The Return

by 1974

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1.
The Stirring 02:16
A call to arms from a blessing A stirring loosens the frame (Intense) The sordid matter is pressing From here we play the game A cannonball into fire We're soaking sin with the blaze Heating words with our ire We're burning holes with our flame-licked gazes
2.
Listen Why won't you listen It's hard enough for me to deal with my own Listen Just keep your distance 'Cause my mind is dangerous And this time I'm serious with you Still and unblemished, we dance Hiding daggers on our tactful tongues I'll speak so the points are all dulled But your lips stay shut Am I not to trust? Just say it Tell what's untold Color me helpless, but anything's better than silence Yeah, I'll take it Rendered alone Caught in the absence to handle this all on my own Vicious I'm calloused and curious To see just how much you can take Speak up It's your turn to clean up this mess that we've made I'm placing the blame What more can I say? I'm leaving this place without you In photographs stuck to the page Both our eyes are filled with our silent dreams Lacking in motion, we speak from the stolen times Are you alive? And why can't you say it Tell what's untold Color me helpless, but anything's better than silence Yeah, well I'll take it Rendered alone Caught in the absence to handle this all on my own
3.
Jubilation 05:03
He come running down with load on sunken chest And we will exorcise all of the burden away We have the tricks of the trade In a spot of sunlight in the forest deep Spirits flow about up on a cosmic breeze Rebuild the puzzle piece by piece Just to burn it down In a cavalcade of all of the sights and sounds We have lifted up in with the atmosphere With the shedding of the tear In the shadow of the shell that crushed your soul Stands the person that you lost once, you lost once before And should it ever come back for more Just burn it down
4.
I'm trying not to hold on It'd be unfair to your situation No, I'll say the words that I've been practicing And even thought they'll hurt I need to be alone for sometime Be alone to realize that I Walk in place, walk in place Here's another night that I'm afraid to leave Hey, I thought I felt a certain pulling Calling out to escape from all of the safety nets I fastened to the inner walls To keep the chances down that I'll have to go outside And meet the face of unknown time Who forces me not to Walk in place, walk in place Here's another night that I'm afraid to leave Take notice, take notice Of all the bliss in ignorance That casts the deepest doubts aside I am the warden and the prisoner I have the key in hand But still I make the choice to stay and Walk in place, walk in place Here's another night that I'm afraid to leave
5.
The Outline 07:22
Listener, listen in close 'Lest you lose of the interest In the story I've come here to tell I feel that you must be forewarned It is shrouded in metaphors Hiding the evidence well All things end I've almost arrived at that place And all things end Giving me cause to retrace Soon I'll be off and away So I'm taking the time now to say All things end I've almost arrived at that place And all things end Giving me cause to retrace I'll retrace my whole story I'll trace my whole story Our lives were only stenciled Outlined lightly on canvas Every woman and man had it placed in their hands A broken-in brush with a generous splash of acrylic We marched and converged as we readied all our arms Oh yeah The outline was gone The lines were all broken No one had colored inside The crowd gave a cry As we painted our casts on each other 'Til the colors had mixed Our canvas was fixed with the picture of blends We had earned at the hands of our friends The outline was gone The lines were all broken No one had colored inside

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released June 16, 2012

All songs written by 1974 except:
"The Outline" - written by A. Mike Forgette

Lyrics written by A. Mike Forgette except:
"A Sickening Silence" - written by A. Mike Forgette & Tim Moore

Recorded & Produced by 1974
Mixed by A. Mike Forgette

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1974 Connecticut

1974 is a five-piece progressive/classic rock band.

Focusing on concept albums set in a technologically advanced future, 1974 crafts a musically diverse and dynamic soundscape full of riffs, hooks, and vocal harmony to tell complex stories.

In 2012, the band won "Best New Band" at the 1st Annual CT Music Awards at The Bushnell Theater. The following year, the band won "Best Rock Band".
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