The Riveter

by The Random Theory

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released October 21, 2013

Justin Gartside - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Shane Elza - Drums, Guitars, Vocals
Daemon McConnaughey - Drums, Guitars, Vocals

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The Random Theory Baltimore, Maryland

The Random Theory is a Baltimore MD based band founded in 2000 by childhood friends. With two independently released albums ("A Study in Stereo" and "The Seven Percent Solution") under their belt, their guitar-driven rock music, with a wide range of influences, is evident in their latest concept album, "The Riveter". ... more

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Track Name: The Tallest Nail Gets Hammered Down
And the clock on the wall digs a grave for us all
As it steals from our lives, we blink and it's gone
See the screen and the crawl, watch the world turn to war
But I'm safe in this hole, if I do what I'm told

I need relief from this grief
I see signs bleed on the street

At times I dream of a past not my own
And the scenes play out fast, as I watch them unfold
The P.O.V. that I see within the screen
The mirror's reflection looking back resembles me
Though I know when I wake I will let go
Of the sights that I've seen and the feeling of control
In passing glances, instinct begs us...
Take some chances, gain some answers

So I'm told that our future's bought and sold
As you read between the leads through a veiled confessional
In weeks I sleep, sharing verse with quiet walls
And they days that I dream, a response I can't recall
Though I know when I wake I will let go
Of the sights that I have seen and the feeling of control
In passing glances, instinct begs us...
Take some chances, gain some answers
Track Name: Lo' The Wicked
Doubt the first, while the second-hand bought the curse
I've been dreaming of former days' verse
Get to my feet, gaze at the window
What could it be that beckons me there so awfully?
How this came to be?

Oh we, have never been so far from offering
A premonition to a happening

Brethren, arms retreating in Birmingham
Oh the wind in our lungs again
I just needed to understand
Oh I've seen, too, one, too, too, too many things
Oh the reason I long to be
Lo' the wicked

Lo' the wicked
Aah, aah... aah, aah

Third the task, while the neighbor's dreaming in maths
I'm believing in former days' past
Digging a grave, routine by routine
Fading away, deep in the blue screen
I can't stay, serving out the day

Oh we, have just interrupted your regularly
Scheduled program for emergency
Track Name: Rapture For Sale
You cry... cry for revolution
But you don't know how much it takes
Oh, it's tight-rope walking the fine line
No safety-nets in place
There are no mistakes to make

Returning favors, hammer driving nail
So save your savior, rapture's not for sale
You're slaves for labor, serving our betrayal
Betrayal...

Your ideals are candidates
Dressed in wolves-clothing they operate
Oh it's murder, mayhem, and extremes
For the benefit of regimes
It is not quite what it seems
Track Name: The Debate
I heard the debate, coming through my window pane
Cars and planes, burn around my pillow case
In this space, all the fallacies you've held onto proclaim you're the blame
From the farthest darkest back-room

I've heard the debate, screaming through my window pane
Bars and chains, circumvent our real-estate
Oh they take, until all the walls you've held onto proclaim you're the blame
From the farthest darkest back-room

All the things they talk about
All the things they heard about
All the things they never knew... never knew
Calling out for you

Oh, say...
Wake, wake him up
Wake, wake him up
Track Name: As The Ground Gives Way
Looking at the ceiling, staring at the wall
Senseless guilty feeling tearing me apart
Searching for a meaning, the ones responsible
Eventually believing everyone's involved

Aah... aah...

Sacrifice and bleeding, we don't talk at all
Empty and defeated, we don't want to call
When the fall brings you back
They take before we act

Speaking through the silence, feeling for the pulse
Witnessing the violence, ignoring the results
Waiting for some guidance, mindless to a fault
Brothers there to hide us and keep us in the dark
Track Name: Radio Psalms
Cast their bones to sleep
Our dissidents have locked their doors with keys that I have made
They won't betray the words we speak
For heavy is our hand upon the street
Oh could it be, they don't believe in me?

For all the things you've veiled in books
A vain, bright light displays, "you're so great"
Have all your plans been undertook?
The greatest con a rook
Ready the brave... ready the brave... ready the brave... ready the brave

Leveraging their bones for willingness to work in factory-homes
Eat, sleep, produce
They've tied the noose around their throats
And now they're left to swing from sovereign rope
Not spun from twine, but naive piece of mind

For all the things you've veiled in books
A vain, bright light displays, "you're so great"
Have all your plans been undertook?
Your greatest con a rook
Ready the brave... ready the brave... ready the brave... ready the brave

Casting stones and broken bones outside us on the street
Long before these radio psalms lulled us all to sleep
Let's raise a toast to all these ghosts we've passed along the beat
There's landmines down on Broadway and I can barely sleep

Ready the brave... ready the brave... ready the brave... ready the brave
Track Name: Ours Is Sacrosanct
Once you carried me through
As I held to words as the truth
And we made due, all that we knew
Then I lost you, carry me through... as you do

(Aah... everything's coming up roses)
Tell me the truth, please make me understand
(Aah... everything's coming up roses)
All that I do, I do it for you
It's part of the master plan

When I carried you through
In the place you thought that you knew
And you played to all of the rules
Then I tried to carry you through... like I do

(Aah... everything's coming up roses)
Tell them the truth, they just won't understand
(Aah... everything's coming up roses)
All that we do, we do it for you
It's part of the master plan

I went down to the docks that day
Through the path in the park where the children play
Sitting on the edge as my legs would sway
On that day, I watched the ground give way

Ours is... ours is... ours is... ours is
Track Name: A-Bombs And Napalm
Heavy when the walls cave in
Heavy when the walls cave in
Your past, your past
An intermission cast, as you feign through the looking-glass
Everybody knows

Equilibrium has reached its per diem
A-bombs and napalm, but I don't believe 'em

Hey, it's the longest day
It's the longest day of our lives
Hey, it's the longest day
It's the longest day of our lives

Clock ticking more, there's a hand on the 'four'
A knock at the door, a cold, cold reminder
A scene from before, I recall wanting more
The stocks hit the floor, for the poor, poor believers

Cold, cold betrayal
Lift the veil, from our eyes
It's the longest day
It's the longest day of our lifetime
Track Name: Stockholm Sundown
They tend to killing-fields
Pulling strings like puppeteers, as their world begins
They cater to our fears, they've done it now for years
Paid penance for our lives

They orchestrate in mirrors
Intimidation stay concealed, the veil is wearing thin
I've seen salvation near, I've worked it out from here
Deliverance for our minds

Carry the weight, carry the weight
Curse the candidate
We'll carry the weight, carry the weight
Carry the weight, carry the weight
Let the sovereign sway
We'll carry the weight, carry the weight

We've analyzed the cost
Uninformed and tempest-tossed, we're the next of kin
I've seen the back of the book, these answers, familiar, look
I've known them the whole time

Aah, aah... aah, aah... aah, aah... aah, aah...
Track Name: The Landmines Down On Broadway
Sleep, ringing in my ear-drums with its calm and deceit
We've dreamt this one before
Knocking on the brass of every Fleet Street door
'Til they've cut off our engines

They've torn apart, every waking hour spent in parking lots
Forged the coldest shackles of our cul-de-sacs

Ooh... the landmines on Broadway are keeping us awake

Fate, dog-earing the pages so these thoughts won't escape
We've read this one before
Authored by the ghosts our recklessness implored
Oh we dare to repeat this

In times of war and pain
They never drew your name
They never drew your name
We never drew your name
Although we are the same

Ooh... aah...
Ooh... the landmines on Broadway are keeping us awake