Disconnect

by Shane Carey

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released April 26, 2016

Written and performed by Shane Carey
Vocals, guitar, NS/Stick®, programming

Guest vocalists on "7 Days:" CLIFTON GRAY and ZACH GRAY

Thanks: Katalina DeFrancisco, Clifton Gray, Amy Carpenter, Nina Miller.

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Track Name: Disconnect Intro
all of the anger and
all of the hatred and
all of the violence
seems to have grown

all of the sickness and
all of the loneliness
all of the sadness
we suffer alone

All our stories intersect
Why do we choose to reject
Why do we disconnect
Track Name: Disconnect I
Disconnect from civilized society
Disconnect from safety and security
Disconnect from insult without injury
Escalation can happen without provocation
Boiling over with prejudice and hate
A civil cold war in these Divided States
Fear and brutality are all we can expect
Everyone's a target
When we disconnect

Disconnect from progress and equality
Disconnect from character and honesty
Disconnect from basic human decency
Cooperation is prelude to exploitation
Subjugated for gender, faith, and race
Same old reasons for spitting in your face
Wounds never heal, just fester and infect
Who cares about the victims
When you can disconnect

Without love
Without compassion
Without love
Without humanity
Without love

Without love, it gets worse every day
Constant battle between predators and prey
Far from civilized
Despite our intellect
We're terrifying animals
When we disconnect
Track Name: Bloody Revolution
They take away our safety
They take away our rights
They take away our liberty
They will not see the light

When civil servants fail to serve
When no hope can be seen
It's time to make some drastic cuts
Bring back the guillotine

No more losing women's rights
In Senate, House, and court
We'll draw and quarter Congress
While they beg us to abort

The long arm of the law falls short
Whenever blue kills black
They'll reach an understanding when we
Stretch 'em on the rack

The old ways are the best ways
Let's do this like the old days
We're ready for a bloody revolution
Tyranny needs battery
And when the power's drained
Get ready for a bloody revolution

We're not powerless
We're not paralyzed
We're not passive or complacent or disorganized

Talking heads spin tragedy
to talking points they like
The counterpoint will sink in
When their heads are on a pike

Same-sex weddings all around
For those who've been denied
When homophobic legislators
are boiled in Astroglide

The old ways are the best ways
Let's do this like the old days
We're ready for a bloody revolution
Tyranny needs battery
And when the power's drained
Get ready for a bloody revolution

You can't empathize
You can't compromise
You only patronize and moralize and terrorize

Time to equalize
(So say your goodbyes

The old ways are the best ways
Track Name: Hey Girl
Hey girl
I couldn't help noticing you're all alone over there
Dark hair, dark eyes, head down, curled up
With a book, leaning back in your chair

And you're not looking up at anyone
Not even checking your phone
So as much as I'd like to introduce myself
I can tell you'd rather be alone

So I'll just
Keep it to myself
Keep me to myself
If you want to have a conversation
I'd be glad to get your invitation
'Til then I'll keep to myself

Hey girl
I'm wondering what you're reading and whether I've read it too
Is it dramatic or super philosophical
A challenging point of view
Biographical, educational
Or is it just boring you
'Cause you haven't smiled this entire while
Course, it's none of my business if you do
So I'll just

Keep it to myself
Keep me to myself
I'm sure you have a way to show me
If you ever want to get to know me
'Til then I'll keep to myself

Hey woman
I shouldn't call you girl
I didn't mean to patronize
Even though I didn't say it out loud
I sincerely apologize
I'm gonna take my mind off you now
Because it's really not fair
You should be able to
Sit in public view
With a book in front of you and
Not have some guy stare
Track Name: Humanize
In like-minded societies, the truth seems fairly plain
Anyone who disagrees sounds backward or insane
Inside of the echo chamber, voices of dissent
Are reduced to ghosts of insubstantial argument

CHORUS
(Humanize)
We come into different beliefs from different lives
Disagreement's a chance to open up our eyes
If we listen as equals, if we humanize

The light through a prism is a fraction of the facts
The price of precision is to question what refracts
Have the scruples to scrutinize belief that's held too strong
To recognize rigidity, admit we might be wrong

CHORUS

We all have opinions
And we need to recognize
Remember, to err is human
And we see through human eyes
You may be wrong and you may be right

It's dismissive and arrogant, rejecting different views
When even the clueless can lead us to clues
Can we broaden horizons, exchange with other tribes
Or are we the dogmatic ones, the Pharisees and scribes

CHORUS
Track Name: The Predator
Their sleep is sacred
Every dream could be their last
Every kiss goodnight might be goodbye
Two by fours and drywall
Won't protect them if it comes
Will they see tomorrow, or die?

They wake in terror
Shots ring out at 4am
Frozen and shaking in their beds
Blinking in the darkness
Flinching at unfinished screams
Until the bullet has been fed

It's in our blood
It's in our creed
We had the choice
We chose to bleed
To sacrifice
To die to feed
The predator
We chose to need

The hairless primate
Weak and without shell or claw
Weapons of protection served a need
When the need was lessened
The weapons came to feed themselves
A semi-autoimmune disease

Those who give up weaponry
To save a little family
Deserve neither
(I think Benjamin Franklin said that.)

They're free to speak
Free to worship any god
Assembled as one nation under gun
The predator has spared them
Back to fearful sleep again
They dream of making popcorn
But feeding time is done
Track Name: 7 Days
When the water came
It took all that I'd known
All the places I'd been
All the things that I own

When the water came
it took away the land
Cold and close to drowning
I found another hand

We kept each other floating
It rained for 7 days
Then the flood receded
And we went our separate ways

But on those 7 days...

When the water comes
The choice will be your own
To love when it's offered
or float alone

(on those 7 days...)
Track Name: #NotAnySnakes
First she hears the rattle
Then she sees the shadow
Slithering in the grass

First she backs away
Then she turns around and runs
It yells how much it'd like to bite her ass

Red on black, a friend to Jack
We know #NotAllSnakes attack
So what? Tell the 1 in 3
with snakebite injuries

My fellow serpent friends
It starts with us, it has to end
These are our friends, these are the stakes
This is the goal: #NotAnySnakes


Growing up, she had a python
Loved it like family
Until that awful day

She didn't know what changed
But it was looking at her
The way it looked at mice and other prey

Red on black, a friend to Jack
We know #NotAllSnakes attack
So what? Tell the 1 in 3
with snakebite injuries

My fellow serpent friends
It starts with us, it has to end
These are our friends, these are the stakes
This is the goal: #NotAnySnakes


This is no time for wounded pride
We should be standing by their side
To offer our assistance
(From a respectful distance)


She found one of the good ones
A vegan anaconda
Wouldn't harm a bird

It would never hug too tightly
or unhinge its jaw
That's what everyone thought
So she never said a word

These are our friends, these are the stakes
this is the goal: #NotAnySnakes
Track Name: Black and White
Don't know unless you're in it
Everyone loves to spin it
Play up the racial tension
Always forget to mention
It's not a situation
Without a violation
If they would just obey
Everyone walks away, both

Black and White
If I were you
and you were me
then you'd agree
how hard to see
the blue can be

You learn as a rookie cop
Can't let 'em get the drop
No time for second guessin'
Bullet will teach that lesson
We look out for each other
Brother protecting brother
Constantly on defense
Every time dispatch sends a

Black and White
If I were you
and you were me
then you'd agree
how hard to see
the blue can be

We're being held to impossible standards
Everyone makes mistakes
All of the lives that we save out there
They always focus on the ones we take

We know we take our chances
These are our circumstances
Hated and unrewarded
Monitored and recorded
So let the public chatter
Truth is that Cop Lives Matter
More than a thug or two
Choice between me or you is

Black and White
If I were you
and you were me
then you'd agree
how hard to see
the blue can be
Track Name: I Get It
I've been the butt of a cruel but casual taunt
Been told there are things that I don't deserve to want
Felt longing so deep in my soul
I've felt madness take hold
I'm not that into sugary fruit-flavored cereal
but it's not silly that you are
I get it, Trix Rabbit

I've let insatiable need run away with my mind
Swallowing all that I have, leaving nothing behind
Mood swings, I'm suddenly blue
Running's the best I can do
I'm not a ghost and I've never been eaten by Pac Man
But I get your frustration
Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde

I have been treated like I cannot have my own space
I've been shot down for getting in someone's face
Been beaten back at every turn
Had to watch precious things burn
As a human I side with the people whose chests you burst out of
But I see we're not blameless
I get it, Alien

While I might not be there with you
I can learn from your point of view
The choices you make, the world that you see
Make sense to you, like mine do to me

So I listen to you
And I learn
And I get it

So I listen to you
And I learn
And I get it
Track Name: Sleep My Child
Sleep, sleep, sleep, my child
Close your eyes, my child
When you wake up, my child
There'll be more time to play

Dream, dream, dream, my child
Of the world you'll see, my child
When you're all grown up, my child
You can make it real some day

The bright and shining world in your mind
(the bright and shining world)

Live, live, live, my child
Always be yourself, my child
Whatever anyone says, my child
You are strong and wonderful

Love, love, love, my child
Give all you can, my child
There's enough for all, my child
There's a land of plenty in

The bright and shining world in your mind
(it's better in a dream)

For those who can't imagine
For those who can't believe
For those who have forgotten
What dreaming can achieve
For those with gentle spirits
The sensitive and kind
For everyone
For everyone
'Cause everyone deserves

The bright and shining world in your mind
Live, live, live, my child
Love, love, love, my child
Give, give, give, my child
Dream, dream, dream, my child
'Cause everyone deserves
Track Name: Disconnect II
Disconnect my heart, had problems
Disconnect my thoughts, had mud
Disconnect my ears for silence
Disconnect my world for love

The sadness and pain
Rain on our world in a flood
Prejudice and ignorance
Cruelty and violence
Need to think of self-defense
and I

Disconnect my feed, stop reading
Disconnect my thoughts, stay dumb
Disconnect my heart, stop bleeding
Disconnect my hurt, stay numb

The chill of the water
leaches the heat from my blood
Trying hard not to succumb
Cold and starting to go numb
Overwhelmed and overcome
and I disconnect for love

Disconnect my heart from cruelty
Disconnect my joy from tears
Disconnect my thought from ego
Disconnect my hope from fears

Disconnect my want from selfish
Disconnect my facts from years
Disconnect my known from habit
Disconnect my good from peers

A flower of hope
Struggles to rise from the mud
Disconnect to be alone
Home for healing on my own
'Til the flower has regrown
and I

Reconnect my mind, stop reeling
Reconnect my tears, stop flood
Reconnect my hurt, start healing
Reconnect my face, warm blood

Reconnect my heart, no problems
Reconnect my thoughts, no mud
Reconnect my ears, no silence
Reconnect my world for love

(i disconnect to reconnect)
Reconnect my world for love
(i disconnect to reconnect)
Reconnect my world for love