11 Escapes

by Brave Chandeliers

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about

We’ve heard the prognostication that the conceptual album is dying. In fact most would say the album itself is dying, if not already dead. We hope you’re not ready for that yet. We wrote this album to be a kaleidoscopic view of ‘escape’: the songs unpack this theme in a variety of ways--some more oblique than others--to show the positive and negative, the good and bad. After writing it for the past 18 months, we recorded it amidst the beautiful Oregon spring and summer. Cheers.

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released April 24, 2012

Brave Chandeliers is Nick Drum, Jon McNeill, Nathan Powell, and Cary Samsel
All songs written by Brave Chandeliers, ©2012 ASCAP
Produced and Mixed by Jeremy Sherrer
Assistant Engineering by Brian Brunt
Mastered by Henrik Jonsson
Recorded to 2” tape at KBC Studios, Portland, Oregon
Mixed at Spooky Electric, Portland, Oregon
Album art by Seiji Hara
App programming by Erick Bennett
Band photography by Casey Curry

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Portland Oregon's Brave Chandeliers make music that sounds like a suicide slurpee of alternative, pop, and gospel.

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Track Name: Viral
It was a moment of bliss when we both arrived
Out of the past we both came in the light
The look on her face was the glowing of grace, the coming of my age

She was the warmest of lights in the coldest night
Reached with her hand took me by surprise and opened
The lock I had held in the dark for no one else to take

And then we went viral, around the world so fast
You took me viral and our moment made to last
And everyone saw it, they heard it
The whole wide world was captivated viral, viral with you

It was a moment of affection meant to open up
Does the world still hunger for a picture of love?
And if all see, what will they choose to be?
Well that will be our test
With a touch she hit me like a power line
With a kiss my ignorance revealed its disguise and this
Lone heart that had wandered apart would finally find its rest

Have you seen enough? Have you seen enough?
That you might live it, lay down in it, and let yourself be loved?
Have you seen? Have you seen enough?
That you might emulate, come replicate, and
Wrap yourself in love

Viral. Around the world so fast.
For we are viral, and our love is built to last.
Let everyone see it, believe it
This whole wide world is captivated
Viral, viral with you.

Let everyone see it, believe it
This whole wide world is captivated
Viral, viral with you.
Track Name: Escape
Violence rises in the East, oil climbs in the West
A Freedom fighter must defend her land
Now the gas pump is charging me excess.
This world is getting small,
You can feel the constriction
With every good that’s sold and bought
It bears the markings of human friction

I bet we are meant to change
To get out underneath of the oppressive haze
Our hearts were sent with brighter dreams.
Slip the rope from my hands and feet
I am not so scared and I’m not so free
There’s no turning back for the older ways:
We will make our escape!

I can hear my TV, the cable news is frantic
And nothing lines up their pockets
More than a populous filled with panic.
So we are kept on the edge,
foreign war and a terror threat
We all die but can you tell me newsman, tell me:
Does everyone live?

Our world, it’s changing
We’re the precious, we’re the witness
Of what will yet be
So don’t be scared babe, keep on moving!

I know we’ll be better yes
When we can separate from the meaningless
Well, our hearts were made with brighter dreams.
Slip the rope from our hands and feet
I am not for sale, and I’m not so free
There’s no turning back to the older ways:
We will make our escape!
Track Name: Sinking Ship
I’ve seen enough of the aimless, I see them everyday
As empty-eyed they fall in line and do as they are told
Never question as they give themselves away

Such a shame: pretty people, perfect dreams
And all get wasted on lesser things

I can’t believe so many would follow behind
In the wake of a sinking ship
So believe me when I tell you
That I will not be told how to think
Or follow the trend
It sinks them all, and I will not be tangled in.

I’ve heard enough of the advert
Projecting how our lives should be
They offer me so willingly the rags that they have worn
And promise me a greatness that I never have received

Such a shame, this seductive game
I only thought we would be playing
Not being played
Track Name: Madmen
I can tell what you've been thinking:
"That's the way that life goes"
It always happens so fast,
You have no time to relax
It’s been all that you've known
And you've been working so hard
Trying to get ahead, babe
But now the racetrack is endless
and only the reckless would run at that pace

Everybody's running, following the schedule,
Living like they're mad men
Oh, I have been there before,
I remember that pace and I don't want it again
For I can read the headlines
I know all the hard times,
I'd rather take a slow night
Where you and me can get out of here,
Out from under the fear, and follow our lives

So put away the camera,
The world don't need to see this
And you are always far too hell bent
Trying to document your life for their eyes
Babe, where has it gotten you?
Oh its nothing you can hold onto
And all the memories on your page,
Tell me when did they satisfy the call of our lives

It may seem that those who run
Much faster than the rest of us
Are the head of the class
They can only react
Searching desperately for what they lack
They can't find all the love we have

I know everybody's running,
Following the schedule,
Living like they're mad, mad men
Such a tragic device, it is how they retreat,
It is where they have lived
I respectfully decline that frantic way of life,
Girl, we should take a slow night
There's no need for the haste,
No need for that reckless waste of life
Come away from the sorrow,
Away from the noise,
To a slow, slow night.
Track Name: Say that It's Alright
I know I promised my best to you
Those words unfolded, and my soul withdrew
And so I drifted, my heart belonged
But was oh so tempted for oh so long

Say that it’s alright.

Was it deliberate or accident?
My mind has hidden my soul’s intent
It was oh so worthless, so unthinking
I know my weakness, I’ve been remembering

Say that it’s alright.

For I was unfaithful, what have I done?
To drag your good good name into another’s arms

Say that it’s alright... would you say something?
Track Name: Love Is (What You Only Get From Me)
You say you’re wanting more original thinking 

You're out on the dance floor, making a killing 

It’s easy to see, you’re not into me
But you find yourself still fascinating



Go and live up the good life
Go through on your heels and walk up a high wire

Maybe tonight is a place you can hide
But we know there comes a fateful morning



I shouldn’t love you, save for the sorrow
When I look upon your soul

We stay together, you say “forever”
But there’s always somewhere else you’d rather go

So take your belongings, I hope they’re enticing
Are they everything you need?

You will come running after discovering
That love is what you only get from me



You been running your mouth, talking like a good girl

But you’re always found out, baby, sooner or later

It’s an endless charade, the game that we play

Well baby, don’t look now the stakes are getting high



And you need an answer

Found your seat on the Great Lost Self Romance Disaster

Time: is your well running dry?

If you stay you’ll starve like every other.


Are you ashamed of running away,
Where are the boyfriends that you’ve had?

They gave you a smile, took you for a ride,
Never to be seen again



I shouldn’t love you, with all the tricks you do 

But how can I refuse?

You’ve got the bright-eyed wanderlust lifestyle

And I have all the things that you could use

So take your belongings, I hope they’re enticing

They’ll be nothing that you need

You’ll come running, after discovering 

Love is what you only get from me
Track Name: Idling
I’m in the pocket, I’m lit like a rocket
And I’m looking for the place we should go
And they used to provide it now you have to buy it
So we’re thinking: “Any port in a storm”

And no one ever thought I would give it up for free
We will get to the deepest need tonight
I wanna be inside it when the crowd goes wild

Idling: Let the world spin round
On me: And everything go down
Baby: rest assured that I don’t belong here

So push it again, step right up to the ledge
and never wonder worry how you get down
Such a lucrative scheme, such a fleeting release
With all the bodies that have littered the ground

And sure we could say “No” to the pleasurable machine
But why would we bite the hand that feeds? Oh no
We’re mounting up the horse and its around we go

Idling: Let the world spin round
On me: And everything go down
Baby: rest assured that I don’t belong here
Idling: like a love gone south
On me: when there is no way out
Baby: and everything that I know if wrong here

And it seems like a waste of time
For heart, head, and soul, and mind
For we are the young who have walked in circles

And every now and then I feel I sometimes get it right
But it descends to the animal inside
Watching as my body’s taken for a ride
Track Name: Deep End
Are you waiting for a voice that can't be mistaken
Telling you that you should be leaving
The lonely life that you have known?

Are you hoping for love that can only be worked in
The busy life of independence
The thing you’ve been hanging on?



Well it takes time to work through
All those lies that hurt you
And I know, your virtue is strong



But what if you were caught in the deep end?
Would anybody offer to jump in? 

Would anybody know how to find their way
Into the life that you had made if you were sinking?
I know I would want to come running

But would you ever give me the chance to show you
Better things that lie beyond the simple things you hold

It’s time you let go

You were never meant to be lonely



Are you searching to sit back with the observing
Love like a window you look in, and casually slip on by?
Don't you know, no one's gonna ever fall for that?
And worse it will only lead you back
To the things you've already tried



So come on bring your baggage
I wanna see the heartache,
Wanna know what you've been trying to hide.



Shame! That you have been living inside these 4 walls.
Giving them the best part of your time
Come out in the weather, I tell you its better

And this wind and rain they make for passionate nights

And your thirsty soul need not be parched forever 



So what if you were caught, worn, wearied and lost?

Tell me babe if the pain of this world
Took the beauty from your heart and you were sinking
Girl, you know I'd want to come running
But would you let go, open up your hands
Look and see the things I have to give?

It’s time that you live. 

You were never meant to be lonely
Track Name: Tattered Remains
I love you so, and I would give so much
To have and hold you completely
But we both know that is not to be
For far too long you let so many loves
Just walk right in and come they did to steal
The beauty that you revealed

And so they got under your surface
There was no stone left unturned
And now we're fighting on the ground
That many other loves have burned
You couldn't save yourself for someone
There was no one else around
And so these tattered remains are what's left
Of you to be found

How long my love will you compare me to
The ghosts of old who came to rob you blind
Will you keep your hands from mine?

Didn't you know, Didn't you know?
Through the pain of the fight
Your face I would find
And I would buy at any cost
But it appears we've lost

You couldn't save yourself
And tattered remains are all that I see
For I am not part of your past
I am not what you have known
I am so much more, so much more
But if you will not come see it
If you will not believe it
There will be tattered remains.
Track Name: Life in Motion
Who can say, why do such things happen as they do?
There must be some kind of scientific proof
That I can hold onto
When I am falling through
See when I was young it seemed all easy in control
But as I age, it’s far beyond my hand
Will not follow my commands
I’m a house upon the sand
And my soul yearns to understand

Everybody is a life in motion
The plans are hid beneath the surface of your life
You may not understand
This may not be your plan
But no one ever escapes the forces of the world

So are you caught, your heart still looking to the past
Or is your mind racing off ahead?
Like a mouth that must be fed
Just a little bit more of bread
While your life, craving to be lived...

Everybody is a life in motion
The plans are hid beneath the surface of your life
You may not understand
This may not be your plan
But no one ever escapes the forces of the world
But everybody must contend with these forces
Connecting all of us to everything in sight
And you may have a choice
You may have a voice
But no one ever escapes the forces of the world

Momentum is pulling me, momentum I cannot see
Its overhead, underneath and I try to swim upstream

Everybody is a life in motion
The plans are hid beneath the circus of your life
You may not understand
This never was my plan
But everybody must contend with these forces
Connecting all of us to everyone in sight
And you may have a choice
You may have a voice
But no one ever escapes
No, no one ever escapes the forces of the world.
Track Name: Bumpy Ride
How many times will I have to go around
Before I realize that it’s a circle
Every mess I make and every foolish step I take
Brings me back until I’m undone

So much sadness in this madness
Without an anchor we wash away

Can we leave this place?
Can we leave this place tonight?
Can we hold our hearts and dream out loud
Against the night sky?
Baby hold on tight, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride
But I have faith that the light is coming up this time

How many days will you look into my face
And never see through the mask I’ve made
With every man I meet
There is a fraud that we must keep
Just to live out these days in peace

And I can’t take it, and I won’t make it
If this is the cold bed where we must sleep
It will be the death of me.

Gold, gold, gold on our horizon,
We will find the perfect light

Come and leave with me, leave everything behind
Let go your rags, dream out loud against the night sky
Baby hold on tight, its gonna be a bumpy ride
But I have faith that the light is coming up, coming up.