The City on a Hill

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A collection of 10 self-recorded songs, The City on a Hill features icy textures of guitar and synths, contrasted by acoustic elements. Sometimes noisy, sometimes serene, all consequential.

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released June 8, 2011

Everything on the album was written, recorded, programmed, painted, photographed, and performed by Spencer Brockbank.

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Track Name: I Am Not a Box
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The Devil’s let out of the box,
Just as the ancients tell
The Devil’s let out of the box,
You better know darn well.
The Devil’s let out of the box,
Gather up your flocks.
The Devil’s let out of the box,
Don’t answer if he knocks.

You can hear their last words,
As they drown in their man-made lakes,
You can hear their last words,
They say “don’t make our same mistake
Don’t make our same mistake.”

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Track Name: And It Came to Pass...
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Every tear that you cry, will light a fire in the sky,
that will create the star,
in which you’ll reside when you die.

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Track Name: AEIOU
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AEIOU
AEIOU
You’ve been away, for so long
You’ve been away, can’t you stay another day?
You’ve been away, for so long, for so long
HEY
“Seen better days, without you
Seen better days, so let’s go our separate ways
Seen better days, without you,
but without you, I leave today.”

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Track Name: I <3 When the Snakes Came
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On this patch of ground,
in another time,
my family settled here, seeking the sublime.
They sold their sweat and their tears for this land.
“My father’s buried here, as well as my mother.
I guess their bodies now soon feed the skyscraper,
it just seems there is no escaping those snakes,
even in death!”

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Track Name: Babazoo
(oos and ahhs)
Track Name: Olives in My Glass
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How can you expect to be your best when you’re so caught up with everything?

I’ve got a title, she’s got a title.
I HAVE A NAME, we have a name.

How can you expect to be your best when you’re so caught up with everything?
How can I expect to be your best when there’s still an olive in my glass.

How can you expect to be your best when you’re so caught up with providence?

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Track Name: Breathe, My Brother!
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Breathe, slowly! Hearts beat faster, fight or flight! Heart, beat faster tonight!

A new dawn is nigh! In the aftermath, the vultures, they hang high. They play by the rules, an eye for an eye, but I’ll turn the other cheek and wave them goodbye.

I find it interesting how it wasn’t just me who created this sick and vivid

ISOLATION

DESOLATION

But this desert will soon be a paradise.

You may be running from the wolves, my brother. But you’ve got the trump card. How many times how many days have they watched you?
Breathe, my brother!

(The worst is now over, the Metropolis Goddess has shown her face. The worst is now over, maybe our true colors can now be put in place.)

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Track Name: A City Erected in its Place
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(I am here and you are too. I am here and He is too.)
It doesn’t matter who we are, it does not matter where we’re from
It does not matter which race. It does not matter which belief.
We’re all in this together and together we can.

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Track Name: What Is and Isnt
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This just might be the greatest thing I’ve seen.

Falling is a state of mind, consisting of our most perfect fears. All we ever see is the black and blue.

"We dedicate this now: in memory. To all of those poor souls who left this city prematurely."
(Before we died! Before we died!)

The lights, they blind! The lights, they blind.! What Is is Not. What Is is Not

THE CITY ON A HILL
SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE I’VE BEEN HERE TOO LONG!
THE CITY ON A HILL
DON’T LET THE FIRE DIE!
DON’T LET THE FIRE DIE!

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Track Name: Eat the Remembrance, the Story is Told
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I used to go to your home in the SKY, oh Father, where have those days gone?

I’ve left Babylon and I’m not going back! I won’t be salt amongst the sand.

Won’t go back.

Perhaps there was no more real estate upon the rocks and, when the floods came, the Wise Man had a random binge of Luck. And, when the floods came, the so-called “Foolish Man” was down on his Luck.

Oh Babylon, I’ve left you and won’t be looking back.

I won’t be salt amongst the sand.

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