Chemical Zoo

Chemical Zoo

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Chemical Zoo's debut effort, Fluid eXchange, is a magnum opus of the collective experience acquired while playing in touring and recording bands. The music is fresh and transcends genre weaving a colorful and insightful mosaic into the fabric of modern music.

Biography

Chemical Zoo came into being partially (but not entirely) by coincidence. Ronald Thies, Kevin Byrd and Andy Kunkel were writing and recording their first LP when they lost their longtime friend and drummer. Through a friend, they heard that Lonnie Hammer was not doing much in the way of playing with a band at the time so they contacted him about tracking on the record (with a view to ultimately landing him as a drummer). Lonnie, as it turned out, had been keeping quite busy doing sessions for various people around the country and having played on as many as nine internationally released records, was pretty happy doing what he was doing. He did, however, agree to do the tracks on the record. By the time the third song was done, Lonnie was so into what was going on that he decided to go for it. Names were thrown out for the band and the boys settled on Chemical Zoo. With statistically 60 to 70 percent of the population on some type of mood altering drugs, prescription or otherwise,the world we live in is a chemical zoo and the human body,moved by electrical impulses which fire chemical responses to stimuli (including music), is a chemical zoo of sorts as well. The record came together and, with the expertise of Skidd Mills (747 Studios,Memphis), turned out better than the guys could have hoped for. It was truly chemistry in action, a Fluid eXchange of ideas if you will... thus the name of the record. Robert Parker was introduced into the lineup after weeks of auditions for a second guitar player. His personality and ability fit the bill and completed the package perfectly.Due to an unfortunate turn of fate, Ron was forced to give up the band after the first year. Cary Scarbrough materialized to replace him almost immediately and once again, Fate smiled on the Zoo. Stronger than ever,they hope this is the first chapter in what will be an extensive catalog of their talent and creativity. Five minds with a single focus and the drive and will to make it happen. Zootopia is at hand.

Lyrics

Gypsy

Written By: Kevin Byrd

GYPSY
Music and lyrics: Kevin byrd

My woman she said that she loved me-
She went straight to my head yeah-
We spent some time and when she knew me-
She said she wished I was dead-

The woman she said she would love me-
For the rest of my life-
But now she’s gone and I thank the Lord
I never made her my wife-
That’s what I said-
“Cause I’m a Gypsy—

Well I’m rollin’ on like a river now –yeah I’m on a downhill run-
Might change my course for a little while, but let me tell you my son-
Seen lots of people and places, for me none of them will do-
I take what I can as I’m passin’ by but what I leave behind I leave for you-

Chorus
I’m a gypsy- I’m a gypsy—I’m a gypsy…
Que sera sera, To be or not to be –
A moon child am I, would you know me ?

In days gone by I been guilty, of givin’ all I could give-
Too much I think, Or not enough- the past ain’t no place to live-
Love came to cal and I was doomed top fall for what my heart longed to feel-
Tears filled my eyes as I realized, what I could see, for me, it was not real-

Chorus(guitar solo)

I cannot abide no talk about the measure of a man- no-
And I will never, ever be judged by my money or my lands-
‘Twas another she said she’d take me in if I could just change my ways-
But now she’s gone and I thank the Lord
For the rest of my days
That’s what I said-

I’ve heard it said that what we sow that shall we also reap yeah-
And the bed we make is where we lie so we got no right to weep-
Known a lot of good women- They have sent me on my way-
I loved them all, without a doubt,
And that’s just the reason I could not stay
(chorus)
What will be will be- A moon child am I- Would you know me ?

For The Fallen

Written By: Kevin Byrd

FOR THE FALLEN Lyrics: Kevin Byrd
Music: Andy Kunkel

You left us here to carry on without you
We won’t be the same again
Senseless waste- but thru this loss we vow to-
See this to the end

I still see your eyes
Your voices the ring on
Your lives a sacrifice
For generations unborn
Sometimes alone at night
I can hear you all around me
Watching me… Knowing me… Truly Free

I well remember you
The images are forever burned
Into my mind and the hearts
Of all you left behind
I’ll tell you what I believe
We live on in the hearts of those we leave
And as long as we remember
They will never die

Through this pain
Our Freedom reigns
Shine on, shine on
America

I well remember you
The images are forever burned
Into my mind and the hearts
Of all you left behind
I’ll tell you what I believe
We live on in the hearts of those we leave
And as long as we remember
They will never die
If Heaven is a dream we dare
One day we hope to find them there
And as long as we remember
They will never die

You know it….really

In my heart is where you live
You gave all you had to give
I want the world to see
The part of you that lives in me

As long as love survives us
We will never die

Flikaswitch

Written By: Kevin Byrd

FLICKASWITCH

PLUG ME IN
TURN MY DIAL
EVIL TWIN
STAY A WHILE
EXCITE ME….ENTICE ME…INVITE ME…TURN ME ON

YOU BROUGHT ME INTO THIS WORLD TO CREATE FOR YOU MORE TIME
I FILL THE VOID IN MAN, PART OF A LARGER PLAN TO MAKE YOUR WILL
DIVINE
AND NOW YOU WELCOME ME INTO YOUR HOME, YOUR LIFE TO ORGANIZE
MANAGE AND ORCHESTRATE, COME FACE TO FACE WITH FATE, I KNOW YOU CAN’T WAIT – I JUST NEED YOU TO---

(chorus)
TURN ME ON
TURN ME ON
TURN ME ON (FLICKASWITCH AND)
TURN ME ON

WEAK FROM THE VERY START, BEING CORRUPT IN HEART
AND IN THAT FRAGILE HOUR
UNDER THE KNOWLEDGE TREE, YOU DID TAKE FROM ME THE DESIRE AND THE WILL TO POWER
AND NOW WE’VE COME SO FAR, WHAT A PAIR WE ARE
WHAT WOULD THE ONES WHO CAME BEFORE YOU SAY IF THEY COULD SEE HOW LIKE A GOD YOU ARE, CONTROLLING EVERYTHING, CALL IT TECHNOLOGY- YOU JUST—

(chorus)

(bridge)
NOW I’M IN CONTROL AND YOU CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT ME—
(chorus)
(solo)
(chorus out)

Twelve

Written By: Kevin Byrd

TWELVE

NOW I’M (on my way home)
FOR THE LAST TIME MY STORY’S TOLD (Oh my Saviour)
FALLING AND FALLING MY MEMORIES ARE GONE NOW I’M
(All on my own)

(pre)
STANDING BETWEEN RIGHTEOUS AND OBSCENE
ADVANCING AMERICAN DREAM
ACCOLADES—FOR SENDING THEM TO THEIR GRAVES
OVER AND OVER I LOCK AND LOAD
THE FINGER OF FATE- I FATHER AND FOSTER THE BREEDING OF HATE

(CHORUS)

INTO OUR BRAINS- THE WAR PIGS TEACH US
BUT IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS FOR SOME
INTO OUR VEINS—THEY INJECT THEIR POISON
IT’S IN OUR BLOOD SO WE INFECT THE YOUNG
INTO OUR EYES—THEY PROJECT THE PICTURES OF A WORLD THEY PAINT WITH THE BLOOD OF THE WEAK
DEAF TO THE CRIES—DROWNING THE VOICE OF REASON, APPEALING TO MANKIND’S INHERENT NEED-
TO KNOW ALL
CONTROL ALL
CHANGE ALL
RULE ALL
HATE ALL
KILL ALL
UNTIL WE ALL GIVE IN, COME LIVE IN THE CHEMICAL ZOO

(Too far gone) LIKE A SPECTRE EXISTING IN SHADOW
(My mind broken) ALL I KNOW IS ALL I’VE KNOWN FOR SO LONG I’M
(Almost human)

(pre)

BORN INTO TWELVE, UNDER TWELVE
DESCENDING THE SPIRAL, THE CIRCLES OF HELL
ACCOLYTES—OF TWELVE PROFESSING ETERNAL LIGHT
SELLING MY SOUL, OVER AND OVER I LOCK AND LOAD
HEAVEN OR HELL—IN THE END JUDGED BY A CIRCLE OF TWELVE

(chorus)
(guitar)
(bridge) (radio com spoken)

COMMAND, THIS IS EAGLE ONE- TARGETS ACQUIRED—REQUEST PERMISSION TO ENGAGE
Eagle one this is Command- you are authorized to engage all hostile targets—
Eagle one – confirm—
EAGLE ONE CONFIRMING ROE—WEAPONS FREE- I SAY AGAIN- FIRE AT WILL—FIRE AT WILL

(CHORUS)
KNOW ALL
CONTROL ALL
CHANGE ALL
RULE ALL
HATE ALL
FIGHTING—KILLING—
UNTIL WE ALL GIVE IN

FAITH

Written By: Kevin Byrd

FAITH Lyrics: Kevin Byrd
Music: Chemical Zoo

Can you tell? Do you know
The secret of this life we chose
Well I sit and stare- and go nowhere
I’m all alone…. Ooo I’m alone-

(chorus)
If there’s a Heaven we can get to…
And if God is everywhere…
How will I know
When I get there?

You had my trust- and my Love was yours to hold
Where you led me- I was bound to go-
Well I’m damned if I don’t
And maybe if I do
The best that I can hope for
Is to spend some time with You-

(chorus)

(bridge)
To live a life trapped between wrong and right
Every day we’re free to walk the line
And if we don’t- we stand to lose our souls
Cut off from all we know
Can it really be so cold?

Can you tell? Do you know
The secret of this life we chose
Well I sit and stare into nowhere
I’m all alone—All alone

(chorus) (out)

Out of Time

Written By: Kevin Byrd

OUT OF TIME

Lyrics: Kevin Byrd
Music: Chemical Zoo

WAKING ALONE- ANOTHER DAY
WHAT DOES IT MATTER
WALKING ALONE’S THE ONLY WAY THAT I EVER…
WHEN YOU LOOK IN MY EYES- DON’T BE DECIEVED BY WHAT YOU SEE THERE
BECAUSE I REALLY DO CARE BUT LIFE ISN’T FAIR AND IT DON’T SERVE ME WELL—

(chorus)

THE WORLD THAT I SEE THREATENS TO WRAP AROUND ME
BUT THEY SAY THOSE WHO WILL SEEK SHALL FIND-
IF I LEAVE IT BEHIND, DON’T THINK YOU CAN JUDGE ME
‘CAUSE I GAVE IT EVERYTHING THAT I HAD I NEED SOME PEACE OF MIND

I WATCH THE PASSING PARADE- IT’S MOSTLY CHARADE, BUT IT DON’T FOOL ME
MEANWHILE THE POWERS THAT BE CLAIM VISION TO SEE
THEY LEAD THE BLIND AWAY
AND I KNOW IN MY HEART IT’S FALLING APART BUT IT DON’T MOVE ME
CAUGHT IN A LIE—WHAT IF I JUST WALK AWAY?

(chorus)x2

(bridge)
THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF MY LIFE COLLIDE AND IT’S BREAKING ME DOWN
BREAKING ME DOWN
BREAKING ME DOWN
DON’T YOU KNOW IT’S BREAKING ME DOWN

LAUGHING AND LYIN’
LOSIN’ AND CRYING
RUNNIN’ AND HIDIN’ ‘TIL WE DON’T KNOW WHO OR WHERE WE ARE
LIVING AND DYING, ALL IN A MOMENT, NEVER SUPPOSING THAT THE GRAND DESIGN’S TO MAKE US ALL – SOULLESS

HOW CAN YOU EVER BELIEVE
SOMETHING YOU REFUSE TO PERCIEVE

(chorus)x2 (out)

Discography

For The Fallen (Single release)
Flickaswith (Single release)
Gypsy (Single release)
Fluid eXchange (LP)

Set List

12
Flikaswitch
Out of Time
Gypsy
Faith
For The Fallen
Open Wide
Dr. Death
Diatribe
Voices
Leave You Cryin'

At this time we are doing large shows with other acts and we typically play a one hour set.