Norfolk

Norfolk

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We're five musicians that love music and aspire to play music that others, not only ourselves, can respect and believe in. We're influenced by bands like Radiohead, Pixies, Elliott Smith, Supergrass, Travis, and at times, Weezer. We're most often compared to these artists, but not exclusively.

Biography

We're a five piece melodic rock band. "Melodic rock" may come across as a generic term, but it is our goal to arrange songs that are anchored by great melodies, whether it be instrumentally or vocally. It's not our intention to write a song full of hooks, but we believe that good music will always have elements that "hook you" or emotionally connect you to the music by the genuine arrangement of melodies. In short, we're five musicians that love music and aspire to create music that others, not only ourselves, can respect and believe in. We're influenced by bands like Radiohead, Pixies, Elliott Smith, Supergrass, Travis, and at times, Weezer. We're most often compared to these artists, but not exclusively. Recently, we released our first full-length album to great review. We sold over 500 albums at our release show alone. Currently, we're focusing on the business side of our band in hopes of making it a sustainable source of income for all of our members. The future is bright and open.

Lyrics

Move to the City

Written By: James Ratliff

Pack all my things and move to the city
Cause all of my friends aren't quite what they seem
Sever all lines of communication
And start a new life
with my family

All of my thoughts are of you
Telling my self to tell truth
Cause all of my friends they've used me good
I'm thinking of plans and I'll follow through
When all that I need is someone that feels the way I do

You know that I'm fine now I'm not around you
But all of this time
You never left me

Cause all of my thoughts are of you
Telling myself to stay true
All of my friends they've used me good
I'm thinking of plans and I'll follow through
When all that I need is someone that feels the way you do
All of my friends and you used me good
I'm making up plans I know will come through
When all that I need is someone that feels the way you do
Just like you

Vice Principal

Written By: James Ratliff

Times are changing for me
Rearranging the scene
I don't care the name who came or ever was...
Understand what this means to me
Times are changing for me
Rearranging the scene
You may think you're cold, but I am colder
Times are changing
Believe you me
I don't care the name who came or ever was...
Understand what this means to me
Cause you may think I'm tired of barely hanging on
But I don't care the name who came or ever was a friend
He looks like me, talks like me
The same we breathe, the same we bleed
But when you fall apart, I fall apart too
You left no word unsaid just to see me cry
But there never was an answer or an explination why
No, there never was an answer or an explination why
Why?

The Art of Dying

Written By: James Ratliff

Wake from my dreams
To find the world asleep
The answers I need
are buried 'neith the trees
Cause you're nothing when your're nothing but lessons once learned
All your worries and your troubles burried or burned
If I'm still asleep
Then time won't mean a thing
I'm having trouble just clearing my head
I can't remember a thing that you said
I feel it commin', the things that we did
The life I lived
Am I born again?
I come from from a town
In the ground beneith
If your need to pray
Then pray we never meet
Cause your nothing where I come from and soon you will learn..
All your worries and your troubles
A place to call home
I'm having trouble just clearing my head
I can't remember a thing that you said
I feel it commin', the things that we did
The life I lived
Am I born again?

Give Me A Reason

Written By: James Ratliff

The was no reason to stay
You're better off, you're better off that way
Where did the love go these days?
You broke it off and let it slip away
And all the things I said to you were lies
But I must admit I ment a few, but thats life
Now here I am alone again
Can someone please take me home?
I want to go
It's time for leaving
Just give me a reason
Pulling out old tricks and games
Calling me off colored names
It would be easy to stay, but you don't need me
So find someone, be happy for a change
And all the things I said to you were lies
But I must admit I ment a few, but thats life
Now here I am alone again
Can someone please take me home?
I want to go
It's time for leaving
Just give me a reason

71

Written By: James Ratliff

Say fool, what are you doing all alone, you're all alone
Say fool, what are provin' on your own, you're all alone
But if you find enough, you can take another piece
If you find enough, you're gonna take more than you need
I'm making my way again this time
I'm making my way again alright
You can say you will, but you'll forget to try
Don't you think that it's time for moving on, you're growin old
Don't you dream of a place to call you're own, you're moving on
But if you find enough, you can take another piece
If you find enough, you're gonna take from under me
I'm making my way again this time
I'm making my way again alright
You can say you will, but you'll forget to try

Southern

Written By: James Ratliff

We'll fall apart
We'll do it again
I'm gonna take a chance and hope that you're done too
I'm gonna find new ways
To make you cry
Start a brand new life and hope that you pull through
And come tomorrow
We'll be just friends
The pain and sorrow
No longer is
I think we've tried
The best we can
So put away your plans and think what you've been through
Antother guy
He's another man
I'm gonna take a stand a say that you're done too
And come tomorrow
We'll be just friends
The pain and sorrow
No longer is
No longer is
Will never end

Olympia

Written By: James Ratliff

Talk to me
Do you really think we've gone too far for return?
One more speech
Of how I know I'm worng, and tenderly, we're in love
All the games we play you know my hearts an open door
Waiting for the day when you come runnin' back on home
Nothin's changed
We're still the same
If you come back to me
Oh baby come back to me
Please
Funny thing
So I'll just let it go won't cahnge a thing when you're gone
Far too long
So I'll keep moving on won't run from our death anymore
All the games we play you know my hearts an open door
Waiting for the day when you come runnin' back on home
Nothin's changed
We're still the same
If you come back to me
Oh baby come back to me
Please

Politicians

Written By: James Ratliff

Did your heart turn black inside?
Cover up young minds
Cold red blood and vicious lies
Cover up young minds
You could change, but that's what you wanted to be
You Could change, but that's what you wanted
Take you're kids and run inside
They're commin' out with knives
.......................................????
Pray to keep your life
You could change, but that's what you wanted to be
You Could change, but that's what you wanted

Sinners and Saints

Written By: James Ratliff

I'm not a sinner
Not quit a saint
But there are a few contridictions that I'd like to change
Can I be forgivin
If I call your name?
But there's not a brand of religion to keep me safe
Now I'm not feeling all that feeling anymore
All the closer, but still I am unsure who are
But I never ment to leave you waiting high and dry
I never ment to test the tears inside your eyes
But who is the lonely one?
Who is the lonely one now?
Am I a sinner?
Does it ever change?
Cause you know that I'm full of excuses to act this way
You blame the devil
For the things you did
But I think that it's plain and simple (it's) just the way I am
Now I'm not feeling all that feeling anymore
All the closer, but still I am unsure who are
But I never ment to leave you waiting high and dry
I never ment to test the tears inside your eyes
But who is the lonely one?
Who is the lonely one now?

The Lonely

Written By: James Ratliff

Come on and tell me it's over
Tell me that I am not the only one for you
Maybe you don't really love me
Maybe you're better off in love with someone new
I'm alone, but honey, I won't be the lonely one
From now on, honey, I won't be the only one
I'm alone, but honey, you will be the only one a fool
I swear that it's true

Sophia

Written By: James Ratliff

Recognize the problem
Go tell everyone else
But make sure you've got one
Or jeprodize yourself
Sophia, You're always comming through
Sophia, We can count on you
Sophia, all the time
Recognize the answers
Are just one in the same
Reconciled with choices
That you've already made
Sophia, You're always comming through
Sophia, We can count on you
Sophia, all the time

Discography

The 71 Functions of Consciousness (LP) (JAN 2009)
(SELF-RELEASED)

Set List

We normally play a 8 to 10 song set, although we could play a 30 song set in original material alone.
Set List:
Vice Principal
Sophia
Politicians
Move to the City
Give Me a Reason
Southern
71
Olympia
Sinners and Saints

The current set runs 40 to 45 minutes.