Motion and Rest

by The Fourth Wall

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1.
I was born Now existence is taking my life Tell me, how do I waste my time? What’s required? What’s it mean to survive? If the cosmic collisions align, Tell me, wouldn’t I still be dying? We’ve found our flaw And it’s our ability to see that we’re flawed I opened my mouth Now the vultures are stealing my lines Tell me, how do I set them right? If there are no rights, time is a bottle of wine If the preachers are picking me dry, Tell me, why can’t I just rewind? I’ve got a regret And it’s that it’s so easy to regret It don’t take much To fall completely in love with a lie Tell me why she’s always in mind? She was a movement in time Now she’s waving goodbye And her absence is making me cry Tell me, how do I fit her in time?
2.
God save the bitter sweet you always taste When you love her, you fear the poetry on your face Crave a clean slate, but you’re always dirtying up the glass ‘Cause it hurts bad to have no hand in what will pass You wept with devils who beheld your hand as you beheld the dawn And you saw her teeth in the aftermath of some brutal chance And in your heart you traded every love you ever had For some ruined land that laughs at the labor of your hands God damn the sweet romance of an empty heart ‘Cause you held it dear when she closed her eyes and disappeared And you love yourself only when you hate everything you were And it hurts bad to have no hand in what will last
3.
Portrait 04:40
In a busy part of town Fifty feet above the ground In a corner of my room There’s a photograph of you Accidental and volatile Your eyes were closed that time you smiled As if you hid some kind of fire All your passions growing wild Out of reach Out of reach until the end In the middle of the night In a dream harrowed and vile In the heat-waves of your mind You paint my portrait black and white Two open windows for the eyes History books for pearly whites You didn’t add the wrinkled lines You didn’t add the wasted time We will leave We will leave We will leave We will leave before the end The world’s a spiral of collapsing images For every body a burning building But in the hallways of our synaptic basilica I could be a child, maybe something beautiful We will leave We will leave We will leave We will leave before the end
4.
You were coming after me Now all I see is your back I’d measured all I’ve seen Now I’m losing track I’m tumbling down along with the sound of the second hand I’ve let you down before Now I can’t have you back Each movement is a fatal wound That God won’t let me have I’m tumbling down along with the sound of the second hand
5.
Beware the furnace Beware the fire Makes you feel like you’re alive, child Makes you feel like you’re alive Beware her beauty Beware her eyes Makes you feel like you could die, child Makes you feel like you could die The fool takes all his gold And builds for him a home Beware the silence Every mirror is a knife Makes you feel like you’ve got time, child Makes you feel like you’ve got time Beware her tears Beware remorse It’ll make you pray for war, child It’ll make you pray for war The wise man has no gold Just a vessel and the sea Beware the furnace Beware her smile It makes you feel alive, child Makes you feel like you’re alive
6.
You felt it The temples crashing down Became a quivering of sound You lost sight In the noises of her mouth Now your feet can’t find the ground You had a pulse then When you were younger than your sins Now you’re brushing off your death Now “anywhere is anywhere” is on your breath Still it’s her scent that’s forming stanzas in your throat And you tried hard To make the virtues in your head Love the treason in your chest And you witnessed Her figure growing thin As space would conquer it When she was a small speck, she made you squint Now you close your eyes, she’s infinite You kept a close watch on the corners, now they don’t exist No they don’t exist You had a reason, But it was kidnapped from its throne Replaced with an unknown You lost sight In the chemical effects From the poison in her hips You felt it Your logic crashing down When they put her in the ground Now “anywhere is anywhere” is on your breath Still it’s her voice running circles ‘round your head Now “anything is everything” is ‘round your neck You kept a close eye on the corners now they don’t exist.
7.
Anna 05:11
It takes its time, Anna And it never forgets It’s lived too long and it loves you the best If you need a world, Anna I have one prepared Where we needn’t be lonely and we needn’t be scared Tonight my thought’s got you In a Victorian dress, Prettier than the rest They have built for you A palace made of gold And it follows you where you go It fights its wars, Anna And it’s never known less It’s had its time, now it wants all the rest If you need a world, Anna I’ve let one grow wild Each year that goes by, it loves you all the while Your memory’s clothed in years Now I’m watching it undress, Prettier than the rest Your coals I often rake But you only turn to flame Under the guillotine blade It fights its wars, Anna And it’s never known less It’s had its time, now it wants all the rest If you need a world, Anna I’ve let one grow wild Each year that goes by, it loves you all the while
8.
The times have got me worried That we’ll die before we can begin With each moment at war with the next Should I fracture my existence, Live every second in a different cage? Our bodies will be in ruins by the time we escape What an awful way to go Any way we go We burned our bridges slow Tried to own what we thought we could know And if there is no way to know If the parts will make a whole, Honey, don't be fearful Till I go, I will love you the most There was a time when you loved me Even though I couldn’t love you back And I made you curse the heavens as I cursed the land The crime of my honesty Was a burden that I couldn’t bear Our world was cracked in two and neither made sense What an awful way to go Any way you go We set fire to the words we wrote Tried to save what we couldn’t know And if there is no way to know When I’ll miss you and when I won’t, Darling don’t be fearful When you go, I always miss you the most The only place we’re really safe Is in a far and distant state I could wait I hope I can wait I was asking too much when I asked for things to align In time In time All these contradicting planes Make it hard for one to remain I’ll remain I’ve got to remain Was I asking too much when I asked for you to be mine In time? In time? There was a time when I loved you And I couldn’t make you love me back I lost all my freedom the moment you wept I became opposing waveforms A revolt against time and space When you left, I couldn’t leave and I couldn’t stay What an awful way to go Any way you go We set a match to the unknown Now there’s nothing we’ve been missing more And if there is no way to know When I love you and when I don’t, Honey, don’t be fearful When I go, I’ll have loved you the most
9.
Chasing after some purer sights, You lost the good reasons why To make up your mind was to amputate your rights It pulled blue ribbons from your skies Pummeled down by some ruthless writ You lost the good part of it You suffered the bureaucracy of your lonely mind And you lost the fight The flood of contradictions filled up your eyes Those waters were holy and purified You begged for a savior in the crashing of lights And that time would strip you clean But could you let die All the reasons you hold your head high? And happiness is a final puzzle Where sane men go to lose their minds Running swiftly from your lover’s death You killed the world that took you in You’d sooner die of thirst than believe that it still hurts, But her laughter is still swimming in your bed Swallowed up by your father’s lights You weathered through the darkest nights It’s a crumbling fortress, where all memory abides Till she sets it right Do you still miss the thoughts you crucified? Does her golden hair still get in your eyes? Are you flooding your breast with those innocent lies? But you entertain the ghosts when you cry Still you raise high The wilderness you found in those wet eyes And a great love is the final battle Where good men go to die Those violent misconceptions became your bride And the youth in her smile was ruined with time And your skeleton of reason, where did it fly? You hoped it would strip you clean
10.
We were bloody ruins In the belly of time Our bones reached for heaven Our bodies made us die The cold winds passed through us We were running for our lives I saw the color of her skin In the bright blood of the dusk But she is buried so thickly The forests have overgrown We were violent rebuttals Digested by the beast of time Our skin longed for affection Our love made us die The cold winds passed through us Our skin fractured and cried I felt the black hole of her eyes In the bright blood of a dying sky But she is buried with honor Under the salt-waters of my mind
11.
Passing through Is all you ever do I don’t ever get the chance to know you Your wings are on fire It’s a long way down But if you turn your world over, you turn it around You thought you were trapped Isolated in the past But you obliterate the clocks with every moment you pass Your memory is by my side, But you can’t go in my stead It’s the hardest way to go, but it’s the only way we know Passing through Is all we ever do But the time we spend is always bigger when it ends

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released January 4, 2012

Produced by Manny Nieto and Stephen Agustin
Recorded, engineered, and mixed by Manny Nieto and Shane Smith
(except "Beware the Furnace" recorded by Stephen Agustin, mixed by Manny Nieto and Shane Smith)
Mastered by Shane Smith

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Melodic noise-rock from Portland via Hawaii.

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