A Darker Shade Of White

by Navarone

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about

'A Darker Shade Of White' is our first album and is the result of four precious years of intense and sometimes frustrating but (in the end) extremely satisfying work with eachother and some of our best friends, without whom it would never have been the way it is right now.

We do not try to duplicate the past, nor we have the illusion to invent something completely new; we wrote the songs only WE can write.
Hope you like them!

Clear your mind from expectations, have a good seat and listen to the whole album (preferably multiple times, on vinyl, with the volume cranked up loud). We appriciate your honest opinion!

If you like or love what we do, please share our music with your friends. That's what music is meant for, and that's why our music is free to share.

credits

released September 14, 2012

Engineered & recorded by Wouter Budé at Moon Music, except for:
- Quarter Rest, engineered and recorded by Navarone at JSM Studios
Additional recordings at JSM Studios
Mixed by Vance Powell at Sputnik Sound, except for:
- Quarter Rest, mixed by Evert Doomernik
Vinyl master by Rinus Hooning at Record Industry
Digital master by Evert Doomernik
Produced by Navarone

Artwork by Bram Versteeg and Roman Huijbreghs

Merijn van Haren: Vocals
Roman Huijbreghs: Guitar, Vocals
Kees Lewiszong: Guitar
Bram Versteeg: Bass
Robin Assen: Drums, Vocals

Irma van Pamelen: Backing vocals on The Red Queen Effect
Hester Gorter: Backing vocals on The Red Queen Effect
Dániel Mester: Saxophones on The Red Queen Effect
Marnix Coster: Trumpets on The Red Queen Effect
Jos van den Heuvel: Trombones and bass trombone on The Red Queen Effect

All songs written and arranged by Navarone
Brass arrangements on The Red Queen Effect by Robin Assen & Mihkel Zilmer at The Dam Studios
All lyrics written by Navarone, except for:
- The Red Queen Effect: lyrics written by Merijn van Haren & Robin Borneman
- December: lyrics written by Merijn van Haren & Marijn de Valk
- Dawn: lyrics written by Merijn van Haren & Marijn de Valk
- Sage: poem written by John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

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Track Name: The Red Queen Effect
Bow for your queen
She's a craze and a sight to be seen
And she's been here before
Broken hearts bleeding red on the floor

She is a hunter and she doesn't pray
She will easily throw you away

She's a howl and a scream
All the roses are red in her dream
You better paint them red
You'll lose your head
She's as cruel as cruelty can get

Yeah she's a hunter and she doesn't pray

Now is the time
Better flee 'cause you won't hold the line
Oh, and you think that you will
Until all of your life is a still

Yeah she's as beautiful as she's cruel
Turns a king into a beggar fool

Take a bow
Take the pill
Surrender yourself to her will

You better run my friend
She'll take your hand
To pull you down to the bitter end

It ain't no love, it's just a haze
Track Name: Highland Bull - FREE DOWNLOAD
Black sheep, hit it hard with your club
With a club by your side
Swing until you sweat
Swing until you sweat

Grind down every wall in the way
Make way for the x-ray
Smutty on their face
Smutty on their face

Bail out your tongue

Rough talk on the street is gettin' loud
As bulls in a crowd
Fuckin' up a town
Fuckin' up a town

Be dressed in your animal skin
And dance on the dirt 'til it hurts
'til your body bursts
Until it bursts

Bail out your tongue
Bail out your tongue

Be quiet as a red light burns
As a serious one
Waiting for a turn
To return

Bail out your tongue

So, black sheep hit it hard with your club
With a club by your side
Swing until you sweat
Track Name: December - FREE DOWNLOAD
Staring out the window
It's raining outside
Leaves are falling down
Into a darker shade of white

I'm waiting for the cozy emptiness of freezing cold
These days are such a struggle
But I've got someone to hold

If the sun would shine at night
Would the world be lightened up
Would the days still be so bright
Would the singing bird still stop
If the sun would shine at night

Another year is coming to its end
Do you remember all the times we were walking
Hand in hand
Yes babe, we were walking hand in hand
December is coming nearer every day
It's getting colder every hour and the sky is turning grey
Track Name: On My Knees
Down on my knees
Panic bleeds beneath my nails
They kicked me over, kept me down, nailed to the ground

Please don't make me beat my needs
And kick you over, keep you down, nailed to the ground

Teardrop, won't stop, needles in my brain
Backstab, mind trap, it will be in vain

Nothing I can take, I can take it no longer
Long enough to fake, exceeding the hunger
I'm down on my knees, but I ain't gonna pray

Now you think that I will tamely supply and fulfill your needs to survive
But scattered stones will re-oppose, even though . . .

Seized for all this time
Up until they realize
That they need a faith so strong
To shake it off

Teardrop, won't stop, needles in my brain
Backstab, mind trap, but it will be in vain

Nothing I can take, I can take it no longer
Long enough to fake, exceeding the hunger
I'm down on my knees, but I ain't gonna pray

Nothing I could take, I could take it no longer
Long enough to fake, exceeded the hunger
Down on my knees, but I'll never pray
Track Name: Sage
I met him in the valley fields
Where dust nor water want to be
Desert sage surrounded me
A native soul to wise to see
He did not seek, but still he found
Me pondering on those sacred grounds
Moved by his grace
I ended up in front of him
Where he laid his hands upon my face

He told the tale we all know
Which echoes in the depths of all
Smothered by time
But when you dare to see it'll come to mind
Borders confined
Appear not to be
That's how the wisdom of a blind man made the white man see

“A meek, humble man of honest sense,
Who, preaching peace, does practice continence;
Whose pious life's a proof he does believe
Mysterious truths, which no man can conceive
If upon earth there dwell such God-like men,
I'll here recant my paradox to them,
Adore those shrines of virtue, homage pay,
And, with the rabble world, their laws obey”
Track Name: Dawn
Come lay with me
I will put your mind at ease
I will lead you through this life.

Float like a feather
Light and gracefully
See the world as your playground to be

And I'll never lose my faith in you

New morning breaks
Opportunities play
Right in front of you each day

So you will flow like a river
You bend and be strong
Drift along but use your will to choose

And I'll never lose my faith in you

I hope you'll make it to wherever that may be

And you'll never lose your faith in me