Ampersand, Volume 2
Sometimes music is just music. Songwriters and artists create works about which they are passionate. Sometimes these works fall into a certain category; sometimes they don’t.
Ampersand, Volume 2 is a brand new IZZ album. These are songs that reflect our passion for songwriting and our exploration of music created at once from both the heart and the head.
Ampersand, Volume 2 is the perfect vehicle for these songs because, until now, they have been orphans. Just as the tracks on the first volume of Ampersand did not find a home on any previous IZZ album, these songs have been biding their time, waiting for their moment. Now they have it.
We hope you enjoy listening to these songs as much as we enjoyed crafting, arranging and recording them. While these songs may not fit into a specific category, we trust that you will agree that they fit into the category known as IZZ.
This isn’t you, this isn’t now • This isn’t right, tell me how • There are things we don’t understand • Is it all a master plan? •• If anyone could find this • If anyone would dare to see • I’d take away your blindness • Then you’d be truly free • But we’re all sleeping •• This isn’t it, this isn’t me • This isn’t right, but who can see? • If you have a clue • I will follow you •• But we’re all sleeping •• If anyone could find this • If anyone would dare to see • I’d take away your blindness • Then you’d be truly free •• If anyone… • If anyone… • I’d take away your blindness • Then you’d be truly free
Look in the mirror, I’m Fine • Look in the mirror, I’m Fine • I can wake up to the music in the morning • Look in the mirror, I’m Fine •• In the town where I live • There’s a place I call Dreaming • In the town where I live • There’s a place I call Dreaming •• Dreaming • Dreaming
Burn if you let it • Burn it will, right through • Finding some meaning • Finding even a clue • Burn if you let it • Burn it will, right through • Right to your soul •• All of us, we have our problems • Just admit it, we’re all the same • It looks a little different for each person • But it drives us the same amount insane •• So, burn if you let it • Burn it will, right through • Right to your soul • Right to your soul •• Your soul •• All people • In all moments • Existing in time • “We are not • Who they say • We are… • Let me remind you of who we are” •• Left to our own devices • Left to our very being • Binded, tied up, muffled, muted • All belief will be disputed •• Giving up and giving in •• See the door opening •• Burn if you let it • Burn it will, right through • Finding some meaning • Finding more than a clue •• Burn if you let it • Burn it will, right through • Right to your soul
One intent, always is, always was • To be content • What we have is more than enough • Live a day lasting a lifetime • Live a life, only way, day by day •• Every day I live for you • Every thought is of you • Help me to decide • The ways that are wrong and right •• Let it be known • I’ll never need too much to appreciate • The deeds are done, the race is run • I fall behind, but I approach • Only, yes I approach • Only to sit in your glorious gaze •• Gazing at you… I’m inspired to speak my mind • Gazing right at you I speak only my heart •• You call me, but I don’t even hear a sound • You show yourself, but nowhere can you be found • You make it seem so easy, so easy to trust • But I realize it’s something I don’t do much •• Take me by the hand • Lead me into peace • Where I’m not afraid • Worry is released •• Every day I live for you • Every thought is of you • Help me to decide • The ways that are wrong and right
When I was just as far as I could walk • From here today • There was an hour, all still • All still •• When leaning with my head against a flower • I heard you talk • Don’t say I didn’t • For I heard you say • you spoke from that flower on the window sill • Do you remember what it was you said? • Do you remember what it was you said? • First tell me what it was you thought you heard •• Having found the flower, and driven a bee away • I leaned on my head and holding by the stalk • I listened and I thought I • I thought I caught the word • What was it? • Did you call me by my name? • Or did you say someone said “Come” • I heard it as I bowed •• I may have thought as much but not aloud
Don’t be afraid • There is no end • The road continues • Around the bend •• And you will run • And you will fly • You’ll live forever • You’ll never die •• Don’t be afraid • Just take my hand • The words are written • There in the sand •• As darkened skies • Give way to blue • You will remember • What you once knew •• What you once knew...
07 Hail Double Knob, Children of Mars
Again and again • Every time you'd catch my eye • I’d always find your face • We’d end up in the same place •• Again and again • I would be searching to hear my name from your lips •• Again and again • Every time you'd catch my eye • I’d always find your face • We’d end up in the same place
I’m not surprised that you came here • I’m not surprised that you showed • The way you feel • Cause you know it’s real •• Why would you give up control • For an hour? •• I’m well aware of the roadblocks • And I’m well versed in distractions •• And the compromise • When we realize • It was never a show • Meant for our… • Entertainment •• I heard you talking just the other day • Always expecting to get paid • You wanna know what’s in it for you • Sometimes I feel like I am swimming in a shark infested tank •• They’re crying out for more attention • While they conveniently forget to mention • Everything is aimed for your ascension in time • Ascension in time •• How could we not desire • To reach the top • Even in our finest hour • We feel the drop •• And as we climb so high • We’ve nowhere to go but down • And even though we try • We can’t escape the ground •• The ground •• I heard you talking just the other day • Always expecting to get paid • You always wanna know what’s in it for you • Sometimes I feel like I am swimming in a shark infested tank •• They’re crying out for more attention • They conveniently forget to mention • Your ascension • Your ascension in time
11 Spellbound in the Vortex