The Battle

by Boy Eats Drum Machine

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released 09 October 2012

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Track Name: Royal Countess
I trudged
mud filling up my eyes
I was in the front
with the least capable minds
but, surprise
I'm the only one who lived
concealed
under a pile of bodies

I know what it is to play dead
I know what it is to play dead
under bodies toppling over
over and over
they saved my life

so I set to work
we must make the dead dignified
each and every
face I see, I use my fingers to gently close their eyes

then I walked with
one hand pushing away the ground
one hand
one hand pushing away the ground
the other hand
the other hand
holding my insides down


they're over, one-by-one
I neatly laid them on the lawn
I combed their hair
in gentle streaks
finally resting

royal countess
her face, we love it so
cruel perfection
makes me sorry it's my time to go

I look without slinking away
this once
I look without slinking away
her face
carries me
her face
carries me
carries me to my grave

over, one-by-one
I neatly laid them on the lawn
I combed their hair
in gentle streaks
finally resting

over
the valley floor
slowly sinking
but you live, you linger on
you'll feed the blades of a different lawn
you'll feed the blades of a different lawn

you'll be a pile of bodies
you'll be a pile of bodies someday
Track Name: I, William Your Ex-Lover
I William, your ex lover stroll in
what do you think of that?
surely, I have seen the world
this feather's in a well worn hat
you said when I return,
if I should return, we would talk
well, my dear, permit me be the one
who speaks first

cuz I've seen the edge
of darkest war
and combed across
contested shorelines
faces
staring up
at the sky
with no reply

time plays tricks upon you
it does it twice
you only love it when it's gone
but you cannot see it coming back
it takes a cunning thief
with a heightened will
to steal it
steal it back

so, my love
it comes to this
we are all
set to pass
now that I've seen so far
I finally know where we are
I finally know
what I want

I know what I want
do you now?
I know what I want
do you now?
I know what I want
do you now?
I know what I want
do you now?
Track Name: Devil Hands
the sound of bones
and cracking wind
you're under, you re-emerge
to howling wind, howling wind
the enemy circling again

just a few hours passed
horned alarms awoke us in our beds
"something moves on protected ground
brothers, we go to arms now"

when we march
our boots make haste
shoulders sway
every neck straight
captain's right hand
always on the hilt
"trespassers' blood must be spilt"

cuz the devil's hand
takes many shapes
each finger, it's own way to take
helmets in rows
of dotted moon light
here at the end

shapes of hills hold the valley down
each flank set, every weapon raised
captain's right hand goes up to shield his face
then everything falls out of place

my God, my God, we cry at once
oh, in one voice

as shadows test the ground
the rumbling ground
closing in where we are now

where we are now
where we are now
where we are now
Track Name: Speak for God
there's a man in Colorado who speaks for God
a father, he's really like a father to the young men of the town
bringing clarity and order with a booming voice
he's says don't bother to disrespect my daughter
I'll nail your dick right down

and in Southern California someone speaks for God
he says they're near it only if they hear it
we've got to get this out
pouring over analytics through his target lens
he says we make trends only when we make trends
and teach them to our friends

in Manhattan on the corner there's a Godly voice
says the creator aint coming back till later
he's left you with a choice
moving units through the margins coordinating wealth
he says decisions are for those who make decisions
you're fending for yourselves

there's someone in Minnesota who speaks for God
she says keep faith in the people in the system
we'll keep our faith with them
teaches the lame to lay down tells the captives stay
she says basically, we've really got to wean
everybody else

somewhere in a private meeting on the coast of Guam
they set the table and manage who is able
to follow and attend
it's a celebration dinner for those who speak for God
they say oh bless you, look at how he trusts you,
to carry out his will

in the middle of proceedings there's a sounding BOOM
there's witches clawing at the dishes
they snuck into the room
if you're thirsty there's a million ways to dig a well
you wretch you, can only blame yourself, you
you're all going to hell
you're all going to hell

I guess we're all going to hell

solitary mother Mary lifting hopeful prayers
yeah, we hear you, double-deacon dear, you
verbal dragon slayer

I was waking from a dream when the wolves moved in
they said your home is built on crumbling foam it's
slipping out to sea
but I'll chance the waves, so, thank you
let the rowing seize
I've got a weapon to end all of our suffering
when water's to our knees

peeking over circled wagons
as our best defense
how can you, double god-damn you
now our backs are to our friends

you feel something and you turn and face unstable Glen
he's staring through you, his mind has snapped right in two
and his trigger clicks again
and his trigger clicks again
(he speaks for God)
(he speaks for God)
and his trigger clicks again
(he speaks for God)
Track Name: Brother, Amen
I've got a new found confidence
brother, amen
brother, amen
in the coming recovery
h'oh, that's the plan
h'oh, that's the plan
how often do you feel this amazing?
constant, my man
constant, my man
along the narrow path
single file
brother, amen
brother

I've got a newly simplified notion
brother, amen
brother, amen
keep me steady on conflicted seas
h'oh, that's the plan
h'oh, that's the plan
hold the bottom up
push the sky down
brother, amen
brother, amen
I feel the cleansing waters
running over me
brother, amen
brother, amen
I've got a new found confidence
brother, amen
brother, amen
Track Name: The Battle
cannon fire
barks ahead
man, we hear every sound
first, live to the ear
then sniffing near
like packs
of roaming hounds
rows of men
stepping forth
toward the valley's end
just blades of grass
giving way
slinking back
as we ascend

one last hill
one last lip
under a sky that bends
around the horizon like
a smothered, back lit lens
the captain's shout
brings a halt
to our final run
steady now
we point our guns
we point our guns
we point our guns

and we the rows
rows of men
they chose to send
on their behalf
shouting on and on

cracking sounds
bullets sent
just make a lot of smoke
and the shape of things
suggests to me
our natural laws might be a hoax
a shadowed line
a crease of doubt
sets across the captain's face
and he screams for God
or any God
to extend their grace

and we the rows
rows of men
they chose to send
crowded over lawns
we fill the valley floor

old miss Lee
on her knee
mends upon a sash
that catches wind
high above
when messengers dash
lovers quarrel
poets spin
man, nothing seems to change
just cooling now
over distorted ground
in the valley from where the monster came
Track Name: Election Drinking Song
in the flickering light
from the left and right
pass the bottle down
on election night
when they say "I'll say this"
with a diligent fist
eyes teared with mist
pass the bottle down

just need a little sip, my friends
pass it down before the end
I need a drink if God's on my side
let's take one down

with a reformed grip
take a resolute sip
to the very last drip
pass the bottle down
and their voices ring
without saying a thing
but you know what they mean
so pass it all around

just need a little sip, my friends
pass it down before the end
I need a drink if God's on my side
so let's take one down

on commercial break
when they bare their teeth
and they judo point
pass the bottle down
bureaucrats
and diplomats
and faulty stats
pass it all around

just need a little sip, my friends
pass it down before the end
I need a drink if God's on my side
let's take one down
Track Name: The Devil's Wheels
yeah I've stood on chairs I've stood on bars
whatever it takes
sometimes a message must be conveyed
hello, my fellow drinkers
I'm no politician
I leave that duty to the double faced
we've all seen them change this town
seen them push our money around
watched them supervise
but they cannot snuff you out
they can never erase
cuz you can see the devil's wheels
behind the fox's face

so come on brothers come on brothers
come with me
there's a matter that needs settling
a situation requiring the force of will
and you are ready
you are free
go now unto God's glory
I'll be watching from the top of the hill

yeah they take what's yours
without giving a reason
you object
they call it treason
you're breaking the peace
so we sit here
brothers drowning sorrow
killing some time
forgetting tomorrow
can nothing be done?
can nothing be done?

come on brothers come on brothers
come with me
there's a matter that needs settling
a situation requiring the force of will
and you are ready
you are free
go now unto God's glory
I'll be watching from the top of the hill
Track Name: Destroy Imagination
destroy the foundation
remove every stone
chisel out the layers
it's drawing its strength from
level all the levers
that lift it into place
pull apart the contents
destroy every trace

deny the desire to stand
further up than any other man
step from out the hiding space
come on, destroy the past mistakes

restore imagination
the consequence of thought
celebrate the beauty
in what we forgot
cancel cynicism
it needs to be returned
restore imagination
restore it now, my son

decide to begin
something new all over again
save yourself, while you can
come on, crumble like a man

decode the founding sentence
to introduce the chorus
come on, while you mean it
sing it 'till you're hoarse
call the secret numbers
that divide the sheep
take the shining light right
where the giant sleeps

divide the meaning from
all the words that bring you harm
step from out the target face
come on, put them back in place
Track Name: Oh! Little Brother
overwhelmed
overwhelmed
this whole valley's gone to hell
turn to fight
running now
just makes for a coward's end
shaking bones
shaking bones
grip the weapon nice and slow
shoulder still
calm sight
makes for an accurate flight down

oh
little brother

pushed aside
pushed aside
pulled over and down
in flames on the left
torn to ribbons on the right
come to me
hidden foe
show your face if you dare
one last round
in the chamber
I'll leave you
I'll leave you

oh
little brother
they all run
and fall down

oh
little brother
they all run
and fall down

shaking bones
shaking bones
grip the rifle nice and slow
calm the nerves
set the site
final round in accurate flight

oh
little brother
everyone went running at the sound
little brother
everyone went running at the sound

oh
little brother
everyone went running at the sound
little brother
everyone went running at the sound
Track Name: Every Man
I have given it all
all my thoughts and
I can't pull my eyes from you
I have given it all
my attention
I cannot pull my mind off you

tease again
find my weaknesses
don't quit
until we both cave in

I think for a living
I make sentences
I bring clarity
wherever there is doubt
I think for a living
I am designated
to look at the puzzle
and never figure it out

tease again
find my weaknesses
don't quit
until we both cave in

I'll never figure it out
I'll never figure it out

tease again
find my weaknesses
don't quit
until we both cave in

what every man really wants
is someone to hold him in the dark
failing that, the power to make
those who cross him
lie cold and awake
Track Name: 100 Tanks
I can live apart
from the hanging
fluid on the stand
tilt my head
walk the grass
outside the window pane

what have you done with your time?
what have you done with your time?

your voices, yes
I hear but don't
find reason to decode
the hallway tiles
slick with cracks
I've felt the softness in my toes

what have you done with your time?
what have you done with your time?

I've dreamed alone
on altered ledges
overlooking several seas
and I've kept the sails
away from harm
kept them from tangling

what have you done with your time?
what have you done with your time?

one hundred tanks
pound the reef
like fish unto the sky
they migrated
spawned their kind
and now it's time to die