Circular Mill

by Actor|Observer

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released 02 August 2013

Actor|Observer is:
Greg Marquis - Vocals/Guitar
Alex Paul - Guitar/Vocals
Brett Michael Colangelo - Bass/Vocals
Dan Bob Goterch - Drums

Circular Mill was recorded and produced over the course of several months in 2012 and 2013
All music written and performed by Actor|Observer
All lyrics written by Greg Marquis & Alex Paul

"So Far Removed" and "Locus of Control":
Recorded in May 2012 at Maximum Sound Studios in Danvers, MA
Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Sean Killary
Additional Production, Pre-Production, and Arrangement by Nick Grieco

"Deliver Me From Clever Art," " Dead Weight," and "Golden Torch":
Recorded in December 2012 at Stained Glass Studios in Weehawken, NJ
Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Jeremy Comitas

Mastered by John Naclerio at Nada Recording in New Windsor, NY

Album artwork and layout by Alex Paul

Additional vocals on "Deliver Me From Clever Art" by Dylan Massucco of American Verse
Additional vocals on "Locus of Control" by Steve Massaroni of Native Wildlife

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Track Name: Deliver Me From Clever Art (feat. Dylan Massucco of American Verse)
Deliver Me From Clever Art:

You represent everything that I’ve ever fought against
I spend my days hoping the crowd can spot the difference
But with each day I start to wonder who’s at most offense
Am I just like you?
Will I ever get through?

Our hopes and dreams, it seems, are such a fucking paradox
But we play along and sing the song because it’s all we’ve got
Make sure it’s packaged right
And in the proper light
Sell yourself or you’ll fall by the wayside

It’s such a shame to see ‘em churning out aggression
For nothing more than a fashionable obsession
Isn’t that what drove us away in the first place?
It’s not ironic
It’s fucking toxic

We tell ourselves we are not salesmen
We tell ourselves we have no price
Still, we can’t sleep at night

I wanna tell it like it is
We’re falling victim to the same machine
The same mistakes
And those who will survive
Will have to compromise
But I’m gonna tell it like it is

You say that you are weaving a story?
Oh spare me
I know your kind
And your self-righteous glory

Our art is suffering
And now everything is goin’ to shit

I will not bend
I will not break

Can you recall the first time
That you heard a song and it changed your life?
I’d like to say that I do
But feelings like that seem far and few

From this point onward
I curse all concepts
Of art that costs me
My own conscience
It doesn’t have to be this way
All is not lost

I wanna tell it like it is
We’re falling victim to the same machine
The same mistakes
And those who will survive
Will have to compromise
But I’m gonna tell it like it is

I am no product
I am no salesman

Track Name: So Far Removed
So Far Removed:

Every autumn comes to fall
Nostalgia brings a thoughtful call:
“Where are you?”

I check the traces of our past
They echo in a broken glass
I’ve lost my view

Then I see you once again
Though far away, you’re still my friends
But for how long?

I’m sorry, I know that I’ve gone
To focus on the path I’m on
Please accept my songs

Take the love I wasted
Don’t let it get away from you
(Don’t ever lose touch)
I admit I miss it
But I’ve become so far removed
(Don’t ever lose touch)

Phone calls offer no relief
I feel like I’m the village thief
Just take and never give

But when I visit home it’s not the same
It never will be again
You’ve all left me too

Well, everybody says that’s just how it works
People grow up and learn to shirk it off

But I meet new people every day
They keep all my old friends at bay
And push my former self away

Take the love I wasted
Don’t let it get away from you
(Don’t ever lose touch)
I admit I miss it
But I’ve become so far removed
(Don’t ever lose touch)

I meet new people every day
They keep all my old friends at bay
And push my former self away

Take the love I wasted
Don’t let it get away from you
(Don’t ever look back)
I admit I miss it
But I’ve become so far removed
(Don’t ever look back)
Track Name: Dead Weight
Dead Weight:

Does the end justify the means?
Or is this just a means to an end?

For the better part of twenty years
I reached with hope
And held my thoughts and feelings close
But when real life hits you hard
It makes you question what matters most

Just keep saying
It’s worth what you’re paying
But if it all came down right now
How much would you really have?

It’s welling up again
That reoccurring feeling when
All choices made ‘til now
Make it so damn uncertain how
We’re supposed to get ourselves out

What am I trying to prove?
That my life can be of more use
Than simply paying off debts and dues?

I’ve got to get
My fucking head on straight
This constant wavering
Is nothing but dead weight
Is it as clean cut as “do or die?”
Honest struggle or submissive lie?

I feel it setting in
The weight of my own conviction

Just keep saying
It’s worth what you’re paying
But if it all came down right now
How much would you really have?

I’m being muscled out by the gears of life
I’m being held down by my own device

Does the end justify the means?
Or is this just a means to an end?
Track Name: Locus of Control (feat. Steve Massaroni of Native Wildlife)
Locus Of Control:

Prescribe the constellation
There is no science to it
Yet you find it so easy to swallow
A quick archetype and a broad definition
These foundations lie within us all

You’ve been drifting around
(So aimless)
Living without control
(Your kind are so provincial)

I’ve seen you all bow before the sun
A march of slugs into an open beer

You’ve been drifting around
(So aimless)
Living without control
(Your kind are so provincial)
The only thing in your way
(Cataract lens)
Is your faith

So pay attention
Watch us open up the sky
We peel back the layers
And show you the insides
Oh no, don't close your eyes now

Bugs trapped in the amber of each moment

I am the messenger
(Say it now)
We can’t go on like this
(Excuses are your weakness)
Your failures are your own
(Say it now)
We die alone

So pay attention
Watch us open up the sky
We peel back the layers
And show you the insides
Oh no, don't close your eyes now
We are all the fool

Where you and I met
There’s no alignment
Mass is all there is
Bending the space in between

And that space is yours
You dictate its worth
Stop kidding yourself
And let go of the curse

Pay attention
Watch us open up the sky
We peel back the layers
And show you the insides
Oh no, don't close your eyes now
Track Name: Golden Torch
Golden Torch:

I watched you fall apart
Not your body, just your heart
While the opposite was happening inside of him
The sun went out that day
But his warmth will never fade
You wear it on your face
Every single day

I never know just what to do
With all that pain inside you
Will this help?
Of course it won’t
But since we cannot let go
I hope you always know

He lived the fullest life
Still doesn’t make it right
But I know that you will carry his light
I’ll help you through the night
I’ll never give up this fight
Because I have never loved so much in my life

All anyone can do
And all that they can say is just “be there”
But you and I both know
That words and presence
Are just as frail
As skin and bone
(You’re not the only one
Who wants to be alone)
With light
Breath life
Back into those we miss most

So when you see me every night
And when you hear me sing this way
Please know I’m only trying my best
To keep alight your flame
I’m sorry if this is too much
Or if I’m doing it all wrong
But it’s all that I know how to do
Consider me the midnight oil
I serve to keep you on

He lived the fullest life
Still doesn’t make it right
But I know that you will carry his light
I’ll help you through the night
I’ll never give up this fight
Because I have never loved so much

I’ll carry you through hallways
Past the ICU and oxygen tanks
All the dead will raise their heads
And get out of their beds and sing,

“I’ve never felt this light before
Is that an angel in your arms or something more?”

And it’s you, my love
His golden torch
And I will keep fueling
I’ll never give up on you.