Song Lyrics

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Do Not Drink This Holiday Cheer: Vol. 1

1. Lo

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung
Of Jesse’s lineage coming
As men of old hath sung

It came a floweret bright
Amid the cold of winter
When half-spent was the night

2. Thank You

Thanks for the invitation to your party
You wrote it in cursive so I wouldn’t know it was you

Thanks a million for driving me home so I could watch you leave
And though you slowed down at the light, you weren’t fooling me

Thank you for thinking of me on this day when cider flows like wine
And snowflakes accumulate on our time
Taxes are due pretty soon

Gift wrapping in hand, he stays out of sight
He’ll make this the end and call it a night

 

 

 

Lime Colony: The Album

Lime Colony

1. Terry’s Theme I

[instrumental]

2. A Breezy Leaf

There once was a pretty girl who had her mother’s hair
She sank into a well and died, they found her in the care
Of Jesus, who was laughing at a joke she’d just told
About going home to weed the garden

In summertime the butterflies slept in the rain
With piggy banks full of all the money that she’d saved
From selling lemonade to the reckless young boys
They never even knew she kept it
They never even knew she kept it

She steps into her moonlight
A star has gone astray
She knows no other highlight
A breezy leaf is swept away

They took her to the doctor – he listened to her heart
He said, “She’d better say here for the benefit of art”
But no one thought to take her home (where she’d find no rest
From evil and good in the bedroom)

Next thing you know, she’s knocking holes in the walls
With powers that she had known not at all
But in quiet moments, she never had to blink
She was killing all the time between us
She was killing all the time between us

She steps into her moonlight
A star has gone astray
She knows no other highlight
A breezy leaf is swept away

3. When No One’s There To See

You surprise him with the things you say
Like what you said the other day
Ignoring the facts, and somehow making sense

You surprise him with the way you dance
Your shoes untied, in underpants
Ignoring the neighbors, you never give an inch
You never give an inch

You’re surprised to hear the news that he
Can spit out pretty melodies
Too simple to sing, and impossible to learn

You’re surprised after he marries you
You didn’t hear when he said, “I do”
Cause the sounds in your head, they were none of his concern
They were none of his concern

So surprise us now that winter’s come
Like snowflakes on a ladder’s rung
That make you slip when no one’s there to see

4. Lightning Strike

I can’t leave you with the knives at night
You tried it again
But I came out all right
Here laying on my side at night
It already happened
You’ve taken your turn

Now it’s mine this time
A quarter to eleven
And the TV says it’s seven
And you’re on your way to heaven
And I think I heard your mother is

She’s in town for the holiday
I really don’t know her
But I’ll try to act like you
Ate something bad today
Your food held a protest
It didn’t want to see you

Dine this time
A quarter past eleven
And the TV says it’s seven
And you’re on your way to heaven
And I think I saw the lightning strike

Strike for you
You shouldn’t have to ask me to
Decide for you

The neighbors always say it’s wrong
But you always say it’s right

Strike for you
You shouldn’t have to ask me to
Decide for you

5. Terry’s Theme II

[instrumental]

6. Throw

Wake up – there is something more than enmity at play here
Your hate, like a flower, is blooming
Un-gluing

Your makeup, it is coursing through the crevasses in your face, dear
It runs into your blood and makes you gloomy
So truly

All you do is throw me away
And all you do is toss me by the wayside

Let’s make up – there is something more at stake than me and you here
This thing that we call love has started living
And breathing

Let’s take up these pieces of the puzzle that are we, dear
And reconcile and go and be alone
Or talk on the phone

All you do is throw me away
And all you do is toss me by the wayside

And all I do is take you away
And leave you here to stay

7. Left Upright

I was there the day you finally broke your vow
It was bright that day, with your little finger in your mouth

There were hobos on the park bench
And a fat kid eating pizza pie
And the words you said, they brought me down
While your pieces all were left upright

Did you hear the noise protruding from the artificial bell?
It was faint, that noise – did you hear it as the shadows fell?

There were cowboys in the backyard
And a postman laughing, jogging by
And the words you said, they brought me down
While your pieces all were left upright

I was there the day you finally broke your vow
It was bright that day, with your little finger in your mouth

There were hobos in the backyard
And a fat kid laughing, jogging by
And the words you said, they brought me down
While your pieces all were left upright

8. Making Nice

I know everything there is to know about Freddy Kreuger and Jason
She said, “You don’t need to know that – it’s useless information”
I was only making nice
We don’t have to start a fight

She knows everything there is to know about retrograde and rising
I have mercury inside my veins – a cancerous silver lining
There were things I didn’t say
When our record wouldn’t play

We made tree forts in our bedroom after sleeping with the neighbors
We tried turning out the lights to rid our skin of its strange flavors
I was only walking past
Didn’t think to make it last

Those headaches in the morning
Won’t stop when you’re away

She said, “Smoking those can’t make you calm if you don’t really mean it”
I just lost my head and turned around to face her with my teeth

9. Perfectly Annoying

I didn’t mean to be so perfectly annoying
It wasn’t fate that kept those puppies from destroying
All your shoes

Incredibly, the laws of nature never stopped me
From dutifully fulfilling deeds and acts of shopping
For your makeup

And who’s to say that faking laughter’s not contagious
When in the end your smile is nothing more outrageous
Than my frown?

So perfectly, let’s make a portrait
With the likeness of a fist
And perfectly we’ll settle fights between those squirrels
With a kiss

10. Houdini

Stop trying to be Houdini
It’s not working out
The rabbit was dead in your hands
Disappointing your fans
Houdini

When it was all done, the disappearing
Act was well received
The doves all went away
And sullied the day
Disappearing

Count how long it takes for you to escape
From everybody’s sight
The assistant pulled on the rope
Dashing your hopes
To escape

Stop trying to be Houdini
It’s not working out
The rabbit was dead in your hands
Disappointing your fans
Houdini

The Advantage Of Getting There First EP

1. Maisy, You’re Going To Get Burned (I Don’t Want To Tell You That I Told You So)

Maisy, don’t you climb up there
If you fall you’ll lose your hair
Listen to me if you know what’s good for you
But I know that you’ll do what you’re gonna do

Baby, you need to let it go
Cause I don’t want to tell you that I told you so

The dials on the range control the flames
But you’re playing like it’s just a game
So when it gets too hot it’ll be your turn
Maisy, you’re going to get burned

Baby, you need to let it go
Cause I don’t want to tell you that I told you so

2. Did Your Mom Hang Up When She Heard It Was You?

Did your mom hang up when she heard it was you?
You ran off to marry and told precious few
It’s true that she yelled, and that’s why you flew
So did she hang up when she heard it was you?

When Daddy was home, he was always drinkin
And then he’d pass out, of alcohol reekin
So you sat in your room and you started to thinkin
About Daddy and how he was always drinkin

You met her in a bar, in the corner a-cryin
Her friend had been shot, she said she was dyin
You didn’t care, because you were just tryin
To make her dig you and stop all this cryin

So you ran off to Vegas, to a serial wedding
What concerned you the most was the motel’s bedding
You didn’t know into what you were heading
After this honeymoon stay and a $30 wedding

Did your mom hang up when she heard it was you?
You ran off to marry and told precious few
Now Hollywood’s calling and there’s none but you
So did she hang up when she heard it was you?

3. See You In Budapest

Thanks for your Budapest card
I know that the language is hard
I hope that the soccer news is good

You say there’s no way you’ll leave
That you’re stuck in pornography
You’re lucky that bed still holds your weight

In a room of piano keys
Five flowers for dignity
We’re just hours from finding our way home

I’ll see you in Budapest

4. We’re Through

Listen to the crazy widow
Screaming at the floor
Waste away her only savings
At the grocery store

Her husband was a good mechanic
He earned a decent pay
Until the day his brain exploded
He quietly died away

Listen to me, I’m trying to see
How we can find a way
To get it all right, right here tonight
So we don’t have to say
We’re through

Darling give me understanding
Into your flawed logic
Your arguments are cheap and petty
I’ll never let you win

And don’t tell me how much you love me
Your heart is made of stone
But you’re the only woman I know
I’ll never leave you alone

Listen to me, I’m trying to see
How we can find a way
To get it all right, right here tonight
So we don’t have to say
We’re through

-ooooouuuugh!

5. Medicate

Why do you always spit up on me?
I thought you’d have stopped that by now
You’re 20 years old, but you’re going on three
So step up and take your bow
Make your mother so proud

Why do you always walk off on me
When I have something to say to you?
You get in your car and drive ludicrous speeds
Your chances are so few
Your face is turning blue

I wanted to know you
I wanted to care
So take off your shoes
I’ll hold back your hair

Why do I always get angry at you?
You can’t even speak anymore
You drink all our whisk(e)y and bourbon, too
So what am I standing here for
While you’re lying down on the floor?