Breakbeat Ice Beneath Me

by Grey

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Recorded between September of 2012 through March of 2013 at Grey Skies Studio, Dallas, Tx. Instruments, hardware, and software used on this album are as follows: a Fender Squier Jaguar Bass, a 1982 Squier Stratocaster, a 1986 Martin Shenandoah Dreadnought acoustic guitar, an AudioTechnica P48 cardioid microphone, Logic amps and instruments, Logic Pro 9 mixing and mastering software.

When you purchase Breakbeat Ice, you are not putting money into some dopey label that will then misappropriate it into a mediocre boy band or a developmental deal for the head of the label's kid. Instead, it will fund MORE music from ME- and that's a good thing, if you like my music.

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released May 7, 2013

All instruments by Grey. Leticia appears courtesy of Rafael Records. Critt appears on Vindicator and is a member or Detroit's Square Crew- some nice ass dudes. All tracks engineered/produced/mastered by Grey.
Mixed by Grey (Vindicator, You'll Never Get Home, Epilogue, The Unnamed, Polaris) and J Rhodes (Light Speed, Grief is the Price You Pay for Love, Life on the Edge, Uncertain Times). Cover art by Zack Nichols, a great guy who lives in Goiana Brazil, and sells his art here: www.redbubble.com/people/zaxart/portfolio

"Special thanks to the following: Ashley Reynolds, Theresa Griffin, Vohnbeatz, Symbolyc One, Talib Kweli, and last but not least J Rhodes. Mr. Rhodes lent his ear to the mixing of half of this record, and it is better for it. J Rhodes is a production machine, recently having completed tracks for Rhymefest, Talib Kweli, and The Game, to name a few. I also want to thank you, the listener. Thank you for wanting something different, and listening to my music. That in itself inspires me to create greater works." -Grey

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Grey Dallas, Texas

Glen Reynolds, or Grey, is featured on the Talib Kweli single Push Thru with Kendrick Lamar and Curren$y. More recently he sang on Vinny Cha$e's "Breaking Dawn". He can be found on twitter as @glensky_ For inquiries about how to add Grey on a hook to one of your songs, contact him via the above twitter account. ... more

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Track Name: Life on the Edge feat Leticia
Life on the Edge

Life on the edge
Hanging my toes off the ledge
Keep staring down
At those who have crashed to the ground

I'm standing high above a funeral pyre
As licking flames climb higher and higher
Higher and higher
But I'm somehow never singed
This much is true
Long shadows twist amidst the ghastly flames
The embers beckon me and call my name
But my refrain
Is I'm still alive no matter what they do
Come and gone
Loved and lost
By the storm they have been tossed
Alive and dead, I see them as I lie in bed.

Life on the edge
Hanging my toes off the ledge
Keep staring down
At those who have crashed to the ground

Come out your corner and you call my name
Pretend its '81 and this is just a game
It's such a shame
The drugs and fame robbed the things
That you once had
Your mom and dad
Had to turn their back on you
They pulled the plug on their love for you.

Life on the edge
Hanging my toes off the ledge
Keep staring down
At those who have crashed to the ground

Tick tick tick time bomb.

Life on the edge
Hanging my toes off the ledge
Keep staring down
At those who have crashed to the ground

Tick tick tick time bomb.

Life on the edge
Hanging my toes off the ledge
Keep staring down
At those who have crashed to the ground
Track Name: The Unnamed
The Unnamed

You are like the voice
Of a generation now lost
Of a ship on an ocean that's tossed
And the SOS that you sent
Saved you more than them

It's shame
You're to blame
But no one else calls you by name

It's a shame
You're to blame
But no one can call you-
By name.

So please don't you fear
That the terror tribe might appear
That you'll vanish and just disappear
With no abductor presently near
You might just be in the clear

It's shame
You're to blame
But no one else calls you by name

It's a shame
You're to blame
But no one can call you-
By name.
Track Name: Light Speed
Light Speed

I hit the ground on my own
Walk round this city with a chip upon my shoulder
Facing oblivion
This tired world spins and I just get older
Walking these streets at night
They'll bump your shoulder
But they never look you eye-to-eye
My lads are all well-known
So decide...

Let's hit light speed.

A million stars in the sky
A wedding band for father time but even older
8 million light years wide
Just getting to its edge
Would break the hardest soldier
Where are my troops tonight?
They're bustin' someone on the west side 'cos of boredom
They'll sleep real well tonight
They don't hide....

Let's hit light speed.

I got my mind on my money
But I'm losing my mind
People walking by won't even glance
It makes me sober
I've got my hand on my weapon
And my weapon's my pride
It's my validation
It's my Red October

Get me
Out of places
That spout of claiming to be
While really lacking to me
I need something
Cosmic, that one thing:
I'll beat the speed of time
And then I'll show you-

Let's hit light speed.

I hit the ground on my own
Walk round this city with a chip upon my shoulder
Facing oblivion
This tired world spins and I just get older
Walking these streets at night
They'll bump your shoulder
But they never look you eye-to-eye
My lads are all well-known
So decide...

Let's hit light speed.
Track Name: Uncertain Times
Uncertain Times

We've fallen on uncertain times
Corners where light can't show its face
Hollowed by turpentine
The stink itself evokes disgrace
Park the car and walk
A mile down to the river bank
Covered feet- in cement blocks
To the depths we slowly sank.

Lights out on me
I can't keep it anymore
In uncertain times
It can blow your mind.
Lights out on me
I'm gone
I can't hardly see.
These uncertain times
Are blowing my mind.

They found the car on the hill above
No sign of struggle or restraint
Taped to the wheel a single glove
Pull carpet fibers from a stain
Trace the registry to me
And come full circle out of frame
We've fallen on uncertainty
A sheriff's badge without a name.

Lights out on me
I can't keep it anymore
In uncertain times
It can blow your mind.
Lights out on me
I'm gone
I can't hardly see.
These uncertain times
Are blowing my mind.
Track Name: Vindicator feat Critt
Vindicator (lyrics by Grey/Critt)

So what's the story now?
You left them no doubt
You finally made it out
They hunt your head with no sympathy
Your chord rings out like a symphony
Oh yea!
The paper's headline read clearly:
"Once Fallen-Doomed- Now Brings Us To Our Knees"
And that-
Truly makes me pleased.
So get revenge for us all!

You must know where to go tonight
I just know you will make things right
And it's always been this way
Crush the indignant foes
Bring new highs to these lows
Your secret identity will be secure with me.

Such a saint
Taking wrong- wringing it out
Then settle up
Satire!
Everyday you risk your life for those unknown
Always searching for the just from judge's throne
As the bad
Shake from their knees
They know-
And that makes me pleased.
So get revenge for us all!

You must know where to go tonight
I just know you will make things right
And it's always been this way
Crush the indignant foes
Bring new highs to these lows
Your secret identity will be secure with me.
(Critt)
They tried to disarm and hide me
Not even invite me
Then kharma arrived
It wasn't likely
To derive these things all lightly

All agitation from my patience
I had to take in
Cause the wait
Turned from days into weeks and increased into months
I got not a thing to ensconce
If I was Humpty Dumpty
I won't be too stiff to get stunned in the run
If my destined destination was a cliff cause I'm about to under these scums
Impairing all these barricades and parapets
Getting to a point I never dreamed to ever ever get
Turn the reprimand into remembrance
Let my raps be my advocate
So they won't forget but regret
How hard they made it hard to get by and off a surface
Full of denial buying bias but their purge has been purchased
Even it if wasn't on purpose
The timing was perfect
And I do refuel
Obtuse to reviews
What you hear in your ear coming through
Is my detailed view on my rear view
Death is the cousin of sleep
Reason why they're feeling bleak
Falling oblique as theta waves taking their fatigue
Hitting the sea knee deep
Oblivious to the fact that it wasn't their niche
Messing with me and my dreams
(Grey)
So get revenge for us all!

You must know where to go tonight
I just know you will make things right
And it's always been this way
Crush the indignant foes
Bring new highs to these lows
Your secret identity will be secure with me.
Track Name: Polaris
Polaris

I only need to find one way
Blinding lights that shine from space
The tingling in my skin
It's starting once again
Increasingly alone
Can't find my way back home
The sun sinks in the sky
As darkness brings the night
We watch the hours go by
Under soft moonlight.

I only need to find one way
Blinding lights that shine from space
I'm sick of feeling bad
So tired of being sad
Dolorous once again
Soulless with no friends
The blinking stars tonight
Wink down to show me love
I know I'll be alright
As long as they're above

Polaris, guide my way.
Track Name: Grief is the Price That You Pay for Love
Grief is the Price That You Pay For Love

Grief is the price that you pay for love (2x's)

Looking back on it
Hindsight makes you crazy
Love came wandering up the house
Knocked upon my door
And then ducked right out
Stood upon my porch
Squinting into the grey
Streetlight's hum hides her fleeting steps
So I'm left alone
With these trembling lips.

Grief is the price that you pay for love (2x's)

She comes back around
Stays the night then she say
"I done found me another man
You might know him, too- he's your preacher man."
"Bitch, get out my door!"
Tears fall just like the rain
She is sorry she did the deed
So you lay alone
But you can't sleep in peace.

Grief is the price that you pay for love. (4x's)

But you can't get enough of it!

Grief is the price that you pay for love. (4x's)
Track Name: You'll Never Get Home
You'll Never Get Home

I don't mind pushing you away
To combine would mean us tragedy
It's all fine in the light of day
But when you come home
(Things don't feel the same anymore )

It's such a shame (and I'm bored)
No one to blame (anymore)
The economy tore us up inside (but your not alone)
So we had to hide (from the hordes)
Scared animals (multitudes poor)
Infantile pride (pride's on the line)
Tears us up inside (It's a side show every night)
Because you'll never get home.

These dark days bring us misery
Crying babes in a nursery
Want so bad to hear mother's heart beat
But she's gone, and once what was a home's now an empty zone

It's such a shame (and I'm bored)
No one to blame (anymore)
The economy tore us up inside (but your not alone)
So we had to hide (from the hordes)
Scared animals (multitudes poor)
Infantile pride (pride's on the line)
Tears us up inside (It's a side show every night)
Because you'll never get home.

You'll never get home (7x's)

It's such a shame (and I'm bored)
No one to blame (anymore)
The economy tore us up inside (but your not alone)
So we had to hide (from the hordes)
Scared animals (multitudes poor)
Infantile pride (pride's on the line)
Tears us up inside (It's a side show every night)
Because you'll never get home.
Track Name: Epilogue
Epilogue

Stand in a trance
Colored lights blind your face
There's something else
Trying to invade your space

Collectively comatose
808's thump in your chest
It's hard at times to put the past to rest

You don't have to come
You don't have to stay
It won't stop my nosedive anyway
So let's make a toast
To dear old friends
Who have crashed and burned
And reached their ends

Buy another drink
Ambience you adore
It hides the scales
From the armor you wore

Catch a lost soul's eye
A twinkle glossed by frost
In close embrace
Now bound are two both lost

You don't have to come
You don't have to stay
It won't stop my nosedive anyway
So let's make a toast
To dear old friends
Who have crashed and burned
And reached their ends

Bye-
You're going out in style
The room fades into night
The blizzard snuffs the light
And paramedics pound you black and white

Your so-called friends slink away
You'll be dead to them now
Another casualty
Adrenaline is forced into your veins

You don't have to come
You don't have to stay
It won't stop my nosedive anyway
So let's make a toast
To dear old friends
Who have crashed and burned
And reached their ends