Better Roads EP

by Alex(x) Reed

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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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Track Name: Only Skin
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
Track Name: Magic Sand
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
Track Name: Just Like Me
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
Track Name: Chisel (full version)
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?
Track Name: Better Roads
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
Track Name: Cabin
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”