Temple of Plenty

by Somos

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Recorded Summer 2013 at Cannon Found Soundation Studios in Union City, NJ.
Produced and Engineerd by Jesse Cannon and Mike Oettinger.
Mixed and Mastered by Jesse Cannon.
Vinyl Mastering by Dave Eck at Lucky Lacquers.

LP and digital available now.

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released 25 March 2014

Michael Fiorentino - Vocals, Bass
Phil Haggerty - Guitar
Justin Hahn - Guitar
Evan Deges - Drums

Album art and layout by TJ Kelley III

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Track Name: Familiar Theme
How to escape a familiar theme?
An idea you’re at home in.
If you’re not careful it could crush you, like a straitjacket. I wanna know,
How to break new ground, like a long distance runner.
My face is distorted, into a grimace, he wears a half smile.
That you hate him for, he wears a half smile, that you hate him for.

We had a strong foundation, but could not pass the test.
And a lack of blame is not our problem.
It’s been passed around from mouth to mouth like rumors in a broken town.
When you watched it rise and fall, you’d forgotten that…

What you had, is never coming back,
What you had, is never coming back.

I need a window to see out of, I need some time so I can count down.
To the day that I could tell you, that I know just where I’m going.

I tried to drink from the well, but its been dried up,
I tried to live off my hands but they’ve been tied up.
People sick with ambition, hunting a reputation,
To advance their position, they would try anything.
If their boots on your neck you should shake fast,
Glue your eyes to the floor push a fake laugh.

What you had, is never coming back,
What you had is never coming back.
I need a window to see out of, I need some time so I can count down.
To the day that I could tell you,
That I know just where I’m going.

What you had is never coming back,
(Looking back to a simple time)
What you had is never coming back.
(Familiar faces you can recognize)
I need a window to see out of, I need some time so I can count down.
To the day that I could tell you, that I know just where I’m going.
Looking back to a simpler time, familiar faces you can recognize.
Looking back to a simpler time, familiar faces you can recognize.
Track Name: Domestic
Why'd you have to act on your anger?
Add a story of hurt to your name
Wide open space, you figured you grow
Trust me now, you were stronger then
Before you gave into despair
Traded your pride in for shame
From the passenger seat, you'll look out in fear

But there's no one to confide in

Pray on the defenseless, call it strength of the lowest order
Pray on the defenseless, and I'm glad I saw just how far you could drop off

Why'd you have to age and grow cynical
With small men who still cling to your name?
Clawing and fighting out towards the door
Which you've blocked with your white hot anger

Pray on the defenseless, call it strength of the lowest order

Rage takes the place of your once strong control
That you reach for with trembling hands
Track Name: Dead Wrong
Out of everyone I knew here
You were the honest one, yeah the honest one
Empire and a crown of thorns,
Today you get two for one
And the rope around your neck we'll call halo when you're gone
In front of the screen so long that your eyes fell out
Anything for your daily bread
Shirt tucked in, shaking hands
Till your arms fell off, till your arms fell off

Every station is broadcasting
It gets better and you can move on
But they're dead wrong
dead, dead, dead wrong.

A crowd trampling
The ever absent family
Weighing what to keep and what to throw away
Out of everyone I knew here
You were the honest, yeah the honest one

But you're arms fell off, yeah you're arms fell off.

Every station is broadcasting
It gets better and you can move on
But they're dead wrong
Dead, dead, dead wrong.
I don't belong, I don't belong.
I'm down again like I said I was, down again like I said I was.

I never knew that
Some things you can't turn away
your blanket's warm but
can it keep the frost at bay?
the heater's on

but will it stay that way?
seconds stretching out
a pattern crystalized
same 9 to 5
16 to 65
Track Name: Lives of Others
My life means nothing compared to yours,
Brushing off, the warnings of calamity.
While smoke moves, under your brother’s door,
Reflecting in a mirror on a vanity
Do you know the eye that’s staring down,
I feel it on my face.
Who can lift a day that’s fallen now,
Can you bear the weight?

This started as a daydream, it ended like a nightmare.
What started as a daydream, faces me like a nightmare.
And I guess it’s something I could never, understand.
It’s something I could never understand.

Our time moves slowly compared to yours,
Looking up in a century there’s nothing more.
Don’t have a home, but at least you a family
I have both, but I don’t know what it means to me.
Do you know the eye that’s staring down,
I feel it on my face.
Who can lift a day that’s fallen now,
Can you bear the weight?

This started like a daydream, it ended like a nightmare.
What started as a daydream, faces me like a nightmare.

I don’t even have to ask anymore, I won’t even have to say a word,
And I wonder out loud, how the silence sounds now.

And I guess it’s something I could never, understand
It’s something I could never, understand.

In my opinion, you’ll never grow older. Do you have plans to move to the ice?
Frozen in your perpetual gold youth, some say I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.
Do I, always forget you? Why do I, always forget you?
Track Name: When You Pass
I thought I saw something moving,
I guess it was a trick of the light.
I thought I saw a young man in a hurry,
Who knew he was just wasting time.

When you were down on bended knee,
I tried to find my two feet.
When you were down on bended knee,
I tried.

When you’re gone, they’ll rush to the table,
Speeding through the traffic lights.
The trail you walked was stomped out,
Harsh words, hiding envy.
But I always knew, the silent side of you,
Who hated, genuinely hated, the person you’d become.

And I’ve been wondering, is it true?
You get five years, then the rust sets in.
From the Bay State, to the mystic coast, now
New England, and the twisted road.
The example you set will always stand,
When the rusts fades, and the noise gives.
Friends of friends, who knew the truth,
Lacked the courage to stand by you, but I swear…
Their hold will slip in due time, their hold will slip in due time.

When you’re gone, they’ll rush to the table,
Speeding through the traffic lights.
The trail you walked was stomped out,
Harsh words, hiding envy.
But I always knew, the silent side of you,
Who hated, genuinely hated, the person you’d become,

Is indistinguishable, from the very worst among us.
Are you the very worst among us?

And I swear, their hold will slip in due time.
Their hold will slip in due time.
Their hold will slip in due time,
Their hold will slip in due time.

I thought I saw something, I thought I saw something moving,
It was a trick of the light.
Track Name: Strangest Example
How many people do you look at?
How many do you really see?
We could talk about anything but,
But we talk about the weather.
The wind on your face is frigid and cold,
You don’t feel any better.
We could talk about anything but,
But we talk about the weather,
Back and forth…

Your advice to the clock inside my head,
Turn it off, and face the elements.
Your advice to my overactive mind,
Just turn it off and drive.

Against the sages, of the old ways.
Against the guardians, of the old days.

You craned your neck, only to be cut down.
You bite your tongue, hold it through your whole life.

Your advice to the clock inside my head,
Turn it off, and face the elements.
Your advice to my overactive mind,
Just turn it off and drive.
Track Name: Lifeline
Do what you can to ease the burden of your guilt please,
I’m on the move now, you’re on the outside.
Who’s patience did you wear paper thin?
Who did you grind down into a memory?

Could you watch your friends turn into your enemies?
Could you watch your home, become a cold street.

I’ll see you on the way down,
Worn out and tired now, but keep your lights on.
Worn out and tired but your light’s still on,
Worn out and tired but your light’s still on.

Looking in from the outside
I saw your chance come, I saw it pass by.

I did what I could to take the burden off my mind but,
You’ve taken everything, I’m on the outside.
Who’s patience did I wear paper thin?
Who did I grind down into a memory?
Could you watch your friends turn into your enemies?
Could you watch your home, become a cold street.

I’ll see you on the way down,
Worn out and tired now, but keep your lights on.
Worn out and tired but your light’s still on,
Worn out and tired but your light’s still on.

Looking in from the outside,
I saw your chance come, I saw it pass by.

I saw the wreckage it was glowing brightly
I saw the wreckage it was glowing brightly
Who’s patience did I wear paper thin?
Who’s patience did I wear paper thin?

Wherever you would go, I would follow
Like smoke after fire.
Whatever name you’d take, I’d try to make my own
Like smoke after fire.
Track Name: Distorted Vision
Who knew it would come to this?
Old and boring adages
The poster that you've been staring at on the bathroom wall
As inspiration for each day of the week
To get you started on the path to prosperity
There's nothing like a shot in the arm of fake optimism
To distort your vision...

When you're on, no one can stand
When you're on, no one can stand
I'd like to share my thoughts
But then I'm just another interruption

You're just a holdout from another time
The yes men around you keep your head high
Out on a ledge again

Self-referential and effacing...

You might find, you might find
That I could see, I could see
Something that could never hang on a wall
Worth a thousand words of useless praise
A lifetime worth of accolades

There's enough hatred around
To paint this whole town or burn it all down
How long could your patience hold out
From the bottom of the pile?
Track Name: Before You Merge
My thoughts are formed in, an unspeakable language.
And in the corner of my eye, the scenery’s changing
You’ve been listening to, the wrong advice, for too long.
You’ve been listening to, the wrong advice, for too long.

My thoughts are formed in, an unspeakable language.
And in the corner of my eye, the scenery’s changing.
Repair, it’s what’s urgently needed, young man.

The vanity of words, the silence of retreat.
Your feet on the ground, mean something.
You concede, far too easily,
Not after all’s said, yeah far too easily.
Repair, it’s what’s urgently needed,
Repair, they’re broadcasting it from every line.
And do you really think, you could find it,
From your comfortable confines.
From your, comfortable confines.
Repair, it’s what’s urgently needed,
Repair, they’re broadcasting it.
After it’s said and done.