Random Fractions

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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 Chicago, Illinois

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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Track Name: Run Away
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
Track Name: A Thousand Miles
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
Track Name: Into the Sea
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
Track Name: Breakthrough
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
Track Name: It's About Time
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
Track Name: Deep Dark Secret
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...
Track Name: Games
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

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