Mirage

by Zouaves

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released September 6, 2016

J Breeden - guitar, vocals
Chris Vallerga - guitar
Andre Coberly - drums, vocals
Sara Johanne - bass, vocals

Recorded at Type Foundry by Cory Gray and by Zouaves at Bluff Road 2016
Mastered by Alex Lyon at The Bubble
Additional vocals on 8 by Ive Eddy
All songs written and performed by Zouaves
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Track Name: Cell Mutations
I was told look over your shoulder
Close your doors once the sun sets
& don't fix what hasn't broken yet

Should've known we couldn't hold it
I knew when I sold it
Their oil would be running through my veins

Peel back this automation
This town has a weak foundation
Sweet drink of mithridation
Water holes & fluid souls abound

Looking for, looking forward
All sown now in fallow
Living in the runoff of our times

Feeling for, feeling cornered
All grown now is sorrow
No more running side by side

Hold back your expectations
Push forth the cell mutations
Last breath to leave the station
Mystic blitz in stumbling toward gold

Dead of night, it's getting colder
Gleaming clouds, we're one day older
Trees crack along this sallow path

Heat of day, but we're no wiser
Come what may, it's almost over
The trees crack along our trodden path
Track Name: Deserter
The world is full of evil men
& the women who abide them
How original original sin
From the first laid ink from paper to pen

There's a prophet in the sky with a tinsel beard
Chiding us to fear him
He'll burn through the valleys, scorch the rivers dry
Better pray over ice cream & pecan pie

The world is full of evil men
& the women who abet them
How conditional original sin
From the first shiver felt at the brush of her skin

The torments of your brother'll get you one more day
To multiply your prosperity
Out in the desert sipping nothing but sand
Rings on the cliffs divide the parchment land

The world is full of evil men
& the women who absolve them
How residual original sin
When zephyrs pluck the notes of abandonment
Track Name: Under This Roof
Promises displaced
Removed in lieu of space
Inheriting disgrace
Spirits gone in waste

Splinters proclaim truth
Living under this roof
Many of us fools
Murmurs in the news

The feeling's been renewed
A caravan of haste
Spindles come unspooled
& set a different pace

The lines that we've been told
As we sell what we've been sold
A meter & a blade
To forget why we're afraid

Faulty lines under our feet
The ghosts are all leaving town
Track Name: Western Widow
Western widow in the bedroom
Moments churning by
Before you know it we'll be dead & gone
Only ever wonder why it took so long...

Meet gravity with platitudes
Ridicule questions why
Snapping pictures in the bathrooms
Holler back at the squalor
From the other side...

Lost in the cross talk
Assailing a lost cause
Circle the same old block
Will it come to pass
Those waiting considered last
Pacing back & forth
On the widows' walk

Western widow in the bathroom
Foment alibis
Snapping pictures in the bedrooms
Don't stop to start to stop to wonder why...

Lost in the cross talk
A boardwalk seesaw
Circling the same old block

The sun is slipping down
Soldering the sound
Circle the same old block

The stars shoot around
Stitching up the clouds
Circle the same old block

Lost in the cross talk
Assailing a lost cause
Pacing back & forth
On the widows' walk
Track Name: Second Act
Fulfill this stimulation
Amplify the simulation
Quantize your every frustration
Got to defend the nation!

Tamp down this conflagration
Cauterize concatenation
Fragmenting constellations
Quarter no satiation!

Slip on out the back
In the middle of the second act
Want to please everyone
But it's too late for that
Slip on out the back
In the middle of the second act
Want to seize the setting sun
But it's too great for that

Repeating aberrations
Reveal the obfuscation
Pony up for more inflation
Justa justa justa clarification!

Identify formulation
Remand to observation
Behaviour modification
Social dissociation!
Track Name: Mirage
As we blunder through the wonder of the ruins of the futures
The rivers undulate along
Where the hammer & the axe befall a chainsaw & a hack
Just be careful who you choose to run among

The dear taste of fear when we know our predators are near
The desolation of a panoramic set
When the hour gets so dark that you can hardly see your breath
Reminiscing nothing but regret

But come on
The rocks fall
Come on
As the snow thaws

There's disappointment in the air seeing what's fair is fair is fair
We're besieged by desperate throngs of hope
If the neighbors keep on ringing I think I'll throw in my last fist
& blame it on the humours that have eloped

Colliding with our tidings into re-reflected sightings
So intent to proclaim everything is show
The evening wind harnesses sorrow & vague notions of tomorrow
The world erodes & blows out into the night

But come on
The rocks the fall
Come on
Cascading down the hill
& we are gone

On the first night I fell in love
On the second I woke on the floor
There were bright lights surrounding me
Electrocutions run my spinal cord

Somnambulistic relics, temples so embellished
The detritus of our monumental squall
Traipsing through the daisies paints the clouds a gripping scene
A pall still lingers...

Ancient waves rolling in rippling marrow, set in bone
Wrinkled lips & sneers of cold command
Our foresight is held captive by a spiral shaped adaption
A maze the wind keeps changing like the sand

But come on
The mud slides down the hill
& we are gone

On the first night I fell in love
On the second I woke on the floor
There were bright lights surrounding me
Electrocutions run my spinal cord
On a tool belt they made of glass
The souls of former mischief scored
Track Name: Firmament
Who's responsible for this mess?
Blame it on the government, we're so radiant!
Who's responsible for this mess?
Hanging on the firmament, cling to this palladium
The stars are signaling distress
The growing din of another billion billion of them

Where the word ends
I pick it up again
Where the world ends
I pick it up again

Who's responsible for this hell?
Hang it on the government, you're so radiant
Who's responsible for this hell?
Blame it on a firmament pierced by your salience
Reward you sense of self
Pick your celebrity wisely off the shelf
Advertise that we're never well
Muster a force we can never quell
I buy the hope you're so kind to sell
Track Name: Mt. Dragoon
You shall recieve the summons urging you to survive
From now on you're a rumor disentangling lies
'Cause the battle never happened, there was no decisive fight
The charades played out in barricades, brigades parade on high

Keep it inconspicuous
Behind the enemy lines
Don't interrupt the spectacle
Stick to the party line

Throw in a healthy dose of humor just to season the crime
Mimic expectations of visitation to seem contrived
Electrostatic numbing & the sky will come alive
Silhouettes in bright white beams getting sucked into the sky

Keep it inconspicuous...
Inside the enemy mines
Don't deviate the spectacly
Stick to the party line

Justa minding your own business, eminently civilized
Seraphs in their dirigibles'll be sure to steer us right
Pinafores through clouds, sunbeams through their thighs
Anchors used for ballast & bullseyes in their sights

Plundering asunder now
Inside the enemy mind
We gotta syncopate our synergies
& make the thunder cry

'Cause the scheming's unrelentless in this fiendish enterprise
Without us or within us in an assortment of disguieses
Cast the line out for a scapegoat in a weary old refrain
Some other motherfucker'll be the one to catch the blame

Cause we all believe in something
But what believes in you?
Can't tell nobody nothing
when they don't descry the mode
Distracted from distraction by distracted overviews
Distracted from distraction busy radiating news

Well we all believe in something
But who engenders truth?
Don't tell nobody nothing
when they presume to know
Distracted from distraction by the distracted chosen few
distracted from enactment, no lack of prospective clues

We all believe in somewhere
Or are we cherishing a ruse?
Can't set the breaker back
Without changing out the fuse
Approaching the impaction bent on claiming an abuse
Echanted by collecting recognition to use

We all believe in something
But what merits the noose?
We've plaenty things in common 'til we're cut out on the loose
Reproaching the refraction rent retracting an excuse
We all believe in something
But what believes in you?