Rite of Passage

by Crushing Ground

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about

This record is definitely a passage of sorts. What started out as a slow, methodical recording process turned into hard lessons in tracking, mixing and mastering. Instead of cutting our losses and putting it out earlier, it became an obsession to finish the entire vision. I am a record guy. There are certain songs on certain records that only make sense in the exact spot they are placed. There is a specific feeling or mood that a group of songs create. Once you have figured out what that is, it's impossible to settle on less. I could not let this go. It is my way of completing the cycle of this project. I did not want to carry old songs over to the next sound.

Overall, this music represents a creative musical period with this lineup and I am grateful to everyone who contributed to the record. GREAT WORK GUYS!

credits

released November 13, 2012

ROB ROUSH:
Vocals and Guitars
KEITH URAM:
Bass Guitars
JOSH WALTERS:
Drums and Percussion

Additional Musicians:
BROCK EVANS:
Drums and Percussion
JIM McKINNEY:
Harmonica

Written, mixed and produced by: Rob Roush
Mastered by: Ed Jones and Rob Roush

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Track Name: Whirlwind
WHIRLWIND

Thought I had the answers to it all
Found out I knew nothing after all

Come to believe
That nothing's what it seems to be
And everything I thought I knew
Remains a mystery
To me

Had the future under my control
Now I wonder where the Hell to go

So far away
From who it is I used to be
Holding on
To pieces of my
Old identity

Caught in the WHIRLWIND
Feels like I'm spinning
Caught in the WHIRLWIND
Feels like I'm falling
Down

So far away
From who it is I used to be
And everything I thought I knew
Remains a mystery
To me
Track Name: Original Sin
ORIGINAL SIN

Tempted by your original sin
Led into your garden
Tempted by the serpent that speaks from within
Taking me down
Down
Original sin

I taste anticipation on your lips
The sultry sweat of passion on your skin
Taking me down
Original sin
Taking me over again

Tempted by your original sin
Led into your garden
Tempted by the serpent that speaks from within

The root of all that's evil starts to grow
I lie beside you guilty and exposed
Taking me down
Original sin
It's taking me over again

Tempted by your original sin
Led into your garden
Tempted by the serpent that speaks from within

Tempted by your original sin
Led into your garden
Tempted by the serpent that speaks from within

Original sin
Track Name: Simple
SIMPLE

I know I’m over-complicated
My brain holds too much information
I need to simplify
And ease my troubled mind
Why can’t I simplify?

Cluttered with thoughts I’mso pre-occupied
My mind is always working doubletime

Why can’t I simplify
All the bullshit in my life?
Just throw away things I’ve saved
Clean the slate and keep it

SIMPLE
It’s all I want to be
SIMPLE
It’s all I ever need
Why can’t I simplify?

Life’s complicated frustrating equations
Can all be reduced to the simple truth

Why can’t I simplify
All the bullshit in my life?
Just throw away things I’ve saved
Clean the slate and keep it

SIMPLE
It’s all I want to be
SIMPLE
It’s all I ever need
Why can’t I ever be simple?
Simple
Simple
Track Name: Goose Chase
GOOSE CHASE

Gets what she wants with a wink
And a innocent smile
She'll string you along
With her charm
But you'll never go further

Oh - don't I know that she's beautiful
Oh - but I'm not gonna fall for her anymore

When she leads me on
She leads me on
She leads me on
But I'm not gonna follow
No

Gives what she must to receive
And then takes it for granted
She's counting on me
To believe
In an honest intention

But oh - how I've grown to know better now
I'm just a stroke for her ego and nothing more

When she leads me on
She leads me on
She leads me on
But I'm not gonna follow
No
No whoa ah hoo

And in the end
All I need is myself
Still I bleed
For the help of
Someone else

But oh - how I'm not gonna waste anymore
Of my precious time chasing down anyone

No

Who leads me on
Don't lead me on
Don't lead me on
'Cause I'm not gonna follow
Anyone out there who
Leads me on
Don't lead me on and on and on and on
No whoa ah hoo
No whoa ah hoo
No whoa ah hoo
Track Name: DYK
DYK

Say you love me
But you don’t even know what love is anymore
Or never did

Say you want me
But you don’t even understand me anymore
Or never did
At all

You’re down on your knees
You’re down on your knees
You’re down on your knees
It means nothing

Well I still love you
But cannot cheapen what we have here anymore
And never will

'Cause I can’t let you
Keep my head hanging in question anymore
And never will
Again

You’re down on your knees
Down on your knees
You’re down on your knees
It means nothing

You’re down on your knees
Down on your knees
Get up on your feet
Without me
Track Name: Scars
Scars

Words are razor sharp
And cut like a thousand knives
Thoughts like poison
Contaminate the strongest mind
And lies are the sparks
That turn to fire
And burn you to the bone
Time after time

Nothing ever fully heals it only leaves a scar

Broken is trust
That ends in betrayal
To never be fully regained
And lost is the love
To the arms of another
Who one day may feel the same way

Nothing ever fully heals it only leaves a scar
Nothing stops the bleeding from a broken heart
It remains

Carrying the past
Each scar like a photograph
Of something you’d rather not see
‘Cause memories are enemies
They’ll keep you locked to history
And no one can ever break free

Nothing ever fully heals it only leaves a scar
And nothing stops the bleeding from a broken heart
Nothing ever fully heals it only leaves a scar
To quietly remind us
Who we are
Track Name: Fools Gold
FOOLS GOLD

I'm digging in the same old dirt again
I picked you up
Then dropped you back in
Another souvenir I'll never keep

You may think I'm crazy...

But you're fools gold
Dazzling to the eye
Fools Gold
Never worth the price
Truth be told
You're fools gold

I'm sifting through new soil but I see
Traces and faces of similarity
Genuine is getting hard to find

You may think I'm blinded...

But you're fools gold
Still dazzling to the eye
Fools Gold
Never worth the price
Truth be told
Let the truth be told

Don't you think I'm wise enough to know?
Don't you think I'll ever be your fool
No

Fools gold
Dazzling to the eye
Fools Gold
But hardly worth my time
Truth be told
Let the truth be told
Let the truth be told

I'll never be your fool
Track Name: Rite of Passage
RITE OF PASSAGE

Hey, hey, dust and bones
Flesh and Blood
Heart and Soul

Heading down a dusty road
Three of us and Mother Earth

Know where we wanna go
But first we must survive this ritual

Whoa
The rite of passage
Whoa
Before our glory

Hey, hey, dust and bones
Flesh and blood
Heart and soul
Hey, hey, dust and bones
Guide us home

Pay our dues with every step
And find the strength to forge ahead

Had to learn to leave behind
Those who couldn’t make the plight

Whoa
The rite of passage
Whoa
Like those before us

Hey, hey, dust and bones
Flesh and blood
Heart and soul
Hey, hey, dust and bones

Hey, hey, dust and bones
Sun and rain
Wind or snow
Through the twists and turns
Take us home

Solo

Hey, hey, dust and bones
Flesh and blood
Heart and soul
Hey, hey, dust and bones

Hey, hey, dust, bones
Sun, rain
Wind, snow
Through the twists and turns
Guide us home

Home

Hey, hey, dust and bones
Flesh and blood
Heart and soul
Track Name: Train of Thought
TRAIN OF THOUGHT

Never thought it’d come to this
Here I am right back at the spot I started in
Never thought I’d ever sing
A song about you now it’s happening

I sit upon the train of thought
And contemplate it all
Yea

Never thought there’d come a day
That we’d fall asunder then you threw it all away
Never thought I’d ever say
A word against you now I suffer with the taste

My scatterbrain begins to paint
A picture into view
I cannot stop my train of thought
It takes me back to you

I'm Riding on the train of thought
Riding on the train of thought
Train of Thought

Fragments of the past replaying
Frame x frame x frame x frame
My thoughts are stuck in automatic
Take me off this track
I cannot stop the train

Riding on the train of thought
Still riding on the train of thought
Train of Thought
Track Name: The Mountain
THE MOUNTAIN

Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah
Ah Ah Ah

Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah
Ah Ah Ah

You and I atop a mountain
Watching what's below
Who'd have thought we'd climb so high
But how far can we go?

We let go of all our burdens
Lightened up the load
We have barely scratched the surface
So much more we've yet to learn
Learn

On the mountain
Through the boundaries
Where angels and demons compete for allegiance
We're standing
On the mountain
Just keep on believing in me
I believe in you

Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah
Ah Ah Ah

Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah
Ah Ah Ah

Whispers circling all around us
Loaded with disdain
Telling us to turn around
Go back the way we came

People pulling people down
Just trying to survive
But we are peering through the clouds
For a moment in the light
Alright

On the mountain
Through the boundaries
Past angels and demons who fight for allegiance
We're standing
On the mountain
Just hold tight to me and I swear that we'll be alright

Oh Ye of little faith
Fear not, nor be afraid...

I know it's such a long way down
But we shall stand our ground

On the mountain
Through the boundaries
Where angels and demons compete for allegiance
Still standing
On the mountain
Just keep on believing in me
I'll believe in you
Yeah

Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah
Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah
Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah
Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah
Track Name: To Each His Own
TO EACH HIS OWN

Somebody once told me,
“Look before you leap in sorrow”
Someone else told me to,
“Jump right now, there's no tomorrow"

I don’t know why
Some of us fly
While others never seem to learn

Hey

So many opinions
Going opposite directions
Some drift out in limbo
Never reach
Their full potential
I don’t know why
Some of us die
Before we’re ever really old


To each his own
One man’s garbage
Is one man’s gold
One man’s failure
Is one man's hope
One man’s prison
Is one man’s home
We all live together
But we’ll die alone

Alone

Hey I don’t know why
Some of us cry
While others never seem to hurt

To each his own
Some stick it out
Some take the rope
Some hold on tightly
Some let it go
Some truly happy
Some miserable
We may live together
Still we'll die alone

Alone
Track Name: Last Rites/Once More Before I Die
ONCE MORE BEFORE I DIE

If I made a last request
This is what I'd say
Let me laugh again
Before my soul is laid to waste
Give me one more day to spend
Within a sweet caress
And one more kiss upon
My lips

Here in the light
One more time
Let me feel something real inside
One more song
One more high
Once more
Before I die

If I only had a day left
This is what I'd want
To bask under the sun with you
In pure utopia
Give me one more night to view
The beauty of the sky
And watch the tide roll by
My life

Here in the night
One more time
Let me feel something real inside
One more rush
One more ride
Once more
Before I die

Here in the light
One more time
Let me feel something real inside
One more song
One more high
Once more before
My spirit rises
Once more
Before I die
Track Name: Slow Down
Slow Down

Soaking in a hot spring
Underneath partly-cloudy skies
Her body’s silhouetted over me
Against the full moon light

Baby’s feeling anxious
Says she needs release
But I don’t want to blow it
Before we both can blink

Let's take our time
Do it right

And slow down
Slow down
Take it easy
Hold out
A little longer
Slow down

Beads of sweat are blending in with steam
And water on our skin
Let's savor every second we can get
Before the dawn comes in

We'll take our time
Do it right

And slow down
Slow down
Take it easy
Hold out
And make it last all night
Slow down
Slow down
Keep it steady
Hold out
A little longer
Slow down

Ah
Ah Ah Ah Ah
Ah
Ah Ah Ah
Ah
Ah Ah Ah Ah
Track Name: Final/Nothing Lasts Forever
FINAL

No more waiting half the night
Just to have you one more time
No more open door at two
I finally feel abused

No more trying to justify
Who is wrong, what is right?
No more home away from home
You're finally on your own

It finally got old
The fire finally burned cold
And finally I choose to see the fact I’ve ignored

You and I are final
You and I are final
You and I are final

No more running to the phone
Every time you feel alone
No more hiding from the truth
I’m not the one for you

It finally got old
The fire finally burned cold
Finally I choose to see the fact I’ve ignored

You and I are final
You and I are final
You and I are final

No more up all night
'Till you’re satisfied
Whispers in your ear
Fingers through your hair
No more afternoon
Rendezvous with you
Now there’s nothing more that I can do

It finally got old
The fire finally burned cold
Finally I choose to see the fact I’ve ignored

You and I are final
You and I are final
You and I are final

NOTHING LASTS FOREVER

Don't cry just because we're not together
You and I were not meant to last forever
'Cause nothing lasts forever
Nothing lasts forever
Nothing lasts forever