The Turbulent Sea

by Casey Stratton

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released November 12, 2017

All songs ©2017 Sleeping Pill Music (ASCAP). Written, produced and performed by Casey Stratton.

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Casey Stratton Grand Rapids

Formerly signed to Sony Classical, Casey Stratton has experienced the corporate side of music in full force. His 2004 album "Standing at the Edge" received high critical praise from the likes of Billboard, People and USA Today. His song "House of Jupiter" reached #1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Chart. Now independent, Casey has released 28 albums and much, much more. ... more

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Track Name: The Reign of Typhon
The Reign of Typhon

Strange how quickly we lost so much gained
The front lines collapse more each day
Buried in lies and violence, how can this be?
Everyday it’s something else entirely

Snakes - take all the voices away
Demolish the discourse and make
Everyone fall in line and lose their trust
Chaos sends masses into hysteria

They don’t know they’ve lost such control
They don’t see the trap
Has been laid in plain sight
The nuclear tides
The paranoid lies
Nothing justified
They tear us all apart every time

Arms holding us down if we try
To counter the messages
Why is it so hard to listen and engage?
Why won’t they hear what we say?
Where has this gone?

They don’t know they’ve lost such control
They don’t see the trap
Has been laid in plain sight
The nuclear tides
The paranoid lies
Nothing justified
They tear us all apart every time
Track Name: The Uphill Climb
The Uphill Climb

There it goes
The last, late thread from the dream we wove
Torches burn
We move through time but we never learn
Broken down
No open lines so the whispers drown
Will it all implode?
The system reacts to the same old code

Melted hope engulfs us
That heavy stone rolls back down
The mountain, we start again
The uphill climb

Culture clash
The destinies lie in smoldering ash
Familiar sound
The voices most vile are the ones that are loud
We can’t hide
Buried heads embolden the lies
The machine must crack
The chains must break and the world must react

Melted hope engulfs us
That heavy stone rolls back down
The mountain, we start again
The uphill climb

Wake up and face it
No way to deny
Forces resist this
We must decide
Track Name: The Constant Divide
The Constant Divide

I need a refuge from these days
It seems like an endless loop of pain
From morning to night, every time in every way
The constant noise, the constant divide
I have reached the breaking point

Don’t say it will be all right
We don’t know that this time
Will I make it through this?
Or is this the moment I give

I hear so many voices say
That we can only proceed one way
One way to dissent, one way to respect, one way to be
It doesn’t seem to me that we should call that “free”

Don’t say it will be all right
We don’t know that this time
Will I make it through this?
Or is this the moment I give

This isn’t what I signed up for
I can’t move, I can’t breathe
I can’t hear of another one lost to the sea

Don’t say it will be all right
We don’t know that this time
Will I make it through this?
Or is this the moment I give
Track Name: The American Way
The American Way

Take it all the way back
To the start of this shame
Place your bets and watch it act
Like a parlor game
Feast and famine coincide
“The American Way”
Now it’s time, it’s ride or die
You must decide

All the people who pretend it’s all right
The people who wave flags in the night
Resist it, we must speak against hate
Persist it, we can learn from these days
Our story is not one but it’s all
The story of surviving the fall
Stay with me - there is hope for us yet
We’re still free - we can do this again

I have watched my entire life
As the monuments burned
Walls came down and people cried
Now it’s our turn
Don’t let apathy take your voice
Don’t let overload claim
All that we can do in this noise
We can make change

All the people who pretend it’s all right
The people who wave flags in the night
Resist it, we must speak against hate
Persist it, we can learn from these days
Our story is not one but it’s all
The story of surviving the fall
Stay with me - there is hope for us yet
We’re still free - we can do this again

I heard you say
Nothing would stop you
Stand beside me
We will move the line

All the people who pretend it’s all right
The people who wave flags in the night
Resist it, we must speak against hate
Persist it, we can learn from these days
Our story is not one but it’s all
The story of surviving the fall
Stay with me - there is hope for us yet
We’re still free - we can do this again
Track Name: The Shipwreck of Lies
The Shipwreck of Lies

Sailing on as the sun is rising
The clearness of day brings a false sense of peace
Clouds rolling in as I hear their voices
The sun goes grey as we crash through those waves

Their song, distant and long
Growing intense, casting its spell
Luring me, out of the deep
I must obey, I must betray
Myself on these seas, so my hands freeze
I cannot turn away from what is calling to me
Can’t be set free
This is the shipwreck of lies that fools believe

Sure as the moon pulls the water into waves
I swoon as the breeze brings a chill to my face
The most beautiful sound, the most delicate lines
With a wistful detachment that words can’t describe

Their song, distant and long
Growing intense, casting its spell
Luring me, out of the deep
I must obey, I must betray
Myself on these seas, so my hands freeze
I cannot turn away from what is calling to me
Can’t be set free
This is the shipwreck of lies that fools believe
Track Name: The Sea is Full of Loss
The Sea is Full of Loss

You tremble like leaves
Before a raging storm
The vast swirl of unease
Moves its way through your form
It can’t end like this
You haven’t found the key
You swam through the abyss
A dark and brooding sea

The waves, they moan
The sea is full of loss
The skin, the stone
We pay a deadly cost

The sea is full of loss

When dark fell it seemed
That all the world had choked
On black sands of this beach
An under-worldly smoke
The past came to collect
A shared debt of shame
And you failed to select
A proper family name

The waves, they moan
The sea is full of loss
The skin, the stone
We pay a deadly cost

The sea is full of loss

You tremble like leaves
Before a raging storm
Familiar chants of unease
Move through the crowds alone
It can’t end like this
There must be a line
That we can draw in the sand
That we won’t cross this time

You can’t go back again
You can’t begin again
You say that you were never circling the end, or this
You never wanted this, you said
But this is what you ended up with then
You’re back - you’re trying this again
And it is orbiting a black hole
Of despair, of pain
It cannot be the same
Don’t change
Don’t call out her name
Track Name: The Keening
The Keening

Take their souls
Sail them home
Under waves
Will you keep them safe?
The darkest hour
Brings sorrow’s power
It cages me
Painfully
So don’t mistake
The memories made
To be enough
For all of us

Take their souls
Sail them home...
Track Name: The Dead Hand Switch
The Dead Hand Switch

A short wave daze, paranoia stitches the fragments made
I can hear the buzzer
Outside the pain moves across their faces
The fear is plain, listen of the tone to know you’re safe
I have heard the whispers
The powers at play fashioned up a system
Should one side launch, mutual distraction ensured
The switch automates the end of the world
So stay very much alert
And remain in place
Listen for the signal
And pass the word
The ending could come anytime
Keep a watchful eye on the skyline

One more chance to explain
To beg them to see straight
We won’t be here to say
What happened when the sound went away
Nothing will be left on that day

Should that tone be fully demolished
The dead hand switch will launch a swift counter-attack
And then no will be left to say why
We made something so destructive
The rhetoric ramping up on every side
Strikes cold terror in the hearts of the
People that stand to lose the most
Can it change, can it really change?

One more chance to explain
To beg them to see straight
We won’t be here to say
What happened when the sound went away
Nothing will be left on that day

Do you hear the sound?
I can’t hear the sound
I can’t hear the sound
This is it
This is it

In a flash it came
Everything imploded
The glass like blades
The air, it turned to poison
The sky went black
Screams in muted silence
A mass attack
Ravaged by the violence
Millions wiped away
In only minutes
No way to fight
Against assured destruction
The dead hand switch
Employed to kill the masses
Great harm, is it a false alarm?
Was it a false alarm?
Track Name: The Diamond Gate
The Diamond Gate

Follow me as we move through the night
A distant sound means the end is in sight
The underworld gives a pass to return
We must go to the dark if we’re ever to learn

In times of strife we must hold to the truth
No sorcery can the elements move
But still I collect all the energies made
To cast a spell over those they betrayed

Rivers deep, they carry me
To the diamond gate
To the prophecy that seals our fate

The mystic fog hides the water below
A river of fire and a river of woe
A lamentation for worlds gone before
And the heartless acts of the ones we deplore

Rivers deep, they carry me
To the diamond gate
To the prophecy that seals our fate

I’ll find you inside
You will not be denied
I’ll take you back
Or I’ll stay in the black
Persephone finds
You and me in the night
We’ll beg her to send
Us back from the dead

Rivers deep, they carry me
To the diamond gate
To the prophecy that seals our fate
Track Name: The Islands of Despair
The Islands of Despair

Dark clouds cast a spell upon the tides
Green hills ask for another sacrifice
I heard you say that you felt the moment shift
I think we knew it would somehow come to this

We lost our way - we let the landslide shift our center
And try as we may - there are times when nothing works
I’ll find a safe place - I will turn over every stone
I promise to try, promises made are the only saving grace

Looking out over islands of despair
The sea reacts to the carnage everywhere
I saw your face - I could see you losing hope
It makes perfect sense when destruction is all we’ve known

We lost our way - we let the landslide shift our center
And try as we may - there are times when nothing works
I’ll find a safe place - I will turn over every stone
I promise to try, promises made are the only saving grace

Tell me when it’s safe to look
Tell me when morning comes
And give me another chance to sail again
Give me another chance to survive

We lost our way - we let the landslide shift our center
And try as we may - there are times when nothing works
I’ll find a safe place - I will turn over every stone
I promise to try, promises made are the only saving grace
Track Name: The Traces That Remain
The Traces That Remain

Stolen moments fade from my memory
At the end of the day
Still I find myself
Looking for the traces that remain
So I let myself
Go down the roads where you and I were made

Made of rain and deceit
Those ghosts of you must set me free
Still I find myself
Thinking that I’d rather hold on
So I let myself
Live in denial that you’re really gone

And it dulls the pain
It numbs me completely
It stains the days with hints of regret
And then it ends…

You’re out there somewhere
In those ethers
You’re so far out there
I’ve lost your trace…
Track Name: The Moon and the Dawn
The Moon and the Dawn

We travel over hillsides through the dark, embittered night
Her silver, lonely moon our only guide
Will we find our way across the harsh, bitter terrain
Our mission very clear, we must regain

A shooting star reflects our hope to move at higher speed
Dismantling a system made to stay stuck on repeat
But we channel all her wisdom through the moonlight and the stars
We can define who we really are

You stand before me, looking down
I know it feels like we’re spellbound
I’ll stay if you’ll stay, we can weather this
We can change the way that this story ends

She brings the dawn to give us all a sign that we remain
In a world where the sun shines every day
We must keep in mind the great strides that we have made
Over seeming endless nights, through the hard rain

You stand before me, looking down
I know it feels like we’re spellbound
I’ll stay if you’ll stay we can weather this
We can change the way that this story ends

I won’t go - if you promise, I’ll promise, I’ll show
I’ll keep giving myself, I will grow
I will hope for your hope and I’ll know
That it’s possible to have a home
Where the moon and the dawn let us know
That tomorrow will bring what we hope
So I won’t go if you won’t go
I won’t go if you won’t go