'Marq DeSouza' (2006)

by Marq DeSouza

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'Prey Becomes Predator' kicks things off in chrome-metallic fashion, targeting both modern & classic rock formats. 'Daddy Doom' expands the palette with paint-like guitar textures burying pure poetry. 'You Haven't Changed...', 'Some $...', & 'Some Guy', all have the crossover radio potential of the best sing-a-long singles. Acoustic, live off the floor takes of 'Divided Highway' & 'Lucky Man' show a more introspective side. 'All You Had To Say...', an innuendo filled duet with Los Angeles rocker Amanda Sonic, is a sexy gem. Deeper album tracks like 'Bulletproof', 'Where Did All Your Wit Go?' and the slow-burn epic 'Razorburn' level the album out with effortless eclecticism. 'When I Was A Child' & 'Glimpse Of Her' cook like the best jam bands, but trimmed lean & mean. The record reaches its sonic/thematic climax with the white-noise, emotional anarchy of 'The Monologue...'

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released April 20, 2006

Musicians: Marq DeSouza, Mark Haney, David Gannett, A.C. Macauley, Allan Rodger, Marty Ballentyne, Brian Welsch, Josh Shepp, Todd Kerns, Shawn Sheers, Amanda Sellers, Gen Derlachter, Jon Anderson
Production/Mixing: Marq DeSouza, Jon Anderson, Kory Burk, Jay Evjen, Ryan Froggatt, Chad Hunt, Todd Kerns, John Shepp
Editing: Scott Cooke
Mastering: Jamie Sitar
Photography: Michele Gilmore, Rebecca Blissett, Kory Burk
Artwork Design: Eye Teaser

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Marq DeSouza Vancouver, British Columbia

-A very personal rock album. He also writes from a very moral perspective, which gives his record a strong POV. These songs are not filled with empty thoughts but actually try to say something. (Vancouver Province)

-Inspiration drips from every distorted and bent guitar note, down-but-not-out vocal phrasing, and sneered lyric. (Georgia Straight)
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Track Name: Prey Becomes Predator
Through the dawn
The walking wounded blaze through thick and thin
We soldier on
Soon this dying ember may be gone
You'll never see me again

So you're in?
How about a friendly game of truth or dare?
I'll begin
The answer to this question you might share
Just may redeem me

If you could be anyone you could be
Would you be me with all the weaknesses you've seen?
Could you turn things around?
Make me a contender?
Instead of a pretender
Make me see
Make me believe
Prey becomes predator

Hear the sounds
The bells are chiming darkly down the road
As they toll
Seven outcast angels sing us home
We all stop to ask them
Track Name: Daddy Doom
I've come to paint the town
Though you may not know it to look at me
I once wore many crowns
And the Kingdom
I held the keys to every room

Where I've been I dare not tell
Though it's picturesque in spring and fall
The rest a private hell
Where my legions of demons
They all call me Daddy Doom

And if there's one thing that I've learned
It's not everything can be forgiven
And that every scar I've earned
Has been a fair trade for this living

I carry around this grudge
It's pocket sized and travels light
I give a wink and nudge
All the rowdies
Are all in on the joke
Or I assume

So leave backwards and in haste
Cover up the stumble drunk who falls
Not another second waste
On these tails that are tall
When they're all about Daddy Doom
Track Name: You Haven't Changed At All
Seared in time with perspective shifting
The butters fly, the burden's lifting
Surreal real photographs
My mind has ripped in half
You weren't well you had to leave us
Turned to drugs and then to Jesus
A cure for every ill
In prophets or in pills
Now you're back to claim what once was yours
But I see through the chain that holds this door

Think back to the days of tears
Grenade like fingers in my ears
I had to pull the pin
To let the truth rush in

Read all the books, sat in on lectures
Just to be your sole protector
But therapeutic words
Just breadcrumbs for the birds

A skeleton, I danced upon your strings
Waiting for the flesh your breath might bring

All our investors needed proof
Some fixed star of our loves truth
But the sound of singing swans
Said you were already gone
A slow descent I watched you lose control
Suck the very marrow from my soul

Had to sail through a sea of illusion
To make sense of things
What your tomorrow might bring

Closure comes but can we settle
The words still come out like smoking metal

So bat your eyelash and smack those luscious lips
Any lust you stir has been eclipsed
Track Name: When I Was A Child
You said I knew you, I said you knew me too
That we were willing to ride this train through
But in the end where did it get us
Another wilted head of lettuce rolling down the aisle

Life is a rainbow, but I was stuck in a drought
We did the rain dance, trying to bring the storm out
But when it hit, didn't see it coming
Started running from the thunder wondering why?

We think we know good from bad
Laying down the cards with the wrong hand
Sometimes I think I knew more when I was a child
If I was vain/lame would you tell me?
Or do you have humble pie/a rocking chair to sell me?
I may be thousands of things, but I've never been mild

In every tale you get a word from the wise
We took the low road to be the first to watch the sunrise
But we were rooted in the diluted
That road was washed out almost from the start

But I'm a genius in my own weird way
I always saw us as either magnets or clay
Guess I was so wrong to think a love song
Would be the way to bridge the distance to your heart

So if you think this dream is really dead
You better hide back in your shell instead
You better tuck right in, you better tuck right in

So here we are now, has it all been a joke
I want the real you, but it's all mirrors and smoke
But I ain't dead yet, in fact I'm dead set
On making all the actors jealous of your part
Track Name: Bulletproof
Existing in the shadows of a best forgotten dream
But I held sway while the Hound dogs bayed
Turning whispers to a scream
Traded lies for eyes
And I traded teeth for truth

Turned this shell
Hard as hell
Now I'm bulletproof

Demanded absolution for things better left unsaid
But I was wrong and too far gone
Underworked and overfed
As the cookie crumbles
Said goodbye to my cruel youth

I took that clown
And I wore him down
And now he's bulletproof

I'd like to leave you something
More than a nosebleed on your mirror
You've been so kind
And you even signed
On days when I couldn't hear

The morning light is breaking
Through a sliver up on the roof
My canker smile is stretched out to a mile
As I lie here bulletproof
Track Name: Glimpse Of Her
Years have gone by like a snap of the finger
Though her feelings may have changed, mine only linger
Just to get a glimpse of her

You should have caught us, we were really quite a pair
I called it the ultimate, she just called it an affair
Just to get a glimpse of her

I wonder if she wonders if I'm even still alive
She knew I had a hurting heart the second she said goodbye
Just to get a glimpse of her

Seduction is a funny game and I'll master it somehow
But I'm running out of precious time and I need it now
I wonder what time has done to her face

How much of me the intervening years and new gentlemen have erased
Just to get a glimpse of her
At the end of the day, you know you've had it rough

If you have to stop and think too hard
Hey, have I ever really been in love
There was a time when even the most mundane was magic

You were mine and life was all apostrophed
But it's fine, the script turned tragic
They take away your sidekick and they leave you here to bleed

When we first met I was in the belly of this beast
But my future is gonna rise just as soon as I add the yeast
Just to get a glimpse of her

I still believe in loves redemptive power
If I didn't, I swear to god that I'd be gone within the hour
Just to get a glimpse of her

I tried to mask it, I tried to hide it
When addiction came along I thought I'd hop aboard and ride it
Just to get a glimpse of her

In this game of solitaire I still have a place to strive
We all know that love's the pain that makes your life alive
Track Name: Some Money, Somehow
Hear a marked man's dying plea
They want more from me than misery
A broken hand or a shot up knee
Loaded Glock, shell-shocked, crowbar spree

My broken promises all over the floor
I'm barricading padlocked doors
I see my future and it's filled with gore
Dead end, no friends, what the hell do I do now?

I gotta get some money, somehow

Money changers at the gates of sin
Threw me out now it's sink or swim
Some people say I should turn myself in
Got nothing to lose and nothing to win

Had to do it I was under the spell
Greed is king on the road to hell
Blow the whistle, ring the final bell
Had it made in the shade until I broke the sacred vow

Maybe I'll fake my own suicide
Hit the low road, try to hide
Become a mercenary on anyone's side
Find and old lady, try to make her my bride

Thought I committed the perfect crime
Filled my cup with someone else's wine
Sometimes life can take a twist of lime
It's bittersweet and now deceit has taken it's final bow
Track Name: Razorburn
How could I resist the glory train that went on by
I was in a picture frame doing my damndest not to cry
Then I dreamed Ezekeil, by a gleaming glow of bronze
His face was reaffirmed by razorburn

You can relocate the grave, but it's still a place where dead bones lie
Or waste away your prime, shoving a camel through a needle's eye
But I'll still be in the game, travelling A to Z
It started as a germ, razorburn

Samantha's seventeen, a student of philosophy
Seems like a million years ago I believed in immortality
Still a kiss can make it worth all the toil in the dirt
I'm crawling like a worm, through razorburn

Speaking of the way, the spirit fights the hand
I tore my flesh away in a life sized frying pan
Because Leonard Cohen said, "everbody knows"
But I'm still trying to learn about razorburn

Savannah's like a doll, made of porcelain and wax
Either that or I'm a monster or a pyromaniac
But I know that there's two sides to every bloody war
I finally get my turn with razorburn
Track Name: All You Had To Say Was Hi!
Didn't know your name before you walked in the door
So I called you star when I saw you shoot through the floor
I asked your friends what made you tick
How you like to get your kicks
They all said you're decadent to the core

You were standing by the condom coin machine
Looking for some change inside your jeans
But I could break a bill for you
Show you how to use one too
Treat me right and I'll be your rubber queen

You got the right fuel to make my motor fly

All you had to say was hi
I get hypnotized
You make my temperature rise

I've made a mess of love every time I've tried
So many skeletons in the freezer that I've got to hide
But passion's not a body count
We went full tilt, the lights went out
Since that point it's been a bumpy ride

I read your fortune, it's written in my eyes
I get high, I get high, I get high

This kind of thing I normally don't do
It's just that I felt I knew you
And your eyes were so puppy dog true
Like an ocean of emotion, I wanted to swim it for awhile
Lose myself in your smile
Wrap my legs around you like glue

And little could I have guessed when I got dressed
Today I'd play a leading man in a script straight out of a Penthouse Letter's dream
Starring a B-cup movie queen
Directed by Cecil B. Demented
On a 3-D movie screen

I got a craving you gotta satisfy

I may scar your body not your soul
I love to love but also need control
My fingertips are full of sin
If you be good, we both could win
I'm digging deep so jump into the hole
Track Name: A Lucky Man
Everybody says I'm a lucky man
Just because I come across so well
Except for you I seemed to break you down
It took me way to long to understand
Just why you started treating me like hell
I've lost again now what I thought I'd found
That day I swore was gonna be the day
I'd take a deep breath and let go
And I'd admit what you'd already know
That you always make me lonesome when you go

But I know your love deserves a better fitting
No ragged vagabonds or thieves
And not some boy as immature as me
You took the bait when I was kidding
Next thing you're asking me to leave
So who was wrong? I think we'd disagree
Right now I'll tell you what you're thinking
And lay the truth right on the line

We were never meant to be so intertwined
Now you got no petty reason to be unkind
Since I last saw you days go by
Like picket fence posts on the highway
I used to count, now I don't even try
Some truth's are too hard to deny
Once you cross that certain state
Our fate was sealed before we said goodbye
So don't you worry about me calling
I get your message loud and clear
But I think that given time you'll want me near
In the meantime you can find me over here
Track Name: Some Guy
I don't wanna be some guy who makes his living lying
I don't wanna be some guy who always has to pretend

Seven long years I waited for a life I thought I was fated
Nothing now can make up what was lost
Combing my hair to one side
Trying so hard in vain to hide the dreams that freedom cost

I've learned not to really care how words vanish in the thin night air
It's in the wind
Went through emotions like paper towels
All the motions of adjectives and vowels
Where do I begin?

Because I'm not some dress up doll in the window of your local mall
Because I'm not some local loser, driving around in a rented cruiser

I don't wanna be some guy who's always in denial
I don't wanna be some guy, a model citizen
Track Name: Where Did All Your Wit Go?
Where did all your wit go?
It used to slash and burn
Left me here in a flaming wreck
But now that tide has turned
Where did all your wit go?
Still wanna take me on?
Your soul's as strong as withered straw
You broke the moral laws

Where did all your wit go?
It left you in the dust
All your wicked prophecies turned out to be a bust
Where did all your wit go?
Your coat and hat don't hide
The gut and heart that's missing
Or your mistress from your bride

Where did all your wit go?
I doubt it's in the sky
The birds would not be airborne
Too poisonous to fly
Where did all your wit go?
Your begging bowl is dry
Caught on to your agenda
Of deceit and dirty lies

Given power by fools who serve only to protect their tyranny
So I escaped and made a fire to burn the past, protect, and to preserve
What I believe

Where did all your wit go?
Have you lost your huckster's pitch?
You'd bottle and sell your mother's milk if it would make you rich
Think of the corruption
You've left your fellow man
To steal bread from your brother's mouth
You'd proudly give your hand

For years I had to stand alone while even shepherds stand among their flock
And even built my tombstone, and wrote my will with nothing left to give
On a painted rock

Where did all your wit go?
Looks like it cracked the mirror
Cut you in half, and now God's wrath
Is finally what you fear
Where did all your wit go?
Have you looked inside your heart?
Are you feeling retribution yet?
For the lives you tore apart

Where did all your wit go?
It caught you by surprise
To one moment be worshiped
And the next to be despised
Where did all your wit go?
Looks like it left you pain
Right when all your politics
Were about to be ordained

Following the prophets words, a promise truth will one day rise above
A crow as black as coal was seen flying into the sun, but he returned
And was a dove

Where did all your wit go?
It once led many men
But all your greed did was mislead them
Into the lions den
Where did all your wit go?
It's like a fugitive
It must have fleed when God decreed
You had no time to live
Track Name: The Monologue Is All That Remains
Was I asleep?
In some carnivorous nightmare
Where my body had no form at all

Threw a scream
At zero gravity darkness
Hit the edge of some internal wall

I swallowed hard
I stepped forth from the fire
Where a loop of endless process plays

In my palm
The whole world is imploding
While my heart grows madder by the day

I turned the tide
On this psychic projection
For every norm I lost a real concern

Now I ride
Accompanied by no shadow
Pushed along by winds that burn

So here I stand
Amid these spiraling visions
I surf the rush through every coursing vein

Here I'm bound
By no rules of engagement
Where the monologue is all that remains
Track Name: Divided Highway
I came into this world so invisible and free
No broken thoughts of things not to be
I was graced with kind eyes, though laced with surprise
Who knew that soon I would fall?

The years passed on by, my loneliness grew high
Stuck here on the ground with a dream in the sky
All the children would play, they would call out my name
But I could not go there at all

There's too big a price, living false paradise
My hand of fate rests with a roll of the dice
And the hymns of God speak to the frail and the weak
But my ears were deaf to the song

How I longed for a time when every reason would rhyme
And every destination wouldn't seem like a climb
But my past is a chain, like Abel to Cain
Haunted by what I've done wrong


The only real love I knew was always with you
From daydreams to nightmares you saw me through
But now it's back to dark days, and without sunlight's rays
What hope do I have to survive

So the sky is still gray on this divided highway
No one I've met since can convince me to stay
There's no place I want to be, no face I want to see
Except yours, tonight by my side