The New Empires

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released December 1, 2011

Words and music written by Matt Brown

Produced by J Chris Griffin

Recorded, mixed and mastered by J Chris Griffin at The Engine Room in New York City
Assisted by Amar Lal, Logan Myers, LeeAnn Dunkelbarger, Şenol Usluça, Mark D’Souza and Kenneth Wallace

Ellie’s vocals recorded by Stephen Wharton at Mole End

Album design by Ty Wilkins

The New Empires is:
Matt Brown - vocals, guitars
Elise Ziegenbein - violin, vocals
Ellie Henry - vocals
David Henry - bass, acoustic guitar, trumpet, vocals
Steph Hughes - drums, percussion, vocals
Jeremy Weber - piano, vocals

Mandolin on “Sun Dog” and “Bristlecone” by J Tingle

Additional vocals on “Janitors” by Logan Myers, Mark D’Souza, Kenneth Wallace and Jeremy Hughes

Mellotron on “Forgotten Places” by J Chris Griffin

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The New Empires Chattanooga, Tennessee

Comprised of Yankees, Southerners and others that don't fit into any category, The New Empires is a six piece chamber pop band that brings folk, rock n' roll and theatrics together to create something you haven't heard before. They'll be touring in the South and up the East coast as they promote their self-titled LP, released on December 1, 2011. ... more

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Track Name: Apocalypse
On the brink of apocalypse
Watch once more as the scale tips
In the favor of...
The wicked!

Saracens and heretics
Burn them all with fiery sticks
And why stop there, you’re on a roll
Who knows if there will be
A tomorrow?

It all unfolds in a passion play
God, Death, the Devil and deals made
But what about right now?
What about right now?

‘Cause I’m afraid to go outside
The streets are paved with friends who’ve died
That flowers failed to defend
When will this end?
When will this end?

It’s always darkest before the dawn
The Viceroy’s in Babylon
And I don’t care if it’s heresy
But he ain’t the Son to me...

Morningstar!
Morningstar!
Morningstar!
Track Name: Concerning You & Me
What if I told you
that I was from another time?
That I journeyed across
The centuries - would you believe me
As I told you my story for the first time

Maybe I'm from
Old Arthurian England
And I'm searching for that Holy Grail
Well I think I've found it in your smile
So give me a glimpse
And make my day worthwhile

'Cause I
Have given it time
And now things aren't what they used to be
So give me a sign
And clear up my mind
Concerning you and me

Well I could be
Quite possibly from the Renaissance
Studyin' those platonic ideals
Well is it just platonic ‘tween you and me
I guess we’ll wait and see

'Cause I
Have given it time
And now things aren't what they used to be
So give me a sign
And clear up my mind
Concerning you and me

As you can see
It’s just plain old me
In the here and now
And I guess that’ll have to do
So as the band plays “Beyond the Sea”
Come on and dance with me

'Cause I
Have given it time
And now things aren't what they used to be
So give me a sign
And clear up my mind
Concerning you and me
Track Name: Above My Door
There's blood, there's blood above my door
My daddy, he put it there
Down veins of wood the crimson pours
And lingers in the air

'What barb'rous redemption,' thought I
'What bloody protection from night.'
But we'll not feel death's bite
At least not tonight.

There's blood, there's blood upon my heart
My mama, she put it there
It's not her blood, but on that heart
Are her sweat, her tears, her prayers

O mother, O mother how I
Will treasure your words of life
And someday when this firstborn dies
That blood will be life
Track Name: The Psaltery
We sang the psaltery
When I was young
Where, O where, O where is the Blameless One?

My spirit sank beneath the weight
Of words meant for a king
But show me a crown that means anything

I'm listening for news
Of something that I haven't seen before
So until then I'll keep listening some more

Strange stories come to me
Through these prison bars
But where are the earthquakes and falling stars?

So please send this telegram
There isn't much time
Because I need some answers
Oh I need some answers

I guess what I mean
Is that all these questions really boil down to one:
Should I look for another,
Or is my waiting done?

We sang the psaltery
When I was young
Track Name: Forgotten Places
Drove past old forgotten places
On the other side of the mountain
The sun was brighter as it shone
Upon things rusty and intriguingly decayed, overgrown
In the pastures and meadows
Where the seeds of chaos had been sown
Chaos like a memory; you don’t know if it’s yours

Is Merlin here
Along with everyone who lost time?
And you can’t go back
But I’ll be damned if I don’t try

Signs along the road, both new and old
They all say one thing -
That you can’t go home again
Oh but knights in shining armor don’t pay them any heed
And upon their mighty steeds, they make one final stand
And in the name of chivalry, we ride
To a glorious end

Is Merlin here
Along with everyone who lost time?
And you can’t go back
But I’ll be damned if I don’t try

And we can’t, we can’t, we can’t
We can’t handle it
No we can’t, we can’t, we can’t
We can’t handle it
So we try, we try, we try, we try to get back
Yeah we try, we try, we try, we try to get back
So we try, we try, we try, we try to get back
Yeah we try, we try, we try, we try, we try, we try, we try, we try to get back
Track Name: Exile
You heard my song
Then caught my eye and you stunned me
It was then my world froze
Like those Moscow winter snows

I've heard the guns
Of love and war, but they're silent now
And an uneasy truce
Restrains my warlike soul...

I would build you an Arc de Triomphe
For your love would make me Napoleon of my world
Oh but I think that you may be my 1812
And I fear that I have gone too far this time
And now I am in exile

I've seen the gulls
Winging their way, free from bars or chains
To the Italian coast
Within eyesight, yet so far away

I would build you an Arc de Triomphe
For your love would make me Napoleon of my world
Oh but I think that you may be my Waterloo
And I fear that I have gone too far this time
And now I am in exile

I would build you an Arc de Triomphe
For your love would make me Napoleon of my world
Oh but I think that you may be my 1812
And I fear that I have gone too far this time
And now I am in exile

Now you've heard my song
And though I near the end I am not done
For I shall stage a coup d'etat
For your heart

I would build you an Arc de Triomphe
For your love would make me Napoleon of my world
Oh but I think that you may be my Waterloo
And I fear that I have gone too far this time

Je te constuirais un Arc de Triomphe
Pour ton amour me ferait Napoleon de mon monde
Mais je pense que tu pourraise etre mon Waterloo
Et j'ai peur que je suis alle plus loin cette fois
Maintenant je suis dans l'exil
Track Name: Brandywine
Cross the Mason-Dixon
You’ll see the names change

For you are once again in the Old World
You thought you left it all behind
In ancient history
Remember when you thought that it would be that easy?

Brandywine, take me places I have never been before
Brandywine, as I sit here upon your shore
I see castles as I sing
I think I saw the Fisher King
There, on the Brandywine

Oh don’t you remember
All those wide skies
The beautiful blank pages of your first years
You thought you’d live to see them filled
With illustrations
Now you’re searching through old drawers, hoping that you saved them

Brandywine, take me places I have only been in dreams
Brandywine, as your water in the sunlight gleams
Oh there were pirates on your seas
Once, I imagined them with ease
Beside you Brandywine

Brandywine, take me places far above your rosy clouds
Brandywine, far beyond this realm of earthly doubts
Oh there are giants in your sky
And I’m content to lie
Beside you Brandywine
Track Name: Janitors
Janitors and alleycats are leering in the corners of my mind
It is after hours
I'm lying in my bed but I can't fall asleep
The springs are squeaky and this mattress is keeping Max awake
From all my tossing and turning
I'm not a tortured soul but I may lose my mind if I can't fall asleep this week

Architects and engineers are turning all the wheels in your mind
They'll keep it up till daybreak
There is nothing you can do, There is no place you can hide
But you can think about the breaking day and its coming joys
Oh! the anticipation
And you know there will be pain, you know there will be lies,
but that won't keep you from waking up

Janitors and alleycats, architects and engineers all
Are sitting down for morning tea they're sending out the invitations
You're all invited to the ball
You're all invited to the ball
You're all invited to the ball
Track Name: Sun Dog
Sun Dog
Follows his master into the
New day they're shining with laughter
On the horizon oh Sun Dog won't you run with me

In the
Fields of the sky you are baying,
Angels on high listen to you,
They say you say you remi - ind them of the Hound of Heaven

There is no prey so swift
Or cunning that can fly
There is no hiding from those eyes
But those eyes they do not gleam
In judgment or in spite
This Hound will chase you from darkness into light

Hound of
Heaven pursue me for I am
Lost in this forest that I have
Sown with these two twisted gardener's hands, they hinder me

There is no prey so swift
Or cunning that can fly-y-y
There is no hiding from those eyes
But those eyes they do not gleam
In judgment or in spite
This Hound will chase you from darkness into light

Sun Dog
Remember the one that you follow
Remember the master who calls you
Remember the Hound of Hounds who came before you
Track Name: Bristlecone
Bristlecone pine
You were awake when God heard the laugh of Abraham's wife
And in your youth you couldn't see the humor of it all

One of a kind
Eldest of all, you remember the times of death and of life
And in your book you wrote down the record of the fall
And deep in your heart you hoped you'd never fall
Oh, you hoped you’d never fall

Bristlecone pine
You breathed in the air when the men of the earth were making their wine
And in your pity you wished you could share the cup of pain
But deep in your heart you knew were already stained

Watching still, stand in silent witness
Won't you tell our children that we tried
I've seen proof that all is not lost
All is not lost
All is not lost

Once you were mine
Oh but instead of tending a garden I set out to find
Toil and torture upon this road alone
Oh but deep in my heart I still hoped it would lead me home

Watching still, stand in silent witness
Won't you tell our children that we tried
I've seen proof that all is not lost
All is not lost
All is not lost