Manic in Lithium is:

Otis Mannick – Vocals
Michael Hewett – Guitars
Derek Cheever – Bass and Ukelele
Dean Rickard – Drums and Percussion
Produced by Manic in Lithium with Pat Sabatini
Mixed by Dean Rickard at RR Sound
Mastered by Ed Littman
Cover art and CD design – Oliver Daaram

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1) Hell of a high

Junked up mother-fucker save your soul.
Smack that rod until you hit the flow.
You count on me, to hold your hand.
You count on me, to help you stand.
Lifted by your own demise and more.

Well I’m down in the city, with nowhere to go.
Rake my eyes on a washboard, then carry me home.
Well it’s a hell of a high. A hell of a high when you’re down.

Shoot that horse of course you’ll feel ok.
Dice your spine that line begins to fray.
You count on God to save your soul.
You use that rod to dig that hole.
Six feet underground is where you’ll pay.

Well I’m down in the city, with nowhere to go.
Rake my eyes on a washboard, then cary me home.
Well it’s a hell of a high, a hell of a high when your down.

I’m alright…I’m just fine…

When you’re down…

2) Falling Down

Simply desire, to fall out of the sky.
Simply design, to make us want to fly.
Lord only knows, if you try than you just might fall.
Keep chasing dreams, for you may not fall at all.

But I keep on falling down, and down, and down, and down, and down, and down, and down, and down.
I just keep on falling down, and down, and down, and down, and down. again.

Time rushes by, faster than life can breath.
Tears in your eyes, with the wounds dressed upon your sleeve.
Given this change for the trouble seems all to much.
Take it from God, for it’s hearts that we need to touch.

Though I keep on falling down, and down, and down, and down, and down, and down, and down, and down.
I just keep on falling down, and down, and down, and down, and down. again.

Gonna fly by the window. Hope the motor runs clean.
Fight the resistance. Gonna break through the seams.

Though I just keep on falling down, and down, and down, and down, and down, and down, and down, and down and.
I just keep on falling down, and down, and down, and down, and down. again.

Gonna fly by the window. Hope the motor runs clean.
Fight the resistance. Gonna break through the seams.

3) You Belong to Me

Knowing that life just began, holding yet not holding, all that will fly in the end.
Destiny is calling. Break down these walls that keep tied down.
Now let the healing begin.
Cause life just rose today.Walls fell away, letting you stand alone…

I could take you I could break you, crush or make you.
Feel my heart beat, make soul strong, let my love speak.
I won’t harm you though I’ll try to… disalarm you.
Set your heart free, make your mind strong, help your soul be.

Oh cause you belong to me. Why can’t you see, you’ll always be, happy and free.
Holding truth, life blessed be, you’ll never be alone.

Time keeps changing, life keeps showing… love keeps knowing.
Laughter fighting, dreams are growing and uniting.
Holding pain down, catching tears be… fore they hit ground.
Causing feelings to release what keeps them reeling.

Oh cause you, belong to me. Why can’t you see, you always be happy and free.
Only me, life blessed be, you’ll never be alone.

Is this just a test.
Her forcing me to show my best.
Holding the truth within my arms.
Guarding so pain can do no harm.

I’ve given what I can.
Please let it be enough to stand.
For I can’t be there in the end.
No one’s allowed to hold your hand.

Solace to the bone.
Holding though never meant to own.
Only to guard you for a while.
From all that pushes to defile.

Oh cause you, belong to me. Why can’t you see, you always be, happy and free.
Alone with me, life blessed be, you’ll never be alone.

4) Takin’ it Easy

Wake up said the lion to the mountain boy.
Wake up said the desert to the sea.
Got run like a candle with a quire boy.
Let me be said the circus to the flea.

Seams like I’m rushing to a better place.
I’m caught by the whimper of a womanly face.
I’m looking around to find a better way.
I’m takin’ easy.

Ay yay said the captain to the running mate.
Turn around said the bullet to the gun.
Settle down to a fire with a master-bate.
Cut away the repetition and your done.

Seams like I’m rushing to a better place.
I’m caught by the whimper of a womanly face.
I’m looking around to find a better way.
I’m takin’ easy. I’m takin’ it easy, I’m takin’ it easy, I’m takin’ it easy.

Weooo weooo weoo weoo weoo weoo weoo.
Said the siren to the dying man.
Ooo we said the cowboy to the jean.
Gotta scream like your gonna make em understand.
Take it home and try to rip it at the seam.

Seams like I’m rushing to a better place.
I’m caught by the whimper of a womanly face.
I’m looking around to find a better way.
I’m takin’ easy. I’m takin it easy. I’m takin’ it easy. I’m takin’ it easy.

5) Strapped

Sweet but high can’t find a better way to kiss the sky, cut by and by
now there’s a need to feed.
Slipped grin paid not to hold it in fucked by sin. Strapped down again
trying not to spread too wide.

Bloody sheets are worn from the bedroom porn to the mouth she’s
feeding. Had it going on when the good times burned and she had no
needing.
A classic case indeed when your pop got screwed by the Saigon justice.
Helped you to your knees as your brain went dead and he said bitch
suck this.

Jonesed again can’t find a sitter for the next of kin. No time to
play, she’s got the same desire.
Young but mean, hard to the flavor of the same old scene, two years go
by now she’s the one for hire.

Bloody sheets are worn from the bedroom porn to the mouth she’s feeding.
Had it going on when the good times burned and she had no needing.
A classic case indeed when your pop got screwed by the Saigon justice.
Helped you to your knees as your brain went dead and your mind said
fuck this.

She could barely hold the gun.
Didn’t want to hurt no one.
Only had herself in mind.
Shaking bad no fix around.
Bleeding heart began to pound, eyes are dead and soul undone.
Put the gun up to her head, pulled the trigger while she said, falling
helpless to the ground.
life was never good to me, and right now you will see, my life’s already dead!

6) Mudhorse

Sweet land come.
Carry me home.
And my evil side, will be gone.

I’ve been bad.
You can tell.
Will you let him know, I’m not well.

Cry cry again said the little man as he crept away.
Buy time if you can from the boss’s hand but you better pay.
I…yi yi yi…

Lord my eyes, see the shame.
As the hurting comes round again.

Oh I, oh I.
Oh why, oh why

Caught in a wire.
Well I’m driven to tears.
Yes I’m buried alive, and I’m facing the fears.
Well I’m covered in blood.
Yea I’m stuck to the ground.
Lord I’m trying to break free, and I’ll never be found.

Could it be, just my head, like a mother seed born to spread.

Cry cry again, as he raised his hand, to release my soul.
Shot down by a whim, as the devils hand struck with one hard blow.

Oh I, oh I
Oh why, oh why…

Caught in a wire.
Driven to tears.
Buried alive, and I’m facing the fears.
Covered in blood.
Stuck to the ground.
Lord I’m trying to break free,
And I’ll never be found.

Lord I’ll never be found!

7) String Me Up

I remember when the earth broke free.
Walls where crashing from the violent sea. Now I know just why and it makes me cry, to watch it bleed.

Heavy thunder as the rain came down, wind was ripping with its sightless pound.
Now I say so clear, what I always feared is all around.

String me up inside.

Early rivals to the steam machine.
Flowing swiftly couldn’t keep her clean.

Fuck the prospect if she came unglued.
Keep on stabbing till the deed is through.
Subtle makes no sense when the sad defense is all untrue.

String me up inside.

Lonely days are all I’ve got to say when you can’t tell, that she meant more to me than anything I’ve seen and I can’t take it, ’cause it hurts me.

8) Sunshine Never Ends

Sometimes you dig, sometimes you don’t.
Sometimes you dive, sometimes you float.
Organic pools incestuous ways.
A bit of the green in the chamber and lord you believe what they say.
It seems alright, if it’s only tonight, but you know it’s the one thing that’s taking you, back on the rack and your starting to slack.
Your shit might be down but you know where it’s at to be high and it’s so cool.

I’m wasted, I’m wasted, and I’m wasting time.
I’m wasted, so wasted, and I’m wasting mine.

My clock runs slow, my greed wants more,
I learned first hand ’bout living poor, take a nibble here, and a dribble there, Does it shock you my first THC was in 1983 I’m still fine.

And wasted, still wasted, and I’m wasting time.
I’m wasted, so wasted, and I’m feeling fine.

Wait until the day, when sunshine never ends. You may begin to see.

With Mary J the queen of song, and special K won’t last to long.
Which horse you ride may change your trip.
Don’t you know it’s the final solution when you’ve got to give it the slip.
It seems alright, if it’s only a bump, then your stuck in a slump, and it’s taking you, back in the rack and your starting to slack.
Your shit might be down, but you know where it’s at to be high and it’s so cool.

I’m wasted, I’m wasted, and I’m wasting time.
I’m wasted, so wasted, and I’m feeling fine.

Wait until the day, when sunshine never ends, You may begin to see.

9) Turned Around

Pray while you can.
Talk to the sky, never ask why master plan.
Close all you need.
Freedom within, desire to sin, live off the greed.

Cause it’s a worldwide family plan.
To ensure, that no one takes the stand.

Lord my soul runs free, only God can see, rape the simple mind doesn’t seem that kind.
Paine gave birth to fear, all I need to hear is the reason why not some poor disguise

Change all you see.
Live it turned around, facing the ground, that’s where I’ll be.

Cause it’s a worldwide family plan, to ensure, that no one takes the stand.

Lord my soul runs free, only God can see, rape the simple mind doesn’t seem that kind.
Paine gave birth to fear, all I need to hear is the reason why not some poor disguise.

Cause it’s a worldwide family plan, to ensure, that no one takes the stand.

Lord my soul runs free, only God can see, rape the simple mind doesn’t seem that kind.
Paine gave birth to fear, all I need to hear is the reason why not some poor disguise.

10) Dead Trees Come Alive

Sheltered ends begin this query.
Driven to the eastern light.
Searching all my body weary.
Wings within me , do take flight.
Though they just can’t go too high.
Close your eyes.
Look away or you will try.

Tortured by a few good reasons.
Banished from the western form.
Soul keeps running with the seasons.
Trying to find a place that’s warm.
Where the darkness does no harm.
My body cries.
For the feeling been reborn.

There I go again just wondering.
Stuck between the lies I told.
Looking to the sky’s still thundering, hoping I don’t grow to bold.

Caught within my darkest fury.
Deep inside this shallow hole.
Still can’t see the answers clearly.
Plant my feet, and watch me grow.
Far beyond the things they know.
My body cries, as the wind begins to blow.

There I go again just wondering.
Stuck between the lies I told.
Looking to the sky still thundering, hoping I don’t grow to bold.

There I go again just wondering.
Stuck between the lies I told.
Looking to the sky’s still thundering, hoping I don’t grow to bold.

11) Almost Alive

Carried in, stuck between heaven and the ground.
I hear the doctor say to the people all around.
Let this young man die for he’s got some place to be.
Please don’t look away I’m alive it’s plain to see.

And I cry.
But no one can hear the sound.
I cry, hopelessly falling down.
I cry, watching my life get drowned.
Still I wonder, as I go under.

Giving in didn’t seem quite the way to be.
I thought my soul would go just as far as I could see.
I Felt my heart go numb as the walls came all around.
Watch my body fly as I’m lowered to the ground.

And I scream.
But nobody hears the pain.
I cry still falling down again.
I cry watching my death begin.
Still I wonder as I go under.