ominous bird

got any rope? well, the hangman’s house ain’t the place for those jokes. you’re swinging from the wrong end of hope and it’s a beautiful song. you sing it like an angel but you got the words wrong and that’s why we’re all singing along. it’s a scavenger’s life; human silhouettes on the edge of a knife pickin up the pieces most nights. take ‘em to bed and every morning there’s a funeral you’ve got to attend ‘cause the lover always dies at the end and everybody lies to their friends.

well i know i know i know i know, man… you know misery.

we’re talkin talkin talkin but there’s nobody listening.

i know i know i know i know you swore me to secrecy, but everyone knows everything already.

you’ve got a dangerous mouth. you know i love that color that you’re wearing right now. you whisper in my ear and i’ll shout. your siren words… and i know i know this melody is one that i’ve heard. you sing it like an ominous bird and i guess we’re getting what we deserve.

coco chanel

i’ve been taking off one piece of jewelry just before leaving the house

and i play a machine that kills facists. there’s a factory turning them out.

and i’m trying to recycle a symphony, igor stravinsky be damned.

a nod to the titans of industry for putting their names on museums.

a thanks for leaving those things out where we could see ‘em.

i am fillable, and now coco chanel was nazi.

i guess coco chanel was a nazi.

and i don’t know why it came as such a surprise.

i don’t know why

woody guthrie got huntington’s chorea and suffered for years before he died.

and maybe bob dylan wrote propaganda, but he and i are on the same side.

and we’ve all had our clothes chosen for us. ain’t i dressed up like a regular guy?

and somebody thought of your profile before us, and damn did that gal have an eye.

i guess nobody’s right all the time.

i am fillable, and now coco chanel was nazi.

i guess coco chanel was a nazi.

and i don’t know why it came as such a surprise.

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released May 20, 2015 

nkls ward played baritone guitar and sang songs. 

jeff walsh played the drums. 

recorded and mixed by shaun curran @ the napoleon complex in somerville, ma on 4/4/15. 

mastered by kurt schneider @ cat castle. 

art by chelsea mae gawlick.