Aviation

by John Carroll

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Aviation is the third album by John Carroll.
Released on June 22nd 2017 on Medic Independent Records.

Aviation was recorded and produced by John Carroll at home in Hangzhou, China between January 2015 and June 2016; except the piano on 'Snare Traps' which was recorded in Jiang Ruyi's living room in January 2016.
Drums were recorded by David Carroll in the attic at home in Limerick, Ireland in October 2016.

Mixed by Marcel 'Max' Primeau in his studio apartment in Shanghai, and John Carroll also mixed it at home in Hangzhou.

Mastered by KRAMER at Noise Miami, USA in January 2017.

Distributed by Medic Independent Records, China.

Performers:
John Carroll - Vocals, Acoustic/Bass/Lead Guitar, Trumpet, Keyboard/Synth, Midi, Melodica
David Carroll - Drums
Jiang Ruyi - Piano on 'Snare Traps'
Hannah Lund - Violin on 'Gravedigger'
Juliet Gray - Backing Vocals on 'Anonymous Proxy'

All original music and lyrics written and arranged by John Carroll.

With sincerest thanks to all the artists and musicians who donated their talents to create this record; as well as a special appreciation to Kim Shen Qin Carroll, Saoirse Carroll, Feidhlim Carroll, Esther Carroll, Zhen Lai Ying, Tang Qi, Tong Wen Nan, Mao Hui Jun, and Will Gray for your advice and encouragement.

More Info - www.lllmediclll.com
Press - lllmediclll@hotmail(dot)com
E - johncarroll@126(dot)com

===REVIEW===
''...overall it is a romantic, hard-hitting and brave album which signals to us a writer/musician worth paying attention to. He has the potential to take his next album into any direction he pleases (like a certain Neil Young) and that is his, and this albums, greatest strength….you never know what to expect next.''
- Simon Tucker, Louder Than War (louderthanwar.com/john-carroll-aviation-al/)

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released June 22, 2017

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Track Name: Gravedigger
Someone said I'm like a gravedigger
They said they think I need to change
Cos digging up the past is a pointless game to play
Til you've nothing left to blame
Someone said there's nothing out there for me
And now I only sit and wait
My ears are pressed against this empty shell
And they're growing dull with age

I've felt the loneliness of a long distance runner
whose disengaged from the herd,
You drag your heels now
When it's a poor man's game you play
Your anthem's made for the gold.

I fear that I've become the gravedigger
Your troubled times are digging deep,
I fear that I've become the gravedigger
Become the things I thought I'd never be, oh

Someone said I'm like a werewolf
Always asking why things change
Circled and cornered brittle shape-shifter
Your backbone‘s creaking into place
But now I know there's nothing out there
Preying on your every turn
My eyes are wide for your illumination
A state of envy only earned
Track Name: Horseless
Horseless, horseless
I went out on my own
And the desert locked me in
It was endless.
Horseless, horseless
I was selfish to go out alone
And all this water to myself
I was blind to the rocks below.

And her hooves were like a sentry,
And her belly like a fortress,
And her rib-cage would protect us like a home,
With no economy or downfall to resent,
to present, or to represent us,
Or even call it a home

Horseless, horseless
The dunes were all around
I was buried up to my neck
The heat was endless.
Hopeless, hopeless
I was led up to a room
And there were strangers all around
Self-praise was all they ever talked about.

My long-term partner
Left a long time ago
While I was stranded by the sand
It locked me in.
A mirage of people
Left a long time ago
They dried up in the cracks
Of the desert below

And her hooves were like a sentry,
Her belly like a fortress,
And her rib-cage would protect you like a home,
With no economy or downfall to resent,
to present, or to represent us,
Or even call it a home

Horseless, horseless.
Track Name: Anonymous Proxy
I found my moment when I found your soul
The perfect partner, you hold on tight through it all.
I'd praise and tribute but I can't pronounce
the simple gestures, I wear like shackles 'round my mouth.
I've seen a phoenix rise up in you
She wears a fire, a wall for punches that I threw.

Anonymous Proxy
Cut me a hole
For this abortion
Riding through the capital

Her ghostly presence is in my dreams,
It stays beside me like a catalyst for freedom fantasies.
Your prudish nature suggests and hides,
Pleasures I'm feeling don't wear the cloak of a spy.
You don't rattle windows, You don't pound on walls,
We could be rescued, you'll be the saviour of us all.

I feel the liberty of your connections,
The sexy ooze of all your knowledge and perfection.
The permissive stares of authority,
They grant exemptions with a bow to aristocracy.
The hush and mull of censorship,
The tide is rising and you haven't yet learned to swim.
Track Name: Warring State
We can't relive in the paradise, that we once had
I can't amend things that you say I did wrong.
I can't remember that feeling
Still defused by a time that's long gone.
You can't look deep in a mirror, and see how we've changed
to find something that's not there.
You can't take back what you said anymore
We're just too far gone.

End this warring state,
the fight's long since recoiled and gone.
I'm in a warring state,
Long since the day you seized control.

We can't get lost in the daydreams, that we once had
I can't amend things that you say I did wrong.
You can't remember that feeling
Still defused by a time that's long gone.
We can't look deep in a mirror, and see how we've changed
to find something that's not there
You can't take back what you said anymore
We're just too far gone.
Track Name: Ambushed From All Sides
I suddenly feel brave
Brave enough to face myself,
If I resist the urge
to question things I'm afraid to say.
You tell me it feels good
to let you know if something ever would
occupy my thoughts
With this condition there's a legal clause.

Ambushed from all sides

This official says,
''I've never tried to hide myself!'',
And if I take a chance
to be a better friend to myself.
You tell me it feels good
to let you know if something ever would,
occupy my thoughts
With this condition there's a legal cause.

Ambushed from all sides
Track Name: Migrant Bird
Looking out for you on a hazy night,
Across the middle kingdom where the migrants fly.
Well, it's hard to face a year without you by my side,
I hover on a course not too far from the horizon.

Across the Qiantang river
A change reflects on me.
Ride the back of a silver dragon
You reflect a change in me.

Overnight from Jiangxi, Zhejiang's near
I've crossed the middle kingdom, why'd you leave me here?
It's hard to face a year without you by my side,
I hover on a course not so far from the horizon.

Across the Qiantang river
A change reflects on me.
Ride the back of a silver dragon
You reflect a change in me.

Migrant bird,
Who trusts your feathered wings?
Migrant bird,
You're never going to sing

You're never gonna sing.
Track Name: Thin Air
I don't chose to vanish like a citizen
In plain sight, you know I'm under your wing.
I won't move for chess or opportunity
In plain view, when I know that you're near.

I won't swerve to occupy a threat against
In plain sight, you know I'm part of the team.
I don't act for fear of reputation
In plain view, you can count on me.

Been living in a fog so long
Forgot you were an Apec blue,
and you vanished into thin air.
I don't know where these postcards came from
breathing pm2.5
but they vanished into thin air.

You don't chose to evaporate a resident
Into thin air, you know I'm under your wing.
You try to move for my consideration
In plain view, when I know that you're near.

Been living in a fog so long
Forgot you were an Apec blue,
and you vanished into thin air.
I don't know where these postcards came from
breathing pm2.5
but they vanished into thin air.
Track Name: If You Know How
If you know how
Please won't you tell me
because I'm trying to find a way.
If you know how
I'll make you happy
but I'm still waiting for that day.

I tried to follow that path, but it went nowhere, nowhere
I tried to find my way back home but I was lost, so lost
I tried to deliver my promise so I could be with you
And it was the only way that I was ever meant to know.

If you know how, If you know how
Please tell me,
Cos it's the only way that I am ever meant to know.

If you know how
Please won't you tell me
because I'm trying to find a way
If I knew how
I'd make you happy
because I'm waiting for the day.

I tried to follow that path but it went nowhere, nowhere.
I tried to find my way back home but I was lost, so lost.
I tried to deliver my promise so I could be with you.
And it was the only way that I was ever meant to know.

If you know how, If you know how
Please tell me,
Cos it's the only way that I am ever meant to know.
Track Name: Great White Shark
I feel like a great white shark
I keep circling round
In the shadows near the hull of a boat
From a deep abyss,
I'm approaching the cage.

I feel like a great white shark
My victim is so far out of view,
I'll let his confidence grow for a while
Till I feel his racing pulse.
I'm approaching the cage

And I can taste it by the bait in my mouth,
You were waiting for me all along
In a place where I usually hunt
There comes a deep abyss,
I'm approaching the cage.
Track Name: Snare Traps
Old tricks have forced these habits
A snake waits in the grass
With a hunger for your future
Whose mouth's gaping avast?

Oh you look so wild and beautiful
You look so wild and real,
I'm tame under your feral looks,
I'm tame under the steel.

Snare traps, Snare traps,
Set me on a course of action
Set me on a path of change.
Set me on a course of action
Set me on the win.

Past ways have cost us time
I'm an ambush set to spring,
Try to salvage from a wreckage
But your precious trigger's rigged.

Oh you look so wild and beautiful
You look so wild and real,
I'm tame under your feral looks,
I'm tame under the steel.

Snare traps, Snare traps,
Set me on a course of action
Set me on a path of change.
Set me on a course of action
Set me on the win.