You Are A Beautiful Thing

by The Wind-Up

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released January 28, 2010



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Track Name: If I'm Right
well it's been quiet, so quiet, so quiet since you left
and the sound is deafening
and i've been keeping a steady diet of whiskey and cigarettes
and i don't know how far i'll get without you
the glow from the tv screen
is the closest thing to sunlight that I've seen in weeks
and it's burning my eyes
but it's not as bad as it seems
cus i still get to visit you in my dreams
every single night and I don't think
that i want to wake up anymore

let it go, there's no turning back it's showtime
but i'll take it slow just in case I change my mind
i don't know if i will see you where i'm going
but i think it's time to find out if I'm right
so here we go

i've been trying, yeah i'm trying so hard to just forget
forget you existed
and i could say i have but i'd be lying,
cus it just hasn't happened yet
and i don't know how far i'll get if i do
but maybe i can pretend that it's all coming to the end
and i'm doing just fine
but the light comes through the windows,
and the fiction starts to decompose
bit by bit exposes that I'm all alone
oh please don't leave me all alone
Track Name: 0110000101101000
i'm not seeing right
it looks to me like the daytime is the night
and i've been feeling like
the earth is tilting and trying to spill me off of its side
and if it succeeds the rivers will run dry
and its back will be turned and the sun will not shine
and the ground we walk on will become the sky
can you tell me why
i can't sleep till i've seen the morning light
and every time i try
to close my eyelids
i hear the sound of your voice and it's crying
Track Name: Like Binary Code
i don't know what's come over me lately
i've recently become aware of things all around me
that bother me greatly
and most of them don't even matter
in the grand scheme
and it gets me so worked up it makes me want to yell
at the top of my lungs

but half the time
i don't even know what's going on
in my own mind

and i see people standing around in lines
like robots without any minds of their own
like their actions are controlled by some binary code
and any second their circuits will short
and their heads will explode
and i don't want to be anywhere near the scene
when it happens
and it'll happen

but half the time
i don't even know what's going on
in my own mind
so i'll try to find
a simple answer for all these problems
i have inside
my head
Track Name: Eleanor
the woods are cold tonight and the world is dark
what is the trouble dear? what are you worried for?
your image fades in light and your voice is drawn
you're just a dream of mine,
this sort of thing's never real

and when your cheeks have dried
your loneliness will remain

my girl when i sing to you
the trees will rustle too
and you won't cry anymore
cus my girl the world was made for you
the clouds they rain for you
so you won't see them anymore

the ocean calls your name, in tides it tries for you
and ebbs away still blue, wanting lands where you are
so drink in all your tears and they will make you grow
like wine and common dreams
make people like each other more

my girl these flowers are for you
they'll bring my love to you
till you don't want them anymore
my girl i'll build a stage for you
strike up a song or two
and call the band eleanor
so you'll ask me what all this is for
Track Name: Shine
it used to be when i would see you i'd forget to breathe
did i say used to be? well it's still the same
time keeps ticking by,
it hasn't changed the shining of your eyes

they're shining bright

it's been a while
since i have had the pleasure of your company
and i like to watch you smile
i will be the first one to admit
that this here it is bittersweet

so don't come to close
cus the nearer you get, well,
the bigger the feeling grows
no don't come to close
Track Name: Bright
don't move a muscle, yeah keep perfectly still
i can read your mind just fine from where i'm sitting
keep em open, i'm talkin about your eyes keep em open
cus they're feeding information to mine

every blink and pupil dilation, it's like a conversation
you never spoke much anyway
so this is the game you play, yeah i'll play along
and i'll sing your songs all day

did i mention that i would die for your kiss
yeah you heard me right
i'd give my life to touch your lips with mine
with my eyes closed up tight,
while yours are still shining bright
yeah they're shining bright
yeah you're shining bright
Track Name: Astory
Track Name: They Promised You Life
left town for the cure
for this pale recanting sadness said pure
and it's sick but i count the times
that you've tangled this portion of my restless mind

someday this tide will wash away
someday this tide will wash away
still watching the grayscale fire burn me away
at a modest 900 degrees, reducing me to dust
reduced to dust

jess, they promised you life

came down too secure
with my heart in the palm of your hand,
and your confidence high
on a rainy night
laid down on my doorstep
woke up inside

someday this tide will wash away
someday this tide will wash away
caught up in your fast-track life, you pushed me away
with a hot ten seconds to leave
before my time would come