One Thousand Hands

by Jerome Rankine

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The towers that guarded your town

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released February 24, 2010

All songs written, recorded and produced by Jerome Rankine
Recorded at The Den in NYC and The Back Room in MPLS
Artwork by Sarah Moeding

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Track Name: Color Blind
Bright orange strobe light
Illuminates my profile
Steel sky speckled black
Oblivious

Red mist clouds my sight
Broken brown eyes
What color is my raincoat?
It’s yellow.

I’m caught between the rays and beams of you
I’m caught between the shades of green and blue

Call the colors by their names
Chartreuse and aubergine
Shall be buried at sea!

I’m caught between the rays and beams of you
I’m caught between the shades of green and blue

When they are around me, I fade away
Invisible and timid words
When they all surround me, I fade away
Fireproof and silent curse
Track Name: Phase Three
I was waiting for the third phase
Maxed out on the fuel gauge
Baby I was
I was listening to what you said
And I got more fired up the more you said it
So we burn every evening
Spit fire to the ceiling
Baby I was
Putting morning on life support
Then I cut the cord and said midnight did it

Baby I was
Saying midnight did it
But Baby I was
Doing midnight’s bidding

You’re the only one to see
That I have become
A vampire revealed
And we always look for answers at night
The eyes of the sun we’ve left behind

You’re the only one to see
That I have become
A vampire revealed
And we always look for answers at night
The eyes of the sun we’ve left behind

The eyes of the sun
We look for answers at night
The eyes of the sun we’ve left behind
Track Name: So What
Yeah he’s somebody’s man.
So what?
You built up your courage all afternoon.
They couldn’t hold you back.
So what?
Let the losers sober up,
And keep drinking ‘til you get yours.

If confidence is on your side
The promised land
Is in the room you’re in tonight.
Becoming what you always were:
You flicker on and flicker out again

Yeah he’s somebody’s man.
So what?
There’s only one lion in this place for the slowest gazelle in town.
The high horses have gone.
So what?
Step outside, tap your ashes out
But don’t leave until you get yours.
Try to wait for the walls to stop
But keep drinking ‘til you get yours.
Holding out for the cruelest touch
And you’ll feel it when it’s deep
But you know it’s never deep enough.

It’s never deep enough.
Is it deep enough?
Track Name: Wintry Mix
It’s finished cooking but I won’t stop turning the spit
Burnt to a crisp

I’ll wait ‘til winter comes, ‘til snow clouds bubble and spill
Then eat my fill

I made my way down
Through frozen plains and
Dry fields of gravel and dust
And cities the day forgot

My pace is blistering; my speed is blurring the lines
On streets of ice

It’s just an inch away but I’ve been driving for weeks
To fall at your feet

The towers that guarded your town
Were leveled by floods from you crying off the starboard bow
And all the lifeguards stood their ground
And watched my brothers drift off to the east to never be seen again

I made my way down
Through frozen plains and
Dry fields of gravel and dust
And cities the day forgot
Track Name: One Thousand Hands
A thousand hands holding me down
On satin sheets, so chocolate warm
But it’s you that I’ve got my eyes on
Yeah it’s you that I’ve got my eyes on

Borne aloft on crimson wind
That smells of pine and cleans my skin
But it’s you that I’ve got my eyes on
Yeah it’s you that I’ve got my eyes on

Don’t start to proselytize
There’s no need to sharpen that knife
I’ll do the things you want me to if you ask nice
I’ll clean the stains before your eyes

Reclining in my silver tree
While seraphim massage my feet
But it’s you that I’ve got my eyes on
Yeah it’s you that I’ve got my eyes on
But it’s you that I’ve got my eyes on
It’s you that I’ve got
Track Name: 5 F W
You were the bull and I had become the matador
The coliseum, holding its breath
We were

Never in doubt of the outcome
Bloodied me up but we pulled it off

We were young, we were soaring, o
Seven o’clock we were grilling with sirens

Never in doubt
The tenants around us were cowards
Hurry it up, we haven’t eaten for hours

Rooftop picnics, poison plates
Ginger cats on fire escapes
And the park right there

We were young, we were soaring, o
Five flights up, pulling the sky through the window

Never in doubt of the outcome
Never in doubt
Yeah, we pulled it off
Track Name: This Is All The Rage
and all the rage
is Focused to
a laser beam
a vice
a subtle fist
That lands
A hit
That strikes
A swing, A miss
We lie
And raise
The trophy High
Above The fray
The cheers
Assault
Apply
massage
the knots
the buzz
the cut
the thrust
below the bones
a breeze
to float across
the gap
we span
we try
we glam
we crush
we slide
we act
we fight
We win
We preach
We eat
We run
We Run
We run

There’s a place for all that
Track Name: Bears
If I reached into the summer
I’d see bears in every corner
And Alaska’s constant yawning
Makes the constant sun seem dull

If I reached into the autumn
I’d see clouds with blizzards in them
I’d freak out all through the winter
Anyway I’m scared of bears

If you don’t want to be here alone
Then you probably shouldn’t be here

Let’s turn back toward the old and
Love the lakes, forget the ocean
Let’s not trade our urban pleasure
Bleeding heartland in the center so

If you don’t want to be here alone
Then you probably shouldn’t be here
Track Name: Morning In Red Hook
To squatters with gold keys
All of your lofts have turned
To castles with cold feet
Oh, but the kids don’t mind
The kids don’t mind at all

The Dawn of Man
Is hard to stop.
The Dawn of Man
Is hard to stop but cheap to live in.

We watch from the box seats
As styrofoam stars collide
The block is a swap meet
Oh but the kids aren’t shy
No the kids aren’t shy

There’s nothing precious about that child.
Fresh faced and sly Texan.
Like the vision you woke up from
where your friends all moved to Brooklyn

For the Dawn of Man.
So hard to stop.
The Dawn of Man
Is hard to stop but cheap to live in.

Masonic Temples and
Underground clubs and
A bombed out factory with
20 foot ceilings and
new floors new floors
the bricks exposed exposed
the shit gets old
gets sold
over and over again
Track Name: Night Song
High strung
Sleep with the lights on
This is the night song
For the high strung

Let me tell you something
It’s a bright blue something
It’s a cloudy something

High strung
Sleep with the lights on
This is the night song
For the high strung
Track Name: Sheringham 1915
Would you dine with me tonight?
Glass of wine by candlelight
The battle is still far away
So here’s to us and future days

Would you stay with me tonight?
I’ll light a flame beneath your mind
The firefights, the coming din
The rosy blush across your skin

Would you lay with me tonight?
Legs and fingers intertwined
And when the bombs start falling
We’ll face the sky and take it in

When all the sirens sound
We will go underground
Safe from the burning rain
I will say, nothing, nothing

Stay with me in my tomb
Drink from my open wounds
I would live inside you, and
I would say that it’s something to shout about

Lift me up
Carry me out
Life me up
Carry me