Into the Void

by Ray Shaffer

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This album is an inner searching and outer expression of the width of human condition. It was once said "You create in your life so that you can recognize yourself." It is certainly true. On this third album, Ray begins with a basic uplifting rock song to grab the user's attention, and then continues on through various styles and textures. Some are down trodden, reflecting on loss or a life disturbance, but always returning to hope and upliftment. The songs were written in the studio, based either on certain sounds or intricate rhythms. This album comes at turning point in Ray's growth, and the uncertainty but determination certainly shines through. The two last songs appear to be the most revealing, falling into that part of the human psyche where self-doubt and self-wonder converge. This in itself is a fascinating journey of one musician's particular change of life.

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released November 15, 2003

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Track Name: Heaven is Waiting
HEAVEN IS WAITING

I've had this feeling for so long
This time I've got to let it go
The angels calling out to me
In to my heart I take in what I know

Seven sisters chanting around fires burning bright
War may come and war may go but always we're alright
This is true as nature calling

Heaven is waiting for us
Heaven is waiting for everyone here in this place

So many days upon this earth
So soon we come upon our birth
The time becomes the time of breath
Attuned within the sound of death

Wisdom of the ancient coming with us as we go
Studious and apprehensive trusting what we know
This is true as nature calling

Heaven is waiting for us
Heaven is waiting for every being here on this earth

To trust in one is trust in self
When passion pushes us to grow
The search within is now without
A sacred dream we live ahhh

Soul light dreaming
Pulsing healing
Such a moment telling future rising truth to be
Seven sisters watching us for everything we need
This is true as nature calling

Heaven is waiting for us
Heaven is waiting for everyone here
Heaven is waiting for us
Heaven is waiting for every being here in this life
Track Name: Mexico
I was laying on my side, eating buttons by the fire
The local folk they laughed at me, see the gringo walking like a tree
Here's the situation then, my vacation down in Mexico
And it wasn't easy there, but I found that I could fan my sorrow

I was sitting up on high, with the stars around a silent night
Staring at the open sky when a constillation poked my eye
People dancing to and fro, my vacation down in Mexico
Mescalito on the stove as the Curendero chanted a glow

Smell the breeze of eon lane, where the maidens watch the children gleem
Not a stranger to this town, the sky above becomes the ground
I remember indigo, my vacation down in Mexico
Flying iris lets me go, I awaken in an empty meadow
Track Name: Believer
Writing on the walls in the faces of the people
Writing on the walls that carry me away
Writing on the walls of big industrial freedom
Writing on the walls that fill the shoes we hate

You gotta believe, yes I'm a believer
You gotta believe in the miracle
You gotta believe, yes I'm a believer
You gotta believe in the magical

Writing on the walls of the younger gods above us
Writing on the walls beneath the ocean floor
Writing on the walls and in between the people
Writing on the floor and not upon the walls

Changes inbetween contain the gods above us
Wondering when there is nothing left to do
Can I never see the thoughts of a billion pretenders
No I never will again see the likes of you

I've said enough to make my world go round
I've said to make the stars fall
There are no answers here and I will not play this game
Circulating towards the storm drain brain pain

Writing on the faces of
Writing on the walls
On the walls industrial
On the walls that fill the shoes

Writing on the younger gods
On the walls beneath the sea
On the walls and in between
On the floor and not the walls
Track Name: Say Say Say
Say say say I love you
Say say say I do
Say say say I love you
Say say say my love is really true
And say say say you love me
Say say say you do
Say say say you love me
Say say say I'll always be in love with you

I looked out into the void
Thought i solved the mystery
My mistake, a trick of the eye
She was standing there as plain as day
Well Bless My Soul, she didn't care
Waved her arms and kissed the sky
This old heart I never knew
Could take on this wonderful world

Tried them all one at a time
Just to entertain is not my style
Looked within trusted my soul
Terrified I sat and read the words I wrote
Life loves me not what I do
She is the light adjoining me and you
Trusted my flying apart
Goddess knows the love in my heart
Track Name: Give Her the Strength
I've made mistakes
Terrible mistakes
My mind is a prison
But some thoughts break out
To be so hated and feared
Should be a sin in god's eyes
But what can she do
How can she love

God, give her the strength
The strenth to love me
God give her the strength
The strenth to care
God give her the strength
The strenth to love me
God give her the strength
She's the only one I need I swear

There are a million reasons for coming to this earth
I only needed one
I needed to experience forgiveness
And she is the forgiver
I have cast the first stone
Thrown up in the air so it lands on my head
I do not bleed, I do not pain
The stone is also god
Track Name: All Tore Up
I'm looking at my self and I am cianide
I'm making my own world far away
I'm focusing on changing
I'm pleasantly surprised
That I survived this century

Well I'm toking up about a million years
And freedom changes every man I hear
Well I'm all tore up, I'm drisseling
There ain't no place to go except here.

And the walls came down
As I tore my soul
Spring forsees
That all is well
Track Name: Sanctuary Mist
I was under the impression that there was nobody here
I was under the illusion that I’d kill myself this year
Cold wind visiting, long time is the wind

I was sinking all the feelings that I never could ignore
Placed my heart beneath the window hoping wind would take my soul
So lives misery, no longer to be

All the leaves are burning as the forest is reborn

And the time that it takes to be living in the world
In the world I exist for the suffering assist
As I change my mind I look for the brighter future

And the ways that I feel like a ceremony twist
Like a bird in the trees, in a sanctuary mist
And I need to believe, yes I need to believe in something

All the trees are burning as the forest calls for more

And I feel that I need, that I need to believe
To believe in the love, in the love that I am
In the love that I am – I am – I am – I am

All the leaves are burning as the forest is reborn

And the chance that I take in the wisdom of the light
I believe in myself with all my might
With the cold wind in my sails I move forward

And the pain that I feel will empower my embrace
I will let it go, I will void that place
I will talk myself alive myself alive

All the trees are burning as the forest cries for more

And the truth that I was in a very dark place
In a place without love, without my faith
And I love who I am, who I am – I am – I am – I am
Track Name: Retrograde
I turn away you from my heart
Saturn rising
Was there a time when we were one
Retrograde
Still I become what once was one
Venus Rising
Black heart running free with form
Retrograde

Lover sound how can I hear you
Lover sound what have I done
Lover sound where should I feel you
Lover sound what was was

Still memory calls to the forest
Jupiter Rising
Strung out on missing love
Retrograde
Peace will find a place in my heart
Mars conjunction
Still this weary aching heart
Retrograde

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