Random Fractions

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1.
Run Away 04:40
Trapped in the city It's cold and gray Counting the days until I can run away I could go alone But I'd rather not Do you want to run with me We'll give this thing a shot Come run away with me We can go anywhere Need the air and the rocks and trees Life is better there Come run away with me Jump in the car and we'll drive Up the mountains and down to the sea Free and completely alive You barely know me I'm a mystery But with a little trust and time I might just let you see Out in the wild Away from the chaos No need for the masks we wear Free to really be us Come run away with me We can go anywhere Need the air and the rocks and trees Life is better there Come run away with me Jump in the car and we'll drive Up the mountains and down to the sea Free and completely alive The miles fly by Cares will drop away We tell our stories And everything's okay Now the breeze is blowing Sun is blazing bright River is flowing And everything is right Come run away with me We can go anywhere Need the air and the the rocks and trees Life is better there Come run away with me Jump in the car and we'll drive Up the mountains and down to the sea Free and completely alive
2.
When the busy day is done and I finally stop to breathe Emptiness creeps in, surrounds me, waits to take its toll I open up my soul but only darkness closes in The rules, they don't seem to apply to anyone but me A thousand miles between doubting and believing So many ways to misread signals I'm receiving My own worst enemy lives right inside my head You lie here next to me, but it might as well be A thousand miles Dreams do linger on so I can look but cannot touch Like some fiction fantasy I don't know what is real Each word and picture drives the steel into my heart Reminds me what I do not have and have no right to ask A thousand miles between doubting and believing So many ways to misread signals I'm receiving My own worst enemy lives right inside my head You lie here next to me, but it might as well be A thousand miles Thought I was strong but now I'm shaking in my shoes None of this should make me flinch or falter like it does Dancing with shadow demons who deign to see me fall I'd sell my soul for resolution No absolution From the retribution Of the dissolution Of the ties that blind you And the threads that bind you So impossibly far away A thousand miles between doubting and believing (might as well be ten) So many ways to misread signals I'm receiving (same old fear again) My own worst enemy lives right inside my head (and tells me lies) A thousand miles between doubting and believing (might as well be ten) So many ways to misread signals I'm receiving (same old fear again) My own worst enemy lives right inside my head (and tells me lies) You lie here next to me, but it might as well be A thousand miles
3.
Into the Sea 04:51
When I was small I used to dream Of swimming deep within the sea I had no fear and I could always breathe Schools of fish were friends to me Somehow through the intervening years I got locked up on the land Until you led me to her sacred shores To remember once again Come with me into the midnight sea Let me wrap you into the deep We will laugh, we will not fear the waves As we ride eternity Into the sea The realm of dreams is her dominion And madness lies not far within I am touching possibility And I am breathing with my skin My silent fears fall like grains of sand They disappear in the abyss And I am freer than I've ever been As I feel her foamy kiss Come with me into the midnight sea Let me wrap you into the deep We will laugh, we will not fear the waves As we ride eternity Into the sea I never dreamed you'd be like me A child of the deep playing for keeps Down on my knees at her majesty Come with me into the midnight sea Let me wrap you into the deep We will laugh, we will not fear the waves As we ride eternity Come with me into the midnight sea Let me wrap you into the deep We will laugh, we will not fear the waves As we ride eternity Into the sea
4.
5.
Breakthrough 04:42
Waking up from the dream Shaking off what I have seen Shadows break apart in light Leaving them behind feels so right The road ahead is open wide I call up the strength I have inside Step out in front of battles won Can't go back, only on Past the point of waiting for the perfect day Don't need to try so hard to find my way Tethered and tied down to this darkness no more Here in this moment, time for me to soar Standing in a place I've never been I fight to keep the fear from closing in Face to face with freedom's gate Do I break through or hesitate? Past the point of waiting for the perfect day Don't need to try so hard to find my way Tethered and tied down to this darkness no more Here in this moment, time for me to soar I gather all my courage and step off the edge Wings I forgot I had instinctively spread This is my truth and I can let it fly No more fear, the sky is mine Past the point of waiting for the perfect day Don't need to try so hard to find my way Tethered and tied down to this darkness no more Here in this moment, time for me to soar Past the point of waiting for the perfect day Don't need to try so hard to find my way Tethered and tied down to this darkness no more Here in this moment, time for me to soar
6.
I'm not used to things running my way Not catching breaks or easy plays Always some kind of price to be paid If today is good, then tomorrow must be bad Wanting one unexpected taste Of treasure I can scarcely hope to find When in a heartbeat, random harmony And everything I know turns inside out When the planets align And good fortune is mine It could be a sign There's a grander design And it's about time Across the globe, think of stories they've told Of hero's hardships all through history They took their journeys, they were tested with fire They had their share of good days and of bad Enduring all for the sweetest taste Of fame and fortune, peace, or love divine I've been waiting to discover mine If I'm not the hero, tell me, who am I? I don't know what's coming next I don't know what to expect No longer towing the line Or ignoring the signs That the grass is greener on the other side And when the planets align And good fortune is mine It could be a sign There's a grander design And it's about time Now I'm getting used to things running my way Catching breaks and easy plays Understanding the price is already paid If today is bad, then tomorrow must be good And now I've had the sweetest taste Of treasure that was ready to be found And in a heartbeat, random harmony I'm turning my life inside out When the planets align And good fortune is mine It must be a sign There's a grander design When the planets align And good fortune is mine It must be a sign There's a grander design And it's about time
7.
They tried to tell me They tried to spell me Away from you What was I to do? 'Cause when I heard your voice I really had no choice My path was chosen right there They tried to scold me They tried to hold me Back from choosing you What was I to do? 'Cause when you touched my hand They couldn't understand What had happened to me right then Now they can't burn me No, they can't turn me Away from being with you Nothing more to do Your deep dark secret Is safe with me I will never give it away Nothing more to say...aah...
8.
Narrow Way 02:48
9.
Games 03:05
The ale flows freely Poets sing songs about great deeds The dancers revel, raising cups of mead Silent in the corner, the Wise One watches all Out comes the leather bag And the runes will fall Their meanings hidden in lines Their stories echoing time The past and present combine In the Wise One's eyes We strike a deal At the moment of our birth To take our chances while we walk this earth And in the distance The Wise One sees and knows Our days of fortune and our days of woe Life's meaning hidden in rhymes Connections there by design Our light and shadow combine And the Wise One smiles One day we'll remember The games we left behind That golden treasure, and we will find The secrets hidden inside The stories told now with pride A million pathways collide And the Wise One shines
10.

credits

released July 21, 2017

All songs by Cathy McManamon except
- Breakthrough (music by Daniel Gunderson)
- Kate and the Ghost of Lost Love by Dave Carter (used with permission)
- Goodnight Moon by Wil Kimbrough (used with permission)
- Narrow Way by Cheshire Moon (used with permission).

Recording by Cathy McManamon, Mixing by David M. Stowell except track #3 Mixing and Mastering by Alexander James Adams.

Jacket graphic design by Rebecca McManamon.
Album photos by Sue Alexander and Patrick McManamon.

(c) 2017 by Random Fractions. All Rights Reserved.

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Random Fractions is the Chicago-based trio that plays a wise variety of original folk, filk, rock, and anything else that strikes their fancy. They play at outdoor festivals, science fiction and creative arts conventions, bars, basements, and living rooms across the country. ... more

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