SAM

HANLAN

LIFETIME

ACCESS

HELLO, WORLD!

THAT'S SO ME

LIFETIME ACCESS

THE WIZARD

UNDER THE BANNER

What a time to be alive
Without a cause, you’re out the door
Say “hello, world”, what are you for?
What are we moving towards?
You’ve painted us in to a corner

Pull me from my nest
Throw me under your wheels
Capsized and desperate
Restless, unheeding

String me line, toss me a dime
I tried being helpless
But nothing much comes of it
Wind me back up, before I run out the clock
With my head on the block

Shake me from my tree
Put me to work in your fields
Morning and evening
Hold me, feed me

Both the captain and the crew
Are abandoning you
Do you know how to turn this vessel alone?
Can you read your map from the stars?
Can you navigate back to the harbour?
Or stick like a pig on the iceberg
Or snag on the rocks like the anchor.

Haven’t I given enough?
What about all that good shit I done?
Didn’t it do it for anyone?
Heading on down to the brink
We’re all thinking about stepping in
Or taking up residence

Like a complicated act of god
It just felt wrong
Like a stern word in the birdsong
It just didn’t belong

Like an answer and a lie, perfectly combined
But never aligned
A roaring symphony of broken rhyme and harmony
That's so me

How about mellowing out?
Pushing it all the way down
Letting your hair out the tower
I can see you’re completely connected to your grief
No sharp relief

Like a complicated act of god
It just felt wrong
Like a stern word in the birdsong
I just didn’t belong

Like an answer and a lie, perfectly combined
But never aligned
A roaring symphony of broken rhyme and harmony
That's soo mee

Yeah you can complain
I’ll be sure to pass it along
Should have know you could do no wrong
So many words, nothing to say
I get you people every day
You’re just more hair in the clay

The second you shut your mouth I’d already blacked out

You say it was a game
But I almost had you
How did I do, what can you prove
Full disclosure
Brainless no-name
There’s no fooling me again
Up on my hill, all you can build
Is my landfill
Animated statue with an animal's statute
There is no more meat on my bones
For you to chew

Pieces are missing, others are listening in
But they’ll learn nothing new, til I have you
Such is the sweet ether that collides in the night
With the sweat and the cold gripping your soul

Your stolen plates
Even the children can place
you at the scene, and how will you plead?
Easily: guilty
I was just doing my job, the bait on the line
Well, are you blind? Was it a crime?
Honest kindness

Picking through the rubble, like picking a wound
Like coffee in our kitchen without you
Spin me another web, can we keep on dancing
Til I forget my lines, or you fumble the script

Both of us looking for lifetime access
A full-time mutual subscription
A ladder to prop up at my window
A piece of my heart for a seat at your table

Finally, some time with The Wizard
Some company in these woods
An excuse to complain, is it?
Or an exercise in restraint

I said: I am tired of nature,
I grow weary with peace
Is there a spell that you can cast
That can break what was meant to last

He said: I know very well that you understand
That a grand don’t come for free

How about some potion, then?
Or a powerful emotion
Some wise words, softly spoken
Some savvy incantation

Or I’ll take your staff
And break your will
And have your head
And be done with it

I can take my own compliments
I can make my own medicine
I can build a tower and a fence
Around my shallow sentiments

He said: I know very well that you can survive
But a grand don’t grow on trees

Foul words are spoken and the exchange is made
And he leaves me
Groaning under silence
Now I am the boundary
Now I am the contract
I am the combination
AND I AM TO BE OBEYED

I am the empty hallway
I am the waiting memory
And with armies bowed before me
And you, you are my queen
And I am curled and tiny
At your feet

I didn’t give an inch
And I sure am glad to say
That there’s still pressure in the pipes
And still life behind the eyes

Left ears twisting in the wind
And lips frozen closed again
Well, if you can punch it in
Why don’t you use your words, then?

We’ll all huddle
Under the banner
Together, for better or worse

They said: only date winners
But I’m really doing me right now
Then like a true beginner,
tumbling back down to the ground

They said: I can offer you nothing
But it’ll cost you something
Well I’d take that deal
When we are so poorly placed to seize the day

We’ll all huddle
Under the banner
Together, and weather the storm

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