Before and After the Fall

by Berch

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Before and After the Fall is Berch's debut album. It has been in the works over the past year and was recorded in Springfield, MO; Memphis, TN; and Nashville, TN. Enjoy and spread the word.

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released 17 September 2010
All songs written by Colin Elmore
Crooked Souls written by Colin Elmore and Paul Bowen
Produced by: Wes Leyshon
Mixing: Wes Leyshon and Taylor Harris
Engineering: Wes Leyshon, Taylor Harris, and Justin Woods
Art: Scott Perket
Management: Matt Long

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Track Name: Aurora Skies
The world has a tail of electromagnets
So why on Earth am I standing stagnant?
You’ve seen my life since the formation of time
And when I’m floating under the night.

You’re over aurora skies with me
I can feel the plasmic activity
You’re love is rushing inside of me
No longer are northern lights blinding
And now I can see

I cannot find a handle to hold onto
You’re pulling me up from high tide to high noon
You see my life you see every thought in this mind
And when I’m floating under the night

You’re over aurora skies with me
I can feel the plasmic activity
You’re love is rushing inside of me
No longer are northern lights blinding
And now I can see

You’re over aurora skies with me
I can feel the plasmic activity
You’re love is rushing inside of me
No longer are northern lights blinding
And now I can see

Now I can see
Now I can see
Track Name: Standing Still
Concrete legs will keep my body straight
But I won’t move no I can’t pull the weight
Wind will blow and rain shoot to the ground
But I’ll be standing strong enough to drown

And when the water’s up to my neck
I’ll take a tripping step

Cause I’m running at the speed of standing still
Gaining no ground and never will
I’m standing still

Stop me from saying all that’s in my brain
But I won’t kick the habit I’ll never change
Or send me to the direct opposite of the globe
My complaining will be sent by gossip to your home

And it’ll all come from me
I’ve got too much time to speak

And I’m running at the speed of standing still
Gaining no ground and never will
I’m standing still
And concrete legs are weighing me down
Everybody can go around
Cause I’m standing still

Send for the sledgehammer knock away until it breaks
For the love of what’s good, for heaven sake
I’m running in place
I’m running in place

And I’m running at the speed of standing still
Gaining no ground and never will
I’m standing still
And concrete legs are weighing me down
Everybody can go around
Cause I’m standing still
Track Name: The Speed of the Sun
Cut me open
Or split my atoms
My skin is getting in the way
My skin is getting in the way
Talk to every man in my mind
Stop them from breaking my lines
It’ll all conflict anyway
It’ll all conflict anyway

Pull my close or pull my close to drown me
Hold me down or have you even found me?
Listen when you’re talking how you’re sounding
Let me low or up again allow me

Oh seasons you’re changing my view
The speed of the sun doesn’t phase you
Stop pleading it’s too late to break through
The speed of the sun doesn’t change you

Stand on a platform
Or bask in a hailstorm
I’ll take the latter any day
I’ll take the latter any day
What could it be there for
If not a call to arms?
I’m on the clock anyway
I’m on the clock anyway

Pull my close or pull my close to drown me
Hold me down or have you even found me?
Listen when you’re talking how you’re sounding
Let me low or up again allow me

Oh seasons you’re changing my view
The speed of the sun doesn’t phase you
Stop pleading it’s too late to break through
The speed of the sun doesn’t change you

The earth is my eyes you can see it from both sides
Black space to fall through straight to
A billion particle problems, a sun of stardom,

O cracking carbon

Pull my close or pull my close to drown me
Hold me down or have you even found me?
Listen when you’re talking how you’re sounding
Let me low or up again allow me

Oh seasons you’re changing my view
The speed of the sun doesn’t phase you
Stop pleading it’s too late to break through
The speed of the sun doesn’t change you
Track Name: Brothers
Don’t you know I mimic you both?
Grew up and followed you
Left my home
And even though I wasn’t ready
I kept steady
But I’m still not ready

Oh brother where do I go now?
Thought I was going north but I got turned around
And the stars I’m walking under
Have led me far enough to discover
I need my brothers

Thought I’d love the freedom to roam
No one to question me as I come and go
But you were always there before to show me
Which way the road leads
You were both my bearings

Cause this path is wide as it is long
Can not tell how far I’ve gone
I’m on the right track
But I want to go back
I miss the shelter of my home
And every day we hurried along
I’m on the right track
But I want to go back

Oh brother where do I go now?
I know I’m going north but I want to turn around

And the stars I’m walking under
Have led me far enough to discover
I need my brothers
Track Name: Still in the Air
Specialists in science have concluded
Sounds are more than vibrations and waves
The reason that our atmosphere’s polluted
Is the negativity we spray
There’s so many sounds for hate

So watch what you say
Cause once it’s out there it’s out there
It’s still in the air
And every word you throw in a face
Is coming back to chain itself to you
It’s still in the air

So watch what you say
Cause once it’s out there it’s out there
It’s still in the air
And every word you throw in a face
Is coming back to chain itself to you
It’s still in the air
Track Name: Timer
You have my book, I’m on the first page
Just take a look you’ll see my last name
The twists and turns will leave you melted
You should have seen me when I felt it
Oh this is the story
Of all my former glories

In chapter one you’ll notice something
There’s nothing wrong no we are floating
On to the next we’re finding favor
Until I look away and waver
Oh forgot my name
Oh chasing after the wind

And in the end you came and found me
Alone you called my name out proudly
Now I remember where I started
And wish we never would’ve parted
Oh you’re my reminder
Our lives are on a timer
Track Name: Crooked Souls
A blinding light has taken over me
And what does fighting it even mean?
To push back circumstantial thoughts in my head
Give it a whirl then drop like lead

I could’ve planned ahead of time
But between stood and stand is a borderline
So circle around me, give me the downbeat
The definitive moment finally found me

My enemies are beautiful
But I can see their crooked souls
And so I go off into the open sea
You can call it a defeat
But I retreat

Would it be right to stand against you
When certain death would come along?
So take your stance in judgment while I tighten my shoes
Cause curtains will come to the strong

My enemies are beautiful
But I can see their crooked souls
And so I go off into the open sea
You can call it a defeat
But I retreat

I can see them…

With a blinding light in my eyes…
Track Name: Programmed and Operational (Robots)
In the name of technology
Replace our eyes with LED’s
You used to see the sky in them before
Now they’ll draw their light from motherboards

We’re not robots
We have spirits
We won’t feed them
We don’t need them
Starve them away
Become the same and
We’ll be robots
Doomed to rust

Now we’re fully functional
Programmed and operational
Individuals now been made whole
Perfected now that we have sterilized our souls

We’re not robots
We have spirits
We won’t feed them
We don’t need them
Starve them away
Become the same and
We’ll be robots
Doomed to rust

We’re not robots
We have spirits
We won’t feed them
We don’t need them
Starve them away
Become the same and
We’ll be robots
Doomed to rust
Track Name: The Magician
What I might spend an hour on
I figured out in five flat
Took you years to make a contraption
I’ll take my time to tip my hat

So strap me in a prison car
Equipped with armed guards I’ll be
Laughing cause it isn’t hard
To slip right out unharmed, unseen

So
Throw me in the ocean while I’m tied up in knots
I will find my way to survive
I know what I’m doing and I aint gonna stop
This magician isn’t a liar
Oh oh oh

Dangle me upside down
Grip the axe but you won’t need it
Torture from China town
Foiled a death trap without breathing

So
Throw me in the ocean while I’m tied up in knots
I will find my way to survive
I know what I’m doing and I aint gonna stop
This magician isn’t a liar
Oh oh oh

Gimme a second of time to withstand your body blows!
Break any rules of mine I burst there goes the show

Throw me in the ocean while I’m tied up in knots
I will find my way to survive
I know what I’m doing and I aint gonna stop
This magician isn’t a liar
Oh oh oh
Track Name: Damascus
I’m getting weak
Been living off the wind
No matter what I see
I keep coming back again
To worthless treasures and worn out pleasures
But I can’t find forever in them
And so I keep wandering

I just need to settle down
I’ve been through all the empty towns
So on this road strike me down
Strike me down
Cause I’m in need of being found

I was born a restless man
Full of evil schemes and selfish plans
But you pulled me up yeah you made me stand
Away from everything I am

I just need to settle down
I’ve been through all the empty towns
So on this road strike me down
Strike me down
Cause I’m in need of being found

Yes on this road strike me down
Cause I’m in need of being found
I’m in need
I’m in need
I’m in need of being found