We Are Who We Are

by Vixy & Tony

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Leonora Tindall
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Leonora Tindall Gorgeous vocals and wonderful instrumentation paired with some great lyrics, including the best version of Dawson's Christian I've heard yet! Funny, emotional, you'll love it. Favorite track: Dawson’s Christian.
Magnus Bird
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Magnus Bird I love every song on this album. So many moments that make me unexpectedly (or expectedly in some cases) emotional. While it’s not my favorite to sing along to, I think the song that will lodge itself into my heart forever is Anna. It makes me think of all the dreams I never quite could reach but still cling to. Favorite track: Anna.
Ian Badcoe
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Ian Badcoe Sometimes you just have to dream a little... Favorite track: Uplift.
Glenn Stone
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Glenn Stone Much like the original version of "Layla", once the beat drops on this album its hair is literally on fire... there are spiders in the cello, pirate-busting ghost space ships on the radar, a time-travelling Cheshire cat by the jukebox, a love song to a costumer in the espresso bar, and the title cut is not so much an anthem as a battle cry.

I can't wait for the next one. It'll be Fury-ous.
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1.
Burn It Down 03:10
The legend of the firebird Is one of transformation If you dare to take the journey And you give the wolf his due Let the flame inspire For you are your own creation Throw your fear upon the pyre And let it rise as something new So you think you don't burn bright enough? I tell you it's not true Burn it down, burn it down, burn it down Throw your fear upon the fire and burn it down Throw your voice out to the wind Feel the heat upon your skin As you hunger, so begin Burn it down Last night you were dreaming But you cannot quite remember It's all dark and misty-seeming now Like patterns in the sand Wake to comets streaming Kindled from a lonely ember All your wishes colored gleaming Are the stars held in your hand Let them soar and let them smolder May they never fall to land Burn it down, burn it down, burn it down Throw your fear upon the fire and burn it down Throw your stars into the sky Let the darkness hear your cry Teach the cinders how to fly Burn it down Voices whisper, "never" Fear the fire will turn to ash And they would hold you back forever To protect you from the pain A single blazing feather Holds the heat of all your passion Bring your head and hands together Only hear the heart's refrain Burn away the haunted shadows It's your love that will remain Burn it down, burn it down, burn it down Throw your fear upon the fire and burn it down Throw your heart into the song Feel the rhythm hot and strong And the fire will sing along Burn it down Burn it down, burn it down, burn it down Throw your fear upon the fire and burn it down Throw your heart into the song Feel the rhythm hot and strong Hear the fire sing along Burn it down
2.
Missing Part 04:53
Cast off, sail away Maybe I'll be back someday It don't seem likely, but it's anything can be Mama, Daddy, don't you cry You always knew that I'd say goodbye I got a beauty of a berth on a ship just made for me She's the sweetest little darlin' that you'll ever find A wee bit battered but the best of her kind And she'll run forever with a good hand on her heart I'm a little out of place when I'm on the ground And that's the reason why I'm outward bound Oh, can't you see that I'm a Firefly's missing part? Time's up, have to run I can't sit idle when there's work needs done You raised me right and you know I'll make you proud You both know that I'll be fine; This world's for you, but the whole sky's mine And I'll go just as far as an engineer's allowed On the sweetest little darlin' that you'll ever find A wee bit battered but the best of her kind She'll run forever with a good hand on her heart I'm a little out of place when I'm on the ground And that's the reason why I'm outward bound Oh, can't you see that I'm a Firefly's missing part? What's the point in havin' wings if you never leave the nest and fly? What's the point in havin' dreams if you never reach out for the sky? I'll never know my limits if I never even try You ain't raised no farmer's wife, you've raised the mechanic of a Firefly! Big sky, bigger plans I'm doin' what my heart demands I'm gonna treat that engine sweet, and she'll take me far When folks wonder after me Just say I found Serenity Where the sky ain’t the limit, I'll be shining like a star Cause this Firefly's the place that I'll make my home And while she still flies, you know I'll still roam So much to do, and now it’s time to start I'm the kind of girl who loves the simple things And I can hear the future when my darlin' sings Oh, can't you see that I'm a Firefly's missing part? She's the sweetest little darlin' that you'll ever find A wee bit battered but the best of her kind She'll run forever with a good hand on her heart I'm a little out of place when I'm on the ground And that's the reason that I'm outward bound Oh, can't you see that I'm a Firefly's missing part?
3.
It's quiet in the sea, always flotsam drifting down But I'm not looking Let it fall past me, bits of words and strains of music I can't listen Chart your course and plot your days, and I can hide beneath the waves Find a message in a bottle, wonder if it's meant for me And I hope you don't mind No, I hope you don't mind It's quiet in the sky, always movement far below but I'm not looking Let it pass me by, lines on maps and traffic patterns I can't follow Sirens don't go chasing prey, they just hope that you'll sail in one day I'll show you round my little kingdom, offer you a cup of tea And I hope you don't mind No, I hope you don't mind I could trace your pathway in the tides, I could read your story in the stars I could catch your singing on the winds, all they ever tell me Is that you’re not here And when I fall to land there are gifts and souvenirs but I’m not buying They don’t understand how the sea and sky can hurt you without trying Someone has to keep the lighthouse, and someone has to be the stone I don't need to keep you here, but I don't want to know you're gone So I hope you don't mind I hope you don't mind
4.
Баю-баюшки-баю Не ложися на краю Придёт серенький волчок Он ухватит за бочок И утащит во лесок Под ракитовый кусток Sleep, my girl, and dream of home Of lamps alight and hearth aflame A china cup, a silver comb An old grey wolf for you to tame A rider come who knows your name Баюшки-баю, Машенка За тебя приду, Машенка Don't you know the story that the babushki all spin? You'll walk the groove into the world, you'll end where you begin Only let the story in Sleep, my girl, and dream of death Of silver shadows sweet and cool Of summer's fire and winter's breath Between the devil and the fool The only choice is who shall rule Баюшки-баю, Машенка За тебя приду, Машенка There is always a Yelena, there is always an Ivan Share your heart with gods and devils, share your secrets with a swan Ах! The world you know is gone Sleep, my girl, and dream of life Of pretty maids and handsome birds Of what it means to be a wife Of battles hinged upon a word Now hush, it's just the wind you heard
5.
"When you turn out all the lights When you lock up for the night We come out to play" They're lurking in the corners on the ceilings and the walls They're jumping on the guest bed and they're running in the halls They watch you type your password, they know where you keep your keys And they're turning up your thermostat by one or two degrees They're playing Spider Solitaire and reading all your files They're logging on your blogging sites to change your default styles They're typing editorials with libertarian slants And they're turning on your Xbox to play Rock Band with the ants "You know we've got a lot to do, So if you'd just put down that shoe We'll be on our way." They're looking into real estate (it's all about location) They used to lift your free weights 'til that slight miscalculation They're barbecuing tiny little steaks on your Hibachi And drafting solemn essays in salute to Fibonacci They raid your liquor cabinet, though they're not of age to drink They're staging tango competitions in the kitchen sink They're critiquing your new painting (your perspective's off, they say) And they're analyzing your décor for optimal feng shui "You know we're really not bad guys. Remember Egypt and the flies? We're just saying." They're going through your songbooks and composing extra verses They're making use of Babelfish to translate Russian curses They're borrowing your favorite socks (they're sure you wouldn't mind) And they're working on your steering since your wheels got misaligned They're singing German arias (their pitch is wunderbar) They're studying philosophy (they think, therefore they are) They're reading your old math books, learning vector and diameter And writing epic poetry in iambic octameter "Hey we're just trying to get along. If we had pants, we'd put them on One leg at a time, at a time, at a time, at a time, at a time"
6.
Jayme Dawson was the Captain of the Christian and her crew And he flew and fought the Christian in the War of '82 Now the Christian was the finest ship 'tween here and Charlemagne And the crew of Jayme Dawson was the same On patrol in sector seven, keeping watch on Barber's sun They were jumped by three light cruisers though they were no match for one As they came to general quarters and they sent out the alarm Jayme must have known they'd finally bought the farm Now they say that Jayme Dawson was no man to cut and run And they say that when he fought he had the fury of a sun But they say he made his bargain with some power of the night That he sold his soul to win his final fight No one living saw that battle though the fleet was quick to leave But at the site they found a scene no sane man would believe Three light cruisers cut to ribbons, wreckage scattered all around But no trace of Dawson's Christian could be found There are stories of the Dutchman, the Celeste and Barnham's Pride There are stories of the Horseman and the Lady at his side But the tale that makes my blood run cold, the more because it's true Is the tale of Jayme Dawson and his crew Yes, the tale of Dawson's Christian and her crew I was second mate on Hera's Dream, a freighter of the line Running loads of precious metals to the colony on Nine I was standing second watch of that most uneventful flight When the pirate ships appeared out of the night Well I thought our fate was settled, for they had us four to one And you can't fight bloody pirates when your freighter has no gun So we stood by to be boarded by a party yet unseen When another ship appeared upon our screen First I thought she was a pirate, but the vector was all wrong Then I thought the fleet had found us, but the signal wasn't strong And our hailing brought no answer, and I felt a sudden dread For the stranger's shields were up and glowing red Now the courage of that single ship is shown by very few And I thought none but a madman would fly her as she flew She was outgunned, she was outnumbered, but a cheer came from our lips When she swung to fire on the pirate ships And the stranger's beams burned brighter than all beams I'd seen before And the stranger's shields were harder than the heart of any whore And the battle rent the ether, as we watched and shook our heads Four pirate ships she cut to bloody shreds Four pirate ships were cut to bloody shreds Just as quickly as it started then the fighting was all done For the pirate ships were shattered and the stranger's ship had won She matched v and lay beside us, and we watched her full of awe Then she dropped her shields and this is what we saw There were thirty holes clear through her and a gash along one side And we knew that when it happened, every soul on board had died Then she rolled to show her markings, and we read them and we knew The fate of Jayme Dawson and his crew She was the Christian... and a grave for all her crew Then she turned as if to leave us, but instead began to fade First her hull, and then her bulkheads, as we trembled there afraid But there are twenty men who'll swear with me, the last to slip from view Were the bones of Jayme Dawson and his crew Dead white bones of Jayme Dawson and his crew There are stories of the Dutchman, the Celeste and Barnham's Pride There are stories of the Horseman and the Lady at his side But the tale that makes my blood run cold, 'cause I know that it's true Is the tale of Jayme Dawson and his crew Yes, the tale of Dawson's Christian and her crew They're out there... Jayme Dawson and his crew!
7.
It was sixteen years ago, outside an aging movie show I was found not knowing where I was that night Not a thing did I possess but an old blue gingham dress And a faded photograph in black and white Now my memories are quite clear, even if I still can hear All the shrinks who said some trauma was to blame Light another cigarette, breathe in deep, try to forget That it's a photograph of Dinah and that Alice is my name Save me, save me, I've lost my memory I'm outside the world looking in Save me, save me, I'm lost in the memory And I'd swear I'm a girl that's never been Now it's all the life I knew, except I know it can't be true I'm not her, there's no such thing as Wonderland Hold a steady job somehow, three months clean and sober now Oh, the ways I tried to get back there again "Try to move on, don't be sad," so I place a personal ad And ask, "why is a raven like a writing desk?" And on the phone, out of the past, so glad he's found me now at last And I'm afraid to go and meet him but I know my answer's yes Save me, save me, I've lost my memory I'm outside the world looking in Save me, save me, I'm lost in the memory And I'd swear I'm a girl that's never been Just another city loner wearing sunglasses at night Leather jacket, purple turtleneck and blue jeans worn too tight Just a rummie by the jukebox in a casual curious pose But I don't know how he knows the things he knows Well he sits down with a grin, "Why little Alice, where've you been? Not so little, not so Alice, now, are you?" As he sips my untouched drink, I say "I can't be who I think." He says "You are, and you're not, and I am too. Are we figments of our gin? Are we long-lost orphaned kin? Or the mad descendants of a writer's pen? No one's sane behind their mask. Ask what you really want to ask." And I close my eyes and whisper, "Can you take me back again?" Save me, save me, I've lost my memory I'm outside the world looking in Save me, save me, I'm lost in the memory And I'd swear I'm a girl that's never been "Darling Alice, so bereft, there's no back, you never left. All the rhymes are still there waiting to be sung." And he holds up in the air a little picture paper square Slips between my lips and underneath my tongue. "Shall I tell you now, Miss Little, what's the answer to the riddle Of the raven that you used to send your call?" He takes the glasses off to see, yellow cat's eyes turns on me, and says, "It's nothing like a writing desk at all." Save me, save me, I've lost my memory I'm outside the world looking in Save me, save me, I'm lost in the memory And I'd swear I'm a girl that's never been And he faded, leaving nothing but a grinnnnnnnn
8.
Anna 04:40
Anna was eight when she built her first rocket Her dad said her heart never came down again When her friends pinned up Justin and Ben in their lockers Fifteen-year-old Anna had Grissom and Glenn Glued to her laptop, ignoring her thesis She watched every mission, until the day when Those noble old sisters were grounded forever At twenty-two, it was the first time I'd known her to cry She asked if I thought we would ever again learn to fly She walked off her job on the day they announced They were going back up after fifteen years' wait The college professor drew snickers in training "You're too old, you're too soft, it's too hard, it's too late" Ah, but no one could ever tell Anna it's raining Or stop her from being first out of the gate And her family all said she should try Was there doubt she would pass? She was top of her class And they made her the offer to fly In the gantry's tall shadow, her love said, "I'll miss you But we both know your place is the sky I'm standing behind you, when I need to find you I just have to lift up my eyes" And she kissed her brave lover goodbye The missions came one on the heels of another Farther and farther than ever before The head of her crew and the pride of her family Once tasted the stars, she could only want more We were none of us shocked when they found a new system And the call came for all volunteers to explore She said she'd return, that we’d see her again But I think that she knew And she knew we did, too That it was a lie The day that Anna learned to fly
9.
Do you remember the first time you learned Monsters could be real? Behind the teacher's back or behind closed doors What their smiles could conceal Sly little cruelties they denied Betrayals of trust that ached inside The ones that you turned to who replied "Oh just ignore" Did you find solace in stories On the screen or on the page Escape to another world, another age Do you remember the first time you learned Monsters could be slain? The stories said the power could be yours And that you could ease the pain And sometimes the monster could be tamed And sometimes you learned, when it was named That sometimes the monster was the same The same as you The heroes and monsters together said, "Come with us, you'll be safe and strong. You are welcome as you are, where you belong." (We Are) We are the lovers and the dreamers And we will stand up, win or lose (We Are) We are the children of the future And we will make it what we choose (We Are) We are creators of our own worlds Every planet, every star (We are) We don't need anyone to tell us Who we are (we are who we are) Did you imagine you'd ever find A place where you could share The stories and the songs and the many worlds Before someone joined you there Remember that all your loves are true If anyone says it's not for you Well just look around, you know what to do You have a voice We've all got a chair at the gaming table And it's time for them to learn We're here where we belong, and it's our turn (We Are) We are the lovers and the dreamers And we will stand up, win or lose (We Are) We are the children of the future And we will make it what we choose (We Are) We are creators of our own worlds Every planet, every star (We are) We don't need anyone to tell us Who we are (we are who we are) It's gotta get better We've changed the world, but we're far from done We've gotta make it better For everyone It's gotta get better now Hold your head up and be brave You can't stop the signal now So let's misbehave Do you believe in a world Where every person has a place Where everyone can find their story And see a reflection of their own face Where nobody has to hide anymore You know this is what our tales are for To teach ourselves that there's so much more That we can be Until no one's voice is silenced Until no one has to fear We'll raise our voice, we'll draw the line right here (We Are) We are the lovers and the dreamers And we will stand up, win or lose (We Are) We are the children of the future And we will make it what we choose (We Are) We are creators of our own worlds Every planet, every star (We are) We don't need anyone to tell us Who we are (we are who we are)
10.
Uplift 03:15
Hands chip the flint, light the fire, skin the kill Feet move the tribe, track the herd, with a will Mankind struggles in the cellar of history Time to settle down, time to grow, time to breed Plow tills the soil, plants the seed, pray for rain Scythe reaps the wheat, to the mill, to grind the grain Towns and cities spread to empire overnight Hands keep building as we chant the ancient rite Coal heats the steam, push the piston, turns the wheel Cogs spin the wool, drives the horses made of steel Lightning harnessed does our will and lights the dark Keep rising higher, set our goal, hit the mark Crawl out of the mud Ongoing but slow For the path that is easy Ain't the one that lets us grow Light, push the sails, read the data, cities glow Hands type the keys, click the mouse, out we go Our voices carry round the world and into space Send us out to colonize another place Hands make the tools, build the fire, plant the grain Feet track the herd, build a world, begin again
11.
Ivory, carnelian, tiger's eye, gold Poets are creatures of habit, you know But beauty that kindles a song or a story Is surely old hat to you now Tidal waves, tears, and the taste of ice cream I lift up my veils and you show me your seams We'll take on the guises of all of our dreams In a dance bold and soft as a vow We can be anything, anything We can be anything We can be anything And your name is all crystal and sweet violin When your fingers trace silent brocades on my skin And the whole of my world is a mischievous grin Looking up at the stars in your eyes Summer is taken, oh, quite by surprise By the autumn, and winter was never this warm And I stand open-handed and soaked in your storm I'll be your ingénue, you'll be my king We can be anything, anything We can be anything We can be anything And I'll fly through the snow and I'll stay up all night Tie me in silk and hold on to me tighter I'll try and I'll try until I get it right And by touch mend the tears in my words Teach me the language of angles and curves But don't tell the secret you see in my face When you watch me through layers of velvet and lace You'll be the goddess, and I'll be the raven who sings We can be anything We can be anything We can be anything We can be anything Ivory, carnelian, tiger's eye, gold We poets are truly predictable, no? But the role of the Muse who inspires the soul Is surely old hat to you now
12.
Just a Dream 04:08
Dancing girls and caribou and men who climb the wall You never know whose dreams are yours, you wake among them all Shadows, colors, crawling, flying, follow where you go You'll never be alone again, not since New Mexico The dreams of men came out to play for all the world to see But the accident that brought them out left just a few like me We few who when we dream a flame, the fire really burns We fewer still keep dreams inside so no one ever learns Dreams can't hurt you, that's what parents used to say But they changed the world forever in New Mexico that day No one lived to tell the story of the vanished research team All that's left to tell the tale is just a dream, just a dream All that's left of them is just a dream The bats are mine, the faces too, I know which come from me I look for all the artifacts that no one else can see When you can dream a meal, a woman, real without a doubt You hold your dreams and hold your breath and hope they don't find out The paper headlines rise to claim the dead & nightmare-scarred Sometimes someone dreams too real, or someone dreams too hard When hands can bleed and houses burn, when dreaming goes astray They come for you, they send you North, for safety so they say Dreams can't hurt you, that's what parents used to say But they changed the world forever in New Mexico that day No one sleeps and no one wakens, no one's ever what they seem And the one you thought you knew was just a dream, just a dream Yes the one you knew was just a dream The television static shadows horns behind its glare The magnets on the fridge have changed and all spell out "beware" Some days you can't escape your dreams, some days you can't quite wake Though the ringing is insistent, and the anger’s growing louder I am sure the voice is only in my mind The rain is falling inside and the carpet's getting wet But I'm sure I'm only tired and control's not failed me yet I wake from dreams of monsters caged and raging horn and claw To the grim, official knocking of the agents of the law They ask if I know anyone with hyperlucid dreams They ask if I've been home alone, and did I hear the screams? They say that I'm the only one alive in building three They say they've got the dream contained and now they've come for me Dreams can't hurt you, that's what parents used to say But they changed the world forever in New Mexico that day Someone else's dream can bite you, you imagine that you scream But the pain you feel is still just a dream, just a dream Yes the pain you feel is just a dream
13.
Trouble 04:32
You made a sensation With your mad invitation And a grin that I thought was meant for me It shouldn't have shocked me The way you unlocked me Too late to run when I gave you the key But I can't go on racin' Just to keep the same place, and Your glass shows you things I'll never be So the cat's got your tongue now You're up for some fun now You still think that you can have your tea and more Shoulda known You're trouble Shoulda known You're trouble You remember you know me You forget what you owe me Still hiding behind your garden wall I face my reflection My body's defection I still want to come when I hear your call Ah but that way's been taken I've eaten my cake and Already been broken by that fall I'm done and I'm walking But you, you're still talking You think that I haven't heard it all before Shoulda known You're trouble Shoulda known You're trouble Never know the time that I wasted On treats I should never have tasted You're sweeter than jam tomorrow But you're never here today I struggled to master Every teacup disaster There was always another storm to brew How I followed you down, dear Now you come back around, dear And there's no path that leads away from you Don't think I can't hear you When you talk through the mirror And the twisting that you believe is true But you know your part now I've played my last heart now Just one sip and I'm right back through your door Shoulda known You're trouble Shoulda known You're trouble
14.
The River 04:52
Alright, okay, I give in I can't fight and I can't move and I can't win I'm staring at the pages 'til I hate every letter And there's always someone else who has already said it better And the lines all come out crooked and the words are upside-down And there's never any room to turn around So tell me a story, aren't all stories true? Tell me a story and I'll tell it back to you There's always someone else there, up the river, up the river Got to find my own way up the river Good luck, farewell, bon voyage To the basement and the attic and garage In the clutter of the world we keep on diving for our treasure And with cobwebs in our hair we come parading for your pleasure And it looks like all I've got's a broken lamp and one old shoe Just wait 'til I recall what I can do So tell me a story, aren't all stories true? Tell me a story and I'll tell it back to you There's always something out there, up the river, up the river Got to find my way back up the river Lullabye, stay awake, no one knows your great mistake Cities, countries, castles, cats, and gentlemen in dashing hats Straight & narrow path you you stray from, run a game & run away from Home, where the heart is laughter, what comes after ever after? Hit the road, hit the bottle, fear of flying, hit the throttle Go! Didn’t you love that book? That day, the way the buildings shook The man in the moon, man in space, lost a planet, lost a race Sex and hate and joy and pain and love, love, love, love, love Come on, take my hand, here we go Through the woods and through the desert and the snow Well I swear we got there last time but I don't remember how And the map is lost, the road is gone, and what do I do now? I’m slashing through the jungle word by word and line by line You have to blaze a new trail every time So tell me a story, aren't all stories true? Tell me a story and I'll tell it back to you There's always someplace calling, up the river, up the river Got to find a new way up the river

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"We Are Who We Are" is the second studio album by the "four person duo" Vixy & Tony. It features the lush string section of Betsy Tinney and Sunnie Larsen, the amazing voice of Michelle "Vixy" Dockrey, and the guitar stylings and production of Tony Fabris, as well as many other wonderful musicians and voices.

The music blends rock, folk, and other styles to make a strong, rich, rhythmic sound that is unique to this foursome. The lyrics are a mixture of sci-fi, mythology, fantasy, and miscellany, each one telling a story with a strong emotional center. The title track is a bold geek anthem with a powerful, positive message. This is a filk album with heart, soul, and power.

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released November 4, 2016

Michelle Dockrey, Vocal
Tony Fabris, Guitar
Sunnie Larsen, Violin
Betsy Tinney, Cello
Produced by Tony Fabris

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Vixy & Tony's lighthearted folk/rock musical style combines with science fiction and fantasy lyrics to tell engaging and beautiful stories. Michelle "Vixy" Dockrey and Tony Fabris have recently joined forces with cellist Betsy Tinney and violinist Sunnie Larsen to form a "four-person duo" with a lush, amazing sound. ... more

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