WITH A BUILDER'S HEART

by Stranger Killings

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released February 19, 2016

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Track Name: Bite Your Tongue
Bite your tongue V Fm E Am E Am Fm

stare into their eyes and bite your tongue Ch E
slow your heart B
test your skin G
will it bite back? D 2
A 3 2 know the code of your blood E 3
unmake the men in your sight
you are even more alone when you are not alone

defy with every finger
spit blood in open mouths
stand where they stand
and bite your tongue
till blood wells up

You must smile
it must be red
count yourself among the dead
arrest your hands and pray for murder
towers rose and mountains bled
count yourself among the dead

stare into their eyes and bite your tongue
the stars inverse return
the heath and heather burn
your teeth will break the stones
your blood is code scratched on
soft lead bones

read your body
your rorschach of scars
your blood hearse
your tarot of nerves
with all your cards reversed


mountains rose and towers bled
count yourself among the dead
arrest your heart, shout prayers of red
and count yourself among the dead




stare into their eyes and bite your tongue
and cover your wounds with flies
open your bible of bricks
and your crossed eyes

bare up your cards
and your nerves
your divinations
and offer them to the god of your mouth

slash your smile , running red
count yourself among the dead
arrest your heart, and murder prayers
trap yourself in deadly snares
mountains mock, towers of lead
count yourself among the dead
pull the rope around your throat
burn the words that you wrote
slash your prayers, running lead
count yourself among the dead
Track Name: Beautiful Uniforms
Beautiful Uniforms

V
We came in the night
we cut a fine figure
and so beautifully wore our justified murder
Now, I am a man
an they fear the things I can do with my hands
the broken glass the yellow felt
the silver skulls
the boots
the belts
thick black smoke will stain our skies

Ch
I see beautiful uniforms when I close my eyes x4

V
I did not die on that day
It is the wound I keep awake
I damn myself with vehemence
the coward the fool and the glutton
oh the boots
the belts
the bright shiny buttons
I read my future in his guts as they spilled
I saw the steam twist up and rise

Ch
I see beautiful uniforms when I close my eyes x…
Track Name: Hell's March
hell’s march
hell’s June
hell’s sun
hell’s spoon
hell’s boots are stompin’ down the brier
C
Hell’s is on the march x4

V
it pulls the wires in your heart
turns the rivers to steam
and chokes the stars

V
Hell’s march
he’ll moon
hell’s beat
hell’s tune
hell’s march
hell’s may
a march for the men who have all lost their way
hell’s on the march with it’s boots on the ground
I signed with a quill
and i bound up my life
and i bound up my will
and i hoisted my rifle
my helmet
and shovel
i turned the trees and the buildings to ashes and rubble

C
hell is on the march x4
Track Name: Bleeding Out
The scene is bleeding out
all carousel around the bed

around around
the bed
I bite my tongue
I suck my words
I carve my teeth
I’m falling through the wheat
to something underneath
under underneath

Now the scene escapes me
or I escape the scene
I run for the ribbon that binds me
and sail on the sea of the spleen

the yolk is running out
spilling from my lips

a ring of bile round the bed
around around the bed

now the scene is holding all its breath in
though it should be bleeding out instead
Track Name: Just Look Away
just look away

There are rings of smoke
and rings of gold
but none of these
my fingers hold

wire frames
and gilt frames,
and frames of lace
enclose my pale and sunken face

I’m reaching past the bone
I bet it all on the hook
no one comes
and no one stays
I crushed my skull into the clay

I give myself a dangerous name
gun’s so close no need to aim
the bullets that fly turn to angels of light
that pass right through my brain
Ch
Just look away x2, just look away from me
I’ll be torn from the pages of every book
I’ll hang every heart on every hook
all the pages are burned
so there’s nothing to see
and I’ve drowned every word
so there’s nothing to read
just look away, just look away from me
V
I crash my boots on the floor
and stick my hands in the slip
this life is a poison
that I must sip



I will trade my eyes for orchids
and the orchids for fire
my words tell the truth
but my mouth is a liar

My sockets breath flames
that burn all my frames
my sockets breath flames
that illuminate all my names:
Bone Hinge, Stone Tooth,
Broken Jaw, Aching Truth,
Golden Blood, Bone Tangle,
Rusted Fist and Awful Angle
Ch
just look away x2, just look away from me
I’ll be torn from the pages of every book
I’ll hang every heart on every hook
all the pages are burned
so there’s nothing to see
and I’ve drowned every word
so there’s nothing to read
just look away, just look away from me

OUT
We held up our cups
when the moon’s throat was cut
what we caught was thick and menstrual
and we saw her buried out in the sea
and the tide died
and the pulling died
an ineffable quality was stripped from the air
what we drank from our cups was noble despair
.
just look away x2, just look away from her
from where she has gone she will never stir
just look away x2, just look away from her
Track Name: Love Letters
Love Letters (get out of my dream)

We are thick and sweet like blood reduced with brown sugar
when we were young with the thinnest skin.
blood so close to the surface
twin scalpels in the hands with a brand new purpose of a brand new science
cutting and pasting our way through time and spaces
tongues and teeth and faces
perfect lust and perfect pain never sun and only rain
when we were young with a beauty that stung
our hands were burnt by the still hot gun.
when we were young with a beauty that stung

perhaps the hand that pens this owns as much weight as a dust mote
perhaps it is only a club
could i stroke your face with either.
stand with your back to the sun and your shadow may find me here.
a single knife of light slips through the curtains and pins my heart like an insect
i wonder when you come will you be a thing of light a thing of shadow
a thing of breath and breathing
will i truly see you at all.
in terror and strength drawn from terror i wait
dearest merriment murder and memory,
we have fancies in conflagration and errant flames illuminate the
far off paper faces and curling bodies indistinguishable from the night
I hide my hand from my own sight
I am the light I am the light I know that I am light and I know the way I know the way through the night
Track Name: Low Light Lives
Low light lives V G Em CH C Em

blow up the dust
on black cuffs
grind the grit
blow the gut
it’s lightning behind the eyes
it’s kicking up the dust behind

Pull down the lights x3
c
we are pale in low light
our faces smear in low light
our teeth are weapons in low light

v
the tongue is dead
the bell won’t scream
i push the dust around (the old bones)
i got my hands on the block
and my feet on the wheel

it’s red thieves in red nights
and red hearts and white wounds

Pull down the lights x3

c
lust vomits in low light
our blood is black in low light
we dance with razors in low light
kisses stab in low light.

we blow out the sides
we aim for ten x3
in low light lives
Track Name: I Know Your Blood
i know your blood x4

it’s on my hands
it’s in my mouth
it’s in my hair
and in my veins
I know your breath
it’s in my mouth
i know your scent
it’s on my tongue
I know i love you
but i can’t remember a time when i loved you
I know your smile
i know your bile
it’s in my heart.

I know your blood x4

i will choke on your bones
before i let you
have at me again
we are at war
and my body is the killing floor
everyone will see me die
in my cups i will stumble
and the finest, thinnest needle will stop my heart
I will breath water
I will follow the wind and the waves
on a boat of my own corpse
I will push my fingers into wounds
I will choke on your light
till you are too dim to be seen
and i have vanished x3
completely
Track Name: Daughter of Nod
Daughter of Nod
V
My twin my twin
no love is a sin
I proudly carry our son
my nephew
my brother
my love
I breathe my breath with you

CH
I am a daughter of Nod
in a house forgotten by god
I am proud of my name
and I have no shame
and I will never bend to his law

V
My twin my twin
no love is a sin
I joyfully carry our daughter
Your niece
and when we do die x2
we will die in peace

Ch
I am a daughter of Nod
I have no need for a god
I am proud of the mark that came with my name
we carry a seed that can never be tamed
we’ve planted a seed that can never be tamed
Track Name: Saints of Sleep
Saints of sleep
say a prayer to the saints of sleep
beg if you must at their knees
for dreams are the wages for the labours of waking
complex constructions of aether and fancy
relieving the constant aching sent to relieve all the constant aching;

send smoke
send blood
send pain and prostration
prayers are just word for those mired in sin
it takes a man’s suffering to turn a saints chin
it takes a great effort to hear through the din

say a prayer to the saints of sleep
stay with them down in the deep
keep waking at bay for the labours of day
are the labours that make you weep

send sin and forgiveness
send loss and repentance
send bone and contrition and hope

drink from the cup that is offered
and linger in fleeting narcosis but know
it is light that presses the palm into the thorns
from fluids of excess ejected awaken and be scorned