The Absence Of Trains

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Thomas the reoccurring themes and rhythms throughout the record will keep you hooked and have you wanting to go to the puppet theatre
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goliathus14 This album is amazing, seriously underrated. I hope to see more from Contrabox in the future.
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(high school album #2)

remastered on 6-14-2017, with a fresh cover

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released December 22, 2015

by Ben Caraway

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Track Name: Puppet Theatre
Anywhere that you may go
You'll find the strangest creatures
I sure love that rock and roll
Take me down to the puppet theatre

We've got to leave something behind
Something nice
We've got to make it right
Make it right for being alive

Anywhere that you may go
You'll find the strangest creatures
I sure love that rock and roll
Take me down to the puppet theatre
Track Name: Communism Works
Nostalgic and distant back in the instant
Running around the lawn
Could ever the prophet ever make profit
Or will he have to pawn his soul off to the law?

There is always someone to blame
As always someone to blame

Try to promise you I will do good

He does not even attribute meaning
To the words on the screen
Note when you'll ask him
How are you feeling
Silently how he'll scream
I don't know what you mean
Are we all only dreaming?

There is always someone to blame
As always someone to blame

Together again
There's always someone to depend on
Together
There was always time

Together again
There's always someone to depend on
Together
There's always time yeah

Together together together together
Together again

Try to promise you I will do -
Track Name: No Violins
I don't know what the city thinks of the sky
I was born in a foreign thought in its mind
Oh all the time

You can talk about anything that you want
All I know is that talk is cheap without thought
Do what you want to
Want to

And the strings are singing
They're calling from the void up to me
You go
Some kind of providence
Is calling from the void up to me

But is it the truth?
Don't show me any photographs

Swing it back from the open now
Leave it alone
I wan't born for the politics you should know
Oh you should know
You should know
I want you to know
There it goes

Hail to the king now
Hail to the king
Sail for the new world
Hail to the king
Hail

And the strings are singing
They're calling from the void up to me
You go
Some kind of providence
Is calling from the void up to me
You go somewhere

Maybe again
Maybe for the first time
Track Name: Goodbye Cricket
I don't want to talk
Just sit and watch
The trees roll by
Lose track of time

So what if I'm
A bit behind?
You've pushed me around
For the last time

You'd think it a scene from a black and white film
The emotion
Try and take it from me and then you play the victim
I am born again

And what it was
Is gone because
I've grown up

I don't love you the way they do in the movies

If you would believe there is a christian hell
The emotion
There still wouldn't be but there might as well
I am born again

Well fine
Do not accept
We pay our debts
Live another week for the paycheck
Serve to be traffic
For the protagonists of life
And you
Inside my head
My god
I loved you more than I've got the words for
Track Name: Cerulean Express
Take me home I think I've roamed for enough
Oh these drones they know nothing of love

You'd stay up for hours counting the sheep
Ancient thoughts reveal themselves in your sleep
Don't forget to be
Track Name: Fox Run Home
You say you're doing just fine
Doing alright
The cinema keeps you alive
You pray it's more than just film
It's more than that
But dear it's nothing more than that

You know you shouldn't romanticize the sea
The days I wake up just to fall asleep again
See through me

When dependence on love is all we've got
The wrong becomes the right a lot

And in
In the absence of the senses
Am I gonna meet God?
Would you know what I mean if I said no?
But who am I to tell you what you know?

You know you shouldn't romanticize the sea
The days I wake up just to fall asleep again
See through me

In my mind
A cabin that sleeps under starlight
Those angels suspended
Oh first men
In famine you looked up and saw them
Creating rotating the same then
The sublime above and below you
Never to touch you again
They show you they know you and love you
I love you I love you I do

They say that we will die the same as kings and queens
Is the dust supposed to justify a thing?
See through me

Spend the days
Take in the rays and I
I may go alone but I won't feel alone

And there's the doubt again
I'm not who I am
Yet I still wake to the morning sun
Track Name: Funeral Green (U.S)
I've stood real patiently waiting here
I'd like to say it's virtuous but on go the years
Take it or leave it
Only if you mean it
Hey I think I've been left behind

So what if you will never have children?
A thousand years go by and you're no longer alive
Maybe it's selfish
Maybe it's selfless
Say what it is you will say

One day I saw a young mocking-jay
Fall from the nest and hit the pavement
Maybe it never learned
Maybe it was a very cold day

I don't want to die without a grave
I don't want to die without a grave

Soulless abandoned
Soulless abandoned day
It ends and fades away
Are we all just the same?

I don't want to die without a grave
I don't want to die without a grave
Track Name: Therapy Dog
Bark bark
Therapy dog
Bark bark
Therapy dog
Woof woof

I've got a friend on the mind
Smiling at any evidence of sighing
He's taken liberties to be near
I just know he'll live to see next year

Cause one day
Some day he'll move on
But not today
But not today
but not today
Track Name: Holy Ghost
In the darkest room of the house I saw a ghost
The face of someone lost so long ago
Lingering and broken thing
What does it mean to be suffering?
Are you sure this is what we're rooting for?

Don't prove to me it's a lie
I don't want to know
The places I have been
The people I have known
Such romantic field of stones
The unseen angels gracing the bones of the dead
The truth is in your head now

Follow your heart to the burial grounds
Are you afraid of the summer?
Energy's lost and energy's found
But energy is forever

You were born to be a critic
It's not gonna change
Til every hollow thought you've ever thought arranges
In the moment you realize
You're in no position to criticize what is right
The truth is in your mind now

Follow your soul to the burial mounds
Are you afraid of the summer?
Energy's lost and energy's found
But energy is for life

Do you notice how no one prays out loud?
I want to slow this down

What would you have me believe
I am alone?
Alone?
One day I know you'll accept
What it could mean to be so obsessed

In the darkest room of the house
I saw a ghost
Lingering and broken thing
What does it mean?

It was nothing at all it was nothing at all
The stupid fucking dust or the wood of the wall
I saw your shape in the leaves
When the summer turned fall
We promised with our right hands
That we'd never have hopes we'd only have plans
Well a hand is just a hand
I guess that's romance
He walked to the riverside
Didn't leave a note and didn't say goodbye
Well if only I had known that he was just like me
We could have had something better than this
But now you sleep alone on the bed of the Styx
And there's only one escape from wondering why

Now if I honor my hand
I'd be a better man
But every hope would blow away
Track Name: Woodrow Wilson
Once again
I am startled into consciousness
Get to work
But don't let it get to you
Write that down
I'm not upset at all
My parents said
Find solace in the quiet of the morning
Quitter talk

Woodrow Wilson
Won't you listen to me?
It's not the same without the sea
It's not the same
God is justice
God is also a lie
Don't let it wait until we die
Don't let it wait

So Caesar
The price of all the lives you took
On the scale
Sinks beneath the knives you took
How could I
Could I have made it right?
Every day I wake up for one reason which defeats you

I don't feel alright
But I move on in spite
The empty things inside
They will not admit
They go away in time

My friend
For you have always been my brother

Who will care when I fall down?
It's a mystery
If history is the lost and the found
Don't lie to me
You think that only the poor and the great
have integrity
You try to make music
But all that you can make is a living

Living's only hard after you're gone

Woodrow Wilson
Won't you listen to me?
It's not the same without the sea
It's not the same
God is justice
God is just in your head
Don't let it wait until we're dead
Don't let it wait
Children dying
Things you wouldn't believe
It's not the same unless you breathe
It's not the same

I don't feel alright
But I move on in spite
The empty things inside
They would have you think
We only live to die
But they do not exist
They're just inside your mind

Don't be
Don't be scared

It's gonna take some time for them to come around
But when I lift you up you never let me down
It's gonna take some time for them to come around
But when I lift you up don't let me down
When I lift you up don't let me down
Don't let me down

It's gonna take some time for you to come around
But when I lift you up
You're never gonna let me down
You're never gonna let me down
Track Name: [Jungle Documentary]
A great bomb went off underground
No one heard it but trust me it made a sound

The greatest thought from an earthen mind
From a nautilus born before our time
Its grace gone beneath the ocean
I know

Everywhere
Anywhere

Some people are always young
Are you tired yet? Hell I haven't even begun

A bag of bones that lies beneath the stone
She had a name a mother a home
She died of fever in the august night
No one will forget again
You're companion to people that you'll never know
There's a brilliant life in the oaks
The past and future in your heart and your home
Never to be lost again
No one will forget again
No one will forget again

Everywhere
Anywhere

Do you still like me? The horns of a stag
Do you still like me? The heart of a stag
Do you still like me? The horns of a stag
Do you still like me? The crown of a stag