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by Mike Dole

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All songs written by Mike Dole except "Come On Let's Go" (Keenan/Cargill/Stevens/Felton) and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" (Lennon-McCartney)

Written/recorded late 2012-early 2013

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released April 12, 2013

Instruments & vocals: Mike Dole

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Track Name: Are We All Right
the rain invites but all are hiding
they are dividing
it's empty when the night has fallen
secret world is calling

familiar souls are summoned
when we lose ourselves
searching for the secrets
no one ever tells

are we all right (know it all)
are we the light (gonna fall)
are we all right (know it all)
are we the light...

so isolation soon entices
shelter from the vices
giving focus to the meaning
clarify the dreaming

we need the black, we need the white
we need the grey
we need uncertainty to know how we are made

are we all right (know it all)
are we the light (gonna fall)
Track Name: Treadmill Hollow
I get up to face the world
again and again
hoping to see some change
in the hours ahead

but it's still the same old world
that it's always been
and I'm still the same old me
in the same old skin

earth is a circle, it moves in circles going nowhere
so we vainly follow the treadmill hollow and never swallow

where are we going
it's hard to see
a step is a hundred years
the breath of a tree

seasons, the only change
that we ever see
our time is too short to know
what it all means

earth is a circle, it moves in circles going nowhere
so we vainly follow the treadmill hollow and never swallow
Track Name: Cinderella Blue
for you I would swim down
to the bottom of the sea
if that's what you needed
then that is where I'll be

if a star is what you're after
then a star it shall be
I'll fly into the night sky
and outrun eternity

I'll bring one back for you, cinderella blue

if anything should grieve you
or bring upon you pain
I'll do whatever's needed
to take away the rain

your love is pure and tender
so humble and so true
I could not fathom losing
the days I spend with you

escaping into you, cinderella blue
Track Name: 38 Steps
38 steps to go until the end
but you can't run, you can't run
only misery gets you home again
you know the gun, you know the gun

sandman will take you only for awhile
soon you're returning weeping as you smile
every illusion takes a darker hue
nowhere to hide, nowhere to run from you

38 steps to go but never gaze
up to the sky, to the sky
watchful downward to the dagger rock
the moon that shines, the moon that shines

sandman will take you only for awhile
soon you're returning weeping as you smile
every illusion takes a darker hue
nowhere to hide, nowhere to run from you

38 steps to go until the end
and then it's done, then it's done
Track Name: Sweet And Low
there is a hole where I put my intuition
out among the hills where I saw my sad condition

where did you go sweet and low, sweet and low
what did I know
something in my brain never was the same

back on the track of a vengeance driven twister
made for the dead and the sedentary sister

where did you go sweet and low, sweet and low
what did I know
something in my brain never was the same
Track Name: Nowhere Town
river river swift and pure
lead me to a world no more
all my seconds drifting down
counting sky till nowhere town

you don't need to worry bout
what you're with or you're without
give an inch and lose a pound
such is life in nowhere town

no warning so please take heed
there the dying do not bleed
empty faces make no sound
on the road to nowhere town

you don't need to worry bout
what you're with or you're without
give an inch and lose a pound
such is life in nowhere town

shadow water deep and warm
mother's milk and locust storm
past the hill where I'll be found
eternally in nowhere town

you don't need to worry bout
what you're with or you're without
give an inch and lose a pound
such is life in nowhere town

pictures getting smaller still
acclimate diminished will
best to not betray a frown
to the ghosts of nowhere town
Track Name: Castaway
for what it's worth
I've been to earth
and know of birth

and what's occured
is quite absurd
and yet so blurred

catch the evening wave and off I turn
waiting safely from the fire's burn
and dream of home
that I've never known

lacking power to discern
monsters causing me concern
as the branches 'round me churn

I have the shits
I'm lost in bits
and having fits

what is the sign
that they'd define
as being mine

simulator broken, project crash
help before they turn me into ash
it's not my team
so I send a beam

only nightmares to be dreamed
in this land of blood and cream
waitful I to be redeemed
Track Name: Fucked Up In The Rain
leave me today, because you will tomorrow
I shall dissolve like the snow in the spring
feeling hurt and confused
and self righteously bruised
leave me here to get fucked up in the rain

don't turn around, remember me standing
and not on the ground like a heaving child
near the end so it seems
drained of hope and esteem
leave me here to get fucked up in the rain

think of me when I was stronger
think of the laughter and fun
think of me some, but not longer
picture my face in the sun

go live your life, don't look back and wonder
I'll be alright, at least one of these days
I'll be doggedly bound
to get up off the ground
until then I'll remain
just a memory stain
filed away in your brain
remote and mundane
while I'm here getting fucked up in the rain
Track Name: Vanishing Island
I just want to say I'm sorry
for every thing I've done
but why should I be sorry
when I'm not the one on the run

taking the time to find the right line
under the cross, can't live with the loss
of your eyes

curtain closed the womb surrounds
the liquid sun electric in my eyes
nothing here the pathway down is clear
the last of doors is open wide

please don't abandon me
this empty world is too much for me now
you're a vanishing island
and I'm treading water
can't hold out longer please don't go