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1. Of Up and Coming Monarchs [3:00]
2. The Longer I Lay Here
[3:04]
3. Big Trucks
[2:32]
4. Suspect Fled The Scene
[3:56]
5. Bad Diary Days
[4:01]
6. The Longest Winter
[4:12]
7. When They Really Get to Know You, They Will Run
[2:34]
8. Of Minor Prophets and Their Prostitute Wives
[2:48]
9. The Bells
[4:09]
10. Secret of The Easy Yoke
[2:18]
11. The Well
[3:31]
12. Promise
[2:18]

1. Of Up And Coming Monarchs

Sunken ships rest upon the ocean floor where I've made my home to dodge the draft once more. There once was a time one could flee to the north, but Canada's not what she used to be. Boycott the war well she could not afford to thanks to the new American queen.

Swim with me and we'll escape all the trouble of the present age, finally free.

The mermaids teach us how to breathe beneath the line that now divides action from apathy.

Swim with me and we'll escape all the trouble of the present age, finally free.

2. The Longer I Lay Here

You're up with the sunrise and down when the works been done. With excellence industry, diligence naturally. I would like to be you just for a few habit forming years. Laziness cuts me like fine cutlery.

I need a miracle, someone to help me help myself.

Sweet Jesus, I need you, forgive me this sin, not hookers or heroin, gamblin' or gin. It sounds so ridiculous but I just can't lick this.

I need a miracle, someone to help me help myself. Someone to help me help myself.

3. Big Trucks

Dad, Dad, why did you let that man push you around like that? You should have beat him down, down to the ground, down to the ground for that.

He said son you're still young and you always jump the gun. There's real people in the big, big trucks that you flip off when they get in your way, you get so hacked that you pay no mind to the great big sign that says oversize load. You really think they can go as fast as you in your '87 Trans AM, they know you're in a terrible rush, they're going just as fast, as fast as they can.

Dad, Dad, I really don't understand what driving big trucks has to do with that man. You should have taught him a lesson about being rude, about talkin' to you with such an attitude.

Son you're still young and you always jump the gun. There's real people in the big, big trucks that you flip off when they get in your way, you get so hacked that you pay no mind to the great big sign that says oversize load. You really think they can go as fast as you in your '87 Trans AM, they know you're in such a terrible rush, they're going just as fast, as fast as they can.

4. Suspect Fled The Scene

Old friend, your horses ready to ride when morning comes. From this church town where damning rumors drip from holy tongues.

And it won't go away, it won't go away, it won't go away.

The fever to find the scapegoat fast and fix the blame. I know you never meant to leave the way you came.

And it won't go away, it won't go away, it won't go away.

Looking down from their stain glass steeples they'll never know why you had to run. Ride as fast as you can, they're shooting to kill. Ride as fast as you can, they're shooting to kill. Ride as fast as you can, they're shooting to kill. Ride as fast as you can, they're shooting to kill.

5. Bad Diary Days

Barely ever fight, she knows that I love her.
At first we made it every night but I don't want to bug her 'bout it,
she just has a funny way of loving me.

A pair of tickets stubs in the desk, a movie I'd never seen.
I probably shouldn't ask, its sounds so accusing.
She must have forgot to mention girls night out.

The breakfast cereal talked more than we did all day long.
I asked her for a walk but she had to be on her way.
So I told her that I knew she'd been stepping out.

But she swore that she could explain,
she swore that it would not happen again.
And she swore that she could explain,
we both knew her words were in vain.

6. The Longest Winter

Spring comes slowly to this old friend. Still I'm frozen, I still live alone.

In time memories fade, senses numb, one forgets how it feels to have loved completely.

Love well young man, while you still can. Once your leaves turn you won't love again.

In time memories fade, senses numb, one forgets how it feels to have loved completely, completely.

Is it special when you're lonely, will you spend your whole life in a studio apartment with a cat for a wife? The seasons, when they call you do you barricade the door? Are you stubborn, stubborn, stubborn to the core? Is it your way or the highway? Is it your way or the highway? Is it your way or the highway? Is it your way or the highway? Then the longest winter is on her way, you called her without knowing it but now it's too late.

7. When They Really Get To Know You They Will Run

What makes you think that it won't grow back in a day or two? Husbands in winter, they know the truth but what can they do? I don't like girls the way they are so shave their legs and make them look like movie stars, then we can pretend it's natural.

Put on whatever makes you attractive, if it's not you then do it for the sake of fashion. Friends like a certain you, that's who you've got to be.

Junior-high legs, blond hair gone brown from removing it. Waxing since thirteen, wisdom from the beauty queen, her tiara digging deep in her head.

Put on whatever makes you attractive, if it's not you then do it for the sake of fashion. Friends like a certain you, that's who you've got to be, that's who you've got to be.

I'm starting to think that I'm kind of shy or atleast I'd like to be. Winter legs give me heart attacks so take it off with lasers so it never comes back then we can pretend it's natural.

8. Of Minor Prophets And Their Prostitute Wives

All the time you were burning my letters you were only acting the part. You think without me you'll get on much better but you don't even know your own heart.

Come home darling, come home quickly. Come home darling, all is forgiven so come home quickly.

I treated you as if you were a princess, you treated me like a cop. I gave you boundries to save you from certain death, dangling from the end of your rope.

Come home darling, come home quickly. Come home darling, all is forgiven so come home quickly.

But you're still playin' for a love you'll never find outside these arms of mine. The whole town is one step behind you with the hangman on call. They've got the judge and you're convicted without a plea but darling they will listen to me, darling they will listen to me, but darling they will listen to me.

9. The Bells

Hunger drives me, it's got me by the reins. I let it wreck me time and time again. I decided to never ride again, I don't know what happened.

Dad, I broke my promise to You if You're wondering where I've been. I thought I knew what I was doing but I was wrong again. I understand son, I understand son, I understand.

The fairer gender, they always turn my head. From sheer embarrassment I'm nearly dead.

Dad, I broke my promise to You if You're wondering where I've been. I thought I knew what I was doing but I was wrong again. I understand son, I understand son, I understand.

10. Secret Of The Easy Yoke

I could hear the church bells ringing, they peeled aloud your praise. The members faces were smiling with their hands outstretched to shake. It's true they did not move me, my heart was hard and tired. Their perfect fire annoyed me, I could not find You anywhere.

Could someone please tell me the story of sinners ransomed from the fall. I still have never seen You and somedays I don't love You at all.

The devoted were wearing bracelets to remind them why they came. Some concrete motivation and the abstract could not do the same. But if all that's left is duty, I'm falling on my sword. Atleast then I would not serve an unseen distant Lord.

Could someone please tell me the story of sinners ransomed from the fall. I still have never seen You and somedays I don't love You at all.

If this is only a test, I hope that I'm passing 'cause I'm losing steam. I still want to trust you. Peace, be still. Peace, be still. Peace, be still. Peace, be still.

11. The Well

If you could really see then you would ask of Me. She knew the well was far to deep for Him to wet His lips but something told her that He spoke of so much more than all of this.

If you could really see then you would ask of Me.

When you spoke she wanted to believe the things He said but who could this man be that she might never thirst again? Her heart raced, could He be the one we've waited for, the one we've waited for?

12. Promise

I'll take something to believe, something with long sleeves, 'cause it's unpredictable that Jesus said he'd fill my needs but my heart still bleeds, He's just not physical. Why can't I see?

If I look up and the sky's not there is there any reason that I should be scared? When a promise is a promise, I'd know.

Now we've established lack of sight, maybe vision's the right word for what I need 'cause I can't see with human eyes. Lord knows I've tried to follow where He leads me. Why can't I see?

If I look up and the sky's not there is there any reason that I should be scared? When a promise is a promise, I'd know.

From what I've seen so far I can't believe my eyes, and what a nice surprise.

If I look up and the sky's not there is there any reason that I should be scared? When a promise is a promise, I'd know. If I look up and the sky's not there is there any reason that I should be scared? When a promise is a promise, I'd know.

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