The Third Rail

by Short of the Sun

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released 24 April 2015

Short of the Sun is:
Billy Frank – Lead Vocals, rhythm guitar
Yousaf Mir – Keyboards, backing vocals
Geoff LaForge – Lead guitar, backing vocals
Luke Memet – Bass guitar, backing vocals
Scott Grollman – Drums

All songs by Short of the Sun
Recorded with Ralph Nicastro
Drums recorded at Smacktone Studios
Cover Art by Danielle Oyales

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Track Name: All That Glitters
I find the stones that blaze most bright
So often are flawed and twisted tight
In layers of yellow-grey pyrite
I think it's time I'd learned to see them right

All that glitters gold has quality unknown
Sand down the shining shell, the faded core may show
All I can see's not nearly enough for me
Lightning from the sky and poison in the tree

The outside looks healthy and alive
But under, the apple's worm survives
Inspired and borne by black insides
Now that I know you, I'll look for more next time

All that glitters gold has quality unknown
Sand down the shining shell, the faded core may show
All I can see's not nearly enough for me
Lightning from the sky and poison in the tree

All that glitters gold has quality unknown
Sand down the shining shell, the faded core may show
All we can spy's a fraction of you and I
Poison in the tree meets lightning from the sky
Track Name: Suddenly Sunrise
There's a mountain watching from the mist
Orange grass surrounded, deep in the distance
White dots on the landscape wandering lazily
Winding roads arising, calling out to me

Oh, and there's an ocean raging in the heat
Technicolor greenery, air so sticky-sweet
Crystal blue-black water brings the lightest breeze
Climbing waves arising, calling out to me

In my bones I know the stories told are just for show
To create in us a fear of the unknown
And soon the dark horizon glows
Suddenly sunrise

There's a city upon a yellow hill
Golden light surrounded, well-dressed people mill
Sunrise floods the rooftops, shadows stretch aligned
Oh and it's a city that one day I will find

In my bones I know the stories told are just for show
To burn in us a fear of the unknown
Before long the dark horizon glows
Suddenly sunrise

We've been convinced by the myth that the world is small
We need the interest and nerve to discover it all

In my bones I know the stories told are just for show
To burn in us a fear of the unknown
Before long the dark horizon glows
Suddenly sunrise
Track Name: Caution!
Irony knows my name ever since yesterday
Tried not to let it show, building from deep below
Fixated on the past, nothing good ever lasts
Like it or not, here it goes

All I know is that I'm caught between my instinct and my luck
I can't obsess over the clear if what I see was never here
What I see was never here

Irony's fixed my past, fitting and unsurpassed
Whether I let it show or not, nothing can regrow
I can escape my name if I forget the shame
Like it or not, here it goes

All I know is that I'm caught between my instinct and my luck
I can't obsess over the clear if what I see was never here
Instinct operates on cost and what it sees is never lost
But still I'm tied to hints and lures; it's vagary that leaves unsure

If I let you further into the depths you'd be forgotten
Nothing good can come out of it, to be unfrozen
And I'm not going to relent, I'm too corrupted
So my reactions can only just inspire caution

All I know is that I'm caught between my instinct and my luck
I can't obsess over the clear if what I see was never here
Instinct operates on cost and what it sees is never lost
But still I'm tied with yellow lines; it's vagary I hide behind
Track Name: Spotlight
Just be sure that you know it, don't let your moment by
If you're nervous don't show it, but worries and doubts are alright
And you'll know that you've made it just as the curtains rise

As the crucial moment begins
The spotlight burns bright on your skin
Do what you will, take your bow
There's no pressure - no pressure, now
In this, your moment to shine
The spotlight burns right through your mind
There's no misstatement allowed
But no pressure - no pressure, now

All the greats once were quaking, fighting the urge to run
Don't give in to your shaking, hold firm until you're done

As the crucial moment begins
The spotlight burns bright on your skin
Do what you will, take your bow
There's no pressure - no pressure, now
In this, your moment to shine
The spotlight burns right through your mind
There's no misstatement allowed
But no pressure - no pressure, now

And soon we start the show
Look for the yellow glow
Take what you need to know
No pressure, no pressure, no
And you are not alone
If somewhat on your own
Just stay within your zone
No pressure, no pressure, no
Track Name: Yellow Brick
You start your night in static black and white
Shadows faded grey, clouded moon so slight
And in the silence you try to sing
But move so slow
You know it's not enough

But listen here, it doesn't have to be
This country's wrapped in gold from sea to shining sea
And when you see your reflection in the waves
Tall and clear
You'll know you're here with me
A quality unknown to me

All my colors swim below the yellow brick that paves my road
And if you need to change your hue just dare to dream it too

There's nothing wrong with a somnambulist life
Until the colors draining draw you towards the knife
But like the yellow knight fresh from the spell
Standing tall
I'm not at all afraid
Of qualities unknown to me

All my colors swim below the yellow brick that paves my road
And if you need to change your hue just dare to dream it too

All my colors swim below the yellow brick that paves my road
And if you need to change your hue just dare to dream it too

All my colors swim below the yellow brick that paves my road
And if you need to change your hue just dare to dream it too
The dreams you dare to dream come true
Track Name: The Third Rail
Pardon me, you need to stand back from the yellow line
Pardon me, you need to stand back from the yellow line

Well we've been avoiding the danger that you-know-what could bring
You know you and I can't flee this forever, one day we'll have to try

One over, one under, and one to bring ideas we can't stand
It's over, asunder, unless we take the third rail in our hands

Well this train will keep going nowhere until we make a change or just disembark
But we can get somewhere as long as there's a spark

One over, one under, and one to bring ideas we can't stand
It's over, asunder, unless we take the third rail in our hands

Pardon me, you need to stand back from the yellow line
Please sir, you need to stand back from the yellow line
Why can't we seem to stay back from the yellow line

One station on the line, one car's been left alight
One moment to decide to cross the yellow line
One station on the line, one car's been left alight
One moment to decide to cross

One over, one under, and one to bring ideas we can't stand
It's over, asunder, unless we take the third rail in our hands

One station on the line, one car's been left alight
One moment to decide to cross the yellow line
One station on the line, one car's been left alight
One moment to decide, decide