"The Razor's Edge" B​-​Sides, Rarities & Demo's

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This is a collection of audio recordings picked by Topher for this time capsule, sort of speak. It spans from as early as late 2005 to the fall of 2012. The sound was either initial demo recordings that Mike Viner recorded of he and Christopher Davis in the 2005-2007 area, audio pulled from video footage or it was recorded direct from the sound board at a particular show. Tracks 14-18 are all acoustic and three of those feature guest musicians from "The Terrible Truth" acoustic album. Ockum's Razor members that performed on each track are listed in the liner notes for each song with where the recording source came from, etc. We hope you enjoy this and note that these are all either rare demos, b-side type of tracks that we performed live and never recorded or are live tracks.

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released March 28, 2016

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Track Name: "Chaperone" (Rare) Electric Demo
Lyrics written by Chris Davis.

*Lyrics: Yeah, there is a place where I like to go, when I need something to show for it, I'm learning to swim, Can you hear the words? No, you can't hear. Open your heart and then unlock the mind, closing your eyes turn the key to right, now hold it tight, Can you see the writing on the walls of my cell? Chaperone, these words are not my own, Can you read the lining on the walls of my heart, Chaperone, this world is not my home, Let them hear the words, Oh, can you hear? Closing the door, for this night is not mine, closing your eyes turn the key to the right, now hold it tight, Can you see the writing on the walls of my cell? Chaperone, these words are not my own, Can you read the lining on the walls of my heart? Chaperone, this world is not my home, Can you hear the words that are coming out of your mouth? Can you see the writing on the walls of my cell? Chaperone, these words are not my own, Can you read the lining on the walls of my heart? Chaperone, this world is not my home.

*Synopsis: No matter what your belief system is everyone has that sense of being watched over, or for that matter being watched. In times of trials and in times of greatness there is the inner-voice that drives us towards our fate. Whether or not you personally have the support system you need to thrive determines alot sometimes. It is in this nature that I have found my voice. No one is a "mind reader" which means you have to learn to communicate for yourself and more importantly learn to be a good listener. This song, in essence, is my way of speaking to my Higher Power and to those around me, stating the following: I don't know what the hell I am doing sometimes, show me the way and teach me to own my actions and words. Also, to learn to not worry about others actions and opinions as much.
Track Name: "The Truth" (Rare) Electric Demo
Yeah, I'd hate to be the one to break the news to you,
I'd hate to be the one, (2x's) To be the one to break the news,

(Shake it off, take a loss, let there be no boss, I'm understanding all the basics so that nothing is lost, I'm never gonna let anyone under my skin, so the mic goes quiet and the heavy shit begins.) - (2x's)

Yeah, I always hate confrontation,

- To be the one to break the news to you, now I must tell the truth,
- I'm sorry, so sorry, just let the truth be known and it will all work out,
- I'm sorry, but this is the truth,

(Shake it off, take a loss, let there be no boss, I'm understanding all the basics so that nothing is lost, I'm never gonna let anyone under my skin, so the mic goes quiet and the heavy shit begins.) - (2x's)

Yeah, I always hate confrontation,

Yeah, I'd hate to be the one to break the news to you,
I'd hate to be the one, (2x's)

- To be the one to break the news to you, now I must tell the truth,
- I'm sorry, so sorry, just let the truth be known and it will all work out,
- I'm sorry, but this is the truth,

I'm so sorry, but I must tell you, tell me the truth,

I'd hate to be the one to break the news to you, I'd hate to be the one, (2x's)

To be the one to break the news
Track Name: "Nebula" live @ Rock U Fest 2012 at Atomic Cowboy
The lyrics were written by Chris Davis and are as follows:

Seven billion can’t be wrong,
If we demand our very best to fight the outcome,

Now tell me how can we commit future generations to this?
Earth's surface temperature climbing,
The sea level's rising,
Ice caps melting,
Storms occur more frequent and intense,
Deserts broaden by the greenhouse effect

The world is derived from it's resources,
The richer the diversity of life,
The greater the opportunity-

Controlled chaos surrounding me,
Never knowing what tomorrow will bring,
Oh, clustered in, this nebula-

Seven billion could be wrong,
The population's growth is a serious problem,
Now tell me how can we prevent,
The environment from all of this?
Birds keep falling out of the sky,
Honey bees disappearing, oil spills aren’t helping,
What would happen if the dams just gave out?
And the same for the bridges from us driving about?

Our world can be derived from it’s machines,
The richer the economy,
The greater chance of catastrophe-

Controlled chaos surrounding me,
Never knowing what tomorrow will bring,
Oh, clustered in, this nebula-

(Reprise)

*Inspired by the “Pillars Of Creation” photo taken by NASA from the Eagle Nebula. The word Nebula is from the Latin word for cloud, which is Nimbus. They were originally referred to as galaxies, however, now they describe gas and dust clouds in space.

"It is my belief that the world believes in love. Similar to these dust clouds many light years away, we too attempt to reflect “light” from those around us. We also have a destructive side, the inhabitants of earth contribute to many emissions that could potentially take responsibility for the destruction of our own kind and the planet we inhabit." - Topher
Track Name: "Walk Away" live demo recorded @ Touhill Performing Arts
There is no debate in regards to all the pain involved when someone walks away,
And it feels like the world has turned upside down,

I realize that you could be the death of me,
But, I know that in my heart of hearts,
It'll ache a little less each and day,
These wounds are pending,

We are the potential always out of reach,
Something that we give, Not something we receive, (2x's)
Just another part of me,
Just another part, part of me that's gone -

So, I suck it up and walk away, (2x's)

I came to realize that you just weren't right for me,
And you proved, you proved not to possess the quailities that I need,
I felt so misguided, so tricked and lied to,

We are the potential always out of reach,
Something that we give, Not something we receive, (2x's)
Just another part of me,
Just another part, part of me that's gone -

Yeah, because part of me is gone,

Just another part of me,
Just another part, part of me that's gone -
Track Name: "Nothing's What It Used To Be" live @ Pop's
Lyrics by Pat Burgart. Adapted by Chris Davis.

Pathway to my twisted brain,
The only way I may contain,
I can’t control my roaming frame,
My guts are filled with bitter pain-

Laugh it off, pretend to care,
Feelings lost behind that stare,
No more left to give, so there,
Eyes leak sorrow, soul’s despair-

Crushed, battered, bruised and bent
Not quite so sure just what you meant,
Where, O’ where, has the passion went?
Temptation grabs the lies you lent-

Falling downward eternally,
Twisted, broken, O’ can’t you see?
Things may need to be set free,
Nothing’s what it used to be-
Track Name: "Teach Me How To Learn" live @ Pop's
The lyrics are as follows:

(Hey, hey, hey) 2x
We can put a man on the moon,
But we cannot even control our kids in their classroom,
(Hey, hey, hey) 2x
Listen up, kiddos, I’ve got news for you,
You can do what you want to do-
Reward or consequence?
There can only be one of the two,
Now that choice is up to you,
Help me, help you-
What is it that you ask of me?
I feel like I can barely breathe,
Let me help you-
Listen up, teachers, I’ve got news for you
I know, your job is hard to do,
Where’s the incentive?
There is only so much I can do?
Given their civil rights issue,
Touch me, I’ll sue you-
What is it with all these policies?
Out of date and out of reach,
Tell me, will you-
Teach me how to learn?
Show me how to do the best with what I am given,
Teach me how to learn,
I just want to find my place in this world-
(Hey, hey, hey) x2
We can see the enrollment boom,
But we cannot even control the size of our classrooms,
Listen up, leaders,
We’ve got news for you,
Cooperate for the common good,
Offer alternatives-
To the districts that fight with the state,
You may do so, but innovate,
Tell me, will you-
Teach me how to learn?
Show me how to do the best with what I am given,
Teach me how to learn,
I just want to find my place in this world-

© Copyright 2012 lyrics written by Chris Davis
Track Name: "Jig Of The Juggernaut" live @ Pop's
Lyrics written by Chris Davis.

Lyrics: Fascist law subsiding, terror multiplying, dance with me, preacher's not abiding, rulers coinciding, dance with me, This is the dance of America, dance to the jig of the juggernaut, yeah the jig is up, so dance with me, You're stuck right up against the wall, you're just setting yourself up for the next fall, you scoff at all those who have helped you, now see where it has left you, with no one to call, Build you ladder to the sky to stand in judgement, Now don't you see? You don't see, that you have lost at your own game, so dance with me, to the jig of the juggernaut, yeah the jig is up, Candles we are lighting, Christians are all fighting, dance with me, justice not prevailing, innocence is dying, dance with me (*Repeat chorus) You're own game you will lose, unless you look to the one, who always speaks of the truth, dare I say? "She lives in apostasy" Because you give me no choice, because you gave me the voice. Is this the land of the free and the home of the brave? Dance with me to the jig of the juggernaut, this is the dance of America, now dance with me.

*Synopsis: This song was being recorded around '02-'03 and I had an this idea for a song that I had been wanting to use since the year 2000. After 9/11 occurred, it seemed even more relevant to the times ahead. Prophetic in nature, it speaks of America's role in the world and it's evolution. Or devolution, depends on the perspective. Unofficially titled, "The Dance of America", JOTJ speaks true to America's dilemma and the over all state of mind of it's cynical collective, at times. Also, touches base on how the rest of the world perceives us.
Track Name: "The Great Big Wheel" live @ Just Bill's Place
Lyrics written by Chris Davis.

*Lyrics: All alone and I'm thinking back on what I have done, all alone and I'm wondering when my day will come, all alone and I'm watching the great big wheel, But I am not alone, I feel a presence, one that I cannot explain, All alone and my life it is falling apart, all alone and there is a big empty space in my heart, all alone and looking to fill the void, The great big wheel spins around this world, watch it spinning around, All alone and there is no one who can stop the change, all alone and it's a shame, time cannot be rearranged, all alone and I hope that I am not out of place, The great big wheel spins around this world, Watch it spinning around, watch it spinning me around, don't you turn away from your problems, raise your head my son, don't hold your words for ransom, watch it spinning around, watch it spinning.

*Synopsis: It's a song about the relentlessness of time and it's ability to be forgiving and unforgiving, at times. It is about seeing the world around us in motion, constant change, knowing that on the other side of the world someone is going through something inexplicable just as you are. It is about facing the change the best we can and how we either try to embrace it, hopefully, not letting it encumber us.
Track Name: "Drowned" live demo @ Just Bill's Place
I can feel you right next to me, I'm lost in a see of thought,
Mind is racing, The trap is set for prey that cannot be caught,
Water churning, It circles, so fast, hypnotic display of mass,
Fire burning, This synthetic rage, as I struggle for peace again,

Every ending has it's beginning, Goodbye my friend,
Farewell -

I can see you swim down to me, but the deep is a blue abyss,
Can you reach me? No, you cannot save me, I cannot save myself,

Every ending has it's beginning, Goodbye my friend,
Farewell -

So, drown in your words, drown in this undertow,
As it pulls me down toward the floor, I see and and feel no more,

Goodbye my friend, goodbye my friend, I've drowned...
Track Name: "Hold On" live demo @ Just Bill's Place
It's seeing the truth in a lie and letting go of some of your self-pride,
Begin to rebuild something real, In hopes that I am not here just to spill,

So, just hold on, grab on-
Hold on, yeah, just hold on for one more day, (2x's)

Look the foundation is cracking, it's leaking, I'm freaking,
But, now I can gain my compsure, Patiently wait for the well to run dry,
Now is my chance to reclaim what is mine,

So, just hold on, grab on-
Hold on, yeah, just hold on for one more day, (2x's)

Hold your breath, as it all rushes in,
Open your eyes, It will clear all up in time,
A glimmer of hope reaches out from above,
Now feel your head reach to the surface,

My advice is just to know who you are,
Your advice, I respect, but will keep a far,
I'm walking a path, a path that is real,
Take a deep breath as a rush of blood goes to your head,

It's seeing the truth in a lie and letting go of some of your self-pride,
Begin to rebuild something real, In hopes that I am not here just to spill, Don't choke
Track Name: "Two Thieves" live @ The Pageant
Lyrics written by Chris Davis.

*Lyrics: Here we are with arms wide-open, tied up at the wrists from either side, legs crossed over, as both are broken, the air in our lungs slowly subside, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ One is on the left, one is on the right, one is on the... (I am no Christ) Save yourself and save us all, if you claim to be who you are, Do you not have fear of God? As you face the same condemnation, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ One is on the left, one is on the right, one is on the... (I am no Christ) Join me, briefly as we enter into the fellowship of thieves, on this earth you'll claim to be one of these two, Tell me, which one are you?

*Synopsis: Compares and contrasts the two thieves beside Christ at the time of crucifixtion. Jesus Christ's persona is one of sacrifice. For Christians and non-belivers alike, His example is unique to His own and impossible to be achieved by anyone ever. No matter what we do, the common belief of most, is that of these two thieves. Their words are coined verbatim in the second verse. Being named Christopher "Follower of Christ" and having the backround that I have, many have looked to me in ways I could not give them what they needed. It was in my most desperate hour that I cried out in frustration of others association of me and George Bush, the war, etc. that I felt unfairly judged by some. Stating "I am no Christ!" is not a declaration but a proclamation of the two thieves shame that we all carry with us innately. This song title is obviously not a personal claim of having an Anti-Christ attitude.
Track Name: "Intercessory Wish" live & acoustic @ The Library
Lyrics written by Chris Davis.

Never so high, than when I'm on my knees, (An intercessory wish) Humbled myself, just to gain some strength, (An intercessory wish) Lift me up, like the dove, that was released and set me free, so that I may see if these waters have started to recede, Because I've been drowning, Wake me up because I must be dreaming, (An intercessory wish) I'm out of the box because I stopped the digging, (An intercessory wish) Lift me up, like the dove that was released and set me free, so that I may see if these waters have started to recede, Because I've been drowning and because faith is a sight unseen, I am a visionary and I will see right through this, Or am I dreaming? Now close your eyes and throw in your coin, because a wishing well only works when you don't tell, Lift me up like the dove, that was released and set me free, so that I may see if these waters have started to recede, Lift me up like the dove, that was released and set me free so that I may know see.

*Synopsis: I had this friend, he was going through a tough spell, but headed in the right direction. It was good to see all of the support this person got. Supporting him, in a strange way, made up for some past mistakes of my own and kinda helped vindicate some personal whatnot. So, my situation was that I felt like I was on my knees and at a crossroads and strangely enough; I felt I too was on the right track even though things looked pretty bleak. This song also has an image of the dove that was released in order to find out whether or not the largest flood ever to hit the earth had truly dwindled or not. As the story goes. Faith got me through alot and I think that it did my friend too. The truth sets us free, but first it pisses you off, being able to deal with it is another story. Especially if you don't know the situation at hand. It is only when you accept and acknowledge truth that it frees you.
Track Name: "Dreams" live & acoustic @ The Library
Lyrics by Chris Davis.

*Lyrics: Turning our dreams into gold, the precious metal we love to hold, but once it is reached will it become everything that we only loathe to be? Turning our dreams into gold, follow the rainbow, make a mold, but once it is seized will we succomb to everything that we only loathe to be? I envy you for what I am not, I envy you for what I have not, Turning our dreams into gold. Turning, our dreams.

*Synopsis: I heard once that a dream is an answer to a question that we haven't learned how to ask yet. I had to ask myself, if I ever achieve any of my dreams, would it be all that it is cracked up to be? Would I succomb to everything I only loathe to be? Sometimes I look around and I envy others gifts, talents and achievements, I'm only human. But at the end of the day, I am happy for them, I wish them the best and I take none for myself. However, I do and will continue to dream and achieve to the best of my ability, the end game that is the answer to my question that I am learning how to ask still.
Track Name: "Secret Of The Way Things Are" live & acoustic @ The Library
Lyrics written by Chris Davis.

*Lyrics: You are one who will understand the wonderful secret, frightful things you will master, why things are and why they continue to be, Meditate on the secrets of the way things are and investigate them at all time, only then, then may you know the secret of the way things are, in this world, Present and potent are these marvelous secrets, terrorized is the holder of why things are and why they continue to be, Reflect on all of the secrets of the way things are and investigate them at all times, only then may you know the secret of the way things are, You are one who must impose discipline on your lips, And your tongue is a double door, when years begin and when eras end, Why it was? And what will become of the sound that is soon to be heard, by the ears of those who will know the truth, Of the secret of the way things are, in this world.

*Synopsis: This song makes reference to and even mentions parts of a very small segment of The Dead Sea Scrolls. The Quarmations were a sect that left sacred writings in a cave near the Dead Sea, which were found in the 1960's I think, I cannot recall exactly right now. But, over time they have been pieced together the best that they can. This segment refers to getting to the meaning of life, as they knew it or thought of it, how the tongue can be a double-door. Meaning that one should think before he/she speaks. Meditating on why things are the way they are brings us understanding and in turn helps us be more patient, empathetic and compassionate. At the end of the bridge before the reprise, there is a hint of themes similiar to the book of Revelations.
Track Name: "Novocain" live & acoustic @ The Creepy Crawl
Lyrics written by Chris Davis.

*Lyrics: I'm anxious, so let's get with it, don't bite down, just grin and bear this, You place a breathing-apparatus on my face, the last I remembered, I heard you call my name, I just can't stand the pain (I feel it) The memory is ingrained (I just can't stand the pain) You're driving me insane (The memory is ingrained) Now I may seem deranged (Give me some novocain) And now I ask of you, (Can you feel it too?) Can you feel this to? (And now I ask of you) I just can't stand the pain (I feel it) Give me some novocain, I'm nauseous, so please take note of this, Don't slow down, I need this over with, you take a thirty-minute break on my time, the least you could do is to tell me, "you'll be just fine" *Repeat chorus (Reprise) Give me something to take for the pain, give me novocain, I just can't stand the pain.

*Synopsis: I used the fear of going to the dentist as a metaphor for life. If you take the time to read the lyrics posted on our player you will pick this idea up. The idea came to me to use an anology for a song while watching Disney's 'Fantasia', believe it or not. I had a very vivid memory that sort of bothered me of getting all my wisdom teeth removed.