inaccurate charm

inaccurate charm

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  • released: 29 february 2008
  • all songs written by: david ding
  • with: joe morton [percussion on 1-7]; eri chan (lizzie moore) [backing vocals on 2]; jeremy morton [percussion on 6]; jenny morton [percussion on 6]
  • portrait by jeremy mullins

promenade

[instrumental]


casual trap

well we’ll talk about it and i’ll hear what you have to say to me
you attempt to flatter with articulate chatter about everything
about everything you do

do i like what you’re saying? or the face you’re displaying? or in between?
and i know that by staying that i’m disobeying my tendency to do it by degrees

well we’ll talk about it and you’ll hear what i have to say to you
your illusions shatter with the subject matter’s intensity
and everything it means

do you like what i’m saying? or the thoughts i’m conveying? or in between?
do you feel i’m betraying the part you’ve been playing in every scene?
right there upon the screen?

where you like what we’re saying and the fates it’s portraying and everything
even though i’m now straying i can still see you swaying to every beat
and even in between
arrangements incomplete


panna felsen

well you may need my help and i may look the part
and wouldn’t it be just so easy to(o)
but how do i know that you won’t disagree?
that once we start, you won’t change your plea?

i’ll wrestle with this

and i will tell you what i think we should do
just don’t expect me to blindly follow through
because i’ve been down here before
yes, i’ve been right here before
and the last time didn’t leave me wanting more

i’ll wrestle with this

you know i’d like to help, but it’s a question of trust
my trust in me; my trust in you; in what you say being what you do
because i’m not ready for another trip down that fucking road

i’ll wrestle with this


the danger of one

there was a softness beneath your shell
and left exposed, it was hard to tell
what silly things you put us through to make it seem like you’re the one
who’s self-assured and in control – the truth is you’re just holding on

and there’s a danger with her that there just isn’t with you
and though it’s what i prefer, i really like what you do
i don’t care
if what i went through is due to happen again
i’d like a friend in you to keep me warm till the end
unaware
her moves unsettle the mood, disturb the air in the room
and she’s not misunderstood, it’s just a pose she assumes
everywhere
there’s a danger with her that there just isn’t with you
whatever feelings occur, i think you always knew
i don’t care

but the comfort could only go so far
before we realized what we really are
she felt compelled to put to words emotions that she’d been leaning on
and i can’t reflect; the lines are blurred; she crossed them; and now the warmth is gone

and there’s a danger with you that there just isn’t with her
i’ve always liked what you do and now i know it for sure
i’m aware
what i went through before; it was a one-off event
i want a friend in you; in you i’ll be content
everywhere
i know she wants us to think that she can do it alone
and that we’ll follow the string accepting all that we’re shown
unprepared
there’s a danger in you that there just isn’t with her
and yeah i love what you do; she knows it’s you i prefer
i don’t care


historical need

deciding on where to begin
with original sin?
if that’s how you spin

divided right from the start
half a world apart
was that not too far – from the seed

the second i opened my eyes
a total sheer lack of surprise
that was how you replied

and how could you follow it up
when you knew it was all coming down
you think you can rise above
the primitive static sound
of what you feel – do you feel

the product of historical need
example that shone before it seared
itself into my mind
and now am i
supposed to survive
just to see
if what made me i’m to repeat
or strip it away

i do like where i am
as a pre-made family man
doing what i can

but am i supposed to believe
that forever was shorter than me
how long has it been?

has it been?

of course i appreciate
every sacrifice that you make
and all the time that it takes

but was i meant to be
did the end justify your means
can you determine consistency
in what you think is real

what is real?

the product of historical need
example that shone before it seared
itself into my mind
and now am i
supposed to survive
just to see
if what made me i’m to repeat
or strip away what’s in between
the solace of historical need
the samples before they used to be
and now i am
just to survive
what should i be?
the product of historical need
but tamper with the
way it went
before it seared itself into my mind
and now am i supposed to survive
just to see
if what made me i’m to repeat
or strip away what’s in between

(i know it’s not the same as it was back then
that times have changed and so have attitudes
about everything we talked about
what i’m talking about
but can’t you see how it would change the way
i feel about it all

can i trust that this is how
it will come to fall
come to pass
end up
result
i like how we ended up
but do i need to go through that
to get to this?
is there no other way?
can’t it just work itself out?
or is everything destined to fail?)


charm offensive

see me here
what harm could i do?
to you?

believe me
you know i will protect you
it’s true

i’ll take you away
and out of harm’s way

put your faith in me
what harm could i do?

i’ll take everything that i want
everything – even if it’s not what i need
i will go down by your side
like i’ve nothing to hide
but you know i’ll hide it anyway
i’ll hide it just to spit in your face


a safer type

[instrumental]


uninformed

i know a way to keep the danger at bay
if we stay quiet it’ll all be okay

two parts of a whole
how could i ever have known
that when i’m with only one
i’ll still be coming undone

and still you want my assistance
even though you’ve seen what i can do
you want to open yourself up for me
i know you know i know you want to do too

two parts of a whole
how could i ever have known
that when i’m with only one
i’ll still be coming undone

and the temptations there
if i’m composed i can find my way in anywhere

and yeah we wondered if you knew more than you claimed
and yeah we wondered if those actions were informed

two parts of a whole
how could i ever have known
that when i’m with only one
i’ll still be coming undone


home

i see your face across the street
i hesitate our eyes won’t meet
it brings me back to what we had before
extended nights spent lying on the floor
but in between all the times we touched
was the enormity immensity of everything you fucked

take me home

and then i find you’re so sweet
you’ve gone back to kneel at his feet again

i lay awake and i heard you breathe
you heard my lying when i said i’d never leave

take me home

where i know you’re being so sweet
while remaining typically discreet
as you’re choosing to repeat
that same mistake

that’s when i see that i was right to make my choice
i don’t regret what i did or when i didn’t raise my voice

and what you feel – it’s no concern
i like my complications easy to return

take me home

where i know you’re being so sweet
where i know you’re being so discreet
as you’re choosing to recomplete
that same mistake


pinafore

there was a time when i wanted to
but your eyes wouldn’t let me through
so i passed it on

no surprise that it found its way
and arrived with a modest delay
but how was it received

i came back at a later date
not knowing what might await
although i had my hopes

and though at first it didn’t look too good
it ended better than i thought it could
it was worth the wait

signing up for combini trips
take a moment to connect our lips
the kind of chills of the warmest kind
and now i can’t get you off my mind

it’s no surprise that i wanted you
i’m just amazed that you want me too
i’m so happy that it found its way
girl you take my breath away

so glad that those words arrived
don’t know how they stayed alive
and though soon will our worlds divide
till then i’ll be by your side


©2008 david ding

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