The Soft War

by Golden Birds

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released July 7, 2009

Mission Freak / Three Ring Records

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Track Name: Border Patrol
It's twenty of seven
And still you haven't come by
I'm trying to keep my hands steady
As I balance salt shakers
And the border patrol is trying to find a foothold
Against a virus

Keep seeing scenes from last night
Where I can't buy my way into your sight
The jokes went across me above me behind me
I was novelty an audience a tourist economy

And so I spoke a little too loud
And I cleared my throat a lot
And when you lost me for a minute in a crowd
Your disembodied laughter hit me like a gunshot whoo

--

Now I declare myself out of reach
Eye contact's a contract and you are in breach
And I will beat my pride down
And I won't serve your world as a clown

--

And I'm not talking about any of those
Bemused field studies
Dripping down that Anglo-Saxon nose
Pooling at your feet

And I will beat whatever may rise down
And I won't serve your world as a clown
Track Name: Celebrity Divorce
I'm gonna have a baby
Big and strong
And beautiful for all the world to see
And everywhere I go
You'll see my baby in tow
And every time you see my baby you'll think of me

I'm gonna have a baby
To keep me warm
And occupied when everyone's outside
I'll keep my baby company
I'll keep it safe from harm
And my baby's gonna keep me satisfied

I'm gonna have a baby
Gonna give it a name
Teach it how to speak so it'll never bore me
So then so what if I'm so shy
If I sit silently by
I'll just be letting my baby do the talking for me

--

I'll just be waiting on the irony
Hoping it inspires me
I've got two voices in my head
And both of them said
You don't desire me

--

I'm gonna have a baby
We'll be a team
Us against the world and always on our court
And always by our rules
And always in our dream
Rocking each other to sleep when we need support

--

So rock on all you beautiful people
Rock on all you beautiful ones

--

I'm gonna have a baby
Big and strong
And beautiful for all the world to see
And everywhere I go
You'll see my baby in tow
And every time every time every time every time every time

Waiting
Hoping
Voices
Inside of me
Inciting me

Desire me baby

--

We've got listening satellites
Canvassing the skies sure to see the score

We've got glistening satellites
Canvas in the sky shore to sea to shore

We've got spy satellites now
Canvas in disguise circling wagons for war

So what do I need you for

Baby

I've got eyes on me
I've got tabs on me

With or without you

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Disarm me baby
Track Name: Commander
Dear I've gotta tell you something terrible
I'm a cannibal
Eat bitten nails by the handful
Yes baby I'm nervous it's just this isn't a first for me
Sense of a debt of transparency
Sense that though nothing is yet amiss
All that solved me was a lucky guess

Dear I fear it's unforgivable
Love so criminal
But something's gotta keep this stomach full
And so it's the gullible eating the gullible
Lying in wait for the curious at heart
I mystify them then I rip them apart
You've been treading deep water from the start
With a life vest of a lucky guess

Dear now here's something confidential
I'm a vegetable
Complete disconnect I just hide it well
Treat my guests with perfect civility
But who wants to wager and who needs to grow
Instead I dream of the day when under a mountain I'll go
To wrap myself in riddles only I can see
Finally king of the perfect mystery

So give me my ring back
Give me my ring back
I don't want to be seen anymore

--

I was sold on love for a while
Now I'm looking to buy again
Sold on the dove for a while
But it flew out of sight
And precious I fall for too much
Precious you be my crutch
Precious keep me in touch

I was sold on love for a while
Now I'm looking to buy again
Sold on above for a while
But those roads went too high
Now I'm looking to buy
And precious time's jaw's are so strong
I need you to push on
Precious where have you gone

I was sold on love for a while
Now I'm looking to buy again
Sold on soul for a while
Never kissed any sky
Precious why do we try
But together
You and I
We will survive
Even when nothing else did

It's just you and me kid

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The man who's a dreamer
Who never takes leave
Who sings of a world that's just make believe
Will never know passion
Will never know pain
Who sits by the window
Will one day see rain
Track Name: Carrier
You know the look slack jaw eyes wide
Working the phantom face a clear white sky
Quick blink quick twitch side to side
That's me half the time
At least half the time

You know the face sick flicking eyes
Working the slack jaw side to side
Quick phantom blink wide phantom stride
That's me half the time
At least half the time

You know the phantom slow weary sigh
Working the clear white slack inside
That's me half the time
At least half the time

--

You want to press my glass
Feel your firm new flesh press back
Well I was water sugar and you've fallen in
Now I wash over you fresh again

I am the fish in your hand
I am the missing rug
I have no use for dry land
Here in the hole that I've dug

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My baby carries a thermometer in her purse
And strain in her face from always bracing against the worst
She says everyone has a secret love affair with a malady
So don't take it out on yourself

We're suckling it we're suckling it honey
Sniffing for lions in our headlines and live feeds
We're suckling it we're suckling it honey
With hall-of-mirrors smiles administering our IVs
We're suckling it we're suckling it honey
To the sound of a heartbeat

Eyes tongues and dreams glued to the sheen
Wooing a malady
Track Name: Spelled Out
I'm in your inner ear boy
I'm in your inner ear
I'm in your inner ear boy
I'm in your inner ear
I'm in your inner ear boy
I'm in your inner ear

Now can you hear me
Now you can't balance without me feeling generous now

--

I thought I'd shaken you

--

It's in the water
It's in the water
It's in the water and you gotta drink

It's in the water
It's in the water
This shit's a craft there's nothing solid beneath

--

Now can you hear me
Can you see me now
I'm patient shall I spell it out

--

Now in Florida
Hurricanes don't dissuade
They root on they root on they root on
For daddy's team in salvaged beach chairs laid out in the shade
Of rubble piles and exposed beams

While up in Maine
Commuter nets expand
A cell phone in the hand
They're overfishing the land

And in La Jolla where the coyotes roam
In sun-dried Toyotas leading new charges new home
It's shoot to kill
It's fire at will
Go it alone
Just don't let's tell Jonas he doesn't need to know

And in Bellingham
Concerned citizens
Are doing it for the kids

While down the mighty M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I
As injun rouletting bleeds the countryside dry
You can find Huck drunk off bubbly under a darkening sky
Fumbling
Tommy
Tell me
I mean
I don't miss the slumming
But tell me true
What do you think
Old friend
Of what I'm becoming

On down to Santa Maria
The pilgrims flood
Their prince on display
Nails in the wood
To see as he rose from the grave
Mark of the beast only mud
Well I wanted blood

I wanted blood
I wanted blood
I wanted blood

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Now can you hear me
Can you see me
Can you feel me
Are we dizzy now
Track Name: Bloodstream
No more the play the thing
Come time to cut the fat
Come time to take the hose
And lay the whole bare
I'm trying to find clothes I can wear anywhere
I'm wearying of all these hats

In a scene
I met a man
And he said things he didn't mean
And he wore things he didn't own
He spoke of places to which he'd never been
He had no home

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And when has sunk the sun
And no reflections shine
And all we've left to show
Is all we've left behind
And all we carry on
In our bloodstream
In our spine
What will grow in our soul
Will anything that comes to my mind be mine

In a scene
I met a man
And he thought that wars were fought on foreign soil
And he bought the whores work in the corporate store
And he sought diplomatic immunity
Eating his papers claiming refugee

He had no home

--

Carrion and scavengers remain
A scorched floodplain
A dirty south
Full of emaciated furtive things all foaming at the mouth
Frank Chus cashiers casseurs
And a hot-or-notzi paparazzi

And we were always savages they say
Welcome back to your natural state
Enough with your huffing puffing airs
Hon who the fuck do you think cares
For your flesh over your super-8
Or for some antiquated inner state

Now we have got to salvage some refrain
Unearth some bedrock in this sand
And shore this shit up
While we can still feel it slipping through our hands
May this be our legacy
May we be a worthy ancestry
Track Name: 90 80 70
It's beautiful
It's desolate
My brain's on fire

A funeral
A coup d'etat
A radiant pyre

Shit yeah I lost you again
Look just keep talking just keep talking
Fuckin' dust and rock keep on blocking my cellular wires
And Reno's just around the corner

--

Shooting off sparks
Overtaking the tyres
Glowing in the dark
Higher

--

(Shit yeah I lost you again)

And Reno's just around the corner

(Shit yeah I lost you again)

Reno's just around the corner

(Shit yeah I lost you again)

--

What do I tell her
Do I warn her
Track Name: Ambien Waves
Barry’s seething on the TV
Can’t we talk baseball
In between the Ambien waves
And Viagra falls

Durham’s dreaming of exotic game
Blue devilled balls in a bull meat market
Full of desperate exhibitionists
MBA presidents
Attorneys calling press conferences
Singing mind your business
Like these boys do

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But you
Your eyes catch me innocently
To pull me out to take me in without a hook

I like the way you look