From the recording THUS II [Standard Edition]

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The Way We Want

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This is the Standard Edition of the second album. There is also the Unlimited Edition which is gapless like a Pink Floyd album and includes 4 additional tracks. This version offers a classic listening experience with a moment of silence between songs. Either way, the compositions themselves are dense and bear repeating to really absorb, though the intent is also to be palatable upon first listening.

THUS II was written over the course of 4/5 years and really ended up being a struggle, as I went into it striving to avoid the old sophomore slump. What emerged over time was an accumulation of short creative spurts as opposed to the first album, written in mainly a single inspired 5 month stretch. I think as a result of that, it was difficult for me to come to terms with the project as a whole in its finished form until I rerecorded, remixed, and mastered it between 2012-2014. Finally I am at peace with this as an album and it stands tall as a companion to the first album.

Lyrics

I can't discern where I end and where they begin
Chasing their spiral my head ends up reeling
Like a silent voice I'm always hearing
Whether or not I listen to what they're saying

"Why can't you be the way we want?
Why can't you be the way we want you to be?"

Why can't you be the way we want?
Why can't you be the way we want you to be?
We'll give you what
we say you want
Everybody else
Can't be wrong...

And while you're teaching, preaching they are preying
Sneakin deep inside all our childrens' dreaming
Streamlining them with their time-bomb scheming
Until one day they get to thinking:

"Why can't I be the way they want?
Why can't I be the way they want me to be?"

Why can't you be the way we want?
Why can't you be the way we want you to be?
We'll give you what
we say you want
Everybody else
Can't be wrong...

Statistics, ballistics, ignore the homeless misfits
Blacklisted Citizens, not feeling the stimulus

Why can't you be the way we want?
Why can't you be the way we want you to be?
We'll give you what
we say you want
Everybody else
Can't be wrong...