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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 3:44 am 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:58 pm 
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...I'll tell the Uninhabitable secret track story when I get some time this weekend... it's a goodin'...


<Satanic Androids>

-written/recorded/released in '05 (Decline-Original Version)

A black hole's pullin' to suck in the light
The great minds passed in the name of the fight
Too much debris' still floating,, a daily bash
This world's been wasted on the spiritual trash
A lot of bunk stardust,, A lot of ill-bred arms
...sick and limping minds on these casualty farms

<Satanic androids>

I used to think skyscrapers were full
of souls who inevitably cared
but then you get into those deep dark cracks
when all the goodness fades to black
and then you peer into those secret lives
and some shit about the Stepford Wives
I know I'm living in a selfish world
I know I'm living in a selfish world

Sample:

"and the difference is going to be that will not be a man pretending to be a robot
...that's going to be an actual robot;; but the spirit, the life that's going to be in him,,
according to Revelations chapter 13,, clearly [says] that's going to be a demon,,
it's going to be a spirit that's inserted,, false prophets will take a spirit, a demon from the
anti-christ and insert it into this robot and that robot will be controlled..."


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<Chemical Fire>

-written/recorded in '05
-released in '09 (Criminal's Return)

"I'm gonna come out of the days when my mind was a chemical fire,,
and I spread the shards of a thousand wires,,
looking every night for that ritual jolt,,
Every omen and every curse was unknowingly my fault...

One can sit satisfied and dig that same old hole,,
Inebriated with self concern and no self control,,
It's up to you to decide if that pain is real,,
and stop the temptation to narrate how you feel...

I don't get the feeling that you care about yourself or getting anywhere,,
I am moving on with things to do,,
The things that matter to me just don't matter to you,,
You never taught me the things you said you would,,
I need to know more about this world that's good,,
You never taught me the things you said you would..."


Long Overdue Explanation:

...The group of songs on Criminal's Return that were recorded in '05 (From Now On, Thorns, Chemical Fire) were part of a studio-based record that never came out called "The Squanderer" that was intended to follow up "I want to live a peaceful life"...
"Decline of the West" was simultaneously being recorded at home and ended up being finished first... when it was submitted to Film Guerrero, who was HolySons' label at the time,, the label owner wanted me to go back and re-record the whole album in the studio to improve the sound quality... I didn't want to and couldn't really afford to... then the label folded suddenly and HolySons drifted for several years as it had done in the 90's... meanwhile,, odd PR-driven sensations like 'freak folk' reared their head and created several now-rich 'living legends' that often sound to me like they're still figuring out how to write their first batch of songs... those years helped cement familiar bitter feelings that were submerged into several songs and still tons that never came out as there was no machinery in place to do so...
...over that period I learned how to re-mix recordings in a style that could further the most druggy/surreal 4-track methods I'd used in the previous decade... this ended up being a positive outcome as records like Black Tar Prophecies and Decline of the West gained a lot of personality from translating those old handmade methods into new potentials using computer editing... believe it or not,, the next time 'Decline' was submitted to a US label,, they said it was actually not lo-fi enough!...

...there's still a full record of songs that never came out from those sessions... maybe with the birth of the Pamlico Sound Mailorder vinyl label I can get around to releasing "The Squanderer" and/or re-releasing "Staying True" for the first time on vinyl............. 10-4


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:42 pm 
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Thanks for that explanation. I have to admit that I really like those songs from '05 on Criminal's Return the best. Maybe it's because of the bitterness, who knows. After all, I have to thank Pink Floyd's The Wall that brought me that, because it also was a starting point to "real" music.

Are all the songs from that period in that same "vein"? If so, I think, The Squanderer will turn out to be my favorite HS record.

As for the rest of your story.. I think this could also be woven into the theme of "conformity" that we talked about.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:08 am 
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holy shit, this thread is awesome! I've always struggled to figure out some of these lyrics, and chemical fire especially got to me because it's one of my favourite songs...keep 'em coming emil!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:40 am 
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<Desire>

- written/recorded in '02
- released in '03 (Peaceful Life)

"Is desire still raging on out there in the world,, I don't know...
I've been back in my mind,,
Are people still climbing their ladders and falling down so low...
Are people still climbing their ladders?"



<Gnostic Device>

-written/recorded in '05
-released in '06 (Decline- Original Release)

"I can't walk these streets at night
Humility reveals and puts me right
I can't trust these eyes or reality's disguise
'til you put me in my place, put me up

This mind is not a microscope
Illusion is good// the same as hope
For stripping it away I'm thanking you today
I'm knowing more and hating myself before

I always thought that I was doing wrong
I wasn't ever doing anything wrong
In just that criminal roaming way
A curious laugh knew I'd never stay
Invite you down to come and hunt me out
but good luck seeing if I'm still around
'cause I'm not sure if my life did end
I'm so incredibly old my friend
I'm so incredibly old my friend"


...both of these songs were written and recorded very fast,, that was sort of the 90's songwriting mode,, write a couple songs in a day and record them immediately...


Amy!,, gimme any songs you want and I'll pound them out! 10-4


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:18 am 
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<Cruel + Unusual>


- written/recorded/released in '09 (Criminal's Return)

"I crane my neck against my will,,
If life is dark comedy,, it mocks me still
This road I'm on is full of wrecks
and I can't seem to turn my head away...

It seems cruel and unusual,, or just unusually cruel of God
to derive entertainment from setting up a fool,,
But his boredom is no higher and I'm bored of his design
Just 'cause his day was fucked,, he's gotta fuck with mine
Either my mind's not lit,, or it's lit too bright
I can't decide if I'm abandoned or just held way too tight...

That's/It's just a way to avoid a unity and smash yourself into a thousand again!"


...written and recorded fast,, but took 2 tries... probably one of the songs that veers closest to a simple Steve Miller chord progression but was my favorite lyrically at the time... rejecting fallen-isms,, re-exalting man,, hating the player and the game!,, revenge for spiritual embarrassments!... 10-4


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:14 pm 
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ok, sweet...well, for now:

evil falls
drifter's sympathy
burrow away
more mind briars

thanks!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:10 pm 
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Songs from the conscience...
spin me a yarn please
i love how torn up you sound about the desire to create for the sake of creation and fighting urge to 'peddle'


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