Not Inside Your Mind

Occasionally, music comes along that can be both fun and powerful at the same time. Echo Strike has found a way to find a bit of both through perfect symmetry in their second album release. Not Inside Your Mind is an album that will capture your attention and not let you go.

Lead singer Randy Van Gelder wrote and composed most of this album while being stranded in Argentina during their national lock down due to the pandemic and Echo Strike’s world tour was cancelled before it could begin. But somewhere between method and madness, Randy found a creative spark and began an incredible journey working day and night alone and virtually with many members of the band to create the heartbeat for what would eventually become Not Inside Your Mind.

Give It a Try is the second song on the album and the one that gave the album its name. The song is about the dangers of getting lost in your own head. You need to live outside your mind during these difficult times and not allow yourself to be driven into darkness. That can be a hard place to climb out of if you allow it to take your over. Give It a Try is also one of the most interesting song on the album vocally as Randy sings two leads throughout as if there are two of him speaking with different voices. Although Randy does record all the vocals on the album, this song stands out among the rest as something twisty, fascinating, and ultimately unique while exploring true musical imagination. Why don’t you give it a try?

You see me running away
You wonder what is scaring me today
Will I turn it, turn it around? No doubt
Feet pounding on the ground

There’s someone chasing me
It’s not clear who that could be
I’ve done something, something wrong
And I don’t plan to go home

Do you wonder what I am?
Who’s to know
Do you know who I am?
Lift the fog
Do you wonder what I am?
Someone told
Do you know who I am?
Break the mold

Catch me if you can
I’m running faster than you can
Count to three and you won’t see me
I’m gone no sooner than
Catch me if you can

I’m moving very fast
I see my life in a flash
There is a window of opportunity, this is it
If caught there’s no immunity

I guess their still on my tail
I’ll go right if they follow I will bail
This crime I have done but it’s too late
And I had so much fun

Do you wonder what I am?
Who’s to know
Do you know who I am?
Lift the fog
Do you wonder what I am?
Someone told
Do you know who I am?
Break the mold

Catch me if you can
I’m running faster than you can
Count to three and you won’t see me
I’m gone no sooner than
Catch me if you can

I know I’ve done things you don’t like
I’ve been bad, I’ve gotten in a bunch of fights
But I tried
I tried
But you can’t open up your eyes

It’s time to baby
If you don’t you’re going to go crazy
If you don’t try
I’m coming to make it right

Where are you going
Where you gonna hide
I’m coming
I’m already inside

There’s only one place to hide
And it’s not inside your mind
So come alive and forget about the lies

There’s only one place to hide
And it’s not inside your mind
So come alive and give it a try

What are you thinking baby
Are you mad or just merely lazy
I don’t try
I wait until the night

I never really thought to question
And now I’m going to learn the lesson
But I try
I’m looking for deeper sight

Where are you going
Where you gonna hide
I’m coming
I’m already inside

There’s only one place to hide
And it’s not inside your mind
So come alive and forget about the lies

There’s only one place to hide
And it’s not inside your mind
So come alive and give it a try

There’s only one place to hide
And it’s not inside your mind
So come alive and forget about the lies

There’s only one place to hide
And it’s not inside your mind
So come alive and give it a try

Boys better beware
You see that girl over there
She staring at me
And I am friendly
If she want me
There nothing that can stop me

I got moves on the dance floor
When the girls see me
They will beg for more
Sit back and watch me
And I’ll show you a couple of tricks
For free

Why don’t you come over here
And give me some of that wicked stare
I’m like candy
I taste so sweet
You can’t handle me
I taste so sweet
You can’t handle me
You can’t handle me

Girls better beware
You see your friend over there
She is staring at me
You know what that means
She’s going home with me

But hey, that’s OK
If one of you want to come
I won’t stand in the way
And we can play
Maybe the three of us can find a
Fun way

Why don’t you come over here
And give me some of that wicked stare
I’m like candy
I taste so sweet
You can’t handle me

Why don’t you come over here
And give me some of that wicked stare
I’m like candy
I taste so sweet
You can’t handle me

I’m like candy
I taste so sweet
You can’t handle me

Why don’t you come over here
Why don’t you come over here
Why don’t you come over here
Why don’t you come over here

I’m like candy
I taste so sweet
You can’t handle me
Why don’t you come over here
And give me some of that wicked stare

Why don’t you come over here
And give me some of that wicked stare
I’m like candy
I taste so sweet
You can’t handle me

Why don’t you come over here
And give me some of that wicked stare
I’m like candy
I taste so sweet
You can’t handle me

Why don’t you come over here
And give me some of that wicked stare
I’m like candy
I taste so sweet
You can’t handle me

The differences we seek
It’s incredible to see

Let’s take our time
Encourage one another
We can take to the sky
And find a way to change lives

I think we can fly
If we try

See the forest through the trees
Every color is in the leaves

Let’s take our time
And live our life together
We can climb so high
And shine on the world a new light

I think we can fly
If we try
I think we can fly
If we try

Fly
Fly
I want to fly
I want to fly

Let’s take our time
Encourage one another
We can take to the sky
And find a way to change lives

I think we can fly
If we try

I think we can fly
If we try

I think we can fly
If we try

Let it shine
Let it shine

Life forces choices
Choices you have to make
You may choose the right one
The others a mistake

Everyday is different
It’s a game of pick and choose
You may be a winner
And some you got to lose

Play the odds, it’s all up to you
If you don’t succeed, it’s a moment of truth

Let it shine
Your dreams are going to be defined
Let it shine
It’s time to break the ties that bind

There is no right way
Each decision a leap of faith
You may get lucky
Or you might just break

Moving forward
It’s the only way to see
Some look backwards
But that won’t be me

Everyone knows what’s deep inside
If you don’t learn you’ll be left behind

Let it shine
The blaze you leave will make them blind
Let it shine
The light will only magnify
Let it shine
Stand taller than the next in line
Let it shine
Break away from every mind

It may be a struggle
The options aren’t always there
You may get stuck
Or take the wrong turn somewhere

But keep your head up
Don’t let them see fear
You may be different
Don’t listen to what you hear

Is this the spark that turns you on
Everyone else will sing your song

Let it shine
Your a sum of more than the rest combined
Let it shine
It’s time to leave the past behind
Let it shine
Your dreams are going to be defined
Let it shine
It’s time to break the ties that bind

You, you make me wonder
You, you make me see
You, you pull me under
You, make me believe

You, never questioned
You, you always trusted me
You, shake like thunder
You, you found a love in me

The moment I found you I knew I loved you
I took one look and I saw what could be
I’ve never loved like this before
The words flow so endlessly

You
I always knew
That there’s only
You
I always knew
That there’s only you

You, you got me thinking
You, need to set me free
You, taste the plunder
You, take my heart to sea
You, always kept me guessing
You, made it so easy
You, taught me a lesson
You, gave me everything

The moment I found you I knew I loved you
I took one look and I saw what could be
I’ve never loved like this before
The words flow so endlessly

You
I always knew
That there’s only
You
I always knew
That there’s only
You
I always knew
That there’s only
You
I always knew
That there’s only
You

Follow me, you can see
That’s it’s only way to be
If you knew, what I know
You wouldn’t ask anymore

Come on now, let it out
It’s time to scream and shout
But it won’t change this fickle game
You know I’ll take the blame

Single me out, I don’t care how
Safe and sound, get me out before I drown

It’s alright
It doesn’t matter if it’s wrong or right
It’s alright
The light has come to end the night

Follow me, you can please
Anyone you want to please
If you do you can go
I don’t want you anymore

Come on now tell me how
The noise is way to loud
Nothing gonna change it’ll stay the same
It’s time to take the blame

Single me out, I don’t care how
Safe and sound, get me out before I drown

It’s alright
It doesn’t matter if it’s wrong or right
It’s alright
The light has come to end the night

It’s alright
It doesn’t matter if it’s wrong or right
It’s alright
The light has come to end the night

It’s alright
It doesn’t matter if it’s wrong or right
It’s alright
The light has come to end the night

There’s somebody coming
For you
Who? I don’t know for sure

What were you trying
To prove
Are you ready for more

How much did they pay you
To choose
The opposite door

It looks like you faked it
A ruse
Now there’s a coming storm

Don’t try to be slick, you know what you did
I can’t forget how you got your kicks
Now I got to come to grips
With all of this

The clock has run out of time, your life’s on the line
History is made by those who win, in the end
Revision

You turned your back
And assumed
That you can’t ignore

But you stole it
And screwed
Everyone who scored

Now there’s a target
On you
No place to be secure

We can’t go backwards
To choose
Hold tight and endure

Don’t try to be slick, you know what you did
I can’t forget how you got your kicks
Now I got to come to grips
With all of this

The clock has run out of time, your life’s on the line
History is made by those who win, in the end
Revision

Don’t try to be slick, you know what you did
I can’t forget how you got your kicks
Now I got to come to grips
With all of this

The clock has run out of time, your life’s on the line
History is made by those who win, in the end
Revision

Do you wanna come
Gonna get you some
It ain’t that easy
Don’t you wanna know
If it’s gonna flow
It’s not simple to please me

The sheets are changed
The beds arranged
Now it’s time to play the game

Open the door
Walk a little more
You are getting a little bolder
Lay down
Don’t be afraid now
Cause I’m getting a little closer
I’m over you
What ya gonna do
Standing attention like a soldier
And it’s time to dig in

You look at me
What it is you see
I’m trying hard not to breath
Oscillating slow
The rhythm overflows
It’s better than we could believe

The room is spinning round and round
Don’t know what’s up or down
The music drowned out by the sound

Look at you
I’ve never seen more truth
Put your hand upon my shoulder
The heart is raced
That look upon your face
Looks like it time for some closure

You voice it out
The high pitched scream and shout
We both move a little slower
We are through
What are we gonna do
You say round two
Thank God I’m sober
And it’s time to dig in
It’s time to dig in

I’m so far away
I count the days
When I can come home to you
And this will all be through

The loneliness makes a heavy heart
And I’m not one to be broken apart
I promise you I’m coming your way
Maybe not tomorrow but one day

I can’t see clear
Through the haze of all the fear
But I have to

Look up into the sky
To see the one star that guides
And I’ll follow it, I’ll follow it through
All the way home to you

The sky is so blue today
But I can’t touch it, it’s so far away
I want to get back to you
But the path isn’t opened up to get through

It’s been many months now
The strength I had seemed to dim out
I hold out hope for another plan
Or I’ll never see you again

I can’t see clear
Through the haze of all the fear
But I have to

Look up into the sky
To see the one star that guides
And I’ll follow it, I’ll follow it through
All the way home to you

Look down to the street below
With some luck, maybe I could go
And I’ll follow it, I’ll follow it through
All the way home to you

Look up into the sky
To see the one star that guides
And I’ll follow it, I’ll follow it through
All the way home to you

Look down to the street below
With some luck, maybe I could go
And I’ll follow it, I’ll follow it through
All the way home to you

I searched for it all over
My lucky four leaf clover
There’s no way I’d lose it
Got a feeling that I know where it is

I lost something
Shortly after midnight
You better come to me
Or be prepared to fight

What did I lose
I’m sorry that I can’t say
But if you got it
Be prepared to pay

Got to find it and I just don’t know
Got to find it, looked head to toe
Got to find it, don’t move too slow
I got to find and I can’t let go

Got to find it and I just don’t know
Got to find it, looked head to toe
Got to find it, don’t move too slow
I got to find and I can’t let go

The value is greater than you think
It’s worth more than a diamond ring
This is not something you’d understand
Whoever has it is gonna lose a hand

I lost something
Shortly after midnight
You better come to me
Or be prepared to fight

What did I lose
I’m sorry but I can’t say
But if you got it
Be prepared to pay

Got to find it and I just don’t know
Got to find it looked head to toe
Got to find it don’t move too slow
I got to find and I can’t let go

Got to find it and I just don’t know
Got to find it, looked head to toe
Got to find it, don’t move too slow
I got to find and I can’t let go

Got to find it and I’m alone
Got to find it, somewhere below
Got to find it, before I flow
I got to find and I can’t let go

Got to find it and I can’t forgo
Got to find it but I just don’t know
Got to find it, so long ago
I got to find but I can’t let go

I dreamed of another life
Where I’m on the other side
I’m lead on the screen
But now I’m caught in between
Why can’t I climb the wall
When I try I start to fall
The world can be so unfair
I smell the scent in the air

Look at me, I crossed the line
It’s not such a wicked crime
I’m going to change the way
Everybody sees my face

I am me but not so true, disguised as you
May be on my own, hiding all alone
But I am a man I want to be, smiling with everything
See down the barrel of a gun, in the shade of the sun
Perception

I became someone new
There’s no one who knows the truth
You see me on the signs
A place I wasn’t expected to find
Will the past stay hidden from all
Reached the top but it is too tall
There isn’t a moment to waste
I’ll lose my fifteen minutes of fame

Look at me, I crossed the line
It’s not such a wicked crime
I’m going to change the way
Everybody sees my face

I am me but not so true, disguised as you
May be on my own, hiding all alone
But I am a man I want to be, smiling with everything
See down the barrel of a gun, in the shade of the sun
Perception

Look at me, I crossed the line
It’s not such a wicked crime
I am going to change the way
Everybody sees my face

I am me but not so true, disguised as you
May be on my own, hiding all alone
But I am the man I want to be, smiling with everything
See down the barrel of a gun, in the shade of the sun
Perception

Why can’t I see, forever
Why do you believe, in never
Do you stare at me, whatever
Impossibly together

Do you know how the story ends
I do
Do you think we’ll still be friends
Do you even want to

What do you want from me
How can you disagree
Who do you think you see
Can’t you just let me free
I don’t believe
You can’t redeem
So give me the key
To unlock the mystery

Our time has passed you by
Don’t even try
Just let me go
Let me go

I stand before your begging
Let me go on convincing
You to leave and go on treading
I don’t care where your heading
Just go

Go, oh oh oh
Go, oh oh oh

Do you know how the story ends
I do
Do you think we’ll still be friends
Do you even want to

What do you want from me
How do you disagree
Who do you think you see
Can’t you just let me free
I don’t believe
You can’t redeem
So give me the key
To unlock the mystery

Our time has passed you by
Don’t even try
Just let me go
Let me go

What do you want from me
I don’t believe

Our time has passed you by
Don’t even try
Just let me go
Let me go