Through a Drop, Refracted

by Ace Waters

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"It made me feel like I attended a rave with Finn and Jake."

"Joy, pain, sorrow, love and inquisition are prevalent in each note in 'Through A Drop, Refracted.' From subdued and ambient to bouncy electronic to powerful weeping guitar solos, this album tells a story with each song that speaks to the soul in a way that few others can."

"I hated it less than your other two albums!"

"Examine your world, but don't let it get you down."

Ace Waters, the mastermind behind "Motive Makes a Man", has really upped the bar on his latest album, "Through a Drop, Refracted". Taking powerful and thought provoking songwriting and combining it with a unique combination of electronic and acoustic instruments, Motive Makes a Man creates an enchanting and extremely fun sound: Electro-Folk. As a multi-instrumentalist, Ace recorded and mixed over 20 unique instruments from analog synths and drum machines, to mandolins and saxophones to create this new album. It is focused, powerful, and moving.

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released July 30, 2013

Performed, Recorded and Mixed by: Ace Waters
Additional Mixing and Production: Jeffrey James
Mastered by: Kevin Nettleingham

Special thanks to my "spiritual producers": Daniel Shinabarger, Allison Waters, Samantha Polizzi, Cassandra Green, Kyle Von Lanken, Mike Killam, Khalil Moutrie, Carl Waters, and Barbara Berghoff. Their critiques and ideas were integral in the finalization process of this album.

Through a Drop, Refracted was performed on: Elektron Analog 4, Dave Smith Instruments Tempest, Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 08, Kurzweil PC3X, 12 string acoustic guitar, 6 string acoustic guitar, 6 string electric guitar, kalimba, moog theramin, Moog Minitaur, Korg Monotribe, mandolin, accordion, melodica, glockenspiel, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, acoustic drums, djembe, banjo, ukulele, upright bass, electric bass, and many software synths and effects from Korg, Strymon, Eventide, Earthquaker, and Electro-Harmonix.

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Track Name: Golden Glow
Falling from the treetops
Breaking bones, but you don't stop
The ground keeps hitting harder
getting older, gravity pulls stronger

Eroding as the winds burn
Falling rocks of what you once heard
You can't let your cliffs come down
Don't crush cars with your cynicism now

We all want to be young and wild
We all want to know that we know it
We all want to be young and wild
We all can't seem to let go of this

Oh you worried eyes, Oh you tattered stars
Don't be afraid to let them know you're scarred
With your work worn hands and your hardened hearts
let your alignment be warmed in the golden glow

IN THE GOLDEN GLOW

We all want to be young and wild
We all want to know that we know it
We all want to be young and wild
We all can't seem to let go of this
Track Name: Machetes
Someone pulled the ol' bait and switch on us, didn't they?
or perhaps it's the nature of things to become what they once were not.
for something beautiful slowly will become something plain and ordinary

When you stare in the mirror can you still see yourself?
or staring back at you, is there something else
do you ignore the change
and pretend it's all the same?
How am I not myself?

In a dark and hopeless mess there are two shades of wrong we choose to align with
and both are leading us deep into the precipice of confusion and control

in a world full of questions and mysteries and concerns
everyone's barking up their own tree
at their own little kittens they believe to be
monsters saviors bringers of the end
how am I not myself

vision is fleeting my heart is beating
but to a different drum it might seem
and my heart is tearing between those ensnaring
and those pushing pushing pushing me around
Track Name: Falling All Around
In a single drop In a single drop
The waves will crash and wash away
to leave a maze for us to play
In a moment gone in a moment gone
the words broke through, they broke you too
cannot be fixed with tape and glue

In a life of woe In a life of woe
The sun will only choose to shine
When I choose yours and you pick mine
In a single drop In a single drop
In a single drop the galaxy
will spin and dance and sing with me

How can you not see
The beautiful artistry
Hidden in our chemistry
How can you not see
The magical mystery I
n this microscopic sea
and falling all around?
So much to be found

The light bends to the universe
hidden in the falling rain
The rain contains truth
falling all around
The truth shown to the light
as it passes through it learns of you
Oh you! gave light the message
In colors of the rainbow, our story is told

Our lives, our frail skeletons
Want the comfort of the deepest sea
The sea, stores up the truth
never meant for you and me
You see, there is life left here to live
so open up your eyes and sing
sing loud, sing wild with me
oh wont you sing with me?
Track Name: Imago Dei
Its a discarded mess of energy that crafts the northern lights
It was a broken and hurting man that lit the alter bright
He was depressed and suicidal the day the chariot arrived
If Elijah could ride through the colored sky think you will survive

It's a dark and swirling vortex so vast and unexplored
when his master stepped onto the sea he saw his faith restored
so if you see your dreams awaken far out across the sea
don't let men and insecurity cause you to sink into the deep

For they may call you broken
They just don't know how you work
when you're kicked out of temples
know that you are not the first
for if you feel abandoned
don't let law and stubborn cries
keep you from knowing loves been there
since you first opened your eyes

The dirt that tracks your footsteps is older than the lies
That society will scream at you until you break down and die
The same dust filled the travelers lungs as the leaders ignored his shame
till the pariah of his time and place shared in the suffering and pain

It's the feeling of rejection It's the unfair, unbalanced song
whether the brother who left for pleasure or the one who stayed home strong
No matter where your choices take you you will always have a home
and no matter what they think of it in their judgment, find shalom

For they may call you broken
They just don't know how you work
when you're kicked out of temples
know that you are not the first
for if you feel abandoned
don't let law and stubborn cries
keep you from knowing loves been there
since you first opened your eyes

Vagabond and ceo the wretched and the wise
are a part of this great image of the mysterious divine
At times we are both saint and sinner and when divided down it shows
we are beloved creation and we all have room to grow
Track Name: Bonds and Entropy
Flipping through the worn out pages
cryptic texts from ancient skies
watch the men map out our futures
Screaming out their battle cries
We adopted the ways of progress
Closed eyes to the truth unseen
Lost track of the mystic rhythm
that runs through our idle dreams

I find that there is something more powerful than war
that holds a special pardon to the hopeful, yet unsure
as I lose myself in doubting I finally find faith
In the arms of enigmatic you

Chorus:
I don't want to see my love for you become some petty
reason to dream of things greater than life can bring
I don't want to be a beggar bargaining my own
sense of right and wrong for stability and fortunes song

Sometimes I wish we could see
You never meant to make a path
The hidden fruit is far more sweet
When lips were first stung by the wrath
of bramble bush and thorny vine
Take our medicine away
He came to save us from solution
Bring life from rot and decay

I find there is something more meaningful than truth
That I have only ever seen in letting go of you
For my mind tends to twist you and warp until it fits
stop myself from finding definition

(Chorus)

Let the birds cry out for freedom from what we will always have
our understanding keeps us searching in the wrong direction
Let the mountains stand unwavered in assurance most profound
not worried of time and roses epitaphs and broken ground

Let go and find all that you'll never know
Let go and find that you're never alone
Let go and find all that you'll never know
Let go, Let go, Let go....

we are nothing more than bonds and entropy
find truth in letting go
We are loved and labored bonds and entropy
find truth in letting go
we are made of relation and energy
find truth in letting go
we are nothing more than bonds and entropy
Track Name: You, I, She, We
You are the love I always knew
You are the hope I needed
You are a simple kind of truth
You are the love I always knew

I would be lost without this home
I can never keep my eyes open
I figure the head and not the heart
I would be lost without this home

You sing the sunshine
I laugh strife small
She prays understanding
We breathe in it all

She has the love I desire
She is the breath to my exhale
She needs your smile like the air
She has the love that I desire

You sing the sunshine
I laugh strife small
She prays understanding
We breathe in it all

We are more than ever we could be
We what I cannot seem to hold
We are the gift I cherish most
We are more than ever we could be
Track Name: The Magician
With a wave of a wand and some slick slight of hand
You could dazzle my mind, I just can't understand
what broke your will, to the point of no return
Disappeared in a moment, no mirrors or smoke
On a stage with no audience, and no chance to choke
No-one wants to be, a burden to those they love
The smoke will still linger, long after it burnt
out like a candle, covered in dirt
the women will cry, as the children ask where did you go

I try to attempt, I try to understand
how the trick could have worked, what was hid in your hands
There's just one remainder, the fact that won't fit the equation
If love, instead of liquor was fully supplied
maybe we could have extended, our fleeting time
with the man and the magic, the truth can be tragic you know

The magician was always a tenant you see
to the selfish landlord, who cared more for money
than the blood than ran through, both of their veins and their hearts
The landlord, so wild can always proclaim:
I did not pull the trigger! I am free from all blame!
But you know God damn well, that you put the gun in his hand.

The human inside wants to believe in hell
for your kind of evil needs somewhere to dwell
I try so hard for forgiveness, but end up with nothing but rage
Because he'd still be alive, if you tried once to show
a bit of fucking compassion, you let the pain grow
your shallow attempt to find faith will be judged oh, you see

So go back to pretending you even once gave a shit
about the man and the magic and the family you quit
long before you broke all your promises and spent all the checks
Track Name: Hands
The negative ending shouldn't change the beauty of beginnings
Selfish heartbreak should never conquer the start of truest love
No matter how it came to fall apart remember
There is something still hidden there In your first touch In your first touch

Hands grasped around each other intertwined like roots of weeds
The spark held in the spaces deep down in between
Not measured in time and space and consequence
Only in fingertips and whispers and things left unsaid

Our hands hold the maps to our beginnings
Our hands hold the path to good times lost
to good times lost

Leave out the ill intentions Set aside the broken bones
Let the heart fly back like butterflies once found
home inside your chest
fly back like butterflies

Our hands hold the maps to our beginnings
Our hands held, kept the love alive
Our hands held, kept us believing
Our hands hold the path to good times lost
to good times lost
to good times

There is no way out of the pain
There is no way out of the pain
Trace back from where you came
Follow the fingerprints
Follow the lines to futures past
Follow the fingerprints
to make it last to bring it back
Track Name: Taverns
Let the magic men begin
Their show to entertain the kin
The folk of legend gather round
To hear their sounds of breaking down

Liquor keeps us clapping along
The desperation hidden in our songs
Ignored by the kings of great empires
Burnt out by our own dwindling fires

Our minds give us power to the magic we hold
As the rest of the world passes by our souls
but here in the tavern heroes among swine
I'll here out your story, if you will hear mine

I am the meddling master of capricious cacophony
take a look at my weather worn pages of stories spanning centuries
These pages hold the lyrical, empirical soul
Higher held than the law that maniacs contort and control
I am a ghost amongst the masses screaming and shaking my fists
silenced by a lack of ego and narcissistic arrogance
To the mediocre seas who claim to be royal
Your drownings can not reach deep roots inside supportive soil

Lost to the same sea, to the same hurt
to different situations, but the same result
We are all but lost, help me to find my way out
We are all but lost, Give me a moment of your time...it's all I am asking
We are all but lost, More than ever, I need to keep moving on!
We are all but lost, More than ever, ever and again

Never stay in the same place
Never stay in the same place
Never stay in the same place
Never stay in the same place
Lest your comfort keep you from the adventure waiting
Track Name: Floating
In the morning through the wet grass
My feet grew colder, as I walked fast
Looking for old trees, Searching for new paths
Making our memories, Like foothold traps
The forest breathes deep, our favorite love song
The clever cage set, to keep the world wrong
Inside the darkness or in the suns light
without a whisper, assurance held tight

My-----My love will never falter, fall or break
Your-----Your beauty is something time will never take
We------We may fall short, but we will never find the ground
Our-------Our love keeps us floating

Crash into your shore, over and always
No matter what hurt, fractured bones break
As does the lycanthrope, moved by the moons guide
So will my heart go, where your shores rise
And so it takes us, back to the very start
To find at all costs, the once torn apart
Running 'cross borders, and through the hostile grounds
Until I find you, until you come back round.
So know no matter what comes before our path
I will always find a way, to make sure we last
The traps are all set, the world it still turns
Even as the fires burn us down, shall we forever return

My--------------My love will never falter fall or break
And your-----------your beauty is something none will ever take
And we-----We may fall short, but we will never find the ground
for our-----our love keeps us floating, it keeps us floating
Track Name: Northern Lights
There was a time before our scene was set
My eyes fixed on the stars the day our hands met
Love born in our first touch even though it’s so cliché
But that’s the way things tend to be so I guess it’s all okay

In a ragged tent underneath the northern lights
Cuddled close to hold in heat illuminated by the sky so bright
A wide array of vivid hues an illusion or a mystery
And at that moment, but seemed just fine to me

I went across the ocean you stayed back at home
You sat patiently by a tired and ring-less phone
Surviving bullet wounds and battlefields and wars bitter strife
Came home and I came to find the separation took your life

The sun shines brightly, juxtaposing the tears I’ve cried
The black of my suit coat reflects the emptiness inside
As I conjure the courage to say my last goodbye
Though we may pass away our love will never die
Track Name: The Tranquil Sea
There is a whisper in the wind I once knew
there is comfort in the sound of truth
But everything goes by in waves and I can't see the shore
the water spins like acrobats high above the ocean floor

I believe
it's in the simplest things
that we find peace
and the one thing that we ever need
let go of the tempting call of these
voices shouting that you need to be


Far to go, now the waters have found their calm
The tranquil sea parts gently as I travel ever on
slowly not to break the moment of serenity
My destination waits but I need this moment with the sea
Track Name: Love Will Come To Take Us Home
Love will come to take us home but is it where we want to go?
Is it where we want to go?

G‐d is in the everywhere but we ever seem to care?
Do we ever really care?

I know this must sound so hard, but
we must let down our guards to
find a love uncompromising
Love will come to take us home

Home is where the heart resides so where does your heart lie?
Where does your heart lie?

I find the truth tougher than lies for it only hurts my pride
Like a spear right through my side

I know this must sound so hard, but
we must let down our guards to
find a love uncompromising
Love will come to take us home

Love will come to take me home but is it where I want to go?
Is it where I want to go?

And home is where my heart resides
and now it's time to make things right
Dear G‐d I hope I things right
I know this must sound so hard, but
we must let down our guards to
find a love uncompromising
Love will come to take us home
Track Name: Goodnight, Goodnight
Goodnight, Goodnight
The clouds start weeping
Birthright, Birthright
Grace finds you fleeing

Tonight, Tonight
You dropped your reason to run
Goodbye, Goodbye
Your reality will keep me

For we are sleeping ghosts
The lions roar will call us
through heavens tears and bramble
we travel on, travel on
For we are lock and key
Rusted by the drops of rainbows
Through a drop refracted, truth shows
Let me rest my head
For I traveled till the sunset
Torchlight burns low, singing sonnets
to lull you and your mysteries to sleep
Goodnight, Goodnight

May our bonds eternal keep us close
Till death no longer can dare to boast
For love, the victor rescued most
of all my long lost heartfelt hopes
The peace of rest, that matters most
Goodnight.
Track Name: Daffodils (Bandcamp Exclusive Bonus Track)
Sun shines over the day
Sun shines over the day
I wish I could stop thinking of
the inevitable grey
Sun shines over the day

Clouds form over the hill
Clouds form over the hill
You can't predict the lightning bolts
Or when the storm will still
Clouds form over the hill

For winds will blow fierce the sideways rain
into driftwood shelters, through open window panes
We cannot plan for the bite of natures wrath
or lose the thought of damaged broken paths
Oh....we can't know Oh....so we grow

There's no good time to go
There's no good time to go
If you do your job then they will
break and crash and know
there is no good time to go

Stretch out and take the light
Stretch out and take the light
Better to break and bend then
to hide inside the night
Stretch out and take the light

Four winds collide, all directions in the storm
The pain overwhelms, and leaves become torn
But if you make it through, to see sun shine bright
Then let love carry you, broken and bruised, into the light
Oh......we can't know Oh.......so we grow

So find it in the sun, find it in the rain
find it in the storms, find it in the pain
Find it in our love, find it in our shame
Find you in sun, find you in the rain.
Find you in everything.
Track Name: Funeral (Bandcamp Exclusive Bonus Track)
A man
A man died
A man died today
A man died today

A good man died today
and evil man died today
a good good man died today
which side do you stand on?

Look down, at the blood on your hands
does it fulfill the hunger your vengeance demands?

And you all cheer
you all cried out in joy

We watch the mighty fall
Feel better, Feel nothing at all

Barbarians and Gladiators
What makes Abraham so primal?
Son and Sodomite
Terrorists and firefight
Abortion, Execution
Genocide, Institution

Who will cry at the devils funeral?
Track Name: Amaurotic (Bandcamp Exclusive Bonus Track)
We're never satisfied with where we are
Like barking dogs begging to come in and out again
Looking through rear-view mirrors at the streets we left behind
missing the scenery we came for

Trapped in memories that turn into regrets
Forsake the point for the score unsettling
We hold onto nightmares that long ago were once our dreams
if we could wake and see the life we've always had

Living in the past Living in the future
Flirt with the way our lives could never be
Living for ourselves as we rip our sutures
bleed out abandon hope for today

There is no somewhere over that rainbow
No Technicolor land filled with all your lost dreams
The grass could be much greener, if you tended to your gardens
instead of trampling your seedlings to get a glimpse over the fence
Living in the past Living in the future
Flirt with the way our lives could never be
Living for ourselves as we rip our sutures
bleed out abandon hope for today

WHY DO WE FIGHT KNUCKLES BARE AND BLEEDING
WHY DO WE YEARN FOR TRAVELS BACK TO SIMPLE TIMES
WHY DO WE BEAT AND BRUISE EVERYTHING WE HAVE BEEN GIFTED
OUR FUTURES RUINED BY OUR DESIRE FOR IT
we're so blind to what we have
we're so blind to what we have
we're so blind to what we have
we're so blind to what we have
we're so blind to what we have
we're so blind to what we have