There's A System Of Control

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released January 13, 2017

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Elk Minister Denver, Colorado

Elk Minister was born in a log cabin deep in the forest of the upstate region. While being raised by his mother and his Uncle Radcliffe, Elk Minister developed an affinity and love towards music, philosophy, and science. At age seven, Elk Minister was writing and recording his own songs on a homemade tape recorder built by his uncle. In 1999, he wrote an opera with his imaginary friend Gerald. ... more

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Track Name: Into The Void Of Emptiness
Into The Void of Emptiness
(Giannotti)

The river’s flowing upstream
My nightmare is my daydream
Everyone loves a sunset
When clouds are bursting blood red
Nothing more within without
Is wasted on a life a doubt
The things we do for smiles
The truths we tell which make us liars

Into the Void of Emptiness
It’s where we grew up
It’s what we’re living in
When love is around it’s hard to miss
The Void of Emptiness

An oak tree starts to whimper
It’s falling leaves will whisper
As day turns into nighttime
As water turns to white wine
Underneath the twilight
The stars will light the night sky
My memories of my past lives
I can’t recall and so they die

Into the Void of Emptiness
It’s where we grew up
It’s what we’re living in
When love is around it’s hard to miss
The Void of Emptiness

Into the Void of Emptiness
It’s where we grew up
It’s what we’re living in
When love is around it’s hard to miss
The Void of Emptiness
Track Name: Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
(Giannotti)

Let your conscience be your guide
Let it take you up for a ride
On the depths of the oceans floor
Think of life likes its dreams
Then leaves that fall from trees
On the ground as they start ti die

Living life like it a dream
A nightmare, so it seems
has returned and begun its time
If you’re thinking its a lie
That the God and Devil inside
Reflect all on the day you die

Let it rain another day
Don’t sustain another day
Don’t delay another day
Don’t refrain another day
Another day

Take the key and throw it away
Lock the door until it stays
Closed until the day you die
Let your conscience be your guide

Are you lost inside your dreams?
Is it you? Is it me?
I recall, now remember you
Part of life is making choices
And choosing from the voices that live
Inside all of you

I can’t but be afraid
It’s me who can’t be saved
From my thoughts
I’m the chosen one?

Let it rain another day
Don’t refrain another day
Don’t sustain another day
Don’t delay another day
Another day

Take the key and throw it away
Lock the door until it stays
Closed until the day you die
Let your conscience be your guide

Let it rain another day
Don’t sustain another day
Don’t delay another day
Don’t sustain another day
Another day

Take the key and throw it away
Lock the door until it stays
Closed until the day you die
Let your conscience be your guide

Let your conscience be your guide
Let your conscience be your guide
Let your conscience be your guide
Track Name: Empty Eyes
Empty Eyes
(Giannotti)

Some may claim they lived before
Others say that they don’t know
As for me I think I’ve lost myself
Trying to live life as someone else
Try to make your own religion
Try to live by that decision

First they mess with your mind, and then they take it
Then they open your heart, and then they brake it
Then they empty your eyes, and then they take it away
Said so long
Goodbye
Look in my empty eyes

Time to learn from my own lessons
Time to answer my own questions
Time to live outside the shadow
Time to live without you
Time to take it all away

First they mess with your mind, and then they take it
Then they open your heart, and then they brake it
Then they empty your eyes, and then they take it away
Said so long
Goodbye
Look in my empty eyes

Look in my Empty Eyes
Look in my Empty Eyes
Look in my Empty Eyes
Look in my Empty Eyes

First they mess with your mind, and then they take it
Then they take it away
Then they empty your eyes, and then they take it
Then they take it away

Look in my Empty Eyes
Track Name: Standing Still
Standing Still

(Music and adapted lyrics: Giannotti - Original lyrics Kurt Hunsinger)

Been wasting my life
Walking with my self
Wishing I was someone else
Constant loss leads to constant change
My conscious thoughts are always insane

Now I’ve seen rain but not like this
I never felt so blue
Spent my whole life searching for a home
Now I’m passing thru

I’ve been standing on a sweet lone river
Waiting for a love of mine in a moment in time
I’ve been standing on a sweet lone river
Waiting for a love of mine in a moment in time
I’ve been standing still

Standing Still
Standing Still

There was something on my mind
The day that I cried
Telling stories with nursery rhymes
Throwing books into a burning fire
Erasing knowledge to become a liar

There’s a wind out tonight and it just wont quit
Sparrows on my window sill
I see the whole world passing by
And I’m standing still

I’ve been standing on a sweet lone river
Waiting for a love of mine in a moment in time
I’ve been standing on a sweet lone river
Waiting for a love of mine in a moment in time
I’ve been standing still

Standing Still
Standing Still

Now I’ve seen rain but not like this
I never felt so blue
I see the whole world passing by
Now I’m standing still
I’ve been

Standing Still
Standing Still
Standing Still
Track Name: Shadows of Doubt
Shadows of Doubt
(Giannotti)

Wasted time in the afternoon
Sit at home and watch the clouds go passing by
My best friends are make believe
and all my enemies live in my dreams

Have I walked alone on an empty road?
Cause the pain I feel, when I feel pain
Brings laughter to it’s demise
Someone hear me
Someone save me
And take this life away

Heaven and hell are both the same
To win or lose is just part of the game
The only difference is a clear advantage
Your self perception leads to shadows of doubt

Heaven and hell are both the same
To win or to lose is just part of the game
The only difference is a clear advantage
Your self perception leads to shadows of doubt

Silent thoughts, reflecting death
Fear from all, all from fear
My whole life is in my mind
Someone hear me
Someone save me
And lead me to my shadows of doubt
Track Name: Hiding From Myself
Hiding From Myself
(Giannotti)

Everyday complaining, I’m forever contemplating
Still waiting for my break in the day
Look into my eyes, I philosophize the why’s
Empty lies through the sign of the times
Help me find it here, Am I lost into the near?
When I cry, I cry oceans of tears
Almost every day there is sadness in my way
I remind me of somebody else

Start to question how
My future is now
Repent or to rejoice
I have to make a choice

I’m hiding from myself
I’m hiding from myself
I’m hiding from myself
Hiding, hiding, I’m hiding from myself

Fog inside my mind I don’t want to look inside
I can’t see me beyond all my dreams
Deafened by the lies, all the candy and the lies
Are shattered by my own surprise
Help me in the now, there hear lots of quiet sounds
Is that laughing from somebody new?
Lots of empty ways, lots of empty darker days
But it sure beats remaining alone

Seek to understand
Part of the plan
When fear is disallowed
Somewhere, somehow

I’m hiding from myself
I’m hiding from myself
I’m hiding from myself
Hiding, hiding, I’m hiding from myself

I’m hiding from myself
I’m hiding from myself
I’m hiding from myself
Hiding, hiding, I’m hiding from myself
Track Name: We Will Fight You
We Will Fight You
(Giannotti)

We will fight for the eagle both day and both night
We will fight for the eagle of your soul
We will fight with a fight that has never been fought
We will fight, we will fight, we will fight you

We will fight for the mountains and the rivers and the trees
We will fight for all the animals, the birds and the bees
We will fight with a fight that has never be caught
We will fight, we will fight, we will fight you

Are there weapons on the ground?
I can’t hear a single sound
It doesn’t matter much to me
Everyone and everything
Come with me and laugh and sing
I’m so happy see my smile

We will fight for religion and they’ll never question why
We will fight for all the angels and the gods in the sky
We will fight with a fight and we’ll never be bought
We will fight, we will fight, we will fight you

Are there weapons in the air?
I can’t hear them, I don’t care
It doesn’t matter much to me
Everyone and everything
Come with me and sing
I’m so happy see me smile

We will fight with a message and they all will understand
That America is beautiful and one with God’s plan
We will fight with a fight that can never never be taught
We will fight, we will fight, we will fight you

We will fight,
We will fight,
We will fight,
We will fight,
We will fight,
We will fight,
We will fight you
We will fight you
Track Name: still Born
still Born
(Giannotti)

A cotton candy selling clown
A bloody book upon the mantle
My childhood relapse decaying life
I’m still Born now
Till the day I die

The ocean drifted with the moon
The bottles empty, oh so soon
My cry of laughter controls the night
I’m still Born now
Till the day I die
Inside

This situation broke before
I looked for her, she wanted more
The butler locked the basement door
The system’s broken at the core
A light is dim upon first sight
The closer you get to the light
Your eyes are blinded, it’s so bright
You look inside and let it shine
Cause I’m a liar if you’d like
Divide the Nile if you’d like
Decry the Bible if you’d like

Your puppet dances all alone
A stranger breaks into your home
I’ve told the truth now it’s time to lie
I’m still Born now
Till the day I die

This naked world we’re in between
I’ve looked for you, you’ve looked for me
It must be me cause I’m dead inside
I’m still Born now
Track Name: Length of Doom
Length of Doom
(Giannotti)

Once upon another time
Before I lived and before I died
I sacrificed this death for life
As drifting oceans when the water when the tides subside

Once afraid now my soul is saved
Flowers bloom where they lie inside my grave
For all of time herein lies the snake
Take a look
Is it real or fake?
Feel my length of doom

I laugh out loud when I think about
All of those whispers and the yells and shouts
I must confess that I’m self obsessed
With my thoughts and with myself
Fear my length of doom
Track Name: You Can Be Two People
You Can Be Two People
(Giannotti)

Still sweating while the suns setting in the sky
Where I go I’m going to go when I die
Intervene in my dreams
Is it all make believe?
It’s not for entertainment
This transformation reveals

In my life I deny personality types
Knowing now that my circles are changing to stripes
Unforeseen my routine turns the grayest of black
Just a passageway
Forever and a day

You can be two people
You can be two people
You can be two people
You can be two people
You can Be

Self discover I’m your lover from another time
Up to me I have to see and then find
Why make up all this stuff when enough is enough
Someone sold my story
Observatory themes

If I’m two, who are you?
Are you friend or a foe?
Tell me now I have to go and must know
Deep within, live in sin, my resentments worn thin
What’s the story of it?
What’s the story of the seed?

You can be two people
You can be two people
You can be two people
You can be two people

You can be too
You can be too
You can be too
You can be too

You can be two people
You can be two people
You can be two people
You can be two people
Two people
Two people
Two people

You can Be
Track Name: There's a System of Control
System of Control
(Giannotti)

Life is sometimes bittersweet
And sometimes life tastes mild
As days turn into weekends
The minutes turn to hours

Fly along a golden sunset
To chase reality
Find truth it lies inside of you
And it lies inside of me

They say all that you have to do
Is open up and smile
Friends, I know the right and wrong
And that is part of the lie
There’s A System Of Control
There’s A System Of Control

Death is often seen as something
That’s dirty or obscene
But I don’t seem to think so- Do you?
It’s natural as natural can be

Everyday the people tell me
To get some self control
But government messed with education
Then religion stole my soul

They say all that you have to do
Is open up and smile
Friends, I know the right and wrong
And that is part of the lie
There’s A System Of Control
There’s A System Of Control

The CIA
The FBI
The DOD
The DEA

That’s the American Way
That’s the American Way

The IRS
The FCC
THE EPA
THE NRA

That’s the American Way
That’s the American Way
That’s the American Way
That’s the USA
That’s a System of Control
System Of Control
There’s A System Of Control

There’s A System of Control
There’s A System of Control