Control

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released January 21, 2014

© ℗ 2014 C. Rose
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All songs written and performed by Christopher M. Rose
Mastered by Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering
Photography by Angela DiTerlizzi
Cover Design by Tony DiTerlizzi
Special thanks to Terri, Geoff, Sophia, and Penelope

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Maxwell's Complex Амхърст, Massachusetts

Electronic music progenerated from early 1980’s synth-pop examining the complexity of human communication; how we relate, connect, and manage the inevitable failures inherent in all fragile machinery.

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Track Name: Prologue
"Prologue"
© ℗ 2013 C. Rose

Cont•rol (kon’trol):

verb

1. to exercise authoritative or dominating influence over;
2. to adjust to a requirement;
3. regulate;
4. to verify or regulate, as in a scientific experiment.

e.g.
• ground control
• mission control
• self-control
Track Name: Control
"Control"
© ℗ 2013 C. Rose

it's on your mind
and i can read it your eyes and in that smile
this time you'll be gone for quite while

the letting go
that would be the hardest part for me i know
because i can't bear to lose control
________

when the earth is separating
we are heirs upon her burning throne
in the dark alone and waiting
for the light to rise and guide us home
________

we are machines
and as machines its in our nature to break down
we fall apart without a sound

as a child i had to learn
not to watch you as you burned
for the price of letting go
is no control
________

when the earth is separating
we are heirs upon her burning throne
in the dark alone and waiting
for the light to rise and guide us home
________

we
prayed that we’d see the day
you
would learn not to walk away
________

ever again
we hold more tightly to the promises that tend
to fall apart in the end

the letting go
that would be the hardest part for me i know
because i can't bear to lose control
________

when the earth is separating
we are heirs upon her burning throne
in the dark alone and waiting
for the light to rise and guide us home
Track Name: Oxygen
"Oxygen"
© ℗ 2013 C. Rose


in this fading light of an early evening
and through a thinning of atmosphere
i breathe
like man with a new beginning
and you
you are the oxygen
________

tonight
we turn off the television
and find something like peace of mind
we make
no promises or conditions
and we
we breathe in the oxygen
just breathe
breathe in the oxygen
________

in time
when ultraviolet radiation
burns through what is left of the atmosphere
will we
in search of new beginning
leave here
looking for oxygen
take flight
looking for oxygen
so high
looking for oxygen
Track Name: 1983 (Simple Pleasures)
“1983 (Simple Pleasures)”
© ℗ 2013 C. Rose


i know that time can have a way of turning
things around
and trick the mind into believing
that darker days were brighter we were better
we were young
were we pretending or deceiving
and would tomorrow hold the answer
________

we had only just begun to live our lives
a story of simple pleasures and a love ascending
________

i danced with you on new year's eve in 1982
our brothers burned until the dawn
and then i turned around in 1983 to find
some boys were here but some were gone
just when i closed my eyes
is this an omen or a cancer
________

we had only just begun to live our lives
a story of simple pleasures and a love ascending
we had only just begun to find ourselves
a future won
never even dreaming of an ending

wanting and needing but never believing
we’re bleeding for love
________

did you call the children home to love
did you call the children home to need
did you call the children home to heal
did you call your children home to bleed
________

and many angels fell unto the earth
beneath the spell
while callous gods refused to see
we shouldered more than blame
but somehow still
these boys became
the men we were supposed to be
now comes the soldier from the dancer
________

we had only just begun to find ourselves
a future won
never even dreaming of an ending
we had only just begun to live our lives
a story of simple pleasures and a love ascending
Track Name: Hurting Inside Out
"Hurting Inside Out"
© ℗ 2013 C. Rose

you've got me rolling on the ground
not knowing what you're all about
no hope for turning this around
you've got me hurting inside out
________

do you find it necessary to be the object of
everyone's intrigue
and would you even call that love
i don't find you're ordinary
i'm lost inside your eyes
but is your smile genuine or just part of a disguise
________

you've got me rolling on the ground
not knowing what you're all about
no hope for turning this around
you've got me hurting inside out
________

you are something of a scientific mystery
what is that generates your electricity
every movement synthesized to make us want you more
believe we may be just the connection you're looking for

you may not be ordinary
but is this all necessary
________

you've got me rolling on the ground
not knowing what you're all about
no hope for turning this around
you've got me hurting inside out

(you've got me here
it's like i'm blind
no hope i fear
i've lost my mind)
________

when the facts are gathered i'll submit to peer review
maybe earn a PhD on what's inside of you
but as your anthropologist i fear i may be blind
no clue of your genus, phylum, species, or your kind

can it be a random chance that i've been led astray
i suspect it's more a wicked game you like to play

you may not be ordinary
but none of this is necessary
________

you've got me rolling on the ground
not knowing what you're all about
no hope for turning this around
you've got me hurting inside out

it's like i'm blind…
Track Name: The Order of Things
"The Order of Things"
© ℗ 2013 C. Rose

these boxes
hold nothing
but someone else's cares
in time we
will learn to
forget they're even there

the pictures
on these walls
behind their broken frames
they tell all
the stories
with someone else's names
________

this is not the life we made
and those are not our sins
these are not the plans we laid
and this is not
the order of things
________

the lamp on
the table
still flickers off and on
the wires
are frayed
and the paper shade gone

the bed in the corner
is stripped and lying bare
the nightstand
is holding
a note that isn't there
________

this is not the life we made
and those are not our sins
these are not the plans we laid
and this is not
the order of things
________

the window
hangs open
just as it was before
as god is our witness
in time we'll close the door

i only
hope we have
enough faith to survive
or enough drugs
to persuade us
these were someone else's lives
________

this is not the life we made
and those are not our sins
these are not the plans we laid
and this is not
the order of things
Track Name: Control, Pt. 2
"Control, Pt. 2"
© ℗ 2013 C. Rose

the nature of control
like the nature of man
is elusive
an obsession for some
a repulsion for others

for some
control is merely a form a stasis
a debilitating paralysis rooted in anxiety and fear
in the end, there is no control
only an illusion

when the earth is separating
we are heirs upon her burning throne
in the dark alone and waiting
for the light to rise and guide us home
Track Name: Precious
"Precious"
© ℗ 2013 C. Rose

anything that's precious can always be stolen
everything that's fragile is prone to being broken
________

i tried to find another way
to bypass damaged circuitry
the current there was killing me

but heartache always seems to find a way
one random sight or sound
can start the sequence counting down
________

anything that's precious can always be stolen
everything that's fragile is prone to being broken
________

i saw another ghost today
he wore a face like mine
just from another place and time

i think the eyes gave him away
it's cold inside the empty stare
that knows a life without you there
________

anything that's precious can always be stolen
everything that's fragile is prone to being broken

i tried to find another way
i tried to find another way…
________

i loved you more than i could say
though even if i spoke the words
i'd never want them to be heard

disappointment always finds a way
tearing down uncertainty
revealing all that's left of me
________

anything that's precious can always be stolen
everything that's fragile is prone to being broken
anything
everything
Track Name: The Speed of Sound
"The Speed of Sound"
© ℗ 2013 C. Rose

from the moment these words leave my mouth
until they reach your ear
lies an instant in a space that's too small to know it's even there
is it even there
________

now I'm waiting for a signal
that can tell me all i need to know
will the answer be revealing
or encrypted in some secret code
will i ever know
________

the speed of sound
doesn't recognize
how the words we choose will hurt us
subtlety will not preserve us
________

how can something i can't even perceive
just leave me frozen here
with my heart in my hand and my with head so filled with doubt and fear
why is nothing clear
________

the speed of sound
doesn't recognize
how the words we choose will hurt us
subtlety will not preserve us

the speed of sound
is beyond control
suddenly i find i'm saying all the words that hurt the most
at the speed of sound
________

from the moment these words leave my mouth
until they reach your ear
lies an instant in a space that's too small to know it's even there
but i know it's there
it's as real as here
where i live in fear
________

of the speed of sound
that doesn't recognize
how the words we choose will hurt us
subtlety will not preserve us

the speed of sound
is beyond control
suddenly i find i'm saying all the words that hurt the most
at the speed of sound
the speed of sound
Track Name: All We Want
all we want
© ℗ 2013 C. Rose

sometimes when there's nothing left to say
better to embrace the silence
let the feelings fade

words can make make me want to turn away
startle my defenses as you try to explain
corroding all my senses until nothing here remains
________

all we want is love
all we need is time
this is no confession
there has been no crime
what we have is this
all we want is more
can we find tomorrow
what we had before
________

sometimes when there's nothing left to give
there is no disgrace in silence
let the moment breathe

apologies just make me want to scream
words that may erase the shame but leave behind
the broken faith that caused the pain
________

all we want is love
all we need is time
this is no confession
there has been no crime
what we have is this
all we want is more
can we find tomorrow
what we had before
________

sometimes you just have to step away
(hold me now)
to understand the meaning of the play
(hold me now)
sometimes when there's nowhere else to go
(hold me now)
all that's left to give up is control
________

maybe we could make another plan
maybe we could build another
castle in the sand

or maybe you could simply hold my hand
remind of the people who we used to be
before we lost ourselves to this destiny
________

all we want is love
all we need is time
this is no confession
there has been no crime
what we have is this
all we want is more
can we find tomorrow
what we had before
Track Name: (And Here We) Rise
"And Here We Rise"
© ℗ 2013 C. Rose

the light is getting hard to see
machines are running down
and everything you are to me
is happening right now

to never waste your time on shame
or worry for the end
to think that i don't know your name
i think i'll call you friend
________

and here we rise
and here we fall
without an ending
we find ourselves
inside of this
moment of grace
folding and turning
________

all we are are human beings
the fragile replicas
of a silent god withdrawn from fame
who may or may not know love
so we must make the love
________

and here we are
without an ending
we find ourselves
inside of this
moment of grace
folding and turning
folding and turning
________

and here we rise
and here we fall
and here we rise
and here we fall