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THE ANTS | VICTORY SIDE
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GALEN

Galen good morning
Howard Hello
How are you this morning
how are you this fine morning?
Are you happy to be here
are you happy to be here
how are you this morning
how are you this fine morning?
How are you?
Stop trying to get me to say something I do not mean
stop trying to get me to believe in something I do not believe
Cause I have not sold you a thing

HOLIDAY HEX

Now let's turn to military records
I want you to send away when I die
and get my military records
It was always my intention to sabotage
everything that's going on
you do not know me
I am one thousand entities
rotten with desire, I'm rotting with desire
The holiday hex has stolen the energy
that before was moving so freely
it comes and it goes like anything you don't own
and now you're the one being lulled to sleep
by a meal and a place to stay
now you're walking but you are not awake
sleeping but walking, walking but sleeping
silent but speaking
When the signal is given stop what you're doing and return there
wait for the message that means something to you
find a spot on the ground and mark it with a T
We shall return here fourteen years from now
we shall return here fourteen years from now

NEWLYWEDS

The newlyweds got back from Jamaica today
their new piece of steel in the driveway is shining
and thanks to their years in college they have good careers
On weekends they ride jet skis and go to the movies
but they looked strange to one another
when on the first day back from their honeymoon
the sky turned cloudy and grey
I'm finding myself for the third time
like the Russian told me better slow learner than not at all
BETTER SLOW LEARNER THAN NOT AT ALL
He is constantly linked in my mind to the space race
or nuclear war or boycott the olympics
a perspective I gained from a childhood of watching TV
And I'm melting away, melting away
I am free as anything
I am a millionaire
I've narrowed it down to the one thing I want
to lay on the grass with a towel across my eyes
and the sun beating down and the water touching my feet

JUAN CARLOS

Juan Carlos you bastard you left me for dead
in the heart of the cold, cold city
without a dime to my name and no place to stay
and nobody leading the way
Now where will I go?
What will I do
without you to show me what we're supposed to see
you told me we'd see the tallest trees in the world
you wore magic charms had tattoos on your arms
bought your food at the organic farms
you slept through the day had the right things to say
on the long nights of moral decay
Yes I've been a long time with you
You told me we'd see the tallest trees in the world
eat like the richest kings of the world
speak with the brightest minds of the world
That's how we'd bring down the creepers

RAINDROPS

I'm missing the lightning for the rain
the sun for the sky
the power for the electricity
but I'm not easily impressed
it depends on how you're dressed
and I won't love you for a long time
but I'm hungry for your hands
I'm rotten with desire for your brain child
So sing it along with me if the first thing you see is the table
sing it along with me if the last thing you see is the fable
The lizards want to get out of their cages
they want to catch the next train out of town
but no, no, no, no
no, no, no you can't go
cause you don't have hands like the people have hands
to open the doors
I'm hungry for your hands
Get up and get up and put on your shoes
we're going to give you something to lose
we're giving you something, something to lose
we're giving you something so that you can lose it

THANKSGIVING

Out across the prairie with some coins in a sack
I'm off to watch the dogs die and I might not be back
And I hope this machine keeps on running real clean
cause I don't want to break down in the cold empty winter
have to get out and carry everything that you can
hoping that someone will lend you a hand
I don't want no help from anyone
On through the meatpacking town of Emporia
where they don't like sinnin and they don't like swearing
but it only gets worse as you drive through the country
preaching from billboards and policemen are driving sportscars
they're carrying shotguns and pistols and nightsticks
pepperspray and taser guns and they all look like army men
cause they're in the war against speeding
they're in the war against driving too fast
Don't you wait up for me, don't you come after me
cause I will not forget about you until I stop trying to

SHAMANS

I was with the shamans of Mongolia
they looked unto me and told me my eyes were diseased
then they pulled them from my face
showed them to the sky
put them in a bucket
and turned them into pearls
But I'm still a glazed over window
I do not favor this sun or that son
It's harder than it seems
it's harder than it seems
living in the meadow is harder than it seems

THREAT OF A GOOD EXAMPLE

The threat of a good example is weasling in getting position
shining careerists are ruling the fields
we are the second string
the first time arounders
You fell from a tower, she fell from a tree
I fell from a third story window
now they're searching for our bones in the church yard
searching for our bones in the church yard
What's bothering you most constantly is knowing you're part of a pattern
YOU KNOW YOU"RE A PART OF A PATTERN AND IT'S DRIVING YOU CRAZY
Here come the dark times the end of the world electrical storm
and I'm doing nothing and it feels good
yes I'm doing nothing and it feels good

THE RIVER

Kind words can poison you
that's why I haven't listened for a long time
but I miss you so much I'm talking in the mirror
practicing reactions to the things that I don't want to see
because I know when I'm looking I will see them
a lot that I know I won't see
in our first season of breezes
I've been looking for a long time
for some something
for some something but I'm drifting down the river
When your back turns to face me and you move away from me
or when I go away to every place I feel that stirring
I want you with me all of the time that I want you with me

SUNSHINE

Once there was a rich man who harvested the sunshine
locked it up in a silo and sold it on the street side
he invited all the women of the world to come and live in the sunshine
as long as they could keep it quiet
He lived for a thousand years and he had a thousand kids
but they could not keep it quiet and so he started to dying
and the kids started cutting loose
they tried to catch the moon
they gonna put it in their living room
they're gonna put the moon in their living room
They said you never let us play in the sunshine
we're gonna build a prison of our own
you never let us play in the sunshine
we gonna build a prison of our own uninvited hands
We don't have anyone to look up to
we're just here to be pacified
Treat it like a dream

CUT OFF HANDS

I want to live in the winter time
I don't want to go outside
windows and walls, windows and walls
that's for me
I want to live in the biblical world
cut off my hands for stealing your girl
cut off my hands, cut off your hands
that's for me
I want to lay down with a suburban wife
in an open window with a butterfly knife
judge or be judged, judge or be judged
that's for me
I want to be one of the insects that screams
fill up the night with a beautiful song
crush or be crushed, crush or be crushed
Spare me your victory speech and pump that poison into your blood
Cut off my hands, cut off your hands
If this is the best place I want a new face

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