My Country

by the Grey A

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The debut record from Washington, DC artist the Grey A. Released September 2nd, 2014. 11 tracks are included on the full album. For only $7 you get an immediate download of the album.

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released September 2, 2014

the Grey A - vocals, keys, guitar
D. Patrick Rodgers - drums
Matt Moody - bass
William Tyler - guitar
Jimmy Matt Rolland - keys
Alex & Jordan Caress - harmony vocals
Serai Zeffiro - harmony vocals
Larissa Maestro - cello
Eleonore Denig - violin
phantom farmer - harmonys, percussion, xylophone
Kirk Donovan, Diego Vasquez, Chris West - trumpet, trombone, clarinet, and saxaphone.
Lily Lomein - vocals

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the Grey A Washington, D.C.

the Grey A is an indie rock band from DC which released its first album last year to favorable reviews from No Depression & NPR. The brainchild of Texas native and out-queer artist Grey Jacks, the band spent 2 years promoting, touring the east coast & American south. Its 3rd single, “Unusual As Usual,” will be released April 12th. with cover artwork designed from a nude photo of the lead singer. ... more

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Track Name: My Country Song
My country’s fast asleep

and they don’t notice higher power as they beat

The brains of anyone

who guides the flow of capital with downward thumbs

back to those hands of yours

that’s where they took it from



And we won’t get the most out of life til they let go

As long as they detest and despise our human souls

look out below

oh oh oh mhm



Cause if it was up to you and me

We’d bring administration down to their knees

And make them swear to God

That we are gonna be their main concern and money’s not

Cause in the end it all will burn and they will rot.



You and me, we get the most out of life when we let go

As long as we detest and despise one human soul

look out below

oh oh oh mhm



But my country’s fast asleep

and as we all are eulogized

the price tags bleed.
Track Name: People Happy
There's a highway man

boy, he lives to entertain

With a virus aimed at the spirit and the brain

He can get you high on emotion for the things

That a life time spent on possession will never bring



Floating up then diving with all the house hold needs

Get some clothes. Get hired. What mortal lives we lead.

When that well runs dry there's another that we'll dig

As the chasms grow til it's what you're standing in



With people happy every where I see

People happy. Everywhere I see there's people happier than me.

There's people happier than me. You think you're happier than me?



As a man climbs higher he's further from the leaves

All that ancient matter we came from now we flee

We were fed and dry. What more comfort could there be?

Then we saw the shelves at the market place of thieves



With people happy everywhere I see

People happy. Everywhere I see

It's people happier than me

Those people happier than me.

You think you're happier than me?



As a soldier dies there's a price that's duly paid

To the master plan to acquire everything

It was hatched in private with so few listening

They can say "don't worry. we're handling everything"



But can you believe 'em, do you believe 'em

should you believe 'em, can you believe?

Do you believe 'em, can you believe 'em

should you believe 'em, can you believe?

Carry me children. Carry me over. Help me deliver. Help me believe

Carry me children. Carry me over. Help me deliver. Help me believe



There's people happy everywhere I see.

People happy. Everywhere I see there's people happier than me

There's people happier than me. You think you're happier than me?
Track Name: Unusual As Usual
Unusual as usual the citizens are horrified.

You punched a wall and used your force

But it really didn’t make you wise



Didn’t you know they'll lie right to you

They will say that it’s all in your mind

Get a soul. Get a sign. How do you

think you’re ever gonna beat em’

you never learn to read your lines.



The criminals are casual

cause their behavior’s everyday, so never you mind

It’s the punctual that's crucial

once you bring it to the border line.



Didn’t you know I look right through you

It’s insane what goes on in your mind

Not a soul, not a sign. How do you

think you’re ever gonna beat em’

You never learned to read your lines



Didn’t you know they lie right to you

when they say that it’s all in your mind.

Not a soul not a sign. How do you

think you’re ever gonna beat em’

you never learn to read your lines
Track Name: Dumb Fool
Counting down to November in the January sun

the odds if I can remember

just about a billion to one

Cause I gotta get sponsored by a millionaire or two

who wanna get me elected

who wanna say what I do

There's no one listening to you



There's possibility in every little piece of our bones

And I'm a man who pledged an allegiance

to past or present. Won't take me no pretense

I'll testify we've got no one to blame

If we allow them bribing our leaders

The game is rigged so you may as well leave it alone



It's gonna cost lots of dollars

Corporate governance of you

And people should not assemble

and try to run for President too

Now without a full coffer there's no power in your palm

Except to stop help electing all these corporate sons.



To these United States I plead, we need some damage control

Cause these are men who have no allegiance

To past or present. They skate through on pretense.

I'll testify we got no one to blame

If we allow them bribing our leaders

The game is rigged so you may as well leave it alone



Or you just might could help me out

Cause boy, you know what we can do

Vote 'em out you dumb fool

Vote him out, the dumb fool.



There's possibility in every little piece of our bones

And I'm a man who pledged an allegiance

to past or present. Won't take me no pretense

I'll testify we've got no one to blame

If we allow them bribing our leaders

The game is rigged so you may as well leave it

The game is rigged and you may as well leave it alone
Track Name: Until They Find Us
I am through with politics and games

Cause we need time to sit and rearrange


Cause no I don't think we'll be emancipated

They'll just drop us all and then leave

They'll just drop us all and then leave


And we're bound by the wheels and the wires

Until they break, let us steal and conspire

to tear them up and down

Until they find us


Brother, what a shame, this hopeless human waste

You think technology can free us, please explain


Cause no I don't think we'll be emancipated

They'll just drop us all and then leave

They'll just drop us all and then leave

You know I don't think we'll be emancipated

They'll just drop us all and then leave

They'll just drop us all and then leave


And we're bound by the wheels and the wires

Until they break, let us steal and conspire

to tear them up and down

Until they find us


You know I don't think we'll be emancipated

They'll just drop us all and then leave

They'll just fuck us all and then leave


And we're bound by the wheels and the wires

Until they break, let us steal and conspire

to tear them up and down

Until they find us
Track Name: Swimming New Orleans
It has all been done.

Been done already.

It has all been done.

Been done already.

Yes, it's all been done already

So you might as well just hit the floor

As the tide beats soft, then steady

Watching the water rise

like it's no ones fault


Mother the bathtubs running

Won't somebody get it?

If the sink runs over we're gonna regret it

But it's all been done already

So you might as well just take the fall

As the tide beats soft then steady

Watching the water rise

like it's no ones fault


In the near future the land will recede

Making more homes ocean front property

A few cites will sink, baptized by the sea

Houston, New York

you will be two of these

But New Orleans, New Orleans

of all that I've found

Your streets always dusty

your wickedness grander

but summer got warmer

the poles both don't freeze

and soon you'll be swimming New Orleans


So come paster, come minister

Hands we will need

Dry off those faces

Be good company

There's salvation in labor

and safety in threes

swimming the streets of New Orleans with me

Well, New Orleans, New Orleans

of all that I've found

Your streets always dusty

and pilgrims abound

We will gather this wreckage

And haul out those seas

Willing to build a new Orleans with me


New Orleans, New Orleans

of all that I've found

Your streets always dusty

your wickedness grander

but summer got warmer

the poles both don't freeze

and soon you'll be swimming New Orleans with me

Well, New Orleans, New Orleans

of all that I've found

Your streets always dusty

the pilgrims abound

We will gather this wreckage

And haul out those seas

Willing to build a new Orleans

A new, New Orleans with me.
Track Name: Dead Mans Cause
Get your clappers out cause it's time to feast.

Some of us must suffer and it won't be me.

I seem to think it's doubtful that I could offer you defeat

If one of us goes down while the other sleeps



Now I call on all my citizens

cause I say we've all got faults

What we need's not to win again

Til harvest for me leads to harvest for all

The hardest to plead is a dead mans cause



You say ya got this offer that you would like me to see

Well write the offer down then get on your knees

And verily the anger will rise under the summers heat

As one of us bows out while the other speaks



Now I call on all my citizens

cause I see we've all got faults

And success could walk back in again

If harvest for me leads to harvest for all

The hardest to seize is a dead mans cause

Ooohhh
Track Name: Tree of Evolution
Well it started in a soup now add the passage of time

I find when evolution happens it can take forever

Molecules pooling, grouping, growing in sizes

Some take hold. Others relinquish. We're still finding records.



Time was resolute and now they're swimming the tides.

They climb upon the rising land and here they stuck together

Humans did not arise for eons of time

Then crawling from the trees and forests

We start building weapons



And Jiminy Cricket y'all

you think the tree of evolution just a tree of thought

I will concede indeed that once

we thought the tree of evolution just a tree of thought

but it's not. Nope, no, nu-uh it's not.



And as time was resolute the tribes are pitted and fighting

Wandering one continent but here some cut the tether

Walked out of Africa to settle beside the Tigris and Euphrates rivers

Here they planted the earth. I think they planted it first.



Well Jiminy Cricket y'all

you think the tree of evolution's just a tree that starts with Adam and Eve

Repeat that cause you think that Eve was feeding Adam from a tree of

You think that Eve was feeding Adam from some tree.

You think that Eve is feeding Adam from a tree of

So you think that Eve was feeding Adam from her tree of thought

But she's not. Nope, no, nu-uh she's not.



Cause it started in a soup now add the passage of time

I find when evolution happens it can take forever

Millions of years elapse things living than dying

Some took hold. Others relinquish. It's right there in the dirt.



But Jiminy Cricket y'all

you think the tree of evolution's just a tree of thought

I will concede indeed that once

we thought the tree of evolution just a tree of

We thought the tree of evolution just some tree

You think the tree of evolution's just a tree of

Well you think that tree of evolution just a tree of thought

But it's not. Nope, no, nu-uh it's not. Nu-uh it's not.
Track Name: Twin Void
One of each. I fell in love with twin boys.

Incomplete I ran around with twin girls.



One of Each. I fell inside a twin void

And I think you should know

That underneath it's all the shine and none of the glow

Only teeth, skin, and bone

All of it smoke that rises to shadow



As it all came from nothing

And into that nothing we leap

A pattern persisted. Pushed out of the mist

An assembly of mirrors and clones



One of Each. I fell inside a twin void

And I think you should know

That underneath it's all the shine and none of the glow

Only teeth, skin, and bones

All of it smoke that rises to darkness



Forces lead onto a side

the other my foe

Fell in deep and had you both

There's disbelief that out of a pattern chaos will grow

over teeth. Into bone

All of it smoke that rises to shadow

It will fade into darkness.
Track Name: The Bomb Stops Ticking
The ashes will fall. The lights will fade.

Gentlemen and ladies

it's the end of the human race.

It's the end. No.



Hey man settle down

It begins with a climate change

then the sky turns brown

It's abandoned and abused



Well time is running out

for you and I together.

But no ones listening

and the bomb starts ticking

and we're gone, gone, gone.



But we'll lie together

Humans in the world and ground

Will you think the price was worth it

once it leads to the end of the human race?

The end of the human race.

The end of the human race.

It's the end. No.



We devalue life

Grind it into dollar signs

til the profits rise

for the wealthy and amused.

Your time is running out

You will die forever

but no ones listening

and the bomb stops ticking

and we're gone, gone, gone.



But we'll lie together

Humans in the world and ground

All the thieves and liars know they're

gambling with the end of the human race.

The end of the human race.

The end of the human race.

It's the end. No.