The Act and Art of Breathing [2011]

by Jupiter's Incense

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1.
01:57
Where have you been? Where have you been this time? There’s no waking language No speaking tongues No words to fumble with To describe you, my love I’d swim any river Climb any tree Give anyone anything Just for you to be with me So take my hand Close your eyes And we’ll fly
2.
I’m spinning in a river With oars about my head A vessel, independent From the fears that I’ve been fed My course long since forsaken Just a child lost at sea And when they have forgotten Would you still remember me? I’ve followed many headings A compass rose of lies But in the end I found, deep down I’d rather sit and glide The letters that you wrote me Tucked safely at my side And with them, nature’s blessing Leaves me nothing On this innocence in bliss Just my thoughts and fears And time enough to reminisce The clouds have all but faded And the surf begins to swell My worries gone, I’ll wait for What the dawn has to tell A sky of many colors Like embers in the dark The misty silence broken By the wind as I depart Regardless of what outcome My heart still beats for us It’s time to pick the path I walk tonight… The crush of sand beneath me I’ve waited so long for shore And the chance for me to say I love you, I love you I love you, I love you But I’ve got to move on
3.
04:00
Dearest in eyes Forest of visuals Affections denied Ember essence lullaby And lay there tonight Action and reaction Slither tension Rock-a-bye stutter fly Why, Amber, why? Soaring lower, ever faster Into this untwisting madness Hellfire If you piece a petty puzzle Could you stand on your own, tonight? When you’re swayed by the letter Should we both call it quits to this fight? But in southern economics Our stock’s losing value so fast Sarcastic republic why don’t we just breath, tonight? Blink and stare Awake out on the down Our temperature’s long since past its boiling point Softer sickened summers Could you fall any lower? Ever-shining passage Thinking thoughts of rebellion You drive a heavy bargain But such actions betray you. Diving hawk
4.
05:08
Before I break here on the evening Let a young man speak his mind We’ve past the point of dour solace In the nature of our crimes Against what could have been prevented The cast of coin could get so far Cut to the crawling on the morrow Without the batting of an eye Cry on, infidel omniscient At my right hand lays mother earth Let your flock run wild this dream How the daylight would comfort Call me caustic and I’ll burn right through your tongue But in short, I still find joy in haunting you Now the fisher can’t quite catch the wry The able-bodied press of your mankind I refuse to be spoon-fed your lies When downwind from sacrilege falls, stutter-step aside Like casting your line in the wind You’re sure to land sour along the riverbank Lurking there among the reeds Is Satan dressed all in sheep’s clothing Should he find your clock still ticking Remember all you always left behind Soon the dawning word will realize What sickness builds inside its walls Their bibles cannot prize
5.
07:05
Ivory: these bones that once lived Alongside the gray-faced Wretched as they came for me The eyes hold calling for every man Who missed that sparkle Tenderly; the kiss of cold barrel Just below the nape of neck So plead with me; beg for my mercy You’ve run unchecked atop my coffin door Nailed right in with the rest of them You’re no better. The night rides black in your heart Can’t you hear them calling? You’re no better. Could we just get over this? Ensnarement that breeds recklessness I’ve sprung the trap of bitter tempt On forty nights stretched ‘cross these fields Bitter is the man who reaps no blessing Still found among them are those with hope I send you, alone, to mend what has been broken Inept in task, still young in feeling Elixirs drank to your good health The ash off your cigarette falls Catching, begins to glow The clocks I keep tick-tock as one As the greater of them toll But you’ve guessed my number Crowned my crime The down will never Carelessly walk alone Across lunacy The badger hunts here, tonight When reality unravels Pictures, but so maddening Oh, you’d crawl from this
6.
I’m sick of false pretenses And the fashion show of endless smiles Of hair dye and facial piercings that line your face They line your face I’m so exhausted by the bigotry Two-facedness and hypocrisy The utter lack in self-respect That underlines the means to live Properly outside of a shell Where the sun casts her crooked gaze And people smile and exchanged words Of meaning, not loathing I long for a reality In which the only flags you fly Are bleached with the colors You keep locked inside The scapegoat you only wish you could be. They say the grass is always greener On the other side, despite the fact That where I walk it’s always just the same Plastic faces and lengthy cheekbones And that acrid smell of decaying truth Is only rivaled by the stench Of your fickle narcissistic cardboard “skills”
7.
04:07
Turn the lights out Cross the X's, dot the I's That pierce his side Listen to that sinking Heartbeat, laying there She's terrified Pick yourself up Erase the bloodstain From the corner of your mouth Blinking back a bitter flow Of emotion, left unfelt There is nothing Nothing you can hide Departed subtle mirror glance I breathe my last While your hand encloses mine Only mere hours bleed the stories Retold from the spyglass When the thunder strikes the evening The light of daylight slowly fades A passing chill of foreboding As we dig and mark each grave Against the onslaught of emotion Raise your fist and hold it high This is the hour of devotion No time to blink; it's time to die There is nowhere No where that we can hide Assailing thoughts that dither and distort When scorched they glow like incense, rising Hold on to the ones you love You'd call me a liar, but I found your secret Lying in our bed Breaking heartfelt tendencies I bled this fable Of the spyglass
8.
The light fantastic Sprung from coachman’s sheath Can’t catch the train north today All eyes on the causeway That bridge to a softer time Please hurry, there can be no delay Shifty shifter, moonlit dancer The inner essence shines in desperate measure Lonely lover, bright-eyed stranger Looking past the imperfections Call upon the blacksmiths Fueling faster fires Forging scripts wrought gracefully Battles ever broaden Sullen soldier of the nightlife Brings his lion's heart to bear These shifts we pilot Strive to change the earth Beneath our ragged finger tips So who’s to argue? Present hidden motives In the space where shadows play What have I become? What have we become? Broken, abandoned Gone, but not forgotten Sinner, betrayer Biting back the bullets Through his eyes I see A better side of me And hope springs eternal
9.
Shame, shame, shame, shame So you’ve twisted fate’s fell rope again Black tangles dance in light spilled from the earth I came this far as nothing more Than a sorry failure from the shore A sparrow’s flight from dogged dissonance But would you take this favor? And run it through my hands Oh no, lock and load! I am no son of father Lay waste to what we’ve grown Oh no, lock and load! How coarse a litany Scrawled crimson along these walls There is no hero to back this story book Well here is your hero giving back what you took

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Originally written and recorded in late 2007/early 2008.

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released June 10, 2011

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