Sleep And His Older Brother, Death

by One Life Animal

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A concept album, Sleep And His Older Brother, Death, tells the story of how Sleep and Death came to have dominion over Humanity. This sprawling and ambitious epic tunnels into the deepest recesses of our collective history to explore why the seductive power of Sleep and the undeniable force of Death have absolute authority over us.

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released 19 July 2013

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One Life Animal Vancouver, British Columbia

One Life Animal is a Vancouver, BC- based, hard rocking, four-headed tone monster. Feral and dynamic, this genre smashing “Prog-Pop” quartet delivers a unique and explosive sound for their first album.

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Track Name: Lens
I give an edge to the aperture
Or else it bleeds as the line blurs
It forms the present, the present tense
It is the lens that makes it make sense
It neatly cuts between fore and aft
It’s sweeping through me a backdraft
It forms the present, the present tense
It is the lens that bends the distance

Perfect defect, this lens a reflection internal
Unfold behold, it begs for a watcher eternal
A strain a pain, this light is a blinding inferno
A trickle through a bit will do this little rule
That every moment leads a moment

Perfect defect, it’s a cure with a cause for an army
A need decreed, I need an army, I’ll raise an army
With sight for the half light
With ears for the soft night
Their single sense, the present tense

Deaf to the rhyme blind to the reason
Live to the here and now
Gift to the game curse to the chaos
Strive for the why and how
Deaf to the rhyme blind to the reason
Live to the here and now
Track Name: Infinite Loop
Just a chain of events. Repeat
This is relentless. Just a plodding on endlessly
This is the distress. Just a chain of events. Repeat
This is relentless

When every day is like the other. Dull. Dull. Dull.
No start or end just ground we’ve covered. Dull. Dull. Dull.

Forward no progress. Just a chain of events
Repeat. This is relentless

Elegant and infinite the curve is drawn the path is writ
Round about and all played out
Searching for a break in this

Just a chain of events. Repeat
This is relentless.
When every day is like the other
No start or end just ground we’ve covered

Your view won’t change none
Year over year over year
Your view won’t change none
Year over year over year
Ice-encased, frozen in place
Carbon-based, this is relentless

Chorus
Right then left the length and breadth
Always knowing what comes next
Calcified and ossified wanting off the endless ride
Chorus

I can’t escape you
I can’t escape you
I can’t escape you
I can’t escape you
I can’t escape
I can’t escape
Track Name: Asphalt Kiss
There was a time all lives were endless
All tomorrows, none were borrowed
Circling round more of us found
A restless way of being, eyes unseeing
Time gave a rhyme but never a reason
Never a mark, never a season
One unbending, day unending

Shutting all the lights out, waiting for the asphalt kiss
The greyer the light is, the less you know rose from fist
Craving other ways out, raving for the asphalt kiss
Gonna take your troubled mind and other rags away with us

There were two get of Time at the outset
Death the older, Sleep the younger
Fretful and green, cunning and unseen
They gave into growing hunger
Rein the minds of, rule the lives of us

Chorus

The more you grasp at anything
The tighter wound your inner spring
Until you see that things are lovely
But things give no love

Entering a love just as you leave it
Entering a life just as you leave it
Entering a hate just as you leave it

Chorus

Entering a room just as you leave it
Entering a life just as you leave it
Entering a love just as you leave it
Entering a hate just as you leave it
Track Name: The Brothers
It’s unfair, the gift we all must share
My, my blooded kin, my brother
No other, get our in
Measly tiny insignificants
What could they be but supplicants?
Cut the cord, the load, take what’s ours we’re owed
I can show you. We can own them, we can find a way

Here’s a thought the way can be as wrought
Or we take our fills
Our father, won’t bother if we break no wills
Softly slowly with the sharpest knife
Separate them from eternal life

I can show you. We can own them, we can find a way
We can own them, we can find a way. I can show you

Trade them something, perspective
End the lives that they know
They dream they die
We’ll go on and they’ll slow
Trade them something
End the lives that they know
I can show you
Track Name: Pandora
Nightmare, nightmare chimera
Nightmare, end of an era
Nightmare, nightmare chimera
Nightmare, enter Pandora
All the frightens can enlighten us
We push it back ‘cuz it might attack us
Mortal sleep can spell defeat in this
We push it back ‘cuz it might enwrap us

Nightmare, nightmare chimera
Nightmare, end of an era
Nightmare, nightmare chimera
Nightmare, enter Pandora
Nightmare, nightmare chimera
Nightmare, end of an era

Scream that rings
Darkling dead things, bed of broken wings
Run to your mother, find she’s an Other
Terrified, there’s more than genocide
You’re panic-stricken, your pulse has quickened

Chorus

Who’s got a better vendetta, a redder vendetta?
Fist pulled tight in a fight for your life
Who’s got a redder vendetta, a better vendetta?
Eyes closed tight in a fight for your life
How did I get here? How did I…?
Guts wound tight in a fight for your life
Who’s got a better vendetta, a redder vendetta?

Nightmare, nightmare Pandora
Nightmare, nightmare chimera
Track Name: Give And Get
It was the promise they made
It was a toll we would pay
Craved something beyond time
Unpresent disaster
It was the morsels of truth
They tasted sweet to the tooth
Of our unleavened lives
You give some you get some
I swear

Into the breach that they paved
We paid the promise and
Laid our heads and shut our eyes
Unvarnished submission
And then the falling began
A total loss of our feet, hands
All we understand

Give forever, let go of never
Be there, anything or anyone
You’re unplanted, you’re unhinged
Be free from, unleashed from
Here and now

Then we learned of the dream
Where things aren’t what they seem
And all is possible
You give some you get some
In all places or none
Every prize to be won
All right behind our lids

Chorus
Chorus
Track Name: Sweet Sting
It’s just the thing you lack, sight unseen
It’s just the thing you lack, mystery
It’s just the thing you lack, exactly what you need
It’s just the thing you lack, exactly what you need
Know what lies beyond beyond

What a picture farcical elixir
Takes a potent night to put the light into day
Gonna end you, teach you we intend to
It’s a precious thing to wring a life from the clay
Knowing nothing of the ending we bring
It’s a gift to know the sweet for the sting
Fail or prevail, king or just a no one
When your time’s up, game’s over, it’s done

It’s just the thing you lack, sight unseen
It’s just the thing you lack, mystery
It’s just the thing you lack, exactly what you need
It’s just the thing you lack, exactly what you need
Know what lies beyond beyond

Chorus

Fading the day you’re born, constantly aged
Treasure the time you own, finite and staged

Chorus

Fading the day you’re born, constantly aged
Treasure the time you own, finite and staged
Place every step you take knowing the score
Own all the sins you slake
Love all the more

Chorus

Place every step you take knowing the score
Own all the sins you slake
Love all the more
Track Name: Faintest Light
Oh unmerciful, feel my senses dull
Oh I fall so low, feel it a drag an undertow

I can’t seem to lift my head of stone
My body, it’s an unknown
Light is leaching out of darkened eyes
I’m fading out

Fight the dying light eating at my sight
Limbs that won’t obey, fear it a thing I cannot name
Labours of the day unmerciful, feel my senses dull
Weight of my arms I do not know
Fear it, a drag an undertow

Chorus

I’m falling down, I’m choking, scream without a sound
I’m hoping now, I’m coping, I crawl my way around
I’m flying, I circle wide, I’m flying over all
Soaring with no wings, soaring a part of everything
Oh! Shining fields of fears. Oh! Things that can’t be
Oceans of blood, forests of bone and there’s
Mountains of love, rivers of gold and there’s
Terrors, pleasures, horrors, honors

I can’t seem to tell what’s real or not
Can’t trust them, my every thought
All I covet and it’s all I fear
It’s looming, they’re swirling
It’s all right here
Track Name: Can't Unlearn
No one can see what a destiny is
Cold sun, never shows more
Never warms a thing
I can’t take this gonna break this away
I slant, gutted by gods
Guttering in sync

When I found you everything changed
And I can’t help the way it now is
And I can’t unlearn

Chorus

When unbounded everything changed
And a wall once a window now is
And I can’t unlearn

Take this gonna break this away

Chorus
Track Name: Fuse
Now is when we’re all supposed to live
Give yourself the only gift to give
Grab what you can and take it
Light the fuse first spark the glow then die
Turn us loose we spark we glow we die
Burn or you’ll taste the ashes

Begin when another ends
Ascend while they all descend
What pains you is gonna mend
It thrills you it kills you and then it begins again

In this skin burns hate love and desire
Come with me we’ll make our bed a pyre
Burn or you’ll taste the ashes
Just one shot is all that you will get
Take what’s yours or live with your regret
Burn or you’ll taste the ashes

Chorus

Reap what you sow
Doubt what you know
Reap what you sow
Doubt what you know
Con in a pro

Now is when we’re all supposed to live
Give yourself the only gift to give
Burn or you’ll taste the ashes

Burn none for your pleasure
Time will take your measure
Serve all harm none
Track Name: First Last Gasp
I’m getting up so cheated
I’m rising undefeated
I’m getting up so jaded

Dead, dead, dead, dead, dead. Just a word that’s beating
Just an empty bleating. Dead, dead, dead, dead, dead.
Just a word that’s beating. Just an empty building
Dead, dead, dead, dead, dead. Just a word that’s beating
Just an empty bleating.

I’m rising undefeated, I’m getting up so jaded

Just a word that’s beating. Dead, dead, dead, dead, dead.
Just a word that’s beating. Dead, dead, dead, dead, dead.
Just an empty bleating

I’ve been living in lies and possibility
Seeing nothing before my eyes
Passing blame out like bills for culpability
Apathy was a huge disguise
Apathy was the real disguise

All has faded to lies and possibility
There is nothing before my eyes
What remains is my failing sensibility
Am I really the first to die?
I am only the first to die

This thing they call an ending
How can it truly be?
I know I’ll be somehow or somewhere
I can’t cease to be me

Just a thing that they call an ending
How can it truly be?
Revelation sought for and fought for
Learning to cope in degrees