The Jaws Of Life

by Senryu

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1.
There's a whisper creeping through the wires tonight There's a pavement hiss beneath the tires that I'm on my way back And I never thought that I'd live to hear myself say that And I never thought that I'd live to hear myself There's a twister ripping through the yards tonight And it moves without a conscience or a heart Oh my
2.
Oh my champion If the morning comes Promise you'll get me home Oh my burning sun There is no more blood to boil Except what's inside my bones And I'd like to keep it, but if you need it Then Heaven can wait Has my perfect plunge to the Earth begun? I am speeding up. I can feel it I can't see my skin for my scars I can't see the sky for the stars But Heaven can wait Heaven can wait But it won't
3.
On a loop the same dream Of a dark room and a black screen And we all stand mid scream Pupils to the white, tears stream Cheering on that perfect nothing We blur together into something new On a loop those soft words That distorted every version of A world we thought we knew and loved Forever and ever And maybe for the better Whispering, "There is no dark room, There is no black screen, No one around you, No happy ending. There is no wake up There is no shake off And no alarm clock This is no dream, boy This is it." There is no dark room There is no black screen No one around you No happy ending There is no wake up There is no shake off And no alarm clock This is no dream, boy This is it There is no endgame There is no next thing No dungeon of flame And no ascending There is no tunnel There are no long beams Things are what they seem This is no dream, boy This is everything
4.
I breathe in, you're next to me I breathe out, you're gone We didn't have until we did It isn't true until it is I look back, the ground gives way What a humiliating dream Wake up twisted in the sheets A bitter mixed into the sweet [Chorus] I stood still And you moved forward You moved forward You moved forward I am still A little tired A little older But still on fire Still that soldier It's a disaster but it's ours God bless your little heart Anxious children arm in arm Bound by some warning in the stars [Chorus] Don't let that cold trap Close on your old back I said I'd be smart And I won't break that promise Don't let that dark path Turn your heart black 'Cause we came too far To let the sail sag on us So let's move on or sink honest [Chorus]
5.
03:15
Black teeth and eyes sans pigment Sits on my chest while I sleep This figment of make believe Is making me believe That shadow moves on its own Even when light isn't thrown Listen, my muscles and bones Obey me please Oh please [Chorus] I've been trying like hell to get out of these patterns But it's hard to get well while getting eaten by Saturn From all that I can tell, nothing even matters, so... Sweat beads, my cycles shifting Eyes in the back of my head I'm shifting out of sync with myself I'm drifting out the window, parallel to Hell And I've never felt better And empty pen at the end of a long, mean letter No I've never felt better And the end wraps you up like a warm sweater [Chorus]
6.
Pieces are breaking off faster than I can tie them on again Reflections getting skinny, burning at both ends And all I ever wanted was to wake up with two living arms And know that I could throw them around something without doing harm But honest to God, I would settle for either one of them Do you remember what it's like What it feels like to be somewhere else Do you remember what it's like What it feels like to be someone else Well I want to feel that one more time I want to feel that one more time before I go I want to replot that bloodline Murder the tamer, free the lion Leaks have opened up faster than I can shut them down again Head is getting spinny, the waves are rushing in And all I ever wanted was to have two feet set under me And not walk through life haunted by some hidden piece of history It's harder to convince myself the sound of the clock is pretend Do you remember what it's like What it feels like to be somewhere else Do you remember what it's like What it feels like to want something more Do you remember what it's like What it feels like to be someone sure Well I want to feel that one more time I want to feel that one more time before I go I want to replot that bloodline Murder the tamer, free the lion I want to feel that one more time I want to feel that one more time before I go I want to replot that bloodline Murder the tamer, free the lion
7.
I can feel the ghost Moving around in my skin and bones Whispering, "You'll never be alone As long as you've got me" I can feel the ghost Slipping out of my skin and bones Slipping out of my room and home Probably for the best Go and find a better place for us Away from all the mess That I fooled around and made for us
8.
I was sure last summer was the end I shaved my head and everything The same sappy torch song played on repeat But these people will shrug off anything you blame on the heat And I couldn't seem to keep my body over my feet And I couldn't seem to keep anything holy and sweet I said, "Holy Jesus, I've got holes in my hands and I'm bleeding" I was waving the world away, I was a coastline receding I feel it coming back, I feel it coming I was sure last summer was the end I made my peace with it I sat down in Krutch Park and cried like a baby And some people gathered around to figure out was I crazy Or was I on something, I wasn't but I should have been, maybe So I could lean my head back and watch the city go wavy I was sure last summer was the end, But here comes the summer again I was sure last summer was the end, But here comes the summer again I was sure last summer was the end, But here comes the summer again Here comes the summer again Here comes the summer
9.
04:15
Dark night, light on the water but none in the sky A voice came from every direction at the same time And I couldn't turn my head And I couldn't walk away And I couldn't block it out And I wouldn't anyway Then I heard her say... [Chorus] We now live in a world without barriers Look me in the eyes I am your god carrier Dark eyes, fixed on the street below from so high Are they looking at me? Or am I scaring myself? Are they looking at me? Or am I scaring myself? Or am I looking down on someone else? [Chorus]
10.
There is no honest way to say "I was wrapped in those shadows, but I just walked away" It bleeds in through your seams And no one gets out clean When you walked through the door A choir of ghosts filled my head and said, "Leave" [Chorus] But I am still here, covering my ears Screaming, "What a bastard, I lost some important years" Dressing reckless as wild And lost in the eyes of a spoiled child And no amount of trying makes amends For the time that you left me drowning in that ditch No amount of trying rights your sins But you tried and tried and tried and tried And tried and tried again [Chorus] You can take my heart, I trust my hands To drag me through this trial and trance If it's home or the beast, I will take my chances With what growls beneath the dirt and plants I am still here Covering my ears Screaming, "What a bastard, I lost some important years" Dressing reckless as wild And lost in the eyes of a spoiled child
11.
04:50
Oh my champion If the morning comes Promise you'll get me home Oh my burning sun There is no more blood to boil Except what's inside my bones And I'd like to keep it, but if you need it Then Heaven can wait Has my perfect plunge to the Earth begun? I am speeding up. I can feel it I can't see my skin for my scars I can't see the sky for the stars But Heaven can wait Heaven can wait But it won't

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released August 5, 2017

All songs by Steven Rodgers, Zachary Fallon, Dan McCormack, Andres McCormack, and William Wright

Lyrics by William Wright

Programming on tracks 6 and 9 by Thomas Thibus

Produced by Don Coffey Jr.

Recorded by John Baker and Gray Comer at The Arbor

Additional recording by Dan McCormack at New Puerto Rico

Additional recording by Thomas Thibus at Atopia

Mixed by Don Coffey Jr. and Dan McCormack

Mastered by Matt Honkonen at The Tiny Treehouse

Art concept by William Wright

Photography by Michael Simmons, William Wright and Jeff McClain

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