No Star

by The Velvet Teen

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The band's first release in years and their debut as a four piece, this EP shows the group in top form, with their loudest and most expressive work to date.

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released 11 November 2010

Produced by Chris Manning and The Velvet Teen. Recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA and Salamander Studios in San Rafael, CA. The Velvet Teen is Judah Nagler, Casey Deitz, Matthew Izen and Josh Staples. Music by The Velvet Teen. Lyrics by Judah Nagler. All Songs Copyright 2010 The Velvet Teen.

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Track Name: No Star
unbury your burden
hold up your hatchet and make certain
it will be worth the unearthing

when you've tried your hardest
and seen your forest turn to sawdust
keep pining for the harvest

and no darkness
can keep you from my sight
no star
no light
to shine
it's obvious
i tell you I need no sign
this world is prepared for us
don't you feel it's time?

don't blame me, apollo
for how little light is left to borrow
let our mourning awake the marrow

and tell me, artemis
if tonight isn't right, well, when is?
shall we sell lumber till we perish?

no!
for no harness
can keep you from my side
no star
no light
to shine
it's obvious
i tell you I need no sign
this world is prepared for us
don't you feel its time?
Track Name: Forfor
if there ever
was a time
to stand up
rather than fall
in line
would sullen bones
suddenly spy on less
vertebrae

after all
is said and done
what is there left
to do or say
tell me
what word can reclaim
what's taken away

from the barrel of a gun
to hereditary succession
be it by force or incremental 'is... um?'
they have taken aim
at us

i got the call
as the walls began to fall
to leave my station
no question or negotiation
was asked of me

in the middle
of a drill
suddenly turning
so real
will the cavalry call-off
reveal an enemy

for every bridge
you burn
marks a point
from which you never return
lest you seek solace
in the ashes you've earned
you learn from these

and when we ask them
of horrors of the past
threatening severance
they answer
never

if there ever was a time
to stand up
rather than fall in line
it is forever
forever will we find
this mutiny
at home
Track Name: Fixing a Faucet
i have started climbing
for the higher ground
sea tide rushing in
yeah, our time is running out

i was wrestling with the faucet
fixing for a crowd
one that does not listen
and never will

even my mother
saw the demon i could be
without a muzzle
or a leash to know my place

stay calm
be nice, sir
now cough
to the right, sir

until i reach the seer
i'll keep, sea urchin
i've looked for that needle
salted on amber waves, a grin

i will penetrate to your heart
like liquor through a vein
just a tiny muscle
the vile thing

but even a muscle
needs a beat to know its pace
without a pulse, oh!
it isn't easily replaced

it's just common
advice, sir
now cough
to the right, sir

were it you
i bet you'd run for the mop
with your eyes running
like the water
that will not stop

and until it ceases
we will not
know
Track Name: Pavlovian Bell
my ears are ringing
pavlovian bell
still singing
clear as names
purged in philanthropy

for the record
never checked
is rarely chequered
history is written
for the screen

what is the world
if not a stage
and this life
if not a game
if i have no more
to lose than a wager
i'd say the odds
are in my favor

minty dollar
printy more
till makey smaller
sugar water
set to saturate

kill your neighbor
lock you away
for bad behavior
kill a million
meet heads of state

what is the world
if not a stage
and this life
if not a game
if i have no more
to lose than a wager
i'll see the odds
are in my favor