Lyrics for the new stuff!

I have been busy with lots of stuff lately, one thing being lyrics, so I thought I would post some of them that are not officially recorded as of yet.  These are all songs that are on the table, sort of speak, that Ockum’s Razor is rehearsing to perform starting this spring of 2011. Some I will provide my inspiration and or synopsis of/brief description about the song. In addition, I will add more that we are working on in the weeks to come, I am just stoked about the new ones that no one has heard before live. Technically, we have six new ones, but originally one was an acoustic track, ‘Secret Of The Way Things Are’. We also did an alternate version of it in a different key on the acoustic CD. This newest version we completely turned it upside-down and inside-out. It is an upbeat, full-band/electric version of the song and it rocks!

For lyrics to published, recorded O.R. songs visit: http://bit.ly/OR-Lyrics

© Copyright 2011 lyrics written by Chris Davis. -Unless otherwise noted.

The first one that I would like to share is entitled, ‘Nothing’s What It Used To Be‘ and it is the only song that the lyrics are not written by me. This is a song that Pat Burgart had written some words for and he shared his ideas with me. I liked the song and adapted it and put my own flare and style to it .

(Original OR drummer from 2002-2004 & now current drummer)

Ockum's Razor re-unite w/ Pat Burgart in 2011

Pathway to my twisted brain,
The only way I may contain,
I can’t control my roaming frame,
My guts are filled with bitter pain-
Laugh it off, pretend to care,
Feelings lost behind that stare,
No more left to give, so there,
Eyes leak sorrow, soul’s despair-
Crushed, battered, bruised and bent
Not quite so sure just what you meant,
Where, O’ where, has the passion went?
Temptation grabs the lies you lent-

Falling downward eternally,
Twisted, broken, O’ can’t you see?
Things may need to be set free,
Nothing’s what it used to be-

© Copyright 2011 lyrics written by Pat Burgart.

This next song’s lyrics are for another new one, it is called, ‘Teach Me How To Learn‘. It touches on the state of our education system from multiple points of view. I focus on the student and work my way up from there. Songs like this I find so much information on that I find impossible to include, so when I finish I am never happy with it to begin with, but once time goes on I see that I am just over-analyzing. Then I begin to like it. While brain-storming on subjects to write about, my friend Nils Rurack suggested the subject of the problems with the education system and the environment, I took him up on both ideas. Here is the first…

(Hey, hey, hey)  2x

We can put a man on the moon,
But we cannot even control our kids in their classroom,
(Hey, hey, hey)  2x
Listen up, kiddos, I’ve got news for you,
You can do what you want to do-
Reward or consequence?
There can only be one of the two,
Now that choice is up to you,
Help me, help you-
What is it that you ask of me?
I feel like I can barely breathe,
Let me help you-
Listen up, teachers, I’ve got news for you
I know, your job is hard to do,
Where’s the incentive?
There is only so much I can do?
Given their civil rights issue,
Touch me, I’ll sue you-
What is it with all these policies?
Out of date and out of reach,
Tell me, will you-
Teach me how to learn?
Show me how to do the best with what I am given,
Teach me how to learn,
I just want to find my place in this world-
(Hey, hey, hey)  x2
We can see the enrollment boom,
But we cannot even control the size of our classrooms,
Listen up, leaders,
We’ve got news for you,
Cooperate for the common good,
Offer alternatives-
To the districts that fight with the state,
You may do so, but innovate,
Tell me, will you-
Teach me how to learn?
Show me how to do the best with what I am given,
Teach me how to learn,
I just want to find my place in this world-

© Copyright 2011 lyrics written by Chris Davis.

The third song in this post is another new one, the third of five to be exact. It’s name is, ‘The White Horse And It’s Rider‘. This song can be confusing to some, so I decided to write a description about it, that is as follows:

In the spirit of truth, we look to faith or belief in something to uncover the mysteries of this world. The metaphor of the white horse and it’s rider is used to symbolize the first seal being opened in the book of Revelation. As the song progresses, the question is posed, “Where is the white horse with eyes of fire?” This symbolizes Christ’s return, mentioned towards the end of the book. He also rides a white horse. Many speculate on who is the first horseman of the apocalypse, however our personal faith does not include our own words or reasoning, which is why believers of the Christian faith should remain simple and pure in heart, free of speculation.

Spirit is the truth,

(Come!) – *Backing vox
As I looked before me, there was a white horse,
It’s rider held a bow, spreading illness with it’s arrow’s,
(Nikao!) -*Backing vox
Coming forth, conquering,
Coming forth-
(Nikao!) -*Backing vox-Note: Nikao is greek for the word, “Conquer”.

Faith cannot include our words or reasoning,
This is the mystery, our controversy,
(Come & See!) – *Backing vox
But in the end the song remains to be the same,
Simple and pure in heart, without speculating-
(Come & See!) -*Backing vox
White has been said to be the color of victory,
Haven’t you seen one of those old, cowboy movies?
(Stephanos!) – Backing vox -Note: Stephanos is greek for, “The victor’s crown”.

Repeat CHORUS
Entering BRIDGE:
Where is the white horse and it’s rider?
Where is the white horse with eyes of fire?
How long until apocalipsis is revealed? -Note: Apocalipsis is greek for, “An uncovering”.
The bane of mankind since the beginning of history-
(Nikao!) -*Backing vox-Note: Nikao is greek for the word, “Conquer”.
Coming forth, conquering,
Coming forth-
(Nikao!) – 4xs main vocal-Note: Nikao is greek for the word, “Conquer”.

The fourth new song is the second subject inspiration by my friend, Nils Rurack, this one touches on the environment. Here is my personal inspiration for the song, ‘Nebula‘ and it’s synopsis:
Inspired by the “Pillars Of Creation” photo taken by NASA from the Eagle Nebula. The word Nebula is from the Latin word for cloud, which is Nimbus.
They were originally referred to as galaxies, however, now the describe gas and dust clouds in space.
It is my belief that the world believes in love. Similar to these dust clouds many light years away, we too attempt to reflect “light” from those around us. We also have a destructive side, the inhabitants of earth contribute to many emissions that could potentially take responsibility for the destruction of our own kind and the planet we inhabit.

Seven billion can’t be wrong,
If we demand our very best to fight the outcome,

Now tell me how can we commit future generations to this?
Earth’s surface temperature climbing,
The sea level’s rising,
Ice caps melting,
Storms occur more frequent and intense,
Deserts broaden by the greenhouse effect

The world is derived from it’s resources,
The richer the diversity of life,
The greater the opportunity-

Controlled chaos surrounding me,
Never knowing what tomorrow will bring,
Oh, clustered in, this nebula-

Seven billion could be wrong,
The population’s growth is a serious problem,
Now tell me how can we prevent,
The environment from all of this?
Birds keep falling out of the sky,
Honey bees disappearing, oil spills aren’t helping,
What would happen if the dams just gave out?
And the same for the bridges from us driving about?

Our world can be derived from it’s machines,
The richer the economy,
The greater chance of catastrophe-

Controlled chaos surrounding me,
Never knowing what tomorrow will bring,
Oh, clustered in, this nebula-

(Reprise)


The last of the five new one’s is called, ‘Manimal‘. It is is self-explanatory, I think:
The difference between, man and beast,
Lies solely within,
Yet, at times, we descend
To the level of the animal-
I cannot differentiate myself from the animal-
But then we realize that we,
Have a responsibility,
Such an a inherent part of our spiritual origin-
We can sit down to think,
About more than biological urgency,
We build, with an art,
Not of instinct, with more than rationale-
I cannot differentiate myself from the animal-
We speak with a language that involves,
A discursive way of thought,
We transmit ideas, institutions,
And culture for generations-
Anthropomorphise the animal inside,
Anthropomorphise this animal exercise- 2xs
We will crawl and we, we are manimal
We will crawl and we are the manimal-
(We’re manimals)
We are ingenious and we are destructive
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