Rat Race

by One Click Culture

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released 11 November 2011

Todd Evans: Guitar & Vocals
Rob Lipari: Drums
Michael Wu: Bass
Produced by One Click Culture
Engineering: Jeff Stachyra
Recorded at NewClear Studios, Windsor, NY

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One Click Culture Oneonta, New York

The music of One Click Culture draws on a wide range of influences and has been described as progressive pop fusion. We enjoy playing challenging material but realize that for audiences to enjoy the music there has to be a connection beyond the intellectual. We try to go straight for the gut reaction first and include enough layers that you can listen repeatedly and find something new each time. ... more

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Track Name: Rat Race (edit)
So what if I ain't motivated? - Motivation's over-rated
I am satisfied 'cause I've got low ambitions
Maybe some will say I'm lazy - A thoughtless way to paraphrase me
I am satisfied - I've learned to bide my time

Wasting so much time (PRECHORUS)
Spent chasing my own tail
Through a world I hated
So messed up
So complicated

Painted on our snarling faces evidence that the rat race is on
And on and on - But is it never ending?
Every hour, every moment, every day I spent blindly hell bent
Gone - now years are gone - I'm losing track of time

PRECHORUS

But I can see more perfectly (CHORUS)
As I stare into infinity
A peaceful mind I try to find
Escape the rat race all around me

So what if I ain't complicated? - Complication's over-rated
I am satisfied 'cause I've got low ambitions
Maybe some will say I'm lazy - A thoughtless way to paraphrase me
I am satisfied - I've learned to bide my time

PRECHORUS

CHORUS x2
Track Name: One in a Million
I gotta get down to what’s real
I gotta tell ya how I feel
Cause I gotta feeling here inside
And it’s a feeling I can’t hide – oh no

It’s taken me all this time to see
You’re one in a million yeah you’re just the one for me
And now that I know you’re here to stay my love
My fears fade away

Every mornin’ when I rise
I see the reflection in your eyes
And in it I’m smiling ear to ear
Because I’m so happy that you’re here – my love

It’s taken me all this time to see
You’re one in a million yeah you’re just the one for me
And now that I know you’re here to stay my love
My fears fade away

If I was crying you’d be there
Damn it’s amazing how you care
Ya give me a purpose every day
I feel like a million when you say – my love

It’s taken me all this time to see
You’re one in a million yeah you’re just the one for me
And now that I know you’re here to stay my love
My fears fade away
Track Name: Shadow Petal Fiddle Finger
She said she loves the sound of rain
It’s like a mother saying “Shhh, I will kiss away the pain”
She begged me take her for a ride
‘Cause when she’s motionless she can’t out run her fears – she cannot hide

All night long a pale moon cast her
Figure on my bedroom wall
Until the dawn
When Shadow Petal Fiddle Finger turns to smile and wave goodbye

She said “You need to be alone
There’s something beautiful in solitude which you have never known"
I answered “I'd like you to stay”
She pressed a finger to my lips and promised she’d come back someday

All night long a pale moon cast her
Figure on my bedroom wall
Until the dawn
When Shadow Petal Fiddle Finger turns to smile and wave goodbye

That moment stayed with me for years
Now I’ve grown older. I’m a father. I’ve been married forty years.
She rang the doorbell just last night
I cried "My God you haven’t changed!"
She sighed “Come on before it’s light”

All night long a pale moon cast her
Figure on my bedroom wall
Until the dawn
When Shadow Petal Fiddle Finger turns to smile and wave goodbye
Track Name: Let the Music Play
Dance
It's magic when you dance
In a hypnotic trance
Forget yourself dance
Feel the rhythm play
The music that you play
It carries me away
Body starts to sway
Lost in rhythm

Close my eyes
The world vanishes
If only from sight
I still feel your hot sparking energy baby
So close your eyes
Start to sway
Let the music play

Air
No nothing can compare
I'm floating through the air
Senses all aware
I'm rising into space
My sense of time and space
Frozen into place
The beauty of your face
Mesmerizing

Close my eyes
The world vanishes
If only from sight
I still feel your hot sparking energy baby
So close your eyes
Start to sway
Let the music play

Sure
One thing I know for sure
Te amo mi amor
You got me wanting more
Of your affection
See
Oh baby can't you see
You move inside of me
A touch of Ecstasy
Hot bodies writhing

Close my eyes
The world vanishes
If only from sight
I still feel your hot sparking energy baby
So close your eyes
Start to sway
Let the music play
Track Name: Oh My!
So I got an invitation to this party last night
I saw the thing slide under my door
I stuck my head outside but there was no-one around
Oh my, oh my, oh my
When I pulled my head back in the thing had opened itself
For a moment I just stared at the floor
Then I started laughing a bit hysterically
Oh my, oh my, oh my (x2)

Why does this only happen on the nights I’m home alone?
If I could only tell someone the secrets I’ve been shown

I could hear the party pumpin’ from a mile away
My heart beat in double time with the drums
Then the front door flew wide open – they’d been waiting for me
Oh my, oh my, oh my
No need for introductions we’d been through this before
So I quickly made my way to the stage
I picked up a guitar - it started wailing away
Oh my, oh my, oh my (x2)

Why does this always happen on the nights that I’m alone?
If only I could show someone the wonders I have known

Come the morning it was over and I stumbled back home
Like some monster tryin’ to hide from the light
The doctor called me crazy when I tried to explain

Oh my, oh my, oh my x4
Track Name: Fearless Lover
You – I think that you knew
The closer that we grew
The closer we grew to the end
Try – did you even try?
And do you still deny that we were more than friends?

You found another fearless lover
You found another fool
So disregard my last love letter
And disregard the love I feel for you

When love comes to an end
It’s pointless to pretend
Our tears could bring it back again
Still cry for her we will
Deny ourselves until we are falling again

You found another fearless lover
You found another fool
So disregard my last love letter
And disregard the love I feel for you

She could not have played me better
She broke all the rules
But I must admit I let her
Add me to her list of fearless fools

We struggle constantly
It’s part of life you see
Some answers don’t come easily
So I may never know
Or understand why I let you do this to me

You found another fearless lover
You found another fool
So disregard my last love letter
And disregard the love I feel for you
Repeat Chorus X2
Track Name: There's a Moment
Stormy weather and a California rain
Midnight diving, every mile looks the same
Headlight flashes in my eye
I’m reminded of the
Sunshine on your golden hair

Summer swelter rippled heat wave dirty haze
Red sun setting it’s been hot like this for days
Streaks of sweat that line my face
They remind me of the
Teardrops falling when you cry

There’s a moment every day
I find something that reminds me
Yet you are so far away
You’re three thousand miles behind me
Writing letters writing home
Committing memories to the pages
Of my life out on the road
A blur of hotel rooms and stages

Early morning I am up before the dawn
A sweet dream lingers for a moment then is gone
Scented breezes stir the air
I’m reminded of the
Spanish perfume that you wear

There’s a moment every day
I find something that reminds me
Yet you are so far away
You’re three thousand miles behind me
Writing letters writing home
Committing memories to the pages
Of my life out on the road
A blur of hotel rooms and stages

There’s a moment every day
I find something that reminds me
Yet you are so far away
Put three thousand miles behind me
Yeah today I’m coming home
I’ll be counting every mile
Though we both have been alone
You’ve been with me all the while
Track Name: Rat Race (explicit)
So what if I ain't motivated? - Motivation's over-rated
I am satisfied 'cause I've got low ambitions
Maybe some will say I'm lazy - A thoughtless way to paraphrase me
I am satisfied - I've learned to bide my time

Wasting so much time (PRECHORUS)
Spent chasing my own tail
Through a world I hated
So fucked up
So complicated

Painted on our snarling faces evidence that the rat race is on
And on and on - But is it never ending?
Every hour, every moment, every day I spent blindly hell bent
Gone - now years are gone - I'm losing track of time

PRECHORUS

But I can see more perfectly (CHORUS)
As I stare into infinity
A peaceful mind I try to find
Escape the rat race all around me

So what if I ain't complicated? - Complication's over-rated
I am satisfied 'cause I've got low ambitions
Maybe some will say I'm lazy - A thoughtless way to paraphrase me
I am satisfied - I've learned to bide my time

PRECHORUS

CHORUS x2