The Tower

by Fractal Cat

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released January 26, 2017

Fractal Cat - The Tower

Produced by Frank Marchand and Miles Gannett
Recorded and mixed by Frank Marchand at Waterford Digital
Arranged by Fractal Cat
Mastered by Bob Olhsson
Artwork by Matt Muirhead

The Band
Miles Gannett: 6 and 12 string electric guitars, vocals
Keith Jones: acoustic and electric guitars, vocals
Jason Armstrong Baker: drums and percussion
Kim Gravatt: flutes, saxophone, vocals
Joshua Lilly: keyboards, vocals, lead guitar, acoustic guitar
Kevin Morris: bass
Sean Finn: violin, cornet, French horn

Guests
James Von Lenz: banjo on 4
Mary-eL: vocals on 5 and 6

Track Listing
1. Be Careful What You Dream *
2. Peace of Mind +
3. Have I Lost My Way *
4. Look at That Snake *
5. The Tower *

6. Streets Are Burning +
7. The Farthest Shore *
8. Watching You Grow *
9. Let It Fill +

* Written by Miles Gannett
+ Written by Keith Jones

Backup Singers: (“Look at That Snake,” “The Tower,” and “Streets Are Burning”)
Jannon Baer, Laura Denz, John Glennon, Asa Kurland, Mary Lankford, Heather Leigh, Jane Mineweaser, Kevin Morris, Farida Shourbaji, James Von Lenz

(c) 2017 Fractal Cat
www.fractalcatmusic.com

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Fractal Cat Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore’s Fractal Cat writes and performs music influenced by the classic decades of rock ‘n’ roll, from Buddy Holly to Smokey Robinson to Syd Barrett. As a seven-piece cosmic rock ‘n’ roll band with horns and strings, or as an acoustic trio, the band combines multipart harmonies with lyrical themes combining social commentary and mysticism. ... more

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Track Name: Be Careful What You Dream
You think if you went away that your life would be so fun
But it’s a world of pain awaits you when you run
You gotta let yourself come clean
It’s such a dreadful scene
You’re leaving love behind for illusions in your mind
Be careful what you dream

Your heart won’t show the way when it’s covered up in dust
And your love won’t rescue you when you’ve lost your mind in lust
Your eyes are filled with beams, but it’s not the light it seems
You’re leaving love behind for illusions in your mind
Be careful what you dream

There’s some magic in your fantasies
What strange chemicals are these?
Don’t forget the one
Don’t forget your love
Don’t lose your way

You found another thrill to knock you off your feet
You’d better catch your head, ‘cause you’re headed for the street
If there’s still time to redeem
Heed this cautionary theme
Don’t leave your love behind for illusions in your mind
Be careful what you dream
Track Name: Peace of Mind
In the windy winter out in the country there is no silence
I feel like I’ve been sleepin’ for years with dreams of violence
Every day somebody faces the sun under attack
Where’s the dream that comes to stop a war and turn the soldiers back?

Peace and love still made up of the dreams that haven’t happened yet

All the stories of God and country came with a price
You can stay or you can slip away, be prepared to fight
Through these darkened windows I can see all the growing seeds
In a dream that those who carry the key know what it means

Peace and love still made up of the dreams that haven’t happened yet
Peace of mind let’s get behind those dreams
Peace of mind let’s get behind those dreams
Come on get behind!
Track Name: Have I Lost My Way
Ooh, have I lost my way in the darkest dreams and brightest schemes?
Is there time? I pray it’s not too late to do right again by you my friend
Ooh, have I lost my way? Have I lost my way?
What more can I say?

Ooh, wonder and grace
When the dawn fills your eyes, sings its song across the sky
Ooh, once summer days whispered secrets in the breeze
My world was at ease
Now I stumble through this fallen world

It seems that it’s alright now
At least you’re still around
And even if you can’t be found
I’m so glad you’re still around
I’m so glad you’re still around and around and around

But whoa, have we lost our way in this fantasy of you and me?
I hope it’s not too late to see the light again in the end
Track Name: Look at That Snake
Look at that snake hanging on the tree
Wise as he can be
And he only wants to show you another way to see
The way to set you free

Lying under the garden tree
He and she
And you know that she is the wiser
She opened up his eyes
They both looked so surprised

See the good shepherd and golden sheep
Kind and meek
And you see there on the ever-living tree
The snake who shed his skin
Is he who lives again

Look at that snake
Look at that snake
Look at that snake

Ah!
Ah!

You hold the key to unlock the gate
It’s not too late
And the two are one
The two are one
And we are all together in the field beyond the mind
In the garden beyond time

Look at that snake
Look at that snake
Look at that snake

Ah!
Ah!
Look at that snake!
Look at that snake!
Look at that snake!
Look at that snake!
Track Name: The Tower
Truth, a serpent coiled beneath
Scales beyond belief
The Living Tree on fire
History, a drunken choir of
Murderers, liars
You know that we’re the survivors
The sheepish heirs, heedless meek
Well-beaten path runs deep
Conquered, enslaved, defiled
Elites police the black sheep
Stifled by design
Bullets flying, clubs and sirens, bars of iron

And it’s easier to look the other way
And it’s easy not to care, you were taught that way
But I believe in you

A prison tower built up high
Crowned against the sky
Built up like a pyre
Built with fear and with desire
Fool am I
Shepherd when the lightning strikes
And the man in the tower above
He sends you down not love
But an oppressive hand
He’s pressing down upon this land
He’s over you and he only wants to screw
You in your place

And it’s easier to look the other way
And it’s easy to pretend that you don’t feel the pain
But I know you do

I feel it too
But I believe in you
And what we can do

I believe in you
I believe
In a way that’s true
I believe in you
I believe
We’re gonna make it through

We’ve got a whole lot of work to do to make a change and to start anew
To make a dream come true, we’ve got work to do
We’ve gotta change the way we live
There’s no more to take, something’s gotta give
You better believe it
You better perceive it
I believe in you
Track Name: Streets Are Burning
Streets are burning, souls are burning too
Standing in line, police all over you
We need an answer, not a new excuse
We’ve got to end this culture of abuse

So much confusion brothers, so much confusion in your mind
So much confusion in the world
Lost in delusion sisters, caught up in fears of every kind
So much confusion mothers

Kids are learning, learning how to hate
Better educate them, the hour’s getting late
Roads to freedom are covered up in blood
If we don’t teach peace, there will surely be a flood

So much confusion brothers, so much confusion in your mind
So much confusion in the world
Lost in delusion sisters, caught up in fears of every kind
So much confusion mothers

People blind to what they see, shooting guns at anyone
Some just wanna get on TV
We’re on the run, run, run, run
You better believe!


Streets are burning, burning in my mind
Kids are running, running out of time


All an illusion, baby
Caught in illusions everywhere
We’ve got to live together
Track Name: The Farthest Shore
The tide is high and the moon is bright
And the wind is blowing to the farthest shore
There’s no birds ringing and no belles singing
And your bridges can burn for you need not return anymore

And you know it’s time to let go
And it’s easy to do, it’s easy for you
‘Cause you know you got no money
You got nothing but time
And no peace of mind to hold on to

The tide is high and the moon is bright
And the wind is blowing to the farthest shore
There’s no birds ringing and no belles singing
And your bridges can burn for you need not return anymore

And I know I have to let go
Well it’s easy to see, it ain’t easy for me
Everyday it’s-a-gettin’ closer
I gotta buy some time
Got a nice thing I’m tryin’ to hold on to
Track Name: Watching You Grow
Oh, life is a flow
It’s flowing through my mind
And it’s too much to take all at once
I’m so glad there’s time

Whoa, watching you grow
Right before my eyes
And I can’t wait to see how it all turns out
I guess it’s a surprise

Oh, one thing I know
Is life goes so fast
And it’s all I can do just to tell you
I love you, while we last

And if it seems that life is just a dream
It’s alright my friends
You don’t have to spend it asleep

Oh, watching you grow
It’s blowing my mind
And it’s too much to take all at once
I’m so glad there’s time
Track Name: Let It Fill
Tell me words I need to hear now, let’s not water the seeds of fear
Can we find a way to laugh like the flowers along the path?
Everywhere they grow, and in time we’ll know


When love is real, it only heals
Let it fill the chapters of your story
Let us grow old and not be cold
I’m amazed at all this light before me
Let it fill the chapters of your story


If my pride got in the way again, that’s just an old friend
If I said something to hurt you, it hurt me too
Now I’m standing by your door wanting to give more


When love is real, it only heals
Let it fill the chapters of your story
Let us grow old and love unfold
I’m amazed at all this light before me
Let it fill the chapters of your story