October

by Sci-Fi Romance

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1.
Through twisted trees the wind blows cold This crawling haze it fills my soul And I’m looking down Wicked blood through wicked veins This blackened ground it knows my name And I’m looking down I say break, break, break Break, break, break Break, break, break Born to be what I’ve become Sins of fathers, sins of sons The time is almost come Sins beyond what can be saved The walls have cracked beneath the weight The time is almost come And I say break, break, break Break, break, break O bury me beneath these stones A fallen name in a fallen home Break, break, break
2.
It’s an old, old world And a dead one, a dead one to me They’re cold, cold nights Laid out, laid out at my feet O forever is not what it seemed A collection of dry centuries O lost to my wearisome fate I’m the one thing that I can’t escape It’s a strong, strong need That burns, it burns in my chest These long, long years Since I, since I knew rest O forever is not what it seemed A collection of dry centuries O lost to my wearisome fate I’m the one thing that I can’t escape
3.
I see visions Nobody else can see But I know the way It makes people look at me It’s a hard road But I got friends and we believe It’s a hard road But why spend your life making someone else’s dreams? I hear voices Nobody else perceives And I know the way It leaves people whispering It’s a hard road A long and lonely slog It’s a hard road But why spend your life singing someone else’s songs? I know reasons Nobody else can guess And I know the way I’m different than the rest It’s a hard road Of rejections and betrayals It’s a hard road But why spend your life telling someone else’s tales? A falling star is still a thing of beauty, and All our scars simply tell our stories To the next soul to lend an ear To the next soul to lend an ear
4.
A pound of flesh, warm or cold Both are bought, both are sold There’s dirt on my hands, I’ll say that’s true But a poor man does what a poor man do And the dead, the dead don’t mind and The dead bring in some gold So the dead are what I’ll find or… …I’ll make my own I’m a humble man you’d overlook But a favor done, and you’re in my book Just one thing, when that debt is paid Is yours to guess, and mine to say And the dead, the dead don’t mind and The dead bring in some gold So the dead are what I’ll find or… …I’ll make my own And the dead, the dead don’t mind and The dead do what they’re told So the dead are what I’ll find or… …I’ll make my own
5.
I know just what it’s like to be new someplace I’ll bet I can guess how you’re feeling Brand new surroundings and brand new faces A sense of disorientation But you don’t have to be alone I don’t have to be alone We don’t have to navigate this world on our own I’m different, I know, but I tried to adapt Now the shadows I welcome to hide me But a graveyard ghost always seems to attract Just the wrong kind of attention But I don’t have to be alone You don’t have to be alone We don’t have to navigate this world on our own We were made We were made for each other The nights I have dreamed of a hand I could hold And of gentle arms wrapped all around me But if you should turn leaving me in the cold I’m not sure I could take the rejection But we don’t have to be alone We don’t have to be alone We don’t have to navigate this world on our own We were made We were made for each other
6.
Yellow The color of the sun that burns above Staining all the world with light and Shadow Where you've placed your throne And though it cost my soul I'll Follow There's not a rule I wouldn't break There's no friend I won't forsake There's not a risk I wouldn't take for you Just see me See me Violet The color of the robes I wore for you But I never even caught your eye and I'm Frighted That you've turned from me And another's come between But I'll fight it There's not a rule I wouldn't break There's no friend I won't forsake There's not a risk I wouldn't take for you Just see me See me Pale white The color of my arms that reach for you Though you've left me here in the Moonlight Willingly in your sway My own weakness burned away An ancient rite There's not a rule I wouldn't break There's no friend I won't forsake There's not a risk I wouldn't take for you Just see me See me Rose red The color of the blood I bled for you Now silently I wait among The dead But I'll be with you evermore The plague outside your door Your red death There's not a rule I wouldn't break There's no friend I won't forsake There's not a risk I wouldn't take for you Just see me See me

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October is indisputably the best month. For me, it means Fall beer, the World Series, pumpkin bread, and re-watching classic horror movies for the billionth time.

This year, while watching the first of a half-dozen horror movies, I had the completely indefensible idea to write songs inspired by each of the films, and then record those songs in the quickest, dirtiest way possible, which turned out to be on an old cassette recorder. It seemed appropriate, given the analogue, grainy, wonderfully textured nature of these old, immortal films. These, then, are lo-fi recordings of six songs inspired by classic horror movies, written and recorded in 10 days on a 20+ year-old analogue four-track dug out of a closet.

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released October 21, 2014

Written, performed, and produced by Vance Kotrla

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Sci-Fi Romance Los Angeles, California

Sci-Fi Romance is an independent folk band from Los Angeles that blends unique arrangements and a dark, percussive take on acoustic music into a sound that has been labeled "steamfolk." It began as the solo project of singer/songwriter Vance Kotrla.

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