Illusion Of Control

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A darkly atmospheric song about an agonising dilemma.


Just like a gun,
This cannot be outrun.
It’s got a gravity all of its own.

The rain can’t cleanse me,
And love won’t mend me.
I’m devoid of decision,
It’s sewn into my line.
Shook the tree of my kin,
And watched the glass,
Shatter around me.

If only my heart could,
Do as my head would.
Breaking out in an ice cold sweat,
Does not satisfy this thirst.
What if my heart could.
Do as I know it should.
Even illusion of control,
Would keep this fear submersed.

I have a hope,
That you’ll unloose the rope.
I’ll hold it together,
Please won’t you tether me down?

Nobody can know,
Though I’m ‘bout to overflow.
To confide would be to ride,
In the shame of the stocks,
See smoke from a barrel,
And a secret locked up let free.

Whilst the water of life gets the better of you,
Those you love get the rest, too hard to chew.
Though you make yourself sick to gain an ounce of reprieve,
‘Til the end of days you’ll be game for the thief.


from Left Hand of Darkness, released August 8, 2013
Alex Marshall: electric guitar & vocals
Roger Hurn: acoustic guitar
Dan Cooper: piano, bass guitar, strings & percussion



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Greenstick London, UK

Greenstick trace their origins to a rock & roll band. Alex took up the drumsticks of his late father to complete the reunion of the fabled Grim Down South. Soon after Alex and Roger (GDS bass player) grabbed guitars to form a dynamic songwriting partnership with singer Hayley, whose songs range from driving to whimsical with memorable lyrics and sweet harmonies. ... more

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