Novella

by Arms of the Ocean

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released May 20, 2013

Arms of the Ocean:

Luke Burton: Drums
Joshua Daymond: Bass and vocals
Ryan Devitt: Guitar
Patrick Newsome: Guitar
Stephen Nolan: Vocals

(Benjamin Dubber played drums on this recording)

Produced by Adam Merker
Recorded and mixed by Adam Merker at Studio Anders Debeerz, Qld
Mastered by Pelle Henricsson at Studio Tonteknik, Sweden

Art Direction: Joshua Daymond
Cover design: Elise McKee

All music and lyrics written by Arms of the Ocean
All material copyright Arms of the Ocean 2012

Management: Tyson Deam for Highway Riot

Thanks:
Adam Merker, Pelle Henricsson, the crew at The Springwood Hotel, Tyson Deam, Benjamin Dubber, our incredible wives, girlfriends and families, all the amazing bands we've had the opportunity to play with, and everyone who comes to our shows and supports us. We are forever grateful.

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Track Name: Gods and Monsters
There’s a monster at my front door
His mouth is full of crooked teeth
I don’t know if I can get him to leave

He said, “Son you must consider the slim chances of your escape.”

“Are you going to invite me in for dinner?”

I said, “In my defense, it won’t be long until you’re dead and gone.”

He laughed at my warning, while showing off his crooked teeth
Then he grabbed me by the arm and said, “Listen closely!”

“I can imagine what you’re thinking – that one day we will fade away, but there will always be more sheep to devour.”

Monsters will always let gods live
Dead gods mean monsters don’t exist
Track Name: Is it Sam Neill?
I made my bones from steel and clay, in order to keep the wolves at bay
I’ve got nothing to show, but love for myself

I’ll be damned if I do and I’ll be damned if I don’t
But that won’t stop me from building a moat

The blood in my hands is not my own

I scaled the wall that shut you out
I built an ark and watched you drown
As the world came crashing down
All the stars in the sky will break apart like you and I
There will be no long goodbye

I’ll watch the rain clear them away
I’ll watch them sink into the sea
I’ll try to save their memories, even if I’m the “enemy”

The blood in my hands is not my own
It’s the blood of everyone I’ve known

For years you waited to hear me call, but I never made a sound

One by one they’ll slip away and I’ll be all alone and tired

One day I will turn and realise the dust that settled on the ground, settled on me
Track Name: Celtics are a Team. Go!
Feet don’t fail me now
I’m apprehensive to take a step
Cinder blocks for shoes
I’m at the deep end, where it’s dangerous

I’m as good as dead
An empty vessel deserted by my crew who jumped at the chance to have nothing left to lose

I don’t know what to say
I’ve spent years existing
What have I become?

Low brow and highly strung
A wolf in sheep’s clothing if ever there was one
Shut the door my dear
You’re breathing in your last mistake
Shut the door

That’s all that I can take
This time it’s make or break
No chance to hesitate
Get up
Track Name: Heavy Heart
I will follow you into the dark
Where both of us don’t belong
I’ll hold your beating heart for you
While you struggle to hold on

I will never abandon you
Even when the lights go out

Look to the light
Look to the light again

Burn
Burn bright

The heart is the biggest in the smallest of hours
Where silence reigns and courage is rewarded

The night is always darkest before the dawn
Track Name: You May Say I'm a Dreamer, But I'm Not
Do you remember when we were young?
You said you’d never had this much to lose
Is that still true?
Do you believe in this?
Because I know we were meant to tear this world apart

Don’t give them away; I want these promises
Don’t give them away; I want your promises

What does silence sound like to you?
For me it’s loneliness, fear and calm
Is there anybody left for us to choose?
Because I know we were never meant to be apart

I’d put you out if you were on fire
Douse the flames of the funeral pyre
Track Name: Wolves
You think the sun will never set on you
You’re unashamed and unafraid of the world

You won’t ever know what it feels like to stand up on your own

Just wait a while
The wolves will devour you and leave you with nothing

The world will never revolve around you
Manipulation will never end in love

Eventually they’ll say, “To hell with you.”