Stalactite

by Great Reversals

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    Single sided LP on grey or clear vinyl with a screen printed B side. 6 brand new songs recorded by Andy Nelson & mastered by Brad Boatright. Screen printing done by our bass player Jimmy via his company Edgemen Printing. Co-released by our drummer Scobie's label Dropping Bombs in the U.S. and Ugly & Proud Records in Europe. Art by Brian Sheehan.

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1.
01:56
Trepidatiously I stepped across the line, scraping just enough courage to make this new world mine. Father by my side, we shook hands with the wolf in disguise. The lore you spun and the law you loomed, nothing short of divine. Our weakness whet your appetite, you sold us the limit of the skies. We sought sage and you helped us know it. We desired wisdom, you claimed you could grow it. We needed a sword, you knew exactly how to forge it. But the blade cut both ways. Time punished hands turned claws. A stained smile revealed fangs in a crushing jaw. With patience and discipline you took root and claimed our youth. We were young and couldn't escape the serenade of the wolf's tongue. We couldn't see the den we were among. We were too young.
2.
What is it about blood and bone that asks tradition and belief to calcify to stone? And if these fossils lose their throne how do we face the unknown? With the ideas of vanquished foes we’ve built fortresses preserving antiquity, immortalizing our echoes. When the first pebble was laid and fate became the mortar to atone, was any mercy shown? And when one of our own walks out all alone will we force ourselves to disown? And if he returns red in tooth and claw will we bare our throats and admit if doubt was sown? And if he returns in love will we be brave enough to beg forgiveness and pray we’ve grown? How could we have known? And if he forgives will we find the courage to hold each other close and release these echoes of our blood and bone? How could we have known? May we insist that the future is not written in stone.
3.
03:59
All I am steeped in the waters of space and time. Diluted by heartache and of hopes unrealized. In desperation I extend toward you, leaving parts of me behind. Meet me between two unseens, I need to know I’m alive. Meet me between two unseens, I need to know I have value in your eyes.
4.
Give me guidance I cannot comprehend, a belonging unnatural to lonely men. Give me answers that make just enough sense, a family that has no beginning or end. Give me a destiny great minds have imagined, a purpose that transcends trend, a template on which I can depend. Give me the wool to pull over my eyes and feed me candy-coated lies. I’ll salvage your snake oil, I’ll purchase your bridge, just show me love no one else would give.
5.
Having learned how not to think, having learned how not to feel, still it clutches at the throat and gut, it sucks the air from your lungs. Peering down the stairwell to where it happened, that moment of mortality, the time, the space, the memory asks my heart to race a thousand miles per hour. As he forced himself and flaunted his power, and took and took and took from us. Did he not know what he was doing? That fucking coward. Did he not know what part of our soul he devoured? Did he not know how many he was ruining? That fucking coward. Did he not know? Did he not know? And yet I live, and yet I love, all while he feeds the soil, finally giving back to this world in the fields and the flowers.
6.
Little did you know I was always there, I saw you try to stop and fail. I watched you agonize as the light left her eyes and her breath turned stale. Maybe she was unknown, maybe she was all alone. And as you broke the Earth I felt your shame and as you laid her in I felt your strain. As the chasm leveled and the soil settled her shallow grave gave birth to hope. Maybe she was unknown, maybe she was all alone. Everyone needs something to believe in…. Everyone needs something to believe in: “all things happen for a reason.” Everyone needs something: “she must’ve had it coming.” Everyone needs something to believe in: “god works in mysterious ways or maybe she’s in a better place.” I see your sunken eyes, I watch you swallow lies, I see you scour sadness, suffering away nights, endlessly vying to turn wrongs into rights. I see you giving all you have to bring back the light. Find your belief and sing it to the sky, sing its song until you die. Find your belief and sing it to the sky, sing its song until you die...but know in your heart she won’t forgive you and neither will I.

about

"Stalactite" will be released as a one sided LP in November of 2018.
U.S. release via Dropping Bombs.
European Release via Ugly & Proud Records.

credits

released November 1, 2018

Recorded and mixed by Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording, May 2018.
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, June 2018.
Artwork by Brian Sheehan/Legerdemain Art

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