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The Goodwill Of The Scar

THE GOODWILL OF THE SCAR

(Southern Records 2010)

We all move on in stereo
Push past the pines and the radios
Flushed out by the tide at the burial
And the caste we find is criminal

We all trust our tales will tumble on
Spoken from mouths filled with carrion
Jack I feel you right beside me
This town’s not much for hiding

Captain oh Captain I will follow you

Olly I’m wasting I cant erase
We move in dreams and in motorcades
All of this space scattered on my plate
Olly I’m wasting I’ve found my place


Flask, alas is a butterless man


Those who flee from the fire
The birds in the trees will go hungry they’ll freeze by this pyre
The churches are closed from steeple to spire
So much to be gathered form this west facing wire
I’m sending a signal that we all have expired
Have been beaten by wasps and we’re hungry we’re wounded we’re tired
I will follow you through this ocean of blue

Oh call off the chase I’ve always been around
Hey baby just where did you go?
Oh heavens above I’ve never let you down
I’ve been floating more than you know
Oh call off the chase I’ve always been around
And this ocean wont hold me no more
Oh heavens above, I’ve never let you down
The rumble that sounds has woken the core
Oh call off the chase I’ve always been around
I can feel it breathing beneath the floor
Oh heavens above I’ve never let you down
I’ve lost the desire to recover those stars
Oh call off the chase I’ve always been around
It’s in work we misplace the goodwill of the scar
Oh heavens above I’ve never let you down


Hold on to everyone, don’t hold on to everyone
Awaken awaken / Your mothers are fastened
To buoys, floats, seat cushions / 100 ways to sustain

Bows breaking bows breaking / Why now this conversation
Midnight’s one libation /  Poison with such precision


Awaken awaken / Awaken awaken


We lost the war we lost this bout
All of those mouths those holes seem to shout
Buildings on buildings look through the sight
In just enough time to see you ignite


We lost the war, we lost the war


These piles of green these woven nests
Crawling with life sentenced to rest
They fly in Vs those pelicans
Working in teams soaring the crests

And then that night down by the lake
An unknown guest we’ll call The Ache
Came all the way from out in space
Not from the stars but for the take


I wonder where you are


I wonder where you are


These piles of green these woven nests
Crawling with life sentenced to rest
They fly in Vs those pelicans
Working in teams soaring the crests

And then that night down by the lake
An unknown guest we’ll call The Ache
Came all the way from out in space
Not from the stars but for the take


Surely this rope’s tied us both
Bound to the core still we float

Surely this rope’s tied us both
Bound to the core still we float

Alas those arms retract
Limbs grow roots mind’s intact
Glasses shatter windows crack
Blind we float fear we lack

Alas those arms retract
Limbs grow roots mind’s intact
Glasses shatter windows crack
Blind we float fear we lack

To be held in limbs and branches
Above the bitter dew
Of sparrows hiding glances
Within this raven’s view

To be joined by all the answers
Beneath these seas of blue
Of course we’ll live forever
Within this prayer for you


Nests Upon Waves And Wires

NESTS OF WAVES AND WIRES

(Southern Records 2009)

Fear of Tall Giraffes. Fear of Some Birds.

All this borrowed time will pass as it is wont to do.
And soon our memory fleeting I will come back to you.
No beaten, broken, battered, but subdued.
Like dams in cursed canyons I will renew.

We are the land and the mine we await.
This is a life of shadows and ghosts.
I remain I remain I remain.
Can you? Canyon?

Water why won’t you wait?


Dot Dash

Before the collapse.
You are my life.
Before the collapse.

Come back fair Jesse. This forest will not hold me.


Engineering

Your house will burn, your legs will fail.

Why would you want to follow the fog.

Ahhhhhhhh!

I’m still running. I’m still running.
All the way! We go all the way.
I’m not running I am the president.
I’m not running I am a resident.

Hey Johnny, where you goin to?
All your children are gone.


Church of Hanging Leaders

And you were right. You were right.
Moon died early this evening.
We hanged his dear body for treason.
For tellin’ ’bout the clouds and change of season.
Through searching we could find no other reason.

So we go…..

His feet hung like sneakers on a swing set.
We’re sad but can’t muster any tears yet.
Hey Moonface why you gotta leave me hangin’?
Clouds have all lost their silver lining.
From this we gather…..

Oh I know. Oh I know.
My body is tired.
Take me down to water.
There’s light there.
And feeling.
We’ve had it.
We’re reeling.
Take me down to Water……..

Softly, slowly, fly over me.

Wings have not the strength to hold me.
So you’ve passed through.
I still mourn you.

Fly….Right….


System Folds

Breath on my wistful children all that loss is now forgotten.
All those lying shrouded in cotton threw their chains and now are walking.
All shall live eternally all shall breath though it is rotten.
When systems fail not cease to be but beginning in greater patterns.

The system folds into black holes.
We know our roles.
I fear you daily, completely.

My father is a soldier of solder – but bolder.
Each drop of this poison makes it harder for the waitin’.


Fleet Week

How long must I wait. Until we break. Softly.
Please be quiet. Be quiet….

You say you want to hold up the sky, you child.
But the more you reach the more you risk falling down.
And now your hands are monuments and clouds, you will die.

Screams wont help you you’re going down.

So starry.


Hole or Space

I can’t explain how this hole became space.
Falling light.
That night you walked through the door
with blood on your neck and ashes in your hair I think
This light falls with a knife
Our sides will split from fright
And head to toe we lie, I’m told.

You’re always winning.
Fight or flight.
You’re always winning.
Real light falls real right ohhh.

How much losing can one heart take?
Cause I’ve been searching so hard, honestly.
You’re always, you’re always awake.
I’m through playing honest games cause now that its all over nothing’s changed.
You’re always. You’re always aaaa.

And the soundtrack evolves but the mold remains.


Us Upon Building Us

US UPON BUILDING UPON US

(Thread Records 2006)

If We Had Daggers They Would Fly

The snake it moves about the trees staking its claim.
It hits a stump and tasting blood it carves its name.
Blame the rocks blame the earth from which you came.
Blame the sky it hangs it head its filled with shame

Your eyes are pools like skies your heart has turned to rain.
Each drop that hits each plot you twist you stay the same.
An awful mess and still depressed you fill with pain.
I hope you drown in strategy your so-called fame


Mourning’s Wake

All this rot and poison are here for a reason.
Let us wallow together for it is the – the season
X2

Hey fair Jesse walk through the trees, you are so much
X3

I said hey


My Loathsome Hero

Each time you feel alone my loathsome hero.
You will find a home in the storms of your soul

Stay away.
You’ve had your say.
Stay away


It’s Not The Wind Chime That’s Broken, It’s The Wind

How much loss overtakes in a mind such as this.
Where memories are shadows a haunting a wish.
We take cues from the guilt that buries our soul.
Upon closer inspection a poem is scrawled.
“I have tried to live a lie and died in sorrow though I did my best
I built my cages tall enough to capture colors, headed west”

We have caged this yellow this blue this green.
Captured their essence called cops to the scene.
Open your wallets unload their contents.
It’s not what you have but what you don’t get.
Our eyes pop open and dizzy with grief.
Exploring each cavity and sensing a thief

We are lost


Ebenezer You Are Rotten

We fought every case dry.
There was no water.
And every face cried

And though we seemed alive.
No force could stop her.
And out in space we died

Ebenezer you are rotten.
Ebenezer I think you are rotten.
X2

Hey hey children where ever you roam.
Remember your home.
And always where ever you go.
Know there’s room in the buttonholes.


Boat of Armor

Stop go repeat these things I know.
Wanna build a boat of armor.
Sail it down the Rio Grande.
Wanna put lights on baby.
Wanna be a rock and roll band.
Hey are you a fan with your flag sticking in the sand.
I’m a lot of lady don’t you mess me around

Well I wanna build a boat of armor.
Sail it down the Rio Grande.
Wanna go to Mexico City.
Be in a rock and roll band.
Hey hey are you a fan.
You got your flag sticking in the sand.
I’m a lot of lady.
Don’t you mess me around.

And it’s me in this dream


Until The Ocean Swallows Stars

And if you want I can sing you a song

My feelings are indebted.
To the way we’re headed.
Hey Riley where you going.
I’ll see you when it’s snowing

Put your shoes on go grab your hat its time to go.
I have told you 500 times we’re heading for the show.
Pick your keys up don’t look so glum it’s time to go.
This is music it never ends we’ll never say no.