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Raising The Mammoth

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Passage To Paralysis in my experience an act of passing takes the stage/in an interchange of confidence in my experience/an obligation by design/where my liberty is just a word/it's just a word in my experience/an all consuming type of dance/embracing a silent partner who takes the lead away/just when you thought you had the hang of it in my experience/mind and matter/ time and space play an endless game of endurance/all in a lifetime of work fatigue reaction/my body slows but my mind is quick/firing thoughts in random succession/my passage to paralysis might seem diverted/well I can tell you- I can feel it coming on I can feel it coming on in my experience/the center of trade for my soul/my humanity knows when I try to back away- or when I raise the mammoth penance aside when expression resides/ strike a blow for the teacher who got me thinking listen my son/you have got only one chance/ there's no state of grace for a poor man's offering I'm lost in my drama's tears/been that way for years and I don't know if it is real or fiction- 'cause I can't see the forest for the trees... now. let us stray from my course/ turned away when it came to the day that I needed something/turn to stone/ turn it over alone/light a path/find a way to my promised land I'm lost in my drama's tears/been that way for years and I don't know if it is real or fiction- 'cause I can't see the forest for the trees... now. I face my passage to paralysis can't stop this free fall of analysis I face my passage to paralysis/just brace for impact in a long,long,long stall in my experience/I pause before and after in my experience/I learn before and after that the time has come for reflection/on my passage to this hemisphere in my experience/a piece of music or my favorite book/and an evening alone makes me think about 'someday' when we all raise the mammoth 'cause I can't see the forest for the trees....now. (x2) Hit by the force of a madman's recourse/ pound a fist/wayward course for such an old man what will I make when my spirit awakes and my endgame is only another start? I'm lost in my drama's tears/been that way for years and I don't know if it is real or fiction- 'cause I can't see the forest for the trees... now. why am I left to waiting? why do I feel this pressure? why- when it's only me here? I write my own destiny with my fears of what I'll be and I can't pretend to see what I just can't see How did I ever get here? How do I make a change? How do I find a peace here? prevent disaster/annihilate this plague/ a principle motion/my procession is vague/ my soul stirs a brew of redemption that is lost/ I awake from a stupor and realize the cost now I realize the cost now I realize the cost is great/ and I wait for a reason to stay, my God. Written by Trent Gardner
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Broad Decay broad decay/its all around us flowing forth in rich abundance broad decay/church and state combined against us- we can't believe/we can't escape broad decay/the empowered speak but use the structure to keep their reign upon the meek broad decay/the willing masses thought controlled/issued chains by empty suits and mortgaged souls we'll share one voice today/just raise the mammoth and pray the family breaks and spills its blood where dreams once stood/to weave the fabric of what we are/when it could -but I hear no outcry. the fire fades/ that keeps us hoping/ looking forward- but cynicism cuts deep our favor with its heavy handed sword no matter/no mater how bad the world ever gets/just remember this song is for you never forget/never forget- how far you've come and you've made your passage/ from a place of fear/to a destination full of promises kept with this song I promise/I will be there for you I will be there for you yes, I will be there for you I will be there. we'll share one voice today/just raise the mammoth and pray but children starve without a bed to lay upon while we market cars the dead are gone we'll share one voice today/just raise the mammoth and pray with broken vows we turn our words into a curse- taken lightly/our promises/'chapter and verse'/but I hear no outcry. broad decay- broad decay- broad decay- we're bailing hard and we're sinking fast/ our sons and daughters tend a barren land/ where none can last we'll share one voice today/just raise the mammoth and pray the social climber/a shiny smile and strong handshake/bears a false witness/but we still partake listen to me/listen to me you know the world/now you make a choice/and you make it clear 'cause I'm waiting with a promise to be there for you. I will be there for you yes, I will be there for you I will be there. I will be there. I will be there for you I will be there.... Written by Trent Gardner
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Vertebrates I challenge you to challenge me in a test of truth and free will Now you make your moves and I'll make mine We'll then debrief and just unwind There will be no fear of what we say and no pretenses on this day- Standing face to face yet we still won't say what we believe Revealing what we want and who we are Admitting what we have become Just spineless mammals adrift at sea in an evolution still to come Standing face to face yet we still don't say what we believe- we just avoid/we cave in/we lie [spoken part : 'now here it is' ] You robbed me of a chance to engage you on the same page Now all I hear is lies/ no wonder I can't reach you I'd like to speak the truth if you don't mind I need to get this out I better do this quick while there's still some time left here/ I want to tell it straight if you don't mind You robbed me of a chance to engage you on the same page Now all I hear is lies/ no wonder I can't reach you I'd like to speak the truth if you don't mind I need to get this out I better do this quick while there's still some time left here/ I want to tell it straight if you don't mind Let's be vertebrates Let's be......mmm. Let's be vertebrates Let's morph into vertebrates. You robbed me of a chance to engage you on the same page Now all I hear is lies/ no wonder I can't reach you I'd like to speak the truth if you don't mind I need to get this out I better do this quick while there's still some time well? I'd like to speak the truth if you don't mind I need to get this out I better do this quick while there's still some time well? You need to hear this straight if you don't mind. Written by Trent Gardner
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Hello Everyone,

Over the past few years I have been a very fortunate musician. This album contains yet another 'musical experiment' made possible by the patience and intestinal fortitude of Pete Morticelli & Mike Varney. I can't think of anything more challenging yet rewarding for a writer and producer. I anticipate more of these unlikely experiments.With the RaisingThe Mammoth player line-up, I have rediscovered how many endless combinations of 'those mysterious 12 notes' are still left -and more importantly, how many I still don't understand.....wow. Any cliche about needing more time will do. Prog on.

Trent Gardner

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released August 20, 2002

Written by Trent Gardner

Drums: Terry Bozzio
Bass: John Myung
Guitar: Kerry Livgren
Guitar: Marty Friedman
Guitar: Gary Wehrkamp
Keyboards: Trent Gardner
Keyboards: Mark Robertson
Vocals: Steve Walsh
Vocals: James LaBrie
Vocals: Trent Gardner


Produced By Trent Gardner
Mixed By Terry Brown
Mastered By Jim Brick, Absolute Audio, New York

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