Death & Rebirth

by Afterlife Parade

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Death & Rebirth is a concept record about the ways in which we die and live again every day as we change and grow with every season and milestone. It's best listened to from beginning to end because the sonic landscape is just as much a growing story as each song individually illuminates snapshots of a journey we all share to varying degrees. This a record to be experienced.

This project was originally released in two parts (Winter and Summer 2011) and then, per the original intent, combined into one whole (Summer 2012).

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released August 2, 2012

Quinn Erwin, Jeremy McCoy, Jason Morant, Jeremy Lutito, Daniel James, Brandon Lozano, Greg Everett, Scott Murray, Fred Williams, Tianna Calcagno, Molly Skaggs, Kevin Bruchert, Jared Fox, and Nathan Dantzler.

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Afterlife Parade Nashville, Tennessee

AP is a sound as bold as fireworks and free as ticker tape.

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Track Name: Death
Truth, Truth be told
You might shake your fist at death, but we all grow old
Search, Search you might
But the fountain of youth is running dry
But the fountain of youth is running dry

Truth, Truth be told
That body you're wearing is not your home
Feel, feel the scars
Cresting in your skin and in your soul
Oh, the dirge has started, can you feel the pull?

There's just nowhere to go
There's just nowhere to hide
When your time is coming
It's everywhere you look
It's always on your mind
You can't escape the tide

There's just nowhere to run
There's just nowhere to hide
When the fire's coming
It's everywhere you look
It's always on your mind
As your days go by
Can you feel your soul
Start to lose control
As the light comes crashing
Everything you've known
Everything you'll be
is pulling you under
Track Name: Nothing But Love Can Stay
I found you in Gabriel’s yard
Staring at the people running through the fields
I grabbed your hand so tight
And we watched a world leave its world behind
St. Louis is New York City
New York City is like ancient Pompeii
Florida is underwater now
And the West Coast is a torn out page in history

But though earthquakes roar underneath
And mountains crumble into seas
Though the winds may level cities
When it all burns away, nothing but love can stay

We left our bags out on the porch
As the clouds began to churn
I thought I heard a trumpet saying
“It’s only getting worse”
So as the rain began to fall
I held you like a knife against my skin
I begged God for one more day and then
I kissed what I knew goodbye

But though earthquakes roar underneath
And mountains crumble into seas
Though the winds may level cities
When it all burns away, nothing but love can stay

Nothing but love can stay
Track Name: Arrows Fly
I should've know before
When I lead the charge

I felt the warmth leave my side
I felt a pain between my shoulders
I turned to face them all alone
I saw blades and feathers soar
Family struck me one by one
In the name of our Father's son

And arrows flew from my brother's bows
I broke the shafts and kept on running
Didn't know this was a civil war
But then arrows flew from my brother's bows

Oh, oh, oh

Will the poison run its course
'Fore I find a place to hide
'Cause that house just isn't home at all
I don't know if it ever was
I saw the anger in their eyes
What did I do that was so wrong
I feel just like a wounded deer
And I'm running numb
I'm running numb

Arrows flew from my brother's bows
I broke the shafts and kept on running
Didn't know this was a civil war
But then arrows flew from my brother's bows

Father, could you tell me please
'Cause I'm bending down on wounded knees
What did I do?
'Cause I'm not sure.
I just want you to be proud of me
Track Name: Simple
Well, there’s a church in my heart
It has no steeple or a parking lot
But you can come if you want
It’s free of charge and the doors don’t shut
And we could talk all day
Like age old friends
And love each other
Like the world won’t end

I’ve tried so hard to figure you out
You’re way too big to get my head around
But if love is this simple, could we throw out all the rules?
‘Cause I’m living on the edge of giving into you

You got grace in your pockets
Well, I got sin in my shoes
I try to hide it underfoot
So you won’t have a clue,
But I limp like a beggar
And lie like a fool.
And you read me like a poem
And hold me like a jewel

I've tried so hard...

In the pasture of your thoughts
Is there a place for me?
Where the wind blows steady
And we rest in peace
‘Cause the world’s been a fighter
And I’m on flat on my back
And I need your song to wake me up again

I've tried so hard...

I sing Oh

‘Cause I’m living on the edge of giving into you
Track Name: Afterlife Parade
Hold my hand
As I step into the great unknown
I can feel the cadence now
Bass drums are leading my soul
So I peel the world away
Just like an ancient scab
And it feels so good
‘Cause life hurts so bad

I say oh oh

Don’t cry for me
When you find that I'm gone
'Cause I'm roaming free
Into the arms of love
And you can wear my sweater
If it keeps you warm
‘Cause there’s no winter
Where I’m going now

I said oh oh

I can feel the ticker tape
On my face
As I march from death
Into an afterlife parade

Can you hear the trumpets
Erupting from our lungs
As we join in the chorus
Celebrating the end of us
And we will open up our eyes
Yeah, we won't need strength to stand
For everything that's right
Is an instrument in our hands

We all sing oh oh
Track Name: Rebirth
Spin the dial
Time is on fire
Come eventide
In the kiln of life
Kerosene,
I got a bridge
You got a match for me?

Hurling soul
Jack knife into the depths of
A renaissance
Bless this mess
With solluting guns
Never thought I'd see the day
But the day is won
Rebirth is upon us
Rebirth us upon us

And start, stop
Start, stop
Start
And I come out swingin'
Track Name: Black Woods, White Beach
Pain, past, quick sand
Eyes meet your hand

Never want to go back
Never want to go
Never want to

Black woods, white beach
Ship, mast, come sail east

Never want to go back
Never want to go
Never want to

Oh, Oh, Oh

Never have to go back
Never have to go
Never have to

Oh, Oh, Oh
Track Name: Cincinnati
We're pioneers
With every hope and every fear
We're seven hills and seven years
Into finding one another here
The streets are lit, Over the Rhine,
We'll paint this town wedding dress white
Love and trust are revving cars
On the boulevard

We burn like the dawn

We're vagabonds
Slowly drifting into one
To mend what came undone
To have, to hold, to love
Rebuild our hopes and watch them grow
Towers tall, morning stars
Burning in our hearts
We'll light this town with the two of us

We burn like the dawn

Shedding skin
Shedding life
What could've been
All the while
Shedding skin
Shedding life
What could've been

Well, it was yours all the time

We burn like the dawn
Track Name: Chinese Hand Drum
You're the journey
You're the dance
You're the song of a distance lands
And you call to me
Your laughter fills my heart
Like a kite in Bejing park
Waving to the earth

So I swing my arms like a Chinese hand drum
Beating the wind with love's great cadence
Singing so loud, I ain't got no breath left
And I dance so hard, I can't feel my feet
I'm a feather in the wind blowing to the east
Where the sun comes up, the sun comes out for me

You're the fire
You're the sea
You're the wisdom in my dreams
Will you sing to me?
Oh, come in waves
With soul and grace
Like a newborn summer

So I swing my arms like a Chinese hand drum
Beating the wind with love's great cadence
Singing so loud, I ain't got no breath left
And I dance so hard, I can't feel my feet
I'm a feather in the wind blowing to the east
Where the sun comes up, the sun comes out for me
Track Name: Sequoia
This world, this grove
This planted seed
Our roots stretch deep into eternity
But our love must burn before it grows
As tall and strong as sequoias

The lightning comes
Like a thief
To score our wounds and fuel our dreams
When the soils ready, the kingdom grows
As tall and strong as sequoias
Track Name: Devil's Dirt
Strobe burns bright in the house tonight
Kick drum cuts through the fear inside
Music comes, a thief in the night
To lift you up, to lift you up

From digging in the Devil's dirt
Digging in the Devil's dirt

Foxholes lit by a morning light
Lines are drawn, we waltz through night
TIme hold steady, we can make it right
We're lifting off, we're lifting off

We're all digging in the Devil's dirt
Digging in the Devil's dirt

If you want to come
Get up
Get down
Get free
We're dancing for eternity

Strobe burns bright in the the house tonight

When it's said and done
Get up
Get down
Get free
We're dancing into eternity
Track Name: Maypole
The dirge is draining from our lungs
And a new song's raging on our tongues
So leave your winters at the gate
With those memories of darker days

The past was burned by the threshing floor
And we are all that love searched for
So leave your fears out on the porch
The table is set and supper is warm

No more waiting at the door

Come one, come all
Come on, sing it out, sing it out

Heaven is alive, it's in our hearts
It's in our eyes and in our scars
And we breath it in when we kiss
When we hold the sights we thought we'd missed

Come one, come all
Come on sing it out, sing it out