Industrial Wasteland

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"Industrial Wasteland" is a concept album about industry, technology. waste and greed.

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released March 1, 2017

Cover photo courtesy of Duncan Ritchie

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Sun Holes Ottawa, Ontario

Sun Holes is the latest musical project from songwriter & composer Norm Berketa. To date, Norm has written and recorded close to 400 songs, the majority recorded just for fun. Sun Holes is a solo endeavour. Norm is self-taught on many instruments, including guitar, bass, mandolin, keyboards, banjo and drums. Norm has always had a passion for creating music. Sun Holes was born January of 2012. ... more

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Track Name: Progress
Instrumental
Track Name: Head In The Clouds
You got to move, you got to groove
Got to make the most of every move
You got to win, you got to spin
Got to open the door the door and walk right in
You got to be, you got to have
Got to tell them jokes and make them laugh

You got to sing, you got to dance
Got to make 'em want to take a chance
But you can't find the time
And you can't find the guts
You just play with your phone
And stay inside your rut

You got a lot of money
You got a lot of friends
At least that's what Facebook says and the bullshit never ends
You got a lot of pictures
Up on Instagram
You got a lot of followers who couldn't give a damn
You got your head in the clouds

You got to see, you got to feel
Got to figure out what's really real
You got to walk, you got to run
Got to go outside and have some fun
You got to think, you got to try
Got to live your life before you die

You got to hope, you got to pray
That you make the most of every day
But you can't find the time
And you can't find the guts
You just play with your phone
And stay inside your rut

You got a lot of money
You got a lot of friends
At least that's what Facebook says and the bullshit never ends
You got a lot of pictures
Up on Instagram
You got a lot of followers who couldn't give a damn
You got your head in the clouds

You've lost yourself in the posts and the tweets
You're just a slave to the new technology
You need to break free from the chains that hold you down
Like an animal trapped in a maze and you can't see the way out
You can't see the way

You got a lot of money
You got a lot of friends
At least that's what Facebook says and the bullshit never ends
You got a lot of pictures
Up on Instagram
You got a lot of followers who couldn't give a damn
You got your head in the clouds

You got a lot of money
You got a lot of friends
At least that's what Facebook says and the bullshit never ends
You got a lot of pictures
Up on the Instagram
You got a lot of followers who couldn't give a damn
You got your head in the clouds
Track Name: Breath (Your Secret)
You spent your whole life building bridges
And ivory towers in the sky
And now you're lying on your deathbed
You're down to earth for one last time

Your secret's safe without me, your secret's safe
But you can't live without me, not for one day
Can you see me?
Can you hear me?
Can you feel me as I course through your lungs?

You won awards and good citations
You've donned the cover page of Time
You've been the height of conversation
You've changed the face of all mankind

Your secret's safe without me, your secret's safe
But you can't live without me, not for one day
Can you see me?
Can you hear me?
Can you feel me as I course through your lungs?

And so the end is drawing nearer
And who will be there by your side?
Are all your buildings weeping softly?
Are all your towers standing by?

Your secret's safe without me, your secret's safe
But you can't live without me, not for one day
Can you see me?
Can you hear me?
Can you feel me as I course through your lungs?

Your secret's safe without me, your secret's safe
But you can't live without me, not for one day
Can you see me?
Can you hear me?
Can you feel me as I course through your lungs?
Track Name: Big Black Sky
Hey, big black sky
Are you sick of the smoke in your eyes?
Can you see through the black?
Is there any way we can go back?
Cuz I know we've gone crazy
We're obsessed with our lives
We've been trading time for money
And trading day for night
For darkness, not daylight
Cuz progress is the drug that makes us feel alright

Hey, big black sky,
As I look up I ask myself why
Why the smog? Why the soot?
Do we keep starting on the wrong foot?
Cuz I know we got lazy
And I know we don't care
Our horizon is all hazy
And too thick to see sun
We're stupid, everyone
We just stay on that drug that makes us feel alright

Hey, big black sky
Are you planning on making us cry?
Is there hope that we'll learn?
Is there more of a chance we'll all burn?
Cuz I know we're too busy
And I know we're all lost
We're asleep and we're dizzy
And no one can get up
We fall down and get stuck
We're all hooked on that drug that makes us feel alright

Hey, big black sky
Are you waiting for us to all die?
Can you see days to come?
Where it's clear and you don't block the sun?
Cuz I know we're all guilty
And I know we're to blame
There's no other way to say it
We should be all ashamed
We're losing at this game
But still we love that drug that makes us feel alright
Cuz progress makes us feel alright
Track Name: Riverboat
Come on my riverboat
We'll sail far from the city
We'll sail far from the city
And not come back home
We'll ride the waves and white caps
We'll live at sea forever
We'll live in peace and harmony

Away from the noise
Away from the chatter
Nothing else matters
Cuz we can't live like this
For the rest of our lives
Can't you see?

Come with me on my riverboat
You're gonna love getting out of the rat race
Come with me and we'll stay afloat
We're gonna live life, and at our own pace
A world without malice and two-face
A world we can build in our own way
From now on

Come on my riverboat and
We'll build our own society
We'll live in our own autonomy
And we'll all vote
We'll have a school and gymnasium
We'll teach our kids to defend
We'll teach them how to fight

Fight the oppression
Fight for redemption
Fight for their lives
Cuz we can't live like this
For the rest of our lives
Can't you see?

Come with me on my riverboat
You're gonna love getting out of the rat race
Come with me and we'll stay afloat
We're gonna live life, and at our own pace
A world without malice and two-face
A world we can build in our own way
From now on

Come on my riverboat
We'll make a constitution
We'll factor retribution
We'll all enforce
We'll have an executioner
To keep our laws in standing
We'll be just like we were

But this time it's different
It's really quite different
It's really the same
Cuz we will live like this
For the rest of our lives
Can't you see?

Come with me on my riverboat
You're gonna love getting out of the rat race
Come with me and we'll stay afloat
We're gonna live life, and at our own pace
Come with me on my riverboat
You're gonna love getting out of the rat race
Come with me and we'll stay afloat
We're gonna live life, and at our own pace
A world without malice and two-face
A world we can build in our own way
From now on
Track Name: The Perfect Life
Settle in to your new life
Unpack your boxes, call the wife
The boss seems like a decent man
You'd like to stay as long as you can

Go for lunch, pick up the tab
Drink too much then call a cab
Work too late most every day
Work the weekends all away

Everybody thinks you've got the perfect life
Everybody thinks
Everybody thinks
Everybody says you've got the perfect life
Everybody says

Take a holiday this year
Lease a car that's not too dear
Enroll the kids in sports they like
Get yourself a motorbike

Everybody thinks you've got the perfect life
Everybody thinks
Everybody thinks
Everybody says you've got the perfect life
Everybody says

Pay the bills and scratch your head
You wonder where the money went
You'd like to find another job
You can't afford to have just one.

Everybody thinks you've got the perfect life
Everybody thinks
Everybody thinks
Everybody says you've got the perfect life
Everybody says

Everybody thinks you've got the perfect life
Everybody thinks
Everybody thinks
Everybody says you've got the perfect life
Everybody says
Track Name: Skyscraper
Your eyes scan the horizon,
They see a lot of empty space
Every hole you have to fill for the mighty dollar
bill
Every storey you tack on is money in the bank
Your eyes scan the horizon

What you gonna do when there's nothing left to
prove?
What you gonna say when they come for you
someday?
Get your storeys straight till then
Try to find an honest friend
Bring this nonsense to an end

Skyscraper

Your hands take hold of my future
Your mind is a dangerous thing
Every time you speak aloud the anger builds
throughout the crowd
Every time the camer's on you always strike a
pose
Your hands take hold of my future

What you gonna do when they try to challenge you?
Where you gonna run when they hunt you with your
gun?
Take the time to think it through
The button wasn't meant for you
There's nothing else that you should do

Skyscraper

What you gonna do when the world is done with
you?
What you gonna say when you're up on judgement
day?
Give us something we can use
Walk a mile in all our shoes
Oh I wouldn't want to be like you
Oh I wouldn't want to be like you

Skyscraper
Track Name: War Wounds
These old war wounds
Are seeping still
Oh it's a little bit strange
How they never heal after time
How long will I have to wait until I'm whole again?

These old mistakes
Are with me still
Oh it's a little bit odd
How they don't fade out over time
How long will I have to wait until the slate is cleaned?

You try to rise but fall again
You try to walk but you feel pinned
You try to fight but you feel week
You try to scream but cannot speak

These old wrongdoings
Are hanging still
Oh it's a little bit weird
How they don't forgive themselves in time
How long will I have to wait until the past is past?

These old war wounds
Are killing me
Oh it's a little unfair
How they won't release their hold on me
How long will I have to wait until I can be free?

You try to rise but fall again
You try to walk but you feel pinned
You try to fight but you feel week
You try to scream but cannot speak
Track Name: No Going Back
You
You made your bed
And the only thing you need to do is lie in it
But you
You want to run
You shouldn't have made promises to everyone
Don't walk away
Cuz there's no turning back
No, you should stay
And face the music, face the music
Don't walk away
Don't walk away

I
I am the one
Defending you for all the shitty things you've done
And I
I've had enough
I'm losing sleep cuz I can't hide the smoking gun
Don't walk away
Cuz there's no turning back
No, you should stay
And face the music, face the music
Don't walk away
Don't walk away

Stand up for yourself
Get yourself on track
There's no denying
They caught you lying
And there's no going back
And me, I stand here waiting
Waiting for you to fall
But there's no sign
No sign of you at all

How do you explain
The mess you've made
The traps you've laid for everyone?
When will you admit
You feel like shit for what you did and can't go on?
Don't walk away
Cuz there's no turning back
No, you should stay
And face the music, face the music
Don't walk away
Don't walk away

Stand up for yourself
Get yourself on track
There's no denying
They caught you lying
And there's no going back
And me, I stand here waiting
Waiting for you to fall
But there's no sign
No sign of you

Stand up for yourself
Get yourself on track
There's no denying
They caught you lying
And there's no going back
And me, I stand here waiting
Waiting for you to fall
But there's no sign
No sign of you
Track Name: Industrial Wasteland
There's an old wooden bench
In the midst of a field
The parents would cheer as the kids would steal bases
Overgrown with weeds
And rust from the rain
There's no hitting home runs and no celebrations
It didn't take much to make them happy
It didn't take much to make them sad
It didn't take much to shatter the diamond
In the end was it really that bad?

Industrial wasteland
Industrial wasteland
Industrial wasteland

There's parking and concrete
Where swamps used to be
There's garbage and garbage cans littering every street
There's liquid pollution
Running into the lake
There's no more swimming and the fish are all dying
It doesn't take much to make us happy
It doesn't take much to make us sad
It doesn't take much to mess up our lifestyle
In the end was it really that bad?

Industrial wasteland
Industrial wasteland
Industrial wasteland

It doesn't take much to make me happy
It doesn't take much to make me sad
It doesn't take much to fuck up the planet
In the end was it really that bad?

Industrial wasteland
Industrial wasteland
Industrial wasteland