Off the Ropes

by Jonah Rosenthal

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released June 16, 2016

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Track Name: Missing Headlight
Made another lap around the sun
Now I’m back
Blowing wishes off of dripping wax
This whole room is filling up with voices
A mess of jumbled noises
Pressed against my face

Moon so bright
that it looks like only one headlight works
on a car that’s stranded
Broke down in the middle of the tracks
(Headlight works on the…works on the)
Train of thought pulls the brakes
Just escaped

All those years ago today
I awoke into this world
Not a clue who I was, or why I came
Raising glasses, spilling words
Intoxicated slurs
Staggered by my age

The night is old
So I will crawl into bed
Curl my knees and start it up again
(I never know what to make of my…)
Dreams pull me into orbit
Push me not to forfeit who I’m meant to be

Moon so bright
that it looks like only one headlight works
on a car that’s stranded
Broke down in the middle of the tracks
(Headlight works on the…works on the)
Train of thought pulls the brakes
Just escaped

All those years ago today
I awoke into this world
Not a clue who I was, or why I came
Raising glasses, spilling words
Intoxicated slurs
Staggered by my age
Track Name: Imperfect Like You
I’ve been walking through this city of glass for a long time
One-way mirrors with cameras on the other side
Caught you in my reflection
But you passed right through me in the other direction
Heard we’re due for a break in the fault line
Not earth shattering news
But the frailty of pleasure eventually brings us together

I’ve got everything I need
Nowhere else to be
Nothing that I want
So don’t tell me I’m incomplete without your point of view
I’ve got everything I need
Nowhere else to be
Nothing that I want
Except for you to find some peace
When you stop to breathe
I’m imperfect like you

Hunchbacked rows of light on the sidewalk
Cast a heavenly glow like a second-hand halo
I’m reduced to a shadow ten feet long
And it doesn’t matter if I’m right or wrong
It doesn’t matter if I’m playing a bit part in your daydream
I just hope you’ve been happy lately

I’ve got everything I need
Nowhere else to be
Nothing that I want
So don’t tell me I’m incomplete without your point of view
I’ve got everything I need
Nowhere else to be
Nothing that I want
Except for you to find some peace
When you stop to breathe
I’m imperfect like you
Track Name: Yesterday's Monument
80,000 at the stage last night
Glowing fingers and pacifiers
No stained glass, just neon screens
Sweeping lights filling vacant minds
Bass lines and beats in time
with all the machines
Counting zeroes and ones

Strange collages
that are spinning round and round
Memories lost
Some have been found
No such thing as a perfect place
Meaningless thrills in a sacred space
Can’t we go back?

Currents coursing through the crowd
Metal veins feed the speakers our sound
What a monument to build
In honor of our youth
Caught between the troughs
The screams are getting loud
Must the waves roll down?

Head pounding like a tribal drum
Torn ticket from the stadium
is inside a pile of clothes
Warm water never felt so good
‘Bout to pop two pills
and that should help me
fake it through the day

Strange collages
that are spinning round and round
Memories lost
Some have been found
No such thing as a perfect place
Meaningless thrills in a sacred space
Can’t we go back?

Currents coursing through the crowd
Metal veins feed the speakers our sound
What a monument to build
In honor of our youth
Caught between the troughs
The screams are getting loud
Must the waves roll down?

Staring at the ceiling fan
Staring at the ceiling fan
Staring at the ceiling fan
Track Name: Dog Catchers
ROADKILL

Yank the chains tied to our throats
Lead us to the end of our tether
Stoke the flames with oil you stole
It’ll make your flag burn better

RUBBERNECKER

Stuck sitting on the 405
Every channel says the 4th is the time to buy
Don’t see any exits on the right
Not even a sign to tell me how long
I’ll be forced to stay in line

As I wait, you’re kept awake
for days on end by the same old song
Keeps me safe
So I’m told
Guess I’ll act as if nothing’s wrong

Easy to be self-righteous when dealing with rabid breeds
Too busy foaming at the mouth to notice we caught the disease

ROADKILL

Let them kill us for you
We’ll survive
Have them strip us of our clothes
Joke’s on you
Pretty soon they will own you
And you won’t even know that they do
Track Name: Filter's Broken
Flowing from the other side
Filter’s broken
Now I’m speaking in tongues
Won’t bite it or swallow my pride
Not when I know that my silence
gives voice to an artificial paradigm
Who says that we’ve got a free press?

You be the judge while we take another recess

Black holes in your masquerade
Pull our souls onto a stage much darker
than the pupils that you hide
But I won’t let your apathetic gaze become my own
There’s a world behind my eyes I’ll never let go

Brand new avenues
Same old attitudes
Holding us back from following the one-way sign
(Down here)
Right on the dotted line
Middle-of-the-road sideshows keep us occupied
Meanwhile, more PR agendas
paint a pretty picture with a frame that won’t offend us

Black holes in your masquerade
Pull our souls onto a stage much darker
than the pupils that you hide
But I won’t let your apathetic gaze become my own
There’s a world behind my eyes I’ll never let go

Black holes in your masquerade
Pull our souls onto a stage much darker
than the pupils that you hide
But I won’t let your apathetic gaze become my own
There’s a world behind my eyes I’ll never let go
Track Name: Off the Ropes
Butterflies float away
While I stay here
Trying hard to block the punches to my head
I wish you knew how much I loved you
And how selfishly I’ll miss you like the rest

All at rest
So at rest
No regrets left to forgive

So fight another round
Or just watch the swirl of fingers
As you count away the people that you’ve lost
Won’t do much to hang your head
Unless you’re bowing to the beauty right and left

All at rest
So at rest
No regrets left to forgive

Sending you off, sending you off with all my love
Sending you off, sending you off with all my love
Sending you off, sending you off with all my love
Sending you off, sending you off with all my love

All’s at rest
(In the stillness I will join you as one)
So at rest
(In the stillness I will join you as one)
All’s at rest
(In the stillness I will join you as one)
No regrets left to forgive

In the stillness I have joined you as one
In the stillness I have joined you as one

Off of the ropes to chase a new hypnotic sun
Off of the ropes to chase a new hypnotic sun
Off of the ropes to chase a new hypnotic sun
Off of the ropes to chase a new hypnotic sun

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