Great White Noise

by The Sam Chase & the Untraditional

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1.
I’ve got problems But they don’t amount to much They may be small compared to others but they’re still deadly to the touch I know they’re not my own as I share them with the masses They are everywhere I go People wear them on their faces But I love the sound coming out of this old time radio What’s this sensation making its way into the station could it be that motivation that I keep hearing so much about All this commotion From this runaway locomotion I try to focus in but instead I’m tuning out to the sound coming out of this old time radio A dying sound our future children may never know Now we know where to begin sometimes the hardest part of starting out is jumping in. But the morning always comes after a night that always come So get up, and get out Welcome today I’ve got problems but they don’t amount to much like wrapping up these words that have been haunting me for months But I don’t want to sing too fast because i know this song won’t last When the moments passed there won't be nothing left. but the sound coming out of this old time radio
2.
good night my darlin' I'll see you in your dreams Leave you soakin' in the darkness and sweating through your sheets You're on the shores of tomorrow But land is just out of reach You're a sailor, not a soldier so keep floating out to sea You're a body of water From your head down to your feet There's a current of fire Pushing land from underneath You're the power of the oceans The salt of the earth the whistle in the wind and what's growing in the dirt So dream on little darlin Soon the morning's gonna come There are monsters in the moonlight There is work still too be done The devils in the details And he's out of your control Don't be afraid Just make your way make your way down to the shore You're the strong and mighty mountain ore make up your bones Your ranges are phalanges crawling underneath the stones You're the light of the fire you are the darkness of the night Why we freeze and why we burn What is left from what is right So dream on little darlin Soon the morning's gonna come There are stories to be told There is work still too be done The devils in the details And he's out of your control Don't be afraid Just make your way make your way down to the shore So dream on little darling The Earth is gonna roar Your demons all have fallen But they can fall a little more The quaking of the ground Is just the burning of its core Don't be afraid Just make your way Make your way down to the shore.
3.
Something was amiss there was a creaking down the hall the moon was out and making shadow puppets on the wall Looking back it seemed so silly it left a chill down through my bones But that night I really thought there was a ghost inside my home I saw what I saw and nothing else can tell a story like my minds been known to tell You can never be too sure of what your told But I saw what I saw and I know what I know But maybe I just didn’t see what I was shown I’ve never climbed a hill without having that sinking thought This is the biggest freakin’ hill that I have ever come across. But you can’t live your life on roads that never rise or wind Hills are fun on the way down But hey man first you gotta climb I saw what I saw and nothing else can tell a story like my minds been known to tell You can never be too sure of what your told But I saw what I saw and I know what I know But maybe I just didn’t see what I was shown Maybe I’m right, or maybe I’m wrong No one really knows for sure so let’s not dwell on this too long But what we’ve chosen to see is a big beautiful world the minds a funny thing or maybe funny’s not the word I saw what I saw and nothing else can tell a story like my minds been known to tell You can never be too sure of what your told But I saw what I saw and I know what I know But maybe I just didn’t see what I was shown
4.
Everyone keeps ragging on the state of what we’ve all become We’ve all seen it coming from the brink The waterline is rising though none of it is falling there’s plenty to drown but not enough to drink yet we’re more worried about our waistlines Our bank accounts and hairlines While we pour our future down the sink We sit by and watch it from the internet We blame it on the government Does anyone really know just what to think? But what I’ve seen Is the power of a people who can change What I need Is someone who can simply explain What is all the rage? Voices quantized simplified Organic matter digitized Soul no longer needed to sing The radios off its rocker The marching drum is off its mark Music has become so out of sync Now that Hendrix is a microchip nothing more than a right click Anyone can be through the machine Where’s the dedication to the art of imperfection That could wash all of our good intentions clean But what I’ve heard Are sour notes so beautiful and naked What I need Is something so real it never can be faked What is all the rage? So here’s to the mass extinction Of all our good intentions Here’s to the crumbling Of the worlds greatest inventions Here’s to the annihilation of our grand imaginations Here’s to the loss of knowledge Of all our generations Maybe it’s the optimist in me that we will see the end to celebrity When I can turn on the TV and never again will this question be raised What is all the rage?
5.
There For Me 04:29
I’ve been trying to tell you What this song is about I say what i mean but nothing comes out But you can tell from my face What I’m showing is true But you don’t need my words Because you’ve had that face too There are nights up on that stage that I feel twenty feet tall But the morning still comes As it always does Where without you there I would feel so small But there is one thing That I know Where ever it is that I roam Baby, you’re there for me Baby, you’re there for me Late into the night Turning rights into wrongs Drinking all the whiskey Singin all the songs The campfire’s raging and I’m not behaving In the ways I intended When I woke up this morning There are nights out with my friends Where I don’t know when enough is enough But the morning still comes as it always does When I look in the mirror and I swear off that stuff But there’s one thing That I know Wherever it is that I roam Is baby, you’re there for me Baby, you’re there for me You’re worth every penny though I don’t have that many So I hope that my love is enough I throw it all on the table every time that I’m able So on those nights I’m without you You can sleep well and know we’re alright. But there’s one thing That I know I feel it deep down in my bones Is Baby, you’re there for me
6.
Mayflies 03:56
Every solution needs a problem Every work horse needs to be run You say it’s so easy with the wind at your back But I like it when it blows at my front. The birds have stopped singing in the garden As the sun looses the battle to the night The fox is in the henhouse serving chicken noodle soup So it looks like were having fox again tonight. I feel strong hardened by the years On the hunt Even though I grow weary I know that I can do it, I can. I know that I can do it, I can. The air is much sharper in the winter It blows anyway and anywhere it pleases It’s not meant for breathing it’s for chugging and wheezing As you trudge your way through into the spring Every day is a lifetime to the mayflies and our lifetime is just a moment to the mountains Pound the pavement Let it fly release the soil locked inside Now that we’re done let’s put it back the way we found it I feel strong hardened by the years On the hunt Even though I grow weary I know that I can do it, I can. I know that I can do it, I can. My memories can’t remember what’s a dream What is this life that I’ve been living in my sleep? Is it that my dreams are just a lie and as dull as my waking life Or is my life one most people only see in dreams? I feel strong hardened by the years On the hunt Even though I grow weary I know that I can do it, I can. I know that I can do it, I can. I know that I can do it, I can. I know that I can do it, I can.
7.
We’re the ones who hold the mirrors back on ourselves. We’re the ones who point our sights on far and distant horizons Marking all the moments keeping them for later Writing all of the stories so we can be remembered Faith is what keeps us from going off the rails for promise of the heavens We’re willing to go through hell We’re smart enough to build a world to hide our ignorance But not enough to cope with a meaningless existence I feel the ground shaking Coming from the sound of seven Billions of beating hearts twice as many stomping feet We are the engine of the earth We’re the rhythm of the heartbeat I see my mother I see my father My whole life I’ve watched them growing older Their time is shorter Their not as strong As the Gods that I saw in them When I was young But I’m right beside them gaining age and wisdom and soon I’ll take their place as the older generation and maybe I’ll have kids that look at daddy growing older We are the product of the ancients and we’re standing on their shoulders I feel the ground shaking Coming from the sound of seven billion beating hearts twice as many stomping feet We are the engine of the earth We’re the rhythm of the heartbeat To connect to the pulse underground Our roots must dig deeper and take hold of the very soul Of the only home we’ve ever known. I feel the ground shaking If you can shoulder the weight Then lean in and keep moving We’re the ones here to see what we’ve done We’re the ones who have a hold of the pulse We’re at the deathbed of the world Looking back at all that we’ve lost We’re the ones left to find what comes next We’re the ones who continue to build We’re the ones who've came back from the dead We’re the only ones left on the world
8.
What’s that coming around that corner? it’s gotta be the future. That’s the way it works time is linear that’s for sure even if it is human construction every little second is a little more soul and I do it all a little better than before I’m a wiser than I was a minute ago and I do it all a little better than before I do it all a little better than before Gotta count those eggs before they hatch Because you won’t have any eggs after that The egg came first, and the chicken came next And every second from then is closer to death every little second is a little more soul and I do it all a little better than before I’m a wiser than I was a minute ago and I do it all a little better than before I do it all a little better than before So, whatcha gonna do with the time you’ve got You gotta strike while the iron is hot You gotta sing fast because their aint no time and we gotta wrap it all up before we die
9.
I’m usually a pretty peaceful guy I don’t wish harm upon anyone else and I understand that we all got to survive and it’s hard enough just to get by, oh yeah But that night you broke into my car and stole my first and favorite guitar With it you stole a large piece of my heart So, there’s a special place in hell for you if you don’t take good care of that guitar. It’s been told so many secrets and never once laughed at my feelings, I suppose It was there every time I needed a kick in the pants or when I just needed something to hold But the night all of that ended When she was never seen again Did you think even for a second who you were stealing from So there’s a special place in hell for you If my guitar never finds her way home So there’s a special place in hell for you my friend. Who knows where all the rest of us will end? But we know there’s a special place in hell if you ever hurt anyone like me again
10.
Where I live, troubles been brewin' Is it strange that I don't want to fight. The slight bit of doubt is seen as undevout Pick a side and then sleep through the night And the rockets red glare the bombs bursting in air to some seem like a beautiful sight I know there's a war but am I on board with the wrong or the right? Put your boots on, good soldier, get walking A command that has come from on high Don't question your orders, it causes disorder a blurring of black and of white and we don't want that do we? it would just be too confusing. and frankly just isn't our style I know there's a war but am I on board with the wrong or the right? So ground all the angels and silence all of the saints. And stretch out the strong arms of freedom and strangle the whole human race Am I crazy for standing between you To think we could put all this nonsense aside Why we can't help the helpless Or defend the defenseless Or answer when people ask why I might sound a bit foolish There's that one golden rule it Wouldn't hurt to just give it a try I know there's a war, am I on board with the wrong or the right I know there's a war, am I on board with the wrong or the right.
11.
Through a screen we are seeing Through our fingers we are speaking The sun outside is shining burning lines into my floor That’s not the light we care to see anymore In this house, everything’s buzzing Never ending, keeps us running No need to lift a finger Unless it’s headed for your mouth Post a picture of your food for friends to talk about Some days I can only shake my head Ring my hands and walk away from every thing that’s shoved down my throat. Climb up through the fire escape To the roof far above cyberspace lie on my back and pray for rain Take a moment to imagine the rain to flood these waters. All these roads that take us nowhere Are nowhere we’ll ever know. an existential revolution All these bodies now are flying Above the city streets We once called home It’s a net that catches nothing In our Inbox out the other… box No need to feel your feelings When you can post them on your wall Self reflection doesn’t count if no one knows about it Ups and downs Are just for loading Don’t ever dream it when you can stream it A world that’s wide and infinite Is all we ever want But you’d have to leave the house and that’s way too fucking hard Take a moment to imagine the rain to flood these waters. All these roads that take us nowhere Are nowhere we’ll ever know. an existential revolution All these bodies now are flying Above the city streets We once called home Some days I can only shake my head Ring my hands and walk away from every thing that’s shoved down my throat. Climb up through the fire escape To the roof far above cyberspace lie on my back and pray for rain
12.
Get up and face the day Wash your face and comb your hair You’re a gift upon the world Here for everyone to share If you don’t realize your worth Then you won’t have any fun Next time you look into that mirror Tell that guy he’s number one! The world ain’t gonna spin your way It only spins every night into day The only way you can keep up is to get on those two feet and run So which path you gonna take? Take a gamble in the morning Count your chips when the sun is set cash out or double down before you rest your weary head The sunshine is your lady the light shining in your eyes The moonlight is your mistress and the dark secrets that you hide The world ain’t gonna spin your way It only spins every night into day The only way you can keep up is to get on those two feet and run So which path you gonna take? Drink a pint of whiskey and sing away your blues Swig a jug of rum and howl at the moon Drink a liter of vodka your comrades by your side Down a bottle of tequila with your amigos by the fire The world ain’t gonna spin your way It only spins every night into day The only way you can keep up is to get on those two feet and run So which path you gonna take? Oh I’ve lied and I have cheated That’s just the way I was taught I may have commit a crime or two But only when I get caught Cause life is here for living Rules are here to give us pause to think if what were about to do Will hurt the ones we love. The world ain’t gonna spin your way It only spins every night into day The only way you can keep up is to get on those two feet and run So which path you gonna take?
13.
The power of restriction what's underneath our skin the hold we have upon our women but more important what's within them It's a fear of what is different united in division It's a powerful addiction we call it religion In the great white noise Voices floating on the airwaves The ebb and flow of all our isms carves a tunnel through our membranes to the vast reaches of the spaces Giving credence to the crazy turning crazy into action upon the ashes we're unshaken and say "well that's just my opinion" In the great white noise If you're not sure of your footing or of the sadness you are feeling It's nothing more than a condition that we can fix with what we're selling So cure your situation With our little box of poison You'd think our strength is growing But the sickness here is spreading In the great white noise

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Great White Noise refers to all of the voices at once, screaming at the tops of their lungs. It's every frequency at top volume. It is the constant stream of auditory bullshit from soapbox messiahs, corporate mouthpieces, apocalyptic fear mongers, plastic smiling partisan political hacks, and the uneducated millions who try to hang onto the few scraps thrown to them from the table of power. It is the roar of all of those voices melting together into a thick unintelligible soup we are all wading through. The Great White Noise It is the calming hiss, where no voice of hateful xenophobia, nor thoughtful voice of reason, can break through to the people who are trying so hard to listen. It is the hypnotic pendulum, swinging back and forth, making us sleepy... very, very sleepy.
The Great White Noise is the wolf in entertainments clothing, diverting us away from what really matters towards the jaws of intellectual castration and defenseless docility. If we look closely, and see what exists in between the frequencies of the Noise, we might be able to get a small glimpse of what we used to be and how this hinders our humanity, rather than allowing the Great White Noise to rewrite it.

Or, it’s just our new album of dumb, folky, rock n roll songs… Who the fuck knows, anymore…

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released April 29, 2016

Produced by:
Sam Chase
Ted Desmarais
Ian & Jay Pelicci
Nikko Rios

Engineered by:
Ian & Jay Pelicci
New Improved Recording in Oakland, CA
During the second half of 2015

Mastered by Carl Saff Mastering Chicago, IL

Sam Chase - Vocals, Guitar
The Untraditional:
Dave Rapa - Bass, Vocals
Devon McClive - Cello
Debbie Neigher - piano, organ, rhodes
Ted Desmarais - Drums, Vocals
Joshua James Jackson - Trumpet, Vocals
Ariella Daly - Vocals

also featuring:
Kalei Yamahoa - Trombone, Accordion
Justine Leichtling - Violin
Doug Pet - Sax
Nikko Rios - e bow, guitar

Backup Vocals on "There For Me" by
the T Sisters

Album Artwork by Sam Chase

Lyrics by Sam Chase

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