Stars Pulled Down

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"The End Again" : An unbalanced mono-wheel enthusiast/arsonist witnesses humanoid creatures invade his northern town from the sea and believes they are stealing the moisture from the bodies of the townsfolk. After everyone dismisses him, he desperately rolls down a hill in one of his wheels, set aflame, into a shed full of homemade explosives, setting fire to Kerosene City and forcing the creatures back into the deep from whence they came.

"The Drop" : A condemned man on his way to the gallows curses his recent companion, who turned evidence against him in order to stay his own execution.

"Elephant Head" : A retired sailor recounts the legend of Captain Nobody, the infamous recluse and tragic antihero who turned his back on humanity after his pregnant wife was crushed by a frightened war elephant.

"Carriage Driven Horses" : Penelope Wynn has a big sister who reluctantly provides sanctuary for her sibling from time to time. On these rare visits, Lillian takes every opportunity to talk Penelope out of her dangerous life as the air-pirate known as Dread Penny.

"Apparatus in the Basement" : The Professor puts the final touches on his Time Chariot, a converted train car with external “ribs” of railway track, extra panels of bolts, and other assorted mechanisms of questionable origin and intent.

"Almost Imaginary" : Our heroes recount their general emotional struggles of having rode the rails of the impossible in the Time Chariot, ending up in this present age, trying to make it feel less like a strange and wondrous abomination against the natural universe(s) than it can ever hope to be.

"Kiss the Earth" : Before he was hired by Professor Mangrove to procure parts for the Time Chariot, Malcom spent some time out in the desert towns of the Tamarisk Plains, honing his parlor and confidence games alike. Between cons, though, he always took the opportunity to celebrate life and love, inviting as many townspeople as would join him for drunken celebration under the star-filled skies.

"Lemon Lime Girls" : In the industrial city of Two-Cradles, it can almost seem that life on the streets is better than working in the harsh conditions of the stinking, toxic factories that dominate the landscape. With rampant pollution and a strict ration on fresh food and potable water going mainly to those in the higher echelons of Two-Cradles' despot technocracy, however, disease and madness strike down all but the heartiest “fallen creatures”. Visitors to this lurid underworld best be on their guard. The “ladies” on these mean streets are one step from the grave and they'd love for you to join them.

"One Eyed, Sleepy Eyed Cat" : Homage to Lokibird, the titular creature and companion to J. Francis.

"Dawn/Worst of All" : The coal mining disaster of 1901, in the town of Caroline, left 90 workers dead and at least three people missing. Caroline was to never recover and only a stubborn few stayed on while the rest of the surviving families moved away to start over somewhere else.

"Rest beyond the Bend": Jerry was a coral monger. He liked this girl at the train station. Nothing lasts forever. Poor Jerry walked along those sunlit boards into the sunset and heard the whistle blowing.

"Old No. 9" : The ghosts of a train disaster in God-Only-Knows drifted away on the spirit wind, settling many miles west in the high desert of the Tamarisk Plains. Anyone can find them, if they know where to look. From the west side of the Crookback Mountains, follow the stretch of unfinished railway until it disappears into the sand and rock. Wait for a storm and keep walking until you think you can just make out a battered sign at an invisible crossroads. Follow the arrow, if you can find it, to the End of the Line and you'll either end up at the deserted ruins of some old outpost or in the glowing embrace of a welcoming inn. Have a drink. Sing a song. Hear a good ghost story.

"Long Time Gone" : A father leaves his daughter and sets out on a doomed quest to settle old scores, fulfill ancient debts, and complete his part of a grand and terrible agreement.

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released August 1, 2012

Produced by Unextraordinary Gentlemen
Additional Production & Mix by Barry Adamson
Additional Production & Recording by Dave Klein at Multisonic Studios in Highland Park, CA

Mastered by Michael Hateley at Lotus Mastering
Executive Produced by Darren “Penance” Spinelli

Guest piano on “Carriage Driven Horses” by Jill Tracy
Guest vocals on “Rest Beyond The Bend” by Squeezebox Sam
Additional keyboards & programming by Barry Adamson & Dave Klein

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Track Name: The End Again
The End Again

(To be sung by FELIX, THE ROLLING FIRE):

Smoke down to the daybreak every time
& I am counting down to 1 from 99
The old gods are dead
Here, take mine
& we are counting down to 1 from 89

The end again mm-mm-mm
The end again mm-mm-mm
The end again mm-mm-mm
Begin again

Broke down in the gray smoke all the time
& I am counting down to 1 from 69
The gold disc is descending
Take your time
We will be counting down to 1 from 49

The end again mm-mm-mm
The end again mm-mm-mm
The end again mm-mm-mm
Begin again

I burn down to the first light every time
& I am counting down to 1 from 29
You smother me in reverie
& we are counting down to 1 from-mm-mm

The end again mm-mm-mm
The end again mm-mm-mm
I blaze again mm-mm-mm
I raze for you mm-mm-mm
Only for you mm-mm-mm
I will rise

©2012 Malcom Schreeck
Track Name: The Drop
The Drop

(To be sang by a FILTH PILGRIM):

Remember they will remember you not how you lived
Remember they will remember what you could not give
Always looking out for others was my first mistake
All things to all cost us all more than you think

Mark my words, my dear
You and I have you and me to fear
Here we are at the drop

I am the cream what make your days grow sour
The hour has come I am changing your gold to lead
I should have known you were never one for fighting
I curse your virtue
How could I have trusted you?

Mark my words, my dear old friend
You and I are getting closer to an end
Here we are at the drop

You believe in taking the easy way
I believe in synchronicity
You believe in things I cannot see
I believe in the power of hypocrisy
I am the grain what make the bread go bitter
The winter has come
No more field of dreams
Your kind will delight to my demise
I curse your virtue
A curse on your virtue a curse on your virtue a curse of your virtue

Mark my words my dear
You and I have you and me to fear
Here we are at the drop- at the drop
Mark my words my dear
You and I have you and me to fear
Here we are at the drop

Mark my words my dear
You and I have you and me to fear
Here we are at the drop
Mark my words my friend
You and I are getting closer to an end
You will have your turn at the drop

©2012 Malcom Schreeck
Track Name: Elephant Head
Elephant Head

(To be sang by CLIVE THE BARKER):

Captain Nobody he saw the elephant
He tried to snuff it but candles like that stay lit
Up goes the looking glass
Look out world the future passes
Alibis won't save us now
Nobody listens
Nobody cares
Happened all too quickly
Happened all too fast
He cried out when she fell across the frightened creature's path
In order to control his grief and make a plea at sanity
There is no word as accident in his vocabulary

“Atlantica” is under fire

Captain Nobody has vengeance on his widowed brain
He turned his tide of panic
Nobody looks away
Up comes his ire and bile
Nobody hides away
Down where the tears surround him
Nobody stakes his claim
Happened all too quickly
Happened all too fast
He cried out when she fell across the charging monster's path
In order to avenge his love and for his child never born
His wishing well is deep and red with iron clad and hammerhead
Captain Nobody he fought the elementals
He tried to snuff us out but candles like us work it out
Down goes the serpentine
Look below the Captain has gone
Memories won't save him now
Memories cannot save him at all

Look out world

Captain Nobody he saw the elephant
He tried to snuff it out but candles like that stay lit
Up goes the looking glass
Look out world the future passes
Alibis won’t save us now
Nobody listens
Nobody cares
Happened all too quickly
Happened all too fast
He cried out when she fell across the charging monster's path
In order to avenge his love and for his child never born
His wishing well is deep and red with iron clad and hammerhead
Happened all too quickly
Happened all too fast
He cried out when she fell across the line of their defense
In order to control his grief and make a claw at sanity
There is no word as accident
There is no word as accident

“Atlantica” is under fire
Her beauty fell now from hell he chips away

©2012 Malcom Schreeck
Track Name: Carriage Driven Horses
Carriage Driven Horses

(To be sang by Lillian Wynn):

The driven snow
Shows you home
A sugar cube trail
Behold her pale coat
It is a habit
You cannot run from it
It is a gamble you cannot win
I do not and so you do
I will not and so should you
I halt and so you run
I hurt and so will you

Now you are forest for the trees blind
Like carriage driven horses
You have bit off more than you can

The driven snow
Shows you home
A sugar cube promise
Behold her pale coat
You believe it keeps you
You believe it keeps you warm
I do not and so you do
I will not and so should you
I halt and so you run
I hurt and so will you

Now you are forest for the trees blind
Like carriage driven horses
You have bit off more than you can

Now you are forest for the trees blind
Like carriage driven horses
You have bit off more than you can
Now you are forest for the trees blind
Like carriage driven horses overturning

©2012 Malcom Schreeck
Track Name: Almost Imaginary
Almost Imaginary

(As sung by Malcom Schreeck, Prof. R. Mangrove & J. Francis):

Moving forward never taking back a sense of freedom
We never stay long we can hide our tracks
Time and space mean nothing when we are
Floating on something
No it is nothing at all
Like when you dream you're falling
Almost imaginary

Dreams cannot stop us
We will slide through
Dreams cannot stop us
We will slide through
Slippy in thistles invisible
The first time was sidelong and always impossible
Almost too good to be true
This place will never be home but it will do

Floating on something
No it is nothing at all
Like where you dream you're falling
Almost imaginary

Dreams cannot stop us
We will slide through
Dreams cannot stop us
We will slide through

(Dreams cannot stop us)
Time and space mean everything
(Dreams cannot stop us)
Falling-falling-falling
(Dreams cannot stop us)

©2012 Malcom Schreeck
Track Name: Kiss the Earth
Kiss The Earth

(To Be Sung By Mister Jaguar):

Some of us have strange ways & some of us can't stay away &
Some of us have wet ways
Some of us have odd jobs & some of us have fine positions &
Most of us survive the best we can

All clay
We are all clay
Bone & muscle
Work & play
Around & round we go
Where we fall we fall alone
Clay to mud
Flesh & blood
Kiss the earth
Kiss the dirt

Some of us have leeway & some of us have gin ways &
Some of us have toffee & some of us have the fear
Some of us have shadow ways & some of us have righteous ways
& some of us used to be so good at being bad

Water to wine
Parchment & twine
Bone & muscle
Work & play
Around & round we dance
Where we fall is all that lasts
Clay to mud
Flesh and blood
Kiss the earth
Kiss the dirt hey

All clay
We are all clay
Bone and muscle
Work and play
So pull the lady from the lake
This could be your great escape
Clay to mud
Flesh and blood
Kiss the earth
Kiss the dirt

©2012 Malcom Schreeck
Track Name: Lemon Lime Girls
Lemon Lime Girls

(To be sang by Clive the Barker):

Lemon lime girl under the street lamp
Pretty as sin all dressed in cholera
Living dead girl pretending to enjoy
Lemon lime girls live and learn lemon lime mm
Syphilis and her sisters
Jaundice and her muses
Dancers on the broken glass
Dancers on the broken glass

Lemon lime boy turn for a coin
Pretty as sin all dressed in cholera
Dolly mop babies eat you alive
Lemon lime boys live and learn lemon lime-lime
Syphilis and her sisters
Jaundice and her muses
Dancers on the broken glass
Dancers on the broken glass
Syphilis and her sisters
Jaundice and her muses
Dancers on the broken glass
Dancers on the broken glass

Lemon lime girls against the green wall
Pretty as sin bound up in cholera
Lemon lime girls are what you expect to find
In the blind love alley of crime love
Lemon lime girls
They do not have long
Line their pockets
Keep them warm
Syphilis and her sisters
Jaundice and her muses
Dancers
Dancers

Lemon lime girls
Lemon lime girls
Lemon lime girls

©2012 Malcom Schreeck
Track Name: Dawn/Worst of All
Dawn/ Worst of All

(Traditional)

Elijah the breaker boy has the black lung
Elijah is one of the lucky few
& it looks to me the rest of his story is no fun at all

The caged bird has flown
Dead and gone like all the others
All the men and the boys
All the boys in the mine

Henry oh Henry the husband of Bonnie
Oh Bonnie your man has left you
& when it feels too cold Bonnie wears her dear Henry's coat

The caged bird has flown
Dead and gone like the others
Lost in the tunnels
Their narrow coal homes

Worst of all were the children of Quincy
They have a history of wandering
When the ground fell down the twins were never found

The caged bird has flown
Dead and gone like the others
All the rain is a black veil of suffering & it falls on the Caroline Mine

The Caroline Mine
Death and injury
Under the surface
Your sons and mine
Suddenly silent

©2012 Malcom Schreeck
Track Name: One Eyed, Sleepy Eyed Cat
One Eyed, Sleepy Eyed Cat

(as sung by LokiBird)
Track Name: Rest Beyond the Bend
Rest Beyond the Bend

(as sung by Squeezebox Sam)
Track Name: Old No. 9
Old No. 9

(To be sang by the SPIRITS OF THE OLD No. 9):

We walk into the desert wind along the desert rail
With bent hearts and stitched on wings
Across the Tamarisk plains we tell our tale of woe
To those who would hear such things
We are the spirits-we are the spirits
Arrived at the end of the line
We are the spirits-we are the spirits
The line that fell to earth

We walk into the desert wind along the desert rail
With bent hearts and stitched on wings across the Tamarisk Plains

We are the spirits of the Old No. 9
We dine at the End of the Line
We are the spirits of the Old No. 9
The line that fell to earth

We look into the blasting sound along the mountain rail
With ticking clicking flickering form across the windswept sands

Where we are now
Stars pulled down
Where we are now
Stars pulled down

Gravity is slipping
The caterwaul cry
Happy as the devil in blue
Gravity is slipping
The caterwaul cry
Happy as the devil in the blue suit
Here come the devil in the blue suit
We are the spirits

Where we are now
Stars pulled down
Where we are now
Stars pulled down

©2012 Malcom Schreeck
Track Name: Long Time Gone
Long Time Gone

(To be sang by Ulysses Pomerantz):

I will be gone for awhile
Searching for my heart in the low places
I will be out in the wild, wild spaces
Hold me, child
I'll be gone a long, long time

I will be gone for awhile
Searching for my heart in the low places
I will be out in the wild, wild spaces
Hold me, child
I'll be gone a long, long time

The bread is good the stove is warm
You will be fine now you must be strong
You cannot follow where I must roam
The burden I must haul alone
Your father loves you never doubt
You will be always at my heart
Your photograph in cameo
Will keep me from the dark and cold

I will be gone for awhile
Searching for my heart in the low places
I will be out in the wild, wild spaces
Hold me, child
I'll be gone a long, long time

I will only be wrong when I am not strong enough
I will only be hated when mistakes are made
It will only be death when there is nowhere left in the world
Nowhere left in the world

It will only be cold while the storm holds
It will only go bad when that is all I have
It is only the end when there is no one left in the world
No one left in the world

Then I'll be running home to you
I'll throw my loving arms around you
I will be secure no more harm befalls you
Until then I'll be a long time gone
A long time gone
A long time gone

©2012 Malcom Schreeck