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Lamplighter

by Oliver Orion

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1.
Naga 03:56
Gonna break me a mountain, gonna churn up the sea, lift out all of the joy of the earth and let it rot within me. I'm a take of life Blessed be my memory when my actions die. Play another anthem for me I've been busted up so hard that I've become three One for the earth, bury my bones in dirt, one for the sky, one for the sea. And all my days were reckless till I got caught in the moment. A slight of hand, a dream of seeming somewhat less the snake I am. Then wisdom broke my head in.
2.
funny bird 05:46
Radiating up and out the call is block by cloud upon cloud on cloud on cloud "You've left me free as spider's string floating gently in the breeze." Rhythm fades and I'm dancing with my own strings now a thirst not slaked by the blood of anything drink and drink all you've got and never tire of nodding off. I'll have none of your mystic superstitions just got jumped in the alley by bare-footed Christians who's faces were blank and who's hearts had lost hold of the vision. In a shelter of fire, dead-set on desire, they're crushed by the force of the light they aspire to fill up my cup till the brims buried under the water. The second is not coming. It's been here and already gone. The second you gave away decision was the second you crippled your own cause. And this funny bird will have no roots, save the joy of solitude, save the joy of cutting loose.
3.
Rhino's Horn 03:26
I will walk alone, naked through this world I release myself to danger I'm not invisible anymore. I will walk alone to places you will never know into my own skin and never back out again The breath that I take in is exhaled by the wind blow me back to my home, I'm wondering alone. You will speak my name but I'm impervious I've shut all my veins with thoughts I won't explain The breath that I take in is exhaled by the wind blow me back to my home, I'm wondering alone. Like a rhino's horn...
4.
Will we break? Will our bodies finally shatter in a moment? I could take a lot more pain before I'd known of it. Are we crushable? Will gravity churn us into cold dust? Are we combustible? Or can I rise from a fire like a phoenix? Although I've seen you out among the corn, I'll never greet you with open arms. If we were brothers, would you help a brother out and show me mercy? If we were lovers, would you, at the final moment, ignore me? If I don't fear you, perhaps it is only your distance. 100 years to everything you've got to remember.
5.
The seed of love hurt after the controlled burn I watched it to the end But now that it's black I want it all back I'm addicted to what I never wanted Some may say we're born to love but I'd always been cold 'twas not till I was broken enough that I knew my first taste of love's sweet hold Heartbreak made me lover Adam and Eve did nothing but live they did not know love till the Fall. When she broke his heart for the snake's golden charm he only wanted her more but honey they never did exist nor did our sacredness and I like you so much more now that you're with another. Heartbreak me a lover
6.
No one could tell em like you used to in our hearts you will always be Tom McKnight tell us tonight about the kangaroo tragedy 'Twas an innocent plot by your children to comfort you in your loss they picked out one whose face had a glow for it had not seen too much boxing In a crate the joey was packed and shipped on a ship on the sea from the wild, wild Down Under and onto Tennessee But the customs would not have it so for the animal belonged in a zoo and not in your arms though it would be calmer if it was cuddled by you. The quarantine fine was hefty one thousand dollars or more and this was a price and a promise too much for you to bear And so the kangaroo waited at an unfamiliar port while you filed the papers to have it well cared-for Your intentions were good and noble to save it from its portly hell on a island lakeside menagerie owned by Barbara Mandrell At this point your tears overcame you so much so you could hardly speak the joey had night died in the middle of the night for travel had made it quite weak And then somehow I let you trail off leaving me without a clue as to how the fuck you came up with the story of the kangaroo. No one could tell em like you used to in our hearts you will always be friends lean on in for Tom will begin to tell us the kangaroo tragedy And tonight though it cold on the water I am content to shiver and your memory will sail beside me down the Cumberland River.
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O 01:31
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Ooooh 03:15
There was a time when your face needed no name you were apart from the life I knew Now is the start of something much harder Now is the death of a light that was new. Spring is the season for careless lovers to take but here in the autumn all I want is a break Hands that don't work hindered by their own nerves scratching at the surface of tomorrow's heartache. Ooh, you drag me into blue.
9.
moonlighting 02:57
Suddenly the pattern has been upset, feeling your every breath fill my head there's no time to think, I don't care for thinking now only in your care, shall I spend my dreaming hours and it's a liberty that's building inside me Now I've been trying to keep my feeling still I've lived my days alone and I've lived them up well Each time I fall in love, love fucks me up so let's be calm and careful, don't get me worked up But the hush of the evening is inviting Oh, let the ragged hosts out for some moonlighting.
10.
There's a look on your face of innocence slackened jaw and eyes devoid of reason I can tell that you aren't filled with any sort of thought and I love that and all of your parts. I don't mind so much how dumb we look when we're pressed together like library books in the middle of the night standing where we stood out in plain sight, we did what was required. The novelty of the space between our jaws litters every conversation with long pauses syllables winding on throughout the hours when your lips pause to kiss between the vowels Let's be stupid, our mouths agape in the moonlight Maybe Cupid, delights in seeing our blank minds if I had my wits, I'd probably ruin the moment so instead I'll resign myself to enjoy it. Out in the light, we did what was required.
11.
You're always talking about lifelines strung between the ones you love to hold you to your path as you crash. You never even had the strength to fall apart from, did you? Lean on me and you will fall we are both weaker than we seem from afar and when you hold hands try to forget the place where you are is where you'd always been. You're always waiting for the punchline the joke's been over for a while and as it passed you glossed over details always forgetting how well you smile, didn't you? Lean on me and you will fall You give your heart for unreturned phone calls let go your mooring and cast off from shore and you'll find within yourself a promise you've ignored.
12.
bedtime 04:39
I place myself close the wall cover my form with animals so it can't be seen at all. I'll breath so shallow everyone will say "where has our little dreamer gone, and why did he fly away?" I'm ready for the stars to fall on me I fill myself with wishes of what my next life will be. Sing to me through a smile. I'll never understand the words, but it'll put me asleep for while. Now's the time -- haven't you heard? -- to remember who we were.

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released April 26, 2004

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