Voices of the Carousel

by The Strange

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Could he change? Could he really change things?? At multiple points in Christopher’s life the youthful dreamer inside of him screamed out in rejection of his mundane, existence. As the days, weeks, months, years passed, Christopher's ability to cope with his lifeless reality began to chip away at the core of his spirit and being. The more he suppressed his feelings, the stronger the grip of madness began to take hold of his mind, until eventually, he snapped! Christopher's mind shattered into 6 distinct personalities. Those spirits began to tug and pull at his psyche in their attempt to influence his decisions and life direction. And with that introduction, we now begin our tale, I Welcome you to... Voices of the Carousel

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released January 1, 2017

Written and recorded at The Brighton Theater
by: The Strange (Erik Nordin and Brent McKay)
Produced by Erik Nordin
Piano tracks recorded & engineered
by Eric Wojan at Solid Sound, Ann Arbor

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the strange Detroit, Michigan

Detroit based, The Strange, consist of Erik Nordin and Brent McKay. 'Voices of the Carousel' is the bands fourth full length album. This concept record features 17 songs and leads the audience along a fictional journey inspired by the bands former engineer and producer Chris Hughes. 'Voices' is currently being adapted into a three act (dark comedy) musical by the Detroit Actor Theatre Company. ... more

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Track Name: wake my sweet
“At multiple points in Christopher’s life
the youthful dreamer inside of him screamed out
in rejection of his mundane, existence.
Could he change?
Could he really change things?
As the days, weeks, months, years passed,
Christopher's ability to cope with his lifeless existence
began to chip away at the core of his spirit and being...
The more he suppressed his feelings,
the stronger the grip of madness
began to take hold of his mind,
until eventually…. he snapped!
Christopher's mind shattered into six blended personalities.
Those spirits began to tug and pull at his psyche
in their attempt to influence his decisions and life direction
And with that introduction, we now begin our tale,
I welcome you to the Carousel!”

Insert key and unlock the memory of your haunted dreams
from the terror you’ve repressed for so long which
you’ll describe in great detail.

Close your eyes, hear my voice count backward.
Hypnotizing you 5, 4, 3…

Wake my sweet, now you are free.
No longer prisoner of a broken wing…yours beats.

You were scared like a dying man alone
But now you’ll you choose because you recognize there are choices
You’ll be free, with the world at your feet
Now sleep…

Wake my sweet, now you are free.
No longer prisoner of a broken heart… yours beats

She said take all of your horrors and write them down
Explain them on every line, of every page
When your done take that story and light it on fire, (I am free) let it go
And he wrote down years and years
of held in pain and sadness that was holding him back
In the commencement of fire, the pages turned from flame to ash,
He could finally say goodbye to that nasty past”

Wake my sweet, now you are free.
No longer prisoner of a broken heart…
yours beats, yours beats, you’re free
Track Name: forgive
If I hold onto the pain my dear
I’d punish you for all them years
But who is it I’m hurting
If I hold on to all your evil deeds?
Probably me

Forgive
Let it go
Forgive,
Give my heart space to heal

Concerned I guess that if I forget
I’d get fooled again and suffer more regret
But if I hold onto this anger
I will only be a stranger to
Real love

Forgive
Let it go
Forgive,
Give my heart space to heal
To feel
And grow

Release the pain, and extinguish the blame
I’d forgive and let those memories all drift away
The screaming accusations, the fists, and kicks, and hateful words that maimed
And broke my brain

Forgive,
Let it go
Forgive
Give my heart space to heal,
To feel
And grow
Track Name: key the genius
When everything is wrong
The scars that come from pain
Make you who you are
Can you start to forgive?
Can you let it go?
You can make a change
Don't be afraid
You will find your way
Take a leap of faith
It will set you free
To fly the great blue sky
The genius gave you the key
The truth will guide you home
Track Name: voices of the carousel
They dreamt about performing in front of the crowds
People in a state of breathlessness and awe
as the two of them performed feats that only
the daredevils of the motorcycle club could achieve.
As their dreams grew, so did their talents on the motorcycles,
starting first by standing on them
and growing this into jumping
to one another’s bikes while in motion
In their dreams they built rings to jump through
from old parts of tractors and added flames and created a show
Their show would NEVER be the same
It would have a theme,
but each night they would enamor their audience
with tricks never seen before
The boys were now men
and they decided they had to change their lives
Their chance would soon arrive…


Welcome my friend to this carousel ride
You’ll be circling around on a thoroughbred
waving each time you pass by
Welcome my friend, to this hell in disguise
Her pretty lights and her thoroughbred plastic will hypnotize you
I can’t think anymore
Just work for some man and his plan
keep me comfortable busy and bored
Welcome my friend to this hell in disguise
You’re a bird in a cage,
cubicle rat in a maze…but at least you feel safe
I can’t feel anymore,
this routine the same thing every day
going nowhere is driving me mad
Welcome my friends to the time of your life!
Don't worry your fine
though you're losing your mind
but that's ok here
I can fly away
I see the blue sky
but feel cold prison bars in the palms of my hands
It’s time to begin the Waltz
Spinning around here is a really a gas
Time after time after time after time
Track Name: old man
See this old man in the mirror
Who’s taken on my view
Remember me when I was young
The scars they make you who you are
Reflecting on the time past and seasons that roll from one to next
All them thoughts they lie in my head.
Forgive and forget...let it go
Remember boy how you barely got by?
And all them at times you just wanted to die?
But through it all
How you just kept climbing to the sky
Don't you be afraid you will find your way
Take your leap of faith
Now you’re way up top and when looking back
Funny how the journeys struggle was your favorite part of it.
The genius gave you the key
And how everything you need come right on time
When you took a chance to spread your wings
and fly the great blue sky
The truth will guide you
Everything you need come right on time
When you took a chance to spread your wings
and fly the great blue sky
Track Name: hell of a drink tom
Where was I, Oh, yes thats right. Along the distance, out on the horizon Christopher could make out what appeared to be an iron gate. By now, he'd wandered several kilometers from the hunting lodge in search of that haunting female voice. The voice that woke him from his sleep in the middle of the night, and lured him from his bed into the darkness of the forest. As the sun began to rise Christopher headed up the hill.

Behind the iron gate lie a garden, with a mix of beautiful flowers and fruits teaming with birds and other flying creatures Christopher had never seen before. He stepped up to a giant steel door etched with a figure of an angel holding a trumpet, and beneath it what appeared to be ghosts, arms out stretched rising from their graves. Christopher hesitantly approached raised his hand to the door and tugged, but it was locked. Again, he heard her voice, now much clearer and closer than ever before... Startled, he placed his hand on his nervously beating heart and while doing so rediscovered the contents of his pocket.

You see earlier in the evening while in the attic (of his mind), Christopher stumbled upon an old trunk containing an assortment of art paintings, a single tap dance shoe and other misc childhood relics from his forgotten youth. Now while flipping through the contents he came across an unusual key. With out much consideration of it he slid the key into the upper left chest pocket of his shirt and buttoned it closed.

As ridiculous and unlikely as it was to consider that the key from the trunk in his grandfathers attic might unlock this giant garden gate door, RIDICULOUS! Christopher decided to try it just the same. He slid the key into the lock and turned.

Unlock the gate door, insert the key something is happening to me
I feel like a child
But aren't we all children?
children
children
Track Name: garden
I can hear her calling
Way up on the horizon
Like an echo in my ear
She calls me from her throne

Can you hear me calling for you
All my lost children?
Listen to my voice I’m here,
Just follow me back home

When you step into her garden with a single seed
Can you see the sky?
She’ll grow that simple note into a symphony

Will you finally realize
Nothing is missing in your life
Broken Dreams will come alive
Time for you to plant the seed

Now she looks into my eyes
You are home and you are free
My child you finally realize
Use your voice and sing for me

Come on wake up you’re here and you know it
This is your chance won’t you realize?
Pick up you paint and mix all your colors
This is your life won’t you realize?

Now you finally realize
Nothings missing in your life
Broken dreams will come alive
Time for you to plant your seed

I have arrived, you hear?
Your voice a symphony
I have arrived, you hear?
Your voice a symphony
I have arrived you hear?
Your voice a symphony
I am alive
Track Name: resume your play
Remember when you were just a little child
And all you did was play?
Well honey, who took that away?
It left you scarred, I see
You lost your innocence!!
Your way?
Hear me, the key to real life is imagination
so, resume your play my child
Track Name: gamble
Listen here boy, time is running out

Because the clocks
Tick your time away
So discouraging to feel dying
Creep in… into your bones
It doesn’t seem fair
How this world can leave you so bare
Because it’s here for just a moment
And then it’s gone…gone away
Deal me my cards
You’ve shuffled the deck
I’ll ante my chip, it’s time
No bluffing here you see
I’m placing my bet
I’m going all in
1, 2, 3 of a kind
Luck that may seem blind
My chances good its understood
(there are) times in life we must roll the dice
Track Name: broken
I’m not sure when this ride began or ends
I’ve been on this fucked up thing for so long
They keep telling me I’m free
not sure exactly what that means
I know this fucking lie is killing me
In my head there’s a room full of vixens
Am I just a dog with a few too senses in my head?
Can I get off this ride today?
Because it’s broken
How many days will I ride on this carousel
Thinking I'd like a change of scenery?
Maybe I’ll get off this ride today?
Let me guess you'll quit your job today
Might I envision life that’s great?
Get in your car and drive away
Because where I’m at I’m just a stray
Keep dreaming fool
Connect the dots and find the stars align for me
The chandelier unhinged from the ceiling…
Mothers finest china crashing down to the floor…
Because you’re broken
Your dreams are broken
Yes your dreams are broken
Broken
Track Name: inner voice
Come on its early,
Something gonna change your point of view
Your stars align
Lost and tossed and turned, my brother?
on stormy seas send spotlights
to the sky…
the SKY
And what torture’s you cried mother,
is you ignore the voice inside
your inner child…
who only wants to fly
Track Name: bed of nails
“You can set your stuff down right
here in your new cubicle.
Look how close you are to the office water cooler.
We’ll be meeting in the conference room
about every 15 min to review our efficiencies”

You’re here because of a bad choice
One decision that lead to another bad choice

Oh how I love my bed of nails, this bitch I lay

“Remember, always stay in touch with the customer!”

You chose the apple and here you lay
One decision is all it takes

Oh how I love my bed of nails in which I lay

So I lay here in this bed
Below me lays a pool of red
My blood means nothing it’s in my head
Make better choices next time my friend
There’s nothing in my empty head

The suffering is only really time
The nail it bites into your spine
The days and hours they pass you by
Make better choices or pay the price
Or pay the price.
Track Name: bullet
The way that you sit and procrastinate
Makes me feel so sick inside
Explain to me, how you feel it’s ok
To waste, all our precious time

I wish that I could,
I was going to,
Someday maybe,
There’s always tomorrow,

I thought that I was
I deserve this
Someday maybe
There’s always tomorrow

Take the music in your head
And let it out
Or I’ll put a bullet in your heart
And quiet the sound

Can you hear me!?
Are you listening!?
Don’t you remember how to feel alive?
WAKE UP!!
Stop second guessing yourself
Don’t you see?
Get up!
Create!
Do What you were born to do…

How long you going to lie?
We are waiting for you to decide
Take the music in your head,
and let it out.
Or I’ll put a bullet in your chest,
and fire the gun
and bury that sweet sound!

How long you going to hide?

I wish that I could,
I was going to,
Someday maybe
There’s always tomorrow

I wish that I was
I deserve it
Someday maybe
There’s always tomorrow

Procrastinate
Track Name: little bird
Little bird honor me
On my window sill ledge
Little bird could it be
That you are the same as me?
It’s that easy babe
Yes, it’s always been,
But like a candle burning
There’s only so much time.
Track Name: i'm so high
Can you see me above
no longer worried that I would fail
I am so high that you are gone from sight
No more waiting for a better day

Can you see me above

I am so high that you are gone from site
No more waiting for a better day

I'm so high
I'm so high
in the sky and
I'm so high
I'm so high
I'm so high
We fools live up in the sky

I forgive myself for everything I was
this hollow shell it was my shelter
todays the day that i am free at last

I'm so high
I'm so high
in the sky and
I'm so high

I'm so high
I'm so high

We fools live up in the sky
We fools live up in the sky
We fools live up in the sky
We fools live up in the sky
Track Name: self doubt
Step off the edge into the emptiness?
But I fear for myself - it's unclear
Are you sure it's time?
To get off this spaceship you've been riding on
Today is the day no more fear
Been telling yourself that you can go
Fly but the fear inside you resides
Then maybe better if we don't try?

Let the carousel ride
Love my carousel ride
Live the carousel lie

Think of the things that we could do
Like sit on the couch and watch the tube?
Lose the admiration of our peers in a sad insecure world - (did you say) leave me alone?
Who really needs to feel alive? Anyone? Anyone? ANYONE?

Live the carousel lie
Love my carousel ride
Let the carousel ride
Track Name: cocoon
When the sound room doors close
And the microphone begins to record,
You begin your transformation

The cocoon it closed
Sealed me safely inside
Emerging a new
With all my inner light
I’ve become the sun
With beams that span the sky
My beams span the sky

To create you must cocoon
To create you must cocoon
Transform from a worm
Track Name: the sun
I am
The key
Unlock the door and see

The Sun

I rise to the sky from the earth
I part the clouds and now I am home
Listen to the story I tell
I feel myself becoming whole

I am
The truth
Believe I do

I am The Sun

Throw a penny in your wishing well
Make a wish and listen to yourself
The journey is your story to tell
It's your life make it what you want

Your leap of faith like the penny fell
Makes ripples that can change your cells
The places you go are up to you
Your voice inside brings only truth

But the darkness of the carousel
Make you never want to leave your shell
Escape into the rough seas
You’ll struggle… a typhoon
The water stills, as will my mind
I recognize this life is mine.

Rise and set
But actually we’re always shining
Burning bright you bet, even in shadows
Always shining

We may appear to rise and set but actually we’re
Always shining
Track Name: carry me
Carry me
I’m on an open sea,
This water like glass
Almost a mirror
What’s this I see… you
It’s you… again
My old friend
Here I am
The carousel begins again
Climb on my friend
And oh, how we’ll spin