Symposium

by Ken Oak Band

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The Ken Oak Band began as a trio composed of Ken Oak, Ed Gorski and Chris Ramos. Symposium was the only album released under this lineup. Ken Oak and Ed Gorski currently perform under the name "Oak and Gorski".

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released 05 October 2005

Tracks 2,4,5,7,8,9 & 10 recorded and mixed by Howard Karp
Tracks 1 & 6 recorded and mixed by Stefon Taylor
Track 3 recorded and mixed by Duane Baron

Ken Oak: vocals, cello, guitars
Chris Ramos: guitars, vocals
Ed Gorski: guitars

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Track Name: The Biggest Problem
Who can I blame?
Life seems so hard these days
Another game, finding out the same old same
I can't control what people say
It's really not fair
Leaving it all up in the air
Should I even care?

About the doubts I'm sure I could do without
My own intuition
You seem to have it all figured out
If I'd only listened
You have a way of making
The biggest problem seem so small
And if I'm not mistaken
I was the biggest problem of them all
Now I know that I was the one at fault
This time I'll try to take it slow
Well I know that you know

I've entertained
The loneliest hearts left open
But who's to say?
Love is a crazy notion
I can't control the things that I do
If you're not there
I've found my heart is unaware
Do I really care?

About the doubts I'm sure I can do without
My own intuition
You seem to have it all figured out
If I'd only listen
You have a way of making
The biggest problem seem so small
And if I'm not mistaken
I was the biggest problem of them all
Now I know that I was the one at fault
This time I'll try to take it slow
Well I know that you know
Track Name: Masquerade
Tick tock the clock is ticking away
Run, run, don't stop you don't wanna stay
I've been hanging around too long here in LA
And who's idea was this madness anyway?

I could play along with this masquerade
Hide behind some fancy shades
Get used to wearing a different face
I could compromise for a little while
Maybe learn to break a smile
But can I let this precious time all go to waste?

The older I get the longer I wait
The faster I go the younger the chase
Just when I thought everything would be okay
I'm blindsided by this madness anyway

I could play along with this masquerade
Hide behind some fancy shades
Get used to wearing a different face
I could compromise for a little while
Maybe learn to break a smile
But can I let this precious time all go to waste?

Now that I've seen both sides
It's time to make up my changing mind
I've got to take off the mask and face the fear
Truth isn't hard to find
I've got to leave everything behind
I'm gonna watch all my troubles disappear

Or I could play along with this masquerade
Hide behind some fancy shades
Get used to wearing a different face
I could compromise for a little while
Maybe learn to break a smile
But I can't let this precious time all go to waste

Tick tock the clock is ticking away
Run, run, don't stop you don't wanna stay
Track Name: Empire State (love affair)
I saw another car fly by today
I was waiting for another ride when she asked me to stay
I would agree but if you're like me then you'll see
Good intentions are hard to perceive
Where the broke and the wealthy dream
In the city that never sleeps
She's just like me

And the sun may rise
But you won't even notice
'Cause these lights are so bright
You get caught up in the moment
You're tired but you can't show it when you're here

I saw an empty space to park my mind
I can stay for another drink if you can drop a dime
You'll buy some time but I think you find down the line
A long conversation is not what you need
Where the broke and then wealthy dream
In the city that never sleeps
She's just like me

And the sun may rise
But you won't even know it
Cause these lights are so bright
You get caught up in the moment
You're tired but you can't show in when you're here

In this empire state
It's a love affair that you love to hate
And i can't seem to find a way
To separate the night from the day
Track Name: Live for Myself
I can't see everything
But I know what you mean to me
It's merely our destiny
There's no one else around
I still have fantasies
Of having you next to me
There is no vacancy in
How I feel right now

Words etched in stone
Clearly not my own
Do you believe me now?

We all have a story we can't tell
I still don't know mine that well
Tonight I'll stay in this hotel
Tomorrow I'll live for myself

I can't give you everything
But I know what my life is worth
I won't take just anything
This love will not allow
Revealing the best in me
There's no need for questioning
So don't keep on thinking things
That you can't say out loud

Silence is home when you're not alone
Can you hear me now?

We all have a story we can't tell
I still don't know mine that well
Tonight I'll stay in this hotel
Tomorrow I'll live for myself

Who knows how long it's gonna take me to figure out
Where I belong and what it takes to settle down
Is this dream in my head or is this all that's left?
Can't get it off my chest
So I'll keep it to myself

We all have a story we can't tell
I still don't know mine that well
Tonight I'll stay in this hotel
Tomorrow I'll live for myself
Track Name: Long Ride
Keep your hands in your pockets
Keep your shoes untied
Keep your eyes on the target
This is gonna be a long ride

And don't believe what they say
Don't believe what they say about us

Keep our words with each other
Keep your beauty inside
Keep your trust uncovered
With nothing to hide

And don't believe what they say
Don't believe what they say about us

Keep your arms on the table
Keep your lips on the wine
Your eyes lit by the candle
And your hand in mine

And don't believe what they say
Don't believe what they say
Don't believe what they say
About us
About us
About us
Track Name: What You Want
How long til I get out?
Been trying not to sell out
You're waiting for me to make it
But I don't know how so I fake it

When love is waiting passion bleeds
And I seem to lose my sanity
Now I don't know what you want from me at all

Listen to how you say it
And don't blame me when I play it
I've been waiting for you to notice
But if you don't by now then it's hopeless

When love is waiting passion bleeds
And I seem to lose my sanity
Now I don't know what you want from me at all

Feels like a reality show, t his is my life
No one seems to know
How I've tried to win but it's always the same
When the end begins and starts over again

When love is waiting passion bleeds
And I seem to lose my sanity
Now I don't know what you want from me at all
Track Name: Intangible
Standing on the edge of reason
Leaning toward the unfamiliar
Will this be another season
Of fading dreams that slowly wither away?

In my mind I conceive this feeling of bliss
I'll run away from things I won't miss
Drawn to only what could be
Never really knowing what you mean to me
What you mean to me

No matter how close
No one really knows
The fire that grows
If I could only show you something real this time
In spite of all this emptiness I feel inside
Cause all i ask of you this time
Is look beyond the things i said that didn't shine
And try to understand the shades of grey
All of my mistakes
And turn them into colors of a better time
It's blind sometimes
What gets me through the day

Surrounded by a sea of faces
Looking for a place in history
The arrogance of being famous
I try to rid myself of vanity
Finding out too many secrets
Losing all the joy of mystery
Hanging on to broken pieces
Never really knowing what they mean to me
Who I want to be

No matter how close no one really knows
The fire that grows
If I could only show you something real this time
In spite of all this emptiness I feel inside
Cause all i ask of you this time
Is look beyond the things i said that didn't shine
And try to understand the shades of grey
All of my mistakes
And turn them into colors of a better time
It's blind sometimes
What gets me through the day

On and on it goes
Will I ever really know
What it means to give another
All the things that I've been holding to myself?
Track Name: Madness and Back
I've learned a lot from different people
Glancing back at time gone past
Been feeling my will a little feeble
But I still have enough to ask

When is the tide going to take a turn
When will I wake up in another world
And who is to blame at the end of the day
As things get a little worse

Was thinking i'd take you out to breakfast
I'll pull the chair, pour the cup
Some sugar and creamer sweetened to taste
I know just how much is enough

When is the tide going to take a turn
When will I wake up in another world
And who is to blame at the end of the day
As things get a little worse

In our bed with the lights out
The empty space too much to bear
Your side is colder more often that not
It's almost time I got out of here

So when is the tide going to take a turn
When will I wake up in another world
And who is to blame at the end of the day
As things get a little worse
Track Name: Inda
She's come full circle
I'm here at square one
She can do what she wants
I'm trying to do what she's done
So now it seems that I'm ready
For you, so have we begun?

The universe is full of
Reflections but you have eyes
That can see in another dimension
All the things that I've tried to hide
All my thoughts are just useful thinking
You found time to think of me
I guess it's true what they say in this lifetime
You just might find the thing that you need

You say that we're moving forward
Faster than we really know
Your laughter slowly takes over
Your confidence I'll never know

The universe is full of
Reflections but you have eyes
That can see in another dimension
All the things that I've tried to hide
All my thoughts are just useful thinking
You found time to think of me
I guess it's true what they say in this lifetime
You just might find the thing that you need
Track Name: Midnight Cries
Street light, she passes by
The midnight cries but she don't hear
Another fight, no need to cry
One more goodbye could take you there

Beneath the sorrow
There is tomorrow
To shape the world in small ways
It's hard to trace but that's okay
Cause we could never follow
The lies they borrow
I can see the waters deep
This is where the silent speak tonight

Photograph in black and white
What happens to that child when innocence dies?
A glass of wine, he takes a drive
A lonely ride to stay alive

Beneath the sorrow
There is tomorrow
To shape the world in small ways
It's hard to trace but that's ok
Cause we could never follow
The lies they borrow
I can see the waters deep
This is where the silent speak tonight

My eyes, they're asking how
People get by when they can't decide
There's no surprise, I've realized
Such ambition is hard to find

Beneath the sorrow
There is tomorrow
To shape the world in small ways
It's hard to trace but that's ok
Cause we could never follow
The lies they borrow
I can see the waters deep
This is where the silent speak tonight