Into the light

by Moral Straightjacket

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released January 4, 2016

As a testament and revelation to poor life choices, their respective consequences, and the eventual acceptance of those subsequent fates, Into the light was recorded, mixed, mastered by Eric Mileham at Noise Pollution Studios, Anaheim, CA between May and July 2014.

Special thanks to: heart conditions, honesty, deception, love (in all its phases), and the works of Jerzy Kosiński, David Cronenberg and Jacob Landau.

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Track Name: BT shunt
Sleep again, knives and blades cut holes in my skin

Pain again, just wide enough to put the new one in

I wish you were there before, back when wounds were fresh

Sleep again, knives and blades cut holes in my skin

Dreams again, please stay with me longer than the last one did

I wish you were there before, back when wounds were fresh

Please don’t ever fade

You remind me of times I could hold in the palm of my hand,

But when you fade, I’ll hardly recall the songs we sung
Track Name: Fontan i & ii
Lifeless on this metal table,

I strain to move but I’m unable

Bathed in a cool white light,

Even through closed eyes, it seems so bright

Open my eyes to stare at the sun

Not the sun, but the face of someone

Ribs bent back so my soul is exposed

Shirt torn off so my scars are exposed

Open my eyes to stare at the sun

Not the sun, but the face of someone

Deathless on these cool, linen sheets

Your head on my chest to hear my heart beat

Bathed in a cool, Spring breeze

Even with your warmth, I feel I could freeze

Open my eyes to stare at the sun

Not the sun, but the face of someone

Ribs bent back so my soul is exposed

Shirt torn off so my scars are exposed

Open my eyes to stare at the sun

Not the sun, but the face of someone
Track Name: Mutual intelligibility
Words I said that I knew were mistakes

A long trip that I didn’t want to take

A flight I wasn’t able to make

Worries always keeping me awake

A book that I refused to read

An assignment that I half-assed from the start

Stray cats the neighbors started to feed:

How I spent our time apart

A beer that didn’t taste so great

A whiskey that made my heart race

Cold water splashed in my face

A taste I can’t satiate

A meal that never made me full

A night where I was the fool

How many times have I felt this way?

You already knew what I’d say

It’s just a feeling I get sometimes

A feeling, sometimes

Words I said that I knew were mistakes

A long trip that I didn’t want to take

A flight I wasn’t able to make

Worries always keeping me awake

A book that I refused to read

An assignment that I half-assed from the start

Stray cats the neighbors started to feed:

How I spent our time apart
Track Name: Happiness
No longer problems of the heart if I turn my head

To the white, fluorescent light of my mental institution

I’m happy to be alive

I don’t have a choice while I’m here

I don’t have a voice, that’s what I hear

No more nights of endless moaning

Whether sad or sexualized,

So I smile, confiding in my murky mirror

I’m happy to be alive

No more feeling like my mind’s a prison

No more, no more, no more

And I smirk; I gladly listen

I’m alive

I don’t have a choice while I’m here

I don’t have a voice, that’s what I hear

Human something now—humans being humans

In good, bad, confusing, yet simple ways

Connection: from endless love…to blunt mistakes

Humans doing things to bring the humans

To the eye or ear or nose or heart

To the falling footsteps on loosened rocks

In echo, and the silence following

Human to human, something now

Same tomorrow and yesterday

We’ll see it’s all we ever wanted

Humans being human, to bring the peoples’

Eyes or ears or procreative channels

Together to watch, to feel, to taste, to blend

To separate and start again

Am I happy to be alive?

I don’t have a choice

Am I happy?

I want to be happy and not too much of an asshole

Right now, I’m about as relieved as a dog, guilty of pissing the rug

I don’t have a choice,

I just want to be happy
Track Name: Into the light
Just being there is not enough

Unless of course, you’re into that stuff

Are you there?

Lie to me; tell me you’re there

She listened to each word and made answer delightfully

And do we make love delightfully?

Tighten the straps, bleeding backs

Two backs!

Tighten the straps, tighter

Bleeding backs, is that what you like?

Lie to me and tell me you’re there

Make me believe

I want to believe that there’s more to this

In all of this, more to this

Lie to my face; I’ll lie to your back

Two backs!

Just lie to me if you’re into that

OK, whip me anywhere you like

I’ll be your open book

Is that what you like?

Do you like books with pictures or words?

Read my eyes and picture this story:

I dreamt that I went to the bowels of this earth

And at its heart, there was an apartment complex

With dark corridors

And a darker staircase

I stepped out and entered a room

Full of debauchery

Lie to me and tell me you’re there

Are you there?

We’re all here

We’re all here

But I prefer the light on

Shut the door

Turn the light on

Turn the light on

I want to see you

And I want to see me

And I want to see us

Because we’re all here

Turn the light on!