Green & Blue for Blackness

by Ninth Floor Mannequin

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released June 24, 2016

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Track Name: Absences
Sometimes I estimate
the strangers' blood in my veins
Behavior & your race
Your age, size, sex & faith
Who are you?
& therefore, who am I?
No need to speak
It seems we're of the same type

I like to speculate she lived up to her name
Records ain't the same
I'd like to feel those names in my veins
How did she feel?
What was all that like?
I'd really like to see but it seems we had our time

Retake the wheel in a familiar case & learn to steer it right
Staying the course on a creaky vessel
Cast diversions aside

We exaggerate the loves we lost on the way
Missing less each day, the pain, smell, touch & taste
The times that we had seems like they were fine
The saying isn't true
Absences & hearts go fine
Track Name: Candor (Captor's Lament)
You're seeing what I couldn't see
Your biggest plans were laid
Not seeing that you, dear
Wanted away from the light I bring.

Faking what I couldn't fake
Feeling what I couldn't feel
If you just stayed here
I could have built a perfect life for us.

Oh, you'd love it all
If only you'd have shown me some
Candor rather than silences.
Now, it's just, "Goodbye."

The cards that we held stayed the same
The hands hadn't changed in weeks
If you didn't go cheat
we'd be living the life that you'd love to lead
but trust wasn't ever your thing
A breaker of hearts & locks
If you just stayed here
we could have had it all
Track Name: Snakebit
Me, I'm an emperor watching over dust
She is a lovely distraction from my work.
But is the product greater than her parts? (Maybe)
An aberration, sent to me, to be solved

So what if I am snakebit?
So what if she's my savior?
We'll pioneer a new era
where the bones & the steel are one.
Legend will spread across the planets
Forsaken off in a desert
then she came & the walls would fall

A savage surface without one grain of faith
Before she landed here , my throne was just a cage &
My mind's caved, cause I'm alive & you're a fake. (Maybe)
Liberation couldn't save me. Can I trade it for the lie?

So what if I am snakebit?
So what if she's my savior?
We'll pioneer a new era
where the bones & the steel are one.
Legend will spread across the planets
Forsaken off in a desert
then she came & the walls would fall
Track Name: The Company
We haven’t much
but what we have is yours for today
It appears the trip has worn your soles
Hungry with red eyes
Sit out by the fire &
We’ll get setting the table soon

It’s only fair. The company lead us in prayer. You’re on

Sit up straight
Say our grace with
your chin raised
lulled by the blade

You hadn’t much
But what you had has squared us away
Rest assured the pleasure was all ours
So, just rest your eyes.
We don’t have much time.
You’ll get company down there soon.

It’s only fair that the company lead us in prayer. They’re on

Sit up straight
Say our grace with
your chin raised
lulled by the blade
Track Name: Lines Advancing
Unfinished sketches
Flying machines in armor
Decorate all the walls
Those engine roars
They sound more & more &
That same horse won't take you home
& unseen

The lines advancing from wall to ceiling
Just keep them off of your arms
The city crawling uphill slowly
Keep those wheels spinning strong

Drawing what's left of your memory
before the faces are gone
& every decade
details are always fading
Those more you try, the more you've lost

Keep an eye for meteors
Knocking down all of these walls
Leaving just one big hole.
End it all
Track Name: Won No Victory
Looked as if the river wouldn't dry when you were mine
'Til circumstances damned up all that I was worth
What was it all for?

Drown into Messiah, sink into what's history
No one needs what you would love to give
Please understand that you're not what you once were to us
We would like to thank you for your work

Well, all of them just come & go like ghosts
Well, I've lost them all
I have won no victories in time at all
What a shameful show

Drown into Messiah, sink into what's history
No one needs what you would love to give
Please understand that you're not what you once were to us
We would like to thank you for your work
Track Name: Hold Your Questions
Answer me yes or no
Grown tired of deciphering the codes
Do we put our lives on hold?
Or do we just leave and learn the answers on our own?

Should we all just wait?
Beggin for a sign
Should we give more change up
& ask another time?
Do we wait inside for someone to tell us why
to fear outside?

Get up, get out
we learn by leaving
Pack up, skip out
Keep your fears unsaid
Start up, peel out &
learn by living
Hold your questions

Answers are all the same
All open ended, incomplete & vague
Do we fail to see the change?
Or do we just waste away our time with acts of faith?
Track Name: Necktie Party
Lower all the lights and sound
Feeling overwhelmed here and now
Static from an urban scene
can drive a simple man to his knees
But desolation yields a different war

The quiet of a frozen plain
can drive a man insane just the same
But, some people just don't have any place
But, some people just don't have a place

We love curl up in a comfortable fear we know
But exposed to an unknown infinite world, we fold
The need to understand everything
It's dangerous, so dangerous

Taunted by a rope in a breeze
Insulted by the simplest machine
Track Name: Empty Tunnels
Listen Annie, give me any name.
I don't come with one.
Please don't be afraid because I am what you need.
Thin or sturdy, build me as you please.
I can love you & I can never leave.
I swear that I can feel.
As the years go by
These circuits, they turn into something you love.

Cave in & make believe
You don't know that I don't even bleed.

My veins are simply empty tunnels, we ignore.
Until I break you down
& you send me on back home
to tell them all I've learned
& you, learning to feel love.
(sing the body)

Cave in & make believe
You don't know that I don't even bleed.
Just cave in & make believe
You don't know that I don't even bleed.
Track Name: Grainy Clips
Trading in all of the green & blue for blackness
All alone, all of the cities start to lose their glow

Frozen stiff, my black orb hangs in vastness
Living for a long dinner & a short dance

The way that you'll be
The way I am now
The way my speck gets smaller, smaller & smaller still

Play & replay the grainy clips in disarray
Trying to keep a disappearing face & a voice alive

Up here alone , I feel my wrinkles stretching longer
& down below, she stays suspended in a smooth young glow
Blue & green come into focus much more slowly
The sudden heat, feeling the earth beneath my feet
& don't you know, it doesn't feel a thing like home
& all is lost, back in the blackness is where I belong

Play & replay the grainy clips in disarray
Trying to keep a disappearing face & a voice alive