The Castle

by Sam Gleason

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released May 2, 2019

Written, performed, produced, mixed, and mastered by Sam Gleason
Co-engineered by Jordan Withers
Performances by Josh Thorsey, James Negron, Paul Bonolo, and Brandon Rutski

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Track Name: Just Move To Mars
I think your little mushroom trip
Was actually kind of accurate
You said that they would all just float away
They climbed upon their new starship
Your leader made a plan of it
To leave you behind, that's what you say.

Well, now we're flying through the clouds
Can't hear you 'cause the engine's loud
You can see them but you may just hurt your neck
From looking up and feeling down
While the planet turns to brown
And they are floating safely overhead.

You hear them saying that
We'll all just move to mars
Tickets are a fortune but we'll be so far
We'll all just move to mars
Earth is just a planet for the poor.

I think your small conspiracy
That soon the rich will raise the sea
And set what little land that's left ablaze
May soon be the reality
They'll die of age before they see
The damages once we've all cleared the haze.

And we'll be here if we survive
Apocalypse before our eyes
Stranded here in this purgatory
The only way to save our lives
From this unpleasant, sad demise
Is to have the one percent's share of money.

Just get that money and
We'll all just move to mars
Tickets are a fortune but we'll be so far
We'll all just move to mars
Earth is just a planet for the poor.

We'll all just move to mars
Tickets are a fortune but we'll be so far
We'll all just move to mars
Earth is just a planet for
Earth is just a planet for
Earth is just a planet for the poor.
Track Name: Entropy
I need someone to keep me alive
So my blood doesn't stop flowing
I need someone else to drive
'Cause the bags under my eyes are showing
I want someone to drag me out
Somebody that'll make me think
Throw me a line so I can float
Before I start to sink.

I am just a dying ember
Searching for gasoline
I am an adrenaline junkie
Searching for a dealer or a fellow fiend
And if I find I'm being drained
Of even the cheapest thrill
Well I won't even give it a second thought
And I will write you out of the will.

Entropy, take me higher
Entropy, I want more
Can't you see we must raise the wire?
Entropy, I want more.

I think my tolerance is getting strong
And let me tell you why
And 18-wheeler clipped my car
I didn't flinch when I almost died
I'll take my chaos with a side
Of the sweet entropy
Till I feel enough euphoric panic
To knock me off my feet.

Entropy, take me higher
Entropy, I want more
Can't you see we must raise the wire?
Entropy, I want more.

Entropy, take me higher
Entropy, I want more
Can't you see we must raise the wire?
Entropy, I want entropy
Take me higher
Entropy, I want more
Can't you see we must raise the wire?
Entropy, I want more.
Track Name: Masks
Do I know what you name is?
Not the one that you gave me when we met
I think your name is taken
From a masquerade you'd rather be at.

No need to explain, dear
Don't bother with pain
We're all insane.

It's taken a long time to get here
And nobody wants to go back
And I cannot find a single face
'Cause everyone's been working so hard on their masks.

Hey, that's a nice feature
Made from hiding a creature in your head
I know that you're hiding
That's alright because so are all the rest.

No need to explain, dear
Don't bother with pain
We're all insane.

It's taken a long time to get here
And nobody wants to go back
And I cannot find a single face
'Cause everyone's been working so hard on their masks.

It's taken a long time to get here
And nobody wants to go back
And I cannot find a single face
'Cause everyone's been working so hard on their masks.
Track Name: I Quit
I quit trying to keep this boat afloat
I quit trying to cover up this sinkhole
If we sink, I guess I'll just accept it
'Cause I quit.

I quit putting out the fires on the bridge
I quit treating my time like a sales pitch
I'm done dragging myself through the grit
'Cause I quit.

I'm starving while you're carving a bigger slice
It's not the way of give-and-take to go and take twice
You'll go find another host for your parasite
'Cause I quit.

Can't say I didn't try
To keep it all alive
I can't hold the door much longer
I can't hold the door much longer.
Track Name: Intermission
(Instrumental)
Track Name: I Was A Writer
I was a writer
Thoughts to decipher
The words would crawl out of my head like swarms of spiders
I was an artist
Straight towards the target
I laid those contour lines and layers fit for market
But I've been off it
Making less profit
I feel I've lost the writer and he took the artist
So what's that make me?
They're my identity
But I'm preoccupied with keeping up 'cause life's not free.

I was a writer, I was a writer
I was a writer, I was a writer
I was an artist, I was a writer
I was a writer, I was a writer.

Info addiction
Stole my ambition
Blocked by static and erratic television
Oh, where'd the time go?
Oh, where'd my mind go?
I could have sworn I had an idea just an hour ago
But now it's hazy
Nothing can phase me
If the sky was falling, I'd be scrolling while they erase me.
Oh shit
Hey, snap out of it
I need to cut these strings and do something productive.

I was a writer, I was a writer
I was a writer, I was a writer
I was an artist, I was a writer
I was a writer, I was a writer.

I was a writer, I was a writer
I was a writer, I was a writer
I was an artist, I was a writer
I was a writer, I was a writer.
Track Name: Static
If I called you would you even know my name?
I know you're on a distant plane
Just peek though
You're so different know, but your face has stayed the same
Have your memories gone away?
Where are you?

Where are you?
Where are you?
Where are you?
Where are you?

The screen is now static
I thought we just had it
Is this a possession
Or a full transgression?

If I saw you would you only disappear?
It's so strange without you here
In the air
You're the only one that's been fully erased
You were gone without a trace
Where are you?

Where are you?
Where are you?
Where are you?
Where are you?

The screen is now static
I thought we just had it
Is this a possession
Or a full transgression?

The screen is now static
I thought we just had it
Is this a possession
Or a full transgression?
Track Name: Sneaky Pete
Sneaky Pete snuck in last night
You could hear the floorboards creak
He was careful to stay out of sight
And was very light on his feet.

He still pays the rent
But doesn't spend
A single night in his own bed
I think he wants the lease to end
He doesn't want to be my friend.

Sneaky Pete, oh, Sneaky Pete
Why you gotta creep through our own door?
Sneaky Pete, oh, Sneaky Pete
I wish you didn't have to be sneaky no more
I wish you didn't have to be sneaky no more.

Sneaky Pete ran in last night
Gasping and out of breath
It seemed like he'd been in a fight
He was bleeding from his chest.

Well, we showed concern
But he just turned
Away and said he wasn't hurt
We knew not from where he returned.
He went to his room and nothing was learned.

Sneaky Pete, oh, Sneaky Pete
Why you gotta creep through our own door?
Sneaky Pete, oh, Sneaky Pete
I wish you didn't have to be sneaky no more
I wish you didn't have to be sneaky no more.

Sneaky Pete ran in last night
With a harpie on his tail
He told the screaming girl to fly
But to little or no avail.

Well, she bit and she scratched
She refused to say bye
Sneaky Pete found a girl that was out of her mind
So how had it been that for all of this time
He was never around and we never knew why?

Sneaky Pete, oh, Sneaky Pete
Why you gotta creep through our own door?
Sneaky Pete, oh, Sneaky Pete
I wish you didn't have to be sneaky no more
I wish you didn't have to be sneaky no more.

Sneaky Pete hasn't been here in almost a year
Still pays the rent, and has a room here
But he stays with the girl that fills him with fear
So when it comes to us, she won't let him come near.

A lingering voice mumbles, 'if only
If only Sneaky Pete weren't so lonely
He'd pull himself out of this bond so unholy
If only, if only, if only, if only.'
Track Name: A Favor
It started as a favor
It started as a teaching moment
The complex of a savior
We did not mean to erode it
To erode their pride
To expose everything they hide.

It started as a joke
There wasn't much that made him great
Every time he spoke
We thought how could anyone relate?
Now it's too late
Here we are, stuck with this landscape
Now it's too late.
Track Name: Doesn't Come Easy
I'm looking for a spark in the dark
With my arms outstretched as I feel for the parts
And I'd like to write bout mountains and the big blue sky
Or the haunting effect of your beautiful eyes
But when my pencil touches paper and I'm ready to go
The pencil doesn't move and my frustration grows
Then my hands shift over to start tapping the keys
And I look for a distraction automatically
On my Facebook feed
Like a heroin addict lying on the street
Happy for the moment, but not really
And I'll beat myself up as the hours pass
And I've done nothing but look through glass.

Don't you, don't you wish it came easy?
It doesn't come easy anymore
Everything used to come easy
It doesn't come easy anymore
Don't you, don't you wish it came easy?
Now no one's knocking at you door.

I try to think back to some incredible days
So I can make an attempt to recreate
The view from the Alps way up above
Or the very first time I fell in love
But a negative Nancy is in my brain
And all she wants to write about is goddamn pain
And my friends all think that I'm depressed
'Cause there's always something that I need off of my chest
And I feel ungrateful as a lucky guy
'Cause I have lots of amazing people in my life
But I'm drawn to the bad rather than the good
I'd write you a love song if I could
I'd write you a love song if I could.

You'd like to start a positive mix
But it can be hard to teach on old dog new tricks
How many different habits to break
Before we finally think that you're okay?
We're gonna lock you in a padded room
Till you pull out of this clouded gloom
You may tell us it's just a song
But we can't help feeling that something's wrong
You'd like to start a positive mix
But it can be hard to teach an old dog new tricks
How many different habits to break
Before we finally think that you're okay?

Don't you, don't you wish it came easy?
It doesn't come easy anymore
Everything used to come easy
It doesn't come easy anymore
Don't you, don't you wish it came easy?
Now no one's knocking at you door.

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