Survival Float

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1.
keep beating on your drums touch somebody's ear just a lick of wine then you squeeze in tight you don't force a note your voice so thin and easy you don't even try to come off so wise i put a foot down but i can't raise a fist to fight so maybe i'll shut up just to try something new with all my blood in my shoes a head so light dead on the ground keep beating on your drums beat 'em 'til you bleed until it makes you cry you broke them you're stompin' down so hard your shins will rip to splinters if you even start movin' i got a head so light i got a gut so heavy like a sock of dimes if i could stand i would reach you you give it four hard years you were never once hot shit and you're still not, my son just leave it i put a foot down but i can't raise a fist to fight so maybe i'll shut up just to try something' new with all my blood in my shoes there am I, honey dead on the ground
2.
oil and wine won't save after all curse this skin won't spit a spirit out no hell no heaven no way found through blood, love, or gifts no invitation i see from the edge what was mine all along it's a shame it's all so very temporary spoiled this whole time with the flood and the fall dust to skin, what a stretch i recall i held the wager, left it all curse this shit's no education i see from the edge what was mine all along it's a shame it's all so very temporary the flood of emotion, churning of guts oh, it all was so very unnecessary sure like the autumn dead before the summer shame no breath brings life from dust again...
3.
with an ex 04:03
i'm no more blind, no more shallow still heavily inclined to cling to his hand he stares me through to tomorrow i'm gonna suck like a fool/ and he's gonna let me starve this sin's mine i'm so full of love it's heavy in my mind and i've a right to give up through the hall to my bedroom the sheet's on the floor, soft is the lamp and i'm far removed for the meanwhile my body moves for you/ and that's the hardest part this sin's mine i'm so full of love it's heavy in my mind and i've a right to give up
4.
hear me face me now what's suckin' up your life son fear indifference aint ya nothing to be proud of hear me faith's not kind it can be a sick and cruel device son it turns us little men into beggars into children claw and bite and at any cost tear your mind from the heart they spun our younger years they have already won look down tonight deep's the winner's blood there's no ghosts at night creeping' in our houses and more...there's no hell these are sick and cruel devices born of ignorance and passed from children to our children claw and bite and at any cost tear your mind from the heart they spun our wonder years they have sadly enough shut down look down tonight deep's the winner's blood
5.
old haunts 04:13
fear wasn't in me with your tan arm across my neck not even when the wind beat and tore the walls out from the place you made they dropped you in the blue and you sank slow but so hard you hit the land they left you cold and wounded still you curl your hand in his course hand but i had to move these old haunts came crashin' down that put a hole in me i never saw it com in' i sometimes caught you sleeping' on the floor...dreamless i think no rollin' eyes, no blinkin' no twitches or moans still enough for dead at best it wasn't easy at your low you thought you couldn't stand i took off when you were wounded still you curl your hand in his course hand but i had to move these old haunts came crashin' down that put a hole in me i never saw it com in'
6.
once again 04:30
we sprang from the back yard our fingers in the cold dirt spitting in the air and turning it into mud we live outdoors never knowing a city i built these walls so we can fill the earth and i'll keep us warm tonight and i'll watch the door once again i've fallen to the floor have i ever been a good man i never knew before i was so rotten in the gut i've given up my clothes and we're nothing short of hungry i've given up on walls so we can leave the earth and i'll keep us warm tonight and i'll watch the door once again
7.
shove 04:27
remember how first we met turned a corner,turned an accident can't read anymore and i can't write or rest we're both so bold and both so credulous i fell into your hands i know it seems so simple you balance with a shove i like how it looks so easy remember when we left for hell knelt at our own altars and we tipped our mugs to our lord satan's health and afternoons in love and filth were we ever saved no, never but i think something else i fell into your hands i know it seems so simple you balance with a shove i like how it looks so easy turns out so now we lost our friends leakin' slowly out/ we never really impressed them i know it seems so simple you balance with a shove i like how it looks so easy there's no balance in my world 'til i give up to you so headstrong remember how first we met both so bold and both so credulous
8.
when first engaged we were so weak and believe me, believing most anything in came the form of children's witness believe me we're believing most anything i know exactly when we turned found you writhing in the dirt and then it all was so absurd to us we resolved to end the faith weak again, uneducated the world's anew out there in front of us when first engaged we were so weak and believe me, believing most anything did heaven give a son to witness to free me/ or send me burn in' we never chose to fill our heads with thoughts of hell or blessin's waiting' we hardly knew the next day comin' up won't spend away the days abed half asleep, medicated some sicko, loser, dick, bitch…son of a… i now know why we were desperate and all alone we give up on the word it turns out fake it's no matter it's a fool's game i know exactly when we turned found you writhing in the dirt and then it all was so absurd to us won't spend away the days abed half asleep and medicated sicko, fool, loser, dick, bitch…son of a… i now know why we're desperate and all alone
9.
stay here anytime you want my home's under the moon i'll sleep light i had a name before you ran into the woods i'm one of many things forgotten for so long son, don't make me a fool i didn't die from a heart attack or stroke i found a nail, i found a dog's tooth and i put myself away under sand and moss and snow i'm one of many things forgotten for so long son, don't make me a fool you never seen me cry, huh? huh yeah it aint always easy to squeeze emotion in, sweetie once i leaned on a bigger man 'til i's sixteen or so i saw him weak and downtrodden and so worn don't make me a fool son, don't make me a fool
10.
maybe burst did we to life in waves of violence and hot salty air where the ocean's are lined with her edges sayin' fill me up then white the wake turns clear or maybe once there was a garden in the country where the dust came alive, man and bones turn to wives better learn ya this version or hell it won't follow that far maybe burst did we to life with wings or beaks sometimes scales or claws or hair where the oceans are slime and chance did you grow a lung and toes to pull you clear give up such lies they border obscenity no surprise their ideas queer for the lost they do wind these illusions to keep their sin alive despite their fear carnivore dinosaurs chew their cabbage their gums so delicate one man named all of the spiders give up did the wife to the snake oh, she ruined it all carnivore dinosaurs chew their cabbage their gums so delicate/ one man named every spider give up did the wife to the snake oh, she ruined it all

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released June 30, 2015

head so light, old haunts, huh yeah it aint always easy by Jesse Hal

the emerald schmoe, with an ex, shove, the spirit of rebellion, science class by Jesse Hal and Seth Carlshamn

claw and bite, once again by Jesse Hal, Seth Carlshamn, and Brian Hartnett

Performance:
Jesse Hal - vocals, piano, synth, guitar, bass, and additional percussion
Seth Carlshamn - drums and percussion
Brian Hartnett - horns

Produced by Jesse Hal

Recorded by Jesse Hal, Shawn Wilson of Carterco Recording

Mixed by Jesse Hal

Mastered by Carl Saff of Saff Mastering

Photos:
Boldt Collective

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Survival Float is a pop/rock act based in Chicago, Illinois. The project is fronted and produced by vocalist and songwriter, Jesse Hal.

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