Songs for Dismemberment: Shi

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released July 5, 2013

Sada Abe

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Radio Wire Empire Michigan

"Radio Wire Empire. Sort of like Passion Pit meets a band that can write more than one good song." - EatThisCity.com

"What do you get when folk music gets drunk, and inadvertently confuses Shoegazey Ambient Electronica for it's normal fuck buddy, rock music, booty calls SAE at two in the morning, forgets to wear a condom, and gets SAE pregnant?
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Track Name: A Song for Dismemberment
when did you first see the light?
and this is where things take on a darker tone;
another song of the night
you died, were birthed, kissed, deflowered
you wrote another piece about yourself
in third person

the infatuation seems so strange,
for a person you claim to hate
when it comes to spite you clean the plate
another dish you over ate and overrated

you use 'you' too much, and i'm so sick of pronouns

the light, the light
do you see it?
i'll make it brighter
i'll pull it tighter

i can see the blue in your face
heaven's not that far away now
i can see the blue in your face
heaven's not that far away now
i can see the blue in your face
heaven's not that far away now
i can see the blue in your face
heaven's not that far away now

you smile
you tell me more
i pull tighter
and now you
are home
ghost's fly from the eyes so cracked and red
lips part whispers "more" clenched to the bed &
beg for less breath, let's find the joy hidden in death
body gone, spirit alive,
joined as one, new life arrives
the words are no cleverer, but the message is so much
more crystalline

the light, the light
do you see it?

i can see the blue in your face
heaven's not that far away now
i can see the blue in your face
heaven's not that far away now
Track Name: Universal Sigh
la fin est l'endroit où nous réveillons et nous n'avons jamais rêvé de nos rêves
vous commencez où je ne me souviens pas
de se rappeler serait pour moi de mourir
nous allons donc voir ce que vous pouvez tirer de ma mémoire

dreaming in languages unlearned
from places of far travels not ever earned
tied a note to the foot of a bird
of sullen wing and sang songs of flocks never heard

where prints in the clay are traced by black needle hands
and ring petrichor blue from carnelian japan
the electric cityscape plays like it's been drained and stung
and the muddy birds cry out just because they can

drawing from the cat's eye
a universal sigh
and the planets dance along the beach
teaching the sea new tunes to kill to
two kill two
as I stand at the edge of the shore
I feel like breathing in fresh brine
Track Name: Masaoka
at the full moon's
rising, the silver-plumed
reeds tremble
a hollyhock
shot up to meet
the summer solstice

burrow these charms
into the body
become
a vial of sut
breathe like a brush
soaked in
my love
drip down
the page
just enough
Track Name: Light Up the Lies
it's time to start some shit
and never finish it
and if i've made it to the end of the song
then i'm doing something wrong
but it all depends on the light you shed
and if the ears on your head
want to hear what needs to be said
nobody likes a downer
dead truth like a fish out of water
drowning in the air that surrounds you
this is going nowhere
blowing glass from sand without heat
laying words to sleep on a barren bed that's already been made
and a tune that was never in my head is keeping all the msifit little syllables awake

kicking their feet and fucking up the sheets
the pillow is hot
caught cold in the arms of indefinite unrest
unready for the test for everything and nothing

recite the verse til it sounds like choking
spit and spittle words are brittle
but they are all i've got
and even still i'm not too hot on syntax and structure
her and she and you and me
pronouns are bullshit when no one is anyone
and material is nothing worth saving but it doesn't stop my
earthly craving trivial saving scrapping and slaving
i love to wave my dead flags of self importance and
i love to hate myself
hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
Track Name: Suna no Onna
here I am, back at the beginning
wondering where things went wrong,
7 dreams from now along
but that's neither here nor there right now,
the room is spinning
like the silk draped from her milk white shoulder's crescent throng
time is of the essence, oiled water
slipping through another clock bell's song

we always ask "why?"
but tremble at the truth
is it like a scary story stacked with cheap thrills
or do we think ourselves braver than reality
packing up false courage, heading for the hills
cowering beneath a despot canopy

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catching crows in a bucket
in a pit of sand and submit
to lives that lived before us
so why are we so old now?
i can feel the mold upon my bones

all is nothing and it's all mine
we are a dust laden woman out of her mind

catching crows in a bucket
in a pit of sand and submit
to lives that lived before us
so why are we so old now?
i can feel the mold upon my bones

all is nothing and it's all mine
we are a dust laden woman out of her mind
Track Name: It May Rain
I never wanted to break your heart
I only wanted to break your neck
and collect all the pieces of you
that belonged to me

and I won't say that I didn't love
the sound of snapping cords
in your throat
there's something beautiful
about the choking face
of your one true love

and i can be happy now i think
to know that

i was your power
i was the rule
i was your god
you were my fool
and my reign was written
in the creases of your brow

you see
I'm not so good with
fellow feelings
the way any stable
person should be
and you might think it a fault
but I just call it loyalty

so where to has all this honesty gotten me
a mask and an old body wrapped around
lonely bones that ache and creak
when it rains
and the sky bleeds a little more each day
I exist without you

the streets flow with red
when my feet
touch the ground
the bed has become my home
away from home

but some days i feel like stepping out
for a swim
let the sea of blood fill my lungs to the brim

I laid golden eggs for you
broke skin and
ate my yolk for you
one thing I said I'd never do
was crawl for you
was crawl to you

so where to has all this honesty gotten me
a mask and an old body wrapped around
lonely bones that ache and creak
when it rains
and the sky bleeds a little more each day
I exist without you
Track Name: Earth's Other Shadow
at the cusp of the cup of the ink and the ladle lifted
to my lips lapping up the shade of your navel cable
connections oh god oh sweet lord son of a whore
who birthed a savior and i can't blame him holding on
his immaculate conception like franco harris fame
and shame maybe while he was pinned upon the crux
he shouted forgiveness for himself and all who stuck to his bleeding side they knew not that he lived a lie and nor did christ but out of blood comes truthful touch and broken spite

science sleeps tonight

five seven five
is no way to survive
in this world of limitless limitations
the only way to resist it is to die

Everything I touch
with tenderness, alas,
pricks like a bramble
and I'm not one to gamble
the sun can't handle the
cards on the table not another fabled
romance just a jack and a queen
fucking like Kichi and I once did
in the snow in a dream
tiptoes can't make any mark worth
remembering but i don't want to
be seen by anyone
but you, so that's just what i'll do

basho buson issa shiki
caught out with pants down among
bystanding applause and
with a leaky eye aimed a finger
pointing to the sky where the moon should have been
a week ago but never showed
maybe she's become earth's other shadow
just a place that exists in the chambers
of our sorrow
where i can never go
where we can never go
were we will never know
what goes on in and around
always down
so make the best of nothing
cause we're here forever

five seven five
is no way to survive
in this world of limitless limitations
the only way to resist it is to die
Track Name: Brother Sister Father Mother
we were all once a little girl
cut from a cloth that I've never forgot but now the
pretty sutures are all gone
you were once a thought before you were born
and shot the hopes and dreams of your creators down
in flames
i feel like no matter how loved
you will ever be
told you are
all we will ever be
the embodiment of their plans
gone sour

when the sash is bound & i see that face
blue and below me
just where i had been all my life
frozen in the shadow of his fear
a bad dream

you'd better believe i'll one day pop his fucking head off
clean as a whistle
calling home

can't help but wonder why
singing out the things that in conversation
would make me cry
seem less dire
has this outlet that i've chosen
backfired?
why bother with reality
when a tune is always waiting
to drown in
like a stiff drink
cold comfort





just once I wish I wasn't the one derailing
just once I wish I was the penny on the track
just once I wish I wasn't a boy of failings
just once I wish I could give everybody everything
Track Name: Disgusting (Another Time)
we rode
the shoulders
of this giant
toppling every tower before
its knees
and setting fire to footprints
of our beast

my mouth
is yours
and it still knows the words
the rhythm inside
and out of you
about you
around you
they're cutting
and sweet
dangerous and
edged with teeth
so let me
remind you
Track Name: Synapse Your Fingers
[internal screaming]
Track Name: Until Then
the weight of the world, white
achromatic stacks
palpable or not
has grown too heavy
where once it laid
threadbare and heaving
begging for a break
from fingers touch
now appeals to ballpoint
yearning in low light
breast exposed
an ill heart stirring
for any small grace;
an affect, in effect
burning

please don't look at me like that
i have nothing left to give to you
this is the last tattoo for now
until i've thought things through

(you are) so handsome
and that's the problem
you couldn't keep yours still
and I couldn't keep mine off
your throat, a worry stone
tempered out of gold
of goose down and sweet pulp
even though the flesh is just a halfway home
built for our eternal souls
don't bury it alone
don't bury me alone

if there is something to be said
it will be said
if there is something here to say
it should be here any day
any day now

this empire's lost
for now
until then
lay down the pen
and rest with me
just for a second
or forever more
my heart is skipping
to the beat of silence
ringing in my ears
and the dripping of
our blood on the floor
sada and kichi
together always
and the lessons have
been lost in the static
of the minds cinematic
and the doors are falling
off the hinges
off the ceiling
peeling inches
peels to nothing
a bed a plate
a blank wall gazing

I just can't let go
I just can't ---