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recorded and mixed by an office drone in houston, tx 2000-2002 except track 13 recorded by a space cadet in charlotte, nc 1999. tracks 01, 03, 09, 11, 13, 14, 15 mixed and all tracks mastered july-september 2012. written 2000-2002 except tracks 09, 11, 12, 13 written 1995-1997.

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released September 21, 2012

jason harvey: bass guitar
dennis harvey: everything but bass guitar

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Track Name: Sing For Me
take these words
out of my mouth
use them
to paint your portrait
i never spoke
or sang a note
you sang for me
:
let it be known
that we were here
and we knew no release
:
sing for me
open your mouth
river flows down the sound
Track Name: This Was Not Meant To Last
i see you across the bar
sipping ginger and jack
contemplating the bartender
buff butch and black
in a stupor i stumble up
like i’m on crack
and you smile
and i freeze
:
now i am caught
with my tongue on permanent display
while my head scrambles
for something witty to say
but i can’t think of [redacted]
:
i see you later
two weeks after i drop the ball
we say hi
say goodbye
and look back when we’re walking away
in opposite directions
i inquire later how you could possibly
be interested in me
:
then there’s the wedding
the flowers the people the rings
two canaries together
i whine and you sing
this is not going to last
:
i organize an attack
on my identity
i create holograms of myself
just to see what you’d do
if i ran around naked in a mall
would you think less of me
:
i see the signs passing by
with swift kicks to my head
i ignore them
we spend all our time in the bed
until even attraction is useless and dead
then we call it a draw
:
now we don’t talk
we don’t [redacted]
we don’t carpool to work
you call me unromantic
i call you a jerk
all of this is your fault
:
you’re sending the signal
as you light your cigarette
what i want
what i don’t
you suddenly forget
your role here is as a punchline
i’ll never get
have a wink and a smile
:
take photographs while you can
soon the doors will be closed
come again
don’t forget to forget me as you go
this was not meant to last
Track Name: Song For Voice And Ceiling Fan
lie in the bed
dream of me
blanket over your chest
dream of me
we’re together again
we’re alone again
in philadelphia
in your dream
:
2:00 a.m. half asleep
artificial wind covers me
i see us in rittenhouse square
holding hands as people stare
as i lie awake and dream
:
lie in the bed
dream of me
pillow under your head
dream of me
we’ll be together again
dream of me
Track Name: American Dream
blackened sickened white
poison silver sun
blue fluorescent light
subterra serrer
hazy shifting shape
growling barking bite
right foot then the left
left foot then the right
left foot then the right
:
i will count to 10
quiet pushes in
can’t remember when
i took all this in
i will count to 10
and wake up screaming
:
lipstick suits and ties
excess body fat
soft drink super size
house in the suburbs
neighbors mow the lawns
income tax returns
right foot then the left
left foot then the right
left foot then the right
:
i will count to 10
driving pushing in
shaking hands again
sweating plastic grin
i will count to 10
:
comfortable and high
so american
smiling choking cry
broken sickened earth
mirrors itself in
broken sickened sky
right foot then the left
left foot then the right
left foot then the right
:
i will count to 10
watch the ceiling spin
children trample men
the fat strangle the thin
i will count to 10
and wake up again
screaming
Track Name: Detonate
charlotte dhl dilworth and coffee
work up in hickory
drive trucks and dream of change
reimer ellis chip and spanky
life’s good and guilt-free
humble and sane
:
take an interview in a skyscraper
put on slacks shirt and a tie
and join the game
work your way up the staircase
pick up the briefcase
and run away
you’ll stop face to face
with mark reimer
you’ll hear the timer
you’ll detonate
:
work your way up the ladder
forget what matters
you satiate
you’ll stop face to face
with chip bishop
you’ll feel your feet slip
you’ll detonate
:
try to remember where you came from
return to sagemont
and vegetate
stop when you realize
you’re far from where you belong
you detonate
:
shrug your shoulders
turn and clutch the covers
soon you’ll recover from this mistake
work your way
back down the staircase
smile and about-face
you detonate
Track Name: McCareer
i wake up at 10:00
and come home tired and hungry
around noon
did you think i wouldn’t give a [redacted]
about the sideways jabs at my career
no i don’t think so
i don’t think so
don’t think so
:
veni vidi vici
look it’s a job
and do i need a constant reminder
of how much better you are
no i don’t think so
:
i feel sick as a pike
i feel sick as hell
don’t touch me there
oh god not again
no i don’t need your help
please just pretend i’m not here
go about your business
i feel fine
i feel fine
i feel fine
Track Name: Criminal
and when we walk
there’s nothing between us and the earth
and when we fly
there’s nothing between us and the air
and when we speak
there are moments passing between us
and when we dance
there are stars
and when we dig
there are secrets that we unveil
and when we swim
we wash away the mud
and when we feel
there is nothing else to say
and when we sleep
there are times when i want to walk
and fly and speak and dance
and when we’re waiting
at the station
for a train to come and take us away
i look over
at the guards and the dogs
and the guns and the cuffs
and the clubs and the boots
and i turn
to see your face and the tears
and the eyes and synapses
and diodes and wires
and i say
don’t worry girl just hold on
Track Name: President
six
dawn
what’s wrong with me
have i forgotten how to live again
:
wake me up when the stars come
wake me up when it’s time to go
please don’t forget me
come back if you can
Track Name: Security
watch people dance
watch people watch and dance away
watch people sing and dance away
in each other's arms
they must be god
:
watch these people
in sickness and in health
watch these people
incensed and overjoyed
these must be god
:
watch me hold my eyes
watch me dry my eyes
watch me close my eyes
:
watching it as it is watching the eyes in my eyes light up
watching it as it is watching my eyes watching on the screen
watching it as it is watching my eyes focus on it
:
why have i these eyes
why must these be mine
why must these be blind
:
watch you in the mirror
watch you in the screen
watch you as you lift your hand
to touch the glass
and trace your silhouette
as i trace in shock
i of all the people here
can see your face
you must be
:
open your eyes
see me
my eyes and my android heart
my android heart
my android heart
Track Name: Capitan
watch yourself drowning yourself
watch you leave
maybe you’ll stop
watch your feet
slipping on the balustrade
as you grin
sliding down the wall you will
sliding down the wall you will
:
one surprise then the other
takes you away
should you feel a body next to you
don’t last long
see me at the wall you will
see me at the wall you will
:
make you a simple and reticent heart
try on the armor while it falls apart
pick up the pieces and label it art
:
watch yourself drowning yourself
watch you breathe
maybe you’ll stop
watch your hands beating at the waves
you wave back at him
capitan
Track Name: out
make you a simple and reticent heart
try on the armor while it falls apart
pick up the pieces and label it art
:
swimming and drowning and drifting afloat
drop all your baggage and jump in the boat
sail off in search of a new antidote
:
finally find it the air fills with smoke
turn around crying you gasp and you choke
facing the face of the heart that you broke
:
wake up one morning a lump in your throat
write down a love song then hate what you wrote
falling apart as you hit every note
:
decide to shut down your reticent heart
make all the moves to start falling apart
but instead at the last minute choose to restart