Absolute Zero

by Dead Kings of Norway

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1.
03:49
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.
2.
03:24
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
3.
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…
4.
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
5.
04:24
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.
6.
04:53
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
7.
02:03
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
8.
04:11
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
9.
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
10.
03:34
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
11.
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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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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