Fear of all Fools

by Strange Habits

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"Fear of all Fools" is an introspective look at society & the human condition as a whole. This album exhibits recurring themes of fear & dissatisfaction, the culmination of which induces an intense urge to break away from social constructs.

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released March 11, 2014

Composed and Performed by Strange Habits

Strange Habits is:

Eric McGuire - Vocals
Sheel Doshi - Drums/Vocals
Eric McCauley - Guitar/Vocals
Brett Sparrey - Bass

Album Credits:

Guest Percussion on "Big Ominous" by Ricky Atallah
Guest Guitar Solo on "EMF" by Sean Johnson

Special thanks to Energy Plant Arts staff:
Senior Engineer - Blag Ivanov
Engineer - Nick Lemos
Assistant Engineer - Tyler Weber

Produced by Sheel Doshi
Mixed by Josh Benton
Mastered by Kris Crummett

Artwork by Jeremy Taylor

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Track Name: Big Ominous
No rolling stone
ever brought down a mountain
No troubled water ever
drowned the earth
our setting sun
has yet to set for good
We’re running circles again

The moment arrives
balance breaks down
the walls we made so high
We’ll build again
a castle of sand
against the ocean

Gone, to a place in the world
where they don’t know
THe pressure that grows
Living under a light bulb
The power that lives
In the heart of a cell phone
The war that fuels the fire
and brings the sun a little closer

I'll meet you there
with anyone
who wants to move on
we'll build our lives
in the sunlight
in the place where truth survives
I'll meet you there
when balance comes
and breaks us all down
we'll build again
a castle of sand
against the ocean

This is a call to arms
to anyone who see’s the strings
this is a fine line
between the reality and the dream
this is the front line
from the streets to the prison cells
we are the people
they thought they pacified so well
they made us all
betray ourselves

This is for the lost cause
hidden by steel walls
falling through trap doors
and burning at the borders

and every stone that rolls away
adds itself to an avalanche
those on top have all forgot
that we're the ones that keep them up

it’s coming like a perfect storm
a river of blood and death
within these troubled waters
wash away the borders

and everyone that walks away
adds themselves to the avalanche
those on top have all forgot
that we're the ones that hold them up.
Track Name: Fear of all Fools
Tell me, where have you been
eternal blood connection
I’ll walk inside your footsteps
and be your souls reflection
Come back
to the fold
you've been gone
so long
it’s starting to show
starting to take ahold
buggin’ out
as you drift away from us

tiny walls
for sanity
you found a wall
to push yourself against
and when you fall out of line
back from where you came
hear the old familiar sound
complete the cycle once again

(Chorus)
cycle system
give me this one
straight to my death bed
before we jump to
cross the distance
prove this existed
given instincts
that make me question this
mass motivating
degenerating
race to the finish
before we break free

Tell me, where have you gone
subject of my affection
I’ll give you all that you want
and be your self-destruction

always
keeping score
building up the pressure on
your mental architecture

tiny walls
for sanity
you found a wall
to push yourself against
and when you fall out of line
back from where you came
you’ll be the cog in the machine
complete the cycle once again

(Chorus)
cycle system
give me this one
straight to my death bed
before we jump to
cross the distance
prove this existed
given instincts
that make me question this
mass motivating
degenerating
race to the finish
before we break free
complete the cycle once again
complete the cycle once again
complete the cycle once again

run for, cover
suspect, each other
stay in your shelter
don't trust any other mother fucker

come and. kill me,
you know, where I sleep
you chose, the right tool
armed with the fear of all fools
show me the fear of all fools

(Chorus)
cycle system
give me this one
straight to my next best
before we jump to
cross the distance
prove this existed
given instincts
that make me question this
mass motivating
gyrating
race to the finish
before we break free
complete the cycle once again
complete the cycle once again
complete the cycle once again
Track Name: Disconnect
From within it builds inside and fades
never letting go of me
now I know
torment to
resist
your pull
I'm hypnotized by
misconception
disconnection
Track Name: EMF
The greatest trick I ever played
was making you forget your strings
don't I move you in curious ways
The only lie I ever told
gave you everything you own
but you belong to me

The cycle is complete
smoke screen will recede
fear of emptiness is
bursting at the seems
a cataclysmic force
just behind the scene
shocks me from my sleep
calls me in my dreams

All my life has lead to this
I found a frequency that does exist
waiting for me deep within
resonating everything

(Chorus)
All There is
the fabric of reality
covers what we don't see
and twisted by an intention
the universes foundation
just crumbles away
it just crumbles away
crumbles away

We believe only
what we can see
so how do we see god
in this scientific paradigm
One way journey
to Mars leaves early
get aboard the ship
cause destinys a one way trip

To migrate all the places we don't know
still pretending we're alone
when creation formulates life manifests
the way it began in elemental form
in elemental form

(Chorus)
All There is
the fabric of reality
covers what we don't see
and twisted by an intention
the universes foundation
just crumbles away
it just crumbles away
Track Name: Man of Wax
Build a man out of wax
and relax
cause’ he’s got your back
and no one will pull
a trigger on you
the blood and sweat that you put in
but won’t come out
open the other door you’ll
find another crowd
but don’t forget that you have yet to
include
those next to you

(Chorus)
And those strange old things
that you think won’t last
so you never had to ask
how they got this way

and those strange old things
that you think won’t last
so you never had to ask

Hey you livin’ like a sane fool
sittin’ at the table
with the hand that holds you
and feeds your weakness
it’s kinda hard to be impressed
by a fortress of distress
drowning in the excess
but ya say that I’m mistaken
I must be mistaken oh ya
I, should have paid attention
wanna pay attention
hold myself ransom play dumb
and stare at the sun

kill a man with your hands
cause’ ya know that you’re in command
and no one will lay a finger
on you
you could succeed
in all your corporate greed
unless the wilful can unite
and stand true

(Chorus)
And those strange old things
that you think won’t last
so you never had to ask
how they got this way

and those strange old things
that you think won’t last
so you never had to ask

Hey you livin’ like an angel
fallen from the steeple
down upon the people
you feed your bullshit
it’s really hard to be impressed
by a fortress of distress
drowning in the excess
but ya say that I’m mistaken
I must be mistaken oh ya
I, should have paid attention
wanna pay attention
hold myself ransom, play dumb
and stare at the sun
stare at the sun
stare at the sun
Track Name: Mass Migration
let me go
to the wilderness
where I can
build my life with my hands

take my freedom from that
lie that bleeds me dry
instead of stasis, mass migration
from inside the confines
of a system stacked to consume and destroy

I’m barely alive
barely alive
the words to express
tell me they don’t exist
so I can learn to let go

cause’ I want freedom
from that mother of control
‘cause where she walks
passion stops
and it leaves us all in the dust

just waking up
writing haunting poetry
echoes of eternity

leaving us in the dust
just waking up
writing haunting poetry
leaving sheer funk and misery
just waking up
writing haunting poetry
echoes of eternity

I'm barely alive
I’m buried alive
barely alive
I’m buried alive
Track Name: Murder the Messenger
check out and cash in at the door
shadow government has the floor
everybody here knows the score
doesn’t matter
as long as they
as long as they
as long as they
want more
violence is the currency
blood is wine for the corporate leech
and the veins are open on broken streets
doesn’t matter
don’t matter
don’t matter
don’t matter
what you believe

Always
there’s a motive,
at the heart and at the cente,
of the game we’re forced to play
murder
all the messengers
and tell the world exactly
what you wanted them to say

Accusations are
deliberately absurd
finally you’ve got
a way to start a war.

what with the profits set too high to let go
a city skyline will be laid low
all the swiss accounts are bound to explode
and it’s over
it’s over
whenever
whenever they say so
silent ones will watch this unfold
a story book memorized and retold
victory written omitting what’s true
they package
produce it
confuse it
play it on the radio

it’s deliberately absurd
finally you’ve got
a way to start a war

Shut off the lights
let the world sleep
shut down the lights
let them all sleep

an idea we let grow
wicked it may seem
passive eyes
harbor deeper schemes
the list of names is longer than
the monuments that stand overhead
If you hear your number called
find your place on the battlefield
lying dead without a name
is what you owe for the life you saved

Tell me what’s it worth
finally you’ve got
a way to start a war
accusations are
everything you need
doesn’t matter what they know
just what they believe

shut off the lights
let the world sleep
shut off the lights
let the world
you let the world sleep
Track Name: Sleepwalkers
It all started in a C.I.A building
an agent spoke and his subordinates listened
a nazi scientist was in the room with them
acquit of his crimes for the sake of one mission
but the subject of the project was somewhat of a mystery
a brand new substance dubbed LSD
They sought to turn the drug into a chemical weapon
unleash new secrets of the minds manipulation
now they operated, under the pretense of defense
keep a close eye, on all these citizens
but keep the methods, way deep under cover
use propaganda, to spread paranoia
and sweep the lane, so the abduction could begin
blacklist that commie, nazi, fascist, hippy movement
any name will do, they can’t suspect the truth
we don’t risk exposure if they don’t have the proof

(Chorus)
When it goes down
People will say
This is the consequence
of silent consent, forgive, forget
All that we know
is just a shadow on the wall

It all started when ruthless men took position
high up in the system
driven by dreams of domination, infinite ambition
product of the war machine generation
drunk off the power gained amid the secrecy
drenched in the blood of their enemies
professional killers to the very core
but the war from overseas just moved in next door
they got to work, weeding out the spies
crossing all the lines, the problem simplified
some lives are expendable, with or without consent
the loss is acceptable
the order came from the top of the ladder
even though it conflicted with moral standards
it was carried out, to the letter
the sheep will walk when whipped by the shepherd

(Chorus)
When it goes down
People will say
This is the consequence
of silent consent, forgive, forget
All that we know
is just a shadow on the wall

Meanwhile chilling in a cell on death row
case number two dash three five six oh
chosen, because he was soon to be erased
a man with no name, and so it shall remain
they picked him up, on the night of his execution
sat him next lassie from the mental institution
packed in a van, with street rats and outcasts
and silence
Track Name: Dreamscape
And when it comes for us all (It overwhelms)
leave your blindfolds at the door (It overwhelms)
don’t be late (It overwhelms)
this could be the last time (over)
I see your face (it overwhelms)

we never cared to know

we never care

***The ending monologue is borrowed from the TV series "Adventure Time" presumably owned by Cartoon Network. Please don't sue us, we're broke musicians***

This cosmic dance
of bursting decadence
and withheld permissions
twists all our arms collectively
but if sweetness can win
and it can
then ill still be here tomorrow
to high five you
yesterday
my friend
peace
Track Name: Directrix
Synthetic soul so mechanical
the paper's toll is too deep
a mark of a dead star lead us astray
but nothing will stop me now

The table you set so diligently
with controlling force
voice of authority
come when we sit
you've already judged me
its all I fear and all my misery

I'll break away
from the confined condition

Line up against the wall
amend your right and you wont feel
the injustice crash down around your home
face it we're nothing but a slave race to the other
cast that tells to watch the herd grow overwhelmed
blame it on the drugs we take
just how we feel the same
the pages turn but never change

Ill break away
from the confined condition
Ill break away
from the confined condition

Agents of absolution will chase impossible perfection
image of our gods, mirror of ourselves
I'll break away
I'll break away