Nishi no Densetsu

by Michael Zucker

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1.
I remember sucking sweaty November down your throat I wrote the lines And I paid the fines And was the butt of the joke But I want to appeal to your apathy I want you to feel what it is that’s pressed on me I want you to know How it feels to be all alone Next to me while you sit there on your phone Lay it on me I want to listen Lay it on me I want to hear you And this time I don’t care This time I’m not waiting around This town I want to appeal to your sense of apathy I want you to feel what it is that’s pressed on me I want you I want you to know How it feels to be all alone Next to you while you sit there on your phone I want you to know how it feels There’s no judge because there’s no trial Whatever the words mean to you Make you think or at least smile They’re left for you They’re left for you
2.
Don’t need to decide Don’t need to say when No need to think about I’ll sleep when I’m dead When I’m all dried up and old When it’s all been bought and sold Beyond the wind Beyond the soul I will ascend into my hole And I’ll believe what father said I will believe that it’s all in my head Don’t need to decide Don’t need to say when No need to think about I’ll sleep when I’m dead Beyond the wind (I’ll sleep when I’m dead) Beyond the soul (I’ll sleep when I’m dead) I will ascend (I’ll sleep when I’m dead) Into my hole (Beyond the wind) The grass grows long (Beyond the soul) Cutting off my circulation (I will ascend into my hole) Cut me down Cutting off my circulation Cut me down Cut me down Cut it down Cut it
3.
Right Handed 02:53
Those bones of fire and ice Those tales were larger than life I won’t grasp with two hands I won’t shake you down It’s enough of a fuss Call it what you will Love will hold you still Right handed and I can’t breathe My left is always choking me Its rusted foil I can’t believe To the mountain To the dust Right handed and I can’t breathe My left is always choking me Its rusted foil I can’t believe To the mountain To the dust Oh we must Oh we must
4.
I’ve been staring at the TV static All afternoon Counting all the petty pardons Here in my room There’s no doubt about it We all just hang our heads There’s no thought behind it We just fake it until the end Everyone’s alone Everyone’s alone Everyone’s alone
5.
Cheer Up 03:53
I took a right turn swerving in the left lane acting like I didn’t care I was a long shot waiting on the outskirts saying that I wasn’t there You could cut dream With your ocean of knives Or you could be free If you tried If you tried All this fears we try and fight with booze For one more time to roll the dice and lose I took a head start waiting for a money shot baby you came Aching like a sourpuss breaking all the rules saying it’s such a shame You could cut dream With your ocean of knives Or you could be free If you tried If you tried All this shit we try and fight with booze Let me roll the dice once more and lose Cheer up I didn’t want to make you cry Cheer up It’s such a long long road Before we die It’s such a long long road It’s such a long long road And on one knows why It’s such a long long road Before we die And no one knows why
6.
Aquarius 04:30
Threw my caution to the wind Poured myself another drink It kept on pounding on my head But only pooling for a bit Wading through the alleyway It’s up to my neck And so cold With baited breath Stay on the line and please hold Huddled together With one rope The other end dangles The car’s on a slope In the claws of the flood When the ground turns to mud Through the window pane escaped Into the crawl space (I lurked) Looking for the outcome (To come) Ate soup, played games Checking the optics for trust And in the distance cries of help and pain And you, the Judas in my life Could save the day It’s up to my neck And so cold With baited breath Stay on the line and please hold We struggle together Or we suffer apart Please hold to remember When building your ark I can’t breathe anymore Don’t have the sense to my defense No passion to my roar Not anymore It’s either or We struggle together Or we suffer apart Please hold to remember When building your ark It’s up to my neck And so cold With baited breath Stay on the line and please hold
7.
Helpless 03:39
If someone’s in need you’ll be there The first to pull over If someone’s finger disappears You’ll be right there to hold it down My father, my son My blood and I’m done Can’t go much further The steaks grow higher around you And I’m ashamed And I’m amazed in you You know it’s true The fragile have a heart And it beats with you Right from the start And it breathes anew Why would you take the helpless home? Why would you risk yourself alone? Beaten to the road Beaten to the ground Beaten to the curb When there’s no one around And I walk right by I don’t ask why But I turned my head And I saw you cry And I’m ashamed But I’m amazed in you You know it’s true Why would you take the helpless home? Why would you risk yourself alone? If someone’s in need you’ll be there Black hoodie indeed You’ll stop prepared
8.
Ashes 03:02
When I awoke in the middle of the night with the shock from sleeping off a dream And I’m breathing all the oxygen that’s been warmed from the side effects burning off the steam The sky was red I don’t know why I thought I was dead At least dead tired And all the ashes raining down like a terror from who knows where Genuflecting to the sound as the sirens go by Don’t follow my shoulder can’t handle the grasp I’m sick of picking up your slack Waiting too long for you to come back When the sky turned red And I don’t know why I thought I was dead At least dead tired And all the ashes raining down, yeah the mountain’s on fire Let’s genuflect to the sound as the sirens go by The skyline breaks And one side is flames What do we do? (The mountain’s on fire) And your jaw shakes And you fake it To maintain And keep sane
9.
When you called me on the phone thank god I was alone It gave us a chance to speak about our momentary needs I hung on the dial Trapped in thought for a while Comforting my denial Until I’d lost you It’s numb on the pulse When the landline shakes and comes apart You’re comatose When the trigger blinks and you come apart No fucking way I could have calmed down I was raging like a bull But now I see further I wouldn’t let you off the line I would have hung on the dial Trapped in my thoughts for a while Comforting my denial Until I lost you It’s numb on the pulse When the landline shakes and comes apart You’re comatose When the trigger blinks and you come apart Forever I’m sick of that myth that fake façade That pressure that bit when the demons start fucking my eye holes I’m sick of living with the freaks and the frauds I’m sick of myself I’m sick of the odds It’s numb on the pulse When the landline shakes and comes apart You’re comatose When the trigger blinks and you come apart Forever
10.
Bug 04:22
When I first met you all covered in blood I knew you were my girl I knew just what it was Now you’re dancing on the living room floor Every moment I wish for more I hope that I won’t ever let you down I hope I get to stick around To share all I’ve gathered Regale all I’ve lost For my most precious love At any cost Such beauty surrounds you And wraps you with love Always struggles without you A light from above When I had nothing, there you were Now you have everything, it’s such a blur While you’re dancing on the living room floor Every moment I wish for more I hope that I won’t ever let you down I hope I get to stick around I hope that I won’t ever be afraid in the presence of you Such beauty surrounds you And wraps you with love Always struggles without you A light from above When I first met you all covered in blood I knew you were my girl I knew just what it was Now you’re dancing on the living room floor Every moment I wish for more I hope that I won’t ever let you down I hope I get to stick around I hope that I won’t ever be afraid I hope that I won’t ever turn away I hope that there never comes a day without you Such beauty surrounds you And wraps you with love Always struggles without you A light from above A light from above

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released May 30, 2019

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