Rough

by Gene Israel

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released August 1, 2014

All songs written and performed by Gene Israel, except
drums provided by Ian Aughinbaugh on "Hatred Guy and Three Guns," and "The God Damnit All Blues."
djembe provided by Mark Kephart on "Seashell Blues."
Special credit to Mike Bundy on "Hatred Guy and Three Guns."
Special credit to Mark Kephart on "The God Damnit All Blues."

All songs recorded, mixed, and produced by Mark Kephart

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Track Name: Firewater
We're drinkin' firewater, yeah we're drinkin' fire water
Our lungs are full to the brim with sulfur and we're all feeling a little bit hotter
Yeah we're drinkin' firewater, yeah we're drinkin' fire water
I got an obsession with a bottle, this lady who knows I bought her

My lies keep flowing like honey love and I'm goin' down below when I aimed for above
And I'm comin' through your life like a heart attack and Im just trying to get my bottles back
And so I trade them out for another spine, a better me that's dead on the vine
And I'm an idiot full of fury and sound so let's get this merry-go goin' around

We're drinkin' firewater, yeah we're drinkin' fire water
Our lungs are full to the brim with sulfur and we're all feeling a little bit hotter
Yeah we're drinkin' firewater, yeah we're drinkin' fire water
I got an obsession with a bottle, this lady who knows I bought her

I'm banging hard on the door and I'm feeling a little hungry so I'm eating the poor
and I'll save the meek for my just desserts, a sentence without sense to quench my thirst
Cashed in all my Mercy and Grace to save a little shame while I'm savin' face
I'm the canker of this cruel world casting to this swine all my pearls

We're drinkin' firewater, yeah we're drinkin' fire water
Hell is creeping just a little closer so we're all feeling a whole lot hotter
Yeah we're drinkin' firewater, yeah we're drinkin' fire water
I got an obsession with a bottle, this lady who knows I bought her

Hahaha! What were you thinking?!
Take another drink, I said take a drink, I said x6

'Cuz I'm an idiot full of fury and sound, so let's keep this merry go goin' around

We're drinkin' firewater, yeah we're drinkin' fire water
Our lungs are full to the brim with sulfur and we're all feeling a little bit hotter
Yeah we're drinkin' firewater, yeah we're drinkin' fire water
I got an obsession with a bottle, this lady who knows I bought her
We're drinkin' firewater, yeah we're drinkin' fire water
Hell is creeping just a little closer so we're all feeling a whole lot hotter
Yeah we're drinkin' firewater, yeah we're drinkin' fire water
I got an obsession with a bottle, this lady who knows I bought her

I'm the canker of this cruel world casting to the swine all my pearls!
Track Name: Hatred Guy and Three Guns
I think I'll ask where this train is going in case its where the wind is blowing
And maybe you could say I am a weatherman passed along over the everyman
But I can't be responisble for the things that are arguable
One day maybe I'll be a winner when all of this evil makes me a sinner

YEAH Yeah yeah, yeah Yeah YEAH x2

Well I have got the bold upper hand and a lot of words you misunderstand
'cuz if my soul were any kind of edible I think you'd think that it tastes incredible
And I'm alright as long as you don't tell that I'm the one going straight to hell
And when I get there I'm gonna party and I'm bringing you with me even if you fought me

YEAH Yeah yeah, yeah Yeah YEAH x2

I am creeping up behind and I'm filtered into phase into your mind
It's like I'm a new cannibal disease eating your coil and cut through with ease
I'll take you apart and rape who you are, drag you down and lower the bar
that's who I am - the worst of us all, involved in every matter no matter how small

YEAH Yeah yeah, yeah Yeah YEAH x2

Well I am taking my time and I'm working down to the fine line
So I'll twist you around my little finger, girl I'm gonna make you into a singer
Scream a little louder cuz you've got the lungs, ripped all out and ran through the rungs
You will break oh god you're gonna bend, 'cuz I'm gonna gonna get you in the end

YEAH Yeah yeah, yeah Yeah YEAH x4
Track Name: Isaacs
Life is a soft mess and my enemy
My heart is hardened and still getting harder
God is a rapist and his victim is me
Well I didn't know that I was a martyr
My intestines will make great potpourri
Yeah my pride is such a delicate armor
I'm a cesspool of low self esteem
Yeah come on closer, yeah you're getting warmer

Tell me my grave will be pretty
Yes, tell me it's in the middle of a city
They say youth is wasted on the young
Well let me gouge out that bitter fucking tongue
Let's eat the old, set fire to the sky
Because I intend to deserve to die
Yes I intend to deserve to die
Well I intend to deserve to die-hi-hi

I am the consummate fugitive sound
Breaking through with all these floodings of excess
someday I'll return to rust in the ground
where the coals of faith are scorching in absence
you can take my flesh in inch over pound
with the weight of my heart which has become an absess
the choirs screeching offkey with musics around
and now bleeding my ears clean, that old man relaxes

Tell me my grave will be pretty
Yes, tell me it's in the middle of a city
They say youth is wasted on the young
Well let me gouge out that bitter fucking tongue
Well let's eat the old, set fire to the sky
Because I intend to deserve to die
Yes I intend to deserve to die
Yes, I intend to deserve to die-hi-hi
Track Name: Seashell Blues
Im gonna take my, I'm gonna bend my, I'm gonna break my bones
I'm gonna pull them apart so I can build you a home
With four walls and a roof top and between-sheets warm
In which I will lose my self inside of your form
So come on... come on... come on down
Now Fate ain't nothin but in the way
It's a blockade of ships that we will blow away
With the hurricanes and heaving rain inside of our chests
That we let out in sighs at every caress
So come on... come on... come on down x2

Now come down off your high horse
And call it just a matter of course
'Cuz I don't really know this dance
I'm one half of this romance

'Cuz I just wanna live in a city by the sea
But I'm expecting hope to abandon me
Against all those cliffsides close to her core
'Cuz this overlooked window is a closing door
So I just shut off, I shut off, I shut off me x2

So let's shout out the differences
And chalk it up to the instances
Of persuasive self-implore
Those warnings that we ignore

Come on... come on... come on down x2

Come on... come on... come on down x2

Come down off your high horse
And call it just a matter of course
'Cuz I don't really know this dance
I'm one half of this romance
Let's shout out the differences
And chalk it up to the instances
Of persuasive self-implore
Those warnings that we ignore
This playground was always ours
The opportunity to be stars
You're making this L over me
A lover that I cannot see

So come on... come on... come on down
Because I'm not... no I'm not... not coming down for you
Track Name: The God Damnit All Blues (or the Do-Re-Mi)
I never knew change to be good
I kept it all the same as it stood
About ten thousand years into your B.C.
While you were singing the do-re-mi
Yeah if you're gonna find yourself once again
Maybe we'll call it the new-fashioned end, but
Something made me think x2
Something made me think about this bend
Well I got gloves and I got cloves
I got the droning guitar string roads
And I'm winding on down to the bitters
And I cannot quite quit these shivers

God damn it all
God damn it all again
x2

I cannot wait to see you break
carving up goodness for goodness' sake
Your pain is a liquor that I must intake
I need this to stop the shakes
But if you think you think you knew about me
Think a bit again about your enemy
'Cuz while you were singing x2
While you were singing the do-re-mi
I was there, creeping up behind
Filtered into phase into your mind
Walking around and spilling all this stress
Turning your life into a fucking mess

God damn it all
God damn it all again
x2

I never knew change to be good
I kept it all the same as it stood
About ten thousand years into your B.C.
While you were singing the do-re-mi
But if you think you think you knew about me
Think a bit again about your enemy
'Cuz while you were singing x2
While you were singing the do-re-mi
I came in just like a messenger
As I dropped this charade and entered into her
Face you me, and see this now
I've made my show and took my bow

God damn it all (it all)
God damn it all again (God damn it all)
x4

Yeah while you were singing x3 the do-re-mi
Track Name: the splendid taste of paper
Back behind the wind in the corner of the world and all of its horror
Made of sounds and disorder and carefully laid bricks and mortar
Playing house x3

Well I know I said I'm a liar, a mouth of soap and pants on fire
I'm crossing myself as I kneel to be sired, but if I knew you I wouldn't desire
Anything x3

Well I know that it's all been done
Yes I know that it's all been said
And the prizes I could win were already won
And the Greeks did it all but they're still dead HAHA!

A face with a name sewn in the bone, basking in the light she's never been shown
Cliffs of candy sour and alone, a tongue of cotton and eyes of stone
Staring out x3

Questions abound without answers, twirling in my brain like a hundred dancers
Made of lime and thirteen cancers, asking me just how to romance her
But I don't know x3

But I know that it's all been done
Yes I know that it's all been said
And the prizes I could win were already won
and the Greeks did it all but they're still dead (THANK GOD!)