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The House That Jack Built - Lyrics

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The House That Jack Built

Album to be released on June 25, 2012

Songs expected on the album, in no particular order

The House That Jack Built
Born To
When I’m Asleep
Peacemaker
Deeper Devastation
Hospital (Win Your Love)
Pack Animal
Dig This Record
Ode to Banksy
DNR

The House That Jack Built

i carried a bag of rock and stone full of memory
of our family
aboard a plane to Tulsa
five years of waiting for his life to end suddenly
tearing its way through me
all of the way to Tulsa

it’s not enough
it’s not enough
it’s not enough
it’s not enough
to know you through them

i walked through the door of living room that i do not know
to a couch where he slept alone
in the bone yard of the house that jack built
my brothers were sorting through his fine shoes and fine cologne
pictures of our childhood home
the glory of the house that jack built
it’s not enough
it’s not enough
it’s not enough
it’s not enough
to know you through them

purple hearts and racing cars and the words for her you wrote
your deal was raw but you loved us all and we know it note for note

now they tell us of your life until the end your sister and your best friend
the stories are a revelation
all of a brother and a sailor and an honourable man
a boy driving as fast as he can
to this man i have no relation
it’s not enough
it’s not enough
it’s not enough
its’ not enough
to know you through them

purple hearts and racing cars and the words for her you wrote
your deal was raw but you loved us all and we know it note for note
purple hearts and racing cars and the words for her you wrote
your deal was raw but you loved us Pa and we know it note for note

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Born To

Held all within these flesh walls
Pair of dice and domino
Seven fingers and thirteen toes
Wind her up and watch her go
Spin her out of dust into rock and fire
Oh Holy water
Throw her to the earth
Through the burning air
Big bang survivor

Chorus- and now you gotta get it with what you’ve got
With what you’ve been given or not
And now you gotts get it with what you’ve got
With what you’ve been given or not
I was born to...

Held all within these flesh walls
Envelopes and time capsules
Mark her fingers and mark her throat
Spin her round and let her go
Send her like a cup to her mothers table
Swallow
Drink the water
Watch her play her part in a long fixed fable
Oh as her father’s daughter

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When I'm Asleep

when im asleep
you gotta bring the bread to the table
you gotta bring the bread on home
so you dance for the rain and the sun and the wind
and you pray for your crops to grow
and every morning till sundown
you work your hands to the bone
you keep your head high and your eyes wide
diamond in your mind and you bring the bread home

but when im asleep
when im asleep
im not anyone
you’re not anywhere
when im asleep
when im asleep
im not anyone
you’re not anywhere

and you know i gotta win your heart babe
you know i gotta win your love
so i promise the moon and the stars and the sea
and i pray to the stars above
with every beat my hearts skipping
you’ll know what im made of
i keep light on and the bed warm
shelter from the storm and im keepin our love

but when im asleep
when im asleep
Im not anyone
you’re not anywhere
when im asleep
when im asleep
Im not anyone
Your not anywhere
and my mouth
doesn’t talk back to me
and my plans don’t have to be
and my back doesn’t feel gravity
and my dreams
go back to sleep

and you know i gotta make it to heaven
i know i gotta save my soul
so marry the lord and i drink from the scars
and i swear off my worldly ways
and every second a baby
is born through his mothers bones
and torn from grace
gotta find your faith
or the devils gonna claim your soul

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Peace Maker

Put on your peacemaker blue
Warrior
warrior
Powder horn pepperbox boom
Warrior
warrior
matchlock rifle cycle axe and club
talon dagger marble razor
put on your peacemaker and call upon your
god of war
god of war
enyo anat chemosh oracle
arm us guard us bring us home
stay home i beg you oh my lover
my lover
my lover
or i will not serve you as your lover
your lover
your lover
dita corset stocking s and thigh cuffs
hornet playsuit oil diamond dust
until you draw action from a higher resonance

i will tamp the lamp light in our window
i will drown the fire in our bed
through my legs
ill withhold from you passage
and from my

lips to take
tongue and taste
sex and make
milk in your baby
swords enraged
fuck me babe
pray abstain girls reign

put down your peacemaker blue
warrior
warrior
beaten and broken and bruised
warrior
warrior
come and ill unlock your chain link armour
seven baths absolve your blood stained honor
your honor
tell the water of
the bread in the basket
the game on the fire
the milk in the jar
the milk in the jar
the babe in the cradle
the mothers in bed
asleep in the dark
asleep in the dark
your circled the cabin and broke down the door
you broke down the door
you broke down the door
you emptied the cradle and ravished the bed
you ravished the store
and fired your torch

now i take you to the bed and there you lay
i drop my dress and feed your hungry eye
until you draw action from a higher resonance
i will tamp the lamplight in our window
i will drown the fire in our bed
through my legs ill withhold from you passage
and from my lips to take
tongue and taste
sex and make
milk in your baby
swords enraged
fuck me babe
pray abstain girls reign

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Deeper Devastation

I don’t trust anyone
Not you
And the closer you come
Deeper devastation

I’m a baby bird
I’m a hungry bird
And I feed from your gut
And the wind blows
And the tree shakes
And your beak stabs my throat

Under the power of our one and only sun

There’s a kink in the pattern
Do you do the right thing?
There’s a hole in the fabric
Do you do the right thing?
You cannot trust a human being to do the right thing
Do the right
Under the power of our one and only sun

And there once was a time
With you
But it turned on a dime
And tales call the decision

I’m a lover wild
I’m a loyal child
And I’ve burned your eyes on mine
When the bones collide
And the rocks catch fire
And your greed swallows me whole

Under the power of our one and only sun

There’s a kink in the pattern
do you do the right thing?
There’s a hole in the fabric
Do you do the right thing?
And it is all in the planning
Do you do the right thing?
You cannot trust a human being to do the right thing
Do the right
Under the power of our one and only sun

I’m a bleeding heart
I’m a hiding heart
And I can bleed and hide and still love
When the truths blown wide
And my faith’s capsized
I drift in loss and sorrow
Under the power of our one and only sun

There’s a kink in the fabric
Do you do the right thing?
There’s a hole in the fabric
Do you do the right thing?
And it is all in the planning
Do you do the right thing?
You cannot trust a human being to do the right thing
Do the right
Under the power of our one and only sun

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Hospital (Win Your Love)

Just my luck
Today’s the day
Man, that hurt
Its worth the pain
There’s a new queen in this house
She’s plastered up
Behold the sight
Just look up
Fluorescent light
Have i gone to heaven or to hospital
Im dreamin of the hospital
Im dreamin of mom and dad
Look at me like they did back when
I’m born again
Daddy’s girl and Mama’s princess
Sister Jen
She doesn’t exist till when
I need something
She’ll bring me ice creams, I’m in hospital
I’m dreamin’ of the hospital
I’m dreamin’ of the date with the doctor is a golden ticket
I want your attention now I’m gonna get it uh huh
And now come on you cunt come come on and hit me
There’s no kind of attention that a black eye wouldn’t get me uh nuh huh
And there’s nothing like a broken arm to win your love
There’s nothing like a fresh abrasion to win your love
You can work on your bedside manner
And you can kiss it till it gets better
And there’s nothing like a broken arm to win your love

Ohhh my old friends
I’m voting you out or in
You envy me
I walk the red carpet to my cast signin’
A crayon or a marker pen
And all of the It girls ask me what it’s like in hospital
I’m dreamin’ of the hospital
I’m dreamin’ of the hospital
Its dreamy
and the date with the doctor is a golden ticket
I want your attention now I’m gonna get it uh huh
And now come on you cunt come come on and hit me
There’s no kind of attention that a black eye wouldn’t get me
And there’s nothing like a broken arm
To win your love
There’s nothing like a fresh abrasion to win your love
You can work on your bedside manner
And you can make me feel like i matter
And there’s nothing like a broken arm
To win your love
There’s nothing like a fresh abrasion to win your love
Oh now
You can work on your bedside manner
And you can kiss it till it gets better
Ad there’s nothing like a broken arm to win your love
I got five weeks, 41 days, 1000 glorious hours
To wave my arm and get what I want with my new found powers
But this is not a fairytale with a happy ending
When the clock strikes twelve will I ever find your love again
And there’s nothing like a broken arm to win your love
There’s nothing like a fresh abrasion to win your love
And You can work on your bedside manner
Can make me feel like I matter
And there’s nothing like a broken arm to win your love

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Pack Animal

In the mirror
The mirror
There you are again
Wearing my green eyes my brown hair and my aging skin
My body is your bed
Dear reflection your my oldest friend
And where you go i go
End of eternity and back again

And i don’t wanna be here
All by myself in this strange house
It wont let me out
Don’t wanna be here
All by myself in this strange house
It wont let me out

Its a new day
A new day
There you are again
Speakin in my voice
With my tongue
In my brain
My voice is echoin
Dear reflection its a sad refrain
How we endure the hours
And in my arms we sleep alone again

And i don’t wanna be here
All by myself in tis strange house
It wont let me out
Don’t wanna be here
All by myself in this strange house
It wont let me out
Its unnatural
Im a pack animal oh ohhh
I need it heart to heart
Mouth to mouth
And bones to bones
And i don’t wanna be here
all by myself in this strange house
It wont let me out
Don’t wanna be here...

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Dig This Record

Dig this record
Dig this record now
Dig it like you never dug one before cuz its so far out
Find your lover
Lay your lover down
Make a moment to remember and relive through this sound

Dig it out of the basement now
Out from under the Van Gogh owl
Dig it out from the discard and onto the record player
Now that I’m gone and far away
I am in a flood
Im about to sink
I am tits up in the water without a drop to drink
I look for my saviour
He’s nowhere to be found
So i hang on to my guitar like a lifeboat till we both drown

Dig this record
Dig this record now
Dig it like you never dug one before cuz its so far out
I am on the drift
I am out to sea
You know this poor world couldn’t put a price on the likes of me
Turn to your lover
Kiss your lovers mouth
There’s no others id rather be with as my song plays out

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Ode to Banksy

my pencil is dull
my pencil is dull
there’s not much lead left in my pencil
my marker ran dry
was a scribblin night and there’s not much lead left in my pencil
there’s not an activity at all
there’s no wheels a turnin in my skull
in my skull in my skull
what you lookin at

oh oh oh
im in love with Jacques Cousteau
you take me deeper than i ever go
and that’s the reason why ill leave you
oh oh oh
makin love when ad we’ve just begun
i need assistance from your aqualung
and that’s the reason why i’ll leave you
and oh my mystery man
you’re so oh oh oh
you’re so provocative so underground
and i never wanna see your face
youre so oh oh oh
you come invisible to paint the town

my pencil is dull
my pencil is dull....

oh oh oh
suicide bombers just need a hug
get that bomb strapped on nice and snug
let my divine love relieve you
oh oh oh
tonight’s the night go and oil your gun
we’ll turn the quick stop to emporium
let my divine light lead you
and oh my mystery man
you’re so
oh oh oh
you’re so provocative
so underground
and i never wanna see your face
you’re so oh oh oh
you come invisible to paint the town

go on guerrilla pull your hoods up
and the billboards yours this time
and shake your paint can and throw your piece up
and you run for your righteous crime

oh oh oh
ring around the fat man
around little boy
daddy gave me this fantastic toy
lets go and find out what it can do
oh oh oh
ashes to ashes and we all fall down
there’s nothing standing for miles around
i guess we found out what it can do

and oh my mystery man
you’re so
oh oh oh
you’re so provocative so underground
and i never wanna see your face
you come oh oh oh you come invisible to paint the town

my stencil is dope my stencil is dope
just follow the rope to my stencil
tiananman square mickey d’s in the air and there’s
there’s not much lead left in my pencil
there’s not an activity at all
there’s no wheels a turnin in my skull
in my skull in my skull

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DNR

Winter’s dark morning woke my dad
The diabetic didn’t feel his feet step out of bed
The truck filled with TV dinners
Needing delivering round town
They would drive behind the paper boy throwin’ them headlines out
And no antidepressant of sort
Could change the weather report
When the wind chill factor was high he took the whole bottle down
He’s got his paperwork now
DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR

Jesus wants me for a sunbeam, he raised his kids up right
But bein raised in the light of Christ adds insult to injury that night
When the mail order brides and the phone sex and his negligence became real
The wall covered in spit how’s it to make your teenage daughters feel
He called his flame that never died
She could hear something weren’t right
Now we’ve got one more failed attempt at a suicide
Keep it right by your side
DNR DNR
By no heroic measure
Restart restart his heart

A lonely heart was the black hole that did him in
From the first attempt to his current critical condition
Now were talking over who will take the dog if he’s gonna make it through again
And were takin’ turns tell him the stories of the good times worth rememberin’
And then my sister asked
Are we prayin’ for him to pass
And no one dared speak out loud but we all knew
And pushed the paperwork through
DNR DNR
By no heroic measure
Restart restart his heart

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