bleak house [Michael Cormier | 2016]

by Michael Cormier

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released November 1, 2016

Written, produced and entirely recorded by Michael Cormier. Mastered by Matt Fox.

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Track Name: wings of the cross
i’ve got half a mind to board it up
let the pipes freeze over
hang a sign from the mailbox
or hire someone to

it’s less like wondering where I’m gonna go
and more just a dream of wandering

the earth maintains its orbit
for now around the sun
those I love seem ready
for that kind of pull

it’s less like wondering who it’s gonna be
and more just an urge to be needed

my arms are on the wings of the cross
Track Name: you are not a martyr
you are not a martyr
do you need a hand tonight?

you line the walls with leaves
is that your plan?

you leave the door ajar
have you nothing to hide?

you spin your head around
like someone possessed

you knew about the plan
do you need a hand tonight?

you are not a martyr
do you need a hand tonight?
Track Name: skull
when you work you work like a dog
laying siege to the shells of your skull
force of mind and force of will
approaching the kill

when you tire you tire completely
the couch forms to your body neatly
dishes pile up in the sink
you rarely blink

pushing out of this bubble
is taking all that you’ve made

you have nothing to do and nothing to say
boy you spent your life today

i love you to the moon and back you know
it’s not what you spend or owe
i love you to the moon and back you know
it’s not what you spend or owe

you’ve got something to do and something to say
boy you made your life today
Track Name: red robe
maybe one day I’ll step on the cracks
step on the cracks and not look back
maybe one day I’ll step on the cracks
not break my mother’s back

hope is a handgun to me
but I don’t know how to switch off the safety
hope is a handgun to me
pointed towards safety

watch me turn my skin inside out
my skeleton free to walk about
watch me turn my skin inside out
and see what dying is all about

hope is my daughter's red robe
hanging from the door screaming no
hope is my daughter’s red robe
the answer is no

maybe one day I’ll step on the cracks
step on the cracks and not look back
maybe one day I’ll step on the cracks
not break my mother’s back