The Absence of Presence Album

Artist(s): Kansas

Cover Art

Kansas The Absence of Presence Cover Art

Tracklist

The Absence of Presence

length: 8:23
producer: Zak Rizvi
lead vocals: Ronnie Platt
mixer: Zak Rizvi and Jeff Glixman
engineer: Chad Singer
electric guitar: Zak Rizvi and Richard Williams
violin: David Ragsdale
background vocals: Zak Rizvi, Tom Brislin and Billy Greer
keyboard: Tom Brislin
acoustic guitar: Richard Williams
co-producer: Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
choir vocals: Richard Williams, Ronnie Platt, David Ragsdale, Zak Rizvi, Jeremy Vig, Jonathan Beckner, Tom Brislin, Phil Ehart and Will McPhaul
drums (drum set): Phil Ehart
assistant engineer: Jonathan Beckner and Will McPhaul
bass guitar: Billy Greer
composer: Zak Rizvi
lyricist: Tom Brislin, Phil Ehart

I can see reflections
Drifting into space
Always through a mirror
Never face to face
I ask another question
The words disintegrate

The absence of presence fills the air
I know you’re here but you’re not really there
Blinding bright projections
Crash against the wall
I can’t get your attention
No matter how loudly I call
Reaching for connection
To break the silent stare

Imagine we broke through
The noise of our creation
And found the missing pieces
This moment kept alive
In suspended animation
And finally completed
I can hear the echoes
As they reverberate
I turn to chase the sound again
But I’m just a step too late
I can still remember the way it resonates

The presence of absence disappears
I know you’re there but you’re not really here

Throwing Mountains

length: 6:22
producer: Zak Rizvi
lead vocals: Ronnie Platt
mixer: Zak Rizvi and Jeff Glixman
engineer: Chad Singer
electric guitar: Zak Rizvi and Richard Williams
violin: David Ragsdale
background vocals: Zak Rizvi, Tom Brislin and Billy Greer
keyboard: Tom Brislin
acoustic guitar: Richard Williams
co-producer: Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
choir vocals: Richard Williams, Ronnie Platt, David Ragsdale, Zak Rizvi, Jeremy Vig, Jonathan Beckner, Tom Brislin, Phil Ehart and Will McPhaul
drums (drum set): Phil Ehart
assistant engineer: Jonathan Beckner and Will McPhaul
bass guitar: Billy Greer
lyricist: Phil Ehart, Tom Brislin
composer: Zak Rizvi
Too many times in the past
I tried to climb the mountain
But the inner voices laughed
Too many blocks in the road
I tried to find a new way
But there’s nowhere else to go

But now I silence the crowd
And nothing can stand in my way

Throwing Mountains to the sky
And the shadows reveal the horizon
Driving Oceans to the side
And my footprints will cross the divide
New pressures weighing me down
I want to take the first step
But I’m tethered to the doubt
Too many forces collide
This requires something bigger
Than confidence and pride
I won’t hold back anymore
Nothing can stand in my way

Too many time in the past
I ran toward the ocean
And I was frozen in my tracks
So many times on the path
I felt the power coursing
But the lighting didn’t last
But now the moment is here
Nothing can stand in my way

Jets Overhead

length: 5:18
producer: Zak Rizvi
lead vocals: Ronnie Platt
mixer: Zak Rizvi and Jeff Glixman
engineer: Chad Singer
electric guitar: Zak Rizvi and Richard Williams
violin: David Ragsdale
background vocals: Zak Rizvi, Tom Brislin and Billy Greer
keyboard: Tom Brislin
acoustic guitar: Richard Williams
co-producer: Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
choir vocals: Richard Williams, Ronnie Platt, David Ragsdale, Zak Rizvi, Jeremy Vig, Jonathan Beckner, Tom Brislin, Phil Ehart and Will McPhaul
drums (drum set): Phil Ehart
assistant engineer: Jonathan Beckner and Will McPhaul
bass guitar: Billy Greer
lyricist: Tom Brislin
composer: Zak Rizvi
Jets fly overhead
And I can’t hear a word you say
I’ve never seen a look so serious
Painted on your face
Take my hand
Spell it out in terms
That mere mortals understand
Before you fly away
Lead me to shelter
Tell me about their plan

I’ll be waiting right here when you land
Jets fly overhead
Time to get it off my chest
One last shot at our redemption
Will we pass the test?
Then you say
This ain’t about me
But everyone I’ve ever known
There’s more than we’ve been shown
The stakes are much higher
In ways I can’t understand
I’ll be waiting right here when you land
I’ll accept our fate
Go turn off the light
I only I showed the best of us
And that you won’t lose sight
You were only here
To see if we’re worthy
To those that you answer to
Just another fool
Crossing my fingers
Wondering what you said
When the jets are flying overhead
When the jets are flying overhead

Propulsion 1

length: 2:18
producer: Zak Rizvi
mixer: Jeff Glixman and Zak Rizvi
engineer: Chad Singer
electric guitar: Zak Rizvi and Richard Williams
violin: David Ragsdale
keyboard: Tom Brislin
acoustic guitar: Richard Williams
co-producer: Richard Williams and Phil Ehart
drums (drum set): Phil Ehart
assistant engineer: Jonathan Beckner and Will McPhaul
bass guitar: Billy Greer
composer: Tom Brislin

Memories Down the Line

length: 4:39
producer: Zak Rizvi
lead vocals: Ronnie Platt
mixer: Zak Rizvi and Jeff Glixman
engineer: Chad Singer
electric guitar: Zak Rizvi and Richard Williams
violin: David Ragsdale
background vocals: Zak Rizvi, Tom Brislin and Billy Greer
keyboard: Tom Brislin
acoustic guitar: Richard Williams
co-producer: Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
choir vocals: Richard Williams, Ronnie Platt, David Ragsdale, Zak Rizvi, Jeremy Vig, Jonathan Beckner, Tom Brislin, Phil Ehart and Will McPhaul
drums (drum set): Phil Ehart
assistant engineer: Jonathan Beckner and Will McPhaul
bass guitar: Billy Greer
composer: Tom Brislin
lyricist: Tom Brislin
First we should call a truce
This time
Forgetting all we left behind
Stow everything we know
Along
Through your father’s eyes
Your mother’s smile

Send these memories down the line
For future generations
Send these memories down the line
And let them know we tried
Lessons locked inside for them to find
Send these memories down the line

They gave all they tried to save
From themselves
With remedies from history
Pride, all the things they tried
That never worked
Experiences hold the key

Send these memories down the line
Our trials and tribulations
Send these memories down the line
And let them know we tried
Lessons locked inside for them to find
Send these memories down the line

Send these memories down the line
For future generations
Send these memories down the line
Lessons locked inside
Give them a fighting chance
To know that we tried
Send these memories down the line

Circus of Illusion

length: 5:20
producer: Zak Rizvi
lead vocals: Ronnie Platt
mixer: Zak Rizvi and Jeff Glixman
engineer: Chad Singer
electric guitar: Zak Rizvi and Richard Williams
violin: David Ragsdale
background vocals: Zak Rizvi, Tom Brislin and Billy Greer
keyboard: Tom Brislin
acoustic guitar: Richard Williams
co-producer: Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
choir vocals: Richard Williams, Ronnie Platt, David Ragsdale, Zak Rizvi, Jeremy Vig, Jonathan Beckner, Tom Brislin, Phil Ehart and Will McPhaul
drums (drum set): Phil Ehart
assistant engineer: Jonathan Beckner and Will McPhaul
bass guitar: Billy Greer
lyricist: Ronnie Platt
composer: Zak Rizvi

Animals on the Roof

length: 5:13
producer: Zak Rizvi
lead vocals: Ronnie Platt
mixer: Zak Rizvi and Jeff Glixman
engineer: Chad Singer
electric guitar: Zak Rizvi and Richard Williams
violin: David Ragsdale
background vocals: Zak Rizvi, Tom Brislin and Billy Greer
keyboard: Tom Brislin
acoustic guitar: Richard Williams
co-producer: Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
choir vocals: Richard Williams, Ronnie Platt, David Ragsdale, Zak Rizvi, Jeremy Vig, Jonathan Beckner, Tom Brislin, Phil Ehart and Will McPhaul
drums (drum set): Phil Ehart
assistant engineer: Jonathan Beckner and Will McPhaul
bass guitar: Billy Greer
lyricist: Tom Brislin, Phil Ehart
composer: Zak Rizvi
We still stand out
It’s the way since the days of our youth
The strangest sight
Like animals on the roof
We were never ones to run with the in-crowd
But it’s time they listen up

They fall in line and keep on marching through
They never stop to see the world like we do
They don’t believe the flood is coming soon
But we know the truth
We’re animals on the roof
They box us in
With nowhere we can move to escape
We sound alarms
Their denial will seal their fate
It they only saw what we can see from here
They would start to listen up

There was something that pulled us to this place
A dull rumbling sound
There were chances to join
With the choruses
We just never came down

We stand out ground
Even though they keep saying we’re wrong
The evidence
Proves we were right all along
We always too the heat
For going our own way
But we’ll be here when they’re gone

We can stand on the truth
We’re animals on the roof

Never

length: 4:51
producer: Zak Rizvi
lead vocals: Ronnie Platt
mixer: Zak Rizvi and Jeff Glixman
engineer: Chad Singer
electric guitar: Zak Rizvi and Richard Williams
violin: David Ragsdale
background vocals: Zak Rizvi, Tom Brislin and Billy Greer
keyboard: Tom Brislin
acoustic guitar: Richard Williams
co-producer: Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
choir vocals: Richard Williams, Ronnie Platt, David Ragsdale, Zak Rizvi, Jeremy Vig, Jonathan Beckner, Tom Brislin, Phil Ehart and Will McPhaul
drums (drum set): Phil Ehart
assistant engineer: Jonathan Beckner and Will McPhaul
bass guitar: Billy Greer
lyricist: Phil Ehart, Ronnie Platt
composer: Zak Rizvi

The Song the River Sang

length: 5:06
producer: Zak Rizvi
lead vocals: Ronnie Platt and Tom Brislin
mixer: Zak Rizvi and Jeff Glixman
engineer: Chad Singer
electric guitar: Zak Rizvi and Richard Williams
violin: David Ragsdale
background vocals: Billy Greer, Tom Brislin and Zak Rizvi
keyboard: Tom Brislin
acoustic guitar: Richard Williams
co-producer: Richard Williams and Phil Ehart
choir vocals: Tom Brislin, Ronnie Platt, David Ragsdale, Zak Rizvi, Jeremy Vig, Richard Williams, Jonathan Beckner, Phil Ehart and Will McPhaul
drums (drum set): Phil Ehart
assistant engineer: Will McPhaul and Jonathan Beckner
bass guitar: Billy Greer
lyricist: Tom Brislin
composer: Tom Brislin
I won’t imply
That you and I
Won’t make a difference in this chapter
Your actions
Make the wheel turn faster
There’s something deeper
In those grains of sand
That slip between your fingers

The song the river sang
With liquid language
Flooding closer to the desert
where we stand
I launch a final flare
To catch the eye of those who care
I never meant to say
That nothing that you do
would ever matter
A chain reaction has begun
and it will run forever