Ode to Sentience

by Emily Jane White

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1.
Oh Katherine 04:25
Oh Katherine Waiting as illness pends For the golden dark has sucked me in again And I feel long gone My soul has walked on Oh Katherine where is my kin? For the grim reaper has come and tucked me in But I do not bat an eye for my life has gone awry And I do not feel alive Where do I end and do I begin For the black hole of lust has sucked me in again And I feel long gone My soul has walked on A revolving door I pushed myself in -to a mirrored hall reflections of my sins Oh beaming off of you And I caught those fading blues But I do not bat an eye For my life has gone awry And I do not feel alive Oh Katherine where is my kin? For the grim reaper has come and tucked me in And I caught those fading blues From the very glimpse of you But I do not bat an eye For my life has gone awry And I do not feel alive
2.
The Cliff 03:40
The Cliff If you choose to jump off a cliff We can talk as you fall But I can’t promise you When you hit the ground that there’ll be Something there to break your fall Well, I guess you know it all It’s as if you were Waiting around to die And you found something To mend the frayed corners of your mind Cause everybody knows When you hit the bottle you go To the abyss all on your own So you chose to jump off that cliff What’s it like as you fall I didn’t think this would be The last time that I did see Your slim body walking away from me Is this the final scene? It’s as if you were Waiting around to die And then you found something To mend the frayed corners of your mind Cause everybody knows When you hit the bottle you go To the abyss on your own
3.
Black Silk 04:18
Black Silk I filled up my cup, with diamonds and rust I filled up my cup, these bones they turned to dust I walk in these shoes, oh just like you do I walk in these shoes, oh just like you do Unveiling the child within Before the grace of your sin And Lucifer has made a bed, For wicked words to rest themselves in Go to sleep and we’ll all give in Black silk, wrapped around your neck And a cutthroat ilk behind your back The crimson moon, undresses you And you lay face down with your heart on the ground For the devil has made his round Oh oh oh Mother, he’s got me up against the wall Fading into a line so small I heard you say, I died that day And I lay face down, with my heart on the ground For the devil had made his round Oh oh oh
4.
The Black Oak No matter what happens to me I cling to you and you cling to me With lives that crash and burn out black I can count the ways I’d never come back And you say I never loved you, darling I never loved you, darling And that’s all you can say And that’s all you can say Oh the black oak swaying in the breeze I don’t know why you bleed but bleed into me With lives that crash and burnout black I can count the ways I’ll always come back Ooh ooh ooh And I say I always loved you, darling I always loved you, darling And that’s all I can say And that’s all I can say
5.
I Lay to Rest (California) It’s only California, It’s only California, Oh I lay to rest Oh now, money maker The hands of the devil’s sister, Oh they laid me down There must be a way out, There must be a way out, There’s a ghost inside of you And I can see it peering through Oh I lay, oh under The oak tree in the dead of winter Oh I lay to rest A winged boy fell from the tree And oh he landed right next to me The devil’s fruit inside of me And how my wings lay so dormantly You were a body You were a ghost Now you are nothing The dark it up and rose And toward the light it took you And melted your wings Cause you were a body And now you are nothing I touched, oh his feathers Cow hide, hands of leather Oh you are a man Oh wax wings they wouldn’t stay and so our love melted away, Toward the sun so right and fair And then I saw you drop in mid air
6.
Clipped Wings Can I cut you out of the frame? Can I throw the remnants in the lake? Cause I never wanted to yell murder in your name I just want to die without your photo drenched in shame For I will never be the same And cold blood always leaves a stain And oh oh oh, the lines they are so blue And oh oh oh, the coat of arms you threw For I never wanted to slaughter your game To go on pining for a moon that only wanes So take me out to the corn my love Splash the water til it turns into mud For my blood is frozen from the absence of love Oh in the veins a far haunting calls your name To your souls body which you never knew you gave Away, into oblivion you threw And his teeth have made a corpse of you But you’ve come back with the clipped wings of a dove And in this reverie you wrestled with your love For my blood is frozen from the absence of love So take the thorns out of me my love And patch them up with your wounded love We’re all tied up, now undo what you’ve done And into soundness from your slaughter I will run Can I cut you out of the frame? Can I throw the remnants in the lake?
7.
The Preacher 04:01
The Preacher You’re like brother oh to me A drunken lover Climbed up on me I did not ask for your rings I did not ask for these things With a candle and an axe Light the bed frame Leave the wax You said, I will not take you with me We watched the wind fall a tree Thank you for sparing me But oh unto the preacher you have no name And oh under the serpent’s lair is where you lay The moon it hangs high, in the night sky Oh your robes were Worn straight thin Damaged oh within You said, I’m a hollow house of a man A dour requiem plays within But nobody plucks a string A handless symphony That’s why I did not ask for these things But oh unto the preacher oh you have no name And oh under the serpent’s lair is where you lay The moon it hangs high, in the night sky To thine own self be true In a dark corridor I found you To cast a light in the dark On two already broken hearts But I walk separately Thank you for sparing me
8.
The Law 03:53
The Law Oh I’ve gone too many lengths To make gestures that are fake So I bid this adieu I feel crazy, and you do too Oh, this wrecked me well I’ve seen a glimpse of mortal hell Walking after dawn, there’s a crack in my façade You can peer into the weaknesses and the bleakness in me Oh, I’m damaged raw can’t you see Take the veil from your face, Do you walk with the human race Or do you dwell alone? In a room of one’s own, In a room of one’s own, Oh in a room of one’s own? Cause you ain’t seen what I saw You ain’t seen what I saw You ain’t seen these dark sides of the law
9.
Requiem Waltz The sweetest mark upon your list is your own seductive oh death wish And god above no interventionist Stands as you’re strangled by the devil’s fist I took your head upon my chest For a bitter sweet oh second And how you tear away from it And fade away into the abyss There’s a bad moon rising up the hill Oh as you write your own will Oh leave me be there’s nothing left But a gaunt portrait of a masochist Oh I bare witness to the deepest sadness housed within my breast, Oh was your head upon my chest, Did I dream you there were my eyes amiss? For the window pain is cracked straight through Colored with mistake you can’t see through, Shine light on all the colors in you And now I know what painted you
10.
Broken Words 03:08
Broken Words Take your broken words And place them on your heart So when it breaks they’ll all fall in Take your jealous words And place them at the top of your list They stand for that which You’d like to be Oh your voice, was in a box And I would turn the key just to hear you talk Take your broken words And place them in the palm of your hand Piece them back to together again They’re on the mend Take your angered words And feel them through and through That way they don’t murder you in the end Oh your voice, was in a box And I would turn the key just to hear you talk Take your broken words And place them on your heart So when it breaks they’ll all fall in

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released July 8, 2016

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