"At the Writer's Expense" was originally a track on Umbrella EP #2 known as "Hands." That limited CD release was packaged and released by the band and has long been out of print.
Sunset Alliance encouraged Umbrella to combine EPs #1 and #2 to remaster and release on a large scale. This was done New Years Day, 2019 and officially released under the title "I & II," accompanied by new artwork conceived by DPJ and designed and crafted by Sam Salima.
Our brother stood and said
“Hey I have a plan, just listen to me
I’ll bring everything back, I will be loved and adored
I will be cheered and admired
and nothing will be lost
That I may be greater than you,
and you have no other choice”
But another stood and said
Come on let’s go for a ride
Where we can live and lie
At the writer’s expense
We’re being hunted down
The hourglass is fading
my mind is bending and breaking
I want another day
So can I be greater than this
Do I have another choice?
But another stood and said that I will
Learn and find and what do you mean, what do you mean
Take it in, take it inside, Or you can wake up expecting daisies
A punishment for messages of love, Transcribed and box beaten pressed
To understand All.
from I & II,
released January 1, 2019
9. At the Writer’s Expense
Johnathan Kingsley: Vocals, Guitar
Nick Estrada: Guitar
Jon Hajak: Bass
Justin Miller: Percussion