Songs for the Fallen

by God and Tonic

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released February 15, 2013

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God and Tonic is:

Birch Wardlaw - Guitar, drums, and vocals

Caroline S. Webster - Bass and vocals

JC Green - Guitar and vocals

Michael Wells - Guitar and vocals

Tim Stuckey - Bass, vocals, and the taming of the moose

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Album Credits:

Michael Wells - Guitar, male vocals, mountain dulcimer and bass

Caroline S. Webster - Bass and female vocals

Guest Musician (Also, also wik):

R. Daniel Long Jr. - Drums and percussion

Recorded and mastered by:

Danny Everitt from Southside Sound Studio

Josh from The Blue Room Studio

Cover art by:

Carla (Kitty) Humphries - alterwriter.deviantart.com

Special thanks to Vicki Wells and Heath Day, who opened their doors to us and gave us a place to stay, eat, etc... when we were going down to Birmingham, AL, to record this album. They also trained the imaginary moose to speak Latin while filling out complicated copyright forms.
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God and Tonic Greenville, South Carolina

God and Tonic is a singer/songwriter project currently located in the Upstate of South Carolina. We have been seen playing at clubs and festivals in the Southeast for over 10 years now. Stay a while and stream some music.

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Track Name: Die a Little
I don't know how to talk to you sweet maiden.
My words they fail, I die a little inside.
I'd still proclaim my love for you although it sure seems faded.
I don't know why I try... It happens every time
I try to look you in the eye
I die a little each time
Sometimes I sit and wonder why
I try when I die a little each time.

Give me something to do for you sweet maiden.
If I could catch your eye it'd be worth my time.
I'd still proclaim my love for you although it sure seems faded.
I don't know why I try... It happens every time
I try to look you in the eye
I die a little each time.
Sometimes I sit and wonder why
I try when I die a little each time.

Solo ;-P

What did I ever do to you sweet maiden?
A yes, a no, some sign. I'm loosing my mind.
How could I ever think you'd be a thing so very sacred?
I don't know why I tried... It happens every time
I try to look you in the eye
I die a little each time.
Sometimes I sit and wonder why
I try when I die a little each time.
Track Name: Insidious
Play follow the leader.
Cause it's so much sweeter when I always win
Point. I beat you you looser
There I feel so much cooler
Can we play again

Insidious I am
I am insidious

Stop. Consider the moment,
Just savor this moment, as it passes away.
I. I came and I stole it
Command and controlled it
Then pissed it away

Insidious I am
I am insidious

With all things equal I deceive
To bring you comfort and belief
Just lift me up till you disown me
I'll start again when I'm on my own
And should it come your time to need
I'll sell you out if it pleases me
And then your consequence I reap.
Can't take the blame...

Come, come and worship before me
Supplicate and adore me, and I'll be your friend
Lost. I'm so glad that you found me
You'd be worthless without me.
Be mine till the end.

Insidious I am
I am insidious

With all things equal I deceive
To bring you comfort and belief
Just lift me up till you disown me
I'll start again when I'm on my own
And should it come your time to need
I'll sell you out if it sets me free
And then your consequence I reap.
Can't take the blame when you play for keeps.
Track Name: Songs for the Fallen
*Hero*
Step right up, yeah step right up, let's play a little game.
This ain't no cheep Chinese stuffed panda, what I've got's the real damn thing.
So step right up, yeah step right up for your turn to save the day.
And be the man who promised change.

I think Bruce Wayne and John McClain would say it the same way,
"Sometimes the price of valor is a disappointing thing"
So I'll stay here, and play the gig and you can save the day.
Who me a hero? No way.

Have you heard, the news my friend, what does the tele say?
It seems like everybody wants it man, it's really all the rage.
You've heard it from the old guy, and not much younger what's-her-name.
They are the man who promised change.

This isn't love you're neighbor, kumbyah or come what may.
There's no uplifting speech to make,. and I'm no MLK.
But somewhere, someone greater than I passes on today.
Who me a hero? No way.

*180 Degrees of Evil*
So have they told ya? My life is pending.
My time among you all is ending.
It won’t be so long,
Until I see you again.
Until the next time we meet my friend.

It doesn’t sit right knowing your number is up.
“We’ve burnt the House of Usher to the ground.”
For just a moment, it didn’t seem just
Like that it’s over, it’s time to
Spin the wheel again.

Chorus
So Turn, Turn, Tum, come on ladies feel the burn
180 degrees of evil
When that axis starts to slide you best be running for your life
180 degrees of evil

Sometimes it feels that life can just be heartless.
Is this where I should say at least I tried.
The fates aren’t really known to dote
They rarely even send a note,
To tell this solemn, sorry scapegoat to say goodbye.

Goodbye my friend, I hoped I’d see you in the end.
Seems you get to be the better man than I.
If nothing else remember this,
I never really was that pissed.
With not a bang, but just a whimper go I.

Chorus

Bridge
So is it time to end my turn
Must your argument sound able when the case is overturned?
Still I can’t help but feel a little burned
You never know, how things will go, it had to turn

So should I sit back? And let it all turn to dust.
In seas of absolution will I drown.
Did you just get here?
When will ya get back?
Next time we come around.

Quake before the insolent and righteous.
Everything you’ve loved or taken down.
They’re joining in a chorus to say
“Hey this is your life”
And now it’s over, it’s time to
Spin the wheel again.

Chorus

Bridge
I think it’s time to end my turn
This meager skein I’ve built, unraveled and unlearned.
Still I can’t help but feel a little burned
Next thing you know, it’s time to go, it had to turn

So have they told ya? My life is pending.
My time among you all is ending.
It won’t be so long,
Until I see you again,
Until the next time we meet my friend.

*Into the outside*
Goodbye, goodbye, can we ever say goodbye?
If I just tell myself I did, would that still be a lie?
Goodbye, goodbye, a hundred thousand times goodbye.
I hope you will forgive me if I try, goodbye.

We’ll have the things that could have been, that should have been, Amen.
I hope you know how much I’ll miss each single one of them.
And now we say farewell, I’ll see you when my time here ends.
So take your trip into the outside my friend.
Track Name: Confusion
What is home?
Home is not safe anymore. Perhaps it never was.
What is love?
Love is no different than it was, but contrasted with hate.
Who are we?
We are promise we are pain. The path to gold is lined with blood.
Who are you?
You are different you're not sane. But who am I to judge?

Confusion tears at the fabric of my brain.
Bring back my pride.
Illusion lies at the base of what I say
I can't explain this thing away, I cannot take another day.

What is God?
So very different but the same, who answers when we call.
From Above,
God is judgment, God is love. How can we know his will at all?

Confusion tears at the fabric of my brain.
Bring back my pride.
Illusion lies at the base of what I say
I can't explain this thing away, I cannot take another day.

What is war?
War is honor war is shame. A price that we can never pay.
Sadistic games
Where the cost outweighs the gain. But I can find no other way.

Confusion tears at the fabric of my brain.
Bring back my pride.
Illusion lies at the base of what I say
I can't explain this thing away, I cannot take another day.
Track Name: Lines
I’ve got this view on life. It’s always got me looking between the lines
This masquerade we live, it causes pain, unnecessary strife
Deep in our souls we keep antagonizing self to break away
Yearning to deviate and find out that we have something to say

And what about these lines?
Contaminating what is mine
These lines we say
One day I hope these lines will go away

This aberration you contrive to place upon me fades away
Access to order I, consoling while conforming, I slip away
Controlled I can survive without this voice and what it has to say
This order must arrive; alone I cannot face another day

And what about these lines?
Contaminating what is mine
These lines we say
One day I hope these lines will go away

So many elements to life: a time to live, somewhere to die
Is this the best thing that you’ve got?
Are we sublime or are we not?
How many innocent will die in this relief you proselytize?
Are these the lines for which we’ve sought?
If we’re in line, who’s on top?
If we’re in line, who’s on top?

The moral as I see; as dogma settles in it strips away
And serves to sanitize all the things that we were meant to say

And what about these lines?
Contaminating what is mine
These lines we say
One day I hope these lines will go away

So many elements to life: a time to live, somewhere to die
Is this the best thing that you’ve got?
Are we divine or are we not?
How many innocent survive in this relief you proselytized?
Are these the lines in which we’re caught?
If we’re in line, then who is not?

And so it comes and passes by: a time to live, somewhere to die
Are these the lines by which we’re drawn
Are we mankind?
Can we move on?
Track Name: Sandcastles
I tell ya sir I'm not the chosen one, but I know just what I'm sayin'
The path I choose is another son's - 'least I know where my head is layin'
We fought beneath the same creed and code, I broke my back to give it all
You gave the boys your best damned word, and me - nothing at all

Chorus:
I'll take your lies, I love your fear, who's the underdog now little man?
When tide rolls in and up the pier sandcastles melt, my rock is merely shaken, yeah.

You live on tears and others' sweat hear my word here comes the famine
A paltry feast for one so fat, I'll break my chains and go on living

Chorus

Sometimes I turn just to look back and I have only one regret
You're not aware of what you lack- what you give is what you get

Chorus

What you give is what you get and I got a feeling you'll get yours someday
What you give is what you get and I got a feeling you'll get yours someday
What you give is what you get and I got a feeling you'll get yours someday
What you give is what you get and I got a feeling you'll get yours someday
What you give is what you get and I know that, I'll get mine someday
Track Name: Gaeirin's Song
You're my best friend, I just want to be together.
And I'm not fond of letting you go.
And I don't want to be alone tonight
But I love you, and I'll miss you, and you know.

You're my mentor, you're my student, you're my lover.
I just thought I'd take the time to let you know.
That I would rather be sitting next to you.
And I love you, and I miss you, and you know.

No Nothing, not ever, could stand in for you.
But I'm lonely, and I'm pining, and I'm low.
Here's a song biding time till I can see you smile.
Say I love you, and I've missed you, and you know.
Track Name: World of Shadows
Who gave you your license to my life?
Under lock and key,
It cuts me to the heart just like a knife,

My dear, The words are in my ears
Chasing through this world of shadows
Searching here for pride I'll never find.

You can't tell me that I can't run free
Losing all my ground,
It feels just like I shouldn't even try,

My dear, the words are in my ears
Chasing through this world of shadows
Searching here for hope I'll never find.

Those that said that you were best for me
I lied through my teeth
I'm taking back all the things that are mine,

My dear, the words are in my ears
Chasing through this world of shadows
Searching here for love I'll never find.

You don't even know where I am now
In another world
Still running faster for my precious life,

My dear, the words are in my ears
Chasing through this world of shadows
Searching here for peace I'll never find.
Track Name: Scapegoat
Pardon me sir but I just can't see whether
These people who follow you should know much better
This love and this kindness it seems altogether
Obnoxious, and out of the way

I come to you sir as a scapegoat
Misquote you and cast you away
This promise you bring us cries softly beneath us
All broken, and fading away

Step inside - Mesmerize
Crucified - Pacified

Pardon me miss but I've come to discover
Your manner and meter is not like the others
Unbridled, ambitious, we'll have none of this
It's obnoxious, and out of the way

I come to you miss as a scapegoat
Control you and cast you away
This horrible temptress brought swiftly to her rest
All broken, and fading away

Step inside - Mesmerize
Crucified - Pacified

How can you say we should love on another
And that I can't hate you because of your color
It's vile and bent knowing that you exist
It's obnoxious and out of the way

I come to you sir as a scapegoat
Control you and make you my slave
This biblical heathen now hangs from a tree
He's all broken, and fading away

Step inside - Mesmerize
Crucified - Pacified
Track Name: Punk is Dead
Brother Sid, spent all his quid on smack and shoddy ass
But Johnny Rotten's teeth I bet now sparkle like smooth glass
And now it seems that Malcolm was the prophet of the band
I hope one day they shove it up his arse and use both hands

We buy their clothes at pimped out shows, that one looks like my dad
Sometimes a thing can die and live the afterlife a fad
It's worse than that it's dead Jim, and lying in its bed
So go and tell your mum and all the rest that punk is dead

Jello saw blood on the walls; DK's a new wave band
The things coming out of his brain could kill a lesser man
I call Biafra to the court; keep record of what's said
Cause if we know what Jello knows, you'll know that Punk is dead

We buy their clothes at pimped out shows, that one looks like my dad
Sometimes a thing can die and live the afterlife a fad
It's worse than that it's dead Jim, and lying in its bed
So go and tell your mum and all the rest that punk is dead

Can't tell you what is coming, only what is done
The numbers once were many, now I'm pretty sure it's none
But if you wanna tell me that it isn't in the past
Then I'll go get Henry Rollins and we'll come and kick your ass

We buy their clothes at pimped out shows, that one looks like my dad
Sometimes a thing can die and live the afterlife a fad
It's worse than that it's dead Jim, and lying in its bed
So go and tell your mum and all the rest that punk is dead
Track Name: Better
Who made you the fuckin' leader?
You'll only live and die and fade away.
Am I supposed to be your martyr?
I don't think I deserve this
I doubt you'll even hear me anyway.

So hear me, and never forget
That I'm dangerous, and better off dead.
You can fear me, if that's all I can get
'Cause it's better than nothing at all

Time it keeps so very badly.
Say 'Obladi' and then forget the phrase.
I'm still walking on the ashes.
Your face gets kinda hazy
Your name I can't recall, you fade away.

So hear me, and never forget
That I'm dangerous, and better off dead.
You can fear me, if that's all I can get
'Cause it's better than nothing at all

Why must I be the fuckin' leader?
And how am I supposed to fade away?
You think it's easy to be the hard one?
I'll bet you think I like this
Who are you to judge me anyway?

So hear me, and never forget
That I'm dangerous, and better off dead.
You can fear me, if that's all I can get
'Cause it's better than nothing at all

So hear me, and never forget
That I'm dangerous, I'm out of my head.
You can fear me, if that's all I can get
'Cause it's better than nothing at all