The Gears of Change

by Escape the Clouds



Six songs about hard-working people striving for a better life. Includes three all-new songs, two re-imaginings of fan-favorite Escape the Clouds protest tracks, and a cover of the vintage working class anthem, Merle Travis' "Sixteen Tons".


released August 29, 2018

Tracks 1-5 written by Mark Rossmore. "Sixteen Tons" written Merle Travis.
All songs performed, recorded, and produced by Mark Rossmore.
Cover artwork by Mark Rossmore.
Mastered by Martin Irigoyen.


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Track Name: The Boiler Snipes
Verse 1
Don't confuse us for no sailors,
We don't dress in pretty whites.
We're engineers through and through
And we don't need no damn sunlight

The props keep spinnin' all day long
Thanks to what we do down below.
There's no room for poster boys
Down here in this fiery hole.

We shovel coal all day here in the belly of this flying man o' war.
The Captain doesn't know our names, but without us he won't be getting far.
If the fires ain't fed and the pressure don't rise the cannons ain't worth a horse's ass.
All that glory off the bow rides on the backs of boiler snipes, third class!

Verse 2
We love these boilers like a mother
Loves her misbehaving lad.
Don't trust 'em when they're running right
And smack 'em if they're acting bad.
We fly the world end to end
But our only view is fire and steel.
We keep the steam building up
So we don't scratch our precious keel.


Verse 3
We're not rats in a cellar
Despite what the Captain believes.
If he doesn't think to treat us right,
We've got some tricks up our sleeves.
Cut our food, we'll chop the speed.
Cut our leave, we'll foul the screws
Cut our pay, we'll snuff the boilers.
It's a battle he's sure to lose.

Chorus x 2
Track Name: Weigh Off
Verse 1
Welcome aboard, please watch your head.
Take a seat wherever you’d like.
No judgment here, at this midnight hour.
Your worries can’t be seen in the night.

Leave space for your neighbors, as you’d like for yourself.
All these thoughts leave little room to spare.
Did you feel as if you were alone?
We’ve all felt heavier than air.

If we cling to our burdens, we’ll never take flight
And remain here as we always were.
The past is never as heavy as it seems
And its lessons keep us upright in turn.

Verse 2
The boilers have built up a head of steam,
And the captain’s given us a go.
It’s up to you what we do now.
Do we stay or find where the winds blow?

Whatever happened, before tonight,
It’s you who arrived on your own.
A journey’s first steps are often the bravest,
And exact the greatest toll.


Wherever we go… it’s time to get started!
New lands below… all of them uncharted!
Feel the engines rumble beneath your feet.
Snatch victory from the cloud of defeat.
It’s all just ballast.
Strike your balance.

Chorus x 2
Track Name: Do Your Damn Job (Fired Up Version)
Verse 1
You rode into office atop votes and voices
And the hope that you might make some decent choices
Now our system's broken worse than ever before.
And the ones that are paying are those on the ground floor.

Your political game is just a crying shame.
Everything you do is just to dodge the blame
Real people hurt by your fake talk
Do your damn job or we'll fire you all.

Verse 2
I'm not just a worker. I'm a person with dreams.
Doing my best to live within my means.
You depend on us, but can we depend on you?
We do our jobs. Do we need to do yours too?


I'm just a working man trying to get along.
But I'm smart enough to know we need some dialogue.

Sometimes we lose and sometimes we win.
But if the game was fair we can't complain.
If life doesn't give me what I want
I won't steal from you and tell you it's your fault.

Track Name: On the Edge
Verse 1
We're lonely in the crowd around us,
Eyes drawn to our devices.
Drowning in digital noise.

We talk without conversation.
Listen but don't pay attention.
Forgetting how to use our voice.
We're standing on the edge of a world,
Where the future comes far too soon.
We can't forget to simplify
Or we'll lose the meaning in our lives

Verse 2
Telegraph, then telephone
Airmail then radio
We shrank the globe
But put so much space between us

We travel the world so easily
Expand ourselves intellectually
But never learn how to love and trust



Unaffected / Uncorrected
Socially Disconnected
This will ruin us all
This lapse of logic / Tragically comic
Ignorant and so ironic
We run towards our fall

Chorus x 2
Track Name: Little Revolutions (Tank Man Version)
Verse 1
11:35 in the morning and you're walking to the train.
The paper says it's just another day but the air doesn't smell the same.
A benevolent voice echoes across the square, echoing benevolent lies...
As uniformed men wash down the streets where the voice of freedom died.

You stand for what you believe in.
You stand for what you love.
You stand for those who've had enough.

Verse 2
The Earth shakes beneath the thunder of approaching wheels.
You wonder how a people can stand when they've been only taught to kneel.
You hold your ground and face their armor and their smoking guns.
No one will ever know your name, but you're the voice of everyone.

Chorus x 2

Bridge x 2
One single light in the shadow of aggression.
One voice of reason.
One little revolution.

Chorus x 2

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