Fallout

by Tom Gavin

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released May 15, 2005

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Track Name: Railroad
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
Track Name: Plans For Yourself
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
Track Name: I Learned My Lesson
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
Track Name: All the Same
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
Track Name: It's a Sign
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
Track Name: Landlord
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
Track Name: Fallout
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?
Track Name: Don't Say Ouch
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
Track Name: The Fall is Over
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
Track Name: I Believe it's True
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
Track Name: Ten Times
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
Track Name: Debutante
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