Calamity Dance

by Flowerstalks

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released September 28, 2012

All songs written by Chris Vogel
Produced by Flowerstalks and Chris Moore
Recorded and Engineered by Chris Moore, Pat McCusker, and William Whitney
Mixed by Tom Herbers and Chris Moore (B-Line Dreams, Taking It In)
Mastered at Mastersuite Studios by Jay Frigeletto
Artwork by Susanna Vagt

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Track Name: Flash
Flash

Far far above
The eastern skyline by the ocean blue
Just beneath your window
Stretch the chimney spires and gravel roofs

I had so much possibility
And in my fine prime
In the age of my sweet unknown
Oh I was so well
Put together now
I’m all adrift

Strung marionettes
Borrowed from a devils box of fools
Whisper spells of scandal
That break like waves on all you have to lose

I had so much possibility
And In my fine prime
In the age of my sweet unkown
Oh I was so well
Put together now
I’m all adrift

And though I’d try I’d try
I’d try to tell myself at some age I was so
Right good innocent and blameless in the eyes of
God I know in my hidden darkest thoughts
My souls been broke from times untold
Track Name: Reid Up
I’m feeling alone I feel old
I feel sold
I feel cut up I feel restless and
Directionless

With time for a thought

Now I can see clearer than ever before
The more that I learn the more I feel absurd
Perhaps just tonight I’m not exactly sure but I feel

Lost
Lost

The constitution will bring resolution
A little elbow grease you just wait and see
Don’t be a bum get something done
Yea get smart swift kid
Come on and read up

But I can see clearer than ever before
The hipper I get the more I feel bored
I’m wise to the ways yet still to be sure

I barely know my own way

Now do the colors of time spin through your mind
From green to grey from black to white

And is tomorrows day taking its place on the ways of your face
Are you afraid that some how you will be late

Now do you fantasize making some flight
Out of some dark
And into some light
Out with the old and in with the new
Is it where you come from that you want to lose

But I can see clearer than ever before,
The more that I learn the more I feel absurd
I’m wise to the ways yet still to be sure
I barely know my own way back to where I began
Track Name: Taking It In
I need my hush-hush fix how romantic
You looked at me like friends do when they share some secret from the crowd

But it doesn’t draw them close and it’s not something you could know by asking

I looked back didn’t turn into salt didn’t see the fires engulf
Just flashing lights and cannibal
The decadence carnival

Phone booth confessionals where is the priest
He’s workin the suicide lines
Nine to five

But when the sky darkens up the day and the flowers have all been thrown away
When nobody knows your name and nothing really feels the same
Listen to me baby this tune will change

Skyscrapers like Egyptian pyramids
Will they be perplexed by them will they find dead executives
Clutching their briefcases
Pharaohs of market sales and tall tales

Land is land and hands are hands
Pitchfork pawns and dead presidents are still running these governments
I anticipate an end
Yes by and by they’ll crumble like they’ve always done
There’ll be nowhere to run.

But when the sky darkens up the day and the flowers have all been thrown away
When nobody knows your name and nothing really feels the same
Listen to me baby this tune will change

But when the day is done darlin
I’ll put on a just for you grin, and caress the crease of your chin
And take this moment in
Track Name: Calamity Dance
Say would you care to dance
To a grooving beat to bounce along tap your feet and sing this song

The way to live they say is living without regrets put to rest
Happy immune to wounds and free of pain
Find a cloud to lounge around on
And pass the days without a trace

Throw up a cocktail of untouched ideals
Onto some gasping laughers at your parties ball
You’re sure to be a hit and show you’re conscientious
It’s good politics man you can’t hardly miss

It’s the turn of a cure into a new disease
It’s the the ring of the truth inside the lie that we are all free
Money changes hands don’t be so naive
These are the steps of Calamity Dance
Now come dance with me

I’ve been shown just how to have
Everything that I want and taught that’s enough
To adapt believe you need what’s made to crash
Buy some more of this to waste away with
Paid to the hand that’s tied you fast

But in a fever under the lions paw
What would you barter off to keep your buzz strong
You got some cough syrup you got some rooms to let
Fresh out of work and straight into debt yea



It’s the turn of a cure into a new disease
It’s the ring of the truth inside the lie that we are all free
Money changes hands don’t be so naive
These are the steps of Calamity Dance
Now come dance with me

Well I’m a child of my times I’m a son of my age
I heard a ghost of rock and roll shaking chains across some vinyl
He said it’s plain to see it’s all calamity
So from here on out
I just gotta laugh
Track Name: Come Down
The face
The face
The face

Of adversity is mine
I’ve broken my exoskeleton
I’m bleedin’ my complexion

Come down
Come down
Come down
Come now…

I cannot hear I cannot see I’m withering

Clutching blonde I’m reaching for my brain
All you know some things are hard to change
Some voices are all dark and grave
And I get so irate when I get out of place

I’m searching
I’m searching
I’m searching

For a masterpiece I’ll amputate it out of me
And serve it raw oh hem and haw
I guess I guess I’m just trying to

Come down
Come down
Come down
Come now

And on my good days babe I’m so happy I could scream
But this isn’t one of those so please hold me

Clutching blonde I’m reaching for my brain
All of you know something are hard to change
Some voices are always dark and grave,
And I get so irate when I get out of place

Come down
Come down
Come down
Come now
Track Name: B-Line Dreams
And you ask me all these complicated questions that I could not answer unless I had
A little bit of liquor in me to loosen up my tongue

Well I’m doing alright I’m doing jut fine it’s been a good while since a good sunrise
But I’m doing alright I’m doing just fine
I’m doing alright I’m doing just fine

And it’s getting late and people are leaving and I’ve been drinking
So I’ll ask you this
Question that I know that I know is probably reaching

But picture me and you living like royalty baby don’t you worry I’ll take care of everything I’ll make it so just like just like inside your dreams

Make a b-line to the west with me baby
Make a b-line to the west with me baby

See I wanna feel your hands on my back when I am playing my guitar now in the middle of the night cuz you know I can’t sleep when I dream
cuz my dreams and nightmares they collide

Make a b-line to the west with me baby
Make a b-line t the west with me baby

Well dreams and nightmares
They collide

She’s thinking why oh why did I move to the west with this guy why did I choose to live this life to watch the sunset
Out here in the west too close

He’s thinking what oh what oh what went wrong that finding this dream should take so long and I why can’t I provide for my meant to be wife

Well being strung out on dreams isn’t at fun as it may seem
Cuz there always comes that time
When dreams and nightmares they collide
Track Name: Tattered Photographs
It took six quick wretched years to stumble from the bar stool
And three long afternoons to shuffle back
I possess an old old thorn
I keep pulling it out and pushing it in all over again

I’ve heard many tunes, about this old haunt
And how I will grow to love it
I guess that part has come and I guess that part has passed
Cuz all that I have is a coffin made of glass

I’ve been thinking over ways to buy back the days honey
But I just can’t muster up the money

Sometimes I take these tattered photographs
And I hold them up and over the edge of the flames
My hands they quiver and my hands they shake
As they reach to retreat for another drink

Well cradle me cutie speak your reasons
Hum them lovely in black and pink
I have been fading in sickly dens
I am splintered laughter I am wasted

I’ve been thinking over ways to buy back the days honey
But I just can’t muster up the money

Sometimes I take these tattered photographs
And I hold them up and over the edge of the flames
My hands they quiver and my hands they shake
As they reach to retreat for another drink

It defies me beneath the light of neon kaleidoscopes
Another missed call volleyed from point to point oh what’s the point oh what the point
You say you wish you were another one with a simple life who never told a lie and you could keep control of some things and not be so weak tore up
Always sorry
Repent
Repeat

I’ve been thinking over ways to buy back the days honey
But I just can’t muster up the money


Sometimes I take these tattered photographs
And I hold them up and over the edge of the flames
My hands they quiver and my hands they shake
As they reach to retreat for another drink

We have all thought over ways to buy back the days
But not single one of us carry that kind of change

Sometimes we take our tattered photographs
And we hold them up, and over the edge of the flames
Our hands they quiver, and our hands they shake
Cuz we know the decisions that we’ve made
Yea we know the decisions that we’ve made
Track Name: House Requiem
There’s something in the mind something that you see
There’s something in the mind something following
Back road weary smiles

I’ve walked this road for miles and miles
But never found a place
Where the time would stop for long enough to keep my steady

Pace

Teenage gypsy in your jazz caravan tell us
Will you grow old
Or will you remain sustained in youth but in truth
Arrested a coward
And boring

House Requiem
It’s empty and it’s done
House Requiem
You knew that this would come
House Requiem
All things under the sun are in the House Requiem
The House Requiem

That being said oh to that end I am the skin trinket animated
Oh I grope about in the dark of my doubt
A vision of life with endless time

House Requiem
You knew that this would come
All things under the sun
Are in the House Requiem

It’s a haunted hallow silhouette of family and wind
A shell of ages a ghost abode it’s a home
Left alone
Track Name: Darlenes Bend
Three boys talk next to train tracks underneath long days

Do you know about that girl named after the road
No it was the road named after the girl
Whatever same difference
My brother says she sank to the bottom of the river
But I hear many stories

I heard she lit up like a burn pile in the wind
My father says she lost her life to the farm
A day of work a day in church a tractors tragic casket
I’ve been told somebody did it with a piece from the quarry spoken like a secret

My uncle calls it fast living says that was her way
That teenage corners come awful quick
I heard she had sick, spread through her body
That slow was how she left

Three boys talk next to train tracks
Tossing stones kicking dust

I’m thinking she was hit on this very line
By a locomotive that couldn’t slow down in time
I heard they found her scattered all over the county
My cousin says she died swinging from a tree
But that’s all just myth and legend

Hey what say, we all take
A stroll down Darlenes bend
We’ll think on what it is to be young
And how this all will end
Track Name: Burning Hands
Woke up this morning woke to the bells toll
Woke up this morning woke to the bells toll

Well the dreams I’ve had have filled me with angry ghosts

Ah the undertow of my impulse
Ah the undertow of my impulse

I can’t wash my hands from what I’ve known

I got these burnin hands

I ain’t never heard the devil talk no nonsense
I ain’t never heard the devil talk no nonsense

Seems like every time he’s got his good reasons

I got these burnin hands

I’m civilized and I’m progressed
Answers and demands at my fingertips
Ill equipped to resist just a taste I insist
And now’s the time where we all sing

I got these hard hearted blues
I got these hard hearted blues

Ya know the blues you choose

Oh yea
Uh huh
I got these burnin hands
Track Name: Misfit Friends
All my dreams spring from wells of weeks
I’m gonna move on down to central south
I’m gonna pay my bills and heat my house
With a Costa Rica sun
You know what

I think I was born to surf

Honey, how’d you drift so far away from me
I need you now
More than ever

This feeling that I get about things it is just so good
Another change in choice I think I’ll wear this other voice
An infinite mirage
There sits our poet prince
Playing his charades

I’m erratic
And lonesome
And all I want
Is to help someone

I wouldn’t wanna hold you back from this or that
I’m just a flow of thought inside a bone machine
It’s all the vanity it’s crackin me up and I can barely breath
And all I see is me and me
Lost inside a looking glass a
And your so sweet
This cannot last

Every which way that I look
My alien transient misfit friends
We bite the chains that bind our giant crimes

But it would be nice to slow down with you
To understand a pause
And it’s true
That I love you