Trading Graves

by 2 a.m. Orchestra

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released February 21, 2020

Produced by David Kelley
Co-produced and mixed by Joel Halford
Mastered by Chris Chetland

Engineered by David Kelley and Joel Halford

Nick Jones played violin and viola
All other instruments and vocals by David Kelley

Additional engineering by Adam Grant, Nathan Snowball, and Gwen Norcliffe

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2 a.m. Orchestra Auckland, New Zealand

"Dark harmonies and compelling melodies performed with equal parts sombre emotion and stark perfection." (NZ Musician Magazine)


"2 a.m. Orchestra has delivered an album that is worthy of superlatives. Impermanence deftly translates the chaos and elation of life, into uplifting and well-arranged rock songs - songs fused with eclecticism, vigour and exuberance."
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Track Name: Loveless
Are you an angel sent to be with me in my darkest hours?
One so lowly burns so slowly
Loveless, lonely, unsatisfied

Are you ready?
Do you want to share the rest of our long lives?
Will you leave your tiny footprints under the lids of my eyes?
Track Name: Home
High and low, deep and wide
Down we go, and up we climb
Place your hand inside mine

Rays of love, tears of pride
Like sun and rain, the steam will rise
A spirit of hope through both our lives

We will rise above our fears with hearts wide open
And no matter where we go
A friend is never far
Just look beside you
We’ll be each other’s home

It’s time to grow into our dreams
Our hearts are open
And no matter where we are
We’ll be each other’s homes
Just look beside you
A friend is never far

High and low, deep and wide
Down we go, and up we climb
Place your hand inside mine
Track Name: Young and Dumb
In the Earth’s first days they were in plain site
In mediaeval times, just came out at night
In the modern age they live in our minds
And a hero needn’t fight

La de de da

If you want to know what you can’t observe
Tea leaves and tarot if you’ve got the nerve
You’ll get what you need not what you deserve
And that thing inside you grows

La de de da

Coursing through your veins
Truths you can’t explain
Sounds cliché to say
But we’re all just energy

Atoms taking shape
Seems like solid state
Just a fuzzy grid
We’re much too close to see

Forever, Forever young and dumb
Eternal whores of Babylon

Snakes with wings will weave you a brand new spine
Flaming tongues will speak to your heart and mind
If you just believe what you can’t define
And willingly swallow lies

La de de da

Forever, Forever young and dumb
Eternal whores of Babylon
Track Name: Wake the World
Not one original thought in your mind
You just know you’re alive and you don’t want die
You’re overcome by the need to rush out on into the streets and scream
As if your childish shouting could shake and wake the world from its own dream
You say “stop your business, your petty arguments don’t you get it?
See this life takes place in time, as time moves on your life goes by before you live it.”

The waiting is over
We can take things slower
In the long day that follows
But we don’t see tomorrow

Not two short years ago there was a night
When you lay up in bed and you prayed to the light:
“I’m overcome by the speed in which the hours turn to days and weeks
The weeks to months the months to years, the years add up and then it’s time to leave
Oh please stop this dizziness, if it’s some kind of test then I don’t get it
See this life takes place in time, as time goes by your life moves on before you live it”

The waiting is over
We can take things slower
In the long day that follows
But we don’t see tomorrow
Track Name: Time of Your Life
The time of your life
No wood in your eye
A snow globe of cocaine
A pillar of meaning
And here comes the sun
The day has begun
Of age in the season
Of folly and reason

A broken syringe
The end of a binge
The colors start fading
A product of aging
And here comes the moon
The night’s making room
For old souls returning
And fresh bodies burning

I don’t know why
I don’t know why
I just can’t get it right

And finally the light
The end of a life
The angels are waiting
All participating in
The ceremony
Your final degree
All will give you congratulations
Your last graduation

At last liberation
Track Name: Seeds and Skulls
Two brothers, one is living in the red
The other sees but he don’t understand
It’s not like you’re on vacation
Just need rehabilitation

He’s not quite sinking but he’s all right
You’re out there swimming and it’s high tide
He’s working just to earn the paper
You swear there’s time to grow up later

In the old days you could make do
As a prophet or a recluse
But now this world I needs ad men
And soldiers
That’s what happens when you get older

And there’s no going back now
Just get along with it or back down
There’s always someone just behind you
Willing to step up and continue
With stronger hands and quicker thinking
And that’s how the Earth’s reborn each day
Seeds and skulls trading graves.
Track Name: End of Summer
Youth ain’t real when time stands still
A life so long could do no wrong
A boy who thought his time could last
Threw up his hands and grew up fast

And feeling now quite sober
The nights are getting colder
The girls are growing older
I think that summer’s over

Drawing blood won’t get you love
Nor sympathy, nor help from me

And feeling now quite sober
The nights are getting colder
The girls are growing older
I think that summer’s over

Youth ain’t real when time stands still
A life so long could do no wrong
A boy who thought his life would not
End up like every other ticking clock

And feeling now quite sober
The nights are getting colder
The girls are growing older
I think that summer’s over
Track Name: Golden Fleece
Cheap white wine marks this time as a day to remember
As the day when we wrote our names

Boys decide to be men tonight
‘Cause when you put pen to paper
You see your whole life made plain
And you’re sure to remember
Why it is that you wrote your name

A line in the sand that we can cross
The shape of a plan and its cost
Call it a contact made between friends
Call it a means to an end

Your golden fleece is a Trojan beast
So you gotta surrender
That is if you give a damn

Brothers three can guarantee
When you put pen to paper
It’s easy to understand
I see my name and remember
Who I am

A line in the sand that we can cross
The shape of a plan and its cost
Call it a contract made between friends
Call it a means to an end

Getting sober, painting over the past
Call it a vice from which we obstain
Call it a hopeful thought for a change
Call it a contract made between friends
Call it a means to an end
Track Name: Feeling of Home
You start out walking a road in which you do what you’re told
You keep your eyes on the line, you keep the rules on your mind
You keep the law on your tongue, keep distance from everyone
While you’re growing up

The years go by you’re unsure about your place in the world
All you thought was your own was just a product of home
Home’s a product of state and state’s a product of hate
A dark tradition of competition
So your sedition begins
You’re writing letters, signing petitions, mailing them to the man
The man who works for the state, the state’s a product of hate

Here we go again
In end in sight and no sign of the end
We’re just doing the best that we can
It’s not a perfect world it’s just the one that we’re living in

Then you’ll find someone who can share the burden with you
Your situation won’t change but you’ll escape from the pain
You’ll stay young and in love until enough is enough
‘Till you find the other’s a product of mother and father and family and home
A home controlled by the state, the state controlling your fate

Here we go again
In end in sight and no sign of the end
We’re just doing the best that we can
It’s not a perfect world it’s just the one that we’re living in

You’ll watch the world getting poor but you won’t care anymore
You look at your face in the mirror and can’t believe you’re still here
That life has gone on this long and all you thought turned out wrong
Nothing learned, no confidence
Same old shit, different circumstance

Life is not but a plan hatched in the mind of a man
Who’s trying all on his own to find a feeling of home
But home’s a product of state, state’s a product of hate
The hate that God has for man - man who failed in his plan
To build for himself a soul, to find a feeling of home
But you can get what you want, what you want in the end
‘Cause there’s no soul to be got, you just gotta pretend.

Here we go again
In end in sight and no sign of the end
We’re just doing the best that we can
It’s not a perfect world it’s just the one that we’re living in
Track Name: Sweet Pea
It’s not easy to escape from all the hum drum
To escape from all the hum drum is not easy
If you want to, I can show you how to get there
I can show you how to get there if you want to

Just close your eyes and sleep
Just close your eyes sweet pea

It’s not easy to block out all the voices
To block out all the voices is not easy
If you want to I could tell you how to do it
I could tell you how to do it if you want to

Just have another drink
Just have a drink with me
And close your eyes sweet pea

What you make and what you take always even
What you take ain’t always even with what you’re making
If you want to, I could help you pay the difference
I could help you pay the difference if you want to

Just sign it all to me
Just sign it over please
And close your eyes sweet pea
Track Name: Justine
Wake up now Justine
Come outside and see
The Earth will know your pain
The honeymoon can wait

Justine pour the wine
Sit with me this night
What hides behind sun?
What evil have we done?

What star can you trust to stay fixed in the sky?
We’ve all got our reasons to cling to the lie:
Never could our planets collide

The animals all know
And the trees all look like bones
The atmosphere grows thin
A message in the wind

What angel could trust you to tell them truth?
We’ve all got a stake in it, something to prove
Reflecting the light of the moon

Go to sleep Justine
We all know what is coming
The cave will keep us safe
The afterlife can wait

What star can you trust to stay fixed in the sky?
We’ve all got our reasons to cling to the lie:
Never could our planets collide
Track Name: Free
For years I was haunted
Afraid of what I wanted
It took a new set of eyes to see
That I’m free, free now

The time spent with my head turned
Was a waste of all that I had learned
It makes me want to be a better man
I’m free, free now

As big as a titan
Wiser than an Olympian
Beyond me, beyond morality
I’m free, free now
Track Name: A God Unknown
Take my blessing go
I know it’s more than just a little restlessness
With your brothers build new homes
And start another life out west

Take a wife and plant a tree
Work the land as family
Nurture all that you’ve planted
I’ll be looking down from the branches

And at summertime’s reunion
The priest will give communion
We’ll watch the people dancing
Our prayers won’t need any answering

Out a ways from the house
Is a rock – it’s covered in green moss – where the water flows
A guardian of this great land that all the old folks know
And that’s where we’ll go

Elizabeth, I promise
It’s make believe but honest
A tree don’t need a reason
And we need the rain this season

The cattle all are dying
Joseph is still trying
To force the clouds, he’s praying
And he won’t come down ‘till it’s raining

The ending I know
The land it is my own
I am the rock, I am the plane
I am the tree, I am the rain