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mp3_00 | pit sounds, volume i

mp3_01 | oath floaters  

mp3_02 | b4 they come 4 me  

mp3_03 | allowance  

mp3_04 | cupidity (about an arrow)  

mp3_05 | flabbergas station  

mp3_06 | when the moon  

mp3_07 | room temperature blues (lamentations 1+2)  

mp3_08 | ophidiophage mercury (slight return)  

mp3_09 | sunspots  

mp3_10 | hold the train  

mp3_11 | don't ask the devil (to be yr altar boy)  

mp3_12 | reasonable doubt  

mp3_13 | mercury  

mp3_14 | coming 2 get U barbara (mental instrumental)  

mp3_15 | only everything's alright (disparate medley)

mp3_16 | mood swing {luscious jackson}

 


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oath

take an oath
and swear yourself
to anything
more or less
cut a piece off
with the knife of your choice
dip it in your cup
it soaks right up

floaters

somebody told me to write about you
but i think it was you in disguise
i wear a nippled skin
the shivers let you in
and sometimes they let me outside
count to a hundred i'll hide

you only sink until you drown
and then you'll float again
you only sink until you drown
and then

my little drama queen
pretends the light is green
forgetting her glasses for fun
and there are no mistakes
(until the water breaks)
that ignorance can't overcome
for as long as you're willing to run

you only sink until you drown
and then you'll float again
into the rising wind
a blister is your closest friend
just don't break the skin
just don't break the skin

you only sink until you drown
and then you'll float again
into the writhing wind
a blister is your only friend
(just don't break the skin)


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b4 they come 4 me

lashed him to the limbs of trees
no more tangles no more tears
suck it in and fit the mold
or behead your goose of gold

he broke down inside a jail
and on his knees began to wail
the secrets jumped from him like fleas
how long before they come for me?

just another ton of steel
let your hands fall off the wheel
dissolving slowly in the mouth
coast is clear then spit it out

scent if strong becomes a trail
a siren surfaced like a whale
dragged for miles on his knees
how long before they come for me?

a likeness stapled to the board
my flesh is but the dogs' reward

ophelia attica zine schism mazeltov
grimacing body electrical eaten
kiplinger pass the lasagna dentata
ephemeral duck in a brown bearnaise sauce
celibate in ski lift hans christian andersen
meh pita phony baloney morose


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allowance

don't be embarrassed by the sight of my scars
you see they wash off in the shower
just let me know how much you want it my son
and i can save you from the torment to come

but it's important to remember
to imagine that your chromosomes
are consciously in charge of you
and they don't give a fuck
about the plans you made
while daydreaming in second grade
they've put you on the stage and now

they won't allow you
they won't allow you down

you can't get over being cryptic my son
and i can't work without specifics
on this one
flames of history or ice cream and infamy
just give me something to go down in
or on

it's important to remember to imagine
that your mother is at home
and waiting up for you
when this is over
how will you explain
the size and color of the stain you made
while managing to not look proud

she won't allow you
she won't allow you down

it's important to remember to imagine
that your lover is asleep
and half on top of you
under the covers
now you take a respite
from the building of your pedestal
and put me up to test it out

you won't allow me
you won't allow me down

stare your money in the face
this whole world is wasting for you my son
for you my son


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cupidity (about an arrow)

stop reading the letters and just eat your soup
there's a fuck of a lot of believing to do
and i can't recall how to do it

not a twitch of the lid or an arch of the back
it was only a moan as a matter of fact
an unbroken bone till you threw it

and the arrow sticks straight out
through the heart of me
and to think i feel it now
as a part of me

there's no reason to do it and no reason not to
except for the fact that i really don't want to
but when has that stopped me before

don't have any more time for these you's and these i's
i'm making a world where no pronoun applies
and engraving our names in the ice

and the arrow sticks straight out
through the heart of me
and to think i feel it now
as a part of me
will i pay for all this time
or is the payment made in kind

i could still feel the weight of your eyes on my back
it was only the moment right after the fact


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flabbergas station

when you hear them church bells ringin'
you better wake up singin'

well i like to hear a woman sing like she don't care
what kind of shapes she makes out of the air
talkin' to a person that she knows ain't there
and ain't never been in any way described as fair

you had a dream
you stuck a flag in someone's head
you owned him like a personal eclipse you said
but you wouldn't want to prematurely interpret
the product of the consciousness that you sublet
and now that you happen to mention
it hurts me to pay close attention

the experiments have proven we can still waste time
'til we have to make some more to waste and that's just fine
i don't intend on lingering way past my prime
get the guillotine and call the boys at channel 9

it's all gone past
it's still going past
so make yourself a baby
put your pity in a cask
throw the pigskin at each other
but make sure it's stuffed with dollars
or you might not be inclined to make the catch
the whole world is cutting and pasting
and billions of turkeys are basting

no matter what i do it doesn't feel like sin
and the turkey's so much colder than it's ever been
the gravy has a skin so thick it's growing hair
and several lies and alibis are grazing there

i'm the whitest other white meat in the melting pot
habitually wanting only what is not
before you make a sandwich let me ask my lunch
just how the hell you learn to stop it all at once
my last meal is being reheated
my last words are being repeated

the governor awoke me at the crack of dawn
in his hand an open jar of grey poupon
(i said) feed your propaganda to someone who cares
i know that mars is cold and venus all hot air
and earth is somewhere in between
debating the meaning of green...

wake up singing every day
dem bones ain't never dry
or are they
or are they

well i hear they built a future on the other side
hop up on my back this is your last free ride
just a silver token at the next turnstile
but if i'm not mistaken spurs are out of style

i don't like the sound of hallowed ground
so fill it up
but don't drink what's in the bottom of the cup
the acids may deprive us of our natural teeth
but rest assured that soon the farms will breed their meat
without a heart or a brain
then what i eat and i will be the same...

wake up singing every day
dem bones ain't never dry
or are they
or are they

my last words are being repeated
my last words are being repeated
my last words are being repeated
my last words are being repeated


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when the moon

i have nothing to do with this
but i kind of wish i did
i have nothing to do with this
suppress suppress suppress

killing for the right to get down
with your arms sticking up into the new sound
dying for the right to get down
with all your arms sticking up into the new sound
get down

there's no time to inform you now
i'll search you out when i have time
i will take these keys out of my mouth
and unlock you

just hold tight
i'll be back with all our friends tonight
and then you're free
when our victory is guaranteed
i'll unlock you

this time we stand
you have no need to know the plan
don't protest your ignorance is for the best
i just wish i could take your place
inside this cage but i must fly
feet first into the face of rage

and then the moon turned into electric tape
and then the moon turned into

and we danced
and we danced
and we danced
in 2


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room temperature blues (lamentations 1+2)

1

you didn't cut me but you gave me the knife
you didn't cut me but you gave me the knife
you didn't touch me but you made it inside
you didn't cut me but you gave me the knife

2

i dared the wind to take away my home
i've been trying for years
to clear away the stones

the earth is turning
to keep the sun out of its face
the moon steals the covers
the clouds stay fixed in place
or so my teacher said

did we have to come all this way
to find we came the wrong way?

perhaps i should call upon x
and tickle her defense
with double blind charades
and phallic monuments
surrounded by razor wire fence

did we have to come all this way
to find we came the wrong way?

did we have to come all this way
to find we came the wrong way?
find we came the wrong way?

o chromosome! o chromosome!
o chromosome! o chromosome!
please tell me why! why, chromosome?
o chromosome! o chromosome!

(yeah)


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ophidiophage

“adam and eve refused the snake”
in petrified writing on the cake
chewing the ruse a thousand times
to keep it down
butterfly wings in marmalade
stickiest bed i ever made

both hour and glass are made of sand
but you prefer to stay my hand
please bring me a dream that won't dissolve
between the scour
of ball against lid for seven hours
meteor please survive the shower

what can you make
(from such a dry clay)
but a mistake
my face is not cloth
nor is it soft as down
my face is cost

mercury (slight return)

and when you were under
you wanted to be
you wanted to be her
you wanted to be
you wanted to be
you wanted to


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sunspots

i'm not your friend and we're not even
and i'd appreciate it if you didn't call me again
she said i don't know much about being invisible
as she lay down in a pool of sound so clear
and disappeared

keep afloat like a bottled note
too busy drafting and scrapping to notice the boat
now i understand why Picasso demanded
that both her eyes be on the same side of her face
fixing her in place

and if i'm lucky i'll catch
another glimpse
before the apocalypse
devours the moon
and flattens the mountains
alive in the heat
sunspots and inkblots
and groceries still in the car
parked outside the bar

read your stars and count your cards
and lick up the salt from the tears that you kept in a jar
she said i'm never sure what they mean by inflammable
as she got wired
and her arm caught fire in the den
counting back from ten

and if i'm lucky i'll catch
another glimpse
of her apocalypse
devour the moon
and flatten the mountains
alive in the heat of the
sunspots and inkblots
and groceries still in the car
parked outside the bar

(she said I'm never sure)


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hold the train

so my dog has fleas
i don't mean to be such a tease
but i can't say what i mean
(without parentheses)

we all thought you were someone else's friend
and called for you to stand at either end
i took one step back to fit you in
i've been walking backwards ever since

i have banged my head
suffice it to say that i've bled
the restroom was too far
so i used a police car

the five of us were fifty short of bail
so i spent my graduation day in jail
i thumbed the page and slit my skin
and all the world came pouring in

cordless telephone
my greeting is only a groan
you say you've changed this time
but you just changed your mind

i don't care so much for rock and roll
since it gave my friend a bloody nose
well actually it was me

i'm asking will you marry me please
i've got to get some use out of my knees
you can say that your biology's to blame
and pay the neighbors kids
to hold your train


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don't ask the devil (to be yr altar boy)

we're sorry
all operators are still busy
please continue to hold
and the next available representative
with be with you shortly
your call is important to us
thank you for your patience


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reasonable doubt

do pictures talk to you?
strain against their glossy coffins
slit their lips apart
do you hear them whisper in the dark
well i do
from the pages of my book
pasted so there's no escaping
everytime i look
i can hear them crying out

i have a picture of you
i have a picture of you
and it says the things i want it to
things i know you meant to say
but your voice got in the way
and never let them out
done in by a reasonable doubt

do you remember me?
although i never caught your eye
i've passed you in the street
a hundred thousand times
it's true i swear it's true
let me introduce myself
i am nurtured by the smile
you gave to someone else
and my scissors gave to me


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mercury

hang up and drive it down right through the monster's ribcage
sticks in the ground where the partisan lines have been laid
cockpit or not it's a swell of a beautiful stage

an eye on the polls while the barber takes care of his chin
they seem to be rising but really just sit there and spin
hogwash or not it's a hell of beautiful grin

a world without edges
horizon unseen
spread out on the surface
your mercury dream

the look that she gave made it difficult for him to stand
not so much seductive as badly in need of a man
now we all know her face like her face knows the back of his hand

a world without urges
inhaling obscene
spread out on the surface
your mercury dream

the euphemisms are the proof that he's saving the day
distinguished and silver replacing decrepit and gray
as he rolled up the limousine window was rumored to say

nice try delilah

hang up and drive


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coming 2 get U barbara (mental instrumental)



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only everything's alright (disparate medley)

1: Spin the Bottle {originally performed by Juliana Hatfield}

He's a movie star
only drives rent-a-cars
met him in a bar
said I know who you are
took him to my party
as the games were starting
bottles on the ground
are you ready now

when it comes to me
I'm gonna be ready
It's my turn in a minute
gonna put my message in it

five minutes in the closet with you

he is gonna kiss me
if he doesn't miss me
I'm ready for it now
already on the ground

2: Everything's Alright {from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar}

Try not to get worried
try not to turn on to
Problems that upset you
Oh don't you know
Everything's alright
Yes everything's fine
And we want you to sleep well tonight
Let the world turn without you tonight
If we try we'll get by so forget all about us tonight

Sleep and I shall soothe you
Calm you and anoint you
Myrrh for your hot forehead
Oh then you'll feel
Everything's alright yes everything's fine
And it's cool and the ointment's sweet
For the fire in your head and feet
Close your eyes close your eyes
And relax think of nothing tonight


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mood swing {originally performed by Luscious Jackson}

you come and get me when i'm all alone
on the corner just skin and bones
fever in and fever out
you're the swinger who brings me doubt
loverboy where you comin' from
down there, out back always on the run
cool, cool, deep blues
you're the shine on my shoes
is it in the damp heat inside of me
or is it in the fire that we collide
i feed you mood swing
but you're never satisfied

mood swing i can't let you win
you bring me up
you bring me down
mood swing i can't give in
to your subtle wiles
and your endless miles

you love me now but you'll hate me soon
in the light of the dark moon
smiling faces always turn away
you're the kind that likes to play
your fun and games take me up and down
with the skill of a circus clown
you see through my truth
i give it up 'cause it's up to you
you stare me down how you scare me
but my eyes are open wide
and i will rise to fight you
my delight won't be denied

mood swing i can't let you win
you bring me up
you bring me down
mood swing i can't give in
to your subtle wiles
and your endless miles


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