This Brave Riot I

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released July 1, 2014

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Track Name: Earth and Soil
It only hurts when I'm dreaming
Dreaming, that's all
Trading life for false pleasure
Is still measuring a fault
And I know
There's two roads, that's all
Still I tell myself I can't go

There's a part of life that we can never forgive
There's a part of life that we can never know
There's a part of life that's waiting straight up ahead
That will take us home

There ain't no sense in denying
We can never get whole
A loaded gun has got a trigger
So I've learned to pull away slow
And I know
Life is empty, that's all
Still I find it so hard to let go

Dead leaves layered on the ground
Nothing but earth and soil
Dead leaves must all come down
To be buried alone
Track Name: Devil in Disease
Come on down, 'cause there's a party going on
Come on down and grab a seat
You know the moon is high and tonight
We'll kill the devil in disease

He's been running and hiding for a bit too long
He's been scaring the children in their dreams
You know the time is right and tonight
We'll bring that devil to his knees

Come on, one and all
Don't listen to his call
Don't listen when he says that he's just balance

Come on down, we're gonna tear him apart
Get the horses ready, grab the beams
Let the fireworks fly and the bullets rain down in the breeze

When all is said and done
We'll wipe out dusk and dawn
Put an end to medicine
And kill all meaning

Come on down, 'cause there's a party going on
Come on down and grab a seat
You know the moon is high and tonight
We'll kill the devil in disease
Track Name: Jesse James
You steal my clothes
You steal my car
I bring you flowers
You say "where's the card?"
You're like a drink and I can't control my thirst
Compared to you, Jesse James was generous

You master thief
With master hands
Aboard the train with a perfect master plan
It's in your eyes, god knows it's in your curves
Compared to you, Jesse James was generous

We may be on the path of destruction
But when you're in my arms, that ain't nothing
This loving, I'm coming to trust in
And let it go

There's one last thing
To tell the world
One last detail
To your mystery, my girl
Just one sweet taste of your treasure thrilled my nerves
Compared to you, Jesse James was generous
Track Name: House of Mirrors
Go ring your bell and scurry back into your tower
You're just carving hash marks into stone, you're not gaining hours
The bold conclusion: we're all just working for some king
When your box is finished, you're gonna climb in it, just like me

You won't see me in here, 'cause this world is a house of mirrors

Ramona was quick and she moved like a riot through this town
She had her masterpiece, she was a VIP, and wasn't slowing down
With a crushing step, she threatened everyone around
Then a gentle cancer came, and the riot's quiet now

Fairytale upon fairytale, this game's designed with taste
Feed it to them young, feed it to them often, feed it 'til they're saved
The new Lady Liberty's plaque is bound to say
"You poor huddled masses, turn around
You ain't got the change"
Track Name: Copper Thief
I passed a copper thief on the city street
With a shopping cart and a cardboard box
He's just a copper thief in old ragged jeans
With aged hollow eyes
Beside an old cheap wine

He's just a copper thief, not like you or me
The lies we tell ourselves like we tried to help
But oh, copper thief, I ain't fooling you or me
I spared a prayer that's all
And quietly moved along

In my neighborhood, people got it good
And they've put in the hours to get what they deserve
So, copper thief, you got my sympathy
Just don't look to me
To solve anything

Just a copper thief in old ragged jeans
With aged hollow eyes, beside an old cheap wine
But oh, copper thief, I see your misery
And I would help you out but I just don't know how

He's just a copper thief, not like you or me
The lies we tell ourselves like we tried to help
But oh, copper thief, you got my sympathy
And I would help you out
But I just don't know how

I passed a copper thief on the city street
With a shopping cart
His bed's a cardboard box
Track Name: Longest Winter
That was the longest winter I'd ever been through
That was the darkest stretch of time I've known
Unearthed old photographs
Exposed old flesh wounds
Found me a treasure
Hell, let's call it soul

Was that the dark nights journey
I've read in textbooks
That ain't no glory
That's just worlds of hurt
I found a vessel worth more than a matchbox
Made me a promise not to hurt no more

Boy, do you have it straight
I think I have it straight

There's newborn children laughing
I've learned that dogs smile
I'm tuned in tight
Bought me a telescope
Intoxicating rapture
Intoxicating high
I'm mystified
I hope this day lasts long
Track Name: Nickel Bride
Ten cents for my nickel bride
Worth every penny on the day that you die
There's one thing in this world that's for sure
The nickel bride is worth more than gold

Just look at those hips
And look at that face
Don't bother hiding because nobody's safe
Don't talk about integrity
Don't talk about your pride
Because all that is useless
Compared to the nickel bride

Stand in line for the nickel bride
Don't waste your money
Don't waste your time
When you feel this down in your feet
Then you'll know
The nickel bride just can't be beat

Just behind that door
Well within your reach
Lies the greatest beauty you ever will see
When you unlock that door you'll feel so alive
Your eyes will be burned
By the sight of the nickel bride
Track Name: Great Beyond and On
When your statue is crushed in pieces
The cat who got your tongue won't release it
A damaged misplaced heart with a soft beat
The only one you've got, don't resist it

When you think that love is a long shot
Your stomach's tied in knots, it hurts to breath out
A sharp splinter of dust lodged in your green eyes
The one that's closed tight shut can feel the sunlight

Everybody knows, we all sense it
It's whispered in these winds, you can feel it
There's mercy in this world when you need it
I know you're brave enough to receive it

Move into the great beyond and on
Girl, you've got some gifts to give once more
Worth more than you know
Track Name: Minnesota
Well, it's really good to see you
Heard that you were back this way
Trying to find something to stand for
Learn the rules to this useless game
When I ask you how you're doing
I can't believe your latest plans
You say you're going to Minnesota
Leaving me behind again

Well, I can't pretend I've held you
I can't pretend to know what's best
Still I find I want to know you
Can't expect no more, I guess
You've got a thousand miles behind you
I was hoping you could use a hand
But now you're going to Minnesota
Leaving me behind again

You're going to Minnesota
Somewhere where the winds blow hard
Going to Minnesota
No one is there to warm your heart
If you ever want to come back
Leave behind those northern lands
I'll be standing somewhere colder
Wishing you were home again

It's like a sundown never-ending
No one has to go this alone
Or a shooting star descending
Where it lands nobody knows
I thought I finally found a treasure
Buried in a world of sand
Now she's gone to Minnesota
I guess I'll say goodbye again
Track Name: Promise Ring
The words you said, they tasted sour
The words you fed me
They knocked me off my feet
Hit like a fist, hit like a hammer
Knocked me in the chest and took the wind out of me

Well, it seems I've come along too late
You wear somebody else's promise ring
Well, I must admit I have no case
No rights, no title, no privileges
The only proof is in my heart
That's twisted, wrecked, and ripped apart
What is worse, is your wounding sword
Is the only sword that will heal me

I joined a south pole expedition
Two teams, two leaders, one prize
Too cold for me
I chopped the ice, I crossed those valleys
I found a flag and dropped down to my knees

Well, it seems I've come along too late
Someone else has been here first
That flag, it stakes a certain claim
The rights, the title, the promise ring
What is this, within my heart
That's twisted, wrecked, and ripped apart
What is worse, is your wounding sword
Is the only sword that will heal me
Track Name: September or Sunday
Was it September or maybe Sunday
I don't remember, that's no use to me
I waited for you, hours and hours
Each train came slowly
When did we get this way

A heart in pain will take some time to start feeling better
But heartaches fade
A reminder that we're truly all the same

Same sad story, I walked the streets with
One part sadness, two parts rage
Out past the wide fields
Out past the laughing
I passed some old folks
I looked away

"Just give it time, yeah"
I heard a voice say
I heard a voice but no one was there
You weren't there and that was the problem
You weren't there and
I finally really cared
Track Name: Richard Potter
In a town in New Hampshire
Richard Potter was born in 1783
He had seen his mother a slave to her color
And cried, "mama I've found the key
Although I'm uneducated, I can be entertaining
And hide my voice whenever I speak
There's a teacher in London, so I'm stowing away on Sunday
Pray for me"

No I am not Richard Potter
And I don't know if a son needs a father
Hear my voice, it comes from no other
No, I am not Richard Potter

Richard Potter's profession was sensory deception
A ventriloquist, practiced at the slight of lips
When he sat on a stool with a mannequin doll
People laughed
Working day and night on b's and t's and his p's
Well, that turned out to be quite a hell of a task
He cried, "mama, what's the perfect tool for this task
A mustache"

In an earlier time, a man could lose his life
For hiding the source of his voice
Some doctrine from Rome
Claimed they had sole control over choice
But Richard Potter did not commune with the dead
He did it for the money
And with ease
Just took eyes over ears
And a crowd needing to believe

No, I am not Richard Potter
And to me, one prophet of peace is as good as another
Hear my voice, it comes from no other
No, I am not Richard Potter

Richard Potter came home and bought a hundred-acre farm
In the state of live free or die
Took his young bride Sally for a ride in the northeast countryside
And huge crowds would gather around to be blinded by his sound
And willingly fooled by their eyes
He cried, "mama, just once, I'd like to say what's on my mind"

No, I am not Richard Potter
And to me, one prophet of peace is as good as another
And I don't care if the son has a father
No, I am not Richard Potter

No, I am not Richard Potter
Hear my voice, it comes from no other
Do you hear me in Rome, I have soul control, so don't bother
No, I am not Richard Potter
Track Name: Block of Ice
Downtown, on a narrow cobble street
A dime bag knocks a young girl off her feet
Just a hint of arsenic does the trick
A junkie's risk

Her dealer laughs, and says, "you stupid kid
Your father won't be seeing this three grand
Sorry, but there are losers in this game
And I'm out to win"

It's just a block of ice out in the sun
There's a broken promise etched on every one
If honesty ain't what it used to be
I say we take each day and wait and see

Meanwhile, on a horse and carriage ride
With eyes affixed upon his best friend's wife
The bridle and the whip, the horse it rides
The driver smiles

Her husband is a bastard, serves him right
Yeah, that's her screams you've heard out in the night
And best friends only go so far, sometimes
She's a pretty sight