Perfectly Still

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Track Name: A Million Ways
A Million Ways
I saw you in another place with eyes so wide they covered your face.
Angels were falling in this other place,
Feathers flew, it was a big disgrace.
Bye, bye, bye.

Bang Bang Bang going to take you home.
Bang Bang Bang not leave you all alone.
Bang Bang Bang so let’s disappear.
Bang Bang Bang couldn’t leave you here.

Is it so bad being here?
It’s where we start, it’s where we disappear to.
Bye, bye, bye.

We’ll be leaving, we’ll be leaving soon.
A little comfort in the afternoon.
By then we’ll be far away.
Your love, you’re love.
I’ve had this dream
A million times I’ve seen
A million ways.

Is it so bad being here?
It’s where we start it’s where we disappear to.
Bye, bye, bye.
And so you know,
I’ll be ready to go.
You lead and I’ll follow.
Bye, bye, bye.
Track Name: Burn
Burn

All you are revealed to me in the words you left unsaid
Fearfully complacent, at the very end I wished you dead

I'm gonna set you on fire
In the summer
Not gonna keep you warm any longer
I'm gonna let you burn, for another
Man I'm gonna watch you burn
It's your turn

I could make you rue the day you ever stepped into my path
Unshed tears and wasted years they are the fuel that feeds my wrath


I'm gonna set you on fire
In the summer
Not gonna keep you warm any longer
I'm gonna let you burn, for another
Man I'm gonna watch you burn
It's your turn
Will you ever learn?
It's none of my concern

You've got to live a little
Burn out fast
Why don't you live a little?
Burn out fast, Burn out fast

I'm gonna set you on fire
In the summer
Not gonna keep you warm any longer
I'm gonna let you burn, for another
Man I'm gonna watch you burn
It's your turn
Will you ever learn?
It's none of my concern

All you are
Track Name: One Blank Channel
One Blank Channel
He comes selling experience as you can see,
But his lips are tight and his hand is open wide.
She comes dragging an animal by its neck.
Its face has changed to show your own you see.

“Face the front and raise your hands
Do you think if Christ could choose he wouldn’t be a man?
But I can’t talk now, I’m keeping busy.”

‘It couldn’t be this hard,’ you say
‘I’ve got seven heads in one today,
Just counting down the numbers,
Counting down the numbers.
This place is strange, it’s not my own you see.’
He comes selling experience as you can see,
But his lips are tight and his hand is open wide.

“Face the front and raise your hands
Do you think if Christ could choose he wouldn’t be a man?
But I can’t talk now, I’m keeping busy.”
Track Name: Time
Time

The story is old
Mustn't tire, mustn't fold
Mustn't waste precious time time time

My heart's in the sun
But my thoughts could be anyone's
Let her fade, let it go down down down

We all want pretty things
And damn the pain they bring
At least that's what she said

It's dark where we tread
Seas flow deep and red
Sweet to tongue
My will is often bled

Her voice dulls my brain
From her mouth my skin is stained
Damaged hearts they seek out further pain

We all want pretty things
And damn the pain they bring
The moon and stars above,
We all want pretty things
The life and joy they bring
Forget the light above

Company is my friend
Gimme some love I'll bend
Company is my friend
Bend me and break me again
Giving it all again
Show me some love I'll bend
Give me your all again
Bend me and break me...

The story is old
Mustn't tire, mustn't fold
Mustn't waste precious time...

We all want pretty things
And damn the pain they bring
At least that's what she said oh oh oh oh
We all want pretty things
The life and joy they bring
Forget the light and consciousness above
Track Name: Value the one you Love
Value The One You Love
‘Here we are,’ she said, ‘do you value the one you love?
Don’t hang about, trying to save me.’
‘Here we are,’ she said, ‘do you value the one you love?’
And this irritates me, it bores and it bothers me.

So you wake up with the Sun, but it’s cold and you want to know why.
So you swear at the Sun and it burns your tongue dry.
You say your words like they’re the smartest thing you’ve ever heard.
Well this condition is mine, I don’t care for yours so don’t bother mine.
And you wake up with the Sun, but it’s cold and you want to know why.
So you swear at the Sun and it burns, burns your tongue dry.
‘Keep your head clean’
Came a filthy voice and I couldn’t see.
‘Without these scattered, tattered, ladders I am lost!
I’m lost so please don’t leave me here!
Without these scattered, tattered ladders I am lost!’
‘Keep your head clean.’
‘Without these scattered, tattered ladders I am lost!
I’m lost so please don’t leave me here!
Without these scattered, tattered ladders I am lost!
Alone, alone, alone, alone.’
Track Name: No Direction
No Direction
‘I can’t change my direction’, she said.
‘But what is up and what is down?’
The strangest, cold conversation on love.
It doesn’t suit me now and seemed a little stupid.
What language was I speaking, or did I talk at all?
The strangest, cold conversation on love.

‘You see I’m living the good life.
Just look at me in my perfect paradise.
Look at me and my good life.
Look at me in my perfect paradise.’

She said, ‘you don’t look so good, I’d help you out if I could.
But if I dragged, dragged you clear,
You’d wade in again.’
‘I can’t change my direction,’ she said.
‘But what is up and what is down?’
It was the strangest, cold conversation on love.

‘You see I’m living the good life.
Just look at me in my perfect paradise.
Look at me and my good life.
Look at me in my perfect paradise.’

She said, ‘you don’t look so good, I’d help you out if I could.
But if I dragged, dragged you clear,
You’d wade in again.’
Track Name: Struggle On
Struggle On
Though your dreams may never come
Struggle on.
We live for dreams and having fun
Struggle on.
What would you do to a heart like mine?
It’s hard to know what reason feels like all the time.
We need the money
We need the money every day.
And though I’m an agitated viewer
I should fight but I just cower, but
Oh no, not today.
And what would you do to a heart like mine?
What would you do to a heart like mine?
Don’t bite so hard you’ll find me,
Clutching and straws
Just like before,
I’ll be on time.
And what would you do to a heart like mine?
What would you do to a heart like mine?
Track Name: Fish Food
Fish Food
If I fed you my brain and you fed me your brain,
Would your brain be my brain would my brain be yours?
If I fed you my brain and you fed me your brain,
Would your brain be my brain, would my brain be yours?
It was that kind of day and I was curious so I hid my life in twenty-four hours.
I let no one in, my life removed its clothes,
Then looked at me, from my head down to my toes.
If I fed you my brain and you fed me your brain,
Would your brain be my brain would my brain be yours?
If I fed you my brain and you fed me your brain,
Would your brain be my brain, would my brain be yours?
Tugging at my arm the outside cried to me,
‘Well what about, what about, what about me?’
With nothing on my life sang a song
About losing form, But getting it all back in return.

‘The time has come for action; the time has come to kill, boys,
With all the satisfaction of a science-fiction laser beam.
The troops are at their buttons they’re banging down the doors, boys.
I’m not much for religion but ‘round my neck’s my god of choice.’
And I stepped out and I screamed and shouted ‘so much for family,
and the time we spent together’. Oh-oh-oh.

If I fed you my brain and you fed me your brain,
Would your brain be my brain would my brain be yours?
If I fed you my brain and you fed me your brain,
Would your brain be my brain would my brain be yours?
‘Come stay with me for common ecstasy.’
I looked at her and she flew at me.
If we changed the rules, it wouldn’t do us any good
Because we’re worked on by such a foreign song.
And I stepped out and I screamed and shouted ‘so much for family,
and the time we spent together’. Oh-oh-oh.
Track Name: Circus
Circus

Draw a box, and hide yourself inside for now.
This mood will pass in time it’s fine, I promise you.
Drink some tea, watch T.V., do something, count to three.
I care for you in waves, I do.
And I won’t get in your way,
You’re my Christ, you see.

From the blackest hearts comes the best advice,
With the soundest clues you could ever hope to find.

Have you worked it out?
Have your demons come to ruin you yet?
This circus may continue, however,
In the way that it was left,
And I won’t get in your way,
You’re my Christ you see.

And I won’t get in your way,
And I won’t get in your way,
And I won’t get in your
Track Name: Two Acrobats
Two Acrobats

Home where I live,
There’s a sparrow call.
I give it all the scraps I have to give.
When it’s cold we wrap up warm,
And float downstream along the banks where we came before.

There my life’s so perfectly still,
And canal boats are free
From their tethers they shadow
The simple life I seek.

The Sun came down and we collapsed.
Between the long grass and the stars
Two acrobats.
But I had a feeling we would part.
And I, I couldn’t stay around you with a bleeding heart.
I recognise what changed in us but still I find it hard to grasp.