The Apocalypse

by Chet Nichols

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When most people are asked what they envision when they hear the word "apocalypse", they will say they see a scorched-earth landscape of death and total destruction.

In many ways they are totally correct. But, I think there are levels of apocalypses that happen to a lesser degree in our daily lives. When I look around me, I see these apocalypses happen from anger, ignorance, misconception, people being used and misled, the loss or lack of love in people's lives, the loss of spiritual beliefs and having a conscience of how our actions and thoughts effect everything around us, the lack of insight created by a sense of wonder and awe and, finally, the dedication to fight through our fears and the barriers that stand in our way as we try to help people and reach our true potential.

I know, that is "a mouthful". But, you hopefully get the idea.

Sadly, in the world around us, people are looking for the one-sentence answer to EVERYTHING and are quick to interrupt anyone offering an idea up to ponder ... in mid-sentence. These interruptions, are apocalypses that happens every second all around the world.

So, to address this idea of different levels of apocalypses in our daily lives, I created this album with the intent to merely scratch the surface of a very deep, profound, frustrating, organic and living-and-breathing concept.

All the songs of this album ponder these concepts in several ways, shapes and forms, because no one song can say it all.

So, I ask you you sit back in a comfy chair, put on some good headphones and listen to these songs and I hope they fire-up your heart, soul and desire for understanding and new commitments.

Oddly enough, as I was writing these songs, I did find a very important secret to understanding our world and oddly enough, it IS laid out in one-sentence. Moreover, it is a sentence we ALL (well, hopefully, ALL), have heard. Quite simply it is this: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". In other words, it's the good, old "Golden Rule"...i.e. treat people BETTER than you would have them treat you.

So simple and so hard.

Perhaps, if we could do that, the number and severity of our daily "apocalypses" would decrease to a level that is yet to be determined or imagined. Could peaceful understanding await on the end of that process?

Enjoy!

-Chet Nichols, October 30, 2016

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released November 1, 2016

Chet Nichols:
All instrumentation, vocals, lyrics, music, arranging, mixing, production, recording and studio clean-up guy.

All songs music & lyrics by Chet Nichols
Published by Chet Nichols (ASCAP) & Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
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Magic Garage Productions
PO Box 2398, Northbrook, IL 60065
chetnichols@me.com :: www.chetnicholsmusic.com
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Chet Nichols Chicago, Illinois

Chet Nichols is an award-winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, music producer and engineer.

Chet is an inductee in The Kansas Music Hall Of Fame. He joins artists like Pat Matheny, Melissa Ethridge, and Martina McBride....and many other fine musical artists.

He has produced 25 CDs of original material. He has produced music for used in films, television and radio.
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Track Name: The Apocalypse
‘The Apocalypse”
Music & Lyrics by Chet Nichols
Copyright 2012 by Chet Nichols (ASCAP) & Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
http://www.chetnicholsmusic.com :: chet@chetnichols.net
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

1. Bombed out buildings and bombed out souls
The last crescendo of our lose of control
The highways are empty but they’re filled with danger
We tried to fool the 7 deadly sins
Then came the mushroom cloud and its penetrating poison
We were unbendable
And way too proud
Until we heard a voice
That cut right through the clouds, saying ….

CHORUS
Welcome to the abyss
Say goodbye to all the bliss
Here’s a little kiss on the lips
From the Apocalypse

2. The silos are empty and they’re covered in dust
The deafening residue of our blessings gone bust
We flushed our futures when we shunned our faith
Endless chatter reaching up to the sky
Be God’s not taking any calls because the grid is fried
A mist of tears
Oh it hovers all around
Dampening the silence
Till the lightening strikes the ground

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Where are all the dreams?
Where are all the second chances?
Bring back the machines
And turn on all the pretty dancers, pretty dancers, oh …..

CHORUS
Track Name: Six Feet Under
"Six Feet Under"
Lyrics and Music by Chet Nichols
Copyright by Chet Nichols (ASCAP) & Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
http://www.chetnicholsmusic.com * chet@chetnichols.net
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Verse 1
I was buried
But still alive
So many troubles filling up my life
Claustrophobic
My cries unheard
Till I summoned all the strength I had to rise up out of the dirt

Chorus
I was six feet under
Entombed deep beneath my doubts
I was six feet under
Till I found the faith to dig my way out

Verse 2
I was drowning
Blinded by the dark
Till I saw a bolt of lightening strike the fears inside my heart
Illumination
I could suddenly see
And I summoned all the hope I had and got back on my feet

Chorus
I was six feet under
Entombed deep beneath my doubts
I was six feet under
Till I found the faith to dig my way out

Bridge
I was cold
I was in pain
Living inside a self-inflicted grave
I believed I was reaching the end
Till I found I held the passion to fuel my resurrection

Repeat Chorus
Till I found the faith
Till I found the strength
Till I found the faith to dig my way out
Track Name: I Wish That I Could Heal
"I Wish That I Could Heal"
Music & Lyrics by Chet Nichols
Copyright 2014 by Chet Nichols (ASCAP)/Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
www.chetnicholsmusic.com :: www.chetnichols.net :: chetnichols@me.com
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Verse One
In a world of possibilities
There are so many things to be
But, in the glare of harsh realities
There's too much suffering I see
If you gave me just one wish
Only one would work for me
Nothing else could really make much sense
"Cause, Lord, I'd wish that I could heal
I'd wish that I could heal
I'd wish that I could heal

Verse Two
Would you wish that you could fly
To the moon and back?
Or that you could be invisible
Live your life and leave no tracks?
Or that you'd be the most beautiful
And have the world lounge at your feet?
I know I'd pass on all of these
If I could only learn to heal

Chorus
Heal the hatred
Heal the wars
Clean the slates that hold the scores
Heal the health
And all the pain
Heal everything driving us insane
Heal the present
Heal the past
Heal the planet so it will last
Heal the marriage
That on the rocks
Heal the hearts encased in locks
Heal the fears
That hold you back
And help to get your life on track
Heal the governments
And Corporate whores
Who rob us blind
Then lock the doors
Lord, I'll offer a great deal
If You'll help me learn to heal
I'd wish that I could heal

Verse Three
Would you wish for a peaceful world
And a contented heart?
Or give your wish to someone else
And give their lives a brand new start?
Would you help every dream come true
For any person in the world?
You'll do this and so much more
If you'll only learn to heal

Chorus
Heal the hatred
Heal the wars
Clean the slates that hold the scores
Heal the health
And all the pain
Heal everything driving us insane
Heal the present
Heal the past
Heal the planet so it will last
Heal the marriage
That on the rocks
Heal the hearts encased in locks
Heal the fears
That hold you back
And help to get your life on track
Heal the governments
And corporate whores
Who rob us blind
Then lock the doors
Lord, we'll offer a great deal
If You'll teach us all to heal
I wish that we could heal
I wish that we could heal
I wish that we could heal
Track Name: The Blue
“The Blue”
Lyrics and Music by Chet Nichols 1/18/12
Copyright 2012 by Chet Nichols (ASCAP) & Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
http://www.chetnichols.net :: chet@chetnichols.net
http://www.chetnicholsmusic.com
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

1.
We had both been hypnotized
And under an ancient spell
When our hearts and souls surrendered
The very moment we both fell
I sit among the photographs
Scattered all around the room
Blacks and whites and colors
Turning blue, turning blue

2.
There’s a gallery of memories
That is filled with lover’s art
I wander thru it daily
What we painted with our hearts
Hand in hand in Paris
And on the beaches of Cancun
So, how did these memories
Turn to blue, turn to blue

Bridge
I sit before a canvas
A world of colors I can choose
I lift my brush and close my eyes
To catch a glimpse of you

3.
And mix the ocean in the tropics
With a cold December sky
On the brush I use for memories
Of the love we left behind
We were just too much like
M aybe too good to be true
Still, I wish I could wash away all the blue
All the blue, all the blue
Track Name: The Needle In His Arm
“The Needle In His Arm”
Words and Music by Chet Nichols
Copyright 2014 by Chet Nichols/Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
Please contact: Chet Nichols:
Magic Garage Music, PO Box 2398, Northbrook, IL 60065
http://www.chetnicholsmusic.com :: http://www.chetnichols.net
chet@chetnichols.net :: chetnichols@me.com
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

VERSE 1
He went from earned abundance to the depths of total waste
Pushed away all he had worked for, just to have a little taste
Perhaps he never planned how he would celebrate success
So when that day arrived, he chose to feed his joy distress
CHORUS
Why was he thinking, he wasn’t doing any harm?
While his soul was crying, crying, crying from the needle I his arm

VERSE 1
Now, all of the accolades and all the awards
From the movers and the shakers, now only sound like empty chords
And all of the flicker shows will be playing back his past
But, all we’ll see is an empty space at the a reunion of the cast
CHORUS
Why was he thinking, he wasn’t doing any harm?
Till he woke up dreaming, dreaming, dreaming with a needle in his arm

BRIDGE
Now, what about the children that this evil leaves behind
As it steals away the most precious gift, the choice to give our time
Push back all these demons who lust to steal our precious love
Poisoning sweet futures with the back-side of a glove

VERSE 1
Friends and family they gather to cry and shake their heads
As they pay their last respects to him reclining on his final bed
Then they drift in single file out to a field that’s filled with stones
Touch his box with one last wish then turn away and he’s finally alone
CHORUS
Why was he thinking, he wasn’t doing any harm
Till he woke up dying, dying, dying with a needle in his arm
Why was he thinking, he wasn’t doing any harm?
Till he woke up dreaming, dreaming, dreaming with a needle in his arm
Track Name: I'll Be The River
“I’ll Be The River”
Lyrics and Music by Chet Nichols
Copyright 1970/2016
by Chet Nichols (ASCAP) & Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
1225 Anthony Ct., Antioch, IL 60002 :: 310-386-3636
www.chetnicholsmusic.com :: chet@chetnichols.net
ALL RIGHTS STRICTLY RESERVED

I’ll be the river and hold you when the ice is thin
I’ll be the river, come and drink me in
Me down here and you upon the bridge
Filling me up with your tears
Yeah, filling me up with tears
Let go and fall in my arms and we will drift to the sea
Where the winds will lift you up and set your troubles free

Sometimes we’re blind
Even when we try to see
Sometimes we’re blind
Oh, sometimes when we’re wandering
And overwhelmed by the unknown
And you think that you’re invisible
When you’re lost and all alone
You need the river heading home
When you’re lost and all alone
You need the river heading home
So, I’ll be the river hold you when the ice is thin
I’ll be the river, come and drink me in

So, let go and fall in my arms and we will drift to the sea
Track Name: Never Give Up, Never Give In
“Never Give Up, Never Give In”
Music and lyrics by Chet Nichols
Copyright 2011 by Chet Nichols (ASCAP) – Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
www.chetnichols.net :: chet@chetnichols.net
Dedicated to Chet, III and Ben

VERSE ONE:
The wind is blowing
All the clouds have gone away
Underneath a clear blue sky
You begin a brand new day
A new door waits to open wide
You face the future with all you have inside
Your only goal is to play to win
Because you never give up, you never give in

CHORUS:
You inspire me
To hold on and believe
And give all that I can
To bring life to my dreams
And to never give up and never give in
To never give up before I begin
To never give up and to never give in

VERSE ONE:
There’s a new horizon
Always waiting ‘round the bend
So you take all that you’ve learned
And continue to learn again
There’s no turning back and no regrets
You’re focused on a goal and you never will forget
The road you’re on has no place for sin
Because you never give up, you never give in

REPEAT CHORUS:

BRIDGE:
What is life
If you don’t believe
You can find the path
To build your dreams
You see a mountain
And you start to climb
And every step you take
Helps you to define
Why you never give up and never give in
Why you never give up before you begin
Why you never give up and you never give in

REPEAT CHORUS:
Track Name: The Secrets Of Life
“The Secrets Of Life”
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Lyrics and Music by Chet Nichols
Copyright 2002/2016 by
Chet Nichols (ASCAP)/ Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
MagicGarageMusic@gmail.com :: http://www.ChetNicholsMusic.com


VERSE 1.
Why do plates stay on the table?
How do planes float across the sky?
Why do flowers bloom in Springtime?
Why do people live a life only to pass bye?

VERSE 2.
Why are some so rich and famous
While others struggle to get by?
Why do some understand persistence?
While others give up after the first try?

CHORUS
The secrets of life
The secrets of life
They are hiding, but they’re not too hard to find, yeah, yeah, yeah…
The secrets of life
The secrets of life
Are waiting if you only take the time
BRIDGE
How do we share our common condition
Yet, be so far apart in what we believe?
What’s happened to the spiritual connection
That supposedly flows thru you and me?

REPEAT CHORUS

VERSE 3.
Why do fear and selfishness confuse
Every chance we have to share charity in this life we’re passing through?
Why don’t we seize the chances to find
The magnificent potential living in our hearts and minds?

REPEAT CHORUS
They’re waiting
They’re waiting
They’re waiting