The Misery EP

by Ember After

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released 21 February 2012

The Misery EP
Words and Music by Orren Merton

Produced by Orren Merton and Don Gunn
Mixed by Don Gunn

Except:
Misery mixed and produced by Alan Branch
Misery Mayhem mixed and produced by Alan Branch, Don Gunn, and Orren Merton
Shallow (otheroom mix) mixed and produced by Barry Wood

Cover art and graphic design: Michelle Merton

Mastered by Barry Wood at Otheroom Studios (otheroom.com)

©2012 O My Aching Soul Music (ASCAP)
This recording © 2012 Darkling Ventures

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Ember After California

Ember After is the brainchild of singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Orren Merton and his collaborators from the embers from other alternative, metal, goth, industrial, and experimental bands. From their base in Southern California, Ember After shines upon the doubt, deceit, and isolation that passes for “modern life.” Ember After firmly stakes out dark, heavy, electro-drenched territory. ... more

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Track Name: Misery
MISERY

Red light pulses to a shadow beat
Painted faces intimate torment underneath
Inner scars on display…lipstick…lingerie
Shuffle over to me I can hear her say

Come on baby
Close your eyes with me
Come on baby
Dance the Misery

Come on baby
Look…but don’t see
Come on baby
Dance the Misery

Blacklight girl with apathetic pout
I don’t care what you’re all about
Check your melodrama at the door
It’s your pale flesh that I’m coming for

Come on baby
Close your eyes with me
Come on baby
Dance the Misery

Come on baby
Look…but don’t see
Come on baby
Dance the Misery

Baby I’m not as hollow as I seem
I too am a pariah dying in my dreams
Maybe we can fix each other if we play this right
Or maybe not but at least we’ve got tonight

Come on Baby
Close your eyes with me
Come on baby
Dance the Misery…
Track Name: Misery Mayhem
MISERY

Red light pulses to a shadow beat
Painted faces intimate torment underneath
Inner scars on display…lipstick…lingerie
Shuffle over to me I can hear her say

Come on baby
Close your eyes with me
Come on baby
Dance the Misery

Come on baby
Look…but don’t see
Come on baby
Dance the Misery

Blacklight girl with apathetic pout
I don’t care what you’re all about
Check your melodrama at the door
It’s your pale flesh that I’m coming for

Come on baby
Close your eyes with me
Come on baby
Dance the Misery

Come on baby
Look…but don’t see
Come on baby
Dance the Misery

Baby I’m not as hollow as I seem
I too am a pariah dying in my dreams
Maybe we can fix each other if we play this right
Or maybe not but at least we’ve got tonight

Come on Baby
Close your eyes with me
Come on baby
Dance the Misery…
Track Name: Misery (Gunn Metal Mix)
MISERY

Red light pulses to a shadow beat
Painted faces intimate torment underneath
Inner scars on display…lipstick…lingerie
Shuffle over to me I can hear her say

Come on baby
Close your eyes with me
Come on baby
Dance the Misery

Come on baby
Look…but don’t see
Come on baby
Dance the Misery

Blacklight girl with apathetic pout
I don’t care what you’re all about
Check your melodrama at the door
It’s your pale flesh that I’m coming for

Come on baby
Close your eyes with me
Come on baby
Dance the Misery

Come on baby
Look…but don’t see
Come on baby
Dance the Misery

Baby I’m not as hollow as I seem
I too am a pariah dying in my dreams
Maybe we can fix each other if we play this right
Or maybe not but at least we’ve got tonight

Come on Baby
Close your eyes with me
Come on baby
Dance the Misery…
Track Name: Sick Of It
SICK OF IT

Blue and red and blazing lies
Buzz like conniving flies
Blasting any hope of peace
No surrender no release

Waiting still for something true
What I thought I always knew
Ripped away with all my dreams
Mundane and fantastic schemes

And I’m left

Sick of it all
I’m sick of it
Sick of it all
I’m sick of it

Once the young boy trusted
Expectations unadjusted
Everything to fall in place
Life unfurl with practiced grace

Met at every turn deception
Disappointment misconception
Loathing burns within without
Nothing grows throughout this drought

And I’m left

Sick of it all
I’m sick of it
Sick of it all
I’m sick of it


If the most dear truths come to fruition
Little lies just fall away
But without any dispensation
Night succumbs not to day

Think that I don’t understand
That I can’t fathom the plan
I only wished to ignore
What I know's in store...

Blue and red and blazing lies
Buzz like conniving flies
Blasting any hope of peace
Leaving me with no release

And I’m sick of it all...
Track Name: Shallow
SHALLOW

Make it shiny make it new
Clean and pretty through and through
Make it stylish make it pop
Make us think it never stops
Doesn’t matter if its real
What’s the point—we don’t feel
Only matters if it’s now
We’ll discard it anyhow

We’ll discard it anyhow...

Why must everything seem shallow?
Why does everything seem shallow?

Help me deviate my course
This empty joy and remorse
Herald me a truer true
Something beyond the newest new
There is a light upon the hill
Ageless golden holy still
Can we find our way to thee
Not be seduced by what we see?
Track Name: Shallow (Otheroom Mix)
SHALLOW

Make it shiny make it new
Clean and pretty through and through
Make it stylish make it pop
Make us think it never stops
Doesn’t matter if its real
What’s the point—we don’t feel
Only matters if it’s now
We’ll discard it anyhow

We’ll discard it anyhow...

Why must everything seem shallow?
Why does everything seem shallow?

Help me deviate my course
This empty joy and remorse
Herald me a truer true
Something beyond the newest new
There is a light upon the hill
Ageless golden holy still
Can we find our way to thee
Not be seduced by what we see?