Execute and Breathe

by Elephants of Scotland

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Album releases on April 1st, 2014.
Vermont's Elephants of Scotland return with another collection of progressive rock gems. As always the focus is on songwriting but this time with a much heavier and layered style.

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released April 1, 2014

produced and recorded by adam rabin
at left-handed studio in burlington, vermont
january-march 2014
mixed and mastered by adam rabin

robot art: yuri kovalenko
packaging and photo: adam rabin

© 2014 elephants of scotland

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Track Name: A Different Machine
Listen to the gear as it hums the tune
Just a song I heard with words that I never knew

Load up all the lines they tell me I have to run
Execute and breathe once or twice, I’ve begun
I can make it all a part of me

Pray to no god, just commandments on a screen
Once, I was a man but NOW
I’m just a different machine

Standing in the queue with the rank and the file
Upgrade my arms so I can reach the sky

Take me apart, open up the case
Synchronize my heart so it keeps up the pace
Will I always dream but never fly?

I fall into line hoping to be seen
Once, I was a man but now
I’m just a different machine

Once, I was a man. Once, I was a child.
Once, I knew what I was made of
And once I gave that all away for something better
Now I know what I’m a slave of

Turn myself off and merge into the scene
Once, I was a man but NOW
I’m just a different machine
I’m just a different machine
I’m just a different machine

Once, I was a man. Once, I was a child.
Once I believed all I had seen
And once I gave it all away for something better
Now I’m just one more machine
Track Name: The Other Room
Picture of raisins
flash on the screen
when my brother and I
think the same random number
dad, can i go play now?

Transmitting images
images of swirls
to my brother's mind
and if he gets it then
I get a guitar
Dad, I'm going to go play now
Dad, I'm going to go play now

It's not abuse because it's cooler
than anything your dad did with you
and he never made me drive the car
for a driveby on the neighbor's dog
and I know that I'm different for this
but I wouldn't have been
born to anything else

No, I'm not giving hints,
he's in the other room
and what would give
this rainbow fractal away, anyway
Dad, I'm going to go play now
Dad, I'm going to go play now

It's not abuse because it's cooler
than anything your dad did with you
and he never made me drive the car
for a driveby on the neighbor's dog
and I know that I'm different for this
but I wouldn't have been
born to anything else

He's in the other room
the other room
Track Name: Amber Waves
Amber waves goodbye to the tower
that maintained her
Her tears are all run dry and the power
that enslaved her
has fallen like a cold November moon

Amber walks on by and a
team of ghosts surround her
They're learning how to fly and they
wish she could advise them
How to soar, soar like a balloon
Amber says, Amber says, “I’ll try”
and hurls herself skyward

Amber eats the sky, delicate and delicious
Lost her alibi now that gravity's released her
Forgotten, like the chains she used to wear
Amber can’t die, immortals live forever
In their palace high
and govern all the fools we mortals be
Fools just like the fool she used to be

Too long inside, how many years
Your god's getting old girl,
it's time to take her place

Who lost her eyes, so many years
Your god's in a cold world,
it's time to take her place

Amber's so far from home Free of its hold
Her wide eyes reflect a crown

When she got to the throne sat heavy in its gold
The team of ghosts held her down saying,
“You abandoned us, now you are one of us"

Amber breathes a sigh and the river flows on
I guess she had to cry so the river flows on
when the gates locked behind her
the river flowed … on

Amber waves goodbye
Amber walks on by
Amber can not die
Amber breathes a sigh

Amber waves goodbye
Amber walks on by
Soul eternally dry
Amber heaves a sigh

No more, would she see the sun
...feel the grass and run
...float against the wind
have to start again

Amber waves goodbye to the body
that enslaved her
Her tears are all run dry as the world
that maintained her
is nothing but a cruel and senseless dream
Track Name: TFAY
Is it really just a human race
Or is there really something to be won
Is it really just the thrill of the chase
Or are we only doing what must be done
Are we only sailors on the seas of fate
Destiny pushing us through til dawn

And all along through all of this
I don’t know what to do
How can I remember
To forget about you

Are we only devils with mocking laughter
Pulling the feathers from our wings
Or are we half-mad angels in the rafters
Banging our heads to hear our halos ring

And all along through all of this
I don’t know what to do
How can I remember
To forget about you
To forget … to forget about you
Track Name: Boxless
Winter in Kazakhstan | Springtime in The Bush
Summer: Tamed the glacier | Autumn on the porch

And all the leaves turn gold (oh how I’d want)
To put this time on hold (oh how I’d like)
To only not forget (oh how I want)
Not to let go of it yet

Restless in this peace
Thoughtless of myself
Timeless moments cease
Boxless, just as well

A month-long job in Ukraine
A fortnight on a sled
A week-long trek through Wales
One night in my own bed

And as my dreams unfold (oh how I want)
To record them as they’re told (oh how I’d like)
To share them with my friends (oh how I want)
Not to let it ever end

Restless in this peace
Thoughtless of myself
Timeless moments cease
Boxless, just as well

Leaves of gold must fall | Trees might hit the ground
The forest still remains | Regardless of the sound
Restless in this peace | Thoughtless of myself
Timeless moments cease | Boxless, just as well
Track Name: Endless (pt. 2)
Don't know why it seems all so hard for me
It's just a matter of looking
and writing down all I see

Always trying to talk about the things we find
But words can't do it justice
and you cannot read my mind

There's something like a lighthouse
that shines onto the rocks
It blooms into a flower
grows wings and joins the flocks
From the endless plant birds
who wander then return
To the pile of battered sea craft
falling petals teach and learn

Never mind the footprints that lie upon your road
They've all been carbon dated to a long time ago
back to the days when people used to walk
way before our bodies had crumbled into chalk

I can't begin to tell you
of the things I wish I'd seen,
filmed and screened upon you
a new life inside my dream
The diamond wheel reminds me
that souls grind down so bright
and each fading spark
is learning how to fly
Track Name: Mousetrap
Listen to the footsteps coming over the horizon!
Behold the people of the mousetrap in escape
Trotting toward the outland
with a heavy golden chalice
full of sacramental wine, they’re on their way

Supported on the shoulders
of the stronger in the tribe
they whisper prayers to their god who lives inside.
*That heavy golden chalice
bubbling over in excitement
of the freedom and the alcohol combined.

Tails wrap around me just like octopus arms
retracting to leave a curl in the fur
Crawling on their bellies
In a peaceful sort of trance
the rodents seal me into a silken cocoon.

what gods demand when drunken
makes the devil laugh
trap the meat in slots of moments
locked in ever after