In a Starry State

by The Great Depression

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released November 13, 2014

The Great Depression:
Todd Casper
Tom Cranley
Chadwick Nelson
Brent Sigmeth

w/ Wendy Lewis (backing vocals)

Paul Boblett (bass on Thirteen Bells)

Irv Johnson: String arrangements and atmosphere/noises for "Visiting On Davenports"

Produced by The Great Depression
Recorded and mixed by Brent Sigmeth at Littlebig Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota August 2011-August 2013
Mastered by David S. Gardner at Magneto Mastering, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Additional mixing: Bryan Hanna (Something Like Shame)

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The Great Depression is an ever-evolving, experimental recording venture made up of multi-instrumentalists, Todd Casper, Chadwick Nelson, Brent Sigmeth and Thomas Cranley (1995-present).

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Track Name: Discorporate Melody
Once luminous petals
Scattered divine sparks
Now trapped in matter
The dream is dark
The way is long
You'll forget me
But I won't be gone
Track Name: Hey Go Easy (Serpentina)
Hey go easy there's a ways to travel
You look better when you come unravelled
The whole world in your reflection
Below the surface you are above deception

She was born a rancher's daughter
Just a tumbleweed upon the water

Two eyes and one tail
She comes alive with system fail
Two eyes and one tail
A diamond heart behind her scales
Two eyes and one tail
Kiss the ground we're setting sail

Hey go easy there are leagues to cover
You get lighter when you go under
Given darkness you have gone above it
You're in this world but you were never of it

She was born a rancher's daughter
Just a tumbleweed upon the water

Two eyes and one tail
She comes alive with system fail
Two eyes and one tail
A diamond heart behind her scales
Two eyes and one tail
Kiss the ground we're setting sail
Track Name: New Salem
If you have dreamed the future or seen the auric rippling bands
Just keep quiet kid learn to sit and fold your hands

She used to have a light she used to hit the floor
They called an exorcist and now she doesn't anymore
He used to have a spark back before the war
They called an exorcist and now he doesn't anymore

If you can read the symbols
Divine signs from outer space
Better bite your tongue
Unless you want it ripped out of your face

Until the terrified are sane and all the liars earn the truth
You'll have to simplify the game or they'll put a fire under you

She used to have a light she used to hit the floor
They called an exorcist and now she doesn't anymore
He used to have a spark back before the war
They called an exorcist and now he doesn't anymore
Track Name: Visiting On Davenports
You can shred carrots into any flavored mold
Its a jello salad!
You serve it cold
They're firing the minister but they haven't told

Holy cow can you believe the weather?
Every century we're getting better
How you making with that woolen sweater, dear?

They're calling in the scouts
I think they're putting up a fence
A thing of radishes has gone up seven cents!
How do they expect us to pay?

Holy cow can you believe the weather?
The truth is out there so we're feeling better
Are you enjoying your Ronco shredder, dear?
Track Name: Something Like Shame
Led by the least among us
In collapse they're still clutching dimes
Stealing without conscience
With every fortune there's a crime
Its no wonder the Mafia is Catholic
And the scrolls of Alexandria are missing from the masses

In the spreading ghettos
The new suburban wilderness
They're free to preach the gospel and vote against their interests
While the real one percent send children off to battle
Keep us in our cars
Drive through coke and cattle

Something like shame would suit you
I hope its not too late

She says they're not evil
Its more like infected
A dense amalgamation of years gone uncorrected
But from here it looks like hell on earth, dipped and wrapped in plastic
She says a change is coming
I hope its something drastic

Something like shame
Track Name: In a Starry State
I met you at the lost and found
Haven't ever missed the ground
I got a glimpse of second sight

Think of it now I just might get caught up across town and skip tonight

One and one and one is three (I think)
There are places next to me
So I'm bending time and tempting fate

Think of it now I can't wait to get shot into another starry state

One and two and two is five
Everyone gets out alive
Ends up on some distant shore

Think of it now I'll take some more, one last look at what you're gonna be before...

One and two and five is eight
She left me in a Starry State
But there is beauty in our plight

Think of it now I just might get caught up across town and skip tonight
Track Name: Discorporate Melody Reprise
For the past two thousand years
Humanity has been held captive
To untold violence and deceit
Restrained to take part
In now rapidly degenerating systems
You've been marooned
Stripped of your starry origins
Until now
Track Name: Psirene
I met a beautiful girl from a parallel universe
Where they are highly telepathic and eerily well versed
They never feel separate
They never feel alone
It frees them up to do other things there in their perfect hive minded dome
Where the neighbors are always home

Think what you mean
She's real to me
Her very own shade of delicate Green

Psirene

Their kids are born psychoactive so they're out navigating the stars
Made for creating gravity and smoking mineral rich cigars
She was focused and lucid
Her veins filling with bliss
She cured me of my metal poison and left a scar above my wrist (have you seen this?)

Think what you mean
She's real to me
Her very own shade of delicate Green


Psirene

If their eyes stay blue they've tasted for too long
They forget what they've dreamt and then when they're dead they're gone
And that just can't go on!

Think what you mean
She's real to me
Her very own shade of pistatccio green

Psirene
Track Name: Thirteen Bells
Wear it like a tourniquet
Promise that you won't forget but you do
Parade it like an injury while you mock the mysteries
But they're true

Why get it right when you only end up carrying the blind?
C'mon get it wrong and let yourself get shattered into song!
Maybe you've been even all along

Made it back from 13 hells
One last secret left to tell
Oh well

They crow about their tourniquet
They promise that they won't forget
But they do, but they do
They treat it like an injury
While you mock their mysteries
But you do what you should do.


Why get it right when the next step is up and out of time?
C'mon get it wrong
Let yourself get shattered into song
Even you've been even all along

Been hearing 13 bells
One last secret left to tell

Awww Hell

Its covered you in scars
You've fallen out of Light
But it isn't what you are
What you are is out of sight
You come from the stars
You fell into this life
Now its just what we are...
Track Name: A Dreamy Brochure For Elsewhere
She told him the transformation from base to gold was a microcosm; a cosmic engine within ordered her memory and thus her perception of things sublunar and celestial. He laughed out loud when he understood she had inverted the universe; the trick mirror of finitude had been smashed. The starry realms became a jeweled bracelet in her hands.

The opposites arising from the dark matter of your birth will confront each other. You must learn to endure the tension of the extremes. For after many battles, even deaths, they will ultimately unite in an indestructible and starry state.

"And yet", she said, "though we wake, though there is no end to waking and saying, 'Oh, I see!' ... not ever". But still, within the dream that we find ourselves, every other dream is nested.

He raced to the place where she disappeared, knowing even as he ran she was gone for good. "Don't!" he called out, lost, " Please, don't go … you're the only secret I've ever had."
Track Name: Philip K Disco
We've been wading 2,000 years through the projections of their fears
Seen the ego turn to blood
Soon everything will be like it was

Only this time take me with you

Its the institution of derangement
All the Empire is insane and it imposes itself on us
Because its nature is a violent one

Only this time take me with you

Seen the hatred turn to blood
Soon everything will be like it was

Only this time take me with you...
Track Name: Sophia and the Fool
I can't believe it's really happening
The stars have replaced the seas
And cleared the map again

Say goodbye
To what you thought was you
It's all
True

I couldn't see
It goes forever
She cured my disease
With tar and feathers

Say goodbye
To everything you knew
It's all
True

I can't believe it's finally happening
Sophia and Psirene are spiraling back again

Say goodbye
To what you thought was you
It's all
True