Don't All Look Up At Once

by Ezra Bell

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released December 18, 2013

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Track Name: Pick a Place and Read
Well I said, "Take it or leave it," and she left it on the bedroom floor
There was quiet in the corners, there was trouble in a bag behind the door
And all the lies too oft repeated, they were seated in repose upon the porch
And in the midst of all this clamor is the struggle to remember us before

Now that you're holding up your diary every time we meet
Saying this may be the single saddest book there'll ever be
Sit down beside me, pick a place and read
And I will hear you, and I will hear you

And on that day you took your turn, I sat with loneliness we learned
Hungry as the desert sun, darling of the doomed and drunk
And all the bad news that can fit jumps in my ear
And does insist that these things always end like this

Well we knew there would be trials
we knew there would be WHAT
And it was gonna take a while yet
to start to see results

Now that you're holding up your diary every time we meet
Saying this may be the single saddest book there'll ever be
Sit down beside me, pick a place and read
And I will hear you, and I will hear you

And on that day you took your turn, I sat with loneliness we learned
Hungry as the desert sun, darling of the doomed and drunk
And all the bad news that can fit jumps in my ear
And does insist that these things always end like this
Track Name: Dear Old Dad
Good old dad, he showed his hand
He poured his drink on the carpet
And outside I was watching the fireworks
Burn out above like a card trick

And when we slept you left your bed
And ran to the arms of a grown man
And all that night you left your light in
The back of Vanessa Martin's mom's van

And you still just borrow what you cannot steal
You will ask what isn't owed
When you find out that none of that is real
Come back and dance the night away in dirty clothes

One by one we all moved on
While you just clung to your childhood
And all that shame you prick your veins with
Will never love you like I do

Someone stands to hold your hand
down there deep in the barroom
All the night look left and right
Love, tell me, tell me, where are you?

And you still just borrow what you cannot steal
You will ask what isn't owed
When you find out that none of that is real
Come back and dance the night away in dirty clothes
Track Name: Goat's Milk
Well I remember you, you haven't changed a bit
You've still got that sadness, it's hanging from your lips
You point your tattooed fingers at the fish
As they swim off to the sunset so freely
(Oh there they go, there there they go)

With a conscience of your pockets you give surnames like Shabazz
Treat them like your children and you dress them up in drag
Your all down passing out predictions on the ave
To conclusions of the book we are both reading
(Somewhere between the spines)

They say time is always watching, he pours himself a drink
He says well I don't read the news, I'd rather use that time to think
How I fly on by while you fiddle with your phones
Like foolish waves go crashing over unsuspecting stones

You look into the mirror blowing kisses at your flaws,
Speaking broken Spanish drinking goat's milk through a straw
The twinkle from your eyes is said to stimulate the gods
Or the businessmen who idolize your lunchbox
(Saying what's he got, well what's he got)

You watch the soldiers starving from your bleachers in the shade,
On Halloween you heed their knocks and feed them hand grenades
You'll suffer through Martinis while Frank Sinatra's played
On the speakers there to drown out the gunshots
(Oh my, my, my, my)

Time is always watching, he pours himself a drink
He says well I don't read the news, I'd rather use that time to think
How I fly on by while you fiddle with your phones
Like foolish waves go crashing over unsuspecting stones
(Oh my, my, my, my)

Communism's crumbled, cabinets have lied
And if they told you half the truth, you'd do your best to act surprised
There are holes in every mountain, lines on every road
There are tractors at the tree line making gypsies of the Joads
Track Name: May the Road
May all the roads that you take now be smooth ones
And you will awake with a smile
May all your wanderings bring to you wisdoms
Which you can forget for a while
Should there be gold darling for you to find there
May you make of it the most

It will not matter now too much if I'm there
You will be there, there, there for us both

May all your happiness these days be lasting
And you'll know what's real and what's not
May you now purify all of your passions
And be good to what you have got
When you are called darling down to the river
Don't you just run to get wet

Stretch your paws along her shores
And gaze, gaze, gaze into her depths

Stretch your paws along her shores
And gaze, gaze, gaze into her depths
Track Name: Junk Food chimney
I could be happy if I died today
If I go on living, I will try do same
And all of our old quarrels may swing down soon
They are calling from the rafters, our clarity a fluke

But for now, let's make love with the lights on
And I won't wonder where you have been nor with whom
The pictures of your saints hanging crooked from the drywall
The body of the goddess in your thin red shoes

And none need understand all the reasons we have come here
But as the days grow shorter they may have their say
Look me in the eyes before they do, little darling
I would be happy if I died today
Track Name: Heaven is a Chandelier
Go and get your drugs, honey, go and get your drugs
I am fond of those things too, some of them so much
Give away my whole life to 'em, give away my bed
Come about on some strange couch just wishing that I were dead

Ashley hitched from Houston she was raped in Abilene
Beaten with a bottle as the night laid mute her screams
When she finally reached here she was happy as can be
There's a bright light shining in the big blue sky and I never know what it means

And I can't help singing dirges on the ides of every month
Heaven is a chandelier, but don't all look up at once

I go down to the park to give away my cigarettes
I go down to the park where I sit and wait for death
But I can't wait forever with the breezes and the bums
The soldiers came to shoot us down but Jesus jammed the guns

And when the bottles all were empty, he called us to our feet
He promised us salvation and some real nice things to eat,
We were good then 'til the morning when daylight did us in
Oh the past it picked our pretty little pockets, it gets thirsty for revenge

And I can't help singing dirges on the ides of every month
Heaven is a chandelier, but don't all look up at once
Oh I can't help singing dirges on the ides of every month
Heaven is a chandelier, but don't all look up at once