Bombs​/​Beauty Pageants

by The Digital Pickup Line

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Excuse me for not knowing what to do with you and all your exhausting beauty.
Standing in the rubble, I’m saved from the trouble of making amends with you again.
Hands I won’t be holding, strings I won’t be pulling, all the patience I don’t have.
Brushing out your hair, picking what to wear, smoking in your underwear,
Ashing in the sheets, singing in my shower, oh thoughts now in this dying hour:

Think of all the tables you won’t be turning, hearts you won’t be warming
with your youth and wit, such a shame to be undone under afternoon sun.
You poured coffee, remembered names, just to go down now in untimely flames.
People will ask after you, and gasp, what a shame, such a shame, shame, shame.
I’m smoking and wading through the ashes, nothing will ever be the same.

Rhinestones and wreckage, ordinary people, fire fighters and passer-bys.
Not one beauty managed to survive, hairspray lit and burned them alive
I guess you’re free not to think of me, waltzing endlessly in gown and crown.
Disaster in the headlines, and no one cares who would have won.
And I wonder if the other indifference-struck men are out to seek pardon.

On any other Sunday promenade, I’d be less reticent, less sedate.
I’d be smoothing and soothing, apologies I’d have to make for being late.
I’ll call this our last date, I’ll keep your old sash, and put the rest in the trash.
You little bombshell, I won’t forget the beauty pageant gone wrong.
Messy sheets, dirty streets, it’s a world to which you don’t belong.

- Tricia McSweeney

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released December 1, 2009

Brett: beats, samples, words & instruments

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Track Name: Much Ado About Nothing
The blood in my eyes retreats and takes vacations
Overcome in blue like a fish in the sea
I can't contain my joy for mass transportation
All these clever imposters dressing in costumes
Coming to work and saying nothing to me

Emily rolls her eyes and cures our cancer
Wish fulfillment falling like the tears from her eyes
Would that there were some way to hear her answer
She speaks in words but everything blurs and
I pray to the god of hiding under the floor

We keep making love
And our love keeps breaking, love keeps breaking
Track Name: Back To Me
Reaching out in search of her fingers
Remnants that still linger
It carries on but I'm cutting all ties, cutting all ties
In dreams, building up from the basement
Elbows, knees on the pavement
Leaning in close and watching it die, watching it die

All I ever wanted was a place to plant my dreams
Don't think it's too much to ask for you to give them back
Give them back
Give them back to me!

Purging every thought of her traces
Killing off all the places still reminding me
Cutting all ties, cutting all ties
Movement pulling into my station
Constant sleep deprivation
Wearing it thin then watching it die, watching it die

Give it back, give it back to me!
Give it back, give it back to me!

Rising up in flames from the ashes
Pulling nails from my casket
Bury these hearts, I've watched them all die, watched them all die
Can't think anymore on the past
When nothing else here has lasted
Letting love rot
I'm cutting all ties, cutting all ties

Give it back, give it back to me!
Give it back, give it back to me!
Track Name: Heart Keeps Slipping
Kissed tears away
Now we’re left with nothing else to say
And the silence sounds suspiciously okay
Black makeup lines
Spilling out like ashes from your eyes
I can’t breathe, it’s no surprise

And my heart keeps slipping, heart keeps drifting away

All this trying and all my striving
To pull you back to me
In spite of everything
All the drama that I’ve forgotten
Just to make you talk to me

New lipstick red
Chasing all the stupid things I said
Tripping fresh and landing on my head
Not thinking twice
She’s calling now and saying something nice
I can’t breathe, I’m going blind

And my heart keeps sinking, heart keeps drifting away
Track Name: Emily Clark (The Smallest Things)
I can tell you're here alone
It says so on your face
It's such an awful waste
That no one notices you there
And no one buys you drinks
It makes you stop and think

The smallest things give you away
The color of your clothes, the powder on your nose
The smallest things you hope and pray
Will leave them wanting more, will bring love to your door

The blondes have kept them occupied
There's not a soul in reach
To lay down at your feet
So unimpressive to their eyes
A girl can only dream
So much and not be seen

The smallest things give you away
The color of your clothes, the powder on your nose
The smallest things you hope and pray
Will leave them wanting more, will bring love to your door
The smallest things give you away
The sadness in your eyes, the tears that no one dries
The smallest things you hope someday
Will save you from the sound of drowning in the crowd

Only love can break a heart...
Only love can break a heart...

I hate to be the one to tell you
I hate to be the one to tell you this...
Track Name: I Didn't Say Anything
I came back looking for a place to fall down
And that was half a year ago

Every time we kiss I feel nothing
I feel nothing at all

I've fucked up everything I tried to do for me
I fucked up everything for you

And everytime you call I say nothing
I say nothing at all
Track Name: The Rain
When I wake up it feels like raindrops on my face
I'm self-resolved, I've closed the front door on this place
The world's made madness seem like simple sanity
I fear my grasp won't last around what's left of me

And the rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling,
rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling

I'll sell my stuff and paint a portrait of my dreams
Where life's the lace around the time you spend with me
I build a boat so we can sail ourselves away
We'll steer it far from all the painful yesterdays

And the rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling,
rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling

I've been waiting on a clear blue day
Don't know how else to keep the rain away
Spent too long waiting for my parade
Won't waste time walking inbetween the rain

She pictures us without our clothes on and she smiles
I haven't let my head go outside in a while
The driest places in my heart are leaking out
I want to kiss you but I'm scared to do it now
The clouds won't let let us feel the sunlight on our skin
I'll take a rain check and one day we'll try again
Track Name: Cure For This Cancer
What if I was in love with the stars?
Would it cripple my heart to see them falling out of the sky
And what if I was impressive to you
With all the things I could do
All the mountains I'd move in your name

If I knew you right
We could find a cure for cancer
Dancing through the rain
Like lovers living without fear
I hear that there's a way to make you smile
And I won't die until I figure out
Just how it's done
I've just begun to realize

What if I wore the glasses you do?
Would that make me look cool enough for your friends to approve
And what if I was the reason you sighed
The only thing that you liked
If I was there each time that you cried

I'm scared to fall in love again
So I'll just pretend
That we're best friends
And you would never leave me like that again...
Track Name: The Places We Belong
I'm hiding in the corners of my mind, where I feel small
Outside of confidence
I'm trying not to think about conformity at all
Won't bother to pretend that I can't fall

Never thought it'd last so long
The dreams I started with are gone
The places where we both belong...
Don't think they're out there at all

And so I spent last Christmas trying to pull excitement from the air
Gray tinsel-colored dreams
And what it's worth? The cost of living life without them here
Still everything around me seems replaced

Never thought it'd last so long
The dreams I started with are gone
The places where we both belong...
Don't think they're out there at all
Track Name: December We're In Love
I call you down
You pull me up
I steal you from your parents' house
December, we're in love
For all it's worth
And all it does
Tonight could last forever
'cause December, we're in love

I've kissed the winter from your lips
And now my heart grows cold without you at my fingertips
Time can heal the pain although it hardly ever does
We've barely just begun at this
December, we're in love

I've laid a rose
beside the blood
I shed while trying to keep you close
December, we're in love
There's misery awaiting us
I'm built to linger in your arms
December, we're in love

And it's all I want to do
To die right here with you
A sonnet to the life I knew before
I don't know what else we have in store
I couldn't ever love you more
December open up your doors for me
Track Name: The Bomb And The Beauty Pageant
I dressed my love in finest silk
Eyes set on the prize
Practicing her smile
I told her I would love her still
If she were to lose
What else could I do?

We never heard the threat arrive
The judges all were burned alive
In the midst of all the sirens blare
I could hear her cry
Somewhere out of sight

Pow, Pow, Enemy Planes!
Pow, Pow, Enemy Planes!
Pow, Pow, Enemy Planes!
Pow, Pow, Enemy Planes!
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We found her under rubble piled
Calling out my name
Asking how she'd placed
I took her bleeding hand in mine
Told her not to fear
Help would soon be here

The bombers made another pass
I wiped the ashes from her dress
In a whisper I confessed to her
"You were, in my heart,
the fairest from the start."

Pow, Pow, Enemy Planes!
Pow, Pow, Enemy Planes!
Pow, Pow, Enemy Planes!
Pow, Pow, Enemy Planes!
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