Scratch

by The Greyfield Stray

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While the production quality is mixed, the overall feel of Scratch is of someone staring at an uncertain future (both personally and politically) and eventually coming to terms with it.

From the raspy post punk drill of "Rebecca" and "You Make Me Do It", to the more pop tinged vibes of "Dance Around Calais" and "The Loser's Requiem", To the melancholy indie of "All Empires Fall" and "Britain is Dead" and finally settling on "Your Journey Begins At The End Of The World". a song that signifies that despite it all. There is always hope.

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released March 3, 2016

The Stray - Almost Everything
Smashbox (Roland 808) - Drums
Toshi Nara - Drums on "Kestrel Grounded" and "The Loser's Requiem"

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Track Name: Rebecca
A million thoughts inside your head,
none of them positive
and your eyes betray you.
I've seen plenty madness
but none like I have seen from you.
you know not what you do.

I'll let you drown in loneliness,
isn't that what you wanted?
please don't pull me under.
I'll let you drown in loneliness,
isn't that what you wanted?
please don't pull me under.
please don't pull me under.

Is my downfall what you seek
through your summoned demons?
All I did was love you.
And if all you can feel is spite,
the inner Innsmouth look,
then I must leave you.

I'll let you drown in loneliness,
isn't that what you wanted?
please don't pull me under.
I'll let you drown in loneliness,
isn't that what you wanted?
please don't pull me under.
please don't pull me under.
Track Name: Incubus and Angel
We bathe in fire after midnight.
We douse ourselves with velvet dreams
You are something special
and I would never hurt you
so wrong, so wrong, so wrong.

I'm afraid to love you,
I'm afraid I'll taint you.
From the poison of my sin
I'll hide away now, hide away now.
I'm afraid to love you,
I'm afraid I'll taint you.
From the poison of my sin
I'll hide away now, hide away now.

A case of Incubus and Angel.
The kiss between spider and snake.
For you have touched the heavens
and I was made for hell.
so wrong, so wrong, so wrong.

I'm afraid to love you,
I'm afraid I'll taint you.
From the poison of my sin
I'll hide away now, hide away now.
I'm afraid to love you,
I'm afraid I'll taint you.
From the poison of my sin
I'll hide away now, hide away now.

I'm afraid to love you,
I'm afraid I'll taint you.
From the poison of my sin
I'll hide away now, hide away now.
I'm afraid to love you,
I'm afraid I'll taint you.
From the poison of my sin
I'll hide away now, hide away now.
Track Name: Kestrel Grounded
Simmering heart,
no heat of rage.
Yearn for release from my flesh cage.
No tears the kiss of kitchen blade
the fool looks at the mess he made.

I am a Kestrel grounded
I am a soldier with no war
I am the land unfounded
Too many rocks to reach my sure

Too sweet the bliss, the kiss of pain
a soulless husk on fire, restrained.
I need the pain.
too cold the hiss of pouring rain
no place of rest for the insane

I am a Kestrel grounded
I am a soldier with no war
I am the land unfounded
Too many rocks to reach my sure

I am a Kestrel grounded
I am a soldier with no war
I am the land unfounded
Too many rocks to reach my sure
Track Name: Dance Around Calais
Did we learn our lesson from the hundreds dead,
or will we step towards our own demise?
the star men seem so pleased.
Yes I'm aware that it's the current year,
don't change the fact that we're in danger.
Feign ignorance and watch us good few bleed.

We've have a problem here,
don't turn away
'cause all you do dance around Calais
Paris burns,
Should London be the same?
It's okay to fear,
I never felt ashamed
but all you do is Dance around Calais
Why choose fear?
Why choose Pain?

Should we burn for the feelings of the guilty left,
or fortify ourselves instead?
The merchants do not care.
Yes I'm aware of history's lament.
A once great empire torn to pieces.
Will you stand beside me?
will you crawl?

We've have a problem here,
don't turn away
'cause all you do dance around Calais
Paris burns,
Should London be the same?
It's okay to fear,
I never felt ashamed
but all you do is Dance around Calais
Why choose fear?
Why choose Pain?

We've have a problem here,
don't turn away
'cause all you do dance around Calais
Paris burns,
Should London be the same?
It's okay to fear,
I never felt ashamed
but all you do is Dance around Calais
Why choose fear?
Why choose Pain?

We've have a problem here,
don't turn away
'cause all you do dance around Calais
Paris burns,
Should London be the same?
It's okay to fear,
I never felt ashamed
but all you do is Dance around Calais
Why choose fear?
Why choose Pain?
Track Name: All Empires Fall
Didn't think it would last forever
now did you?
Didn't think that the world was ours to keep?
And now the setting sun
on the final breath of life.
See the buildings crumble
before your very eyes.

All empires fall

Thought we'd rule the waves together,
you know it's true.
Thought we'd be standing on the mountain
waiting to come on down,
but now we have to run
through the shining hills
for the burning lies behind us
and our lessers have
risen and they're not so grateful.

All empires fall

These are the castles we built.

All empires fall
Track Name: The Loser's Requiem
Well it's alright.
Well it's okay.
Close your eyes,
don't be afraid.
For if we die
we'll be free
They're clawing at your mind
and your face
they're in your dreams and in your space
but if you die
please don't scream,
please don't scream.

Oh!
There's no one who wants you,
no one who needs you,
no one who loves you,
no one to save you.

Through cuts and bruises
learn your place
in this world so bitter faced
and if you lie you will see
that all your friends,
they are all fake.
Waiting for you to make mistakes.
but if you die, you'll be free.

Oh!
There's no one who wants you,
no one who needs you,
no one who loves you,
no one to save you.

Oh!
There's no one who wants you,
no one who needs you,
no one who loves you,
no one to save you.
Track Name: Death of a Porcelain Doll
Keep breathing,
it's just another day.
Repeating,
make the same mistakes.
Your flowers laid
on your self made grave
entomb yourself in misery.
Across your face,
accepted fate.

She'll never know
what could have been.
She'll stand alone it's how it's meant to be.
Outside she smiles,
Inside she screams.
Alone she cries.
Alone she dreams.
She'll never know
what could have been.
She'll stand alone it's how it's meant to be.

Receding,
she fades away.
Now bleeding
from her china face.
What sanity?
No gravity.
The trigger's pulled by pure insanity.
Such beauty,
Such a waste.

She'll never know
what could have been.
She'll stand alone it's how it's meant to be.
Outside she smiles,
Inside she screams.
Alone she cries.
Alone she dreams.
She'll never know
what could have been.
She'll stand alone it's how it's meant to be.
Track Name: Britain is Dead
Be you conquered
or founded,
remember who we were and be grateful.
Here we are now,
we're infected
by the poison of the middle east.
Put the lady out of her misery.
Please kill me, please kill me, please kill me.

Oh Australia,
Remember your mother.
Sweet Canada,
You were the favorite son.
Dear America
Protect your brothers
for I fear that Britain's time is done.

Remember Wordsworth,
Remember Shakespeare
and the spies of Canterbury.
Remember mechanized innovation
and how we stood for decency.
They're erasing all of my history.
Please kill me, please kill me, please kill me.

Oh Australia,
Remember your mother.
Sweet Canada,
You were the favorite son.
Dear America
Protect your brothers
for I fear that Britain's time is done.
Track Name: You make me do it
One day I'll pull you close again.
Smile through tears for me.
Tell me I'm something special.
The gun is not a factor,
why should it even be?
Are you afraid of me?
You should be.

If I can't have you,
no one else will.
If I catch you,
I will kill you
and free you from this awful world.
I can smell you,
I can taste you,
I'm addicted and I need you
to save me from myself.

One day I'll pull you close again.
Smile through tears for me.
Tell me I'm something special.
The gun is not a factor,
why should it even be?
Are you afraid of me?
You should be.
Track Name: The Art Of Indifference (Faking It)
Can't spare you a moment,
I don't have the time.
You're sick of regrets,
but I'm embracing mine.
You're beaten and swollen,
but that's not my problem,
crossing the line.

And if I give you just a moment
Know that I fake it, fake it.
If my kisses taste so dry,
it's 'cause I'm faking it.
Indifference is an art form.
I barely made it,
take it
and am I still alive,
or am I faking it?

Spare me your rumors,
you're wasting your life.
A turgid grey semblance
of something divine.
A lack of importance
to impotent eyes
isn't a sign.

And if I give you just a moment
Know that I fake it, fake it.
If my kisses taste so dry,
it's 'cause I'm faking it.
Indifference is an art form.
I barely made it,
take it
and am I still alive,
or am I faking it?
Track Name: You're Future Isn't As Bright As You Seem To Think It Is
Hey plastic people have you heard the news?
It'll all be over soon.
So drink your whiskey,
down your beer,
pull your loved ones closer.

Tell your stupid friends,
it meant nothing in the end.

Can't you see this coming?
(Get up on the hype train)
You can't see this coming
(Get up on the hype train, yeah, yeah, yeah)

Turns out it was simply black and white.
You gave up everything without a fight.
The last to leave, turn out the lights.
It's already over.

Tell your stupid friends,
it meant nothing in the end.

Can't you see this coming?
(Get up on the hype train)
You can't see this coming
(Get up on the hype train, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Track Name: Your Journey Begins At The End Of The World
In the wake of a thousand days of thunder.
In the wake of a thousand sleepless nights
From the dirt you crawl and you're all alone
but you know that she's out there somewhere.
You feel her in your heart, you feel her in your soul.

Don't you let her go, don't let her go.
Your journey begins at the end of the world.
Let her know,You need to let her know
that she's the one that you'll walk the wastes for.
Don't you let her go, don't let her go.
Your journey begins at the end of the world.
You know you love her so,
tell her you love her so.

Through the burn of the constant acid rain,
Through the sting of the glass beneath your feet.
Through the dead you'll walk
until you see her face.
So determined to survive this hardship
with the power of love you'll ever stride.

Don't you let her go, don't let her go.
Your journey begins at the end of the world.
Let her know,You need to let her know
that she's the one that you'll walk the wastes for.
Don't you let her go, don't let her go.
Your journey begins at the end of the world.
You know you love her so,
tell her you love her so.