Abney Park

Taxidermy tracks

Lyrics


The wake:
Debbie dates daily with a boy for every finger
She leaves with one now and leaves another left to linger
Coldly Debbie tells me it's a world of give & take
But I say Debbie, bring it closer to the wake

CHORUS
In today's society, too little anxiety falls in the right place
People hurting one another, no care for another
Can you stand your own face? Listen to me now…
People gotta stop hurting themselves, STOP, now, now, now, now bring it closer to the wake

Billy blows bubbles that are filled with marijuana
To rebel from all the troubles he was chained to by his mama
Sadly Billy tells me that his happiness is fake
But I say Billy, bring it closer to the wake

CHORUS

Jason jets his jag up to speeds that's past eleven
Jason buys a house that makes him feel like he's in heaven
Bills been paying Jason, Bills friends are Jason's take
But I just talked to Bill, Jason's further from the wake

CHORUS

Now you & I have been through much, we've both had Debbie's problem
And we've both used Bills eyes to find our troubles & try to solve them
But let's not use each other, for Jason's world was fake
Only we can work together and bring us closer to the wake





The change cage:
I take a steam train to work
Just like the one my father took
And I pass over the walls
I see the people as I look

I see there's the block
For folks with purple skin
There's the block for folks who have no chin
There's the block for me & all my kin
And over there's the change cage where we throw the rebels in

CHORUS
I work the change cage
Here on our side of the wall
And I will hold the key until the day they say the cage will fall
(2x)

Walls of iron bolted with steel
Two miles high that should hide how we feel
And in the city we've walled off each block
This should work to segregate any racial melting pot

Long ago we learned of the trouble
When a man steps out of his life's plastic bubble
So we walled off the city, caged thoughts that were free
And now our lives are safe from any change that
Could have come between you & me

CHORUS (2x)

They say an artist from block 616
Revived some old art just for his own kicks
They say his pictures were lude
They say his women were nude
So we throw them inside

Well now that artist can run, he can hide
But sooner or later we'll throw him inside
I don't think the people should see
Well that's not art to me
So we'll throw them inside

CHORUS

And I will hold the key……





New black day:
I see the world with my eyes open
I see the world through lidless eyes
I see a world that is sick with self-loathing
Nothing in the nothing to mystify

CHORUS
Black day, Black night
Flesh is burnt us under in the broad daylight
Black day, Black night
And the devil's softly singing through the thick of the fight

I see the world in sinking depression
I see the world in a stinking digression
No chance for heaven we're already in hell
And the devil's taking over at the ring of his bell

CHORUS

Repeat song

I see the world……





White wedding :
Hey little sister what have you done
Hey little sister who's the only one
Hey little sister who's your superman
Hey little sister who's the one you want
Hey little sister shot gun!

It's a nice day to start again
It's a nice day for a white wedding
It's a nice day to start again.

Hey little sister what have you done
Hey little sister who's the only one
I've been away for so long (so long)
I've been away for so long (so long)
I let you go for so long

It's a nice day to start again (come on)
It's a nice day for a white wedding
It's a nice day to start again.

(Pick it up)

Take me back home
There is nothin' fair in this world
There is nothin' safe in this world
And there's nothin' sure in this world
And there's nothin' pure in this world
Look for something left in this world
Start again
Come on

It's a nice day for a white wedding
It's a nice day to start again.
It's a nice day for a white wedding
It's a nice day to start again






The shadow of life:
Still I push this boulder up this rocky hill
if I lose my footing this rock will kill
Perpetual dusk has me dimly lit
So I can't see the top or know how far it is

Now life is a constant and death is a beast
Everytime it's been fed its presence's increased
I feel its wings and its eyes bore my neck
This pressure has turned me into a wreck

Ooh x 4

It's a cold and a hollow and lonely life
I've seen anguish and anger, fear and strife
Now the darkness comes and it takes my pride
But I've learnt to face the darkness in my stride

And I've felt its teeth pierce through my neck and back
I've felt my skin rip and I've heard my bones crack
And if I have strength left we'll soon see
For the shadow of life has eaten me

Ooh 4x

Well now comfort and security leave stride by stride
If I could see some way out I'd thow away my pride
But I can't go back and my death lies ahead
And the end of this life feels me with dread

Still I push this boulder up this rocky hill
if I lose my footing this rock will kill
Perpetual dusk has me dimly lit
So I can't see the top or know how far it is





The root of all evil:
All these roots run deep,
And this tree is old,
This trunk is rotten
All these leaves have mold

is it in our blood?
or is it from abuse?
past generations
legacy of misuse?

I know my blood runs hot,
And I've seen my blood is thick
I'm told my bloods not sweet,
And I cry, "my soul is sick"

we're the children of children
and we're handing down there pain
the root of all evil
is the sanity left to gain?

chorus -
we were the victims, we were the culprets
we were the children who cry at night
we are the hunted, and we do the hurting
we are the children who cry at night




the fathers father father
may have made this truth
or was it in HIS blood
this legacy of abuse

we're the children of children
and wer'e handing down there pain
the root of all evil
is the sanity left to gain?

Chorus

All these roots run deep,
And this tree is old,
This trunk is rotten
All these leaves have mold

is it in our blood?
or is it from abuse?
past generations
legacy of misuse?

Chorus





The only one:
I wake each night into this nightmare
Only to find that the worst is clear
I have to spend each day without you
And spend each night dreamin' that it's not true
Dreamin' that it's not true....

My life is one constant catastrophe
everything works but means nothin to me
All of my life I gave you my soul
I lived for you, but you had another goal
You had another goal...

There's only one thing you can't ask of me
It's not in my power to stop loving you can't you see?
I would give you the moon or the stars or the sun
But you hold my heart and ou are the only one

You are the only one,
You are the only one...





Creep:

Dead silence:

Dead silence falls a cascading shower of indifference
Isolation calls no self-acceptance, no means for honest reverence
Into the void self-annihilation, futilistic egotism
Until now I've toyed with what seems inevitable destructionism

CHORUS
Is this the end of my life?
(repeat several times)

Stabbed in the back, ice cold steel between my lower vertebrae
Not the first attack, I'm an isolated captive with the ones who would betray
Too late for pleas, my companions are filled with animosity
Knocked to my knees death will bring an end to this uncertainty

CHORUS

BRIDGE