One Thousand Hands

by Jerome Rankine

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1.
04:58
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
2.
02:30
3.
03:18
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
4.
04:00
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?
5.
03:44
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
6.
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
7.
03:12
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
8.
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
9.
03:42
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
10.
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
11.
02:52
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
12.
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

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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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