SKY TIGER

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Written and recorded July 2007 – May 2008. Sequenced for an aborted vinyl release on Gnome Life Records (GNR 009). Download includes planned vinyl lyric insert.

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released July 6, 2008

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Thanks to Spencer, Morgan, Michael, Julia, Jamie, KE.

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Track Name: The Sky Tiger
Once upon a time,
there was a girl,
and her name was Twirlanna,
and she was in trouble.
Twirlanna sits in her
parents’ master bathroom
with a tester in her hand.
Crying partially
into her mother’s Lancôme makeup bag
Now that she knows she’s heavy,
and the boy that made her heavy has left.

Twirlanna is not yet aware at her young age of these secrets of existence:
that it all has a purpose, and that any suffering is worth it

but for now she is tired and she wants to fall asleep.
But she can’t stop thinking of this thing
that’s already growing big inside her:
the sky tiger, orange, translucent
and as wide as the map Twirlanna’s already had drawn for her in her head

Twirlanna peeks out of her parents’ bathroom,
her vision blurred with promise-girl tears.
She sees on her mother’s dresser the trophy:
her runner up prize from the baton twirling competition.

She had to sell her baton to buy the pregnancy test,
and thinking this thought makes her start sobbing all over again

and inside through the boundaries of her body
the zygotic sky tiger growls.
And through his tiny, giant body you can see his ant farm heart growing,
and the ants are building a path that’s parallel to one I know well.

What is this sky tiger, stretching us all into the future?
What is this sky tiger, forming all the jungle around him?
Why is this sky tiger, flying through all yet all contained?

What is this sky tiger, stretching us all into the future?
What is this sky tiger, bringing our girl past the familiar?

Twirlanna is now where a set of stairs curve and begin to go upside down
She walks up to the ceiling where there is a small door and a flower
She climbs out into the underground roof
and she is overwhelmed the sound of sky tigers rushing by

There is a small keyhole in the shape of the rose she is holding
She puts the rose inside, and walks up the platform
that emerges from the sky
At the end of the platform there is her grown sky tiger,
and her grown sky tiger is singing:
This seems to point to a sudden spiral
You must travel through
This seems to point to a hidden pathway
You must travel down
You are now standing at an unused lighthouse
You must make it shine
You are the boat on the enlightened ocean
You will make it ashore

What is this sky tiger changing all the structures around him?
What is this sky tiger forming our girl into a trinity?

It’s just like the dream I had when I was only three
where the tree outside smiled, turned on all the lights in the family room;
I was sucked into the vacuum of outer space.

Outer space was right in the hallway
My nails dug deep into the old pink carpet
It all felt very real and un-dreamlike
I don’t ever think I’ll get past that confusion
to be standing in that giant room of ours,
have a tree turn on all of their lights,
get sucked out into outer space which is all around me.

What is all this water forming in a puddle around her?
What if all this dreaming formed a tiger the size of her memory?
Track Name: Amazing Marsheen
On October 17th, I took the bow I gave you out of your strawberry blonde hair as we stood there on our little boat watching the sun set on calm waters. I was thinking of the time we both tucked your little brother into bed, then put his bed into a trash can. Some men took him away;
that was the end of your problems.

Your skin felt like a tidal wave was about to happen to my family
It reminded me of the time I felt very badly about taking such a sharp turn, which made you bump your head on the window
and made the tires burn. And may the tires burn! Oh ...

You know, Marsheen, I really think you are amazing
You’re just a little bit crazy but you’ve got a dash of kindness
Your elemental sweetness enables the people who love you
to put up with you when you break things in a feminine rage

On November 12th, we went for an early morning walk to the baker.
He had just baked such fresh bread and there was a drunk man leaning on the counter. He wanted to touch your giant, beautiful left ear and you let him and you told him that he reminded you of your little sister,
who ran away on a very long, long walk home
from school with you one day.

The drunk man got angry, as drunk men are wont to do. He spun around like a fucked-up ballerina and announced what he thought was true:
“All women are filled with a human type of gasoline
which makes them hard to deal with
and when their fuel tank’s runnin’ on empty they come crawling back with a grace that suggests arrogance and lacks any apologetic quality.”

You know, Marsheen, I really think you are amazing
You’re just a little bit wild but you’ve got a dash of responsibility
Your elemental confidence enables the people who love you to put up with you when you don’t return their phone calls for six months

On November 22nd, the puppies at the pet store were needily barking
We considered taking one home but we both remembered we were
getting older and what’s the use of taking care of something
if you’re gonna die?
We both walked home lonely and wondering if when we got to that point where it was hard to even needlepoint if we would feel like we missed out on major experiences that most other people we knew had, and if that would really be so bad.

We ran into your mother who was having trouble parallel parking
The radio was tuned to NPR and was turned up very loud, and the Mahler that was playing and the sentimentality it was conveying further
brought us down.
So we got in the backseat, your mother forgot what chores she drove all the way downtown to do, and we decided to go to the mall and catch the movie.
Sometimes life with you is unbefuckalievableyin’ groovy!

Oh yeah! Oh yeah! Marsheen!!

On December 31st it was snowing.
Oh, I love when it snows on New Years’ Eve!
We went to Times Square early and we waited for hours until we both felt firmly that we didn’t get why people enjoyed doing this and left at around 7 or 8 o’clock at night, watching the ball drop in the safety of our apartment.
Then we had sex three times because it would have felt weird if we didn’t have sex, though I would have liked to have had sex in the snow with you
you would have hated it and it’s not like we have a private backyard or anything; I’m sorry I always wanna do kinda weird stuff with you.

A neighbor came upstairs to complain that he was lonely
and wished to join us
We called the police, he was arrested
but he was let out the next day and he came back with a gun
and killed us both and we were split up
and had to go to extremely different afterlife experiences.
So Marsheen, I’m wondering if you could put in a good word for me
‘cause being a bird is not for me
and I can see you from a distance
and you look wondrous as a famous princess.

OH YEAH! OH YEAH! MARSHEEN!!

You know, Marsheen, I really think you are amazing
You’re just a little bit crazy
but you’ve got an eternal soul
that will enable you to live in various forms forever
Your eternal soul will save you from having own up
to any of your mistakes
because you’ve always got a first second chance ...

Marsheen!!!! Marsheen!!
Track Name: Why Do You Want To Love?
You wrote me a note; I got it in the store
It was written in script, it said I was a chore
Now all this time is gone, and I’m getting old
The secret of happiness remains untold
So, Tory, I just gotta ask you:
Why do you want to love?
‘Cause I don’t give a shit about being in love

You answered me slowly but the details were slim
After six hours I didn’t learn a thing
Now all this time is gone, and I’m not your child
The secret of life is hidden in the wild
So, Tory, I just got to press you on this:
Why do you want to love?
‘Cause I don’t give a shit about being in love

You’re breaking the dishes; I think I’m getting a sense
I can understand wanting to express some violence
And if the heart beats to move some blood that might come out
Then I’m starting to understand what love is all about
And Tory, you’re badly bleeding
Why don’t we go for a ride?
Because my car, my car runs on your blood

Now we’re in my car and we’re going real quick
The trail of blood is our heart’s shift stick
The more defined it is, the faster we’re missed
Destruction is my kind of boy-kiss
There’s no use holding if you can destroy
Don’t turn a human being into your toy
Tory, heed my suggestion
Don’t ever want to love
‘Cause wanting to love is a projection of fear
Track Name: Shimmer-Shimmer
I am King Fuck
Detest me, yes, but I’m arresting visually
and originality is always a virtue!

I am love that you can’t get from any of your siblings.
I’ll give you things despite your misgivings
and I’ll rarely ever hurt you!

And you can come to all of my games
And watch me fuck bitches from the other team
Yes! Watch me shimmer as I show that team!

I am King Love
Possess me, yes, if you’re unlucky and wanting things
like friendships with wings or a life that’s an eternity.

And you can come to all my games
And watch me win over the other team
Yes! Watch me shimmer as I fix the world!

I am King God
Question my dress that I am wearing.
Don’t stop staring on account of me;
you know I very ... own you.

And you can come to all my games
And watch me create the other team
Yes! Watch me shimmer as I am the Earth!
Track Name: Okay (Your Secret Is Safe With Me)
When they burned down the movie theatre,
I said I’ll never go there again
When we bought the tickets back to the mainland
I burned the tickets we bought for our friends

And they died on the island
I let them die on the island
I’m so sorry
Track Name: The Dreamwedding
MAKE MONEY BEIN’ FUNNY FOR THE KIDS
SPELL “SPECIAL” WITH A NECKLACE ON THE BEACH
WHEN THE SUN SETS THE CAMERA IS AN APE SPELL “BLUR” WITH ITS FUR
HOLD HER HAND IN THE SAND AND THE HOURGLASS
UH THINGS ARE LOOKING UP
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP

YET AH RUST
YET AH RUST
THE GROSS
YET AH STUNT
YET AH STUNT
THE NET
(PROFITS MAKE ME BENT)

VEGANS STEAL THE WINE AND THEY SPIKE IT WITH PUNCH
BEARS ARE GROWIN HAIR AVEC EAR LIKE FIBERS FOR BRUNCH
THE CANCERS AND THE LEOS ARE DYNAMITIN TRUST
AND THE BRIDGE THAT YOU CUSSED TWICE
FALLS OUT THE MIDDLE WITH A BUST
THE HYBRID’S GONNA RUST

YEH AH RUST
YEH AH RUST
THE HOST
YEH AH JAM
YEH AH JAM
THE TOAST
(BREAKFAST LETS ME LOAF)

THE ENGAGEMENT IS FLAVOR
I’M IN LOVE WITH FLAVOR
THE CASUAL IS RIGHT HERE FAVORED
THE OCCASIONS MAKE RESTAURANTS
AND THE ELBOWED IS WAIVERED

KIDS ARE FALLIN OUT THE SAND’S FORMIN INTO ROCKS
LIFE IS PILING UP LIKE BLURRY ALARM CLOCKS
HOLD HER HEAD LIKE YOUR LIFE’LL DE-SOUL “4 TUNNA BRIX”
FORM GAMES DRAW RULES THESE TABLETS ARE PICK UP STICKS
YEH THINGS ARE LOOKING UP

YEH AH RUST YEH AH RUST THE PROMISE
YEH AH EMPTY
YEH AH EMPTY
THE CHALICE
(TIME IS NOT A CHALLENGE)
Track Name: The Shape Of The Slope
“Future generations will not be concerned with their personal freedoms or progressive politics but with two things: the slope and the shape of this slope.”

The shape of a slope’s the shape of a swamp
The shape of a slope’s the shape of a swamp
The shape of a slope’s the shape of a swamp
The shape of a slope’s the shape of a swamp

Girls that wear “black legs” near the “apartment”
Tend to be stingy with “ugly facemasks”
Sha na na na na
Sha na na na na

The slope is what the girls won’t reveal yet
The girls are what the slope will conceal till
The girls are ready to be revealed ‘cause
The slope and girls don’t know how to feel yet
Sha na na na na
Sha na na na na

The shape of the slope’s the shape of the girls
The shape of the girls’ the shape of the slope
The shape of the slope’s the shape of the girls
The girls will not hurt you if you approach them
Track Name: The Odyssey (Remix)
I WATCHED YOU EXPLOIT MY FATHER’S BODY FOR THE USE OF HIS HEAD
WE BUILT A PICKET FENCE, SPLIT A WATERMELON
AND BECAME CLOSE FRIENDS
BUT ON THAT SUMMER DAY THE ICE CREAM BEE-HIVE
WASN’T THE ONLY THING THAT WAS MELTING
ALSO SUBTLY WAS OUR MUTUAL RESPECT,
THE ICY SILENCE OF THE TAUNT “I’M TELLING”

NOW FURTHER ON DOWN THE FARM PROPERTY WAS WILMA,
OUR FAMILY HORSE
SHE WAS 200 YEARS OLD, HAD LEARNED TO READ ENGLISH
AND TAUGHT A LEARNING ANNEX COURSE
SHE WAS WHISTLING A SECRET THROUGH HER BIG TEETH
ABOUT THE SUDDEN PRESENT
I THINK IT HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE PAST,
AN ILLEGITIMATE CHILD, A HIDDEN RESIDENT

SOON BETWIXT THE WALLS OF THIS HOUSE
FATHER INSTALLED YOUR TV BROADCASTERS
SATELLITES, TRADITIONAL RABBIT-EAR ANTENNAS
AND A SET OF NOVELTY TALONS
YOU WERE GIVEN THE ABILITY TO INVENT STYLE
INSTEAD OF HAVING A TALENT
THIS OPPORTUNITY WAS THE VERY FIRST
OF YOUR MANY IMPOSÉD DISASTERS

I STUCK A FINGER DOWN MY SILKY THROAT
WHEN I LEARNED ABOUT THE WAVE POOL
DAD WAS AFRAID OF SWIMMING
AND WASN’T A BIG FAN OF THE LAWS OF PHYSICS, EITHER
BUT THERE IT WAS ONE DAY,
IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR LATE VICTORIAN LIVING ROOM
GODDAMN IT, SISTER AMOURATEUR,
YOU’RE THE WORST OF THE BUNCH, DID YOU KNOW THAT?
DID YOU KNOW THAT?

THE SUDDEN SWORD OF HUMAN PUNCTURE,
THE WALLS BEIN’ HIT BY SCREAMS
INFANT TODDLER BEORDIBIRD THE THIRD
WAILIN HIS NEW CONSCIOUSNESS SONGS
FATHER EYEIN’ ME LIKE I’M THE MISFORTUNE BRINGER
AND NOT HIS BANKING OF DREAMS
OUR VISITOR’S A HOMER-SUITOR
AN AIRPLANE FLYIN OVERHEAD IN BETWEEN MY BRAIN SOCKETS

BUT THIS IS AN UNPOPULAR SENTIMENT
FOUR SETS OF EYES
ONE BABY SET
ONE HORSE SET
ONE DAD SET AND ONE YOU SET
AND I KNOW I’M NOT TO BE ROASTED BUT GHOSTED

MY LIFE FLASHED BEFORE MY EYES
AS YOU HELD ME IN YOUR NEW ELECTROCUTER
THIS WAS A BATHTUB FILLED WITH BROWN WATER
AND A PLUGGED-IN TURNED-ON HAIR DRYER
THERE’S NOTHING LEFT FOR ME TO SAY
I’M MADE ENTIRELY OUT OF CHOCOLATE WAFERS
BUT I SAW YOU EXPLOITIN’ MY DAD’S BODY FOR HIS HEAD
AND NOW I SEE THE HEREAFTER