Black Box Theory

by Gretchen's Wheel

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credits

released June 1, 2018

(official release date June 15, 2018)

Lindsay Murray: vocals, rhythm and lead guitars, bass, keyboards on all songs

Nick Bertling: drums on all songs, additional guitar and intro synth on Untethered, additional rhythm guitar and mellotron on The Maze, synth strings on Aftermath, second bass and additional rhythm guitar on A Tourist

All songs written, produced and recorded by Lindsay Murray at home in Westmoreland, TN

Drums recorded by Nick Bertling in a storage cupboard in Chicago, IL

Mixed by Nick Bertling at home in Chicago, IL (not a storage cupboard)

Mastered by Andy Reed at Reed Recording Company in Bay City, MI

Cover artwork: Heidi M. Moses

Photography: Danielle Shields Photography

Layout: Lindsay Murray

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Gretchen's Wheel Nashville, Tennessee

Gretchen’s Wheel is the solo project of Nashville-based singer/songwriter/musician Lindsay Murray.

Moth to Lamplight: A Tribute to Nada Surf was released March 22, 2019 on Futureman Records.

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Track Name: untethered
it was something nice
but the details were gone when you woke
falling crumbs from the table
you’ll take what you can get now

carrying a heavy truth
so your hands are too full
and it takes all your strength
there’s no room for a distraction

desperate measures
got you in trouble again
came untethered
the reason it ends

little acts of defiance
words you throw in the abyss
overshared, underwhelmed
opted out of the machine

range of motion getting so small
pretty soon you won’t move at all

guess it never hurts to try
except when it does
moving on, no hard feelings
you’re well enough alone
Track Name: plans
now it all makes sense
I was watching the pot too long
forgot to turn the burner on
shouldn’t let me in the kitchen

everywhere that I go
sea of faces around me
I’m not waving but drowning
if you can see it, you’re too close

was there an open door, I didn’t see one
was there something worth the cost of admission
worst laid plans dying on the vine
there’s nothing I can’t undermine

I remember the pearls
overlooked them in days gone by
wish I could find one, but in a sty
it’s just a ruin, nothing doing

to any insult, I’ll add plenty of injury
leave it to me
Track Name: lucid
the fog of fantasy is heavy enough
to breed complacency and fill my cup
no light, no tunnel, I am floating in space
no way to get it wrong, lost in no place

I can set aside my common sense
put disbelief in suspense

dream on demand
I’ll half live it, it’s so vivid
like I’ve already been there
lucid and distant, it’s sufficient

faith is expensive and I am spent
I found the way to peace, I’m so content
turn away while history repeats
and there’s no danger of defeat

why would I ever want to wake up
don’t want to know what I am made of
Track Name: funny thing
saw the rainbow fall
unwoven from the sky
in a demon haunted world
content to let it lie

a dot that’s pale and blue
everything we’ve ever known
flutter for a day
trying to feel less alone

can I trust my senses, who am I to know
funny thing how certainty retreats
the further you go

watchmaker, crusader, minding the gap
inside the box, another box that’s black

beautiful order, fearful symmetry
no matter what it is
the truth’s beyond belief
Track Name: the maze
empty web that you weave
the good ones always leave
never been more aware
never going anywhere

no easy way out, no easy way in
you’re too far gone to start again

get so lost in the days
sleepwalking through the maze
every way looks the same
can’t go back the way you came

no easy way in, no easy way out
you’ve been here before, you failed to reroute
Track Name: tatyana
you are a terrible dreamer
or so you’ve been told
must have been misled by the books you read

you’re wise enough to know
you might be a fool
might be deceived still you believe

oh Tatyana, you shouldn’t write the letter
you’re gonna go too far
letting him know won’t make anything better
I’ve been where you are

you’ll wish you hadn’t been lifted up
only to be set down
not passing inspection on further reflection

oh Tatyana, you should’ve burned the letter
before you went too far
letting him know didn’t make anything better
I’ve been where you are

I know it’s too late
to you it feels like fate
this will draw the lines
your life will be defined
Track Name: aftermath
not afraid of the water
I’m afraid of my thirst
going overboard, abandon ship
the angle of list is past the point
of no return

whatever it was I wanted
was carried away by the waves
wax and wane, loss and gain
forgot what I was gonna say

I need a heavier blanket
and quiet is too loud
put a record on, I’m going deaf
if it’s really the darkest before the dawn
tonight I’ll know

whatever it was I wanted
was carried away by the waves
wax and wane, mad and sane
forgot what I was gonna say

to find the balance, compare, contrast
the effort, the error and aftermath
Track Name: something's coming
today I woke up feeling good
so I wonder what’s wrong
I wonder what’s wrong
how about some superstition to even it out
I’m afraid of the rain for dread of the drought

something’s coming
to set it right
restore the balance
it’s a matter of time
something’s coming
chance or design
caprice of luck
or intervention divine

imagined ounce of prevention
against the roll of the dice
against the roll of the dice
if misfortune comes around
when least expected
well, I really think I ought to be protected
Track Name: imp
standing on the edge looking down
a little too close, too far from the ground
perfectly safe or so I thought
I’m in control or maybe not

I’m all right, I feel fine, I’m okay, I’m okay
can’t explain what’s in my brain
I want to stay, I want to stay

the whisper of the imp in my ear
the call of the void is loud and clear
not inclined to self destruct
instinct to live, impulse to jump

not coming down, I’m burning up
the peace that I found the id interrupts
Track Name: a tourist
souvenirs are in the suitcase
lighter than it was before
fascinating views, illuminating news
an ending, beginning, either/or

winding down, finding out, fading away
leaving town, turnabout started today

I’ll listen to the songs of summer
when I can’t tolerate the cold
staying on the inside, a tourist looking out
contained, conditioned and controlled

one more off the bucket list
trying to unwish the wish
took a picture, walked the hall
this is not the time or place
need to rearrange my face
it’s a holiday after all

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