Houses Shine Like Teeth

by The Invisible Cities

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released April 15, 2009

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Track Name: Lizard Brain
he's on the couch again
cigarette in his mouth
he's talking trash again
about the aristocrat again
the house is too big
the house is too small
we can make tunnels
under the walls
Track Name: Corpus Callosum
corpus callosum to the east coast
green velvet hills below
houses shine like teeth they line up like zippers
through the circuit board i go

the claustrophobe is doing his best
he's underground with catekismet
he's running all around his nest
still finding out what is it

insecticide i've concluded
can only hide things from the deluded

searchlight painting the sky
i'm looking out for you
Track Name: Saints
v tserkve you come running in
with your sails full you bring the sun in
and all the glass glows it makes a bright day
and with the right look it's done the right way

where the saints go i
i wanna follow
where the saints go i

from the closet it comes tumbling
and like a gray cat it takes a run in
and all the glass glows it makes a bright day
and with the right look it's done the right way

where the saints go i
i wanna follow
where the saints go i

i end up dead i lose my head i'm lost i'm drifting i see a cross i can't recall the last time it all didn't matter i break my head i break my legs i break my bed i break right open cold in grain and disdain and i'm in the grave i'm in the grain i'm in the pain it makes me ugly so touch me i'm grateful james it won't go on and on and on and on and on
Track Name: The Only Reason The Club Was Made
you've got books and you've got shirts
you've got phoenix in the dirt
sheep dogs herd you
i've got ratso i've got traps
you've got your moby's dusty tracks
say hello to everyone

you pull your knees up and you say you're gonna break a fin
the only reason the club was made was to let you in

double stink eye when you choose
even wise men get to lose
games they bore you
pushy thoughts and mango prunes
piles of paper piled on you
you write reports we play war

you pull your knees up and you say you're gonna break a fin
the only reason the club was made was to let you in
you pull your knees up in the shade in the thick and thin
the only reason the club was made was to let you in

red eft crawls under a rock
cameras battle after dark
for what they don't know
you send pictures of your sibs
but the joke is really this
it's something we don't know

you pull your knees up and you say you're gonna break a fin
the only reason the club was made was the let you in
you pull your knees up in the shade in the thick and thin
the only reason the club was made was to let you in
Track Name: Flipped Out
i can't atone for it
now that it's blown to bits
can't understand it
it's not how i planned it

and it's evident
i didn't make a dent
i kicked the door in
of embarrassment

when i found out
looks like i flipped out
yeah no doubt
it was me who flipped out

i'm rememberin
that i should count to ten
and i get to two or three
and start forgetting again

it was a ton of bricks
match on the tindersticks
you said that one thing
it should've set me thinking

when i found out
looks like i flipped out
yeah no doubt
it was me who flipped out

ooh

when i found out
looks like i flipped out
yeah no doubt
it was me who flipped out
Track Name: Marine Parade Road (Soupy)
does this seem too specific?
i'll check the list again.
these days it's all transpacific
you and me on either end.

sliding up the wire to your headphones
you on your moonlit bus ride home
a little song about the scenery
to make you feel a little less alone.

continental drift divide
nothing seems to fit it seems
everything's a miss or close enough
or maybe not but
you and me on either end.

sliding up the wire to your headphones
you on your moonlit bus ride home
a little song about the weather
to make you feel a little less alone.

sliding up the wire to your headphones
you on your moonlit bus ride home
a little song about nothing
to make you feel a little less alone.
Track Name: Carrier Pigeon
over the rooftops
over the trees
see the boy with the red balloon
here we go

carrier pigeon
take the message
cmon danger, danger
see you later

all along the highway
overgrown and cracked
people at the shoreline
wading out for crab

carrier pigeon
take the message
cmon danger, danger
see you later
Track Name: 49 Red
forty nine red
de soto diplomat
crossing the tracks
kicking up dust in the back

the sun is setting
down among
the trees and fields and fields and fields
(what do you think of that?)

she said "it feels too much like a movie"
and i said "what's wrong with that?"
what's wrong with that?
what's wrong with that?
what's wrong?

never even had a chance to go it
never even had a chance to go it alone

never even had a chance to go it
never even had a chance

fifty two steps
from the curb to the door
sometimes i can't recall
the shape of your face anymore

ba ba ba ba ba.

no reaction to me
no reaction
no reaction to me
no reaction

ah ah ah ah.
Track Name: Pythagorean Theorem
pythagorean theorem requires
a right triangle and fires
with an 'a' side and a 'b' side reaching
over toward the taller 'c' side

'a' squared plus 'b' squared
the sum equals 'c' squared

opposite the angle ninety degrees wide
the hypotenuse likes saying it is the 'c' side
the other two keep stretching they don't mind
they're crafting copper etchings they're just fine

'a' squared plus 'b' squared
the sum equals 'c' squared

isosceles it could be
but 'a' and 'b' don't worry about whether they're twins
Track Name: San Jose
san jose
fifteen miles away
on and on and on
traffic backed up for miles

san jose
twelve miles away
on and on and on
traffic backed up for miles
Track Name: Everybody Sits Around The Table
everybody sits around the table hands in their laps waiting for the call
sometimes it never comes
Track Name: Nowt
what is there to do
i am singing to you
what is there to say
i say it anyway

what is there to find
i left it far behind
what is there to feel
i feel it all the time

ah ah ah

what is there to say
nothing all the way
what is there to find
nothing all the time

what is there to me
no no not me
what is there to me
nothing i can see

nothing i can see

what is there to show
i left it long ago
what are you to me
nothing i can see

nothing i can see
that's what you are to me.

ah ah ah
ah ah ah

what is there to do
i am singing to you
what is there to say
i say it anyway

what is there to find
i left it far behind
what is there to feel
i feel it all the time

what is there to take
restless and awake
what is there to know
nowhere left to go

what is there to say
say it all day
what is there to fight
yeah, and it's alright

and it's alright
and it's alright
and it's alright
and it's alright
Track Name: Tube Song
moving through the tube
all lined up for you
like children on their way to school
just pushing through

now they're running up the stairs
who needs the railing in their hands
what's there for you to understand
while you're standing there

you say there's nothing
you say there's nothing left to do
you say there's nothing
is there really nothing left

movies in the dark
they make you walk around the park
and i hope i make some kind of mark
not like the kind that you got

there's just one thing you forgot
i say i'll put it in the metal box
and i close it up cause there you are
not minding the flock

just say there's something
just say there's something left to do
just say there's something
tell me there's anything left
Track Name: AndILoveThisTown
been so lucky
since you been gone
lost my frown
and i love this town