LYRICS

Best Blues

Personal Best

PERSONAL BEST

Though we like to pretend
the dance is choreographed
there looms the pattern
more random every day

seen through a pane of glass
but clearly magnified
we sit and focus
and hone in on the worst

yet I
don’t see us running out of time
but its true
we should've learned enough to
chalk it up as a loss

our day is coming quick
we put it off of course
in a line of thinking
we had doubted from the start

the only cost of which would be
our bullshit time
still see us lying in the dark
fixing, just staring at the void
making a list
setting demands
reminds me why
I might have cared

she said
"come take your birds and fly
go find the afterlife

go out and focus
hone in on the void

I see you running out of time
I see you running out of time

just see you and me
just see you
running

just see you and me
just see you
running out of time

just see you and me
just see you
lying in the dark

lying in the dark

No One Wants It To Happen To You

No one wants it
to happen to you
No one wants it
to happen
No one wants it
to happen to you

Enter the room
the fog crept in your eyes
made you float

Whether or not
it came as a surprise
you were sure
they were mistaken

No one wants it
to happen to you
No one wants it
to happen

news from the wall
take the ruins of
spring again

the gaps may be closed
the visible escape
just a blur

the cold tap of the facts
you realize

we live in the dark
we do what we can
the rest is up to chance
&
No one wants it to happen to you
No one wants it to happen
No one wants it
No one

Boys Life

In light of luck
which seemed remote
came
The loss of wonder!
Glad to see it go!

I don't bother
anymore

That secret's sold!
Hell, I made my own

pictures of youth /
picturing you

wandered off to wade
a sea of pasts

the undiscovered
leanings likely lost

floating in ozone park

can't stay there
its true

but if you'd like to visit
you are welcome

least in your mind
somewhere you can go
least in your mind
yet to yellow

pictures of youth /
picturing you

The Closer I Look

And if not here
then where else
might one live
easy?

in tomorrow?
underneath all the spikes
left of memory's sprawl?

the closer I look
everyday at the doors!

But it felt weird
just walking out

not sure if
I came close

Minor deity
to you spoke:

"when first faced with it
take the compliment
more directions
to follow"

current sympathies
have been of use to me
got sad, did something
of note

helps to worry sometimes
the closer I look
every day at the walls

have they warned you?
are they going to?
On a bus to Duluth
heard about the scene there

the closer I look
the more it takes away

the closer I look
the further it feels/seems today/away
the more it feels/seems ok

Have they shown you
streets off the main?
Me? I Don't know the way!

Lead me there!
Lead me to
Lead me to
some practical use

lead me to
lead me to

Big Ideas, Pt. 2

I recall a time when the moon
was full
and you had no idea
where you were

side by side
came out to surrender
I wore the best
thing I could find

love is a choice
love is no answer

back through the empty
house of the zodiac
onto some
better myth

death is one thing
to be dead is another
it was the last thing on my mind

Maybe, I'd like to
live in this place

Maybe, I'd like to be for you
what you are for me
what you are
what you are for me

love is a choice
love is no answer

love is
a choice like any other

Back at Belle's

When I came here
everything was strange
Wasn't sure I'd see
you again
with the act I pulled

Back at Belle's again
least for the evening
Way I was thinking
It wouldn't be long
til you came back
you came back

then we'll lay around in
some madhouse
laughing at the world outside
and I'll ask you what

What made you
change your mind?
what made you change
your mind?

Who says I changed it?

You came back
You came back
for me

what made you change
your mind?

Who says I changed it?
Maybe, I'm just thinking about it

Between Leos

two in the dark
a competent heart
come and live with me

Just out of reach
the tape would repeat
Asked to find the flame,
could barely glow

Between Leos
on your own
Between Leos
you won't

You just say the words
I'll hop into the car and go
though we hardly spoke a word

setting off alarms
terrors of the afternoon
made you feel the fool

full of the old Adam
I expect the worst from you
made you feel I disapproved

Between Leos
on your own
Between Leos
you won't

you just say the word
I'll get into the car and go

come meet me halfway
come meet me halfway
half the way is easy

Checkpoints

None of this can resume
from the place that we
left off

pan as you walk through
the room
cut away to
a permanent address

paradise may be far off

Checkpoints on the map
Checkpoints on the map between
I was hardly here
I was hardly gone

I was hardly here
I was hardly gone

Wanted to flee the scene
through the fence
through the present

in the course of the work
you missed

light invading the void
psychic only in joy,
crazy enough to leave
the edges tempted me

Checkpoints on the map
Checkpoints on the map between
I was hardly here
I was hardly gone

I was hardly here
I was fairly gone

Smoke Around the Bend

Quietly, I asked them what
this place was for
nobody could recall

in the distance
Watched the traces left of the crane
their story was the same

Smoke around the bend
Fire in the east
places I pretend to reach
Smoke around the bend

drone assures me
I'm still here
out on the breadcrumb trail
but leading out to where?

Found the clearing on the map
strangely made to scale
of the studio sky

Smoke around the bend
Fire in the east
what did I intend to see?
Smoke around the bend

oh I'm bound to seek september
in the valley of the moon

XX Century

Meet me down
at the the steps
tell no one
this is prolly our only
chance

never mind what they said
can be done
just make sure they
don't see you leave

through the waterfall
hop the fence
can't take
the obvious way

20th century
20th century

doesn't mean that
we're lost
just means
we're a little off

yes, we blew it back then
this time we've
practiced everything
perfectly

pick out a coat
head for the north
justget there

want it to/wanted to go another way
but its always the same
but it always the same
when I get there

even when I get there
even when I get there
on time

20th century
20th century

Someone to come
and light the way
Someone to come
and light the way

20th century
20th century

Real People EP

Lines of Latitude

Here am I
so close to the frost
Here am I
in the grove
far from the falls

In and out of where
you & I
slaughtered the palm

It's not all the time
Just when it strikes
It's not all the time
Just when it strikes

The lines I crossed for you
The lines I crossed for you

Caught in the vast dance
of the streets
Never thought
you'd find your
way back again

In and out of hotels
and the bars
moving the pen

It's not all the time
Just when it strikes
It's not all the time
Just when it strikes

The lines I crossed for you
The lines I crossed for you

Limits of Desire

Free At Dawn

I'd been keeping myself

keeping myself from view

hoping you'll just

come to

Holes in the bridge 

Downwind, some drifting fire

As futures go

well this one seems fine

Mornings and evenings

dissolved.

Convinced

I'd be

FREE AT DAWN

Took a walk

along the pier alone

Hypnotized by a weakness

in the wood

A skeleton street

snaked off another way

I was feeling reckless

as rain

Responsibility

seemed odd

Awake

I was FREE AT DAWN

FREE AT DAWN

FREE AT DAWN

Canoe

On my way 

to the 7th house

I ended up

caught right in the rivers mouth

spinning in circles

 

Fake water feels

black and cool

but it wears me out

 

All my powers used up

getting to you

Easier to float along

 

Canoe

stuck between two

shores

 

Canoe

was built for you

and I

 

She's not an enemy

She's a friend to me

And she'll let me leave

if I ask nicely

 

All she promised me

was eternity

But I couldn't keep

up the energy to row

Just float!

 

Canoe

stuck between two

shores

 

Canoe

was built for you

and I

No Stranger

Tell me where you thought you saw me

Tell me why you asked my name

Tell me how you've come to be

in this place 

Tell the story how you want to

Make up all the details

Tell me what feels good.

I don't care

You're no stranger

No stranger 

to me

Take me for another body

come out of the wilderness

Maybe just a window

you could've passed

Take me through your barricades

Push me through your city walls

Take me. I can be

whoever you want

You're no stranger

No stranger 

to me

Nothing here is set in stone

You don't even know

where I come from

Could I be someone

you can trust?

You're no stranger

No stranger

to me

Don't even know

Don't even know 

Sophie

SOPHIE

 

She was the end of ruins

a full rush of air

A reason for removing

the lock from the door

 

But who could hope to know

what she does and where she goes?

You might learn to

take her

 

As she is

As she will be

 

SOPHIE

SOPHIE

 

Your double in many ways

But only one of you 

can pull the strings

 

To be the guest

To be the other one

Is it so 

Is it so bad?

You're starting to understand

her

 

How she is

How she will be

 

SOPHIE

SOPHIE

 

Everybody knows

Everybody knows

who she is

who she will be

 

SOPHIE

Breathless

I'm standing in tomorrow's way

future's fine

least it seems okay

Doesn't mean a miracle

should be turned away

 

On that day

Saw both my life and death

in two lines

felt the kick of fate

there I was invisible

out of phase

 

No sun, no storm

no time, nowhere

BREATHLESS

for a moment I was

nowhere Breathless

for a moment I was

BREATHLESS

 

Both the void and the parade

in due time

and they feel the same

Even if I wanted to

well I can't explain

 

How could I be standing here

across divides 

unhurt, unfazed

It didn't feel impossible

but it looked that way

 

No sun, no storm

no time, nowhere

BREATHLESS

for a moment I was

nowhere Breathless

for a moment I was 

BREATHLESS

 

for a moment I was fine

for a moment I was fine

Proper Spirit

Each night I go out

and forget

Monk's orders and

head straight to her!

 

Through the thick 

and lovely smoke

full of guts 

but so shy

 

Tell me what you want

she says

Tell me what you want

 

Now, let it go

Let it go

Let it die

 

You haven't shown

the proper sprirt!

The proper spirit!

 

She takes me out

to the heart of it

lost in the swell of the street

 

It can hit all the notes

we agree

but the city itself

needs to breathe

 

Let it go

Let it go

Let it die

 

You haven't shown

the proper sprirt!

The proper spirit!

Only A Shadow

I'd heard of you

from a voice at the door

I'd heard of you

and the ghost that you were

 

A trace of you

just a flash

a fingerprint

on the glass

 

A trace of you

in the room

Just what was it

that you knew

 

She's only a shadow

She's only a shadow

 

I looked for you

in the gaps

of the walls

I looked for you

at some funeral

 

A trace of you

had me stuck

a photograph

I didn't trust

 

A trace of you

barely used

On the trail

but out of view

 

She's only a shadow!

She's only a shadow!

Limits of Desire

LIMITS OF DESIRE

 

I wanted relief

from wanting

A moment beneath

nothing at all

 

A cold wind

gingham flap

the streak of the shore

 

Yes I fled him,

he who I had loved

too much

 

Limits 

Limits of Desire

 

I listened for news

of the road

I tried to love

but it keeps me home

 

Other lives droned

far from the grass where I lay

Each eye stared out

the opposite way

 

Limits

Limits of Desire

 

Is there no

Is there no

limit?

Shook Loves

Do know I loved you

Now I 

don't have a clue

 

Do know I loved you 

Now I 

don't have a clue

 

I'll find it another one

Below me, cars go by in storms

 

I looked out from the roof above

at a maze

A lonely night to walk

all the way there

 

SHOOK

by the loss of love

SHOOK

by the loss of love

 

Fine rain I

felt fall

til it soaked through my boots

 

The wild boys

all should know

I got nothing of use

 

Looked in the window wide

Could only see one light

Steam from the kettle rose

The bread was burned

I just walked home

 

SHOOK

by the love

SHOOK

by the loss of love

 

I woke to find

nobody here

who left the light on?

Waiting up

 

I woke to find

nobody here

who left the light on?

Waiting up

Outskirts

 

I stood and watched

longer than I should

What was I waiting for?

 

Get in, get out

maybe take a glance

but for chrissakes,

don't linger there

they'll see you're stare

 

On the outskirts

looking in

On the outskirts

Looking in

 

Too many day & nights

have been spent

in plain siight.

 

What's the maximum I'm

willing to give?

What's the maximum I'm

going to be happy with?

 

Call Lottie

Ask for the news

But there's no point

you already knew

 

See the cracks

in following the facts

Put yourself on notice

Put yourself away

 

On the outskirts

looking in

On the outskirts

Always been

 

What's the maximum I'm

willing to give?

Whats the maximum 

I'm going to be happy with ?

 

NEW CHAIN

Camouflage

Off night teens with lesser guides Enough of my old ways Off white scenes, messed and lined Who are you? And where am I? I know a way through the camo I know a way to get clear Off time dreams and diamond rings So what if I won't stay? Tossed in bleach and extra thin Who are you? And where am I? I know a way through the camo I know a way to get clear

Search Party

High among the wires of the city Under the guise of the cracked moon Stepped over you in boots that were filthy All your charms All your charms wasted There's nothing to keep you Search for what you need There's nothing to keep you Search for what you need Midnight sets the terms for the meeting You don't know where its going down yet Far from all the lights of the building In the pool In the pool Listless There's nothing to keep you Search for what you need There's nothing to keep you Search for what you need

Hydra

Cool pride, creeps over me I still gut through this work Oh lousy gods and the lives they strike You wasted time when there was none Far off, song sung to me Your voice, I knew it well I swear if I could get there I would I'd pay no mind to the straps on my arms Sirens I know what you are but I don't mind I just threw it all away Oh you didn't learn, you're better than that Higher than wine I know what you are but I don't mind I just threw it all away Oh you didn't learn, you're better than that Higher than wine I don't hear where you are I don't hear where you came from

Photojournalist

What had become of the woman Who lingered around In the photo? The daughter of Diane Would never, ever be bound To the basic To rise up again Rise up again Like a ghost I saw it Rise up again Rise up again Like a ghost Here with me You will Stop, I'm not ready to know Who she was Stop I'm not ready to know Who she was There is a difference between What you want them to know And what they have to know There in the mirror Reality never was found From the waist up To rise up again Rise up again Like a ghost It started to Rise up again Rise up again Like a ghost Here with me You will Stop, I'm not ready to know Who she was Stop I'm not ready to know Who she was

Crisp 100s

Calmly Overwhelm me And I feel it in the cards That it happens in the dark I fear this is the cause But I never found it odd Calmly Overwhelm me And I hear it in the calls But I don't know who she was A hundred in the park And they're circling the guards These eyes seem to go wild These eyes seem to go wild

Goons

Tonight I've seen the world As it wants to be It does not hold back Not hold back It longs to be a slob And a heathen It will not hold back Not hold back GOONS GOONS GOONS GOONS Tonight I made the world Want to steal for me It will not hold back Not hold back But it wants a bigger cut than we agreed It will not hold back not hold back GOONS GOONS GOONS GOONS

Light Curse

Don't you say that I'm lazy I didn't even want to go there Lost kilometers and white stairs but I go always, go always I go always, go always I go always I don't want to hear about the way you feel Naked and slumped in a folding chair You wouldn't want it any other way Now that all others have gone away To walk among lesser rain Light is the curse that remains And you're better with your right arm Yes, the feeling you're counting on And you need it clearly Might you feel your work was wasted here Might you feel your curse has disappeared Echoing the life l waited for Left to hang out on the line Light is the curse left behind And you're better with your right arm The feeling you're counting on And you need it clearly Might you feel your work was wasted here Might you feel your curse has disappeared Hey young one What were you doing? What were you running from? What were you running from?

New Chain

I cant escape the wild summer fate Once it changed The tribe lost their shape The wilderness You range from Spell it out, Spell it out Why should i, why should I wait? But there is a way To break the chain that I lug around There is a way That I've known I heard the tape It wasn't me The wilderness You range from Spell it out, Spell it out Why should i, why should I wait? There is a way To break the chain that I lug around There is a way That I've known

Panthers

Anywhere that it wants to go Doesn't want your blood anyways Lying in wait Out there in the wild Passing time Stalking Unaware of the panthers Unaware of the panthers Sitting there on the the other shore Daring you to swim its way Made of ice Calmly Out of time Lurking Unaware of the panthers Unaware of the panthers How do you know they're not there? How do you know they're not there? Panthers in the aisles Laying in disguise Panthers in the aisles Stalking

SMALL BLACK EP

Despicable Dogs

I know where they build em

I know when they're selling low

Wilder than the worst ones

Wilder than the one i’d known

Smoke machine begins to blow

Lines of water on the floor

Indifferent to the written wall

Lost in the wood on another hunt

If they rattle, then they rattle on

Do it, without me

Do it, when I'm gone

Right as I hunt you

Right as you run, you dog

I know how you watch them

I know that you want them all

Maybe in the factory

Maybe in the actual world

Minor leads out in the snow

My police have yet to go

Indifferent to the written wall

Lost in the wood on another hunt

If they rattle, then they rattle on

Do it, without me

Do it , when I'm gone

Right as I hunt you

Right as you run, you dog

Do it, without me

Do it, when its wrong

Right as I hunt you

Right as you run, you dog

Loving the work

Loving the worst

Loving the work

Loving the worst

Weird Machines

Lit up all the matches

Peek inside the room

Fortune tellers in there

Sleeping with the moon

Missed the bad advice

Could be right

between you and me

If you've gone away

Who will make

Trouble for the rest of us?

Fate's a bitter lady

Beat us to a pulp

I am sure she means well

She's just a little dull

To have stayed alive

interwined

between punch & dream

If you've gone away

Who will make

Trouble for the rest of us?

Like a machine

Rumbling

Humming through your heart

Bad Lover

>

And in the white building

I waste my love

Watching the world return

To what i knew it was

Drawn to the sight

Of moving bones

Close to the claws

Lay down your wild hands

You are not in love

While on the streets I see

strange animals

Where are they off to?

Perhaps, to see you?

Drawn to the sight

Of moving bones

Close to the claws

Lay down your wild hands

You are not in love

Despite the photograph

You are not in love

Lay down your wild hands

You are not in love

Animals

Drift in the fog

Animal

Drift in the fog

Pleasant Experience

Under ugly moons

Pleasant as it was

I don't assume

I was there at all

The nights so full of flaws

You could be making it up

The seconds that I lost

Gone are all faces

Threaded into the dark

you could be right about

you could be right about

Walking east of the world

I heard laughing

Imagined that it was all

Hideous but true

the wild things we do

It could be nothing of mine

Just someone that I knew

Gone are all places

Threaded into the dark

you could be right about

you could be right about

Lady in the Wires

I came here half alive

With terrible things in mind

A long way, a long way to go

The spirit's endearingly slow

Oh, lady in the wires

Of another time

How first you knew me!

A boy, as you drew me

Anyone at all

could've known where

Anyone at all

could've told her

Lady in the wires

Of another time

How you've tried!

Tried and tried

Had nowhere, had nowhere to go

The spirit delirious chose

Anyone at all

could've known where

Anyone at all

could've told her

Lady in the wires

Lost in the wild

Lady in the wires

Of another life

Lady in the wires

Lady in the wires

Once in awhile

Moon Killer Mixtape

Two Rivers


Love is all over me
On the West Side Looking East
Tennis courts
full of rain
River was a mirror
that had gone insane
Spoke to you a little slow
You misunderstood
where I wanted to go
A taxi cab, full of glass
Headphones on
Never heard the crash
I'm looking at the big sky
You never understood me

Moon Killer


Never Make You Try
Never Make You Try

Up in the morning
And out the door
One of mystery
One of heaven's bored
God is lifted
She says you're the one
good for nothing
servant of the bunch
But that's an ugly way to do things
Here's the tools
I've laid them out for you

Never Make You Try
Never Make You Try

Here's the tools
I laid them out for you
Touching them but don't know how to use
And you hear there's a better way to do it
And you hear there's a better way to do it
You hear there's a better way to do it
You don't want to put the work in, so I
Never Make You Try
Never Make You Try

That's an ugly way to do things
Here's the tools
I've laid them out for you
Never Make You Try
Never Make Your Try

One try
Moon Killer
One try
Moon Killer

Clear Blue Skies


Real as you want it to be
Real as you want it to be
Close to the edge of the world
Close to the edge of the world
But It doesn't matter to me!
It doesn't matter to me!
Real, real as you could be
Close to the edge of the world
Close to the edge of the world

Don't that sun look good
Don't that sun look good going down

Sunday's Son


Sunday's Son
What about you?
I had no opinion of the boy
Till I woke up to
the fact I'd been his toy
Black out the storyboards
The fat clouds that I'd ignored
They never stay long
They never stay long

I was dreaming
you were working
I was dreaming
you were working
dreaming where you'd gone

In every sentence
The ghost of a streak
The lost offering
The endless streets
A life as a prophet
Only you stopped it all
If you come at all...
If you come at all....
You might not come for a long while

Sunday's Son
What about you?

Love's Not Enough

Your love is not enough
All I care about is money and the city where I'm from