Smoke and Mirrors

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released September 22, 2019

Bill Cornish - Vocals, Keyboards, Percussion, Assorted Noises
Will Jones - Drums (One Percent, Suddenly)
Constantin Lounis - Drums (Skeletons)
Bill Ray - Drums (Misinformation Overload)
Maruis Trapp - Sax (Dreaming Away)

Dreaming Away inspired by Carl Sagan

Artwork by Barandash Karandashich
Bill Cornish photo by Tracey Cornish


Thanks always to Tracey, Doolin and Kiwi


Music and Lyrics Copyright 2019 by Bill Cornish
Published by Athanasia Music, ASCAP
All Rights Reserved

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Reason's Edge Chicago, Illinois

From the early 80s through the mid-90s, keyboardist / composer Bill Cornish spent twelve years touring throughout the western United States, Alaska and Japan with the San Diego-based band Crystal. During that time he opened for artists such as Kansas, Steelheart, Joan Jett, Steppenwolf, Firehouse, The Romantics, Pat Travers, and many others. ... more

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Track Name: Skeletons
We know your name
We know your number
We know every little spell that you've been under
Every dirty little secret
Every dirty little lie
Every thing that would make your neighbors wonder why

Every thing you desire to possess
Every thing over which you obsess
Every thing you want
Every thing you need
Every thing that can be used to make you bleed

All your life's chapters that you don't read aloud
Are waiting patiently deep inside the cloud

You're invisible until you're not
Just until that meme you're in gets hot
Now that the crosshairs are aimed at you
Will you be able to see it through

Skeletons
Skeletons
Skeletons
Track Name: Misinformation Overload
Peeping through the keyhole
Peeking through the blinds
Just a narrow field of vision is with us all the time
Style over substance
Shadows on the wall
I'm just trying to survive here
I can't absorb, can't absorb it all

Stirring up the base
Cranking up the hate
No one will call them on it until it's much too late
The fuse is getting short
Time is running out
Ignorance is winning
You've got to see there cant be any doubt

I've got too much misinformation
I've got too much on my mind
I'm giving in to procrastination
Misinformation overload is keeping me blind

Corporate media owned by just a few
No one left to question what they're telling you to do
Tell you to live in fear
Tell you to live in hate
It's your patriotic duty
There's no time, there's no time to abdicate

I've got too much misinformation
I've got too much on my mind
I'm giving in to procrastination
Misinformation overload it's keeping me blind

I've got too much misinformation
There's just too too much trying to dull my mind
It's been so long I feel acclimation
Misinformation overload trying to keep us blind

Misinformation
Misinformation
Misinformation
Misinformation
Track Name: Never Give In
So distressed about the shape we're in
Sliding to dark ages
Don't even know where to begin
Or how to turn the pages

How difficult is it to be kind?
How hard to empathize?
Seems it's easier to stay blind
To stay here hidden in disguise

It'd be easier to let it slide
It'd be easier to run and hide
But that would be virtual suicide

Never gonna give in
Never give in
Never gonna give in yeah
Never gonna give in
Never give in
Never gonna give in yeah

Divide and conquer is the oldest game
But it works so well they ain't never gonna change it
Turning off the evening news
I'll find my own truth
I'm not going to waste it

It'd be easier to let it slide
It'd be easier to run and hide
But that would be virtual suicide

There's a new day dawning
Let this serve as a warning
Got no time for your lies

Never gonna give in
Never give in
Never gonna give in yeah
Never gonna give in
Never give in
Never gonna give in yeah
Track Name: One Percent
Music and lyrics copyright Bill Cornish 2017
Published by Athanasia Music, ASCAP
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Hey there Mr. One Percent
Do you think you're Heaven-sent?
Do you think it's self-evident
That we are yours to ignore

How can you believe
How can you deceive yourself
Have you no goals to achieve
Have you no pain to relieve
For no one but yourself ?

Hey there Mr. One Percent
No need for you to pay your own rent
No need for you to repent
Your sins are all your own

Hey there Mr. One Percent
Now that you've bought the fucking government
And you've locked up all the dissidents
There's no need to atone

I don't wanna be
In this reality TV show any more
I don't wanna be
In this reality TV show any more

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released December 4, 2017
Bill Cornish - Vocals, keys
Will Jones - Drums
Track Name: Dreaming Away
Life
A momentary glimpse
A window to the universe
So sad to see so many dreaming it all away
In spiritual fallacies

Dreamin' dreamin'
Dreamin' away
Dreamin' dreamin'
Dreamin' away
Dreamin'
Dream away

Don't keep living for the next life
This moment is all you own
Keep your eyes on the road
Your heart in this moment
Let this be your cornerstone
Breathe in life and love
The stars the fields the forests
Know that you're home

Dreamin' dreamin'
Dreamin' away
Dreamin' dreamin'
Dreamin' away
Dreamin'
Dream away
Track Name: Trip Wire
Trip wire
Trip wire

Comfortable inside my bubble
Here alone I'm safe from trouble

Trip wire
Heart's on the line
Trip wire
Wait for a sign

Take no action
Feel no pain
It's just abstraction
I can't explain

Trip wire
Heart's on the line
Trip wire
I'm doing fine
Track Name: Kakistocracy
False faces
False facts
Fake Christians
Fake news

Lying cheating
Backstabbing
Race baiting
Science shaming

Fear mongers
Hate mongers
War mongers
Profit mongers

Bought and paid for
Deep pockets
Greed worship
Pickpockets

Hatred
Disdain
Indifference
Apathy

Heartless
Merciless
Wall building
Nazi coddling

Obstructionism
Narcissism
Racism
Separatism

Oath burning
Stomach turning
Undiscerning
Chaos churning

Enemy of the people
Oligarchy comin' 'round
War on the people
Welcome
Welcome to the kakistocracy

Ass kissing
Dick waving
Offshoring
Playboy whoring

Gun worship
Money worship
Class worship
Crass worship

Scandal ridden
Rich folks
Acts of treason
Flag flying

Class warfare
Ignorance
Truth and ideal destroying

Enemy of the people
Oligarchy comin' 'round
War on the people
Welcome
Welcome to the kakistocracy
Track Name: Suddenly
Suddenly
Everything's all right
Suddenly
I am at peace
Suddenly
Vision's getting clearer
Suddenly
Calm washes over me

Soul's full smiling
Life's inviting
No more waiting
Anticipating

Suddenly
I'm in the place I'm supposed to be
Suddenly
I feel free

Soul's full smiling
Life's inviting
No more waiting
Anticipating

Suddenly
I'm in the place I'm supposed to be
Suddenly
I feel free

Soul's full smiling
Life's inviting
No more waiting
Anticipating

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