Fortress

by James Hunter USA

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take my hand
come inside

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released January 15, 2016

All songs written and composed by James Hunter, who also sang and played most instruments

Ben Martin- Drums on 1,2,4,5
Noah Kess- Drums on 3, rhythm percussion on 7
Sean Thompson- Guitar on 7
Jared McGrath- Backing vocals on 7

Noah Kess and Cody Sciara produced and engineered the album
Greg Hendler mixed and mastered it
Drew Green did the cover illustration

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James Hunter USA Atlanta, Georgia

James Hunter because that's his name. USA because that's where he's from, and also because there's another, more famous James Hunter who is British.

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Track Name: Possum Rock
I can feel it in my toenails
a little tingle in my throat
a little voice telling me to go home

I can see it in the billboard
the one that flashes at my window
through the kudzu on a hot sticky night

and I can’t trust anybody

I see all the madness, madness all around me
I hear all the people yelling, screaming
I see all the madness, and I think it’s in me
I can feel it in me
and I am terrified

A friendly possum reminds me
at this moment wars are happening
and the best thing to do is just lay down and die

normally I’m not this paranoid
but lately, it’s something I can’t avoid
the world I love is slowly being destroyed

and I’m boarding up my windows

I see all the madness…

I used to say to myself at night
love is gonna win, love is gonna win
lost in darkness, can’t find the light
love is gonna win, love is gonna win
If I start stocking food and supplies
like it’s gonna be winter (a really long winter)
like a nuclear winter
maybe I’ll survive

and I feel my heart beat faster

I see all the madness…

I see all the madness, madness all around you
I hear you crying, yelling, screaming
I see all the madness, and I think it’s in you
cause I see it in you
and I feel it in you
and I know it’s in you
and I am terrified
Track Name: Echo Chamber
I say I don’t want to be lonely
but it’s not like I really wanna turn off my TV
right now
right now
I say I don’t want to be lonely
but it’s not like I am gonna turn off my computer
at all
at all

all I want is to be right
block out the things I don’t like
my echo chamber keeps the bad voices out
and everyone who disagrees
with me is gonna stay the hell away from me
and my echo chamber

all by myself

I say I don’t want to be lonely
but it’s not like I’m ever gonna leave my neighborhood
I’m so scared
a sea of bastards out there

I need to love, I need to hate
my echo chamber tells me what to love and what to hate
and what to think
and I’m afraid of my own mind
and all the things that I might find
if I leave this echo chamber

all by myself
Track Name: Mountain Lion
You are the mountain lion
you gotta go where the money is
you never know what you will find
you gotta go where the money is

You are the businessman
you gotta go for the easy kill
and don’t expect them to understand
you gotta go for the easy kill

Can you wait until the summer? you can die and you’ll be warm
if you put your arms around me, we can make it through the storm
please don’t die
please don’t die
please don’t die
please don’t die

Life is a miracle
but I never had the time to live
taking everything I could
I didn’t know I had so much to give

Give thanks to the sunlight and the ground you’re standing on
cause life is just a feeling for a moment and it’s gone
please don’t die
please don’t die
please don’t die

can you wait until the summer? you can die and you’ll be warm
if you put your arms around me we can make it through the storm
please don’t die
please don’t die
please don’t die
please don’t die
please don’t die
no
Track Name: You Need
You need gold in bullion
and a big old church to be holy in
a fleet of cars to ride in
and a great big house just to hide in

wanting, needing
having, taking,
promising and breaking

you need people to manipulate
you need people to manipulate
you need people to manipulate
well you can’t have me

You need a moat with an electric fence
you need an army just for self defense
a team of lawyers and of lobbyists
you need your shoes shined and you need your ass kissed
Track Name: Fortress
Built a fortress in my house
It will keep us warm
we’ll stomp and shout and chase away the storm
take my hand, come inside

you can hide behind my couch
I will keep you safe
we’ll light some candles, talk about our lives
take my hand, come inside

I don’t care much for this revolution
but there’s no war in here
so come on in and have a beer
and we’ll wait it out

I’ve got lots of books to read
and plenty board games too
and an old guitar with lots of extra strings
will you sing, sing with me?

I’ve got supplies to last a year
I hope it don’t take that long
and I need someone to help me stay strong
to keep me sane
to help me hold on

I don’t care much for this revolution
but there’s no war in here
so come on in and have a beer
and we’ll wait it out

they will say
“you’re either on our side or we will knock you down”
but I won’t budge
we’re gonna find some common ground and build from there

I’ve got water for a long time
I’ve got food for a long time
I’ve got beer for a long time
I need you for a long time
and maybe
in a year or so
things will be better

I’ve got water for a long time
I’ve got food for a long time
I’ve got beer for a long time
I need you for a long time
and maybe
in ten years or so
things will be better

I don’t care much for this revolution
but there’s no war in here
so come on in and have no fear
cause if we all run out of beer
I’ve got a little whiskey here

and we’ll wait it out
Track Name: Into The Fire
Flipping through yellowed notebooks and faded dreams
I should have known it wouldn’t work out
ohh into the fire
throw these old notebooks into the fire (woo)

I can feel everybody laugh at me
I can’t stop touching that hot stove
ohh into the fire
throw these old hard drives into the fire (woo)

All these stupid fucking words and melodies
dance around inside my head and torture me
and I am never free
ohh into the fire
throw this old love into the fire
throw everything into the fire

For sale: a bunch of old equipment I used to love
I can’t even look at it anymore
ohh send your best offer
everything must go, everything must go (woo)

I used to be ambitious, I wanted everything
now it seems that all I want is normalcy
but that can never be

I'm gonna walk into the fire
dive headfirst into the fire
throw my life into the fire
fire

I can’t stop touching that hot stove
Track Name: Escalator
I wanna be an escalator
I wanna take you higher
higher than you’ve ever been before

I wanna be an escalator
I’ll take you to a whole new level
like the moon or the rings of saturn

we can go underground
or up into the air
an escalator never breaks down
it just turns to stairs

I am weird
so are you
we were born to be different from the rest of the world
we’re riding
I am weird
so are you
we were born to be different from the rest of the world
and we’re riding riding riding high

I wanna wrestle alligators
and yank out all their teeth
and teach ‘em to drink milkshakes

so let me be your escalator
at least metaphorically
cause I know I can motivate you