Rock Symphony Billion

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Rock Symphony Billion is a chamber rock album in four movements, and Mystery Loves Company's second studio production.

I
Rambunctious Cowboy
Fly
Slow

II
Graven
Sister When
From the Stars

III
The Island
Day by Day
Across the Emptiness

IV
Fireworks

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released January 13, 2015

Mystery Loves Company is...
Carlos A. Machado (guitar, vocals)
Madeline Herdeman (cello, vocals)
Alauna Rubin (clarinet, vocals)
Terrence Allison (drums)

Also on the album...
Jeremy Dudman (bass support)
Christine Gerbode (viola on outros and "Fireworks")
Kali Schiska (vocals on “Fireworks”)
Joshua Alvarado (electric guitar on “Fireworks”)
Matthew Zawacki (trumpet on “Fireworks”)

Behind the Scenes...
Mixed and Recorded at Lucky Run Studio
Vocal Production by RawVox Production

Mastered by Jerry Tubb
at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Inc. (Austin, Texas)

Inside Cover Photo (physical CD) by Daniel Lombraña

Copyright 2015
Mystery Loves Company | www.MysteryLoves.com

(Houston, Texas)

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Mystery Loves Company is a touring and recording Chamber Rock duo and band from Houston, Texas.

“I was practically mesmerized by this duo. The sound from the electric cello, the percussive acoustic, and the perfect pitch harmonies would rivet one to the stage at times.” -George Douglas Lee, Island Guide Magazine
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Track Name: Rambunctious Cowboy
his face, so full of miles,
he’s been around the circle,
gone around the block,
he’s so calm, yet so wild,
he will make you scream
while he makes you smile somehow,

his hands have seen the earth,
and in every place,
they have made a space,
where the pen has given birth,
to a generation
that will know they’re worth someday,

he’s got the words for the world to see,
that we haven’t changed,
no we haven’t changed, oh no…
we’ve got awards and we have sailed the sea,
but things haven’t changed,
no they haven’t changed, oh no…

yet somehow, you will smile and scream…

he will show the world; he will show the nothing changes…

they will see, he’s a cowboy,
they will see, he's an unforsaken cowboy...
Track Name: Fly
… so you take me by the hand
and you show me all is right,
high above where blue turns black
the air is thin, my thoughts are bright
and we fly!
we fly…

I see the oceans, I see the sand,
I see the rivers across the land,
I see the mountains reach for the sky,
I see the birds and that are passing by,
I see the moon and I see the stars,
I see the earth with all its scars,
I don’t see lines like you have drawn,
but I see the wars that they have spawned…

… so you take me by the hand
and you show me all is right,
high above where blue turns black
the air is thin, my thoughts are bright
and we fly!
we fly…

I see the house where I was born
and I see a place that is overgrown,
I see the town that I left behind
oh I see the dreams that I left to find,
I see my mother and how she worries
that I’m never coming home,
though she taught me from a child
that I carry home with me,
oh I carry home with me,

now, I don’t see love, I feel it,
and it makes a place for all I know,
to kneel and pray…
Track Name: Slow
this life, so short, so long, yet so timed.
the centuries are racing through the clouds,
but the hours, so slow...
so slow...

your love so far, so close, so good,
is built into the highways of my blood.
and I’m ready for the selfless life
with a dog and a kid and a morning drive,
but would you mind just taking this one
slow?
so slow…

'cause once I was younger, but I’m older now,
the world changed around me and I froze,

your eyes, so big, so kind, so blind,
are looking at a world they cannot see,
for shadow marks the path of life
that’s following a satellite
we’re moving at the speed of light
so slow...
so slow...

well once I was older but I’m younger now,
the world changed around me and I froze…
to be born again in a different time
where the future had arrived...
I opened my eyes, I learned how to walk,

your love, so big, so close, so good,
is flowing through the highways of my mind,
so kind, and so slow...
Track Name: Graven
saving bodies to rise
we pray to the skies
our sins to forgive

then lie forgotten in
boxes rotten and wait
on license to breathe

but did you think that your mind would never outgrow you?
and did you think that your eyes could believe?
well baby that just ain't so

eyes in graves with your
faces graven in stones
unable to see

offerings burn while the
children learn to believe
that death sets them free

but did you think that your mind would never outgrow you?
and did you think that your eyes could believe?
well maybe that just ain't so...

oh, and now, that you rise
into boxes of glass I see all
that is left of you is me

and did you think that your mind would never outgrow you?
and did you think that your eyes could believe?
Track Name: Sister When
you say when, I
will open my eyes just to hold you
if you're scared now
the voice in my heart will sing for you
if you're lonely
there's space in my mind just to know you
and the air that
I breathe you can have as your own

sister when are you coming around
to see what i see coming around with this star
that shines for you...

I remember
those knots in your hair use to haunt you
now you're grown and
they seem to have grown all around you
but the girl that
would climb on the washer for candy
knows quite well what
the right motivation can do

sister when are you coming around
to see what i see coming around with this star
that shines for you to see all that I see
when you're looking at me with those round
little eyes shining 'round the world for me...

if tomorrow
does not understand the way you love
and the past seems
unable to cope with you changing
there's a place where
you only exist in this moment
and the world sings
a song that i'm writing for you
Track Name: From the Stars
the silence seems cold, the rain like knives,
the walls too tall to climb,

begging for change, people pass by,
always a step behind,

but there’s a way,
we open our eyes,
look out to the world,
from the stars…

the violence gets old, the wasting of lives,
a view of ourselves unkind,

begging for change, the days go by,
looking for time to unwind…

but there’s a way,
we open our eyes,
look out to the world,
from the stars…

a memory fades,
a branded tear dries,
the future is now more bright…

is it all far away from here?
oh from here you like fine…
Track Name: The Island
I went a mile to the horizon
but the horizon moved away
then all the voices started laughing
‘cause all my travels were in vain

so I sailed...

I took a step out on the water
to prove that I was who I thought
but all the salt in all the oceans
was not enough to hold me up

so I swam...

one day I washed up on an island
and found the voices were all gone
they’d given up on trying to change me
and I was scared to be alone

but there’s a little one that still remains...

saying, “you don’t have to be afraid
you don’t have to change…
where you go, there I am
you are not alone…

“you’re home...”
Track Name: Day by Day
oh stay just for a while,
and stay so that I can see you smile,
‘cause I’m whipping away your tears with my lips…
oh stay so that I know I can fix this…

and won’t you stay until the night has passed
and there’s no turning back,
so I can see what your face does to light
and taste your morning lips…
oh I would love to see you live: day by day…
and I would like to see you smile…
another day…

oh stay another while,
and stay so that I can see you smile,
so I can smile; so that I can smile…
‘cause I won’t smile; no I won’t…

if you don’t stay until the night has passed
and there’s no turning back,
so I can see what your face does to light
and taste your morning lips…
another day...
Track Name: Across the Emptiness
so many ages ago,
so many worlds away,
a star collapsed
and then she set out on her way

shot across the emptiness
of the mighty black,
saw all the faces
of the valiant past,

you've always said that
someday a different world
would shine its light on who you are,
tonight she's gonna shine on you

now who... are you gonna be?
now who...

a billion years she spent
forging an iron heart,
then there was nothing left
but to tear it apart,

you've always said
someday a different world
would know exactly who you are,
tonight she knows no one but you

now who... are you gonna be?
now who...
Track Name: Fireworks
It's a quarter to ten,
fourth of July,
you're a thousand miles away,

and the echoes of the night
say that I should feel free,

but instead, for lack of feeling,
I'm sitting here dreaming
of a different land,

where you're the queen
and I'm your people,
and my every waking hour
belongs to you...

hold me and take me up,
help me to feel the things you feel
as you rise...

hold me and burn me up,
make me to see the things you see
when you're gone...
if you're gone...