Portugal. The Man - Church Mouth LP/CD

DEFIANCERECORDS LXXXI (#81)

Lyrics:



Church Mouth

 

Sell me, I'm a skeptical boy

And if you need help I'm not easily found

We met the man in the deep deep south with the gritty smile and the

dirty old church mouth

"my breath was short better hit the ground runnin"

papers, read and weigh down the stands

It's cold here and waiting weighs on this man

still not full, I need a pass and a page

march stepped some steps and it spoke some war tongues flickered about

that dirty old church mouth

fill me up with money gold cause ain't nobody ever need me

my salt was skin of maps made whole gotta get out gotta sell this soul

I'll be better when that sleep comes and finds me

stroll about through these forks and roads find me in the pines in the

sleet and cold

Shine on, in this brilliant paced pulse

all I need in this life is this love

"march stayed with the dirty old church mouth"

fill me up with money gold cause ain't nobody ever need me

my salt was skin of maps made whole gotta get out gotta sell this soul

I'll be better when that sleep comes and finds me

stroll about through these forks and roads find me in the pines in the

sleet and cold

We met the man in the deep deep south with the shit teeth smile that

poured about the church's mouth

fill me up with money gold cause ain't nobody ever need me

then take me to the steeple let the preachers hands a bathe me

"march stayed with the dirty old church mouth"

I'll be better when the sleep comes and finds me

fill me up with money gold cause ain't nobody ever need me

SUGAR CINNAMON

did you ever see anyone

did you ever known anyone

speech trial come and lead my palms

soil pressed to the knees and below

because standing tall will make you grow

but only sharp eyes ever know

(Slip out your arrows in tongues

sleepin in the streets

Oh I, I'll dance on that cross)

Tell me where we plan to be

That sugar met the cinnamon (baby) boys born a gentleman

Only love for everyone

My piano begs to take him home

But he's got those keys in his nose

that dance about in skipping views

got my only son feeling so low

(Slip out your arrows in tongues

sleepin in the streets

Oh I, I'll dance on that cross)

I'll be digging up these crops like snails licking, leaving lips like

living trails

bodies dragging down against the earth they said "don't you squeal I

know a pig when I sees one

coming up about the bend its a long and quiet road ahead still they're talking

and always moving while we're sleeping

did you ever see anyone

(Slip out your arrows in tongues

sleepin in the streets

Oh I, I'll dance on that cross)

did you ever know or plan to tell me where we plan to be...

TELLING TELLERS TELL ME

Summer came and I lost my shoes

while them purple gold linens, pressed them down in the basement

and if don't you know or see them clouds

Will step to the sky and wind... down

tell me what you know tell me what we get tell me where we go then

tell me when you come back around

Shelter never pays without months without rain after winter leaves

we'll just do it again

Calm will find your soul

those tired lonely lips dragged him down to the train tracks

left them purple gold lids sittin down in the basement

and if we die here will we ever be back again?

Dawn was likely lined in the coming of men that shuffled slithered

legs till they found how to stand

every time I grow I know I'll never change

because the liver tree sways, but knows he'll never find me

I know my problems and know where they lay

Calm will find your soul

those tired lonely lips dragged him down to the train tracks

left them purple gold lids sittin down in the basement

and if we die here will we ever be back again?

Dawn was likely lined in the coming of men that shuffled slithered

legs till they found how to stand

my brothers busy laughing at the end of the hall, said "That mans not

a doctor if he cures no cancer"

placed in the back where there are no dancers crooked steps diamonds

and a bag housing answers

where I step to sky and

wind... down

Calm will find your soul

those tired lonely lips dragged him down to the train tracks

and if we die here will we ever be back again?

Dawn was likely lined in the coming of men that shuffled slithered

legs till they found how to stand

MY MIND

stepping steps of floating floats that float above such shining notes

they know (Just where/why their feet are moving) just where we should rest

policed and waiting patiently we knew where we'd gone and where we'd be

we know this should never drown the seeds ahhhhh ohhhhh

My mind is all gone.

deaf and dumb but fluent speech speaking speaks and listening

while eating piled tangled sugar weaves

(Just where/why their feet are moving)

My mind is all gone

down deep pace past finding another there, got a dollar? sold!

you are hands just do as I please....

I feel my body moving and feel these feet a moving

A messy mess of fruits and pies that dance about these aging eyes

they know just what becomes of seeds

A busy suit or dirty boys feeling rude in lazy lies, (oh) my my my my

(Just where/why their feet are moving)

My mind is all gone

Shade

claims, they crawled from those clouds and over mountains cried

into the streams where they ran the length of past and time that called out

with their hands beside you as all the people shouted up to the

"northern" territories

My, they glowed a bug burning at the ends of sheet covered crowns

whose only words were

wicked mumbles that shake unstable manners brought these thoughts about you

lights up like flies and ants that dip about and aim.... to swallow us

up like them bread baked gums...

now I remain glowing at the ends it's because it's you they've become

shade drifts around, southern where the sheets are growing ash and

steeple factories

old boy you'll never know just what they think, it never finds you

cheap work finding pockets only when we're aimed.... to swallow them

up like the bread baked gums...

these lights were waves that spilled through my space (in the plains)

where no one knows if they'll ever need again (I want to)

come and get and take me home

Dawn

Because its safe at the bottom this lake

we know what your gonna do when you get there

sit down and listen

We built that cold hearted fool and on that shit he made money

motives lost in a heap because the deaf don't deaf don't listen

Wake up, oh that sunshine is shining in

Let's go. I don't care who knows it

I'm an apple dripping man just like the

feet that tapped "take me home"

We'll be back when the stores are in order, the house isn't shaking

and the king is elected from the love that grows it love thats growing

Wake up, oh that sunshine is shining in

Let's go. I don't care who knows it

I'm an apple dripping man just like the

feet that tapped "take me home"

We built the mountains to stand up where he knows

all the sheep that showed don't care who knows it

but the sons are the giants built by the pharaoh's

where the apples fed them sheep

Wake up, oh that sunshine is shining in

Let's go. I don't care who knows it

I'm an apple dripping man just like the

feet that tapped "take me home"

Oh Lord

Shepherds they came

stripped of their names

and we were all the daughters

that fell from her to ground

because she needed us

she needed love

but we're all gone

to strip that ground

Shivered pores were caves

teeth were all decayed

jutting jagged rising up

like welts on backs in strain

We climbed up those banks from our place in the shade

built us a fire but never knew what we made

its not your mind, self, not your thoughts not your soul

because

we are that fire

We're you safe down in my hands

The higher we climb

these shapes show

and this place is more holy when noboday knows/goes

Show me what is still free and I will tell you. Its not your mind your

self your thoughts your soul.

Bellies Are Full

Look at him working wearing his hands to the bone just to prove where

he came from

The mans always worried, the man only worries himself if his pay and

his of mention

if we had the money we'd climb our way back down somehow

and if we're in the garden don't you know that our bellies are full

His eyes always moving licking about as they please, you know he's

always in question

hair falling about him favors fair please and polite very fond and

glad to have known you

if we had the money we'd climb our way back down somehow

and if we're in the garden don't you know that our bellies are full

now that heavens out the way

Don't you feed them hungry or to hold somebody when you're sleeping

through that night all alone

hold tight maybe we're all hungry and lonely cause those fires don't

burn well alone

Look at him moving, listen to feet falling bare on the stone all about him

that tamborines ringing, those bells have all worried their minds

because there's no sorted of safety here

our bellies are full now that heavens out of the way.

Don't you feed them hungry or to hold somebody when you're sleeping

through that night all alone

hold tight maybe we're all hungry and lonely cause those fires don't

burn well alone

Children

Birth me of blood oil

salt sugar water pales

build me black jesus

cause jesus can't save me

shackles pulling at your hair

shine me from roots out

wash me form the neck down

cut me fat stores

take me to the tree line

I'm a headin down down down

down to the river cause I don't believe in medicine

I'll crawl out shakin pale

always got the answer I got ears all around me

burn up in black smoke

thick and pourin down your throat

make me of bread walks

listen up with ears we're divin

birth me of blood oil

salt sugar water pales

build me black jesus

shackles pulling at your hair

I'm a headin down down down

down to the river cause I don't believe in medicine

I'll crawl out shakin pale

always got the answer I got ears all around me

Tell your children we got another year comin

oil stands the legs this body speaks in tongues and croaks "I'm headin down"

I'll walk down to the river where we met our pales

filled and spillin like our sothern friends

met that pale atop the rocks and moss

grass grips licks about our heels and bends

Tell your children we got another year comin

oil stands the legs this body speaks in tongues and croaks "I'm headin down"

Tell your children we spent a year in this fire.

copper bands and hells getting lighter line up in lines we can only get higher

Tell your children we got another year comin

The Bottom

How High. Soldiers pull boys through rain

ground to their toes ground to the dirt

(oh) my. They spilled down the steps

filed in rows like hair likes to pour

like skin loves to warm

but teeth don't pull like these chains don't drag around

.... because it's safe at the bottom....

Wind down to the beds of the leaves

bedding of sand where fire don't burn (but the tops of trees)

Out, out of the head streams a maze

of colors and shapes that dance from these walls

but trust don't pay like these guns don't fuck around

.... we know it's safe at the bottom....

I know what I know, and all I ever need is you

Down, down in the sand lives alone

in shackles and bone meat blood from grown gravel and stone

but teeth don't pull like these chains don't drag around

.... because it's safe at the bottom....

Calm but never finds rest these bones

for what we don't know for all that we know

It's all that we've known

but trust don't pay like these guns don't fuck around

.... we know it's safe at the bottom....

I know what I know, and all I ever need is you

Sleeping Sleepers Sleep

shave our heads

strip our clothes

burn them books but

the mind still grows

a sheltered mind with

fears of rings

fear of time

and missing links

we all once were.

and I'll walk until my legs are broken

I was up walking and you were the shoes

bored with the thoughts that you thoughts I could use

Islands were made of brick stone and shade

where deaths only rest of laughable tunes

feel your toes

buried sand

wide eyes roll and

the legs, they stand

i was alseep until my eye were opened

we are made

to be sewn

bodys lips eyes

earthed and regrown

shave our heads

strip our clothes

burn them books but

the mind still grows

and I'll walk until my legs are broken

Bills sit about talking of people they've used

born of new worlds that have fallen past due

trusting in funding and finding a place

in wheel wells and homes and people like you

films finding fair faces and lies

while ships bearing backs house glass teeth and eyes

like the apartment of capable tunes

that bored with the thoughts that we thought it could use

it never ever rains if you never cry

and you never have to mourn if you never ever die

Sun Brother

heavy were the words

dripping from my brain

flow about and sink in little bitty bits where I know

I know myself

where floors were found

shores were shaping doors

stretch for miles and mile and miles I know

I know myself

and everyone hidden from the sun

pepper churns and salts about my little nose

where I know

I know myself

and if you love everybody

then I wonder, shall you be saved

and I'm thinking, when will we be found

I towed you way down through south land

where we left it all to die

climbing up back woods with palms quaking and thundering

out out out way way out south land

then I wonder, shall you be saved

and I'm thinking, when will we be found

I need you sunshine this rains a poured

please please please please please me

cry down and out film reflecting that reflections

send me a car these feet can't take it no more

earth and roads were mouths

that swallow up and down

twist about the creek in step stepped steps and I know

I know myself

tiny tickled toads

concrete molded bowls

hop and fall and roll about them little selves where I know

I know myself

and everything

every word and sight

I know about the present, end, dawn and time and I know

I wonder...

(and if you love everybody)

I need you sunshine this rains a poured

please please please please please me

cry down and out film reflecting that reflections

send me a car I know these feet can't take it no more

I'll take me time I don't worry that old man no more

he's a worry for lights that splash bout my eyes running around

shy naked and whispering found but listening

know no ones behind

I told you wait down south land

where we left it all behind

climbing up back woods with palms quaking and thundering

out out out way way out south land

Hide deep down inside way away where nothing dies

sorry for the words that roll stroll and tumble about

I know myself every inch stumble and inside out

I don't need no one and I know won't anytime soon