The Company We Keep

by Pull String Prophet

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The 14-track debut album from Pull String Prophet, released in July 2015. Spanning the genres from hard rock and industrial, to electronic and indie, it holds something for everyone.

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released July 7, 2015

All music and lyrics written by Don Shiner.
Performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Don Shiner.
Produced by Don Shiner.
Artwork by Don Shiner.
copyright 2015 Stories We Tell/Don Shiner

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Pull String Prophet Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

A one-man music project, officially emerging in 2015, Pull String Prophet has been in the works for nearly a decade. The Elizabethtown, PA-based hard rock band began as a writing outlet for a guitar-player-turned-singer, who felt he had something to say. The debut record, "The Company We Keep," was released in July 2015, followed by a cover single of U2's "Until the End of the World." ... more

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Track Name: Thread
You walked in like a shining star
With that trashy little boy hanging off your arm
I don’t know what you’re trying to prove to me
A hot mess and you dress to kill,
You bat your eyes until you get your fill
It’s made the other side of you so obvious to me

It’s a little obscene, the way you pull the strings
That keep me dancing like a marionette
I bet you’ll let this go to your head
It’s your fantasy, the way you pull the strings
That keep me dancing like a marionette
I bet you’ll let this go to your head
Leave me hanging by a thread

It’s everything that I’d expect

With the sun in my eyes I couldn’t see the light
Telling all the kids what you advertise
That shade of red is kind of new to me
I could lend a hand if it’ll fill the void
In a closet full of your disposable toys
Another substitute for a lack of self-esteem

And I lie awake at night
While you lie to save your life
And I lie awake at night
While you lie to save your life

And this is how the story ends

© 2015 Don Shiner
Track Name: Wish I Was There
This empty chamber
Holds no promise of salvation
Half-cocked as you like it
I know you like it
This crying window
Makes it hard to hold my head up
Half-cocked as you like it
I know you like it

I see the lights from the highway
Everything is calm tonight
It could be you inside wondering
I wish I was there
I see the eyes from the highway
Everyone’s alone tonight
Are we alive and wondering?
Do you wish I was there?

Goodnight lifelines
Have become my only savior
I count the minutes if you’ll let me
I know you will

Every night
We try to find our way back home
It’s so misleading
It’s just an empty room
When you’re not there

© 2015 Don Shiner
Track Name: Sympathy
All I’m asking is your sympathy
For listening
To everything that’s wrong with you
You know I love a tragedy
But this is killing me

You’re terrified of being boring,
So what’s your story
Over-dramatic and you’re reaching,
Pulling my strings
Look for a shoulder you can cry on,
And you’ll find one
Open arms are a commodity;
You’ve tried collecting these

You want a personal connection
With someone that gets you
Someone who understands you perfectly
To be your therapy

You’re terrified of being boring,
But here’s the story
You’re pushing everyone away from you
With the things you do

© 2015 Don Shiner
Track Name: The Fool
You make it rain for days and days
You try to flush me out
But in stenciled names and open veins
You give yourself away
Nothing can stop you,
And no one can tell you
Where it all went wrong
So you do what you want to
Even if I tell you
It’s time to leave
You’re suffocating me

All I ever wanted was to sit in silence
With nothing to remind me of you
When all you ever wanted
Was to break this violent heart
Make me the fool

The rush inside that floods your mind
Spilling from your mouth
And the black and white that clouds your eyes
Won’t take you home tonight
What doesn’t kill you
Has shown me the real you
Scars will never fade
So you laugh while you’re falling,
The storm that’s coming
Still out of reach
And suffocating me

You said it all so loud and clear
When you choked that bottle down
You had to prove them right
So when they ask you how we lived
Will you promise not to lie?
Only a fool would say “goodbye”

So when they ask you how we lived
Will you promise not to lie
Only a fool, you’re only a fool

© 2015 Don Shiner
Track Name: Sculptures
All we build will crumble at our feet
Our greatest machines become obsolete
Our flesh and bone will return to dust
There’s no escape when our time is up
We can’t hold on

Sculptures in the sand are washing away
Sculptures in the sand are washing away

When every road leads to an end
When every face is a forgotten friend
When every statue has been overturned
When every bridge we’ve built has burned
We can’t hold on

No one wants to be forgotten
We all want to belong
We need a face to leave our mark on
Before we’re gone

Sculptures in the sand are washing away
The water’s coming in to erase your name

© 2015 Don Shiner
Track Name: The Fall
[instrumental]

© 2015 Don Shiner
Track Name: Separate
It’s a long road we try to escape
We find our ways
For better days
Hang my head in disgrace
To hide my face
It’s the price I pay

Take my hand and pull me away
I can’t help myself
I feel alive when I touch the flames
Without the strength to separate

It’s a long road we walk for release
Just look at me
You’re my sanity

Take my hand and pull me away
I can’t help myself
I burn inside when I touch the flames
Without the strength to separate

© 2015 Don Shiner
Track Name: I Just Can't Explain It
This voice is calling your name
Hoping that your heart will still remain
She doesn’t want to believe
She doesn’t want it anymore
This voice is calling your name
Hoping that your heart will still remain
I don’t want to believe
She doesn’t love me anymore

It’s not fair
What you’re doing to me
What you’re doing to me
What you’re doing’s not
Fair
What you’re doing to me
What you’re doing to me
I just can’t explain
I just can’t explain
What you’re doing tonight

This poison’s affecting your brain
This poison’s running through our veins
She doesn’t want to believe
She doesn’t want it anymore
This poison’s affecting my brain
This poison’s running through our veins
I don’t want to believe
She doesn’t love me anymore

I don’t know how you walk away
I don’t know how you walk away
I don’t know how you walk away
I don’t know how to walk away

© 2015 Don Shiner
Track Name: Who We Are
What a way to start over again
Bite your lip and peel the skin
Your life’s about to begin
Close your eyes and take it in
We’ll find a way to make them understand
It’s who we are on the outside
That covers the sin
You’ll never breathe like me again
Reinvent with a brand new mask
To make the whole world spin

It’s a lie, but it’s all right
It’s who we are on the outside
We’ll be like them; we’ll fit right in
It’s who we are on the outside

See your face on the TV
Embrace the fame when we’re all the same
Centerfold and a tabloid queen
You better hide your roots
When they come for you
You’ll never bleed like me again
It’s who we are on the outside
That keeps us trapped within

Take your own advice
What do you see
Through these bright colored eyes?
With this painted flesh
And these punctured holes
It’s a disguise that everyone knows
And in this fight to be original,
You’ll give it all
Give it all you have

What happened to the little girl
I remember from childhood stories?
What happened to you?

© 2015 Don Shiner
Track Name: Chrysalis
[instrumental]

© 2015 Don Shiner
Track Name: In the Wake
I have to say
This conversation took a turn for the worse
From the first word out of your mouth
And it’s clear as crystal
I’m not getting out of it now
I thought maybe you might have some answers,
But we’re talking in circles
Finally, I put it into perspective
And I’m left back where we began

Why don’t you say what you wanted to say?
It’s obvious you think it’s over
In the wake of all that hurt you,
You came out shining like you’re made of gold

Another day
I could imagine the tables were turned
You’d be making a monster of me
But while your head’s spinning
The ground will rise to my feet
Everything that’s built can be broken
So we learn to expect it
When you’re shattered heart lies in pieces
I’ll carry you out to the end

Let me see that smile one last time
When we burn this house to the ground
Toss the match and watch the flames
Don’t look back when you walk away

© 2015 Don Shiner
Track Name: One Night
We’re lonely anymore,
But knowing you I see inside myself
So transparent, but you don’t care
It’s easy this way
Tonight never meant forever
It’s only a face that matters
The stories we’ll tell years from now
Nameless and empty

Easily replaceable

Bring the energy you need to feel alive
For one night
There’s a vacancy when I look in your eyes
For one night

Adoring eyes are watching
Every move meant only for you
Reading my mind, and you’re aware
I’m here for you
The surface is deeper tonight,
And the small talk breaks the silence
The stories you tell, you know me so well
Nameless and empty

The long ride home has given me plenty of time to see inside
To what you like, the sound and the style, a stage and a smile

So easily replaceable

© 2015 Don Shiner
Track Name: The Long Ride Home
[instrumental]

© 2015 Don Shiner
Track Name: From the Window
From the window I can see the lights
Changing with your heartbeat
A kind distraction
From the war inside my head
Unaware of the wave of sound
Washing over me
All I remember are
The last words that you said

Was it all a bad dream
Watching everything fall apart
In front of our eyes?
Isn’t it a sad thing,
That feeling we can’t change the world
Even if we try?

From the window I can see the streets
Looking back at me
I feel at home in this comedy of fools
All distracted, all too busy,
All just living for today
All too confident
That someone will come through

They say,
Was it all a bad dream
Watching everything fall apart
In front of our eyes?
Isn’t it a sad thing,
That feeling we can’t change the world
Even if we try?

From the window I can see their eyes
Calling out to me
Wishing we had known this day would come

© 2015 Don Shiner