Dissected

by Elijah Taylor

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1.
Breaking the layer, watching it fall Is always the hardest project of all And finding your purpose, and finding your road And hoping you make it before you grow old -chorus 1- In that respect, I’ve come again Fueled with passion, Driven by Fire In that respect, I’ve come again Running full speed, toward my desire Seeing the people, watching them live It’s all you can do to give Some conscious thought to the fact that you’re lost Just waiting to see the ultimate cost -chorus 2- In that respect I’ve lived again Fueled with passion, Driven by Fire In that respect I’ve lived again Running full speed, toward my desire Sinking in choices, screaming for help Seeing the ropes begin to melt Breathing in terror, and closing your eyes Finally seeing the truth in the lies You find a place to break down Study the corner of the room And all you can think is I don’t wanna fall down And suffer the fate of all those That were living before me They all just stood and looked down They never believed that there Could have been more to do than Stumble and then fall down And crawl on your knees And live your life until you… [chorus2]
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Special 05:30
I put my coat on, and stuff my headphones in my bag I get my bike out, and walk it outside to the road I turn my tunes on, and ride out face first in the rain I turn the corner of the road that I drive on Every day that I’m here And something tells me this will be All the things, all the ways are so clear The morning mist bestows on my face A sticky, cold reminder of fear But there’s something special There’s something special here Who knows where time is special? I reach the playhouse, and I pull my camera from my bag I throw my head back, and I stare up at the cloudy sky I listen closely, to the music half-done in my head I turn my tunes off, and I look across the misty street The sun appears to me again with a wind The clouds don’t dare to appear And I’ll go on today and I’ll see the things, All the things are so clear The morning mist has dried from my face, No longer my reminder of fear ‘Cuz there’s something special There’s something special there Don’t look over there! No, don’t look over there… Who knows where time is special? Where is the face in the window? Where has the life gone now?
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Like Me 03:50
Lonely maple, growing in the park He sees the moss, growing on the bark How can he tell it what he is feeling inside? He scratches and cuts it, and tries to reveal The inside of himself A frightened puppy, whining in the dark He sees his family, but has no strength to bark How can he tell them what he is feeling inside? He runs and he panics, and tries to reveal The inside of himself -chorus- Can you see we’re alone in the Places we go, the things we see You try to open up to the world and ask her Is anyone else like me? Little boy, running in the sun He sees a stranger, holding up his gun How can he tell him what he is feeling inside? He squeezes the trigger, and tries to reveal The inside of himself Hatred forms in quiet ways In the worst of our days Why won’t he be a real man? Relax and think about it [chorus]
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Be Herself 03:12
She’s there, hiding far away Her hair is freshly cut today She cares, just not that much today She’s there, but don’t ask her to stay Her stare is back again and now its end is out in Thin air Its like she’s gone, good-bye, so long, but you see That she cares But now it’s off, her head is soft, and you think Who cares more than that today? She’s gone to the place where she can Be Herself She’s gone to the world in which she lives and laughs and hungers And longs for the taste of lips against her mouth She’s gone Living in a perfect cube will have that hard effect on you The only way we get around is planting both feet in the ground How on earth can you get through to someone running ‘way from you? Something about her says that you should look closer And ask her how she send herself Away to that place where she ends up in And how do her thoughts begin To take hold of her mind in such a way? She’s gone to the place where she can Be Herself She’s gone to the world in which she lives and laughs and hungers And longs for the taste of lips against her mouth She’s gone, and no one seems to know That she’s strong as it takes to live inside herself Her song is a way for her to close her eyes in comfort And long for the taste of lips against her mouth She’s gone, and no one seems to know
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All Alone 04:25
Scattered brain, the thoughts alone at night Dealing foremost in the laser-light Moving to the groove at night She keeps feelin free without the right to be Naughty In her dreams, even though she wants herself to be Tempting Dressed to kill, She only came to get her fill Ever since he told her he felt empty She’s disappeared; nowhere to be found She’s running into darkness, into nowhere So she won’t think, but Who will be there when she’s all alone, yeah all alone? She’s letting go He won’t see her when she’s all alone, no all alone She’s moving slow She won’t be free when she’s all alone, no all alone She won’t leave home How can she see if she’s all alone, all alone Spending all her nights now, meeting strangers They see her eyes going for the kill Rhythm of the dance floor—never ending She can’t stop now, but [chorus] The rain is always on her windowsill She waits for the sun Within her dreams she sees the day again Walking alone She travels to the outer reaches of her mind Falling again She lands in pools of tears Straight for the edge is all she has to see Hovering over hell, holding a string [chorus]
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Shell 03:44
A bag of groceries in her arms, dedication in her eyes She sings: you don’t know me I may be the one you don’t see, no Walking home downtown, she welcomes the wind in her face While singing: Who will take me over the edge in a coaster of flavor? You don’t know me Who will take me? It may be a while; it may well be the last thing she does Come home safely without all the filth of the world on her skin ‘Cuz when she looks around, the evil shoots in through her pure eyes Who will show me a world where it’s safe to live in full flavor? You don’t know me Who will take me? In her mind she sees a way to end it all today In her heart she feels the pain: never-ending; here to stay But I’ll miss you, and I’ll see you every day And I’ll hug you, and I’ll kiss the pain away She puts on her Shell She peers through the cracks outside and Sings aloud: You don’t know me They stand and they watch in awe as she glows blue She keeps walking now Despite all the sick, sad things around, she says: You can’t hurt me Try as you might you can’t have my flavor You don’t know me Who will take me?
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For Me 04:17
It’s been a winding road, and I know what you’re lookin for A place to put your heart and lay your head at night, my love I guess I’m not alone in thinking its worth waiting for The day that we’re alone under the willow tree, my love Girl, will you swear to me now Will you swear to me now, you’re for me? Girl, will you show me that smile Will you stay for a while for me? Eleven times I’ve said, how evil things will come our way We may face the dragon from a children’s book So let’s make a deal right now, to always know there’s more to life Than paying bills and going to the Laundromat [chorus] Now the years are gone Is this what we were waiting for? I can see the time has not been kind to me, my love So grant me one last wish, and make a dusty heart glow red Let me hear you promise that you won’t give up, my love [chorus] You tell me we’ll never be apart and my heart sinks through the floor It’s a nice thought to never be alone but its fiction evermore One day I’ll run out of life my dear, but I will not let go willingly I’ll never forget all the little things, and I’ll always remember the time I’ll always remember the time that you loved me
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Slow 03:48
The days are counting, they’re floating away How can a color make me feel that way? A rush of memory; there’s no way to say What it was that I saw today The way that I saw you, I know It wasn’t about you or your show I loved the idea the place to go But all of the time my time was slow Had I not gone through a desert of rain I might have never known love’s true name The soothing sounds of creation and flame Are just my way to play the game Down, I fell down, I fell down to the ground I looked around and I found the profound sound I needed All of the answers are headed my way Its been the longest night before day But still I can smell it, it won’t go away It brings me back to just one day [chorus] Down, I fell down, I fell down to the ground I looked around and I found the profound sound I needed [chorus]
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What can I say? I don’t believe I caught your name passing What can I do? But offer you a place to put your feet up What can I see? Beyond the clouds, away from here: the future How can it me? That you saw me and wondered, to yourself Could that be me—is it me? I’ll have to wait and see—you’ll have to wait and see! Who is that man? You saw from home while eyes did roam despite my Most gentle hand Did he believe that you would be around when He went to sleep? Or would you be another waste of his time? How could it be? That he saw you and wondered, to himself Could that be me—is it me? I’ll have to wait and see—you’ll have to wait and see! She sees her life from afar, and all of the hard times that are ahead She sees her friend through it all, and all of the far off places ahead There were little voices in her head Disputing actions that would have led To catastrophe in the world of the bed In ecstasy she laid Could that be me—is it me? I’ll have to wait and see—you’ll have to wait and see!
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Graveyard 03:35
Graveyard, in my face Everyone I knew in life, in his or her place I walk by the stones in the ground Everyone trapped in their tombs With their voices not making a sound Silence drowns out the fear Everything I knew in life is all gone And dissolved in a tear Then the light comes And I see their faces again When I show up again, will they remember the love Or will they hate me? When I show up again, will they remember the love Will they reject me? Then they look up And they open their mouths to say: We don’t remember the things that you say Just go away now, just go away Graveyard is not my place I walk away hanging my head in utter disgrace
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September 05:00
September rain is cold the air is thin, and she is lonely How could it be, what he told her The words came falling from his tongue As easy as the breeze He had to go and find himself, and let his soul find peace And she is cold The rain is dripping from her hair She looks up on her knees From up above he watches her And sees her green eyes freeze In the cold September Now he touches her with warmth He reaches in her foggy mist and holds her again She looks at him through her tears She doesn’t want to let go of his love again But then she wakes alone The air is thin, and she is lonely How could she see all the reasons? She walks up to the window pane and looks out at the street Was all of this not here before, the birds, the grass, the trees In the cold September All over, watching movies, laughing, crying Eating her inside She weeps, making dinner, washing laundry Burning in her eyes Screaming, running nowhere, feeling empty Wishing for his eyes on her Loving midnight, sinking feeling Candles in the dark burning Searing heartstrings Tearing fibers Ripping out her mind September rain is cold The air is thin And she is lonely
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Prisoner 03:14
And then I said to her: How can you love me like you say In the light, in the dark, in the dungeons of your heart She just looked at me and smiled, she said How can you be so ignorant In the world that you love That you think you know all about Thank you for your time It seems I’ve been prisoner before Locked in my cell I can’t breathe Without taking a lungful of blood in my mouth With my face hidden well In good time I will know That I can trust you to hold my heart over a flame-covered doubt In the dungeons in my head You will let us out Don’t you pass up your fate just to relate to the big gate Don’t be late when I drive by in my vectormobile Shooting across the cosmos in a straight line baby But when it comes down to it Thank you for your time So what have I learned from this span of time That you’ve given me to open up again Let me just say that I’m a step closer to heaven Than I’ve ever been before
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Remember 03:33
Meet me in the clouds when we make our transition Yoga holds true as we get into position We were meant to be In the field of choice, it’s got to be you and me But what about all of the Memories I don’t see In the bolt of decision, I chose you, and you chose me Whether or not they choose to see That I love you as true as can be When we see each other, in heaven, across the clouds I will remember I will know you When I first saw your face in the door I knew I had to have you So give yourself to me Though I promise you, you’ll have to just wait and see About how I will always Let you fly clear and free In the sky you will soar, above the land, above the see Who in the world is blind to see how I love you as true as can be When we see each other, in heaven, across the clouds I will remember I will know you I think you must be what I’ve been searching for So stop the car and let me out and watch me While I kiss the ground; I can’t help myself I just thought I’d say that you’re so surreal You’re making my head spin with every gesture I can’t seem to escape this When I see your face in heaven I will remember I will remember you I will remember I will know you
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Wasting Time 04:52
Like the blades of a fan, Its turning in my head The idea I may not see Just what it is, that I’m spozed to do Within that time in my life that I’m breathin’ I drive downtown, and think of the time That I have that is left when I see them All of the lives wandering around Without a place to call home that is Eden But then I see the line, am I wasting time? It’s within this rhyme, have I drawn the line? I’d better soon find, I’m not wasting time It’s all ending without transcending in my eyes I’d rather know this time They wait in line And look for the chance To obey what it is that we tell them They think that they live free in the world What they don’t know about this just may kill them Wake up from your lie stranger Don’t tell me you know where you are Your little life is in danger Danger
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It’s in the air, and I smell it And it’s coming near Just to take me away from here And I can’t fight it off The fear is all I have that’s left of you We are the chosen ones You can’t tell me I’m not the one, no We are the chosen ones Stretching out in the sun You can tell I care, in my eyes It’s the way I stare, you can see That there’ no more fear Of betrayal, deceit, and tears And I am ever grateful I thought it was all over I’d written myself into the corner of a room But I was mistaken and now I’m shakin At the thought of you Cuz if you weren’t here I would go crazy in a padded rubber room I just can’t take it, don’t tell me you fake it Every time that we’re alone I see the difference when I change my mind But I don’t know what it means [chorus]
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She locks herself in the bedroom with the lights off, for the night What can you say to her? What can you say to her? Without being just like that villain she’s running from? Without crossing into those places you cannot see? What can you say to her? What can you say to her? When her cheeks are streaked with tears in the dark What can you say? When she’s crying out all alone: go away What can you say? What can you say to her? What can you say to her? Without being just like that villain she’s running from? Without crossing into those places you cannot see? After all the times I’ve been there I know it won’t go away So I look deep in her eyes now And I think, what can I say? I love you.
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Filled to the brim with songs that will leave you singing and thinking, there's never a dull moment on this disc. Dive in and lose yourself.

My fourth release, 'Dissected' has been the culmination of a relentless effort to "make it better."

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released January 16, 2004

All songs written, produced, edited, recorded, performed, mixed, and mastered by yours truly at Aceoft Studios in Cadillac, MI.

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