9 Lives and Counting

9 Lives and Counting

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandRockHard Rock

GTA-based hard rock band, focusing on hooks and melody. 9 Lives and Counting: For those that like their rock, hard.

Biography

2016 marks a milestone for 9 Lives and Counting.  This summer sees the release of our debut album, Beautiful Distraction.  We are excited to share our musical vision with everyone. 

9 Lives and Counting is a modern day rock band, we know who our influences are and proudly weave them together to create our own distinctly unique sound. 

If you're looking for a hard rock band that brings hooks, melody and presence, look no further than 9 Lives and Counting. 

We are a professional band that takes pride in our commitment to pleasing every fan, venue and promoter that we play for.  We arrive early, stay late and support the whole show!  This is such an important thing, as music fans ourselves we absolutely love to experience new (to us) bands. 

Lyrics

Out of My Head

Written By: Craig Burnatowski (Lyrics),Peter Alexander (Music)

Ripping off the door, let it fall and I'm looking out behind you
Looking out for ways they'd take us down when I follow
Following your lead effortlessly and I'm breaking every rule too
Breaking all the rules to go now. TO GO NOW

All I know
I can't see what I'm running from and
All I know
I'll never get away from it
All I know
It used to be so hard to move through
All I know
But you're making it easy

You named an adversary
By never looking in
We'll need your resignation

Get out of my
Get out of my head
Get out of my
Get out of my head
Get out of my
Get out of my head

Gnawing on the bone they threw us after the storms came
Checking off a list of deep concerns when I'm waking up to you
I'll never fear for anything from anyone
'Cause waking up to you is easy when you get paid to

All I know
I can't see what I'm running from and
All I know
I'll never get away from it
All I know
It used to be so hard to move through
All I know
But you're making it easy

You named an adversary
By never looking in
We'll need your resignation

Get out of my
Get out of my head
Get out of my
Get out of my head
Get out of my
Get out of my head

You can admit
You can give
You can keep
The sane lie down
And you will be the one to go
And you'll never know

You can admit
You can give
You can keep
The sane lie down
And you will be the one to go
And you'll never know

You can admit
You can give
You can keep
The sane lie down
And you will be the one to go
And you'll never know

You’ll never know

Silence and Shadows

Written By: Craig Burnatowski (Lyrics),Peter Alexander (Music)

You've got to decide
Breathe in and you'll find
We see the goal
We've taken control
There were times we'd still vie for more
Accede defeat and open the door

Behind all was shadows
I've got my ear to the door
Wait in the silence
And they won't know what we've in store
We're using the shadows
And I won't hear anymore
Silence and shadows
Or you can join them on the floor

New disease
Another mystery
Who needs to be perfectly clean?

Behind all was shadows
I've got my ear to the door
Wait in the silence
And they won't know what we've in store
We're using the shadows
And I won't hear anymore
Silence and shadows
Or you can join them on the floor

Got my timing down
Got my breathing slowed
Got my captive shout
"Just let me go"

Let me go

We're using the shadows
And I won't hear anymore
Silence and shadows
Or you can join them on the floor

Got my timing down
Got my breathing slowed
Got my captive shout
"Just let me go"

Let me go

Let me GO

So you'll own the road this time
With hesitation even further from your mind
You'll tear off across that line
Leave the traces of the races you lost

Behind all was shadows
I've got my ear to the door
Wait in the silence
And they won't know what we've in store
We're using the shadows
And I won't hear anymore
Silence and shadows
Or you can join them tied up on the floor

Fall Apart

Written By: Craig Burnatowski (Lyrics),Peter Alexander (Music)

So we've got a problem
Ya we've got something that's in the way
Making it easy
To never look further than today
Weighing the options but making no play
Hope for the best and put the scale away
So many reasons

Tell me when you wanna fall apart
It's gonna fall apart
Can't wait to fall apart
It's gonna fall apart

We've gotta question
Why not just make a move today
Awaiting an answer

Tell me when you wanna fall apart
It's gonna fall apart
Can't wait to fall apart
It's gonna fall apart

And one moment is all we need
The impetus to finally breath
So when it comes we need to know
And be prepared to follow

So look at the problem
And wonder why you want to be this way
You got to feel comfort
By turning everything you love away
Go live in the moment
Make a new start
Wipe out the day
When you lost that spark
Recover your reason

Tell me when you wanna fall apart
It's gonna fall apart
Can't wait to fall apart
It's gonna fall apart

And one moment is all we need
The impetus to finally breath
So when it comes we need to know
And be prepared to follow

You're on the path again just look in front of you
You'll need to learn again that walking's what you do
And as it winds it's way ahead you'll finally see
It leads to everything you said you'd need

Hard pills to swallow
With rules this narrow
Starting tomorrow
You'll never be this hollow

So look at the problem
And wonder why you want to be this way
You got to feel comfort
By turning everything you love away
Go live in the moment
Make a new start
Wipe out the day
When you lost that spark
Recover your reason

And tell me when you wanna fall
Tell me when you're gonna fall apart

Home

Written By: Craig Burnatowski (Lyrics),Peter Alexander (Music)

You'll add another note
You'll take another crumb
You're waking up beside
My inanimate pride
And let that be the reason you won't leave

I can take it on the cheek
Endure until the peak
Just answering the call
The current that's
Leading me and speeding me and feeding me to you

And we can't remember
What we used to be
But we can't imagine
What we'll be
So where can we go now
What can we call home

Please now make it all just stop
Won't care about the fault
Make me understand
Can't get it out my head
Now we're running just as fast as always and forever

And we can't remember
What we used to be
But we can't imagine
What we'll be

So we all hold on
When the whole world's moved on
We try but it all falls away
We lie in ruins just to say

That we can't remember
What we used to be
And we can't imagine
What we'll be
So where can we go now
What can we call home

Marionettes

Written By: Craig Burnatowski (Lyrics),Peter Alexander (Music)

Nothing is easy
Something is weighing
Down and lost again
In darkness we'll suspend
A sacrifice
To pay the price
As it pulls us all in

When I wanna believe that the sound comes recklessly
Then I'm under the aid of a will propelling me
When it gets to be that it seems out of control
Let it string me along

Down and lost again
Pull my mind again
Damned and lost again
Pay the price and pull us in

Pull the puppet string
But never be condemned of anything
And what harm could it bring
When no one sees the hands on the puppet string

With a little attached to my hand you're taking me
With another attached to a righteous memory
Just a little bit till it all gets written down
And let my soul come along

Down and lost again
Pay the price and pull us in

Pull the puppet string
But never be condemned of anything
And what harm could it bring
When no one sees the hands on the puppet string

Pull the puppet string
But never be condemned of anything
And what harm could it bring
When no one sees the hands on the puppet string

We're already free
We could show the world
The lives we've given back
Too many to speak of I'd attest
I swear that we would make it out
You and me already free
And we could show the world
The time we've given back
Too many have seen
But we'll be fine
I swear we'll be fine
Bide our time
We're fine
We're fine fine FINE

Pull the puppet string
But never be condemned of anything
And what harm could it bring
When no one sees the hands on the puppet string

Pull the puppet string
But never be condemned of anything
And what harm could it bring
When no one sees the hands on the puppet string

Pull the puppet string
But never be condemned of anything
And what harm could it bring
When no one sees the hands on the puppet string

Seas of Unknown

Written By: Craig Burnatowski (Lyrics),Peter Alexander (Music)

We'll never reach that love
Break it down again
You're right the stories go where we can't eat of them
You'll find the morning loves to rise it up again
So high we can't feel it anymore

Now ignore all the rest
And we'll sail the Seas of Unknown
Some mention of what is left
And we'll have to brave it alone

We fall
So we'll break it and take it down again
So long it seems like I've been holding back
Slow it down I want to feel the weight of the world
Slow it down I want to feel anything again

Now ignore all the rest
And we'll sail the Seas of Unknown
Some mention of what is left
And we'll have to brave it alone

Slow my inspiration
Dull my heart so I can breathe
Leave my innocence behind me
Show me things I'd never see
Cast my fears away and then lift me up above
Be my beautiful distraction
Give me everything but love

Show my destination
And the reasons I could leave
Get my fucking shit together
Push me closer to my dreams
Be my hands when I can't reach them
Be my feet above the floor
Be my heart within my chest
Give me everything and more

Now ignore all the rest
And we'll sail the Seas of Unknown
Some mention of what is left
And we'll have to brave it
I will wait for you

Crimson Blues

Written By: Craig Burnatowski (Lyrics),Peter Alexander (Music)

Favour the lines a thousand times by not mixing the hues
The weight of the crime is filtered by the colours that we use
You see a world of ups and downs
We see a shade of greys or browns
Define ourselves in crimsons, tangerines and blues

Words never prove
The things that we do
We'll take this to the grave

So deep into a tunnel of make believe
No one left to determine where it could be

All the dye
All the dye is gone
Overnight
All the dye is gone
And we were so far off the line
And we had tried to make it right
And we had tried to paint in crimsons, tangerines and blues

Words never prove
The things that we do
We'll take this to the grave
The stains that we've shown
In vain we make known
How can we now be saved

So deep into a tunnel of make believe
No one left to determine where it could be
No sense wasting the colour we use to scream
Silence is the wrong toner for this machine

See the world come surround
When the colours come around

Words never prove
The things that we do
We'll take this to the grave
The stains that we've shown
In vain we make known
How can we now be saved

So deep into a tunnel of make believe
No one left to determine where it could be
No sense wasting the colour we use to scream
Silence is the wrong toner for this machine

You've seen my hands
So see this and
Get up out of the ground

Nothing I Could Do

Written By: Craig Burnatowski (Lyrics),Peter Alexander (Music)

Way out of your element with nowhere left to hide
You thought up an exit plan but had to stay inside
You found I felt the same and you told me so
Called out on the connection still said no

You there was nothing I could do
Such a shame that isn't true
The gift of hindsight has been showing me
A dream that turned tomorrow's dawn away

Maybe I was walking out above a net
Exhilaration traded for calm regret
Maybe all I wanted was to never have to fall
Years of feigned security
And now it's too late to call

"Ya you waited too long
I won't be there when you finally care
Ya you waited too long
I won't be there when you finally"

Too many signs that I should have tried
To live and not
Just to be alive
Now I find I imagine what my
Days may have been like were I
Someone who didn't let you get away

You there was nothing I could do
Such a shame that isn't true
The gift of hindsight only goes so far
To illuminate what could have been delusion or delirium

"Ya you waited too long
I won't be there when you finally care
Ya you waited too long
I won't be there when you finally"

Too many signs that I should have tried
To live and not
Just to be alive
Now I find I imagine what my
Days may have been like were I
Someone who didn't let you get away
Away
You got away
Away

Wanna deliver you everything
Know I want to deliver you everything
Wanna deliver you everything

Product of Reality

Written By: Craig Burnatowski (Lyrics),Peter Alexander (Music)

Time's up give me more attention
We see that I need affection
Please me now I crave detection
What is inside of me

Too late for you all to heal it
So now that I'm told to feel it
Stand up so the world can see it
No bad publicity

I don't know
Cause there's a tumour on my soul
If I don't feed it every day it's going to grow

Let's go what are we waiting for
Not full yet we're gonna want more
Who says I'm the only fame whore
Selling reality

Tuned out so you'll have to rewind
I'm the one on which the sun shined
A blessing, yeah the gift to mankind
Simple anatomy

I don't know
Cause there's a tumour on my soul
If I don't feed it every day it's gonna grow

Again
Expanding to the end
And spreading into anything it can

Time's up
We see it growing again
Extending to our end
And spreading into everything it can

Time's up
Give me more attention
What is inside of me?

If no one is feeling what we need them to
We make our reality seem harder
If no one is saying what we want them to
We make our reality seem louder
If no one is doing what we told them to do
We make our reality seem faster

Time's up give me more attention
We see that I need affection
Please me now I crave detection
What is inside of me

If no one is feeling what we need them to
We make our reality seem harder
If no one is saying what we want them to
We make our reality seem louder
If no one is doing what we told them to do
We make our reality seem faster

Time's up give me more attention
We see that I need affection
Please me now I crave detection
What is inside of me

If no one is saying what we want them to
We make our reality seem louder
If no one is doing what we told them to do
We make our reality seem faster

Discography

Beautiful Distraction (2016)

1 Out of My Head             CAN8Z1600001

2 Silence and Shadows   CAN8Z1600002

3 Fall Apart                       CAN8Z1600003

4 Home                            CAN8Z1600004

5 Marionettes                   CAN8Z1600005

6 Seas of Unknown         CAN8Z1600006

7 Crimson Blues              CAN8Z1600007

8 Nothing I Could Do       CAN8Z1600008

9 Product of Reality         CAN8Z1600009