No Bird Sing

by No Bird Sing

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released 01 September 2009

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Track Name: Prometheus
Verse:
How many days are left to remember?
How many cold nights in the throws of November?
Your hands by the fireplace ‘ Wishing that gas was lit
The flame has been saved by the man who would banish it
Still all your thrills have been packaged and sold
They killed all your mountains to harvest their coal
They killed all your wolves to harvest their souls
Told all their secrets and boiled their bones
How many days are left to remember?
How many cold nights in the throws of November?
Your hands in the fireplace ‘ Wishing that gas was lit
The flame has been saved by the man who would banish it

Chorus:
Carry the fire ‘ Bury the flame

Verse:
How many days are left to remember?
How many cold nights in the throws of November?
Your hands in the fireplace ‘ Wishing that gas was lit
The flame has been saved by the man who would banish it
How many days are left to remember?
How many cold nights in the throws of November?
Your heads in the fireplace ‘ Wishing that gas was lit
The flame has been saved by the man who would banish it still
Track Name: Devil Trombones
Verse:
Some say the cure is worse than the disease
And kindness is a man when he’s rested on his knees
And Ludwig is Van is a 9th Symphony
played with Devil Trombones and a pocket full of speed
Stomach full of milkshakes ‘ Gully full of greed
Heaven metal rocket ships tripping overseas
Angel-faced heretics boasting ‘bout their dreams
of ultra-violent succotash and fully feathered wings
Old folks sing the songs of their father
With honor in their mumblings and shit in their wallets
Sleeping in a different key ‘ They’re something-aholic
On a high wire stuck with aspirations of falling [falling]
The lights are heavy and the sirens are calling
The steps are getting closer it ain’t no way to stall ‘em
Your stains are ‘bout to get all blacklighted and outted
and you’ll be in it half naked with no way to get out it [get it?]
They’re trying to stick you with some kind of admission
Waiting for it all to break down
Admit it’s still just the sinister thrill that keeps you up and it’s killed forcing indifference til you get belligerent feel
Your hand is steady ‘ Your heart steady racing
Your skeleton is getting all impatient ‘ Face it
Option one?
Put an end to the fun and play those Devil Trombones with no earplugs

Chorus:
All the policemen are wearing really strange clothes
So when you see them ‘ You’ll know who the run from

Verse:
What do I viddy vid with both of my peepers slit open?
Maybe your focus ain’t as sharp as you think it is
Nothing up their sleeve ‘ Nothing to fool you with
Just two droogs pissing with a mission to do you in
Stomach full of fist [punch] Knuckle full of steam
Devil brass ringing in you ripping out your seams
Heaven metal whispering “It’s time for you to breathe”
Falling in the rain until it’s safe for you to sing
songs as homage to the demons in your past
reminiscent of the medicine you pulled from out the flask
And now without your mask ‘ you’re finally disguised
as an angel-faced choir boy with nothing left to hide so

Outro:
Run
Don’t stop ‘ Don’t stop
Just run
Track Name: Dream Feat. Eyedea
Chorus:
Another window’s closed in my dream

Verse (Eyedea):
Eyes closed ‘ Slowly dissipate
Have a stare down with the sun and hope that it can lift the weight
I can’t say I never made a mistake
but people will be people and I can’t hate you cuz you changed
No matter how many times I rearrange the chairs in my apartment
the walls still look the same
I don’t know why I’m here but I’m glad I came
I feel lucky to know you by your first name
Let’s dance in the grave of your pain
If I had another chance ‘ I’d do it all again the same way
Canvass never threatened the paint
You’re still my best friend ‘ The feeling never went away
You make my days dark and my nights grey
Drive a knife through my heart ‘ I’ll try and drive you insane
If I can pull some skin from my brain
I’ll stick a pin in my flesh and carve a smile on my face

Chorus:
Another window’s closed in my dream

Verse (Joe Horton):
Wake life will the night ever taste right?
Break strife make it stay in the daylight
Wait ‘ wait the stakes are greater than I anticipated
Stay straight the snakes attack from behind
Take the forsight and strike it blind
Two of the same kind let’s lose our minds
Step in a slow lane ‘ Race in a long pace
Sever your own name and I’ll do the same ‘
Blame is getting late ‘ late
never let the nightmares separate from my dreams
if it means that I can see your face
Placed faith into what I always wanted you to make
outta this pile of bricks and this roll of tape
Nothing’s ever fair ‘ but at least it’s equal
The lake isn’t dry but the beach never ends
Deceitfully it bends in the middle
When I send you a symbol it’ll mean that I’ve given up on wasting fate

Chorus:
Another window’s closed in my dream
Track Name: Legal Blood Money
Chorus:
Yell it from the rooftop
Sell it from the throne
Tell it to your kinfolk or let 'em all alone
You can only be king
if you can sing a song
for the sake of the paper trail
the blood money's printed on

Verse:
The royal family is hiding in the dungeon and they're trapped
cuz they got nobody on the outside to pay the ransom
cops and the judges skipped down to go dancing
and the rest of their court has got more gumption than grey matter
oxen are dead, peasants apathetic
in what's gotta be billed as a strange change of direction
skip the election, let's hang a successor now
and let his chain sag lower than the motives of the crowd
redraw the borders in order to keep the order
like nobody heard the king whisper his will into his daughter's ear
years pass by before she gets an apology
that's stiffer than a board but lighter than ideology

Bridge:
yell it from the rooftop
sell it from the presidential residence
and let the effigest go up in smoke with the idol
let 'em all burn in the fire
do a dance in the aftermath of ash from the fire

like you heard it from the soothsayer
spit it from the spire
tell it to your first born
or let 'em all retire
you can only be king
if you can sing a song for the sake of the paper trail
the blood money's printed on

Verse:
The crown is crooked on the head of the inhabited
of one's man kingdom is another man's extravagant puzzle
it's something kinda wonderful, isn't it?
that the struggle is sinning and all the sinning is lovable
once you split it
open ' here's to hoping the answer isn't fuck it all
walk across a crossfire of bullet trying to duck 'em all
tuck all your aspirations in your shoes before you lace 'em
when your souls start decaying' they're your last saving grace
and it's safe ' atop this mixture of invincible and silly
and spilling into confidence inherently more scary
so marry the pomp and circumstantial evidence
that let you set the precedent for winning a battle
that hasn't happened yet

Chorus:
Yell it from the rooftop
Sell it from the throne
Tell it to your kinfolk or let 'em all alone
You can only be king
if you can sing a song
for the sake of the paper trail
the blood money's printed on
Track Name: Dead Leaves Feat. Bo Ramsey
Chorus:
Long long winter
Met her in the spring time
Cold blooded sinner in the summer I’mma make her mine
Wanted her to change me
Can’t nobody save me
Left her when the leaves died

Verse:
Sitting by the sea side ‘ Told her I would keep her safe
Sure as the reaper breaks rocks into sand ‘ make shore
Hold hands ‘ take stroll ‘ make plans ‘ change world
into something more beautiful
You know ‘ the usual convo like who’s your favorite author
She’s really into Hawthorne ‘ I’m really into Chaucer
Heiress and a pauper ‘ Princess and pea brain
She came of her own free will ‘ We sang
well into the middle of the night ‘ with a fiddle and a mic
Just a little bit of light ‘ Smell nice like sunshine and daisy chain
Oh my amazing grace ‘ Skin like silk ‘ Hair like wool
She pushed ‘ pulled ‘ I pulled and I pushed
Took what I could ‘ Left what I couldn’t fit
Shouldn’t it be a little easier to let us sit
Underneath that Mississippi moonshine
Sweat dripping glistening like new bride
Ain’t nobody listening to whispers in the wind
and then the sinner starts to bend an ear to fool’s pride

Bridge:
War drums beating on the other side of the hill
Gotta leave the home that I only started to build
If I gotta die ‘ Least my baby’s gonna live
Maybe I’ll see her when the leaves come in

Chorus:
Long long winter
Met her in the spring time
Cold blooded sinner in the summer I’mma make her mine
Wanted her to change me
Can’t nobody save me
Left her when the leaves died
Track Name: Night at Arms
Verse:
Should I learn to sink before I learn to float
Suffering is hope and none of us can cope
Contentment is stuffing little rocks inside of my throat
with no signs of revolt
I broke down the walls
Burned down the drawbridge
Jumped over the moat
while the serfs all applauded
Fought ice ‘ Fought snow
Until April’s rain unthawed ‘em both
and left me insane and broke
to nap on a peaceful coast

Chorus:
Can’t take what we don’t show ya
Can’t kill what we love most
Put bruises on our shoulders
Bloody up that pretty nose now
No telling how dangerous it is
Til you put that poison on your lips
Each touch as simple as a kiss
Each kiss will bring us all closer

To the fact that obstacles and cracks
litter every path ‘ ain’t no turning back
I can’t work my mask ‘ loosen up these straps
I never chose to be this close to my mishaps
You don’t understand ‘ I don’t want your plan ‘
I just wanna build the muscle memory that’s necessary to devise a way to break the chain on the gate of the cemetery
Days chasing me in waves
I won’t let ‘em win
Never let ‘em catch me coming out my skin
Sitting in the sand ‘ Blowing in the wind
Feeling every step from heel to toe
The twin sets of my footprints
never did exist
swear I saw ‘em is there something that I missed
Something I insisted on becoming before the running became a substitute for bliss

Bridge:
wishing wells seem to say
they want the easy way out
but they need to pay back what they didn’t win
filthy has never been
so close to cleanliness

Chorus:
Can’t take what we don’t show ya
Can’t kill what we love most
Put bruises on our shoulders
Bloody up that pretty nose now
No telling how dangerous it is
Til you put that poison on your lips
Each touch as simple as a kiss
Each kiss will bring us all closer

Verse:
Oars on the surface of the water ‘ My arms are soar
I’m cold ‘ I’m a monster ‘ So I’m told
Could you make me warm?
It’s wet ‘ under feet
try to run ‘ but I sink
It’s a dream right? That’s what it seems like
Couldn’t be right ‘ I don’t mean no alarm
Hidden in the soft creases of my palm
lines are deciding where they will begin
After every end something starts to stir
Strange as this has been ‘ Everything’s a blur
Wishing wells seem to say they want the easy way
But what they mean to say is things fall apart ‘ Leave ‘em be
Thieves’ll come to steal the seasons ‘ Rob the lucid from the dream
Just beneath the broken pieces are the sequences between
They can keep ‘em ‘ I don’t need ‘em
There not mine ‘ I’ll be fine
Left behind to find my way the only way I’ll ever find it
Love the ocean ‘ Be an island
Be the sea ‘ I’ll be Japan
Come with me ‘ Let’s leave this place and take some secrets to replant
Build a bridge ‘ Burn it down
Learn to swim ‘ Flirt with drowning
Break the crooked road in half and take the path we just found out about

Chorus:
Can’t take what we don’t show ya
Can’t kill what we love most
Put bruises on our shoulders
Bloody up that pretty nose now
No telling how dangerous it is
Til you put that poison on your lips
Each touch as simple as a kiss
Each kiss will bring us all closer
Track Name: Land Mines
Verse:
Dream of escape
When you’re awake it’s easier to take how you’re close to the breakdown
Chase sound round to that dark alleyway
Light buzzing wish it wasn’t
Just another block away the stain is splattered on the gravel
It captures the attachment to the tip of the spear
Subliminal fear ‘ littered in the closet ain’t been open for years
Better hope the combination isn’t whispered to a criminal ear
Set to appear in visions on the 15th
Gather old acquaintances ‘ Hold their hands ‘ Grit your teeth
Slip beneath your blanket ‘ Try and get some sleep
Kiss the cheek of every cold epiphany now
Plant a seed up in the ground ‘ Watch it bleed or let it drown
Pick it up until it meets the fallen idols
Came down from artificial rain clouds
No one saw ‘em coming
Really was a shame how that little seed of mistrust
grew up into a flower and devoured every piece of your it loved
before the hour turned to month
Month became the withered face of something that stayed to chase the loneliness away
Say what you say about the smile painted on the face of the clown
The joke is still stuck up his throat somehow
Won’t go down ‘ up is where it came from
None of us are stubborn enough to feel the same buzz
Lit his last smoke ‘ pocket full of gasoline
Said his last prayer aware that it was blasphemy
After me ‘ the planet’s gonna atrophy
Catch disease ‘ you’re lucky if you last a week
Joke you’re funny but nobody loves a bitter thief
with jagged little teeth violating all of my relief
The rest of me is left wondering what the thunder sees inside the storm
Our normal way home is scattered with tornadoes and rusted out payphones
and I’ll ignore those warning signs with you

Chorus:
16 landmines ‘ 17 pairs of feet
Don’t nobody move ‘less you think you’re gonna grow some wings

Verse:
The only way we’re gonna survive
is hiding behind the cloud cover up
and the sky’s painting silhouettes of guys diving
Floor 41
Started as a way to have fun ‘ So jump
Forget about the rip chord
It’s tucked under the rug with the skeletons and floorboards
and four score and six years from now
it’ll still be the same but somehow you gotta rise around it
like you’re sick of the pounding
Like you’re sick of yells but it’s worse because you’re sick of silence
So jump
And if you fly you’re a part of the problem
How could you solve it with wings on your back
when you cut ‘em they grow back
when you cut ‘em they grow back

Chorus:
16 landmines ‘ 17 pairs of feet
Don’t nobody move ‘less you think you’re gonna grow some wings

[you’re gonna grow some wings]
Track Name: Confession of the 40th Thief
Chorus:
At the foot of the father like father ‘ What is the problem?
Can’t see the road so how could I follow?
Got all choked up so how could I swallow?
Your medicine but better yet let it soak in the sacrament so 39 thieves
couldn’t rob us of our sacrilege

39 thieves ‘ Teach you a lesson
The 40th fell into the hell of his confession
Down down never came back back up up

Verse:
Wave hits ’ Mind freezes up
Sky splits ‘ I gotta pick the pieces up
Find the shards they’re buried in the garden
Hide your charge cuz it’s a long way home
Step lightly and careful ‘ You might see 39 thieves
down on their knees and it depends on the season
If there’s snow on the ground there’ll be blood in the ice
You’ll be tempted to join ‘em now
They think I’m crazy ‘ has anybody saved me yet
I think I’m poisoned ‘ living under constant threat
Is this the plot or better yet an imposter?
Like me the life we lead is easily broken

Bridge:
Never thought I’d have to do this alone
Hold on so I won’t break
Feeling just a little bit better
Never knew how much my fingers could take
Hold tight to the side of the cliff now
This is it now you’re never gonna get down
Reach for the ground until it picks you up
You see it’s never enough until it lifts you

Chorus:
At the foot of the father like father ‘ What is the problem?
Can’t see the road so how could I follow?
Got all choked up so how could I swallow?
Your medicine but better yet let it soak in the sacrament so 39 thieves
couldn’t rob us of our sacrilege

Verse:
I trusted the rats swimming away from the sinking ship
and left you to save face
Been thinking since then
the cracks in this skin are way to exposed to go away
If there’s another chance ‘ I don’t wanna take it this time
It’s my interpretation of the last mistake
that makes good and evil simple as a line
down the middle of my spine
As the thought of you in broken space
There’s a laugh and whisper in the next room
Catch a draft ‘ feel a quiver ‘ make ya head swoon
Pretty pretty angry ‘ ugly ugly awake
We’re living on different pages ‘ Forgetting all the same poems

Bridge:
Never thought I’d have to do this alone
Hold on so I won’t break
Feeling just a little bit better
Never knew how much my fingers could take
Hold tight to the side of the cliff now
This is it now you’re never gonna get down
Reach for the ground until it picks you up
You see it’s never enough until it lifts you up
Track Name: ars poetica
Chorus:
Ars poetica is dead
Walked through the valley to retrieve the head
Took the body to the ocean
Hoping that the bottom will give it a good place to rest
Yes

Verse:
I been sitting here too damn long
Looking at the wrong side of the mirror
I been sitting here too damn long
Looking at the wrong side of the mirror
I been sitting here too damn long
Trying to right these wrongs
Trying to write this song that only exists inside of a thimble
Pin prick the walls and let it slow leak like a symbol
Crashing through the conceived convention
immaculately pressed within these stone walls that I’m stressing
Hand over my eyes ‘ case the whole thing tumbles
and my heart stops beating in a pile full of rubble
Growing in dead space
Darling my head’s warm
Look at my red face
Tell me if that’s normal
Walk with me now ‘ for a coupla miles
On either side of the train tracks ‘ a ghost and a bright smile
Seconds are mine now ‘ Rest of it’s yours
Hang it on the rack and let it ripen and warm
Existence is form ‘ manifestations of change
It might look kinda different but it’s more of the same
Remember my name ‘ it’s right on the page
I wanted you to see it ‘ So I wrote it in green paint
I wanted you to see it ‘ So I wrote it in green paint
I wanted you to see it ‘ So I wrote it

Chorus:
Ars poetica is dead
Walked through the valley to retrieve the head
Took the body to the ocean
Hoping that the bottom will give it a good place to rest
Yes

Outro:
Hey little angel
What about your halo?
Why don’t you go and try to find it [find it]?
Track Name: Chopper
Sleep under a phantom moon
With the one you love
Tell her secrets and her lips will fit you like a glove
She’s so picky she can spot the shooting stars from airplanes
Amazing how she learned to shatter men like broken window panes
Dance with your shadow
It’s your last time to shine
And if you cannot find your shadow
Well my friend just borrow mine
Feet are scarred from stepping on the shards of the discarded
but it keeps good time and all of its entanglements are honest
The air doesn’t smell right ‘ Like whisky and hormones
Or all the holy water she would drink if the door closed
Memory sorted into different distortions
and it’s surely this normalcy ‘ taking its toll on me
Only the homeless are free from the scandal
so touch the foundation and watch it unravel
Spent months with the candle but too dark to use
the view from the crucible that was stranded
in the center of the place where I lived before
When I tried to give a reprieve to the leave
but it’s harder to breathe when the wind through the trees
is just breeze and the turnikit turns itself round
It’s wound so tight that it might just
Snap ‘ Stagger ‘ Fall
Stand again and tell the world it’s nice to see how it can spin
Thunder ‘ Clap ‘ Twisted grin
Catch yourself and watch that bit of clean off your busted chin
[I’m so glad that you could see me like this]
Track Name: Sparrows Feat. Kristoff Krane
Kristoff Krane:
There’s nothing to know ‘ There’s no one to miss
The longer I roam the colder it gets
Alone ‘ Slowly I grow with a hole in my chest the size of my head

Joe Horton:
No
Something I said opened it up
Wandered inside ‘ Nowhere to climb
Level the mountain ‘ Sever the spine
Only the fountain rusted and dry

Kristoff Krane:
Yes
Death to the sky ‘ Hope that it lift
Face to my knees ‘ I’m covered in dirt
It’s only a moment to focus within
and the moment I leave is to know what I chose

Joe Horton:
No other option ‘ Offered the throne
Broke as a promise covered in gold
Untangle the rope ‘fore it strangles the only
remainder of home that I knew from the search

Chorus (Both):
Take it in ‘ Breathe it out
Let the sparrows in your house
Show ‘em where the attic is and let ‘em be to set up shop
Watch ‘em sing ‘ While you dance
While you cook and while you break shit
Never let ‘em go ‘ It’s their escape
They’re escaping

Bridge (Both):
There’s a blackbird sitting on a telephone wire
He couldn’t fly away because his wings were really tired
But he knew he had a family that missed him very much
Pretty soon he will be back ‘ Pretty soon he will be back

Joe Horton:
Back back back back
Back to the strap me down the tree
Front to the trunk ‘ Hands up the leaves
Stand ‘ Squeeze the last of the sunlight streams
between the man that I am and the sea ‘
Wanted to be ‘ drifted away
Stay ‘ Follow your legs
Wherever they take you it’s better that way ‘
I’ll send you a kiss if you wish it away ‘

Kristoff Krane:
The way ‘ the way it sways in the wind
I lay all day awake ‘ Afraid constrained shake in my aging skin
There’s no way out ‘ No way to repair
No faith ‘ Naked again ‘ Ashamed
Nothing to blame ‘ I make believe I made a rainbow
Watched it for a heavy ‘ six side of each slave
to free us all completely ‘ but entangled obsolete
Play fair ‘ weak ‘ arms to feet ‘ naïve
Hard to reach ‘ I’m hardly me ‘
Please I come to leave

[Breathe it out]

Chorus (Both):
Take it in ‘ Breathe it out
Let the sparrows in your house
Show ‘em where the attic is and let ‘em be to set up shop
Watch ‘em sing ‘ While you dance
While you cook and while you break shit
Never let ‘em go ‘ It’s their escape
They’re escaping
Track Name: Plastic Lines Feat. Alicia Wiley
Verse:
The photo album is filled with pictures and strips of negative space
Clean enough to see the seams ‘ plain as daylight on our faces
Easier to trace the constellation beauty marks when all your brightest poses
aren’t used to life outside the dark
Lose yourself
Drift to that horizon line where sirens find a place that’s safe enough to lose their voices crying
Exits winding ‘ complex and all the lines can bend
Footsteps like minute hands that ride the spiral til it ends
Could it be that we were both lost?
Impatiently tossed out
We need to be found before we hit the ground
I closed my eyes ‘ stopped my heart from beating mid-stream
like maybe you would come back to me if I stopped breathing
You love the withered roses
I hold you in my arms
You kiss my fingertips and rest your head inside my palm
It seemed so simple inside the walls we built to keep the sun from seeping in

Chorus (Alicia Wiley):
We were lost in the distance
Plastic lines brought us back

Chorus {Joe Horton):
Plastic lines are sharp as knives
They’ll cut your heart and bleed it dry
Hear a secret ‘ Tell a lie
Touch the morning ‘ Kiss the sky

Verse:
If you were lost in a city in the sky
I would carry my wings in my back pocket and fly
forget to walk and then try to touch my tongue to the tip of the sun
like nobody ever told me that it couldn’t be done


Chorus (Alicia Wiley):
We were lost in the distance
Plastic lines brought us back