Lyrics to all songs on Part Two of Kristoff Krane's new album, Kairos.

AL7ONE

pressed up against the wall

going through withdrawals

down on all fours to evolve  

crawlin' towards the door

door swings open,

feel the wrecking ball

knock off the hinges

stones skip / ripples infinite

torrential downpour,  

for what ?

 

so seeds grow / grow what you reap / eat what we grow

but I heard they use us / who? / people  

to transport em' so their offspring can grow

 

in spring light, sun beams in the summer

heat waves under sheets, flesh sunburnt

cold water flows free from the mountaintops

leaking from the snowcaps melting downwards

 

spiral motion to the mouth of an ocean

where the water runs deep to the middle earth

core heat and the sun from way up

evaporate it and it turns back to vapor

 

storm forming clouds, make ancient faces

rearranging shapes for spaces

till the cold front shows its way in

this friction makes rain thats the language,

of mother nature is awake singing lullabies

babies wobble in the sleep, under blue skies

day dreaming, just being so truthful

just breathing, just being so beautiful

beings so beautiful

 

slow drip / slow drip

raindrop in the chaos

 

oceans upon oceans upon oceans upon oceans

 

senses were deadened from electric fences

dig / down in the trenches

suddenly, different dimensions appear in the distance

pathways are endless,

spasm / sputtering / limitless

lifted like light as it glistens

wipe the scales from my snake eyes and sit patient

divine intervention / breathless / flying free

firing / leave me be / plants are rewiring

 

remembering to listen to my gut

in a new position I can always switch it up

sipping on elixirs that are dripping from above  

give it all I got, only envision I am God  

from the ground to the crown / knee deep in the rush

climbing up the spine / new commitment to the touch

 

do not try to dig it up if it isn't stuck

why we try to dig it up if it isn't stuck ?

 

gold rush / gold rush

 

stone crushed to the finest dust

strike it when its hot

in the zone / iron in my blood / rust

 

made a home no higher up

sitting on the mountainside alone

try to call our bluff

 

ONE

 

tell me whose running this show

tell me whose running this show

 

all one / all one

 

tell me whose running this show

tell me whose running this flow

 

all one

 

slow drip / slow drip

raindrop in the chaos

 

oceans upon oceans upon oceans upon oceans

 

meet me where the stones are smooth

where the waves are thick                             

and the oldest truth is showing through holes in your eyes

 

meet me where the stones are smooth

where the light on the other side

of that black, shines through


Spill

 

momentum / stay still

animal threatened / what am I ill?

electric fences all on my hill

get to the bottom / how did it spill ?

 

to the bottom

how did it spill?

get to the bottom

how did it spill?   

to the bottom

how did it spill?

get to the bottom

 

pressing on just to get beyond

where I'm at on path without stepping on these

ant hills / hammer and anvil

can't chill, pressures on

headed toward that pantheon

knees are weak but my head is strong  

dressed up for that eschaton

in leopard skin tough as teflon

 

cornered a skeleton / peeling the thickest mask back

naked / mirror is smoking  

reflection adjacent / pass that

can't put a finger on it

that edge we're living on it go

bridges are burned

cramps churn in the pit of his stomach

 

did the time

we do it all the time

I did the time

I do It all the time

I did the time

I do It all the time


 

to the bottom

how did it spill?

 

failure is my middle name

build a bed and I'm still awake

tears shed on that pillowcase

pills to swallow and bills to pay

drink tomorrow what we spill today

forever we're see through

we never agreed to

 

feel the pain / build to break

blind / finger on the light switch / killswitch

 

 

fly in outer limits / off the richter / tip the scale

slithering through lava, chipping fossils with a twisted tale

 

heavy metal / straight

swing steady / hit the nail

lift wood / carry pale

no better way to singe a trail

 

splash in a puddle / ripples flowing

fountain at the top   

window open / wind is blowing

all out of liquid / it's scorching hot

 

no more struggle trying to save the day

pitch black knight threw away the cape

its that light we were made to taste  

tunnel vision and it fades away

 

shadows over shoulder

castle walls are closing in

tried to pull the thorn out my side too quick

and I broke the tip

 

sparkin’ flint with mystics / swimming in this hollow vision

sharpen blade of jade

make small incisions

and dissolve the stitches

 

how did it spill?

how did it spill?

how did it spill?


 

stay grounded when I seek a challenge, get

lifted by the eagle talons, yet

keep my balance, step

on a tightrope, eyes closed

light show above the head

 

get to the bottom

how did it spill?

to the bottom

how did it spill?

 

to the bottom

how did it spill?

get to the bottom

how did it spill?

 

to the bottom

how did it spill?

get to the bottom

how did it spill?

 

how did it spill?

how did it spill?


Two Worlds

 

half of me isn't breathing

the other half, human being

falling apart suddenly

coming together seamlessly

 

nail-to-tooth / chewing through the fat of machinery

scratchin' for clean connection / reactivating instinctually

 

collectively / co-mingling of energies

every entity / mimicry

enemy within the imagery / history in the making

needing meaning to be freed from it

scintilla to cinder

still burning bright in the center

that memory is forever

 

move up and down on this vertical axis

cool smooth smile when I murder attachments  

this little instant, eternally massive  

burst into flames to return from the ashes


 

heat burns fear to it's resinous essence

alone / flirting with death / a lover's endless obsession

pleasure seeking flesh

pray for purer intentions  

clearer reflections

stay here / resurrection

 

dragon / fire / naked

on the knees / get higher / take it   

 

on the seafloor we see shore

on the seafloor we see shore

 

go where two worlds meet

walk that middle road slowly, with two bare feet


 

a terror in the veil / dazzlin’

aftermath of volcano

those shadow structures all tangled

they'll scatter in different angles for eons

closed casket / a wake for reborn healer

channel a greater mystery

instrument of infinity / breathe

 

who knows how to tune it before its played ?

the wound is where the gold is and ever bodies in pain

 

dizzy when I chase

thought to stay in the moment

we're spinning in outer space

its fizzling back in focus


 

dragon/ fire naked

on the knees / get higher take it   


 

when did I start believing that its kill or killed

when I first built a cup that could never be filled

divided into tribes, still the village is real  

land-mines / landfills / be still to rebuild

 

mending a broken circle completely when we remember

eating the world that's feeding me

with the need to accept the

realities we have entered

that feeling of now,  forever

scintilla to cinder / how could I forget ?  

 

split

 

dragon/ fire naked

on the knees / get higher take it   

 

go where two worlds meet

walk that middle road slowly, with two bare feet


Sky Gods


 

loose faith / find control in something I can't see

cutting through thick static / feel the savage feel the beat

 

ride it like I need to eat / fuck a saddle

hear that crackle? / battle shadows

wrapped in cammo so their ammo can't see me

 

no, no, no…

 

old tricks for this new dog

so sick I need two Gods

cold chillin' / no ceilin'

bottoms up to that rising sun

 

move beyond the flesh / next level

no next level / just a dead devil and a bent shovel

need a stunt double? I’m, done running / I love trouble

 

I dig holes

you kick rocks

you fall in

you get lost

we find out

they jump in

we climb out

then pick it up


 

what?


 

where we left off

where we left off

where we left off

 

 

muddying the waters so that they appear deep

I'm standing in it now / it barely reaches to my knees

when you're gazing at the ocean you don't talk about the stream

when you're going through the motions it's impossible to be free

 

I see I follow you and I fall asleep

swallow you, I'm all I can be

wide awake / fire under my feet now

blaze a path / no apologies


 

where we left off

where we left off

where we left off

 

 

no enemies outside of me

no longer fighting for peace

surrender /

say something / veins pumping

same blood that we bleed

in between that pain stuck

please center / treasure sunk in our chest

in between that

man-made / caveman

grey matter / brain stem

 

you make rules I break them

you make rules I break them

you make rules I break them

you make rules I break them

 

you

 

we break them you

we break them you


 

a fortress within a prison

a glitch in the system

itchin'

to get with the program

hold hands / cross the bridge / schism

 

a meeting of master minds in the making magic

in taking the time through acts of creating in breaking habits and lies

the art of dying is living in color outside the lines

with perfect aim and an arrow  

the target a mind's eye

 

committed to contradiction

stronger than all existence

a tardigrade on a mission

my function by true design

 

I'm enormous / out of orbit

the corpses of horses beaten lie

dormant / on my doorstep

I'm otus flower unfolding

 

releasing a love for labor

a messenger deemed messiah

my tongue is a faithful razor

my lungs they are made of iron

 

I'm gnawing

clutching for patience to taste it before the morning comes

suddenly drunk on wine of immortals / a cornucopia

down a path of enlightenment littered with broken fragments

I follow my bliss and die for euphoria / kiss the magnet

 

spine of divine operation grows croaked

we're left suspended / still danglin'

naked roots of a family tree resurrected

 

it's through the eyes of an infant I feel the heart of an ancient

there's infinite ways to frame it / they're limitless in arrangement


 

where we left off

where we left off

where we left off


 

a higher climb to the top means a longer fall through the heavens

a higher climb to the top means a longer fall through the heavens

a higher climb to the top means a longer fall through the heavens

a higher climb to the top means a longer fall through the heavens


 

the moment before it hit

when we pick it up where they left it


Sea Spider

 

I am / sitting at the bottom of the ocean 

you tune in / you are now in the presence of the oldest 

prime one / changes are coming

if you wanna make it out of this alive / better focus

breathe / be still. 

 

telepathic tentacles are reaching out / interconnected

color / channel changing / tuning in perception / clean antennas / beam electric

all corners of the earth all conscience beings

tapped into a master mind that's been here since the dawn of time 

 

be still

 

-----

our relatives, came from stars

through a dream / awakened higher states

daughter of an aging son / father of a fading fire 

 

we are…

 

washing over what was choking out

the whole collective psyche

moving through the resurrection

of the soul most likely

cleansed by strikes of the lighting / one eye

 

am, sitting at the bottom of the ocean 

you tune in / you are now in the presence of the oldest 

prime one / changes are coming

if you wanna make it out of this alive / better focus

breathe / be still. 

 

rebuild, like fungus does in a forrest 

root systems run deep in the force of heat 

that comes from the core to the feet

is the beat of the heart of the earth / can't ignore it

 

protect her or get that teller of lies with tales of a fortune

knocking down your door with a tortured look of defeat like an orphan

creep with the peace of a portion

free will lit like torch with the key to the forces

gnosis / garden of eden

plenty for all to eat / streams flow free  

as far as the eye can see, to me, its gorgeous

a fortress for everyone and everything to be supported  

a golden fetus feeds us

 

eight tentacles reaching out / sending messages

to shake the foundation of genetic wounds the residue is

scraped off the walls / broken down to a particle

collapsed by the waves, of the first drop ever

sink 

 

eight tentacles reaching out / sending messages

awaken the senses / telepathic / hear the resonance

anchor connection in the face of the underwater snake

growing wings / sink straight in the medicine

 

try to tell me that I'm 'otta my mind 

try to tell me that I'm 'otta my mind 

 

underwater when I’m ‘otta my mind

outer space when I’m ‘otta my mind

 

it's the only way to be

try not to try 

 

I am / living on the bottom of a ocean 

you tune in / you are now in the presence of the oldest 

prime one / changes are coming

 

underwater / outer space

 

sea spider sees

sea spider sees

sea spider sees

everything

 

sea spider sees

sea spider sees

sea spider sees

everything

 

Chant


Bird Tribe

 

same feather / flock together

incarnating flesh again

 

same feather / flock together

incarnating flesh again


 

ya-hey hey-yo

hey-ya yo-hey

 

ya-hey hey-yo

hey-ya yo-hey


 

finally home again

been on the road my friends

crossed every sea and front line of the war we're in

 

down to the wire / eye of the storm

tending the fire / we are re-born

 

low like water / move in all forms

flow like lava under old sea floors   

bubble like blood under open sore

drip from old sky through eye of the storm

 

thread eye of a needle / weave breathe

detect war / soar high through eyes of an eagle

light strikes / died to my ego so many times

trying to be peaceful

cried for the people

seen through the eyes of a liar

now we reignite that fire thats inside / one tribe

all connected by the web we weave inside our one mind like...


 

I am the day / I am the knight  

shining armor made of light

coming alive

 

bending light / bending light

sending signals to your satellite

hear the battle cries through past lives

every sacrifice that's ever been made

in the name of an after life

got that appetite

no black or white remains, nah

 

look into kaleidoscope / all the colors do collide

into center of a beating heart  / every day and every night

 

every day and every night

every day and every night

 

look me dead in these eyes

 

I'm otta' my mind

I'm otta' my mind

I'm otta' my mind

 

we cannot be destroyed

 

ya-hey hey-yo

hey-ya yo-hey

 

ya-hey hey-yo

hey-ya yo-hey

 

we came back to reclaim our birth rights

aiming at the center of that first light /  first light

 

return of the world-wide universal bird tribe

time served /  time to emerge from the first light

curtain wide open, not the first time / nah

 

mother earth sky

father sun shine

 

unwind come /

one mind / one heart / one spirit / one tribe

one family tree

feel the roots digging deeper

with each season

reaching higher toward the one sky

seen with the one eye

beam like the sunshine


 

let us be reminded that we came in love and silence

and awoke upon this island

then we started feeling separate

slowly we divided over time

were told that heaven is somewhere that is outside us

believed lie and became desperate

 

home is where the heart is

where the heart is where the treasure is

treasure is / treasure it

 

the love we have expansive those devices cannot measure it

fear centered thinking from all sides get the medicine


 

every tree / every flower

every herb bearing seed

every animal, stream

every living being thing

all co-operating in harmony, believe that…

 

we are finally home

 

we are not alone

 

ya-hey hey-yo

hey-ya yo-hey

 

ya-hey hey-yo

hey-ya yo-hey


Nowhere

 

I get it, I get it, I get it, right? / Eye for eye  

everybody’s blind tonight / everybody’s blind tonight

everyone’s getting wet / get with it

 

as above as below / it’s all happening at once

wounded healer detox from the heavy metal dust

scales tipping back to a balanced state

starlight penetrates as the underworld quakes

 

that line

 

can’t hang, don’t try to lift the weight

lightening strikes, eyes blinked awake

idle with the waves / idols get the blade

promise not to take what I won’t give away

 

look up at that sky / look up at that sky

look up at that sky / look up at that sky

 

fly

 

crabs in a bucket are clutchin’ and grabbin’

they’re sucking the fat from the shell when it's cracking

what's poppin' cicada my waves are all theta

the channels is changing, so back up the data

 

lines

 

eyes need to scan

when I see the landscape through a wide angle lens

everything's happening suddenly all at once  

got everything that I need

I'll never know what I want


 

plastic in the veins  

damsel in distress

castle up in flames

candle by the bed

capsule for the pain

wrestle with effects

master and the chain

chapter never ends

 

rewrite

 

familiar taste

warm like the womb

less like the finger

more like the moon

boxed in / in a fox den

with the shaman

preying with the hunter

in the belly beast


 

earth is alive

come back home / we need you our friend

earth is alive

don't  hold out / on you we depend

earth is alive

know where you're going /  nowhere you've been

follow the light

only one that I know

it burns at both ends


 

its all hidden, living under the skin

in the wind you will wither again / the wheels spinning

distilled to pure feeling / the hero and villain within  

zeroed in on a vision and we're in it

 

happens to all of us / leaders turn back into followers

snake eating its tale / giving birth to the seasons

the cycles are happening all at once

final hour / wild flower

tap that root / thats my higher power

cameras in that watchtower

they captured phantoms / they're not ours

 

came to restore the delights of a primal paradise

we are not alone

we wage no war we reign  

when we find the parasite then reclaim the throne

 

this is that new day I say so

these are those new wings of angel

jump back do a pulley on the halo

touch that / erupt every angle

 

in honor of mothers and fathers

we thank sons and the daughters now tending the flame

grandmas and grandpas are watching

they've been here forever / their love is awake

 

we can live in the pit of the pain and still give what we're willing to take

bear witness

big picture / a little insane

dead center / rekindle the flame / revisit


 

earth is alive

come back home / we need you our friend

earth is alive

don't  hold out / on you we depend

earth is alive

know where you're going /  nowhere you've been

follow the light

only one that I know

it burns at both ends

 

planet that we're living on  

not for long if we blow it to oblivion

six billion act like chameleons

check the lineage, living on in our blood

 

no matter who you are, tracks always lead home

to a cave, soil, water, wind, fire and stone,

and a family thats bigger than the bigger picture

in the Mississippi river / shivers in the winter

 

from the middle of the ripples / in the ice that we skate on

pray on / with a deep love from the pm to the am  

on our knees, reaching within for the freedom

locked our our chest are the keys to release it

 

secret seep into the scenery

like, like a beak of phoenix

flying a trillion miles per hour, at the speed of

something I could never put a

definition on, or, wrap my head around

guess its back to the heart

back to solid ground

 

look up at that sky

look up at that sky

look up at that sky

look up at that sky

 

it’s been here and it’s seen every season since the beginning of time

and I’ll never know why if I’m

 

frozen /  dead in the tracks

bed in the snow

naked from head to toe

all is on schedule

nestled all up in the ebb-n-flow

heavenly glow / my memory lies


 

finally remember, they stole it

what it feels like to be home again -  

 

remember, they've never owned it

what it feels like to be home again


 

no where you're going

no where you've been

 

earth is alive

 

to the north

to the south

to the east

to the west


 

what's it feel like?

to be home again

 

no where you're going

know where you've been


Kairos

 

7 stars we came / 7 caves

how do we get home?

through the flames

 

7 stars we dream / 7 caves

how do we get home?

through the wake

 

didn't know what to do

didn't know when to stop  

gotta lie with the truth

to find your way to the top

 

holy mountains /  a pawn

hit bottom become king

they will show you their Gods

it's bow or bend at the knees

 

with these arrows in the quiver

aim to take shots from the heart

hit the light from which we came

to turn the cinder back to  spark

 

apart from selfless offerings made for self control

I must be emptied, cleaned and dried just like a cup before its full

 

will power of position third eye / pyramids in my skull

forrest fires along the path/ fetching water  from the wishing well

 

quilt cut from same cloth  / mangled up by the wind

all tangled / electric fence / hard to say when will it end

 

start with every eye of the needle thats been blinded by the thread

there's a story to be seen within the lines of every stitch

 

this language isn't mine

my lips are sealed, my tounge is tied in knots

admit it isn't real the more I sit in silence and watch it unfold

 

or like a blind man thrash in the night

talking in code / bare naked / cold / walking on coals like

 

to make an offering to an alter state of consciousness

etchings along the walls/ all fallen Gods anonymous

 

fight, flight, or forfeit to the bottomless pit

torch lit / how to honor it?

I don't exist


 

 

7 stars 7 caves / blaze

who we are

unscathed / unfazed / blaze

who we are


 

they told me fates are intertwined interwoven golden ratio

equates to divine design / they've left us signs along the way to know

 

a peaceful state of mind

defying space and time to align with

creator's eye of beholder

is serpentine and I'm blinded

 

circle found in fertile ground

is spinning round eternally

we've heard the sound

its breaking through  

a primal surge resurfacing

a seed that turns into a tree

burning twisted circuitry  

one heart thats beating perfectly

was worth the wait emerging free  

 

7 stars 7 caves / blaze

who we are

unscathed / unfazed / blaze

who we are

 

unscathed

blaze / who we are

 

shooting stars

 

unscathed

blaze / who we are

 

we are the water, not the wave

we are the water

we are the water, not the wave

 

7 stars we dream / 7 caves

how do we get home?

through the waves

 

7 stars we came / 7 caves

how do we get home?

through the flames

 

7 stars

7 caves


















 

 

 

 

 

Kairos - Part Two NOW AVAILABLE! + Track Listing & Credits

Kairos is the new two-part album from Kristoff Krane with music by Graham O'Brien. 
Part One was released 7.11.17. Part Two dropped 3.2.18 

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T R A C K L I S T I N G 

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C R E D I T S

 

Composed & Produced: Graham O’Brien
Words & Vocals: Christopher M. Keller
Except where noted
 
Spill // Guitar: Thomas Nordlund
Two Worlds // Vocals: Sarah M. Greer, Little Whale
Bird Tribe // Vocals: Alvin ‘Good Heart Golden Eagle’ Baker, Little Whale, Chances R Good, Sarah M. Greer, Sharri Keller, Andrew Henley, Nevaeh Morales, Ixel Marroquin, Kelly Tidwell
Nowhere // Vocals: Nevaeh Morales, Ixel Marroquin, Kelly Tidwell
Peyote Drum: Andrew Henley
Rattle: Tlakatecatl Marroquin
Kairos // Vocals: Proper T of Zuluzuluu & deM atlaS
 
Mixing: Brett Bullion
Except where noted
Mastering: Huntley Miller
AL7ONE // Mixing: Evan Bakke
To the Ground // Mixing: Graham O’Brien
Art Direction & Design: Kai Benson
Photo: Bill Phelps
Styling: Kristen Leigh

Lyrics to all songs on Part One of Kristoff Krane's new album, Kairos.

Blank Slate

under water / blue flames / swimming in smoke

to a cave with a fistful of crystals 

dead center in the making of minerals

never been broke, so tell me what's the fix for? 

 

send em home kindly then 

race to the throne / all praise / give that a go  

fangs to the throat / less angst / more animal 

 

2x cinema cinema blank / cinema cinema blank

give that a go

wiped clean

holler 

 

I got shocked when a force unseen starting breeding tornados in me 

copped a degree how to speak softly and unlearned how they taught me to be 

scholar 

mimic the mantra, or make up a new one

passed the background check with flying colors  

I got nothing to offer your alter 

but a statue made of water 

sniffing out the lies, biting off the collar / color 

 

dancing with the naked truth

break rules, I can taste the fruit 

they hang low, a little late to bloom / I came to 

false idols sang tunes but they never rang true

follow

falla' falla' sleep 

follow follow sheep 

follow sheep 

falla' falla' sleep 

follow follow me

 

shake me / help me stay awake 

I'm face to face with this gate-less gate  

it keeps changing shape 

I gotta razor blade dangling by a thread on the cutting edge 

try ta' try ta' 

try to put me in a box 

like a frog in a pot slowly boiling to the top 

since before I was born bread ready for the war 

conform to the norm or swarm with the flock 

caught 

between a rock and a soft spot 

kept quiet, hit the brakes, screeched to a stop 

high beams flicker in a dark space infinite 

fetal tides murmur the pulsing rhythm of life

guiding hand slaps me back moment I collapse 

some sort of solution / illusion / set trap 

one more time till the sunsets rising 

on the other side of the horizon / perfect timing 

 

cinema cinema blank / cinema cinema blank

wiped clean

 

yeah, it's the golden age 

your going out your mind 

well I'm coming out face 

cuz' I'm running otta' mask 

and we're running otta' stage 

started at the finish line, 

so I wouldn't wanna race / I committed 

 

saw the apple tree and I bit it 

dropped down / down on my knees, I admit it 

came guilt free to the stream, jumped in it 

the act so vivid / the hero is mythic 

 

forever listen to the 'long-lost' yet never forgot songs that spin em in a knot 

killin’ em' slow / feeling the moan / steady chipping the block 

a heavy load / splitting image of god / the glows neon 

 

hot sucking air from the steam to flow free on  

A big blank slate I can lay both feet on 

diving / deep through a hole known freedom 

skies shake out of their bones, the souls beyond

 

ships that we're building 

gold frame and the strength of a raindrop

full fledge in the midst of a whirlwind 

sway while its swirling sink in the chaos

 

cinema cinema blank / cinema cinema blank

send ‘em home send ‘em home blank

send ‘em home send ‘em home blank

 

found a new wave to serf 

hazy / faded / and the days a blur

promise not to fall dead in the face of rebirth

they try to cage the unknown in which the mystery lurks

 

I might…

start to fight 

always been a little more dark than light  

stones to grind / sparks ill fly

always had a little more heart than mind

 

cinema cinema blank / cinema cinema blank

wiped clean


Chiron

spider bite

lightening strikes a random chord 

7 babies being born 

purges / old man warns me of a storm from the north

I whistle/ flag it down 

she pulls up and says ‘get in’  

asks me for the code / I pass it to her calm and cast a grin 

 

her pearly gaze is cunning 

deep growling in my belly 

she opens the backdoor / ruby jewels in the eyes of a mummy  

pocket watch fluctuates / hands beating skin drum

hear crows squeal / barbed wire with collapsed lung 

karmic map / flickers in the carnage 

worldly maze / crystal ball falls without a trace 

ricochets like a comet / I vomit and slowly sit up straight

the minutes fades into an eight and time becomes a different space

 

thousands of cultures, over million of years 

this place is older than dirt, I seek the cleanest of mirrors 

to eat the mess with the vultures / to be a feast of our fears 

sensing my deepest desires / spinning a web as she steers 

 

all you need is a bowl and a blanket this land you stand on is stolen / sacred 

pray for the souls tortured and warped by the war of hatred 

whispers ofall descendants bend echos throughout theses canyons 

just manage to sift through phantoms and listen tohear ‘em clear 

 

slick hypnotist dangles symbols inches over my chest  

stitching grids of inner star systems with every breathe

left headless in the backseat guided to death

approach the cliffs edge / blink once quiet and guess 

4x how in the world did it come to this? 

reawaken the present the future becomes the past 

resources taken by hoarders

I’m gasping, grasping for answers 

the primal need in my heart to disintegrate superstition 

taking shots in the dark where the octopus meets the panther 

that stalks in the psychic scape of all human beings under pressure 

blast

we’ve been tested for imperfection 

they stick us with dirty needles to see if we’ve been infected 

I’m feeling young and I’m restless 

leap in a pool of death 

pulled from the wreckage left with a sense of abandonment 

 

with the urge to skip a stone across a sparkling sheet of glass 

ripples intersect / nerves / thicker than a rulers flesh / stretch 

silver snake shedding skin / dripping beads of sweat 

middle of dead winter, the shivers in full effect 

 

that gem was meant to be stolen 

that door was meant to be opened 

that code was meant to be cracked 

in fact I'm drunk off that potion 

 

that kind that never could end, unless the crystal glass that I'm holding 

is a reflection of hope I have for this cities collapse 

and in fact, I’m confident and never felt I was wrong 

until society showed me what was right / we waste our youth on the young 

there’s a thin line between the lies that they told 

and remembrance that I hold fully responsible for the kingdom I inherited 

heritage / carry grandparents torches 

ancestors influence passed on through variation experience

cherish buried awareness / to even have the opportunity to bear witness and participate in this web of existence 

invigorating as it is sickening / for me to live something must die 

check in inside / there’s no cure for it 

anything, anyone, everything / pathways myriad

in all directions in front of our eyes

awake in the back / hunger pains rise 

pull off on the side / visionless 

 

stepped out slow / solid ground / looked up at that sky 

same light from the stars up above 

same light that flows from the depths of our eyes

hold tight 

soaked in the warmth that we supplied 

as we orbit around that truth that we found like 

when we were young we both could've of died, but didn't 

galaxies in distance 

brought us closer in ways

it’s hard to explain 

through love we exchanged 

it’s coming alive 

trusted the pain enough to remain 

and mustered the strength to 

cut through those chains 

a million more times 

dream worlds collide 

we’ve been here before 

we know what this is

4x how in the world did it come to this? 


Head Stone

young / father gave me a gun  

said, ‘ you're gonna’ have a choice ’ 

I pointed it at the sun 

 

lowered a couple inches / finger sticking to trigger 

yellow bird on a limb / I shot her between the lungs 

 

done / barely made a sound  

as she fell through the air / hit ground 

 

grandfather's face embodied disappointment

bullet shells in the snow / his eyes, I did avoid them 

 

old soul / we approached slow 

blood stains seeped through a yellow fur coat 

 

knelt down / she had no chance 

held her warm body inside my cold hands 

 

hearing long winded songs she had once sung 

looking down at the dirt that had been dug 

put her in the the hole, looked up at that sun 

pointed that hurt at myself and hung...

 

my head low/ 

nothing is set in stone

written on that headstone

these empty hands stay closed  

when its time to let go

I did what I could to cope / all night

coulda' been an unseen glow / twilight

living underneath those bones

 

hang my head low

nothing is set in stone

written on that headstone

looking back at that dusty road

when its time to let go

 

we did what we could to cope / all night

coulda' been an unseen glow / twilight

watch the scenery unfold

 

scanned the forest trying to put a wing to the song 

feel like a feather on the breathe of God 

stretched out limb to limb sky opened up above

blood moon / starlight 

frozen water that I'm treading on

 

spark flame / I march to the grave

dark cave / arch angels awake 

hot craze / I change with the shape

star gaze / heart is a maze

 

navigated rooms of a thick skull

no windows / womb to tomb where the wind blows 

digging deep through the ruins with a pitchfork 

and when I finally came too, I was in for it

 

stomach and knees in knot 

energy freeze / it'll thaw / steam in a pot

time to put the keys in the lock 

not leaving ‘till I can see clean through the fog 

 

weave in and out between seasons / amnesia 

the cycles are endless / I sharpen my spear tip 

I've been here before, this is merely survival 

on the hunt for, unforgotten dreams that were lost

 

I am the target on hunt for the weapon 

the movement is simple / soon learned to be difficult 

distorted thinking from wishful to dismal 

extremes left me blinded / can't run from diseases we caught 

washed clean  

swelling in the backbone 

ooooooo

heavy heart, headed back home

ooooooo

blue spark in a black hole 

ooooooo

keys in the lock 

 

starving for that daylight

nothing is set in stone  

diggin' my own grave sight

looking back at the past I know

as it slowly fades right

through the cracks of unknown / all light

coulda' been an unseen glow / twilight

living underneath those bones / alright

 

snake can't see when it's shedding skin 

that just means that he's ready to strike

a tall entity, like a small enemy 

sees it'sall everything 

means that I'm setting my sights 

upon anything 

 

sinking both teeth / medicine

spread thin / breathe / thick smoke

poison / free / heaven is 

so deep / deep, we go

 

surrounded in a botanical garden with anacondas pirañas 

all sorts of immortal monsters to conquer  

the blue water is rising higher 

the harder I try keep my level head above it 

I cut adouble edge sword out  

grew / two sets of new horns

unsettled / new mortar and pestle 

plucking peddles / fill the gut up with edible  

luke warm heavy-metals / build a pedestal 

watch authority crumble into puddles of celestial

perception nexus / extraterrestrial 

wet / elemental message / guess I'll never know

wrote / sent a letter home in hopes that I could let em know 

how I cope with the changes in the whether, its inevitable 

 

blood in the snow

standing alone in the cold, clutching a stone 

on the hunt to let go / but I know that there's nothing I need

something I want 

no where to go / nothing to hold 

head to the stone / headed home 

head to the stone / headed home 

head to the stone / headed home 

head to the stone / headed home 

 

I hang my…

my head low/ nothing is set in stone

written on that headstone

these empty hands stay closed  

when its time to let go

I did what I could to cope / all night

coulda' been an unseen glow / twilight

living underneath those bones

 

hang my head low

nothing is set in stone

written on that headstone

looking back at that dusty road

when its time to let go

 

we did what we could to cope / all night

coulda' been an unseen glow / twilight

watch the scenery unfold

 

do you know where you are? 

 

look at the fire  

look at the star

 

do you know who we are? 

 

look at the fire  

look at the star


Touch the Flame

2x touch the flame / touch the flame  

who holds the higher ground? 

who has upper hand? 

I flip it on its head / there is no good or bad 

it takes another trick / it gives another chance 

see through another's eyes 

face to face, no looking back 

 

reach your hand down 

pull me up to show me 

show me where you stand 

lips are sealed / my tounge is tied in knots

untangle lies we spin 

 

why Not? 

 

climb to the highest peak in my blind-spot see a cyclops 

third eye blinks / sky god 

tight squeeze and release / python 

blind faith / move mountains 

I can see now, what I've amounted to 

something I look up to say Im proud of you 

take a walk in my shoes 

 

theres nothing more true 

than you are what you do 

the heart feels one pulse 

the mind breaks in two 

you are what you eat, until something eats you 

to keep it all straight,  I'd have to bend god's rules 

 

see through the voodoo and dejavue 

who knew with a couple of screws loose

it would ooze through the future 

blooms / hula- hoop / holy ghost / crucified 

loose my mind / I'm lucid 

hallucinogenic' s induce a movement 

new clues are presented when the 

student is ready, the master appears 

learn to swing steady and shatter that mirror 

 

time to lace boots up 

move like snakes on head of medusa 

chuck the deuce up / new favorite mudra

a fools construct can't phase a sutra  

awestruck / in the main frame parusha 

maintain aim / bang bang illusion 

main vein / full of that old pollution

truly insane and without asolution

 

to believe in cause and effect, is to breathe with claws round my neck

walking dead / rather sway in the breeze with a song in my head 

hunt for rocks/ then be caught thinking I am my thoughts 

 

I'm not my thoughts 

I'm not my thoughts 

I'm not my thoughts 

I'm not my thoughts 

 

must be that……

 

poison, poison, in my veins

poison poison it's in vain

 

    touch the flame / touch the flame  

 

who then believes in doubt 

open / Ieat my mouth 

gold light, comes leaking out 

content / I'm sleeping now 

 

moral code in order 

resources taken by hoarders 

who war in the name of normal  

just give us more of that sorta 

peace / that sobers a frantic mind 

thinking that there was something I had to find 

calcination of a calcified 

define distillation to a stripped down filterless 

 

the instant a hundred percent of intention is n-sync  

the image will instantly shrink into expansive states 

all belief systems amputated / full tilt 

instincts, aesthetics/ mystics 

more than 6th sense / intuition 

pouring from our forehead  

knocked off orbit / horses corpse pose 

in the o-zone / on a crash course race that has no end  

 

what end ? 

who said ? 

say a prayer 

jump in / feet first 

hands in the air 

 

tremble in the presence of her majesty  

hissing and recoiling itself / a misty memory 

deep space / plane that we navigate  

we haven't always been tamed like 

cattle in a cage with a rattlesnakebite 

activate half awake, at the break of daylight 

clean slate/ dream state

two worlds meet 

can't help myself/ I see I see I see 

can't help myself / I see I see I see 

 

a garden guarded by giants

aligned with the star highest 

lightning shining from diamonds 

in all directions in silence

where no division is made 

the harmony here is endless 

stacked to the end'th degree 

dimension is well protected  

'till 

 

7x everybody is free 

 

2x touch the flame / touch the flame  

poison, poison, in my veins

poison poison it's in vein


Forgiven Blood

I remember so well 

when you said to me in turn non-believers would burn in hell

when you told me that scientists were merely under a spell 

and the questions I asked were the voice of the devil himself

 

I tried to picture his face 

jesus my savior / my lord

but when I prayed I seen the image from that book on the shelf

it just didn't feel real, or maybe I was just bored. 

It was a double edge sword like dying when you are born

 

It tore me up like the pages I studied over and over 

hoping it'd click and that maybe I could think myself back in order 

and so I learned it by heart / said all my prayers before bed

grandmother spider up all night weaving that web in my head 

you took me under your wing / you kept me within your reach  

'till slowly I felt as dead as fish in pelican beak 

 

a burning hell in your speech / delicate / malleable brain  

I opened up like a register ready to give you change 

I opened up like umbrella afraid it was gonna rain 

my mother gave you a hug / my fathers hand you did shake 

 

I put the change in the plate/ you put the blood in my vein 

you put the flesh in our mouth / I put my trust in your fangs 

 

reign came sudden  

broken chains

kingdom crumbling

for giving blood in vain  

forgiven blood in vein


Confession

roll the die / paradise 

snake eyes / lottery 

choice finding voice / what cuts through noise? 

harmony

 

standing in the middle / mystery / eyes on the prize 

give me a good reason why the bad guy shouldn’t die 

 

I've been sharpening this blade for the last few months

sleighed all my demons now the caskets shut 

first come, first served / who’s the last to run? 

 

when a savior appears in every mirror 

in a split second, it’s clear 

there’s nobody else here to hold us responsible 

for the cards that were dealt, on top a make believe pot of gold 

put some heart in it, or blame the architect 

jump in the dark abyss / we all played a part in it 

 

running in the darkest hour trying to press record 

stay light on the feet and swing the heaviest sword 

left ‘em dead as a door knob when we opened the door 

either the guests went deaf or I’ve said it before, it’s like…

 

3x what you’re looking for is really looking for you

 

who is the criminal and what is the crime? 

why do you run every time that we’re looking for you? 

 

2x set fire to the confessional

wild on both sides / wild on both sides

 

when I entered the freshest exit wound all was left 

was a remembrance of some residue sculpted in flesh 

I got the motive of a vandal and the heart of a child 

bending light between will, fresh kill and a smile 

 

fresh kill on the hillside

3x easier to follow 

fresh kill on the hillside

easier to follow 

 

lead by tracks / heart thats been shot by an arrow 

 

trying to mend the broken circle while I'm standing in a square

choking / smoking up a storm thinking I could clear the air 

clothing on a newborn innocence, thats as bear 

as the truth flying naked / fair game unless your scared of heights. 

 

3x scared of heights

food chain left ‘em paralyzed 

 

somethings guiding me to the side of a cliff 

it tells me I should let it go while it just tightens its grip 

 

must be a 3x parasite

food chain left ‘em paralyzed 

 

as above as below this is as high as it gets 

still trying to figure out about which side I exist 

 

pull back the veil and see the child behind the fangs you flash 

same act / different cast 

same play / different masks 

same train / twisting tracks 

destination final 

 

we’re headed toward the cliff, so it’s stress or enjoy the ride home 

 

and you look at me like I’m a rabid dog in the park 

or the one who came to save you from one 

3x guess we make a perfect match 

 

pull these pins from out of my mind 

scrape away the twist prick straighten my spine 

make it, make it go away/ dull aches on both sides 

maybe this is how you speak when you’re dead on all sides 

 

4x set fire to the confessional

wild on both sides / wild on both sides


Killer

feeling like its all or nothing 

like I'm up to something 

like I'm onto something 

like I'm on something 

like I'm looking up to something 

feeling like I'm onto something 

like its all or nothing 

feeling like I'm on something 

 

I only eat what stumbles into my creation

suck blood to the bone to keep it cleansed 

who becomes the woven web?

and without it / we are nothing

all is sacred / no exceptions 

 

laid down by the stream / fell asleep 

dreamt of the worlds we projected and collectively agreed

 

she was our first mirror / vertical axis 

feelings similar / etchings become patterns 

with a filter and familiar tools to chisel out 

 

worst fears / a remembrance  

how to use them to build shelters 

 

with white sand on endless shores 

where nothing is still, until you're moved to tears 

 

2x only in your hell am I a killer

only in your hell am I a killer killer

move yourself to be stiller

move yourself to distill it

 

ouroboric fountains into fountains / cornucopia 

nectar of the gods flowing from a scepter wrapped in feathers and fur 

 

she stands / dead center in a desert 

surrounded by cactus patches / touching heavens undisturbed 

 

blue deer dance free, the outskirts protected 

by the windigo-con who makes the sweep for loose connections 

 

the stench of greed detected from the seed down in the trenches 

gets the teeth sharper than pieces of obsidian spears  

 

crows gather cutting noise / eluding grand illusion 

euphoria breeds inertia / releasing spirit / serpent 

depth perception deepens / sudden eruptions in the underworld 

 

as above, as below / silky hair, white buffalo 

 pack the pipe / willow bark 

 

Osseo / say a prayer 

disappear, with the smoke 

sparkles evervecent 

 

space is awesome / gorgeous 

enormous / before us, the next generation awaits

 

octopus telepathic / her third eye shutters 

becoming a portal into what shakes the ocean floor 

first drum / panoptic lens in all directions

the smell of copal transports to distant shores

 

vines climbed / then cut 

prayed over / chopped 

mixed in a black pot 

jaguars close sight / loaded and locked  

took a sip / sit down / couldn't get up 

memories older than dust 

felt in the pit of the gut 

kept slithering up 

 

tethered to umbilical chord 

of golden fabric 

the passage between madness and magic 

messenger manic and vexed

inducing tremors 'till settled into some womb 

transforming into a chrysalis 

hung inside a cacoon / soaking wet 

 

in a circle / looking at the same flame 

many angles / one source 

watch it dance in different ways 

we see it dance in different ways 

 

2x only in your hell am I a killer

only in your hell am I a killer killer

move yourself to be stiller

move yourself to distill it


Resurface

co-written by: deM atlaS 

 

4x let it resurface let it resurface yea

 

I fall asleep inside a dream and stay awake

my eyes have seen across the sea / seen all the waves

I move beyond and carry on the break of day

when all is said and done my wings will fade away

 

 let the sage burn / wait your turn 

head on fire / smoky silence 

ultra violence / lost milage 

end up missing the carnival 

 

it’s just a ride / oh what a life 

lights flashing in the background 

now I’m backing down / ain’t you proud ? 

 

all this laughter /and I’m missing out 

in the school yard, call your landlord 

tell her that my rents late 

tell her that I haven’t paid 

head is bowed and now I pray for better days 

I’m afraid I lost my way for hells sake 

easier to fall thank meaningful to fly 

never been afraid to die 

 

my insides are your outsides 

from six feet to cloud nine 

it hits deep grounded in the sky 

stay out the body / mountains climbed 

life today is borrowed time 

 

out of pocket / out of mind 

eye to eye /  blue dot 

in space / out of line 

 

I’m wide awake 

vibrating with the fireflies ’til the light of day 

these higher states are acquired taste

little games my mind can play 

got me gyrating like a dying snake 

gravitating under water / wait my sail has seen those title waves where the sky falls

 

I don't know what to say to y'all  

all I know is that I stay too long

I’m afraid you aren't listening / can't you see I can't carry me

burning lamps will no kerosene no one has what I need

I’m afraid you aren't listening  

I’m afraid you aren't listening

 

floors wet / doors open / walking through it sideways 

hitch hiker / storm glider / are you going my way? 

 

inside a fun-house where everything’s upside down 

I know there’s something out there but I’m looking for the higher ground 

 

I hope the sky will fall 

just to get through it all 

eight ball / corner pocket 

had my soul / then I lost it 

I hope the sky will fall 

just to get through it all 

 

the hardship is costing me 

everything is nothing, yea

 

how am I suppose to see when I’m the problem 

so high the path beneath my feet becomes the sky I fall from 

wings strapped to my back in a maze in amazement crawling 

dragon / a ball n’ chain, hear ‘em calling my name 

double-edge blade karma. 

 

umbilical chord cut / light we came from is all love 

out come an aura / born in the eye of the storm 

born in the eye of the storm / all light / no fight, right ? 

 

fall in the center / there’s nothing to own 

to all the ancestors we honor the children 

now tending the flame through smoke 

 

tune into melodies older than eagles who float in the flow 

highest who know / tell ‘em to look out below 

we struggle to stay in the zone. 

 

I fall asleep inside a dream and stay awake

my eyes have seen across the sea / seen all the waves

I move beyond and carry on the break of day

when all is said and done my wings will fade away

 

let it resurface / let it resurface yea

everythings broken down / everythings broken down


Shine On

3x came to water more seeds

came to cut through fat

 

came to water more seeds 

cave from way over seas 

came to face king cobra 

face to face in the breeze 

came to break that boulder 

with the weight of the brave new on the shoulder blades 

this soldiers going to need some soma when I wake from the coma state 

 

I’m so elated / no mistake 

we create it / golden age 

what was up in smoke now smoldering 

just take a hit, hold it in, uh 

 

try hard to fill the gap 

climb to find the hill is flat 

tell me whats the thrill in that 

refined my skills and I peeled it back 

sleigh a beat / pray for peace 

a sanctuary from the raging streets 

breaking free / make believe 

november second 83’ 

DMT in the space between 

taste like DNA is clean 

cant complain, got my basic needs met 

come a little closer let me lay a secret 

 

gem on top your head, it may split your crown 

dew drips down but won’t make a sound when it hits the ground 

I found my voice when I lost myself / humming / left town 

till I came back around, now I am who I wasn’t 

summon the spirit of summer to 

come in the moment where lighting and thunder is roaring 

its pouring / its rain

through the third eye of Horus I see my body pulled apart by horses. 

I wonder, how can it happen again? / it’s so plain to see

water cries in the absence of your reflection are we

 

on the same page 

with the grace and the bass of an 808 

I made an angels face with a razor blade 

woke up on a stage and stayed to play my roll 

snake eyes / stare into those and break a leg 

jump / no where to land / find that crown when you hit the ground 

touchstone 

go for the gusto / want to stay but I must go 

when you play with the cutthroats, stick to the hustle 

scrape knuckles / shake shadows / break shackles 

a battle zone, a passage, a colosseum, a temple 

the sound of one hand clapping 

a target practice / assassins essential 

ascended masters are passing torches of medicine 

feathers, perception, messages, blessed to be reconnected with

 

surrender what they say to that dirt under the feet

surrender what they say to that dirt under the feet

 

shine On

 

we all know how it feels to be washed

we all know how it feels to be watched

 

not going to catch me 

stay under radar / cup full of empty 

stalk in a medley 

conquer the fear with a heartbeat deadly 

start with an ending 

mark of the beast is a god-head etching 

tempt me, do it for the family 

all we can be when forever expanding

test me, bet 

not going to stress me

go with the flow, get caught in an eddy 

only 1 zero / stay afloat 

if the stream isn’t clean, keep count on the blessings. 

 

not going to catch me

bending 

been here before, so I know where I’m heading. 

know where the road is now 

so I’m holding it down with a bundle of seeds I’ll be planting. 

 

3xCame to water more seeds 

Came to cut through fat 

 

Came to see that through 

Came to see through that

 

shine on

 

we all know how it feels to be watched. 

 

we are waiting for you

we are here for you

 

we hear you

we are you

we love you

 

shine on  


Pearl

cosmos is blinking in octaves 

a million invisible hands 

inserting a pearl egg into my pineal gland socket 

theres no room to expand 

 

her and I are the fire and water 

we balance each other to live 

creator, she gave us a daughter 

a son/sun will soon rise once again 

 

made a vow / it's death to old sin 

shed skin in the face of space for pure light 

take a bow / right there where the overdose lives

closed quarters / no corners / the circle is airtight 

 

get it back / yea 

see what you can do to get it back 

our paths intersect on impact 

got whiplash, when lighting strikes in the pitch black 

and I'm dripping sweat / you kiss my neck / that's witchcraft

make an offering with this crystal glass / over this edge 

what can I give back? 

 

fingers crossed

hands folded

swirling up in smoke. 

on the other side

there are higher worlds below

 

so I stay cunning in this conundrum 

I might get summoned by the demons I come from 

a kingdom higher than our sun in the sky way up  

think about that flame, we call it love that burns inside of us 

I'm climbing upthis holy mountain side high as fuck 

with ivory tusks, ground up in a shiny cup 

both eyes are shut / I see it clear I find the top 

renew the universal mind before my time is up 

 

plant intelligence super human  

the elephant in the womb 

the skeletons fill their heavens

the poison inside their fruit

 

the choices we make are destined 

the noises we make are proof 

power structures crumble in silence 

right under a summer moon 

 

technology is our father 

our mothers a lovers bruise

they're under the same roof 

but sleeping in different rooms

the thunder it rang true  

uncover what they knew  

felt it inside my heart 

when it fluttered I came to

make tombs heya 

 

4x Yahweh 

 

never made a bed, so I don't sleep 

in it so deep with both feet 

naked, swimming in this old sea 

that slow burn / that old heat 

we need fish / getting seasick 

throwing heavy nets in the deep end

sweeping up ashes of phoenix 

where I see F I X 

hangin' on a cross like Jesus 

from three, six to nine golden pieces of trinity 

history / imagery / pulling me apart like a pillory  

 

I move through the dust like millipede 

I cut headslike a guillotine 

I numb flesh like killer bee

sunset don't feel a thing 

horizon line no I ain't lying 

don't get stung / its so sweet 

pinprick/ it's oozing / moving through the crack of that split tounge 

that old one 

that no one 

that's all one  

thats all alone  

thats all knowing 

when it comes down 

to the unknown sun  

 

hung in the sky way up

soon as I touched her womb 

and felt her move inside of us 

 

fingers crossed

hands folded

swirling up in smoke. 

on the other side

there are higher worlds below

 

I’m so grateful for the camp I'm in 

protected from these savages 

phantoms with pathogens 

angels in my shadows head 

running through these passages of dream worlds  

it’s habit or practice 

blue caps and some stems with some vines and some cactus

 

trying to see with you in the moment 

might turn the concrete to roses

light beams from the highest up 

our true design is unified 

theres no dividing us 

 

illuminated

 

find a better way to pray to prey 

we are the double edge blade only God could touch

move in color like a cuddle fish / body plus 

consciousness wound tight / call me pyschonaut 

diamond cut / straight through lies when I am ONE. 

I got my wife and baby daughter to remind me of 

sooner or later I’ll be ground to the finest dust 

and I know that’s a part of life so I’ma die in love. 

 

then we found another way to pray to prey to pray


Body

[chanting]

dream on old soul

 

follow my heart /  into the dark 

to be of service / what does it mean ? 

golden thread / spun in a web 

to be perceived /  rivers and streams 

breathe  

won't stop till I wake on the bedrock

heartbeats to the breathe and their wedlock 

hit top guaranteed then you've been lost

every body fall asleep / make your head nod 

better not / gotta'  red dot aimed at the center and its red hot 

sit / then Iget soft 

squeeze/ then I lift off 

beam in the breeze to be seen as a witness

wellspring / shedding light colossal 

I feel the land on a hunt for fossil 

god within us / held her hostage

pineal gland leaking like a faucet now

 

high states

throw it all in  

 

thats my body

thats my body

 

high states  

throw it all in

 

thats our body

thats our body

 

monster in the flesh

spirit in the wind

 

feel this volcano blow

standing on the edge

 

thats my body

thats my body

 

shiva shocked the system 

broke down doors of our perception 

crushed collective assumptions 

reborn in bubbling gases /no shore 

open sore, in the pith of unfolding patterns

we slowly rose in the death of a thorn  

all frozen in ashes

what for? 

going back home / broke down to the fractal

black hole /  digging through pterodactyl bones 

shrapnel from the battle zone / stuck

in a half-full cup in a catacomb

 

maya 

 

dance to a natural rhythm 

crack the code to release this 

wounding / generations

DNA / food chain / misty memory 

cuts to the bone 

 

gaia 

 

reflections of earth 

tech-tonic shifts

no twisting the hips when theres slits in the wrists

till this chrysalis splits it's as dark as it gets  

revisiting it every time we touch lips 

 

what choice lead to voices in my head  

telling me I don't exist and that I'd be better off dead? 

fearless,  when we're living on the edge  

infinity of mirrors and the vision never ends 

 

heart in the eye of an all knowing mind  

heart in the eye of an all knowing mind  

heart in the eye of an all knowing mind  

heart in the I have an all knowing mind  

 

monster in the flesh

spirit in the wind

 

feel this volcano blow

standing on the edge

 

thats my body

thats my body

 

mandala body made of that water

mandala body made of that water

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristoff Krane's, 'Kairos - Part One' drops today! 7.11.17

Kairos is the new album by Kristoff Krane [music by Graham O'Brien]. 

The album will be released in two parts.

Kairos-Part One drops today!  

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Tracks

Blank Slate

Chiron 

Head Stone 

Touch the Flame 

Forgiven Blood

Confession 

Resurface 

Killer 

Shine On 

Pearl

Body

Credits

Composed & Produced: Graham O’Brien
Words & Vocals: Christopher M. Keller

Chiron // Slide Guitar: Patrick Pegg
Head Stone // Outro Synth: Adam Svec
Touch the Flame // Vocals: Sarah M. Greer & deM atlaS
Forgiven Blood // Vocals: Peter Pisano & Kyle Keller
Resurface // Lyrics & Vocals: deM atlas
Shine On // Vocals: Lady Midnight
Pearl // Guitar: Jeremy Ylvisaker
Body // Turn Tables: Andrew Broder // Vocals: Little Whale

Mixing: Brett Bullion
Except where noted
Mastering: Huntley Miller
Pearl // Mixing: Adam Krinsky
Forgiven Blood // Mixing: Graham O’Brien

Art Direction & Design: Kai Benson
Photo: Bill Phelps
Styling: Kristen Leigh

 

Lyrics to Every Song on Kill The Vultures' Carnelian Album

All lyrics written by Alexei Moon Casselle AKA Crescent Moon. (2015)

 

01. "SHAKE YOUR BONES"

 

fortune teller telling me the year of the rat is upon us at last

and it's gonna last us until the calendar crash

i flip page after page after hours after days

after some after shock after all that's the chase

trying to catch a breath before it escapes

don't show me your face until you show me your faith

drop down on your bad knee/ yes, in your good clothes

reach for the sky/ that's where everybody good goes

round and round and two flights down

keep your eyes to the ceiling and your ear to the ground

i hear 'em chant in pain as they dance with their hands in

chains/ at last there's a chance for rain

avalanche is the name and i got this here covered

i'm sorry that you suffered/ now go and tell the others to

 

shake your bones, rattle your nerves, chase the devil out

shake your bones, rattle your nerves, chase the devil out

shake your bones, rattle your nerves, chase the devil out

why you turning back, there ain't no turning back now

 

i told 'em listen/ they didn't

i told 'em look/ and they missed it

they're looking ignorant staring off in the distance

don't blink/ you might miss the pivotal plot

don't think/ you are what a criminal's not

i shot holes in they theories 'til the light shined clearly

trick magic, magic trick/ that's their logic disappearing

i watch the drama go up like marijuana smoke

what, you're on a roll? only if you're dominoes

falling back/ laying down

trespassing on sacred ground

when you're breaking down alone does it make a sound?

probably not, that's my two cents

all these pickpockets got me burying my blueprints

caught you red handed/ here's the blacklist to prove it

there ain't nothing to prove/there ain't nothing to lose just

 

shake your bones, rattle your nerves, chase the devil out

Shake your bones, rattle your nerves, chase the devil out

Shake your bones, rattle your nerves, chase the devil out

Why you turning back/ there ain't no turning back now

 

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02. "TOPSOIL"

 

clawed my way back up to the top soil

got coiled up to the point it made the pot boil

not loyal to the/ not committed to those

unfaithful, unstable hitting new lows

a few blows below the belt/ one right between the night-goggles

i could give a hot piss to fill an empty Sprite bottle

if they even notice the bottom of the boat is

corroded with holes and the captain’s fully loaded

hold it so close that it cannot breathe right

seems like the Devil only dances under street lights

from these heights the city looks like constellations

but the stars are falling faster than the camera man can make ‘em

kiss the pavement/ carve a couple names in

stomp out your cigarette and notice the arrangement

tell the complacent blank pages we should trade places

now will they make changes or remain nameless?

we stain the glass, the clothes, the curb, the paint

we don’t deserve to turn the page/ earn your weight

and if you don’t, you can’t carry it

but who’s gon’ be the one to pull your casket in the chariot

tying up some loose ends/ high strung and too thin

the rope that i’m climbing starts looking like a noose, friend

who’s them always whispering and pointing fingers

avoid the paranoid/ fill the void, let the voices linger

 

now what they singing, what they singing from the other side?

sounds like they warning me, the beast gon’ bring a rougher ride

shackles ‘round the wrists, dogs and a cage waiting

stay patient/ demons disappear when the day’s breaking

this crime ain’t feeling right, boss

looked better with the lights off

seeing blurry and my mind’s lost

white cross burning in the sky on the night watch

 

you play the darkness/ i’m gonna play the light

never met a constellation that was so afraid of heights

name your price/ everything is up for grabs

they used to wanna touch the cross /now they wanna touch the cash

forgive me father/ i just take in what the city offers

many authors died once they tried to touch your pretty coffers

is that really copper? i scoff at penny droppers

but if it lands heads-up i’m feeling pretty proper

ain’t no telling what i’ll do to make those ends meet

and if i’m short/ ain’t no telling what you’ll lend me

at your weakest moment what would you compromise?

i’d tell you take a minute think it over if i wanted lies

on the rise/ what could possibly go wrong?

the emperor’s a cover up and he ain’t got no clothes on

if i gotta go i wanna go to a slow song/ just to keep it prolonged

so on and so on

 

now what they singing, what they singing from the other side?

sounds like they warning me/ the beast gon’ bring a rougher ride

shackles ‘round the wrists, dogs and a cage waiting

stay patient/ demons disappear when the day’s breaking

 

this crime ain’t feeling right, boss

looked better with the lights off

seeing blurry and my mind’s lost

white cross burning in the sky on the night watch

 

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03. "BROKE"

 

broke as a joke ain't much of a/ joke 'cause it sting like smoke in the

eye when you bring it too close by/ want another drag, never know why

take me on a ghost ride, choke my/ pride, watch the hopes die

smoke rise when the soul flies/ but won't fly in the cold sky (that's why)

 

broke ain't meant to fix/ broke is your only way out

broke ain't meant to fix/ catch a break 'til its broken down

 

i wear grief like a bow tie/ i buried you in cheap suit

you wear worthless on both sides/ and torn rags you can see through

it must be you ain't fed right/ i bleed blue not the red, white

i heard truth is a lead pipe/ if i don't split then my head might 

 

broke ain't meant to fix/ broke is your only way out

broke ain't meant to fix/ catch a break 'til its broken down

 

you've had me all wrong all along/ don't judge a book that ain't written yet

i must've come on too strong/ now you standing there with frostbitten flesh

how low can you go/ i'm talking 'bout temperatures of snow

ice storm and its 40 below/ thats the realm of the dead man's soul

 

broke ain't meant to fix/ broke is your only way out

broke ain't meant to fix/ catch a break 'til its broken down

(repeat)

 

Look me in the eye if you're gonna lie/ let me down slow if you gotta go

did you watch it die or did you walk by/ guess you don't know 'cause you too stoned

ever seen a man leave his own shell/ lose his own mind in his own hell

dirty little secret that you don't tell/ all behind the doors of a hotel

 

broke ain't meant to fix/ broke is your only way out

broke ain't meant to fix/ catch a break 'til its broken down

 

danger, danger

move back 'fore my cool snap/ who's that

stranger, stranger

trying to count these vultures but i lose track

vapors, vapors

follow holy smoke trails better use that

anchor, anchor

or you might drift off on a new path

maybe that ain't so wrong/ maybe that ain't so bad

maybe fresh winds give a new spin/ maybe worst trip you ever had

 

broke ain't meant to fix/ broke is your only way out

broke ain't meant to fix/ catch a break 'til its broken down

(repeat)

 

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04. "THE RIVER"

 

flash of the cold chill in the heart of a heat wave

tension hangs thick enough to keep my crooked street paved

haven't worked in three nights/ ain't slept for three days

there's Freeway Jesus/ i wonder what would he say

freeway Jesus, wonder what would he say

(repeat 3x)

the price tag is prominent, he'll take whatever we pay

 

what's behind the curtains/ uncertain but determined

to reveal the gears turning/ machine behind the person

pulled back the fabric/ head spun in a whirlwind

it was nothing but a white wall, light bulb and a serpent

(repeat 3x)

nightfall despite y'all/ invite all the servants

 

hello operator won't you kindly call me Lazarus

been dead a while now/  wonder what comes after this

only see the light the few moments that the match is lit

i've heard about the other side/ this ain't how i imagined it

(repeat 3x)

someone must've stole the best pages out the manuscript

 

went down to the river/ to wade in the water

wade in the water/ come back to life

but when i got down/ down to the river

was nothing but puddles, river ran dry

(repeat)

 

the faded photographs taped to the monolithic street post

remind us of the ghosts that we held dear but couldn't keep close

now they watch us blankly/ but each one at least hopes

if their picture fell we could still see 'em here like these folks

(repeat 3x)

for now we've got to let them rise and fly away like sweet smoke

 

the woman upstairs is giving birth inside the bathtub

calling on her maker/ his hotline must be backed up

we knew there would be blood/ never guessed it would be that much

that's the second time we lost our harvest to the flash floods

(repeat 3x)

lost all my faith but at least i never had much

 

went down to the river/ to wade in the water

wade in the water/ come back to life

but when i got down/ down to the river

was nothing but puddles/ the river ran dry

(repeat)

i only see the light the few moments that the match is lit

heard about the other side/ this ain't how i imagined it

 

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05. "VANDAL"

 

everybody’s looking so

stunned, shocked, stone-faced and awestruck

not a thing to say but can’t nobody keep their jaws shut

raw guts in your drinks and your chandeliers

you be the witnesses/ i’m the vandal here

piss in your pulpit/ ride the bullshit

right down the lane/ don’t look so insulted

whatever happened to Baby Jane?

too many daisy chains/ found her face down in the gravy train

think i give a buck about a bank note?

one less distraction make you wonder where’d the day go

most of us look better in our own eyes

hard enough to get by try doing it with no lies

aspiring lowbrow/ just gimme the know how

don’t know which shit road to go down

pass by the window and they just toys

watch ‘em fall/ house of cards, boss man to bus boy

 

It's just noise/ don’t know what to make of it

can’t hang that picture then don’t try framing it

gotta wonder if it carries weight

it's your ocean/ i’m just trying to keep your Bering Strait

killed enough time to make a criminal wince

it never helped me in a critical pinch

its all gone digital since

must’ve never known Jesus in the biblical sense

Brown Child where you at/ rest in peace

was always good people/ none of this shit makes sense to me

but i guess that’s how the globe spins

born alone, die alone/ tell me where the road end

no ends doesn’t always mean no skins

but if it do you gon’ have to be your own friend

drink it up here’s truth serum for bad liars/

running on gas fumes, bad news and flat tires  

 

black male, black mail, black male victim

caught up in the curve of the pass/fail system

last seen walking singing parts of old spirituals

some one must have left him by the river for a miracle

park bench folk want smokes but they save a seat

higher up the food chain they ain’t so neighborly

hold up, man/ what’s this dude calling me?

change his tune quick once he find out what mulatto means

look it up or i might be looking out the door

hard rain is coming and it's nothing worth drowning for

bang my skull on the wall for a kick drum

i’ll play a victrola before i play the victim

river runs wide where’s the bridge to the other side

i can sniff it out like a lover’s lie/ otherwise

it’s time for Hail Mary/ pack bags, run and hide

colors dried/ paint a new lifestyle to suffer by

 

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06. "GOD'S JEWELRY"

 

pull the stones out your pockets/ slide your money ‘cross the table

what you doing dancing with cement shoes/ you’re bound to lose

found a fuse so i lit it/ then i hid it, then i wondered why i did it/

what have i committed/ feeling parasitic

bear witness to a perfect crime/ criminal the prime time

i’m blind, blind side/ my, my the time flies

wise eyes would never look twice into the paradise

you did it once it spared your life/ don’t try again, it’s theirs tonight

damn i’m getting old/ there’s creaking in my bones

i feel the frozen air leaking in my home/ feed the coals

felt the soles of my feet walk on graveyards and souls in the street

it's just gon' repeat/ it's just gon' repeat

rob me of what’s mine/ sell it on a bus line

sew my thick lips closed and tell me it’s just fine

thumbs up/ dumbstruck/ hit me with the raw deal uncut

all night and can’t tell the sun’s up

two ton truck walks into a bar/ orders a gallon of gas, a rag, a match, a spark

 

 

it's too dark these days, wouldn’t you agree?

soon you’ll see us light the sky up/ like god’s jewelry

(repeat)

 

bang, bang, bang, that’s the sound of the chain gang

sound of the same pains suffered just to maintain

preach the sermon/ teach peace and speak with purpose

but behind the curtains you speak cheap and sleep with servants

secret service/ it’s better that you didn’t know

the kisses blown fell short and wound up on the kitchen floor

vision slow/ mugging hazy individuals

all eyes on me/ they should be out there skipping stones

listen close/  i promised you a pulse

D to the O to the A is the result

you wanna shock me then turn up the volts

don’t try to give me the ghost/ it's clear you need it the most

let’s see what fate has to offer/ roll the dice

don’t give a drowning man a glass of water

pass the coffers/ now fill ‘em with the ashes of propaganda’s authors

the newsprint imposters/ witch doctors

the empty rhetoric bottom-feeder sediment believers

playing broken trumpets just to be heard

bang, bang, bang/ that’s the same thing playing

let the broken record skip just to maintain-tain

 

it's too dark these days, wouldn’t you agree?

soon you’ll see us light the sky up/ like god’s jewelry

(repeat)

 

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07. "COINS ON THE OPEN EYES"

 

If i walk blind/ they'll lay me down in chalk lines

the spot's mine if i travel with a soft spine

the city's hungry/ everyone is fair game

spare change ain't blood money to a pair of fangs

the air hangs like sneakers on the phone wire

too thick to breathe in/ too thick to go higher

they sound like angels/ voices out the black church

tracked dirt inside didn't notice 'til the last verse

amazing Grace lay your hands on my face

so i can finally feel like i've abandoned my ways

trying to own land before i land in my grave

how come i'm three steps ahead of you just standing in place

i felt the earth move/ under my blurred view

the curfew, the proud/  their hurt is on the curb too

swerve through with nothing but a word and disturbed truth/ to neglect and to serve you

bite the bullet/ this is gonna sting a bit

come to think of it/ this the iceberg to sink your ship

no signs of life by daylight/ ask the hangman if he ever gets stage fright

eyes rolling back like a slot machine/

must've been the two-faced woman i got caught between/

the poison could've used a little seasoning

lies blinded both eyes but fuck it/ you can leave 'em in

made a mess out of something so beautiful

i'm trying to get front row tickets to my funeral

just to see the look on my face when my maker came

then throw my ashes like paper planes/ make it rain

just another ghost on the night beat

gangs are half-dead walking 'round under white sheets

i promise i won't promise you nothin'

and you can have it all/ now isn't that something

 

coins on the open eyes

flies in the open mouth

alone how i came in

that's how i'm going out

(repeat)

 

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08. "SMOKE IN THE TEMPLE"

 

a little blood in the liquor makes the night go quicker

it ain’t lights out ‘cause a light bulb flickers

white folks whisper/ black snake moan

whole town fits in a halfway home

cause unknown but the outcome clear

gotta catch my breath when i outrun fear

now now here/ gimme both of your ears

take an intermission listen to gears grinding

climb in the back/ hide in the stack

don’t let nobody see you/ once they find you that’s all

folks wanna act like they don’t know how to act

let ‘em in the front door i’m walking out the back

try to follow my tracks/ they’ll lead you off the map

now you trapped and you don’t know where its at

tell me where it went/ you're part of an experiment

high as a seraphim/ eyes on the cross and your hands on the theremin

 

who ever said worship was simple

the smoke in the temple ain’t leaving out the window

who ever said worship was simple

purify the sinful they’ll recognize our symbols

who ever said worship was simple

the smoke in the temple ain’t moving when the wind blows

who ever said worship was simple

now baptize the info and feed it to your kinfolk

 

spin ‘em ‘round and ‘round till the lights fade

not yet/ it ain’t dark yet

the price paid drips slowly off the knife’s blade

not yet/ it ain’t dark yet

they spin us round and round until the lights fade

not yet/ it ain’t dark yet

it's time to pull the blindfold/ stop thinking that your sight’s lame

not yet/ the light never left

 

here’s a toast: give up the ghost

you hold it too close and i don’t say that to most

blinded by the imagery, mimicry, trickery

the cracks in your mask shine vividly

keep spinning me/ blur the lines of symmetry

suffocate the suffering/ i'm a let the embers breathe

suffocate suffering/ orchestrate the misery

but if i'm the conductor i'll have to face the symphony 

take a bow for the crowd/ own it

the pill tastes better on the way down/ don't it?

sell it to the camera/ hold it, hold it

the picture lasts longer than the nightmare/ won't it?

false idols bridle the pulpit/ while the saints go marching in with Bibles and bullets

if it's tribal they rival with bullwhips/ like we on some Mantan minstrel sideshow bullshit

you better dance for that dollar with a smile on/ whether in night gowns, fishnets or nylons

every dollar’s born filthy/ but we baptize the young in our river water, guilty

 

who ever said worship was simple

the smoke in the temple ain’t leaving out the window

who ever said worship was simple

purify the sinful they’ll recognize our symbols

who ever said worship was simple

the smoke in the temple ain’t moving when the wind blows

who ever said worship was simple

now baptize the info and feed it to your kinfolk

 

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09. "SIMMER"

 

by the time they seen the light/ all you heard was sirens blaring bright

neighbors staring right at the mess/ feel the fahrenheit

rising like the tide when the moon’s pulling puppet strings

cut the links that bind us to all our earthly suffering

shadows paint a grimace on the witness

now if he talks he might not walk but if he don’t then that’s his business

all the facts have been distorted/ all that’s certain is the smoking gun

the ceiling swings in the circles and the windows here won’t open none

the smoke around my head looks like treble clefs

i lost the level step/ now go to Hell until the Devil’s left

the kettle kept me up/ always screaming from the blue flame

digging in ditches, dumpsters/ dying for a new name

who changed the locks/ don’t even recognize the building

the figures on the walls are hallways of hungry children

got nothing for ‘em/ don’t got a penny for a peddler

they only smoke screens/ i’m looking for a dust settler

picking apart the pieces of the puzzle/ to relieve the inner struggle

even leeches in the puddle know to leave the trouble alone

who’s knocking on my telephone?

how many dial tones will convince you that I ain’t home?

 

let the bad blood simmer/ let the bad blood simmer

Let the bad blood simmer/ now you lost in the center of the temper and temperature

Let the bad blood simmer/ let the bad blood simmer

Let the bad blood simmer/ Now you caught between the temper and temperature

 

tell me who to pray to/ who's supposed to save you?

there's nothing to escape from/ nowhere to escape to

the moment that i came to they asked me where i came from

pointed to the blank sky/ couldn't speak the same tongue

name one night that didn't end in mourning

the storm brings hope but never gives warning

ain't enough police tape to cover up this mess

no matter how you frame it we're just decorating shipwrecks

ingest a hard pill to swallow/ filled with shards of the bottle

tip the jar/ let the scars fill your hollow

the soldiers walked in/ should've seen the clock spin

we covered up our ears 'cause poisoned mouths talk sin-

sation temptress/ offensive to the senses

now who would ever guess you'd be imprisoned by a sentence?

before i spoke i filled the room with smoke to cleanse it

conjured the wrong ghosts/ had 'em begging me to end it

begging me for friendship/ begging me for rations

i told them i’m a fraud, a freeloader and a has-been

alone/ who’s knocking on my telephone?

how many dial tones will convince you that i ain’t home?

 

let the bad blood simmer/ let the bad blood simmer

let the bad blood simmer/ now you lost in the center of the temper and the temperature

let the bad blood simmer/ let the bad blood simmer

let the bad blood simmer/ you lost in the center of the temper and the temperature

 

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10. "DON'T BRING THE DEVIL OUT"

 

everybody’s clinging to the upside

can’t they see it's upside down?

better buckle up/ we're in for a rough ride now

cruising through dark rain/ sharp pain lives in our veins

is that the holy light or headlights in our lane?

settle down/ deep breath, pull yourself together now

don’t swerve/ don’t blink, don’t bring the devil out

duct tape covers up the rear view mirror

when the stuck brake grinds/ i hear you clearer

will this road end? oh no, there’s no end/ the gates been opened

clinging to your fate/ your fate’s been holding by a clothespin

someone’s on our tail/ the tank’s almost outta gas

no one taught me how to drive/ no one taught me how to crash

ask the deck of cards "what’s the deal?"

i’ve been banging rocks together trying to reinvent the steering wheel

real funny how its all coming back to me slow

but it freezes up the faster we go

should’ve never left the factory doors

But it did now I’m practically broke

asked my pocket lint ‘how you gonna pay for that’

all my drinks try to hide their faces in a paper bag

it’s a long ride back from the wrong side of tracks

lose the map ‘cause i’m wiser than that

the almighty dollar meets the unholy weapon

Karma’s at your door for the collection/ singing:

 

return my body to the dirt where it came

strip me of my goods and my name

stretch me on the tracks for the midnight train

we can’t recognize the darkness till we recognize the flame

(repeat)

 

all the voices in your head got your vision painted red

so you brake, brake, brake!

we flew forward and drew closer to other side

that’s never been my choice to make, make, make!

we know people who know people who sew evil seeds

the ego bleeds and breaks, breaks, breaks!

the hearts and minds and vital nerves/ the suicidal urge

one of us is bound to take, take, take!

me out the frame/ the rust stains cover the name

smother the flame what you running from /discover the pain

glance over at the passenger we’re one in the same

rolling with no aim/ only got each other to blame

what i wouldn’t give to rest and park/ but i’m driving on a question mark

bad directions and arrested hearts

hanging out the window/ will it end? no, that’s the bestest part

never ending night drive/ trying to keep my tires in the white lines

but they keep leaning to the right side

gotta keep my bloodshot eyes open

looking like a mugshot and whatnot/ underneath a sky, broken

the black air is clearer than you'd expect

so now all my glass got a mirror-effect

i can see my past sins plus the here and next

but the disease will take years to detect

 

return my body to the dirt where it came

strip me of my goods and my name

stretch me on the tracks for the midnight train

we can’t recognize the darkness till we recognize the flame

(repeat)


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11. "CROWN"

 

down, down, in the flood

blood in my eye/ mouth full of mud

river gonna rise/ city gonna rust

not much left but we know what was

round, round, spin me round

on a rooftop looking down

angel on my wing/ devil on my crown

which one gonna hit the ground?

sane, sane, we’re all insane

taunting thunder, lightning, rain

chained to the tracks of a runaway train

vanish quickly as we came

run, run, get your gun  

pointer finger and a thumb

aim it at the heart of a heartless sun

watch it fall ‘til the day drops done

(repeat)

 

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12. "AMNESIA"

 

behind the curtains are closed doors/ half truths and cold floors

i got my backbone/ sorry you sold yours

untold wars burn in our sleep

surrender to silence and the turn of the key 

learning to speak the tongue of looking busy when the preacher come

never learned the manuscript proper but i could teach you some

two doors in front of you/ don't settle for either one

son of a gun or another believer's son 

inhale dust particles flipping through old articles

trying to find the source of where it started from its hard to know

i know conviction is a lost cause carved in stone

still remembers dull blades long after the scars are gone 

pulled the plug but the motor's still running

it ain't over till something stops the overkill coming

the colder chill hunts me/ i'm not in good company

the wallpaper's dizzy and the paranoia's unleashed 

runs free/ runs wild like god's son's bastard child

living on the stoop with cheap beer and black & milds

pass the vile/ i wouldn't mind forgetting some

for getting high, forgetting dumb/ whichever one is quicker, son 

ridiculous/ it's only neckties and hypocrites

reading from a book and drinking fake blood it was written with

splitting hairs/ splitting families and splitting lips

get in bed with them and spread the politicians  

 

amnesia, now you're a believer

but the drugs won't save you and the church won't either

amnesia/ now you're a believer

hands up, face down/ you know the procedure

amnesia/ now you're a believer

but the drugs won't save won't save you and the church won't either

amnesia/ now you're a believer

hands up, face down/ you know the procedure

 

what you running from/ it's standing there, must be fate

might as well look your demon in it's ugly face

go ahead and try to turn it into something safe

until you realize you brushing your teeth with a rusty blade 

 

let's escape through the unified solitude

humanize the bottle, too/ and pray nobody follows you

cover your tracks well/ holler if you catch hell

If i’m not there in time i didn’t know you that well

no pressure, hold tight/ no pressure

don’t look down/ don’t look back, they’ll get 'cha

bet your bottom buck/ cool and cordial is not enough

they went to tip their wine glass bottoms up and got ‘em stuck

must be dipping out your own supply/ living life in one gear: over drive, no surprise

here’s a blessing to the frozen sky/ let us see just one more sunset it’s closing eyes

i broke the bottle that's buried inside my pigment

the pigment is just a color that colors all of my vision

i seen it clear enough for the both of us

i'm bout to fill your sober cup so maybe you can open up

open up a little more

put it on the killing floor/ and you can fight your civil war

that’s not a riddle or simile, metaphor/ it’s just the goddamn truth that you must need a symbol for

 

amnesia/ now you're a believer

but the drugs won't save you and the church won't either

amnesia/ now you're a believer

hands up, face down/ you know the procedure

amnesia/ now you're a believer

but the drugs won't save won't save you and Jesus don't need ya

amnesia/ now you're a believer

hands up, face down/ you know the procedure

 

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13. "LAST TIME"

 

i swear that was the last time i'm gonna replace the stars

with heaven in a mason jar/ stuck with ugly faces, scarred

makes it hard to keep composure for the camera

still the lights flash/ now i'm frozen with my hands up

they told me what the plan was but i left it at the bus stop

now it's probably riding down Chicago with a traffic cop

it has to stop/ or my theory's out the window

and down the street behind the building/ back where broken men go

i swear that was the last Jack Pollock i'll be splattering

never should've dove head first into the shallow end

hey, welcome back again/ i heard you got your head stuck

between a rock, a hard place, a gypsy and and a bread truck

i swear that was the last time i'll swear that was the last time

last time was different 'cause i came back from a flatline

and walked around with pamphlets asking if you heard the good news

looked through the stained glass/ and sang the pop the hood blues

overheated car smoke dancing out the engine block

hot enough to tie the brutal sun into a crimson knot

prison thoughts pace round my skull with no escape plan

grey hands flip coins and lie wherever fate lands

 

i swear this is the last time i'll swear this is the last time

what's the use of beating old war drums for past crimes?

i swear this is the last time I'll swear this is the last time

lend a helping hand to a man that walks the path blind

i swear this is the last time i'll swear this is the last time

what's the use of beating old war drums for past crimes?

i swear this is the last time i'll swear this is the last time

i won't come round here again until the flask's dry

 

it’s time to take the stand, raise your hand/ try to beat the case again

why'd you shake the branch deeply rooted in forsaken land

it's not your place to operate on patience you keep locked away

not today, yesterday, tomorrow/ what you got to say?

no excuse, searching for words that never come

spent your youth and all your kids'/ trying to stay forever young

place the severed tongue of Saint Paul upon the pedestal

list the lives you'd settle for and all the truths you'll never know

let it go, let it go, let it go forever more

chalk it up to weathered storms/ this ain't the worse you're better for

took it down to the bone, bone marrow

shot a lone, lone arrow at a stone, stone sparrow

killing two birds with one word/ spell it with a searchlight

honor it for two days and sell it on the third night

the path to hell is paved with politician's promises

a handshake, a smile, and every lie that's crossed their lips

i swear this is the last time I'll swear this is the last time

lend a helping hand to a man that walks the path blind

 

 

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BONUS - "THE JACKAL"

 

the torch has been passed burnt down to ash

now we're back where we started when the scenery was black

i never forget a face down in the water/ breathe life in windpipes the dim lights wander

pin stripes on ya make a well dressed monster/ a dagger for a handshake and selfless posture

88 keys and not one fits the lock/ i waited on your steps where the sun stripped your block

every window was tinted/ squinted my eyes to catch glimpses/ sanity hanging by its hinges

senses attacked from all sides of the spectrum

head spun round had me speaking in a dead tongue

pass the red rum I'm dry/ fill it up high

might be the last time i see the setting sun

so much that i've never done/ don't know where to get it from

i idolized forever young/ but petty crumbs get jettisoned

damnit, standing here stranded/ dark side of the planet

the jackal ran away with the canvas

damage was done/ go ahead and run like we expect you to

you prefer the pulpit/ i'll take the confession booth

call me pariah/ call me a cab

call me flat tire i'll be rolling in in an hour and a

half empty cup let your tears fill it up/ okay that's enough

one time for the red door clinic/ the late night visits

two times for the two-timing mistress

third time's a charm/ fourth time's exquisite

but the fifth time around nobody's opened up for business

 

thought I knew how, though I knew when, thought I knew ya

guess not,  hallelujah

(repeat)

 

hook me with the jail bait/ drag me by the tailgate

snail's pace, pick it up/ drop me at the railway

fade away as quickly as you came

i'm running a few names to spark a blue flame like butane

you slang that as the news? who brang that in the room? who claimed that as the truth?

now, look into my eyes might see your reflection/ might see the black that you slept in

might see your own eyes blink upon closer inspection

no sense of time or direction/ we dressed in the flesh that we came in

the flesh that we left in/ shed some along the way wound up with some fresh skin

thought I knew how, though I knew when, thought I knew ya

guess not,  hallelujah

(repeat)

 

truth be told you're a damn good liar/ talked me into sleeping in a house on fire

distant, dislocated, disowned/ damn, i must've pulled the short end of the wishbone

unlucky as the day is long/ as the night is cold/ as the blade is calm

flesh wounds on my palm out of place/ left a sour taste

Jesus, they crucify anybody now a days

a coward's face grinning in my champagne/ damn shame that i know the Devil by his last name

can't change which cards got dealt/ so i left em right there face down on the felt

i felt the urgent hands of the cold wind

pull me off the walls before they closed in 

the most that i could manage was to make my peace and vanish

cause the damage of your vanity has no end /old friend

 

thought I knew how, though I knew when, thought I knew ya

guess not,  hallelujah

(repeat)

 

Kill The Vultures Video: Live @ La Sacrestia (Milan)

Kill The Vultures recently concluded their sixth headlining tour in Europe, and their show in Milan at La Sacrestia was captured by URSSS(.com). Watch the first show of their Italian leg of the tour below:

http://www.ursss.com/2016/04/kill-the-vultures/

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Slug & Crescent Moon Conversation (audio recording)

Minneapolis-bred emcees Slug of Atmosphere and Crescent Moon of Kill The Vultures got in a car, started driving, hit 'record' on a phone, and started talking about life, parenting, music, Dairy Queen, car maintenance...whatever came to mind. The two have known each other nearly twenty years, and in 2001, Crescent Moon began touring with Atmosphere as Slug's hype man. 

Listen to the conversation here:

https://soundcloud.com/kill-the-vultures/sets/slug-crescent-moon-conversations

 

Limited Edition Carnelian Double LP & Screen Printed Poster

The 180 gram double LP vinyl of Kill The Vultures latest album Carnelian is now available for purchase in the Store of our website. This limited edition pressing features bonus tracks, "Last Time" and "The Jackal" featuring Channy Leaneagh of Polica. 

The poster is a numbered (1-50) screen printed poster featuring design by Kai Benson and artwork by Amalia Orman. 

Kill The Vultures Announce SxSW Shows, EU Tour

Sat. Mar. 19 : US - SxSW/The North Door
Sat. Mar. 19 : US - SxSW/Sidewinder
Thu. Mar. 24 : FR - Lyon / Periscope
Fri. Mar. 25 : CH - Yverdon les Bains / Amalgame
Mon. Mar. 28 : FR - Paris / Point Ephémère
Tue. Mar. 29 : FR - Strasbourg / Molodoï
Thu. Mar. 31 : FR - Nantes / Pôle Etudiant
Fr. Apr. 1 : FR - Le Mans / Péniche Excelsior
Mon. Apr. 4 : IT Udine / Visionario
Tues. Apr. 5 : IT Milano / Sacrestia
Wed. Apr. 6 : IT Osimo (An) / Loop
Thurs. Apr. 7 : IT Genova / Altrove
Fri. Apr. 8 : IT Brescia / Lio Bar
Sat. Apr. 9 : IT Ravenna / Bronson
Tues. Apr. 12 : IT Pisa / Lumiere
Wed. April 13 : IT Roma / Quirinetta
Thurs. Apr. 14 : IT Napoli / Cellar Theory
Sat. Apr. 16 : IT Bari / Quadrato Rosso
Sun. Apr. 17 : IT Avellino / Godot
Mon. Apr. 18 : IT Terracina / Tracce
Wed. Apr. 20 : IT Padova / Mame

Kill the Vultures 'Topsoil' Video Premiered by The 405 (UK)

Watch the video for 'Topsoil' from Kill the Vultures' Carnelian album, premiered by UK's The 405.

(Text from the article)

"We basically gave the video the look and feel of huffing paint until you see spirits" says Anatomy, producer and beatmaker for Minneapolis-based hip-hop duo Kill The Vultures. "This is the first video from the Carnelian album. Like the rest of the album, the beat on Topsoil is grimy and it's meant to penetrate on a direct level even though it's laced with some experimental/atonal madness. The vocals are pretty metaphorical but, in my opinion, the raw experiences behind the lyrics are more vivid and clear through Crescent Moon's metaphors than if he were just spelling things out."

"Snakes, serpents, and the reptile mind were inspirations on the album. Carnelian is the name of a stone, but we chose it as a title partly because of its phonetic similarity to "reptilian". This song, from the flute to the vocals, plays around with the snake idea more than some of the other songs. The video obviously delves into this theme as well."

Carnelian made our list of albums that deserved more love in 2015, so it's a pleasure to introduce this video to the world early in 2016. Kill The Vultures are also one to watch, one to check out, one you shouldn't ignore, one with a big enough back catalogue to explore, enjoy, and lose yourself in, one to tell all your friends about and watch them lose their shit like you just did. Their atonal approach to hip hop is so uncompromising that they've been able to quietly refine their sound without ever being troubled by the mainstream, so rest assured, if you like what you hear you have four albums of gold to work through. Call it homework if you like.

Kill the Vultures' Carnelian International 'Best of 2015' Roundup

2015 saw the release of Kill the Vultures' highly anticipated fourth album, Carnelian. We've selected some of our favorite international end-of-year write-ups of the album to share. 

*Il Mucchio (Italy) - Album of the Month for December. Carnelian listed as one of the "Best of 2015." (follow link for in-depth review)
http://ilmucchio.it/recensioni/musica/kill-the-vultures/

*Silver Rocket (Prague), "This is the best rap thing of 2015... the music texture equivalent of the first films of Jim Jarmusch." (translated)
http://www.silver-rocket.org/nejkecy/478

*The Monitors (UK)- "52 Best Albums of 2015: ...this is probably the most musically exciting hip hop album of 2015."
http://www.the-monitors.com/2015/12/24/the-monitors-52-best-albums-of-2015/

*The 405 (UK) It's rare for hip-hop as cerebral as Carnelian to make you engage with it in the way that it does...it's a hip-hop album that makes you want to dance without a small part of your soul dying inside you."
http://www.thefourohfive.com/music/article/unlucky-in-love-13-albums-that-deserved-more-in-2015-143

*Trois Couleurs (Paris) Under constant tension, worked by a rage that nothing soothes, they cook their urban mantras in an overheated tribal rap pan with free jazz. Best CDs of December. (translated)
http://www.troiscouleurs.fr/2015/12/les-meilleurs-cd-du-mois-de-decembre/ 

*Alternative Radio (France) A smashing return to business after six years of absence perpetuating once again brilliantly dark hip hop, urban and cerebral.Top 20 Albums of 2015. (translated)
http://alternativeradio.over-blog.com/2016/01/top-20-2015-8.html 

*Never Mind the Bee Stings (Italy) The year of the return of Kill the Vultures, who, with Carnelian, make a new large step in their fascinating idea of dark and suffocating rap. Crossed between beats and ethereal, obsessive jazz. Top 20 Albums of the Year. (translated)
https://nevermindthebeestings.wordpress.com/2015/12/30/snobbati-e-sconosciuti-perlopiu-i-miei-dischi-del-2015/

Auftouren (Germany) With the sounds of woodwind and brass, strings and percussion instruments, producer Anatomy creates instrumentals that fluctuate between the elegance of cocktail jazz, the shimmering tension of orchestral film music, and the hustle and bustle of free-jazz escapades. The eerie and menacing overtones of the music draw on Crescent Moon's dark and abstract lyrics. Best of the year list. (translated)
http://www.auftouren.de/2015/12/28/auftouren-2015-geheime-beute/