PREY

by Predator/Prey

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Prey is the second concept album in a double-album written about North American wild animals. This album explores the living experience through the perspectives of different prey species.

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released 08 February 2014

Produced by .................... PREDATOR/PREY
Recorded by .................... PREDATOR/PREY
Instruments/Vox .................ADAM PHIPPS
Instruments/Vox ................ DAK DeKERCKHOVE
Vox ............................ CARE PHIPPS
Drums .......................... SCOTT EVERINGHAM
Trumpet ........................ BRIAN MOYER
Mixed by........................ MATHIEU PARISIEN
Mastered by...................GREYMARKET MASTERING

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Track Name: Plump of Grouse
I worked through the summer in my sunburnt fields
trying to put a piece, trying to put a piece together
Then you came into my life
in the middle of July, in the form of bad weather
Now I’m working even harder to try to fill my larder
although I’m so sure I’ll starve
Fall’s dark skies, over fields, a third the size
and my stores aren’t looking much better

When the forest shuts down, when the first frost falls
it closes for all, closes for the season
And I am not alone, each beast is skin and bones
and together we’re sown, we’re all poor eating
Although we hope our bodies will cope
we know they won’t and we’re so sure we will starve
Still I check my traps, they’re as empty as my sack
and when I head back I dine only on the reason

And now I’m waiting to die
I’m thinner each day I rise

When I think back to winters ago
when my stores were low, I still found sleep easy
Then you came into my life
as the grouse took wing and the meat came freely
I hate to think about it these days
were all those kills in vain if then this year I just starve
Where are they, are they wasting away
or keeping hunger at bay, I think about it constantly

I woke to the sun, under the folds
of snow covered cold, ice forming thick on my bed
Tucked under skins of the animal kins
I once took in, on which my body once fed
Ensnared in fate we struggle with hope
succumb or we cope, although mostly we just starve
Shuttered in dens, as the warm life ends
under hides of friends, that we made hunting last winter

And now I’m waiting to die
I’m thinner each day I rise
Track Name: Run of Rabbits
I never settle down
I built a lifetime
I never settle down settle down
I built a lifetime

All I do is keep running
to stay in one place
I see some fall behind, some disappear
over this lifetime

Do you ever realize
why we’re running
from nothing

This world is such a size
we don’t see
when pain is coming

Until you conceptualize
it behind you
and its running

You could dematerialize
from something
into nothing

I never settle down
I built a lifetime
I never settle down settle down
I built a lifetime

Let’s keep on keep on running
Until our feet blur
And when they disappear when they disappear
We’ll be floating

This world will be all ours
All ours
Track Name: Mischief of Mice
Though they do not show
When the sun is at hand
They’ll be lying low
Making their plans
I’ve been waiting here
For their armies
They know I know they’re near
And day and night I worry

Cause they’ll be back, they’ll be back
And when they come back, they’ll attack

No good

We’re in collusion with the beast
One and one push under
So much that we compete
And drive each one asunder
When you accept defeat
they’ll come to plunder
And now that you’ve lost your seat
You’ll see their power in numbers

Because this mischief kills yeah
And I don’t want to wait
Until this mischief fills, yeah
And the fragile balance breaks
Cause it’s the poor man still, yeah
Who leaves this up to fate
And when they come they will, yeah
Just take and take and take

No good

This mischief occurs in darkness
This mischief occurs in darkness
Track Name: Shoal of Fish
Every night I come here by the moon
And every night I come out you’re here too
I would come out later
When it would be much safer
If there was something to consume

Oh Oh Oh and you
Oh Oh Oh and you
Oh Oh Oh and you
Oh Oh Oh and you

I made it my purpose to watch you
Though it made me nervous I learned some truth
I could see you were scared
And I could see what lurked there
I saw you couldn’t wait to leave here too

Oh Oh Oh and you
Oh Oh Oh and you
Oh Oh Oh and you
Oh Oh Oh and you

And I, well I, come here to feed
And you, well you, you make me flee
But I, know you are hunted too
And that’s why this will never change

Oh Oh Oh and you
Oh Oh Oh and you
Oh Oh Oh and you
Oh Oh Oh and you
Track Name: Gang of Elk
You can have my heart just not my soul
Try to get away trapped in this foliage
Keep me under target with one eye
A scoured look as thoughts run through your mind
Of how I taste so good
You'd pull the trigger if you could

Standing with the others in the brush,
we were browsing on the branches and the fresh new leaves
They would keep an eye out or an ear poised for anything strange, and we all copied what she they did
Now I know why they kept us hid

Oh papa no
Karma leave me here just run just please go
Oh mama no
You don’t need to see what I will be
Just go just go just go just go

When we run, one is bound to fall, lost from us all
Out behind us, you can hear 'em call, lost from us all
Some of us will be killed and shared
And for a while the rest of us are spared

Oh papa no
Karma leave me here just run just please go
Oh mama no
You don’t need to see what I will be
Just go just go just go just go
Track Name: Piteousness of Doves
Once I was wilder than moonlight
stranger than twilight
darker than true night
but I'm tamer now, tamer still

Encased in an old tomb
At home in a new womb
My old self is cocooned
cause I'm tamer now, tamer still

What we gave up was powerful enough
to defeat the hawks while remaining doves
What we gave up was powerful enough
to thrive amongst hawks and doves

Once I understood you
I could see through you
I could predict what you'd do
but i'm tamer now, tamer still

Since the day you pretended
that we were befriended
Our spines have been bended
cause we're tamer now, tamer still

What we gave up was powerful enough
to defeat the hawks while remaining doves
What we gave up was powerful enough
to thrive amongst hawks and doves

What we gave up, tamer now, tamer still
Track Name: Swell of Cicadas
Sing a song as one
Make the song your own
Life is forward shared
Death is yours alone

The soil invites a home
For roots to grow within
And feed a hungry mouth
To grow and start again

Wake up and start the climb
Ascend towards the sun
Break off your hardened shell
A new life has begun