Into The Blue

by JohnZebra

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I dedicate this album to the wild spaces and lakes in my life of yesterday, now, and tomorrow.

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released August 19, 2017

On this record ...
Johnzebra - vocals, guitar
Stephen Salalila - Drums

Additional musicians:
Matthew Brett - Bass
Thomas Brett - Whistling on 'InConclusion'.

All lyrics and music by JohnZebra

Guitars and vocals were recorded at John's basement by himself.
Drums were recorded at John's basement by Joël Hänni, except for 'Tales On The Fuzzy Train' recorded at Nexus ICA by Peter Purkiss and Matthew Stevens.
Bass was recorded by Thomas Brett.

Mixing and mastering by Thomas Brett.
All layout and photos by Lahminèvskï Lab.

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Track Name: These Days
These are days when
My honesty has to speak
The untold stories
From what was judged right or wrong
Yes I'm leavin'
Don't try to relate to me
Call me deserter
I know for what I won't stand

These are days when
That freedom bell rings so clear
A tale of adventure
A life I chose to seize
Now take your manual
And point a finger at me
Define and delimitate
But boy I'm so faraway

So now be forwarned, don't try to join my story
You'll be stuck in foreign lands, no chance to understand
Yeah now be forwarned, O please don't stand in my way
I am just a passenger, a glimpse from an outer space

These days, these days...

These are days when
I lose my sense time
The grey streets of grey souls
Eclipsed, my spirit's free
Yeah blame me for dreaming
Or just think I'm a fool
But there dwells my joy
That's not your life I'm living

So now be forwarned, don't try to join my story
You'll be stuck in foreign lands, no chance to understand
Yeah now be forwarned, O please don't stand in my way
I am just a passenger, we'd rather keep it brief

These days, these days...
Track Name: In The Courts Of The Sluggard King
Chanting psalms for a doomed youth
An artificial portrait of its solid truths
Tired soldiers before the fight
Weak and weary before the time
Standing confused with no words to say
Dust in hands but here to stay

No relief, here's a torch consumed
A procession for a dream exhumed
A silent march, O anesthesia
Without shock, in amnesia
Lucid in blindness, ignorance will dwell
Voluntarily numb but here to stay

Exhort me to comprehend
As I behold, no chance to apprehend
Dances go on as midnight rings
In the courts of the Sluggard King

Before the dawn of a new day
Under the moon listen to freedom's bays
Don't you know what has to come?
Don't you know what it shall bring forth?
The reaping season shall bring no surprise
Out of the instant to realise

Exhort me to comprehend
As I behold, no chance to apprehend
Dances go on as midnight rings
In the courts of the Sluggard King

The reaping season shall bring no surprise
Out of the instant to realise
There's no time for such a foolish thing
Dwelling in the courts of the Sluggard King
Track Name: Sabotage
“What the hell you got so wrong?
Such a waste for Mr High Aspirations
Facing a mass, are you standing strong?
What a need to question your own condition
A right reply, be servile
Unsatisfied, O so vile”

Meandering through the twists and turns
Passing pictures of lives I could live
Many reasons to keep my temper
But I'm such a nervous boy

Sabotage
Hammering the machine, raising the anvil
Sabotage
Don’t you know, it was all or nothing

Tell me when you knew so well
The existence of a brighter source than yours
The end is reached, at the empire’s breach
My own relief, here I plead

Running fast through the ancient halls
Dwelling place of days lived long ago
I could lay and watch the moving pictures
But I'm such a nervous boy

Sabotage
Hammering the machine, raising the anvil
Sabotage
Inner siege of power, domination will end
Sabotage
Entrails of the world won't retain the assault
Sabotage
Don’t you know, it was all or nothing
Track Name: A Ship To The Stars
He used to be such a sweet sweet man
Before he walked on the wild path
He used to stand against a turning tide
Beyond the reach of the wild side

Now these days are gone, noble thoughts into flames
He took a ship to the stars, a quest for freedom's depart

He used to smile like a happy man
Before a stumble on the old tales
A need emerged, pacific evasion
To a realm of more illusions

An inward brazen hell as purity burns so well
He took a ship to the stars, a quest for freedom's depart
Don't ask me if I knew, certain as summer's dew
He took a ship to the stars, forgot himself on the char

And then the seasons changed too fast
Track Name: Run My Course
Sitting here between the worlds
Where the sands of time fled from my hands, fled from my hands
It doesn't matter how disabused I am
In this barren place I know
Wild'n free where my spirit can run, my spirit can fly
There forever on the shores of eternity, eternally

But sometimes, I find myself
Caressing the memories of the ancient world
Its spell, dark magic, gripping my thoughts
No sancturay for peace in the place of my dreams

Tempest of time, strange days have caught me
Rusting wrecks of reason, fragile last ramparts
When sorrow dims the sun!

There's a course I need to run
Momentum to leave what I knew, leave what I know
Malvolent incursions to cease then forever

To never find myself again
Caressing the memories of the ancient world
Its spell, black magic won't grip my heart
My sole refuge under the wings of the Living One
Track Name: I Should Care
I honestly don't give a damn
No I honestly don't give a damn

I don't care, I don't care
All is perished, nothing accomplished
I don't care, I don't care
All is vanished but tomorrow’s anguish

I honestly don't give a damn
No I honestly don't give a damn

I don't care, I don't care
Burn these words, forget the standing nature
I don't care, I don't care
Forget the pressure and avoid the torture

A glimpse from faraway, I choose to stay astray
I shook the dust off my feet, left my last words on the sheet
A call from underneath, broken hopes in the greedy streets
I shook the dust off my feet, left my last words on the sheet

I don't care, I don't care
Insipid adventures for wasted future
I don't care, I don't care
A sleeping youth, requesting for no truth
I don’t care, I don’t care
But who’s gonna stand and try to understand?
I don't care, I don't care
But who’s gonna stand for the only One saves?
Track Name: All Said And Done
I've been petrified some days
Failing to reach for the port
My soul, my dear castaway
When it's done, just let you drown
And don't worry no more
Cause it's...

Down by valley of loneliness
Shall I face once more my darkness?
Should I find the haven in the night?
Where all is calm and quiet
To not worry no more
Cause it's all said and done

Tortuous paths of existence
That all reduce me to silence
Every step in the garden
Building tomorrow's melancholy

I parted there in my restless quest
And I know there's a better hope
Now as my hands released the hold
Nothing's left, that's what you said
But I don't worry no more
Cause it's all said and done

Said and done
All said and done
Said and done my friend
All said and done
Track Name: Thunder Road
Where is the night?
Where is the sting?
For so long I walked on the thunder road
At the dawn refused, my mind confused
I rode alone

Where is the dream
Feeding the greed?
For so long dwelling in uncounsciousness
Stepping into the void and joy destroyed
I rode alone

Treasures of the brain, pouring the rain of my aspirations
What does it take to realise my own pride in disguise?

Victuals of foolishness, all thoughts remained the same
I sought the light, beheld the fortress of who I used to know

Modulations of time, I know I chose the way of change
Modulations of time, I know I chose to seek the Mighty One

I'm not alone
I'm not alone
I'm not alone
I'm not alone
Track Name: Tales On The Fuzzy Train
Yeah in the armpit of that grey land
Where rusty lives seem to sink in the sand
Imaginary iron hound steering the throng
Submission now I see, has never been so strong
An empty chamber, I'll be gone
Picturesque life, I heed the call
And now in honesty my friend, this is the end
Follow the path, you'll see me singin'

Tales on the fuzzy train

A haven of grace I know, the above sanctuary
Rid of my burden, would I not then break free?
As I stand and make a choice, call me the reckless one
On the train I take my turn and laugh, it had to be done
You'll see my steps, I'll be gone
Picturesque life, I heed the call
And now in honesty my friend, this is the end
Follow the path, you'll see me singin'

Tales on the fuzzy train
Track Name: Ballad Of The Free Men
There I shall dwell no more

Hath thou seen the flaming seeds?
From this world, I'm unchained
Gone, O fortress of illusions
Emancipate, girding my loins
I’m a free man

There I shall dwell no more

Hath thou seen the burning bridge?
From this world extraction
Gone, pretentious mediocracy
Emancipate, hoisting the sails
We are free men

And there we shall dwell no more

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