Sick To Death EP

by Freedom To Glide

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Sick To Death is our new 4 track concept EP tackling the subject of 'shell shock' and it's consequences during WW1.

There's a subtle but conscious shift in musical style yet still very much the Freedom To Glide our fans have come to know. Lyrically, the songs are as poetic and image evoking as ever. It's a story that we felt had to be met head on and with the respect and sensitivity it deserves.

With 'Sick To Death' EP we continue our theme of 100 years of war and conflict and it is released ahead of our next album in 2015.

This tragic chapter in our military history came to the forefront of our minds when we spent an afternoon at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. We sat speechless looking at the memorial to those who were ‘Shot At Dawn’. A lot of those who were executed were front line seasoned soldiers that just couldn’t go on any more, they'd given everything they had. They weren't cowards, they were suffering from 'Shell Shock' or 'Post Traumatic Stress Disorder' as we now know it to be. Months of research opened our eyes to the kangaroo court proceedings of the time where there was little or no legal representation or even medical examination for the accused. Shell Shock was a poorly understood phenomenon and dealt with in the most extreme way.

So many boys and young men were ‘made an example of’.....Lest we forget.

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released 05 November 2014

Written, engineered and produced by Freedom To Glide.
Mastered at Gighouse by Andie Thomson

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Track Name: A Better Way
Scan my thoughts scan my memory
Piece together what you find
Hold my gaze while you talk to me
Watch my history unwind
Just find a better way
Just find a better way

I let you push me for the details
You chose the ones to focus on
And now you're looking for the right words
Let me tell you there are none
Just find a better way
Just find a better way
Just find a better way

Take me back I'll tell you how it feels
You stoke the fire I'll let it burn
I'll let you see the hand the devil deals
And ask for nothing in return
Just find a better way
Just find a better way
Just find a better way

I could tell you how we stood in blissful innocence
The faithful young
I could tell you how it feels to have the only Mother
To see her son
And how the streets where I was raised became a prison to the
Only one
I was the only one
I was the only one.....

Scan my thoughts scan my memory
Piece together what you find
Hold my gaze as you talk to me
Watch my history unwind
But just find a better way
Track Name: Dear Mum
The lights in the distance
Only last for an instant
But the sound they bring won't go away

At only fifteen
The things I have seen
Can't take anymore gonna run away
Track Name: No White Stone
From a safe distance
Of maybe a hundred years
They will come to know
A twist of fate
A momentary lapse of concentration
Now I stand alone

Just a step away
Just a step away

Nerves of steel
Shredded like paper and blown away
By the storm
On the edge looking down
You could fall at any time
One more push and you're gone

(No white stone) Just a step away
(Will be laid) Just a step away
(No white stone) Just a step away
(Will be laid) Just a step away
(No white stone)

From a safe distance
Of maybe twenty paces
They will come to know
Track Name: Shell Shocked
You won't see from the safety of a century away
Into the mouth of a monochrome mechanised melee
That swallows you whole or chews you up and spits you out again
Never to get back home never to be the same
And all it does is take
All it does is take

First your heart then your head next you find your nerve has gone
(All it does is take)
You feel you've lost your sense of right you've lost your sense of wrong
(All it does is take)
Walk away you seal your fate a lesson to us other men
(All it does is take)
God forbid we should find our way out of this Hell they've put us in
And all it does is take

Live or die, it's not a choice you get to make
Within constant range there's only so much you can take
With no reserve, the only choice is try to live
You've made a crime of having nothing left to give
And all it does is take
All it does is take

You've offered us no explanation, no excuse
We consider you to be of no more military use
The facts have been collected the evidence now weighed
There is in our opinion an example to be made
It's useless to contend
You've nothing to defend
Prepare to meet your end at dawn

The morning sun rises up to catch our breath
Reminds us all that all we deal with here is death
We may deserve the chance to live
Until they find you've just got nothing left to give

One blank, one blank round or maybe more
It's what you all, it's what you'll all be hoping for
You'll feel it, you'll feel it in the rifle's kick
So aim it true, aim it true to make it quick

All it does is take
All it does is take
All it does is take
All it does is take
All it does is take
All it does is take
All it does is take
All it does is take
All it does is take
All it does is take
All it does is take
All it does is take
All it does is take
All it does is take