Fallout

by Tom Gavin

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Railroad 02:46
Hope is dead weight around shoulders bruised as those lay your head on the ground and listen for the railroad fill your cup heave a sigh toast to futile goals in this town angels fly coach or use the railroad when the sun sells the sky and the moon has paid the toll chosen one dry your eyes and listen for the railroad
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Plans for yourself sit waiting by the phone and plans for yourself they twist and slightly moan when we ween them off the dope well, the howl and gather round to be seen inside the rope and wait in line like friends you paid off I want you to remember to remember this sensation while you fall asleep in chaos ah, well I want you to remember to remember what I can't work out oh, that doubt is far better than to never sleep again plans for yourself old, broken, hardly known and plans for yourself all vague and overblown well, if this rhyme seems out of focus try making up your own scattered lines of luck and hopelessly refine them of any bone when they all when they all seem strange and cold and dated maybe all maybe all your friends are overrated ain't there now ain't there now far fewer from this treason maybe all maybe all those smiles were for this reason and I want you to remember to remember this frustration while these autumn streets are quiet ah, well I want you to remember to remember what I can't work out go back out it's far better than to never leave again I'm trying to leave here still
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In this field of snow bathed in diamond glow you won't be finding me without a wand eighteen years ago seems so long and close like an overcoat hang it up or wear it out I've learned my lesson now capsized in the sound turn that freight around no one invited these diseased and lost souls to town if their overcrowded hull taps my bow, shoot--it's evolution no ape is gonna wear my crown I've learned my lesson now throw away this bargain gold cold with age and martyr's mold on the page this part is bold flood this field with fire hang this kicker higher pulling by the plug, not the wire eighteen lazy holes eased my doubts through the wreckage even though aging models share this town I've learned my lesson now
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All the Same 06:31
In this light I see thirteen shades of right but in the grey of your mind is there one between us? pages back when I thought you drew me black I'd choose a safe compromise but the spokes of reason splay now too wide all the same, it's all the same the features bleed to white all the same, it's all the same beneath receding light mutual denial's neutral in the dark call it blame, it's all the same repeat the question mark let's go out find a sewer in this drought and for a day for the night end the war between us sell our homes don our suits of monochrome and be the grapes on the vine when the pope of redress lays out the wine
6.
It's a Sign 04:40
There's a secret I only know but it's in your arms show it to this frown if you won't tell it to these charms it's a sign it's a sign of what's to come in retreat we try to discard what the future saves information I disregard shows you to your grave it's a sign it's a sign of what's to come it's a sign it's a sign of what's to come it's just a memory memory is like a rotted beam it's just a memory memory is like a hollow tree it's just a memory memory is like a borrowed dream it's just a memory memory it's a sign it's a sign of what's to come it's a sign it's a sign of what's to come
7.
Landlord 02:38
Landlord is there nothing on your mind? landlord is there nothing on your mind? landlord are you hoping for a sign? You've been breaking the rules by the hour put your faith in my fear landlord have your given us away? landlord have you driven us astray? landlord is there nothing left to stay? you can say how you choose to define where your graces lie it's a problem that's new to us all roll the dice I'll lay my hopes down
8.
Fallout 03:36
They ought to clone this disease in the bathroom confined to be yours and mine Hollow out the balls of your knees and replace them with coal loosen control it's fallout yeah, it's fallout face your demise focus your eyes tell me how space is a hard miss to please if the shape isn't right faces look tight oh, yeah, your old mister scene found the back door inside glasses collide it's fallout yeah, it's fallout face your demise open your eyes tell me how will I know why you're taking the risk and how will I hold my head up? play out the holier side you're a lucy truffaut take it to go walk out and leave it with me if the stakes don't decide take it in stride it's fallout yeah, it's fallout face your demise focus your eyes tell me how will I know why you're taking the risk and how will I hold my head up?
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You wouldn't shoot out the ballast now I know the game so many cheats out on the street you shouldn't have to face to make the quota there's no more fighting who could prove this wrong don't say ouch this won't take long won't take long In between castor and pollox now I know the game reflexive freestyle prophesy you couldn't take the time to think it over and over again there's frozen houses need I sing my song? don't say ouch this won't take long won't take long, won't take long When did the sources roll over? Have they blown the game so many creeps all out for keeps you wouldn't need a gun to win them over it's over it's over don't say ouch this won't take long won't take long
10.
The fall is over in my head the fall is over in my head ah, the news is out it broke my heart I could leave this cell right now call the jurors--claim this cow ah, the room is red, the rows are lined while the truth is spread through molded minds they heed the raw wind cry of hope as if a faint line drawn in soap this is the final chapter no hereafter calls as fast as rope falls
11.
Close the door and open all the blinds wait a while and throw away the number lose the hope and lose the need to lie even though you said you'd never wonder well, I believe it's true I believe it's true guilty feet been aching me for miles through the sole, a pain that never wanders fashion all the usual denials even ghosts defend and honor and I believe it's true I believe it's true after all, its easier to say than do
12.
Ten Times 03:19
Take out those rules your wrote and weep these spikes can only go so deep take off all that useless iron ten times around the room is fine with me there's a showdown at the showdown you'll treat it like a lark chew my gums and breath my lungs out for this meal we'd starve five time around the room is like ten rounds in a suit an tie to me call the game resume the fighting with all the same positions held just so old enough to rhyme your reasons you know enough to leave your rules out to read There's a showdown at the showdown you see it's getting dark loosen my locks and watch the bleachers howl, "go home" bow down to the fool you spite paid off now to throw the fight take out those rules you wrote and weep
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Debutante 04:26
play the face against the ceiling an easy place to tame your thoughts one is bent and one is leaning it takes the weight off everyone I'll take the seventh son and when it's done chase the debutante to the moon dry lament these stones are bleeding to wait is to stay is to belong lie in cement in pain not feeling for jesus' sake, just turn it off I'll take the seventh one and when it's done chase the debutante to the moon

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released May 15, 2005

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