Simple Questions

by Zach Landreneau

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released April 6, 2014

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Track Name: Mean Birds
starling pecking at the figs
was screaming his head off
scaring the other martins away

on a post we placed
an owl made of plastic
but the starling was never afraid

i leaned up against
an english dogwood
and steadied my benjamin aim

one shot was enough
to kill the starling
and end my hunting game

some birds are mean
because they are lonely
they have no song to sing

i lowered my rifle
and i ran to my father
i had never killed anything

my father said
that i'd done well
that it's good to learn the gun

i was just a boy
and i felt so wicked
for killing only for fun

my father showed
no hesitation
he buried that bird in the compost by the garden

and thats how i learned
death is coming
it's the train thats never late

my eyes aren't keen
and my wings they are heavy
but i am not gonna sit and wait
Track Name: Get Comfortable
they are poisoning the well
they are telling us to stay calm
we feel it spreading through our bones
as we walk our sadness home

they're doing it on purpose
they are hoarding all the antidote
and laughing as their profit soars

disobedience
imaginary friends
our fantasies are bleak
reinvent the wheel
and you're laughing now
always making more
babies and SUV's

sorry to say
there's no way
to keep it going
hell is full
we are here
get comfortable
learning the tricks of the trade

they're poisoning the well
they are telling us to stay calm
we feel it spreading through our bones
as we walk our sadness home

they're doing it on purpose
they are hoarding all the antidote
and laughing as their prophet soars

they got suicide doors
on escalades
trying their best to look mean

our children know
that no one has their backs
and you wonder why
they don't seemed concerned

that hell is full
school is out
what's your question
so what
start asking questions

sorry to say
that there's no way
to keep it going
Track Name: Lacassine and Rutherford
lacassine and rutherford
both gone to rising seas
hurricane i'm on my knees
O Lord what times are these

i used to fish lacassine with my paw
on his head a hat of straw
in that heat's no fun at all
early morning or wait till fall

in that water dark and cold
those fish turn black and gold
when we're home are stories told
catch big bass and fait do-do
when that storm comes no control

lacassine and rutherford
both gone to rising seas
hurricane i'm on my knees
O Lord what times are these

i'd go with sister to rutherford beach
gather shells keep one of each
in those waves bringing peace
search horizons out of reach

when the moon showed its face
sister's son and me we had a race
out came the little crabs they were running all over the place
we were laughing as we gave chase
those little crabs were faster paced

lacassine and rutherford…

when i was younger i didn't care
i thought i hated everybody there
couldn't see the forest for the trees
and now i know my enemies

the guard blocked the road
I-10 bridge has now been closed
they say it holds no heavy loads
how the hell did that wind blow

lacassine and rutherford
Track Name: Clever Drunken Ladies
no one needs alibis
clever drunken ladies
here it comes serenade
blackout thrill mercedes

strolling night majesty
desperate laughs of dating
pass on by ignore my life
kidding lack of caring

don't give me no grief
no more miracles
if you won't sing

dancing in the aftermath
twisted for attention
anti-man understands classic apprehension

summer takes it out on us
behold the cruel and boring
rolling eyes dissatisfied
the morons have their sayings

don't give me no grief
no more miracles
if you won't sing along
Track Name: Present Tense
her name is Allie
i think she likes me
but i know i
think too much
to be helpful
in this present tense

our time together's
short and sweet
our time was always
precious to me

i don't like t.v.
though i own one
its harmful to
sit around
i want her drama
i want her comedy
the time together's the mystery
our time is always precious to me

i got to know her
all the details
and it was good
when we first met
i felt l lighter
i guess my heart still works
heart still works
Track Name: Pink and Green
good morning worry
my lady done set me straight
good morning worry
said she would not wait
she wants a house full of kids
with her wedding date

you drive a hard bargain woman
we're bound to hit a wall
i don't do ultimatums
or shopping malls
i ain't father material
and you ain't lauren bacall

i know you think it's lousy
for wasting all your time
i ain't giving you one damn dime
i think it's funny baby
you think think its obscene
all my troubles lately
are pink and green

i promise you nothing
i'll never wear a ring
i am blind to the tears
and deaf to the weeping
i'm going back to sleep now
don't steal nothing

well she drove angry to houston 4:30 am
i'm hollywood and western money running thin
waiting bottle empty outside the store again

i know you think its lousy
for wasting all your time...
Track Name: Impossible
well i'll walk on down the road
just to get you off my mind
i'll stand out in the heat
just to get you off my mind
with the way that things have gone
feel like dying

if i hold back any words
there's no peace for me to find
its hard enough to say
there's no peace for me to find
shuffle through that old red clay
and I'll walk along the pines

anything but this
momentary bliss
could cost us years, careers, or so it seems
anything but this
momentary bliss
the lanes peel off one by one
undermined or so it seems
impossible

i saw you on the hill
i saw you when the tears began to fall
i turned and drove away when those tears began to fall
gathered up all of my sorrow
gonna build myself a wall

anything but this...
Track Name: Repeatable Experiments
hidden message
in your breathing
travels to my wrists
my blood deciphers

the rheumatism held within your ankles
the knots in your back
the sweat on your face
waiting for you to fall away

no amount of holding can keep you here

we are not science
repeatable experiments
our collections
never meant to keep

and here lies the ego of a naked charlatan
trying to ruin
a lonely reality
always getting into a place
we could grow to hate

staring at each other
pointing broken fingers
made to watch as life dismantles
and all we really have to do is wait

it is obvious and now we wait
Track Name: Psychic Prison
make believe is fun
and i know how it's done
with carefree innuendo
nobody's laughing now
that the buzz has worn off

faking all interest
at ageless pantomimes
all the banks are closing
and I feel luckiest
when i haven't got a dime
its astounding
read me my rights

(throw it down)
a spark begins to know itself
and leaps into the darkness of the west
(never turn around)
faces memorized
i never bring my feelings here as if i am ashamed
(i'll leave this town)
a key i give myself a chance to turn it off
(and curse the day i met you)

i know its all for show
release me from your psychic prison

clouds begin to swell
and light starts to bend
if memory serves me
i was the only one trying to pretend

new years resolutions
sticking to my hatchet
if chances of a lifetime pass
i'm unaccountable
having way to much fun
yeah it is astounding
read me my rights

(throw it down)
inside the spark begins to know itself
grasping for a way to move the light
(never turn around)
facing my mistakes
i never ask the people here as if they could have known
(i'll leave this town)
the key to start again letting go
(and curse the day i met you)

i know its all for show
release me from your psychic prison

lets try out a new game
cowards vs theives