Pterodactyls

by The Mercury Tree

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1.
Hatchlings 06:44
World cracks open World cracks open your eyes Breathe in for the first time At first light All you have is what you are All you have is what you are You won't get far You won't get far World cracks open World cracks open your mind Thinking for the first time At first light All you have is what you are All you have is what you are You won't get far You won't get far
2.
Cephalopod 05:34
Was it a crime? I've done my time Never applied for a license Who did I serve? I had some nerve I must deserve the violent silence Cephalopod What a giant head you've got Remarkable in size All the suckers stream behind And don't they have to for you to be satisfied? And in your grasp you drag us far beneath the tide What does it gain you? What does it gain you? Who can contain you when you rise? Cephalopod Empirically you may be flawed But here you make the laws The darkness babbles its applause Did I offend you with my marvel and my awe? I tried to lend you a mounting plate upon my wall What did it gain me? What did it gain me? It always pained me to hear your call My bones lie at the bottom of the sea My bones lie at the bottom of the sea Now that you've no further use for me You only think about your cephalopod You only think about your cephalopod Watching from the bottom's where I'll be.
3.
Time Lapse 03:31
Never tell me what you're after, just repeat the same thing faster. I am not a cast of plaster. Sure I'll change, I can change. When I change, I will change you. This is where you blew your cover. Impersonate a jilted lover, but we don't even know each other. Sure I'll change, I can change. When I change, you will change too. When I crash through this plate glass shattering, I can see you reflected. Reliving the past in this slow motion epitaph, carved in time lapse. Never saw yourself as equal. I treated you just like a freak will, but we don't need to make a sequel. I can change, I can change. When I change, you will change too. When I crash through this plate glass shattering, I can see you, but not hear you. Reliving the past in this slow motion epitaph, carved in time lapse. And who will you ask When you've used up your every chance?
4.
Pterodactyls 07:15
Obsessed with all your posters of the fractals Whose contours mirror your complexity Your endless need for someone to react'll be the thing to lead to more you need And don't you ever say you got my back You'll never have a single sorry slice of me The voices that you hear are pterodactyls Everywhere you go, you just coast You just glide And all your errors, we forgive Your reign of terror we can let slide But careful where you go You never always know how low they fly Face down Nose dive Cut through an orange sky To find you where you hide Collect a set of grudges in a satchel To be dispensed when you've condensed to tar And do you hear the laughter Like a pack of jackals Cackling at every hint of what you are Now feel it ending As your nervous endings crackle Tackled at the apex of your ascent The visions you've been sent are pterodactyls Everywhere you go, you just coast You just glide And all your errors, we forgive Your reign of terror we can let slide But careful where you go You never always know how low they fly Inside Face down Nose dive Cut through a black sky To show you the harsh light Pterodactyls tear the thing you love apart Even as you cling to them with bleeding heart Even as you sing to them, how great thou art Pterodactyls tear the thing you love apart And you can try to run That will make it more fun for them You can implore them See where it gets you But when they all surround you And put their arms around you You're through I warned you, I warned you I warned you, I warned you I warned you, I warned you I warned you, I warned you You took the final word You struck the final chord I warned you, I warned you I warned you, I warned you I warned you, I warned you I warned you, I warned you You took the final word You struck the final chord
5.
Interstitial (free) 02:05
(instrumental)
6.
Wicked giant Gazing with a flashing eye I beseech thee Hold thy burning vapors at a distance Shadowed by your grand existence Journey through the dark for you Bear this tiny spark for you I look through the glass to you Second, first, and last to you When I find the frozen seas of Europa Europa I'm cracking you open Open to find I'll die Mapping your oceans Parsing the tokens Instruments detect life Cryobot descending Cryobot descending Brittle vessel Unprepared for what's to come Wrap around my Precious body essence in suspension Breaking in the breaking tension Journeyed through the dark for you Bore this tiny spark for you I look through the glass to you Second, first, and last to you When I find the frozen seas of Europa Europa I'm cracking you open Open to find I'll die Mapping your oceans Parsing the tokens Instruments detect life In this approach Indescribably slow I see a shape in the... I see a shape in the... I see a face in the ice of Europa Europa Europa I'll die Mapping your oceans Parsing the tokens Instruments detect life Cryobot descending...
7.
Velociraptor 04:08
You're a velociraptor Velociwrapped around my neck You'll always be the answer Majestic captor of my self-respect Now did you say something to me? I can hear you only slightly Bloodflow constricted to my face Gone pale in your embrace I'm OK Let this heart feed you Let these lungs feed you Let this spine feed you Let me into you Let me into you I continue in you As I am crushed between your jaws It sometimes gives me pause The leaves are changing How sharp and beautiful your teeth Above me and beneath You're so amazing And as I am shaken like a rag doll See your tail wag It's all amusing And although my vision slips away I know it's not too late It's just confusing Let this heart feed you Let these lungs feed you Let this spine feed you Let me into you Let me into you I continue in you
8.
Bassosaur 04:45
Bassosaur I have heard you roar into battle Anywhere you travel You can always win the loudness war With your aggression Passive in a massive show of force Your obsession Lays a claim to set the course And you can drag me anywhere, it is your curse But never lag me You're always faster in reverse Bassosaur Shake the ocean floor With a rumble mountains crumble Shatter all along the shore With your obstruction Create your own subduction zone That construction Drives a primal rhythm home And you can drag me anywhere, it is your curse But never lag me You break apart the universe
9.
Octarine 04:57
In the sheen of all the colors One is not unlike the others And in my narcoleptic dream I see another shade of you You In the sheen of all the colors One is not unlike the others Octarine And in my narcoleptic dream I see another shade of you in Octarine Come back to me Come back to me In shades of octarine In shades of octarine Holding onto what can't be You're the strangest thing I've ever seen Filtered through the shades of octarine Blood can run as thick as water Just how far, we will discover Octarine Now as I'm lying in the gutter Feel it running out of me in Octarine Come back to me Come back to me In shades of octarine In shades of octarine Holding onto what can't be You're the strangest thing I've ever seen Filtered through the shades of Octarine, how could you wear so many faces? I fall between the spaces Every time I see you, I cannot believe you I should never have believed you I should never have believed you In shades of octarine In shades of octarine Holding onto you kills me Still the strangest thing I've ever seen Melted in the shades of octarine

credits

released August 12, 2011

Ben Spees - guitar, voice, keyboard
Connor Reilly - drums
Alan Johnson - bass

All songs recorded & mixed by Ben Spees at Bongo Fury & Mercury Tree Studios, except "Octarine" recorded at Level 7 Studios by Josh Gillis. Artwork by Leslie Eleveld.

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