Le Cauchemar

from by Surface Area



There, it happened again
You keep waking up with a cold sweat on your face
And lo, the face you make
As if you’d seen a ghost

Do you need anything?
Warm milk, or ice-cold water
To make sure that you’re awake for real this time
It seems every time you drift, you start to drown
Are you choking, or are you held under?
You make the waves that get inside your skull and ruin the brain
You make the waves that tip ocean liners
You make the grade, however stale, bereft of your intentions
You make the waves that fill the air (but nobody gets it)

You’re a tough shell to crack, but once you leak, you’re gonna fry
Just fess up
You won’t get far on parlor tricks

(This is something we can’t stand for
We don’t have time to waste
Just tell us why you did it)

Darling, you were tossing and turning all night

It seems like every time you doze, you end up dying
How do they get you when you’re asleep?
Do you fall, or do you drown, or do you bleed?
Or does somebody keep their hands around your neck,
Holding tightly?

You’re not fooling anyone
We have the evidence we need
How would you like to make payment for this unjust act
Be it obvious or not, be as quiet as you must
You’re only wasting time

We could let you go
Sitting, with a few thousand volts

We’ll treat you well with one simple injection
Or would you like to meet the greatest killer of the revolution?
I’m sure she’d be glad to meet you
If a firing squad, or the maiden is too much for you
Either way, you should say your prayers

But not too loud
We surely do not want to offend anyone
Because other people know
God takes no mercy on the likes of us


from s​/​t, released September 13, 2011



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Surface Area is Pete Davis on guitar, bass, vocals, piano, accordion, glockenspiel, and synths, and Jon Lervold on drums.

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