Life of Abundance

by Tin Armor

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1.
We’re living a life of abundance the squalor of rentals aside We cherish our things and live beyond our means to the tune of our paychecks demise We’re living a life of reluctance the impulse under the influence aside We hold on to our peace and we stay in our seats and we haunt each other’s halls all night Well they say one in hand is better than two beside and most times it’s hard not to agree But of my actions left aside it’s just not alright that there are so many
2.
Plain Limbs 03:01
What instruments could inspire, we ask ourselves cloven copper wire or a sphere of iron? Expect no easy ride with foreign funds but our golden tongues arrive and that’s all we’ll ever require Follow the roots to water where leaves of green reside but no grove of ash nor oak will keep plain limbs alive Do we shed the wasted or replace it? I cannot decide Seasick for the ride through that turbulent tide of our budgets next rewrite when our necks expect the knife You counted beans all night You laid our claim on a purse of silver names while wasting your golden gains Just to follow the roots to water where leaves of green reside but no grove of ash nor oak will keep plain limbs alive Do we shed the wasted or replace it? I cannot decide You say there’s not enough to survive Well I guess we better not even try You’ve got a map and it leads forward and we’re still standing still Or it seems from where you see but you’re not seeing me As the numbers read our cost it exceeds I guess we’ll all just fucking leave
3.
Inside Days 03:06
Well I buy my days off in eighths at a borderline criminal rate these days And despite all the joys these good days make me afraid that I’m losing pace when outside the leaves are on fire and burn with the hue of the sun But it’s all even to me, chemically And of these diversions I’ve wrought I bare no sadness at the thought but it might cause me to pause Signing off, breaking the law A ‘no’ to sidewalk’s call well I might slip and fall or get lost on the streets that I know
4.
My girl's got a lot left Because she takes small breaths and talks in small breaths She's too afraid of wasting time And my girl's got a big chest And she keeps in it her thoughts and regrets But honestly when she's at her best her heart fills the rest And leaves no room to guess But most the times it's a total wreck But she's too afraid to show it I wish she would cry just so I would know it All of the pictures she takes Are of her own face or her clothes Oh where the nights go, oh where they go And her friends well there's only three But that's not counting me because we don't But she swears that they make her happy And I should just let them be But the more I'm made to look the more I see I'm trying to be honest I'm not trying to be deep I worry about you I hope you worry about me But I'm too ashamed too show it I'm just so scared that I'm gonna blow it
5.
Things are already on their way And I'm already comfortably arranged But you've never been an easy fix And I never got used to this anyway Technically there's nothing left to change But you won't take it that way and you won't walk away Honestly, you're the only one to blame But you won't take it that way and you won't walk away No you won't take the blame and just walk away Well I'd just as soon be alone I'd just as soon turn my face away But I can't turn me eyesight down And you're running your mouth around the place Technically there's nothing left to change But you won't take it that way and you won't walk away Honestly, I'd rather not say it Why did everything have to change and you won't walk away No you won't take the blame and just walk away Golden opportunities that walk to your door Claiming job security and more Promising true love and possibly more A week away from home a week away from your old house And your roommates runny mouth Yea, you talk it all about But it won't change now and you won't change things now If you just sit at home wondering how Technically there's nothing left to change But you won't take it that way and you won't walk away Honestly, you're the only one to blame But you won't take it that way and you won't walk away No you won't take the blame and just walk away
6.
Shake Up 04:57
Things have just started to settle after the shake up reassigning, realigning for a new month Seasonal distractions just weren’t enough Let’s reap those winter buds a spring as sprung And it seems likely that we’ll all get together once As soon as one gets cut from it’s former stuff we circle above like some vulture doves But won’t say word one until we’re stoned enough The intention or the action I can’t tell which is love And it seems to me that the difference isn’t clear
7.
I am resolved to play the part no longer I am resolved to bare the heart of my own mind Whether wise or otherwise Whether out of touch or out of time I have walked out of a shadow into a life I am resolved said with a sigh while alone at night I am resolved by that mark of light I am reading by Why do I shy at the utterance, I stutter getting out The visions of glory that should pour out of my mouth? I am resolved to find some reason I should stay up late at night Because right now in my life sleeping is going fine Will you suffer me not to sleep tonight, suffer me through a walk Out in the night where a chill could thaw our tongues? A sigh late evening, it’s the thread that keeps thinning
8.
I could do right by my sorry state if I knew how and though I’m situated above the ‘scape You see those heights before the frame I guess you’re right about me a high-rise waiting for the day to pay weather or change with lighting on my mind It’s a shame but why go out when you can stay in your house on the foundations strength? And so parched these cheeks retreat to lay in wait under coffin sheets Is that how it seems? Believe me because I’m right about me a high-rise built upon the strongest base in a crowed space with a solitary life In time the concrete, the rebar lines Just give them time for they will bend in time Below is the street, above the sky It’s comforting to know the landmarks of your life
9.
I tripped pulling my keys out and threw them on the ground Where did they hit? Down into the sewers mouth, I can’t go home now Why did I slip? There are strange correlations beyond me, I know Although it seems beyond all reason it’s no reason to be ignore We twitch or furrow our brow what’s the difference? How are these distinct? At times our bodies abide, clouded minds override and we fall to our knees It’s a strange coronation We exalt our minds to be more But it seems after sound reason We’re nothing but physical forms We’re just strange correlations Just framed organization
10.
Queen Mob 03:49
Well she said "some things stop but some things stay the same The more we are the more there is to change And as I move forth, time just rolls away I'm obsessed with being right not being OK Don't look back there's nothing to say" She wants more than I give and I give all she can take All the walks we took, all the walks we will take All the words we speak, is everyone fake Well she swears "I'll stay close, just so we don't break But don't count on me, because I will let you down" I don't want to grow up sad and lonely Waiting on someone like you
11.
You Got It 02:22
I watch you I talk to you And I would tell the truth if it would move you Not that the lies have seemed to cut through I know that It’s home but there are so many places I’d rather go Near or far, I don’t know I guess in hard times we roam Please speak up when you speak You know I can’t hear anything And I’m tired or deciphering squeaks If I can’t hear anything how can I ever know? If it’s hard times you want, baby you got it I love you, see you at home
12.
Silhouettes 04:26
Go for a walk Out of sight is out of mind Said through a bleaker tongue Guess it’s been a long night Far away Far and gone out of your life That’s what I call changing my mind I want it another way But I can’t see the change on the horizon Just the same old silhouettes It’s mental rape It’s thievery It’s other crimes that grind my life away and bruise my sullen sense of pride I want it another way But I can’t see the change on the horizon All I see is chains on the horizon And the same old silhouettes I am so far away I can’t help but be late And the lights that blind now just dimly shine I can’t tell if I have eyes to read or eyes enough to see I feast on my blood I feast and I call it wine Now my salvation is mine I want it another way I always want it some other way But I can’t see the change on the horizon Just the same old silhouettes

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released July 14, 2011

Recorded and mixed by Eric Cronstein with assistance from Mark Parsons. Andy Cook helped too.

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