Complicated Animal

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released October 31, 2008

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The Roar is Justin Zeppa, Tom McCartan, Sean Tuccillo, Aaron Bales, and whoever the hell else they want it to be. theroar1@gmail.com

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Track Name: Brothers Grim
BROTHERS GRIM

A plague!
A plague of onyx snakes
Beset our house one day
Terrariums of our mistakes
Bedsets where serpents wait

Hey man, did you hear the shots ring out?
Oh man, I didn’t hear a thing
A dirtnap in the carpark
Where they spilled that gasoline
That we huffed and huffed
For days and weeks
When no one did a thing
I didn’t see a thing, man
But I think that he saw me

And I’d double-bolt the door
Except we had to kick it in
It’s just another tale of mystery
From the Brothers fucking Grim
Another tragic ending
From the Brothers fucking Grim

How high'd we get last night?
Oh man, I don’t recall a thing
These days all bleed together
In an incandescent haze
Superstrings sound better
Than they ever did before
So go up and up
Come down and down
Every day’s a fucking bore

And I’d sell drugs to make ends meet
But my friends are all dealing
It’s just another trail we lost sight of
The Brothers fucking Grim
Another hollow lesson
From the Brothers fucking Grim

A plague! A plague!
Oh, fuck’s sake
We dance macabre
At our own wake

Gonna move it to the city
Gonna use up my ambition
Gonna make it in the city
Gonna get some new addictions
The future glows suspended in a place where kids can flee
But if everybody’s running out there is it still the place to be
Living...

(If you wanna call it that and I suggest you don’t
If you wanna call it that and I suspect you won’t)

Generation debt
Educated death
In a world of idiots
Tell me, what’s the point of this?

Grandmother Wolf showed up here unannounced
And tore this place apart
What kind of life is this, is this a life at all?
What kind of life is this, is this a life at all?

Where’d my money go?
I don’t know
I got my check two days ago
This shit dissolves in burning palms
Was it even there at all
I curse myself and my mistakes
But I know just who to blame
Hell racks up a double-rent
And charges for the flames

And I’m so fucking hungry
I could eat my fucking hand
It’s just another fucking nightmare
From the Brothers fucking Grim
The truth is worse than fiction
From the Brothers fucking Grim.
Track Name: Boomslang
BOOMSLANG

Boomslang in a cold front
Seeking shelter from confusion
I feel so out of place
Just like a sleight of hand illusion
The common green is open
Yet I’m feeling fucking closed into
A pocket of my own design
As wide as I can swing

So hit the grindstone, son
Gonna make them shiver
Make their widows drag the river
Desperate times seek desperate measures
Break out all them war-time feathers
I’m a desperate man from a tribe called Boomslang
Boomslang bam-bam-BOOM

Boomslang suffocating
On a doctrine of delusion
You’re waving social contracts
In my face as if you use them
But I didn’t make my mark
On any round-robin or charter
I ceded nothing to you, man
And neither did my fathers

So hit the grindstone, son
Gonna make them shiver
Make their widows drag the river
Desperate times seek desperate measures
Break out all them war-time feathers
I’m a desperate man from a tribe called Boomslang
Boomslang bam-bam-BOOM

And I don’t feel that articulate today
You’re talking to me but I don’t know what to say
I’ve never felt like such a specimen
A stranger in my own homeland
You fuck with me and try to tame me
And I’ll only run away
You cut the tongue out of my mouth
To keep the scent of your fear safe
You fuck with me
And I’ll haunt the sockets of your skull beyond the grave.
Track Name: Fight For Tomorrow
FIGHT FOR TOMORROW

I will wash my hands with your brains
If you tread upon my ground
I’ve got a right to be here just as much as you
(I speak the truth)
And I’ll treat you like you treat me
So respect my right to breathe
Knowing you’ll get yours
As long as I get peace

But this Caspian depression
Knows not what it does to me
It bears the truth the scars
The wounds and memories
Beginning life with you way down
In the trench of Marianas
When we stepped from silver water
And found the minds that slipped away

So please
Don't let it come to this
For if you must insist
The bells of mourning war will ring
And I'll wash my hands with your brains
In damnatio memoriae
Let us one day be able to sing

Wild was our mercy
Wild was our mercy
Wild was our mercy, spite the cannibal I am
Wild was our mercy
Wild was our mercy
Wild was our mercy on the Plains of Abraham

I've replaced all of my instincts
With neurotic impulse streetlamps
But I've found a primal number I can roll
Born of lake-effected smokestack dirt
That pulls the pines down to the earth
I'm nothing but a complicated animal

Still my girl can't sleep at night
Can you undo what you have done?
Does a woman need a weapon?
Does a girl need a gun?
Hush pretty baby, don't worry about a thing
I'm gonna buy you a 9 milli
And if that Glocked-up bird does sing
Survival of the fittest gonna mean something

So please
Don't let it come to this
For if you must insist
The bells of mourning war will ring
And I'll wash my hands with your brains
In damnatio memoriae
Let us one day be able to sing

Wild was our mercy
Wild was our mercy
Wild was our mercy, spite the cannibal I am
Wild was our mercy
Wild was our mercy
Wild was our mercy on the Plains of Abraham

I try to find some empathy
I try to find some truth
Every time that I get close to you
I'll tell you what you do
You storm the walls of Troy
And you take up all their loot
And you board it in a battery in the Berlin Zoo

Even though I love you all
Sometimes you make me fucking crazy
You wear me down with no civility
But I'll give it one more day
Before I throw myself away
Praying on that day that we will finally sing

Wild was our mercy
Wild was our mercy
Wild was our mercy, though a cannibal I am
Wild was our mercy
Wild was our mercy
Wild was our mercy on the Plains of Abraham

The fight for tomorrow
Save the fight for tomorrow
And we'll live and let all live
No matter how the boughs may sway
No effigies, just you and me
Baptism by the righteous flame
And I'll wash my hands of your brains
Live to die another day.
Track Name: The Black Watch
THE BLACK WATCH

Out on the porch we aged our spirits
Out on the porch we came alive
We wound the days down reconciling
With this world we leave behind
I'd like to think we did the best we could
To blow the doors off all they thought they knew
And yet I wonder how much of it matters
When a man must face the tomb

How deep is the river there, my friend?
I once thought I knew
But in the end I know nothing
Tell me, how deep is the river there, my friend?

Blurry hindsight romanticizes the creation of survivors
For that which did not kill us only made life that much longer
And even now we cling onto the anchor of obsolete conviction
A species left exotic bordering on our extinction

How deep is the river there, my friend?
I once thought I knew
But in the end I know nothing
Tell me, how deep is the river there, my friend?

We are the Black Watch here in peace and war
Waiting for sackcloth to hang down our door
And when the shroud comes down what will be found?
These are the questions I seek answers for

Delta mirages tempt me from afar, I hear them whispering
(How deep is the river there, my friend?)
The palms exhale into the void, they've found a fitful breeze
(How deep is the river there, my friend?)
A mobile of prime movers hanging from a slate ceiling
(How deep is the river there, my friend?)
Their fingers scrape and bleed, they're seeking reciprocity
(How deep is the river there, my friend?)

We are the Black Watch here in peace and war
Waiting for sackcloth to hang down our door
And when the shroud comes down what will be found?
How deep is the river there, my friend?
Track Name: Galapagos
GALAPAGOS

What should I do?
Where should I go?
What is my place in life without you?
Understand
On this sand
I'll wait until we melt to glass
If I live to see the day
Will I even know your face
So long it's been
since you've have gone
And left me in your wake

There is a place
In the sea
Where the radiance won't cease
Schools and pods
Have long since gone
They've found no food to eat
Waning current
Carry me
To the dead spot that I seek
And I'll consume my vessel
Feast on myself piece by piece

Carrion
Carrion
We are only carrion
Resuscitation will not work
On bones bleached by the sun

I've seen the world change without you
I sit still, it spins around me
No right from this wrong can be found
The world change without you
No right from this wrong can be found

Sing to me
Ultraviolet wanderings
I know we've been cheated
By things we can't even see
So the world's become so strange
Mother Earth has rearranged
And we are jetsam
Lonely jetsam
Humbled by her careless ways

Carry on
Carry on
We are more than carrion
Don't despair
I am with you
Even though it's said I'm gone

I've seen the world change without you
I sit still, it spins around me
No right from this wrong can be found
The world change without you

Don't despair
All we've seen
Means that there is not an end
Don't despair
All, it seems
Is as it has always been
Don't despair
Darling
One day we might live again.
Track Name: Winged Victory
WINGED VICTORY

At night she comes to me
My dear Winged Victory
Whispering to me songs of peace

When I'm weak she throws the breeze around me
I'm lost but somehow she is found
I call across the ether, she is there
When I'm sick I know her hands can heal me
I'm numb but somehow she can feel
We fight against the darkness of despair

At night she comes to me
My dear Winged Victory
Whispering to me songs of peace

When I’m broke I know that she can fix me
I'm dirty but I'm getting clean
My empress of the moon and of the sun
I know I'm just an animal
The very nature of unnatural
She's the truest blue that I have ever known

At night she comes to me
My dear Winged Victory
Whispering to me songs of peace

And no one believes
But I swear I've seen...

Should we not meet again come tomorrow
Know that every last note's for you

These songs of Victory, drowned in sorrow
Songs of Victory, drowned in sorrow
Songs of Victory, drowned in sorrow
Songs of Victory.
Track Name: Salem Mass
SALEM MASS

The Commonwealth called us up one Halloween
So me and ol' Tommy-gun fled to the scene
Of a crime left unsolved, for the devil's involved
And the bad girls of Salem took blame for it all

We paid up our tributes to Mikey McKeough
A fella like Atlas, a belly of booze
We burned us a fifty of green B.C. trees
A real forest fire on top of the eaves
Of Boston town, we heard the sound
Of harbor bells a-ringing
All the men down there were singing

I'm going to hell!
So stab my back and wish me well
Before the reaping's come to pass
I'll be saying a prayer at Salem mass

We hopped on a train pulling north from the station
To find us the witches we knew would be waiting
We sat ourselves down next to Ketchup and Mustard
A-stirring the cauldron, those two Southie fuckers
We stepped off the platform and into the maelstrom
The belfry bats were winging
All the ghouls out there were singing

I'm going to hell!
So stab my back and wish me well
Before the reaping's come to pass
I'll be saying a prayer at Salem mass

The mass was in session, a ghoulish procession
Of spectres all seeking salvation in heaven
The masks that they wore and the oaths that they swore
The bonds that they broke, just as quickly reforged
The brimstone that fell for their sins what the hell?
All the beasts, they were repenting
Trying to crash the gates of heaven

I'm going to hell!
So stab my back and wish me well
Before the reaping's come to pass
I'll be saying a prayer at Salem mass

We sat ourselves down at the Burying Point
'Til the cops came along, kicked us out of the joint
Fed us to the mob that was stalking the street
Without ever knowing that under their feet
Were the very same stones that were unjustly thrown
They were crushing the accused
You could hear the women's blues:

They have used me
Set torch to me
For I will not bow my head
To any man
In this new land
'Til the day they find me

Dead on the streets of Salem, Mass.
Dead on the streets of Salem, Mass.
Dead on the streets of Salem, Mass.
I'll be dead on the streets of Salem, Mass.
Track Name: Old Glory
OLD GLORY

Well we're rolling out west
Where the blacktop kills
With a pack of cigarettes
And a belly full of pills
There's a girl out there
And she's street-fighting
Past the mighty Mississip
And the dry lightning
If you read my hand
Can you read my mind
If you do then you'll know
Why we run and hide
And if you give everything
That's been asked of you
Will you get spit out alone
With sullen mud on your boots

It's said that
Laying down roots
Will get you buried in the dirt
So I want to be
Where there's no trees to remind me
I'll manifest
I'll manifest
My own destiny

Wrap me
In Old Glory
Wanna be a dust-covered man
Wrap me
In Old Glory
Wanna be a dust-covered man

Now it's all eyes front
As the future dawns
Make ready the intrepid
Or you can't keep up
Yes, you must go forward
Ever-onward
Looking back will only
Break your neck
I'm a diction-impaired lost-boy
From my lungs down to my shoes
Eviscerated
Demonstration of
Walking pale-dog blues

And if I
Really wanted to find myself
I'd have to dig myself six feet down
Push aside the earth
That covers up the reasons
Why I blew this town
To manifest
I'll manifest
My own destiny

Wrap me
In Old Glory
Wanna be a dust-covered man
Wrap me
In Old Glory
Wanna be a dust-covered man

Give me wide open frontier
Give me blue-field skies
Life in motion-perpetual
Can help to clear my blurry mind
Ease my poor blurry mind

Now it's all back east
In a city called Tomorrow
Where you live sky-high
In the chrome of the hollow
I'll exhaust myself
Of words for you
Saying everything and nothing
But you still see through
And I'd travel any distance
I'd travel many moons
To be by your side
In troubled times
And face this dusk with you
So won't you

Wrap me
In Old Glory
Wanna be a dust-covered man
Wrap me
In Old Glory
Wanna be a dust-covered man

And my friend, if we don't make it
It's been an honor and a privilege
To make this stand with you.
Track Name: Eloise
ELOISE

Sunday, I'm a real mess
And I'm trying hard to impress
So my welcome isn't worn out
With my clumsiness at hand
You've got a backyard Pax Romana
A mansion fit for Lady Donna
Baby, don't you know
I only wanna share my life with you?

And I can concede
That you've got me
As long as you need
Without a sound
And I do believe
I can be clean
Cuz you make a stray wanna settle down

Hey, Eloise
You take care of me
I'll always behave when you're around
Hey, Eloise
Keep loving me
And I'll write your name around this town

Well, we're sitting in your kitchen
And you're looking rather bitchin'
Fixing dishes I've heard tell of
From some strange and foreign lands
Well, you handed me a drink and
Then you asked me what I'm thinking
Baby, don't you know
The only thing I'm thinking of is you?

And I can concede
That you've got me
As long as you need
Without a sound
And I do believe
I can stay clean
Cuz you make a stray wanna settle down

Hey, Eloise
You take care of me
I'll always behave when you're around
Hey, Eloise
Keep loving me
And I'll write your name around this town

I can confide
This volcanic life
It brings me closer to you every single day
Oh, the continents may rift
As the Earth does rage and vomit
It doesn't want it all to be the same no more...

Hey, Eloise
You take care of me
I'll always behave when you're around
Hey, Eloise
Keep loving me
And I'll write your name around this town
I'll drag your throne around this town
I'm gonna be there when you feel down
I'll write your name around this town.
Track Name: Valley Forge Winter
VALLEY FORGE WINTER

Three houses blew up out in Bethlehem
The cause is pending investigation
And I'm laid off until I don't know when
If we pass the test we'll be digging again

Our car broke down nine times this year
But we'll get a new one next June, dear
They say that today we should all celebrate
We've got some time off but it ain't no holiday

So, let's gather 'round
And we'll burn the forge down
If we save up all the embers
We can make it through December
You're the jewel of this current
That splits these mountains right in two
I'm gonna make you the queen of my homeland
Where the inland seas greet the dunes
This was our year and I knew it for sure
Which just goes to show I know nothing at all
Our hard luck sometimes seems funny
But we'll get us that Saginaw money
On a scam and a prayer

So, let's gather 'round
And we'll burn the forge down
If we save up all the embers
We can make it through December

And I've self-medicated
But it's always predicated
Upon the world placed in my hands
The weight was always more than I could stand
When I needed to get wet
This town went dry

Our landlady sold me out
To claim the bounty placed on my head
That bitch thinks she's got one up on me
But she don't know I'd rather be dead
Than see her win, yes I would
So I stare at these white woods
Through the bars placed 'round our bed
You're the only thing that keeps me
From painting that canvas red

So, let's gather 'round
And we'll burn the forge down
If we save up all the embers
We can make it through December
Oh, let's gather 'round
And we'll burn the forge down
If we save up all the embers
Cuz this winter never ends.
Track Name: Morning Up In Motown
MORNING UP IN MOTOWN

Atlantic eyes
I believe it's time
We start taking sides
We take sides tonight
It's come to this
So god bless this mess
It's high time we bid
Farewell to the grid

I had a vision last night, a prophecy
A portent in the sky
Precession of the globe contingent on
The omen's star in flight
The ice floe's melting, the spring is thawing
And reading our last rites
I guess we spoke too soon about another June
The ides of March demand that we take sides

And I wonder, who
Who can be trusted
When no one around is trusting you?
And who
Who will be gutted
When the power leaves the many for the few?

I heard sirens echo in my hometown
They're arcing across the sky
I saw the martial laws of gravity
Out plotting impact sites
I saw tanks rolling down south on Sibley
As we hid behind a neighbor hedge
You know a citizen-sense ain't no defense
little gypsy, we gotta get off the grid

And I know where we're going
But the way we're gonna get there
Seems a little bit funny to me
And I know it don't figure
Put your finger on the trigger
Now it's animal vs. machine

There's a little place
Down on Trumbull
And Michigan, by the club we used to play
What once was a forum
Now lay in ruins
But ruins will protect us on Judgment Day

When we find that we can wake up in the morning
And we see no othersigns of life
It's fight-or-flight
Out in the wild, baby
Like animals, you know we're gonna cry:

It's morning up in Motown - guess we made it through the night.

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