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A Cork Tale Wake

by Chris Bathgate

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1.
04:06
My lungs stone and my days all serpentine The tight tightness in my chest rest and subsides In one dull dawn with a hum that split its length Does my name sting your tongue now does it babe Your thin frame has set my eyes to fray On our dim stretch of this street, how it aches For every gray and sad hemmed heart to coil And our frail eyes and their whites to finally toll Now one brash phrase could crush this fragile day As my thoughts swirl in some shrill sad cannonade The one such spur that caused my throat to creak The one dull dawn I’ve sentenced to repeat
2.
The last parade on Ann St babe, was when the frost leaves sounded like glass When we burnt down the whole damn block with a wink, and just one match Well the site I reside in now, its new grove but same old ghosts But I owe to the one before, because it’s the one that stained my voice But the last one, yeah the last one Was to burn us out
3.
Say your prayers before your eyelids roll On every single lie you’ve told Let the name of your love be known On every single wall you own Raise your wrist and caw and claw With every single breathe you draw
4.
Say a prayer for the damaged day cmon Suited up to approximate the dawn Well the streetlights now are a company kiss And they buried your bones within the wet pavement Because you smile like a fist Smile like a fist Smile like a fist Well the trees all died where the dropper had hit And the resin it left is still claiming your wrist Because you smile like a fist Smile like a fist Smile like a fist Smile like a fist
5.
All our rows and tones are golden And every home we’ve known is sentenced And I’m no asking you to change your name But I can’t see you, I can’t see you now I’ll cut away somehow Left a hole in the cold September dawn On, the day I go Its known to snow where I was born And when approached all borders atone And I’m not asking you to save my place But I can’t leave you, I can’t leave you now I’ll cut away somehow Left a hole in the cold September dawn On, the day I go
6.
Your cheeks so warm its wet My spine is so dry it cracked Within a tiny home The tornado of drugs I own I know that you never sleep Cold Fusion, seen combat And oh how the sun will leak When I race god, in New England And I saw you on the street In 2 years, Chicago And serpents they covered me, And I screamed out I screamed out And I’ll marry you right now Just scream and cut this crowd And I’ll put this damn thing down Or throw my body out I know that you never sleep Cold fusion, seen combat And oh how the sun will leak When I race god in new England And I saw you on the street In two years, Chicago And serpents they covered me And I screamed out, and I screamed out Stop, Please
7.
There was a flash of light, followed by chaos On the night, the moon hit my backyard There was a flash of light, followed by silence And the deep desire to dust my chin with a finer ash And the air got cold and the sky got dark And I kissed your lips With the safety off There was a flash of light, followed by witness And I held you there in the rose tint click when the street lights dim And my eyes got black, and my breathe got cold And my lid screamed tight, and my arms they roared
8.
02:23
Restless is the way that I walk Safety is a word that I burnt Comfort is a call I can crush And coming it down it never felt wrong So I know now that there is no god And new love new love is my new lord Coming down it never felt wrong Cause my new love my new love is young
9.
I have a room with a cot and fixture and I have a cork in the last wine of winter I have friends who drink in the cupboards rope for a neck and smoke for a brother I hear taps ring out in the city when I go for walks on late Friday evenings I have a room and you should come over because It has a roof and the last wine of winter I have a room with a cot and fixture and I have a cork in the last wine of winterI have friends who drink in the cupboards rope for a neck and smoke for a brotherI hear taps ring out in the city when I go for walks on late Friday eveningsI have a room and you should come over because It has a roof and the last wine of winter
10.
Do what’s easy, steal every red cent from the wishing well Smoke cigarettes till your chest rattles like hell Just do what’s easy Waste every evening, don’t ever read and don’t ever right Never leave home and get drunk every night Just do what’s easy Hate completely, let every wall feel the force of your fist Forget your debts cause forgiveness exists Just do what’s easy
11.
Every choke I choose, coda case of the true love blues Tie me down or I will run Tie me down and I will run And each inept embrace Spirals into a sick refrain When two hearts are in tune When two hearts are a tomb And in your sordid glow Your not the one who should sing so slowly When your eyes move so fast When your eyes move so sad The only ghosts I knew Were the pages I wished into Some sad savior of yours Some sad stain on your door And what you scratched in dirt The crumbling chords that compose your worth When a spears in your side When there’s blood in your eyes

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released June 26, 2007

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