No Regrets For Our Youth

by Libel

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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
2.
TLO 05:06
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
3.
Wasp Lane 03:36
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
4.
Simulation 05:33
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?
5.
A Fatality 04:07
I slipped on the ice and broke my neck The medics said, son, you can't die just yet The future's all flying cars and robots So be a good boy and give all you got I'm sorry, I replied, I can't consent I've long believed this is God's intent They laughed and pretended not to hear They patched me up good as new—or near Decades later, I'm the victim of sleight Sky's empty with no hover crafts in sight Each day I repeat routines that I was taught Never dreamed I'd grow up to be a robot Eyes on the ground searching for patches of ice 'Cause I doubt fortune will smile upon me twice Each day living against divine will I'm convinced He's going in… For the kill I don't want to be scared anymore Can't I just turn my head and ignore The danger lying in wait Not one corner appears to be safe If you think someone's watching out You're dumber than me without a doubt He's vengeful, even more now Always amazed at how We keep fucking up His plans Stepped in the street, got hit by the bus The driver said, son, don't make a fuss Scientists will rebuild you even better Well, isn't that just great
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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

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

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released November 19, 2010

Engineered by Andrea Zavareei & Gavin Dunaway
Mixed by Joe Rouiller & Gavin Dunaway
Mastered by Josh Bonati - Bonati Mastering NYC
Produced by Libel
Album art by Michela Buttignol & Francesco Fioretto
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