Parallels

by Natural Satellites

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Chris Scanlan Fantastic true solo album that mixes 90s grunge with the best aspects of prog rock's heyday. Favorite track: Born Leaders And Ghosts.
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I want to thank all the people at Ultimate-Guitar (Specifically the UGTC Community) for helping me through some pretty tough times.

And my friends, who stood by me while the process of writing and compiling this album turned me into a complete and utter *censored*.

I also want to thank my dad, who made the album possible in more ways than one. You've obviously got no idea how difficult this stuff gets until you're up against a cheese-grater, being cut to shreds after falling to pieces. I'll give you a word in edge-wise as soon as you learn five instruments, find your way around a DAW, and record a full-length by yourself.

No Mom, I didn't forget about you. You know what they say about saving the best for last.

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released April 29, 2012

Chris 'Doug' Wassmer - Everything

Mac the MAC - Everything Else

Nicholas Beecher - Cover Art

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Natural Satellites West Chester, Pennsylvania

Natural Satellites is the work of one musician; Chris 'Doug' Wassmer. Chris grew up outside of Doylestown, PA and now lives in West Chester. He initially only played flute, sax, and trumpet in school music programs. Looking for new outlets to express his music, he picked up his father's guitar at the age of 14 and has not looked back. Chris has since added drums, basses, and keyboards to his gear. ... more

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Track Name: My Life Before The War
I won't make it to the top
But my friends won't let me drown
I don't quite know how to swim
but they won't let me drown

I don't quite know how to live
but my friends know a good time
I don't quite know how to write
where every word's right and rhymes

Twenty years, hey, what the hell do I know?
Shave against the grain and bleed on the bedroom floor

Sunburnt sunshine and the rain
in bottles on the shelf
open them at any time
and feel them for myself

Windswept valley evergreens
grown tightly in a row
cut one down and tie it up
and I have something to show

Twenty years, hey, what the hell do I know?
Shave against the grain and bleed on the bedroom floor

I won't make it to the top
But my friends won't let me drown
I don't quite know how to swim
but they won't let me drown
Track Name: The Amazing Perpetual Motion Machine
The amazing perpetual motion machine
running high on emotion tonight
A thing that was never meant to be seen
made to give just its creator delight
 
Running high on emotion tonight
working its way, alone, up the hill
made to give just its creator delight
Hear the gears grind until they stand still
 
Working its way, alone, up a hill
aware of the life that will never run out
Hear the gears grind until they stand still
happiness lost and brimming with doubt
 
aware of the life that will never run out
A thing that was never meant to be seen
happiness lost and brimming with doubt
The amazing perpetual motion machine
Track Name: Honor
He calls it honor that he wears on his chest
like a badge, like a flag I'd never seen before
He calls it courage that he wears round his neck
like a misshapen cross that will heal no more

In sanctuary or a sanitarium
wait for the day when my ship will come
And in my faulty and failing wisdom
I will wait for its return

gold tie and suit that he calls his revenge
like a noose not cut loose from the hanging man
a leather jacket that he calls his escape
from the fate falling late from a luckless hand

And in your honor he would gladly fight
be amused, be abused, and lay down his life
And for your honor he would gladly die
if the truth was his youth and he lived a lie

My dear friend,
I am wrong
so I sing this song
for you

You are right
I am wrong
so I sing this song
for you
Track Name: It Isn't Quite The Same On A Distant Planet
Would you give this stranger the time
He's clearly lost his mind
or just excuse yourself
Flip a switch and he is gone

Would you take a lunch with me
For you, it would be free
Or would you decline
Just haven't got the time


Underneath of plasticine clouds
and a candle-wax sun
these radiant lights
all burned out, one by one

and its not much longer now

Underneath of plasticine clouds
and a candle-wax sun
these radiant lights
all burned out, one by one

And its not much longer now
Track Name: Yesterday
Take me out, I wanna see the sun
as it comes, over the horizon
sunrise or set well your eyes won't know
till you're shown the picture-book ending

Yesterday came one day late
but time won't stop, and the world don't care
in between my time of sleep
was it a dream, or a shared nightmare?

I had a dream that the world was red
and the sky was dead, like the air over Norway
Like Krakatoa blew its head
and from it bled salvation for millions

Roll out the red carpet for the Soma-dream
a society that denies we have questions
And in its wake lies the broken seam
that lies between the atomic nightmare

Yesterday came one day late
but time won't stop, and the world don't care
in between my time of sleep
was it a dream, or a shared nightmare?
Track Name: 5.08 (Soma)
This is the musician thats from our near future
created within this system of mine
This is the musician straight from my computer
created with just one purpose in mind

To still the air and seize the wind
silence the thunderous applause
To calm the waves and cure the sting
from broken branches and broken dreams

I know you, you'll fight it
and then you'll learn to love it
submit your life to fall in line with mine

I know you, you hate me
and yet you won't forget me
The castle walls are much to tall to tear down

Conceive it, control us
with comfort as our focus
A velvet glove conceals an iron fist

Like penguins we live and
the glass distorts our freedom
a grand illusion that we try to resist

they still the air and seize the wind
bask in the thunderous applause
incite the waves and cause the sting
of broken branches and broken dreams

And you wander while you lie in bed
with all those evil thoughts in your head
Well I used to have them too

This is the musician observed as a born loser
created within my cavernous mind
This is the musician thats from our near future
created with just one purpose in mind
Track Name: No Smoke Without Fire
Do you remember the days
we'd lie awake in the tall grass
under the bright summer sun?

dreaming of days still to come
a rip in the fabric of time
and those days of our youth were gone...

Stars that were caught in your eye
tell the tale of the time
we took in a crisp summer's night

And I know that I pay a price
Reality a fleeting memory
and dreaming for all of my life

memory, reminding me
everything, that could've been

losing sleep and wasting light
help make time stand still tonight

there's no smoke without fire
there's no smoke without fire
there's no smoke without fire

Fire
Fire!

Do you remember the days
we'd lie awake in the tall grass
under the bright summer sun?

I know that I'll pay a price
Reality a fleeting memory
dreaming for all of my life

memory, reminding me
everything, that could've been

losing sleep and wasting light
help make time stand still tonight

Fire
Fire!

there's no smoke without fire
there's no smoke without fire
there's no smoke without fire
there's no smoke without fire!
Track Name: Born Leaders And Ghosts
Fall:

You'd better have some soft feet
shift in and out of your own shadow
in-between the shades of grey
(in-between the shades of)

You've gotta take chances
recognize the bullshit laughter,
and judge their prying glances
(pull apart their fake romances)

You're gonna have bad days
Where every task seems Herculean
But maybe you'll get lucky
and its bark is worse than its bite

You've gotta stay sober
keen, collected and composed
when everyone is feeling faint
(when everyone is feeling)

You'd better learn to suffer
the loneliness can almost kill
before the dawn of day
(before the dawn of day)

You're gonna have bad days
Where every task seems Herculean
But maybe you'll get lucky
and its bark is worse than its bite

You're gonna have good days
but in the end, that time can't last you
their bark is strong as your blight

try as you might

Winter:

And soon the questions come
where did my life go,
can I change?
I once had all this time

But soon you'll find yourself
sinking, deeper
back against the wall
keen to take the fall

Spring:

Who are you to point the finger?
placing blame on yet another
you and I
cut from the same cloth

Who are you to denigrate me?
first exalt and then forsaken
throw me to the dogs
like common fodder?

Ooh

Ooh

And soon the questions come
where did I go wrong
and soon you'll find yourself
by the end, the place
Right where you belong

Summer:

You'd better have a stone heart
assassins hide around every corner
Knives prepared to kill
(and you know he will)

You'd better hide your weakness
Even at the ripe age of thirty
there's strength in your bones
(At least, so they know)

You're gonna have bad days
Where every task seems Herculean
But maybe you'll get lucky
and its bark is worse than its bite

You're gonna have good days
but in the end, that time can't last you
their bark is strong as your blight

try as you might

Try as you might, far as it can take you
Try as you might, hope that it can save you

Epilogue:

You'd better have soft feet (You'd better have a stone heart)
you'd better learn to suffer (You've gotta stay sober)
You've gotta take chances (You'd better hide your weakness)
If you think you're gonna survive
in this world.