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How To Get Lost In A Time Consuming Ego Trip - Part 1 of 4

by The Ether Family Presents...

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The third album by The Ether Family Presents..., and the first in their four-album How To Get Lost... series. The album series follows an arc of multiple intertwined themes, including alchemical elements, seasons, moods, and the various cycles of the human experience.

The completed 4 CD box set will contain 80 songs at over 160 minutes total, which will be (to the best of our knowledge) the most extensive concept work ever released. Part 1 consists of twenty tracks capturing a matured Ether Family at the top of their game.

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released June 3, 2003

Aurally Chronicled by Jimmy Ether.
All songs written and preformed by The Ether Family Presents...

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Track Name: Rot
Through the waves of highway heat appear the new old-timers
they're now hitchhiking down
the turnpike and I've
seen their type before
when they get uprooted they're
guaranteed to rot

And I've dreamed about some places that you just can't drive to
and dreams are signs of a
drifter's mind that has
stopped cold dead, you know?
living his scenario
guaranteed to rot
Track Name: Ego (Prelude)
I'll go away
if you let me
there's always something
strange about the truth
when you leave your name
on the list
there's always something chasing down your ego...
Track Name: Driving The Sun
Oh the little things we do in life
to pay the bills
never let up and the drive remains
to mold our ills
Holding letters to your blinded eyes
won't help you read the directions better
and I'm not driving the sun for you

Oh the joy of foolish freedom rides
with momentum
aimmed to wake up on the sunny side
with things we've won
But they'll burn up on the way back home
So go and gather estranged provisions
'cause I'm not driving the sun for you
Track Name: Roots
I'm sick of my roots they're always holding me down... down down
I'm sick of my roots they're always holding me down

Say your goodbyes 'cause I'm leaving
and declare never again to grace this fallow farm
This hottest part of the season's a reminder
of the spoil behind the country charm

I'm sick of my roots they're always holding me down... down down
I'm sick of my roots they're always holding me down

To beg the plow for forgiveness
only digs up all the pain of addled family
Seems to me that the end is just a fathom deep of fall
from the ground but that won't be me

I'm sick of my roots they're always holding me down... down down
I'm sick of my roots they're always holding me down

I'm sick of my roots they're always holding me
I'm sick of my roots they're always holding me
I'm sick of my roots they're always holding me
I'm sick of my roots they're always holding me down
Track Name: Up and Coming
Buckle down for the up and coming
it's always greener
on the turf of successful summing
of empty figures
Grab a light for the all-night drive now
even though where you go you don't know
urbanites of the up and coming
with itchy triggers

What does it take to make you unhappy?

Ain't it nice to be given advice by
cynical singers
who seem to think they're just a little bit wiser
and I'm a little bit greener
But I can keep my ideology and take it to the top rung
like the young professionals do
'cause I'm a member for the up and coming
six digit figures

What does it take to make you unhappy?
Track Name: Greener
Looks everything is greener on the other side of the lawn
as I contemplate the reason why my life has yet to dawn

Seems like all the green for which I labored long within this scene
fed the discontented deans dead set to service this machine

Looks like everything is greener on the other side of desire
the wind in my hair, the nerve of my stare,
my talent with tools to finagle my share
Track Name: It's Okay
This trip trampoline bouncing the old critique
is to be struck by lightning every time we speak
but it's alright

The congregation rallies to concentrate
their cold consensus unto the hot debate
but it's okay, it's okay, it's alright tonight. It's okay, it's okay tonight

The root reporters press from provenance
and feel sparks of fire extinguishing confidence
but it's okay, it's okay, it's alright tonight. It's okay, it's okay tonight
Track Name: That Girl
Once upon the night
in for a ride
I am discretely kicked aside
"Things aren't always meant to be boy
and there's a million more in the sea boy"
But can't you see I've got to have that girl?

Painting lack locks up the heart
a wasted pen of quiet art
"Well, things aren't always meant to be boy
and in life ain't nothing free boy"
But can't you see I've got to have that girl?
Track Name: Picture Perfect
I had a picture of that girl painted with my mind
The woman that could never be
The one I'd never find
Now your standing there looking up at me
The music's playing you like I want to be
and I was bitten by the thought, maybe I was wrong
and the picture in my heart should've been you all along

Now I see you pull away over words I'd never say
Someone else's fatal flaw colors every hope you saw
but now the past is just the past
releasing you at last
to find a better way to get you through...

And I, will show you what I see
the one that you could be
The one who stopped my world
the picture perfect girl

Now you're standing there looking down at me
The music's playing slow like you're playing me
and I was bitten by the thought, maybe I was wrong
and the picture in my heart should've been you all along
Track Name: Conflicted
I recognize the need for virtue
You think it's just another issue

(Let's end this lie) Don't turn away from what your feeling
(This long goodbye) don't let it all just drift away
(you're not with me) If it's a gift then it's not stealing
(not meant to be) Just bring it back another day

I wouldn't want to be in his shoes
you always made be feel like old news

(Let's end this lie) Don't turn away from what your feeling
(This long goodbye) don't let it all just drift away
(you're not with me) If it's a gift then it's not stealing
(not meant to be) Just bring it back another day

I recognize the need for virtue
You think it's just another issue
Track Name: Tangled Up
I'm standing on two targets
holding my heart in my hands
a marked marionette model
raveled around by the strands

It's so hard to feel alive when you're tangled up inside
It's so hard to free yourself while you serving someone else
It's so hard to spot the catch on the twenty-second pass
It's so hard to feel alive when you're tangled up inside

All this time I've
been standing on two targets
holding my heart...
holding my heart in my hands
Track Name: Billy
Billy is always waiting for someone to arrive
And draw his same conclusion, his world is a charcoal lie
Billy goes to the window for whats on the other side
Is far more fascinating than his futile indoor life

If you're not winning, I'm not winning, things we should have won
If we're not winning then God is sinning, so we'll erase the sun

Billy is a collector of books and magazines
Relates to all the stories but cant write his own reprieve
Billy has many demons that follow him around
Darken his inspiration and keep him tied to the ground

If you're not winning, I'm not winning, things we should have won
If we're not winning then God is sinning, so we'll erase the sun

Billy loves rock and roll, it permeates his soul
It makes him want to jump and cry but he never can jump very high
Track Name: Roots (Reprise)
I'm sick of my roots they're always holding me down
and I can't go on like this, I think I might be falling in love
and it can't be good to stay stuck here in this little world
Track Name: Stephanie's Shoes
Anyone can stand in Stephanie's shoes
she's such old news, but sharp when having her own way with testosterone
And everyone can see through Stephanie's plan
of landing a man who's made of modeling clay, to form a fitting fiance

Through her malleable life she drive like a knife
you know, but even though she's sort of a drag
there's just something about the malaise of her pout that wears resistance away

Anyone can stand in Stephanie's shoes
she's such old news and weaves such sinister lies to profit from her own demise
And everyone can see through Stephanie's game
of shifting the blame to claim she's caught in the net a victim of virile debt

Through her malleable life she drive like a knife
you know, but even though she's sort of a drag
there's just something about the malaise of her pout that wears resistance away

Anyone can stand in Stephanie's shoes
she's such old news and wrapped up in her own spell with anyone she can compel
But everyone can see through Stephanie's guise
characterized to seem so shy and demur while we merely mollify her
Track Name: Collection of Dreams
I have a collection of dreams
that run through my head when I'm asleep
they're all about you and me and what will be
oh my collection of dreams

In dreams I have impeccable speech
but when I'm awake, that's out of reach
I stumbled and fell just trying to tell you
with our love how great life could be

What if you don't share the dreams I have for us
I'd be so disappointed
Our affair would be a nightmare for me
But if you can hold your vision next to mine
I'd be so happy that I'd cry

I have a collection of dreams
that run through my head when I'm asleep
they're all about you and me and what will be
oh my collection of dreams
Track Name: My Voice Has Gone Out
I'm stuck here and I think I won't get out
'cause I'm being overgrown by night
I'm starting to smother
I know that no other has yet to discover
my voice has gone out
into the summer
I know to no other it's yet to occur that
my voice has gone out

I'm asking your advice
an ardent cry for why I am overwelmed by light that's seen by no other
just dawning its cover when the visions allow
but now my voice has gone out
it's sonically sundered
I know that no other can smell my decay from staying so insecure
so humbley common
I know to no other it's yet to occur that
my voice has gone out
into the summer
I know that no other has yet to discover that
my voice has gone out
Track Name: Around You
Please now realize
They're selling lies
Forecasts of the weather
For your purchasing pleasure

People in the bright lime colored lights
seem to speak what you feel
as they drive you from what is real

It's only a life you're up to
Just realize that when you
are stripped to fear
I won't be here to wrap my arms around you

Please proceed with caution
exhaustion is finding out everything
is not as it seems
strapped to the ground you retreat into dreams

It's only a life you're up to
Just realize that when you
are stripped to fear
I won't be here to wrap my arms around you
Track Name: Wish
I wish I could sense the light
proceed with site refined
leaving this ground behind to illumine the blind
(I am not like all the other leaves you know
tied down by the sentimental trees below)

I wish I could sense the light
proceed with site refined
just leave this ground behind
(to) avoid the signs
Track Name: Opportunity
But I still hold on to traces
of recumbent hesitation
by my eyes
As chance blows by don't forsake this
extenuating circumstantial circumstance