Lyrics: Diligence

6:15
Right!
Gotta do it again
6:15
Right!
Gotta do it again
Two day coffee and
Tea cup of gin
6:15
Right!
Do it again

Monday pressed shirt
3 buttons
Down
Monday pressed shirt
3 buttons
Down
Holy Templar
To wash it down
Monday pressed shirt
3 buttons
Down

When the weekend comes
I breathe into your hair
Rough and ready morning
With no telephone

Thursday short skirt
So diligent
Thursday short skirt
So diligent
Arms and ankles
Unrepentant
Thursday short skirt
So diligent

6:15
Right!
Gotta do it again
6:15
Right!
Gotta do it again
Tea cup of gin
6:15
Right!
Do it again

Lyrics: Ice Water

Hotel room 9:04
Train from Washington
Across the tundra
You don’t know where I am
But your tendrils all around
I cocoon myself
In this padded lock-down
The night begins to thaw
Closer to twelve
Ask the barman for salvation
I’ve forgotten myself
Back in Washington the crystal night
Shattered by an ambulance cry

You’re so cold, how did you get this way?
Can’t relax ice water in your veins
You’re uncomfortable, getting nervous
Can’t help but take it out on the rest of us

Will you pace your breath?
Long enough to see
80 acres
On the shores of Tripoli

Hospital
Top of the hill
Come down with the
Fever chill
Contortion from the
Burning veins
Morphine for the
Serial pain
Outside the branches wave
Light a candle a life to save
Touch you with the gold flower
Sing to you from the ancient spire

Top of the hill
Fever chill
Burning veins
Serial pain

Lyrics: Ides of January

I get the story in fragments as I lay in our bed
Of an infinite highway and a grey limousine
A fan is churning the air across the prow of your head
There’s a white-knuckled driver with a sweat back sheen

Your eyes are distant your fingers pull the pillow case
They swallow miles like fishes pass the mouth of a stream
I check the clock at eleven and your lips start to shake
They screech wheels in the quiet of Burden’s Landing

Beware the Ides of January
Hold your breath and close your eye
Still your chest and open wide

It’s hard to measure
Footsteps echo across the floor
We tried to do the right thing
Crawled across the division

So these are the halls of the devil’s choice
An antiseptic disposal, telescopic voice
My love you’re sleeping awake, you can hardly stand
I lay your fetal body beneath the churning fan

Lyrics: Last Night in Tokyo

Last day in the gravel garden
Wet sky and an acid breeze
Water’s edge where this ice is forming
Dry swallow time to leave

Rain window streak mascara
Reserve seat on the bullet train
Yesterday in the temple garden
There was nothing to say, nothing to say

The city never ends
Millions burrow underground
Day and night the same
Everyone alone

Step outside now
It’s really not the end
The hours the hours you said
Glow like lanterns now

Last night in Tokyo
Gonna melt your mettle core
Palm Springs take you down easy
Sunrise on the desert floor

Lyrics: Salamander

Keep it together
It together
In the quiet corner
There’s always action
If you want in the
Sound of the surf

On the rocks
In the grass
And it’s getting closer
There’s always action
If you don’t mind
Making it hurt

We wipe the dew from our eyes
Only to blink at the sun
Hear a familiar voice
But it’s coded
Stretch the folded fingers
To the chosen one
Try to sing from the page
As you wrote it

Store the heat
In your skin
Baby salamander
Conserve yourself
With no motion
Rest for the flight

In the dust
On the pins
There is no water
The air is thin
The air is cold
In the livid night

If you’re born
As a fly
Would I recognize?
Winged beat
Against the air
As your lonely voice

If you’re born
As a child
To a stranger
Will our paths
Intertwine
Or have I lost my chance?

Lyrics: Chemical Yellow

Leave it in its cage
It won’t find a way
To warm itself inside
Your cheekbones and your smile
Very civilized
Very civilized

It’s a beautiful glass cage
On the 51st floor
The furniture is white
The sky outside
The sky outside
Is chemical yellow

The more you look out, the less you can see
Deep lines are forming
The more you look out, the less you can see
Blue trees are flaming

If it starts to break
You can find another shell
In the rocks under the waves
When the tide begins to break
When the tide begins to break