Stop and Breathe

by Maggot Brain

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released November 19, 2012

Maggot Brain is:

Mike Hait - Vocals
Ryan Slowey - Guitar, Vocals, Lap steel, Dobro, Synthesizers, Noise
Sean Fortune - Bass, Vocals
Jared Krak - Drums, Percussion, Throat-singing

Additional vocals:
Crow - "Breathe"
Dustin Horan - "Silence" and "Celestial Bodies"

Additional percussion on "Mantra" by James Felter.

All music written and arranged by Maggot Brain, except "Cancer" written by Ryan Slowey. Lyrics by Mike Hait. © 2012. Lyrics on “Breathe” and “Silence” inspired by Victor Jara’s “Estadio Chile”.

Recorded by Ryan Slowey and Brett Portzer at North Sea Studios and Empty House.
Assisted by Mike Hait, and James Felter.
Mixed by Ryan Slowey at Empty House.
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering.

Photography and graphic design by Mike Mullin

"Cancer" is dedicated to the survivors in my life. - R.S.

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Track Name: Mantra
Om Mani Padme Hum
Track Name: Breathe
put in its four walls
only a number exists
which does not progress
which slowly will wish more and more for death
but suddenly my conscience awakens
and I see this tiny little heartbeat
not only the pumps of machines
I refuse to be docile sheep
I refuse to fall blindly on bended knee
I am not a number or machine
live life proudly
my heart guide me
take the time to stop and breathe
Track Name: Silence
what horror the face of fascism creates
they carry out their plans with knife like precision
for them blood equals medals and slaughter is an act of heroism
how hard it is to see what I must seek in horror
the horrors which I’ve seen and done
but my actions are choked out like lifeless breath
along with the horde I succumb to apathy
our fears our failures moral pressures and terror of insanity
hunger, cold, panic and pain is what where left with
it’s our training
our draining
our fall
to see myself fallen so far
I’ve been led stray
by hunger, cold, panic, pain and terror of insanity
to see myself losing this grace, losing this face
this dignity
filled with
to see myself at so many moments throughout
all I am echoes in
On the midnight sky
at the end there will be no light upon this dark path
it would silence the screams throughout infinity
it would silence the screams till the end of my soul
these wretched cries of pain succeed to silence
inside the spirit of the great trees heart
but there will be no tree because we’ve cut them down
Track Name: Celestial Bodies
somewhere along I lost my way
lost in endearments, the obsolete in my life
multi transgressions in a shower of sin
lost the importance of the light within
shallow desires
my life grows dim with beauty betrayed
and our connection is all that remains
your face in my hands, tracing your ramus
rapt by celestial bodies
the twinkling points in your eyes explode
as you peer into me
if you were my path in life
what’s led me here?
these screams in vain for past mistakes
can’t you feel my sentiment?
can’t you feel my thoughts bent on you?
the roots of our souls will forever be entwined
our limbs grape vines
you are my crowning fruit
let me be your leaf
shade you when life scorches
Track Name: Clearing
have I gone mad?
what is this we’ve created?
have I gone mad?
now numbers replace our faces
dead end jobs, stagger around complacent
lost in the depths of the maze this place is
I falter
my meaning abandons me
and my demeanor decays with society
my eyes can
see them all for
what they are
no more illusions
I’ll have my redemption
I’ll use this rage
deep rooted hate
this anger inside of me
at the precipice I’ve had all I can take
don’t tell me I am free
Track Name: The Great Destroyer
swallowed by the oceans of Neptune
I bathe in the fire of breathing dragons
emerged from the depths of depravity
I am birthed here
exploding in furious chaos
I am your failed ambitions
I am your dark design
I am truth, your will be done
I’ll stand and fight alone
I am the last earth warrior
I am the great destroyer
rise up against all odds
I’ll start and fuel this fire
striving to tear down your lies
I’ve got no compassion for the dark human soul
I’ll kill, and show no mercy
with your death life goes on

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