Currents

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1.
CROSSING THE RUBICON (Lyrics by Lewis) "Hark the heralds, Caesar has returned" 2000 years and we still haven't learned to see through the tricks and the lies when greed is justified with computations of distress when human lives are measured in the mandates of the press and profit brooks no compromise we just shut our eyes Turn on the lights, cause darkness is falling on us again Turn on the lights and see that this is not living at all Hold up the mirror and see if we're breathing at all Get on your knees and pray that you're worth saving at all And we pretend that we are guiltless of the means to this end our prosperity's bought with the sword they trample human rights to serve our comfort overseas reboot our economy with hunger and disease of people we're taught to ignore Turn on the lights, cause darkness is falling on us again Turn on the lights and see that this is not living at all Hold up the mirror and see if we're breathing at all Get on your knees and pray that you're worth saving at all All must work to break the chain Emperors will break their word and cross the river All must work to break the chain Emperors will cross the river
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02:50
DOWNSTREAM (Lyrics by Lewis) The past turns into the future The future becomes the past We live where they collide And when the wheel spins Some lose and others win Perceptions shift and no power in the world can stop it Time won't be denied Goodbye to yesterday, we sail on as it slips away If currents in this river are memories Our memories are the currency We value our time with Those currents ebb and flow Seep into what we know Collectively our history is buried beneath the surface Memory becomes myth Goodbye to yesterday Change will find you no matter where you go Change will find you No matter where you go that river flows The past turns into the future The future becomes the past Time won't be denied
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03:15
ECHOES (Lyrics by Lewis) Reeling in the years have come undone Still burns this fuel My Quiet temple towers Over fading suburbs, delays and reverbs They sing to me, and I won't whisper this name Until silence falls Words on the line, this time they're mine I'll use my voice, I'll make my choice This song rings through my heart I won't forget my part Let me close my eyes and drink it deep Between the grooves Hide great and dreadful angels The Human condition in clear transmission The truth it wakes, and I won't injure this grace For you or anyone else Words on the line, this time they're mine I'll use my voice, I'll make my choice This song rings through my heart I won't forget my part
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BRIDGE AND BONES (Lyrics by Rud) Stand here with me on the south bank Breathe the smoke on the water Watch as the thieves steal the silver Home to their sons and their daughters The trestles fall We become flame, climb our way up Through the starlings and towers Across the Thames, we'll meet again After desperate hours Fall, burn, or tumble downstream Stones, restacked, will build this crossing Wood and clay all washed away Bricks and mortar may not stay Traitor's Gate to Nonsuch House When every ember has been doused Flame to current, smoke to silt Bridge and bones will be rebuilt Flame to current, ash to sand ...And London calls Stand here with me on the north bank Taste the dust and the oil Across the Thames, we'll meet again On the black morning soil Fall, burn, or tumble downstream Stones, restacked, will build this crossing Wood and clay all washed away Bricks and mortar may not stay Traitor's Gate to Nonsuch House When every ember has been doused Flame to current, smoke to silt Bridge and bones will be rebuilt
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DAMN THAT RIVER (Lyrics by Lewis) Scaredy cat, you're so afraid to open up and see the world around you Juvenile, your heart's on trial and you're hiding from the truth But I think it's found you....it's found you C'est la vie, woe is we, inopportunity seizes your heart And pushes you to the ground now Set it free, don't close your eyes to the view Don't close your ears to the sound now....sound now Damn that river - truth is flowing fast Damn that river - good things never last Damn that river - don't you listen? Don't you understand that nothing ever goes like you planned? Damn that river - don't listen to what we say Damn that river - don't give a shit anyway Damn that river - don't you listen? Don't you understand? Just keep your head there stuck in the sand You've sealed yourself inside, you've locked your heart and bid the world adieu You've left an IOU for the love you never knew And the things you think are true Live and learn, what a burn, you never gave a kind word to anyone And you're all alone now So damn it up, clam it up, pretend you couldn't care less About anyone's feelings except your own now...own now Yeah.
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AND IF I REFUSE (lyrics by Lewis) What would happen if I stopped playing along? What would happen if I told the world you're wrong? Would you say that I was the enemy? Would you censor me? If I stopped playing along? If I knew you were wrong? And if I refuse to just lay down what would you say? If I refused to just shut up and fade away? Would you say that I was the enemy? Would you imprison me? If I refuse? If I refuse? That could never happen here is what we've always heard But oppression is in our shadow when nobody says a word And if I refuse to just lay down what would you say? If I refused to just shut up or fade away? What if I refuse to do what you say? What if I refused to take this for just one more day? Yeah...I refuse to live that way. Yeah...I refuse to live that way. And if I refuse to just lay down what would you say? If I refused to just shut up and fade away? What if we refused to do what you say For just one more day?
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04:09
STORM DRAINS (Lyrics by Lewis) When every day is just a struggle to keep your head above the waves You draw a line from your choices through your anguish to your grave And nobody told you it would be like this: Hollowed out and empty inside you, with nothing else but regret left to guide you As it falls away When it falls away you must decide what becomes of the pain inside Will you let it bring you down and end your days? Or will you search for brand new means and brand new ways? When hope is lost beneath the layers of remorse behind your eyes And every instinct is sacrificed to the Gods of compromise And nobody cares that you feel like this Full of rage for the path that's behind you, feeling lost with no one left to find you As it falls away When it falls away you must decide what becomes of the pain inside Will you let it bring you down and freeze your heart? Will you let it tear your little world apart? Will you let it break your weary back with strife? Or will fight your fear and Turnoveranewlife? It's waiting for me, I can tell, it won't be long now If only I knew how to get there, won't someone please tell me how? Someone please tell me how, it won't be too long now 'Til it falls away As it falls away
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TEN, NINE, EIGHT (lyrics by Pickering) Forgetting the last two should make the next two a bit more surprising Chasing the thoughts of you just to get me through not remembering It's easy to fault all the ones who crave every pint of attention And harder to find the rest now that three plus three equals seven We're mining the mountains down, convenience lacking in patience Thrown open the floodgates and if we don't learn to swim we'll drown We're riding mercury into obscurity from balance Hiding from facts and I'm finding it hard not to lose faith in common sense Killing with money, casting fate as your abductor Milk and honey, twisted faces facing this brave new world Now all we are is bleeding out and trying to hide it Looking around for the piece that fell but we just can't find it I just can't think with my head still ringing with all of what's been said It clears up in time to see all the things that we should have done instead This sudden sunrise now in the West will make it hard to sleep That or the firestorm, let's hope the flash burns are just skin deep Forgetting the last two should make the next two a bit more surprising Forgetting the last two should make the next one the last we'll see
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OF HAVES AND HAVE NOTS (Lyrics by Lewis) Fear...it's the air we breathe A tightrope with no net beneath It's humming through our veins In a whispering refrain Watching, waiting, floating on the tide Like a prison, we're all trapped inside A convenient lie: You are what you buy I've had enough (we've had enough) Still we just can't get enough In a heartbeat all these words fade into air So surrender and accept the truth that life ain't fair Our devotion to the ways in which we steal It indicts us, yet invites us, to embrace the real
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03:32
I FORGET (Lyrics by Lewis) Sometimes I wonder how we keep from breaking down when we see all the poison in our lives We pretend it's all ok, we hope the feeling goes away and pray some shred of what we had survives But this time it won't subside, Paradise Lost to our pride Cut, fade to grey Wear it like a second skin, cynicism or just sin I hope we find our way back home someday But I forget the way Sometimes I wonder how we keep from breaking down this avarice of purpose makes us ill Will we stay the course and find far too late to change our minds if we don't save ourselves than no one will But this time it won't subside, this fog of ethical cyanide Cut, fade to grey Wear it like a ball and chain Is it progress or profane I hope we find our way back home someday But I forget the way (Hush we all fall down)

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released April 12, 2011

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The Evidence Calgary, Alberta

The Evidence is a square-peg rock band.

Their influences include the melodicism of post-punk acts like Dag Nasty and Samiam, and the outsider musical perspective of bands like Rush.

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