Ode to Sentience

by Emily Jane White

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released July 8, 2016

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Track Name: Oh Katherine
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
Track Name: The Cliff
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
Track Name: Black Silk
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
Track Name: The Black Oak
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
Track Name: I Lay to Rest (California)
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
Track Name: Clipped Wings
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?
Track Name: The Preacher
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
Track Name: The Law
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
Track Name: Requiem Waltz
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
Track Name: Broken Words
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