Absolute Zero

by Dead Kings of Norway

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Problem: Husband is manipulative and emotionally abusive, friends are enablers, home means nothing.
Proposed Solution: Leave earth in a ship made for one
Unforeseen Complications: Loneliness, claustrophobia, prolonged exposure to painful memories.

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released April 12, 2019

Vocals/Keyboards: Tim Kraack
Drums: Alexa Hunt
Bass: Marcus Penny
Music and lyrics written by Tim Kraack

Recorded and mixed by Tim Kraack
Additional drum recording help from Andrew Landazuri at Waste Land Studios
Artwork by Marcus Penny and Alexa Hunt

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Track Name: Broken Chain
I’ve been thinking how I’ll miss the rain
Couldn’t hear the secrets, couldn’t hear across the plane
Whole lot of people bought the promise ring
Couldn’t tell I’m leaving, couldn’t see the broken chain

Did you read my list I crossed out the lovers that don’t exist
You won’t play my game, we’re washed out, links in the broken chain

I left the clues right there, pulled from the crawlspace, twisting in the air
“How’d I let you get away?”, Your words, wrapped in the broken chain.

You can wipe off the dust and clear the path, I won’t be coming back
The books that you loved but never cracked, are just a promise of the past
I know, I told you I’d be coming home.
Track Name: Ghost
Got a lot of reasons, why you been preaching
Why you been creeping with other people, sleeping around,
I know the psalm you wrote, you sit and quote
I’m looking for the antidote

When you pay up, for the burn up
For the carnage you left in the clean up
Then you’ll stay awake like me
And it’s not clear to me that we can disagree
‘Cause when I look at you I don’t see anything
It's clear to me that you’re not really there

You're not really there, when I am lost out in the dust
You're not really...

I see you laying there, claiming you’re playing fair
But you’ve been looking for trouble in my nightmares
Some problems we know are all my own
But the voice of reason, I hear it screaming
That you’re just teasing you sit inside my mind
It’s clear to me that you’re not really there

You’re not really there
When I am lost out in the dust, you’re not really there
I’m all alone out in the cold, and you’re not really there
Just a vision that I saw, and you’re not really there

I’ve been looking for the place inside my head
For the time I swore that I’d let you come back in
I know I’m out here on my own with the choices given
But am I finally all alone, when you’re not really there?

You’re not really there
When I am lost out in the dust you’re not really there
I’m all alone out in the cold and you’re not really there
Just a vision that I saw and you’re not really there
Track Name: Won't Let Me Go
I don’t mind if we go alone, ‘cause I’ll be safe along this lonely road
A cannonball said “I do”, it won’t be long until the truth comes through

You know my soul, you stole the throne
And I believed that you could make this "home"

Won't let me go, won't let me go
Won't let me go, won't let me go

This rising tide should have been my warning sign
I don’t mind if we ago alone, ‘cause I’ll be safe along this lonely road

Won’t let me go, won’t let me go
Won’t let me go, won’t let me go

Warm hands, cold mind, he’s defined this decline
Leave behind that kind,
Leave behind…
Track Name: Claustrophobe
I heard you talking back to me
But we’re far away from where we used to be
Now I’m packed in and you’re crossed out
I promise I’d never known your face before
You said it all goes back to me
But there are promises you never meant to keep

You lost me in the crush of guarantees

I’ve been looking back for reasons
Why you hit the ground for treason
Hold the phone, hello from home
It’s me the dope who never wants to let you go
You can let it be known that I’m in perfect form
I smell your syndrome leaking in my windows
Wanna go outside today
Wanna feel the cold invade I told you I’m leaving

You lost me when you said it’s only me

You held your grip on me so far…
You held your grip on me so far. This is what I was leaving
You held your grip on me so far. This is what I was leaving
You held your grip on me so far. This is what I was leaving

You said it all goes back to me
But there are promises you never meant to keep
Track Name: Family Tree
I saw you falling off the tree
The branches sang a prophesy
This seedling as he’s meant to be
Found meaning from his legacy

This hill was built in sin
A foundation for the roots that flow within
And that’s where we start to trace the thread that leads us here
The fruit that falls never did fall so near

You must be what fell from the tallest tree

So there’s your mama, she’s from Chicago
And when he left you said “aw, let him go”
But what he planted sounds so romantic
That we can trace it on back to a promise.
You loved your daddy, who loved his daddy,
Who thought his daddy, wasn’t his daddy
And that’s where we start to trace the thread that leads us here
The fruit that falls never did fall so near

And I swear you must be what fell from the tallest tree
You must be the sickest one I’ve seen

And I swear you must be what fell from the tallest tree
You must be just a portion of what I see

Dig it up from the roots
I’ll never know someone quite like you

Break the chains or stay just like you are
It’s all the same, I’ll find out from afar
Dig it up from the roots
I’ll never know someone quite like you

You must be what fell from the tallest tree
You must be the stupidest man I’ve seen.
Track Name: Altitude
Once we were lost in sound, proud of the crowns we robbed
Good luck, hero. You’ll need more than we got below

Crumbs: all that you left for us
Did you swallow? This bitter pill was hollow

My one regret, buried beneath the sand

Your speeches, my weakness, they play back in perfect sequence
I’m weary but you’re terrified of what we left untried
This promise, I’ll drive it into the ground

Oh what a mess we’re in
Never be seen again
Did you crawl out of the wreck you brought?
I promise, I’ll drive it into the ground

They’ll never know
That we’re below the crust
That I’ve blown it all to dust
They’ll never know

Your speeches, my weakness, they play back in perfect sequence
I’m weary, but I can’t deny this is the best I’ve ever been
This is the best I’ve ever been
This is the best I’ve ever been
And I'll drive it into the ground.

They’ll never know
That we’re below the crust
That I’ve blown it all to dust
They’ll never know...
That we’re below the crust
That I’ve blown it all to dust
Track Name: Asymptote
A thousand feet-per-scream, I’m sinking in the dream
It’s getting hard to breathe
We both know that I came, to burn out anyway
It’s getting hard to breathe, hard to breathe

I feel it pull, harder than you know
And you’re so in love, and I’m so in love

You said you won’t leave
That’s why I’m sinking like a stone into the sea
I'll go my way
I've never found a place that makes me feel awake

I feel it pull, harder than you know
And you’re so in love, and I’m so in love
And I feel it pull, harder than you know
And you’re so in love, and I’m so in love
Track Name: Bit Crusher
I know he makes you hunger for control
He won’t let go, but you’re pressing on
And we cry alone, and we stop and shake
Yeah, you and me never gonna sleep in this light
I know you’re tired

I can feel your pulse, it’s teasing
When I’m on the ground, it won’t let go
God knows what we need to go on
'Cause we’ve been given all the time to grease my mind

I’m asking if what you want is not enough

This crush between us
You used those words to tie your world to mine
When I'm lost I know it's how I keep going on

Oh, what can I do?
Oh, what’s keeping you?
Was there any other cost to you,
When the shot glass crossed the room?
When you screamed out “yes I do”?
When you said “I’m leaving too”?
Oh, you send it on back to me.

I’m asking if what you want is not enough

It took me ten million miles

This crush between us
You used those words to tie your world to mine
This crush, you used those words to tie your world to mine
When I’m lost I know, it’s how I keep going on
Track Name: Mission Control
Mission control where have you gone?
I’ve seen the lights go out up here, go out at home

Mission control it’s getting kind of cold
Will you be letting me know when it’s okay to come back home?
I’m not sure where I’ve been
But I’ll concede that I retreat into the stars
Keep a light on and let it burn, so I can get back down

Could it just be that we’ve lost touch?
Could it be that I’ve been away from the planet too long?
If it were something critical, could I be allowed to come back down?
Keep a light on and let it burn, so I can get back down

And I’m set to return, just give me a little time, some time so I can learn
What it’s like to be back on Earth

Keep a light on and let it burn
Track Name: We Brought
We brought:

Fire to the breeze
Whispered weak apologies
And what was providence was nothing less than arrogance
Built on guarantees

Go alone, we can trust a bold widow
Leave behind the epithets, nothing more than silhouettes
Flush it out with all your old regrets

‘Cause what I’m leaving are the problems that we never seem to choose
From here on out I’ll be the one you'll never see and never lose
We’ve been playing all the moments in reverse, all the conversations we rehearsed
All the sacred nights and all the fights are back on Earth

We brought:

Progress means leaving shit behind
The promise of clearing out my mind
If I forget you over time, well that’s all part of the plan
If I can see you in my mind,

Then I’ll admit that I’ve been dreaming of the problems that we never seem to choose
From here on out I’ll be the one you'll never see and never lose
'Cause we’ve been playing all the moments in reverse, all the poor decisions we rehearsed
All the sacred nights and all the fights are back on Earth,

We brought:
A rock into the dome, we brought:
A vision that we stole, we brought:
Feelings that were known to bring nothing to our home

‘Cause what I’m leaving are the problems that we never seem to choose
From here on out I’ll be the one you'll never see and never lose
'Cause we’ve been playing all the moments in reverse, all the conversations we rehearsed
All the sacred nights and all the fights are back on Earth

We brought
Track Name: Absolute Zero
A crowded breath gets caught in time so we breathe out slowly
Let me know the overflow was worse before we let him go

I guarantee how we’ll disagree now that we’re picking out the pronouns.
It doesn’t matter, 'cause it’s the thought that counts to you old man.
Sitting out back in your minivan

How’s that perfect embrace and does she know that you’re going through the motions?
That you’ve been pulling from the same old place and when the well runs dry you pick up the pace?
She said no more, but you kill it with the encore
And on Friday nights again, you give the strangest kiss
The strangest kiss...

We’ve miles to go and you’re scratching at the floorboard
You burned up when you left me by the road

You know it’s freezing, absolute zero, but all the same
I won’t complain about the confines, 'cause in the end I own the place
We’ve been leaving absolute zeros in their place
I ain’t never signed a contract, with such an empty face

I know it’s freezing, absolute zero, but all the same
I won’t complain about the confines, 'cause in the end we cleaned up the place

We've been leaving absolute zeros in their place...

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