Toast EP

by Anthony Cordes

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released August 25, 2012

Vocals, guitar, drum/bass/synth programming, recording, mixing and mastering done by Tony Cordes.



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Anthony Cordes Courtland, Minnesota

I've been making music all my life, but I cut my teeth playing in the Portland, OR punk and metal scenes between 2005 and 2009, with a little-known band called White Lightning. Now days, though, I subject southwestern Minnesota to my noises.

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Track Name: Ozymandias
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
Track Name: While You're not Reading My Mind...
There's a lot of people out there
And they're out to get me
I can tell it by the way that
They're not looking at me
Something big's a-brewing in their
Heads-- if I could just read
Their minds, like they read mine
(But, then,) that would be too easy

Hello, my friend
Are you my friend?
Is this the end?
Gotta find a way to get
Away, some way, but anyway...

I can see how it'll be when
They all move to get me
Funny thing, how in my mind's eye
They all look just like me
That just proves it even further
Everybody can read
My mind, and they'd say what I'd say
If I criticized me
Track Name: Shadowlands
Another day has come and gone
Nothing changes; nothing's done
I sit down, and I look around
My life, my friends: where have they gone?
The turning point is here
Its coming bears the taint of fear
And it feels like my magnum opus
Arrived too soon, then disappeared

Same thing every day: I
Spend the lighter hours awake
Until I reach the end
And then go back to sleep
Nose right to the grindstone
For another buck to take home
To this solitary
Company I keep
So I sit inside my shell
And survey starved childhood dreams
There surely must be something more for me

I survey it all from these shadowlands
Watching life go by beyond my reach
All alone, I walk here, with my heart in my hands
Losing my hold on reality

There is a door before me
Leading to where I can be free
And where I can join
Reality, at last
The exit from these shadowlands
Is locked, but the key is in
My hand; fear is all
That says that I can't pass
Track Name: Ellie
Ellie, as the sun awakes
It makes accusations
Of foolishness that
It would not allow
(You see,) I'm so enraptured by your ways
That your great red flag parade
Remains well-hidden in a safe place
That I can't think about

Ellie, your presence flows through
My veins, my reality
The world around me
Turns to vivid shades
I can't think or stick to plans
Responsibility be damned
'Till truth raises its threat'ning hand
As you fade away

The streetlights cast a sickly glow
Through my bedroom window
My consciousness held captive
By my fulfilled fears
There is no comfort in the words
You say; the colors dulled and blurred
By day echo your distance from
Me, even when you're near

By body, in rejection
Of this double life
Is filled with pain, with
Wasting in the bones
You turned so cruel so suddenly
You froze, and then withdrew from me
Ellie, you shattered and left me
To pick the pieces up alone
Track Name: Sea Monkeys from R'lyeh
I walked the world for ages
Seeking out the wicked powers
Audience I found none
No permission to devour

A meg'lomaniac maudlin
I believed my time was through
But then I heard sweet words in
My head from my pal, Cthulhu

I unburdened my soul as
He took it in his hand
About how I would conquer
All, If I only had the chance
So he led me down to meet
Him in his world beneath the sea
With the monkey he put on
My back, great power belongs to me


I will be ready for the
Time when the roaches rise
I'll have shoes on hands and feet
To smite them, and their flies

I've tasted the monkey's poison
And I've drunk the chicken's blood
I've not read Necronomicon
But I've read The Iliad

Blood there will be, plenty
As I under-cook my steak
The world is rare and ready
It awaits me on a plate