Uncanny

by Saint and Kings

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In music, as in words, there's no inspiration like a deadline, so thanks and appreciation are due to the February Album Writing Month crew over at fawm.org

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released February 29, 2016

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Track Name: Razors And Bombs
You used to keep a razor under your tongue
Cut opponents so quickly they’d never feel it done
Until the red rushed over hands clenched in pain
Until light left their eyes and thoughts left their brain

But that was when your razor loved fools
It chased to slice them open and undo rules
It raced to teach lessons outside of schools
it ranked pain among its most effective tools

Razors and bombs, my baby
Razors and bombs for everyone
Cut you down and blow you up
Put more poison in my loving cup
Razors and bombs, my baby
Razors and bombs for everyone

You used to keep a bomb inside your chest
Surprise everyone with what’s beneath your vest
Until its pressure blast no longer asked permission
Until its smoke and ash demanded our submission

But that was when your bomb loved fools
It chased to slice them open and undo rules
It raced to teach lessons outside of schools
it ranked pain among its most effective tools

Razors and bombs, my baby
Razors and bombs for everyone
Cut you down and blow you up
Put more poison in my loving cup
Razors and bombs, my baby
Razors and bombs for everyone

But now you say you know a better way to live
And now you’d like to think of an alternative
To taking lives away and somehow maybe give
A little something for the pain if not a sedative
Track Name: Karaoke Nights
Never made it out as much as we’d've liked
And it never was everybody's cup of tea
But often as we’d go, one thing was for sure
It was everybody's songs that set us free

Like the woman at the bar with the tattoos
and the scar and country repertoire and amazing rack
Like the man perched on the stool full of alcohol
and cool thinking it’s the old school he can bring back

They film the moments like they don’t give a damn,
They do it for the vine for snapchat or Instagram
One time for harmony vocals until they might go round the bend
Remember all karaoke nights must come to an end

Never have to come here long to say goodbye
Scenes like this seem almost too good to be true
We pass through without stopping to wonder why
Goes double for memorials and mortgage holders too

Like karaoke jockeys watching couples tonsil hockey
trying to flirt with disasters or hotties they hope to capture
Like blessed bartenders who may not prevent a bender
but call cabs to keep drunks from driving into the hereafter

So come on, belt out beautiful ballads from the songbook
Grab a microphone and give a melody a long loving look
Don’t bore us with the choruses and don’t forget the hooks
We came to listen when we could’ve curled up with a book

And live in the moment like it ain’t some throwback jam
Let presence in the present be a gift for friends and fam
Cheer them all until last call with every little bit of love you can lend
Remember all karaoke nights must come to an end
Track Name: One Day
These are the new bots
They come when we yell
One day they will offer us
some instant of help

We live the choices
The everlasting year
Pardon myself but
you never asked, my dear

These are hallucinations
They dazzle and amaze
One day they’ll make us
Reconsider our days

We were raised up
into the beautiful kickin'
Swing over, rip or sing
Honey, it’s us I’m pickin'

These are moments locked up
Material like us, and then not
Nobody’s going to remember
All the love that we’ve forgot

We seek sensations
underneath the none
One day don’t rain on us
Without a little bit of sun

We decline caskets
Our ashes are for burning
One day they’ll dance again
if the earth just keeps turning
Track Name: Monochrome
Time used to be a thing I lived in stints
A prison sentence, a workday spent in shifts
And then I met you, our tongues as fresh as mints
And then I said why bother, let's enjoy these gifts

Two weeks, I still see in monochrome
And now I hope I never find my way home

Space used to be this empty vacuum
Plotted points connected by random walks
Now you constantly explode, joyfully take up room
Now your connection's the only thing that talks

Three weeks, you still see in monochrome
And now you hope you never find your way home

Our world's anew in white and black
We see everything that we used to lack
Now that it's all open just a crack
Fill it all with feeling so we can't go back

Color can't be kept outside forever
In time it's going to creep in at the corners
There's gonna be a bond we refuse to sever
A little heat we will keep to make us warmer

Seven weeks, we still see in monochrome
And now we hope we never find our way home
Track Name: Hurry Down Lightning
When clouds swallow the sky
and lights dim down to gray
and everyone’s about to cry
because nothing's left to say

Then I’m gonna breathe deeply
and shrug off the people’s panic
since just 'cause it’s going cheaply
ain’t reason enough to get manic

When lightning finally lands
I'll rumble thunder like a song
I won't refuse its fiery demands
I'll just ask what took you so long

Hurry down lightning

After the earth’s done splitting
and swallowing up stray features
and everyone’s not underground
has reverted to lesser creatures

Then I’ll laugh long and heartily
Tap into reserves of calm and bliss
since the world’s ending everyday
don’t make it my local apocalypse

When lightning finally lands
I'll rumble thunder like a song
I won't refuse its fiery demands
I'll just ask what took you so long

Hurry down lightning

Honey, tie your blindfold real tight
on that last dark and stormy night
I’ll hand you a long shiny metal rod
if you'll hold it high above your bod

When lightning finally lands
I'll rumble thunder like a song
I won't refuse its fiery demands
I'll just ask what took you so long

Hurry down lightning
Track Name: Never Saw It Coming
It was just a feeling I had
Something unshakeable and true
It said to keep an eye on you
Who would've known it'd be right

But I never saw it coming
Before whatever kill dem stunning
I'd die for a memento mori
But I'd rather see the end of the story

The local news of the day
It used to be these words we wrote
Now a melody of lowered notes
Quickly sinking out of sight

But I never saw it coming
Before whatever kill dem stunning
I'd die for a memento mori
But I'd rather see the end of the story

Once a nothing like me was drawn
To a cartoon dream of an industry
Some day soon it will all be gone
I should learn to let it motivate me

But I never saw it coming
Before whatever kill dem stunning
I'd die for a memento mori
But I'd rather see the end of the story
Track Name: Don't Do That To Me
I got a memory and it works just fine
I got a heart and it knows how to pine
You saw me write this by the exit sign
You got feelings that don't make 'em mine

I know how bad they treat you
I know just how bad it can be
So while I'm trying to love you
Maybe don’t be bad to me
Maybe don't do that to me

I got clothes to hide my nakedness
Sweetness to offset bitter in my mess
I may not be to your liking or your taste
It don’t make my loving yours to waste

I know how bad they treat you
I know just how bad it can be
So while I'm trying to love you
Maybe don’t be bad to me
Maybe don't do that to me

Differences draw you unto me
Fill my crimson with your clover
Differences help us plainly see
Not just what’s done but also over

I know how bad they treat you
I know just how bad it can be
So while I'm trying to love you
Maybe don’t be bad to me
Maybe don't do that to me
Track Name: The Discipline
Gimme a rented thunderstorm
High above Overdrive Avenue
Gimme fisticuffs with my
gentleman nemesis too
Gimme a spotlight shot
Of my loneliness on tape
Gimme medicine whispers
And footprints without brakes

I come for the words
If the words don't come to me
I wait at the light all night
After the light turns green
Even if they never show up
Until who don’t know when
Waiting on words to come,
Honey, that’s the discipline

Gimme grey, it knows my avenue
Hides behind every closed eyelid
Gimme half for the hound downtown
Contract the other half out for bid
Gimme some instant of help
To linger the everlasting year
Gimme hopeless seas and free
Cinema wives from all their fear

Gimme any artificial rockin'
I'll pour it clean over the side
Gimme these unfinished bells
And shameless Oklahoma pride
Gimme ways to reconsider our days
As I cannot become my church
Gimme heaven with the dudes
For every pretty pony on a perch
Track Name: Conqueror Like The Dusk
Someone who pauses out on the horizon
Someone whose majesty is not surprising
Someone powered by oncoming glloom
Who really knows how to enter a room

She wants a conqueror like the dusk
That slips the skin leaving only husk
Evaporates into air leaving only musk
Common as a troubadour on the busk

Someone with unparalleled health
Someone with hitpoints for recovery and stealth
Someone who will take the wheel and steer
Someone who you’d never want to have a beer

He wants a conqueror like the dusk
That slips the skin leaving only husk
Evaporates into air leaving only musk
Common as a troubadour on the busk

By now he and she cannot have missed
Someone like who they seek don’t exist
By now he and she must be reconciled
All candidates fall short by a country mile

We want a conqueror like the dusk
That slips the skin leaving only husk
Evaporates into air leaving only musk
Common as a troubadour on the busk
Track Name: Lower Than Everlasting
Here we live in the lower than everlasting
Until we rise through grace of other love
Until we die in the flesh or others’ memory
We can make something more of ourselves

Super graves and fancy rockets
We crawl from one into the ether
Auto-saves and power sockets
Upon the heath we see the heather

Here we live in the lower than everlasting
Until we rise through grace of other love
Until we die in the flesh or others’ memory
We can make something more of ourselves

Volumes from an infinite library
We can check them out or check them in
Turn them up so it’s not scary
Hide our fear with a shiny grin

Here we live in the lower than everlasting
Until we rise through grace of other love
Until we die in the flesh or others’ memory
We can make something more of ourselves

Pretty ponies abide in a brood
Here in heaven with the dudes
Nights hold steady for our pity
Bleed into each other in the city
Track Name: Tennessee Begins Here
Exposure all over the neighborhoods
Word came crawling out of our pasts
No point bringing a saviour to our wake
Light fuses, lie back and watch the blasts

You: Oklahoma shameless on a Mississippi highway
I: fun California preparing my 1-2-3 Ohio fade and steer
Bastard the harbor half out of Bethlehem Louisiana
Put the pedal to the floor until Tennessee begins here

Detroit, my apocalypse neighborhood
Preach it down, you would pick how to collapse
You’re a Compton eyes makin’ champion
Soft and shattered, you tattoo it off with a gasp

You: Oklahoma shameless on a Mississippi highway
I: fun California preparing my 1-2-3 Ohio fade and steer
Bastard the harbor half out of Bethlehem Louisiana
Put the pedal to the floor until Tennessee begins here

Like an Osaka
that eats your Russia
I cannot become
my church you say
Can’t swear sober
on a familiar gangsta
Can’t save what won’t
stay steady to pray

You: Oklahoma shameless on a Mississippi highway
I: fun California preparing my 1-2-3 Ohio fade and steer
Bastard the harbor half out of Bethlehem Louisiana
Put the pedal to the floor until Tennessee begins here
Track Name: Each Other
Behind every man or woman
Stands a target
Behind every family member
Lies a fuse
We aim arrows at each other
In some bargain
Try to win arguments we were
Born to lose

You wouldn't think we had time
To push buttons
Given how often we install them
Every day
Throw these hands at each other
Or catch them
Try to make something out of all
We cannot say

We're born in dust and headed back
All the time
But stars that don't wait to die before
They shine
They never see what travels farther
Light or heat
Glo up for a while, then out the door
Rinse and repeat

Shine really bright upon each other
That's kinda neat
Track Name: Happy On Top Of Happy
I remember how you used to be sad
It was like you were covered in ice
Beauty was a thing you held and had
But we could tell you didn't feel nice
You shone in the light shivered in the chill
You wondered if someday you'd ever feel
Time came to the rescue and so did pills
Feelings flowed until you thought you'd reel

Here comes happy on top of happy
Here comes joy upon joy
So much sentiment it's sappy
You play with it like it's a toy
Here comes memory on memory
You've bid goodbye with a smile
Here comes happy on top of happy
Hope it will stay for a while

I remember how we touched a lot
Out of innocence and needing a hand
One came and one went, but we got
That we weren't alone, if not quite a band
I taught how you should follow passion
That more mattered than looks and money
You taught me to love those who got me
And fuck all others, now look at us honey!

Here comes happy on top of happy
Here comes joy upon joy
So much sentiment it's sappy
We play with it like it's a toy
Here comes memory on memory
We've bid goodbye with a smile
Here comes happy on top of happy
Hope it will stay for a while
Track Name: Uncanny
Anyone who says you can’t
step in the same river twice
never tried to be nice to you
never tried to love you better
than anyone else who fell short
than anyone you saw through to
encompass this longing ocean
and set waves in perpetual motiion

It’s just uncanny
how you undo me
how you step to me
see right through me
It’s just uncanny
Undress me madly
as if there’s no plan B
in this zero gravity

Anyone who says you can't
rewind a sun you just saw set
never knew you could stop time
never was yours as you were mine
should’ve allowed for all your talents
should’ve prepared to be off-balance
unless you knew of the hidden camera
understand how to unplan the glamour

It’s just uncanny
how you undo me
how you step to me
see right through me
It’s just uncanny
Undress me madly
as if there’s no plan B
in this zero gravity
Track Name: Denver
Mile high with a half moon overhead
Breathless in this yawning empty chill
If eerie silence doesn’t mean I’m dead
Maybe headaches riding sidesaddle will

Some cities are fictions
Some memories are too
So how I remember Denver
doesn’t make it any less true

Time drains sunlight out of the sky
Weather shades colors black and white
If turbulence made it hard to fly
Gravity's guarantee freed me from fright

Some street grids are riddles
Solvable if you salvage their clues
So how I recover from Denver
depends on the depth of the bruise

Some cities are nice dreams
Some dreams have city limits
So if I never return to Denver
It doesn't mean I'll never get to visit