Canvas

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This is a sum of 6 months worth of effort on my final Music Technology project. I composed, recorded, and mixed just about everything at home or at the studios at GSU. I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Thanks!

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released December 12, 2011

Music and Lyrics by Brandon Ellis
Lyrics for "The Photographer" by Andrew Smith

I want to thank my dad, Brad Ellis, for all of the musical training and ability I have. My mom and dad have both encouraged me more than I could have ever expected from anyone.

Also, thanks to all of my friends who I force to listen to my music and give feedback. It helps far more than you know, even if I completely ignore your advice. I hope you catch all of my tributes to our previous endeavors throughout this album.

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Track Name: Canvas
Endless and serious
In a war to take the mountain
Oh so mysterious
Is the painted sky that stands behind them

And are we trapped in a picture
Trapped in a picture
With all the walls invisible

Are we trapped in a picture
Trapped in a picture
With all the walls invisible

Cannons are readying
And all the bombs are there to guide you
Don't be discouraging
There's a star prepared to stand beside you

And are we trapped in a picture
Trapped in a picture
With all the walls invisible

Are we trapped in a picture
Trapped in a picture
With all the walls invisible
Track Name: The Wall
Creeping through my head
All of the lies I said
Keeping you captive every time

But when our fire died
I built a wall inside
Keeping me safe from all my crimes

Clap my hands and go
It's starting to look like snow
Winter skies breaking through the fall

Stumbling I climb
But I won't arrive on time
As I start breaking through the wall

So she waits until
She has the perfect kill
Thinking of the lack of growing fear

Silent games begin
Knife in a distant skin
Staggering, finding me unclear

Clap my hands I go
I'm starting to step down low
Moving on, but every chance I fall

Stumbling I climb
But I can't escape on time
As I take, glances at the wall
Track Name: Only On Battlefields
I'm becoming more aware of the distance
Between the sinfulness and the innocence
I know exactly who I am
And nothing ever changes
I'm not different enough
I'm not different enough

We never wanna see what the scale shows
It's only for the end, and only God knows
We know exactly who we are
And nothing ever changes
We're not different enough
We're not different enough
Track Name: Chroniker
So if I'm running out of time
Would you wake me up so I could say goodbye
This world is frozen and my hand is trapped forever by your side
And if we can't change this time, then I'll go running back to sleep
Because inside my dreams, I'm moving closer all the time

Has a prayer been said for me? Have I ever told the truth?
Something like the hand of God is sparking fires deep inside
As the minute hands go by, and the pendulum is stilled
In an endless world of old machines, I wish that I could hide.
But everything is moving too slow

So if I'm running out of time
Would you wake me up so I could say goodbye
This world is frozen and my hand is trapped forever by your side
And if we can't change this time, then I'll go running back to sleep
Because inside my dreams, I'm moving closer all the time

In the alteration span, as a burning step is found
Treading forward through the sands of time
Our shadows on the ground
And the pace is not our friend, as I hear the bells below
Only words could ever last this long, our love begins to glow

Now everything is moving too fast

So if I'm running out of time
Would you wake me up so I could say goodbye
This world is burning and your hand is trapped forever by my side
And if we can't change this time, then I'll go running back to sleep
Because inside my dreams, I'm moving closer all the time
Track Name: The Days of Loss
While we are here
Let's take our time, before my death
I'll take a moment to catch my breath

I see your waves
They call to me, the days of loss
An Ellis ocean I sail across

You lift me up
The sinful sight the town below
The world I make and the world I know

Deep in your sky
The shallow deeds expressed in lies
A world of patterns with no surprise

Splinters in my hands
They bleed and bleed
The red you need
To see the truth you remove from me

Glass in the sand
The sun is low, the sea is dead
The glare is cursed, I have lost my head

But oh, the battle rages on
With every move you try to make
I hold you back what a great mistake

When everything is wrong
Where do I go?

The days of rain, and the days of fall
It takes your pain, it takes it all
Track Name: The Photographer
Color world in black and white
Out of darkness blinding light
You loose the subject open frame
And undo focus stays the same

Before the world can finally find its place
Picture frame, put back in its own face

Single shot no boundary
The Photographer upon his knees
As he wastes the secret of his art
To rend his fragile world apart

Beneath the solid frigid ground
No warmth could possibly be found

But how can I, bow wounded knee
To all the truth in front of me?
Behind the stealth of foul decree
A panorama of the sea.