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released January 13, 2013

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Track Name: alien dope war
frizzle and fire
like some alien dope war
are you my desire?
what that would depend
are you more than the friend
i had hoped for

under a double sun
you tell me i'm not the one
but i'm the only one around

high in the air
over our headgear
they razor and tear
all for the war
they can't help but ignore
that we're down here
Track Name: the world outside
the world outside is changing
and I don't want to be left behind when it does
for a second time

and all we have to guard against
is redundancy of experience
and then we should be fine

the world outside is colder now
and it won't coddle innocence if it don't
learn some common sense

the urge to fight, the urge to join
are two different sides of the same coin
still sitting on this fence

and I would like to take you far away from
all we ever see and I'll be kind
if the world will let me be

maybe not, maybe so
but they say tomorrow never knows
I think we should go
Track Name: the trolley
i woke up this morning thinking:
1) i hated life for kicking me
2) you gotta be sharp in the arc of
electricity
forgive a lazy melody
been stuck inside my head all week
i think i'm gonna write it down
i think i'm gonna set it free on the trolley
i heard some lady died
right at the stop up here
hey driver close your eyes

did i mention an occasion
near and dear to me
gotta be the last time i saw
the dark receding
i'm gonna seal this envelope
gonna lock the bedroom door
i may or may not be on dope
i got my eyes set on the floor of the trolley
i heard some lady died
right at the stop up here
hey driver close your eyes
Track Name: off the wall
is she off the wall
are you complaining
is she hard to see
when you fall
your lives are unbearable
it's entertaining
can you breathe at all

are you off the list
or at the bottom
on the business end
of the bill
I remember how the Rooster ran
they never got him
Track Name: what comes next
what comes next
you think too much about it
and maybe that's why we can't agree
whether whatever comes next was meant to be

what she says
can never be kept in cages
can never be more than impurely free
what if whatever she says wasn't meant for me?

what comes next
(what if whatever she says wasn't meant for me? )
Track Name: yes (more or less)
there's a choice to make
I'm no fan of choosing
either road you take is wrong

if my will should break
there's no point refusing
now that all will is gone

when I see you
I throw the contest
lies you've seen through
now the answer is yes
the answer (more or less)

faking every word
every bland emotion
until all the words are gone
Track Name: strange beginning
it was a strange beginning
to a day I expected to be strange
to begin with, it began with a broken mirror
I didn't hear her
when she said "something is bound to change"

it was a strange beginning
an uncommon hour
for a cloud or a flower
for the rage to overpower the restraint

it was a new beginning
and we approved until we found out what was new
to begin with, we were older than every captain
what just happened
is this the same bargain we agreed to?

it was a new beginning
a fresh coat of snow
over all the old roads
where they wait for the first steps we take
Track Name: another man's war
What are you hiding?
Are you ashamed of your victory?
Numbers on pages
But somehow you know what they really mean

They mean that you’re fighting
Another man’s war in defense of
The money and the messiah
That he loves

Here’s to the future
God only knows what tomorrow brings
Look in the mirror
Tell yourself it was worth everything

Even though you’ve been fighting
Another man’s war in defense of
The money and the messiah
That he loves
Track Name: how can you hate a song?
How can you hate a song?
talk about something that doesn't do anything wrong
How can you hate a melody
it's like hating a person for being a person
How can you hate a tune?
do you hate dreamers?
well, who the hell are you
How can you hate a song?

When there are hundreds of places
where there are hundreds of people
wishing you would go cold
with such an assault on your soul

How can you hate a song?
written by moonlight, forgotten by dawn
How can you hate a melody?
An ephemeral whisper, it's been good to your sister
How can you hate a tune?
Do you still hate dreamers?
A lot of people do
How can you hate a song?

Can't you hear yourself speak?
listen to what you're saying
this is why you're alone
it troubled me all the way home

How can you hate a song?
Track Name: more dark
More than more money
More than more cash
I want the lights up and down the road
To go off with a flash
There should be more dark

So I can’t see the hands reaching out for my head
And I can’t see the fingers that pluck at my eyes
Only the sky

Clothes soaked in neon
Smash out the glass
Sure you can stay
But stay out of the way and don’t’ strike a match
There should be more dark

When people say I must be high
They miss the point completely
They got the sun in their eyes

Next time you see me
Poorly concealed
Keep this in mind, I don’t wanna be blind
I want things revealed
There should be more dark