State of Nature

by Helen Caddes

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Debut album by Las Vegas singer/songwriter Helen Caddes.

Album art features Helen's mother, Lisa Nylin Reeve, circa 1970, in the Western Pennsylvania wilderness.

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released May 1, 2014

Helen Caddes - vocals
Robert LaSalle - producer, arranger, piano, guitars, synths, violins, mellotron, strings, violins, backing vocals
Noah Hungate - drums
Travis Vance - bass
Bobby Holland - mixing, guitars

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Helen Caddes Las Vegas, Nevada

The songs of alt-rock musician Helen Caddes expose her gift for making honest music that connects hearts and minds through shared stories of the human condition.

Her knack for fearless storytelling and bold musical arrangements has been likened to such folk/rock fixtures such as Mazzy Star, Helium, Tori Amos, and Liz Phair.
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Track Name: The Nihilist
The sky is closing in on us
No one is left who’s worth our trust

Nothing
Really matters
Anymore

Nothing
Really matters
Anymore
That’s for sure
We’re going backwards
Never forward

Once we’d become what we had feared
The poisoned fruit of bitter years

Nothing
Really matters
Anymore

Nothing
Really matters
Anymore
That’s for sure
We’re going backwards
Never forward

Beyond the clashing of the spheres
Home’s where you are
But you’re not here

Nothing
Really matters
Anymore

Nothing
Really matters
Anymore
That’s for sure
We’re going backwards
Never forward
Track Name: Automatic Pilot
After the icebergs
Crippled by the storm
Bereft of water
Clinging to our souls

I see the outlet
Narrow through the hills
We’ll make it somehow
How I hope we will

We think we’re mere gods
Our culture is defiant
We’re on automatic pilot
We’re on automatic

Can’t be alone
Or we border on violence
We’re on automatic pilot
We’re on automatic

Too much to reckon
Little to absolve
Our social conflicts
Riddles never solved

Too much for bitter,
Sad men to endure
Too much for women
Stifled by love’s “cure”

The abject discord
Is not given to silence
We’re on automatic pilot
We’re on automatic

Ambivalent swarms
Of emblematic tyrants
All on automatic pilot
All on automatic

Gone are the prisms
Of light that led the way
Stealthy reflections
Foreshadow decay

The future dithered
’29 again
The anxious, hurried
Lies of learned men

Can’t venture to hope
For a world free from violence
We’re on automatic pilot
We’re on automatic

The system so made –
Slavery survived science
All on automatic pilot
All on automatic
Track Name: Sleepwalking
We dream away our nights
And sleepwalk through our days
Into evening

And when we’re tired of trying
And all the skies are gray
We’re defeated

There is no chance to fight
Without control of our own lives
Freedom without the chance to fly

We’re waiting for the time
To reconnect and stay
Without leaving

The hours flashing by
Remind us of the hopes
That are fleeting

There is no chance to fight
Without control of our own lives
Freedom without the chance to fly
Track Name: Russian Flavors
Gone are the days of rushing mobs
Back to the time of instant woe
Where will we be with patience gone
How will we have the strength to know

The taste of Russian flavors
The dream of being weightless

Ignorance lives where truth is known
Using your fear keeps you in chains
I think it’s best to just stay home
Than to partake and to complain

The taste of Russian flavors
The dream of being weightless
The taste of Russian flavors
The dream of being weightless

Given the trend of endless show
Ornaments ready for display
Theatre devoid of wisdom’s glow
Financing bland, cultural waste

The taste of Russian flavors
The dream of being weightless

The first to care’s the last to know
Hoping new tides will bring us back
Into a wave of righteous love,
Art, and pure equity in fact

The taste of Russian flavors
The dream of being weightless
Track Name: Sense of Loss
Darling
Since you’ve been gone
The sky seems less blue

Baby
Since you’ve been gone
The world seems less true

It’s just too much though
I can’t find a way around your shadow now
Lately
The moon is full
The basin so clear

Darling
What would I do
To have you still here?

It’s just too much though
With layers of ice upon the window
Right now
Track Name: Trustfall
I feel the night
I feel the night
I feel indifferent
As I am now

I feel scared
I feel high
I feel nothing in my soul
Won’t you bring me back there
All at once

Time is suspect
Time is empty
Time transfixes me
In this madness

I sing my heart
I want pure skies above me
All I know is
Just what I’ve got
With these chains surrounding
Won’t you take me home?
Track Name: Sustenance and Sleep
Sustenance and Sleep
I can’t really live without both
The role that I should keep
Interjects itself in my soul

I’ve got sunburn in November
Bless my heart
I can’t take more of this weather
Through to March

Sustenance and sleep
Gotta get me out of this cold
Who I’m supposed to be
Now I doubt that God even knows

I’ve got rainbows on my shoulders
Bless my heart
I’ve got mascara all over
Mocking art
I’ve got winter in my fingers
Holding yours
I’ve got people who know better

Sustenance and sleep
Feel like I could make myself whole
Ways that I should be
The world’s just gonna have to implode

I’ve got winter in November
Bless my heart
I’ve got some kind of good temper
That’s a start