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by Trance Blackman

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A project nearly fifteen years in the making, Fleshwound is the true follow-up to 2003's Wander album, in Trance Blackman's musical journey, and personal story.

As with previous projects, Fleshwound is at once deeply personal, as well as guided and informed by the collective consciousness. We're going through a lot as a species at this point in history, and this work is from Trance, to all his fellow adventurers in spirit.

It was always Trance's intention to use U2's Achtung Baby as a direction in style, and feel for this album. All the songs were written on guitar, and adapted or expanded further into adult contemporary and alternative rock territories. Some of the cuts remained as primarily acoustic recordings, while others developed into full-blown anthems of uplifting energy.

Most of the final selections were composed back in 2003 and 2004, and then went through numerous iterations, mixes, reworking and re-recording. Many of the original vocal tracks remain, but much about the entire project has been revised and revisited. The trial and error and many challenges of this album has at times been daunting, and increasingly frustrating for the artist, always wanting to better what has been released previously, while staying true to his message.

In early 2012, Trance decided to go back to a more stripped-down and organic feel to the album, removing much of the programmed tracks (drums, synths, bass guitar). A lot of the guitar work was added or redone, and the bass guitar was played live. The drums were recorded entirely on a live kit, in an effort to flesh out more natural feeling grooves, with the help of fellow producer, drummer, and artist, Mark G. This would prove to be a pivotal change and progress in the project, but the story had a few more chapters to explore. 

A few years later, Trance set up his own Yamaha kit in a friend's basement, and proceeded to once-and-for-all nail down the live drum tracks, as he'd always envisioned them to sound and feel. This would be the glue that would bring together all the fragmented pieces, and the energy that would carry the songs much more consistently from the first track to the last.

Life still happens while we're making plans, and in this case, it was no different. The project sat for a few more years, until Trance had relocated to Vancouver Island, and in the summer of 2017, found the right space and time to start in on the final mixes and touches to cement and complete what Fleshwound was finally to become.

And on a personal note:

Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, to the fans, friends, and family. I feel like I should apologize, but I also feel like this monster of a project had to happen just the way it did.

There's so much more to come, and I am very, very relieved, nervous, anxious and elated to be releasing this album out into the world. I hope it resonates and finds hearts and minds and souls with which to harmonize, elevate, enlighten and awaken.

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released January 23, 2018

Written, composed, tracked, performed and mixed by Trance Blackman

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Track Name: A Thousand Years
A Thousand Years
by Trance Blackman

All I ever see
is crazy menacing
All I ever see
is morbid curiosity

I don’t wanna be
living in a daze
I don’t wanna be
waiting for some golden age

CHORUS
Should I stick it out now?
Or should I come back in a thousand years?
Should I wait it out now?
Or might it be better in a thousand years?

All they ever mean
is only in receiving
All they ever mean
is only taking life to be

I don’t wanna be
living in a daze
I don’t wanna be
waiting for some golden age

CHORUS

… like me
… like you
… you’ll see – oh!
… like me
… like you
… love me!

repeat Verse 1 & 2

BRIDGE
Countless servants give their love…
Free the minds of innocents…

… like me
… like you
… you’ll see – oh!
… like me
… like you
… love me!

© 2004 Nothing So Right Music (All Rights Reserved)
Track Name: Another Way
Another Way
by Trance Blackman

Proven...
That the pattern changes
That emotion moves you
That the deepest pain is revealed

So listen...
To the uttered phrasing
To the stars amazing
To the deepest moment concealed

CHORUS
Should we find another way?
Maybe we should find another way?
Do you think that we could find another way?
Is it your wish that we would find another way?

Awaken...
It's a brand new morning
It's a chance - a calling
It's a moving piece of artwork

Straighten...
The sheets you slept in
The book you're readin'
The bible of new thoughts to come

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Putting on new sunglasses I share the light with you...
Walking into a new horizon...
Putting away the old and rotten ways of what was real...
We can believe there's something beautiful...

So bring it...
Into the present
It's nothing distant
Like you use to think it was

Unless we find another way?
Maybe we should find another way?
Do you think that we could find another way?
Is it your wish that we would find another way?

© 2004 Nothing So Right Music - all rights reserved
Track Name: Awaken
Awaken
by Trance Blackman

Awaken
Sleep is over for now
You’ve been missing moments
Passing time…

Awaken
Sleep is over for now
Is this state of discord
Your own face?

CHORUS
All you’ve wanted
All you’ve seen
Everything is so unclean
All you’ve dreamed of
All you can become
Is here
only if you awaken

Awaken
Sleep is over for now
Clear your clouded thoughts
To see your truth

Awaken
Sleep is over for now
No more letting pass
The time to change…

CHORUS

All desires
All your needs
All those thoughts were sowing seeds
All you’ve dreamed of
All you can become
is here
only if you awaken
only if you awaken
awaken

©2003 Nothing So Right Music (All Rights Reserved)
Track Name: Fleshwound
Fleshwound
by Trance Blackman

Time after time a memory is made
Images burned into the back of my head
But I'd really like to forget it instead

Time after time a resolution is made
Moving away from the same old deal
Or is it just a little bit more to conceal

BRIDGE
Friends, enemies, people of my world
I see what you see when we see what is real
Stories, glories, sacrifice and lore
They say what we see what they want to be real
They say what we see what they want to be real

CHORUS
Don't be scared, it's just a fleshwound on your skin
Don't be frightened – it won't go deep if you let it go
Don't be scared, it's just a fleshwound on your skin
Don't be frightened – nothing can change the programming
Conditions... deep within
Frozen... skin

Time after time, hesitance displayed
Look in the mirror the picture's the same
Try to relax with the flickering flame
Time after time a resolution is made
Moving away from the same old deal
Or is it just a little bit more to conceal...

BRIDGE

CHORUS

INST. BREAK/SOLO

They say what we see what they want to be real
They say what we see what they want to be real

Don't be scared, it's just a fleshwound on your skin
Don't be frightened – it won't go deep if you let it go
Don't be scared, it's just a fleshwound on your skin
Don't be frightened – nothing can change...

Nothing can change...
If you don't change within

© 2004 Nothing So Right Music (all rights reserved)
Track Name: Human Waste
Human Waste
by Trance Blackman

Free as the sky
I see a hundred thousand eagles go by

Why do they flee from the homes that they own
It's not right

Could it be the white man stepping on their space
Could it be the idiot as whole doesn't get it yet
Could it be that he doesn't give a shit about anything anymore

CHORUS
When you see...
It's way and far too late
The dogs are past the gate
For all this human waste

Free as the sky
I see a hundred thousand angels go by

Wholly unlimited there is no reason
Ever to hide

Could it be that the white man's crime is for review
Could it be the idiot as whole doesn't get it yet
Could it be that he doesn't give a shit about anything anymore

CHORUS

BRIDGE (Spoken)
How many times can you ask the question: can we fix the world?
How many times do you look yourself in the mirror,
and you just laugh 'cause feel hopeless...

Well I'm here to say... it doesn't go that way!

CHORUS (2x)

©2006 Nothing So Right Music (All Rights Reserved)
Track Name: I Feel Again
I Feel Again
by Trance Blackman

Livin’ in a mad world
been searching for the Black Pearl
nobody around to tell you

Livin’ in a mad world
mysteries will unfurl
nobody around to help you

CHORUS
And I feel again
it’s been some time since I could feel it
And I see again
it’s been some time since I could see it
it’s been some time since I could see it

Livin’ in a mad haze
been learning why the bad stays
nobody around to tell me

Livin’ in a mad haze
coping with the bad days
nobody around to help me

CHORUS

BRIDGE
I feel again
I feel again
Is it good is it bad
Why I should be so sad
Is there joy to be had
What if the world stays this way?

CHORUS

Livin’ in a mad world
mysteries will unfurl
is somebody around to help me?

©2003 Nothing So Right Music (all rights reserved)
Track Name: My World
My World
By Trance Blackman

Hello...
I’ll say to a total stranger
I’ll shake the hands with this wanderer
Live in a moment, make a friend

Well you know…
There’s room to spare for all of us

CHORUS
Welcome to my world…
Colours blend, in my world
Seed by seed, in my world
Souls are free, in my world
Sit with me, in my world

I know...
It seems so over-simplified
You wonder why I wasn’t occupied
With day-to-day worries, blinded

Well you know…
There’s room to share your thoughts here…

CHORUS

INST. SOLO

CHORUS (2x)

©2004 Nothing So Right Music (All Rights Reserved)
Track Name: Ordinary
Ordinary
By Trance Blackman

Surging through eternity
I consider alternatives
Why does the question never let me go?

Seeking out conformity
You miss the chance to create
The answer hides deep within, don’t you know?
Oh...

BRIDGE
Sipping an expensive coffee
Seeds are from far away
Something about this seems so ordinary
Ordinary...

CHORUS
Stop the time
Stay, and unwind
Search your heart, there’s nothing hiding
Stop the time
Won’t you stay, unwind
Nothing is so ordinary

Splitting personalities
Which side I do not know
Once in a while the fog clears away…

Passing moments one by one
Why try to count anything?
The answer finds me from inside, don’t you know?
Oh...

BRIDGE

CHORUS (3x)

© 2004 Nothing So Right Music (All Rights Reserved)
Track Name: self
self
by Trance Blackman

decisions marked by anger
and I am the one who sees it clear
incisions like a memory of hatred
and I am the one who sees it near

everybody tries to enter
but I am the one who closes doors
everybody wants to share it
but I am the one who wants it more

BRIDGE
the clouds want to cover up
the torment of the shadows
love challenges to fill my cup
where did I leave it - I couldn’t see it

CHORUS
when all you see is what you need
the objects you desire
where’s the room for innocence
when walls are so much higher
self preserved - self denied
self indulged - self denied
self propelling - self denied
self denied

moving on impatience
and I am the one who sees it clear
deciding on a token of anxiety
and I am the one who sees it near

everybody tries to get you
but I am the one who closes doors
everybody wants to bare it
but I am the one who shows it more

CHORUS

INST. SOLO

still never satisfied
still never gratified
still never satiated
nevertheless, I think I’m full of something…

CHORUS (Repeat & End)

©2003 nothing so right music (all rights reserved)
Track Name: Substance
Substance
by Trance Blackman

CHORUS/INTRO (2x)
searching through the world beneath you...
devour the substance
but it hides around the shadows near
away, away, away

when it lies
in front of you
a mystery

you deny
the very existence
of the damage done

BRIDGE
now who's lying?
if you can't be
facing your mirrors

you'll deny it
to the depths of your soul
so forget it if you can

CHORUS (2x)

Yeah... yeah... yeah!

INST. SOLO

BRIDGE

CHORUS (2x)

© 2006 nothing so right music (all rights reserved)
Track Name: Wash Away
Wash Away
by Trance Blackman

Like a river deep
a flowing stream of bleak consciousness
wash away my fears

Like a puzzle trick
enigmatic tide, ebb and flow
wash away my tears

If I resolve to change
move the pieces, rearrange
Does the path become clear?
Will the starlight show me the way?

Like a river deep
a flowing stream of bleak consciousness
wash away my fears

Like a puzzle trick
enigmatic tide, ebb and flow
wash away my tears

If I resolve to change
move the pieces, rearrange
Does the path become clear?
Will the starlight show me the way?

Oh... Yeah...

Show me the way...
Show me the way...
Show me the way...

©2003 Nothing So Right Music (All Rights Reserved)
Track Name: Water
Water
by Trance Blackman

Big ship over here
Steam churns over there

Water flowing everywhere
Over, under, through the air

Fix my television
Trick my observation

Water flowing everywhere
Over, under, through the air

CHORUS
Rivers of conscience flowing everywhere
I have an idea
It just came to me
Maybe I can change the world
Maybe I’ll impress the girl
Maybe nothing matters at all
I’ll bathe myself in waterfalls
And make my mind be clear
Oh...

Big boat making waves
I forgot to shave

Water flowing everywhere
Over, under, through the air

Quash this indecision
Hone to fine precision

Water flowing everywhere
Over, under, through the air

CHORUS

INST. SOLO

CHORUS

Water everywhere...

©2004 Nothing So Right Music (All Rights Reserved)
Track Name: With My Own Eyes
With My Own Eyes
by Trance Blackman

CHORUS/INTRO
ah na na na na na na na
ah na na na na na na na
ah na na na na na na na
ah na na na na na na na na na

With my own eyes…
I have seen

With my own eyes
I have seen

Endless struggle
How it’s been

Mindless battles
I still see

With my own eyes
I still see…

CHORUS

With my own eyes…
Witnessing

With my own eyes…
Witnessing

Endless trials,
how it’s been

Endless fires,
I still see…

With my own eyes,
I still see...

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Tell the trying soul
Tell the crying soul
Heal the dying ones
Forgive the lying ones…

INST. SOLO

With my own eyes… I still see…

©2004 Nothing So Right Music (All Rights Reserved)