Dissected

by Elijah Taylor

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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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Track Name: Driven By Fire
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]
Track Name: Special
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?
Track Name: Like Me
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]
Track Name: Be Herself
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
Track Name: All Alone
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]
Track Name: Shell
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?
Track Name: For Me
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
Track Name: Slow
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]
Track Name: Could That Be Me?
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!
Track Name: Graveyard
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
Track Name: September
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
Track Name: Prisoner
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
Track Name: Remember
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
Track Name: Wasting Time
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
Track Name: The Chosen Ones
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]
Track Name: What Can You Say?
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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