Red Sky Ruminations

by Zookeeper's Palace

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Peter Jones Some albums have a single defining flavour. Here, it's hard -- and probably useless -- to say there's a common flavour to the tracks. What drew me in was a Yes / King Crimson feel. There's also a lot of heavier rock in there, too. And more. It's varied and interesting - both through the album and within tracks.

Despite that, or possibly because of it, it keeps the attention, making you want to listen to each track. Favorite track: Leaving You Lying Here.
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Enter the mind musing, cosmic trip of Red Sky Ruminations: the audacious debut release by Zookeeper's Palace. This jungle opus skirts the lines of life and death, love and loss, and everything in between. Red Sky Ruminations is a primal and very human blend of the band's progressive yet accessible signature percussive-rock sound.


released November 17, 2012

Recorded from January to October 2012 in Los Angeles.


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Track Name: A Red Sky in Mourning
when the feeling’s warm and right
i’m sure we’ll dance
we’ll dance right into dusk
til the dead come alive
when the break of daylight strikes
it’ll hit us and we’ll know the journey’s start’s here
we’ll know the journey’s end’s here
i will surely float out of my mind up into the sky
i will surely flow out of my mind
Track Name: Grounded by the Air
four scores and seven years
you hid your fears we broke today
slipped down behind the tiers
i hid my fears we paved the way
run down but almost there
grounded by the air
running in the open night
closer to the open light
running in the open night
closer to the ultimate flight
i’ve been running around my world
strangers calling and i’ve been told
“fortune favors the brash and bold”
want to be more than me i can’t fight it
i’m beginning to understand
some things happen that we don’t plan
i never wanted to miss my chance
is this the end?
truth begins to rise
reaching through the lies
i’m ready to get high higher and higher
bound and broken down
get me off the ground
reaching up to be higher and higher
Track Name: Burn Together, Burn Forever
you’re tying me in knots
threading through my thoughts
we owned the world wished it away
where are the reins now?
thought time would never pass
we pulled apart too fast then grew alone to hide
stealing the way back to know we’re closer
running away from the full disclosure
we fought but killed our chance
our dead hand of the past
had to escape needed a way want to be safe now
found out you meant so much when we fell out of touch
you never told me why
we’ll burn together now the sun won’t fade
we’ll never age
we’ll burn forever with the plans we made
with hell to pay
never knew so much could change
tell me do you think we’re meant to always stay the same
Track Name: K(No)w Corrosion
i lost count of where i could’ve been
i stayed out when i should have crawled back in
i fell back ‘cause i needed thicker skin
and shut down just to start it up again
i don’t know how i would’ve known
it takes another to call it home
whatever things we’ve gathered around us
won’t matter if we’re never there
i’d act out but always would pretend
that we’d live forever in the end
you always wanted me to be
someone who always would agree
to everything that you ever wanted
but never thinking what i need
return to where we would’ve been
unearth the source of our chagrin
can’t fool me into thinking you’re blameless
when we’re both at fault for not letting go
waves divide us raise the tide up
know corrosion takes my life
tongue’s still tied up seal those eyes shut
all your weight left on my wings
sinks me down like concrete veins
no corrosion takes my life
lost aversion to the light
tongue’s still tied up seal those eyes shut
all your weight left on my wings
brings me down to what’s still real
make believe til I can feel
Track Name: Stop Signs
stop signs in all the wrong places
here i go here i go on the same road again
gridlocked but keep on moving here i go here i go
i’ll haul on empty days
all filled with the thrill of not knowing why
we’re locked up weary eyed getting by
they can’t seem to move or make up their minds
here i go again
i know i’ve been here before you
showed me i cant remember the way it
felt to find a new way out again,
somewhere i’ve never been
the closer we get to reaching our exit
the farther we get from knowing where we’ll go
never reach the end steady flow begin
the noise has calmed to a roar my pedal’s
pressed into the floor but i’m still stalling
falling far behind i’ll never reach the end
i’ve been on fumes for miles
but if i stay here for a while then i’ll be stranded
standing here waiting for you to come
stop signs in all the wrong places
stop signs in all the wrong places
stop lies they’ll never replace
trust stop trying to slowly erase us
stop signs in all the wrong places
here i go again
Track Name: Perfect Picture
our walls won’t forget these dreams all lost
all along the frames were empty
we pictured perfect so wrong
sometimes it drags my body under
each breath i know it might be over
if time can pull my mind together
long enough to know what here’s worth forgetting
sometimes i feel the mounting pressure
weighed down it’s more than i can take
meanwhile i’m steady treading water
in your wake i’m sinking deeper in
this never should’ve been
our walls won’t forget these dreams all lost
all along the frames were empty
can’t remember you so long
drop down beneath the guise of growing doubt
without you i’m sinking in the shallow end
reverse the flow unsatisfied with what I hold
i’m wishing we had never been
i’ll drown in hope but petrified of what’s to come
if i ever see you again
Track Name: Nothing Left to Gain
falling out fear of what may be
or are we scared what happens next?
feel it break me I see what this is doing to you
watch it take me
rising up to this down but never missed leave again
tore down everything left me wondering
i can’t remember how we ever got this far
now we’re sinking in slowly descending
and i’ve got no one left to save me
i wonder why if we go back now i wouldn’t change it
another time is all it takes
who knew the price that we would pay?
our world collapsed under the weight
we outgrew the games we used to play
we knew the prize was ours to take
but unclaimed it’s gone like all our days
we’ll make do with nothing left to gain
Track Name: Moments Like These
man is eroding without ever knowing the key
while the sky crumbles everyone wants to be free
school of lying they’re giving up trying but hey
we’ll escape all in vessels cast out to the sea
hey it’s your life but you’re drowning in all of the same mistakes
set a course for the path of benevolence or
watch your life ending everyone knows but me
make a choice to oppose this malevolent force
all these false teachings
hey it’s your life but you’re drowning in all of the same mistakes
find your own way ‘cause it’s moments like these when we are made
hey it’s your life but you should’ve been standing for what you believe
all these words that we’ve spoken are only worth what they change
we’ll live on knowing moments like these are the end
Track Name: Final Heart Attack
cut down a heart attack we’ll find our own way back
we’ve learned every name and hear them every day
we act without the truth so i’m here reminding you
no matter who we know we’re headed down below
wish you could feel it too help me to hell with you
the murder left the crow alone til tomorrow
this is the final heart attack
this is our last way out
not gonna climb up on my back
when i can’t even see myself
this is the fatal medicine
i’m not going to stop it now
i’m not gonna let the wrong one in
but i don’t wanna be alone
we’ll get back
i wanted to see it for myself
i needed to be somebody else
we’ve learned every name
a thousand faces all the same
i couldn’t have been more wrong
was already right where i belonged
we act without the truth
a million shattered points of view
i should have turned back long ago
wondering what have i become?
this is the final heart attack
this is our last way out
outcome’s the same on a different path
gotta find a way out
this is a fatal medicine
i’m not going to stop it now
don’t wanna ask the wrong question
i don’t wanna be alone
Track Name: Leaving You Lying Here
cut the noise and fill the void in
stop believing a lie
our world's been poisoned
destroyed when you went a left me behind
i heard you say that you were leaving again
i thought you said that we could fix this in time
tell me again what i mean to you
show me again what's your point of view?
i don't understand what you're doing to me
and i tried to believe you
i thought you'd be here til the end
but now you've shown me the real you
by lying and leaving you're leaving me lying here
if you come 'round won't be waitin
if you turn back don't expect to find me forgetting
you won't find me at all
i was expecting something different this time
because you're everything i need
i never got a chance to tell you goodbye
i know you won't ever say it to me
you won't find me leaving you lying here
Track Name: A Red Sky at Night
countdown slows my mind lets go
i’m slipping as i climb
no ground beneath my feet
when the weight of our world ends
i will surely float out of the sky
back into line
i will surely flow out of the sky
Track Name: Bound to Dust
there’s no escape i’ll bring the same
another’s world to crush
there’ll come a day i’ll bear your fate
are we all just bound to dust?
moonlight over me reveals what i’ve been hiding
won’t lose what i can’t find
i’ve already made my mind
lost sight of all my needs all my wants expired
just pull me off this ride
and let the fear of nothingness subside
no giving in to weightlessness i’ve got to learn to stand
if i’m burning in the atmosphere or sinking in the sand
couldn’t find a way to wake from sleep your warning
and fell out of frame
set living in silence since last hopes were emptied
you brought me right to this edge
you never thought i would follow and jump into the descent
malfunction in my parachute i need a way to land
there’s a part of you still raising me without your absent hand

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