The Five Stages EP

by Skittish

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released 11 February 2014

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Track Name: Running Lights (Denial)
RUNNING LIGHTS (Denial)

I hatched upon a hill
More hungry, less demure
Its obvious, its dangerous, its pure
Meeting by mistake
Both flying high above
Its obvious, its dangerous, its love
I'm running lights
Feeling like I'm never going to die
Running Lights
Feeling like I do tonight
There's no telling when
this sweet boy went so sour
I emerged from this chrysalis empowered
I spit upon your wings
to ensure you wouldn't fly away and leave me here, but oh no...
I'm running lights
Feeling like I'm never going to die
Running Lights
Blazing through this galaxy afire
Mandibles entwined
Go, faster than you ever knew
Faster than you wanted to
Leaving behind the world you knew
When are you going to learn?
Promise you'll never learn
I'm running lights
Feeling like I'm never going to die
Running Lights
Blazing through this galaxy afire
Mandibles entwined, instincts speaking their mind say “Go!”
I'm running lights
Feeling like I'm never going to die
Running Lights
Feeling like I do tonight
Track Name: Built to Break (Anger)
BUILT TO BREAK (Anger)

They don't make 'em like they used to be
An eye that wanders and a taste for meat
Two legs, seemingly broken, fall open with the breeze
One tongue, forked and then sharpened,
flicks the flecks out from your teeth
They don't make 'em like they used to do
Pour some poison in an ear or two
My words, lobotomized by anger, embarrass me
One brain, spitting and sputtering, can't quite keep it clean
God don't make no junk
We built these things for breaking down
All of this, for breaking down
I kept my cool throughout the day
Now its mine, my turn, to freak out
I scream my fill, I scream what I wish I said at the windshield
After the amputation I can still feel you itch
Mourning my phantom limb that tangled with two hemlock lips
God don't make no junk
You're right, you're ever so smart
How blessed am I to have your insight!?
You're right, you're ever so smart
How blessed am I to have your fucking insight!?
We built these things for breaking down
All of this, for breaking down
I kept my cool throughout the day
Now its mine, my turn, to freak out
Track Name: The Fixer (Bargaining)
THE FIXER (Bargaining)

Well, that's how it goes
Its a kiss, to the lips, from the tippy-toes
Some paper mache, a goldfish in a bag,
and an undiagnosable sigh.
Its the love in her eyes
If I admit that I need you around,
would you keep me from drowning?
...siren or saint?
If this ship is sinking, I'm pouring some drinks
If this ship is sinking, lets have a drink
I can patch, I can plug, I can fix anything
Well, that's how it goes
Its the love of your life shaking her head 'no'
Its the smile that you fake, its the nights laying awake,
its the feeling you cannot disguise.
Its the look in her eyes
Tell me you love me and I'll teach you to swim
Then we can go swim
I'll buy you a boat if you give me a grin
Give me one grin
Cause I can fix anything
You drown me in 'crazy' but you know I love every drop
If I admit that I need you around...
I'll wait by your 'hello' that's calling me home
Cause I've been a stranger, and you've been alone
And after a while in the sun, put this whole fucking beast in the ground
I'm tapping my S.O.S. out
Track Name: Kerosene (Depression)
KEROSENE (Depression)

A twisted shell of blankets
(My armor plated plaid)
Listen to the day slip past
Silly life goes on, muffled by the walls
You would light my kerosene
You would light my kerosene
I've never been so tired
Its 1, 2, 3pm
You've darkened your last doorway back to me again
Here in my cocoon, picking at my wounds
You would light my kerosene
You would light my kerosene
You would light my kerosene
I am less than, without you
I am less than, without you
Without you
Track Name: The World Needs Bartenders (Acceptance)
THE WORLD NEEDS BARTENDERS (Acceptance)

Dear Miss Take, Miss ill-Intent,
Thank you for your interest,
But the chaos you accompany is no longer of use.
You're only as sick as your secrets. So set 'em loose.
Looking back, its all a blur
Feelings fade with my sunburn
So its said, 'You're either wise, or you're in love.”
Standing in the sun, with an apple and my dog, feeling wise
The grass is brown under my heel
In this haunted town, a few moments still make the highlight reel
Fewer still as blissfully hopeful as the words: “Now Boarding”
You belong in a zoo
I would come and visit you
To study all your oddities, you won't trouble me
And for all the years, I'll refund the tears you spent on me
Now I know you couldn't stand
To sit and watch me struggling
Sinking more and more each day, never giving in
Until I lay my bones in layers of sandstone, you know I can't
I may never be a rockstar
I may never be a doctor
I may never be a ghostbuster
I may never be a father
I may never be healthy
I may never be an astronaut
But I am God-damn sure I'll never be fooled again