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The Exited Door

by Kirk Hamilton

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It ended the day that the road came around and we couldn’t walk anymore without the way of our feet forward into retreat, yeah, back through the exited door So here’s where the chart of our memory starts the people, the places, before these angels and demons man, you should’ve seen ‘em Alright, let’s go through it once more
Okay, all right, I figured it out that glint, that smile, you’re thinking about how you can spin this into romance My friend I know you and I gotta say if you don’t spin straight then she’ll run away, and leave you dizzy and sad Man you have no idea why you’re alive You’re young but oh, there is a light in your eyes You want her, well, then listen go for the kill, man, this is my advice That salesman’s old got holes in his case ‘cuz frankly, this is more than a chase, slow down, you hare, your turtle is lost Wooah, when that paintbrush fire finally dies, if you don’t paint you’re simply watching it dry! This is one trip I wanna to go on, but all this talk is sinking the afternoon, chained to the phone, woah-ah-oh I think it’s time I made up our mind sure seems strange to question same three signs So, woah-ah-oh Try though your heart is true, things can get away from you the first time The dance’s steps are very hard to do, your feet can get the best of you the first time She likes you, man; don’t move too fast You’ve gotta grab this moment Don’t rush her, don’t, or it just won’t last Sure feels close, now, don’t it? Well, okay, I don’t know what else to say you’ll probably blow this one anyway and life will go on Please stop this thing I wanna get off all this thinking’s more than I bargained for I’m hitting a wall, woah-ah-oh But my math says these thoughts should be enough if I can sort the truth from the falderal So, woah-ah-oh Try though your mind is true, things can get away from you the first time The reasoning is very hard to do, your heart can get the best of you The first time You’re still just passing through, held in the grip of this moment of failure and time
I know you I know your name I know your names are the names that all the birds here like On Friday it seems your fame it seems you’re famous to my sewn-on button eyes But when I cast them high to the threats in the sky He’s got no chance of flight Stuck in deep, tied on tight I do my best to figure out why all the action is passing me by I know how easy it looks in those pulp-printed books There’s not a threatening sound Not a bird, not a cloud And I’m a flannel-clad Clark with my glasses taped on tight Alright It’s Monday, where is my brain? My straw-filled cranium Iis far too full to think The soy rows, that patch of beets, the snap peas are in danger Time to do my thing So when I look at you there I’m thinking, “Villains, beware!” But everybody seems cool Grow up strong, it’s the rule There’s not an Audubon thing, not a beak nor a wing in sight So I’m a scarecrow staring down an empty sky All of the foes that we know Headed south long ago I guess I’ll lean on my pole and I’ll watch as you grow on by Alright
When the window washers came down Though my view was of the same town, clear enough to see the wall and the lights that blurred its fall But if you’re thinking I’m some new child I don’t like to call you wrong, but autumn shares the light of dawn I’ve got problems with this great divide space and time have made So don’t you tell it like some nursery rhyme, some things stay the same But you’ve changed That cross you’re bearing, you made, you carved that letter with a woah-oh-oh You’ve changed Though your voice sounds exactly the same you read that letter with a woah-oh-oh So I will take this time to shine a light from my window, through the rain, past the wall’s remains, on the man you left behind ‘Cause you’ve changed And though that time is away, I can’t just let it go Yeah you’ve changed And your doppelganger is strange, his words sound bitter with a wooah-oh-oh Someday, when the men sweep the rubble away you’ll return as a Montague And we’ll face that the clothes of the Capulets Were just clothes, they were never you Some way, when the windowpane fills with dirt again we’ll at least pretend Until then, well, I won’t see you again wooah-oh-oh-oh Window, window, on the wall the view through you’s not fair at all Decades in the dust can veil a smiling face becoming pale When the window ends its time the fate, the fall, the drape, the night Passes by to join our history, withering in the fading light
Theme 02:58
The Mayor 06:10
Chester’s in denial Chester’s in denial He’s the one we all revile That’s cuz he’s the one who’s got the most! Chester’s in Denial Put the man on trial He’s the one we all revile That’s cuz he’s the one we trusted most! Though his motives weren’t malicious his decisions were capricious hope the verdict’s expeditious Here he comes!! I was the life of my party that night when I spoke when I won what I won Fought with a knife, thought my stances were right with the bulk of my constituents Over the din on the day I swore in I could swear that I heard someone laugh He must have known that the honeymoon glow wouldn’t last but a month and a half Get ready for a whole situation, shoulda known then we were sunk They came together in a strange constellation a girl and a tape and a trunk He was a crook, I’d been warned not to look to his sizeable coffers for aid Owned half the town with the rock and the brown and the land-buying deals that he made She was sixteen, came to me like a dream without strings but I knew it was wrong Eager to please, she got down on her knees and she flipped it to second and long Get ready for a new tribulation The tape recorded on for hours Like any making-love situation This one’ll leave some scars She wanted money that I didn’t have And he had the video and some demands Just some guy that he knew needed killing and quick so I did it I did it And it still makes me sick! I can’t live with myself no more, so I hide from my city, I hide from the horde I can’t live with myself any more, so I hide in my drinking, I hide in my whores I can’t live with the man I am, stuffed that boy in a trunk, sent my soul on the lam If you want, try to fix this town, I’ll just be over here, wondering what’ll bring you down…
If there’s a hitch you’ll work it out The light is what you’re all about The day is bright, and the glare makes my eyes sore, headache and what’s more, I don’t know which way to go So you’re a strange Pygmalion And just a bit Australian Seems criminal, call the CIA hotline Cuz everything’s not fine And I don’t know which way to go… In the night, your worship lies, in the tongues of blinded eyes It’s enough that your trace doesn’t light my way, but don’t you give me static or I’ll lock you in the attic So now’s the night’s receding time And all my fears feel justified The light of day, get you out of my head, girl the night was a fine world don’t show me which way to go In the night your worship lies, far from light and prying eyes, so hear my song as you decide Well it’s enough that your trace doesn’t blind my way And if I seem lost, well, I’m glad you came And I don’t know why but the draw remains But don’t you give me static my response is automatic if you’re in it to fan it, girl, I will lock you in the attic
Quick of breath and light, we’re the running our avian philosophy lies With the lemons of hollow marrow would we make lemonade? So now we fly the flights of our mothers fleet of feet we’re passing you by Blur the time we leave to our brothers ‘cause we can’t stop for them It’s an honest race from an awful cage With another mile we’ll find That the speed won’t come, so we run this race over, and over, and over again Don’t pity us our fate of momentum, just keep your own and you might find your eyes will blur, your speed will present them The bird women, free from time
We went drinking down by the water Where the cops could not hear the sound On my car hood down by the water in another time It was evening down by the water When the town would not hear the sound Took our clothes off down by the water It was summertime Now I’m back here down by the water In the jungle down by the lake Wishing I could bring back the water from that other time I’ll stay right here ‘till the morning comes, and they’ll come back to me one by one Before the rise of this stupid sun Some way We all leave our past by the water And in our absence surface and floor Cycle until we lose the water from that other time But fifteen years isn’t what it was And I’ll keep waiting here just because The memory’s strong as it ever was Though I’m alone with this stupid sun It’s day
Oh, Brother 05:01
Oh girl, look what we’ve done, like breaking his heart was fun No girl, don’t stare at the sun, we’re not the only ones, now You were the only soul I saw, and that was a warning sign for sure Took me too long to figure out but you gave it all without a doubt like you had been waiting there for All my life I’ll be crying I was trying to be someone but did not know how Oh, I’ve lost, I know for all my life Oh boy, you were the one, A brother from summer comes No boy, it can’t be undone, The breaking of words has gone, now We were just sitting there alone Singing the sweetest song I know It took me too long to figure out lost my best friend without a doubt now I will be waiting here for All my life I’ll be crying I was trying to be someone but did not know how Oh, I loved him so And oh, I hurt them so And no, I won’t let go for all my life
So if you’re feeling out of it, like your confidence has quit though the grass’s cloud has all but left your mind Tell yourself that you’re alive, out of sight, and out of time Keep your tangent true and try, just hold the line So if you’re feeling out of it, let your confidence permit your own real estate and buy my sound advice That all this happened long ago, far from safety, far from home So take the steel of fate and parse it out of it
There’s a kind of grace I find when all my mind can’t unwind When they ask the proper line I have to show I know I know Time is time by my design the clock’s one chime seems undying Sleeping in as night kicks in and dream of ways to show the things I know I know Wait for time of war, hope that like before, I will find some peace of mind in all I know I know Prob’ly won’t matter, though I know, I know, I know Now it’s time for war, and unlike before, I can only hide my mind in all that I don’t know They’re all still dying, though I know, I know, I know


released February 1, 2009


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