I Won't Let the World Become a Prison

by Signal-to-Noise

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released March 31, 2015

Written and Produced by Michael Downing
Graphic Design by Brigita Zabulionyte
Cover Photography by Kyle Wilcox

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Signal-to-Noise Chicago, Illinois

Signal-to-Noise is an electro-rock/dream-pop solo artist based in Chicago. Featuring soothing melodic vocals, intricate harmonies, and rich ambient textures, Signal-to-Noise draws influence from a diverse range of cerebral rockers (Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, and Supertramp just to name a few) to create powerful and inspirational music exploring the complexities of human existence. ... more

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Track Name: Firebox
Coal into steam. Steal to the rail
Pressure is the same as the firebox on a train

Burning coal. Always alight
Burning coal. Work to ignite

You're wiping the sweat from your eyes
And trying your best to keep it alive
Under pressure. Lead astray
From the firebox in your brain

Burning coal. No slowing down
Burning coal. Turning the wheels around
Ten thousand tons beat across the ground
Taking our motives to town
Track Name: Something to Say
Lights flash out in the rain. Stay home today
Take the time to get sane. See through the grey
If I can't make this alone I'll get lost in the world

If you got something to say

Thoughts don't make up your mind. Stay whole, aligned
Take the rest of your life. Research and refine
And turn your self into none. Go get lost in the world

If you got something to say just try
If you got something to say don't make it a lie
I know you're wanting to feel alive

What's the harm in a soul's not so substantial
What's the harm? Just pull off the weight of the world

If you got something to say
Start anywhere, anytime
Start on your own. Realign
Track Name: Rivals
Babe's running away with himself
Makes all of him family disconcerted
Babe's running away with himself
Takes more than a dream to be deserving
And now that he's an animal let's
Now that he's an animal let's hurt him

Your soul won't understand its own design
For as long as you've got rivals in your mind
If it's not enough you're better off alone
If it's not enough you better make some more

Now what's all of this talk about the
World bringing you down? You know you rule it
And what's all of this talk about the
Rules keeping you out? You've been excluded
Well now that you're an animal just
Now that you're an animal just do it

Cause you're running the world from inside of a video
Babe's just a TV show What's the point in fear?
When time's just a rhythm and life just a vision
A dream we've commandeered
Track Name: Avenall
There's no greater seraph to all than Avenall
There's no danger. No fear at all with Avenall

He's says we all got orders and mouths to feed
So take a drink every night
But if you want to start over we can make a deal
I'll trade a dream for your life

So play sober and take a moment to make up your mind.
The center's design is much older than a canon to keep us in line

And it says we all got orders and mouths to feed
So take a drink every night
But if you want to start over we can make a deal
I'll trade a dream for your life

Avenall. I'm starting to worry you you're unreal
Avenall. I'm starting to worry you you're fading away
And I know you don't want to wait.
Yes I know you don't want to wait
So take me once and for all
Track Name: Biologic
Sunless weather, barricaded sky
Numbing pressure keeping us inside

Like the planet's tourniquet holding back a hemorrhage

Winter weather, paint the rooftops white
Tired fever furnaces ignite

Like an airborne ambien pulling us to sleep again
Caroline don't worry. Time is medicine
And I'm taking it

If the sun stays buried every day she's only saying to embrace the grey
This time alone is therapeutic. Thoughts are running visions to create

Realize your suffering is the dose to end your pain
Caroline don't worry. Time is medicine.
And I'm taking it
Track Name: Night Owl
Watch as I absorb hundreds of lives. Too many doors to look behind
Stalk, research, and shop all through the night. Always awake, always alive

With digital eyes
‘Cause your life's been simplified. Turned into bits and modernized

Watch as I inform and organize. Watch as I resort to borderline thoughts
Shop, research, and stalk: a normal night. Eyes bloodshot and wide. A real night owl

With digital eyes
‘Cause your life's been compromised. Turned into bits and monetized
We all take the bait, trade our souls for a digital/cortical lie

Give them back to me
Track Name: Vacant Lot
It's alright left alone, vulnerable. Just relax
It's alright on your own. Disabled. Just relax
Seems this pathological irresponsible man
Deserves nothing less

It's alright carrying that much weight on your back
It’s alright left alone and afraid. Just don't ask
It's a biological and economical plan:
Take what you can get

It’s apocryphal set of amorals, an impossible plan:
Forgive and forget
Track Name: All We're Told
Just an old house on a odd street in a neighborhood
Just a cold pipe in the basement. Wouldn't take look
Just a broken set of speakers. Something out of place
Just a candle burning slowly near a picture frame
Just a shadow. Just the AC. You're just paranoid
Now don't worry what it might be. It's just understood

That all we're told is all there is

So don't get careless. It's a deamon. Not a game of cards
Always restless. Always eager to inherit scars
Just an old house on a odd street. Don't go in the woods
Just a cold pipe in the basement. Wouldn't take look

There's no way out. There is no place to go
So what's the harm in taking a look

You're taking the road down to all that you can't return
You're taking the road down to all that you can't return
Instead of avoiding your daemons you feed the worst
Instead of avoiding your daemons you pray for more
Track Name: MCC (I Won't Let the World Become a Prison)
You’ve gotta riot for access. It won’t come easy.
You’ve gotta cry out and insist you won’t go away
Until you’re born

No. I won’t stay asleep.
I won’t let the world become a prison

But don’t get mad or distracted. The soul it can feed upon itself.
Just take the moment as it is. You learn to forget about your cell

No. I’m not a machine
I won’t let the world become a prison
Track Name: Universal
Can shadows lie? What do I know
But what your looking for lies in the shadows
Now somehow we are all the same as one
And somehow we are always on our own

I never been here before is a universal thought
It’s all I need to rise. The only thought that's right

It feels like there's something else in here
It’s like the emotion you call fear
It feels like there's someone else in here
It feels like there's someone else in here

Can shadows lie? What do I know
Can man prevail left in the shadows?
Well there's only one way to know
The only universal
Track Name: Presque Vu
I got a nine-to-five to put me on the clock again
I got a car to drive, important meetings to attend
A bottle out of sight. Yeah everything is just alright
There's riots in the streets, but they don't bother me

I got a restless mind that only sees what might have been
I got walk-in closet full of nettled skeletons
They'll never come to light but always keep me up at night
And when I fall asleep they rattle up the world that I dream

There's something in my head too dark to see

There must be more to life than waiting for the day to end
So how about tonight we take a moment to pretend
That all the world is but a virtual experience
Just something to believe until we die and become everything

It’s turning purple and I'm too far gone to comprehend
The subtle way the world becomes whatever what we intend
Now all these tapes and books they've got me on my back again
And when I fall asleep they redefine the world as I dream

There's something in my head too dark to see

What does and what don't kill me can only take me to the light
What hurts can only heal me. What does emotion signify?

That all your life's a moment in disguise and all this time's avail to realize