.​.​.​All Hail New Laser Cat

by Dead Kings of Norway

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Dominick Rocco Picket Fences is a masterpiece of lyricism. Favorite track: Picket Fences.
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1.
We were so young We were so fresh She put her hand upon my sleeve I put my hand inside her dress and then we met When we kissed, there was a hiss Rising from the crowd of partisans But it felt right, and on that night We held each other’s hands and stayed inside We felt the chill, the screams grew shrill And everytime I heard a cry I thought I knew the other side I heard the pleas and did my best to bury them from sight It was wrong, it was wrong, it couldn’t last for long From the way that we stared, I couldn’t tell she cared It was wrong I felt the stab, she felt the same But we both ignored the stalemate when it came It came on quick, without a fight And it killed whatever happened on that night There were no words, nobody tried But I could tell that from conversations that she hadn’t really cried, Still the tension leapt before me, and I couldn’t see her side It was wrong, it was wrong, it couldn’t last for long From the way that we stared, I couldn’t tell she cared And we were young, so young, so young There was a love if only just that once But we were wrong, so wrong, so wrong Before we knew, it was gone. I saw the wrath, felt the hate I saw that damage and I felt ashamed I felt them judge, heard them chaff Sensed the vindication in their laughs But she was hurt, and I’m to blame I caused the joy that we both felt, but I also caused the pain And if we had the chance to make it right, I wouldn’t do it then I’m sorry
2.
I can feel you, you’ve refined what we went for The simple issues, and tore down the neighborhood What do you see in him? Is it more than I’ve become? Do you believe in him, in the freshness of his love? But in this contract I see less about him, and more that I can shake But if we keep this pure then I’ll be sure the hurt is free of hate. But before we sign, please promise me I won’t be fine, I won’t be fine Before we’re done, please promise me you won’t let go, you won’t… Let’s keep it simple so I can justify the pain And see the ripples that will lead to love again. And I will know the setting of the sun from you And I will learn to close these eyes and seal the truth away from you And I will learn the setting of the sun means it’s done And there’s no more to be said, to be learned, learned from you Do you need him? Does he take care of you? Are you weak now? What happened to the girl I knew? If you put your name down you’ll agree to make this the pure intent When you sign the date you’ll seal in pain the prison we’ll befriend. But before we sign, please promise me I won’t be fine, I won’t be fine Before we’re done, please promise me you won’t let go, you won’t… That’s how our love falls
3.
She said “I miss you, oh I miss you, oh I miss you so” I asked her why she left me standing all alone She said “the fire it went out so long ago” But I can feel the embers raging down below. She said “I Love You” in a secret guarded tone As we lay there buried deep inside the snow And as our shielded eyes explored eachother’s hearts The winter wind it made it clear, it made it clear, it made it clear She said “I miss you, oh I miss you, oh I miss you so” I asked her why she left me standing all alone She said “the fire it went out so long ago” But I can feel the embers raging down below. And as the heat drifts up to crack my swelling heart The palpitations make it real, they make it real, they make it real So now the streets are bare the sound has stopped The picket fences all burned down The windows broke, the porch askew The rafters fell into the living room And if it rains, these wounds can heal And there’ll be no one at the wheel In blinding light, a milky fog Then we will see, there’s no more dreams, there’s no more dreams
4.
(free) 04:42
Hold me in the last light, roll me when it feels right Seal me in a dark tomb, heal me in the bedroom And if I said it’s love, she said it might. We say goodbye, the tears will fall away We don’t cry, we’ll go our separate ways. And I don’t mind being alone tonight, But tomorrow scares me the mood is tight. She don’t mind being alone tonight, When tomorrow comes, tomorrow comes. She talked about the future, she talked about the way things were that night. The feeling was uncertain, our vision of a world beyond tonight And I can see we’re going separate ways, right now I’m feeling all this space We’ve tried and failed so many ways, it always feels the same. She talked about the future, I talked about the past. I don’t want nobody I else I don’t want nobody else.
5.
There’s an urgency in your voice And a violence in the way we try When it’s raging in the streets Can we capture all the ways it dries out the heat And every well-intended middle class boy claims he’s got the beat Emotion’s running red In the strangest way we seek the truth From the safety of a lens And the shadow of devoured youth From the pages of a zine Revolution in a broken beat Behind curtains made of lead And the image of a smiling child freedom fed If every riot’s brought to you by the screen in time we’re having fun. Imagine if you want my friends a rabble-rousing cynic on the stage Imagine if you can my peers a poor excuse of citizen decay Imagine all the trophies won and lives we lost pursuing our new state Upon the internet where kings and queens aren’t born, they’re custom made There’s a camera in your face From a million points of view While the protest’s gaining pace There’s more reporters than there’s youth And every well intended middle-class girl claims she’s got the beat.
6.
Guidance, guidance what’s my name? I heard it on the corner that Jesus saves all men. She read my cards in an old train car Positioning the fabric beneath the stars oh man We see what’s right and we see what’s wrong, Declare it all a prophecy ignoring our own faults…..but I can see them all. I saw it in the stars, the stars, the stars I read it in the scripture sent by God The lines upon your palm they stretched like antennae, I’ve found That you can fake the sound Man on the corner he’s preaching hate, Proclaiming from the gospel the enemies of the state Psychic priest, God’s faithful squire He screams out to the crowd to throw the weak onto the fire Men of God they scream out loud, they’re speaking all the tongues but they don't know how to cry…they only know how to lie. I saw it in the stars, the stars, the stars I read it in the Scripture sent by God The lines upon your palm they stretched like antennae, I’ve found That you can shake the proud Clock rings loud at the break of day, the devil’s only one mistake away beware, The feeling in your bones when you take a life in God’s holy name it was a fight for you and me The gurus in their frocks set the kids on fire they’ll fabricate the truth and admonish all the liars, and feed it back to the choir.
7.
03:58
Simple pleasure, simple truth, the press of flesh, the flush of youth, so smooth Simple point a voyeur's view, a voyeur's view, a voyeur's view so smooth (it's you) Hands in motion, body wracked, her face shows shame but mine is rapt, I’m trapped. Lens is gazing, bed’s askew, she hates the pain but smiles when he’s through. (so crude) On the couch and down the stairs, it’s five on one I scream and no one cares Wet with sweat her body aches it looks so good but how much can she take? (It’s late) Choking back, her spit’s on fire, the light it blinks it’s time she opens wide Can’t give up this mortal sin, I’ve paid the lot but rot’s still sinking in. (they win)
8.
03:23
Run away, she left that journal entry blank today She couldn’t write the words or think to say That her mama didn’t love her, didn’t want her Couldn’t stand to see her face, it brings back memories, drags up feelings that she’s got her father’s eyes and that’s all anyone sees anyway. It’s that sound, the thump of children's bodies on the ground Distinctive but enough to turn around She hides her shame, spits in anger, invites them over strokes her baby, screams its name Shaken children, stare at mommy ask forgiveness for their crimes But it’s the last time that she’ll hear them whine We didn't listen, we didn't listen When the beats dropped out we didn’t listen, we didn’t listen When you hear those beats you know what’s on its way When you hear those screams you know that it’s too late A surprise, the fact that there’s a brightness in her eyes And though her friends are few she seems to try She speaks out louder, crying softer hold her head up to the light The anger softens, life is better, or at least it is tonight When she goes back home to pick a fight. I Make the call, hiding in my room it’s all around The crashes of her rage will never calm, she doesn’t like me, I don’t like her but her daughter needs me now She doesn’t know me, doesn’t want this but the anger’s overflowed And it’s the last time that she’ll have to cry
9.
It’s happened again, it’s Friday again Alone, surrounded by folks I thought that I’d known And you’re walking in, a girl that I know I tensed up, I tore out a dream from a hope long ago And I’m too tight to relax And I’m too scared to let it all back I pick up the phone, I know she won’t talk She cares but it’s too much and too late to ask that it show. I check in to say “I saw you today, You were vacant, and listless, and distant at three feet away.” And I’m too tight to relax And I’m too scared to let it all back, These nervous ticks are coming on again, And I hate to be the one at the end I hate to be the one at the end Well the hope on a Monday’s for Friday again But by the end of the week my fear’s kicking in And I’m tired, and nervous, and sick of the heat And It’s no one’s fault but my own It’s no one’s fault but my own. It’s happened again, It’s Monday again And now the countdown starts all over again.
10.
Are you listening to me? ‘Cause mister I called for you but I ain’t heard for weeks. Mister, are you sitting next to me? And when I shout for you will you speak back to me? And when we talk, I see you nod I see you laugh, I feel you yawn The worst is now, the time is come We feel the heat, we taste the scum The thread is lost, and I don’t believe You’re listening at all, and I don’t believe That change will come Mister, Is it cold in here tonight? ‘Cause maybe you’ll share with me when you turn out the light. Mister, Are you hungry yet tonight? I saw you in my house but I, I didn’t fight. I saw you, on the road, by the lake but I didn’t wave. Saw you shaking hands, making friends but I felt afraid Saw you stealing bread this way Mister, Is it difficult to speak? I hear you talking but I can’t track the beat. Mister, Is it difficult to preach? You’ve been praying a lot but I’m not allowed to teach. Dreams fall away, cast aside by the greed and hate. Dreams, that were deep, deemed unsafe by the rich and vain. Dreams that you shunned today I’ve been following signs of promises you made But I’ve resigned to wait another day For policies we’ll never see and never were at all And when we talk, I see you nod I see you laugh, I feel you yawn The worst is now, the time is come We feel the heat, we taste the scum We’ve hit the rocks, it’s come to pass The rapture’s here, the prophet’s back The thread is lost and I don’t believe You’re listening at all, and I don’t believe That change will come
11.
When the doctors are digging down under my skin someone’s there, someone’s there When I’m asked to be comfortable standing with them I’m not there, I’m not there. I’ve never felt alone, I’ve never felt at home. These pills weren’t taken for pain, they’re for the way I feel tonight And now I’ve come to avoid the different ways I’m made to bleed. I’m sorry that I didn’t call you again, I grabbed the phone but lost control It seems I'm avoiding the best of my friends, I’ve been told I’m ill-disposed. I’ll be waiting here, waiting til it clears, hiding til the crowds thin out. These pills weren’t taken for pain, they’re for the way I feel tonight, And now I’ve come to avoid the different ways I’m made to bleed. I found the tone but I’ve never felt so alone, alone like this, alone like this And now I’m home but I’m feeling like all is gone and I’ll never get it back. Now I’ve found the cure to my strain. In one dose, I’ve solved the most Difficult of all my awkwardest foes. I’m okay, but not okay.
12.
(free) 04:32
Another Friday night at home, another weekend spent alone And when the hour hand comes round that’s more time that I spend here With melody as my best friend and as my greatest fear. It’s why you haven’t seen me yet today It’s why you haven’t seen me yet this year It’s why you think my life is going down the drain But this is me, this is me this is me. I can understand the pain, I’d be angry at me too. When you call me on the phone, and I let it ring It’s not because I don’t need you it’s more about this ring In my ears, in my head, the suffocation of this thread A quiet note, a whispered phrase, the harmony’s thin today. You asked if I’ll be back today, well that depends if I’m away And it depends if I’m right here writing this song. If I am I’ll stay away, because it’s all about this ring In my ears, in my head, the self-affliction of this thread A quite note, a lilted phrase, the rhythm is thick today.

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released October 28, 2011

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