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1. An Uncertain Flight
2. The Only Way
3. Waiting For The Siren
4. Sadder Day
5. Rage On
6. Sorry, Joe
7. From Now 'til Then
8. Tonight Never Happened
9. Happy Here And Now
10. Worms On The Pavement
11. Give Up Town
12. Scared Of Myself
13. _____________
14. Wide Bicycle
15. Something Unseen (Featuring Mike Garson)

 

 

 

 

An Uncertain Flight

(Music and lyrics by Chris McKay)
 


I'm in a plane and I'm looking down
At the shadows clouds cast on the ground
And I see as the wind will blow
How darkness goes

Looking at myself in glass I see
The same things that I've always seen
Though it's changing I can't relate
Is it too late?

So I ride across the sky on an uncertain flight
And I never wonder why I do the things I have to do
'Cause I know it.
It's always true.
It's for you.

Looking back I can't believe what I've seen
Looking forward I can't see through the steam
Of things to come from all that's past
It won't last. It won't last.

So who's the victor and who's the fool?
I don't know. Do you?
I don't think you do and neither do I
But that's alright. That's alright.

So I ride across the sky on an uncertain flight
And I never wonder why I do the things I have to do
'Cause I know it.
It's always true.
It's for you.


Chris McKay: Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, minimalist dissonant arpeggio guitar, harmony vocals, Nord drone, Crumar strings, triangle, tambourine, cowbell, hand claps
Frank DeFreese: Bass guitar, hand claps
Joe Orr: Electric guitar, backup vocals, hand claps
Brad Morgan: drums
David Barbe: “Seaside Jangle” guitar
The Chase Park Interns: More hand claps
Recorded at Chase Park Transduction and at Chris' home studio.
Some digital editing done at Downtown Athens Recording Studio (D.A.R.C.) by Asa Leffer.

 

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The Only Way


(Music and lyrics by Tom O'Gorman and Chris McKay)
 

 

You give me something I don't even want
and never knew that I needed
The only way

You did it because you knew you could
Just like I knew that you would
The only way

I know I'm taking my time
I know this city is mine
So why am I standing in line?
Standing 'round thinking 'bout
The one, the only way

My life has become an easy ride
Just like you knew that it would
The only way

I did it because I knew I could
Just like you knew that I would
The only way

I know I'm taking my time
I know this city is mine
So why am I standing in line?
Standing 'round thinking 'bout
The one, the only way

I'm talking 'bout the one,
the only way
I'm thinking 'bout the one,
The only way
Yeah I'm talking 'bout the one,
The only way

Because I'm happy
don't mean I'll smile
Even though I could
The only way

'Cause maybe then you could
Figure me out
And I don't know if you should
The only way

I know I'm taking my time
I know this city is mine
So why am I standing in line?
Standing 'round thinking 'bout
The one, the only way

I'm talking 'bout the one,
The only way
I'm thinking 'bout the one,
The only way
Yeah I'm talking 'bout the one,
The only way
 


Chris McKay: Lead Vocals, Harmony Vocals, Hook Guitar, Bass Guitar, slippery guit-bass, tambourine, piano, percussion
Joe Orr: Guitar Solo, Rhythm Guitar, Backup Vocals, Radio Joe
Frank DeFreese: Bass Guitar, More Guitar
Josh Couillard: Drums
Joshua Harrison: Cowbell

 

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Waiting For The Siren

 
(Music and lyrics by Chris McKay)

 


Everybody's having fun except for you
So of course my eyes zoom in
Just like they can see right through

If I could make you smile
That would make my night worthwhile
But when you look me in the eyes
To ask me why

I don't know what to say
And I don't know what to do
It's like I never even knew
I was waiting for the siren

All your talk of disaster,
destruction and doom
Still can't turn my eyes
To elsewhere in the room

And I don't need someone to save
I should turn and walk away
But I just can't defend
From the way you're pulling me in

I don't know what to say
And I don't know what to do
It's like I never even knew
I was waiting for the siren

Waiting for the siren
Waiting for the siren
Waiting for the siren
And I don't even stand a chance...

I don't know what to say
And I don't know what to do
It's like I never even knew
I was waiting for the siren

I don't know what to say
And I don't know what to do
It's like I never even knew
I was waiting for the siren

Chris McKay: Lead and harmony vocals, lead guitar, guitar solo, bass guitar, hi-hat, tambourine, Crumar strings, hand claps)
Josh Couillard: Drums
Joe Orr: Rhythm guitar, backup vocals, hand claps
Blue Flashing Hands (Ryan Cattie and Ian Schwarber): Hand claps
Joshua Harrison: Cowbell, Hand claps
The Cliffwood Avenue Kids: Audience

 

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Sadder Day
 

(Music by Frank DeFreese / Chris McKay. Lyrics by Chris McKay)
 

 

I've been sliding down this mountain
Ever since you're not around
But I've finally caught my footing
About halfway down

So I've started for the top again
Without you by my side
And I'm relearning how to smile
With every step I climb

And when you went away
I had nothing to say
But if I had my deepest wish
There will never be a sadder day

Heat lightning crossed the sky
With the roman candles
on the beach
But those days are all
lost and gone now
Since you're so out of reach

The thunder that
you're hearing now
is much, much different than mine
But I'll carry all those
memories with me
Even though they slow my climb

And when you went away
I had nothing to say
But if I had my deepest wish
There will never be a sadder day
There will never be a sadder day
There will never be a sadder day
There will never be a sadder day

And when I reach the top
I'll thank God I found my way
And then I'll think of you again
And there will never be a sadder day
There will never be a sadder day
There will never be a sadder day
There will never be a sadder day
 


Chris McKay: Lead vocals, harmony vocals, lead guitar, bass guitar, Crumar strings, Mellotron, Brad's Egg)
Joe Orr: Guitar solo, rhythm guitar, harmony vocals
Joshua Harrison: Drums
 

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Rage On
 

(Music and lyrics by Joe Orr and Chris McKay)
 

 

She was just a little girl
When daddy shocked the world
She was putting on her roller skates
When she heard her mother crying

Innocence was stripped away
And captured in a jar
Put high up on a shelf
She couldn't reach

Now here she comes
She's holding it inside
She's being brave
She's making up for lost time
'Cause when it's gone
You can't have it back again

She's moving on

Rage On
Don't let the fascination fade away
Rage On
Don't forget to get carried away with the thrill of it all
Rage On

It was just another day
Or at least it started out that way
The look in her eyes
betrayed the way she felt
He forced a smile and said,
"We'll see it through together"

He's thinking back to the night
They couldn't say goodbye
They held on tight
until the shadows turned to gray

He's with her now
She's closing her eyes
She doesn't want to say goodnight
And he'll never say goodbye
'Cause when it's gone,
you can't have it back again

Rage On
Don't let the fascination fade away
Rage On
Don't forget to get carried away with the thrill of it all
Rage On

When it's gone
Rage On
Don't forget to get carried away with the thrill of it all
You can't get it back again
Don't let the fascination fade away...

Rage On.


Chris McKay: Lead and harmony vocals, Lead guitar hook, More guitar, Harmony guitar solo, Bass, Hi-hat, Tambourine, Brad's Egg
Joe Orr: Lead and harmony vocals, Guitar solo, Rhythm guitar
Josh Couillard: Drums
 

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From Now ‘Til Then
 

(Music and lyrics by Joe Orr and Chris McKay)
 

 

I wish I knew your name
So I could say it to myself
When no one's around

If I knew your name
And shouted it into the wind
Would you even care?

So I wait and I wait
And I wade away
Each endless day from now 'til then
The tide rolls in and washes out again and again
From now 'til then

I just wanna know your name
So I can write it down next to mine
If I knew I knew your name
I could whisper it to myself in troubled times

So I wait and I wait
And I wade away
Each endless day from now 'til then
The tide rolls in and washes out again and again
From now 'til then

So I wait and I wait
And I wade away
Each endless day from now 'til then
The tide rolls in and washes out again and again
From now 'til then

Chris McKay: All vocals, Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Guitar solo, Mellotron, E-bow)
David Barbe: Bass guitar
Joshua Harrison: Drums
Frank DeFreese: E-bow
Joe Orr: Texture guitar, trash can
 

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Tonight Never Happened
 

(Written by Chris McKay)
 

 

Tonight never happened
No watch hands recorded this moment
The sun never went down
The time froze and nobody noticed

All our dreams came true
All our prayers were answered
Everything was perfect
Everything was right
Our spirits were up and our guards were down
Too bad we all had to miss tonight

Tonight never happened
The seconds were stolen away
When clocks started moving
The morning was burning today

And who saw it coming?
Who saw it speeding us by?
We didn't feel a thing
No wish can recover those moments

When all our plans worked out
And all we needed we had
Everything we saw with our second sight
Everyone got what they deserved
Too bad we all had to miss tonight

I can't believe that we missed it
I wish I didn't know a thing
This clarity is vicious

Tonight never happened
Tonight never happened
Tonight never happened
Tonight never happened...
 


Chris McKay: Lead vocals, Harmony vocals, Delayed electric guitar, Electric hook guitar, Acoustic guitar, Guitarpsichord, Mellotron, Whistle, Tambourine
Joe Orr: Electric hook guitar, Harmony vocals, Evil crunch guitar, Mellotron
Josh Couillard: Drums
David Barbe: Union troops marching into the backyard.
Crickets: Themselves

 

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Happy Here And Now


(Music and lyrics by Chris McKay)
 

 

I'm broke like a 45 that your mother used to love
And I'm feeling a little less than down
You know it seems that I harder I work
The harder everything gets
That dark cloud's following me around

Why can't I ever find the silver in the clouds?
Why can't I ever just be satisfied?
And be happy here and now.

Happy here and now
Happy here and now
Happy here and now

I don't know why it's such a hard time
For me to have a good time
I can't take two steps without finding a trip
But I'm doing the best that I can
I'm just trying to see this through
And if I can't well I did all I could do

Why can't I ever find the silver in the clouds?
Why can't I ever just be satisfied?
And be happy here and now.

Happy here and now
Happy here and now
Happy here and now

Why cant I be happy here and now?

Happy here and now
Happy here and now...
 


Chris McKay: Lead vocals, harmony vocals, All electric and acoustic guitars except solo, bass guitar, piano, tambourine
Joe Orr: Guitar solo
Josh Couillard: Drums
 

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Worms On The Pavement
 

(Music by Frank DeFreese / Chris McKay. Lyrics by Chris McKay)
 

 

Here it comes
If I let it go it will wrap around me and squeeze
It just gets tighter and tighter at night
And it won't release

I can't deal with the stress anymore
And I can't explain
I've spent too long in the sunlight
I need the rain

I'm drying out like worms on the pavement
I'm coming down, I'm coming down
I'm drying out like worms on the pavement
I need the ground, I need the ground

Maybe if I just don't sleep anymore
I can guard myself from the nightmare
Even though my body's vibrating
I'm still not scared

It's not fear, it's just a vice
And I can't explain
I've spent too long in the sunlight
I need the rain

I'm drying out like worms on the pavement
I'm coming down, I'm coming down
I'm drying out like worms on the pavement
I need the ground, I need the ground

I can't deal with the stress anymore
And I still can't explain
I've spent too long in the sunlight
I need the rain

I'm drying out like worms on the pavement
I'm coming down, I'm coming down
I'm drying out like worms on the pavement
I need the ground, I need the ground.

 


Chris McKay: Lead vocals, harmony vocals, all electric and acoustic guitars except solo, bass guitar, tambourine, Crumar strings
Joe Orr: Guitar solo, harmony vocals
Josh Couillard: Drums

 

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Give Up Town


(Music by Chris McKay / Andy Ainsworth. Lyrics by Tom O'Gorman)
 

 

It's getting colder now and the air is clear
For her to see that nothing really seems the same
And all of her friends have gone

And it leads to a chill of a different kind
That she can't hide
The one that goes straight through
And says that your wasting all of your time

In her dream, she wants to believe
She's got the world upon her shoulders
She's wants it all but she can't make up her mind

Moving up and out
Out of this give up town, give up town
Give up town, give up town that you know

Moving up and out
Out of this give up town, give up town
Give up town, give up town that you know

And you know...

She closes revolving doors to her tired room
Where lovers choose to stay on top
Or where she talks on the phone from 10 'til 2

And in the car outside is the only thing
That keeps her here
That blows her mind
And pretty soon he's gonna be gone as well

In her dream she wants to believe
She's got the world upon her shoulders
She's tried it all but she still can't make up her mind

Moving up and out
Out of this give up town, give up town
Give up town, give up town that you know

Moving up and out
Out of this give up town, give up town
Give up town, give up town that you know

And you know...
 


Chris McKay: Lead vocals, Harmony vocals, Lead guitar, Guitar solo, Bass guitar, Crumar strings, Acoustic guitar, Tambourine)
Joe Orr: Rhythm guitar, Lead guitar lines in choruses, harmony vocals
Josh Couillard: Drums

 

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Scared Of Myself
 

(Music by Chris McKay / Tom O'Gorman. Lyrics by Chris McKay)
 

 

I walk alone down a crowded street
I see myself in every person I meet
They'll never see what I have inside
They'll never know what is in my mind

And when I feel it burning inside me
I know I need help
And when it comes upon me, y'know I'm
Scared of myself

Don't give me your reasons
This is the way that I feel
I want the minutes back from a life God decided to steal
I want the sun & the moon & the stars to move when I ask
I want the power, I want it all, & I want it fast
And when I feel it burning inside me
I know I need help
And when it comes upon me, y'know I'm
Scared of myself
 


Chris McKay: Lead vocals, Harmony vocals, Lead guitar, Guitar solo, Bass guitar, Crumar Strings, Tambourine, Brad's Egg
Joe Orr: Rhythm guitar, Harmony Vocals
Josh Couillard: Drums

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Wide Bicycle
 

(Music by Frank DeFreese / Chris McKay. Lyrics by Chris McKay)
 

 

When the midnight light is gone
And the blue is too
And you've nothing left to prove
And even less to do

Wide bicycle ride
Wide bicycle ride

You can crawl into the flash
And when you're all inside
You can lose your consciousness
And take a pretty ride

Wide bicycle ride
Wide bicycle ride...

They can't stop you
They never have to know
It won't hurt them unless you let it show
It's an oasis of you in a world of them
A reoccurring daydream
That always comes again and again
And again and again...

Wide bicycle ride
Wide bicycle ride
Wide bicycle ride
Wide bicycle ride...
 


Chris McKay: All vocals, All guitars, Bass guitar, Mellotron, Piano, Hand claps, Keyboard-cocktail percussion, tambourine
Joshua Harrison: Drums
David Barbe: Timothy Leary's Lawnmower
Joe Orr: Hand claps
Frank DeFreese: Clown outfit, “bicycle”
Blue Flashing Hands (Ian Schwarber and Ryan Cattie): Hand Claps
Minnie and Jenny: Giggles
The Cliffwood Avenue Kids: Audience
(Most of “Wide Bicycle” was recorded at Chris' home studio and extracted from the original 8-track demo. The Mellotron, hand claps, piano, giggles, bicycle, drums, kids and “lawnmower” were later recorded at Chase Park Transduction.)


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Something Unseen
 

(Music by Tom O'Gorman / Chris McKay / Mike Garson. Lyrics by Chris McKay / Tom O'Gorman.)
 

 

You stare at the dawn
And you wonder what's going on
Because lately everything has changed
And you wonder if you can stay

Yeah and you know it's not even real
Not even a dream
Are you willing to risk everything
For something unseen?

You stare at the sun
And you think about what's gone
You notice your eyes aren't dry
But you know it's just the light in your eyes

And you know the chances are good
That you won't be here again
But that's okay ‘cause we've got today
And tomorrow's the wind

Yeah and this time it just might be real
Do everything that you feel
This time you might be your fate
Now maybe ‘cause you know that it's late
Don't hesitate

You turn away from dusk
And you do only what you must
It's important to release the past
But the future will never last

Yeah and you know it's pulling away
To never return
And you know that you'll never get back
The chances you've burned

Yeah and you know it's not even real
It's not even a dream
Are you willing to risk everything
For something unseen?

Yeah, ‘cause this time it just might be real
Do everything that you feel
This time you might be your fate
Now maybe ‘cause you know that it's late
Don't hesitate…
 


Chris McKay: All vocals, Lead and rhythm guitars, bass guitar, Crumar strings, Mellotron, Tambourine, Hand Claps, Guitar solo, Piano under guitar solo, Harmony E-bow solo)
Mike Garson: Piano (Recorded at Mike's home studio in California .)
Brad Morgan: Drums
Joe Orr: Texture guitar during guitar solo, hand claps
Frank DeFreese: Hand claps
The Chase Park Interns: Hand claps
Digital Editing of piano by Asa Leffer and Chris McKay at Downtown Athens Recording Company (D.A.R.C.)
 

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