Imaginary Lines

by The Whistleblowers

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This is the first effort from The Whistleblowers, a project that has been in the works for some time now. It was born out of a need to speak out against injustice and follow humbly in the rich tradition of using music as a medium to express discontent and the desire for change. I'm eternally grateful to everyone that took part in its creation, as well as everyone that has supported my musical journey thus far.

Alex MacKinnon

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released January 19, 2016

Frank Schaub- Guitar
Nate Allen- Bass
Judd Nielsen- Organ
Kala and the Lost Tribe- Vocals on "Dissatisfaction Suite"
Jonathan Saraga- Trumpet
Michael Eaton- Tenor Saxophone
Alex MacKinnon- Drums, Vocals, Synth, Guitar, Compositions and Arrangements except "Dissatisfaction Suite" composed by Alex MacKinnon and Kala and the Lost Tribe
Mixed and Mastered by Alex MacKinnon at Oceanfront Studios
Cover art by Jeremy Wiles-Young
Drums, Bass and Guitar recorded by Ezra Matychack at "The Basement"

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Track Name: Standing
People won't you listen
We have got to help each other
Things are not in a good way now
But still we can recover

and we are standing on the shoulders
of so many gentle giants
its time to bring home all our soldiers
and cast down our own tyrants
(Chorus)
Only together
Will we see this pass
Bleak is our future
unless informed by our checkered past

It's time to stop and look back now
and realize how we got here
If we climb above this fog now
It won't be long till it becomes clear

and while we're spending half our budget
on new methods of destruction
We've got cities going bankrupt
theres no more domestic production

Chorus

Imaginary lines drawn in the land
Imaginary lines drawn in the sand
Imaginary lines drawn in the sea
Imaginary lines don't mean that much to me
Track Name: Dissatisfaction Suite (feat Kala and the Lost Tribe)
Won't you put your money where your mouth is
You say je suis Charlie but what about Ed Snowden?
Chelsea Manning, not everybody has forgotten
Same old story, when is real change gonna happen?
Chorus
We gotta demand more
It's time to kick in the door
There's power in our numbers
But only if we stand together

Ferguson, Staten Island, but what about Gaza?
Though it ain't right next door it's still financed by our dollar
Pakistan and Yemen, places that we're not at war
So then what are all those people dying for?

Chorus

There's power in our numbers. Wake these sleeping dogs from their slumber.
They Earth plunderers. Pulling life from under us.
My voice is thundering in accordance with the chorus
Carrying voices from different corners demanding there's more for us.

Than xenophobia and homophobia, a cornucopia of dysmorphia;
Fear of what's real. Call me Morpheus.
Moses of the Matrix, opening doors and pores for us.
Breathe deep while they scheme to suffocate dreams.

Choke out all the hope now. You're built up for the break down.
Pay checks to rent checks. Not so merry is the go-round.
All this news brings blues. Selling lies and call it truth.
Call me a terrorist the way I'm dropping bombs in the booth.

But see, even that right there is slander. The real pursuers of terror
Empty clips and reload while I got my hands up.
Target practice. Shooting in the air at our prayers.
But we bullet-proof our souls when we face what we fear.

Chorus x2
Track Name: Along For the Ride
Well you never really know where this car is gonna go
There's nothing you can ever do to really be prepared
With only so much you can do
To yourself try to stay true
Get in, buckle up, and don't be scared
And I know that it seems
We have a drunk driver at the helm
And although its depressing
You'll never reach the wheel in your time
Ch
You're just along for the ride
Just along for the Ride x3

Well now this all doesn't mean you shouldn't take an active role
and push and push for the route you think is best
Affecting change is possible, even when it seems so small
So I think to try is in our best interest
It's all together too easy to fall asleep for the entire ride
But if you look out the window, you can see some amazing sights
When you're along for the ride
Just along for the Ride x3

Well now this all doesn't mean you shouldn't take an active role
and push and push for the route you think is best
Affecting change is possible, even when it seems so small
So I think to try is in our best interest
It's all together too easy to fall asleep for the entire ride
But if you look out the window, you can see some amazing sights
When you're along for the ride
Just along for the Ride x3
Track Name: Desert Song
Born in the heartland
Died in the holy land
Fighting for freedom
At least that's what they told him

Born in the holy land
Gone before she hit ten
Why does this happen?
For the good of a few rich men

What happens to you when your head hits the pillow
Do you drift to sleep, or are you consumed with thought
When you do dream, do you see their faces?
Do you even care about all the pain that you've caused?

No blue skies no blue skies no blue skies today
Pray for gray pray for gray pray for gray Pray for gray today
(repeat)