
Do you fall
On your knees when everything goes wrong?
Go back to the word
In the good book you heard
That will save you a place somewhere.

Do you sing
From your soul
When you feel that calm before the storm?
Bleed out your throat
Or sound just like a bird
When she wakes from the light of first morne.

Brother don't doubt everything, we don't even have that power.
Sister don't heed the battles we breed, upon those waking hours.

I wanna dance like nobody's watching, and sing like nobody cares.
Climb to the top of those mountains we see, to find peace, and die up there.


Do you work?
Do you slave?
Breaking your back every day
Whether for food, or whether for pay
Or just for your baby's sake?

Do you die?
Belly up and cry
When you feel like there's nothing worth trying
Down on your luck
and hopeless for fate
Those tables will turn one day.

Brother don't doubt everything, we don't even have that power.
Sister don't heed the battles we breed, upon those waking hours.

I wanna dance like nobody's watching, and sing like nobody cares.
Climb to the top of those mountains we see, to find peace, and die up there.
Track Name: Don’t Cry
Don't cry if you've never seen the rain
A thousand ways we come undone, we're never quite the same
When the air we breathe is golden brown
I don't seemly understand
We have built a common masquerade

Don't cry if you've never seen the rain
Go back to where your memory served
And recognize the pain
Don't drink the water, war will bring
Or open gates not meant to swing
So we don't see the red spread on the ground

Don't let me down
Don't lay off
For the time that we cull is our own
We know we're coming around
And the way that we walk will last long

I've been afraid and so lonely
My heart's bleeding through to know only
There comes the moments we always
Look back to the sun that we know

Don't let me down
Don't lay off
For the time that we cull is our own
We know we're pushing change
And we all need to walk in the rain
Track Name: Symmetry
How would we have known we would wash away?
As two solemn searching souls, together to the sea
Amongst the creatures underneath the deepening
Holding to the flame burning you and me

We sacrifice the talk and praise the eyes in all wonder and amazement
And notice every star floating in the arms of symmetry so ageless

How would we have known we would wash away?
As two solemn searching souls, together to the sea
Among the mountains underneath the deepening
Rising to the sun but in the shadows all along

We sacrifice the talk and live for holding on to everything sacred
Surrounded by the miles of broken oars and trials covering the surface

We sacrifice the talk and cherish what we’re taught come what may surround us
And drift with clutching arms in a world so ever dark, wondering what betook us

How would we have known we would wash away?
As two solemn searching souls, together to the sea
Amongst the creatures underneath the deepening
Holding to the flame burning you and me

We sacrifice the talk and praise the eyes in all wonder and amazement
And notice every star floating in the arms of symmetry so ageless
Track Name: Between The Lines
I see the fire through the trees
Hear the hollers through the breeze
Drowning out the season like there’s none
Hold the blue steel in my hands
Moving my feet over land
While I’m thanking God I’ve got a gun
Nothing like a war at hand
To turn a boy into a man
Learning bout surviving on the run
Dodging whistles in the dark
Walking soft and hiding sparks
Praying bullets find another home

Oh here we go, another stand you know.
Carry on, carry strong, and pray that we don’t fall between the lines.

I was born with a choice
fight for freedom or fight the tours
either way the fighting never ends
stuck in mud in no mans land
or resting easy in the sands smelling that
great ocean in the wind

Oh here we go, another stand you know.
Carry on, carry strong, keep surviving keeping on.
Oh here we go, another stand you know.
What a rush oh what a ride either way I fall between the lines.

Oh please mama here my distant call
This may be my last stand after all

So if the night comes and I fall
somewhere in the dark I ask
know for greater good I gave my all
give the ones I know my love
tell them I was worth the blood
that I shed on grounds far from home

Oh here we go, another stand you know.
Carry on, carry strong, keep surviving keeping on.
Oh here we go, another stand you know.
What a rush oh what a ride either way I fall between the lines.
Track Name: Hearts Of Stone
How do you get right
with one eye closed so tight
Slipping backwards, falling prey to plastic eyes?
So hard to walk straight
For the style has made you sway
And every cavalry on every strip that bears your name.
Open your eyes, you are standing empty and cold.
Open your mouth if you voice can never be sold.

Burn the bridge down.
Take the long road into town.
Where all the bastards and all the witches mark their ground.
Open your eyes, you are standing empty and cold.
Open your mouth if you voice can never be sold.

I only know that hearts made of stone
Will rarely sail far and may never reach home.
So is a cost to live dead and lost
Searching the stars to find which is ours.

Well in the corners where all the lost souls have been found
Lies a purpose before yourself dead in the ground.
Track Name: The Grove
Cut the line I’ve heard the rest
You’ll never get me answering
To the cold hand of the dying man
Bred to take and to rape what the leavers left

Oh come on.
Show a little mercy to dying suns
Oh come on
Show a little mercy to humble ones

Some will go as the timid type
Facing down soul strapped inside
The method of the trilene knot
Never fails until the line is cut

So come on
Show a little sympathy tired ones
So come on
Show a little empathy busy ones
And slow down

We are all flesh and bone
Mere vessels so exposed
Just walking on the grove
We are constant wrath
With what we think we own
While we walk upon
And tread upon the grove

On the contrary some will walk
In the dirt cut up by the dogs
Soaking up the sun and rain
Just to break and to shake up captivity

So come on
Destruction is the nature of everyone
So come on
Destruction is the killer of everyone
So calm down

We are all flesh and bone
Mere vessels so exposed
Just walking on the grove
We are constant wrath
With what we think we own
While we walk upon
And tread upon the grove
Track Name: Do What You Do
Come dance with me or I’ll explode
The reckless side is now shining through you
So shake your hair and do what you do
And I’ll break my legs to keep up with you

Cause I don’t like being alone
Unless I feel alone
Dancing with you is everything
I know that it can’t be wrong
Steady after the wine
Time after time we arrive
To watch the light shine through us
Like ghosts as the candles burn as low as they go

Spinning until we hit the floor
Pain has never felt so good
Light our selves up to crumble in
Just to never let it end

Cause I don’t like being alone
Unless I feel alone
Dancing with you is everything
I know that it can’t be wrong
Steady after the wine
Time after time we arrive
To watch the light shine through us
Like ghosts as the candles burn as low as they go

So hold me close, to keep me close
Cause I don’t like being alone
Unless I feel alone