Mortal Cathedrals

by The Positronic Cats

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Our first LP, “Mortal Cathedrals”, is a landscape of romance, alienation, transcendence, armageddon, & rebirth. The music video for our first single, GLITTER, can be seen on YouTube:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwhJ17F6TOg

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released February 21, 2017

The Positronic Cats are:
Waylon K. Smith (vocals, guitar, electric bass)
Jim Taylor (electric & acoustic mandolin)


Cover Illustration: Jim Kersey
Colorist: Marissa Louise
Interior Illustration: Anna Taylor
Layout: Jessica Longo

Produced by Lance Davis
Recorded by Paul Chiacchierini at AMP Production Studios, McSherrystown PA.
Assisted by Ciara Woodby
Additional Tracking by Ciara Woodby, Jake Bennett, and Fisher Selby
Mixed by Paul Chiacchierini and Lance Davis at RokBox Studios in Fishtown Philadelphia, PA
Mix Consultant: Dave Bowden
Mastered by Dave Bowden

Drums on 1,000 Chandeliers: Lance Davis
Drums on Glitter: Lance Davis & Waylon K. Smith
Drums and additional Backing Vocals on Sabres Sheathed: Lance Davis
Drums on Cosmonauts: Dave Bowden
Synthesizer on Cosmonauts: Paul Chiacchierini

Paul Chiacchierini and Dave Bowden use TELEFUNKEN Elektroakoustic.
The C12, U47, CU29, ELAM260, M80, M82 and AR51 were used in making this record.

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Track Name: 1,000 Chandeliers
1,000 Chandeliers

words/music: Waylon K. Smith
©2017 The Positronic Cats

Don't ever look at me, touch me, or talk to me
I can exist just like this
You fed on my weaknesses, you know I get speechless
Then I freeze up
I'm not playing dumb, I am biting my tongue for good reason dear
& if this is some game, well it's cruel & insane & I'm leaving here
I am leaving...

I will crystallize your tears & make a thousand chandeliers (x4)

Don't ever look at me, touch me, or talk to me
I can exist just like this
You fed on my weaknesses, you know I get speechless
Then I freeze up
I'm not playing dumb, I am biting my tongue for good reason dear
& if this is some game, well it's cruel & insane & I'm leaving here

don't look so surprised, I am simply paralyzed (x2)

Well you've carved out your life with some dull, rusty knife
Now you're tasting it
And you've got what you want so stop
Crossing my lines you are taking my time and you are wasting it
You are wasting it

I will crystallize your tears & make a thousand chandeliers (x4)
Track Name: Love Me
Love Me

words/music: Waylon K. Smith
©2017 The Positronic Cats

The glimmer of a rendezvous
Is a memory of the future
Oh but being so close to you
Has got me tearing at my sutures

& you look right through me
An apprehensive apparition
If you only knew me
I'd be above your suspicions

CH: Just tell me that you love me
You don't have to mean it
Just tell me that you love me
& make sure that I believe it

You reacted viciously
To the heart that you're betraying
& darling, there's no sympathy
For a heart that is decaying

Still I stand here pleading
With my feet firmly planted
Baby, i'm just needing
To be taken for granted

CH:

BRIDGE:

This illusion of romance
Is only getting obscener
It's all passion without substance
& it's darkening my demeanor

CH:
Track Name: Glitter
Glitter

words/music: Waylon K. Smith
©2017 The Positronic Cats

Bright lights & smoke
Hanging heavy as a cloak
The only way to keep the wolves at bay

Feathers & claws
An empty room filled with applause
& I can’t, no I can’t look away

CH: How can we act our age
When there’s glitter covering the stage
This is the blood from our veins
This is the blood from our veins

Stars & silhouettes
May our hearts beat full & without regret
Spend the evening, spend the night
Please just stay

The scent of sparks
An empty room silent & dark
Bienvenue, bienvenue au cabaret

CH:

BR:

CH:
Track Name: Fluidity of Fate
Fluidity of Fate

words/music: Waylon K. Smith
©2017 The Positronic Cats

As you sink into the soil
Chemically unchanged
A hundred billion stars go out at once
Behold the pillars of flame

The seas will churn forever
As the moon betrays the tide
A battery of waves will prove that history is changing
& the sacred will survive

The sacred will survive, the sacred will survive

CH: la la…

The breath that will not catch
The thirst that will not slake
The galaxy expands & then extinguishes her children
The fluidity of fate

The fluidity of fate, the fluidity of fate

CH:
Track Name: Love is Impossible
Love is Impossible

music/lyrics: Waylon K. Smith
©2017 The Positronic Cats


Gravity works differently in the underworld
So I ascended from the center of the earth
Like Orpheus, I had to retrace my steps
& that is how we met

CH:
If love is impossible, so are we
If love is impossible, so are we
If love is impossible, so are we
If love is impossible, so are we

While we wept with wolves, we waited
For the gods to fall asleep
&, as the dawn broke, they found we had absconded
By the skins of our teeth

CH:

Bridge:
As we sailed to the edge of the world
I said, “I can see the past from here”
You said, “What the hell”
& pinned a rose to my lapel
& we left the atmosphere

CH:
Track Name: Mortal Cathedrals
Mortal Cathedrals

words/music: Waylon K. Smith
©2017 The Positronic Cats

Thin as a shadow
Draped in the Starlight the made ya
You fell from the Earth
While we clung to you like a saviour

& baby you never showed your face
Maybe you were trying to distract us
Baby you’ve sacrificed yourself
Maybe you were trying to protect us

CH: Like mortal cathedrals
Like mortal cathedrals
Like mortal chathedrals

Like vapour, or, like smoke
Slipping through backdoors & cages
& every practiced pose
Was showing us how to be courageous

But now we are luminous
With your Starlight a symbol
A host of smoldering embers
Until our foundations crumble

CH:
Track Name: Sabres Sheathed
Sabres Sheathed

words/music: Waylon K. Smith
©2017 The Positronic Cats

I’ll meet you on the bridge at dawn
Sabres sheathed & pistols drawn
I’ll bury you behind the cypress trees
& if I fall you’ll do the same for me

I’ll call on your pretty, young, bride
Dry her tears & hold her through the night
Our lips will lock & our limbs will intertwine
& if I fall you’ll do the same for mine

CH:

I’ll stagger through the midnight streets in pain
Broken hearted, bewildered, & insane
& every glass, oh I will raise it in your name
& if i fall you’ll do the same

CH:
Track Name: The Beautiful Chaos of Time
The Beautiful Chaos of Time

music/lyrics: Waylon K. Smith
©2017 The Positronic Cats

Arcadia can be anything
The past is arithmetic
Paradise is merely a feeling
And the future is synthetic

So let me know your pain
In a rosary of stars
Let me know your love
From your patterns and your scars

CH:
We're just children floating in space
We're just children floating in space
We're just children floating in space
And we illuminate like beacons of fate

Life can be the chance to glimpse the divine
The beautiful chaos of time

So let me know your pain
In a tapestry of stars
Let me know your love
Let your prophecy break my heart

CH:
Track Name: Heart of the Sea
Heart of the Sea

music/lyrics: Waylon K. Smith
©2017 The Positronic Cats

I was adrift,
The man that I was, was a ship
That was trying to drown
And the ship, that I was,
Was sinking without making a sound

CH:
And my heart was a sea of smashed pianos
And the sea was sharp, and the sea
And my love was a tattered sail that hung lifeless
Endlessly, endlessly, endlessly
Endlessly...

And all hands abandoned the deck
All that remained was the wreck
Of a ship that was gathering gloom
And the ship, that I was,
Was sinking by the light of the moon

CH:
BR:

She appeared from the mist
Bade me to shake free my barnacles
It was time to fly
And the ship, that I was
Is still sailing through the stars tonight

Ch:
And my heart is a sea of constellations
And she is the heart of the sea
And my love is the force that's expanding the universe
Endlessly, endlessly, endlessly

And my heart is a sea of constellations
And she is the heart of the sea
And my love is the force that's expanding the universe
Endlessly, endlessly, endlessly
Endlessly...
Track Name: Cosmonauts
Cosmonauts

music/lyrics: Waylon K. Smith
©2017 The Positronic Cats

Darling, tell me how
We are floating
So high above the clouds
&, darling, tell me why
we are still alive

We’re not breathing, we’re just being
We’re not breathing, we’re just being

& we are not cosmonauts
We are light & thought, we are holy

We’re not breathing, we’re just being
We’re not breathing, we’re just being

& we are not cosmonauts
We are light & thought, we are holy
& we are not cosmonauts
We are light & thought, we are holy
& we are not cosmonauts
We are light & thought, we are holy
We are holy
We are holy…