Planet Junkie

by Drifting Sun

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'Certainly one of the musical highlights of 2019! Highly recommended!'
(Background Magazine/The Netherlands)

'Encore un sans faute pour les Anglais de 'Drifting Sun' qui nous offre un album de qualité'
(Jacques Becker/France)

'Drifting Sun definitely have extraordinary skills with a ballad, making them feel as energetic and vital as the faster tempo numbers.'
(DPRP/The Netherlands)

'Ce disque possède une chaleur et une originalité que n'avaient pas ses prédécesseurs.'
(Koid'9/France)

'La recherche de la mélodie reste indéniablement le fil rouge de cet album... Drifting Sun offre une musique finement travaillée'
(Music In Belgium/Belgium)

'This is definitely one of the best releases this year. Something a little bit special.'
(MusicNews/UK)

'Pat Sanders and company put out quality stuff, and this is no exception. Highly recommended.'
(Prog Archives)

'I don't know how Drifting Sun do that, but with every release they become better and better.'
(Prog Archives)

'Massive, rapturous and continuous applause to all those who participated in this splendid cosmic adventure! I encourage all fans to travel to 'Planet Junkie' and be ready for quite the discovery.'
(Prog Archives)

'Encore une excellente publication pour DRIFTING SUN.'
(Profil Prog/Canada)

'L'opus aligne des compos un peu plus pop que précédemment et l'apport de trois nouveaux chanteurs, et pas des moindres, amène une variété bienvenue à la diversité des titres.'
(Prog Critique/France)

'Drifting Sun has crafted a brilliant album in 'Planet Junkie'. They have balanced out the three styles of their three guest vocalists, playing to their strengths whilst also giving the album a sense of diversity and eclecticism. The album is certainly a contender for unsung hero in 2019.'
(The Prog Mind/USA)

'Because a lot is coming your way, the album has to grow. "Planet Junkie" is for the complex prog enthusiast.'
(RockMuzine/The Netherlands)

'Drifting Sun have crafted a magnificent contemporary progressive rock record, which is very much timeless and also of its time. One to investigate.'
(Spirit Rock/UK)

'Once again, DRIFTING SUN have reached their goal of surprising the listener. 'Planet Junkie' is a not unexpected delicacy.'
(StreetclipTV/Germany)

'I can't recommend this band enough and Everlasting Creed will be the song to suck you into the band.'
(That Drummer Guy/USA)

'Overall this album could have been a holding marker for Drifting Sun while they figured what to do next. Instead it has set a new level for the band and shown that Pat can work well as a composer in a tight musical spot. Planet Junkie has all the elements I look for in the central core of the Classic Prog tradition; song, melody, and story.'
(The Progressive Aspect/UK)

'The music of Drifting Sun is very varied and exciting'
(IO Pages/The Netherlands)

'A very enjoyable album, which addresses the curent situation on our planet to a teeth. Listen to the lyrics and definitely to the display of craftmanship by the musicians. Rating 5 out of 5'
(TVRDO/The Netherlands)

'this album sounds actually very good.'
(Permafrost/Sweden)

credits

released September 20, 2019

Pat Sanders - Keyboard
Mathieu Spaeter - Guitars
Manu Michael - Bass
Will Jones - Drums
Marc Atkinson - Vocals on 1, 2, 3
Colin Mold - Vocals on 5, 6, 7
Joshua Corum - Vocals on 9, 10, 11
Eric Bouillette - Violin on 7, 9
Ben Bell - Hammond on 8
Sarah Skinner - Saxophone on 1, 8
Conrad Cheng - Clarinet on 11

Cover Artwork by Karen Koski
Singles Artwork by Darcy Kelly-Laviolette
Lyric Pages Artwork by Brian Watson

Mixed and Mastered by Jon Huxtable
Vocal production and engineering by Steven Hill

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Track Name: Within Your Bones
Do you feel the cold within your bones
And get the sense that you’re on your own
But you’re not alone
Do you see the world in a different way
And wonder when you’ll get your say
Maybe today

Don’t be afraid to show your face
Don’t be afraid to speak
Don’t be ashamed of how you feel
The future is not so bleak

Don’t be delayed in any way
Don’t you give up the fight
Don’t be dismayed by what you see
It’s darkest before the light

Don’t give up on us
Or the future we’ve been dreaming of
Don’t give up on us

(The cold within your bones)
The Clock is ticking
(Is older now)
The hands are turning
(The nights get darker)
The weeks are fading in to years
(And all you can feel is the cold within your bones)

(The cold within your bones)
But don’t you worry
(Is thawing now)
I’m here beside you
(Ready to catch you when you fall)

Don’t give up on us
Or the future we’ve been dreaming of
Don't give up on us
Track Name: Planet Junkie
Hey little brother you look sad and alone
A billion miles from anywhere is your new home
Hey little sister you seem not in this world
Out of your head again, your life just a blur

(Somewhere out in space)
Calling down from Planet Junkie
(A blank look upon your face)

(Somewhere out in space)
Calling down from Planet Junkie
(A blank look upon your face)

I can hear you... Hear you
Calling down from Planet Junkie
(Somewhere out in space)

(Living on Planet Junkie you get higher every day
There’s nowhere else you’d rather be ‘cos you’d forever stay
Living on Planet Junkie wishing your life away)

But you look dead in your eyes
There’s not a spark to be seen or felt
The only place you want to be
Is Planet Junkie

You need a fix, you need it quick, you need a fix
Stir up the mix, to get your kicks, you play your tricks
To get your fix, you need your fix

(Living on Planet Junkie you get higher every day
There’s nowhere else you’d rather be
‘cos you’d forever stay
Living on Planet Junkie wishing your life away)

But you look dead in your eyes
There’s not a spark to be seen or felt
The only place you want to be
Is Planet Junkie

You need a fix, you need it quick, you need a fix
Stir up the mix, to get your kicks, you play your tricks
To get your fix, you need your fix

(Living on Planet Junkie you get higher every day
There’s nowhere else you’d rather be ‘cos you’d forever stay
Living on Planet Junkie wishing your life away)

But you look dead in your eyes
There’s not a spark to be seen or felt
The only place you want to be
Is Planet Junkie

But now your dead in my eyes
There’s not a spark to be seen or felt
The only place you can be is Planet Junkie

Set free...
Track Name: Missing
If there’s a life that’s never ending
If there’s a story to tell
Can you show me ever after
And let me know that all is well

Can you send me down a message
From your place way up high
Will you spread your wings so I can hear you say
‘Cos all I’ve had is silence so far

If there’s a place that’s ever lasting
If there’s a love that won’t die
Can you send me down a message
When you reach the other side


They say you’ll live on in my memory
But that’s not enough for me

If there’s a life that’s never ending
If there’s a story to tell
Can you show me ever after
And let me know that all is well

Can you send me down a message
From your place way up high
Will you spread your wings so I can hear you say
‘Cos all I’ve had is silence so far

Missing you
And I’m missing you

And if you ever see the other side of heaven will you let me know
Track Name: Night-Time Sorrow
Night-time sorrow, I see
The angel of darkness
What will you say
Of Summers gone too soon

Through the distance I hear
The angel of kindness and love

Autumn sonnet, I fear
The soldier of fortune
Poison, passion, my spirit is awake

Cold kiss, moonlight
The chill is killing the warmth of the day

No star from anywhere
Battered the walls of hope
The Hell in which my heart resides

To laugh, but who can smile no more?
Open my weary eyes
A needle entering my soul

Great bell wailing, calling out of the sirens
Cold kiss, starnight
Chasing... chasing the colours away

No star from anywhere
Battered the walls of hope
The Hell in which my heart resides

To smile, but who can laugh no more?
To hear the Angels cry
That even Death will tell a lie
Track Name: Stay With Me
There’s a shadow on the horizon
Didn’t look so clear to me
The ground has cracked
I cannot see

Please stay with me
When no one else can see the danger signs
Clearly staring at you all
This rock is slowly heading for a fall

Have you seen what I’ve seen?
Can you feel how I feel?
When the sounds in my ears don’t make sense
And the world around me is surreal

It’s creeping up behind me
And I don’t know it’s there

Please stay with me
When no one else can see the dangers signs
Clearly written on the wall

There’s a cry from inside
Shouting questions at the sky

Please stay with me
When no one else can see the danger signs
Written clearly on the wall

Please stay with me
When no one else can see the danger signs
Written clearly on the wall

I escape to the pages
Words of a story
Moving from this life
Whilst a shadow of darkness
Watches overhead

They can watch as they wish
They can put on these limbs
But not divide them

Summer will go
Rain turns to snow

Your hand will be in mine
Track Name: To Tame a Star
A face that steals my thoughts
Walks into the frame
She knows she’s caught my eye
Revelling in the pain

To tame a star, you cannot reach
So far from touch, so far from heat
To tame a star, to catch the fire
Fill the desire

To tame a star, whose light destroys
The gazing eyes across the void
Where beauty shines
Shadows can fool

The angel wears a mask
Behind which guards the gates
Solid still in locked
For everyone that waits

To tame a star, you cannot reach
So far from touch, so far from heat
To tame a star, to catch the fire
Feel the desire

A mirage in the sand
(what you see you’ll never get)
You reach out with your hand
(what you feel you’ll never possess)
Try to hold her tight
(the sting is in the tale)
But never win the fight

You’ll see a daughter, you’ll see a son
Ghosts of gardens here to come
Seasons have change, faces have age
The diary you’ve written
Each life on a page

Your name is in my head
In the books I've read, day after day
Face in sunshine
Filling up my mind, day after day

When the fool sits
The grass grows long
He doesn’t see what lies beneath
Where the ice lies thick
The blood is blue
And the heart of stone
Stands there cold

Beware of the signs, she said
Don’t follow, don’t be led
Inside my mind
The fool he doesn’t hear
Sees sweetness never fears
All in his mind

Let her go to her world
And I’ll go to mine
Both on different courses
Both on different times

A face that steals my thoughts
Walks into the frame
She knows she’s caught my eye
Revelling in the pain

The angel wears a mask
Behind which guards the gates
Solid still in locked
For everyone that waits

A mirage in the sand
You reach out with your hand
Try to hold her tight
But never win the fight

You’ll see a daughter, you’ll see a son
Ghosts of gardens here to come
Seasons have change, faces have age
The diary you’ve written
Each life on a page
Track Name: Born of a Dream
Lately,
We’ve seen another side of you
That much is true
Where’s the kid we used to know?
Please don’t blame us
For loving you

Put the best parts of you in
Collect your secrets and sins
I’ll help you gather them up
If it means that you’ll finally begin
To think ahead for a while
Maintain a smile
Once you’ve gathered them up
Don’t lose sight of the struggle
That afforded you the time
To change your mind

I drift alone in my bed
Until the better part of me says
You can’t exist in déjà vu
So pack your things
Get outta here
A life left to fulfill

There’s so much time on your hands
Why can’t you come and see me?

I’m lonelier now
And I’m surprised that you asked
It’s not so typical of you
To care outside of where you’re at
I give you credit for trying
The Lord knows that I’m dying
To get outside of this room
Find love again

Spent my whole life taking care of
Those who’ve left me all too soon
If you put your stock in other hearts
You’ll get ripped apart

Son, she’s had it rough, it’s true
The bitterness consumes her heart
Drags her into the dark

You can’t exist in déjà vu
So pack your things
Get outta here
Don’t lose sight of the clouds
Track Name: Diogenes
Rewrite, revise, recite the lines
He’s planting ideas in feeble minds
The master’s stroke, words on a page
The power to change our history

Author of their fascination
Enamored pupils filing in
His insistent hands are influential
I’m here to shatter all belief
Restore the teachings of Antisthenes

Rewrite (x5)

Your artificial life
Filled with customary interpretations
So settled in your regressive ways
Disdain for the folly
And all co-dependence

I’m searching for an honest man
To embody the truth
and weed out all evil at the root

Virtue is revealed in action
Yet you condemn my doggish ways
Athens is disintegrating
The physical world means
more than you preach

Artificial life
Filled with customary interpretations
So settled in your regressive ways
Disdain for the folly
And all co-dependence

Plato! The corrupt, the confused
It’s time to revisit your master’s cave
The parchment will burn, your words erased
Soon, the Academy will burst into flames

Rewrite, revise, recite the lines
He’s planting ideas in feeble minds
The master’s stroke, words on a page
The power to change our history

Why not whip the teacher
When the pupil misbehaves?
Far too long
all of you
have been abused
by this crooked fool

They Misinterpret
The teachings of Socrates
Who’ll be left to mentor
Them when I leave?
Could they ever
Sleep under the stars with me?
Without demonstration
In the streets (X4)

Will they remember
My philosophy
In the annals
Of history?

Nature will find a way to envelop us all

Put your faith in riches
Misconception
Of human progress
Faulty nature
Built on manners
Lies that guide them
False enlightenment
Of a cynical world

When I set sail
I never thought I’d
Be enslaved
They couldn’t get the best of me
Xeniades entrusted me
With the safety
Of his family

Put your faith in journals
False archival
Of human progress
Perforated, moldy pages
Call me cynical
Of human chronicles
Did anyone learn
From Diogenes?

I left my jar
In the road
For another
Weary soul
Crates of Thebes
Here’s your shot
My voice fell on
A deafened lot

On a deafened lot x3
Track Name: Everlasting Creed
These are the moments when I -
I’d like to think I’d last on my own

What did you say to me?
Where will I go?
Are we better off?
Are you onto something new?

Everlasting creed
Like a branch cracks under the snow

If I wasn’t there for you, how would you know?
Playing along, milking every single note

Watch what you say to me
Never let go
If you’re better off
Well, now you’re the enemy

I’d rather be left to my thoughts and dreams
Without you to stress about
So what if nights grow cold and dark
Let’s make this something to boast about
Manipulator – great pretender
The defender of his pride

These are the moments when I -
I’d like to think I’d last on my own

I have my reasons
I keep them inside me
If ever they leave me
It means that I’m bleeding

Everlasting need
To take his time but never grow

When we had each other
These were new beginnings
The music that we made
Was love unrequited

P: I was so naive to believe that
you moved here to start a life with me
R: This was my best chance to get
my career off the ground...
P: Your career? You’d have nothing if not
for all that I’ve sacrificed...
R: I never professed to be ungrateful...

Run me over, mull it over
Fuck me over ‘til you’ve had your way
You’ll find another
Go find another
Find another minion to bend and break
I know how it feels
To give and then lose faith

Run me over, mull it over
Fuck me over ‘til you’ve had your way
You’ll find another, find another
Find another person to manipulate
I know how it feels
To love your way to hate

I know how it feels

When the obsession dies
Give it another try
Drift in the sea of lies

When the compassion dies
No matter how hard you tried
Onto the next goodbye

Run me over, mull it over
Fuck me over ‘til you’ve found a way
To discover

You’ll discover
Uncovering the layers of my hidden shame
Impossible guilt

From one lover to the other
Guilt is written on your filthy face
We fucked each other
Then fucked another
I hope you live in overbearing pain

I’ll get over it…

When your reflection dies
It often multiplies
Into the next disguise

Take some time to think about
The years that we put in
The nights we planned
The days we joked
About our lives – how you wanted more

Darling, I know you will

Run me over, mull it over
Fuck me over (x3)

Windows cracked
The morning air creeps in
I’ll be fine today, this I swear

Not enough, it’s not enough
Not enough – Goes on and on and on

I lost myself along the way
Yet I find new ways to disappear
I see no ending
Fear no ending
Mark no ending to this race

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