Drones Club

by Grim Charades

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released April 23, 2015

pieced together 2014 - 2015 in Pasadena, CA and Dallas, TX
all songs by Jeremy Berk
engineered and recorded at Future Five Studios in Monrovia, CA by J. Berk and at Muzikroom in Duarte, CA by Melvin Rebiono
additional drum engineering and recording by Aaron Van Allen
mixed by James Hammett and Jeremy Berk
mastered by James Hammett
jameswhammett@gmail.com
artwork by Irene Frizzera
produced by Jeremy Berk

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Track Name: Sludge and Sunlight
dust to dust, they say to me
and all we have's the in-between.
you walk this ground and then you sink
it's not as bad as what you think
So grab a hand, take in the view
of sun and what we're slogging through
tumbling, tumbling, tumbling down
in sludge and sunlight scattered all around

at 23, emptied my pockets
on racetrack bets and bottle rockets
my last true love said take my hand
of course I couldn't understand
and walked away in spite of self
to lose my pride, my home, my health
adrift on waves of sound and years
until the tide rolls back from here

what becomes of memories
those are dying out it seems
slippery and fading quick
sludge and sunlight's all it is
and I can barely follow through
much less fight a war for you
beneath a bright but silent sky
this piece of ground is where I'll die

at 23, emptied my pockets
on racetrack bets and bottle rockets
my last true love said take my hand
but i won’t ever understand
and now she lives around the bend
with all her stupid hippie friends
all of them equally adrift
she'll be horrified when she hears this

at 23, emptied my pockets
on racetrack bets and bottle rockets
my last true love said take my hand
but no more treading that quicksand
I'll carry on, knowing my time
to make room for the next in line
adrift on waves of sound and years
unless the tide rolls back from here
Track Name: Silence Says It All
there's a kind of madness
spilling out the alleyways
overhear someone say that it's a holiday
and oh, I believe it's Valentine's
and time is in retreat now
drawing up the main event
saving daylight, but only ever feeling spent
and sometimes I think I sympathize

but we'll flip the lighter
for bright and the brighter
in our own good time

darting from the mailbox
a pale missive shivering
invitations to a motley gathering
of what I've turned into more or less
a sunken-eyed vampire
lamenting that the sun is out
it's February, and Sigmund wants to talk about
some things too depressing to address

but we'll flip the lighter
for bright and the brighter
in our own good time

and we'll run home soon
for a spark in the gloom
a silver moon
and we'll flip the lighter
for bright and brighter
in our own good time
Track Name: In The Museum
don't you ever tire of walking laps around these cold museum floors, love
peering in on oddities and other people's stuff
it's getting late, the crowds have gone
the lights have dimmed and I think they're about to close it up

and don't you think you've spent a life in oil paints
and antiquated things, love
canvases and picture frames, will they ever be enough
we've got our own affairs to mend
and anyways its time to go, I hear the night is young

stare at pastel / and pirouette
i'll paint my own / wrapped up, purchased and kept
unlike the books / beside your bed
i'll write a lifetime of the finer things instead

sarcophagi
or is it sarcophagus
remains reside, but not for the pair of us
when we depart there will be no fine, fingerprint-less glass
impermanence, my love, it's the only thing that ever lasts

so let's make our way / out to the car and then
all night cafe, and call up your ever suffering friends
heroes and crooks / mistakes and wins
these are the only things of value in the end

stare at pastel / and pirouette
i'll paint my own / wrapped up, purchased and kept
unlike the books / beside your bed
i'll write a lifetime of the finer things instead

don't you ever tire of walking laps around these cold museum floors, love
peering in on oddities and other people's stuff
it's getting late, the crowds have gone
the lights have dimmed and I think they're about to close it up
Track Name: I'll Be Here All Night
it came without warning
on the back of a breathless sigh
my ship's lost it's mooring
i'm adrift on a sea and i've
confessed and lied
and prayed i'd see these colors maybe once before I died
and fleetingly I know
i'll surely have to roll
in with the tide
but i'll be here all night

in all this time chasing
in the wake of a graceful step
a blue spectre swaying
over flashes of porcelain
well, i admit
it seems a fever dream, and like all good things that begin
this waking hour may go
i'll pay the sandman's toll
and close my eyes
but i'll be here all night

i'll be here all night
Track Name: Lake Victoria
what you should know
about the past
it's never really over

while dimming low and panning out
settle in and hammer down
'til you're a bullet in the black over the world you left
although the story presses on
so many years since it's been gone
i'd still go back to drown myself in Lake Victoria

so don't forget
the saddest part
everyone has their reasons

a voice under a deafening drone
oh i'm reckless and alone
i'll be a comet in the blue over your happy home
and though the story presses on
so many years since it's been gone
i'd still go back to drown myself in Lake Victoria
it’s never really over

and if the talk behind the scenes
pushed it's way out of a dream
i'd be a compass finding true Northwest America

and though the story presses on
so many years since it's been gone
i'd still go back to drown myself in Lake Victoria
to drown myself in you, Victoria

it's never really over
it's never really over
it's never really over
Track Name: Among The Moonbound
gather in circles like the growing dark
sum up a decade in a glib remark
grass stains on a wedding dress
fading sun and cocktail glasses phosphoresce
dearly beloved and the dispossessed

some of us have turned up in a second home
captains of industry, of blood and bone
having climbed up by the backs of those
still ambling along the block alone
there isn't room enough to pass for both

'cause someone's always gotta take a fall
it takes someone defeated to be standing tall
no morning truce without the midnight brawl
someone's gotta take a fall
someone's always gotta take a fall
for pretty people in the banquet halls
no house and home without dividing wall
someone's gotta take a fall

resigning to a sedentary life
the former bachelor and his fawning wife
it doesn't matter what the dowry buys
there's always got to be a rat among the mice
and which you land on's only what the wheel decides

as those of us spreading out across the lawn
take the same spin knowing that the gamble's on
and to the soundtrack of a hackneyed song
forget the sorting that's been undergone
a moment you'll know wasn't meant to last for long

'cause someone's always gotta take a fall
it takes someone defeated to be standing tall
no morning truce without the midnight brawl
someone's gotta take a fall
someone's always gotta take a fall
for pretty people in the banquet halls
no house and home without dividing wall
someone's gotta take a fall

As all of us prepare to leave
the cradle of humanity
this promised future age of flight
it's becoming clear to me that maybe I should stay behind
Track Name: Holly If I Had More Time
out among the ethers of
the designs of the man above
the mystery of why we had to part
the hands of fate, some god's desire
and all the universe conspire
to put this sense of distance in my heart

so pass the torch and pass the blame
crying foul and crying shame
Holly, if I had more time
oh my long devoted Holly
my pill to purge the melancholy
Holly if I had more time

if I had any decency
a way across or two or three
id write the script that tied us in a knot
revery, imagination,
meter and alliteration
ending where we never lost the plot

but pass the alcoholic hours
jilted love and wilted flowers
holly if i had more time
oh my long devoted Holly
my pill to purge the melancholy
Holly if I had more time
oh if I had more time

as company men come along
to detonate the atom bomb
and bring both god and country to their knees
oh my long devoted girl
your navigator in this world
is all that I have ever meant to be

but buried in the wreckage of
what used to pass for light and love
is where I left those seconds that ran out
tangled tropes of misery
and this last dumb soliloquy
are all that I have left that I can shout

so pass the alcoholic hours
jilted love and wilted flowers
oh my long devoted Holly
my pill to purge the melancholy
Holly if I had more time
Holly if I had more time
Track Name: The Last Amen
somewhere between the last amen
and another era's end
is where I heard your voice
homing in on the same old thoughts
and humming melodies I'd forgot
I never had a choice

don't bother to sugarcoat the verdict now
it's over, i'll find my way out of this awful mood somehow
and after that, I'm gonna take my place in the perilous dark
and if you want to remember things the way they were
and not the bent antennae of the past life you'd prefer
you're better off to let go than to be pulled apart

somewhere among the demi-monde
the racketeers and preyed-upon
is where I opted out
just before the victory lap
around those words I can't take back
and there I took my final bow

don't bother to sugarcoat the verdict now
it's over, i'll wind my way out of this ever growing crowd
and after that, I'm gonna take my place in the perilous dark
and if you want to remember things the way they were
and not the bent antennae of the past life you'd prefer
you're better off to let go than to be
you're better off to let go than to be pulled apart

the half light where I once could see
the half light where I once could see myself
Track Name: And So It Ends
and so this ends
as all things do as all things do
the wheel revolves for me
just as it does for you, july to june
and so it ends so this ends
as all things do