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)