Comments That End Men :: The Ten Commandments

by greybarrel

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about

Concept album loosely framed around the ten commandments. Written & recorded during the month of February for RPM Challenge 2011.

No vocals were pitch-corrected in the making of this album.

Recorded in a bedroom with:
-acoustic guitar
-voice (singing, beatbox, scat-trumpet)
-microKORG
-large diaphragm condenser mic
-Garageband
-PreSonus preamp
-laptop

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released March 1, 2011

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greybarrel Oakland, California

greybarrel is the moniker for Gabriel Fuson, a Mainer now based in the Bay Area. First and foremost a vocalist/choir boy, greybarrel is often described as having a "golden voice" that sounds like James Taylor. His influences range from classical and choral music to rock/folk across the decades.  As a result, greybarrel's aesthetic is earthy, contemplative, melody-driven music with lush harmony.   ... more

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Track Name: I Am
Take two of these and call me in the morning
Whatever gets you by
Whatever leaves you high

Take two of these and call me in the morning
That should do the trick
To healthy from sick

Take two of these and call me in the morning
This will provide what you lack
Will take the weight off your back

Trust me, you need help
I am telling you the truth
I know what's best for you
After all, you came to me for a reason

You believe
Therefore I am
Track Name: Others & Idols
Years & years of research & development
Designed with utmost care & unique technologies
Don’t even try to bow to your white elephant
Or cover up in smoke screen & alibis
The inclination to look elsewhere
Your loyalty will be rewarded

This will surely cure what ails you, and will
Come through where all the others failed you
Any imitation is certain defamation
Do not try this at home
Do not try this at home
Track Name: Only as Directed
Take only as directed
Use only as intended
There is nothing in between
Cut-and-dry and open-ended

Set aside a certain time
You must be faithful down the line
You don’t even want to know
What happens if you don’t follow

Take only as directed
Use only as intended
A prescription is a prescription for a reason
You need have a healthy fear of the void
Track Name: Lost & Found
I love my mom and my dad
They treat me so nice
They took me to the doctor
And he opened up my eyes

Now the medicine keeps me in line
The medicine keeps me in line
The medicine keeps me in line
And I feel fine

Now I’m such a good boy
I do what I’m told
I tell you, when I grow up
You know, I'll be good and old

It wasn’t always like this
I was acting up and reaching out
I was lost and then got found
‘Cause I got help, alright

Now the medicine keeps me in line
The medicine keeps me in line
The medicine keeps me in line
And I feel fine

Why should I listen to myself
When he knows what is good for my health?
Why should I rely on myself
When he's so easy to depend on?
Track Name: Reignstay
Do away with all the men who try to take my name
It’s high time they ate the very dirt from whence they came
With you on my side
I know I’m right

Oh I’ve worked so hard for this
I’m not going down like this

Slash, stab, and stack the bodies and duly stake my claim
I kill with the clearest conscience ‘cause you help take the blame
With you on my side
I know I'm right
I'm right....

Oh I’ve worked so hard for this
I’m not going down
I’m not going down
I’m not going down like this

The reign is mine
Supreme, divine
The reign is mine
Supreme, divine
The reign is mine
Supreme, divine
The reign is mine
Supreme, divine

Oh I’ve worked so hard for this
I’m not going down
I’m not going down
I’m not going down like this

I won’t lose my crown like this
Track Name: Cheater
I can’t believe she'd do this
I cannot understand
I feel so wronged and worthless
By a sight-unseen man
Track Name: Ours to Keep
We've gotten our marching orders
Guess who said it's so
He has paved the way for us
You have got to go

This land is our land
Read it and weep
This land is our land
Ours to keep

We outnumber you, yes we win
By popular demand
Step aside, it's not our fault that
You've been dealt this hand

This land is our land
Read it and weep
This land is our land
Ours to keep
Track Name: The Good Book(s)
I believe in the good books, yes
You heard me right, that's books with an "S"
Now you might think it's a moral mess
but it's real convenient, I confess

I'm not here to plagiarize
Or to pull the wool over your eyes
I'm just one of those simple type guys
With my mind on God and dollar signs

I'm sittin' here grinnin' like a cheshire cat
With my heart gettin' heavy and my wallet fat
Would I lie to you? Don't answer that
And let's keep on pretending that the world is flat

I believe in the good books, yes
You heard me right, that's books with an "S"
Now you might think it's a moral mess
but it's real convenient, I confess
Track Name: Desiderate
I have denied myself for so long
Militant in my diligence
I’ve self-disciplined myself right out of feeling anything
Now I feel
Oh man, how I do feel

In this life of servitude
His word I shall fulfill
He gives me all the answers
Yet I am empty still

Fountain of youth
In front of my eyes
I’m in an altered state
I’m in an altered state

I want you oh so bad
It sings like an angel’s song
This longing aches so bad and feels so good
And I’m starting not to care about what could go wrong

I know better than to do this
My parents taught me well
If I can’t get behind this service
How am I supposed to sell it

I feel as though I might go tell it now
Shout it out loud

I want you oh so bad
Like a horrible eighties song
This longing aches so bad and feels so good
And I’m starting not to care about what could go wrong
What's the worst that could happen?

I want you oh so bad
It sings like an angel’s song
This longing aches so bad and feels so good
And I’m starting not to care about what could go wrong
Track Name: I Am, Once Again
So take two of these and call me in the morning
Forget about the side effects
What even the fine print neglects

Trust me, you need help
I am telling you the truth
I know what is best for you
After all, you came to me for a reason

You believe
Therefore I am

And thus I sing
Hallelujah