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  1. Level Ground
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"...sounds innocent enough until the severely warped vocal track comes in letting us know we are about to experience something very different." - Keith Pro, Indie Band Guru

Sincere thanks for the contributions of supporting artists: Claire Virginia for gospel singing, Kirstin Strelec for vocal ad-libs, and Noodle for vocal samples on “Level Ground”;

Lyrics

(Up up up to the very tip top, down down down and then he stopped)

I never really made it all the way to the top
but I could see it from the difficult spot where I stopped
When the going got tough it was time for a choice
Then a comforting voice said, "Far enough".

It was the devil. The devil had found me
And he made me crawl down to level ground
He was the devil. The devil had found me
And he helped me crawl down to level ground

It's not very hot down here, almost a bit cold
It's nothing at all like we've always been told
This land is oddly even, not much in sight
No pitchforks, brimstone, or flaming stalactites

Only devils, these devils inside
With names like shame, blame, lame, petrified
Only devils, these devils inside
With names like pain, insane, suicide

Are you surprised to learn hell is a lenient place
For the cheaters and the quitters of the human race
Not demanding at all "Let us make you a drink,
You shouldn't climb, you're bound to fall
There now, no need to think"

Said the devil, he scratched his paunch and reclined,
Sharing smokes and jokes with raunchy punchlines
Then the devil bought me one final round and
We toasted my time down on level ground.

(Up up up to the very tip top, down down down and then he stopped)

We know the devil and the hell that surrounds us
As we make new trails to scale from the ground up
(Repeat)

"Then I gave him my direct line and waved.
I'll see him next time he doesn't choose to be brave."