Farewell Plutonia

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Evocative and unsettling, Farewell Plutonia examines the role that belief plays in putting order to our chaotic existence. The political climate of 2010 — with its zombie zealots and so-called “patriots” — informed the work, as did the gnawing sense that America is now officially an empire in decline.

This is the sound of existential dread with the promise of transcendence.

With guitars.

The Contrarian is Casey Rae.

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released August 15, 2010

All compositions written, arranged, performed and composed by Casey Rae.

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Track Name: Tea for None
Tea for None

We get the message
You’re angry and clueless
What good does it do you?

A fantasy domain
That’s what you’re seeking
No sanity allowed

You can’t heal us
You can’t hear at all
We don’t need you
Anyway

Fear of the other
Dealing in outrage
Tearing the canvas
Hanging from gallows
We’ll put you underground
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Forever protest
Jesus is life coach to ya
Tells you to just keep shopping

The right to assemble
With Liberty and God’s blessing
What good does it do you?

You can’t heal us
You can’t hear at all
We don’t need you
Anyway

Fear of the other
Revel in outrage
Tearing the canvas
Hanging from gallows
Ugly and useless
Cruel and demeaning
Drowning in hatred
Hanging from gallows
We’ll put you underground
Track Name: Beacon
Beacon

Honestly?
What I regarded
Was not to be
The dearly departed
In your sleep
You whisper directions
To find me
You’ll have to be clever, dear

Tell us, are we near
A glimpse of tomorrow
Gaze upon us
She’s a beacon of sorrow

So many ways to fall

All these ways
To receive information
And industry manufactures frustration
Aggregate the victims of pleasure
It’s too late to make it all disappear

Tell us, are we near
A glimpse of tomorrow
Gaze upon us
She’s a beacon of sorrow

This is nothing to hide from
Bliss is everything we should feel
Track Name: Urizen
Urizen

Beyond your time
Foremost among my crimes
When I inspired
Your need for the Divine

Across the seas
Infecting dreams to be
Always the scheme
To suffer endlessly

I’m always here now
Open the gate; it’s getting late

Corrupted minds
Among my choicest finds
A cross of shame
You’ll bear it every time

I made this world
And you paved the stones

I’m always here now
Open the gate; it’s getting late
Track Name: Wormwood Star
Wormwood Star

Seven long years we tried
Caught up in the underside
You made the break
I made the fool
Count the missteps in the Golden Rule

Always off
It’s a tragic thing
Always off
It’s the only thing

You were taken by the years
Go out and ramble, and you found your tears
Hear you whisper out his name
I’ve forgotten now just who to blame

Always off
It’s a tragic thing
Always off
It’s the only thing
Track Name: Revelation 13
Revelation 13

Ugliness flows from the tip of my tongue
As I gather the courage to do the undone
I do this for you, but you’ll never see
The bountiful sickness that lives within me

Three years ago, you departed this world
I shuffled on in a mindless revolt
Control, it descended and slowly began
To whisper its wisdom and inform my plan

Along the divide between real and not
Your breath is now frozen, but never forgot
I do this for you, but you’ll never see
The bountiful hatred that dwells within me
Track Name: Erase Them
Erase Them

Cold waves
Are what you feel tonight
I’m standing in the same doorway
For camera’s sake
You’re putting on the lines
The distance between hate and romance

You’ll erase them
You are weighted down
You embrace them
You are weighted down

To steal
All that you can feel
All that you can taste

All that you can need
All that you can feed
Lesser women waste

Betrayed
The meaning of the phrase
Echoing the tired story
I’ve seen your game
I read between the lines
The distance between hate and romance

For camera’s sake
You’re every bit divine
The distance between grace and grotesque

You’ll erase them
You are weighted down
You embrace them
You are weighted down
Track Name: Farewell Plutonia
Farewell Plutonia

Something’s about to break
System collapses
We’re not supposed to take
So many chances

Escape is our name
We’ve been here too long
In and out embrace
Always together

Skip to the light of the moon
Dear Plutonia
Heartbreak is coming soon
I’ve seen the trailer

Humming a goodbye tune
Wrote it for ya
Wish it were not so soon
Babe!

Cold grey of the sky
Opposite your eyes
Did we cross a line
To be together?

There’s no time for shame
System collapses
Regrets are in vain
No matter the weather

Kiss in the light of the moon
Dear Plutonia
Heartbreak is coming soon
I’ve seen the trailer

Humming a goodbye tune
Wrote it for ya
Wish it were not so soon
Babe!
Track Name: Wish it Away
Wish it Away

Gone are the days when you could depend
On your will
Casting around for some real evidence
Of former thrills

Carry the scars of those many years you spent
Sticking skin
Under the archway, or behind the barricade
Sickly grin

Wish it away
You can’t just
Hope for the day, when

Chasing the conflict, flirting with consequence
Gets so old
Covered in blankets, burning with apathy
Skin so cold

Silently hoping your phone will ring again
Counting threads
Promise next Wednesday, you’ll take the cure again
Or instead?

Wish it away
You can’t just
Hope for the day, when

All this time spent drawing flies…
Track Name: Whisper This
Whisper This

Whisper this
Into the vessel
Place the note
Upon the dresser

When we meet again
We’re so much older than
Days or minutes passed
It hardly matters

Falling
Into nothing
Into always

Shocking
Always turning
Into something

Overcast
And undernourished
Relive the past
In quiet mourning

When we meet again
We’re oh so underwhelmed
Picking at the bones
Of inspiration

Falling
Into nothing
Into always

Shocking
Always turning
Into something

Wake up
Angel
Face up
Answer

A fleeting glance
As you pass the mirror
Is the plan
Getting clearer?

When we meet again
We’re so much colder
Years or lifetimes passed
It hardly matters
Track Name: The Family
The Family

Hatred consumes the harvest
Under a pall the faithful march
Carry the cross of cruelty, yeah
And spread the decay through seasons

Devotion and praise of Mammon’s feast
Sever the nerves of Gnosis, yeah
Patrons to all depletion as
Cancer infects the vessel

Oh, it’s the last night
Oh, it’s the harshest love
Oh, it’s the bleakest sight
Oh, clear a passage

Feed their desire for blood
Flaunt their abuse of power, yeah
Unmake the meaning of love
A Union erased in violence

Oh, it’s the last night
Oh, it’s the harshest love
Oh, it’s the bleakest sight
Oh, clear a passage