The Pagan States

by Randal Prater

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about

The Pagan States was a band I started that was meant to combine the best of my experiences with Creeping Myrtle (where I could write and sing and play a major role) and Verses On Venus, Graig Markel’s live back-up band (where I could just play bass and have fun). In the end, it became more like Myrtle where I wore too many hats and it was just another glorified solo project. It was fun while it lasted, but it was clear that it was time to finally go solo and put my own name on my recordings. We released one self-titled album that is available on CD and digital download.

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released June 6, 2006

All songs written by Prater-Sawtell-Hunt (BMI), except where otherwise noted. Recorded by Randal Prater. Mastered by Ray Muirwood. Published by Doldrum (BMI).

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Track Name: Skeleton
The absence of blood and skin
Around bones that we try to fit in
Listen less and you’ll hear much more
A minimal dance in the score
An aural thank you
For letting us take you to
The battlefield

They will stand by you
They will fall with you
You always die alone

The hollow is where we’ve been
Without hope that the fire will give in
Speaking less and saying much more
A silly romance with the war
And yet we thank you
For leading us safely to
Elysian fields

They will stand by you
They will fall with you
Some will leave alone


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Bass, Keys
Peter Sawtell - Guitar
Gary Hunt - Drums
Track Name: Million Shades Of Curious
Outside your house
Quiet in the night
I see you on a stream of bedroom light
Your silhouette tells me all that’s left to say
Now there’s nothing more to say

Then there’s nothing more to touch
Nothing more to kiss
Nothing more I’ll miss
I miss, I miss us yesterday
Then there’s nothing more to hold
Nothing to caress but this mess
This mess we’ve made

Thousands of reasons you fashion
Come on, be serious
Not so mysterious
Give me one reason I’m a million
Shades of curious
Delirious

I call you up
My hand wavers in the breeze
The phone rings and you just freeze
I tell you what
If there’s nothing more to say
Then there’s nothing more to say

I’m not afraid to call you up
I’m not afraid to drink the wine
I’m not afraid around you
All in all, I’m still a bit insane
So, hop aboard my train

There’s nothing left but emptiness


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitar, Bass
Peter Sawtell - Guitar
Gary Hunt - Drums
Daniel Keiran - Voices
Track Name: Pipe Dreams
The mystical percentage
Of methodical advantage
Is a solo rolo
The method to this test
Involves the leaving of the rest
Outside the sodo mojo
The closing of our eyes
Is equal to the open mind
Of a hobo in Soho
So, crawl inside this pipe
And dream of all things extra nice
Inside the dojo where it’s slow

One up, two down
Three weeks
Dreaming four ways
Five years to drown
Six of seven sundays
One up, two down
Three weeks
Dreaming four ways
Five years to drown
Six of seven sunday sounds

Pipe dreams
They will take you away
With a warm embrace
And a florescent haze
Pipe dreams

Pipe dreams
With a frosty gaze
From a lovely face
That has nothing to say
Pipe dreams

Pipe dreaming of nothing real
Fly, pipe dreaming
Come down
No thank you, dear

Seven sunday sounds
You are a nice dream
Pipe dream clouds
You are a nice dream
My dream
Pipe dream clouds


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Bass, Keys
Peter Sawtell - Guitar
Gary Hunt - Drums
Track Name: Bellwether
Colorless splinters erupt
With immediate reaction
They dance and then collide
To make something expedient
Happen

Sparks fly all over you
Making you a bellwether too
As fire rains down on you
Follow, that’s what we’ll do

Beware the friendly fire of promise
Veiled with desire
Now our waves can find the shore
Less is much more
We’re quizzical
But, typical in score


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitar, Bass
Peter Sawtell - Guitar, Keys
Gary Hunt - Drums, Percussion
Track Name: Silly Season
Mists will fall
And shadows rise
A step beyond reason
The seduction of seasons

Time will find you
Let it move you to action
With the taste of fever
And the chatter of wolves

Dogs speak with frothing mouths
Relationship with pain
Eyes strained on overcast
A lighter shade of grey

Silly season
Love in the sun
Fun with no love
Cuts with no blood

Time will take you far less than holy
Filthy shaking memory


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Bass
Peter Sawtell - Guitar
Gary Hunt - Drums
Benjamin Thompson - Voices
Track Name: Wings Of Wax
Don’t fly too close to the sun
Don’t glide too close to the sea
These wings of wax may come undone
With a little luck they might just make you free

Today, fly away, don’t stay
Far away is still too close for you
So fly away, far away
Don’t stay, don’t delay
The time denies the light
So fly

You tried to dance with the sun
You died too close to the sea
These wings of wax they came undone
Maybe now you won’t need wings to fly


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Bass, Ebow
Peter Sawtell - Guitar
Gary Hunt - Drums
Track Name: Harshmellow
What a drag to be let down
When all I do is spin around you
It’s time you realized
My fire will devour you

It’s clear there’s not enough
As the future comes into view
Each day you’re further away
Is a beautiful day without you

Excuse me, do you understand
Your excuse for all your crimes
Prayer can’t get you anywhere
Living life on borrowed time

No hope ’cause the days won’t last
What was it we were thinking
Can’t live life with a broken heart
The sun is always sinking


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Bass
Peter Sawtell - Guitar
Gary Hunt - Drums
Benjamin Thompson - Voices
Track Name: Snowflake Obsidian
Fever burning, I’m so cold, take me home
Seasons turning to orange and yellow
Fireflies have long since said goodbye
Honeysuckle, your buds forgot to bloom

Snowflakes are coming soon enough
Extended nights feel alright
Bundle yourself and take good care
The holidays can’t end too soon

Hard, dark, glasslike… obsidian
Rapid solidification… obsidian
Lava without crystallization
Obsidian… obsidian


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Bass
Peter Sawtell - Guitar
Gary Hunt - Drums
Track Name: Resisterville
Yeah, we’re clearing the decks
Of all the problems at the door
Yeah, it’s been a long time coming
Now it’s time to soar

We won’t be your dogs of war
Your commercial score
No, we can’t feed the fire with four

Yeah, yeah
Resisterville is harboring the lost and free

But, we wish you the best
Or maybe a little less
We said we were sorry
But, you didn’t want to know about democracy
So goodbye, goodbye

We tried but we couldn’t fake it
We cried when you didn’t make it
Again, goodbye, we’re so sorry
Elysian Fields would just take three
Goodbye, goodbye


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Bass
Peter Sawtell - Guitar
Gary Hunt - Drums