Perihelion

by Null Device

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Null Device's unabashedly modern 5th full-length continues to blend dance music with pop hooks and instrumental influences from around the world.

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released 30 July 2013

Null Device is: Eric Oehler, Eric Goedken and Jill Sheridan

All songs 2013 (Oehler/Goedken) except
Metaphysic, Retrograde (Oehler/Sheridan),
Night Owl,Cockatoo Girls (Oehler),
Torchlights (Oehler/Goedken/Sheridan)
published by Null Device Media Industries

Produced by Null Device
Engineered and Mastered by Eric Oehler at Submersible Studios, Madison, www.submersiblestudios.com
Assistant Engineer: Lenore Schmoldt

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Null Device is a collaboration between multi-instrumentalist Eric Oehler, lyricist Eric Goedken, and keyboardist/vocalist Jill Sheridan, with a host of others joining the fray. A cross-country collaboration that has produced four full-length albums and several independent releases, Null Device has been experimenting with various styles of electronic and world music. ... more

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Track Name: The One Who Came After Me
He's shorter than me
He has abhorrent Political views Nevertheless
Now he's the man who is
Sleeping with you
Was it something I did
Or something I said
Was I not quite enough
Were you easily led?
(Were you?)

He's the one

Who came after me

He's a late arrival on the scene.

If I knew this was coming

To see it in the cards

Knowing where this was headed
Would it hit me so hard
To know where this was going
With nothing to deny

If I knew this was coming
Would I have said
Goodbye?

He's older than me
He's had a series

Of dead end jobs

His prospects are dim
And might I add
He's a bit of a slob
I don't understand
By what light you see
Since none of these men
Hold a candle to me
(Can they?)

He's the one

Who came after me

He's a late arrival at the scene.
If I knew this was coming

To see it in the cards

Knowing where this was headed
Would it hit me so hard
To know where this was going
With nothing to deny

If I knew this was coming
Would I have said
Goodbye?

He's richer than me
And he still has

All of his hair

His future is bright
This guy is off
And he's going somewhere
Why in the world

Did you settle for me

Given a man

Of such fine quality
(Seriously, why?)


He's the one

Who came before me

I'm a late arrival on the scene
If I knew this was coming
And saw it was our fate
Knowing where this was headed
Would it still be too late

To know where this was going
With nothing to deny
If I knew this was coming
I could have said
Goodbye

If I knew this was coming

To see it in the cards

Knowing where this was headed
Would it catch you off guard
To know where this was going
With nothing to deny

If I knew this was coming

I would have said

Goodbye
Track Name: Metaphysic
In every thread
It's woven eternal
Anything that ever was
The stars stop burning
When the heavens go dark
This still holds true
Unfolding infinite
Through and through
Backwards and forwards
In each moment spinning
Until the end
And at the beginning
When the earth stops twisting
And the days unwind
This declaration
Endures space and time

Feel your touch
Watch you smile
Every heartbeat
Meanwhile
Breathe you in
Watch you smile
Hold you close
Meanwhile

In every atom
And in between
This is a mere point
In the great machine
As we are now
Could not be enough
Always this is
And it ever was
If time rises
Then it loses control
Still a quickening
Will take its hold
Every dimension
Forms a refrain
Ever and always
This will sustain
Feel your touch
Watch you smile
Every heartbeat
Meanwhile
Feel your touch
Hand in mine
Draw you near
Meantime

Infinite through and through
Infinite my love for you
Track Name: Wardrobe
Open up the wardrobe
Take back the cross
All for the sermon
All for the cause

As I relive the truth
In these dirty streets
All their dusted tables
And their faded sheets

I don't recall
And I have not seen
All the silent faces
Of the unclean

It's no concern
Of the wardrobe tonight
It's no concern
Of the blinding strobe light

Open up the wardrobe
Take back the cross
All for the sermon
All for the cause

As I relive the arts
In these hallowed halls
All the broken old beliefs
And the dirty walls

I can't recall
And I have not seen
All the faces
That I shall redeem
Track Name: Night Owl
Why am I out ‘til three
I'm not as young as I used to be
I love the music
I love the crowd
I love it big
And I love it loud
How do I know when to stop
Before I become a laughingstock
How long can I keep this up
As a night owl staying up

Me and my kind
We used to own the night
Living it up
Until the morning light
Dressed up and made up
We were faintly ridiculous
But in those days
You know we just lived for this

I may have had too much to drink
And now I can't help but think
I once was brash
And I was too rambunctious
But I could handle
Such overindulgence
Now who's indulging me
I'm a shade of what used to be
How long can I keep this up
As a night owl staying up

Wisdom comes with years
I can't be hostage to my fears
I got myself
A nice bit of perspective
I probably should be
Less introspective
I still love this stuff
And I won't lose it growing up
As long as I keep this up
I'm a night owl staying up

Me and my kind
We may not own the night
But we can still dance
Until the morning light
Dressed up and made up
We're probably ridiculous
But don't you know
Yeah, we still live for this
Track Name: Anniversary
As I fall with you
I still ache for her
Trembling with denials
Tumbling through your trials

I need you to take me on
Convince me I'm wrong
I wish you would drive it through
What could I be to you?

But this anniversary
I will never forget
This date and this day
I will never regret

Please find the truth for me
Give me some reply
Yearning for a vow
Learning of you now

But this anniversary
I will never forget
This date and this day
I will never regret

I need you to take me on
Convince me I'm wrong
I wish you would drive it through
Just what have I been to you?
Track Name: Cockatoo Girls
Midnight in a foreign country
I'm dancing to my favorite DJ
Looking shiny, acting shiny
Standing out from the crowd

The cockatoo girls come to the floor
I think I know what they want me for
We don't know each other's names
And it's really quite a shame

One of them moves close
And I see
She's dancing at me
But not with me
It's so silly, very silly
The politics we play

A cockatoo girl comes to the floor
I think I know what she wants me for
I don't even know her name
And it's really quite a shame

Music builds as we get closer
Our eyes lock across the floor
Feet apart but miles distant
Tension clouds the air

Music ends and she's departed
We never finish what we started
Play the games and no one wins
Can't end what we begin

The cockatoo girls have left the floor
I didn't know what they wanted me for
We don't know each other's names
And it's really quite a shame
Track Name: Retrograde
The sum of these moments
Is greater than the whole
The past reaches present
Grabbing hold
Along this winding path
Never had foreseen
The sum of these moments
Turning me

Automatic pulling back
Fate and will run off the track
If I look now can I set them apart
Was time ticking
Ticking ticking from the start

For every choice
And in every chance
Was each moment coupled
By circumstance
Once set in motion
Time gives way
Each bend in the road is
Only a delay

Automatic shifting pace
Fate and will running their race
If I look now can I set them apart
Was time ticking ticking
Ticking from the start

Balance the scale
Tally the sum
Each moment hanging
By a pendulum
Backwards and forwards
Or is it too late
The sum of these moments
Lie in wait

Automatic drawn into
Fate and will are in pursuit
If I look now can I set them apart
Time's ticking
Ticking ticking from the start
Track Name: Indecision
Gazing with these eyes
Feeling stolen cries
Breaking all my ties
Needing sweet, sweet little lies

And you know the rest
How you know me best
It's all over and done
But see now
See now how I digress

Indecision
No more indecision
I will decide....
Tomorrow.

Why can't I work this out
Why can't I choose
I'm paralyzed
With indecision
Why can't I figure out
Right or wrong
I'm paralyzed
With indecision

Breaking all my ties
Wrecking all that's fine
Gazing with these eyes
Tumbling through my tiny mind

And you know the rest
How you know me best
All the stops and starts
But allow me
Allow me to digress

Why can't I figure out
Why can't I work it out
What's black or white
What's right or wrong
Track Name: Now You Know
As the melting dawn finally breaks
As we rise to tear down the ice
As we process, unlock and purge
The whole litany of our mistakes

What do you want me to say?
How the ground moves beneath my feet
That it will always be this way?
How only with you am I complete?

I suppose that now you know
Not to say it to my face
Protect me from eyeline's glow
Keep the lock and the tumblers in place
I suppose that now you know
Not to speak it any more
Isolate the ice below
Pretend the oath you swore

When the spinning wheel shakes loose
And we hold to sharpened spokes
As we clear, refine, consume
The vast variety of our misuse

What do you want me to say?
That gravity pulls us all
That it's always been this way?
How only with this will I forestall?

I suppose that now you see
How to climb inside my heart
Fingers twist and turn the key
Prep for engine start
I suppose that now you know
Not to wait here any more
Recreate the virgin snow
Where there's nothing to explore

As the fires take their hold
And I see majestic lines
Rebuilding with purity
From cold destiny that was foretold

What do you want me to say?
How the streams ran beneath this street
That it will always be this way?
That nothing now will cause me defeat?

I suppose that now you know
Not to say it to my face
Gamble far from fortune's pull
Keep the lock and the tumblers in place
I suppose that now you know
Not to listen any more
Isolate the ice below
Pretend the oath you swore
Track Name: Starfall
A penny for your thoughts
As the morning wind moves in
Like a cold reminder
Of where I've been
Feel bad collisions
Beneath my bones
Hard decisions that
I have honed

Drawing air
Before the coming flood
Time to ready aim
I feel it in my blood

In a game
Where the shadows play
Where the lions flee
And all that's left is gray
I'm steeling my nerve
Nowhere left to go
Taking chances while
Leaning into every curve

Daybreak's left behind
As the jealous gales blow in
Like a cold reminder
Of where I've been
Sealed suspicions
That I have known
Vile volition
No more my own

As you must know
I have learned so much
The way I fall
Before the lightest touch

As stars fall
They shine down on me
The shooting stars
Slashing like a knife
As stars fade
They rain down on me
Skies will fall and wage
A battle for this life

When stars fall
They shine down on me
The shooting stars
That move on through the light
As the stars fade
They rain down on me
Skies will fade and wage
A battle for the night
Track Name: Torchlights
Out where the torchlights burn
And the planets turn
We float along this
Touchscreen sea
Out where the zeroes sway
Hidden stars at play
We broadcast in
Missives now set free

Here at perihelion
Where the flames will burn
What price to pay
To secure a safe return?

We stay this course
Light the way for me
So close yet so far
When our paths meet
Along this distance
We're setting pace
As we forge ahead
Where the storm breaks
As stolen wings will fail
And the ships set sail
We slide inside this
Touchscreen sea
When all the heroes fall
What will sirens call?
Transmit findings
Lost in the debris

In our perihelion
Where the flames will play
These silent notes
With Eden standing in the way

We stay on course
Light the way for me
Set this path on fire
In the end you'll see
If this line trembles
Brings us to our knees
It wasn't granted
But for us to seize

Within these closing bounds
Reasons lost and found
By the undertow of the
Touchscreen sea
We press along the edge
Declare and pledge
Waves crashing
As we slide beneath

Brought to our perihelion
Where the flames will rise
In flooding light
As we pay the price

We hold this course
Light the way for me
So high and so close
Still it's out of reach
As we fall undone
We burn so bright
We’re drawn together
Where flames ignite