Practical Effect

by Collin Kravis

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Recorded in 2015 as a smaller-scale, more "real" project than previous releases. Works best on headphones & moodiness.

For the CD edition of this release, please see:
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released January 29, 2016

Written, Performed, and Produced by Collin Kravis
Mastering and Additional Mixing by Kevin Sharpe for Metro 37 Studio, Rochester Hills, MI

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Track Name: Goldmines
And it’s all a farce, I know,
And it’s all a joke
(Everything shines like goldmines
Everything rises in its own time)
Yeah you’re such a mystery
Yeah you’re such a tease
(Wonder that lasts a lifetime
Everything rises in its own time)
Yeah, I know what you like
Yeah I know you lie
(Someone else’s son
Not the real one)
Who am I?
Can’t have pleasure all the time
Feeling safe like it’s your birthright

Taking what I want
And leaving what I want
Behind
(What’ll you do tomorrow?
Filling that hollow shell inside you)
Over laying low
Over “just enjoy the ride”
(Really, I’m alive
Really, I’m inside)
What’ll you find?
Really, I don’t mind
Maybe next time
But not this time

When you’re god,
Nothing hurts at all
Have a laugh
As time dissolves
And loses meaning
All alone
Nowhere left to go
With the cheap bravado
Who’d you think you’re fooling?

I could just as soon
Be here and just as soon
be gone
Better save your breath
This is not about what you want

more and more and more
Track Name: No Nightmares
I’m safe in the arms of a dream cloud
No, not near the edge of a breakdown
No nightmares allowed in the big chair
Get out of my pretty little picture

Living lean and leaning skyward
Turning into soulless smilers
Learning all these brand new colors
Are they friends or foes, I wonder?

(I’m perfectly preserved in an underworld
And that’s all I want to be)
Sail, drift on a sea as the waves swell
Blue eyes that have wept like an angel
No nightmares allowed and I mean it
Better turn all your problems into secrets

Living lean and leaning skyward
Turning into soulless smilers
Learning all these brand new colors
Are they friends or foes, I wonder?

Stripped of clothes
And stripped of knowledge
How can you be sure?
Apes bang hammers
Bash typewriters
This is who we are

This bears every sign
Of a monster
I thought
I told you not to come here

No more time for fear and silence
Turning into soulless smilers
Learning all these brand new colors
Are they friends or foes, I wonder?

I’m holding on to hope
Track Name: I Love Life
Why are you stable?
How could you be so boring?
We should unravel
As soon as no one’s watching

Shed
My skin
By sound
By feeling
No
Way back
What I’m
Becoming

You get safe and
You conform and
You get the stick and
They beat it out of you
You get soft and
You hollow out and
You start talking and
You tell everyone

This is the way I’m living now
This is the part I’m cutting out

But it’s okay
‘Cause I feel great
And I love life

I wait for something
Someone to come and save me
I lost the passion
Somewhere I hear it calling

Shed
My skin
The sound
Is nothing
Knife
So dull
No love
No danger

You get safe and
You conform and
You get the stick and
They beat it out of you
You get soft and
You hollow out and
You can’t see it and
They make a wreck of you

When did you start to think this way?
When did the edges start to fray?

But it’s okay
‘Cause I feel great
And I love life
Track Name: Minotaur
One day
Is the next day
Is the next day
Is the day that follows
One day
Full of darkness
For the heartless
For the cold and callous
Love
But it’s not
Oh my god
Gotta leave these shadows
Made my own religion
With a mission
To escape the gallows

So I just tilt my head back
And stare up to the ceiling
Pretending nothing’s wrong
We go on

I don’t know when
But sometime soon
I’ll finally learn
To talk to you
When silence
Feels like solace
I can’t make sense
When you need me to
This is
The connection
I missed out on
For my phobic ego
Living
Is all-consuming
And it’s so much more
Than I have to give you

I’m drifting away
Repeating and repeating
A comfortable mistake
The shallows of dreams
Oh god let me be released

This is the place
I used to go
I don’t live far
I still walk there now
The weather’s nice
I don’t live far
It’s a labyrinth
I’m a minotaur
The blinding sun
I step outside
A breath of air
And my head feels light
I’ve written down
The words to say
The future starts today
No more mistakes
No getting angry
A braver face
A heart that’s happy
Track Name: Uphill
Cold like corpses
Touch averse
Not just godless
Introverts
All of your suggestions
Gonna stay unwelcome
‘Cause I’m afraid that
Something works

Why am I so surprised
When I find that it’s an uphill climb?
I’ve done it all my life

Daylight breaking
Through the blinds
A new beginning
For other kinds
I declare surrender
As they snap the tether
And brave the weather
Better minds.

Why am I so surprised
When I find that it’s an uphill climb?
I’ve done it all my life
It’s a pattern I should recognize
No summit left in sight
When it’s only cliffs and mountainsides
All these ways to lose the fight
I’d give it all for a little light

I can feel it
Narrow down
Loss of power
Axiom
Drowning out the voices
In a sea of noises
The boiling water
Call it home

Why am I so surprised
When I find that it’s an uphill climb?
I’ve done it all my life
It’s a pattern I should recognize
No summit left in sight
When it’s only cliffs and mountainsides
All these ways to lose the fight
I’d give it all for a little light