Kingdom Illusion

by Whiskerman

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1.
Rattlesnake 06:00
I called on the Rattlesnake She stood there like a queen I told her to come close She swallowed me whole And we went down Into the light on the other side I've never known a light like this I called on the spirit I'm lifting up alone You lead and I follow my life is yours and we'll go down Into the light on the other side I've never known a light like this Naked and Exposed You're asking me to come back I simply cannot I've been trudging around your world for so long Your fires are all raging Your poets are all dead We've got this new world for ourselves How does it feel? On the otherside Is this for real? Am I alive? Am I alive? Is it worth every fiber of my being to be inside the rattlesnake?
2.
In the center of your broken heart It's the bell of the second round Separation shake it up and lock down diver sweeper forgotten dreamer it's the second round lift your body she wanna be your lover and you know you wanna squeeze her everybody wanna touch her and there's something there that caught you in the mouth tripping up your words starstruck lusting driven by the thrusting siren sorceress send me to the desert alone I need to be alone I got too much of me getting into something that is bigger than me stretching my reality topple all the boundaries that I set set to keep you out now you're in my bed And i can't help but to be fully in the body of divinity flowing in the heaven that we lost here to get it back here to make our own let a little heartache leave let a little light bleed lift the heavy sun up on your back and let it melt let it melt let it melt let it melt Into the Belly Of the Beast Nobody loves you like I do Nobody fits you like you know that I do Nobody gets this drug I'm on It's in my skin it's in my blood I'm a river an old school sinner licking up the wounds of a heart that's been Unleashed How many of you how many need to be unleashed Unleashed how many how many how many need to be unleashed I couldn't get you I couldn't get you in the dark We need a code to violate sit around the kill and claim our bate see what's mine and you get your taste get a little lower and you make it rain Now I'm suckling the body pour it over on me What I gotta do if I want three times in the morning shuffle the light suck up all the night let it melt let it melt let it melt let it melt Into the Belly Of the Beast Nobody loves you like I do Nobody fits you like you know that I do Nobody gets this drug I'm on It's in my skin it's in my blood I'm a river an old school sinner licking up the wounds of a heart that's been Unleashed How many of you how many need to be unleashed Unleashed how many how many how many need to be unleashed
3.
Well you say want a look at me there's a penny in your pocket and you're trying to see but there's a fog in your head and you're grieving a dream All the ballers want your love but you're a fickle young thing look Line 'em up line 'em up and take them on a run round the merry go round of your love See the way they come like we three kings send them out to compose your symphony of Something but it's nothing somehow It's worth more than your cookie jar There's a nickel on the floor and you're ready to invest In the light of some great emptiness You're an idol of attraction swallowed by a great mess When the game is over where you gonna run but to the corner of your helpless mind There's nothing there but a half faced lie You're tripping through the facts and taking them for granted like there's Something but there's nothing somehow Illusion Illusion illusion Illusion where's you mind? Falling falling falling falling on all sides Lost in the lake of fire On all sides Now you walk into the desert alone the shame that you carry has a life of it's own Your heart had worked it's head to the core You walk into the river begging her to take you down Run along to any life you choose the universe is making us the perfect muse Line 'em up line 'em up and watch them fall back in the horror of The Great Unknown Like there's Something but there's Nothing Somehow Illusion Illusion illusion Illusion where's you mind? Falling falling falling falling on all sides
4.
Villains 05:53
Villains The Ones behind the curtain Rolling out the bloodbath across the floor Jesus riding desert demons Kicking up and screaming through the night How do I get next to you and know my dark side? How do I integrate you? Into my one mind Oh lord I try I try so hard Villain Cast you out and leave you pretend we got everything in control Villain I don't want to see you coming round messing up my mood How do I get next to you walk by my dark side How do I integrate you into my one mind? Villain you're my new relief we'll rest so easy With none of that bleeding shame I want that whole mind oh lord I tried don't try so hard Maybe we can run him off a cliff drop him in the mouth of an Irish priest nobody knows the real value of the devil nobody tries cause they want to stay level but I know it's living in you it's living in me you want to stay good but you're kidding me with all your beliefs hey what did you think it's all a dream Villain I don't want to lose you come and lay your weapons by the fire We're hurting we thought we had the answer nobody can empty their whole mind How do I get next to you? walk by my dark side How do I integrate you? Into my one mind? villain you're my new relief We'll rest so easy with none of that bleeding shame I want that whole mind Give me your whole mind
5.
Be Real 07:09
It's just the death of my reality that's all that's all Now I'm left With the stench of mortality Oh reality Did you see my head flying there? Lost somewhere in the air? Thinking on a thing I couldn't possibly relay Now it's late in the night But it's too late for dreams Be real Be real for once It's just a moment of insecurity Oh the loss Of all purity Now your naked And filthy With regret Oh I bet You never saw your head flying there You just let it disappear You never thought you'd be One of those pirates lost at sea Now your tied to the mast And drinking from your flask Screaming be real Open your eyes Tell me what you see When you cry Are there real tears Did you ever stop and wonder why Lend me your ears I've got just one more verse After all of these years This is the one that will hurt We're too old to be lost Too young to be caught By the threat of some lifeless law What's real for you Is torture for me The paradise of a few Is a world destitute But you sit on your thrown On your ass getting blown Getting blown by your mind For a hell of a time And it's love that you crave But you only want tits And more steak And your tied to the cross Of the old patriarch But I'm begging you man Come down and behave There's room for your sloth We're all still depraved And we're sick of your light That you shine in the dark Like a jail guard Like a hustler Shakin us down for the art That we make to create Not to put on your plate And serve up to your tastes It's for the boys on block 8 The washed up and dazed The ones in decay Just finding their way The worthless and aimless The diseased and contagious The abused and the rapists All locked up in cages Look at the way That they pose in your frame it turns out that's all of us Oh my god Your one of us So hoist up your axe Lay it down on the sand All of The beggars are free They'll get what they need And some may be forgiven Just Listen to the highway Is it your way? Or is it my way? Who cares Be real Be real for us
6.
Fuck Yeah 05:17
I'm not an actor I'm an animal On a stage in an empty hall in the dark The director yells action and we scatter like moths to the fire I don't know who I am and I'm here on my own In hell or something worse Like purgatory I forgot all my lines So I'll make up a whole new story i can't control myself can't control anyone Tear the skin right off your face Blow up the whole human race Run through your mind shanking all of your thoughts this is right this wrong I don't know Jump in the pool where the water is warm in the garden of plenty the goddess of love reappears Fuck Yeah I'm still alive I'm a king I'm a condor Making sense of the highs of the heart Recognize the bottom and I'll make my way to the top If I seem a little scared I've been here I've been there Working 80 hours for a ruthless lord who tied me to his copper bed Singing don't do this and don't do that and you'll get what you're not looking for I can't live this way I can fly I can ride Tear the skin right off your face Blow up the whole human race Run for your life it's an old dirty lie This is mine this is yours I don't know Jump in the pool where the water is warm in the garden of plenty the goddess of love reappears Fuck Yeah I'm still alive Someday the sunshine will shine in your mind The whole world is watching the bloom in your eyes
7.
Love is your forgotten body kneeling with the Goddess of destruction Rising from the depths of suffering Love is your mistaken identity Wrestling with the part of you you loathe training all the parts of you to explode in a fine escape of feeling needing wanting seeking love has no end Love makes no mistake or error guardian of perfection and the truth burning through the nightmare of denial in our collective human frailty aging yearning love has all of us in mind The void is locked within and shone without
8.
Telling all the kids to conform Begging them to take your arm Leading them through the rapture with your poor old roving jewel The meek are how they get their meat Come on in and take a seat Tell us what you're scared of so we don't go in the streets Did you forget about me I didn't forget about you I'm out here with the rest of them and we're trying to hold up the seat of the Kingdom Illusion Where they feed us their poison Slanging the gift of void settle in for old bar stools you're alive with revolution come and get one more round here's the way to keep you calm slanging you to their old clowns who spit you up out on the streets and toss you into the can Did you forget about me? I didn't forget about you south of loving Jesus up north with a perfect view of the Kingdom Illusion They try to keep you on the gridlock I say lose them Baby baby baby light your head on fire there's nothing there's nothing there's nothing going to keep you alive If you keep running around and around keep telling everyone about your rebel sound How everything is changing gotta keep your head down take cover wake up keep quiet alright alright I'll forget about you If you swear that you never knew me and we'll both breed more babies walk out on the flooded streets of the kingdom illusion I can see the kingdom rocking back and forth it's an illusion Why can't you take me out of hell mama I'm losing it Oh lord, illusion I got a house on the hill looking out on the ruined world I got my ice I got my ride A couple cigarettes for the drive going south on the I-5 going to find a way to forget who I am who I've been how I lost my way again Illusion

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released March 6, 2020

Engineered by Ian Pellici
Mixed by Jay Pellici
Recorded and Mixed at New Improved in Oakland, CA
Mastered by Piper Payne at Neeto Mastering
Produced by Whiskerman

Graham Patzner: Lead Vocal, Piano, Synth, Violin
Charles Lloyd: Guitar, Slide Guitar, Backup Vocal
Jeremy Lyon: Guitar, Slide Guitar, Backup Vocal
Will Lawrence: Bass, Backup Vocal
Dan Schwartz: Drums
Trevor Bahnson: Guitar/vox (The Great Unknown)
Lewis Patzner: Cello
Jacob Hansen-Joseph: Viola (Be Real)
Corey Christopher Mike: Violin (Be Real)
Mia D'Augelli: Violin (Be Real)
Backup Vocals by the Rainbow Girls:
Caitlin Gowdey, Erin Chapin, Vanessa May

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