light fuse. lay on ground. run away.

by standing waves

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standing waves first full-length recording, released in 2008.

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released January 8, 2008

Paul Cassady - lead vocals, bass, acoustic & electric guitars
Palmer Harbison - keyboards
Paul Koloc - electric guitars (tracks 1, 2, 4 & 11)
Jax Kouba - vocals, flute, percussion
Michael Sandell - drums
Ken Simons - electric, acoustic, baritone & pedal steel guitars, vocals, harmonica
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The Basement Loo Horns:
John Egnell, trumpet
Chuck Linderkamp, saxes
John Zschunke, trombone
(featured on Rocky's Butcher Shop)

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Track Name: next door neighbor
There's a light on in the cellar
Of the neighbor's house next door
And I should mind my own business
But I can't help it anymore
You never know what they're doing
when you go to sleep at night

How much you really know about
your next door neighbor?
What evil things they do
twelve feet away from you

On the south side there's a loner
and he doesn't have a dog
But I swear I've heard him barking
when the full moon comes along
He's never hurt anybody
who lived to talk about it

How much you really know about
your next door neighbor?
What evil things they do
twelve feet away from you
Who is that staring at you now?
It's your next door neighbor
Do unto others before it's done to you

BRIDGE
I believe what I read or see on TV where anything goes
And I'd be a fool to think I was safe In a world full of people just like me

SOLO VERSE

You might as well go to prison
it's a cheaper way to live

How much you really know about
your next door neighbor?
What evil things they do
twelve feet away from you
Who is that staring at you now?
It's your next door neighbor
Do unto others before it's done to you
Do unto others before it's done to you
Track Name: astronomy
I don’t know what I keep lookin’ for
Maybe you, maybe something I can’t have anymore
The only thing I know for sure is I’ve been wrong before

I don’t wanna count the stars in the sky
And every single teardrop you can cry
And every ounce of blood inside my veins
But I’d do it all to have you back again

I don’t know why it hurts me so bad
Maybe then, maybe now, maybe I don’t know what I had
But staring at the sky tonite just might drive me mad

I don’t wanna count the stars in the sky
Looking like the one you left behind
I was head and you were heart and soul
Now I get what’s left inside this big black hole

The man in the moon tonite gives me
nothing but grief
He’s staring down at me in his
cosmic relief

SOLO VERSE

The only thing I know for sure is not anything at all

I don’t wanna count the stars in the sky
And every single teardrop you can cry
And every ounce of blood inside my veins
But I’d do it all to have you back again
But I’d do it all to have you back again….
Track Name: aftercrash (5 seconds)
I pushed on the brakes and started skidding
There's nothing to stop me now
I think I can make it but who am I kidding?
It's too late to scream anyhow
5 seconds No time to lie 5 seconds just regret and goodbye A life isn't measured by calendar years
But by the love you leave behind

Like pieces of glass I shattered on impact
and fell to the Earth below
It happened so fast and left nothing intact
And I wasn't ready to go

5 seconds No time to lie 5 seconds just regret and goodbye A life isn't measured by calendar years
But by the love you leave behind....

BRIDGE
....every door that closes
there's another one that opens

Is anyone ready to go?
5 seconds No time to lie 5 seconds just regret and goodbye A life isn't measured by calendar years
But by the love you leave behind
But by the love you leave behind
But by the love you leave
Track Name: rocky's butcher shop
Rocky has a butcher shop
On seventeenth and Main
And every single customer
They visit every day

Just to find some piece of mind
at Rocky’s butcher shop

Sixteen foot by thirty two
Linoleum and wood
Glass and metal display cases
Where you can view the goods

What you need is what you get
At Rocky’s butcher shop

BRIDGE
White apron paper hat
Smile on his face
Red blood in fresh sawdust
Come take your place

SOLO VERSE

Visitors had best beware
Rocky’s shiny cleaver
Folks who come a-vistin’
Just might never leave here

They become pieces of
Rocky’s butcher shop
Rocky’s butcher shop
Rocky’s butcher shop shop (chop?) shop shop
Rocky’s butcher shop
Track Name: genius suicide
I've been contemplating my own tragic demise
I'd be emulating the brilliant shortened lives
Of poets and actors
and singers and playwrights
I'll be in good company a genius suicide
Hemingway and Thompson came as no surprise
And there was Tchaikovsky
couldn't live with compromise
Hendrix and Joplin and Morrison combined
Like a Holy Trinity of genius suicides
BRIDGE If the drugs won't do it and the gun won't do it and the noose won't do it I won't be denied
Poets and actors and singers and playwrights
I'll be in good company a genius suicide
I'll be in good company a genius suicide
Track Name: einstein's marriage
What if I was Albert Einstein?
Married to math and geometry
And nothing mattered more to me than
Changing the face of history

Do you think you’d be content with
Just a part of me?

Chorus
Einstein’s Marriage as futile as your tears
Einstein’s Marriage there’s no one living here

Maybe you were my obsession
My Theory of Relativity
A shiny trophy on the mantle
Stuck up there for all to see

You should get the Nobel Peace Prize
for putting up with me

Repeat Chorus

BRIDGE
One hundred therapists
Can say I’m wrong
But if am then all it
takes is...one

SOLO VERSE

Something’s wrong with this equation
I guess it must be me
I guess it must be me

Einstein’s Marriage as futile as your tears
Einstein’s Marriage there’s no one living here
Einstein’s Marriage I watched you disappear
Einstein’s Marriage into the atmosphere
Track Name: can't fix it
Woke up today / My head in a vice / From some voodoo dream

The TV was blarin’ / The baby was cryin’ / When the newspaper hit the screen

The headlines read / In bold type / War is over

You can’t fix it with bombs / Can’t fix it with guns / Can’t fix it alone
Have Mercy Have Mercy

I ran out the door / looking for signs / of some civility
Out on the streets / What did I find? / A lack of decency
The billboards read / in ten foot words / Life is over

You can’t fix it with bombs / Can’t fix it with guns / Can’t fix it alone
Have Mercy Have Mercy

BRIDGE
This world’s not going to hell
It’s already there

Solo Verse & Chorus

Now I’d be the last / to say something’s wrong / but I can’t let it be
Down in the streets / of our little world / there’s people dying needlessly

You can’t fix it with bombs / Can’t fix it with guns / Can’t fix it alone
You can’t fix it with bombs / Can’t fix it with guns / Can’t fix it alone
Have Mercy Have Mercy
Have Mercy Have Mercy
Track Name: give me back my life
Staring at the scale I’m weighing three pounds less
same
But looking at the mirror I see an ugly mess
I’m terrified of dyin’ But I’m more afraid of gaining
The weight I work so hard to shed...everyday

Give me back my life
Never did belong to you
Please let go of me
So I can be free of you forever Give me back my life

You moved into the open spaces in my head
And filled them all with images I’ve come to dread
A physical possession of an emotional obsession
With each and every calorie…I turn away

Give me back my life
Never did belong to you
Please let go of me
So I can be free of you forever

BRIDGE
If I stop right now and listen
To my heart I hear it missing
Every other beat Cause it’s just too weak

The day has come to choose between you and me
And I pray it’s not too late to fight for liberty
A body so forsaken It struggles to awaken
And smash the fears and hopelessness in my way

Give me back my life
Never did belong to you
Please let go of me
So I can be free of you forever
Give me back my life
Give me back my life
Track Name: since you've been gone
All those songs I didn't know before you
From Johnny Cash, Buck Owens and George Jones
Every one's a haunted dream recurring
And I'm so scared of singing them alone

Since you’ve been gone
It's all the same
Living in the lies of shame
Since you’ve been gone
There's nothing new
I should've gone with you

There's a stack of records to torment me
Songs and artists screaming to be heard
Underneath the silence that surrounds me
I can hear you singing without words

Since you’ve been gone
It's all the same
Living in the lies of shame
Since you’ve been gone
There's nothing new
I should've gone with you

BRIDGE
It doesn't matter what you do
You just can't run away from you

Since you’ve been gone
It's all the same
Living in the lies of shame
Since you’ve been gone
These empty eyes
Badly need a new disguise
Since you’ve been gone
There's nothing new
I should've gone with you with you
with you
with you
Track Name: almost ready
Just outside of Marshall
on the road to Granite Falls
Lives a lonely farmer
moved here from St. Paul

He's been here since the '50's
with his blushing bride
She was diagnosed with cancer
and he just can't watch her die

He's almost ready to change his life
Hands on the cross, the good book by his side
A glass full of whiskey eyes on the clock
He's almost ready to say goodbye

Ever since the surgery
she can't get out of bed
So he prays to God to spare her
and take his life instead

He's almost ready to change his life
Hands on the cross, the good book by his side
A glass full of whiskey eyes on the clock
He's almost ready to say goodbye

BRIDGE
He thinks about what's fair,
what's true, what's right
The only thing that matters
is how she feels tonite

A glass full of whiskey eyes on the clock
He's almost ready to say goodbye
He's almost ready to say goodbye
Track Name: gonna start a war
I'm gonna start a war to end all wars
I'm gonna show you what's worth dying
I'm gonna light a flame and nothing will remain
I'm gonna start a war -- yeah !!!
I'm gonna love the man who can't be loved
I'm gonna rid the world of hawks and doves
I'm gonna see the truth and nothing but the truth
I'm gonna love the man -- yeah !!!
I'm gonna throw away the bombs and guns
I'm gonna burn your ammunition
I'm gonna plant the seeds that cure up this disease
I'm gonna start a war -- yeah !!!

BRIDGE
All my enemies Are going underground
So I'll be forced to use ultrasound When they've had enough and I'm elected king
then a war won't mean anything
SOLO VERSE
I'm gonna lay me down for my last breath
I'm gonna see the other side of death
And just because I can I'll start a war again
I'm gonna start a war -- yeah !!!
I'm gonna start a war -- yeah !!!
I'm gonna start a war -- yeah !!!
Track Name: 8 mg
Kevin keeps his secrets to himself uh-huh
Always has a smile for everybody else
Doesn't lose his temper or raise an angry voice uh-huh
Kevin keeps his secrets
he doesn't have a choice

CHORUS
Plus or minus 8 milligrams of morphine
Higher than anybody's high
Letting down way below the normal
Gotta get ready for the next time

People call it habit this abuse uh-huh
When someone hits a child there's never an excuse
Kevin spent his childhood hiding from his fears uh-huh
He doesn't even know that
he's been hiding all these years

Plus or minus 8 milligrams of morphine
Higher than anybody's high
Letting down way below the normal
Gotta get ready for the next time
Gotta get ready for the next time

BRIDGE
Someday There will be no next time
Someday There may be a lifetime of
Somedays
Someday
Someday
Someday / 8 milligrams
Someday / 8 milligrams
Someday / 8 milligrams
Gotta get ready for the next time
Someday / 8 milligrams
Gotta get ready for the next time
Someday / 8 milligrams
Gotta get ready for the next time
Someday
Track Name: Huntsville - Peace (hidden track)
Dawn breaks overhead
What I see from my bed I can’t believe

White doves everywhere
Songs of love in the air for you and me

CHORUS
If I was a carpenter
I’d build for peace
If I was a skypilot
I’d fly for peace


Neighbors come to greet
flowers bloom in the street it’s wonderful


CHORUS 2
If I drove a taxicab
I’d drive for peace
If I was a judge of men
I’d rule for peace
If I could give anything
I’d give you peace

BRIDGE
How long did it last?
It happened so fast
When I woke from my dream
I could not stop crying


CHORUS 3
If I was a holy man
I’d pray for peace
If I was a raging man
I’d ask for peace
If I was a dying man
I’d die for peace
If I was an angel boy
I’d live in peace
I’d live in peace
I’d live in peace
I’d live in peace