Permutations

by The Mercury Tree

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1.
Symptoms 06:59
"tell me everything, and take your time," I said. now your bromides stain my mind with photoluminescent dye. as I wait my turn to speak, language center's stultified. fruit is sweet, and past its peak. you fill your cheeks, but miss the signs. you've got symptoms. we only can discuss kittens. you've got symptoms. breaking through the cross rhythms of our interlocking mental prisons. in my diagnosis you must have your reasons. how to treat you when I'm surely no physician? nonetheless it's plain that there's a worsening condition. as we reach the red line, hang your head on mine. always time for one more chance. now I fear that time has passed. due to symptoms. there hasn't been a thought given to those symptoms. breaking through the cross rhythms of our interlocking masochism. in my diagnosis you don't even notice. how to fix this when I'm surely no magician? possibly you know it's an impossible position. happy to not be scared of you it's dumb to do that anymore, I think. new dream: gone already. new dream: same as the old. new dream: happy, happy. new dream: scared.
2.
your gaze seems so familiar and safe like lead paint whose vapors never seem to fade concave is the depression that you made we exhume the worst we exhume the worst we dug up this dirt what's it worth now? what's it worth when we exhume the worst? jack-of-all-trades slipping on your slaves' sweat you gave your verdict with restrained regret you're done, done, done with tasks you haven't even started yet we exhume the worst we exhume the worst we dug up this dirt what's it worth now? what's it worth when we exhume the worst? we exhume the worst reanimate the cursed sick-sweet with gangrene, still the thirst.
3.
Permutations 10:42
clouded eyes see what they strain to see stark evidence lift the veil to me anyway you have to be ready to dispense with fools (there's a way, there's a way, there's one way, there's no way.) anyway you have to be ready to dispense with fools that fool is you onward into our limitations can we agree that we won't address the complications implicated in the face of this elaborate hallucination you close your eyes and I'll do the same so we can be magically deranged can we find new permutations of the same old combination if we relax and ignore the facts? hey, can I say congratulations? you got me to believe your emotionally disturbed world of the absurd. walk me through the part I must have missed I walk alone you cannot exist the way others do you might say it's a lost cause but I've always been lost put your back to the tide this time put your fowl in a line this time anyway you have to be ready to dispense with fools anyway you have to be ready to ready to, I wasn't ready to, among other flaws anyway you have to be ready to dispense with fools that fool is you no, you. no, you. no, you. no, you. thank you for your consideration here's a gold star of participation glued to your cheek new one every week for your latest impersonation if we write off the time that we lost to lose it again, it can't be tragic then. I can't hold you responsible cause then, you'd have to be responsible oh, please die in a fire that you built with no guilt.
4.
Ether/Ore 04:08
what did you expect? respectfully decline to elaborate respectfully, it's hate to say it, hate loud like a devil box weather-vain glorious leader take me away in chains ether ore was the choice but it never was a choice, of course it was enforced north points the compass dumbass, now it's time to think fast too long grinding not worth fighting anymore too long mining ether ore
5.
Placeholder 04:32
stop with the implication you ever intended to have me as more than a fixture just let it go all forms of communication: a catering positive forms of interaction: a savoring yes is the answer if the question is asking if I can become the placeholder after you cast me aside I doubt any longer my reaction would be to abide what to do now that your patience is running against the clock? I can't conceive a situation where you aren't fed up with something something's gotta give, but it won't be me I'll be here I will be here. I will be here. I will be here. I will be here. with an outstretched hand you know there's no implication with me why oh why did you give me the green light to take what I wanted consent in the technical sense. I know why I know why I know why I can't help you decide help me decide help me decide tell me why I can't help you decide tell me why tell me why tell me why you can't help me decide help me decide help me decide tell me why I can't help you decide
6.
I know you mean mean well mean average I know you mean well I should leave well enough alone enough’s not enough for me do you even read these things you believe? ill, ill, ill, ill. ill-advised, not not unwise. ill, ill, ill, ill. ill-advised, not not unwise. in an, in an, in an, in an indefensibubble most regrettable unintelligible unintelligible ill, ill, ill, ill. ill-defined, most unrefined. ill, ill, ill, ill. ill-defined, most unrefined. clarify the eminently unclarifiable. inconceivable unintelligible unintelligible it’s cute how you mistake sock-puppet rage for proof you must repeat this ugly chain it’s cute how you believe the things you say it’s not cute from where we are when you’re selling the wheels off the car to pay for the lottery that’s been over since yesterday do you even read these things you believe? ill, ill, ill, ill. ill-advised, not not unwise. ill, ill, ill, ill. ill-advised, not not unwise. in an, in an, in an, in an indefensibubble most regrettable unintelligible unintelligible ill, ill, ill, ill. ill-defined, most unrefined. ill, ill, ill, ill. ill-defined, most unrefined. clarify the eminently unclarifiable. inconceivable unintelligible unintelligible
7.
sympathesizer I hear your sympathetic drone strings whose everlasting tone rings out in exotic modes whose melodies can't be decoded heretofore and after we're learning more and faster until it all combines into a blur heretofore and after we're learning more and faster until it all combines into a blur sympathesizer I hear your sympathetic drone strings whose everlasting tone rings out in alien lullabies these exotic modes whose melodies decode to blueprints for an interstellar craft heretofore and after we're learning more and faster until it all combines into a blur heretofore and after we're learning more and faster until it all combines into a blur into a blur into a blur into a blur into a blur synchronize your ultimatums realign my core can you pathologize me more? sympathesizer I hear your sympathetic drone strings whose everlasting tone rings out heretofore and after we're learning more and faster until it all combines into her
8.
stare down the barrel of discussion. deadly weapon, do you have the right to kill me at any time? this obsession leaves me trembling your law is easily summarized seek and release the enemy seek and seek and seek and seek and seek and release, you said. "may they rest in peace." back to the secret police for questioning.     seek and release the enemy seek and seek and seek and seek and we have met him, and we are he. too late to speak. back to the scene of the justice that you bring. meet me in your secret compartment where you dismiss sanity as merely alarmist and try to feather your nest with long-discredited arguments, take a breath to analyze what you say, now does it really hold water in the latter day?   maybe you should try thinking of it in another kind of way "a well regulated militia" stands while more continue to fall population bomb defused: happy day! no reason to be appalled. this all makes sense to someone whose head's densely diluted. this all makes sense to someone whose world intruded on mine. meet me in your secret compartment where you dismiss sanity as merely alarmist and try to feather your nest with long-discredited arguments, take a breath to analyze what you say, now does it really hold water in the latter day? maybe you should try thinking of it in another kind of way
9.
Prometheist 09:00
reasonable minds can differ but where are the reasonable minds? eagles may feast on my liver still I'll live or die many times my image serves to be observed and magnified. circle logic thought crime kill for kill eye for eye virus parasite borne on a meteorite. can you fashion a man out of clay in your hands? who can fashion a man in the way that I can? you can eat my crumbs, while I walk on your while I walk on your, while I walk on your thumbs. I'm a generous man. generous with swift hand I'm a generous man. I don't mind that you asked. I won't take you to task. I won't take off this mask. out of clay in a hand out of clay you were made thus your life is a theft and the debt will be paid you can eat my crumbs, while I walk on your while I walk on your, while I walk on your thumbs. I'm a generous man. generous with swift hand I'm a generous man. out of clay in a hand out of clay you were made thus your life is a theft and the debt will be paid I don't mind that you asked. I won't take you to task. I won't take off this mask. and this mask never cracks. out of clay you were made thus your life is a theft and the debt will be paid. out of clay you were made out of clay you remain your life is a theft and the debt will be paid.
10.
Deep Five 10:32
you had to take the easy way the easy way out it's not so easy now five deep is enough you'll never be five deep is enough you'll never be six feet down to me I have to call it out your worst decision I would have told you it's all forgiven but what's to forgive now? you're not here to listen five deep is enough you'll never be five deep is enough you'll never be six feet down to me

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released March 30, 2016

Ben Spees: guitar, keyboard, voice
Connor Reilly: drums
Oliver Campbell: bass, voice

special guests:
Aaron Clark: space guitar (7, 10)
Tony Mowe: alto and baritone saxophone (4, 7)

Recorded 2015-2016
College of Wizardry & Bongo Fury, Portland, Oregon

Mixed by Ben Spees
Mastered by Stephan Hawkes

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