Planet of Ice

1. Burying Luck

In the nightmare desert
stood a building.
Outside someone
was digging a hole in the ground.
They were burying my luck.

What have you done?

The man in the hole
has smoked up all my income.
My better days
his for the take
and I watched it all,
him putting pins into a doll.

What have you done?

This dream blinks into night

The man in the hole
has carried away the moonlight
cupped in his hands,
a dime on the water
he’s a patient man
as his careful stepping shows.

Will he take her love?
Will his hands know what mine did?
Will your body like the fit?
Will he take her love?

What have you done?

2. Ice Monster

You’ve come to this,
and you were once a lion.
You’ve come to this
ringing din here.
You’ve come to this,
you were a lion.
You’ve come to this,
sigh alone now.
You walked on some tall new tale,
and it’s come to this:
You walked on it tall,
but we all know
you’ve come home to fall.

She’s gone, she’s gone ‘cross the border man,
and you’re never gonna see her again.
I could give fuck all what you do to me,
your party’s over, it’s done, the end.

Take a step back and turn yourself around.
The check has been cashed,
there’s no stopping it now.
You’re safe if I’m safe,
and if she’s safe we’re all good.
The sooner we’re past this
we’ll all stop our knocking on wood.
Knock on wood.

It’s come to this,
and we all know
that you’ve come home
to fall.

She’s gone ‘cross the border man
and you’re never gonna see her again.
I could give fuck all what you do to me,
just leave her out of this.

3. Knights

I owe you,
don’t I?
A little light today,
But tomorrow, oh tomorrow…

I owe you,
don’t I?
I know it ain’t the money girl,
there never was money.

This usury’s so typical:
A piece of you for a piece of me.
It’s hard coded.
A piece of you for a piece of me.

And it’s alright.
Let’s call it good.
A little more…
Let’s make this even.

Is it really a sin
if we both come out even?

4. White Mystery

Left her at home in the cold London night.
She had nothing on
Not a stitch
nothing on
not a stitch on.
And she stays that way
’til I get back
with our regrets and
’til I get back
another bottle of good time.

Her body’s over the covers
and there’s nothing wrong with a single inch
and in the same position,
laying on her back
waiting for a kiss.

A kiss that she gets:
Long and slow,
starts at her toes,
and then it goes and goes
and goes and goes and goes.
We move slow
and when I get to her lips
I still have skin to explore.

Her body’s over the covers
and there’s nothing wrong with a single inch
and then we change positions,
she got me on my back
losing common sense.

Lay under bright lights.

You can’t hear the music
but we’re playing the same tune.
Each beat, every note
played perfectly by you.

Lay under bright lights.

5. Dr. L’Ling

Don’t give me no hand me down love
It don’t wear the same.
I want love that looks good on
with a fit that screams my name,
yet I was afraid

Of becoming a casual business man
on matters of the heart.
Of becoming a casual business man
or something even worse.

Watched you get in the taxi,
your hands on another man.
You must be insane
if you think I’ll stand back.

Wide eyed and so discrete,
a maintenance touch,
makes prose from poetry
and it don’t mean much.

A maintenance touch
and it don’t mean much

Can you get enough?
Is there enough?
I found out your escape routes.
Can you get enough?
Is there ever enough?
Are these your escape routes?

touch me sweet
forget the rest
your hooks feel so right
dug in my chest

6. Part 2

That night he found the key
to decode you, Tokyo
between warm sake
and street light caught in falling snow

holding each word he spoke,
her hands filled up full
the quiet voice she gave him
translates by tone

they laughed throughout their talking
with every round
words came into meaning.

“Planet of Ice”
Suicide Squeeze S-065
CD / 2xLP / iTunes / Stream
Released August 21, 2007
Running Time: 48 Minutes

Produced by Minus the Bear and Matt Bayles
Co-Produced by Chris Common

Engineered by Matt Bayles and Chris Common
Recorded at Robert Lang Studio and Red Room
Additional Engineering by Alex Rose and Jake Snider
Mixed by Matt Bayles at Jupiter Studio
Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI

Studio Drum Tech: Gregg Keplinger
Robert Lang Studio Assistant: John Ziemski

Cover art by Ryan Blinsky
Photography by April Brimer
Design by David Knudson

7. Throwin’ Shapes

Maybe come with me to the coast
and watch the way the rain comes down.
Out of the shadow she’s more passionate,
we’ll watch her roll in from the south.

She’ll wrap her sheets ’round us
Forget the sun

Moving from sea to land dancing,
swinging with the boats out there.
She steps on toes if she wants to,
no one’s saying no, she wouldn’t care.

She’ll wrap her sheets ’round us
Forget the sun
She’ll wrap her sheets ’round us
She leads this one

Would you go in?
She’d have soaked us wet.
Her fingers touching bare skin,
it makes you miss him.

8. When We Escape

Someone’s turning the light’s down low
and the music up do you feel the beat?
I see you do by the way you move–
I want to feel your body moving on me.

You must be and Illusion,
can I see through you?

Someone’s pulling me out the house
cars are parked up and down the street
your dress is begging to come off,
a quiet dark place is all we need.

You must be an illusion
can I see through you?
You must be an illusion
You must be an illusion

when we escape
it’s with a white lie we’re both alive.
Now we lay this close
catching measures of the pulse.

You must be an illusion,
you must be an illusion.
You must be a,
you’ve got to be an illusion
an illusion

9. Double Vision Quest

Caught in the locked groove of this long season
these hours, motions circle still repeating
the beat loops on itself
beat loops on itself everyday my love

Crazy Crazy days are gone
when I come home
and we’re finally alone

and I’m caught in your arms, safe from a morning
No one walks out on the tight rope today my love
the beat loops on itself
the beat loops on itself every day my love.

Crazy Crazy days are gone
when I come home
and I’m finally alone

We awoke at the edge of the summer

new days begin to stretch their legs
and the tempo’s changing to compensate
the needle finds the groove to free us tonight

We awoke on the edge of this winter
when the ice melts off
and flows in like song.

The record plays but the needle’s old,
she lets the player take control,
to move the speakers how they’re told,
to make us want for something more.
The music is a sedative
and you put out what you put in.

10. Lotus

There are no ghosts
watching through your walls,
so put the cross down.
And there are no angels
reading your thoughts,
keep your feet on this ground.

We getting scared yet?
The man in the blue suit’s got god.
Are we there yet?
The congregation’s been sold off,
they’ve been bought.

What to do about tomorrow?
Please let it come, let it come.
What you gonna do about today, man?
It’s right here staring you in the face.

What a difference that would make
if we were finally awake.

We getting scared yet?
The man in the blue suit’s got guns.
Are we there yet?
The congregation’s been killed off
Are we getting scared yet?
We drop our bombs to lift them up.

You’ve gotta be out of your head!
Is it worth all the dead?
Do you like it?

Does the wife
mind the touch
of your reddened hand,
or the money on your breath?
Does your balance turn her on
regardless of the sin?

Blind your eyes watching sunbeams
you can’t see this creeping pack of dogs.
Blind your eyes watching sunbeams
the pure bred beasts wait licking their chops.