Shadow Puppets

by Rachel Rose Mitchell

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released February 14, 2015

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Track Name: Butterfly
Fall to your knees
So they overlook you
Play along, they’ll move
Onto someone new
Save your complaints
‘Til they’re gone and won’t hear
They’ll turn out the lights
But you won’t disappear

You used to fly so high, so high
Can’t help but wonder why

Butterfly, you’re beautiful
You deserve your own picture frame
Butterfly, you’re delicate
It would be such a shame if you were to break
Butterfly, you’re valuable
They’ll take you home, they’ll keep you safe
Formaldehyde ensures that you will stay the same

Studying, magnifying what makes you tick
Asking the questions that make you feel sick
You don’t know how it ever went this far
Running in circles to stay where you are

You used to fly so high, so high
Or was that just the lie?

Butterfly, you’re beautiful
You deserve your own picture frame
Butterfly, you’re delicate
It would be such a shame if you were to break
Butterfly, you’re valuable
They’ll take you home, they’ll keep you safe
Formaldehyde ensures that you will stay the same

Butterfly, you’re beautiful
You deserve your own picture frame
Butterfly, you’re delicate
It would be such a shame if you were to break
Butterfly, they’ll wound you and keep you
Safely locked away
Formaldehyde ensures that you will stay the same
Track Name: Carnival
Come see fun for all ages,
the freaks in their cages.
Had you worse luck, you might stand in their place.
See the lights glowing,
the thrilling knife throwing.
Smile, point and laugh at the tigers restrained.

Just for one night it's a cheerful retreat.
We'll understand if you don't want to leave.

'Til you see the world turning without you.
The merry-go-round has left you behind.
You stand hollow and soaked through
under the clouds and shattered street lights.
You stay unmoving as you wait for your turn.
If one thing is proven, it's that you never learned
how to tell when it's over.
Your carnival's gone forever.

Forget about your pain.
We live to entertain!
Dear customer, we only want you to smile.
Everything's fine, dear.
You know we're all friends here.
Stay all you like, we'll be here for a while.

Lose track of time, ain't that always the plan?
Lose track of the outside, yes, we understand!

We can watch the world turning without you.
The merry-go-round has left you behind.
You stand hollow and soaked through
under the clouds and shattered street lights.
You stay unmoving as you wait for your turn.
If one thing is proven, it's that you never learned
how to tell when it's over.
Your carnival's gone forever.

Don't leave us behind.
Never leave, we won't mind.
We have all you could want, though we don't mean to gloat.
What were you thinking
when you were there sinking
under the current, not trying to float?

Flee from your fears
far away from the light
to the cracks in the window
and maybe you might

see the world turning without you.
The merry-go-round has left you behind.
You stand hollow and soaked through
under the clouds and shattered street lights.
You stay unmoving as you wait for your turn.
If one thing is proven, it's that you never learned
how to tell when it's over.
Your carnival's gone forever.
Track Name: Everything You Want
Toe the line.
Find something new.
If you never seek, you'll never find
now tell me, where does that leave you?

There's a silver lining somewhere in the sky.
If you stare at the clouds it surrounds it'll pass you by.

Are you willing to change yourself for everything you want?
Are you gonna erase yourself to be something you're not?

When your own imperfections cloud your mind, it stings,
but if you don't try for yourself you're not gonna change a thing.

There's a silver lining somewhere in the sky.
If you stare at the clouds it surrounds it'll pass you by.
Nothing's out of reach if you would only try.
Does that scare you?

Are you willing to change yourself for everything you want?
Are you gonna erase yourself to be something you're not?
Track Name: Nothing You Can't Do
The way I see it,
there's nothing I can say
to make this easier
on you.
You wanted answers,
but now you've got your way
you prefer miracles
to truth.

You're so very clever.
Ain't that the gospel truth?
And all the world's locked gates and doors
swing open just for you.
Just wait until you're eighteen
and you're let loose on society.
You'll show the world, you'll show them all
the overnight success you're gonna be.

You wannabe, you wanna be
without the mess of trying to be.

Did you really wanna hear
"there is nothing you can't do,"
now you're responsible,
what the hell is your excuse?
Your old possibilities,
you have thrown them all away.
You can't believe your eyes,
sore from crying over wasted
years and years and years go by
and you'll do anything but try
to salvage something from the wreck
and make somebody of yourself.

The time's not right, and neither is the weather
so you've got no choice but to pause all your endeavours.
What's the use in trying if perfection isn't there?
If it's not all the way, why bother going anywhere?

I am sick of your excuses.
Is that all you've got?

Did you really wanna hear
"there is nothing you can't do,"
now you're responsible,
what the hell is your excuse?
Your old possibilities,
you have thrown them all away.
You can't believe your eyes,
sore from crying over wasted
years and years and years go by
and you'll do anything but try
to salvage something from the wreck
and make somebody of yourself.

Waiting on that nonexistant perfect time to go
has always been the perfect way never to try, the perfect way never to know.

Did you really wanna hear
"there is nothing you can't do,"
now you're responsible,
what the hell is your excuse?
Your old possibilities,
you have thrown them all away.
You can't believe your eyes,
sore from crying over wasted
years and years and years go by
and you'll do anything but try
to salvage something from the wreck
and make somebody of yourself.
Track Name: Collateral
I tried to save you,
but I guess we know how well that went.
I tried to save you.
Think of all the time I spent.

I never wanted it to go so wrong.
Everybody wants to win.
I never wanted it to go so bad,
but I couldn't fix a thing.

I've shattered all that I've ever managed.
I watched you fall, now you're collateral damage.

I forgot what brought us here.
You'll never know how much that took.
I forgot what brought us here
because I cannot bear to look.

I shattered all that I ever managed.
I watched you fall, now you're collateral damage
in a rescue mission meant for you.
I tried to help. That's all I wanted to do.
You're better off without me.

Look what I've done.

I shattered all that I ever managed.
I watched you fall, now you're collateral damage.
And in the end, that's all that's left.
Track Name: Standing There
You can look but you won’t find me.
I am a face in the crowd.
Go on send out your search party.
You won’t see me standing there.

Is it so surprising that you’re alone in this room?
You’re the only face that you know.
Everybody’s gone and that leaves nobody but you.
You’re the only face you recognise.

You might have known
they’re waiting for you
if you’d only opened your eyes.

You can look but you won’t find me.
I am a face in the crowd.
Go on send out your search party.
You won’t see me standing there.

Masks on statue figures make it hard to tell what’s real,
blank and white like empty pages.
This forest of stone and clay hides everything that feels.
You’re the only face you recognise.

You can look but you won’t find me.
I am a face in the crowd.
Go on send out your search party.
You won’t see me standing there.
Track Name: Belltower
I've been waiting here for a while now.
What I'm waiting for, I don't know.
They tell me to make myself comfortable.
Whatever they say, this isn't home.

Where the eagles soar,
I can see it all, I can see it all.
High in the Belltower
that the snow surrounds.
Someone mutters the warning,
"Careful not to fall, careful not to fall".
When your fingers graze the sky
it's a long way down.

Do these walls protect me or do these walls seal me in?
No one tells me either way. No one tells me a thing.

Here, where I'm locked away,
I can see it all, I can see it all.
High in the Belltower,
vultures gather 'round.
Walls echo the warning,
"Careful not to fall, careful not to fall".
When the birds watch as you fly
it's a long way down.

Watching the world from here
I see everything. Nothing short of everything.
High in the Belltower
far above the ground.
Someone's calling for freedom.
I can hear them sing, I can hear them sing.
Watch your steps around me.
It's a long way down.
Track Name: Light Up
I used to understand you.
No, that's misleading, I still do.
You've always been so proud of
this hurricane that follows you.

You're demanding, outstanding,
you're high above the rest
and you love to let everybody know.
And you're the Queen Bee and we'll see
you're nothing but the best
and you never let it go.

It's never been in question
whether you have got direction,
but you need to stay grounded.
It's for everyone's protection.
You're laughing at this dance,
but you don't understand the circumstance.
I'm running out of reasons
to give you another chance
so light up.

It's all about the pretense.
It's all about the imaginary.
It's all about the showmanship,
so when you lose out you walk free.

You're drowning in the ocean!
You won't let anybody hear you shout.
You know that if they heard you,
they might just try to help you out.

And you're outstanding, demanding
that everybody sees
you're the greatest liar
still at large.
And you're destructive, conductive
to electricity
and you
CHARGE.

It's never been in question
whether you have got direction,
but you need to stay grounded.
It's for everyone's protection.
You're laughing at this dance,
but you don't understand the circumstance.
I'm running out of reasons
to give you another chance
so

Light up your darkened thoughts now.
Look back upon all you've wrought now.
Light up your darkened dreaming.
Ignore the ghosts. Ignore their screaming.
Light up your poisonous plans.
Your fate is out of your hands.
Yesterday won't come back to you
so try to think things through.

It's never been in question
whether you have got direction,
but you need to stay grounded.
It's for everyone's protection.
You're laughing at this dance,
but you don't understand the circumstance.
I'm running out of reasons
to give you another chance.

It's never been in question
whether you have got direction,
but you need to stay grounded.
It's for everyone's protection.
You're laughing at this dance,
but you don't understand the circumstance.
I'm running out of reasons
to give you another chance
so

Light up your darkened thoughts now.
Look back upon all you've wrought now.
Light up your darkened dreaming.
Ignore the ghosts. Ignore their screaming.
Light up your poisonous plans.
Your fate is out of your hands.
Yesterday won't come back to you
so try to think things through

and light up
Track Name: Hey Alice
Hey Alice, where's your wonderland now that you're back on Earth?
How does it look, now you've left it behind and crossed the stepping stones?
Hey Alice, is it greener here or does it seem like dirt?
Does it feel the same, can you say that you are happy to be home?

The rabbit seems to call your name. You're late, so it's time to move.
Oh Alice, you know it's your fate. Tick, tock. No time to lose.

Did the mushrooms make you grow? Did the flowers say hello?
Would Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee care to sing a song for me?
Did you like your Unbirthday? Did the Cheshire Cat smile your way?
Can you tell a raven from a writing desk? Was the Hatter's tea the best?
Did you do as the Queen asked? Did you see through the looking glass?

Hey Alice, do you want to play? The Queen's great (or so it's been said)!
Hey Alice, can you play croquet? If you're good, you can keep your head.

Did the mushrooms make you grow? Did the flowers say hello?
Would Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee care to sing a song for me?
Did you like your Unbirthday? Did the Cheshire Cat smile your way?
Can you tell a raven from a writing desk? Was the Hatter's tea the best?
Did you do as the Queen asked? Did you see through the looking glass?

Hey Alice, are you here or there or somewhere in between?
Hey Alice, would you ever dare to go back through where you've been?
Hey Alice, time is running short. This can't take too long.
Make a choice now. On which side of the door do you feel you belong?

The rabbit seems to call your name. You're late, so it's time to move.
Oh Alice, you know it's your fate. Tick, tock. No time to lose.

Did the mushrooms make you grow? Did the flowers say hello?
Would Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee care to sing a song for me?
Did you like your Unbirthday? Did the Cheshire Cat smile your way?
Can you tell a raven from a writing desk? Was the Hatter's tea the best?
Did you do as the Queen asked? Did you see through the looking glass?

The rabbit seems to call your name. You're late, so it's time to move.
Oh Alice, you know it's your fate. Tick, tock. No time to lose.