Of Course It Must Be

by Birzer Bandana

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1.
Adrift 07:19
Alone Unanchored Adrift Adrift Without a prayer he grasps Oh but nothing Alone Unanchored Adrift Adrift Without a prayer he grasps Oh but nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing Had he been trained for this He couldn't remember Orientation Up down below up down below Orientations fails Up down below up down below Orientations fails Up down below up down below A world in flux is no world at all The void. The abyss. What is this hell? What is this Hell? Anything would be better than nothing. A breath, a voice, a cry, a railing, a floor, a wall. Dear god, give me something. Something by which I can measure myself. Anything would be better than nothing. Let me connect. Let Me Connect To anything. Let me connect. To anything. Let me connect. Dear God, is it is so much to ask? Just a little reality. Dear God Just a little reality. Is it so much to ask? Let Me Connect To anything. Let me connect. To anything. Let me connect.
2.
The Void 12:38
A flux, a folding, a movement. How did he get here? The question became an obsession. The question became an obsession. The question. . . His memory . . . there must be recall Somehow, somewhere, somewhen, somewhy His memory . . . there must be recall Somehow, somewhere, somewhen, somewhy As if it something tangible, images began to form. He could almost see them, feel them, believe them. His memory . . . there must be recall Somehow, somewhere, somewhen, somewhy His memory . . . there must be recall Somehow, somewhere, somewhen, somewhy A rocking, an explosion, a thud meat hitting metal flesh hitting metal bone hitting metal Excruciating And, there it was. Fully formed. They had come out of nowhere. Without warning, without grace, without humanity. They attacked. Savage and barbaric, they attacked. His memory . . . there was recall Somehow, somewhere, somewhen, somewhy His memory . . . there was recall Somehow, somewhere, somewhen, somewhy Manifest hell. From something to nothing. Manifest hell. From something to nothing. Something was hell. Nothing is hell. The Void. Something was hell. Nothing is hell. The Void. Something was hell. Nothing is hell. The Void.
3.
A View 08:48
Touching something solid I rejoice as a view begins The images swirl, they expand They contract and they form Something tangible materializes No language that I know But the mechanics are universal Patterns, shapes, universal My gloved fingers connect My gloved fingers connect Views of light, Views of blue Views of green, Views of clouds Views of space Outlined by the glowing and brilliant orb My place, I know now Orbit above this blue and beautiful planet Air, clean and fresh Air, clean, renewed It must all be down there I Long air clean fresh new I hope air clean fresh new I Trust air clean fresh new I Long air clean fresh new There is something much better There is something much better Something better there
4.
There 06:12
There, There, There, There, There, There, There, There, There, There, There, My imagination soars My heart beats rapidly I am alive, I am alive, I am alive, I'm alive What is below on that world? Air What is below on that world? Oceans What is below on that world? Mountains What is below on that world? Trees What is below on that world? Birds What is below on that world? Dolphins What is below on that world? Families Beautiful World Communities? Countries? Republics? Families? Communities? There, There, There, There, There, There
5.
There Again 04:54
Poverty? Prejudice? Injustice? War? Strife? Sin? Abuse?
6.
Yes 04:05
Of course it must be, it must all be The good and the ill, the truth and the lies Of course it must be, it must all be The beautiful and the hideous There is none without the other There is none without the other There is life Messy, messed up, glorious Of course it must be, it must all be The good and the ill, the truth and the lies Of course it must be, it must all be The beautiful and the hideous There is none without the other There is none without the other There is life Messy, messed up, glorious Pain struggle suffering sacrifice Pain struggle suffering sacrifice Pain struggle suffering Life glorious life Glorious life Of course it must be, it all must be The good and the ill, the truth and the lies Of course it must be, it must all be The beautiful and the hideous Of course it must be, it all must be The good and the ill, the truth and the lies Of course it must be, it must all be The beautiful and the hideous
7.
Calm 07:24
My fate, come what may Humanity will continue A beautiful mess Made complete by love By love, by love I accept my fate Be it good or ill I accept And if I die, I die And if i live, I will live I will live well And if I die, I die And if i live, I will live I will live well There is Life There is Hope There is Love There is Life Below There is Hope Below There is Love Below There is Life Below There is Hope Below There is Love Below

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released January 17, 2018

All songs written by Brad Birzer (lyrics and concept )
and Dave Bandana ( Music)
except track 7 additional music by Kenny Miller and Olga Kent

All instruments played by Dave Bandana apart from
Violin Olga Kent and Acoustic Guitar Kenny Miller
Front Cover Photography by Lee Millward

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Birzer Bandana Hillsdale, Michigan

Birzer Bandana are two prog lovers from opposite sides of the Atlantic who have never met. One creates concepts and lyrical prose. The other creates music. A joining of the two.

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