Works On Paper

by The Library is On Fire

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released 31 October 2011

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Track Name: Hypnos Waking
watch the clock until the morning
wait for time to run its course
until corralled into the window of the light
and then we're safe once again

until another night escapes us
we escape them with every way we try

watch the clock until the morning light draws in
and once again
Track Name: Basquiat
Its not the safest street
the severed scenes you'll not be ready for
in the window seat
when all the paint comes peeling off
and you can't fit the fleet
slate the shit you can't be waiting for

pushed up but really beat (slow it down)
you knock me off my feet (slow it down)
and I just can't complete the beat (slow it down)

and I don't know you...
and I don't know

You couldn't grip the heat
and hid the ammo in a killer scar
and watched a thousand streets
erupt into a silver-studded war
to slam the brilliant bleeds
and make the man the thing
worth making for

pushed up but really beat (slow it down)
and you just knock me off my feet
Track Name: Fly Sucka on The Score
You say you don't believe in what they call love
I don't know what else to call it
Its funny how these days pass beyond repair
I never know just what you're doing
And you never know what I'm saying
know what I'm saying
Saying anymore
I don't wanna hurt you anymore
Like a fly sucka on the score

You say you don't believe in love anymore
I don't know what else to believe in
You know I don't go out much anymore
Cuz there's really nothing in it

And I never know what you're doing
know what you're doing
doing anymore
Like a fly sucka on the score
Anyway feeling so sore

You say you don't believe in love anymore
I don't know what else to believe in
Its funny how these days pass so unaware
I wish I knew just what you doing
And I wish that you know what I'm saying
know what I'm saying
saying forevermore
I will always love you forevermore
like a fly sucka on the score

You say you don't believe in love anymore
I don't know what else to believe in
Its funny how these days pass so unaware
I wish I knew just what you doing
And I wish that you know what I'm saying
know what I'm saying
saying forevermore
Cuz I will always love you forevermore
like a fly sucka on the score.
Track Name: Burn it Down
fire lashing from your tongue
and poison spewing from your lungs
to take revenge on all the pride
hurt by who wasn't on your side
and pacified into the night in which
your heart was breaking now
you burn it down

for every devil in your head
was a vision that you bled
all those who tried to run that town
had to watch you burn it down
and paralyzed by what the night's
divided black was stealing
killed all those who left you reeling
let us know how you're all feeling now
when you burn it down

they just stood by to watch you fall
was nothing they could do at all
as you were burning out your light
and giving in without a fight
and crucified upon the night in which
the earth was shaking
give me some of what you're taking
now I know that you're not faking now
when you burn it down
when you burn it down
Track Name: They Don't Know You (Like I Know You)
They don't know you like I know you
and maybe that's why you're still friends
It didn't pay the dividends
not enough to comprehend
for me to know you like I want to
even if you could pretend
Its not the way I would intend
that this would be the way it ends
But they don't know you like I know you
and I'm really glad for them
I'd be really sad for them but I know
they don't give a damn
about anything about you
and maybe that's why you're still friends
Its nothing I would recommend
you can be so condescending
Like a hero to the rescue
in a building all aflame
They'll all remember your good name
and I'm just left to feel the shame
Of looking like someone who hates you
who's just about to blow his top
and swore this song would be a flop
but took it way too far to stop
Cuz they don't know you like I know you
and maybe that's why you're still friends
Its nothing I would recommend
and nothing I can comprehend
but they don't know you like I know you
la la la la la la la
la la la la la la la
la la la la la la la
they don't know you like I know you.
Track Name: Stranded on Monster Island
Stranded on Monster Island
where I met you the first time
sending messages in bottles
searching through the hazy climes
but I can't forget your disappearing
lifeboat in the summer skyline

Mâchéd up in the paper
where you découpaged my heart
My movie's filled with blunders
and I just missed the best part
but I can't forget your sloshing paddles
can't forget the way you left me

In the forests of Monster Island
off the Watermelon Coast
and a life still filled with secrets
I'm surrounded by these ghosts
Wish you'd come back with the search crew
I wish you were here to tell me how you are.

Still stranded on Monster Island
searching for the exit door
I'd go down in a blaze of glory
if I could get up off this floor
but I can't forget the way you looked away
the saddest look you ever gave.
Track Name: Jewels in Yr Eyes
Try, try not to hang on to what you can't fight
don't give any chance to the spirits that bite
and never forget all the jewels in your eyes
oh in your eyes lalalalala

Don't, don't wound your knees
stooping down to their heights
Don't give into silence exchanged for a fight
and never forget all the jewels in your eyes
oh in your eyes
lalalalala

Sometimes when you cut all your losses you
lose all your high costs to a value that's true
remember your spirit comes sparkling through
when they're staring back at you
They're staring back at you
They're staring back at you
Track Name: Hypnos Waiting
Watch the night sky for the dawning
Look upon the shining stars
Wonder why you never show your shining face
and let us in
Let me in

So then another night escapes us
We escape you with everything we learn
Turn the clock so that it ticks just right
Clock in
Pray let us win
Track Name: The Broken Guitar (album mix)
Found your broken guitar among the shoreline rocks
the violent waters once raging now stilled
among your missing hands
and all is quiet now
The wood and wires tangled round
Where your sunburst heart had smashed it down
down down down
Where all your noise is silenced now
The blazing watts that fizzled out
I wanna unleash the storms again
out from your blazing head
Burn out the wind in all its winding grace
to fall on down
to find the face in your lost sounds

I sat and watched the drywall skyline
bleary crystallized and numb
bearing down upon your memory, the place
the place where you had run
Where all your noise is silenced now
The searing feedback fizzled out out
I wanna unleash the storms again
out from my aching head
Burn out the wind in all its winding grace
to fall on down
To find the face in your lost sounds
To find the face in your lost sounds
To find the face in your lost sounds
Track Name: Stupid Summer Morning
A lonely walk into another summer morning
The night passed by into the solitary sand
She's always leaving in the morning
She couldn't be there, oh, to watch the day begin

Another night turns into morning
She couldn't give me what I needed in the end
Another stupid summer night turns into morning
say goodbye to one who isn't quite a friend

But if the rain surrounds me
at least I'm shrouded in a fog that's not too dense
and as the pain corrals me
I sleep into another stupid night again
to wake up in another stupid summer morning
the night passed by into the solitary sand
Track Name: Spray Painted Life
What'd you do to get into this new light? (oh oh oh)
Blowing up just like some dy-no-mite (oh oh oh)
This ain't about what happened yesternight (oh oh oh)
Its got everything to do with what you're about to ignite

Look at you in your spray painted life (oh oh oh)
All bright and new in your spray painted life (oh oh oh)

You are the phantom poet who ghost writes
Ink disappears like some erased graphite

Now I see why you can never be what you can be
I see why you can be what you, you cannot be
Cuz you are all see through in your spray painted life
How do you do in your spray painted life?
Impromptu in your spray painted life
Nice hairdo in your spray painted life
Oh lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala
Misconstrued in your spray painted life
No good for you in your spray painted life
Oh lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala
Track Name: Rothko
got all turned around
big let down
with all bets down

got used to waking up alone
with no one round
no one round

so used to being on your own
I guess that's how it goes
become so opposed


another bad breakdown
you come unwound
so spellbound

figured it out alone
overthrown
you're a little zoned


soon they stole your crown
a bad come down
big let down

and into the unkown
the bird has flown
you were all disowned

oo-oo-oo-ooh
Track Name: Hypnos Returns
watch the clock until the morning
wait for time to run its course
until corralled into the window of the light
and then we're safe once again
until another night escapes us
we escape them with every way we try
watch the clock until the morning light
draws in
and once again