People / Variables

by Thomas Crystal

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The debut LP by Philadelphia's Clean Equations.

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released August 31, 2010

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Thomas Crystal is a musician from Philadelphia by way of the sea. This is a place for solo material. Please enjoy.

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Track Name: People / Variables
the stairs to the left were the best ones
the steps that I judge till the last one
rising above all the words they can’t explain

when we were kids we could fake it
love was our favorite new blanket
cotton holes too tight to escape

now I live alone with this
the kiss goodnight was meant to miss
striking out when I can’t keep us safe

someday you’ll die alone with him
a picket fence to box you in
six feet under was still six feet above me

I thought you’d be where you wanted to be by now…
Track Name: A Little More 14 on 26
shadows don’t care what split them
’cause all that matters is the matter they can’t take with them
and we know that they’ll outlive us, even if we burn them down
dancin’ with the leaves, ready for another round

cause when you die
won’t get a chance to drown the light
cause when you die
won’t get a chance to act surprised
Track Name: On the US Treasury
spies remember when
your name was just my pen
spelling out the ways it might have been
and how this love would end

now, now it’s hard to talk
’cause my mouth’s been dry from drinking this off
sleeping in the clothes you left under the doorway
our best laid plans get tired in our old age

best laid for the next day
oh it’s too late to impress me
best laid for the next day
with a bouquet full of dead seeds
Track Name: French Noise Piece
I resurrect lost songs in the middle of the night
tossing and turning to your syncopated eyes
mixing your heartbeats with the Tom from before
I can’t believe what took your voice this far

Since you’ve been away from here
the lies live on, but the tracks wiped clear

I’m writing this down, as if we’d really forget
the endless nights I wish it got me instead
broken fingers and your tongue on the floor
stealing my time before you took it too far

since we’ve been away from here
the lies live on, but the tracks wiped clear
since we’ve been away from here
the love lives on, but the tracks wiped clear
Track Name: Sunday Night Maybes
I’m finding it hard to believe you
when our God lives in a suite on the floor above
with words misused to destroy the proofs
as she’s tearing up, tearing up, tearing up this plywood love

social minds can’t deceive this
when the dial tone’s the sweetest prize
’cause people side with the best ones
twenty years too late and half alive

you’re half alive…
Track Name: Haitian Noise Piece
bloodshot eyes in the sea can’t hide
another town too damned to survive
avenge the fiend that’s living miles beneath

but I did it all for the moment I’d make
a flower that can’t bloom anyway
retracing tangents won’t portage the truce

Hope, I’m saving the best for you
Track Name: The Main Line
walking home in the freezing rain was never the same
without your fog to chase
casting your shadows on the friends in frames so easily replaced
like a girl that’s half your age

don’t wait for this
trading pictures to siphon off a kiss
our history books can’t recreate the past
cause we’re not coming back to what we left

I swore on my grave I’d love you
till the matter left to love
was weaving the weeds above
but your planting the seed behind my back
killing the roots I thought we had
stealing my sun, I want him back

don’t wait for this
trading pictures to siphon off a kiss
our history books can’t recreate the past
cause we’re not coming back to what we left
Track Name: Buried Translations
just tell me what I did wrong
all the text that read so clear
all the languages dead and gone
only you alone could make them near

I'm not coming back someday to marry you
I'm not coming back someday to bury you
Track Name: City Girls Try
crossing the lines that keep kids apart
like playground chalk on the asphalt drug
I wish I could taste the kiss you left me
five years later, the keys all I need

don’t you wanna try
to make it back alive

driving alone against the grain
like two bumper cars stuck in the maze
I hope the directions are better next time
we told ourselves it was worth the try

don’t you wanna try
Track Name: Christmas Daze
laminating loose ends till you don’t know how to trip
emphasizing details can’t obscure the fractions on the list
but you, you don’t need a lover like that
load the plastic bullets till you can’t feel this dissent