Mirage

by Zouaves

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1.
I was told look over your shoulder Close your doors once the sun sets & don't fix what hasn't broken yet Should've known we couldn't hold it I knew when I sold it Their oil would be running through my veins Peel back this automation This town has a weak foundation Sweet drink of mithridation Water holes & fluid souls abound Looking for, looking forward All sown now in fallow Living in the runoff of our times Feeling for, feeling cornered All grown now is sorrow No more running side by side Hold back your expectations Push forth the cell mutations Last breath to leave the station Mystic blitz in stumbling toward gold Dead of night, it's getting colder Gleaming clouds, we're one day older Trees crack along this sallow path Heat of day, but we're no wiser Come what may, it's almost over The trees crack along our trodden path
2.
Deserter 06:37
The world is full of evil men & the women who abide them How original original sin From the first laid ink from paper to pen There's a prophet in the sky with a tinsel beard Chiding us to fear him He'll burn through the valleys, scorch the rivers dry Better pray over ice cream & pecan pie The world is full of evil men & the women who abet them How conditional original sin From the first shiver felt at the brush of her skin The torments of your brother'll get you one more day To multiply your prosperity Out in the desert sipping nothing but sand Rings on the cliffs divide the parchment land The world is full of evil men & the women who absolve them How residual original sin When zephyrs pluck the notes of abandonment
3.
Promises displaced Removed in lieu of space Inheriting disgrace Spirits gone in waste Splinters proclaim truth Living under this roof Many of us fools Murmurs in the news The feeling's been renewed A caravan of haste Spindles come unspooled & set a different pace The lines that we've been told As we sell what we've been sold A meter & a blade To forget why we're afraid Faulty lines under our feet The ghosts are all leaving town
4.
Western widow in the bedroom Moments churning by Before you know it we'll be dead & gone Only ever wonder why it took so long... Meet gravity with platitudes Ridicule questions why Snapping pictures in the bathrooms Holler back at the squalor From the other side... Lost in the cross talk Assailing a lost cause Circle the same old block Will it come to pass Those waiting considered last Pacing back & forth On the widows' walk Western widow in the bathroom Foment alibis Snapping pictures in the bedrooms Don't stop to start to stop to wonder why... Lost in the cross talk A boardwalk seesaw Circling the same old block The sun is slipping down Soldering the sound Circle the same old block The stars shoot around Stitching up the clouds Circle the same old block Lost in the cross talk Assailing a lost cause Pacing back & forth On the widows' walk
5.
Second Act 04:03
Fulfill this stimulation Amplify the simulation Quantize your every frustration Got to defend the nation! Tamp down this conflagration Cauterize concatenation Fragmenting constellations Quarter no satiation! Slip on out the back In the middle of the second act Want to please everyone But it's too late for that Slip on out the back In the middle of the second act Want to seize the setting sun But it's too great for that Repeating aberrations Reveal the obfuscation Pony up for more inflation Justa justa justa clarification! Identify formulation Remand to observation Behaviour modification Social dissociation!
6.
Mirage 06:29
As we blunder through the wonder of the ruins of the futures The rivers undulate along Where the hammer & the axe befall a chainsaw & a hack Just be careful who you choose to run among The dear taste of fear when we know our predators are near The desolation of a panoramic set When the hour gets so dark that you can hardly see your breath Reminiscing nothing but regret But come on The rocks fall Come on As the snow thaws There's disappointment in the air seeing what's fair is fair is fair We're besieged by desperate throngs of hope If the neighbors keep on ringing I think I'll throw in my last fist & blame it on the humours that have eloped Colliding with our tidings into re-reflected sightings So intent to proclaim everything is show The evening wind harnesses sorrow & vague notions of tomorrow The world erodes & blows out into the night But come on The rocks the fall Come on Cascading down the hill & we are gone On the first night I fell in love On the second I woke on the floor There were bright lights surrounding me Electrocutions run my spinal cord Somnambulistic relics, temples so embellished The detritus of our monumental squall Traipsing through the daisies paints the clouds a gripping scene A pall still lingers... Ancient waves rolling in rippling marrow, set in bone Wrinkled lips & sneers of cold command Our foresight is held captive by a spiral shaped adaption A maze the wind keeps changing like the sand But come on The mud slides down the hill & we are gone On the first night I fell in love On the second I woke on the floor There were bright lights surrounding me Electrocutions run my spinal cord On a tool belt they made of glass The souls of former mischief scored
7.
Firmament 04:06
Who's responsible for this mess? Blame it on the government, we're so radiant! Who's responsible for this mess? Hanging on the firmament, cling to this palladium The stars are signaling distress The growing din of another billion billion of them Where the word ends I pick it up again Where the world ends I pick it up again Who's responsible for this hell? Hang it on the government, you're so radiant Who's responsible for this hell? Blame it on a firmament pierced by your salience Reward you sense of self Pick your celebrity wisely off the shelf Advertise that we're never well Muster a force we can never quell I buy the hope you're so kind to sell
8.
Mt. Dragoon 04:16
You shall recieve the summons urging you to survive From now on you're a rumor disentangling lies 'Cause the battle never happened, there was no decisive fight The charades played out in barricades, brigades parade on high Keep it inconspicuous Behind the enemy lines Don't interrupt the spectacle Stick to the party line Throw in a healthy dose of humor just to season the crime Mimic expectations of visitation to seem contrived Electrostatic numbing & the sky will come alive Silhouettes in bright white beams getting sucked into the sky Keep it inconspicuous... Inside the enemy mines Don't deviate the spectacly Stick to the party line Justa minding your own business, eminently civilized Seraphs in their dirigibles'll be sure to steer us right Pinafores through clouds, sunbeams through their thighs Anchors used for ballast & bullseyes in their sights Plundering asunder now Inside the enemy mind We gotta syncopate our synergies & make the thunder cry 'Cause the scheming's unrelentless in this fiendish enterprise Without us or within us in an assortment of disguieses Cast the line out for a scapegoat in a weary old refrain Some other motherfucker'll be the one to catch the blame Cause we all believe in something But what believes in you? Can't tell nobody nothing when they don't descry the mode Distracted from distraction by distracted overviews Distracted from distraction busy radiating news Well we all believe in something But who engenders truth? Don't tell nobody nothing when they presume to know Distracted from distraction by the distracted chosen few distracted from enactment, no lack of prospective clues We all believe in somewhere Or are we cherishing a ruse? Can't set the breaker back Without changing out the fuse Approaching the impaction bent on claiming an abuse Echanted by collecting recognition to use We all believe in something But what merits the noose? We've plaenty things in common 'til we're cut out on the loose Reproaching the refraction rent retracting an excuse We all believe in something But what believes in you?

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released September 6, 2016

J Breeden - guitar, vocals
Chris Vallerga - guitar
Andre Coberly - drums, vocals
Sara Johanne - bass, vocals

Recorded at Type Foundry by Cory Gray and by Zouaves at Bluff Road 2016
Mastered by Alex Lyon at The Bubble
Additional vocals on 8 by Ive Eddy
All songs written and performed by Zouaves
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