Long Way To Go (2011)

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When I started writing songs for what would become Mara Project, I never really had any intention of them being used, played, or becoming anything other than a bunch of songs for me to listen to myself.

Mara Project was the most organic songwriting experience I've ever had. All songs started off as innocent little riffs or vocal melodies that eventually evolved in to bigger bolder demos, and that's essentially what I wanted them to be.

No, not demos. I don't really like the word 'Demo', it feels kind of self-restricting and makes it sound like the product isn't as valuable somehow as it's not the final version. But in this case, these 'sketches' let's call them, became the final tracks - and that's exactly what songwriting is about for me.

Unlike with my other musical projects, these songs just happened with no logical process whatsoever. Most song writers have a 'way' or 'ways' of writing and creating songs - even I do, but these ones happened without any effort whatsoever.

A happy accident if you will.

I hope you enjoy listening to the songs, and thank you for buying them.

All sales between 31/03/2011 and 30/04/2011 were donated to Japan Red Cross to help the victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami.

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released March 31, 2011

All songs written by Drew Bristow except tracks 6 written by Drew Bristow & Phoebe Votolato and track 7 written by Drew Bristow & Duncan-Disorderly (of Duncan Disorderly and the Skallywags)

All Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals performed by Drew Bristow
Except track 9 all instruments performed by Erik Lind & Ideal Green
Vocals on tracks 2, 6, 9 by Phoebe Votolato
Vocals on track 7 by Duncan-An-Disorderly

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Once branded as the Ska Belle & Sebastian (which isn't such a bad thing) I like to think of my songs as being of the Agora- Socia-Phobi-Ska genre, but it doesn't exist so 'sometimes acoustic Ska/Reggae/Rocksteady' will have to do. It's bit of a long genre name though... I've been on a very long hiatus, but I am currently working on some NEW MUSIC! ... more

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Track Name: Long Way To Go
LONG WAY TO GO

When you wake up and you find it’s a dream,
Don’t understand, it’s to hard to believe.
How can we ‘be’ if we never do see –
It’s just the chains of this reality.
Find that your fear is as one with ‘all we’
How do you know if you truly are free?
When you wake up and you find it’s a dream,
Don’t undertand it’s too hard to believe.

Woah, you’ve got a long long way to go.

If you are here then you don’t know ‘the way’
Or know the way, but have chosen to stay.
Not many seek, but a few people may –
But run away when the Mara come play.
To put a foot on that path is a start,
The rest is up to your head and your heart.
Not many seek but a few people may,
But run away when the Mara come play.

(Chorus)
Track Name: Overstand (feat. Phoebe Votolato)
OVERSTAND

Somehow I see now, it’s all up to me now,
I’m running out of things to say.
My argument’s toothless, excuses are useless,
Can’t stop me from running away.
I try to appease me, but found it’s not easy
To live in such a righteous way.
The karma continues collecting the sins
You won’t stop at the end of the day.

Woah, we’ll never see the end of the suffering, woah
Unless we stop - to question why...
Woah, it’s easy to believe nothing’s happening, woah
Your eyes may be open but you’re blind.

Through walking and breathing, believe we’re existing
But trapped by our own mistakes.
The time that you’re taking might lead to escaping
The small chance you’ll ever be saved.
To question the reason is how we should seize them
And stop them from getting away,
Won’t rope them or brand them, we must overstand them
And push for a positive change.
Track Name: Fight
FIGHT

Yesterday knows – what tomorrow never shows.
This is no retreat, standing stronger on my two feet.
No woodwinds blow, these wounds are hard to treat...
Feeling your defeat now I’m seeing who I am again.

I will break your rules,
I will play my hand,
Though I may have lost – there’s still a war to fight, and
Though I may have lost, lost, lost.

Ways that you chose – contributing to woes.
Never will they seek, static on the fourth and second beats.
Though I don’t know, I think before I speak,
If it makes you weak, I’ll believe it for the hell of it.

(Chorus)
Track Name: No Complicater
NO COMPLICATER

Tricks with paper, and stolen time,
Instigator, as you roll and rhyme,
Make me later in a state of mind,
Soaked in vapour, try to make it mine.

And all the things we find,
We know it’s locked up deep inside,
A key to free your mind, you’re already holding.

Lost in caper, til you drop the dime,
No aggravator, when you’re feeling fine,
I wish you safer as you walk the line,
No complicater, what’s yours is mine.

(Chorus)
Track Name: No More Blue
NO MORE BLUE

Woah, woah alright, woah

Darkness cannot exist in the presence of light.
Much like I know when the walls come down, we’re heading for a big big fight.
Be strong now, no defeatist, it’s gonna take a lot to survive.
So dig deeper, and hold on now, it’s gonna be a hell of a ride.

To tell now what next will come – from the deception and lies,
And the government plans that will elevate ‘the man’
Until we find the strength to rise.
As the hunger, greed increases,
The stakes begin to rise on both sides,
So believe when I repeat this, we need to take a stand in the light

Woah, woah alright, woah

With the music, and a message – nothing get through our defence.
We will leave them – non-believers as we rally for a life that makes sense.
And the demons which infested it will never have a place to hide,
When we sing these words, all the Mara gonna burn, burn, burn bye bye.

Woah, woah alright, woah
Track Name: The Path You Take (feat. Phoebe Votolato)
THE PATH YOU TAKE

Sequence of incidents you can’t control,
Deep in your soul is a bottomless hole.
Had it been known such a long time ago,
What would have grown if not just left alone.

Come on and show what’s inside of you.

Repeat the accidents, you’re on a roll,
No one will know if you break from the shoal.
If this is all until your time comes to go,
You need ro grow or you’re destined to be owned.

Come on and show what’s inside of you.
Track Name: The Method (feat. Duncan-An-Disorderly)
THE METHOD

With a method in his madness, we can all let go

So slow, like the water rise...
People eating up the soul, right before our eyes.
So slow, our destiny is created,
Not once but twice yeah we lose our minds,
Only to find that we shoulda waited.

Feel the one, the rhythm
Move it to the music that be goin’ on
Feel the one, the rhythm
Move it to the music that be goin’ on
With a method in his madness, we can all let go

So don’t stop, keep moving, give it time
Move to the music that is your life.
And if it is that you think that the beat ain’t right –
Stop, re-write it at any time.

And as we go along our way,
getting lost in the moment every day by day,
Remember to listen what the prophet say,
and follow your own insight.

We are the holders and the makers of the key – we need to unlock our own destiny.
And when it seems that the door won’t open, we need to knock it right down.

So slow, like the water rise...
People eating up the soul, right before our eyes.
So slow, our destiny is created,
Not once but twice yeah we lose our minds,
Only to find that we shoulda waited.

You’ve got to feel the one, the rhythm
Move it to the music that be goin’ on
Feel the one, the rhythm
Move it to the music that be goin’ on
With a method in his madness, we can all let go
Track Name: Demons
DEMONS

The enemy from within has got you up against a wall
As you succumb to the next injection,
And if you sold your soul to the man who’s just a hole
Then you’re heading in the wrong direction.

Powder your belief, that you think it’s your release
but you don’t see with the best intentions,
No longer who you were as your life becomes a blur,
And you start to live in 2 dimension.

Oh, why don’t we bleed when we are free?
Oh, I why don’t we see that there’s no need?
Oh, I won’t believe until I see,
We’ve all got demons to feed.

(Solo/break section)

(Chorus)

The remedy for your sins developed an allergy to your soul,
Coz you bask in the last rejection,
There’s never a way to sleep, if you carry on and keep
Yourself confined in your own detention.
Searching for the path, as you walk along the road,
If you know, there’s no need to mention...
I’d offer to assist but it’s best to walk alone
than to walk with the worst companion.

(Chorus)
Track Name: Overstand (Ideal Green Remix feat. Phoebe Votolato)
OVERSTAND

Somehow I see now, it’s all up to me now,
I’m running out of things to say.
My argument’s toothless, excuses are useless,
Can’t stop me from running away.
I try to appease me, but found it’s not easy
To live in such a righteous way.
The karma continues collecting the sins
You won’t stop at the end of the day.

Woah, we’ll never see the end of the suffering, woah
Unless we stop - to question why...
Woah, it’s easy to believe nothing’s happening, woah
Your eyes may be open but you’re blind.

Through walking and breathing, believe we’re existing
But trapped by our own mistakes.
The time that you’re taking might lead to escaping
The small chance you’ll ever be saved.
To question the reason is how we should seize them
And stop them from getting away,
Won’t rope them or brand them, we must overstand them
And push for a positive change.