Ghosts in the Code

by Aviators

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villyidol This is a strange one for me. I don't play this too often. There's just not this one stand-out track here. I don't think I would put a single song from this album in my Aviators Top 50.
But every time I listen to it I think, f*** me, this is a damn good album.
It just shows you how high I rate Aviators. Favorite track: Fool's Gold.
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tonystark63 Some of the best songs I've heard are in here, so there was no way I was going to let this one sit without being bought. Favorite track: Something to Give (All of Me).
Jason Darklyte
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Jason Darklyte One of the crowned jewels of 2014, a real turning point in determining Avi's production style, and a real summer treat. Favorite track: Red.
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Ghosts in the Code is an album about discovering our hidden potential. Potential for good as well as evil, it's hidden somewhere inside all of us. This is an album about inspiring to do good, but also facing the reality that we are corrupt.

This deluxe version is a Bandcamp exclusive, and contains several tracks that will never be available on any other music store.

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released July 1, 2014

Artwork by Tyler Shaw, Lyrics by Tyler Shaw, Garrison Ulrich, and Metajoker.

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Aviators Fort Myers, Florida

I’m an indie musician specializing in cinematic electronica. I also score video games, movies, and make music just for the fun of it.

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Track Name: Red
It feels like greyscale reality
In this world we've built on our own
It's unclear to me
What we are still trying to be
If I could bring back the peace we had
Would the wars come with it too?
The black lines are holding me
The black lines are holding me

So let's stop living in black and white
One streak of color could change a life
We have the shades of blue in ltears
And hues of green for passing years
White lies put hatred in our heads
So we will show them love instead
We'll paint the whole world red
We'll paint the whole world red

I can feel time in my veins
Counting down my days
I won't paint them grey with pain
Let's paint our hearts red again
If we can settle the scores between
The good and evil sides
We'll take a step
One more deep breath
I can move past the fear of death
When nothing can hold me anymore

We can build a world of a billion shades
We can make a difference and chance our place
In the course of time in the cycle of our lives
We can paint the world with eyes open wide
Track Name: Restless
I guess I'm obscure
I guess I'm usual
I guess that's why they call me incapable
If I could make a change
Believe me I would try
I'd make something of this dead-end street called life
But maybe that's just it
Maybe I have to do
Something I've never wanted to
Maybe I'm not the same
Maybe I'm meant for more
I guess I'll see what tomorrow has in store

'cuz I've been getting restless
And I have to confess this
Feeling held in my chest is
So hard to ignore
Been wanting satisfaction
When I have to take action
I want feel a reaction
Like never before

I guess I'm a fool
Another pair of eyes
To watch the broken world just pass me by
But is it that hopeless
Or am I seeing wrong
Have I been the change needed all along
Am I a part of this
Is it my chance to shine
Am I too late, or am I just in time
We're back to business now
It's time to face the crowd
It's time to show them I'll change the world somehow

I'm sick of standing, waiting for someone else

From here on I'm a different man, with a plan
I'm standing true holding all the world in my hands
And when they tell me I'm a useless pawn, they'll be wrong
I'll tell them I've been standing restless here for far too long
Track Name: Upside Down
Don't let the bed bugs bite
When devil tucks you in at night
I know the monster that you are
Can't hide from me, you can't run far
I've got my eye on you
Your vicious fangs can't hide the truth
You'd better hope, you'd better pray
That you aren't going to stay this way

Now where has your life gone
Has everything changed?
Looks like you've turned to a darker page
You've scared everyone away
They're all starting to worry
Because hell hath no fury
Like your appetite

I've seen you wandering
I've seen you hunting
I see you in the shadows there
The way you fight, it isn't fair
I'm not your victim
I know where you came from
Wearing that malicious frown
I guess that's life when you're upside down

I know what you've been through
I knew you before you turned to
This monster that I'm hunting now
A killer I can't figure out
No, you're not in the clear
Unless I have you safely here
And forced to look at who you are
An animal who's gone too far

Oh, you think that I'm slow
But I'm a hunter and I know
How to find you and I'll go
Far as I need to
Why do I hunt you? You may ask
It's a necessary task
Some one's got to do it
Right and apprehend you
You think hiding in the dark
And stalking like a shark
Will throw me off my mark
But you're mistaken
Think twice if you should escape
I will never hesitate
To cut short
Every breath you're taking
Track Name: Set Me Free
I killed a dream
When I broke a promise to you
I tore the seam
That we had been holding on to
I took a chance, my envy surged
But I could not control the urge
No, I never should have hurt you
Now I'm waiting for the year
That my sentence disappears
I'm in a prison of regret

Set me free, set me free
I don't want to believe
This is me, this me, it can't be
Done with pride, down with hate
I've watched my anger recede
Look and see, you've changed me, set me free

I lived and learned
When I broke a promise to you
I crashed and burned
You'll never know the hell I've been through
Serving beneath a higher power
Ruling from a castle tower
It was so hard for me to bear
And now you have to understand
That I have learned my lesson and
Now I want to clear the air

No hard feelings
Let's start reeling
Time back to before
You entrapped me
Managed to catch me
And do so much more
I've controlled it
I can hold it
The nightmare inside
No secrets here
I'm crystal clear
There's nothing left to hide
So I implore you
Look before to
Who I was back then
Think of me and
Set me free
To let this torture end
Track Name: Revenge
You could tell me I deserved my sentence
But now I'm free
I won't pay my penance
Your hostility towards me is a score I have to settle
I can feel the rage burning in my veins
Uncaged I'm going to take the reigns
You're dethroned now begins an age of pain
I'll make your castles fall
This time it's personal

Hate can kill
But I'm a killer
So be still
I'll watch you wither
Don't you underestimate the kind of mess that I can make
If I'm your king
You'll bow before me
Here's the twist
In your sad story
It's time to meet your bitter end
'Cuz nothing tastes so sweet as revenge

Betrayed by my own bloodline
I was cast away
Now vengeance is mine
I've come too far to give up on my plan to win our battle
Forgiveness would only mean you've won
I find my way to be so much more fun
I think you'll find there's nowhere you can run
Now look me in the eye
And say your last goodbye

I guess it's not your fault
You only fought my crime
But that's not what matters to me
This is a venom of mine
There's still bad blood
There's a bad grudge
I can feel it ruling me
Oh this hate won't let me see
Might be something better here
Maybe I'm wrong, as it appears
But revenge is so satisfying
Track Name: Something to Give (All of Me)
When you wake up with no one to guide you
I will come find you
I'll lead the way
If you fall down with nowhere to land
I'll lend a hand
I'll be there to stay

I have something to give you
Something to give
I'll give you all of me
All of me
I'll be the one that you run to
Because I can give you
All of me
All of me

When you wake up in one more nightmare
I know I can scare
Your monsters away
When you find yourself thinking back to regrets
I'll keep all your secrets
From yesterday

If I get one more chance to make this clear to you
That I'll be your lifeline to hold on to
I want you to know as long as I live
There's always something left to give

I'll be your guardian angel
By your side I'll stand
When we face our demons
You can take my hand
When the storms still rage
We will rise unfased
And our battle cry
Will be this lullaby
If our hearts will break
Then I'll let you take
All that you see
I'll give you all of me
Track Name: Ghosts in the Code
Am I a man or an automaton
Am I so wrong
To think that
There's something beneath my exterior
Superior thoughts that rule me
I'm not a fool am I?
Can someone tell me why?
I feel like I'm never in control
I'm gonna find the source
Locate a deeper force
Under my very soul

Maybe I'm alive
In a whole new way
I won't carry the burdens of yesterday
There's something new inside
Like I'm a different man
Ghosts in the code of who I am

Looks like I've found a whole new mystery
Inside of me somewhere
Could be a power I never knew I had
Would that be bad, or could it
Be what I need to find
Meaning in my own life
I think I found something here
Ensnared with all the pain
Covered by all the shame
Buried beneath my fear

The fuel and the fire
In a newfound desire
They're moving me higher
And the wires are changing their road
Oh, the gears are turning on and on
The fears I held within are gone
The song that plays in metal parts
Beats now to a different heart
Yeah, the wires are changing their road
Still haunted by ghosts in the code
Track Name: Clockwork
Kings fought for wisdom for truth and love
And they watched for a sign sent from above
Blind to the fact that it was hidden in plain sight
Hopeless to find their soulful light


Can you hear the bells
Ringing like screams
Can you hear the sound
Filling up your dreams
Can you feel the gears
Spinning in your head
Will you choose to stay
Or leave instead
Sometimes the clockwork in my mind
Synchronizes with yours in time
Now you can forget what I've done wrong
Because our clockwork is spinning on

I fought for something I couldn't know
It took me too long to let it go
Depending on you was too much to ask
When finding myself was its own hard task

Please forgive me
I've caused enough pain
You can't save me
I've lost my own game
So I'm dusting off
This old machine
I call a heart
I'm coming clean
And putting cogs
Back in their place
And wiping my shame
Right off my face
Track Name: Slice of Life
1985
A poor man trying to survive
He always made it through
Trying to live an honest life
Working on minimum wage
A little too grown up for his age
Sixteen and working hard
Newsboy on the Boulevard
He'd see the rich and famous
Never envied anyone
Behind their false joys
He saw that they had none
He was looking out of place
Held a smile on his face
Some looked down, asked him why
He'd look up and reply

I keep moving forward
When they try to rob me blind
Why waste a second when we're
All running out of time
I know, yes I know
I'm not a great man
But what you call "great" isn't part of my plan
I'll accept, and I'll deal with
The work and the strife
'cuz I guess that's
Just my slice of life

1986
Still had a lot to fix
They shut his water off
He said "I don't mind this"
It could be so much worse
Than living the obverse
He knew he had a home
No matter how much it hurts
He'd see the rich and famous
They'd all just pass him by
That could have been his dream
But he knew it's a lie
He found his joy in sharing
The happiness he knew
They'd all ask him about it
He'd tell them what he'd do

Not a regret to admit
It's everything he wanted
He tried follow through
And his dreams followed too
He took a look back one day
At the newsboy on Broadway
He was the same man inside
He had just come a long way
He told me all this so I
Could tell them all someday why
It's not the days that you live, it's not the day that you die
It's the difference that you make in your slice of life
Track Name: The Party Song
Long nights, dark days
Still stuck in your ways
Hung over from drinking down your pain
Strangers, lost ones
Thinking the party's just begun
While they're still alive, tell them it's all a lie
Party on, party on,
How could it do you harm?
You ask yourself with a needle in your arm
Let it go, you can show the world you're free
From the inner demons causing misery

One life to waste
How does it taste?
Coming so far just to throw it all away
Pieces, your past
Like broken glass
It feels good now, but the party doesn't last

Care free
Life style
Is it all worth your while
You think they love you, but what's behind each smile?
Do they know you can't feel
What's a dream and what's real?
While they're still alive
Tell them it's all a lie
Drink it down, perhaps another shot will tell
How to exit this self-destructive shell
Or maybe not, maybe that's what burned your world
Maybe you're not supposed to be be this party girl

Hold on
Oh, you're not alone now
I can help you get out
You can still change somehow, right now

You burned it down
We can built it back with a little
Help from you and a little self control
It's not too late
It's never too late to turn back, and back track
Home again
In the end
Track Name: Fool's Gold
Feel lost in this endless maze of memories
They're killing me
Days that I'd rather forget altogether
Last forever
But here in the darkness I see light
Maybe I did something right
The ice melts away from this frozen road
They told me how far I could climb
But I'm gonna get my chance to shine
When they see how far I can go

So light a signal fire
Climb the mountain higher
Boundaries gone for good
Doing what we should
Have done so long ago
So let your freedom show
This fool's gold won't deceive
The light inside of me

Feels like I'm losing the game by a landslide
Who's on my side?
It's so lonely waiting for truth when there is none
Just a loaded gun
But I'm gonna live like it's my life
Push out of the pain and strife
I'll try to tune the voices out
I'll find a hope I will pursue
Cuz you can't tell me what to do
I'm certain beyond any doubt


My battle cry rings with uncertainty
I thought it'd be
So different than this plan gone horribly
I can't do this on my own
I don't want to be alone
I guess I need your help
To fix my life and fix myself
Track Name: Reach (All Along) [feat. 4everfreebrony]
Take a look
Look at me
You only learn if you are listening
Find your own
Goal to reach
Although the road may be blistering
Can you say
You’ve been searching all your life?
There’s a way, there’s a will, and there’s a time
It all comes down to what, where, when and why

I’m not the one you need, but I’ll be there to guide you
I’ll show the world to you, and everything I’ve been through
A broken mind, a battered song, a spark of magic won’t keep you strong
But maybe it’s been in you all along

Find yourself
And you'll see
You can be what you've always dreamed you'd be
Learn to run
Learn to breathe
And you can learn to do most anything
When you fall, you'll stand up with brand new eyes
You will see you're even stronger to your surprise
So welcome to the first day of real life

Lead your dreams
Lend your thoughts
Leave your fears
Behind
Do your part
Dim your lights
Dare your heart
To try
Track Name: Dream Again (Bonus Track)
It's been to long
I've been living in reverse
I've said more
Than I ever could rehearse
I couldn't know
That I needed time to grow

If I know what love feels like
Then don't tell me I'm wrong
I may have been lost back then
But I guess I was here all along
The words I said in haste don't matter in the end
All I want to do is learn how to dream again

It feels so wrong
Knowing I'm flawed in my desire
But I'm still strong
And I'm a quickly spreading fire
I won't let go
I'll let my dreams show

Dream on
Shine bright
Let go
Tonight