the curve

by noah mclaughlin

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released 22 September 2012

cover art by thomas hawk: thomashawk.com

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Track Name: Come Down Tonight
Why don't you come down tonight
Bring all your books and all your knives
Why don't you try and take your time
Why don't you come down

Bring all your books and knives
Teach me everything 'bout your pain
Tie me up and break me down one more time
Why don't you come down tonight

Teach me everything 'bout your pain
Talk along the scars that you hide
I will sing your shadows as a refrain
Why don't you come down tonight

Talk along the scars that you hide
Why don't try and take your time
I will wait here I will not say a word
But you gotta come on down tonight

Hey... Why... Don't you ...
Come down tonight

Why don't you try and take your time
There ain't no rushing to the truth
Just you and me and this old hotel room
Why don't you come down tonight

There ain't no rushing to the truth
This is just how we know we're alive
We cut each other without meaning to
Why don't you come down tonight

Hey... Why... Don't you ...
Come down tonight
Track Name: The Long Way
it wasn't so much that i strayed
but a tempest gale and ropes that were frayed
and so i'll take the path that winds
'round your heart you draw these lines

i'm taking the long way
back to you

it's a lasting quest but i am strong
wait for the tide to come along
sail my ship(s) though winds are lean
sail through storms of Mnemosyne

i'm taking the long way
back to you

do you sing my eulogy
do hear my sigh
i gave it to the wind for you
do you dare dream i am still alive

happy Ulysses is coming home
after such a callous road alone
in Ilium shone those towers bright
but nothing like your eyes tonight

i've taken the long way
back to you
Track Name: Wound
This undiscovered country before us sprawls undone
An echo 'cross the canyon, this flesh I would you strum
I am your six-string waiting, play me to the bone
I want to feel your fingers pressing, want to hear the chords, to drown

Oh my flesh is aching
Oh I am so wound
This taut string you are playing
Come and pluck me from the ground

Patience is a virtue that leads to every vice
Hold me, hold me, hold me down: I would pay you every price
I will craft you steel caresses, put the pedal to the floor
Never mind the distance gone; I am burning to the core

Oh my flesh is aching
Oh I am so wound
This taut string you are playing
Come and pluck me from the ground

In this apocalypse - creation, in this ending I renew
In this waiting lies a fullness: hues of plenitude
You are my undoing: to this surrender I will pledge
To hear the song you're keening, I will ride the razor's edge

Oh I am left bleeding
Oh I am so wound
This taut string you are playing
Come and pluck me from the ground
Come and take me to the ground
Track Name: Strictly Speaking
in a real sense, you are not here
just a ghost and her words
in that same way, i am absent
we have but dreams upon this earth

with nothing but poetry and your crooked smile
that blush could make a man walk a hundred miles
how long has it been since lust last let me in
strictly speaking
it's been a while

i try with all my might to shadow
those steps that once seemed so clear
then you remind me, it's a slow waltz
you distract me from my fear

i have this 1, 2, 3 and your embrace
you have white satin and your crimson lace
there are a hundred things of beauty in this world
but strictly speaking
it's you i chase

i close my mouth to swallow
every last phrase that you might say
i open my eyes up to follow
your every last swing and sway

you are a curve to my straight line
you turn my head with your swerve fine
how long can we go on without a single touch
strictly speaking, it's time
how i long to hear you say those simple words
"strictly speaking, you're mine"
Track Name: Never Stop Writing You
i want to pray at your altar
sing the hymns of your flesh
put my tongue to your host
and taste the wine of your sweat

i want to watch all your shadows
be chained to the wall of you
dream of sunshine unimagined
you could be the truth of me

i want to know all your secrets
break into your offices
steal through the darkness
leave my calling card but never a fingerprint

i want to decipher the code of you
scrawl glosses in your margins
stain my fingers black
and memorize your dog-eared pages

i want to keen at your vespers
bind my wrist to yours
speak those verses deciphered
keep your secrets close to my heart

i want to never stop writing you
Track Name: Long Winter
do you know the sound of the snow fall?
have you tasted bitter cold?
have you tread the banks of whiteness
have you lived where i called home?

there were long nights of wanting
there was ice and there was snow
the edges of the barren trees
kept pointing where i did not go

oh the long winter is over
now it begins
come again the day of hours
let the right one in

did you know: your name's a flower?
did you know how much you croon?
how long in twilight did i wander
now i marvel at your bloom

i knew you before i saw you
but didn't know my own shade
i always sensed this tune within me
just didn't know how it was played

oh the long winter is over
now it begins
come again the day of hours
let the right one in

oh the long winter is over
now we begin
come again the day of hours
oh lover let me in
Track Name: Whiskey Serenade
She bites her lip and she says "whiskey"
So I pour a shot smooth as her smile
And we talk of love and lust and leather
We put off sleep for awhile
We fall into that bottle
Fall under its spell
And grin

This conversation is like fencing
Half in jest, half a test
We are circling an emptiness
Waiting to step, waiting to rest
We fall into that rhythm
Fall under its spell
And dance

Be my north star, my confessor
Mend me with gold when I'm undone
These depths of want and aspiration
This yearning hot like August sun
Let us fall into that fire
Fall into that flame
And burn
Track Name: Heart on the Outside
She holds her heart on the outside of her skin
Makes the best of me rise out of the din
In this saloon of tired souls
Broken chains sing each other whole
She holds her heart on the outside of her skin

Sea-change eyes & bitter gin
A bite of brine & a song of sin

Her name can conjure ever last blue sky
Her voice may crack, may be slick or sly
Her hands may mold, make silent calls
Her lips can catch me when I fall
Her name can conjure ever last blue sky

Sea-change eyes & bitter gin
A bite of brine & a song of sin

I am building a tower of song
With amber tunes that rhyme her name along
The curve her hips may trace beneath
The hymn her body sings within my hungry reach

Babylon would blush to play this game
Pull aside the curtain, give this tune a name
Call it bliss or rapture
Call it what you will
Set me on my course and give me to my quill
Set me out my course, let me eat my fill

Sea-change eyes & bitter gin
A bite of brine & a song of sin
Track Name: And All Because She Said Hello
There was a time he never knew her
But that was long after they met
There was a time they were embracing
But that was long before she said, "Hello."

There was a time when she was silent
That was how she let things be
There was a time that he forgot her
But there was a bridge over the sea

The hours are a plastic thing
They bend to the heat of love
They always wind their way
Back to here, back to now

There was a time they were together
But that was after their depart
There was a call into the aether
A red string between their hearts

The hours are not for keeping
You only follow them along
They always wind their way
Back to here, back to now

There was a time he never knew her
But that was long after they met
There was a time they were embracing
But that was long before she said, "Hello."