Anthem of the Land

by Ivory Drive

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released 05 May 2012

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Produced by Wes Barton and Van Wampler

All tracks engineered by Wes Barton at Earwig Studios

All songs written by Van Wampler, except tracks 2 and 5 by Barton/Wampler, and track 11 by Whissen/Wampler

Ivory Drive is:
Van Wampler – keyboards, vocals
Geoff Boux – saxophones
Sean Whissen – bass guitar
Colton Crandell – trumpets, flugelhorn, shtrumphelhorn
Wes Barton – drums, percussion

Additional contribution:
Marie Robertson – vocals and euphonium on track 1
Kate Spencer – vocals on track 2
Kevin Markland – guitar on tracks 2 and 5
Alison Sherberg – vocals on tracks 4 and 9
Rachyl Turner – vocals on track 5
Sean Forrester – cello on track 5
Madison Munn – clarinet on track 7
Aaron Isles – drum programming on track 8
Ilan Macadam-Somer – cello on track 10
Scott Taylor – violin on track 10

Mixing:
Preston Smits – Denver, CO - track 1
Danny Kalb – Hollywood, CA - tracks 2, 4, and 10
Russell Wolff – Nashville, TN - tracks 3 and 11
Todd Burke – Los Angeles, CA - track 5
Eric Kean – Boulder, CO - track 6
Nick Rogers – Portland, OR - track 7
Burak Atas – London, UK - track 8
Paul “Willie Green” Womack – Brooklyn, NY - track 9

Mastered by Louie Teran at Marcussen Mastering
Hollywood, CA

Ivory Drive would like to thank all the musicians and engineers who contributed to this project, Bruce Wampler and Trina Haines for their unwavering support without which this would not have been possible, and Mandy Barton for her grace and patience.

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Ivory Drive is an Alternative/Indie band from Boulder, Colorado. With a combination of piano, organ, drums, bass, trumpet, and sax, their unique sound is a savory stew of rock and jazz, flavored with blues, world, folk, and even bits of classical. Click on the Play button on the player below to hear their music, or on the menu at the top to learn more about Ivory Drive. ... more

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Track Name: Anthem of the Land
Anthem of the Land

Said the king to his son,
"All this land is yours today,
protect the people 'til your time is done."
Said the son, "I do not know
how to make the people obey
the law of the land, oh father you cannot go."
Said the king, "Take my hand,
listen to what the people say,
they will sing the anthem of the land"

Going
Prosperity for all
Protected by the royalty
Bow in the noble hall
Demonstrating endless loyalty

So when the old king passed away
The new king took the people's power,
"My new laws now are what you will obey."
In all his luxury he lay
With slaves of people by the hour
As he placed the crown on his head he softly sang

He sang
Prosperity for all
Protected by the royalty
Bow in the noble hall
Demonstrating endless loyalty

In this kingdom which not mend
The Devil's deck, dealt by his hand
He told the people to sing the anthem of the land

But they sang
Suffering for all
Exploited by our royalty
Come to the noble hall
The time has ended for loyalty

Our king your father ruled us well
But you've placed us in a bitter hell
To save these lands from your selfish spell
We've risen to introduce you to this cell

From his cell then he saw
His younger sister crowned the queen
Of the land has he watched in sadness and in awe

And with the rats as he wasted away
He realized what he had been
And he hoped that he could make amends someday

But no matter well he would understand
Or what revelations he had seen
He'd be locked in hiss cell to hear
Forever on to hear
The never ending anthem of the land

Prosperity for all
Protected by the royalty
Bow in the noble hall
Demonstrating endless loyalty
Track Name: Twist & Turn
Twist & Turn

Plug plug in a light
Out out we find
Revealed in the night, light light

Walk walk down the steps
Shout shout we hear
Echoes as we step, yep yep

Feet feet on the stair
Back back we turn
Step step up the stair, where where

Yeah yeah we’re alone
Shut shut the door
Yeah we’re on our own
Yeah yeah we’re alone

Night lights turn
Piece by piece we watch and learn
Bit by bit we twist and turn

Each go out
One by one they follow now
Step by step they’re running out

Out of our breath
Rest rest we take
Renewed of our breath, yes yes

Cold cold of the glass
Warmth warmth reflects
Our hands on the glass, past past

Up up and around
Dark dark about
Empty all around, sound sound

Take take it all in
Time time above
And then we begin
Take take it all in

Night lights turn
Piece by piece we watch and learn
Bit by bit we twist and turn

Each go out
One by one they follow now
Step by step they’re running out

Yeah, yeah we’re alone
Yeah, yeah we’re alone

Time is ours and I am yours
Find out what we found before
All the wild, and all the dreams
Everything, everything
What we want will soon be up
Fill our sails and fill our cup
Look back once more and then be done
We’re moving on, we’re moving on
The blindfold tied around our eyes
Is clearer than the empty night

Night lights turn
Piece by piece we watch and learn
Bit by bit we twist and turn

Each go out
One by one they follow now
Step by step they’re running out

Yeah, yeah we’re alone
Yeah, yeah we’re alone

Run running away
Alone we hide
And keep it that way, hey hey

Yeah yeah we’re alone
We’re losing time
Us all alone, our own

Take take it all in
Time in our hands
Yeah victory in, win win

Yeah yeah we’re alone
Shut shut the door
Yeah we’re on our own
Yeah yeah we’re alone
Track Name: Me and Mr. Loneliness
Me and Mr. Loneliness

You say stay away
I don’t want to see your face again
So tell me when I can finally turn around
I say why, oh why?
Just put me in the ground to die alone
Where they can find me when it’s your turn to be lowered down
Lowered down

Me and Mr. Loneliness are hanging out today
He and I are pretty good friends
Sometimes I ask him what he’s got to say
But I think that he’ll be quiet ‘til the end

You and all that weight you carry are pretty much the same
You and him together all the time
Do you remember in the first place when he came?
At that point someone else was by your side
By your side

But now you say
Stay away
I don’t want to see your face again
So tell me when I can finally turn around
I say why, oh why?
Just put me in the ground to die alone
Where they can find me when it’s your turn to be lowered down
Lowered down

Look at all theses questions flying through my mind
Who was I to think I’d figure out
Where are you going, what is it that you’ll find
Or why did you decide without a doubt?
Without a doubt

But now you say
Stay away
I don’t want to see your face again
So tell me when I can finally turn around

I say why, oh why?
Just put me in the ground to die alone
Where they can find me when it’s your turn to be lowered down
Lowered down
Track Name: Snowflakes
Snowflakes

Frozen time, yet we keep moving perpetually
A million minds under this flag we seek
We try just one last way that our eyes can meet
Yet it cannot be, we lay scattered and incomplete

We fall
We fall like snowflakes from the clouds
And we become as one, as we gather on the frozen ground
Our lives
Our lives are tied together now
Warmth will feed the wood, and we will grow into the twisted bows

Crossing paths, curving streets, each individually
A million kinds under this flag we seek
We find just one last way that we can compete
Although we are free, we lay scattered and incomplete

We fall
We fall like snowflakes from the clouds
And we become as one, as we gather on the frozen ground
Our lives
Our lives are tied together now
Warmth will feed the wood, and we will grow into the twisted bows

We fall, we fall
Until, until
We grow into the sky
The branches of our lives
And we watch our green leaves die

As we begin, another story ends
Into the wind, our branches break and bend
We are a tree of time and though we may be beat
You and I will be able to say we were there for the last of our defeat

We fall
We fall like snowflakes from the clouds
And we become as one, as we gather on the frozen ground
Our lives
Our lives are tied together now
Warmth will feed the wood, and we will grow into the twisted bows

We fall, we fall
Until, until
We grow into the sky
The branches of our lives
And we watch our green leaves fly
Track Name: The Midnight Show
The Midnight Show

You are above
Everything else in this world my love

The midnight show
The people come and they go
Oh, but who knows?
With out you, my love, I would suffer so

Attention please
Pick a color, take your seat
Start the next phase
Become lost, become dazed with your love oh so sweet

And then, begin
You are my surroundings and self within
In awe
Your show leaves me speechless and lost in love

But I was wrong
Sometimes you cannot go on
Oh, you are gone
And I was never prepared to send you along

I’m longing for
The endless, boundless shore
Oh, I adore
So I must come and live you once more

And then, begin
You are my surroundings and self within
In awe
Your show leaves me speechless and lost in love

The midnight show
Forever, together we grow
Oh, and I know
Our story ends, and around again we go

You are above
Everything else in this world my love

And then, again
You are my surroundings and self within
In awe
Your show leaves me speechless and lost in love

The midnight show
Forever, together we grow
Oh, and I know
Our story ends, and around again we go
Track Name: Different Waters
Different Waters

Maybe sometime our paths will meet again
Sometime, maybe sooner, then
But love’s time is eternal time
So maybe it don’t really matter when

Maybe someday our roads will tie
And I’ll look into your eyes again
And find the spark I remember, then
Remember way back when?

Maybe the fork in our paths, however
Will take us each down different waters
Into the sea and our hearts will flutter
Without each other again

Or maybe it’ll be you and me
If I was blind, I still could see
That our hearts run wild and our lives run free
Again someday, maybe

And we are part of, it always seems
This stereotypical rhyming scheme
But the chords would still follow the words I sing
If the bows were to break, or the bells would ring

So maybe sometime our paths will meet again
Sometime, maybe sooner, then
But love’s time is eternal time
So maybe it don’t really matter when
Track Name: Intertwined
Intertwined

Intertwined
Upon a bed of ice
We’re sliding into space
And we will find out fast
We’re on a certain track
A path that we will take

Of this kind
A chance we cannot wait
Our passage as it splits
To leave us looking at
Adventures to be had
Impossible to be misread

Our stories have reversed
We’re going in headfirst, yeah
In complexity
That’s the way to be
Our reality

It’s more than an ambition
The newest definition
Of our chosen road
Has yet to unfold
Ever uncontrolled

We will find
And then we will proceed
In all our certainty
Winding our way between
Te obstacles within
Evading them since we began

Our stories have reversed
We’re going in headfirst, yeah
In complexity
That’s the way to be
Our reality

Our stories have reversed
We’re going in headfirst, yeah
In complexity
That’s the way to be
Our reality
Track Name: Skeleton
Skeleton

There’s a skeleton in the closet
In the back of my mind
Made up of all the different things
That I seem to hide
My regrets and missing memories
Locked behind the door
My forgotten fears and nightmares
I don’t care about anymore
Anymore
That’s why I keep them safe behind the door

All the different love
That I try to find
Some I carry with me
Some I leave behind
So I have a secret place
A place where I can store
All the things I no longer need
I don’t care about anymore
Anymore
That’s why I keep them safe behind the door

I hide that skeleton
I try never to see him again
But what if for some reason
I have to fear
Is the door secure?
Can it keep in inside
The skeleton in the back of my mind?

There’s a skeleton in the closet
In the back of my mind
Maybe holding a couple things
That I need to find
Maybe he is holding
Something I must look for
But I will not find it, no
If he is locked behind the door
The door
Yeah I keep him safe behind the door

I hide that skeleton
I try never to see him again
But what if for some reason
I have to fear
Is the door secure?
Can it keep in inside
The skeleton in the back of my mind?

I hide that skeleton
I try never to see him again
But what if for some reason
I have to fear
Is the door secure?
Can it keep in inside
The skeleton in the back of my mind?
Track Name: Knifing Through the Sky
Knifing Through the Sky

Whatever you hide inside yourself
Still can be seen
By the sun, or by the moon
Or by the million stars between them
The light
Knifing through the sky
Open up our eyes to be reminded

Whatever you whisper to yourself
Still can be heard
By the very highest bird
Up in the blue, without a word she speaks to you
Her wings
Knifing through the sky
Open up your eyes to be reminded

Whatever you keep within your soul
Still can be found
By the roots running though the ground
Or by the world that they surround, moving though the stars
Knifing through the sky
Open up your eyes to be reminded

Whenever you’re thinking to yourself
Where should you be?
Find the passage underneath all the despair
Light on your feet rising though the air
Knifing through the sky
Open up your eyes to be reminded

Whatever you hide inside yourself
Still can be seen
By the sun, or by the moon
Or by the million stars between them
The light
Knifing through the sky
Open up our eyes to be reminded

The light
Knifing through the sky
Open up our eyes to be reminded

The light
Knifing through the sky
Open up our eyes to be reminded
Track Name: How the Rest Were Won
How the Rest Were Won

A vast experience
Itself a game of chance
Torched from above
The sun’s relentless lust
The red eye still sees all
Even as it falls
Burning the horizon
Has come to realize that

This is how the rest were won
This is what the West has come to

Cracked lips and open heart
Destinations days apart
City thunder
And ways of countless wonder
One heel in the sand
Quick mind and open hand
Hold it steady
Dry eyes and finger ready

Street reminder
Loan roamer
Torn duster
Blind finder
Sun slinger
Just bringer
Life taker
Grave maker

This is how the rest were won
This is what the west has come to

Ripping through the soul
Reaching for it all
Back of trust exposed
Never again will be told

This is how the rest were won
This is what the west has come to be