Gravity Makes The Flame Rise

by Michael Guy Bowman

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"Nuclear" June
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"Nuclear" June Easily up there with his best work. An evolution of his previous music while also feeling completely fresh. Favorite track: Burnout.
JAKE M
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JAKE M A solid set of tunes to dance to at the end of the world, or while overthrowing the government! Favorite track: 2020 Visions.
Ataxic Redyna
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Ataxic Redyna This album is about the modern day and the struggles we face living here. Definitely my new favorite by Bowman. Burnout is so good! Favorite track: Burnout.
MINES
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MINES I never knew how much I wanted Bowman to try out glam rock and new wave but hell, I am living for it.

His best yet. Favorite track: Burnout.
justisdevan
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justisdevan He's done it again! Glad the middle name is burning just as brightly as the first, if not more so. Favorite track: Gravity Makes The Flame Rise.
a happy chillgamesh
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a happy chillgamesh this one saved my soul a lil bit ok Favorite track: They Want To Live Forever.
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1.
Is this an ending If it all works out We'll be all screwed up If we're all still standing There can be no question Or just an omen And if so, so what Do the doors swing shut When the big one opens To the sound of trumpets 'Cause all I see are effigies The howling of the flames And you can tell the energy Will never be the same Is this a climax When the gloves and guns All go off at once At the intermission And you lose your program Or just the footnote From a book you read For a quiz you flunked In a classroom episode On a history lesson 'Cause all I feel is gravity So heavy you could drown Before you know it's happening You hear it in the sound Everyone is waiting for a sign, sign, sign Sign, sign, sign, Chemicals reacting in your mind, mind, mind Mind, mind, mind All the empty stations on the line, line, line Line, line, line I don't want to be the one who's left behind Left behind Here in the house Where the window's always white And the walls are black as night When it comes Out of a dream Where we both went for a ride You are laying by my side When it comes Is this an ending If it all works out We'll be all worked up If we're all still working In a club called nowhere Or just an omen 'Cause it's all so dark And it's all so drab And we're all so broken In a streetlight ocean 'Cause all we have are effigies Of who we were before The pictures and the Polaroids We buried in the drawer The paradox of promises The breaking of a heart And you can feel it burning Before the fire starts Everyone is waiting for a sign, sign, sign Sign, sign, sign, Chemicals reacting in your mind, mind, mind Mind, mind, mind All the empty stations on the line, line, line Line, line, line I don't want to be the one who's left behind Left behind Left behind Left behind Left behind Left behind Smiling and waving To where your family stands With the cameras in their hands When it comes Flash on the screen There's no order to the slides There is nothing left to hide When it comes You're bored and ignored And you're barely not alone It's the worst you've ever known When it comes Bright red with the shame But you can share the blame Catch the roses for your name When it comes We're running back in time, yeah We're running back in time, yeah We're running back in time, yeah We're running back in time, yeah We're running back in time, yeah We're running back in time, yeah
2.
When the young rebellion rides At the crest of a raising tide In the dance at the world's end You better watch your back, my friend They come on like kamikaze planes They got the chemicals in their veins They want to know where the danger lies And the magazine man cries They want to live forever They want to have it all They want to kiss their idols They want to break the walls They want to die for love Before the love just dies, dies They want to live forever They want to live forever When the true believers run Through the fire of the falling sun In the clash of the new and old You better hope that the water's cold They want to know what heaven's worth They're gonna make a little hell on earth They got a ticket to the teenage dream And so the morning headline screams They want to live forever They want to have it all They want to kiss their idols They want to break the walls They want to die for love Before the love just dies, dies They want to live forever They want to live forever and ever and ever and ever And ever and ever and ever and ever They want to live forever They want to have it all They want to kill their idols They want to break the walls They want to die for love Before the love just dies, dies They want to live forever They want to live forever and ever and ever and ever And ever and ever and ever and ever
3.
Burnout 04:30 video
Congratulations, Sir What's-Your-Name You're all that glitters, like a moth into the flame Designer clothes, imported cars And just enough cologne to cover your cigars Your power station is quite secure Haunting the hallways and hiding in the doors Your innovations don't ever last Your occupation's got you going nowhere fast If you really want to have it all You're never gonna have enough Baby, you'll be burning up If you really want to rule the world You're gonna have to burn it down Baby, you'll be burning out Year after year, locked in the game Update the menu, but the venue's all the same The power players already know You hit the ceiling such a long, long time ago You take it out on little things Swipe at the insects underneath you when it stings Dreaming of conquest, dreaming of pride Throw down the whip, my friend, you're cracking up inside If you really want to have it all You're never gonna have enough Baby, you'll be burning up If you really want to rule the world You're gonna have to burn it down Baby, you'll be burning out
4.
Get Tough 04:04
Don't talk to me about living the dream I might be dreaming, but I'm not sleeping sound Don't talk to me about living on handouts When you're living on hand-be-downs I feel like I must be losing my grip Clinging to memories, but trying to be hip All the other ways I should've gone instead I could be a lawyer or a doctor or dead It's a long time living Long before you're living it up And every chance I'm given I've thought about giving it up There are bills to be paid There is love to be made There are treacherous waters That we all must wade And you can beg on your hands and knees But it isn't enough You've got to get tough Don't talk to me about beating the odds I'm only standing while the world beats me down Don't talk to me about rising above When you run with the underground I feel like I must be losing my mind Opening windows, closing the blinds All the other ways I should've gone instead No matter where I go I can't get out of my head It's a long time living Long before you're living it up And every chance I'm given I've thought about giving it up There are bills to be paid There is love to be made There are treacherous waters That we all must wade And you can beg for mercy, please But it isn't enough You've got to get tough And just a little bit stronger And just a little bit wiser For just a little bit longer We'll get a little bit higher
5.
Now that the money's run out What was all of this all about Counting the hours and days Every moment you sold away Looking for the right stuff Waiting for the right friends Vanish in the light of Morning when the night ends Were you only dreaming Don't you feel like screaming I want the real thing I want the real thing Oh oh oh I want the real thing I want the real thing Oh oh oh And if it all comes back And you find yourself on the track Where you came off the rails When they promised you couldn't fail Reading all the right books Thinking all the right thoughts In another light looks Like you had a blindspot Who would ever choose this Would you rather lose this I want the real thing I want the real thing Oh oh oh I want the real thing I want the real thing Oh oh oh And when the diamond in your hand was only coal And every bullet in your plan was full of holes And you're not sure there ever was an easy street It's a minor defeat 'Cause you know what you need And you want something real Do you know what is real Well I want the real thing I want the real thing Oh oh oh I want the real thing I want the real thing Oh oh oh
6.
Who controls sound? Who controls sound? Who controls the music you hear The music you hear Who controls love? Who controls love? Who controls the way that you feel The way that you feel Manufacturers Manufacture us Satisfaction guaranteed Who controls light? Who controls light? Who controls the wonders and signs The telephone lines Who controls words? Who controls words? Who controls the stories you read The things that you need Manufacturers Manufacture us Satisfaction guaranteed Who controls time? Who controls time? Who controls the magazines The changing scenes Who controls us? Who controls us? Who controls the things that you do? Is it only you? Manufacturers Manufacture us Satisfaction guaranteed
7.
2020 Visions 03:01
Last year was a total bore This year is a total war Last year was a total joke This year we go up in smoke 2020 you're a memory now They're lining up at the end of our town 2020 you're a memory now They want to burn the government down Ooh, I had a vision Burn baby burn baby burn baby burn Ooh, I had a vision Burn baby burn baby burn baby burn Last year was a big mistake This year see the chessboard shake Last year was a safety zone This year is the great unknown 2020 you're a memory now They're coming up from the end of our town 2020 you're a memory now They want to burn the government down Ooh, I had a vision Burn baby burn baby burn baby burn Ooh, I had a vision Burn baby burn baby burn baby burn Ooh, I had a vision Burn baby burn baby burn baby burn Ooh, I had a vision Burn baby burn baby burn baby burn Come on and burn baby burn baby burn baby burn Come on and burn baby burn baby burn baby burn Come on and burn baby burn baby burn baby burn Last year was a warning sign This year is a firing line Last year was a failing grade This year is a midnight raid 2020 you're a memory now They're coming up from the end of our town 2020 you're a punchline now They want to burn the government down
8.
Anarchy 03:42
There was a time You thought it all was for you You saw the sun in the sky You breathed the air and you knew That the world was yours It was something to have It was all-you-can-eat You took all you could grab Oh, what a time What a sight to behold You were more than alive Your ambitions were bold You were high on a bluff Could not confess a mistake You demanded the best Left the worst in your wake You could never be stopped It was your moment All the destiny talk It kept you going What an awful surprise To see it all flash through your eyes Tonight we live in anarchy Tonight the idols will fall Tonight we live with the heartache Fooling like you rule it all Tonight belongs to no one Tonight is bigger than you Tonight we're going to show them There's nothing that we will not do These are the thoughts That we have in the dark While you're calling the shots We're swimming with sharks In a battle royale In a bevy of blows Every bump in the road Like a punch in the nose This is the crowd That you cannot control They are calling you out They will swallow you whole There is fire in their eyes There is blood on their hands You're the one they despise And they're making demands There is nowhere to run They're at the front door And now that you are the one That they have come for What a horrible shock To be the new head on the block Tonight we live in anarchy Tonight the idols will fall Tonight we live with the heartache Fooling like you rule it all Tonight belongs to no one Tonight is bigger than you Tonight we're going to show them There's nothing that we will not do
9.
We don't know who we are We don't know who we are And we don't care We don't care We don't know what we want We don't know what we want But we want it now Yeah we want it now And we know we have rights Written by magical men With the wave of a pen In the land of the free Where you don't have to be Anyone at all We don't know why we're here We don't know why we're here But we won't leave We won't leave We don't know when to stop We don't know when to stop And we won't slow down No, we won't slow down And we know we're in charge With a license from God To take whatever we want In the land for the free Where you can give your disease To anyone at all And we don't negotiate And you can't retaliate And we hold on to our hate Because it's all we have And we don't think twice When it all comes crashing down Crashing down We don't know who we are We don't know who we are But we know where We know where And we love it to death And you can't disagree Because it's all true to me In the land of the free Where you don't have to be Anyone at all
10.
There's a riot on the pavement When you walk into the street With a dream of retribution And the rising of the heat Do you kiss the feet of beggars Do you let them stand alone When you look down to your fingers And the body's not your own Tell me how it feels With the world sitting on your shoulders All the time Tell me how it feels With the blood inside you running colder On and on On and on There's a blackout in the city When the poles are realigned And the compass spins forever So you have to speak your mind At the mercy of the public In the violence of the state If you cannot change your answer Will you trust the hands of fate Tell me how it feels With the world sitting on your shoulders All the time Tell me how it feels With the blood inside you running colder On and on On and on

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released January 26, 2021

Written and performed by Michael Guy Bowman

Drums by Bijan Eghtesady
Guitar solo by Joren de Bruin (track 1)
Piano by Thomas Hatfield (track 10)

Cover art by Caroline Barlow

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