Planet Junkie

by Drifting Sun

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1.
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
2.
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...
3.
Missing 04:10
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
4.
Life 01:30
5.
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
6.
Stay With Me 06:57
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
7.
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
8.
9.
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
10.
Diogenes 06:38
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
11.
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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'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 - Keyboards
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 on tracks 9, 10 & 11 by Steven Hill

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Drifting Sun are a UK-based Progressive Rock studio project. Their music has been described as dramatic, theatrical, and atmospheric, in the true style of Progressive Rock giants such as Dream Theater, Queensryche, Genesis and Jethro Tull, to name but a few of the bands that influenced their sound. ... more

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