Anthem of the Land

by Ivory Drive

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1.
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
2.
Twist & Turn 03:50
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
3.
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
4.
Snowflakes 04:07
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
5.
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
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7.
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
8.
Intertwined 03:25
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
9.
Skeleton 04:27
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?
10.
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
11.
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

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released May 5, 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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