sweet sleight: a slight suite

by The Melting Ice Caps

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try to see the writing on the wall: three feet high, caps lock, bold Avalon not quite the voice of a generation gone nor quite of the present one not that anyone's counting sweet sleight, sweet sleight it'll be a sweet sleight, sweet sleight... try to check your pride before the fall stop passing off your weaknesses as virtues you don't deserve the world but you're owed the few born in another era it wouldn't even occur to you somebody's luck is gonna run out somebody's luck is gonna let him down
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third life 02:57
old skin young eyes new warmth hold hands swap lives move on and you ought to know by now what's what one so bright and so artful i want a life full are you even mine? are you even known? is your third life something out of sight? in the afterglow with the white-noise radio did a micro-doubt show briefly as the light let me in on a secret love that wanes then grows? an end that fails to show well you ought to know as good as gets one so kind and so careful why are you fearful? there's something and nothing to be done i just want it over the war has barely even begun the struggle is over there's something and nothing to be done keep turning it over
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golden age 02:43
strolling around scrolling through junk pushing your luck bearing the brunt atrophied news multiple views something you heard something you learned read the reviews diligently put your name down demonstratively energy turned to zeroes and ones something is lost but sometimes... something is won it's a golden life, you know it's the only one i know washing your hands tending your stock scanning your feed building your stock working from home nobody's home first admit nothing then the u-turn turn them all down as a routine when they appeal let them all win wasting your time wasting my time how i'd love to cut out the middle man it's a golden life, you know it's the only one i know i'd dearly love to cut out the middle man take back public life from the private hand i'm strolling through sunshine where no one sees not scrolling through crap living out false dreams
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les hommes are full of beans: brazil et costa rica and in london coffee bars chzech barristers make ends meet as baristas le soleil et les hommes le cafe et les dames ils n'ont pas l'esprit d'où le café vient les hommes love summer warmth in short-sleeved shirts and shorts cut just above the knee where no one has to tell me le soleil et les hommes le cafe et les dames je n'ai pas l'esprit d'où les hommes viennent oh I drift to infinity oui, je d'erive a l'infini
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hook 02:46
a skeuomorph's a redundant reminder: decorative, it serves no end another misadventure in capital letters can't believe i lost two friends i've got those feelings again: free floating shame to no end i need a hook to pull me along need to be doing - not to be done don't let me resort to that schtick if life is a confidence trick, i'll be caught out you strive now cos once you had to but knockbacks are getting old (i know) you placed your bets on arnos grove but the world favoured old kent road i've got those feelings again: free floating shame to no end that was just a feeling a moulded plastic screw head that was just a feeling a camera shutter sound effect and it will pass
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the emperor 01:18
(lyrics adapted from a poem by kevin reinhardt) he's a desperate boy he owns a lost poem chases buses he's missed blowing kisses at them in the hope that they will stop and let him on a desperate boy he owns a pair of shoes that he's never worn cos he had the blues when he had no shoes till one day on the street met a man with no feet he's a desperate boy he goes CD shopping in service stations “hey kev, this is 'real country'" you didn't think i'd let this one pass me by he's a desperate boy he wants to sleep all day with a hundred butterlfies in the shape of a miracle hovering a foot above his head just so that you can all watch I suggested, if he were to do this, do it on a sunday he's a desperate boy
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time, please 03:40
that photograph: pale brown hands so neatly clasped perched upon a sandpit in a tyre the time ahead was such a comfort to you as a younger man, so why not now when you're in the middle of that precious span? more time is all that you need more life goes off while you plead you aimed so high so why still on your knees? some scraps remain: long hair, suit and biker chain defiantly, you stared into the lens the life ahead was such a very special place when you were young so why, just now, does it look a little pasty and undone? if scraps remain keep them one arm's length away defiantly, staring out the end
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richard feynman marie curie michael faraday max planck princess stephanie of belgium johan gutenberg ben franklin the minor planets the major stars that they're named after could all be ours i've got to know all that they are got to know all that you are herodotus francis bacon audrey hepburn et moliere jean sibelius george gershwin miles davis gottlob frege jerry lewis jodie foster arsene wenger sherlock holmes cleopatra martin luther meg ryan ivan franko i'm hurtling through life at a hundred miles an hour and i'm not sure what i'm taking i'm falling right through space 40,000 miles an hour and i don't know where i'm heading at all
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on the meter 03:31
i've got a potted history embroidered on my memory: got noticed in my twenties now i'm out on the margins but that's not really how it is i was barely on the meter yet somehow that's the story i've memorised for parties i've never been a striver i don't think i'm a scrounger feel like i'm being told off the best already sold off the screen inside a london cab depicts another london cab 'my life as a russian doll' all bets are off back in the old days you really loved me but nothing i do is good enough now you think it's easy to nail a memory but only old songs sound good to me now they cannot say i didn't try they might just say i shouldn't have tried i've waited on the sidelines i want to go much further you seem to be the right one my time down here is over i'm willing to go with you i want to feel much younger

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released August 27, 2014

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