Countenance

by The Mercury Tree

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Why wouldn't there be a dragon in space?

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released 03 September 2014

Ben Spees - guitar, keyboard, vocals
Connor Reilly - drums
Oliver Campbell - bass (1, 2, 6, 8, 10), vocals
Aaron Clark - fretless bass (3, 4, 5, 7, 9), vocals

Recorded 2013-2014 at College of Wizardry & Bongo Fury, Portland, Oregon.
Mixed by Ben Spees.
Mastered by Stephan Hawkes.

Lead vocals on "The Ellsberg Cycle" by Aaron Clark.

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Track Name: Pitchless Tone
even though nothing's predictable
mental or physical
you're an exception, the outcome is known
still no hesitation is visible
I'll keep a list till your tissue is sewn
and you're blissfully cloned

do you really not yet know
I define a nameless shape
I define a markless gauge
I define a pitchless tone

what use can you find for a man
who reached out a hand
but who's reaching the end of his useful lifespan?
you said, "we won't get very far,
I don't know what you are but I know what you aren't"

can you really not quite see
I define a pitchless tone
empty set of braces closed
I define a keyless code

when I was young enough to still believe
some elusive half-remembered dream
now I know too much to ever sleep

sleep easy
sleep easy
Track Name: Vestigial
vestigial twin, you're in me
hair, nails, teeth, and skin
vestigial twin, you're in me
hair, nails, teeth, teeth, teeth and skin
never to be cleansed of that original sin
are you, who are you, who are you?

are you everything
are you everything
are you everything you say that you are
are you everything
are you everything
are you everything
are you every little thing you say that you are

vestigial twin, I feel you beat beneath the breast
vestigial twin, convulse within my tumor-swollen chest
blind to the sight of your parasitic duress
are you, who are you, who are you?

are you everything
are you everything
are you everything you say that you are
are you everything
are you everything
are you everything
are you every little thing you say that you are

would you? would, would, would you recommend?
would you? would, would, would you recommend my body?
would you? would, would, would you recommend my body to a friend?

hard pressed. hard, hard, hard pressed up against.
hard pressed. hard, hard, hard pressed up against my body.
hard pressed. hard, hard, hard pressed up against my body till the end.

with you removed, with you removed,
with you removed I am hollow.
without you removed, without you removed,
without you removed I am hollow too.

with you removed, with you removed,
with you removed I am hollow.
without you removed, without you removed,
without you removed I am hollow too
hollow for you.
Track Name: Otoliths
every day splits me in two
make it three including you
reaching outward for a place to step
with no regrets I find
different faces every time
your embrace occluding mine
though you never meant to go
just couldn't stay I know why

remove the sky
remove the sky
to keep the sky from falling
remove the sky
remove the sky
to keep the sky from falling

same obstruction on each side
your retreat enables mine
I could never give you
anything you didn't have before
are we lucky just to find
something new to leave behind?
sit and breathe in the exhausting trail
of failure at no cost

remove the sky
remove the sky
to keep the sky from falling
remove the sky
remove the sky
to keep the sky from falling

I might have known
you'd grow these stones
deep in your ears
I've watched your cells
divide themselves
to build these cysts
these otoliths

I know what I know
I know what I know
now that I know what I know that I know
how do I know that I know?

remove the sky
remove the sky
to keep the sky from falling
and fill your ears
with what you hear
from me but don't believe
where we exist in otoliths
Track Name: Mazz Jathy
(instrumental)
Track Name: To Serve Man
I served you well
congealing, how the tastes gel
how fine a wine to offset the perfect entree
how sweet it is for you to chew on this
cartilaginous tissue

feed me
feed me
red meat
when you serve man
feed me spleen
when you serve man

strange how we obtain
our nourishment from others'
hearts and brains
and hide the faded stains of past extractions
and actions you'll be leaving in the past

feed me
feed me
red meat
when you serve man
feed me spleen
when you serve man

drinking the sweat of a drowning man
drinking the sweat of a drowning man
Track Name: The Ellsberg Cycle
bring him down to dredge the unfiltered bottom
high hopes for keeping the secrets quiet
he brings words of hell for corrupted heavens
he hides lies on a single drive

hold him down until he follows the path
of those who hide the truth from our eyes
he'll hold out until he follows the path
of those who never cared for the creatures we are

pin a man for the crimes of those who were
too scared to speak up
pin a man for the lives of those
who died for an empire

hold still in the story you've derived
from the blighted truth we contrived
don't hold out just follow the line
or we'll start the clock that severs you from time

pin a man for the crimes of those
who were too scared to speak up
pin a man for the lives of the parasites
who pined for an empire
Track Name: False Meaning
now please receive this false meaning I give to you
won't you distort like the lens I refract you through?
false meaning speaking of living like dreaming
the way you do
please recollect, I expect that you do
this false meaning I give to you

like you asked me to

now please receive this false meaning I give to you
won't you distort like the lens I refract you through?
false meaning speaking of living like dreaming the way you do
please recollect, I expect that you do
this false meaning I give to you

like you asked me to
like you asked me to

sometimes I wonder about you
sometimes I wonder about you
Track Name: Artifracture
n-n-n-n-n-n-now
fallen on top of your sword
pull an intestinal cord
pull every inch of them out
look at them all on the ground
shape the guts into some words
name everybody you hurt
doesn't make up for it

if you had only known
that one known unknown that you often were shown
if you had only
if you had only seen
what everyone could
that might have been good, no?

n-n-n-n-n-n-now
say that it's under control
behind you the video rolls
archival footage is shown
what's going on in there now?
"don't know, but we'll work it out"
meanwhile we count on one hand
those who almost understand

there will be no disposition
of the fission factor
there will be no exposition
of the fourth reactor
atom age, adjourn your aegis
never be recaptured
atom age, adjourn your aegis
in the artifracture

no use to point fingers now
why should we bring up the past?
please leave the area fast
unfit for humans to last
(fall on your sword) got our priorities straight
(artifracture) open the wastewater gate
(under control) it's just a little too late
(artifracture) to wash out the evidence
Track Name: Jazz Hands of Doom
(instrumental)
Track Name: Rappel
rappel down me
if you've found me
a rocky face to scale
you reached the top to no avail
rappel down me
if I repel you
I can't tell, you have to tell me
you're telling me by what you're doing now

as a mountaineer, you're great
you can mount anything
beautiful veneer lets you cloud everything
but when you pull away yourself
you're peeling off bits of someone else

rappel down me
if you've found me
a rocky face to scale
you reached the top to no avail
no avail
no avail
rappel down me