Chromatose

by Caleb Orion's Dream Home

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Darkly optimistic, Chromatose is the boisterous and self-conscious sibling to Caleb Orion's previous efforts, Hendiadys and Plumb. Its confident songwriting is amplified by effortless performances from its guest musicians, and each stage in the experience takes the listener in a completely new direction. This is the first record by Caleb Orion to not only feature guest performers, but also drum, guitar, and bass performances by the ineffable ROK.

Chromatose is an intense tour, chasing down dreams and nightmares of birth, death, money, and love -- as seen by a mind dedicated to escaping inherent suffering.

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released August 16, 2014

Caleb Orion: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Programmed Drums, Synth, Vocals, Rocking Chair
ROK: Drums, Bass, Electric Guitar, Synth
Nate Bealor: Vocals
Jon York: Electric Guitar
Max Whitish: Electric Guitar
Jay Harps: Blues Harp
Josh Boudreau: Fire

All songs written by Caleb Orion, except Yayaya.
Music for Yayaya written by Rok, lyrics written by Caleb Orion.

All songs mixed by Caleb Orion, except The Flood Myth
The Flood Myth mixed by Kevin Carafa.

Mastered by Shane Costigan.

Recorded at Waving Hand Sound recording studio in Maine
www.wavinghandsound.com

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Caleb Orion is Maine’s Biggest Smile — a high-energy performer with stamina and style. He offers an invigorating attitude with an endless collection of earworms. A unique flavor that makes an immediate impression.

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Track Name: La-Di-Dah
The wind sometimes whistles 'round my ears
and I feel the growth hanging on my fears
and the clock on the wall is ticking down my years
but you know they come and go and you go "Ladidah!"

The earth sometimes tickles at my chin
I feel the cold wanting to come in
There's deception in the air and it's filling me with sins
but you know they come and go and you go "Ladidah!"

My body sometimes fills my head up with my mind
I let my move take its hand out of my time
The apparition appears like a vision of a sign
but you know they come and go and you go "Ladidah!"

The waves sometimes turn their tide into my eyes
The camera clicks and I go churn up my disguise
I'll fake for the crowd things that aren't even lies
but you know they come and go and you go "Ladidah!"

I wake up on some island with a treasure for a mind
no one in my body and no body in a line
I love this day to be the day it would have been before
but you know they come and go and you go "Ladidah!"
Yeah you know they come and go and you go "Ladidah!"
Track Name: A Mistake Was Made
A mistake was made the day the Earth collapsed
The captain of the science vessel couldn't have predicted that
There were two men in the brain -- one was lovely the other insane --
they pushed and pulled on the valley deck

And then bombs explode with a stubbornness that has no other match
A miracle to be exact; sentimental for the facts
No other weapon could be worse than a goodbye speech so well rehearsed

The inkling of a shape against the frame of the doorway
I find myself striped and burdened by the grasp of a fear I can't control
And the boundaries are all run thin by their own destruction
I will pull down on the cord bring the sky to the floor
spend money on things I no longer can afford
When the world dies we'll measure up and find that everything breaks even
The dollar bill you once applied to fund the fight where people died
there is some proof that you are living in a looping circle of a lie

When the body heat slowly leaves the seat where the mandible bit the ankle meat
the clandestine and the mercury rise to join the ranks of the old elite
No promise holds its end up no notion lacks a seed
We have eyes We have mouths We can feed
Track Name: Blood-Soaked Rope
In the morning I wake up next to you
Waiting for the sun
And in the night I crawl
Down your blood-soaked rope

You taught me a little of your way
Itching to be free
Only in our dreams we slide
Down a favorable slope

And I will do my best to take the hours from the day

I am lonesome up in my rocking chair
Needling the feelings till they find me
And when they do I cower
In each single note

There are things left between us even now
Words that are better spent unsaid
So I give you what I know
Every song I wrote

And I will do my best to take the hours from the day
And I will do my best to take
Track Name: The Flood Myth
When the ghost had struck the barrier
I sank into hysteria and I missed you
And every dream that haunted me
wrapped around my knees and I missed you

Can I get off this train?
Some day maybe I will get over you

And in the car we used to drive
my hand in yours your hand in mine I'd kiss you
These days we are so far apart
though I know if I saw you I would kiss you

Maybe this way is true
But it sure doesn't feel like that to me

Oh darling can't you see?
I don't want to be like this
I don't want to feel like this
I just want to smile
I just want to laugh
I just want to stay up all night and then crash
I just want to miss you, kiss you, do everything to be with you...
Track Name: Ohm
He went around the world a thousand years ago
There was grey warmth in the atmosphere
Now it's colder than the snow
He has a body in the backseat
And it's waiting for the earth
He can't be bought
He can't be sold
He'd never settle on a worth

And now the buildings topple
From the steeple to the stone
Hardly glancing to the sky
He only knows that things are known
He drags the body through the desert
Settles down beside the bane
Where he went
And where he'll go
It only matters from where he came

Because the sun has set on the paradise he sees
The night sky rules with purity to cure the day's disease
And when the ego dies it will carry with it shame
Nothing's set apart until it gets a name

And now the parchment curls as fire licks across it's brow
The covered wagon braced to bullocks drags it's weight along the dao
He spies the sacrificial platter just beyond a hill
And sets the oxen to a fevered pace that's synchronized to his will

The light shines up and blesses the day
Nothing ever truly goes away
Children match their parents fractaled tones
We lay our bodies down and dream of being less than bones
Track Name: Take It In, Let It Out, Make It Fall
I need a chance to just sink into something serene
Something outwardly inward and visibly green
So do me a favor and follow the line to the wall
Take it in, let it out, make it fall

Now the words are all bending their weight to my song
As I tug on the hand-hold that brings you along
And I hope I can take us to something a million miles tall
Take it in, let it out, make it fall

Take it in, let it out, make it fall all around me.

Now, I know you're the queen of the pictures I've seen
I haven't been your way in a while.
There's a distance between us as wide as the sun
But your ghost still makes me smile

I want to die by your side as you tumble away
And you hold up your hand to get me to stay
But I'm falling down cliff edges, pushing the time down the hall
Take it in, let it out, make it fall
Track Name: It's A Goal Pt. 2
It's a goal to make you believe
All the truths around you and get you to see me
It's a goal to leave a mark
Make a spark and make it turn into history

It's a goal to keep you alive
It's a goal to keep you alive in my eyes
There's a world and it's insane
There's a world out there and it's full of lies
Lies
Oh oh oh!

This is one of the things that I do
To make the figure of speech seem clearer to you
Where's the wonder if all of the dreams
That we ever had, if they all came true?
True
Oh oh oh!

It's a goal to bring it back
It's a goal to bring it back here to you
What's a rise without a descent?
How do we know what's beautiful if that's all we do

It's a goal to leave a mark
Make a spark and make it turn into history
History
Oh oh oh!
Oh oh oh!
Track Name: 1973 Barbara Dane
I been money in your pocket
I been dollar bills from the man
I been waitin' for your skin to touch mine
so I can feel your hand
Oh oh oh oh

I been food in your closet
I been ghosts from the past
I've seen knuckles so white from the dream
they just couldn't last
Oh oh oh oh

And this basement future I see
Looks like you've been bad to me
And I don't want to bleed
Can't you see what you're doing to me?

I been waitin' on winter
I been dreading the well
This vision of me where you are
must seem like some kind of hell
Oh oh oh oh
Track Name: A Length Of String
Tuesday I made up a story to throw you a curve
You turned on your heel and gave me what I know I deserve
I am impossibly cautious and lengthy in form
And this cold ice always follows a storm

Many have built up a castle, in hopes I would stay
They mother the walls and the alleys with stones cold and grey
And thousands of centuries later the monument stands
But I follow nobody's love, hold nobody's hands

Going down to the ocean
Mind filled with dreams I thought I had killed
And keeping my emptiness safe in harbor
I am still

Figures stand at my windows tempting my fate
They look in on what I am feeling and want to relate
I'll pour them a mug of hot coffee and show them my shame
I won't notice if they put me to blame

Going down to the ocean
Mind filled with dreams I thought I had killed
And keeping my emptiness safe in harbor
Track Name: Yayaya
In the wind
There is a soul
Trapped inside a coal dark moon
We can twist, we can turn inside this room

My baby, you're a carnivore of light
they shine so bright on your face
Laced through parallel plumes bursting in the bloom
And I will fight the crowd that moves like waves that crash upon
This cave of jewels
Somehow I know
They move for you

Celebrate our unity with a debonair air of conviction,
Deep inside these pores each floral flutes exudes their due depictions
I said, "Light up, bring this sight right up to my eyes
I collide with your smile
I combine with your mind."
Cause somehow I know
Somehow I know
That when they move
They move for you
Ohhh

I'll light your fire, you light my flame,
we flicker the fabric that makes us the same
Set out a sheet, and let us concede to the freedom of limitless peace
And I will fight the crowd that moves like waves that crash upon this cave of jewels
I will break through I will break through I will break through
Our love Sets me free
Burns my soul with the heat of a million degrees
I will be true I will be true I will be true
Track Name: You've Got A Friend!
I've got something you can't see
I've got something you can't see
But it's there
But it's there
I've got love that never dies
I've got love that never dies
I can share
I can share
Oh!

Everybody is a dancer
And they all think that somebody knows the answer
But the truth is that we're just playing it by ear
And until we're in the act some things are really not so clear

I've got something you can't see
I've got something you can't see
But it's there
But it's there
I've got love that never dies
I've got love that never dies
I can share
I can share
Oh!

Everybody thinks it's funny
When the drip gets dropped and the feelings go all runny
But we're sharing and that's where we get our power
Now that it's over though I'd really like to take a shower

Oh!
Everybody has desires
And if we're truthful we'd probably light up way more fires
But it's harder to say that anything has mixed connection
and with the white out you only make a brief correction

But in the absence of deciding where to go from here
We have to know that what we're doing isn't always so clear
It isn't always so clear
It isn't always so clear

I've got something you can't see
I've got something you can't see
But it's there
But it's there
I've got love that never dies
I've got love that never dies
I can share
I can share