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After Everything Now This Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 October 2012

After Everything Now This

Numbers
[rev. July 22, 2003]

Oh yeah
Your one and only life
Ripped from the earth with these bare hands
You dare
Question the ritual
Despite continual
Threats of "gonna get you all"

1 law for the officers
1 for the gentlemen
2 bad you 3 know what it's 4
5 for this awful dive
6 for the genetics
7 for the lucky pricks who went into heaven

Nightmare
We ride for miles and miles
Following the howling of our prey
Out there
Reload our yellow rigs
Scrambling for shelter
Dig a void, decay

1 for the flaming sun
2 for the location
3 for the martyrs and the stars
4 for the wind and sand
5 so you understand
6 for the slips 'twixt the cup and the lips

["Come on!" is thrown in after the last singing of this verse.]

1 for the cockpit blues
2 for the Panzer crews
3 for the vast and molten sky
4 for the failed talks
5 for the knives and forks
6 for forbidden kicks
All the yobbos in the sticks

[Steve may be saying "10" after the last verse.]

Female voice:
C: ...10011...10011...
R: 10011...zeroes...
L: ...Mac AV, system overload, the audio engine was not able to process all the required data in time, time, time, time...

 

After Everything
[rev. Aug. 30, 2007]

Now that it's over I find myself leaving
The sound permeating all directions at once
I never said goodbye to the family, lovers
Brothers and daughters, the rest of the bunch

It seems so strange that the things I was chasing
Have all evaporated like a distant dream
Petty ambition, petty obstruction
Something in between

And I really thought it would go on forever
Never believed they would sever the ties
All of the questions remaining unanswered
Stranger's reflection in a stranger's eyes

Here is a child playing in a garden
Here is an old man with a broken heart
Here comes a train to take you away
It all goes round and round and comes back to the start

I was never really sure what I was waiting for
When the moment came I was looking away
Obsessed with the past, scared of the future
Never took the time to be here today

And I really thought it would go on forever
Never believed they would sever the ties
All of the questions remaining unanswered
Stranger's reflection in a stranger's eyes

After everything now this happens
It's not a grand illusion, it's a stupid little trick
The show must go on, these people have paid
You're standing in the wings feeling kinda sick

Never really sure what you were waiting for
When the moment came you just couldn't choose
The fog sweeps down over the marine city
Standing backstage trying to put on your shoes

I really thought it would go on forever
Never believed they would sever the ties
All of the questions remaining unanswered
Stranger's reflection in a stranger's eyes

 

The Awful Ache
[rev. Jan. 15, 2002]

Esmerelda falls in love every Saturday
And on Sunday morning don't remember a thing
And the gringos are all saints of the latter day, that's the way
And it takes a little pain out of the sting

Holy water tastes as sweet as wine
Holy wine tastes just like blood
She's drinking for loss, for the man on the cross
She says no more, the awful ache

And in her bedroom there's a mirror there
Sometimes it don't reflect a thing
And from the street he sees her silhouette
And he can't forget

That her kisses are as sweet as wine
And her kisses taste like myrrh
Her love is lost, like the man on the cross
And no more, the awful ache

Esmerelda walks on down to the cemet'ry
And he's waiting for her in the shade
With the angels and the sad old trees, patiently
But she walks right past his grave

She's crying for loss, for the man on the cross
She says no more, the awful ache
She's crying for loss, and the man on the cross
She says no more, the awful ache

 

Song For The Asking
[rev. Feb. 8, 2002]

(I am a sailor on the water, did not find me through the dark)

I don't know, I don't know, I don't know where you go
I don't know, I don't know why I loved you so
You said it was alright
It stayed with me all night

I don't care, I don't care, I don't care where you are
I don't care, (I don't care), I don't care, I don't care who you are
You said it was too hard
You took out your trump card

Song for the asking
Song for you obviously
Song for a singer
Song for a B movie
Song for the asking
Song for you and me

I don't think, (I don't think), I don't think I've ever been to the brink
I don't think, (I don't think), I don't think I'll have another drink
You said it was enough
Then you called my bluff

Song for the asking
Song for you especially
Song for the singer
Song for a B movie
Song for the asking
Song for you and the sea

I don't guess, I don't guess the answer will be yes
I don't guess, (I don't guess), I don't guess you can't wait to undress
You said it was ready
I held myself steady

Song for the asking
Song for you especially
Song full of nothing
Song for the royalty
Song for the asking
Song for you and the sea

 

Chromium
[rev. Feb. 25, 2005]

Silver needles
Golden eagles
Frightened faces
Basket cases
Jags and riches
Queens and witches
Electric mantras
And tight-fitting dreams

Never been so high
Never been so low
Never been so high

Gilded flowers
Long-lost hours
Morning programs
With fake suntans
Meet a maniac in the cul-de-sac
Otherwise it's this ennui

Chromium platin'
All this waiting brings me down
Suffocatin'
All those colors bring me around

Broken records
Faded labels
Songs to sing to
When you were young
A tattooed pierced arm
Fresh and perfumed
Switch your prison
Fly away

And jewels on your fingers
Tears in your dresses
Fabulous mansions
And damp little rooms
This one will shrink me
This one will grow me
Cue me to sleep
And reality looms

 

Radiance
[rev. Jan. 12, 2002]

When a cloudy morning rain touched our little town
Three small sisters and a friend walking in the fields
A strange light in the sky blotting out the sun
Whatever happens next changes all our lives

And the children ran home sobbing and half blind
Said our lady has a message for mankind
Frightened and bewildered, not making any sense
Dazzled by the virgin's radiance

And the icons in the church crying tears of blood
The water in the wells curing all who drank
Pilgrim lunatics arrive in a ragged stream

In the fields around the village sprang up tents
People from the outside world want more evidence
Four tired children questioned day and night
All they can remember is her blinding light

So the circus drifts away and the noise dies down
Life goes on as before all the people came
And the children never say what her message was

And the children ran home sobbing and half blind
Said our lady has a message for mankind
Frightened and bewildered, not making any sense
Dazzled by the virgin in her radiance

People from the outside world want more evidence

 

Reprieve
[rev. Feb. 2, 2002]

[Slow]

When you're gone
And no more tracks for me to run on
When you're gone
I couldn't see a way out
You show me I was wrong

When you sleep
You never know the vigil I keep
Watch you sleep
Peaceful like a Buddha
Yeah you're miles deep

When you smile
It makes the whole damn thing worthwhile
When you smile
Reprieve is gonna come down
We'll live awhile in a while

[Rockin']

When you're gone
No more tracks for me to run on
When you're gone
Couldn't see a way that I was wrong

When you sleep
You never know the vigil I keep
Watch you sleep
Peaceful like the Buddha
You're so deep

When you smile
It makes the whole damn thing worthwhile
When you smile
Reprieve is gonna come down a little while
Reprieve is gonna come down a little while

[Mellow]

When you're gone
No more tracks for me to run on
When you're gone
I couldn't see a way out
You show me I was wrong

When you sleep
You never know the vigil I keep
To watch you sleep
Peaceful like the Buddha
You're miles deep

When you smile
It makes the whole damn thing worthwhile
'Cause when you smile
Reprieve is gonna come down
We'll live the while

 

Night Friends
[rev. Jan. 10, 2005]

Night friends
Coming through the mirror
Sliding down the light
Night friends
Arriving in the garden
Stay with me tonight
Night friends

Watching, you've been watching from a second in our century
As the minutes gain momentum like a bird, man
Watching, you've been waiting
For the other worlds to sync up to our own

Reaching, you've been reaching through the nonexistent surface
It separates our doubles from this soul man
Trying, we've been trying
To make contact with night friends so alone

Watching, you've been watching from a second in our century
As the minutes gain momentum like a bird, man
Waiting, we've been waiting
For other worlds to sync up to our own

Reaching, you've been reaching through the nonexistent surface
It separates our doubles from the soul man
Trying, we've been trying
To make contact with night friends so alone

Loving, we've been loving
But sometimes hate is better
You can't keep out the killers with love, man
Hating, we've been hating
But only love can heal up the hate (all right)

 

Seen It Coming
Hey man, think it through now
Why don't you stay for a while
Eve and Aurora gonna come on over
Know they're gonna make make you smile
And cool your heels
I know just how it feels

You should've seen it coming
Been coming for some time
You've got your broken heart
And I've got mine

Yeah, she said it's over
But it was over right from the start
You ain't gonna tell me that you were a saint
Every time you two were apart
You blew your chance
So face the music and dance

You should've seen it coming
Been coming for some time
You've got your broken heart
I've got mine

You've got your broken heart
I've got mine

You should've seen it coming
...some time
You've got your broken heart
And I feel fine (feel so fine)
Talk about it (feel so fine)

 

Invisible
[rev. Dec. 17, 2004]

Sitting in the shadows and the evening oscillating
Feeling light and fading like it's never gonna change
Hoping for a moment for some gentle consolation
Waiting at the station where the trains are out of range

She's sitting in a carriage being jostled by the motion
Overhearing conversation, the grinding of the steel
Scenes fly past the curtains that the darkness paints uncertain
And memories are meaningless, her motives are concealed

Through countrysides and mountains and the village by the ocean
Where the stranger's waiting for her in the plushness of his car
Winding and rewinding, pushing all directions
Till the limit of implosions, which is never very far

All I ever wanted to see
Was just invisible to me

Out there in the distance the horizon meets resistance
The summer falls down drunken on the longest of the days
Rushing past the ruins of the churches and the Porsches
Reflected in the mirrors and the echoes and the haze

He drums impatient fingers on the chrome and on the leather
Running through the reasons in the corners of his mind
Sifting tiny diamonds on his shaky mental islands
Where he often claims asylum from the structures left behind

The wind blows through the headstones and the milestones making music
The melody reminds us the girl's still far away
Asleep in her compartment, dreaming of the darkness
As the train speeds on regardless to the approaching day

All I ever wanted to see
Was just invisible to me

 

Tracks from the Numbers CD Single
Undo
[rev. July 22, 2003]

God it's so high, God it's so high
Why don't I fly, why don't I fly
Don't say goodbye, don't say goodbye
Elegant god, elegant sigh
Why don't you try, little advice
Don't say goodbye, don't say goodbye
Just you and I, just you and I
Sweeter than pie, down in Bondi
Don't say goodbye, don't say goodbye

Summer seaside town in motion
Holiday girl down by the ocean
Evenings are warm, just before the storm
You don't understand that it's all in your hands
And the graphs and the charts are pulling us further apart

Ace/Eight floors/stores [3:57, 5:50, 7:35] with their CDs online
Crashing in our field, wasting our time
And I don't care a bit of a fiddle-de-dee
What the phantom power is doing to me
It's tracking in the black, such audacity
We're not going back and that's that and that's all it can be
Lionized cats with their mirrors intact
Clawing our sides, tearing our back
I never took a potshot at a wounded beast
But I guess you never really met the deceased
I told all your enemies to come to the feast
If it comes to the crunch we'll do lunch with the bunch from the east

Cultures holding at the rockets controls
Slippery and when ready like this great country scrolls
If you're fucking with your enemies, you're killing your friends
This is where your reign of terror/pleasure ends
I know you'll understand that's a message he sends
But it's bad and it's sad and it's mad and I've had to give a dent [5:48]

 

Oxydental
Sixteen spirit voices in a menal melange
The disembodied chorus in a bucket of flange
Baby serpents dreaming at the bottom of their eggs
Occidental drone driving their legs

Somebody somewhere must have figured it out
Leaving it open for apostles of doubt
Banging on a tabla till the kingdom comes
Feel it in my fingers and my thimbles and thumbs

Einstein sent a cruiser to another dimension
Strange little beasties on the surface tension
A plague of maharishis in a post-ecstatic haze
Is this the way you've been wasting your days

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