A Genuine Soul (Part 1)

by Self Sufficient

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A Genuine Soul is the debut album of the Canadian band hailing from Vancouver: Self Sufficient

It has been a long journey and was recorded. mixed, and mastered by the band in their own home studio.

Envisioned as the catalyst for the ultimate change of consciousness here on Earth, it is a heavily spiritually involved work and though it can certainly be listened to for pure enjoyment, it's intended purpose goes well beyond that if you are willing to take a deep look at the meaning and intent of the album from song to song and as a whole.

It took Thelonius & I (Ryan) 6 years to get to this point, with a lot of ups and downs and sometimes things just came down to pure willpower and staying with it in the journey to see our vision through. Later on, when Robin joined we already had (and this is not an exaggeration) hundreds of songs written and there were quite a few that we felt were never quite fully finished, weren't recorded in the level of quality we wanted, or had some incomplete element, the album was/is so ambitious in scope that we had to narrow it down to 30 tracks and later break it up into 3 parts so we could release it in 10 track increments to get it out there to the public sooner. This was so we could include some of our best previous work, along with the new material we had written with Robin over the past 3 years even leading to some relatively last minute changes on the track listing to get the absolute best tracks on the album.

We did everything ourselves because we wanted to keep our original vision intact without compromise and though it was certainly a learning process, we have come out the other side more aware, knowledgeable, and informed not just as musicians but as human beings. Hopefully, the works contained within this album can help elevate you like it has elevated us. In this world, all the joy, pain, and experiences we deal with on a day to day basis can either define or re-define us depending on our own ability to recognize patterns and our willingness to strive to be the best version of ourselves. To become "A Genuine Soul"

Releasing Part 1 is the end of one smaller journey for us and the doorway into the next much larger journey, we hope to see you all there, where we can learn and grow together. It's our sincere hope that in some way this album can help heal this world, we all have a choice, stand and fight for truth and mighty forces will come to your aid, don't believe it. Know it.

credits

released October 15, 2016

Ryan Robert Pennington: Lyrics, Lead Vocals, Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Other Composition Contributions, Album Artwork/Concept/Vision.

Thelonius Fabdul: Lyrics, Vocals, Keys, Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Other Composition Contributions.

Robin Borawski: Drums, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals, Other Composition Contributions.

Chewie "Chewiebaka" Yaj: Album Artwork

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered @ Self Sufficient Studios

Lead Producer/Assistant Audio Engineer: Thelonius Fabdul
Assistant Producer/Lead Audio Engineer: Ryan Robert Pennington

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Track Name: A Higher Being
None are free until all are free
I try to raise them above...
But I don't know if I can
No, I don't know if I can
Can't give infinite power
To such limited minds
And it's eating me up inside
Yeah, it's eating me up inside

(Do I have your attention?)
(Do I have your attention?)

A higher being, the worlds unseen
Beyond this everlasting dream
I'll wait for you till the seams
All come undone
and when you wake the veil behind
No longer running from your mind
The truth of the world is yours to find

Will you live in the sky
Or in the shadow below
Will you be the one to change it all
And lift them up above

A higher mind...
A higher way of being...
A higher mind...
A higher way of being...
I'm only a part of the spirit
That they cannot bind
So open your mind,
Connect to the truth that we all must find.

None are free until all are free
I try to raise them above...
But I don't know if I can
No, I don't know if I can
Can't give infinite power
To such limited minds
And it's eating me up inside
Yeah, it's eating me up inside

None are free until all are free
I try to raise them above...
But I don't know if I can
No, I don't know if I can
Can't give infinite power
To such limited minds
And it's eating me up inside
Yeah, it's eating me up inside...
Track Name: Golden Heights
I knew from the start
We'd always break apart
I knew from the start
You'd drive a stake
Right through my heart...

I tore my heart out...
I tore my heart out...
I tore my heart out...

I'd give my eyes
Just to see again
I'd gamble my soul
To set things right again

Take me - to - the

Golden Heights
Golden Heights
Heights
Golden Heights
Golden Heights
Heights

I tore my heart out...
I tore my heart out...
I tore my heart out...

Take me - to - the

Golden Heights
Golden Heights
These Golden
Heights
Golden Heights
These golden
Heights
Track Name: Breathe Easy
We are the architects
Of a new design
Boundaries of old
Simply don't apply
At the root
Of all things
We conquer their lies
We conquer their lies
We conquer their lies

So breathe your gentle sigh of relief
We are the ones who will make you believe
The world that you know is going away
Now we can all breathe easy today

Selfless devotion
Marching forth
Raw emotion
In unison
We break the chains
Setting these wheels in motion
In motion...

So breathe your gentle sigh of relief
We are the ones who will make you believe
The world that you know is going away
Now we can all breathe easy today

Da, Da, Da, Da-da
Da, Da, Da, Da-da

Architects.....
Of a new design (aahhh)
Selfless...devotion (ahhh)
Marching forth...
In unison
We break the chains
Break these chains...
Setting wheels
In motion...
In motion...
Track Name: Lost at Sea
I'm lost at sea
I may sink
Into emptiness
So hold me
In your arms
And never let me go

The one and only
My companion
In the depths
Of misery
This is how
Things must be

Ahhhh
Ahhhhhhhhh

Teach me...
How to love
Teach me...
How to care
I promise...
I'll make it worth your while

Whisper
(Your hopes and dreams)
And fleeting... (memories)
They echo
(For all eternity...)
These emotions
(Breed insanity)
You're the ghost....
(Of my reality)

I'm...lost at sea.
This emptiness...
I can't define......
But I can live...
Without regret
If you'll be mine......

So hold me
(In...your arms)
And (never let me go)

I'm lost at sea (lost at sea)
This bitterness (this bitterness)
I can't define...... (Can't define)
But I can live... (But I can live)
Without regret
If you'll be mine...... (If you'll be mine...)
If...you'll...be......mine!

Lost at sea (lost at sea)
This loneliness
I can't define (can't define)
If I could live (if I could live)
Without regret
You'd be by my side.....
Track Name: New Days Are Better Days
Ahh....Ahhh Ahhh...

I was so young
Life was innocent and fun
Breaking through all the misery
Like a loaded gun

If they ever bring you down
Just remember...

Birds with broken wings...can still sing.
(New Days Are Better Days)
New Day-(-eh eh ehs) Are Better Days
New Days...Are Better Days (Are Better Days)
New Days (Are Better Days) New Days...(Are Better Days)
Track Name: Life in the Forest
It's another day
Ignorance is in my way
But doubt no more
This is love
At its core
I won't let you break
Everything I've strived to make
Life in the forest
Amidst the noise
I lose myself
In our voice.....

Go beyond your doubts
Break your limits
You're better
Than you know yourself to be...

Ava----eh-eh-Ava...
Ava----eh-eh-Ava...
Ava----eh-eh-Ava...
Ava----eh-eh-Ava...

This is your story
Enjoy it
Enjoy...
This is your story
Enjoy it, Enjoy it...
Ahhh~~~ahhh

Though emotions claw at our doors
Like rage cut from the edge of a storm
This is destiny (destiny)
And nothing will stop me (me)

And heaven will dawn...

This...is your story
This...is your story
Enjoy it
Enjoy it
Enjoy~~~~ it

Ahhhh~~~aaaaah~~~ahhhh~ahhhh

Ahhhhh~~~~~~~~~

Life - In - The - Forest
Track Name: Wisdom Of Ages
Wisdom Of Ages
Engraved in the pages
Hidden in stages...
Oh, the wisdom of ages.....

Time...
And space
Constructs of the mind
We seek to bridge the gap
That exists in all mankind
The trinity of our experience
Distilled down into existence
Stand in awe, bare witness.

Time...and space
Attentions undivided,
The currency of sages.
This life, taking form.

This life taking form (This life)
This life taking form (This life)
This life taking form... (This life)

Wisdom Of Ages
Where truth is god
and knowledge is king
Oh, the wisdom of ages...
Wisdom of ages...
The wisdom of ages...
Ahhhhhhh
Ahhhhhhh
Ahhhhhhh
Track Name: Cold & Alone (How I Feel Inside)
Cold and alone
I'm sitting on the edge of the world
Dead is how I feel inside
These memories are haunting our time.

Everyone thinks
But is yet to know
Contemplating our...
Lost souls...

Rotting, in a deep dark hole
Will they find their way back home?

Cold And Alone...
Cold And Alone...
Cold And...Alone.....
Cold...And...Alone...

Darkness...It follows me with time...
Madness...It follows us with time...

And the softest tears
Weigh you down with time...
Track Name: Outsider's Odyssey
Instrumental track.
Track Name: A Genuine Soul
Ryan:

Alpha Centauri, this is ground control...
You are clear for take off, all systems go.

Thelonius:

Roger ground control, this is Alpha Centauri
We're all strapped in, thrusters engaged.

Ryan:

We're gonna miss you back here on earth boys, good luck up there.
I know better things await humanity in the depths of the universe.

I don't know...just where I'm going
but it should be far away from you...today
Too many pieces of this puzzle fighting for control
I said this would be the last goodbye

But here we are again...
But here we are again.

So which one of us is broken?
Could it be...we're the missing pieces of each other?
Is life just a figment of our imaginations?
Or is it a ploy of the people behind the curtain?

But it doesn't matter 'cause I'm...
Winning this game.

Ahhhh~~~~~~Ahhhhh~~~~
Ahhhh~~~~~~Ahhhhh~~~~
Ahhhh~~~~~~Ahhhhh~~~~
Genuine Soul....

Genuine
Genuine
Soul
I've Got
A Genuine
Soul...