This is Not a Stick

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Songs, pieces of emotions, thoughts and creations on a memory stick.

This is progression, or regression…

Even I get amazed at my own resilience and stubbornness , but here it is… A new collection of songs.

All compositions by Cedric Vandenschrik except track 11 (Page / Plant), track 9 with Lara Potgieter
Arrangement Contributions by Shaun Johannes
Heinrich Goosen: Drums track 1 and 3.
Kevin Gibson: Drums track 2,4,8,10
Shaun Johannes: Bass tracks 1,2,3,4,8,11,Keys track 1.
Donovan Hattingh: Electric Guitar track 1,3. Mandolin :12.
Davide Pistoni: Keys track 3
Joe van der Linden Electric Guitar track 5
Emile Gerber, some of the rhythm Guitars on track 1

Thanks Shaun Johannes for the motivation , the use of Mahogony Studios, and all the other stuff . Without you this would not exist.

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Drums: Heinrich Goosen
Bass & Keys: Shaun Johannes
Rhythm Guitar: Emile Gerber / Ced
Lead Guitar: Donovan Hattingh

Lyrics

It could have been you, On the other side of town
It could have been you, buried six feet underground
In the protest on the street, in every stranger’s eyes you meet

It could have been you, with 27 wives
It could have been you on the raft without a life
In the oppression of the truth, in the liberation of your youth

Chorus

Wasting a life time, believing what you’re told
Throw me a headline, to grind your mind and then your soul
It could have been you

It could have been you on the breaking news today
It could have been you Killing in the name of praise
When life is an absurdity between evil and stupidity

It could have been you Hurling stones against the guns
It could have been you Screaming flames against the sun
In a moment of surprise, like the deadly madness in your eyes.

Chorus

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Drums: Kevin Gibson
Bass: Shaun Johannes
Guitars, Keys: Ced

Lyrics

Common and find me a reason to stay calm today
A little less caffeine a lot more less thinking should pave the way
To silence and Deliverance
To Wisdom without innocence

Teacher oh teacher you left me to fend on my own
Teacher oh teacher if I’d known I’d better alone
Better alone

Common and find me a reason to be misunderstood
The lepers and the beggars of the soul keep attacking all the good in you
‘Till you break and fall apart
Decompose go back to start

Captain oh Captain you left me to fight them alone
Captain my captain they throw words cause they ran out of stone
They ran out of stone

Common and give me a reason to believe in the truth
When everything is a compromise and the weak and the kind always get the boot
It’s a jungle with some righteous words
Freedom without consequence

Captain oh Captain you left me to fight them alone
Teacher oh teacher if I’d known I’d better alone
Better alone

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Drums: Heinrich Goosen
Bass: Shaun Johannes
Electric Guitar: Donovan Hattingh
Acoustic Guitar: Ced
Keys: Davide Pistoni

Lyrics
How come I can’t hear what you say
Dreams of silence scream in my hear
Spiral thought the evil we crave
Step by step the madness ablaze

Buy into the chaos they sell
We believe the lies that they tell
We are left with only our fears,
Watching this short life disappear

It’s the summer of your life
Life of winter nights
As the light of day must pass
Like the shining in your eyes
All the sadness you despise
Washed away

It’s the voice that talks to you
At the darkest hour
The one that gets you through
The Brimstone and the fire
And there’s no one left to blame
When it’s all washed away

It’s the burning of your star
Crashing with intent
And you’ll need to travel far
When the beginning is the end
Like the shipwreck of your dreams
Washed away

And when madness comes to you
In the brightest hour
Nothing left to hold on to
Freedom and desire
And there’s nothing left to say
When it’s all washed away

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Drums: Kevin Gibson
Bass: Shaun Johannes
Guitars: Ced

Lyrics
Waste deep in the mud the option
Of swimming back to safety or sinking down to nothing
You find your dreams are full of nightmares
And nightmares make you anxious
With Anxiety you lose trust in yourself
No one else (can)
Break the spell

The magic web of lies surrounds you
You can’t see your way out
And with darkness comes the doubt
You’re quick to search for fame and fortune
But on the way you miss the point
And you become all that you fear in yourself
No one else (can)
Break the spell

Covered in the paint of wishes
You lose what you should feel
For things that are not real
The end is not the means or purpose
Relativity becomes truth
Your perception getting lost in yourself
No one else (can)
Break the spell

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All instrumentation: Ced
Opening speech: Nelson Mandela

Lyrics
The hatred too deep
The division too high
The current is dragging us
Out of the sky

Covered in the ashes of rainbow burnt out dreams

You can see the colours
Without me on your mind
Broken empty place
Nothing left to leave behind
Nothing left to leave behind

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All Instrumentation: Ced

Lyrics
Heed the warning,
Like hole in your head
Your opinion,
Listen to silence instead

You look for hope in yesterday when there’s no tomorrow
A twist of word a twist of mind
The gonna crucify
Crucify your soul

Feel the yearning
Didn’t get to be your friend
Are we sinking?
Heading to a bitter end

You never seem to be content, that should be a bad thing
So you better gain control
Before they crucify
They gonna crucify your soul
Crucify your soul

We’ve reached the cross-road
Should go forward not go back
The golden silence
Nothing, nothing left to add

Gotta shed your attitude all your expectations
There’s nothing you ever need to prove
Don’t let them crucify
Don’t let them crucify your soul
Crucify your soul

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Drums: Kevin Gibson
Bass: Shaun Johannes
Guitars: Ced

Lyrics
I got a secret and I can keep it
Like a treasure that you find beneath the floor
You got a moment, but you just missed it
Watch it as it walks right out the door

And it’s been there for as long as time goes round
Can you hear it and can you feel it above the deafening sound

You’ve got to feel what it’s all about
As the mystery gets deeper everyday
You’ve got to feel what it’s all about
As enlightenment is just a breath away

But it’s a whisper in the shadow of the waterfall

There’s a thunder without silence
That envelops all the future of the world
But beneath it are the whispers
Of the wisdom never to be heard

There’s an answer to our quest we must question
No more pardons or remembrance until the end

You’ve got to feel what it’s all about
As the mystery gets deeper everyday
You’ve got to feel what it’s all about
As enlightenment is just a breath away

In the shadow of the waterfall , you got to feel it

You’ve got to feel what it’s all about
As the mystery gets deeper everyday
You’ve got to feel what it’s all about
As enlightenment is just a breath away

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All Instrumentation: Ced
Lyrics
Time may not be Forever
Your soul was always free, your wisdom the hidden treasure

Your light will shine, Beyond this time
And time the enemy you leave behind
Beyond the days, beyond the night
We know you’re looking out for us.
You were born to be free, we just got left behind

The tears, the smiles you leave behind
The memories will never fade
Beyond our broken hearts,
We know you soar ahead.

Your light will shine, Beyond this time
And time the enemy you leave behind
Beyond the days, beyond the night
We know you’re looking out for us.
You were born to be free, we just got left behind

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Bass: Shaun Johannes
Rest: Ced

Lyrics
Are we always too late, Pointing our mistakes
If we had to embrace a second, It would all melt away

It’s all perfectly clear That the dead end is yesterday
Gotta stop the destruction, Before the rot decides to stay

You can dream your way out of decision
Without decision comes the blame

Chorus
Endless array of illusion makes you see things that are not
Final escape an intrusion in a world you cannot stop

If mind is corrupted by the garbage we’ve all been fed
Show my face to a few, but even they can be missled

Gotta take the time to make decisions
And they won’t just fade away

Chorus
Endless array of illusion makes you see things that are not
Final escape an intrusion in a world you cannot stop

I got caught in a trap, Elvis suit or a heart attack
If it’s never too late, then how come everything feels so fake

There’s no more time for indecision,
the victory march that won’t be played

Chorus
Endless array of illusion makes you see things that are not
Final escape an intrusion in a world you cannot stop

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Drums: Kevin Gibson
Bass: Shaun Johannes
Guitars and programming: Ced

Lyrics
Watching the days disappear
With friends and lovers no longer near,
In those faded memories,

In those half forgotten dreams you see…

The light at the door burning out,
You’re clear out of sight no restart,
So you face all that you’ve been, all those buried fantasies will scream

That forgiveness is the door, forgetting is the key, when you look back is it what you want to see?

So long, till the next rhyme, Farewell, hope you’re not just wasting time
I am happy with my choices, are you? Are they? Are we?

There’s no uniformly recipe,
Each one of us a genetic infamy,
A one way sailing ship on a round linear line will find

That forgiveness is the door, forgetting is the key, when you look back is it what you want to see?

So long, till the next rhyme, Farewell, hope you’re not just wasting time
I am happy with my choices, are you? Are they? Are we?

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All instrumentation: Ced
Lyrics

Camel yards
Broken dreams
Attempt to hold back time

One man’s heaven is another man’s hell
Solemn sun baked faces stare to the East

This is your world, not you revenge, not your intent
This is your world, not your lament, your last attempt

Secret calls in the wind
Desert stones, find the will
To defeat and complete the monochrome vision
Troubled lone existence, scream non one can hear

This is my world, not my revenge, not my intent
This is my world, not my lament, my last attempt

It’s a piece of you like a piece of me

This is your world, not you revenge, not your intent
This is my world, not my lament, my last attempt
My last attempt