Alternarratives

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This is the third album in the 'Meeting the Changing Landscape' series. It has a meta-theme, like all the albums do, and this theme is telling ourselves better stories in order that we might head towards the Hills to Die On.

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released September 9, 2018

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is Flipdog, who has been home recording since the dark ages (1994), releasing it since 2001

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Track Name: Altered Narrative
What was lost can always be found
if it’s real then it’ll always be around
if your destination seems confused
you can refocus by finding something true
because the journey ain’t quite what it seems
it’s partly vision and partly dreams
let them tell you what you need
you ain’t alone

So the stories that you tell yourself
are you certain they don’t come from somewhere else
are you sure they take you where you need to go
are they telling you what you need to know
so grab your pen and choose your words
think of the order in which you want them heard
take out anything that you don’t believe
that which doesn’t serve you needs to be released

Find the freedom to tear it down
and build your world back the right way round
and then to reach out to where you’ll be
and find the freedom to accept your destiny

You already have all that you need
so don’t give in to temptation and greed
there’s untold riches if you just look within
they go back all the way to your origin
so find your feet and show the way
you’ll be teaching yourself every day
if you sway with what you know to be true
you can withstand whatever will come at you

And find the freedom to stare it down
live your life like it’s the right way round
and then to reach out to where you’ll be
and find the freedom to accept your destiny

Find the freedom to tear it down
and build your world back the right way round
and then to reach out to where you’ll be
and find the freedom to accept your destiny

Only you can know the way
Track Name: Unbetween II
I came alive from in between
towers of statues shadows unseen
I see the pattern from the outside
all but forgotten once we're inside

I'm singing pictures no craven image
a different language a wider landscape
captured reflections echoes of your heartbeat
now represented your will given shape

The sun seemed hidden the sun seemed lost
the sun seemed mythic maybe it never was
you can't ignore it not if you're honest
open the doorway within your heart

You live the answer just let it happen
confusion reigns when you try too hard
you'll cross the threshold of understanding
by finding silence and listening
Track Name: The Best Seat in the House
As I was saying to the fireman
your battles are only temporary
there can never be a winner
without destroying everything
so find your feet and stand your ground
you’ve got the best seat in the house

I’m a fever at night
some of it is lost during the day
when you believe every night
You can find a way

A stall of bottles
attracts wide eyes
a hall of vessels
with nothing to pour
within’s the same as without
you’ve got the best seat in the house

I’m a fever at night
some of it is lost during the day
when you believe every night
You can find a way

As I explained to the fireman
your battles are always temporary
the real action is on the inside
the real fire never dies
so find your feet and stand your ground
you’ve got the best seat in the house

I’m a fever at night
some of it is lost during the day
when you believe every night
You can find a way
I’m a fever at night
I know what it costs during the day
and I believe every night
so I can find my way
Track Name: No Drop In the Ocean
All is flood everywhere the flood that’s like a desert
memories and anticipations are horizons around the present
searching for a signal in amongst the noise
as I go to move a mountain with the sound of my voice

The flood keeps getting deeper all I’ve ever done is swim
I could keep diving forever and still it doesn’t sink in
forever torn between the desire to despair and to rejoice
because all I’ve got to move the mountain is the sound of my voice

As I explained to the princess, I was a grown up once
but you end up staring at the desert when you try to make sense
as far as I can see, all is waves in this place
all I need to move the mountain is the sound of my voice
Track Name: The Hiss and The Hat
you dance round the fire to the hiss and to the hat
you dance to the power that the fire gives back
you dance round the fire and it's all that you can do
you dance round the fire and the fire is true

It's not the getting of the fortune
it's how you give with it
It's not the setting that's important
it's how you live with it

you dance round the fire to the hiss and to the hat
you dance for the power that the fire gives back
you dance round the fire and it's all that you can do
you dance round the fire and the fire burns true

wallflower have you forgotten why you came
ask the floorpiece to show you again

you dance round the fire to the hiss and to the hat
you dance with the power that the fire gives back
you dance round the fire and it's all that you can do
you dance round the fire and the fire burns through

it's true that nothing really matters
but not in the way that you think
the fire is the pattern
the dance is yours to bring

you dance round the fire to the hiss and to the hat
you dance for the power that the fire gives back
you dance round the fire it's the fire that's real
you dance round the fire and you love what you feel

you dance round the fire to the hiss and to the hat
you dance with the power that the fire gives back
you dance round the fire and it's all that you can do
you dance round the fire and the fire is you
Track Name: These Curtains Call
well it looks like a river when seen from above
if you think it's a picture you're not close enough
you can look all around it without going in
but until you have been there inside then you really don't know anything

There's a signal you can't quite hear
a signal quiet but clear

it feels like a rhythm and it moves like a pulse
when you get up right close to it, it can be nothing else
as soon as you describe it, it becomes the past tense
it becomes externalised and gradually loses its sense
There's a signal you can't quite hear
a signal still yet to appear

One by one these curtains fall
on and on these curtains call

well you know what you're doing or at least what you think
or at least what you're seeing, oh come now there must be something
it can't be just an accident that really is just so
we have to accept that sometimes we bump up against that which we just cannot know

There's a signal you can't quite hear
a signal quiet but clear
There's a signal you can't quite hear
yes, the signal that won’t disappear

One by one these curtains fall
on and on these curtains call
one by one these curtains rise
on and on the veil replies
Track Name: No Other Way Back Home
woke up this morning and it had all changed shape
it seemed so much easier to make my escape
so I walked off quickly into the sunrise
with forgotten footprints and a tingle in my eyes

when I saw her smile and she turned my way
I knew right then I was in the matinee
though I thought I'd been there and left all that behind
this time I knew there was really something to find

You don't know why you're doing it, you do it anyway
and you don't know what you're saying but you say it anyway
It doesn’t matter what you do, you have to play again
because there ain't no other way back home

the dance comes slowly what you have to do
is give yourself up to it, let the movement through
read the signals and respond in kind
don't look too close or you won't recognise your mind

You don't know why you're doing it, you do it anyway
and you don't know what you're saying but you say it anyway
It doesn’t matter what you do, you have to play again
because there ain't no other way back home

you breathe out you breathe in
you push back, still it comes in
you give up you give in
the story has you now it’s got you by the skin
you tell yourself it’s just a story being formed
you tell yourself the story is still being born
you tell yourself that this is a riddle you must solve
but I already knew the answer after I saw you unfold

You don't know why you're doing it, you do it anyway
and you don't know what you're saying but you say it anyway
It doesn’t matter what you do, you have to play again
because there ain't no other way back home
Track Name: Love's Amazing Space
It’s a new dimension every single day
It’s a new intention with everything we say
If you sense the passion then you know the way
It’s what happens when you and I imagine

This is love’s amazing space
love’s amazing space

It’s a way of knowing what you have to do
It’s a way of going all the way through
It’s a way of showing what we know to be true
It’s what happens when you and I imagine

This is love’s amazing space
love’s amazing space

This is where one and one can become truly one (x3)
This is where one and one can become
love’s amazing space
love’s amazing space

Come and walk
come and walk
come and walk within (x3)
Come and walk
come and walk
come and walk in
Love’s amazing space
love’s amazing space

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