Borrowed Time

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released September 17, 2013

Written, produced, and mastered by Steven James Bayless.
Drums on Borrowed Time, Stalk The Earth, Crimps, Big Fat Lie, Dead Man Walking, and Drive by Phillip Ferrier, recorded at Behind the Curtain Studios.
Drums on The Bell Curve by Andy Worley.
Published by Strangeletter Music (BMI).
Graphic design by Steven James Bayless.

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Track Name: Borrowed Time
Well I know it's waiting to carry us over and I see you smile
Bridging the chasm that rages below with the ease of a child

I stood there waiting for news
Dragging this terrible weight to cut loose

While you choose to
Break the spell to
Bid farewell to
This illusion

I know it's waiting to drag us alone down the great divide
Thrashing and eager to swallow us whole like an angry tide

I saw you waiting for news
Frozen in stasis
My feet couldn't move when I need to
Stand beside you

Over the rainbow, the fires and terminal lights
I'm on a mission
Bound to the heart while the body is on borrowed time
I saw a vision
Recalled back to life
Will I see you there on the other side?

I know the artifice waits
Crashing down on me like a powerful wave when its time
When its time

I'm staring back through the gates
The body is willing but the mind hesitates to arrive
To arrive

We are a vanishing breed
A rusted cog in a dying machine
But I choose to
Stand beside you

Over the rainbow, the fires and terminal lights
I'm on a mission
Bound to the heart while the body is on borrowed time
I saw a vision
Recalled back to life
Waiting patiently on the...
Will you wait for me on...
Standing naked there on the other side
Track Name: The Bell Curve
Step forward
Off a bell curve
Now come and claim your prize
You're throwing sparks in a field of matches
Yeah, you shouldn't be surprised

One moment of weakness
One for the rank and file
Too many nights spent running for cover and you,
You'd wear a cynical smile

What once was forgotten
Is pouring up from the ground
Back-scattered by the wind
Would it matter?
Would you lose it and forget?

Forget it.

You were never going to read the letter
Still, I wanted you to see it anyhow
Don't take what you believed had awakened you and
Forget it

You were never going to read the letter
Still, I wanted you to see it anyhow
Whatever you believe has forsaken you is
Forgiven
Forgiven
Track Name: Live On
He lit the fire all by himself
Fought like nobody else
He lives on borrowed time

One man's illusion is one man's truth
A man with nothing to lose
A man on borrowed time

Ooooo ...

Illuminated by the flame
He's got nothing to gain
Trading on borrowed time

No force of will, no sacrifice
Will change the roll of the dice
Living on borrowed time

Ooooo ....

He lit the fire all by himself
Fought like no one else
He lives on borrowed time.
Track Name: Crimps
Francis was a very bad merchant but a fine fine liar
Francis was the paramount voyeur of his heart's desire

Midnight, he is good and ready
The peep show down in the tunnel city

Kilbourn broke the cardinal rule for a contact high
He thought it was a bad decision when he named his price

Mainline 'til you're good and skinny
It drips right down to the tunnel city
The deadfall, it was good and ready
We're the big bad men from the tunnel city

Conrad wore the emerald glasses to preserve his pride
Conrad he wore the fashion of the civilized
He thought he was a paranoid fool 'til his own prying eyes
Saw the deadfall
The shanghaied

Well this time, no he wasn't pretty
The price he'll fetch is always plenty
The deadfall, it was good and ready
We're the big bad men from the tunnel city
Track Name: Big Fat Lie
You set me up for a big surprise
To fill your cup with a taste less bitter
You sold it all for a big fat lie
You sold it all, now you're getting thinner

Well here comes a devil dressed up in disguise
You should have known it was a big fat lie
You should've known
You should've known

You should've read between the lines
You should've recognized the signs
You should've left well enough alone
You should've known
Yeah you should've known

You should've known it was a big fat lie
You should've known it was a big fat lie
You should've known it was a big fat lie

A taste is never enough
A taste is never enough
A taste is never enough for me

Hey, I wouldn't follow in your footsteps
I wouldn't wallow in your weakness for providence again

Hey, yeah, I wouldn't follow in your footsteps
I wouldn't wallow in your weakness for providence again

When I see it was a big fat lie
When I see it was a big fat lie
When I see it was a big fat lie
When I see it was a big fat lie
Track Name: Dead Man Walking
Ashes fall around, around, I’m ready to believe it
I’ve walked this canyon, followed it down
I hope that you can see it too
Forty days and forty nights I was a dead man walking
For every mile and mountain I climb I am a dead man
Walking back to you
No matter what you say
The fear shall pass away
No matter what you say
I’m a dead man
Across the edge of time
Across this narrow line
You seek and you will find
Yeah, I’m a dead man
(I will know when to face it
Give me strength to embrace it
here alone I will walk to the end of the road like a ...)
Dead man walking
I’m a dead man
(Dead man)
Dead man walking to you
No matter what you say
If life is but a dream then I am lying wide awake
No matter what you say
I’m a dead man
(Dead man)
Dead man walking
I’m a dead man
(Dead man)
Dead man walking
No matter what you say
Yeah, I’m a dead man
Track Name: The Wait
Waking from a lullaby
I've been waiting a long time
Changing like Attis on the pine
I have waited a long time
Oooooo
I have waited a long time

Naked below a frozen sky
And I've been here a long time
Patient cold familiar eyes
They've been watching a long time
For you

I've waited a long, long time
I've waited a long, long time
I've waited a long, long time
I've waited a long, long time
For you

I've waited a long, long time
I've waited a long, long time
I've waited a long, long time
And I've waited alone
I've waited alone
I've waited alone
I've waited alone
Track Name: Monopoly Man
He only lies when he opens his mouth
Walled up inside of his generous house

He said how many does it take?
How many does it take?

He's shredding documents two at a time
Cooked up the balance sheet and selling as prime

How many does it take?
How many does it take?
Are you ready, you ready, you ready for deliverance?
Did they really, they really, believe it was coincidence?

He knew the market like the back of his hand
He played the game like monopoly man
He's like a Robin Hood who robs from the poor
Of course he only steals what isn't nailed to the floor

He said
How many does it take?
He said how many fools we make
You know it's never, it's never, it's never going to be enough
But how many?
Track Name: Drive
Can you hear the crashing sound?
Riding high above the wave
Driving fast and westward bound
You were there but far away

Well it seemed just like a lifetime ago
It was a glorious sight
Just for a moment we were fighting back the storm
I saw the future in your eyes
Let's take a drive

Nobody told me

Until it hit me
I didn't know
I didn't know
That I was sinking like a stone
Just like a stone

But nobody told me