Screens

by District 97

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1.
04:58
I got away - I dodged it I'm buried deep in the woods I found a match and bombed it Set every surface on fire 'Cause it's the bright I desire It never gets dark in my forest I'm spending all my time Collecting things to burn in my Forest fire It's never gonna stop From burning way too hot Unless it burns out over time Safe and soundly I'll walk away from the ash And light up as soon as I can I'll never get it a spark if it's wet I'm spending all my time Trying to make the spark ignite My forest fire But I can never win Don't know where to begin Running out of things that Are dry enough to catch on fire You can want it to All you want if you Want it to, you can All you want if you Really want it to ‘Cause you can if you want
2.
06:41
Runnin’ around, holdin’ on to your head Coddling it like a child No quiet for this brain So you swipe until the pain is… gone But it’s never really… gone Hunchin’ over, all alone in your bed Left to your only device The horizontal neck isn’t going to Make itself erect No, you’ll need an army to amputate it You’re living your best life, The blue glowing light redeems you Feeds you, numbs you It’s counting sheep Here & now is holdin’ on by a thread Plucking you out of your life This cherry-picked reality Has shrunken your humanity And ruined your chances of standing at attention You’re living your best life, The blue glowing light redeems you Feeds you, numbs you You are legally blind The blue glowing light has changed you Claimed you, chained you It’s counting you as sheep Turn it off Put it down You’ll miss this You’ll miss out Turn it off Turn me on Flesh and blood Here and now Turn it off Put it down You’ll miss this You’ll miss out Turn it off Turn me on Flesh and blood Here and now You’re missing your best life The blue glowing light that fears you Shears you, dumbs you It’s counting you as It’s counting you as It’s counting you as
3.
You don't know My water is wrapped around your every move You don't see My eyes glaze away what I can't say So the next time there's salt on your seat Just know that it's me and the sea I provide You'll find me Cross-legged at the bottom, guiltily Indulging On the sight of the light that does not belong to me It is coming from a planet burning Far above the sterling silver sea I provide Keep it down till no one's around The warmth entices you The line-less vibrance makes your hairs cry Deny me The luxury of the pearls I must ignore It's turning Into a tidal wave that misses the shore So the next time you're hydroplaning No, it's not raining - it's the sea I provide Humble sailor can't seem to make her Save it for later, cause there’s no later So the next time there's salt on your seat Just know that it's me and the sea I provide
4.
07:33
My appetite seems to have left I’ve been filling up on bread and now I’m full And not too many punches miss My eyes are black and swollen shut and I’m in bliss I will already be there... I never watch or read the news ‘Cause I can sit and sing the blues or have some fun I never thought to tell someone ‘Cause I will already be there when it is done You say you’ll kill yourself in jest It’s a little too much risk for me to invest Was there something that I missed My eyes are black and swollen shut and I’m in bliss There’s enough for me to share... All of you All of you just pawing at your yarn
5.
04:42
Fear takes its toll, takes control of the trigger finger Ego takes hold, can’t leggo, pulls the trigger when the Fear takes its toll, takes control of the trigger finger Ego takes hold, can’t leggo, pulls the trigger Nobody’s in charge, no one to blame Just a different level of the same The speeches only reach your ears Just a bigger megaphone for your Fear takes its toll, takes control of the trigger finger Ego takes hold, can’t leggo, pulls the trigger Your body’s alone with your brain Cannot resist the need to drain The swamp that’s leaking out your ears Just another metaphor for Your gut reactions and public tantrums You’re puffin’ up when you should be backin’ down You can’t relate to the ones that follow you You risk it all with the words you throw around NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA Hold me down, say goodnight Tell me softly it’ll be alright My finger’s shakin’ The fear has taken Over my hands but My people understand Fear takes its toll, takes control of the trigger finger Ego takes hold, can’t leggo, pulls the trigger Somebody is not being polite That same certain someone rules in spite Of what we all know to be right Just another bigot with a mic My gut reaction is to subtract him Just hit delete and go on my merry way The less exposure, the less you get closer I taped your mouth by not hearing what you say NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
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7.
05:46
Your cold exterior Has undermined all your burning blood as it Tours your interior So blind on its mission to blow you out of the Water, inferior To fire, unless something brings them together And burns your exterior To match what’s inside till you find yourself About to blow your cover and soar Fully transformed, I’m not who I was before I don’t mind - I’ll stare till I go blind Nothing like the view from out of sight Blend with paper walls I’ll change into something more comfortable to ignore While you’re waiting for The form you’re expecting But haven’t prepared for the Blow your lover has stored Fully informed, you’re not who you were before You don’t mind - You’ll take enough this time Count the sighs - Count to three and close your eyes I keep quiet, I keep dry We don’t mind - We’ll fake to stay alive Our device of torture feels so… I don’t mind - I can take to the sky Floating by, I’ll leave you high and dry
8.
04:14
Just barely here and now My mind is out of bounds The lights are on but no one’s Home to take your mundane call ‘Cause I keep one foot on the ground The other’s in the clouds So say it loud enough so I can hear you from the great Beyond your control Whatcha gonna do to get control? I’ll fight you tooth and nail Just back away Hear what I have to say ‘Cause I’ve got lines makin’ Connections not in line with What, you want some control? How ya gonna cope without control You fight an uphill battle What’s so great about your blueprint? (I see in all dimensions) (Update your blueprint, I propose) I propose we throw it out and start all over (Oh I propose we throw it out at start all over) WHY - WHY NOT - A BLUEPRINT DESIGNED FOR MINDS LIKE MINE WHY - WHY CAN’T - PEOPLE JUST LET ME LIVE HOW I I WAS - DESIGNED - WITH A DIFFERENT BLUEPRINT IN MIND Wanna play a game? I’ll go hide and when I answer to my name You’ll come find a world that wasn’t meant for you Just like I wasn’t meant for yours You’ve got no control Whatcha gonna do to get control? I’ll fight you tooth and nail What’s so great about your blueprint? (I see in all dimensions) (Update your blueprint, I propose) I propose we throw it out and start all over (Oh I propose we throw it out at start all over) There - That’s better. Gotta love this view You know you do. Admit there’s room for more than one rule
9.
10:51
Mother oh mother, I just can't explain Things all around me might drive me insane Will you believe me? I know you will Can you protect me? They're after me still. Everywhere I go, I know that I'm not alone Everything I see, is only for me. Each and every night, I know they'll come into sight... Mother oh mother I just have to ask Why can I not be like all the rest? They play so freely, they have no cares And all the while, I have a secret to share.. They keep on callin’ me … They keep on callin’ me Ghost Girl They keep on callin’ me They keep on followin’ me all around, wherever I try to get away The kids are callin’ me Ghost Girl They keep on followin’ me and they will forever Their bodies are underground But their souls are hangin’ round They got nowhere to go now So they play with me They know only I can see them Nobody can believe what they cannot see themselves They keep on callin’ me They keep on callin’ me Ghost Girl They keep on callin’ me They keep on followin’ me all around wherever I try to get away The kids are callin’ me Ghost Girl They keep on followin’ me when we’re not together Mother, don’t leave me, I cannot be alone I cannot recall when my life was just my own These visions create incisions from an unknown source Baffled and laughing, the doctors shake their heads There’s no explanation, just accusations instead But mother, she knows what to do Sometimes she sees them too But lately they haven’t seemed so harmless at all Yes lately, lately they seem to claw at the walls The dishes fly off of the shelves and shatter on the ground The bookcase has been overturned, I cannot stand the sound The TV flickers on and off and static fills the air A foul stench that chokes your breath lingers everywhere How's a girl to sleep at night with demons all around? They encircle me and then my bed lifts off the ground They suffocate me lacerate me across my naked flesh They bite they scratch they burn and choke - Mother, what comes next? They keep on callin’ me They keep on callin’ me Ghost Girl They keep on followin’ me all around wherever I try to get away The kids are callin’ me Ghost Girl They keep on followin’ me and they will forever Dying to share what I’ve seen, I open wide My blood is the only hard evidence they find The fame wasn’t able to slay or tame them The talk shows didn’t lie But mother is keeping her cool Despite the torture at school She must know that I’m going to make it out of this alive She doesn’t mind ripping all of my wounds open wide Mother oh mother, as years go by I've learned to live with shadows at my side I'll write you letters, I'll call every night You don't have to worry, I'll be alright I've been away now for a few years They have not hurt me Have I been cured? But when I go home and mother is near All my old visions haunt me anew Mother oh mother, I'm starting to see Who was behind what happened to me What was a little girl meant to do, when Mother the only demon was you

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released October 4, 2019

Leslie Hunt-Vocals
Andrew Lawrence-Keyboards
Jim Tashjian-Guitars, Vocals
Tim Seisser-Bass Guitar
Jonathan Schang-Drums & Percussion

Produced by District 97
Executive Producers: Pamela & Jeff Stroberg. Mark and Shirlee Owen, Mark Furst, Charles Snider/Strawberry Bricks, Brian Scheifley
Mixed by Marc Daniel Nelson
Mastered by Mike Pietrini
Artwork by Killusatrations
Photos by Tammy Vega
Photo Location: Harlan J. Berk Ltd., Chicago, IL
Basic Tracking at I.V. Lab Studios, engineered by Chris Harden
Overdubs at The Drake/Shirk Studios, engineered by Anthony Gravino
Additional overdubs by Greg Panciera, Jake Bronson, and Kevin Ford

Tim Seisser plays LowDown bass guitars
Jonathan Schang plays Tama Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Promark Drumsticks

Jonathan Schang is published by Schangathan Music (ASCAP)
Leslie Hunt is published by Written on the Face Music (BMI)
Jim Tashjian is published by jimpact smash music (ASCAP)
Tim Seisser is published by Tslice Songs BMI
Andrew Lawrence is published by ASCAP

Special thanks to Pamela & Jeff Stroberg, Anthony Gravino (sweet tambo on Trigger!), Chris Harden, Eric Holmquist, Dana Lipari’s First Grade Class at St. Thomas of Canterbury (great chants on Trigger!), Ed Clift, Cruise to the Edge, RoSfest, Progtoberfest/Reggies Rock Club, and all Kickstarter backers/Inside The Vault Club members!

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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For booking/other inquiries, contact Jonathan at info@district97.net.

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