Divided

by Protean Collective

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01:51
1. Introduction (Lyrics by Graham Bacher) You woke in a dream world, and though it seemed so real, you would not be scared at all to change It was nothing like where you’ve been before; you woke in a dream world and tried to close the door But you’ll find you miss so much that you left behind. It was nothing like what you’ve seen before; awake in your dream world, you wished that there was more. And there was more, but you’re preoccupied with the world outside and what it could bring. And soon you’ll find that life’s gone racing by, but you never wanted more.
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2. Won’t Last Forever (Lyrics by Graham Bacher) So here we are, I knew we’d get here by and by Now everything you dreamed of has changed in time And there you’ll sit, a silhouette of the divine A perfect glimpse that won’t last forever What more could I need?.... So self-assured, I know it must feel so sublime To dismiss your thoughts so easily But when you say it doesn’t matter if you try Was it failure that made up your mind? What more should I see? With the hopes and the reasons that we keep inside For the innocent daydreams that we have always denied I can’t stand to say I won’t take anymore- I don’t want to run away, but do you? I don’t want to run away I never meant to lose myself I don’t want to seem to change (if we could see what we have been) I never meant to lose myself When you look at the future do you see me standing there? If I don’t have some bright solution, then would you even care? Today I tried to disappear Today I lost myself and gave into my fears Today I almost disappeared It won’t happen again (would you care?) (if we could see what’s happening) I never meant to lose myself
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04:13
3. A Day (Lyrics by Matt Zappa) Momma don’t try to find me You cannot wish me home I can’t believe where I started But I know how it will end You got all the wrong questions Pride raised… nothing found Vanity lies how many wives a Lion as a lamb… one day surrendered Falling face first into the curb We never got an answer Just go and wish for never Your stare showed doubt Drowning with no direction I’ve showed you what you never wanted to see A wish as a chance to break All you wanted was a call When the day comes With all left in question You’ll see me backed against a smile Knowing all shall pass Laying down Thrown down The choice came The choices proved Our end will come But all shall pass
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02:01
4. Interlude (Lyrics by Graham Bacher) She’s so transparently afraid of being alone and that if she took a chance she might see what’s to come She’s never felt so afraid as when the truth came crashing in But she hides it everyday She hides it everyday She’s so transparently afraid of the setting sun She’d love to run far away just to avoid knowing what’s to come But she hides it everyday
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05:00
5. Trust (Lyrics by Graham Bacher) There’s a storm coming in, Dark blackened clouds blown by the wind And darkness clouds the sounds of laughter. I’d wait for darker days to free myself and speak my mind, but different wants breed different fates, and you’ve already gone You’re safe and sound; your time has come but you’re nowhere to be found. Now we should all just sympathize. There’s a look in your eyes- some kind of fear, a dream to hide in the fantasies that keep me feeling alive. You couldn’t stand to stray; you couldn’t trust they wouldn’t leave, so you kept on moving around and round and round. I’d wait for darker days to free myself and speak my mind, but different fears breed different hates, and you’ve already gone. You’ll run in circles and be going nowhere if you won’t accept what we decide You’re safe and sound; your time has come but you’re nowhere to be found. Now we should all just sympathize. You’re safe and sound; we searched so hard but you’re headed too far down. We would all give up in time… I would love it if I could stay. I would love it if I could still hear the sound and trust I’d know we’ve finally reached the end- But how, when there’s nothing to what we worked worked so hard for? What if the sound was in your head? What if there’s only one way out and you’ve already left? So you couldn’t trust us when we say you’ll run in circles and you’ll be going nowhere if you won’t accept what we decide. You’re safe and sound; your time has come but you’re nowhere to be found. Now we should all just see that you’re safe and sound; we searched so hard but you’re headed too far down. We would all give up if you’re safe and sound; now your time is up but you’re nowhere to be found, so we’ll just keep on circling around
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06:46
6. Tremors (Lyrics by Graham Bacher) You were born to lead the charge And shatter those who stay Some might say it’s a kind of an obsession But you’d just say it’s a shame they’re so far gone They’ll call you by name; “Angel,” they’ll say and though it gets so hard you’d never want escape I don’t want to grow old I don’t want to be a faceless man -But you never seem to sign yourself away I don’t want to be sold I just want to be merchandized -But you know what this is and that it won’t ever change If you take their love for granted, you’d be up and fine If you wanted to change and that’s so tempting, it’ll be your time They’ll call you by name; “Angel,” they’ll say and though it gets so hard you’d never want escape They’ll call you a saint but you don’t feel the same and as the pressure keeps on building you’ll start to shake Now another day has come and gone- another chance that you were given- your nerves will hold until you’re shaken- and you’re shaken. When in time you think you’re so far in, you’ll find you were left behind A reassuring arm brings Hope by your side “But the tremors are good,” she said, “and it’s all been done before” The panic that’s taking hold is everything you’re not equipped for Deep down you want to shout, you barely hold it in, “But the tremors are good,” she said, “and it’s all been done before” This pressure, without a doubt, is something you could do without “But the tremors are good,” she said, “and it’s all been done before” But the panic has taken hold; it’s everything you’re not equipped for. When you walk and no one pays attention, it’s because they all felt denied If you wanted a chance to change the world then I guess that’s fine but They’ll call you a fake And you won’t like the change But the pressure keeps on mounting and you start to break They’ll call you by name “Angel” they’ll say
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05:31
7. Come Down (Lyrics by Graham Bacher) You’re a light; a star. You’d shout out and say there’s nothing you have ever wanted more And you know that we’ll miss you when you’re gone, but you’re leaving without so much as goodbye or so long. It doesn’t matter if we think we’re done- We’ll lose out, blinded like we’re staring at the sun. But, thought constrictor, as we’re losing ground we’ll find out the farther up, the farther we’ll come down We’d love to find you, but we’ve been losing faith, just know that if we could, we would give anything at all. Why don’t you care? Why can’t you breathe? It’s getting tighter and tighter. You’re a sin; a drug You know now we need you much more than we’d ever before When we find out we’ve been losing faith, we’ll stumble but you know we’ll miss you all the same. Why don’t you care? Why can’t you breathe? It’s getting tighter and tighter. Why won’t you live and why can’t you believe? It’s getting tighter and tighter. If this was real I’m sure you wouldn’t call it paradise- alone and lost with no one left to care, but it remains a possibility. If I arrive, would you reach down slowly and finally kiss me goodbye? I’m sure you would, it just seems to me that that will never be. So I’ll stay afloat in this sea of opinions without one to call my own. I’d swim for shore, but there’s nothing there- outside, there’s no one at all. So I’ll reach out for the rope you left hanging and hope it’ll lead me to ground; but oh no, the harder I pull, the tighter and tighter it goes. Yeah the farther I fall, the tighter and tighter it goes.
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04:28
8. For You (Lyrics by Matt Zappa) Oh the times we sat and listened to every word sharing all the joy; the pain with a drink to ease the head till the sun began again because we needed a friend oh the times we sat and said nothing so we could laugh again to laugh again you called me friend until the day you left your key A failure snowballed in to a mountain from crossing a line a line senselessly broken with a mind full of pity I lost my best friend with all your justified anger and it was justified I can hope it doesn't lead to hate; to bitterness to hid the beauty that made me strong I hope to see you again I miss the times we sat and heard everything
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04:31
Untitled (Lyrics by Graham Bacher) There’s a sad smile that betrays what you try to hide Now everything is rearranged You seem so familiar but I can’t place it anymore Now hide your faith and say that I cannot be saved, and maybe I’m not invincible We’re gonna miss you. I don’t want to say it loud, but we all miss you even now .... For the first time in days, in a photographic haze, I remembered who you are You felt so familiar For one second I belonged, and it was beautiful Now raise your glass up to another because I cannot be saved, and maybe I’m not invincible. Stay with me a while, it may help put me at ease Why not replace us? I’d love to escape this all but you couldn’t stand it if I say It feels like amnesia that comes and goes, it feels like I’m faking when I say I won’t forget you I see the look that’s in your eyes and it reminds me of the lie That I won’t forget you I just need to find a way not to fake it when I say That I cannot be saved, and maybe I’m not invincible We’re gonna miss you. I don’t want to say it loud, but we all miss you even now For the first time in days, in a photographic haze, I remembered who you are
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05:32
10. Once Again (Lyrics by Graham Bacher) Look around and you’ll see the signs. I’ve been losing touch but I finally lost my mind. If I could stand not to hold in and medicate, then would you forget once again? “It’s such a shame, there was so much hope,” you’ll say, as if things could have gone any better. But if confusion leads to regrets, it’ll come together now once again if you let me explain. Once again, I hear “no one’s gonna save you they’re gonna leave you where you lay.” I know this but it might not be the case, okay? “No one’s gonna listen or do exactly what you say.” I know this but I don’t know what to change (I’ll change!) No one’s gonna save me they’re gonna leave me where I lay. I know this but it just won’t be the case Once Again. Can we talk about it now? Can we talk about it now? Or once again, should I forget? Now feel my touch- inhibitions melt away. There’s only so much you could forget about. But if I hold until the panic stops, then would you forget once again? No one’s gonna save me their gonna leave me where I lay. I know this but it just won’t be the case, once again.
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11. Room 16: Coward (Lyrics by Matt Zappa) on the face of no one I saw us all we started against then we learned to fall fortunate dreams compared to those who wished to care escaping from ourselves wondering who set the plan Callously watching and callously starred the promise we broke and the lies we bear the lines on your face spoke more than words pride can’t save you when nothing is...earned Posing as the victim with no self control I always knew silencing every word holding each thought saving each moment When I was set to live I dug another hole Laid down and pulled back the dirt please take all my fears place them in my hands to see them as prying eyes do Callously watching and callously starred Promises broken and the lies we barred the lines on your face spoke more than words pride can’t save you when nothing is...earned Posing as the victim with no self control I always knew... That a night like this with hopes so tall we went too far and took them all consequence of a coward left alone in the dark Posing as the victim with no self control consequence of the coward Become what you were meant to be When it lays upon your shoulders just know they can’t take your soul losing hope is not an option Your word is all you have Don’t Break what was said leaves change on the path but each step can...Move Forward or back dreaming of freedom from the bed that you won’t die on Your Will is whats left Don’t Break what was said Except the worst but Each step moves When it lays upon your shoulders just know they can’t take your soul losing hope is not an option Become what you were meant to be Posing as the victim with no self control I was the coward who spit in your face and without question I’ll stand up to Die To show that I lived without shame The moon spoke clearer than the sun a coward prayed for rain to wash him clean but the rain never came

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Graham Bacher - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Dan Ehramjian - Bass
Steph Goyer - Guitar, Vocals
Matt Zappa - Drums, Percussion

Additional Percession on "For You"
by Jason Richard and Jon Vieira

Written and performed by Protean Collective

Lyrics to tracks 1-2,4-7, and 9-10 by G. Bacher
Lyrics to tracks 3, 8, and 11 by M. Zappa

Engineered and Mixed by
G. Bacher and S. Goyer
Mastered by G. Bacher

Recorded at Squid Hell
Jamaica Plain, MA

Artwork by The Underground Bastard
www.undergroundbastard.com

Booking: Matt Zappa at ProteanCollective@gmail.com

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released May 23, 2010

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