Uncanny Valley

by Brutus Begins

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1.
Never Fade 04:58
No sleep fuck sleep I’ll save sleeping for the grave to meet you at a moment after sunrise You got the guts to show That’s all I want to know cold eyed cattle on the train it’s not your nature and waking up like them just feels like failure head in the hand bodies to bed shaking up signs Stay for the worst everything hurts, so anything’s fine So you hit the road cause you couldn’t stay where the good ones lie but the smart ones get away It’s a desert life but we’re not afraid we could die right here but at least we’ll never fade Ain’t nothing pretty as a white lie, white lie Although my mother had warned us God knows the heart don’t take orders Gone girl Glory Halle-lay making night time at noon smoke and music sweetening the room numbing the head bruising the bed vacancy signs stay for the worst everything hurts so anything’s fine So you hit the road cause you couldn’t stay where the good ones lie but the smart ones get away It’s a desert life but we’re not afraid we could die right here but at least we’ll never fade Such a long goodbye I don’t know when the waving should end So scared of the quiet I guess I became it again So keep it in my eulogy deluded time while peddling soft poetry I was the water crashing down you were the lady in the mist I now we’re disappearing just as quick So you hit the road cause you couldn’t stay where the good ones lie but the smart ones get away It’s a desert life but we’re not afraid we could die right here but at least we’ll never fade
2.
I watched the high ones from a canyon and joined the birds for something random so when I squeezed the sky refused me but when I let go, it was easy Now lock the door and prop a window the neighbours knock the walls for nothing I let the bass turn into thunder the good vibrations give me comfort The mind is a gun And now I'm feeling twice removed the mind is a gun I used to be a lot like you Play back my childish expectation some unfit mother of creation but if the poison numbs the canyon I'll taste the joy in it and hope the crash comes quick The mind is a gun And now I'm feeling twice removed the mind is a gun I used to be a lot like you
3.
I feel inhuman but I don't know what it looks like I'm soaked in red she said it's only just a love bite I've had a headache ever since I was like this high, this high I need relieving from it all can you remove me from it all? Man, you're so convincing when you're selling me forgiveness Cutting up my body then you promise that you'll fix it It's the last thing you lose when you crawl through the night It's the first thing you sell when you're living a lie She's ice, she's ice I can savour a cool, cool girl set me free from the pain of My flesh, my flesh and bone My flesh, my flesh and bone If absolution was an apple and a snake bite You'd be the hero in a black robe and a boat ride I've been a cynic ever since I was like this high, this high They make you feel so small and plain and then they tell you not to change Cut out every piece of me that's empty or conflicted chasing out the human till it's something less afflicted It's the last thing you lose when you crawl through the night It's the first thing you sell when you're living a lie She's ice, she's ice I can savour a cool, cool girl set me free from the pain of My flesh, my flesh and bone My flesh, my flesh and bone
4.
Love & War 03:56
This bed is on fire I'll make a flame a crown and watch a queen come down We never been as quiet as when we shield our eyes to make a blind goodbye so when the safety broke we saw the sky bleed smoke and when the earth had split we took our time with it we learn to kiss slow in love & war we learn to kiss slow in love & war could have been a liar I'd make it safe for you until the lie came true you sold your secret to the choir so you could have the thrill of hearing what you kill keeping our pistols hid just like the grownups did dance for the love parade but would you fight for it we learn to kiss slow in love & war we learn to kiss slow in love & war
5.
Hunger Stays 03:16
Vagrant chariot I got a secret habit burning in my mind till I become the madness When a sparrow takes her song and turns away from me I forget I'm not the sparrow that I used to be Out there there's them that wanna hurt me for kicks I kind of like it The hours bend and bodies break and I'm amazed When beauty's used and youth deserts you Hunger Stays I danced with every fool I found until the ground turned into air Convinced my mind I'm where I was when time was all I had to spare And the silence leaves me numb when I'm safe and sound I'll trade everything I know to feel anything as much as they feel now Baby can we take the long way home nothing feels as good as the unknown The hours bend and bodies break and I'm amazed When beauty's used and youth deserts you Hunger Stays
6.
City of fear chemistry crush heighten the thought blessed the crutch pharmacy fed heavenly kid now that you're dead when will you live while you were safe simple and vain I saw a dog licking a chain I saw a dog licking a chain we were getting high with some broken hearts that's how it started dreaming up lies for the time we had as if we might never run out of that we were getting high with some broken hearts that's how it started Cutting the line, inhaling a kind of peace in yourself and into your mind the tension dissolves and seeing is easy all of the hate that used to undo reflected no more is passing on through an ego unmade bathed in a new sun and see what I'm made from Tighten your skin sharpen your clothes hoping to god nobody knows being the boy getting replaced how could you tell? who could you face? floating away like I was five I disconnect then I survive It's who we hold when we're scared it's what we give when we're poor it's what you make of the blame I'm not angry no more Cutting the line, inhaling a kind of peace in yourself and into your mind the tension dissolves and seeing is easy all of the hate that used to undo reflected no more is passing on through an ego unmade bathed in a new sun and see what I'm made from
7.
war for the girl who's been missing about seven days she'll be good when she's afraid she'll be good when she's afraid war for the girl got no family and borrowed her name no one worries, nobody complains no one worries, nobody complains hiding in the bushes flashlights make her nervous the sheriff says he don't mean no harm she never was ours to save war for the girl every night that she's catching a ride getting pale on the passenger side couldn't find her way back if she tried war for the girl got not profit to unbury pain you might like her if she was ashamed you might like her if she was ashamed hiding in the bushes flashlights make her nervous the sheriff says he don't mean no harm she never was ours to save hiding in the bushes flashlights make her nervous the sheriff says he don't mean no harm but he won't do a god damn thing

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released May 5, 2016

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