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by Gray Bashew

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about

this cd is a collection of observations and consequent realizations. it’s about discovering the magnitude of the world as a whole, and the potential of the individual. it’s about ambition, and the trials of being young in the city. finding love and finding myself. everything was written and recorded in my bedroom while living in boston and attending berklee. my experiences in boston have been rich with music and emotion. thanks to my friends and family. you continue to inspire me more than you know.

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released June 1, 2010

all songs written and recorded by gray bashew
also featuring:
charls comstock canney - trumpet, track 1
wes maples - sax, Jaime Jimenez - keys, billy comstock - bass, track 6
zach westfall - bass, track 8
keith dickerhofe - cello, track 10

album artwork
zach westfall - front cover
roelna louw - text
natalie bergman - inside panels
(special thanks to everyone that sent me artwork!)

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Track Name: criminal minded
mmmm
i'm a criminal.
every little thing, is mine for the taking.

i thought i had this little habit under my control
but then i quickly found myself becoming a criminal
some people tried to tell me it's immoral, but i don't know
there are too many of us who don't have any thing at all.

mmmm
i'm a criminal
every little thing, is mine for the taking.
Track Name: the formula
far below the o-zone
the human is thinking.
his thoughts become emotions
released in a landslide.
released
released from the inside.

your chances of finding love
are one in a million.
but if you have the formula
those odds are in your favor.
you do things on your own
lucky if you ever get close.
close to another person
someone as beautiful as yourself.
assembling in your mind
depending on the date and time.
the rules are fair.
the math is square.
the answer is yours to find.

there is a formula, a million and one equations
emotions.

first you must fail, then be patient.
determination.

there is a formula, a million and one equations
emotions.
Track Name: life audience
honey i'm home
open the door

there is only do much i can do for you
i'm afraid i'll run out of ideas soon.
reach the limit on my creativity.
still i sit and i stare at an empty screen.
i'm staring at a screen.
it surely isn't real.
lately it makes me feel exposed!

(them is a creation of my ego,
some sort of life audience,
composed of scientific, academic, musical, beautiful,
real and non-real persons.)

honey the door is closed.
i will find a way to make you mine
will keep you in my vision.

there is only so much you can keep for yourself.
secrets burn in your mind till you tell someone else.
share your life with the world, give it all for free.
put your love in the words that are on my screen.
i'm staring at a screen.
it surely isn't real.
lately it makes me feel, NOTHING

i'm having fun fun with zeros and ones,
with zeros and ones, with zeros and ones.

i will find a way to make you mine,
will keep you in my vision.

i feel them watching me, i feel.
i feel them watching me, it's real.
Track Name: said meditation
move with me
grove with me baby
move swiftly
don't stop the stop watch i wont stop!

wait
i need to meditate
i said wait
i need to meditate on this
i need to dedicate all my time
i need to get it straight in my mind
i need to get it straight
before it's to late.
i need to meditate
i said wait
i need meditate on this

you move just like a river flowing in a monsoon.
your brave waves spillin water in my pontoon.
if you keep it up i will be sinking to the bottom soon.
damn you, girls who, move to fast to follow.

wait
i need to meditate
i said wait
i need to meditate on this
i need to dedicate all my time
i need to get it straight in my mind
i need to get it straight
before it's to late.
i need to meditate
i said wait
i need meditate on this

gotta be alone
gotta meditate
gotta find my own way
need to be at home
in my mental state
if i am to navigate
deeper and deeper inside
i'm walking the halls of my mind
desperately trying to find
what matters to me

why do i over think everything?
Track Name: alright already
i told you everything i know
i told you everything i know
there's no more secrets to unfold
this little game is getting old
just keep pretending like you understand the meaning of the words.

i think of the morning
i think of you breathing while you're sleeping
i'm hoping your eyes don't open.
i think of the feeling
i try to imagine what you're dreaming
i'm hoping your eyes don't open.
this is a perfect moment

this is the morning after what
seems like the last disaster this
feels like a memory of the past.
time moves too fast.

do you remember the time
i let you in my life
long enough to steal my mind?
a feeling overcomes me
i think it's something real this time.
do you remember the time
my clock was broken and we woke up
late for school again

it's alright when we sleep in
it's alright when it's light out
it's alright when the bed's made
it's alright when it's not.

do you remember the time
i let you in my life?
Track Name: acoustic skank
you can leave my life, just walk away.
you can book a flight by noon today.
but if you change your mind, you can stay.
you can stay.

sail across the sea. the fish is free.
you can catch a new one every day.
but if you change your mind, you can stay.
you can stay.

leave my life. just walk away.
board a flight by noon today
but if you change your mind, you can stay.
you can stay.
Track Name: artificial intelligence
a day will come
when everyone
has ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
the men who think
become extinct
leaving zombies in control.

few survive
they're kept alive
in NARCISSISTIC RESILIENCE

screaming:
i would rather be alone than be with you!

some surrender to you
others wont be true.
allegiance to your house of lies
suffers from these open eyes.

a day will come
when everyone
contributes to the equilibrium.

i'm balancing
everything
on my back with no ones help.

screaming:
i would rather be alone than be with you!

just stay inside
the middle of the city
nobody can see me
i'm safe for a while
just stay inside
just stay inside
safe for a while
Track Name: november day
she drinks from the medicine bottle
quit thinking, put foot on the throttle
steadily, the pedal falls flat
forgetting this and that
and gaining nothing back
and gaining nothing back

forgetting what it means to be alive
she no longer sees a reason why
no sooner does she need the air we breathe
despair reprieve we care we grieve

when steep slopes are slippery slopes
she's painfully aware of how close in to close
when recklessness is almost the host
she takes great care to spare all the jokes
a cunning young thing
with long blond hair and freckles in the spring
she is the kind to remind us of where is all began
it's hard to understand god's master plan.

forgetting what it means to be alive
she no longer sees a reason why
no sooner does she need the air we breathe
despair reprieve we care we grieve
for her. we care we grieve for her.

[could they at least go outside]
instead of running, running away
[on a november day]

start slipping through the fabric of existence
now she's gone
the past and future spent forever
waiting on the sun
i'd like to see her when i come home
and my work is done
together we can rest is peace
forever on the sun.
forever on the sun.
forever on the sun.
Track Name: remembering things
remember me for who i am
and try to see past all of them
the numbers are against us all
some will rise while others fall
i have been given so many things
a chance to succeed. a chance to begin
the life i am living is worth living in.
are the things i am doing worth remembering?

for he who invented the world i see i am grateful
for he who invented the world i see i am on my knees
i pray to the men who have died for me throughout history