Retrieve the Keys

by Nick Karch

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1.
Can you start again When you're on your way? If you see the end Would you think to stay? Life escaping from my view Working in dark time Out the door are stories One of them is mine The music waits for me And I return the favour It's time to take a step to the curb And see the roads I know I'm on a parallel path That can never meet its twin And once I thought it could No matter where I stood Now on a parallel path I see another end With a greater heart for a starving art And no need to pretend What I intend Prophecy of gold Hidden far along the road I can see where it may be But heart and mind can disagree The new path smiling its own Knowing where it all began In the midst of the old I turn around My back to the anger, I face the sound The music waits for me And I return the favour It's time to take a step to the curb And see the roads I know I'm on a parallel path That can never meet its twin And once I thought it could No matter where I stood Now on a parallel path I see another end With a greater heart for a starving art And no need to pretend What I intend No direction No seclusion This decision Changing mind I'm on a parallel path That can never meet its twin And once I thought it could No matter where I stood Now on a parallel path I see another end With a greater heart for a starving art And no need to pretend What I intend
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One sidewalk block And on and on Still I walk after so long The night still sings Its mysterious tune It's not yet time to hide out from the moon Cold winter air Of solitude No longer scared with this attitude These roads I know Silent, just for me Imaginary voices let me be Onward to nowhere Just breath in the air Step by step, still I walk Over every sidewalk block What more could happen tonight? I can't keep track, can't keep count No memory of this amount Turns out my choice wasn't right So I'm left to ponder, left to wander Barren paths, into the night Transparent stars Clouds hover low Memories return and sink into the snow Look for the heart The echo of a beat In the field where I thought we would meet Onward to nowhere Why should I even care? Step by step, still I walk Over every sidewalk block What more could happen tonight? I can't keep track, can't keep count No memory of this amount Turns out my choice wasn't right So I'm left to ponder, left to wander Barren paths, into the night It's time to go! It's time to go! Aches and pains running head to toe I'm dozing in this frozen jungle Where nobody can see the instability Get back to the path And push yourself back home Step by step, still I walk Over every sidewalk block What more could happen tonight? I can't keep track, can't keep count No memory of this amount Turns out my choice wasn't right So I'm left to ponder, left to wander Barren paths, into the night
3.
04:31
You pose, silently Staring into space Standing so statuesque Suspicious, all the same Can't help but wonder how You keep yourselves composed And if I close the door Do you come alive once more? In your plastic skulls you dream Until I can no longer see Then the battle begins But no one ever wins As you shall stay in tact for me But what you don't understand Is I'm your biggest fan So don't you hide your playful side for all eternity Bookshelf for a home Boring as it seems Levelled allegiances And designated teams Most of you automatons Can turn on your disguise But not when I'm around I don't believe your lies! In your plastic dreams you wait Hoping that I stay out late Then the battle begins But no one ever wins As you shall stay in tact for me But what you don't understand Is I'm your biggest fan So don't you hide your playful side for al eternity No one ever wins…
4.
He's sitting by himself in the middle of the room On the chair, he's staying there and he won't be leaving soon Takes out the old guitar to play his simple song Looks around to see who's there, but no one to say he's wrong Somebody tell him! I wanna tell them! Nobody sees the crime take place Don't go to him! Don't approve him! Just let him play without a trace The pretender tries to steal our eyes And they all watch in awe But I know what I saw And it reminds me of someone I used to know But understanding what went wrong You learned your lesson long ago Always finding us with the corners of his eyes But he can't find his glory no matter how he tries Still playing all his songs, he doesn't understand Sing with security, I just don't think he can Somebody tell him! I wanna tell them! I've seen so many do the same Don't go to him! Don't approve him! Let him discover who's to blame The pretender tries to steal our eyes And they all watch in awe But I know what I saw And it reminds me of someone I used to know But understanding what went wrong You learned your lesson long ago
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Sleeping, awaken The sun had brought in too much light Switch on my stomach I'm ready to start the night I know some day soon I'll get right back on track My dead mind stole it long ago I've gotta steal it back Freedom around me Not one to share it properly So few meetings But so much opportunity I would always hope Night would show its face But so many more times That night was a disgrace Wasted summer, you teach me one more time Damn this summer, now I’m punished for my crime Absent music and ever absent love Drifting farther from a time I'm thinking of Contract missing To tell me "go look somewhere else" LCD screen Guide me through this awkward hell Down the darkened road The shorter days appear Way to take advantage Now I know the end is near Wasted summer, you teach me one more time Damn this summer, now I’m punished for my crime Absent music and ever absent love Drifting farther from a time I'm thinking of
6.
Parallel in the sky Trust in the hanging chains No question of how or why We fly right up again A silhouette in the fog Illuminate the scene Ready to be revealed Beneath the canopy How simple it is to wake you up And send shivers down your spine You can't see a thing as the music soars And the sight and sounds align Consecutively inflicting awe Upon the thousands below Their eyes open wide Not a moment to miss Of the unforgettable show Design of a greater brain Of pillars left to right Enclosing the five within Who could forget the sight? A signal to end the night Trembling through the walls Synchronize with the light And flood the open hall How simple it is to wake you up And send shivers down your spine You can't see a thing as the music soars And the sight and sounds align Consecutively inflicting awe Upon the thousands below Their eyes open wide Not a moment to miss Of the unforgettable show
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Sacrifice for what I seek But dusk determines I am weak At the feet of stone giants Time is frozen still Fixed eyes on me, never blink What could two megalithic gods desire? Riddle for sunrise, mind adrift In the forest silence Maybe lost But in peace I know not what's ahead Save the danger Signify something With no hint at all The stones provoke this questioning Built to stand so tall Rays of light escape this place But I can still see your face In this meadow we decide With your spirit by my side The mossy tiles I walk Leading through the gate Not one soul can pass until It’s proven to be fate Beyond I see abandoned keys The only ones required Burden you to push me forth Guide me past the fire I'm not alone in here You make this cavern clear But puzzles lie ahead The ones we used to dread We conquer what we fear Make shadows disappear The keys fall into grasp We flee the dark at last Rays of light escape this place But I can still see your face In this meadow we decide With your spirit by my side Rays of light escape this place But you can still see your face Far from finished, we move on Never waiting for the break of dawn
8.
When I try to think of you beside me It doesn't seem to work the same As when I'm cooking up a storm And for that I feel a bit more sane (but not too sane) You always had a sense of style The ones I know could learn a thing or two But in your shoes, they'd be afraid to fight I've never seen the character I see so well in you I've got a thing for an animation cel Her curves and colours drawn so well And the way she walks while she talks is only art direction I've got a thing for an animation cel Her curves and colours drawn so well The voice behind, one of a kind In your world I'd make you mine That's quite the skill you have to navigate But I know it came with no fun ‘n games You've got a good orange head on your shoulders Smile through tragic tales with no shame I would be there to back your logic Intelligence is lacking on this sea But let's leave room for humour animation Your body and your brain can always move so comically I've got a thing for an animation cel Her curves and colours drawn so well And the way she walks while she talks is only art direction I've got a thing for an animation cel Her curves and colours drawn so well The voice behind, one of a kind In your world I'd make you mine That's a good job, inker I mean a good job, tracer Looking great there, painter And sounds awesome, miss voice actor
9.
We are still on the search After millions of years While the story is complete For all supposed equal peers But I will not die later More likely too soon My clock ticks as clocks so do Drives this part of thought to ruin So I leave the house Maybe the streets are empty But hope still stirs Left to right I keep on looking for the medal that I made You shine in light, but turn and deny the shade Left to right I keep on looking, never to escape this mind In my sight, but much too far away Recapitulate the scene Where you would hang your head Disappointment by my fault What more is to be said? Never ending condescending Familiar advice Never bending out of shape And now I pay the price So I leave the house Maybe this time is different But I've been trapped Left to right I keep on looking for the medal that I made You shine in light, but turn and deny the shade Left to right I keep on looking, never to escape this mind In my sight, but much too far away I've learned so many lessons well But in this world, logic doesn't sell Ten second start for the lucky ones All else take cover in your shell Left to right I keep on looking for the medal that I made You shine in light, but turn and deny the shade Left to right I keep on looking, never to escape this mind In my sight, but much too far away
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11.
Two keys scrape against my skin My thoughts are drawn to you By association with this place And the gradient from black to blue Pains of every step Draw my body to the ground Just a little more I can see the glowing from my door With no thought retrieve the keys again While many steps remain But subconsciously it's clear The journey's end is near Tonight left me on my own In the dark streets of this town But the lifeless winds surrounding me End up broken by the railroad sound Music in my ears Drawing pictures for my eyes Just another walk From the realm beyond the matching lock With no thought retrieve the keys again While many steps remain But subconsciously it's clear The journey's end is near Frozen in the dark Draw my footsteps to a crawl Just as you appear I regain the chance to persevere With no thought retrieve the keys again While many steps remain But subconsciously it's clear The journey's end is near

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The debut album by “Bolus” front-man, Nick Karch. Fans of Bolus will notice an extension of the band’s signature sound, mixed with additional exploration into more straight-forward, yet unique and unexpected musical territory.

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released October 28, 2014

Composed, performed and produced by Nick Karch
Mixed and mastered by Mat Keselman

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