Papaver Somniferum EP

by Stranger Killings

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released March 4, 2016

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Track Name: sleep for me
Sleep for Me

you don’t sleep much for yourself
but you sleep so well for me
your weight
and breath
and scent
are safe round here
your sleep is sound round here
there needn’t be a sound here
but a famished sigh
and a laugh that sates all hunger

sleep, sleep for me
and I’ll stay awake to keep you safe

you don’t sleep much for yourself
but here you can rest
you can hide
you can sleep through the night
I’ll be right by your side
to draw the fever from all of your dreams

sleep,sleep for me
and I’ll stay awake to keep you safe
and pray to the sleepless saints
to keep vigil here with me

you don’t sleep much for yourself
but you sleep so well for me
I’ll keep myself between you and the dawn
and the rude light that calls you on
to a day that is just an ache in the bones of the sky
a day that’s just an ache in the skull of the night

sleep, sleep for me
and I’ll stay awake to keep you safe, keep you safe through the cold, and the dark of the night
Track Name: hand in hand
Hand in Hand
Hand in hand
The sky will marry us
Avalanche will bury us

Hand in hand
Hand in hand

The sky will marry us
Avalanche will bury us
The avalanche will carry us
To a bed beneath the snow
The vicar voice of wind and rain
The welkin’s choking collar is broken
But our vows are not

Not our vows
Not our vows
Not our vows

We are lying here
Hand in hand
Hand in hand
Bound together hand to hand

The sky will marry us
Avalanche will bury us X 2

We are not victims
Of the prayer of hours
Pricks of light through vaulted bone
Are just a memory
We are safe and alone
As we lie in our bed of snow

Hand in hand
Hand in hand
Bound together hand to hand
Track Name: romans
Romans

Romans kiss
Then kill with hands and fingers
Slip the tongue between the teeth
With little venom stingers

[bar] Romans made the art that makes me sink

Romans conquer
And corso wanders
Romans stole god from our mouths

You studied under Romans
[bar] The art that sets my mouth to move

Romans could slip some mercy
Between my ribs
Did they know what you would do with their invention

[bar] The seat of the soul is in your mouth

Romans smashed faces into faces
And teeth made war
Then tongues forgave

[bar] But took the flaming hearts for slaves

Romans woke the dead
And made the dead
And gave us reasons
For the blood we shed

You studied under Romans
[bar] The art that makes me weak

I could never say no to Romans
And everything they taught
And all the pain they wrought upon the world

Mouths never burned till the Romans fed them fire
You drank from their forges
And now my mouth is burned
Now everything has turned into water
And our chins are dripping with the mess

You studied under Romans
[bar] And turned your tongue into a weapon
that stabbed me in the breast.

You studied under Romans
The art that put us to the lash

That sets my mouth to water
Led millions to the slaughter

And turned cities into ash

You must have studied under Romans
Because
My mouth is drunk on your mouth

And I don’t think my breath will last
Track Name: on waking
On Waking

Kiss me once after you wake
and once before you leave
I’ll fall right back to sleep
and stitch you in my dreams

there is sorrow on waking
and fear before sleeping
kiss me once when you wake
and once before leaving

when sleep cannot find me
I’m not where I should be
at your back
with a hand on your waist
and breathing the breath that you’re breathing

there is sorrow on waking
and fear before sleeping
the day shakes as it’s aching
tears on the cheek of the night as the stars are all weeping

the days become hungry
and I become famished
but I’m finished with eating
sleep only comes
with my hand on your hip
while I’m breathing the air that you’re breathing

save me my sorrow
and fear of the evening
just kiss me once when you wake
and once before leaving.
Track Name: harvest of snow
summer’s finally gone
my crop is strong
I’m bringing it home for my love
I’m bringing it home for our table, and bed
I’m bringing home my harvest of snow

a gift of white
makes eyes so clear
and freezes tears
to cheeks of a ripeness
bodies were made to blush sparkle shine glow harvest of snow
at winter’s touch.

I’m bringing it home for our table and bed
I’m bringing it home for my love
l am reaping the tears of a hundred years
the stalks of sleet, and fruits of frost

we’re far past the oranges, the yellows, and reds
the snow that falls behind your eyes
now blankets our bed
and the sprawl of a world that has grossly dispatched
the greens, and oranges. the yellows, and reds

summer’s finally gone
my crop is strong
I’m bringing it home for my love
I’m bringing it home for our table, and bed
I’m bringing home my harvest of snow