The Prolonged Regrets Revisited

by Libel

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These 10 tracks were originally released on CD as the EPs "The Prolonged Insult" (2009) and "No Regrets For Our Youth" (2010). In preparing to re-release for music streaming services in 2017, frontman Gavin Dunaway decided to remix and remaster the tracks—particularly because he had no idea what he was doing the first time around.

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released March 15, 2017

All songs written and performed by Julie Rozansky, Jonathan Hanson & Gavin Dunaway.

Engineered by Andrea Zavareei & Gavin Dunaway.

Mixed, Mastered, and Produced by Gavin Dunaway (2017). Album art by Michela Buttignol—http://michelabuttignol.com

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Track Name: We Sustain
Do ears deceive or is it tongues that bleed?
Our mouths taste stale like we've been chewing on iron bars
We sustain
On a diet of moldy bread and gruel

We aim to please with our symphony
But we shan't bother to tune the instruments
We sustain
A note that went flat some time ago
We sustain
A vision we've long known is lies

Tell strangers more truth than friends
Dark secrets are high in demand
They sell so well we just keep on
Increasing the supply

Can we deny that inside is out?
Lost count of all the accounts of dis-satisfation
We retain
So much water we're struggling not to burst
We remain
Encased in glass despite the cracks

Sewage creeps in from the under classes
We assimilate but can't relate
To the gibberish they speak; we use it to
Diversify our holdings

The front's coming down
The trash has grown up out back
The odor is stronger than it was before
But still they come
Lick clean our dirty plates
Never get enough of what we
Regurgitate
Track Name: No Regrets For Our Youth
We can always steal back to the first page

They’ll torch the fields in which we graze
And fire their guns in the air as we dance right through the blaze
Well, tomorrow is forever, I’m obsessed with today
Enchanted by the hour, infatuated by the moment
Refuse to let this slip away

And I don’t care
Nor should you
‘bout whose hearts we break
Along our merry way

For I have seen what happens next
And I will slash and burn this terrain with absolutely no regret

For my dreams
Are haunted by suits and commutes
Gray hair and wrinkled skin draped around a wrinkled corpse
I can’t wake up, no no no no no

It doesn’t have to end this way
We can always steal back to the first page
And never read the epilogue
Track Name: T L O
Creeping, crawling
Across the floorboards, nails tearing up hard wood
Drooling, growling
Premonitions – hear them hissing in the darkness

A great fire!
Pestilence!
Throughout the valley
Hear the screams of your children
Are you prepared
To face the consequences
Of your ambivalence
You’ll never see this coming down

Hush now, son
We’ll shield you from
All you fear
And what you fear is near

Tossing, turning
Atop the mattress, under a lone sheet
The covers requisitioned
At the request of my guardians

They say monsters
Oh those scary monsters under your bed
Hear them chattering
Keep you up all through the night
They got razor-sharp claws to rip off your flesh
Acid spit to melt your muscles
Tusk-like teeth to gnash your bones
And wait till you see how big their dicks are

Hush now, son
We’ll shield you from
All you fear
And what you fear is near
Sure, there’s a price
And it may seem steep
But keep in mind
Where you’d be without

A great fire!
Pestilence!
Throughout the valley
Hear the screams of your children
Are you prepared
To face the consequences
Of your ambivalence
You’ll never see this coming down

It seems
Friend and fiend speak in the same tones
Knights and beasts look a lot alike
They share a shape in the shadow
Cut out of me

Can’t stop shaking, still scared shitless
Last night they came, stole my last blanket
Stripped me naked, they’re growling louder
Wrapped up in a ball, I’m without power
I guess I’ll have to sleep with my eyes open

A great fire!
Pestilence!
Don’t stop to think
Just keep up your shrieking
Track Name: Altiplano
My thoughts spring out from this abscess
make friends and coalesce
Fly to the border, shake at the gates
and rattle the guards
Shackles shed and chains break free
no map for how we flee
Pick a direction, wherever it leads
is where we’ll be

Step back and retrace
The paths that led us to this place
Circle around then crouch to the ground
And wait for the sound

And we sing do do do…
Lights are all green, let’s go

The flesh is dead, stripped off to rot
muscles twist to form knots
Venting blood, blue and red
then filtered clear
Peasants scream as we descend
the high plains where we are bred
Newborn gods, demon seeds
Or something obscene?

Step back and retrace
The paths that led us to this place
Circle around then crouch to the ground
And wait for the sound

Step back and retrace
No experience can relate
Sensations now familiar somehow
We’ll always glow

And we sing do do do…
Lights are all green, let’s go

Sent by the stars, we’re ahead from the start
Kicking up dust, debris in our wake
Skipping ‘cross rivers and looping ‘round peaks
Waving to the fans in the stands

The souls below will feel our speed
How they long to join this dream
How hard they race to catch up
Lost as sonic booms erupt

Lights are all green, let’s go
We’ve passed beyond all that’s known
Hold onto yourselves as we break through
Track Name: Simulation
The air is too hot, I can’t breathe
Methane seeps through ventilation
Inferno ignites in my lungs
And spreads across cerebellum
The sun is still down but light comes
From a horizon composed of taillights
Speakers carry a voice to my ears
Don’t know the words still I hum

I recognize but can’t process
These data streams

Glance at the clock; there’s time lost
I’ve been somewhere else I can’t recall
‘cept the faintest hint of elan
dissolving like sugar onto tongue
(come inside me)
florescent light splits the head
(deify me)
While screen tears away at the sockets
(come inside me)
Still the melody plays through my mind
(deify me)
Let it swim over

I recognize but can’t process
These data streams
Rolling like waves into subconsciousness
She’s leading me

And yes, she says
You have a meaning
And yes, she says
There is a question you should have asked yourself by now
What is when and where is why, but how only appears
If you know which way to tilt your head
Nothing is obscured between the lines

All that she shows is a lie
All that I know is fallacy
Will she teach me the words to her song?
Will she teach me how to abscond?

How can it be more real than real?
Track Name: Wasp Lane
Lived so long in black white
Sweeping all the grays to the side
The awkward color intruder
Shuttled out the door with haste
Repel, repel
All complication
Expel, expel
All consternation

Home
Our cherished spot must be sanitized
A model of homogeneity

Children with peach complexions
Wrestling atop manicured greens
Two-story homes perfectly spaced
And painted in an approved shade
Resist, resist
All augmentation
Insist, insist
On assimilation

Home
Sentries roam the yards, patrol the perimeter
Safety a priority
Home
We’ll dig a moat, fill it with crocodiles
Keep this community clean

Home
Within castle walls, chimneys smoke tonight
What a heartwarming sight
Home
While the world revolves we will stand in place
Track Name: The Cuckold
I heard too much
Panting voices seeping through hallowed oak
The distinctive tone of flesh against flesh
Stinging this cuckolds ears

So what’s the fuss?
Betrayal so common as to be cliché
A twisted tradition passed down generations
Not worth commenting on today

I’ll do it again
Close my throat when I yearn to scream out
But I can’t quite form the words
To describe the squalid sensation that brews
Deep within my gut

I saw too much
A shared glance caught in the peripheral
Misperceived? The thought occurred to me
As well as would I know?

I’ll do it again
Close my throat when I yearn to scream out
But I can’t quite form the words
To describe the squalid sensation that brews
Deep within my gut

I heard too much…
Amazing how well resentment keeps
Track Name: Hero of Haarlem
Bright light breaks up the night like poltergeist
On holiday from the grave
She wanders ‘round the room, eyes filled with gloom
Waiting on her playmate

We’ll see if my charm can span
The width of your jilted heart
Though I know the answer
I’ll play this game with the utmost fervor

Distance kept, we share a drink, we’d never think
This is anything not kosher
Clock strikes three—it’s time to go, she will follow
The path I lead to my street

Stay here one night
No more dear
Can’t bear to be alone
Stay here tonight
By my side
And patch up these fissures

With the morning sun she runs
Hide her head, shake off the night
Cold and worn, I’m alone
Safe in the thought that it was nothing
And nothing is so safe

(How can this mean anything to you?
How can this mean anything to me?)

I’ve been in love once or twice and this isn’t it
But it certainly does a good job of plugging a hole
Like some Dutch boy with his thumb in the dyke
Saving the town from inundation
I’m so scared of flooding over

Every time is the first, every time is the last
So we say
See you same time, same place next week
(Are you happy? Are you sad?)
No, I’m just satisfied
What more can I ask for?
What more can I ask for?

Bright lights break up the night like poltergeist
On holiday from the grave
Track Name: Daisy
Your face is cold
Tears roll down and freeze
The sides of your nose
Icicles hang off your cheeks

Your appearance
Is someone I once knew
She fell asleep
I doubt a kiss would wake her now

Does she dream my memories?
Long days lost staring at the sun
Northeast summer haze
Swatting away mosquitoes that
Suck away our youth

I take your hand
Force you on the dance floor
Your moves are stiff
Gave up flair for perfection in form

Do you dream my memories?
Fingertips gently tracing ‘cross the skin
Leaning close to whisper
Open the door it will never shut
Open the door it will never shut
Open the door it will never shut
At least that once was
What I thought

Wait—what’s this I see?
Recognition in your eyes
For a moment, for a split second
Everything is exactly how it was
With hope we fight it
But it comes to no avail
Time, God’s cruelest creation
A bulldozer clearing everything in its path

Run away, we’ll run away
But you can’t move, you’ve sunk into the mud