Chasing Ghosts

by Cracker Factory

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released June 20, 2015

RL Heyer - Guitars, Vocals, Effects
Shane Smith - Bass, Vocals
Denali Williams - Drums, Percussion, Vocals

GUESTS:
Steve Scalfati - Keyboards on Stronger Than Glue, Group Vocal on Mean Ol' Uncle Sam
Tim Snider - Strings (and arrangements) and Electric Violin on Escape
Ayesha "MusicBox" Brooks - Vocals on Escape
Dan Schmidt - Vocals on Escape
Eric Miller - Group Vocal on Mean Ol' Uncle Sam
Andrew Vait - Vocals on Heaven For Free

Engineered by Dave West and Pat at Birdhouse Studio in Ballard
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RL Heyer at Hit Factory, Cascadia
Mixed by Scott Colburn at Gravel Voice Studio in Ballard
Mastered by Kevin Jenkins
Produced by Cracker Factory
Cover art by Nikai Birchler and Shane Smith

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Track Name: Don't Drink the Water
Please open your ears, widen your eyes, broaden your minds
There are those who deceive, spew only lies, assume that you’re blind
But not me
I have come to bring you the key, the means, the choice to be free
Like the Sun, and you’ll shine a light of love on everyone

Clouds of hatred converge, drown out the light, threaten mankind
Some will never concede, day is the night, the ignorant wise
It’s a sea
Can’t you see? It will drag you down and drown your hope to be free
Like the Sun, never once allowed to shine your light of love

We’ve been drugged
We forgot to not drink the water
Now it’s gone
And it’s all because of you
Track Name: Mean Ol' Uncle Sam
Little by little
Inch by inch
I’ve got to tighten up my belt, got to give that baby a cinch
Got a foot on the road
One in the ditch
Got a mean ol’ Uncle Sam, he’s a son of a bitch

Was there ever a moment
Was there ever a time
When there wasn’t Big Brother justa shaking out your last dime?
Tax the poor
We’ve got to feed the rich
We’ve got a mean ol’ Uncle Sam, he’s a son of a bitch

Well there’s a healthy crop of people who are confident in what they believe
And a magician in the corner with a lot of tricks left up his sleeve
You could let me spin a yarn but I’ve got another basket to weave
So maybe I’ll leave

The decisions to the powerful, the rich or the blind
Every one that they make will only take us further behind
The rest of the world
Without a hitch
‘Cause that mean ol’ Uncle Sam is a son of a bitch
Track Name: Stronger Than Glue
I didn’t even see you leave the house today
And if I did, it was blurred by a sleepy haze
I must’ve been out in Kalamazoo
Spending all this time not doing what you want to do
Getting stuck behind somebody that is out of tune
Hard times are making your eyes a deeper blue
An when this world falls apart, we’ve got something that’s stronger than glue

Getting home all tired, but too busy just to go to sleep
This ain’t worth it if it’s just about the stuff we keep
Standing at an open door that you’ve got to walk through
It could just be something everybody’s got to face
We’ve got to change our path for someone that is out of place
Stick with me, I will bind to you
And when this world falls apart, we’ve got something that’s stronger than glue

Your favorite jeans with holes in the knees
There’s something holding it all together
Now you’ve got me thinking it’s you

It could just be something everybody’s got to face
It takes a lot to still be human in a rat race
You’re bound to us, we are bound to you
And when this world falls apart, we’ve got something that’s stronger than glue
Track Name: Chasing Ghosts
Next to no reflection in the absence of light
Cast in to the darkness to enhance my hindsight
Lying sick and shaking on the freezing floor
Gasping for the air coming in beneath the door

CHORUS:
Chasing ghosts through a labyrinth
Inside the void of reason’s absence
No reference of time in this maze of mine
My boundaries are defined by lines of my design

From the walls the insects crawl to feast on my scraps
Until they’ve had their fill, then slip back between the cracks

Chorus
Track Name: Raincatcher
Rain in the summer
Raining again
And we fixate on it
It dictates another day

Rain in the valley
Rain through the trees
It’s all you can ask for
Keeps the dust settling

Now the water’s in my eyes
Again
When will we see sunny skies?
Oh oh oh oh

Why does it rain on me?

Poured from a pitcher
Swirl down the drain
It’s so depressing
When everyday it rains
Track Name: Heaven for Free
You can pretend that you’re sane
That it’s all inside your brain
And wonder why won’t they just let you be
You can stand on the side
Let the idiots decide
Who is right and who just needs some sleep
Just recall what you were told
When you were young, ‘cause now you’re old
Without your glasses you can barely see
So put ‘em on and take a good, hard look in the mirror
The truth is getting nearer
I wouldn’t help you if they offered to send me up to heaven for free

It’s not a small sacrifice
Took time to look behind your eyes
And found out nothing there was really deep
Except how much you’re disturbed
By now everyone has heard
It’s safe to say 9 out of 10 would agree
But then there’s one out of ten
Who turns his back on a good friend
Who’d give the shirt off his back if you need
So put it on and take a good, hard look in the mirror
The truth is getting nearer
I wouldn’t help you if they offered to send me up to heaven for free

Heaven for free, yeah
I wouldn’t help you if they offered to send me up to heaven for free
Track Name: Escape
Another sleepless night
Lie in bed and close your eyes
Float your way through the cloudy skies and
You’ll be in heaven soon

Can we start again?
Turn my back and count to ten
When it’s up, we will be friends and
You’ll be in heaven soon

It’s not about the girl
Who complicated your whole world
It’s not about the Golden Rule
You’ll be in heaven soon

Maybe it’s not the time
To write a song without a rhyme
Just pretend everything’s fine ‘cause
You’ll be in heaven soon

Someone said heaven is only where you go when you float away
Someone said heaven is only where you go to escape
Well my friend, heaven is only in your mind but it’s great
Heaven is more of a feeling than it is a place

And you’ll be in heaven soon