Retrospective

by Andrew Huang

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1.
Solariums 03:06
you're as cool as your room the windows white from bed to ceiling stretched as the 3am sirens roll by and styrofoam walls can hear us kiss the postponed whisper summer nights 2006 i say i love you you say i love you as impending as doom the coming years solariums and blankets where i'll hold you i'll hold you daylight runs its course with one in the womb and one in arms the loves of my trim life and you still hear me say i'll hold you i'll hold you
2.
The Hounds 02:19
forget sounds/ i'm releasing the hounds/ it's the quicker way to get you to bounce/ so make like a ball/ ballers bawl/ i'm all surprise attacks like squalls/ rhymes that i scrawl like it matters the most/ get flattered and boast? no time if i'm the most baddest and dope/ emcee teeth chatter and throat dry/ shattered your hope/ couldn't climb charts with some ladder and rope/ no luck finding the jams that sizzle/ i find them so stuck in the grease lining the pans a little/ those ruts be damned/ kids need to grow up/ go nuts for club crawls and all else is so what/ when i show up my flow pulls like a tow truck/ leave them bedazzled and hit them like they don't know what/ 'til in the advil they might dabble a lil'/ it's word power like i've got towers of babble to fill/ not with my battling skills/ but if it's scrabble, i kill/ put that on the bill/ my triple letter score's a little better for the third set/ the words get stronger as i link and riddle metaphors/ set a course for constellations/ 'cause dirty air just doesn't do it for me anymore/ i'm impatient/ low motivation/ soul abrasion with no explanation/ so i spat a poem from the fattest tome/ that's never had a home/ 'cause i've been working on it that alone/ my data roams the catacombs/ avoiding all the phonies and the imitations bringing baloney in/ i leave them hanging like gardens of babylonian persuasions/ know your limitations/ erroneously makeshift sonority splash rocks/ competing for the boniest cash box/ i'm that hot/ ha/
3.
oh my god you woke me up again with music hairline dreams the brandy in my tea leans over i might have heard your words i might have heard your voice i might have heard your song i might have heard your words i might have heard your voice i might have heard your song cold outside and i divide the garments, trusted one by one and one is all that counts this lost heart i might have heard your words i might have heard your voice i might have heard your song and i'm saving money to make a certain kind of footprint to make these backwards footprints i might have heard your words i might have heard your voice i might have heard your song i might have heard your voice i might have heard your words i might have heard your voice i might have heard your song
4.
Heaven 02:31
make the nastiest beat and i won't rhyme dirty you won't find wordier lines than mine, surely divine purpose to dance to, it's my journey i might be in the club, but it might be nine thirty and it's all love to you ladies who try and hurt me 'cause it's all love when anyone thinks i'm worthy of that small love, i wanna arrive early in the arms of the one i serve, you guys heard me up in h got the cheek down now, turn the other page coming with a beat, loud, burners in a cage got a handle on it, the fans'll flaunt it to take andrew's sonnets a place scandalous box the wisdom spit, can the vomit kids just can't quench this brand of comets come away a pleasure painted in the ivory summer days i see you on the other side of me adonai, shadow from the heat glad to follow these vast and rad doctrines we've had just passed on from the past free all of me, majesty, honor, everlasting light uncorruptible lord god the colony's crashed mad geology in columns to disprove what in the true spirit we all believe and sadly quality of life clad with small deceits adds idolatry to the mixed bad theology view a people set aside we hide through the defiance of pride it's ludicrous/ but a brood of vipers won't abide to the lion of the tribe of judah angry that a worm chewed the vine but cities get chances/ to find the answers you can be the branches/ stretching out across the sky until it's rolled up like a scroll/ we wait for a city made of gold in the bitter breeze, cold/ the starry host fall like withered leaves/ rigged by the same holiest hand who shrivelled these figs/ the liturgy makes me all jittery/ man, if i don't get freedom i want liberty/
5.
get bound in love down the stuff, making no sound enough i have to move messages around the drums i wanna feel both my feet on the ground above we got a problem, and it's not the hunger work the same hours that we stop to slumber we're done for days off the thunder like we're younger, all want the numbers one, one god for me we've got too much true love, not belief it takes three words, and a lot to see it's not for us in the least now you were my darkness so it's all good when you put it all on me i slept in loss just fine when i stepped across the line and divine blessings botched didn't press my mind there's less insight when you live life at midnight saying all day they fall prey, you kid, right? no way, but it's okay, i witnessed a life given to strife but post-haste was listening right the cold taste on my lips still lingers but old waste turned - learn, bring everything first to god get bound in love down the stuff, making no sound enough i have to move messages around the drums i wanna feel both my feet on the ground above we got a problem, and it's not the cold buy new ice just to chop the gold diamond plated diamonds, i rock the mold and keep my eyes closed when i'm on hot patrol you were my darkness so it's all good when you put it all on me get bound in love down the stuff, making no sound enough i have to move messages around the drums i wanna feel both my feet on the ground above we got a problem, and it's not the hush hush but what brush flutters on the flush to crush us the fuss rusts, and the posters bumrush the chauffers can i get a holler and a bit lush
6.
i ticked you off, and what are the odds of that? armies and cannons and dice lie across the map quickly concede victory, the deed dripfeeds the wound kiss me, oh please can i make it up? can i make it up to you again? we dance around issues of magazines your hair's wet from showering, you wear your rags of jeans baby, you asked, i freed the mask from this cheek now you're expecting a plea well, can i make it up? can i make it up? can i make it up to you again? on a new day with nothing to say but a good goodbye bye goodbye bye can i make it up? can i make it up? there's no use breaking up can i make it up to you again?
7.
outlaws in the ganges persons, aging keep his name alive single mothers children and the homeless keep his name alive
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don't just lie around and wait
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under the stars you wait you watch you want you war
10.
Burning 02:55
i'll give you one guess i'll give you one guess i'll give you one guess you are to come in you've gone too far and hunted so many confused hearts and it's hot hot hot what you had had had so we thought thought thought but couldn't keep you burning burning burning burning burning burning fire burning it was hot hot hot what you had had had so we thought thought thought and couldn't keep you burning
11.
Circle 02:09
i wouldn't act so high and lofty/ but a letter better try and stop me/ no scissor tongue dry/ no dropped knees/ this guy can talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle or a cube/ this guy can talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle or a cube/ and i've really come now to dread this/ run 'round like a caged bird headless/ no exits/ but a bit of bed/ thrift store style/ never get this done/ pent up repentance unspent/ independence and pensions in pens/ and i don't mean ink writ boldly/ talk about a cold bit of poultry/ and the cuckold is up there/ and he's down here/ and he's somewhere else/ and the answer is one prayer/ but the guns blare/ and you can't unshare shells/ circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle or a cube/ this guy can talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle or a cube/ so/ sick lava/ level a valium/ in a minimal stance/ and make chances advances/ st. francis style i'ma preach to the birds/ take one home with a nice set of words/ and the doxy is up there/ and she's down here/ and she's somewhere else/ and the answer is one right/ when you come bright/ 'cause you can't unlight hell/ circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle or a cube/ this guy can talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle or a cube/
12.
Cell 02:50
woke up/ no dust got me choked up/ low, ducking the sun/ spirit is so what/ i link colder chains back together again/ soldered/ never repent/ this lone solider in ink/ set up a scent crushed and smoldered/ as i brush that dirt off my shoulders/ getting older, and getting rushed/ gold in the palm but a bone in the clutch/ split kicks on/ rip walkways and spit non-fiction evidence in a quickdraw/ beats blast with a hi-fi system drowning sound until the high rises come down now/ fill a belly up/ selling cellies with helis all on the tele, what?/ i'm gelling with eliot's bang theory/ relevant, gang, hear me/ i tell it to swell/ egos tripping at the gates of hell/ the keys go missing from a basement cell/ new love with a thirst for the free/ trapped in the temple/ held hostage/ new love, give me words for the wear/ locked up with a half a verse cross-stitched/ new love, and the murderer is me/ i get numb with red blood to bread crumbs/ new love spit the first of a prayer in the streets and the unfed slums that i fled from/ you've been living in a dream/ building synagogues top-down with a scissor full of seams/ got style but the mirrors in the archway/ start making every sun-set-and-rise a hard day/ weave footprints into tiles/ good prince sinning while muttering a prayer for the inner child/ never play right/ blade's bright with the body of a sage like i'll never escape mics/ so i guess i have to stay tight until grace lights every stage white from a great height/ get live with an art form that resides/ in the air that you breathe, in the wash of the tide/ it's dawn in my chest/ on to finesse wrongs that dispense raw rhythm when i'm drawn into mess/ god help me/ i've got a supplement for every cell but i'm not healthy/ new love with a thirst for the free/ trapped in the temple/ held hostage/ new love, give me words for the wear/ locked up with a half a verse cross-stitched/ new love, and the murderer is me/ i get numb with red blood to bread crumbs/ new love spit the first of a prayer in the streets and the unfed slums that i fled from/
13.
you sleep with an eye under the sunlight you never have any idea where you've gone oh oh i went to the morgue then i saw you get by you're one of us you're not my friend you don't talk to me you're not my friend you don't talk to me
14.
In The Cold 03:11
i was a mistake, an alimony's alibi i was in a place where darkness was the same as light everybody's trance is pointed at the inky glass thunderclouds and ash remove the horses from the glass if you had a soul, maybe i'd listen when you talk i was in the cold, and surfaced at the equinox
15.
Deeper 02:42
i wanna go deeper you make your move, you make your move i wanna go deeper you want it too, you want it too i wanna go deeper until we're through, until we're through i wanna go deeper p-i-e-t-y sounds like primacy confined p-i-e-t-y sounds like primacy confined i know you and i have been trying to be aligned p-i-e-t-y sounds like primacy confined i wanna go deeper i wanna go deeper you make your move, you make your move i wanna go deeper you want it too, you want it too i wanna go deeper until we're through, until we're through i wanna go deeper
16.
vanity of vanities both the wise and the foolish can't hide from calamity meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless vanity of vanities both the wise and the foolish can't hide from calamity meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless gospel logical often impossible profs and prophets both rock with pockets full 'cause when the temple of the body is whole you get the temple of clothes it's so pants my soul some of the world heals, but it mainly erodes trying to choke out space for the train of his robe with the audacity to glare passing me every second and in every direction with like a practiced, even stare spared me the gallery of acid dreams tacitly like everything they do give me the capacity to care flit through cornfields where being born feels a lot more real than a mother with a torn seal washed up on the shore eels feed their face-up, copper-coin eyes to the gulls steer clear, swig beer rigged with an earwig family nestled in the hull i skip stones but i'd rather hop islands reading hot menus the cost is in diamonds so it's carat cake on the top of a ferral lake with the vows that i swear to make oaths that i dare to take throwing down on the altar with a pair of steaks and as my stone heart marinates in the thought of solomon there's a straight shot that i paraphrase meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless vanity of vanities both the wise and the foolish can't hide from calamity meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless vanity of vanities both the wise and the foolish can't hide meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless
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The Law 04:06
18.
Palmtop 02:18
music is butter the scene's with me on this one we cut it quick flutter twitch style on the kick drum recorded raw, baby taking it back making these tracks 'til the day we collapse i'm in the wrong spot with my palmtop business of the song shop it's gone properly, looking up at the long clock april 2k4, i've written everyday kids smitten, you say more quicker i fit like mittens souffle warm, i push cream one of a kind crop, nine stops to dream the heat's in degrees people talk university cheap mics treated nice when i'm fresh out of surgery because we always find a way trade wonder for fact come to the track one with the bump bump bump in the back passage and door asking him more it's gift so what do we need accident for i picture your eye because we always find a way
19.
Warp Pipe 05:32
20.
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah he was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear behind closed doors authorities thread a near impenetrable fortress and work it can't get a clear picture except on the closed circuit let's see what a country does gunless block the bright market from the land that's sunkissed crosshairs and targets intersect for fun with the drum hits sceptics connected to run this any way to move new bills i'd do it myself but the groove's too ill there's a lot more to choose between than two pills but a ghost gets convicted with just a few stills these photographs mask the game when a hurricane's no match for some acid rain the noise unfurls so listen, boys and girls keep it up and we're going to destroy the world yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah i've got ink blot tests and stocked druids a couple of drops of this hot fluid and you're ready to rock to it again soup it up to ten, my friend 'cause one thing you never do enough is spend blissed, my lens crisp i'm calling the spendthrifts to take it to the curb before it becomes endless dollar bins, y'all kings wear salted grins following a messiah who never let the hollow win i don't care to see pharisees sparing three spices to merit clean consciences with tight fists apparently your life is but a dream merrily and unaware the pieces float downstream not always gentle, resentful material what in a material what? i call it mental you're so close to just turning away i guess it's all in what you learn in a day: destroy the world destroy the world
21.
for some reason i kick it solo better than crews you know never to cause trouble my thought bubble's headed for you flow wetter than juice bet i could use a competitive boost forget it, truth's i'm as lucky as eleven and two as far as rivals go, got the sedative blues no surprises, hope you'll find this dope wherever you choose, get up and move whether you're hue's black brown white yellow reddish or blue and if you hate, don't even act like you've a message to prove i send the beef back with a side of lettuce and stew i've got a show, so pack your sweater your toothbrush your pillow and your medicine too, i'll rock it all night long i bring it each time with a brand new style store shelves empty in the dance move aisles stereo system we listen to nothing but loud switch it up again like how do you like me now the v stands for vanity, s for scorn or maybe viscious on the mic, and set up to storm through all your record collection messes and text second-guessing expressions of pressing matters emphatically dressed vessel of sex, virility sold, personal hate taking it further back to maybe like a virginal state but either way, all of the above, nothing for love you want the money or blood, because i'm coming with gloves somebody does, in the day when i had stories to tell when the v stood for vivian and s for shell for long shelley, we already were on steady, met at the give a nice night spot set by the respectable viv kids danced to the music of my foes and friends but one band's gear wasn't where it was s'posed to've been stuck in a neighbour's garage with no code to lend luckily i knew the guy who did promotions then slipped myself into the empty spot, ghostly bent rocking spare beats from my buddy moses' set and i don't mean to be on here and boast again except i do, 'cause no one wanted the show to end soon as grabbed to the mic i had this night just made allowed the crowd to witness a tight display true talents and skill, balanced appeal with day-old guitar parts, judging by how my callouses feel and if it wasn't for the date i was on you know i would have kept going, kept playing, rocking all night long i bring it each time with a brand new style store shelves empty in the dance move aisles stereo system we listen to nothing but loud switch it up again like how do you like me now feel like i'm time-travelling back the s stands for sanity, v for vain, rambling rap, the same bantering trap who unraveled the map i came ambling, half and half, can it get that much worse we did the reverse backwards, i'm that terse seemingly immune to lasting moons of your whole show folds noted in the cold blowing of a winter wind girl, make up your mind, world begins to spin with the plastic i pressed and burned you never could guess, don't act like my best and turn friends could learn from each other, we stopped the process got so hurt, closed up the shops and progress was halted games instead of names exalted, you called it shame on both of us and our politics all did nothing but bring us apart like the weather and the words i used to sing at the start it's undone you bring it each time with a brand new style whether you drop the kiss or just plant two smiles precarious positioning, wishing i didn't drown in the depths of dealing with all the how do you like me now
22.
Pilate 02:35
23.
Pilot 00:28
24.
Interrobang 00:13
only god knows where you were i didn't know how to take care of her
25.
oh my god you woke me up again with music hairline dreams the brandy in my tea leans over i might have heard your words i might have heard your voice i might have heard your song i might have heard your words i might have heard your voice i might have heard your song cold outside and i divide the garments, trusted one by one and one is all that counts this lost heart i might have heard your words i might have heard your voice i might have heard your song and i'm saving money to make a certain kind of footprint to make these backwards footprints i might have heard your words i might have heard your voice i might have heard your song i might have heard your voice i might have heard your words i might have heard your voice i might have heard your song
26.
Hold On 02:15
we'll incapacitate ourselves make our muscles sore, destroy a work of art but hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on don't go, don't go, don't go how do you plan to fall asleep with almond eyes (you suddenly see) that watch you breathe (you suddenly see) you hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on don't go, don't go, don't go you suddenly see i'm in the debris there's no one with me
27.
you used to laugh and kiss me we can't go back, but if we could would anything be different would anything be good if i could do it all again i'd probably still come talk to you way back then when we're together still feel so zen still know we had to be more than just friends if i could do it all again i'd still pick up the phone and the paper and the pen still send you all the letters that i sent still ask baby when can i see you again but i'd probably still let it end i'm tortured by the memory of our old lives so gently burst you came to me like magic you thought you knew me well if i could do it once more baby you know i'd still know how to sweep you off the floor and i don't mean like a chore but i still cleaned up my act 'cause i adored you but if i could do it once more i'd probably still get torn, still try to keep score probably still break those vows that i swore probably still wear us down 'til there's nothing anymore you used to laugh and kiss me we can't go back, but if we could would anything be different would anything be good i'm tortured by the memory of our old lives so gently burst you came to me like magic you thought you knew me well
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Feels Like 01:27
feels like death from above when you rain down get ready, no love, no way now stay lax in the jaws of helicopter cause and effect playback gets lost and wrecked and weighs down in the morning light, we just kneel in the afternoon heat, we could kneel when the stars come out, we better kneel feels like too many mice in a cage living in an age where the light gets frayed stomach in a knot, lightweight, low-grav giving all you got just to keep what you have this is real in the morning light, we just kneel in the afternoon heat, we could kneel when the stars come out, we better kneel feels like sunlight hits the ground the ground hits your face the one slight chance lost still leaves a trace to be found rewound, see all the ways you could be bound keep down in the morning light, we just kneel in the afternoon heat, we could kneel when the stars come out, we better kneel all in a dead desperate chase for what's real
30.
i wouldn't act so high and lofty/ but a letter better try and stop me/ no scissor tongue dry/ no dropped knees/ this guy can talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle or a cube/ this guy can talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle or a cube/ and i've really come now to dread this/ run 'round like a caged bird headless/ no exits/ but a bit of bed/ thrift store style/ never get this done/ pent up repentance unspent/ independence and pensions in pens/ and i don't mean ink writ boldly/ talk about a cold bit of poultry/ and the cuckold is up there/ and he's down here/ and he's somewhere else/ and the answer is one prayer/ but the guns blare/ and you can't unshare shells/ circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle or a cube/ this guy can talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle or a cube/ so/ sick lava/ level a valium/ in a minimal stance/ and make chances advances/ st. francis style i'ma preach to the birds/ take one home with a nice set of words/ and the doxy is up there/ and she's down here/ and she's somewhere else/ and the answer is one right/ when you come bright/ 'cause you can't unlight hell/ circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle or a cube/ this guy can talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle/ talk me into a circle or a cube/
31.
we love like love's good we love like love's new we love like love's live we love like love's here we love like love's hot we love like love wins we love like love's sure we love like love's ours we sat in the ifs, ands and cigarette butts dead leaves, loose screws and gravel i tried to start a freestyle battle climbing up a scaffold on bay street laughing at the maybe-so's we were better than a heartbeat we were better than the clouds in the sky we had a great book and a great dress we had it all, we had it all
32.
Lackluster 01:31
your wallet's no place for riches all the pursed lips blow savored kisses to keep the tongue safe from those major disses the key's ok but don't play the mrs. i'm in love with love look for the lock lackluster lake licks the law and above the buzz books in a box backbuster breaks bricks and brawn
33.
make the nastiest beat and i won't rhyme dirty you won't find wordier lines than mine, surely divine purpose to dance to, it's my journey i might be in the club, but it might be nine thirty and it's all love to you ladies who try and hurt me 'cause it's all love when anyone thinks i'm worthy of that small love, i wanna arrive early in the arms of the one i serve, you guys heard me up in h got the cheek down now, turn the other page coming with a beat, loud, burners in a cage got a handle on it, the fans'll flaunt it to take andrew's sonnets a place scandalous box the wisdom spit, can the vomit kids just can't quench this brand of comets come away a pleasure painted in the ivory summer days i see you on the other side of me adonai, shadow from the heat glad to follow these vast and rad doctrines we've had just passed on from the past free all of me, majesty, honor, everlasting light uncorruptible lord god the colony's crashed mad geology in columns to disprove what in the true spirit we all believe and sadly quality of life clad with small deceits adds idolatry to the mixed bad theology view a people set aside we hide through the defiance of pride it's ludicrous/ but a brood of vipers won't abide to the lion of the tribe of judah angry that a worm chewed the vine but cities get chances/ to find the answers you can be the branches/ stretching out across the sky until it's rolled up like a scroll/ we wait for a city made of gold in the bitter breeze, cold/ the starry host fall like withered leaves/ rigged by the same holiest hand who shrivelled these figs/ the liturgy makes me all jittery/ man, if i don't get freedom i want liberty/
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Gotham 02:07
36.
vanity of vanities both the wise and the foolish can't hide from calamity meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless vanity of vanities both the wise and the foolish can't hide from calamity meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless gospel logical often impossible profs and prophets both rock with pockets full 'cause when the temple of the body is whole you get the temple of clothes it's so pants my soul some of the world heals, but it mainly erodes trying to choke out space for the train of his robe with the audacity to glare passing me every second and in every direction with like a practiced, even stare spared me the gallery of acid dreams tacitly like everything they do give me the capacity to care flit through cornfields where being born feels a lot more real than a mother with a torn seal washed up on the shore eels feed their face-up, copper-coin eyes to the gulls steer clear, swig beer rigged with an earwig family nestled in the hull i skip stones but i'd rather hop islands reading hot menus the cost is in diamonds so it's carat cake on the top of a ferral lake with the vows that i swear to make oaths that i dare to take throwing down on the altar with a pair of steaks and as my stone heart marinates in the thought of solomon there's a straight shot that i paraphrase meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless vanity of vanities both the wise and the foolish can't hide from calamity meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless vanity of vanities both the wise and the foolish can't hide meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless
37.
i was with the shy devil debating theology with atheists after four glasses of wine
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Walls 01:38
i don't wanna get out don't wanna get out
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Lemons 01:08
i'm lemon bitter a venom spitter a rose stem in winter you grow but you can't get a grade to demonstrate the seventh faith and inseminate your better days with lemonade when life gives you limes and lemmings it's a citrus twist i spend my time condemning with a witless fist but check: my fitness splits pits switched in slickness with a bit of blood mixed in so i could bridge this canyon with a quickness damned if i don't hit this andrew's in a witness box factory enacting these rhapsodies adapted freely from a magic breed of god still coasting, wheat-paste postering for most things that preach against wasted paper an actual notch above a stapler but unless a landfill turns into a vapor before a landslide i'm gonna face it later i'm lemon fresh my denim pressed and top made of expensive mesh to rock steady at my pensive best and if my envy's less green than the environment then team, let's wear it i'm running out of things to cherish and daren't say that i'm this transparent when life gives us lemons we make tiny batteries
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Don't Go 02:34
we'll incapacitate ourselves make our muscles sore, destroy a work of art but hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on don't go, don't go, don't go how do you plan to fall asleep with almond eyes (you suddenly see) that watch you breathe (you suddenly see) you hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on don't go, don't go, don't go you suddenly see i'm in the debris there's no one with me
41.
Breaking It 03:00
party 'til 3 wake up at 8 to do dishes eat a plum for breakfast and call it nutritious watch a true riches to rags story unfold the untold crushing of one soul delicious to devils in drag with dragnets i've had a few scrapes with stagettes the crags get new fates my bags checked and screwtape's taped my mouth shut it's too late i'm opening doors that can't be closed the canteen chose the man to trade hands-free phones for the gambled throes of panhandling ghosts straight scared of a psalm saying damn these foes ice sheets break off the coast but we both look the other way knowing what we want the most but don't mention tension friendships entrenched in exemption from anything that touches redemption wrench and pry the burned goods from a turned hood gentrified spurned good and desensitized 'cause what the discerned should have pointed them to repent the wise words of a wormwood get by with no working knowledge a mosque masked and a church demolished collect dirt to polish and spitshine when i get mine, i'm gonna fit fine breaking it down it's all tomfoolery, man buffoonery, the wrong jewellery banned and soon to demand inhumane rulings and plans long removed from the hand of truth who in a mansion could do with a pan? i'm moving in a certain reproof down the ladder like i'm finished all my work on the roof through with the sleuths dragging me 'round the grail wisdom had to be found within, veiled by a curtain of youth i'm a snail, a worm of a man so when i heard the command i kept my common courtesy grand finger breadths burying a skirt in the sand five hearts when the early bird chirping began garden variety loot wishes a hoe and rake for all my uncouth itches i'm too vicious, mind moves religious shiraz and baguettes to gag with the fishes delicious to devils in drag with dragnets i've had a few scrapes with stagettes the crags get new fates my bags checked and screwtape's taped my mouth shut it's too late breaking it down
42.
how come we get the cheap shit now, that's odd how come we get the cheap shit here, that's odd how come we get the cheap shit alone, that's odd how come we get the cheap shit cheap shit cheap, shit cheap, shit cheap they can't get by they never get by tight spot scrape squeeze clutch plight hot water jam pickle pinch crunch muddle mess jinx corner bind box hole chop drag quagmire knot i'm approx dry on the rocks with the washed laundry and scotch giving up sloth and the toxins in a mock mineral soup stock how come we get the cheap shit now, that's odd how come we get the cheap shit here, that's odd how come we get the cheap shit alone, that's odd how come we get the cheap shit cheap cheap shit, cheap shit, cheap shit they can't get by they never get by
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Molecular 01:43
mar, molecular maintain for eighteen bars sever the mainstream inane mean far heaven a daydream and a green card the rebel a devil for the away team, scarred come thou fount when you count your lucky stars how 'bout a blast of the floodlights hard on the bray of an ass whose black blood likes lard i'm in the bath living on eggs and chard ha ha ha ha ha i'm aglow, slave to the golden lights like you just don't know house of cards in a breath what's left but the bizarre boardwalk betty a bless to both arms czars with guitars push the seminars in a sing-song yin-yang i put the past in pasta sauce jars tuning a wine glass to the fire alarm i get a cut when they burn down the barns with a sing-song yin-yang i'm aglow, slave to the golden lights like you just don't know
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i never knew what went wrong i never knew what went right i never stuck around too long i never put up a fight baby, there's too much hate in the way, see baby, don't mess around now, don't play me i don't have time for this i don't have time for this i never knew what went wrong i never knew what went right i never stuck around too long i never put up a fight it's hard things sawing at each other's heartstrings it's hard things why can't we heal from this scarring why can't we just be cool why can't we just be cool i don't have time for this i don't have time for this i never knew what went wrong i never knew what went right i never stuck around too long i never put up a fight
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The dustiest vinyl and a rimshot The skinniest vocalist and a mic Wireless headphones, the engineer’s in the bathroom And we use most the floor for a table Best friends with the two-headed horse Grazing on a hill between shallow and steep And all the voices cry “Andrew, Andrew” I’m eight again, running home for dinner We threw parties in India I tried to grow a lion’s mane Doing chin-ups to view all the artwork 16 panels in color, and the rest of the room was rocks and dead trees Dreams have power over me, power over you These Dreams have power over me, power over you We camp on mattresses, sprawled bedsheets 12 steps between me and my pals perpetually dusk in the field of sand but I’m trying to get the lay of the land Hit the red button for the red hot single P5 meets Live and takes on the Jacksons The co-producer dropped it too early, the afternoon But the executive was still gung ho Dreams have power over me, power over you These Dreams have power over me, power over you
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can i see the body fools can i see the body get down and all your enemies are mine, lord and all your enemies are mine, oh can i see the body yet fools can i see the body get up and all your enemies are mine, lord and all your enemies are mine, oh
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oh my god you woke me up again with music hairline dreams the brandy in my tea leans over i might have heard your words i might have heard your voice i might have heard your song i might have heard your words i might have heard your voice i might have heard your song cold outside and i divide the garments, trusted one by one and one is all that counts this lost heart i might have heard your words i might have heard your voice i might have heard your song and i'm saving money to make a certain kind of footprint to make these backwards footprints i might have heard your words i might have heard your voice i might have heard your song i might have heard your voice i might have heard your words i might have heard your voice i might have heard your song
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The Ruse 03:03
there's bribes and basements we could use to put empty spaces in our shoes failing that, all we have is you fair tides are waiting with the ruse there's rope and duct tape in the boot i'm listening closely for the cue failing that, all we have is you scared hopeless making your debut
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Quintuplets 00:48
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You See 00:25
you see the sound is heavenly i showed her where to hide but she didn't listen to me
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i was with the shy devil refraining from taking candy from babies who had obesity in tow
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she's still like a flag in no wind my two-color symbol of the theory of truth some fabric that we'd like to burn but only to keep warm, only to keep warm gray skies or blue, the pedestal of a pole warm weather or cold, half-mast or whole dug deep to save citizen or slave stands up tall with one foot in the grave
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both our bodies fragment and fall apart and i think they like it cold and a little bit lost i don't know how we'll get there tonight it's only a matter of freedom in the morning
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it took me one year to say this that's how much there was shouting my most love all up to the ageless the voiceless have loud voices they just aren't allowed to speak in the most important places so rise and shine or rise and get dark i swear i will build love in a public park so come on, get up come on, get up and see suffering the way the world hones it these hopeless cases of love hopeless cases of love i know there's more than someone quit your job if it's paying you too much 'cause god looks down and he sees the floor a hundred and one whitewashed walls and doors so come on, get up come on, get up and do anything to make a dark life brighter these hopeless cases of love hopeless cases of love i know there's more than someone out there you want to scream it loud well what have you ever seen? you think you've got it down well what have you ever done? i existed for one moment and hugged god on a rooftop it's like that i drop bombs on living people it's like that i drop bombs on living people come on these hopeless cases of love hopeless cases of love i know there's more than someone out there you think you know it now well what have you ever seen? you think you've worked it out well what have you ever done? you think you're right somehow well what have you ever seen? they call you young and proud 'cause what have you ever done?
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Bride 04:23
with the sound cut all ribbon-wound up living down/up trying to listen to the most high let it go, let it go i thought i was to be a bride come on i thought i was to be a bride i was hoping to shine bright i was hoping to see sights i was hoping to get right i was hoping to be nice with the sound cut all ribbon-wound up living down/up trying to listen to the most high let it go, let it go now so loud on the ground, low waiting for the showdown slow down
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Unwind 04:00
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Corrode 01:55

about

Comprising 59 songs and sketches from a decade-long period of production and experimentation, Retrospective is approximately half never-before-heard material, as well as being the final re-release nod to my former work under other aliases.

Prolific to a fault and blurring genre boundaries as usual, the previously unreleased pieces are culled from nine albums-in-progress which I've scrapped for lack of time. (See this blog post: andrewismusic.tumblr.com/post/19952829406/priorities )

I hope you'll fall in love with the songs that are actually songs, and enjoy peeking into the bizarre parts of my brain that are represented in the other material on here.

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released April 30, 2012

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