Where's Your Wonderland?

by Rachel Macwhirter

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As well as the twelve tracks you can hear here, if you buy this album, you'll also get backing tracks to each song for free!

So this is the first album I've recorded and I guess that's rather obvious. With the exception of the backing vocals on Fall To Sleep, everything here was recorded and made somewhat presentable on my laptop in my bedroom. At least I have a desk nowadays and am not recording on my bed!

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released February 14, 2012

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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 you 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 you 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 you 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!
Track Name: United We Stand Tall
They're calling out for us,
calling out for our surrender.
We can show them all
that's not how we're going to end it.
Up against the wall
is where we stand our ground
while the fires fly
and crackle all around.

There's seconds left to burn
before the final dawn.

We can take the world
and they can't take us down.
We'll fight until the end
and soar above it all.
United we are strong.
As one we cannot fall
and we will prove ourselves.
Together we stand tall.

The stars have disappeared
and we're fighting in the daylight.
Should have lost by now.
We'll still be here by night.
The fires have burned out
and left us safe inside
our fortress that we built
with our own hands and our own lives.

There's seconds left to burn
before the final dawn.

We can take the world
and they can't take us down.
We'll fight until the end
and soar above it all.
United we are strong.
As one we cannot fall
and we will prove ourselves.
Together we stand tall.

They didn't think we'd do it
but we're more than what they say.
If we were all so worthless
we would not be here today.
We're just as good as anyone.
Why should we be worse?
We're not the ones to give up
and we won't bear their curse.

We can take the world
and they can't take us down.
We'll fight until the end
and soar above it all.
United we are strong.
As one we cannot fall
and we will prove ourselves.
Together we stand tall.
Track Name: Iron Children
Oh what an honour, the odds have smiled on me
Chosen for my chance for fame
Oh what an honour, I know the world will see
Though I never will see them

Don't miss what's next up on your TV
We're interviewing our interviewees

We are the iron children, your magnifying glass
Try to be magnets for the cameras
We are the iron children, built strong to entertain
The glorious players in your games
The players in your games

They make us beautiful, they make us bright
You give us sparkle, you lend us your spotlight
You give us a world where everyone knows our name
You give us a week and nothing again

Stay tuned for primetime on your tv
This is not primetime. This is tragedy

We are the iron children, your magnifying glass
Try to be magnets for the cameras
We are the iron children, built strong to entertain
The glorious players in your games
The players in your games

This is the venue, now's the time
You had mercy enough not to make us learn our lines
The clock is tick-tocking, the focus is on us
Reality, not TV. It's victory or bust

I heard the cannon, what do you care?
I heard his cannon, but where's his fanfare?

We are the iron children, your magnifying glass
Try to be magnets for your cameras
We are the iron children, built strong to entertain
But it's all lies, isn't it?

We are not iron children, our shields are shattered glass
Stuck in a playground for your camera
There are no iron children, we are your famous shame
We hope you enjoy our remains

There are no iron children, we are your famous shame
I hope you never clean our stain.

I know you'll never clean our stain.
Track Name: Into Winter
I saw you standing there
I had to stop and stare
I saw your heart break
And as the wind passed by
I couldn't catch your eye
I saw your heart break

And I
Couldn't bear to see you cry
And I
Fall into winter

If you see the way
Tell me and we'll fly away
To someplace we can always stay
Someplace where we'll never break
One day we will see the sky
Spanning over oceans wide
Until then you can try
To give me a reason not to cry

You blinked the tears away
And said you'd been betrayed
Too much for you to take
You'd fought so many years
But your head wasn't clear
Too much for you to take

And I
Know seasons change but never die
And I
Fall into winter

If you see the way
Tell me and we'll fly away
To someplace we can always stay
Someplace where we'll never break
One day we will see the sky
Spanning over oceans wide
Until then you can try
To give me a reason not to cry
Track Name: With Me Now
If I act, then you won't see the girl behind the smile
You can't see the child that's hiding in her eyes
You will only see the way she moves, such poise and style
It's almost like she's confidence personified
It's like she showers her light on everyone for miles
It's easy just to sit and watch her shine
But she's scared and looking deeper is not so worthwhile
There's more that hides within than you can analyse

Part of me says this is where I want to be
I've never been so far away from safe
I'm telling you, I'll handle all this easily
Why don't you stay beside me, just in case?

I am standing on my own two feet
So hear me now

I don't know what I am
I am a nightmare
I'm reaching out to you
Tell me you're there
I hate to see your face
I need you, darling
If I reach into the sky
What will the stars bring
Will they fall on me
Or pull me up from on the ground?
Who's with me now?

Somehow it doesn't feel like I am up this high
But I think I can see my house from here
I can do this, I'm sure you can see it in my eyes
I'm here to prove I won't just disappear

I am real, I am in your arms
So look at me

I don't know what I am
I am a nightmare
I'm reaching out to you
Tell me you're there
I hate to see your face
I need you, darling
If I reach into the sky
What will the stars bring?
Will they fall on me?
Or pull me up from on the ground?
If I should lose my way,
Would you help to guide me back down?
Who's with me now?

I never imagined I would end up here
But maybe I've been right here all along

I refuse to hide from what I am
I'm terrified. I understand.
Now is not the time for me to close my eyes
.
Track Name: Mockingjay
Do you know what it's like to be unable to believe your ears?
To hear a name you can't bear to hear?
Do you know what it's like to willingly throw your life away
in the hope that someone else will see another day?

Do you know that I'll never be the same?

Didn't mean to change the world, only wanted to save you.
Though I know that I'm only one girl, couldn't let them take you.
So just keep shining - I promise to be your Mockingjay.

Do you know what it's like to be in a forest built on bones
and know they're watching you back at home?
Do you know what it's like to scream out on the off chance
that someone will hear your voice in the distance?

Do you know if there's a way out for us?
Do you know if there's a way out at all?

Didn't mean to change the world, only wanted to save you.
Though I know that I'm only one girl, couldn't let them take you.
This was no revolution - I just wasn't leaving alone.
What happened after, there's no way I could have known.

So just keep shining - I promise to be your Mockingjay.

I
Never meant to be, never meant to be, never meant to be a hero.
I
Never meant to be a hero.

A herooooo~

Didn't mean to change the world, only wanted to save you.
Though I know that I'm only one girl, couldn't let them take you.

Didn't mean to change the world, only wanted to save you.
Though I know that I'm only one girl, couldn't let them take you.
This was no revolution, I just wasn't leaving alone.
What happened after, there's no way I could've known.

So just keep shining. I will try to make it all okay.
So just keep shining - I promise to be your Mockingjay.
Track Name: Fall To Sleep
Roses have faded from red to grey.
Smiling faces scared away.
Leafless trees no longer sway.

Dust and cinders fill the air.
Hollow people stop to stare.
Forests all are dead and bare.
Zephyrs blow through tattered hair.

Lay your head down
and close your eyes.
Shut out the world,
sing a lullaby.
You could be dreaming
so say goodbye.
And fall to your sleeping world.

Ashes of what used to be
fly and fall. Lost and free.
Ruins, far as can be seen.
Burdened eyes have lost their gleam.

Lay your head down
and close your eyes.
Shut out the world,
sing a lullaby.
You could be dreaming
so say goodbye.
And fall to your sleeping world.

Cover your ears
and settle down.
Clear your head of
what's going around.
You can fight all you like
with nothing to gain.
Or slip to a world
of sweet refrain.

Lay your head down
and close your eyes.
Shut out the world,
sing a lullaby.
You could be dreaming
so say goodbye.
And fall to your sleeping world.
Track Name: Too Clever By Half
Shadows can really be a girl's best friend
Diamonds can't hide you. Can't fight or defend.
Shadows can prove to be your saving grace
When staying alive means concealing your face

Brains beat out brawn. That's common sense.
Let them compete with their common violence.
Slinking unseen garners minimal damage
So slip by unnoticed as long as you'll manage

When the time comes you dart to the dark
Two steps ahead. Too clever by half.

Hiding in plain sight may be the way
It'll be worth it if it helps you stay
Center stage refuge is not what they'd expect
Amazing, the things that they never detect

They say finding food here's a valuable skill
Resources are nothing if you've learned to steal
Somehow for some reason, you start to fall
This nothing will beat you. This nothing at all.

When the time comes you dart to the dark.
Two steps ahread. Too clever by half.
Track Name: Watch Out, You're Being Watched
Another one gone today. It happens all the time, now.
Nobody's surprised now. They're dropping like they're flies now.
But don't you find it disconcerting?
After all, knowing what you've done, you're likely to be hurting.

Watch out, you're being watched now as you skulk along the street
There was once a time when you controlled the end you'd meet
Depending on the mistakes etched into your yesterday
It's a matter of time 'til it's time for you to pay

Tell me, won't you, what's your name?
Hey, why won't you show your face?

There's a reason, there's a rhyme and in the back of your mind
You know if you're in danger from the days you left behind
You can run and you can hide and you can lock yourself inside
There's nothing you can do once you have been identified.

Watch out, you're being watched now as you skulk along the street
You are not in control of the end you're going to meet
Somebody remembers your misdeeds of yesterday
Involuntary atonement is just forty seconds away

You could try to win this game
You won't get far -- it's too late

Walking through the streets like any one of us
Deliberately mundane so as not to cause a fuss
On your trains, your streets, your roads, with you on the bus
Raining judgement, not from above, but more like from next door.

Watch out, you're being watched now as you skulk along the street
You are not in control of the end you're going to meet
Somebody remembers your misdeeds of yesterday
Involuntary atonement is just forty seconds away

Watch out, you're being watched now in the plans for your defeat
There is nothing left but to fall down from on your feet
The last thing you ever know will take your breath away
You look into a pair of eyes that almost seem to say

You're nothing more than a name and a face
Scrawled onto a notebook's page
Track Name: Won't Be Fooled Again
Try and redeem yourself this time.
Try and repeat your lies.
Hide the truth behind your smile,
hide the deceit in your eyes.
Go on, I dare you, try it.

I won't be fooled again
by your innocent disguise,
your little smiles, your stupid lies.
I won't be fooled again.
I won't be fooled again
by your innocent disguise,
your little smiles, your stupid lies.
I won't be fooled again.

You always come back and say you can change,
but you're still the same. Isn't that strange?
Hide the truth behind your smile,
hide the deceit in your eyes.
Hide the proof of what you did.
It's your fault that what you had has died.

I won't be fooled again
by your innocent disguise,
your little smiles, your stupid lies.
I won't be fooled again.
I won't be fooled again
by your innocent disguise,
your little smiles, your stupid lies.
I won't be fooled again.

Hearing this might be hard
but it's what you have to do.
I hope that you will understand
that the blame all rests with you.

I won't be fooled again
by your innocent disguise,
your little smiles, your stupid lies.
I won't be fooled again.
I won't be fooled again
by your innocent disguise,
your little smiles, your stupid lies.
I won't be fooled again.
I won't be fooled again
by your innocent disguise,
your little smiles, your stupid lies.
I won't be fooled again.
Track Name: A Thousand Angels
This isn't what I expected. No, not even close.
Did no one think to give me a warning?
Yes, of course I look like I've just seen a ghost.
That's just the realisation dawning.

Here in this shaded room I think to myself
Where has this trail got me going?
I'm told it was made for me, made for no one else.
I'm told the pressure isn't showing.

We're building up to the count down
And every eye turns my way
Technically, I could back down
But what am I supposed to say?

A thousand angels are coming to get me
A thousand voices are haunting my sleep
There's no escaping this fight; they control it
I try to run. Though I hide, I am seen.

I've made it this far and I can't believe it's true
It's hard to imagine what I've done
I know it gets harder but I will see this through
Because I know I must not run

And though I'm dangerously hanging by a thread
I will still find a pathway home
There may not always be someone by my side
But I'm told that I am not alone

I feel like I'm coming around
I feel like I can face these days
But still I faintly hear the sounds
And they won't go away

A thousand angels are coming to get me
A thousand voices are haunting my sleep
There's no escaping this fight; they control it
I try to run. Though I hide, I am seen.
A thousand angels are coming to get me
A thousand voices are haunting my sleep
There's no escaping this fight; they control it
I try to run. Though I hide, I am seen.

A thousand angels are hijacking my world
A thousand eyes watch as I start to scream
And every angel will fight for the same end
A thousand angels are coming for me
A thousand angels are hijacking my world
A thousand eyes watch as I start to scream
And every angel will fight for the same end
A thousand angels are coming for me

(On and on and on they go)
A thousand angels are coming to get me
(They're starting to surround)
A thousand voices are haunting my sleep
(On and on and on they go)
There's no escaping this fight; they control it
(What's hidden underground)
I try to run. Though I hide, I am seen.
(On and on and on They go)
A thousand angels are hijacking my world
(They're starting to surround)
A thousand eyes watch as I start to scream
(On and on and on They go)
And every angel will fight for the same end
(What we hide underground)
A thousand angels are coming for me

A thousand angels are coming to get me
A thousand angels are coming for me
A thousand angels are coming to get me
A thousand angels are coming for me
Track Name: Nightingale
You were never meant for this
Clutching straws of sanity
Faking lies to blur your eyes
They break you for their vanity

Don't turn around
Break away on your own
Don't give in now
You can survive alone

Take your leave from this world that has caused you such pain
Fly away, nightingale, fly away
Fly away, nightingale, fly away

Isolated just for fun
Forced into your solitude
You don't have to answer them
Don't obey their every mood

Don't turn around
Break away on your own

Take your leave from this world that has caused you such pain
Fly away, nightingale, fly away
Flee from the darkness, escape from the rain
Fly away, nightingale, fly away
Fly away, nightingale, fly away

Fly away, nightingale, fly away
Fly away, nightingale, fly away

Free yourself now
Of torment and hurt
Never again
To be thrown in the dirt
Face your fears now
And soon you will see
Right from the start
You were meant to be free

Take your leave from this world that has caused you such pain
Fly away, nightingale, fly away
Flee from the darkness, escape from the rain
Fly away, nightingale, fly away
Fly away, nightingale, fly away