Silent Running Vol. 1

by Mark Hennessey

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What is Silent Running?

It is the first of several records I'll be releasing for the foreseeable future. I had originally planned to release a track every week, but that proved to be an ineffective method of creation. Look for more volumes to be released in the coming months.

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released February 19, 2017

Special thanks to Piet Mondrian

Written, performed, programmed, and recorded by Mark Hennessey unless noted otherwise.

JP Feenstra - Drums on track 3
Samuel B. Lupowitz - Keys on track 3

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Track Name: Characteristics
All our secrets
Characteristics
Unknown to all
Even our loved ones
Fear of disdain
Builds on the strain

Challenge of life
Dear old friend of mine
Now known to all
Even our lost ones
Strength over time
Won’t be denied
Track Name: The Corporate Laugh
Hey, boy -- why are you still living at home?
Why do you celebrate your failures
With a glass of whiskey, on your wooden throne?

Income -- I'm lucky just to fund each day
There's not really much to speak of;
It all goes right back to sustain

And just when you're trying to move up
I'll come round
And I'll knock you right back down again

Outside -- the skies point to lands I'll never see
And all the havens in between
They are surely where I ought to be

Small house -- Life on my own, I must postpone
Nobody inside wants to be there
Life controlled by momentum and loans

And just when you're finally feeling friendly
I'll come round
And I'll knock you right back down again

Hey, man, perhaps you misheard one line in this song
But then maybe
Maybe that seems like a good idea too
Track Name: Get Used to the Bear Behind You
I told you please stop bringing up
All those memories
They eat away at my psyche
More than I am willing to admit
Let me self-medicate

I want you to know that you’re not alone
In spite of how it feels
Sometimes noise becomes overpowering
And your options are low
And we self-medicate

Give the wound some time to heal
There are those who can relate
Occupy the space outside
Occupy the space outside

I want you to know that you’re not alone
In spite of how it feels
Sometimes noise becomes overpowering
And your options are low
And we self-medicate
Track Name: A Self-Correcting System
Strings on strings, they intertwine
Mix and match and realign
Interfere, they may resign
Left alone, they'll be just fine

The workings of the human mind
Certainly mine, and yours in kind
They relapse and they rewind
To settings you thought left behind

I do not need
Your own perturbing feed
My zen you will delete
With dictations obsolete

In a self-correcting system
Track Name: Shout into the Void
Log in, type in something you might regret
Later wonder why your friends are upset
With you and your hateful cyber antics
It's not worth it to argue semantics

Do you really possess ears, or do you
Indulge impulse? Monkey see, monkey do
Shout into the void

It's so easy to sit there behind your
Keyboard and say, "Worst thing I've seen before,"
All the while, what have you ever done
To bring meaning to your life? Next to none

You might forget what you've said in the morn,
But to others those words you shall adorn
Shout into the void

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