Crepustulingua

by Ken Topham

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Written, arranged, performed, recorded, and produced by Ken Kennerson at Beef Studio during the month of October, 2009.

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released October 31, 2009

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Track Name: The Reckoning Of The Masses (Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold)
Cut to the chase. Shot in the face.
Hollow point .45 left for dead somehow survived.
Meal ticket all blown to shit
A dead man aint got nothing to lose
After dark I hunt for you

On the way home I feel my brain exposed
Who wants to see a disgusting freak?
Certainly not me

Wander around the edge of town until the sun goes down
Don’t look now no don’t look now

Rotting entrails, rusty coffee cans and nails
Out in front of a tarpaper shack
With a murder shed round the back

Hear the church bells ring Sunday morning
Pray to god keep me alive
Left for dead somehow survived
Your head, bow down. Your hands reach for the sky.
Take one last look at my face because you’re gonna die.
You left me for dead but I survived.
Eye for an eye for an eye
Track Name: Highway 666 (Southbound)
I’ve been driving all night
Driving through the desert
No end of the road in sight
I’m driving forever

Got no license or registration
I was on the road to salvation
For one second I lost my patience
Now I’m banished to eternal damnation

I’ve been driving all night
Driving through the desert
No end of the road in sight
I’m driving forever

He showed me his badge and asked me where I was headed
I said “just up the road. Not too far.”
He just licked his teeth and he shined his light in my face
He told me to step out of the car
I tried to play it cool at first
But then everything took a nasty turn for the worst
His eyes they widened when he noticed my lead
So acted quick and I put a bullet in his head

I’ve been driving all night
Driving through the desert
No end of the road in sight
I’m driving forever

I try to beg God for His forgiveness
My one true witness
I tell him that I’m scared shitless
Why would he let me do this?
Oh my lord
Why did you make me so cold?
Why don’t you let the sun rise?
Why don’t you let me off this road?

I’ve been driving all night
Driving through the desert
No end of the road in sight
I’m driving forever
Track Name: Decompression Sickness Of The Soul
I loaded my pistol and I aimed it high
I shot the man in the moon right between the eyes
Now the waves come crashing to the earth like meteorites
And tonight I’m swimming with the satellites

The reflection of the stars on the surface of the sky
Lure the big fish up from the depths tonight
Sucked into the vacuum of a deep space rip tide
Baby, I’m swimming with the satellites

I think I got the bends. I feel the warping of my bones.
All the bubbles in my blood
Mounting pressure until I explode
I step into the bathysphere.
Time slows to a crawl.
As I approach the threshold of a black hole.

I kissed one bullet and I loaded it into my gun.
I closed one eye and I aimed and I blew up the sun.
Now the waves are crashing to the earth like meteorites.
And tonight we’re swimming with the satellites.
Track Name: Full-Belly Blues
G
Well I’m sorry baby but I gotta go
D7
You know I hate to leave you sleepin all alone
G C
Oh but I gotta be on the first train
D7 G
And get into the city to work another day

Well it’s only 4:30 in the morning
D7
Even the sun is still snoring
G C
But I don’t mind because when I come home to you
D7 G G7
You give me kisses and you fill my belly with food
C G
I need you like I need coffee in the morning
D7 G G7
Without you I feel like a piece of wood
C E7
If I strike it rich one day on down the line
A7 D7
We can roll around in the hay all day in the sweet sunshine
G
I really really really really really really really cant stay
D7
You know I really really really gotta be on the very first train
G C
Oh I love you and I know you love me too
D7 G
Cuz you give me kisses and you fill my belly with food
C
Oh I love you and I know you love me too
D7 G
Cuz you give me kisses and you fill my belly with food
Track Name: Vacant Vessel
Tonight we ride beneath tendrils of stars.
Tonight we ride in silence.
We’ve come to the realization that we must
Recur to violence.

To my one true love, I bit farewell. She gives me one last kiss.
She looks into my eyes and tries to find a man down in the abyss.

Everything must come to pass.
Everything must burn.
My life, my world, my baby girl,
No longer my concern.

I feel the chill of the summer moon. I answer the call of the sea.
The smell of jasmine floats on the wind ominously.

Sharpen the blades. Fill up the flask.
Tonight we drink to the Heavens.
For with the new day come the horrors of Hell.
No future, no past, only present.

A lock of her hair to remind me of her soft-spoken grace.
Reminds me of my callous hand caressing her beautiful face.

A murder of crows announces at dawn
Death is surely at hand.
The haunting Black Freighter whispers
Her song to the souls of the damned

I’m saturated with the scent of the ocean again
It’s in my clothes. It’s in my bones. The salt water cures my skin.

Tonight we ride beneath tendrils of stars
Tonight we ride in silence.
We’ve come to the realization that we must
Recur to violence.

To my one true love, I bit farewell. She gives me one last kiss.
She looks into my eyes and tries to find a man down in the abyss.
Track Name: Annihilation Of The Most Empathetic Chamber
Down in the darkness
Hellhounds are barking
And it’s driving me mad
And then you crack a smile
Then you start to laugh
So I don’t feel so bad
And for a second I can relax

Last night I had a dream
That I could feel the pain
Of every living thing
But when I woke to see
You lying next to me
I just sat there and watched you sleep
Until the sunlight set me free

I can feel my nucleus shake
Like a microscopic earthquake
I can feel the stars collapsing in space
When I took one look at you
In your high heeled shoes
My head just burst into flames
They had to drag me away
The doctors all said I’d be OK
I guess I’ll ask you some other day.
Track Name: The Fog
I was out hunting. It was getting late.
So I thought I’d better start a fire
The day was so long. I’d traveled so far
Through the muck and through the mire
The sun went down and the fog rolled in
Like the ghosts of a thousand other men
And the weeping willow trees told the story
Of how tonight I would meet my end

There is a woman in these woods. She meanders through your dreams
She keeps her long black hair pulled back to reveal her big black wings
She will sing you songs and love you right
But you’ll never make it through the night
She will tear out your still-beating heart
She will swallow it whole
She will suck out what’s left of your soul

She descended upon me late that night
The moon was low and red
She whispered something sweet in my ear
But I can’t remember what she said
Her face, it was so soft and pale
Her feathers were as black as pitch
She ran her long fingers through my greasy hair
And I was powerless
My blood ran hot when first we kissed
I felt a paralyzing chill
And a slow, thick, sticky, red river begin to flow
As my guts began to spill
The fire went out with a splash of my blood
She was a beautiful bird of prey
As she slowly stabbed her talons into my chest she winked
And she laughed in my face

There is a woman in these woods. She meanders through your dreams
She keeps her long black hair pulled back to reveal her big black wings
She will sing you songs and love you right
But you’ll never make it through the night
She will tear out your still-beating heart
She will swallow it whole
She will suck out what’s left of your soul

I dreamed a dream of incredible escape
It was a new day and I was free.
I suddenly awoke to the horrifying sight
Of my mangled body slumped beneath a weeping willow tree
Now every night, with the fog, I come rolling in
With the ghosts of a thousand other men
The maggots and worms burrow into my head.
I’ll never see my home again.
The rodents and wolves are all asleep in their dens.
I’ll never see my home again.
She tore out my heart. She swallowed my soul
I’ll never see my home again.
Track Name: The Witching Hour (ow I Learned To Love The Eternal Beast)
Her love is strange
Her love is so strange
Her love is oh so strange
She’s underage

Don’t let her in
Don’t you let her in
Heed my advice my friend
You’ll never win

She has special power
She has special power
She possesses an incredible power
It’s the witching hour.