Earthbound - 2007 Remastered Edition

by Rocket Scientists

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EARTHBOUND is the debut CD from the Los Angeles - based ROCKET SCIENTISTS, originally released in 1993. The album is also the debut production from keyboardist Erik Norlander who has gone on to produce 25 + albums for his Think Tank Media record label.

EARTHBOUND was the brainchild of vocalist / guitarist Mark McCrite and keyboardist Erik Norlander who had played together since high school. After playing live gigs around the Los Angeles area for several years with various incarnations of Rocket Scientists (3 piece to 6 piece!), McCrite and Norlander set out to record a master quality demo that they would use to search for the holy grail, the sacred cow, the all - mighty and equally elusive "record deal".

Rocket Scientists received several offers for recording contracts and many more invitations to change the band's sound -- sometimes in conflicting ways. McCrite and Norlander grew up listening to 70s progressive rock, and even though that genre was particularly frowned upon in the late 80s and early 90s, the two did their best to stay true to their roots while producing recordings that were commercially viable.

EARTHBOUND was pressed up on Norlander's fledgling Think Tank Media label, then just a production company moniker, as a dual - purpose demo to larger labels and saleable product. What surprised both Norlander and McCrite was how a seemingly underground progressive community embraced the album. While on the one side, business people were telling Rocket Scientists to be more commercial, write shorter songs and be less indulgent, the fans and shops that were buying the CDs told them exactly the opposite -- stretch out, be more experimental, write longer pieces, don't be in such a hurry to get to a chorus, etc.

As Rocket Scientists weighed their options and mulled over directional shifts, the first pressing of EARTHBOUND sold out. Another was made, then another, and another. In 1995 the band was offered a licensing deal by Kinesis Records in the United States and the Marquee Corporation in Japan for their second album, BRUTAL ARCHITECTURE, which was decidedly more adventurous, more artistic, more "progressive". In 1997, Rocket Scientists toured for the first time in Europe, recording their live CD, EARTH BELOW AND SKY ABOVE. In 1999, the band exceeded already high expectations with their third studio effort, OBLIVION DAYS, displaying more evolution and sophistication than ever before. They followed up with the epic 2CD release, REVOLUTION ROAD, in 2006 and toured extensively from 2007 through early 2009 in North America and Europe participating in multiple festivals in addition to club and theater dates.

After exhausting several pressings, EARTHBOUND had been out of print since 2001. A remastered reissue CD was released in 2007 as part of the LOOKING BACKWARD box set. The remastered version of EARTHBOUND is also available for legal download here at Bandcamp!

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released January 10, 1993

Mark McCrite - vocals, guitars
Erik Norlander - keyboards, vocals
Don Schiff - Chapman Stick, bass guitar

with
Tommy Amato - drums
Tim Gehrt - drums
Curtis Balmer - additional guitars
Lana Lane - harmony vocals

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Rocket Scientists El Dorado Hills, California

Formed in the late 1980s by keyboardist Erik Norlander and vocalist / guitarist Mark McCrite, the two released their first CD in 1993 joined by bassist Don Schiff who soon became a part of the band. RS has played many festivals and concert dates across North America and Europe and continue to release new music. Memorable songwriting and innovative instrumentation are Rocket Scientists hallmarks ... more

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Track Name: Earthbound - 2007 remaster
EARTHBOUND
Music by Mark McCrite / Lyrics by Erik Norlander
(c) 1993, 2007 Waking Dream Music, BMI

Watch the sun set on my shoulder
Oceans come and go flow through my eyes
Mirror, mirror crack the earthbound river
You can feel the time rushing by

Ocean in the pouring rain
Matter flowing through my veins
Earth rolls on, earth rolls on
Rain dance on a windy shore
Earthbound forevermore

Feel the weight of the world on your shoulders
Listing, drifting through a piece of the big sky
Days, like sand, slip through my hand
Can't you feel the time rushing by?

Shotgun on a desert train
You bless the soul and pray for rain
Earth rolls on, earth rolls on
Searching for the open door
You deserve so much more
But time marches on
Earth rolls on

If you feel like a pawn in some greater game
And if you feel the walls are closing in
I am no messiah, I am no sorcerer - saint
I am just a man bound to this land
Take my hand

So many days slip through my hand
You can see a thousand worlds in my eyes
Read the message in my teardrops
Wonder how the time passed you by

Ocean in the pouring rain
Matter flowing through my veins
Earth rolls on, earth rolls on
Rain dance on a windy shore
Earthbound forevermore
Track Name: Down Trodden - 2007 remaster
DOWN TRODDEN
Words and music by Erik Norlander and Mark McCrite
©1993, 2007 Waking Dream Music, BMI

The word was with her
As I came to her
Across a crowded room
I saw the light in her eyes

Angels falling from the sky
Witness from the earth below
A hundred thousand angels
Wish they weren't coming home
Angels falling from the sky
Down trodden like tears from God's eye
So sad when angels
Wish they'd never ever learned to fly

I am a mountain
I am the ocean
I am the blue hot flame
I am the air that you breathe

Angels falling from the sky
Witness from the earth below
A hundred thousand angels
Wish they weren't coming home
Angels falling from the sky
Down trodden like tears from God's eye
So sad when angels
Wish they'd never ever learned to fly
Track Name: Picture Show - 2007 remaster
PICTURE SHOW
Music by Mark McCrite, Lyrics by Erik Norlander
(c) 1993, 2007 Waking Dream Music

I was on the outside
Far, far away
And I didn't know what all I had
And how it would change
Now I'm on the inside
Looking down, down, down
On the ladders and ropes I climbed
To the top of this town

I wanna go where the rich and famous go
Heaven knows they're living in a picture show

I am just a sailor
On a cruel, cruel sea
Turning and returning one day
Pieces of me
Where have all my old friends gone?
Gone far, far away
Maybe they'll return someday
Maybe they'll stay

We wanna go where the rich and famous go
Heaven knows they're living in a picture show

Stars will fall like raindrops do
And time may change my point of view
But everything I dreamed is coming true

We wanna go where the rich and famous go
Heaven knows they're living in a picture show
Track Name: No More Lies - 2007 remaster
NO MORE LIES
by Erik Norlander and Mark McCrite
(c) 1993, 2007 Waking Dream Music

There's a place and time to lend your love
It's not a crime
There is time for letting go

I wanna be the only one to light the spark of the midnight sun
Can me meet on higher ground?

Now there's time to breathe
Time for you and me
No more lies this time, this time
We'll walk the road in peace
To eternity
No more lies this time, this time

On an on we run like a tiger finds his place in the sun
To the edge of modern time

She went out on a westbound train
I stood and stared in the pouring rain
Now she's back and we'll start again

Now there's time to breathe
Time for you and me
No more lies this time, this time
We'll walk the road in peace
On eternally
No more lies this time, this time
No more lies

Tonight we touch the light
Where love will never die
No, no, no
Now that you're back
The sun's shining right through the rain

I wanna be the only one to light the spark of the midnight sun
Can me meet on higher ground?

Now there's time to breathe
Time for you and me
No more lies this time, this time
We'll walk the road in peace
On eternally
No more lies this time, this time
Track Name: Killing Joke - 2007 remaster
KILLING JOKE
by Erik Norlander and Mark McCrite
(c)1993, 2006 Waking Dream Music, BMI

Under a pale yellow lamplight
'cross a cobblestone street of dreams
I heard footsteps marking time
For love that used to be

It seems just now I should be stronger than this
Have all these years been an empty risk
I've given my soul, surrendered my name
Without love all that's left is pain

After all you'll see that this was the killing joke
All alone you're drowning while everyone stays afloat
And in the end you'll see that this was the final stroke
Many a love has died at the hand of the killing joke

On top of an earthbound shadow dance
'round the corner of a dream
I saw ropes on an iron box
Lowering carefully

But I've walked roads much stranger than this
Up on streets drawn white with mist
I've wandered alone in search of pure truth
But all I've found is the death of youth

And after all you'll see that this was the killing joke
All alone you're drowning while everyone stays afloat
And in the end you'll see that this was the final stroke
Many a love has died at the hand of the killing joke
Track Name: Avalon - 2007 remaster
AVALON
Music by Mark McCrite, Lyrics by Erik Norlander
©1993, 2007 Waking Dream Music, BMI

I’ve been standin’ in line
At Terminal 9
I’m leavin’ here today
I’ll be rising above the land
And I hope you’ll understand
Why it had to end this way

A wave of sadness washes me away
Avalon, take me far across the bay . . .

I wish there was time for watching the tide
But I’ve been racing with the wind
I’ve been put on the stage
And the passing parade won’t stop to let me by

A wave of sadness washes over me
Avalon, there beyond the deep blue sea . . .

All the people I’ve known
These upholstered memories
I’m leaving them behind
But the stories to tell
Of the bright stars that fell
I’ll be joining them there

A wave of sadness washes me away
Avalon, take me far across the bay ...
Track Name: Minstrel Saviour - 2007 remaster
MINSTREL SAVIOUR
by Erik Norlander and Mark McCrite
(c)1993, 2006 Waking Dream Music, BMI

Follow me, I'll ease the pain
Blood and water flowing evermore
Whisper softly, speak my name
This time is just a sublime open door

You called me saviour, speak to me in tongues
Tell how the angels walked and now they run
Minstrel saviour let me understand
Am I the timeless fool
Or am I a part of the plan?

Turn the pages of my days
In the court I stand a minstrel fool
At center stage my days will pass
Some gone forever and some going fast

You called me saviour, take me far above
These terran poisons, beating demon drums
Minstrel saviour let the games begin
Familiar stranger
Time to sink or swim

I see no storybook endings
Just the blackness of empty space
I see no justice balanced
Just a jester's laughing face
I see no brave utopia
Just the bitter flux of time
Drinking from the Tigris
Drowning in the Rhine

Listen softly falls the rain
Blood like water flowing evermore
And the tide is turning once again
Let the tide keep turning forevermore

You called me saviour, speak to me in tongues
Tell how the angels walked and now they run
Minstrel saviour let me understand
Am I the timeless fool
Or am I a part of the plan?
Track Name: When Sorrow Falls - 2007 remaster
WHEN SORROW FALLS
by Mark McCrite and Erik Norlander
©1993, 2007 Waking Dream Music

They say a little rain must fall on every dream parade
But I've been washed downstream
And in sorrow's wake I've been passing the time

All of the promises we made
Don't mean a thing without you here
I've been wandering and living in the past

When sorrow falls
A cold wind blows and the pictures start to fade
The white washed walls
Bitter are the memories that remain
When sorrow falls

Forgotten tales of yesterday
I see your face in empty rooms all washed over
No songs of love
No rhythm, no rhyme
Here on this snowbound winter day
Will the sun refuse the shine?
I've been wondering
Fighting back the tears

When sorrow falls
A cold wind blows and the pictures start to fade
The white washed walls
Bitter are the memories that remain
When sorrow falls
Track Name: Calm Before the Storm - 2007 remaster
CALM BEFORE THE STORM
by Mark McCrite and Erik Norlander
© 1993, 2007 Waking Dream Music, BMI

I see a black sail
It's coming to me
I would reject it all if that would set us free
Cast these chain of ages onto the floor
Light the fire
Burn forevermore

Time flies from here

When the calm before the storm comes
Take my hand and we'll take shelter
With all odds against us now
This will be our finest hour

We are the lonely ones
A people who would be free
But I see a future man like and unlike me
So let the first waves crash upon the shore
Then light the fire
Burn forevermore

Time flies from here

When the calm before the storm comes
Take my hand and we'll take shelter
With all odds against us now
This will be our finest hour
In the calm before the storm
You can feel your heart beating
All the odds against us now
This will be our finest hour

All the movers and the shakers
All the strongmen fade away
But the thinkers and good men
They will have their day

Time flies from here

When the calm before the storm comes
Take my hand and we'll take shelter
With all odds against us now
This will be our finest hour
In the calm before the storm
You can feel your heart beating
All the odds against us now
This will be our finest hour
Track Name: Temple of Pain - 2007 remaster
TEMPLE OF PAIN
by Mark McCrite and Erik Norlander
(c)1993, 2007 Waking Dream Music, BMI

Too little, too late
Don't play my sympathies, the time has passed
Like dominoes falling down
Too late to catch me now
The damage is done

The priests are working day and night
Building my temple of pain
Too many golden rooms and hallowed halls
Inside my temple of pain

Somehow, some way
The endless summer is a thing of the past
And love has flown away
Maybe forever
Now the damage is done

The priests are working day and night
Building my temple of pain
Too many golden rooms and hallowed halls
Inside my temple of pain

Don't wait for answers
Get out while you can
They're building bricks around you
Chains to bind you
Walls to hold you down

The priests are working day and night
Building my temple of pain
Too many golden rooms and hallowed halls
Inside my temple of pain
Track Name: Carry Me Home - 2007 remaster
CARRY ME HOME
by Erik Norlander and Mark McCrite
©1993, 2007 Waking Dream Music, BMI

Seems like a thousand years have passed
All of the seasons have been broken

Can I break the chains of time
Sailing on its river
Cast away the reins
Reaching out forever

Wind, carry me home
Through autumn rain and winter snow
I've been gone for heaven knows
I'm on my way back home
To where the rivers flow

The pattern in the stars remains
The road ahead looks quite familiar

I'll break the chains of time
Sailing on its river
Cast away the reins
Reaching out forever

Wind, carry me home
Through autumn rain and winter snow
I've been gone for heaven knows
I'm on my way back home
To where the rivers flow

Seems like a thousand years have passed
All of the seeds of faith are scattered

Can I break the chains of time
Sailing on its river
Cast away the reins
Reaching out forever

Wind, carry me home
Through autumn rain and winter snow
I've been gone for heaven knows
I'm on my way back home
To where the rivers flow