Better Roads EP

by Alex(x) Reed

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1.
Only Skin 03:48
Only Skin I watch you eat and I think about digestion (oh, you make me sick) But I love you when you're silent and you're empty I think about your stomach and intestines and it makes me want to die Or at the very least to hollow out your body For when there's nothing left inside you then there might be room for me And I'll be only skin as well, a clear blue sky where my heart should be I feel you move beneath me and I think about your blood And of your mucous and cerebrospinal fluids I taste your nakedness and know that every cell is bound to die It's coded in your nuclei and written in your organs But when there's nothing left inside you then there might be room for me And I'll be only skin as well, a clear blue sky where my heart should be You breathe a little slower as you're sinking into sleep But I can only hear your liver as it rages For the alcohol that made us laugh, with our constricted diaphragms Just starves your brain, reminding me you're mortal And when there's nothing left inside you then there might be room for me And I'll be only skin as well, our hollowness will set us free There would be nothing left inside this shell abandoned by a sea That once reflected 'gainst the clearest blue sky where my heart should be
2.
Magic Sand 02:55
Let my ears purge their water like the rock that I squeeze Let my strength move a mountain Let me unbend my knees Let me off at the next convenient place if it's okay It's so dark and I think I'd like to walk today But I don't know what I can do If you don't want to be with you I don't know what I can say I think I'd like to walk today Tell me all about your exploits that know no bounds Let me take another blow Let me go twenty rounds And dearest Janie, I don't wanna fight, and I don't wanna play I'm gonna walk until I bleed, and I'm gonna start today So tell me what's gone wrong with you "Nothing at all," I answer the truth Conversations with myself Magic sand and wisdom tooth
3.
Just Like Me 02:21
I was out of my mind Told her all of my fears Open wide as the grin of a man With a mouth stretching ear to ear I live in a flat on the east side of town It's part of my childish makebelieve world I play with my figures 'Cause dolls are for girls Last night I climbed a mountain Of thoughts whose time hadn't come I'm a genius But that's only known to me and my mum 'Cause I tell her everything, more if she asks Her world is of me and mine if of her 'Cause she makes me pancakes The way I prefer My communist friend has a mother like me She lets him eat shortbread and drink herbal tea He says that an astronaut's what he will be Just like me I'm content in my closet But don't go through the blue door Dad says there's nothing for me there I guess that's what daddies are for I live in a castle where I am the prince And everyone loves 'cause they tell me so And away from my castle I will never go My communist friend has a castle like me It's full of blue doors to where he cannot be He says that he hates to be ever so free Just like me I was out of my mind Just like me
4.
You saw with clarity In my kingdom of the blind You carved upon the walls In the cavern of my mind You solved my riddle of The sound you cannot hear You charted all my seas But can you cross my last frontier? Can you make me feel like I was made for you? Rip the heavens open Making me anew Can you make me feel like I won’t fall apart? Dig into my ribcage Chisel out my heart If I were made a child Then you’re the dark I fear If I were made a beast Then you’re the hunter’s spear If I were innocent Then you’re the naked cold But can you spin a web Around what cannot be controlled You know what I will choose Before I make my choice You know my every word Before I even sound my voice You know my body like It was your very own But can you set in motion All the mysteries you’ve known? So can you not create And can you not instill With all-perceiving eyes And all decoding will? Can you replace this stone With something that can feel?
5.
Better Roads 02:12
I am only one lane wide I am just a one way street Winding back behind a warehouse Where the smokers like to meet You're a highway east to west Abandoned for the interstate You once knew the touch of millions Your portrait proud in every atlas And we will never come together There's a hundred turns to make Between the end of my life And the nearest junction that you touch And I am full of grass and garbage And you can see into the ocean I am quiet and enveloped You are quiet and wide open And we are no one's destination I'm a shortcut, you're the scenic route With boarded up gas stations Cause everybody knows that There are better roads to drive on There are better roads to drive on And roads like us will never meet And roads like us will never meet There are better roads to drive on There are better roads to drive on And roads like us will never meet And I am just a one way street
6.
Cabin 04:06
We will walk where the ground gives in We’ll build a cabin of stone and skin And a little fire to warm our feet We will taste the jam we spread While fingers masquerade as bread When everyone’s forgotten the taste so sweet We will move like railroad tracks We will breathe like candle wax And every day we’ll find a new stream And there will be no way to find us We would let the world behind as Water plays with eyes and sighs to steam Every time I tell you that we’ll do this, you just stall And you whisper “I don’t love you; I don’t love anything at all”

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ALEX(X) REED: BETTER ROADS EP
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ONLY SKIN
MAGIC SAND
JUST LIKE ME
CHISEL
BETTER ROADS
CABIN
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All songs and performances
by A. Reed except the drums
on “Chisel” by Aaron Fuleki


LISTENING IS PERFORMING / INPUT IS OUTPUT
alexx@thoushalt.net

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released April 23, 2004

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ThouShaltNot: 1999-2012.

Members are now in the band SEEMING, whose debut album is Madness & Extinction.

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