Freeze in Phantom Form

by The Mercury Tree

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released September 16, 2012

Ben Spees: guitar, keyboard, lead vocals
Connor Reilly: drums, percussion, background vocals
Aaron Clark: bass, background vocals

Recorded 2012 at Mercury Tree Studios/Bongo Fury, Portland, OR
Mixed by Ben Spees
Mastered by Stephan Hawkes

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Track Name: Anamnesis
I trusted you
never
never again

You can't hear me when
I speak of you
the sky darkens

We know
in passing of time
no heart mends

Silently
at water's edge
in the end
as in the beginning
Track Name: Frontera
In our space-time
continuum continually redefined
Assign the greatest fault as mine
You're everlasting, ever passing by

But I've lost you again
I've lost you again
Error made an era's end
Now the bitter medicine

In a grand flight
from your decisions
The mission of a misguided mind
I recognize you not the slightest
You are not as you describe

I've lost you again
I've lost you again
Error made an era's end
Now the bitter medicine

Cruzando la frontera

I've lost you again
I've lost you again
I've lost you again
I've lost you again
Now you can retract your every promise
Nothing left to keep you honest
Track Name: Avenues
Sun light and sun dark
Hollow eyes and harrowing heart
Try to start
over all over for naught
All our efforts
And what you brought
will follow me for every
time I fail to forget

So cold and so hot
either way exactly what you're not
Altered guise
and guyline stretching ever so taut
All our efforts wasted
Perish the thought
that fades away in time in
the time you let your mind rot

Great avenues await your name
In your long game it's a long way
Coming from high altitude
In your long con
till you're long gone
Silhouetted sleek and stark
at speed of great magnitude
till you make your mark
on great avenues

Great avenues await your face
In your long game played the wrong way
Coming from high altitude
In your long con
till you hit concrete
Silhouetted sleek and stark
at speed of great magnitude
till you make your mark
on great avenues
Track Name: Sepulchre
(narration from a speech by Pope Urban II, A.D. 1095)
Track Name: Cipher
I never understood the way you are
raise your fist
when you should raise the bar
and when you find yourself
neck deep in tar
keep drilling

I never understood the way you are
I never understood the way you are
I never understood the way you are

Live for your self-interest
cause nobody else
can make you see the difference
Track Name: Proteus
I'm awake
I'm awake now
I'm awake
I'm awake now
Through this great cumulus cloud
Dissipate as we fall out

Square one, square one, square one, square one
(Sometimes it takes the thing it takes)
Square one, square one, square one, square one
(Sometimes the bottleneck must break)
Square one, square one, square one, square one
(Sometimes you must bypass the vein)
Square one, square one, square one, square one
(Sometimes you must sever the leg)

Sometimes it takes the thing it takes sometimes
the nuclear option
Sometimes the bottleneck must break
open to spill the solution
Sometimes you must bypass the vein
to get around the obstruction
Sometimes you must sever the leg
to save the rest of the system

I'm awake
I'm awake now
I'm awake
I'm awake now
Silence ear-splittingly loud
Let the sound drown your voice out
Let the sound drown your voice out

Sometimes it takes the thing it takes sometimes
the nuclear option
Sometimes the bottleneck must break
open to spill the solution
Sometimes you must bypass the vein
to get around the obstruction
Sometimes you must sever the leg
to save the rest of the system
Track Name: Zeta
What your function is, hard to say
You arrive on the complex plane
Washing out in striated gray
But we can't balance out this way

As we search for primes
Factor down one more time
Factor in one more mind

Let Riemann remain unsolved
Through brute force no course resolved
Let Riemann go on unsolved
We burn time, run blind, free fall
Delta x approaches theta
Sigma must converge to zeta

Can we stop when the logic's gone
and the statements can't pass review
Where the critical line is drawn
Can't accept what you cannot prove

As we search for primes
Factor down one more time
Factor in one more mind

Let Riemann remain unsolved
Through brute force no course resolved
Let Riemann go on unsolved
We burn time, run blind, free fall
Delta x approaches theta
Sigma must converge to zeta
Track Name: Inflexus
I never noticed the suicide explosive handlebar
concealed in your grasp
I never noticed until the moment
you inhaled the breath that would be your last gasp

I never noticed the ox entrails
you strung and nailed across the corners of your wall
The lazy way that they spun and swayed
and spelled my name
I never noticed that at all

This is not a message to you
No one gets a message through

Stop
Why?
Kid, why can't I?

I never noticed the thing I knew
and understood and thought was good
and I was wrong
and now I know it, now I own it
now I can relive each moment all year long

But this is not a message to you
No one gets a message through

Stop
Why?
Kid, why can't I?

Stop
Go
Why?
I think you know.

Stop
Go
Where?
I think you know.
Track Name: In Partem Scalpere
Make your sad escape
take all this as yours
take another shape
freeze in phantom form

Slide through the autumn

Make your sad escape
take all this as yours
take another shape
freeze in phantom form
I trusted you
with my lack of life
with my open arms
I accept your knife

Skein and skin entangled
all over this room
Scared of life
without you
all over too soon

Slide through the autumn
Slide through the autumn

Transparent
it's apparent
you're see-through
Who are you?
Call me
collateral damage
excess freight
dead weight

Make your sad escape
take all this as yours
take another shape
freeze in phantom form
I trusted you
with my lack of life
with my open arms
I accept your knife

Skein and skin entangled
all over this room
Scared of life
without you
all over too soon

Make your sad escape
take all this as yours
take another shape
freeze in phantom form
Track Name: Rotating Cast
Rotating cast
never stops
never lasts
Now please hold on
for your life
Rotating cast
never slows for disaster
only spins faster
Ringmaster

Standing in the center
you can't enter this mind
Divided by a fault line
cinematic in scope
A fraying rope to bind
disparate parts together
for a dwindling time

Rotating cast
face of future and past
Watch and hold on
for your life
I'm the mishandled freight
I arrive once it's too late
and stand by for all time

Standing in the center
you can't enter this mind
Divided by a fault line
cinematic in scope
A fraying rope to bind
disparate parts together
for a dwindling time

One more
One more infinite loop
An infinite loop
An infinite loop
that wraps around you

Standing in the center
you can't enter this mind
Divided by a fault line
cinematic in scope
A fraying rope to bind
disparate parts together
for a dwindling time

So tired, so tired, so tired, so tired
Rotating cast
I'm so tired, so tired, so tired, so tired
Rotating cast

Never lasts
Never lasts
Never lasts
Rotating cast