Perils

by All Those Ships

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Kary LOVE this song; especially love watching it being created with live looping!. Love this album! LOVE this artist and many of his other songs! Favorite track: The Perils of Travelling Without Maps.
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The majority of this album was recorded during the summer of 2010, with various bits and pieces recorded over the preceding half-decade or so. As the writing of the songs spanned this same period of time, there is an eclectic mix of genres and inspirations here, from folk, to electronica, to pop-rock, to some sort of Celtic-inspired jig/waltz, as well as a varying mix of instrumentation.

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released August 19, 2010

All music written, performed, recorded, and produced by Brandon MacNeil

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Track Name: Avalanche Warnings
In this state, it's running blind
Take care not to slip
Wouldn't want the snowball effect
Applying to you
Be careful; take care

It isn't dark but it isn't much better
I'm making out shapes
Now they're looking like letters
Maybe words
Nevermind, I've lost it
I wasn't careful; I didn't take care

I can feel it in the snow
In the snow I can feel it
This mountaintop's not stable
I'm dying to heal it
I can feel it in the snow
In the snow, in the snow
Then I can't feel a thing
In the snow I can't feel it
In the snow I can't feel it
In the snow I can't feel it
In the snow I can't...
Track Name: Pen to Paper
I had every intention
Of writing you a damn good, damn good song
Something catchy and happy
To pick you up when your face gets long

But when I was writing this one
I kept getting distracted
I kept getting distracted
'Cause I wanted to kiss you lying next to me
Well I don't know how you'd think I'd keep my pen to paper

We just work, we just work
We just work, you see
Like indie songs in care commercials on TV

It's all about the blending of the new stuff
With the old stuff
With the genuine
Well I don't know how you'd think I'd keep my pen to paper

Or maybe it's just about the genuine
Well I don't know how you'd think I'd keep my pen to paper
Well I know how you'd think...
Track Name: Still Shine
It was up on the roof above your house
That I first saw those bright stars
So far
But they still shine

From front to back and side to side
It moves me in the worst kind of way
Oh say you know it's right

I don't suppose I've come too close
To notice all the spots in your eyes
They don't mind
They still shine
Track Name: Wanderin'
If I go wanderin' 'morrow morn'
Will you come wanderin' with me?
O'er dales and o'er sunny hills
'Til we come wanderin' home
Track Name: Haunted (The Perils of Not Travelling at All)
There's something telling me that I don't wanna be here
There's something telling me that I don't wanna stay, well
Call it the jitters, call me restless, call it superstition, but
I've had it up to here with this place

Not like there's banshees hiding out in my bathroom
Not like there's phantoms writhing up through the floor, but
Well, I could swear that clock is moving too quickly, and I, well
I think I just heard a knock at the door

But there's no one here, and
Neither should I be

Well, I'm convinced they put a spell on these walls
When I'm between them I can't seem to do, well
Anything at all, my brain gets painfully small, and my
Oh my ambition all but slows to a stall

'Cause there's no one here,
Neither should I be

Well, I've got to escape
Well, I've got to escape

There's something telling me that I don't wanna be here
There's something telling me that I don't wanna stay, well
Call it the jitters, call me restless, call it superstition, but
I've had it up to here with this place

'Cause there's no one here,
Neither should I be
Track Name: The Ghost of J.S. Bach
The ghost of J.S. Bach resides
Inside the organs at St. Thomas Church
If you listen, you can hear him play
His overwhelming melodies
With counterpoint to die for
Echo softly through the pews and
Deep into your soul

The ghost of J.S. Bach resides
Inside the organs at St. Thomas Church
And if you're quiet, you can hear him sing...

The ghost of J.S. Bach is shy
That's why he hides inside the organ pipes
Where he listens to the sounds of Leipzig
His well-trained ear will catch
The subtlest of noises
From all across the city
A cacophonous chorale

The ghost of J.S. Bach is shy
He hides inside the pipes and won't come out
But if you're quiet, you can hear him sing...

The ghost of J.S. Bach resides
Inside the organs at St. Thomas Church
If you listen, you can hear him play
His overwhelming melodies
With counterpoint to die for
Echo softly through the pews and
Deep into your soul
Track Name: Temporary Coma
Every little thing seems to be so strange
The streets are filled with animals all running in the rain
With stoplights flashing out in shades of blue
Without a care of where we're headed to

And there are arrows, arrows everywhere
Directions on sidewalks and guidelines in the air
Now I see no reason to ever be unsure
Of where we're going or where we were

Pinch me I must be dreaming
The whole world is suddenly seaming
A whole lot less frantic and confusing
A little less fun, but oh well

Show me your lack of reason
And I'll see that I'm just sleeping
And all this could not truly be happening

Well, It's just a dream (x6)

Tell me all your fondest fears
Fermented wine drops bottled up for years
I'll tell you my fondest too
And we'll drink all night by the light of the moon

Well, pinch me I must be dreaming
The whole world is suddenly seeming
A whole lot less frantic and confusing

Show me your empty conscience
And I'll know that I'm not conscious
And all this could not truly be happening
Well, it's just a dream

Lift me high so I can hear the sound
Of the windy sky from deep underground
I close my eyes and I'm in the clouds
And I'm not coming down

Play me some of that tired old opera
Sing me to sleep
You've got your wealth and fame to seek
I've got my promises to break

Well, won't you lift me high so I can hear the sound
Of the windy sky from deep underground
I close my eyes and I'm in the clouds
And I'm not coming down
No I'm not coming down
'Cause it's just a dream

Well, it's just a dream
Track Name: There's Really Not Enough Going On...
There's too much going on in my head, too much
I try not to pay too much attention to it
But when there's not much to do but sit and sort through it
It's what I do
There's just too much going on

So give me a guitar, and give me a song
And I'll play 'til the moonlight comes
And I'll be happy
It's what I do when there's too much going on

There's too much going on in your eyes, too much
I try not to pay too much attention to them
But when there's not much to do but focus mine to them
It's what I do
There's just too much going on

So give me a pillow, and give me a bed
And I'll sleep 'til the daylight comes
And I'll be happy
It's what I do when there's too much going on

There's too much going on all around, too much
Sometimes I try and take it all in
But when there's too much to do, I don't know where to begin
It's overwhelming
There's just too much going on

So give me a guitar, and give me a song
And I'll plan until the moonlight comes
And I'll be happy
It's what I do when there's too much going on

Yeah give me a guitar, and give me a song
And I'll plan until the moonlight comes
And I'll be happy
It's what I do when there's too much going on
Track Name: Waves in the Air
Your countenance leads me to believe that
We are at a complete understanding
We have found a release for our conflicts
But we both know that that's not the case

And when you find me I'll be sifting through the waves in the air
That surround all the words that we said when we meant something else
And I'll try to make my way in your direction

Your countenance calms me and reminds me
That I can't seem to break from my instincts
And I can't seem to get you to notice
That I can't seem to turn you away

So you show me a piece of the engine that
Fell from our craft as we fell from the sky
And you watch as I run from the room
To escape from the rest of the falling debris

And when you find me I'll be sifting through the waves in the air
That surround all the words that we said when we meant something else
And I'll try to make my way in your direction

Your countenance causes me to worry
That you've come to the end of a story
And you're not satisfied with the closure
But I know there are words left to write

So you show me your hand and I take it
All falls from our thoughts as we fall from the sky
And we watch as the earth runs towards us
Then parachutes of thought float us down

And when you find me I'll be sifting through the waves in the air
That surround all the words that we said when we meant something else
And I'll try to make my way in your direction

Your countenance has a certain something
Like a mixture of question and answer
And you can't help but cause me to wonder
If it's all just a trick of the light

So I put out the candles
And you disappear, and I feel like a fool
But I know you're still there
Because I can still hear when your steps cross the room

And your features emerge from the silence
I'm taken aback by that look in your eyes
And I watch as the starlight reveals you to be something
Elegant and beautiful and new

And when you find me I'll be sifting through the waves in the air
That surround all the words that we said when we meant something else
And I'll try to make my way in your direction

Your countenance
Forces me to realize that
Everything is going to be just fine
Track Name: Used To
I wanna know
I wanna know right now
I wanna know
I wanna know right now where I am, where I am

The lights are low; I'm breathing slow
I'm breathing slow to soothe my soul
I'm laying low; I'm laying low right now
I wanna know
I wanna know right now where I am, where I am

It's dangerous; it's dangerous
You'll get used to anything in time
It's dangerous; it's dangerous
You'll get used to anything in time

I'm sleeping on,
I'm sleeping on, right on
I'm sleeping on
I'm sleeping on the job
I fall awake, my head comes off
Gotta get back up, I get back up
Though told not to move; don't be fooled

It's dangerous; you'll get used to anything in time
It's dangerous; it's dangerous
You'll get used to anything in time
Track Name: The Perils of Travelling Without You (The While)
It's like a roll
It's like a rollercoaster ride
And there's no stopping
There's no getting off this time

So take a picture
Take a good long and smile
It's not dramatic
But it sure helps pass the while

I've stopped and listened to my eyes
A thousand times, but it blows my mind
I'd rather let them do the listening

I've stopped and wondered at the time
How far we've climbed, does it blow your mind I wonder?
I wonder

It's like a rollercoaster
A rollercoaster ride
And there's no stopping
There's no getting off this time

So take a picture
Take a good long and smile
It's not dramatic
But it sure helps pass the while
Track Name: The Perils of Travelling Without Shoes
I'm trying to find my way
Trying to find my way
Trying to find, Oh I'm trying to find
Trying to find my way
Trying to find, Oh I'm trying to find
Trying to find my way

And it's such a long, long road
Oh it's a long, long road
Oh it's so long, It's such a long
It's such a long, long road
Oh it's so long, Oh it's a long
Oh it's a long, long road

And it makes me sad
Oh it makes me sad
But it makes me glad to know that
Someday I'll be home
It makes me glad to know that someday I'll be home

Been walking all night and day
Walking all night and day
Walking all night, I've been walking all night
Walking all night and day

Carrying this heavy load
I've been carrying a heavy load
Carrying a heav- Carrying a heavy
Carrying a heavy load
Carrying ahead, Carrying on ahead
Carrying this heavy load

And it makes me sad
Oh it makes me sad
But it makes me glad to know that
Someday I'll be home
It makes me glad to know that someday I'll be home
Track Name: The Perils of Travelling Without Maps
Frozen in place
Arms and legs all sleeping soundly
'Til the sun rises high
And thaws both skin and muscle

The sky is bright
The day awaits
The air is ours for the breathing
And the whole wide world is ours to see

Persistent heart
Unrelenting cycle of air
Moving on, pushing on and on
Through rain or cold or trouble

The sky is bright
The day awaits
The air is ours for the breathing
And the whole wide world is ours to see

We're going, though so far
We don't know where or for how long