Human Freight

by Dirigible Ego

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Third full-length set by Boston-area pop band.

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released April 2, 2015

All instruments and programs: Pete Chvany and Eric Karnowski. 1,2,5,6,8,9,11,12 by Chvany, 3,4,7,10 by Karnowski. Cover photo and design by Bill Pusztai/radiantpage.com. Recorded 2014-2015 in Somerville, Massachusetts at Zebra Repeat.

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Track Name: Trans US Express
You won't see it in your lifetime
They'll never let you take that train
You won't glide this land in comfort
In sun or wind or rain

The Trans US Express

Now you can pack 'em in a tin can
Squeeze 'em through the sky
But if you wanna ride the big iron
Well your chance has passed you by

The Trans US Express

Now don't you ask this question on Capitol Hill
Security theater, political will
The lure of the highway, the oil in the ground
The greed of the markets have slowed us all down

So if you're hip to taking rail trips
You're gonna have to wait
Til there's profit to be made again
Moving human freight

The Trans US Express
Track Name: Amicus Briefs
I'd like to be your friend
I hope I don't seem too demanding
A story with no end
Please give me some legal standing
It's just you seem so fine
Suit and tied or boxer shorted
I'd pull off any crime
You're the one to make sure I'm well courted

And I wonder what I'll find
Hiding out in your amicus briefs
Sure you're quite sublime
Lying 'round in your amicus briefs

Let's make some kind of deal
Without you I'm in for some hell
I'm sure of your appeal
I know your skills are more than 1L
The charge against me's tough
I'm bound and gagged before the bailiff
C'mon and work your stuff
They'll have to cart me off to jail if

I don't know what I'll find
Hiding there in your amicus briefs
Sure you're quite sublime
Lying 'round in your amicus briefs

It's like the old man said, everybody gotta thwart the norm
I'm tired of playing dead, feigning interest in your tort reform
I wanna be the one, hang out with you where no shorts are worn
I'm aiming for your gun, dressed up like the day that we were born

And I wonder what I'll find
Lying 'round in your amicus briefs
Sure you're quite sublime
Hiding out in your amicus briefs
Come on up any time
Sit around in your amicus briefs
It won't cost a dime
Go to town in your amicus briefs

So tell me what you think
Socratic method's got me asking
Can I buy you just one drink
Find out what you learned from Blackstone
I'm hanging on the brink
I need me some of your pro bone, oh
Save me from the clink
You're my favorite legal homo

And I wonder what I'll find ….
Track Name: You're The One
Why do I still see you
Every morning
Outside in the darkness
After work?
Why do I remember
Only bad times
Why can't I tell which one
Is the jerk?

Don't you think it's time you brought the mail in?
Your sister sent you such a lovely card
I laughed when your dealer dropped the package
I know life without me must be very hard

Why are you doing this to me?
Why is it so damned hard to see?
Do you know
Do you know
You're the one

Woke up to your face above my gurney
An accident, we said, and they believed
Every now and then an empty wallet
Sidewalk ladies paid for goods received
Now my friends they think that I want you back
But no, I left you when I left your door
I can make an accident too you know
The empty chamber's sitting on the floor

Why do I still see you every morning
Outside in the darkness after work?
Why do I remember only bad times
Why can't I tell which one of us is the jerk?

Why are you doing this to me?
Why is it so damned hard to see?
Do you know
Do you know
You're the one
Who's supposed to be the psycho
Track Name: This House Is Haunted
He smiled and waited
For my laughter to subside
"It's true," he said,
And invited me inside
"I've lived here oh so many years
And I have learned
To overcome my fears"

This house is haunted
A new ghost moving in every day
This house is haunted
I'm trying hard not to scare them away
This house is haunted

We laughed together
As he showed me 'round the place
I saw shadows
Of ghosts upon his face
They appeared everywhere we'd been
I knew that I would like
To visit here again

This house is haunted
A new ghost moving in every day
This house is haunted
I'm trying hard not to scare them away
This house is haunted

And now I see my own
Phantasms in the night
And now I see my own
Phantasms in the light

"Goodbye," I said
And slowly moved away
He asked will I
Come back another day
I saw the ghost behind his smile
I knew my own would stay with me a while

This house is haunted
A new ghost moving in every day
This house is haunted
I'm trying hard not to scare them away
My house is haunted
A new ghost moving in every day
My house is haunted
They made me the man I am today
This house is haunted
Track Name: Ways To Die
Gonna die old and alone
Try my best to face it
Gonna die in the arms of love
Sometimes I can taste it
Gonna die with no regrets
Hope I've got that power
Gonna die and lose my bets
You never know the hour

Ways to die
Uncountable
Death is insurmountable
Ways to die
Uncountable
Ways to die and die

Gonna die, a bolt from the blue
Make it quick and painless
Gonna die not knowing you
Or even what my name is
Gonna die at the peak of joy
Laugh all the way to heaven
Gonna die, great big void
Fall asleep forever

Ways to die
Uncountable
Death is insurmountable
Ways to die
Uncountable
Ways to die and die

And I'd like to think I could plan ahead
The final act of getting dead
I've known so few with that grasp on fate
Get too old, you go too late
Go too young, a life unreckoned
I want it down to the microsecond
Doubt I'll ever get that choice
All my loved ones, hear my voice
Track Name: Mercurochrome
The blazing heat of day
I'm melting in the city
I want to stalk the forest
Naked in my skin
Ditch the sewer dives
Shed concrete from my shoulders
Kill the past inside me
Let myself begin
Only for a moment

The city strips my flesh
I'm stumbling down its alleys
Sirens sound my entrance
Naked in the crowd
No more wasted days
No more endless nights in shadow
Keep the wolves at bay
Hunt my future down
Only for a moment
If only for a moment

Be my mercurochrome

Reach your hands to me
Hold me gently in the moonlight
Free the frozen heart here
Naked in the storm
Scrape the sky of steel
Wrap me up in sweet hereafters
Taste the river's waters
Tangled up in thorns

Be my mercurochrome

Paint my wounds in red
Shine them in the golden sunset
Let me be the racing stag
Newborn every spring
Crown of antlers over me
Crescent moon floats in the water
The journeys we all take alone
Madness at the heart of laughter

Be my mercurochrome
Track Name: For You
Tell me a story
Tell me you love me
Tell me and I will answer back
I need to tell you
I need to hold you
I need for you to make it last

'Cause all I am
Because of you
And all I can
I live for you
For you

Please hear my voice now
Please hear my heartbeat
Please take my hand and don't let go
The years are passing
The years were fleeting
The years are showing so much love

'Cause all I am
Because of you
And all I can
I live for you
For you

Answer back
Make it last
Don't let go
Of so much love
Track Name: Feral
Temperament
Circumstance
Compulsion at the best of times
The subtle currents
Linking me and you
When you notice I'm still here
Debt you own me in arrears
It's good to know
That I am feral too

I'm tasting blood again
You won't hear me scream
You'll have your way with me
I've sprung the snare
It wasn't fair the deal you struck
Even gods content with luck
And now you know
That I am feral too

Come here and kiss my lips
Maybe you're not so tough
You think you've pinned me down
I've got you by the scruff
I chose you for my cage
Your horns became my bars
You think you'll tame my rage
I'm shooting stars

Violence
Tenderness
Confusion at the best of times
The subtle currents
Linking me and you
When we notice we're still here
Pray we don't give in to fear
It's good to know that I am feral too
It's good to know that I am feral too
Track Name: Altaira
(instrumental)
Track Name: Reward
I don't need thank you's
They don't touch my soul
I don't need gratitude
It won't make me whole
I don't need kisses
Though I will not say no
I don't need trinkets
They're just for show

I need to be there for you
(I need your need)
I am aware for you
(I need your need)
I am stripped bare for you
(I need your need)
That's my reward

Come here boy and talk to me
(There's not much to tell)
My boots are looking raggedy
(You wear them so well)
Your overwhelming passion …
(It's only your due)
I'll guide you where you need to be
(That's next to you)

I need to be there for you
(I need your need)
I am aware for you
(I need your need)
I am stripped bare for you
(I need your need)
That's my reward

Come here boy and talk to me
(I don't need thank yous)
You've so much to tell
(They don't touch my soul)
My boots are looking raggedy
(I don't need gratitude)
You polish them well
(It won't make me whole)
Your overwhelming passion
(I don't need kisses)
It's all you can do
(Though I will not say no)
I'll guide you where you need to be
(I don't need anything)
I'm here with you
(It's just for show)

I need to be there for you
(I need your need)
I am aware for you
(I need your need)
I am stripped bare for you
(I need your need)
That's my reward
Track Name: Calculated Slumbers
A grimy hallway
And the scent of burning roses
You fly through concrete tunnels
Cast out from your home
A thousand icy butterflies
Alight when you lose focus
You never noticed
What they hid beneath the stones

And the elevator drops you
To your calculated slumbers
The elevator drops you
To you calculated slumbers
Voices shout you down
Fifteen shades of liquid anger
The elevator drops you

You've lost the certainty of comfort
You've lost the sympathy of fate
I wait on every street
To show you where your hope is
You never notice open arms
'Til it's too late

And the elevator drops you
To your calculated slumbers
The elevator drops you
To you calculated slumbers
Voices shout you down
Fifteen shades of liquid anger
The elevator drops you
Track Name: Human Freight
All alone in the dead of winter
After the final train
I hear your voice beside me
Speaking of love
Out of the sight of dashed hopes
Sleep of the just and vain
You take the burden on you
Moving this heavy human freight

Shed our skin, let it fall behind us
Under the wheels of change
I feel your hands upon me
Speaking of love
Ghosts in our torn back pockets
Memories of all we gave
You share the burden with me
Moving this heavy human freight

Maybe it's lighter now.