Valley View

by Nicholas Grooms

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released 27 January 2015

All lyrics written by Nicholas Grooms
except the chorus on track 2 written by Natalie Major.

All tracks produced by Sinema
except track 3 produced by Vherbal.

All songs recorded, mixed and mastered by Dustin Ridder
@ Bullet Ride Productions.


Album art: Scorched Up Designs
Model: Miss Mosh
Photographer: Marcus J. Ranumz

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Track Name: Lovely Bones
In a life so full of catechisms, you got me rapping with em,
open handed slaps to all the rapture that you captured
In a mason jar, free mason, play the part, shatter hearts
Scatter parts, broken is the morning star, every shard,
Magic tricks, show em off, is this your card?
Drinking cognac and I am pissing art,
Thinking hard, disregard
The ugliness of sounds,
(the ugly sounds) like a starling falling to the ground
Its so profound and prophetic, know I love the way you said it
With hidden intent, bat those lashes, staring back at me
And giving consent, I don’t regret how far it went
Or how I left it, you were the sacrificial beast,
You were my precious

THIS IS THE WAY THAT I AM, THE WAY I SEE THE LIGHT
FOREVER BRIGHT (FOREVER FOCUSED)
REVEAL THE MONSTER THAT YOU LINGER BESIDE
KNOW I KEEP HIM INSIDE
THE DEVILS INSIDE

I loosely change the way I think to loosen up this noose I made
The shade of weeping willows keeps the sun from ever creeping in
Im talking to my shadows and reflections in the gallows
Gotta swallow inhibitions and commit myself to prowess
And these crimes of passion, im just a man of action
Overacting every twisted fantasy, so underhanded
Understand that hyde dwells in Jekyll
It’s the dying of the rose petals, trying to escape
Elude, aloof, the bones I break with metal
And when these women scream…uhhh…it plays like symphonies
A lullabye that gets inside, like tinkering the piano keys
Resembling the teeth of this creature that’s beneath my surface
My words are lip service, to help engage the nervous.

THIS IS THE WAY THAT I AM, THE WAY I SEE THE LIGHT
FOREVER BRIGHT (FOREVER FOCUSED)
REVEAL THE MONSTER THAT YOU LINGER BESIDE
KNOW I KEEP HIM INSIDE
THE DEVILS INSIDE

I wear this cast made of plaster and kiss these skulls with hammers
Forget where my manners have gone,
it doesn’t matter, leave you lifeless
Life is shattered, crisis, gag you into silence,
your compliance puts you quickly
In the center of my iris, leave you eyeless,
you cant see the real me, the real things
So I blow, these smoke rings, so carefree, to ceilings,
And tarnish everything you’ve ever learned about compassion
Wild animal arriving to a human interaction, im attracted to the
Color of your blackened little breathing pattern, pulse is beating
Nothing, nothing, nothing, then your spirit shatters
Paths to heaven mapped for you, but never was the type to follow
Pose you like a paper crane, like Ichabod in sleepy hollow

THIS IS THE WAY THAT I AM, THE WAY I SEE THE LIGHT
FOREVER BRIGHT (FOREVER FOCUSED)
REVEAL THE MONSTER THAT YOU LINGER BESIDE
KNOW I KEEP HIM INSIDE
THE DEVILS INSIDE
Track Name: Aberration (ft. Natalie Major)
This is a way of life, it’s a knife between the shoulder blades
A soul in flight, feathers flutter from the broken wings
Its ever bright, black emotions on a promise ring
My girl held tight, shining bright beneath the velveteen
Clouds, sounds, it’s a breath so profound, its like im staring at your
Picture cuz I couldn’t put it down, its a moment, windows open
And im looking in your soul, it’s the fractures in your features,
When you know you broke the mold, its like my breath in the cold
And seeing ghosts with my sixth sense, a haley joel contingency
or pretense, you resent, a flower planted deep within the cement,
the suspense, is killing me, im wading to the deep end, I descend
submerged, til im drowning in words, the truth hurts,
bury hatchets til I inhale dirt, wiping tears on my shirt
hypothetically, I speak to you in reverie, cuz everything you are
creates a better me, they’re telling me that….

All we cannot face, the open road will always find a way
We’re learning to accept what we can’t change, the story of our lives
We read between the lines

I sort the photographs, into piles, one that made us laugh
And smile, all these moments that I cherished as a child,
I compile with a couple tears, losing focus on the future
Staying tangled in the yesteryear, shackled to the future
Like its Handcuffs and chain letters, pain settles deep with
Stomach, hope the days better,
thinking that these tears could make the rain wetter
breathing the mist, such an intoxicating kiss
from the moments I miss
back before I knew ya…
my love triangles, all Bermuda
count disasters on my fingers, feeling smothered
but former lovers, never shined in technicolor
sort another pile, pictures of these moments with my brothers
and that winter morning whiteness, the days that shined the brightest
we smiled with our pearly whites and never left it silent,
circa 92 or 93, when mom still wore her wedding ring,
forgiving and forgetting, but never can I let it be.

All we cannot face, the open road will always find a way
We’re learning to accept what we can’t change, the story of our lives
We read between the lines


In a room full of hurt, its raining poloroids,
It looms like the sound of familiar noise,
In a room full of hurt, its raining poloroids,
Expose the truth, in the film,
See the broken boy.

All we cannot face, the open road will always find a way
We’re learning to accept what we can’t change, the story of our lives
We read between the lines
Track Name: Moon Goddess
Throw a blanket over grass blades,
cascade through this vacated path of time,
let me illustrate, with skilled hands so precise,
ticking time bomb, know your heart's the device
indecisive, skilled; cracking thin ice
think twice, blow the smoke over winter nights
so simple..a breath forever in a freeze frame
please name, several other people
who can retrace old flames, nickname basis
love those chase, fell three stories
out of god's good graces
soft toned, with a trace of strep
heard you said a few words that could hurt my rep,
I slept vacant, naked were the eyes, wide awake
like a cellmate lurking in disguise
gotta rise from the ashes, with bloody passions,
im just abiding by your rules of attraction

Moon and Stars, Out So far
snow white skin full of discreet scars
skin so thin, with a tin-man's heart
moon and stars, growing apart

Nu-uh, i dont miss you
stack full of chick flick vid's and your tissues
strewn about, forever, staged by the better days
sane, the forgetters, days look the same like
wishfully hum this, blissfully sung this,
wistfully clung to scars of the heartless,
artless people putting "stars" on the market
slaughter like the sargeant, caught her in a harness,
all those times that we broke that promise,
monach wings never seemed so honest
and I guess that it never occurred to me,
simple emergencies, never an urgency
hurtin me, judge these people universally
I guess its just another cursed thing
little angel, tangled in the wires,
strangled by the brittle little strings of desire


Moon and Stars, Out So far
snow white skin full of discreet scars
skin so thin, with a tin-man's heart
moon and stars, growing apart

And i guess that in never occured to me
simple emergencies, never an urgency
hurtin me, well kept verse, never spillin em
landmine words, never trippin em
giving em trust, that trust full of sun baked rust,
rust red patterns in my blood, color my lust,
cliche scene girl in her chucks, an emcee
and his murderous tounge, we were so young
and I guess I should accept this,
gotta message and a voice, gotta vent this
over this, little phrase and rebuttal,
crippling to hands held out, carpel tunnel,
knuckles crack, fades away as my heart goes black,
youre absorbed by my un-wise cracks,
breaking your back, hold the weight of the world,
I guess its just the precious little state of you, girl.


Moon and Stars, Out So far
snow white skin full of discreet scars
skin so thin, with a tin-man's heart
moon and stars, growing apart
Track Name: Valley View
When I die, spread my ashes over Valley View (x3)

These are ashes, scattered over gashes,
lit matches, didn't do this on my own,
I learned from Praktis, this little bit of magic
now im possessed by my every word repressed,
i guess that "simple" is my life,
there aint no "Kanye's" in the southwest
birthed my thoughts like mid-wifes,
crisis, call it mid-life, im 30
but I feel the stress thats churning up my insides,
car rides, long nights, I spit my verse of insights,
its suicidal irony, like drano down your windpipe
the pen writes, anthems like im "gaslight",
shed light, my life it grew me lemons,
squeeze the limelight, the spotlight
is shining down, it suits me better
wrote this verse in scarlet letters'
Hester Prynne with paper, pen,
still masculine, complacent friends

When I die (spread my ashes over valley view)
Rip the sky wide open, the sky wide open, the sky wide open

Death within, never really comes with a next of kin,
specimens, cadavers lathered up with ectoplasm
but like "dan" id "rather" exit here,
test my fears, connect with those that shed these tears,
fully clothed are naked eyes, forever til my soul appears
illuminated, drawing breath like its illustrated,
inked and shaded, celebrate my birthdays when Im gone,
this love is not belated, and when I die,
spread my ashes over valley view, carried by the kansas wind,
it takes me where im going to, the afterlife,
Eric Draven's crow in flight, peck those eyes
if they claim to see my ghost, we know theyre blind
(know theyre blind) kaleidoscopes are shaping up,
the colors in the rose bouquets, and even when im gone
i'll send you signs to make you feel okay

When I die (spread my ashes over valley view)
Rip the sky wide open, the sky wide open, the sky wide open

She thinks im deep,
like the grave that I keep
she digs me deeper and deeper
untl they put me to sleep
its time for beddy-bye
close my sullen eyes
time to emphasize
on how to open minds

When I die (spread my ashes over valley view)
Rip the sky wide open, the sky wide open, the sky wide open