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  • released: 17 june 2007
  • 1-26, 28-30 written by: david ding
  • 27 written by: david ding and elizabeth robinson
  • with: ger lynch [drums on 28 and 29]; peter stringer [drums on 15 and 16]

skirmish january 2002

[instrumental]


and what i mean november 2003

i opened the door
and i walked right through
my eyes never left the floor
while i tried to talk to you
about how i feel
but it sounds better coming from you

i went away
and i thought it through
thought about what to say
thought about what to do
and what i mean
but it sounds better coming from you

and in the end what you say is true
there’s nothing complete
about me and you

i opened the door
and i walked right through
my eyes never left the floor
while i was killing you
i wanted to scream
but it sounds better coming from you

and in the end what you said is true
there was nothing complete
about me or you

and now i see
you always knew
and how i feel
sounded better coming from you


black dagger crime may 2003

i don’t remember
before i ever
tied myself to you

i don’t remember
before i ever
washed my hands of you

black dagger crime
did i cross the line?
thank you for your time
black dagger crime

you have no right
no right to cry
there will be no start

you have no right
no right to cry
put it in your heart

black dagger crime
did i cross the line?
thank you for your time
black dagger crime


surface october 2002

cut the surface and make it right
i think i’ll pass on that tonight
change how i prioritize
with my eyes

i’ll say it again

focus in on focusing
getting out and coming in
now it hurts me when i think
of anything

something happening inside
now i know i won’t decide
i hope there’s nothing when i die

and i’ll say it again

cut the surface and make it right
see the blindness in my sight
stop complaining all the time
in my mind

keep the balance of the night
tell myself that i’m alright
close the door, turn off the light
it’s alright

but i’ll say it again


virgin-like (version-like) december 2005

well hey what’s this in the pocket of my dungarees?
a new toy that will bring you to your knees
maybe you can have a go if you just say please
but maybe not i don’t want to get a disease
i will lock it in a box with my brand new key
dig a hole in my head on the count of three
soundtrack my attack w/ some mbv
you made me realise you see

inspector
i’ve got nothing to hide

you seem to think you’ve got something on me
you’ll see you’ve seen the in-between
this new machine

so just forget about it
just forget it won’t be there
won’t be there

i’ll take you anywhere you want
i’ll take you everywhere you want to go
to see
i’ll take you there i’ll take you there

so just forget about it
just forget it won’t be there
there’s no one there


one-sided april 2005

yeah, we have decided
this is one-sided
it’s under and it’s over
this is one-sided

picture in the corner
but there is no corner
one side for just one side
this is one-sided

you think you turn it over
but you’re on the same side

this is one-sided
this is one-sided
this is one-sided
this is one-sided

(you think you turn it over)

i feel it right there in my chest
i can’t control my twitching neck
i always think i’ll get so far
and just pull out before it’s real

turning pages, turning back
sometimes i’m taken by surprise
but when i’m there i relish each
and every second everywhere

bad to be good to be bad
i know i shouldn’t say but it’s the best i’ve ever had

yeah, we have decided
this is one-sided
this is one-sided
this is one-sided
this is one-sided
this is one-sided


you don’t burn december 2006

you don’t burn like you should
so i bury you underground
hold you underwater till you drown
but you don’t burn like you should

and it’s more than i can take
and not much more before i break

you never really wanted a simple life
you were all about twists and turns
so i turn you over; unsheathe my knife
but i know that you won’t burn

and it’s more than i can take
and not much more before i break

and i’ve learned from my mistakes
but the more i learn the more i make


fault may 2002

[instrumental]


ready decay august 2001

no reason for me to stay
playing this game
stopped moving the other way
what’s left to change?

we waited too long
now we’re gone

can you tell me what to say?
to you? today?
broke down now, melting away
ready decay
nothing to change
ready decay

we waited too long
now we’re gone


basic salvation may 2003

there’s a k above the silver
underneath the mantra no
polaroids a postcard too
over three and over you
insect standing wings of strings
behind the stacks of plastic cracks

argue with the letters
with juliette in his eyes
in disguise awarded prize
tell no lies pale blue skies
pale blue eyes

magnificent your majesty
badges of authority

yes i’m bored with people too
arm yourself and blow your nose
beware! your neighbours will get you
overload and overflow

ventilation – slide it right
ace of spades and i can’t hide
bed on bed on bed on bed
instead

mushroom careful
wire wrapped
extend the tension
distend pretension
defy convention
defy prevention

star star king king
part zero, yesterday
out of order
grab the water

introduce the finish line

there’s only one
there’s only one
there’s only one
and i am everywhere


notice april 2002

identify my biggest flaws
and shape your vision of the truth

perception fades to nothing quick
and in its place is something else

something they told you about
something they warned you about

you decide what perfect is
and i’ll forget what never was


cold water shave april 2006

i saw foxes turn to wolves
i saw forks intertwined
it’s all up ahead
echoes remain behind

this angle doesn’t suit you
it doesn’t suit me

i’d cut off my arm
before you could see

dragging this blade
over my chin
a cold water shave
peeling off my skin

the day i got scarred
you tapped on my heart
you asked could you come in
i said “before we we start..

i have one condition
one simple condition”

and did i need a reason?
did i need a reason?

i’ll give you a clue
if you close your eyes
all the skin i’ve shred
you wouldn’t recognise

dragging this blade
over my chin
a cold water shave
peeling off my skin


wanted to meet you october 2003

i wanted to meet you
but you never looked my way


arcadia may 2002

when i saw you then, i was blind and couldn’t see
you were in the way of what was playing on the screen
i was laughing with you, but you were laughing back at me
i was stupid thinking i knew how it was to be

i don’t care anymore about the look that went away
i don’t care anymore about the time i used to waste
i don’t care anymore about your pretty little face
i don’t care anymore

i don’t care anymore about the way you just pretend
i don’t care anymore about your stupid little friends
i don’t care anymore about the way it never ends
i don’t care anymore

i was thinking about the little changes there had been
i was liking the sound, and then you entered in the scene
i was missing your words, but not the silence in between
i was listening still to the washing machine

i don’t care anymore ’cause now you’re nothing but a face
i don’t care anymore ’cause now there’s people in your place
i don’t care anymore ’cause now i’ve got more time to waste
i don’t care anymore


flare (live) november 2004

i’d say hello if it didn’t bore me to do so
you don’t have to pretend to notice me
your smile says it all, don’t worry

your averting eyes are a joy for me to watch
your sorry disguise is a joy for me to see

the flavour of your face is making me sick
your smile says it all, and you’re making me sick


tiburón (live) november 2004

another night
and you were there
your body twists
and i just stare

i forgot i was meant to breathe
i just hoped that you wouldn’t leave

i’ll die if i’m left here alone
never tell me that you want to go home

and what i get
is what you choose
my spine chills
when you move

you burned my skin with every touch
didn’t think I’d want to hurt so much

tonight dies if i’m left here alone
never tell me that you want to go home


sexy rash february 2002

[instrumental]


said you did may 2002

let it slide
into the night
in your disguise
and drag yourself down

you decide
to kill your pride
now you hide
behind your laughter

always said you did it all the right way
always said you did
always said you waited for the right day
always said you did

how could i
tell a lie
start a fight
around your corner

burn your eyes
and leave you blind
throw your mind
and piece it together

always said you did it all the right way
always said you did
always said you waited for the right day
always said you did


foil march 2003

slide
slide until it dies
blank face waiting at the door
but i ignore

i hate to knock you down
but i love to watch you fall

green light burning for no one else but me
can’t leave mine because mine is incomplete

i hate to burst yr bubble
but i love to hear it pop

(LFSS)
cannot put the blame on anyone

ignoring the birthday boy
put him in his place
shoot him in the face

i hate to knock you down
but i love to watch you fall

(LFSS)
one will be replaced by another


say something july 2004

i know it’s hard to smile
and you just close your eyes
to go to sleep and not wake up
it hurts you to be alive

i know it’s worse at night
i try to turn on the light
you tell me to stop, that it won’t work
it burns you and leaves you blind

say something, baby, ’cause this silence is killing me
say something, baby, ’cause this silence is killing me
say something, baby, ’cause this silence is killing me
say something, baby, ’cause this silence is killing me

you know i’m here for you
you know i’m here for you
yrs to keep, to keep you warm
forever here for you

forever here for you


mark march 2002

[instrumental]


seriously october 2002

[instrumental]


i left like i said i would december 2006

couldn’t take your kiss with me
waited for too long

couldn’t take your kiss with me
protected everyone but me


voucher august 2002

words don’t mean what they’re meant to say
words don’t mean anything today
youth fight fascism with ian mackaye
this is a song with no words anyway

use your fucking coupon
get your fucking discount

hardcore punk fuck back in your face
thurston moore looking so out of place
listen too long and you’re gonna be late
don’t give a fuck ’cause it’s the song i hate

use your fucking coupon
get your fucking discount


wash august 2002

i’m sinking in

now, it’s not so easy to see
now, i don’t know who i should be
now, nothing happens for free
now, i must remember to breathe

i’m finishing

now, i forget what i mean
now, my hands are no longer clean
now, the leaves are no longer green
now, the life is dying in me

and i can see
how nothing happens for free


yours truly november 2003

and i said to them
i said “it’s okay”
that i could forgive
and live another day
but it never left
it never went away
and i couldn’t forget
and i’m sorry to say

no it wasn’t okay
what went on yesterday
and i’ll send them away
and i’ll send them away

apologies
they quickly came
and i chose to accept
but it wasn’t the same
it wasn’t the crime
so much as the blame
they took my pride
they took my name

and it wasn’t okay
what went on yesterday
and i’ll send them away
and i’ll send them away

and i said to them
i said “it’s okay”
that i could forgive
and live another day
but it never left
it never went away
and i couldn’t forget
and i’m sorry to say

no it wasn’t okay
what went on yesterday
and i’ll send them away
and i’ll send them away


paper heart april 2003

i dream,
i dreamed, i dream
a flat “do not know” (donut nose)

consciousness, conscience-free
your paper heart is not for sale

wretched, ignoble foe
catching savages,
innumerable

eating lemons, ticks, and ham
everything’s drying out
your paper heart is not for sale

consciousness, conscience-free
a kiss, in a box, in a dream
consciousness, conscience-free
your paper heart is not for sale


apple tree (live) december 2005

i didn’t want to be
waiting here quietly
eating your celery
under the apple tree

improbability
wasn’t a mystery
impossibility
not what i want to see

what would you say to me
if i said honestly
how i want it to be
under the apple tree

would you just disagree
walk away silently
or would you come to me
see the things i can see

spit out your celery
now that it’s history
what would you offer me
under the apple tree

what would you take from me
what would be left of me
would it end happily
under the apple tree


undermind (live) december 2005

the pulse is twitching by my thumb
inside my sides i feel so numb
i hide my face behind my head
don’t cry because my eyes are dead

the pain that drills my brain is on
can only hope i’ll soon be gone
below my face behind my head
it grows until my eyes are dead

the silence takes the time in me
and i’ll decide what’s meant for me
i hide my face behind my head
and cry until my eyes are dead

we will be undermined
we will be under mind
we will be undermine
we will be undermind

wear away base of
tear away taste of
tearaway pace of


slip march 2002

[instrumental]


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