Emancipation Day

by Verra Cruz

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Emancipation Day, like most debut albums, was the culmination of years of touring in small vans, playing small shows to small audiences and independently releasing EP's and singles. Emancipation Day succeeded in capturing the essence of the band - this is classic rock, with stone-age guitars, blue-sky melodies and an earth-shifting rhythm section.

In 2005 having already scrapped a previous attempt of the album recorded earlier that year, the band were struggling to survive. But in December, determined to make an album, they reconvened with old studio compadre Paul Burton and work started at his studio G2 in Littlehampton, UK. It seems that the Burton/Cruz combination was meant to be and Metal Hammer praised the album; "Emancipation Day is a fully formed rock opus: 44 minutes of great hard rock songs fired into consciousness. There is definitely something satisfying and filling about Emancipation Day, like suet pudding." Classic Rock said, "This is modern, meaningful rock music, with stadium-sized riffs and serious messages."

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released June 18, 2006

Produced by Verra Cruz, Paul Burton & Tom Mills
Recorded & Mixed by Paul Burton at G2 Studios, Littlehampton, UK
Mastered by Vlado Meller at Sony Music Studios, NYC

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Track Name: Cold That You Feel
Cold That You Feel

Come take all that you want from me, tonight
All that I cannot be, sunlight
Streaming through darkened trees
Ignite all of my broken dreams

With all that you are
With all that you are

Excuse the cold that you feel
The distance in my eyes
The cold that you feel
Excuse the distance in my voice
The pain that you see
The distance in my eyes

Love spit in my eyes tonight
And I’ll run and put all my fears to flight
Come on, all this I leave behind
Erase and pull me to something right

One day I’m going to see you there
One day I’m going to see you there
One day I’m going to see you there
One day I’ll see you there, excuse
Track Name: Strange Food
Strange Food

Rose up this morning
Don’t believe what I saw
All of the people are talking of war and baying for blood
And I heard the politicians calling on the fire to fall
Saying strange food is going to fall like rain on the poor
And they tell you it’s love

Can you tell it to the father who will lose his only son
Can you tell it to the child whose left alone
Don’t tell me it’s love

I heard men talking
About grain to feed the world
Saying there’s a way to fight this war without wounds
But that won’t sell arms

It’s more than a feeling inside I’m grieving
Longing to see this love
I want to see this love

Strange food for the hungry
Belly-full but they’re hungry
It’s a strange food for the hungry
Track Name: Leave Me Alone
Leave Me Alone

Beckon to me make me beg make me plead
Take me into your room and you make me believe
I can be yours I can get through the door
Give me a kiss and now I’m wanting more
Shower me with praise and it’s hard to escape
The feeling I get when I look at your face
And you tear me apart as you stand in the wake
Tears of regret one more mistake

Leave me alone
Leave me alone
Leave me alone don’t let me love you

Give me a chance to dance a little romance
A way to improve on my circumstance
Love is a gift but I’m feeling the rift
Tell me how many times can I shoot just to miss
It’s starting to feel like an old cliché
You are the risk that I just couldn’t take
And you tear me apart as I stand in the wake
No turning back one more mistake

Leave me alone
Leave me alone
Leave me alone don’t let me love you

Come on to me make me beg make me plead
Take me into your room and you make me believe
I can be yours I can get through the door
You give me a kiss and now I’m wanting more
Shower me with praise and it’s hard to escape
The feelings I get when I look at your face
And you tear me apart as you stand in the wake
No turning back one more mistake
Track Name: Hell Hound
Hell Hound

Sometimes I feel like world is cold
And I feel like there’s no way home
And you feel like you’re all alone

I was born with a black cloud over me
I was born with a black cloud over
I was born when the sun rose over me

Devils call with a hell hound on my trail
Devils call with a hell hound on my trail
I was born when the sun rose over me

I was born with a raging thirst
I was born with a raging thirst
I was born when the sun rose over me

Hear the story see the blood shed
Hear the violence in my voice dread
See the blood flow in the ditches
Burning bridges burning crosses
See the man come in the moonlight
Like a dark priest all dressed in white
Sounds of freedom from the darkness
Victory sleepless justice tireless

I was born with a black cloud over me
I was born with a black cloud over
I was born when the sun broke over me
Track Name: Guns In The Distance
Guns In The Distance

Lately I’ve been thinking about
Guns in the distance
About sweet soul resistance
About deliverance, deliverance

Lately I’ve been hoping
Or dare I say it praying
About heavy chain breaking
Emancipations and revelations

Now that you find it it’s tangible
Now that you taste it you’re ready to be full
Emancipation like burning oil
Smoke fills the sky something beautiful

Woo woo
Guns in the distance

Lately I’ve been thinking about
The dark shadows and empty sheets
About iron fists and clay feet
Eyes full of tears from the blood in the streets

Lately I’ve been staring into
Dark eyes from broken souls
A new sound from the undertow
The fire getting higher and flame taking hold

Now that you find it it’s tangible
Now that you taste it you’re ready to be full
Emancipation like burning oil
Smoke fills the sky something beautiful

Woo woo
Guns in the distance
Track Name: Rise
Rise

Here lies my soul buried under waves of doubt
Here stains my heart broken and all ripped apart
I run but I fall hoping not to lose it all
I’m down for the count wanting in but feeling out

Can I rise
Can I rise
Rise my soul

Here comes the train that brings me back to you again
Both sides of my heart reaching for a higher part
And I can’t take the blame
I don’t have money with which to pay
I’ll come and I’ll die like a new day I will rise
I’ll rise, I’ll rise

Come rise, my soul will rise
Come rise, my soul will rise
Come rise, my soul will rise
Come rise, my soul will rise
I will rise
Rise my soul

Here comes the rain that brings me back to you again
Both sides of my heart reaching for a higher part
I can’t take the blame
I don’t have money with which to pay
I’ll come and I’ll die like a new day I will rise




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Track Name: Soul Collides
Soul Collides

Way down, down on myself
I’m crawling crippled by fear
Sick and tired of the breeze
Of screaming down on my knees

Just trying to find the food to feed my hungry hole
Trying to find the food to feed my lost soul

Bleeding need from heart
I’m seeping in to the flood
Sick and tired of my skin
Of beating trying to get in

Trying to find the food to feed my lost soul
Trying to find the food to feed my hungry hole

I can’t deny what I feel inside
Though I wait in the night like a bird I’ll rise

When my soul collides
When my soul collides
When my soul collides
Like a bird in flight I’ll wing

© Verra Cruz 2006
Track Name: Deliver Us
Deliver Us

All through the night all through the day
The evil I see is creeping over me
All through the night like slaves they wait
Burdened by fear chained by the fate

They cry deliver us
They cry deliver us
Deliver us from evil

Cold comfort’s blinding me
Respectable is the beast
From chains I will not see
Grief waiting to release
She comes to me like a drug
In lust with oil and blood
I won’t kneel when you call to me
Deliver us from evil

All through the fight all through the fray
Workers bowed low or they won’t get their pay
All through the night this greed filled game
Incessant the flow of fuel for the rage

They cry deliver us
They cry deliver us
Deliver us from evil

Cold comfort’s blinding me
Respectable is the beast
From chains I will not see
Grief waiting to release
She comes to you like a drug
In lust with oil and blood
I won’t kneel when you call to me
Deliver us from evil
Track Name: Rock & A Hard Place
Rock And A Hard Place

I have tried to love give you all that I am
I have tried too much feeling half a man
Oh I feel the grief I’m seeing no way out, no way out
If you don’t talk to me I might not make it out, make it now

And I’m trying to be
You know I’m feeling the squeeze
Sick and tired of being between a rock and a hard place

Water running down to the lowest place
Sorrow reaches out and bites the hand of grace
Lord I feel the need it’s pouring down like rain, down like rain
Clouds have covered me and I forget my name

And I’m trying to be
You know I’m feeling the squeeze
Sick and tired of being between a rock and a hard place

I feel the need
Take me higher
Take me deeper
Track Name: Storm Will Come
Storm Will Come

Falling from the fire
See the truth in all desire
See the revolution feelings
Clawing at my ceiling

See the burdened or the freer
See the child who’s nowhere near
Rapist or the seer
Storm will come

And when it comes like the rain
Let it wash you again
The storm will come

Crawling from your thrones
Calling out the clones
See the image that’s receding
The crime the thief the kneeling

Breaking on the shores
With a constant lust for more
Like a demon at your door
Storm will come

And when it comes like the rain
Feel it wash you again
Storm will come

I still can’t find a reason
Staring at my ceiling
Tears fall down my face
Cause I can’t see no sunrise
When I look in your eyes
Tears fall down my face

Storm will come
Spitting like fire and falling like the setting sun
And when it comes like the rain
Feel it wash you again
Storm will come
Track Name: Lead Me
Lead Me

Sweet love won’t you lead me on
I don’t belong here and I’m far from home
All that I’ve lived for is just sinking sand
Oh love won’t you take my hand

I want to be in the place where you are
I want to be in the place where you are