Into the After

by Ember After

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03:19
Off-kilter Off-center Off-balance Everything just feels a little Off-putting Off-season Off-message Everything just feels a little off Everything’s a little off I’m not sure how Everything seemed To shift a little bit Away from me I’m not sure why No matter what I try Everything I touch Feels just a little bit off Everything’s a little off.
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Guild the cage with little trinkets Shiny fears and anxious dreamings Manicured contentment Substituting joy Take for granted haunted whispers What comes easy if at all Precious little out of reach Hunger unfulfilled Always need something else Everything compared to something else Counting blessings counting days Crossing fingers wish on stars Praying to anyone With power to conceive If only if only Never meant more sincerely If only if only Never ask again Always need something else Everything compared to something else What does so much and so many Amount to without something else Never and always One and the same When thirst becomes The only thing that’s real Striving and searching Hoping and building Watching it all Come apart again Always need something else…
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05:58
Pledges and promises bound with intention Depending on faith, fate, and intervention Failing, succeeding, or drifting astray Day by day or all gone away All gone away She said what she said he said what he said Intention or no but the promise is dead I spy with my little I cry with my little You cry with your little eye for an eye All gone away Making the best of the dim passages Recesses, crevasses over again Nothing is always always anew Seek new hope in the will to be true The sea is calling to me again The ground is aching to call me friend But darkness and I have long made our peace I’ll wait out the night with the day comes release All gone away
5.
All these days are strange Completely familiar All these moves are strange Everything feels nothing feels the same Barriers Catacombs Through the dark I glide Familiar Discomforting Exhilarating Annihilating All these days are strange Completely familiar All these moves are strange Everything feels nothing feels the same Change is all around me And everything’s the same I'll find my way
6.
Darkening and narrow skies Filled with horror and despise Demons lick their teeth and crow Nothing that once craved will grow Warmth and color doomed to fade All that’s left eternal shade Nature, nurture doesn’t matter Everything destined to scatter Always keep hanging on Always keep dreaming on Voices filling up my head Same old lies same old dread Doubt is constant, cold, consistent Ever present and persistant Nothing offered nothing gained The drubbing piercing and sustained No giving in or giving way Wrap my soul and with it say: Always keep hanging on Always keep dreaming on Nothing is over nothing is through Keep dreaming keep hoping always anew Darkening and narrow skies Filled with horror and despise Demons lick their lips and crow Nothing I once craved will grow But bleakness hasn’t crushed the sun Shining still the good I’ve done Focus on the dawn’s releases Slowly picking up the pieces Always keep hanging on Always keep dreaming on Nothing is over nothing is through Keep dreaming keep hoping always anew
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Narcissistic jingoist Jack boots made from solid gold Kleptocratic plutocrats Stealing more than they can hold Politburo proclamations Doublespeak and disavow Legitimize disinformation Keep them down until they bow RESIST! Shock troops bathed in propaganda The patriotic blind obey Disenfranchise the dissenter Xenophobe on display Don’t fall prey to their deception The only way out is through Meet doubt with determination Reckoning long overdue RESIST! We can be the change we seek Transform the cruel and oblique Crush the hate and plant anew All that’s defiled we can undo Altruism isn’t dead Still afraid to rear its head But despite the doubt and fear We can still persevere
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Pledges and promises bound with intention Depending on faith, fate, and intervention Failing, succeeding, or drifting astray Day by day or all gone away All gone away She said what she said he said what he said Intention or no but the promise is dead I spy with my little I cry with my little You cry with your little eye for an eye All gone away Making the best of the dim passages Recesses, crevasses over again Nothing is always always anew Seek new hope in the will to be true The sea is calling to me again The ground is aching to call me friend But darkness and I have long made our peace I’ll wait out the night with the day comes release All gone away

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The only way out is through...one last kiss leads to another first kiss...

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released January 23, 2019

Into the After
©2019 Darkling Ventures

All songs by Orren Merton
©2019 O My Aching Soul Music (ASCAP)

Except In Every Dream Home A Heartache
By Brian Ferry
Copyright Universal Music-Careers o/b/o E.G. Music Ltd.

Recorded by:
Orren Merton @ Ember Studios, Orange, CA
Don Gunn @ The Office, Seattle, WA
Barry Wood @ The Other Room
Mike Ashcroft @ Musicego Studios, Huntington Beach, CA
Eli Krantzberg @ Montreal, Canada

Produced by Orren Merton, Don Gunn & Barry Wood

Songs 1-7:
Mixed by Don Gunn

Songs 8-9:
Mixed by Barry Wood

Mastered by Barry Wood @ The Other Room

Art by Jen Gray @ Graybird Art

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Do you like your misery served up with electronic pulses and heavy guitars? Good news! Ember After is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Orren Merton and collaborators from the embers from other indie, metal, rock, goth, industrial, and experimental bands. Ember After firmly stakes out dark, heavy, electro-drenched territory. ... more

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