The Ifandbut

by Guthrie Galileo

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'If', 'and' & 'but' are three prepositions that imply a condition; more deeply they are symbols of self-limitation. They represent lingually human thoughts of hesitation–thoughts that stem most basically from a fear of failure. My upcoming album, "The Ifandbut" represents our universal effort to extinguish the influence of these words on the mind, and move forward from mental enslavement towards a greater possibility for personal liberation and success.

"The Ifandbut" makes each listener a character, a portrait of human emotion in it's basic form. Each song then becomes some familiar scenario, a situation the character may find ourselves in every day which challenges their inner strength in physical, mental and emotional ways. The character is then given an option: to respond to these challenges with 'if', 'and' or 'but' and succumb to the potential shortcomings of the human condition, or respond with a clear, resounding yes. Will you become a captive of your human condition or will you use it to better understand your unique place in each scenario and create your own fate?

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released December 25, 2014

Written and produced by Guthrie Galileo
Mastered by Spencer Goble in ISAT Studios, San Francisco
Courtesy of In Space & Time Records

Cover design by Guthrie Galileo
Cover photography by Gabriel Stoltzfus
Additional Imagery by Kevin Bloom

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Guthrie Galileo Burlington, Vermont

Burlington, VT-based producer and performer of alternative R&B music that is derived from an eclectic blend of influences and a desire to express the realities of human experience the good, the bad, and always, the most sincere.

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Track Name: If
...And I should've known all along
but you don't want to know
what they do when they're all alone
Track Name: Bildungsroman
How does your day go?
are you just starting to feel better?
Everything will be alright
Track Name: Star Rays (Fluorescence)
The midday spilled a daydream
vague but I see what it means
the strange way this feeling swayed me
with the notion that something is destined for me

I can see it in the fluorescent star rays
hand blocking the lights out, feeling it right now
it's coming for me

The new day came and bathed me
nothing in the sky save a jet stream
they naysay, call me crazy
another shell in my mental weaponry

I can feel it even in the pouring rain
and I can see it in the fluorescent star rays
hand blocking the lights out, feeling it right now
it's coming for me

Can't fight a flame, with hate or doubt
I found my way, so can't lose now
I burn shit up, you stomp me out
it's coming now, can't stop me
Track Name: Own Wave (Bioluminescence)
Its easy just to lose momentum
and let situations turn a dull grey
but the energy is elemental
naturally were finding our way

And it's difficult to find it out
but once you do, you'll know it always
difference is my nature now
responsible to cause my own wave

I'll be the water–conjure me to take an island out
i'll be the whirlwind you run to warn your towns about
i'll be the wildfire too powerful to conquer now
i'll be the hurricane you thought was just a passing cloud
and still i'll be the oxygen that you can't live without

I'm trying just to hold my center
lest my reservations lead me astray
but I'm focused on that second level
knowing well that i will get there someday

But it's difficult to find it out
though once you do, you'll know it always
difference is my nature now
responsible to cause my own wave

I'll be the water–conjure me to take an island out
i'll be the whirlwind you run to warn your towns about
i'll be the wildfire too powerful to conquer now
i'll be the hurricane you thought was just a passing cloud
and still i'll be the oxygen that you can't live without
Track Name: Cold Night
The cold cut the air just like a razorblade
but slowly we found our own ways to stay warm anyway
but it would be hotter to be holding you
Track Name: Hot Rush
I keep my windows down, when i'm rolling around now
the wind strips the feeling from my fingers so quick
shit— but at least i can feel
imma whip it into fifth, there's a devil at my six
imma ride it to the top or imma wind up in a ditch
carry life with some risk, so i know that it's real, it's all real

But it would be hotter to be holding you

I would turn this thing around
do it once again, probably lose my head
but its been limiting enough
starting to believe in inefficiency of trust
bitch i get it in but you think its giving up
you're the reason that this whole fucking city's in a rush
we'd run forever if we're told
we love to lose control

But it would be hotter to be holding you
Track Name: That Irreversible
...And I should've known, all along
but you don't wanna know
what they do, when they're alone
Track Name: Phantom
All we saw was lightning coming round the bend
we were suddenly humbled
removing shoes with our reason
what would have you done?

Beyond the wall

All thrones be broken, the sky was red
but held the darkest sun
the world seemed free, the king undone

I been on this lonely road for a while
silent and surrounded in the wild
i remember when the devil had me dancin'
now i acknowledge none but my own phantom
Track Name: Walk with Me
When being young starts to get old

We fell asleep with stains on our souls
but could we be different?
when the morning comes
and i know we both grew up doing what we're told
but you're living too terrified to take a step
and for what might happen next

Love can feel more like a chokehold
and you can be distant
when you stepped away and into the cold
girl what were you thinking?
i know you're searching for something
to get you lost within the moment

Lets get away
you can trust me
I hope that you realize that what we've invested
is worth more than space or time
we can leave it all behind

When being young starts to get old
we'll go until we reach the unknown
Track Name: Dream Runner
Random memories conjure bedtime visions
i describe at times, then can never find
but still i feel like writing helps

I'll perspire this whole glass of water
through the sheets of my inner eye
so you can see

Its always slipping thru my fingers
caught up in fever
that's working from within

As always the bitter past shall linger
stuck like a splinter
that's just beneath the skin
that's working from within
Track Name: Thanks for Everything
I ain't the kind of man to skip the last dance
but you'd get out of here too given your chance
just a glance of that brochure of the islands, i'm sure
looks like I'm going off like the fireworks were

You'd get out of here too given your chance
looks like I'm going off like the fireworks were