NEGATIVE WORK

PENNIES

Hello, you know I know your daughter
You've lived inside her eyes forever,
She even has your sense of humor,
She even said that she forgives you

Your name will live with her forever,
She stayed as long as they would let her,
You waited you did not forget her,
Pennies on her eyes forever

You know I know,
You know I know

THE PROJECTIONIST

TZ: Are you worried?
I don't care!
I'm so worried you don't care!

JSS: I could stare you
I could stare you down
When I look at you
You're upside down
On the back of my eye
Then you're right side up
When you reach my mind
It's all turned around

TZ: Time keeps slipping
Running down,
I'm so worried,
I'll lose the count

JSS: I could stare you
I could stare you down
When I look at you
You're upside down
On the back of my eye
Then you're right side up
When you reach my mind
It's all turned around
I could stare you
I could stare you down

TZ: We are coming from the shadows,
We are running from our shadow

POISON LETTER

I've got something I can't tell you,
If I want to, I don't want to,
Words can't hurt you, I won't let them,
What's the matter, poison letter?

It's a fine line
You could fall and lose your balance,
Lose your balance

It's a fine line,
If you fall in,
I will follow
I will follow

How do you know?
You can't trust yourself no more,
You're a stranger at the door of your home,
You're alone

Can you know when you can trust yourself again?
Is it safe to let you in?
I don't know
Does it show?

A HOUSE INSIDE

a house, inside,
I'll show you where to hide
and every night the
windows are shuttered tightly
we have a house inside
a spectral place where
our inner selves reside
without a trace to see there
and inside the house
the entry hall receives guests
the dusty decor
ancestral portraits look down
suspecting what you've guessed
look up now

the stairwell, upwinding
the landing's shafted with light
the stairwell, upwinding
in light the dust is shining
you've not seen light like it
it's blinding and it's perfect
each grain of dust glowing
floats slow for close inspection
each grain of dust dryly
is just a cell of skin
history drifts highly
suspended, floating, flying

awaiting,
awaiting resurrection
ascending the stairwell
this greeting seems like farewell
the landing, you've reached it
your waiting image greets you
antique and heavy
the mirror that is hung here
imperfect and convex
distorts as it reflects
it looks now much more so
the twisting of your torso
reflect now, your eyes
dark somehow in the light
gaze deeply, what's in there?
escape has made a shape there
a house inside
I'll show you where to hide

DOWN SHE GOES

Out to the rocks she sails
Where your family dissolves and fails
And all of the sirens sang:
I will be your ghost

The sound of the sea and waves
Covers the mess you made
Where all of the sirens sang:
I will be your ghost

Down she goes

All aboard a vessel
Made of skin and bone
Well I renounce the body,
Temple and the throne
And render unto Caesar
I leave the rest behind
Wash away the edges in the ocean's laughing time

Down she goes

ONE IN TWO

This train's gone,
It's been derailed right from the start

It did not brake,
And we're going to break apart

The head's cut off, but the body's spinning like a top,
The head's cut off, but the body's run amuk

It's not your fault,
That you're dancing the last waltz,
It's not your fault,
That you're dancing the last waltz

You did not choose to be born as a chosen one,
And witness to, just how the mighty have fallen

UNTIE ME

You are the darkness but we are the sun
Loosened the cincture and we became one
At night, we light our way from within
Pull down your shades but that's how we make it

We won't be modest, shamefaced or sober
A turn of the key, the motor turns over
That's right, we like that ruinous sin
Pull down your shades, but that's how we make it

Untie Me

CANNIBAL CHATROOM

illuminations and a light from behind, tell me
who stained the window?
taste a community I never could find, my
terminal temple
to find a mind inclined to think as I do, to
taste the forbidden
the richest flavor is the flavor of man, you can
taste what he's hidden

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flesh is on offer on the altar of friendship,
blessings upon us
eating our own, as the passion consumes us, con-
sumption becomes us

HOLE IN NATURE

-The lyrics for this song are assembled from excerpted quotes by Alberto Giacometti, from James Lord's book, A Giacometti Portrait, (New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1980.)

for what I'm doing,
there's more than light enough.
what's best is simply
to look at people.
I've
never seen the trees like that before
maybe the canvas
will become completely empty
everything fine if...

look at me
you have the head of a brute
things look black, my poor friend
I've got to destroy everything again
what I'm doing is negative work.
everything is disappearing once more.

I
have to make a little hole in nature.
I've
never seen the sky that way before.
it's so high.

I saw the emptiness.
it's the first time in my life
I saw the emptiness.
it's the first time in my life

I like working in the dark
the photograph exists and that's all there is to it.
I'd like to be able to paint like a machine
yes. I've made a little hole,
there's an opening.

HOLLOW

TZ: When your eyes are empty
You'll fill them with anything,
You will blindly follow,
Anyone who takes your lead

When you live in the hollow,
You don't have anything,
You can't drink the water,
They feed you everything you eat,

GM: We know you need it
Sign your name right on the line
But down the line,
There will be only lies
With which you'll breathe

TZ: When your idols are empty,
You can fill them with anything,
The smoke will rise and cover,
Whatever you don't want to see

When your words are hollow,
They're easier to sing,
You're an American Idol,
You can drown out anything

GM: We know you need it
Sign your name right on the line
But down the line,
There will be only lies
With which you'll breathe

E (Self-titled debut album)

GREAT LIGHT

TZ: Feels like radium JSS: Great light
TZ: Falling down JSS: Fill me
TZ: What was in that cloud? JSS: Great light

JSS: Dark thoughts begone. Foul dreams begone. Flood drain from my eyes. Dark thoughts begone.
I command it. I command it. I command it. I command it.

SILO

I have realized, you've broke all ties with what's behind.
I sympathize, there was no time for you to cry
Since you fled, I've seen what's left was left for dead,
The sky is on the ground, it's upside down, a looking glass
I sympathized, there was no time to say goodbye

DELICATE FINGERS

JS:we will have
money
we will breathe
water
we will have
money I
promise I
promise
you

creatures so
tiny
unseen on our
skin
bathe in pure
light tiny
creatures burn a-
way

delicate
fingers held
closely
lamplight shines
through and the
color of
blood shines
through
we will have
money
we will have
money
we will get it
we will get it
we will get it
we will get it

TZ: There is a backlight which casts shadows,
Of everything that you can imagine,
We try so hard not to think bad thoughts,
We try to hard not to think at all,
There is a light that burns from the outside in
The inner voice is getting stronger
There is one line, there is no cross,
There is no line we did not cross

I WANT TO FEEL GOOD

JSS: I want to feel good (repeat)

TZ: Leaving
all the way back home
rising up
from the bottom floor,
first generation
rising
Going down
all the way back home
give it back
first generation
going home
to the mother nation
first generation
rising
I wasn't born this way
I wasn't born in this place

REGATTA

Casting, a line goes out
Curling, as it frees
Catching, and tightening
In a circle they were waiting
Rocking, riding, and the sea was like a horse,
a shot went off and
it's on
In a circle they were waiting
Up and down until the signal

CANDIDATE

GM: You run a rainbow ruse
For your cold-read clues
Watch the spirit medium
Bending spoons
Bend. Bend. Bend it.
Such an obvious tell
In the story that you sell
It's the art of seductions
And it serves you well.
Sell. Sell. Sell it.
JSS: I heard the words
the news and analysis
I had a presentiment
you are me candidate

GM: Prestidigitate.
Hyperventilate
I could be the President
And now I'm running for President.
In the king's dominion
My court the public opinion
I am the psychic surgeon
You are the vestal virgin.
Bend. Bend. Bend it.
JSS: I'm ready for conversion
by luminous immersion
the values of the empire
are burning in our hearth fire.

GM:You got a snake oil cure,
Tin-foil coiture
Well I could the president
Well I could the president
So now I'm running for president
And now I'm running for president

THE ARCHER

JS: the stars are
preserved in
the sky like
an archive
of light---

the record
transmitted
how long it
has taken
how long it
has taken
how long it
has taken

that system,
it flickers
who knows it
could vanish
what star is
forever?
what happens
to us now?---

my finger
will draw it
palms up now,
you feel it?
the archer
she's with us
the archer
she's with us

TZ: That star will surely flower,
That flower find a crevice,
That bow now taught with power,
Release a course of arrows,
The string outlines the spirit,
The shape is in the absence,
The body of the animal,
Orbits like a carousel

FISSURE

This is a failure of reason, a seizure
This is a rupture, an interruption,
Come back to your senses,
And illuion of freedom,
The loop of feedback becomes too frequent,
Your words are tumbling out of sequence
The city's crumbling, cracks in the cement

WATER

JSS: I wanted water
the underside
provided liquid
and a place to hide
this is not water

reluctant sun
come out to dry
the burning sky
let's burn the fater
his tie has come

TZ: What we are we don't regret,
What you did we won't forget
What you want you will not get,
What you did we won't forget,
What you want you will not get

JSS: I wanted water
a second chance
let's ask the father
or what remains

FOUNDATIONS/TRIALS

FOUNTAIN OF FIRE

Course of veins
fountain of fire
surge on
warm my breath
organ of life
breathe on
round and round
coursing throughout
my frame
breath of life
fountain of fire
and flame
bright, bright light
splinter of sun
inside
bright, bright light
tell them of how
I tried

Children play
fountain of fire
may spill
scorch the earth
children may scream
how shrill
laugh and shout
playing about
the fire
clap and laugh
splashing about
the flame
burn your hands
children must learn
behave
burn your arms
children beware
the flame

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