Knots

by Crash of Rhinos

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1.
As Sky and Earth will fall Mistakes will be punished Eyes, stay peeled Even after all, we’re tired at the finish And we’ve got scores to settle A step too far A night away Learn how it feels to leave Send us back that way As safe as you promised Nights still steal details of that place We’ll sleep when we’re dead And we’ve got scores to settle It takes the most from those who stay And that’s supposedly the way that this wave breaks An empty desk, an unlocked door and a ringing phone A step too far Stepped right away Learn how it feels to leave Would you sing for me as the walls come down? I don’t care if Jody rolls the bones I can’t live in a dead past Stop the hourglass Time’s worn thin I’m finally out of homes Would you sing for me as the walls come down? I don’t care if Jody rolls the bones
2.
Opener 04:15
You’re as cold as the drink in your hand now It’s as clear as the lines on your brow It’s as dull as the tone of your voice And as dark as the oak in your eyes Every breath you take puts the past in its right place I’ve been in this room Every word you say And enthusiast’s guide in not wasting time You’re right Bad appetites, in real life Won’t help us sleep at night You’re right We’ll continue together As secrets are clenched in our palms And that spring lives forever In scars that never leave sight Every breath you take puts the past in its right place I’ve been in this room Every word you say An enthusiast’s guide in not wasting time We’re mixed together
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Interiors 04:35
I burn up in empty rooms and stare down hallways And the light still finds the peels in the painting Everyday We’ve been spending too long inside And we’ll change our minds to new ways of thinking Everyday Should’ve maybe tried sooner I look at your eyeline You stare at the floor Now you’re looking as tired as the paper on these walls Then I start to remember why you came Can’t absorb all the coldness and expect me to explain How we change our minds to new ways of thinking Everyday How if I gave you too much you’d drown How the longest line, cast while I was sinking ended me Should’ve reeled me in soon What if it was now a sound? Would you play it back? To deafen yourself and then just disappear Would you play it? It’s all packed but you never sent Neatly sealed, perfectly addressed “The one who’s living in hot water” It’s the vigour which you dismiss Thought that hide behind silent lips Always wading through hot water Take the covers off of me Who drew the line? A steady hand, a steady hand I burn up in empty rooms I burn up in empty rooms
5.
We settled for less Make amends, call it time We settled for less all the time When you spend half your life harking back to a time When self image was less of a lie I’ll spring up when you find the right parts And sing up when our affections part ways We settled for less Make amends, call it time We settled for less all the time There was a pattern on the floor There was a time to retrace my steps That led to the foot of your stairs Too long, too long It always takes too long now I’ll spring up when you find the right parts
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Impasses 06:24
So then, sounds like deciding time How to renew what you left behind? Spilling cheap win and cheap words on the floor Like it don’t matter Focus not on these wasted nights Finding a partner to pine for Lopsided stories that filled the earth So we could step between them Could’ve been a waste of your time It wasn’t a waste of mine Cold! Thaw and unfreeze these frozen hours Through the brick comes the sound of what could be outside It passes then not A reclusive inebriate stare, when you question “Am I really there?” Focus not on these wasted nights, impasses and knots Through the brick comes the possibility of what could be outside So then, whispered divisive lines Price the sense from the jaws of routine Through the door, another reason to stay Tilt the glass and pass me some time Focus not on these wasted nights Drowning shadows of beings we’ve been Tilt the glass and pass me some time Could’ve been a waste of your time It’s wasn’t a waste of mine Raise a glass for me Ghosts don’t speak Raise a glass for me Your reasoning’s broke The sun, let it set Your reasoning’s broken So send me a sight to see
8.
Mannheim 05:41
Ignore reasons and let the unworthy enjoy you in secrecy Taut, tired and up for sale Picked your perfect distress Stick in a pin as a marker Whenever you see fit Things went wrong too many times Consider it lumber And set alight, alight So go die slow in time Or reclaim the subject of empty self I know you do exist But too far in the past We follow the echoed lines you borrowed The hours you’ve taken The sinew you’ve torn apart
9.
If there were ways and means or methods To snap right into place with sharpness, With form, with function The scene I kept in a frame Thinking back to when I was fourteen in 85 Wishing these conversations had survived With form, with function The distance leaves me cast But I want you to hear my voice I’m sending out you a signal History’s choking on the fumes of this night You’re stalling this re-run Our words now fillings gaps in time This weakness I fell for Long since our voices fell flat Fragile and flawless The eyes I could never bring back Remember the endings You know what we’re leaving for The context we’re feeling for Ideas that won’t grow Songs that they play no more Fragile and flawless The eyes I could never bring back The context we’re feeling for
10.
Lean Out 02:56
Driver please wake up Driver please wake up Something’s not right And I think I smell fire Driver please wake up Father please pick up Father please pick up The world looks wrong from this angle It’s dark and the Driver won’t wake up I think that I fucked up I think that I fucked up I packed all my things And I left her behind Like my Mind was all made up My mind was all made up My mind was all made up I packed all my things And they’re here with me now And my head is bruised And this scar is new The sun’s gone down And we’ve driven too far and Father please pick up Father please pick up
11.
Sewing your name into the fabric of sails I sail out into the deep water Ghosts of her glide abeam Within me stirs a searching for The light after the light goes down Found your name sewn into the fabric of sails Victress! Victress! The compass fails Our unanchored feet must burn new trails In these times that try men’s souls No darkness may illuminate this night Lay axe to root of all the lingered in this night Accept the reasons to return have washed away For the land has been devoured by the depths of my deceit The separate schools of thought, the waves have lied to me If my soul has been devoured by the life I’lll never see Speed means everything ‘Cos fate can’t match the speeds of ocean greyhounds I don’t care how long it takes to get back ‘Cos they can’t match the speeds and I’ve been lost for some time as 243 repeats this voyage speaks for itself the distance, self defeat how long it takes to get back they can’t match the speeds and speed means everything ‘Cos fate can’t match the speeds of ocean greyhounds They can’t match the speeds

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released August 27, 2013

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