Rituals

by Nice Bison

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credits

released 21 May 2013

Recorded and mixed at Soothsayer Studios, Chicago, IL.. 10/12 & 01/13.
Engineered by Shiraz Dada.
Mixing - Shiraz Dada and Nice Bison.
Mastering - Dan Wagner at Signal Strength Mastering.
Cover Art - Stephanie Bassos (www.stephaniebassos.com)

All songs (c) Nice Bison 2013 / All lyrics (c) Drew Hackney 2013

Nice Bison is:
Drew Hackney - Vocals, Keyboards, Drums, Percussion, Xylophone
Carson White - Bass

With:
'Davis' Dave Johnson - Guitar
Mike Racky - Pedal Steel
Anne Beal - Violin
Krista Lucas - Bassoon
Claire Hackney - Vocals

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Nice Bison Asheville, North Carolina

Nice Bison are a jazz-rock duo from Chicago but their true origins are rooted across a vast musical landscape. Reaching back to the classic rock flavor of Steely Dan, the ragtime sounds of Ben Folds 5, the rootsy feel of The Band and jangly pop of early R.E.M., Nice Bison's sound echoes love, truth, and never holding back. Rituals is a driving tour de force, and deftly avoids the scenic route. ... more

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Track Name: Am The Light
the emotion here is gone
it faded like the last notes of a song
should’ve known it all along
what seemed right turned out to be so wrong
it’s like what was had never been
the dust has settled, light’s just pouring in
to darkness’s chagrin
she’s been chased out to not return again

the dark is gone and i
the dark is gone and i
the dark is gone and i am the light

the passion that we shared
the lesson learned whose load i could not bear
like clockwork, you were there,
inquisitive that i’d decide to dare

the dark is gone and i
the dark is gone and i
the dark is gone and i am the light

(bridge)

the moment fades away
the color fades out, leaving only grey
but the lines and shadows stay
as a testament to all i learned that day

the dark is gone and i
the dark is gone and i
the dark is gone and i am the light
am the light
am the light
am the light
Track Name: No Matter
who’s here that wasn’t there before?
who’s that come knockin’ at your door?
what’s this, the evidence i found?
looks like your ship has run aground.

your words don’t bother me
you won the lottery when i met ya
til ya smoked up all the trees
and spent up all the cheese
you had her at hello.

i feel imprisoned in this head
knocked down, dragged out and left for dead
and staring at an orange sky
as all the feet go marching by

your words don’t bother me
you won the lottery when i met ya
til ya smoked up all the trees
and spent up all the cheese
you had her...

(bridge)

well-documented is my crime
problem is, it gets worse every time
I’m headed down a dangerous path
the question is, but can we laugh?

ya conned it out of me
a full lobotomy, or what have ya
the birds have offed the bees
there’s honey in the trees
–no matter

(bridge)

(outro)
Track Name: Sails
well i’m here to tell you
it’s time for a change
it’s a feeling that i can’t suppress
oozing out of my brain

i’m not telling stories
i’m not being fake
i just think that you’re making
a terrible, awful mistake

C
if you think that god won’t let you fail
‘cause he ain’t gonna be postin’ your bail
he’s got enough to give detail
i don’t mean to take the wind out of your sail

(refrain)

well i gotta tell you
that something’s awry, dear
gonna gather up all of my shit
and say all my goodbyes here

i know there are rumors
but i won’t dispel them
you can tell all the people
who are watching i’ve nothing to tell them

C
so you think that god won’t let you fail?
he ain’t gonna be postin’ your bail
he’s got enough to give detail
i don’t mean to take the wind out of your sail

did you think that love would always win?
and purity would always conquer sin?
i think that heaven lies within
i’m gonna set sail on the boat that i’m in

(refrain x2)

i can’t help you up
and watch you self-destruct
i can’t help you up
and watch you self-destruct
my friend

(intro x2)

(refrain x6)
Track Name: Washington
i’m all out of ideas
on how to make this work
i’ve cried out all of my tears
my mind has gone berserk
and still, i am looking around for you

i’m not wasting your time
and you ain’t wastin’ mine
but all this buzzing around ain’t doin’ us no good
and still, i am looking around for you
and still, i am losing my ground to you.

for you to come
for you to go

i’m awake in my dreams
‘cause sleeping is a crime
when you have as many steps left to walk as I
and still, i am looking around for you
and still, i am running aground for you

for you to come
for you to go
for you to come
to be undone

let it all wash over me
and wash it all away
Track Name: Minute I Fake
a spirit... i hear it
a spirit... i fear a spirit
hear it through the bathroom floor?

[ooh] i bet you
[ooh] i let you
[ooh] i led you
i bet you’ll let your feelings get the best of you

(chorus)
'cause the spirit i fake
is the spirit i take
is the spirit i make it into
'cause the minute i shake
is the minute i break
is the minute i fake it into

i’m in it... to win it
i’m in it
again i’m in the cinnamon and cheap perfume

[ooh] it hit you
[ooh] it fit you
[ooh] it bit you
the kid you quit you hitch upon the bathroom door

(chorus)

(bridge)
(chorus)
Track Name: Desiderata
i came equipped to say exactly what i feel
which sometimes leads to happenings beyond the real
so let me tell you something that ain’t so clear
there’s so much more beneath this thick veneer

i’ve been described as one who chooses to reside
beyond the boundaries of the realms you dwell inside
you live within the confines of your head
so let your mind wander off for once instead

what do all these words seem to suggest?
consonants and vowels can’t begin to express.
my my my my, let’s put it all to rest

so now there’s very little time for placing blame
regardless of our tricks, the outcome stays the same
i wonder if the hands of time will tell
if another thousand headlines should do us well

i’m standing here attempting danger to forewarn
so keep it wrapped up tight and peddle off your scorn
there’s little worse than leading someone on
through all the baggage you’ve just dragged along

what do all these words seem to suggest?
consonants and vowels can’t begin to express
my my my my, let’s put it all to rest, baby.

just hearing you laugh
just making you smile
makes waking on the rainiest of days
so much more worthwhile
in the danger of your gaze
there were only two
in the darkest of hours,
your brilliant colors shine through.
Track Name: Feel Divine
let the harmony flow
its winding course
like a raging river
away from its source
into gulfs of desire
held deep in your eyes
as the sediment sinks
and love’s bubbles rise

i feel divine vibrations
align sensations
inside (x2)

it’s time to strip away
all these layers of skin
that only have thickened
from duration within
and now we’re just two souls
held up to the light
that comes from inside us
and blazes so bright

i feel divine vibrations
align sensations
inside (x2)

just tell me you feel it
this love that i have to give
don’t make me have to steal it
that’d be too much to forgive

i feel divine vibrations
align sensations
inside (x2)
Track Name: Light As Snow
i live inside my head,
you lay atop your bed
with those tantalizing words you always said

the wind blows hot like steam
and life is but a dream...
when i’m holding you close, that’s how it seems

little did i know
your words fell light as snow (x3)

whenever you’re around
i crumble to the ground
i’d pick myself up but my pieces are nowhere to be found

little did i know
your words fell light as snow (x3)
your words fell light as...

words can only take us so far
so why not take a chance on what we are?
Track Name: Arm In Your Sleeve
we spring forth delicately anew
climbing up high to a new view
and i’m channeling my energy through you

i’ll be the arm in your sleeve
not another regret to grieve
and you’ll be wrapped tightly around me

we’ve got a good system in place
for mastering our emotions and kissing her face
and we honor her beauty and grace

i’ll be the head in your hat
when everyone’s sayin’ the world is flat
well who are we to argue with that?

your body comes towards mine
two objects in space that can’t help but intertwine
and the chaos and the peace realign

i’ll be the hand in your glove
caressing the wings of the dove
embracing the warmth of its love

(bridge)
suddenly, i’m overcome with emotion
heartstrings and little things get thrown into motion
my heart becomes heavy and i digress
i needed to get all of that off my chest

(outro)
Track Name: While Turning
hardwood floors that don’t hold heat
sting the surface of my feet
hold me down until the sky turns grey

all ignore my homely dress
i’ll work away my loneliness
bring the cameras in tight on my face

talk like we’ve got nothing left
act like we are all bereft
take away my undeserving pain

in the shade beneath the tree
i’ll pretend you still love me
strike through all those promises i made

i’ve got enough food
to last me through
the frost of february
my home is in my head
so i’ll be there instead
cause my head is my sanctuary

i pretend like this does not affect me
i pretend like i don’t even care
but still love’s phantom pains reject me

i know you know it’s there
i know you know it’s there
i know you know it’s there [6x]

back to work, no time for play
doomed to slave my life away
playing on my fears of falling down...

bleak, the landscape now we view
somber music played to queue
shrieks and sighs all echo through the town