When We Had Dogs

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released July 4, 2017

2017: Treignac Projet: France

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Track Name: Get Up Stand Up
Get up, stand up, fill cup after cup with boiling water
Sit down, shut up, the tea leaves in the cup aren't your son or daughter

Live like a Spartan, or die like a Trojan whore
I don't want to make this archaic choice anymore
I feel luke Homer in a duff house of cards
It's not quite Spring, the fields are still frozen hard
My skin is yellow, and my future don't look bright
I don't even know where my kids are tonight

Get up, stand up, fill cup after cup with boiling water
Sit down, shut up, the tea leaves in the cup aren't your son or daughter

Ancient mariner's albatross in my thoughts
His death rhymes a drip-feed of distraction and sport
Fuck the first sex-slave that you can find
It's a human race, so don't fall behind
I can't tell if it's wrong or if it is right
I don't even know where my kids are tonight

Get up, stand up, fill cup after cup with boiling water
Sit down, shut up, the tea leaves in the cup aren't your son or daughter
Track Name: End of the World
It's not the end of the world
We're not burning up in the sun
It's not the end of the world
We're not burning up in the sun

We are not exploding, exploding in the sun
Just me and my son off-roading, off-roading, having fun

It's not the end of the road
It is not the end of the line
It's not the end of the road
It is not the end of the line

We are not crossing the line, just crossing the sea
Two homeless bums in a houseboat making a home movie

It's not the end of the film
We're still watching the credits roll
It's not the end of the film
We're still watching the credits roll

We can't take all the credit and praise
For rolling down the blinds at the world's end of days

It's not the end of the world
We're not burning up in the sun
It's not the end of the world
We're not burning up in the sun

It's not the end of the world
We're not burning up in the sun
It's not the end of the world
We're not burning up in the sun
Track Name: Good Morning
Good Morning
Good Evening

If the mornings are so goddamn good,
Why is morning broken
When we are awoken
If the mornings are so good

If the evenings are so goddamn good
Why do things disappear from sight
Between afternoon and night
If the evenings are so good

Good Morning
Good evening

If the mornings are so goddamn good
Why do they slink away
And break things on another day
If the mornings are so good

If the evenings are so goddamn good
Please tell me why
Evening's dress darkens the sky
If the evenings are so good

Good morning
Good evening

If they are so good
So goddamn good
Track Name: Who Do You Love
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
It's true
Baby I never knew

Love is life, life is love
Don't call it hate, it's hand in glove
So it leaves no bruises on the skin
But fucks you on the inside, that's where you're bleeding

Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
It's true
Baby I never knew

Life is love, love is life
Don't call it husband, don't call it wife
Life is a running tap that can't be turned off
Not a fountain of youth or a cattle trough

Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
It's true
Baby I never knew

Where are you lover, lover where are you
I'm in the woods building a canoe
Hollowing out my trunk, burning out my core
Shaping and scraping my little man o' war

Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
It's true
Baby I never knew

Bumping and grinding away in the night
Quaking the earth opens up out of spite
Tired old Earth needs her beauty sleep
Earth don't need more babies no-one wants to keep
Wailing and crying, screaming to be fed
If you won't love them, they're better off dead

Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
It's true
Baby I never knew

Love's lost souls never know where they are
Filling empty hearts with darkness and stars
That never shine so awfully bright
As if there is cloud cover every night
In these dim hemispheres where love never shone
We see their afterglow but they're long gone

Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
It's true
Baby I never knew

There's no love lost said the man to the fly
As he lifted his swatter and waved it goodbye
In brown and red streaks across the magnolia paint
A fly away life imperceptibly feint
But impossible to ignore once you know it's there
Life's not pretty, life's not fair

Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
It's true
Baby I never knew

If god is dog backwards you must look the other way
Said the god to the godless who ignore what gods say
If god is dog backwards then I cannot fail
Barked the dog to himself as he chased his own tail
Raise me high, make me your god
Strike me down, I'll be your lightning rod

Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
Who do you love
Baby I don't love you
It's true
Baby I never knew
Track Name: When We Had Dogs
When we had dogs, we had dogs
We always had bitches
When we had dogs, we had dogs
I always wanted a cat
When you had me, you had me
I just had another bitch
When I was under your spell
I was your black cat, you were my witch

You left me feeling dirty like aluminium oxide
You left me feeling ripped like barbed wire on cowhide
You left me struggling to find a worse description of you than love

You left me, you left me
Stumbling around in the dark
You left me you left me
Like a wet match without a spark
You left me, you left me
Far far behind
You left me, you left me
Alone for someone else to find

You left me feeling dirty like aluminium oxide
You left me feeling ripped like barbed wire on cowhide
You left me struggling to find a worse description of you than love

I rescued a kitten, from a subhuman sewer rat
I rescued a kitten, and now that she is a cat
She won't leave me, she won't leave me
Or this old house its understood
She won't leave me, she won't leave me
The frame's warped but the timber's still good

You left me feeling dirty like aluminium oxide
You left me feeling ripped like barbed wire on cowhide
You left me struggling to find a worse description of you than love
Track Name: Golden Eagle
If I turned myself into a Golden Eagle today
You'd clap your hands loudly only to shoo me away
If I killed for you to provide for the pack, my cubs, my she-wolf in grey
You'd scream bloody murderer,and have them take me away
If you knew that I was dying, and that this was your last chance
You'd celebrate my passing with my replacement in a naked dance
If I said can't you dig a little deeper, call a spade a spade
You'd sharpen yourself a weapon, have yourself a blade

If this worm turned, ended your life, stuck a kitchen knife through your heart
With your last breath you'd say you knew
I wasn't the sharpest tool from the start

If I was foretold in a prophecy, divine, heaven sent
You'd curse me, denounce me, deny that's what i meant
You say you have no use for something you can't eat, fuck, or kill
You say I'd better start running or at least prepare my will
You say your word is gospel, scripture from some unholy book
Until it is judgement day I won't get off the hook

If this worm turned, ended your life, stuck a kitchen knife through your heart
With your last breath you'd say you knew
I wasn't the sharpest tool from the start


The heat hates the bitch
Chasing her body
The road hates the ditch
Dumping her body
The larvae hate the crust
Eating her body
Full blown hate, disgust
Filling her body
I
Don't want to

The bitch is the self-righteousness of filling a vacancy
The bitch is a mass delusion of vaccuous complacency
The bitch is a jobsworth
The bitch is a drone
The bitch is a stillbirth
The bitch is alone
The bitch is immaculate
The bitch is conception
The bitch is vernacular
The bitch is protection
The bitch is a racket
The bitch is a dinner
The bitch cannot hack it
The bitch cannot win her


The heat hates the bitch
Chasing her body
The road hates the ditch
Dumping her body
The Larvae hates the crust
Eating her body
Full blown hate, disgust
Filling her body
I
Don't want to
Track Name: No One
No-one gonna see me, no-one gonna hear me
No-one gonna see what I see
No-one gonna lay me, no-one gonna pay me
No-one gonna show me mercy

No-one gonna hold me, no-one gonna kiss me
No-one gonna love me, oh no
No-one gonna hold me, no-one gonna kiss me
No-one gonna love me, oh no

I am no-one, you are no-one, there is no-one like us

No-one gonna play me, no-one will betray me
No-one gonna send me to hell
No-one gonna cheat me, no-one gonna beat me
No-one gonna piss in my wishing well
No-one gonna scold me, no-one gonna miss me
No-one gonna hate me, oh no
No-one gonna scold me, no-one gonna miss me
No-one gonna hate me, oh no

I am no-one, you are no-one, there is no-one like us

No-one gonna take me, no-one gonna break me
No-one gonna wake me up again
No-one gonna ring me, no-one gonna bring me
No-one gonna sing me off to sleep

No-one gonna hold me, no-one gonna kiss me
No-one gonna love me, oh no
No-one gonna scold me, no-one gonna miss me
No-one gonna hate me, oh no

I am no-one, you are no-one, there is no-one like us
Track Name: Perseverence
Spring time bring me all the joys of mating flights
Strong bright sunlight fight for me with long good days
Loyal seasons, we are many, we are one
Though we train hard, we are fewer, we are none

Perseverance, she will stand us in good stead
Starlight tumbles from the awnings of her bed
She scores music like a hero with a shield
Poor conductors, waiting in the lightning fields
Two will crackle in anticipation
Two grow restless of prowling under moonlit skies
Like sad lions their tiny and forlorn voices
Will petition on behalf of all mankind

But she was not disposed to credit their testimony

Give us dominion and give us the women
Bring us the beautiful mothers of civilisation
Give us the fabled sirens from paintings
Give us their daughters and ladles in waiting
Give us leviathans, legendary animals
Fish tailed deities give us the best of your estuaries

Give me your colourful figments
Captivate me on the rocks
Sing to me your beautiful songs
This is undeniably what I want
Track Name: Come Here
Come here, wait over there, fill in another form, just don't care
Do just what you are told, then keep on doing it until you are old
Sharp pains, danger, don't stop and think
Dull all those brain cells with strong drink
You'll feel better if you forget
About the life that you clearly won't get
Relax and take the easy way out
No need to worry what it's all about
Don't use your days to dream
However bad it gets don't you scream
Never shout, never cry
Never show weakness, although you're allowed to die
Never shout, never cry
Never show weakness, although you're allowed to die
Track Name: Word On The Street
I know you love to find me sticks and stones, bright bird feathers and old animal bones
But words just escape you
While these objects of your great affection grow into a grand and fine collection
Words still seem to escape you

There's a whole world under your feet
Under your feet
That is the word out on the street
Out on the street
Every sinkhole is a marvellous treat
That is the word out on the street

Every little thing tells its own life story, and you appreciate each small victory
Every tactically hollow thrill
They say that sticks and stones will break your bones, while words will never hurt you
But they can and usually they will

There's a whole world under your feet
Under your feet
That is the word out on the street
Out on the street
Every sinkhole is a marvellous treat
That is the word out on the street
Track Name: Dormitory Town Blues
It's 1am, and I'm tired, but not tired enough to sleep
I'm still restless, climbing the walls, but they're just too goddamn steep
So I slide down, dormitory town blues, where no news is good news
So I slide down, dormitory town blues, where no news is good news

It's 2am, all is silence, and it is too late to speak
I feel ancient, collectable, I feel antique
So i lie down, dormitory town blues, where no news is good news
So i lie down, dormitory town blues, where no news is good news

It's 3am, I'm inspired, rising up like steam
I feel lucid, I feel goodness, I am living the dream
The Eiderdown, dormitory town blues, where no news is good news
The Eiderdown, dormitory town blues, where no news is good news