Thy Merciful Teeth

by Pythias Braswell

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1.
THE VERY FIRST It all began in fields of death; embracing tongues Your tragic heart sent violet waves into my dreams And we fell asleep while on the phone And you said that you were through with it And I cried so you threw up the sleeping pills We cried into each other’s eyes inside of joy We rained into each other’s mouths our clothes got soaked And we lay down for the very first I was scared to bring you into pain And the mattress held a heart filled out in blood Then you spent another life In the arms of my best friends And the earth collapsed the way it could back then Then I threw my stupid fist Through a night of jealousy And when I awoke your face was shattered glass I don’t know if I’ll ever feel so sure again I ate up fire, I punched myself to stay with you In the Spring the trees explode awake Sending flakes of white into the air In my dreams those petals never touch the ground In my dreams those petals never will come down
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One Battle 05:32
ONE BATTLE When the sail is regressing we fall into A sort of distraction that’s at war with the rain drops I can’t catch them all, but I must see them fall Can’t remove this wall, though I’m hearing them say That the moon is infected and the ship is unraveled And the tree’s growing backwards, despite how we’ve traveled And the pain song rolls along, rolls along, Rolls inside a cycle of blood And the leaves all sing along, sing along, Sing as they are blown into dust This time… The only way to be an honest man is to lie The only way to make an offering is to steal The only way to lead a healthy life is to die The only way to ever ease the pain is to feel There’s only one apple to be eaten There’s only one battle to be won There’s only one sunlight to have risen There's only one child to be born Just watch her bleed, and all the books you have read Will not make it stop, will not save what’s been lost This time…
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Little Bird 05:27
LITTLE BIRD You close your eyes like a sad little flower all alone in the sand and the wind You dug into him like a bird in the snow but his eyes fell away, down a road And in the end, he wouldn't speak he only stared Your daddy was like a shrine, made of stone, made of gold, with no heart Your mama was like a ghost, wrapped around her own life, tucked away And you would shine, just like a dime lost in the couch And you would save your bitter tears for someone else Well you grew up too fast so you act like a child And the scars are too deep to be found And the harder you pull, well the further they run Don't you know they're as hungry as you? And you would dream, of angel wings left in the snow And you would dream, of angel wings to bring you home
4.
WILL FORGIVENESS FIND YOU When you've been beaten down by an old machine, will forgiveness find you? When you've been crushed beneath an illusive dream, will forgiveness find you? When you can't feel the warmth of another's joy, will forgiveness find you? When you can't summon back what your hands destroy, will forgiveness find you? Will you release them all out of your secret hell to be redeemed? When you would rather die than be nothing much, will forgiveness find you? When there's a hidden flaw in your latest crutch, will forgiveness find you? When you can't turn the page you refuse to read, will forgiveness find you? When you can't find the mouth you refuse to feed, will forgiveness find you? Will you throw down a branch for these poor castaways, looking for land?
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THAT KIND OF LOVE I want the kind of love you miss even when your lover calls Give me the kind you can't resist when you're up against the wall I want the kind of love the sharks wouldn't know how to eat Give me the kind that's in the heart, of a rock in the ground of that kind... Of that kind of love I want the kind of love that aches in the light of all you've learned Give me the kind of love that waits until your broken to return I want the kind of love who walks into the valley of the dead Give me the kind of love who talks from a mouth in the sky of that kind... of that kind of love Over palaces covered in gold you stamp your feet Over ribbons and rivers of grace you gnash your teeth To invisible agents of luck you flick your tongue To the evidence of your success you turn away Where's your kind of love? Does your kind of love? If you believe the sun will shine only when you find a ray and you are searching for the one who will steal your search away You need the kind of love you had when you came into the world You need the kind of love you lost when you thought it was only a dream Of that kind of love
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Black Mare 06:03
BLACK MARE I wait for the night to come so I can see with your eyes once again I know where the way is dark I have no face and your word is my name Take me down to your black river Fill my veins with something silver Take this heavy burden from me Take what's wood and make me a boat And I'll row... I reach for your braided mane, I reach in vain, for I know we are one
7.
ROSE IN A ROSE In the age of gold you were dust on the bricks In the age of stone you were king of the sticks In the age of architects you were homeless you had nothing left, nothing but a rose in a rose In the age of difference you were always the same In the age of innocence you were always to blame In the age of big dreams, you had nightmares and you couldn't sleep, till the morning rose in a rose In the age of wolves you were stuck on the lamb In the age of pearls you were stuck in a clam In the age of simplicity you were full of shit but there in the ditch you became a rose in a rose
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Sophia 05:57
SOPHIA Praying for the white wing to accept what’s inside of me, So I can see another blue print of my guts and feel as though they are worth something Waiting for a cheap trick to send all illusions to the grave, So I don’t have to wonder why I have been given rights to live or to die Saying what is unsaid even though it’s an empty dream, There are no words to ever capture what is true which is the strength of the holy sound Playing with the force fields to bring the myth into the real, Wherever fear resides I find I’m drawn into her ghost to prove that I’m alive I try to stay awake so I can find a way to say what I have seen, ever since I crawled out into November leaves and the air filled my lungs with the right to speak I keep my windows open just in case a bird of peace comes flying in, with a message telling me how I’m supposed to live so that I can give what I was born to give But they’re still calling “Motel” from the womb And they’re still yelling “Hotel” from the phone into your room Though I look for answers it's all chaos inside... It’s all chaos inside what is orderly, It is this that provides the mystery, That we stare at in awe That we bow down to worship and see when in love That we witness within the deep mountain range eyes of a child
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TO THOSE WHO ARE FREE When I was very young, I had nothing in the world but you So when you broke my heart, I had nothing in the world to lose But now I'm a man, all I want is the air, Just beyond where I'll be, when your cold, cold embrace returns to me When I was very young, I would work until I could not stand I wanted to be great, so you'd know that I deserved your hand Now I'm a man, all I want is the ground, Just beyond where I'll be, when your cold, cold embrace returns to me When I was very young, I was terrified of being free At every fork and turn, I would listen for the voice of God Now I'm a man, all I want is a choice, Just beyond where I'll be, when your cold, cold embrace returns to me

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The long awaited mortality-counter-acting archive of minor suffering and major reverence in the flaming face of All. Recorded in Catskill, NY at Old Soul Studios!

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released May 11, 2019

All songs written and produced by Michael C. Hays. Recorded and engineered by Kenny Siegal at Old Soul Studios in Catskill, NY. Strings on That Kind of Love, To Those Who Are Free and One Battle, recorded at Trout Studios in Brooklyn, NY. Mixed by Jesse Lauter. Mastered by Alan Silverman. Michael C. Hays: Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitar, Piano, Organs. Otto Hauser: Drums, Percussion on all songs, Synth on Black Mare. Terence Murren: Bass on all songs, Hammond Organ on Sophia, Backing vocals on That Kind of Love. Kenny Siegal: Lap Steel, Hammond Organ on Little Bird and Rose in a Rose, Backing vocals on That Kind of Love. Jonathan Talbott: Violin on Will Forgiveness Find You and Rose in a Rose. Daniel Levine: Horns. Jesse Chandler: Clarinet. Gwen Siegal: Accordion, Backing vocals on That Kind of Love. Nina Violet: Backing vocals on Will Forgiveness Find You. String Team on That Kind of Love, To Those Who Are Free, and One Battle: Chris Rael: String Arrangements. Rob Hecht: Violin. Pinky Weitzman: Viola. Maria Jeffers: Cello. Daniel Southard: Photography. Album design: Michael C. Hays. Art Direction: Michael C. Hays and Vanessa Mekarski. Special Thanks to: Vanessa Mekarski; Pamela, Allen and Mark Hays, Marlene Seven Bremner, Matthew Moorman, Judith Provasoli, Christina Malisoff, and the Hudson Opera House. ©2019 Michael C. Hays. ©2019 Elote Music ℗2019 Michael C. Hays.

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Pythias Braswell Monterey, California

Pythias Braswell blends ancient relics and alien lasers into a song form that is both old and new. His songs are heartfelt, sacred, melodic, and given to occasional moments of improvised disintegration. He sings about mystery, memory, death, dreams and dust. ... more

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