Air By the Ton

by Stomatopod

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released October 2, 2015

Recorded by Stomatopod
Mixed by Matt Engstrom of Caffeinated Recordings
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering
Front cover by Seth Tucker
Back cover by Dmitry Samarov
All songs © 2015 Pirate Alley Records

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Stomatopod Chicago, Illinois

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• John Huston, vocals and guitar
• Sharon Maloy, bass and vocals
• Elliot Dicks, drums and jokes

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Track Name: To See and Breathe
I'm already dead
I already said
I'm a waste of taste and cash and kin
I alone can stand again

I'm older than time
I'm waiting for a sign
I'm the ring of absolute despair
I alone can fail again

I'd like to breathe more than I'd like to chew
I'd like to see more than I'd like to do
Would I like to breathe? No.
Would I like to see? No.
But I'd like to steal more than they're giving to me.
Track Name: The Holy Ghost
I’ll make the enemy me
I don’t know why but it makes sense to me
You’ve got the softest hand
You get it deep then you make your demands.

I’ll try much too hard to believe in something
I’ll try much too hard, but my memory bleeds

We shop with a carrot and stick
Our summer vacation is a habit to kick
I’ll kneel on the burning sand
While animals circle and bark their commands

I’ll try much too hard to believe in something
I’ll try much too hard, but my memory bleeds

I don’t know why but it makes sense to me.
I don’t know why but it cured my disease.

I’ll try much too hard to believe in something
I’ll try much too hard to define it by guessing
I’ll try much too hard but my memory bleeds
Track Name: Crimson Streak
A nylon night. A crimson streak.
The hunger builds. It makes him weak.
All this time — there's no going back from here.

She watched the clock; she held the key
She turned the screw and smiled though no one else could see
All this time — there's no going back from here

Save me from this thing that I've become
Supine for the serpentine
Wallowing and groveling
Save me from this thing that I've become

A little gift, a little treat.
Those words so merciless but spoken soft and sweet.
All this time — there's no going back from here

Save me from this thing that I've become
Supine for the serpentine
Wallowing and groveling
Save me from this thing that I've become
Track Name: We Built the Bomb
We got the job from the guy with the funny name
We built a bomb and wired it for the grave
We cashed a check and spent more than we could save
We're just a little sad that the morning finally came to play

We're here for more
We're ready for war

Light to shine
Rain down over me
Summer by design
No winter in defeat

We talk in code and we say what you want to hear
We've got a special kind of way to make you disappear
We learned to walk so we could let you learn to crawl
We bought the world from you at a bargain just so we could sell it off

Now we're here for more
And we're ready for war

Light to shine
Rain down over me
Summer by design
No winter in defeat
Silence like the sky
Ollie oxen free
Cover me in calm and keep my conscience clean
Track Name: Enemies of Everything
A little maniac
A little head disease
He made it half the way
Exploiting memories
A little end around
A little fold and crease
He's turning hand to mouth
Into on a shopping spree

We’ll be enemies of everything.
It won’t be anything like apathy.
And we’ll make our name on broken dreams.
We'll burn the fields and drain the seas.

Tore the skirt from her
By its rotten seams
If my eyes were fire
Yours are laser beams
But she made the best
From what clever brings
And she’s half of one
And what she chose to be

We’ll be enemies of everything
It won’t be anything like apathy.
And we’ll make our name on broken dreams.
Burn the fields and drain the seas.

Personality like tepid water
Expecting treatment like an epic martyr
Father figure like a glass that shatters
Making menus out of silent daughters
Anything like that
Track Name: Fake Wounds
All alone and always together
But we know we fall apart like the weather
But we stall.
And we shake our lips.
And we call our hits suddenly.

But you're never gonna get it out of me.

We make the wounds you fake look even faker.
Track Name: Kajillionaire
Every year or two we dig a hole in the ground and fill it with the things we can never get rid of.
Like all the memories of being lost and then found, until we finally found out no one was looking.

What you wanted to say has not been said
We all know words are worthless in the end
You’re so eager to say it’s over. Well, you’ve got nothing, but I know something.

Give me your hands I don’t need your heart
The world had left us from the start
And I don't have the stomach to watch them celebrate
If I could stand then I wouldn’t stay
Instead of sinking every day
And nothing really bothers more than a stomachache

You don’t know what’s wrong so you do everything right, and nothing really hurts until you can feel it. We won the lottery with hands bloody and scarred, then watched everything we owned just slip through our fingers.

What you wanted to say has not been said
But you know you’re just trying to pretend
You may say that you’ve got the answers
Well, you’ve got something, but I know something.

Give me your hands I don’t need your heart
The world had left us from the start
And I don't have the stomach to watch them celebrate
If I could stand then I wouldn’t stay
Instead of sinking every day
And nothing really bothers more than a stomachache.
Track Name: The Building With the Tallest Ledge
We’ll watch “One Life to Live” in America
We made and spent a million bucks in America
We’re only slightly aroused in America
We've got a mouthful of lucky charms in America

We’re on life support
We’re on the building with the tallest ledge
Our time is short
Instead of sinking we are diving in

We've got a cat named Socks in America
I met my first ex-wife in America
Shake for breakfast, shake for lunch in America
Another pair of shoes in America

We’re on life support
We’re on the building with the tallest ledge
Our time is short
Instead of sinking we are diving in

You just don’t know how hard I work
If only you knew where to look
And if you did it’d all be there
I swear.

We walked from there and back in America
Woody Guthrie is dead and gone in America
Track Name: Going Home
It was a shock to the system, maybe
These guys shoot to kill
The bells chime at noon and midnight
You’ve gotta pay the bill

We made a deal to keep it going
We want more of the same
Our names looked fine on the dotted line
We gave it all away

In our world the snow is falling
The air dries the skin
But we don’t trust our eyes to tell us
The real picture of the state we’re in

It’s automatic now
Don’t bother asking how
I closed my eyes to clear the static
I heard the crown come crashing down

Going home
This seed is sown
Track Name: Air By the Ton
Midnight — she got ahold of the sun
Midnight — she got ahold of the sun
And all the stars in the sky, they didn't tell anyone
Now all of us on the ground, we buy our air by the ton

A little animus goes a long way
A little animus, forever and always
All the way

High tide — we all stare at the moon
Low tide — we know we’ll get there soon
Our shadows starting to fade, our shadows starting to bloom
But when we open our eyes, we see that nothing is new