Valley of the Headless Men

by Ravenna Woods

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Ravenna Woods' follow up to their 2010 full-length -Demons and Lakes.


released May 6, 2011



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Ravenna Woods Seattle, Washington

"Intelligently crafted transitions, subtle dynamics and a brand new approach to the songwriting process has transformed Ravenna Woods into a group that focuses on crafting orchestral dark hymnals that take the listener from their shared living space to evening silhouettes found at the end of the world."
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Track Name: We Want it All
We're making cash; we're making money - any goddamn way that we can think.
we're pushing hard, we're taking over - burning anyone who's in our way.
lets see what you got, lets see what you got man; we want it all (all and all and all and all!)
we're sleight of hand, we're smoke and mirrors; cheating, tricking, all along the way.
There's someone here, there's someone waiting to take over your place in this world.
Dead men walking in the shadow of the gun; you lose if you face it, you lose if you run.
Track Name: Graves
Lined up, tied up, pull the strings right up - they got the souls from the graves.
finance, old cash, working class; no chance - they got the souls from the graves.
Hard lives, bad fights, patching up old lies - we got the souls from the graves.
False hope, black smoke, targets on tight ropes - we got the souls from the graves.
Good men and bad men working for both sides, just picking the lesser evil (buy the ticket, take the ride).
No matter which way you have turned your head - the king is dead, the queen is dead; money runs this government now.
Track Name: Tides
Time is up and I'm ready to go. I was scared, 'cause I didn't know what comes next when you break down the fence. What comes next...
They tell us that we can't leave - oh no. All the things we collected, possessions we're so proud of surround you on your deathbed.
I lost my past in one night - it went fast away. It all was gone by day.
I lost my soul, in one breath - the first life I stole; in one red cloud of smoke.
Now I'm searching for the fire - that is what I was told to do.
There's nothing here for you, nothing left to lose. Leave; there's nothing left to see, nothing you can do.
Closer and closer the tides of the sea bring black waves of fuel, there's nothing to see so go home - it's under control.
Faster and faster it's coming undone; black waves are lapping your feet as you run - you should have left sooner my friend.
Track Name: World of Color
I awoke to a world of color...
I was on a boat that was drifting down a river. Stars were clear in the dark, and I was asleep for a minute just before waking up.
I awoke to a world of color.
Track Name: Dark Fields
All these high tech guns and laughing skulls - they say we've earned our place here, but they don't what they're jabbering about.
Now they try to fit the pieces back, although they can't connect here; all wrong, all along - all along the pattern's been off.
Walking haunted city streets and calling out to nameless shapes that pass through unlit alleys, dark apartments with no one in sight.
Psychopathic animals with human masks and deadened souls have got us trapped in here.
If you want - we could walk right out of this place.
If you want - we could never leave this place again.
Track Name: West
Gasoline - poured through the holes shot in your room
while you sleep and dream of all the things that you will lose... Every waking day...
Flames ignite - turn your house into a funeral pyre.
You awake - try to scream but choke until you're blue.
So you run...oh you run...
because every waking day you will rise
and every waking day you will fight.
Now they're gone, with the break of dawn they left wakes of ash.
You will track all of their footsteps headed west.
Every waking day you will rise
and every waking day you will fight.
Track Name: Headless Men
Traveling like a ghost in foreign lands. Sinking into local haunts to mix with them. The hearts and minds and souls that I have seen
still haunt my dreams.
Faces come and go with every hour - the hearts and minds and souls just don't match up with them so well. The night is when they come to drag us home;
those clacking bones...
Everyday I board it up, just trying to keep 'em out,
but every night they gather here and try to tear it down.
Reaching through the cracks and holes, howling out your name; it's time to stand up and find out where you came from.
Followed them into another world. Tried to talk to them, but they just couldn't understand.
Followed far and deep into the land
of headless men.
I lived the rest of my years
deep in the valley of fears and hopes and dreams...
And everything I ever loved faded with days, weeks, months... Now I can't recall what they meant to me - all of those haunted dreams are lost.
Track Name: One Fall
And now they'll be waiting here
for you to show your face.
I'm ready; I'm coming to fight.
I know that I will fall into the arms of all that fell long before me - to their ends; to peace.
If I could say goodbye
to just one.
Whisper a warning, be gone by morning...
Back to oceans of sound in motion.
I was one soul, in one world, that's all.
I had one chance, one fall, that's all.
It's time to go where the animals go
when they wander out at the end of their lives;
never seen again - never seen alive.