The Five Stages EP

by Skittish

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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
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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
3.
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
4.
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
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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

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released February 11, 2014

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