The GLOW EP

by Curious Quail

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1.
Hang Up
 There's nothing left to see here,
 Our trial's over
 and you've been
 released on your own recognizance You sail a sea
 Fifty cameras deep, that’s all 
 I get to notice
 that my head 
 hasn't been screwed back on straight Why now?
 I ask so many times now. You think I'd see a cycle now. But then he turns around We could never survive this, 
 It's going to take everything we've got just to hold our punches
 We have got to be blind Somedays. I’m burning down
 Fists trembling uncontrolled 
 We're getting nowhere
 and the party line
 Doesn’t cut it now Why now?
 I ask so many times now. You think I'd see a cycle now, 
 but then he turns around
 and says, "Somedays we sin, man" cuz We could never survive this,
 It's going to take everything we've got just to hold our punches. 
 And we have got to be blind
 if we
 think this'll work now We could never survive this, 
 It's going to take everything we've got just to hold our punches. 
We have got to be blind.
 Somedays.
2.
These shoes have seen it all
 And I imagine them appalled
 But still they follow
 like a lemming to my fall I’ve been labeled second best
 All lights are comin' red
 But I'm in trouble
 It's the clearest thing you've said
 By this time tomrrow
 there's a bounty on my head. See, bad news
 Follows
 I'd try to
apologize
 but no one has ears
 A sad you
 just hollows me out
 till I'm bonless
 and petrified
 And who has time for all of that?
 Not me. In a barely noticed grave
 We can learn how to behave
 but don't bathe in sorrow
 it's a path we shouldn't pave
 By this time tomorrow 
 There's no question that I'll stay See, bad news
 It follows me
 and I try to
apologize
 but no one's got ears
 A sad you
 just hollows me out
 till I'm boneless
 but never really petrified, see I'm all about this now
 (You're a fool for coming here)
 I'm such a crowd please, now
 (You're embarrassing yourself)
 I'm all about this now
 cuz after all, it's midnight
 and we'll have time for all of that You'll see.
3.
I closed my eyes and turned my head
 to a warmer sigh
 I block out all the cold
 I feel old. So I downplayed all the hype
 These scenes replayed in rewind
 in which everyone's a criminal or dunce
 at least once Graceful
 You thought I'd be stable
 but I'm a handful 
 and these things that I know now kill Every I hope I smashed in my tomorrow
 I've got a meaningless weight trollin' if tomorrow never comes
 and this treasure trove of course explodes in my face
 Always 
cuz there's one way out
 and I failed her I raced by all the warnings
 Like 
 I hadn't done it before
 My blood pressure shoots high
 It's goodbye So I downplayed all the hype
 This “first-come-first serve” ain't right
 I mean, Yesterday I Watched The World Collapse
 On my back Faithfull
 A word that we made real
 but I'm a handful
 and at least I can say with pride that Every I hope I smashed in my tomorrow
 I've got a meaningless weight trolling if tomorrow never comes
 When I say "enough", let's get out of here alive
 cuz there's one way out
 and I failed her
4.
Next
 In Line
 Heartfelt smiles I'm forcing ‘em down and 
 This place is
 Praising the faceless
 In ways I never thought I'd have to explain
 Surrounded by
 neatly tucked shirts
 Oh how it must hurt
 when Time
 Stops
 and I wouldn't change a thing
 I can barely see through this hazy grin
 That's slapped on my face
 Now everything's great
 If only just for eight hours and This can't last, we do it for now
 This can't last, we do it for now
 What's that all about?
 We're bright second class citizens
 This can't last, we do it for now
 This can't last, we do it for now
 What's that all about?
 What's that all about? Next
 In Line
 You seem amazed
 When we're out of our cage
 And this place has
 Addled me senseless
 A cubicle alternative is no help.
 If you’re surrounded by
 neatly tucked shirts
 Oh how it must hurt
 with Lines long
 and I never miss a beat
 I can barely feel through
 this mask of defeat
 on deafening ears
 It's not a career
 It's only just for a few years but
 We're not done, we're givin' up now
 We're not done, we're givin' up yea
 What's that all about?
 We’re like second class citizens
 and This can't last, we do it for now
 This can't last, we do it for now
 What's that all about? What’s that all about? This can't last, we do it for now
 This can't last, we do it for now
 what the fuck is that?
5.
Lift my bloody face
 off the table
 You're readin' it wrong
 We're all in this together
 We're all in this as feathers
 Up and Away. So roll me up a cliff
 that isn't stable
 It's so precious how
 Impossibility's nurtured
 When our volatility's perfect
 Up and Away and I thank those who came first So I go in town to find
 a new start
 The hooker's polite, but 
I'm not interested darlin'.
 I've got a pattern of fallin'
 Up and Away So I thank all those who came first
 'cuz they've no idea what they've gotten into. I try but I fail consistently
 There's gotta be somethin' I'm missing,
 Should we call it a day like that? 
 cuz I feel
 sicker than hell
 and I know we aint done yet. It's like home on the range
 High again,
 The stones in my brain
 Stop readin' the bad news
 and don't hide in the bedroom
 From your scars So lift my battered face
 off this table
 and calm the fuck down
 I don't get why we care
 We're making circles square
 aren't we? and I thank all those who came first
 cuz they've no idea what they've gotten into I try but I fail consistently
 There's gotta be somethin' I'm missing,
 Should we call it a day like that? 
 cuz I feel
 sicker than hell
 and I know we aint done yet
 I know we ain't done yet and I thank all those who came first
 cuz they've no idea what I'm
 about to do I try but I fail consistently,
 There's gotta be something I'm missing
 Should we call it a day like that?
 Like that?
 Like that?
 I feel
 sicker than hell
 and I know we aint done yet.... ....tell me why we aint done yet?

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released February 13, 2009

Written, performed, arranged and produced by Michael Shirley-Donnelly, with additional vocals on "After All" and "Yesterday I Watched The World End" by Vincent Do

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Curious Quail Palm Springs, California

Curious Quail is an orchestral + chiptune indie rock collective with members in the San Francisco Bay Area, The Coachella Valley, and the Pacific Northwest that mix fuzzy guitar rock, orchestral instrumentation and music made with Nintendo Gameboys.

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