Looking Backward: The 2007 Sessions

by Rocket Scientists

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In February of 2007, Mark McCrite (v,g), Erik Norlander (k) and Don Schiff (Stick) returned to the same Los Angeles-area studio where they recorded their early Rocket Scientists albums for a series of new sessions with drummer / percussionist Greg Ellis who appears on Norlander and Schiff's solo albums as well as on the Rocket Scientists - Oblivion Days album from 1999.

The quartet recorded a new disc of "live in the studio" material where they reinterpreted songs from the band's early studio albums, some with the benefit of over 15 years of perspective. "The 2007 Sessions", chronicles those recordings. Additional unreleased material recorded over the years was added to "The 2007 Sessions" disc including a special version of the Rocket Scientists classic, "Mariner", with guest vocals from long time Erik Norlander collaborator, Kelly Keeling. Two songs from the "Oblivion Days" album, "Escape" and "Break the Silence", were also remixed especially for "The 2007 Sessions" disc.

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released December 17, 2007

MARK McCRITE - vocals, guitars
ERIK NORLANDER - keyboards, vocals
DON SCHIFF - NS/Stick, Chapman Stick, bass guitars

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Greg Ellis - drums and percussion
Tommy Amato - drums
Lana Lane - 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 - studio 2007
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: Picture Show - studio 2007
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: Minstrel Savior - studio 2007
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 - studio 2007
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: Carry Me Home - studio 2007
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
Track Name: Escape - 2007 remix
Morning comes earlier each day
Summer turns colder as autumn falls
Darkness and daylight fade into gray
Shadows that haunt prison walls

They say time is a healer but time sealed your fate
You walk with the lonely and live with the hate
You need to rehearse but now the curtain is up
And God knows the show must go on

Oh, oh, oh
Escape
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Escape

Once you were young and you dreamed of the stars
Lighting the holes in the summer sky
Racing the wind with your best avatars
Blind to the time rushing by

Slowly gravity pulled you on down from the sky
You found that your wings were too heavy to fly
You built up the walls to lock the daydreams away
And lost yourself in the maze

Oh, oh, oh
Escape
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Escape
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Morning comes earlier each day
All dreams are fading as winter calls
Starlight and shadows take you away
Shapes on the old prison wall

They’re hanging up Jesus in a motel room
Some old velvet pictures, the sun and the moon
The cigarette smoke is hanging stale in the air
And God knows the show must go on

Oh, oh, oh
Escape ...
Track Name: Break the Silence - 2007 remix
Break the silence
Right in front of me
There’s a window
Overlooks the sea

Lightning strikes across the sky
Oceans full of dreams that died
Time is never on your side

Break the silence
Ashes through the rain
Lower the curtain
Lights out on the stage

Vermillion colored waves will rise
Oceans swallow paradise
Water from a moonlit sky

Breaks the silence

Break the silence
Waves are rolling in
Hold the circle
Shed this mortal skin

Lightning strikes across the sky
Oceans full of dreams that died
Time is never on your side

One last breath, a final sigh
As the water rises high
Mem’ries of a life gone by

Break the silence
Track Name: Mariner (feat. Kelly Keeling) - 2003 version
I travel deep blue oceans
Far from fields of green
I long for lack of motion
I dream for a change of scene

Dark are the days
Cold are the nights
Deep are the oceans below
But strong are the winds
That carry me home
I sing you the mariner’s song

I leave from ports familiar
Set sail to points unknown
To pierce the heart of darkness
Where the seeds of nightmares are sown

Dark are the days
Cold are the nights
Deep are the oceans below
But strong are the winds
That carry me home
I sing you the mariner’s song

Dark are the days
Cold are the nights
Deep are the oceans below
But strong are the winds
That carry me home
I sing you the mariner’s song