Champions Vs Shadows #1: Showdown

by Various Artists

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Tick Tock - Write a song in which you're counting down to something. Musically the song should imply that time is getting nearer to whatever you're counting down to as well. Once again...avoid going meta. As an added challenge, you need to collaborate with someone else on your team. (2 minute minimum length) (they had 8 days)

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released August 11, 2015

Album art by Matt Schubbe

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Track Name: Zoe Gray - 4​-​3​-​2​-​1
I’m six years old, still playing dress up, still crying when I get hurt
My mind is like a whirlwind and my hands are smeared with dirt
Already I have left behind the home I used to know
I’m six years old, still young enough to like the feel of snow

4…3…2…1

Wake me up when it’s over
When you’ve kicked the box out from under me
Let me know when I’m older
I don’t like seeing life fly away from me
Wake me up when I’m 18
Will I know what I’m doing then?
Can I keep the years from tumbling?
I wish I were six again

I’m ten years old, and once again, I’m moving father away
From the friends I’ve known and the life I’ve grown, but still I guess it’s okay
I still like play-pretending, but it’s different than before
I’m still young enough to think that I’m not young anymore

4…3…2…1

Wake me up when it’s over
When you’ve kicked the box out from under me
Let me know when I’m older
I don’t like seeing life fly away from me
Wake me up when I’m 18
Will I know what I’m doing then?
Can I keep the years from tumbling?
I wish I were ten again

I’m fourteen now, and well, I guess, I’m doing pretty well
I don’t like taking showers, I think teenage boys are hell
I’m desperate to get away from the life I’ve just begun
I’m still young enough to think that being older must be fun

4…3…2…1

Wake me up when it’s over
When you’ve kicked the box out from under me
Let me know when I’m older
I don’t like seeing life fly away from me
Wake me up when I’m 18
Will I know what I’m doing then?
Can I keep the years from tumbling?
I’ll never be fourteen again
I’ll never be sixteen again
I’m never be eighteen again
I’ll never be young again

4…3…2…1
Track Name: Bubba & The Amiable Kraken - Tired Of Counting Down
When I was stupid, dumb and young
They told me not to jump the gun
I'd work the wheel and pop the bung
But things never seemed to get done

I've spent my life just counting sheep
But I've always been fast asleep
It never gets here, it's always past
The present comes and goes so fast

I'm so tired of counting down
Waiting around just gives me a frown
6,5,4,3,2 and 1
Now I won't wait to have my fun

They say it's just around the corner
But if I wait I'll be a mourner
They all said I should wait my turn
But if I do I'll end up in an urn

I'm so tired of counting down
My head's underwater and I just might drown
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
I'm going to grab my share of kicks

They always try to tell you what to do
Stand in line, filling up the queue
But I've got to find someone new
And that is why I need you

I'm so tired of counting down
Let's light the fuse and pain the town
2, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 10
We'll make our way and start again
Track Name: Jenny Katz - Goodbye For Now
I see far horizon in your eyes
I see that your wings are itching to get out and fly, I sympathize
but I linger, squeeze your fingers too tight,
draw out the everyday errands and suppertimes
The second hand’s running too fast
spinning through all of my time

and I know that it’s
Goodbye for now
but not forever
I’ll be here, holding it down, and I hope
it won’t be too long, yes I hope
it won’t be too long, oh I know
it won’t be too long, not if
I have anything to say about it

Opinions like demo tapes — everyone’s got one
and wants you to listen, they want to move you
I admit, I want you to listen to mine
But, deep in your heart,
you have your own set of stars to guide you through darkness
and I want to be one of those stars, so
I’ll just stand here and shine

and I know that it’s
Goodbye for now
but not forever
I’ll be here, holding it down, and I hope
it won’t be too long, yes I hope
it won’t be too long, oh I know
it won’t be too long, not if
I have anything to say about it

and what I have to say
is that no matter how far away you may go,
my heart will be with you,
and no matter how lonely you are,
you are never alone
Cause the galaxy holds us in golden arms

(Going)
Goodbye for now
(Going, going)
Goodbye for now
But not forever
(Going, going, going, going)
Not if I have anything to say
(Gone)
Track Name: Governing Dynamics - The Dream Is Winding Down (Lucid)
This is the room no longer closing in
This is the ceiling giving way to the sky
The flowers in bloom and then retreating again
Grasping for the feeling right before the feeling dies

The gears and the cogs. the plans we set in motion
Just follow the sinking sun into the ocean

You're so long away
(I can see you)
Don’t you think you’ve went far enough?
(But I can't reach you)
It's time to close your eyes,
(Won't you come and catch me?)
Just let go, and count down, and wake up

This is the road from your half-drawn maps
Our city dying growing smaller over you shoulder
The ciphers and codes keep the landscape from collapse
But if you're trying you can feel your bed growing colder

And the street lamps offer no answers

You're so long away
Haven't you went far enough?
It's time to close your eyes,
Just let go and count down, and wake up
Track Name: Rob From Amersfoort - Countdown To Nothing (Shadow)
lying in my garden
looking at the sun
wondering about
if we're lost or if we've won

beyond our borders
poverty and wars
all we have are debts
and shiny new cars

countdown to nothing

crazy businessmen
running for president
a horseman of the apocalypse
ignorance is bliss

countdown to nothing

I see the signs and go inside
but there is no place to hide
Track Name: Brian Gray - Off The Grid (Shadow)
Slam of a hammer, snap of the clips; secure myself asylum
Sidestep the pending e-pocalypse at the millennium
Wait to discover what this blue-green ship’s become
Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the week in between

I’m buggin’ out cause the digits flip at twelve o’clock
Time to never do the things I never did
I’m buggin’ out. No such thing as overstock
When the sky’s all purple’s when the smart stay hid
I’m going off the grid

Roots in the cellar, cans in the shed, and lots and lots of water
Wood cut for when the generator’s dead in stacks of hundreds per
No point in mourning peaceful dreams ahead that were
2 bytes of COBOL, now grasshoppers pass for cuisine

I’m buggin’ out cause the digits flip at twelve o’clock
Time to never do the things I never did
I’m buggin’ out. No such thing as overstock
When the sky’s all purple’s when the smart stay hid
I’m going off the grid

And you can come with me, but just you
Cause other people suck

Sitting and waiting for a collapse, it seems ain’t gonna happen
Ship back the ammo, collect the traps. I won’t be fooled again
Hold on a minute, a calendar perhaps will end
Worldwide destruction of 2012’s long since foreseen

I’m buggin’ out, cause the Mayans got us running scared
Time to never do the things I never did
I’m buggin’ out. No such thing as too prepared
When the sky’s all purple’s when the smart stay hid
I’m going off the grid