Fails and Reveals

by Dick Nixon Arisen

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released January 1, 2012

All me, all alone.

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Track Name: Love Dares All
love flies in the dizzying heights of airline pilots, but dies without oversight like African violets. Man I want it bad but I have to be free, anyone who can give me both, put your hands up, let me see... love dares all and who dares all wins, then cracks like an egg, to be born, to begin
Track Name: We go dancing
I am a daggerhearted boy, I can't pull it out, cause then the blood will come
I stagger towards joy, I can't pull it off, but at least I have some fun...
and we go dancing, down by the fire
and we go dancing, down by the lake
and we go dancing, down by the fire
I am a lionhearted boy, you can hear me roar, if you don't make a sound
Track Name: Hold Back Your Golden Arrows
Hold back your Golden Arrows, I'm a little late this time. Still you strike me, to the marrow, though I'm convicted of no crime. Don't you swing that, silver shovel, I'm a little late this time. Crackin' at the stones of my hovel, bent to tear down whatever is mine. Don't you ring that, big brass bell now, I'm a little late this time. Set to summon, forces of hell now, crawling up from the filth and slime. Don't you melt that, quicksilver heart yet, I'm a little late this time. Haven't even made a start yet, I'm a little late this time.
Track Name: The King of Carrot Flowers (NMH cover)
you know these lyrics by heart already, right?
Track Name: All the Old Flames
Which feelings are first to fall into shadow?
Faces of friends whose bones are hollow,
flying away to their own tomorrows,
all the old flames have burned out.

Which faces are first to emerge from darkness?
Hand in hand in the park, let's start this,
strike a spark in the heartless starkness,
all the old flames have burned out.
Track Name: Underworld
Some men fight and lose all control
some keep it tight, like a lock on the soul
some men live in a deep, dark hole
diggin' down to burn that coal
some men kiss and tell all their friends
some keep it tight and quiet till the end,
a light in the smoke of an underworld,
and white, are the throats, of the surface girls.
Track Name: Ain't much left of me
Everywhere I go there's the sound of thunder, still I feel I'm sinking under. When you're a stranger people are strange, and some people they will never change - ain't much left of me, boys, ain't much left of me. What you found you can put in the ground cause there ain't much left of me. Ain't much left of me, boys, ain't much left of me. What you've got you can let it all rot cause there ain't much left of me.
Track Name: I thought you lived in Jersey
Have you ever met a person who could bring you only sorrow? Where he is today won't be where he's tomorrow. She said "I live in the moment" I said "I thought you lived in Jersey, I thought you cared about me, I hoped so much that you'd have mercy."
Track Name: Vipers
well I don't know how we ended up this way
but if that's invitation I see in your eyes
kiss me right now, for we all must die some day
to delay gratification is not always wise

there's a moon, that shines, over the valley
there's a sun that'll rise, in five scant hours
there's a rising tide, that won't be stilled this night
there's a hole inside, as deep as it's wide

cause vipers bit our mommas on the days that we were born
with one for each ankle and two for each wrist
and this hole inside is a burn from their poison,
and my whole life, i've felt like this

there's a moon, that shines, over the valley
there's a sun that'll rise, in five scant hours
there's a rising tide, that won't be stilled this night
there's a hole inside, as deep as it's wide

So kiss me right now and commingle our venoms
what hurt you what hurt me might just heal us yet
so kiss me right now, in the mixing of poisons,
what hurt me, what hurt you, might be our best bet
Track Name: Pogs? POGS!
i been waiting for something to come to me
haven't been living in right now
i been rusting gathering dust it's time to stand up right now
sometimes it seems a kick in the ass is a shattering blow it hurts so bad
now it seems a kick in the ass a shattered coccyx is semi-rad

cause I can move on
hi! Do you like my new song?
What's up with you?
whattya like to do?
Pogs? POGS!
Track Name: Wolf Clothes
I'm the friendly smile on a menacing stranger,
hammer down on an empty chamber,
wolf guarding the gates of the quiet manger,
and you are all safe inside.
Track Name: All I need is Me
I guess I need to be an amputee or survivor of some horrible disease to set priorities to feel the breeze to prove to myself that I'm already free, I guess I need to lose my knees to get the ass above them moving as I please to set priorities to feel at ease to prove to myself that all I need is me...
Track Name: The Big One
some say a change is coming with the ashes in the wind
the dying bees a buzzin' please forgive us of our sins

when it comes down we'll all ride horses but we'll never be the same
all sit down around the fire forget each other's names

but you and me are one thing that is never gonna change
trading rounds for skateboard bearings and bicycle chains
Track Name: I have been
I have been to oklahoma and I had the chance but I refused to lynch anyone
I have been to northern norway and I had the chance to burn it but I left the church alone
I have been to california and I can't deny I saw the beauty of the morning sun
I have been to love and marriage then I lost all that I had built and kept moving on
I have walked for hours on the tracks trying to crack the code to breaking my blues
I have walked for days on the tracks wearing out the soles of my thrift store shoes
Track Name: Toxins
Always smiling, never stopping to breathe and now you can't breathe at all your friends wanna see you again hanging round down at the rainbow's end but you see I don't believe in eternity so to me this was just another tragedy so what's up, what the fuck were you doing man? Did they see you cry did they see you crack did they see you try to kick the thing on your back? We need more good people round these parts so what's with the messing with the poison darts, we've all got toxins in our hearts.
Track Name: Another Ghost Town
never been so down now all my hopes have flown - it was you that made the choice to go it alone, another ghost town won't help this, you know - but I'm going the only way that I know how to go
Track Name: Too much machinery
pencils and pens, i'm weary again. needles and pins, are boxin' me in. Gussets and grommets, i just want to vomit, there's too much machinery and not enough skin. your skin takes me in. Your skin takes me in, this is where I begin. So unfathomably lovely, how could this be sin?
Track Name: Remorse
He was a man well versed in the many types of regret
to lose the self and lose your love you're losing at every bet

Did you know there are exactly eighty-one different stripes of remorse?
My favorite's the one where you blow her college fund on the horses...

well sweetie, daddy's done fucked up...
and mommy's left, don't blame her at all,
we both love you so much.

the things we were told to hold onto all let us down,
the things we were told to avoid, to run from...
on the other side of town, were always there for us.
Track Name: Ants
Push came to shove, so soldiers are marching
to the rhythm of drums, electronic heartbeats are counted
the infantry, cavalry, artillery assault is mounted
and far below, the ants are marching
destination unknown, but purpose so certain
twitching in their death throes, then draws the final curtain
destination unknown, but purpose so certain
Track Name: What do you mean?
When you say that you hate me, you don't mean that literally, it must just be a simile, a metaphor? When you say you don't wanna see me, is that effective immediately, are we still on for the movies at 4? When you say that you don't love me, does that mean you don't love me, anymore? What do you, what do you mean? When I say I've got a deadly disease and your lovin' is the only cure, you say you wish I was dead for real, what you mean by that, i'm not sure. oh, help a guy out. What do you what do you mean when you say you wish that I was dead?
Track Name: God made snakes
God made snakes and god made cancer, god made jesus, who is the answer - to all the problems god created, and because he loved us, he gave us hatred. God, do you really understand the casualties of all your plans? I do believe you're made in our image, we built a god of collateral damage. A god that made snakes, a god that made cancer, god that made jesus, who is the answer - to all the problems god created, and because he loved us, he gave us hatred. Oh children, sing along, join the milling, buzzing throng, oh children, sing along, if you believe that right is wrong. Cause god made snakes and god made cancer, and god made jesus, who is the answer - to all the problems god created, and because he loved us, he gave us hatred.
Track Name: The Extremely Localized Blues
Once I knew a girl that I really liked
but our road was as rocky as the canterbury turnpike

i won her hand and then i lost it all
now i'm creepy and abandoned like the state hospital

gotta find me some mercy before I fall
cause my heart is as empty as the norwichtown mall

gotta find me somebody so I can feel forgiven
I wanna feel higher than the cost of living
Track Name: Robot husband
From ten feet back I just might pass
turning my head to you under glass
I'm sorry that you thought I was real
but it's in my contract that I can't reveal
the cold cables beneath my skin
until somebody sticks the knife in
robot husband - reformatting -
not good at loving or even adding
Track Name: A brown dog
A brown dog sits beneath the chestnut tree. And beside that cur is me, waiting long for the lady of my dream, to come and pity me... how long, how long, will I wait on she? Until my hair is grey, for the lady in question ran around on me and presumed to sail away. How long, how long, will I wait and see? Until these roots are graves, for the ship which carried her ran aground in storm and sank beneath the waves, and this brown dog which sits, beneath the chestnut tree, was the only one to be saved...
Track Name: Lost and found
I'm not gonna pretend that I'm not hanging around waiting for you to come flying in on your pig and melt this frozen ground. I'm not physically fit, no I'm, not mentally sound, but uh, if you change your mind I'll be here, right here in the lost and found.
Track Name: Dawn is like a dagger
dawn is like a dagger as dusk is like a knife
distinctions blur when twixt the fur it slips and strips of life
so who shall ask the lily just why it's not a rose
when the potters cut the clay, it's just the way they chose
so I won't mourn for sorrow, nor will I dance for joy
to be tossed on the waves is a sailor's fate, my life is just a toy
Track Name: Skull beneath the Skin
The are real bad things most people don't know
there are places in the world you just don't go
unless you wanna see the skull beneath the skin
and learn that you and your devil are real close kin
there are real bad folks who butcher little girls
and leave them strewn around the world
they'll show you the skull beneath the skin
so hold me and tell me love still wins