THE HAND THAT FEEDS ME

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Track Name: WATERBEAR
IM NOT EASY TO LOVE IM A BODY OF WATER. I FEEL SOMEONE PRAYING FOR ME NOW IM A BODY OF WATER. AND ALL ROADS LEAD ME TO LEAVING. IM NOT GREEDY FOR NEEDING WHAT NO ONE CAN EVER GIVE TO ME. IM NOT GREEDY FOR NEEDING. WATERBEAR CAN YOU BEAR TO WITHSTAND ME? I DONT CARE IF I WIPE OUT THIS CITY. ITS NOT FAIR WHEN YOU HOLD ME LIKE A CANDLE AND COMPLAIN WHEN THE FLAME BURNS YOUR HANDS. CAN YOU STAND TO WITHSTAND ME? I WANT NOTHING COMPLETELY. BUT IM HUNGRY FOR EATING ANYTHING THAT CATCHES ME BY SURPRISE LIKE A WILD THING FOR KEEPING. I AM A MOUNTAIN NOBODY CLIMB ME I AM TOO HEAVY. EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL AND FAR AWAY FROM ME.
Track Name: IF I DIE FROM WATCHING TV
SYRUP THICK, SO SWEET IT MAKES ME SICK. IN YOUR EYES BETWEEN YOUR TINY THIGHS I AM SMOKING LIKE TWO PISTOLS, I AM STONED AS DRY CEMENT. BLOODY LIPS ALWAYS GIVE THE BEST KISSES. LIKE A DOG IM PULLING YOU ALONG BY THE HAIR, I KISS YOU EVERYWHERE. IF I DIE FROM WATCHING TV, IF I DIE FROM LOVING YOU: LAY ME DOWN AND BE GENTLE WITH ANOTHER. SOFT AS PILLS ON MY TONGUE, WHEN I LOOK AT YOU I COME BACK TO WHERE I CAME FROM. WHEN I TALK TO YOU IM DUMB. I CONFESS IVE BEEN A WRECK WITH YOU. I CONFESS IVE BEEN A WRECK. IF WE DANCE AT ALL THE PARTIES, IF WE MAKE IT FROM THE COPS, I WILL KEEP IT A SECRET FROM YOUR MOTHER.
Track Name: BLESS THIS BLOOD
YOU SHALL REAP WHAT YOU SOW AND I HAVE DUG A TERRIBLE HOLE. AND I FUCKED IT WITH MY HANDS AND MY BREATHING'S GROWING SLOW. I WILL WEEP WHILE I REEP HOW I RAPED WHAT I HATE. I WILL SLEEP IN THE DEEPNESS OF WHAT I HAVE DONE. WAS IT WORTH IT TO WATCH YOU COME AND GO? NO, OH NO, OH NO. AND THE DEVIL'S INSIDE OF ME AGAIN, BETWEEN MY LEGS LIKE AN ORGASM. AND HE SHOOK ME LIKE THE WIND THROUGH THE TREES. AND HE SHOOK ME LIKE A BAD, BAD DREAM. FOLLOWING ME LIKE HELL 'CAUSE HE KNOWS ME SO WELL. AND THE SMELL OF HIS BREATH WAS LIKE WHISKY AND DEATH. AND I TOOK THE DEEPEST DRINK: BLESS THIS BLOOD. IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR ME TO PUT A MILLSTONE 'ROUND MY NECK AND WALK INTO THE SEA. HE SAID 'SUFFER THE CHILDREN TO ME' AND I HAVE HURT MY OWN BABY. GODDAMN, GODDAMN, GODDAMN.
Track Name: MERCY KILL
SOME MEN CLIMB OVER WALLS, SOME MEN SEND THEMSELVES TO WAR. BUT I CANNOT EVEN LIFT MY HEAD TO LOOK AT YOU IN THE EYES. SO GIVE ME A KNIFE TO CUT YOU WITH, IM TOO WEAK TO DO. SO GIVE ME A KNIFE TO CUT YOU WITH, IM TOO SCARED TO DO IT. AND HORSES MUST SOMETIMES BE PUT DOWN. I HAVE TIED THEM TO A FENCE WITH MY BARE HANDS. AND I HAVE PRESSED MY NOSTRILS UP TO THEIRS AND I HAVE SMELLED THE SCENT OF FEAR. SO GIVE ME A GUN TO SHOOT YOU WITH, IM TOO WEAK TO DO IT. SO GIVE ME A GUN TO SHOOT YOU WITH, IM TOO SCARED TO DO IT. AND MY CONSCIENCE IS AS CLEAN AS A BLADE: I CANT SEE IT, I CANT SAY IT. AND MY BLOOD IS THE SAME AS YOUR OWN: I CANT TELL WHOSE IS WHOSE WHEN ITS ON ME AND ITS ON ME AND ITS ON ME. AND I DONT EVEN KNOW HOW TO COPE WITH MY BODY AROUND ME LIKE A ROPE THAT HOLDS ONTO ME UNTIL I CHOKE. AND I CANT EVEN LOOK YOU IN THE EYES.
Track Name: TOOK MY NECK
SUMMER CAME LIKE WOLF PUPS WITH THEIR EARS PINNED TO THEIR HEADS. TOOK MY HEAD AND SHOOK EVER SO GENTLY, HELD ME DOWN AND BIT ME TIL I BLED. SAY OH NO, OH NO, OH NO. COVERED IN ITS TEETHMARKS I AM HOWLING AT THE MOON. CURSE THE SUN FOR THE BRIGHTNESS THAT IT BRINGS 'CAUSE IT WOKE YOU UP TOO SOON. SAY OH NO, OH NO, OH NO.
Track Name: BABIES
CAR ALARM BABY, IM ON THE ROAD. IM NOT A MOTHER BUT IM A FUCKER, YOU KNOW. HALLELUJAH, IM DEAD AGAIN. LOST IN YOUR BODY LIKE A BOTTLE OF GIN. AND I HAVE GIVEN UP DRINKING, BUT I CANNOT GIVE UP YOU TO THE MOUTHS OF OTHER LOVERS; DO THEY KISS THE WAY THAT I DO? WHO'S IN YOUR BEDROOM? I LEFT MY DUST ON ALL YOUR FURNITURE, SO YOU CANNOT MISS ME MUCH. AND HOW ARE YOU LIVING? PICK UP THE PHONE IF YOU STILL LOVE ME, IF YOU WANT ME TO COME HOME. AND I LEFT BECAUSE I LOVE YOU, BUT I CANNOT PROVE THAT NOW. AND THE GIRLS ARE GETTING NAKED, SO I PASS OUT ON THE COUCH. AND WHO HAS LEGS LIKE YOURS? IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT I GO OUTSIDE AND CRY FOR THE BABIES YOU WILL HAVE, AND THE WAY THEY'LL LOOK JUST LIKE YOU. WILL THEY EVER KNOW ABOUT ME TOO? YOU WERE ONLY EIGHTEEN. YOU WERE ONLY A BABY. YOU WERE ALWAYS MY BABY.
Track Name: IVE BEEN DEAD SINCE I MET YOU
BABY'S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG: SHE SHOWED ME ON THE BUS AND I KISSED HER WHEN THE DRIVER WASNT WATCHING US. I KISSED HER ON THE BACK OF THE NECK AS WE TOOK A CORNER, WE HIT ANOTHER CAR HEAD ON AND SPARKS WERE FLYING. 'YOU DONT KNOW ME' SHE SAID 'WE COULD BE DEAD.' I SAID, 'WE ARE. IVE BEEN DEAD SINCE I MET YOU. IVE BEEN DEAD SINCE WE KISSED.' DANCING LIKE A CRIPPLE BOY IN THE BACK OF THE CHURCH, STEALING PENNIES FROM THE OFFERING AND PRAYING HARD. IN THE BACK OF THE CHURCH LIKE A LAMB WHOS WAITING FOR THE SLAUGHTER. IN THE BACK OF THE CHURCH TELLING GOD THAT IM HIS ONLY DAUGHTER. AND HE SAID 'YOU DONT KNOW ME.' HE SAID 'I HAVE BEEN DEAD.' I SAID, 'I KNOW. YOUVE BEEN DEAD SINCE I MET YOU. YOUVE BEEN DEAD SINCE WE KISSED.' FLOATING LIKE A SONG UP TO THE WOODWORK OF THE RAFTERS, WHO WILL DRINK THE FIRST CUP WHEN THE WATER TURNS TO WINE? AND FOXES ROAM THE VINEYARDS LIKE SOME TEENAGERS AT NIGHT. I WAS ONCE NAMED LAZARUS UNTIL I CAME TO LIFE. RING THE BILL TO TELL THE TOWN WEVE FOUND ANOTHER LEPER. TEAR YOUR CLOTHES SO GENTLY SO WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOST. WASH THE FEET OF SOMEONE WITH A MILK AND HONEY TONGUE. BREAK YOUR JAR AND BREAK YOUR HEART AND LET IT SPREAD AROUND OH MY GOD.
Track Name: DOG BREATH
YOU BEAT THE DOG THAT LOVES YOU AND I HAVE THE BODY OF A DEER. RUNNING SIDEWAYS IN A FOREST, BEING BROUGHT DOWN BY SOME HUNTERS. AND YOU HAVE A GUN AND ITS POINTED EVERYWHERE. AND IVE TRIED MY BEST TO TAME YOU. AND IVE TRIED TO BRAID YOUR HAIR. BUT MY HANDS AT BEST WERE CLUMSY, LIKE A BEAR CUB IN A SMALL TREE. AND IVE BEEN CRYING EVERYWHERE. YOUR RUN LIKE HELL, I LOOK LIKE HELL.
Track Name: AN ALTAR
I RAN FAST AS FEVERS DO TO LAY ALL MY HANDS ON YOU LIKE A PASTOR IN A CHURCH, NOT BELIEVING IN MYSELF. WE SHOULD HAVE BUILT AND ALATER WHEN YOUR FACE GREW AS LONG AS FLOWERS AND YOU TIED ME TO A BED POST. AND YOU SHOULDVE JUST LEFT ME RIGHT THERE. IVE KISSED MAY FLOORS BEFORE, PROBABLY MORE THAN IVE KISSED YOU. I WISH I COULD TAKE YOU WHERE THEY PRAYED DEMONS OUT OF ME. I WANT TO WRAP YOU LIKE A WOUND, I WANT TO SPREAD OUT LIKE A BRUISE. 'CAUSE IF IT HURTS, ITS STILL ALIVE AND I COULD NEVER WATCH YOU DIED. YOU SAID ID BE THE FATHER OF YOUR CHILDREN, AND YOU THE MOTHER. BUT YOU KNOW I CAN BARELY EAT, DO YOU WANNA MAKE A BABY SAD AS ME? BABY, BABY PLEASE. BEES EXTINCT MAKE HONEY TASTE SO SWEET. I WANNA PUT MY MOUTH ON EVERYTHING 'CAUSE THINGS GET GOOD AND GONE. WE SHOULDVE BUILT AND ALTAR SO WE EACH COULD BOTH REMEMBER HOW WE MET LIKE LAND AND WATER: SOMETIMES KISSING, SOMETIMES VIOLENT, NEVER SURE. SOMETIMES KISSING, SOMETIMES VIOLENT ON THE SHORE.
Track Name: JOAN OF ARC
WE KISSED LIKE CRASHING TREES IN A FOREST AND NOBODY HEARD. LIKE FOOLS WHO LOST THEIR HANDS IN THE WARTIME, THEY LEFT US ALIVE. THE DEVIL, HE LOVES US BECAUSE WE'RE LONELY: MARK OF THE BEAST. HE LOVED THE LORD BUT HE WASNT HOLY, AND WE'RE NOT, NO. NOT I. I AM CERTAIN LIKE A MOUNTAIN, SOMETHING'S GOING TO DIE. TO THE SLAUGHTER, HOLY DAUGHTER, SOMEONE'S GOING TO BUILD YOU A FIRE. YOU WERE NINETEEN WHEN YOU FOUND YOUR FIRST LOVE, YOU BURNED AND BURNED. HE LEFT YOU DEAD INSIDE OF A CHURCH YARD, HE NEVER TOLD YOU GOODBYE. YOU COME ALIVE WITH ME.
Track Name: MILK OF HUMAN KINDNESS
STONED OUT ON THE WATER, YOURE THE DAUGHTER OF A FATHER WHO WOULD LOVE TO GET HIS HANDS ON ME, AROUND MY NECK LIKE YOU DID. BUT HE WILL NEVER FIND ME, AND I AM NOT YOUR FAMILY, THOUGH IVE SEEN YOUR BLOOD AND WRAPPED YOU UP AS NERVOUS AS A CHURCH. MY FACE IS AS LONG AS THE ROAD TO YOU. WE PRAYED FOR YOUR BODY AT THE DINNER TABLE LIKE OUR MEET AND I CRIED A LOT JUST THINKING OF SOMEONE'S TEETH IN YOU. I MISS MINNEAPOLIS AND I MISS THE WAY THAT WE USED TO KISS IN YOUR MOTHER'S BED WHEN SHE WAS GONE, WE NEVER KNEW FOR HOW LONG. IT HURTS ME LIKE FUCKING TO WAKE UP WITHOUT YOU. DOGS WILL LOBE THE ONE WHO BEATS THEM, AD EVEN IF THEY RUN THEY WILL COME HOME BACK IN THE SAME DAY BECAUSE THEIR CHAINS ARE SAFE. AND YOU KNOW IM A DOG FOR YOU: ALL I DO IS HOWL AND DROOL AND CHEW ON THE THOUGHT OF YOU JUST LIKE A BONE UNTIL MY GUMS ARE RAW. MILK OF HUMAN KINDNESS IS CUM. AND YOU ALWAYS LOVE SOMEONE WHEN YOU'RE COMING, BUT NEVER WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO GET AWAY. YOULL ALWAYS BE THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY.
Track Name: BLACK EYE
YOU KISS WITH YOUR FISTS AND FUCK WITH YOUR LIPS. YOU HELD ME DOWN AND WATCHED THE BLOOD DRIP. AND I DONT WANT TO DIE, I DONT WANT TO DIE...NOT LIKE THIS. KNUCKLES WHITE, YOU HIT ME JUST RIGHT AND LIGHTNING DOES SOMETIMES STRIKE TWICE. YOU LOVED ME EVERY NIGHT, YOU LOVED ME EVERY NIGHT. I FELT YOU COME IN MY MOUTH, SPITTING TEARS AND MY BEER OUT. AND BLUEGRASS PLAYED, THE CROWD CHEERED AND SWAYED. ARE YOU A MAN, ARE YOU A WOMAN, ARE YOU SAFE? ARE YOU A MAN, ARE YOU A WOMAN, ARE YOU SAFE? I HIT THE GROUND AND SAW YOU FALL DOWN. MY BEST FRIEND SCREAMED AND THREW YOU ON THE COUCH. AND EVERYONE WENT WILD. YOU WERE ALWAYS WILD...WHEN WE KISSED. WHEN WE KISSED. WHEN WE KISSED. WHEN WE KISSED. WITH YOUR FISTS, WITH YOUR FISTS, YOU GAVE MY LIPS THE HARDEST KISS.
Track Name: ISCARIOT
I WAS MADE OUT OF MY FATHER'S DUST, TURNED FROM WATER TO THE SWEETEST WINE. LEFT BENEATH HIS DIRTY BOOTS TO TRUST HE'LL POUR ME OUT WHEN IT IS TIME. WHEN MORNING GUILDS THE SKIES, NO ONE THERE COULD HEAR MY BORNING CRIES. KNEE BOWED AND BODY BENT, I SOLD MYSELF TO PAY RENT. ALL WHO THIRST: THROW YOUR BODY IN A WELL. WELL, IM LOST IN THE BELLY OF A WHALE. TEAR YOUR SHIRT, EAT THE BREAD AND EAT THE DIRT. ALL LAMPS, THEY BURN: HURT YOUR LOVE AND LOVE YOUR HURT. SLEEPING IN A GARDEN ALL NIGHT LONG, I LEFT MY SADNESS SMEARED ACROSS YOUR NECK. A KISS TO MAKE MY HEART AN ENGINE CAR AND TO PROVE MY LOVE'S A BROKEN JAR. SMOTHERED IN YOUR MOTHER'S BEST PERFUME, WE LEFT YOU NAKED IN AN EMPTY ROOM. AND IF YOU EVER FEEL LIKE WAKING UP, ID DIP MY BREAD INSIDE YOUR CUP. ALL WHO THIRST: THROW YOUR BODY IN A WELL. WELL IM LOST IN THE BELLY OF A WELL. TEAR YOUR SHIRT, EAT THE BREAD AND EAT THE DIRT. ALL LAMPS, OH THEY BURN: HURT YOUR LOVE AND LOVE YOUT HURT.