Humans May Safely Graze

by Cosmicity

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released December 2, 2014

Written and performed by Mark Nicholas.

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Track Name: Scream Until the World Gets Right
I want something different in my life. And I want something worth the pain once in a while. But all I can buy is a week's worth of compliments. All I can get is a momentary boost. All I can gain is a false sense of confidence. Close as I get I'm still too far from you.

I want to get you off every night. And I want to scream until the world gets right. But all I can buy is a ten minute fantasy. All I can get is the simulated truth. All I can have is your temporary stand-in and as close as I get I'm still too far from you.

I hate that you're never gonna change your mind. And I want a love that I will never find. 'cause all I can buy is an artificial happiness. All I can get is some pre-processed truth. All I can have is the red light special and as close as I get I'm still so far from you.
Track Name: Reparations
Your touch felt like forgiveness - so pure. Your eyes were made of purpose - so sure. You loved like a tornado. I couldn't hold my ground. But I wouldn't walk away this time. I'd plant my feet and stay. I wouldn't walk away this time. I'd definitely stay.

You've buried all the details - too deep. I grasp at air for answers - you keep. Did my spurs spark the inferno? Did my wake tip you upside down? Well I wouldn't walk away this time. I'd plant my feet and stay. I wouldn't walk away this time. I'd definitely stay.

Underneath your shell I saw what gave you hell. Silent through your screams. Now you're only in my dreams

But I wouldn't walk away this time. I'd plant my feet and stay. I wouldn't walk away this time. I'd definitely stay.
Track Name: Alive Again
Hey. What's up? Do you remember me the way I see myself? Oh, no. I'm nothing like that now, but I was hoping you could remind me how I used to do it with you. With you. Could you remind me how I used to feel with you? With you. I want to feel alive again. I want to feel alive again with you.

Wait. Hold on. If I could just catch up I might not feel so lost. I know I've lost my claim on you, but I was hoping you'd still remember how you used to slow down with me. With me. Do you remember how you used to feel with me? With me? I want to feel alive again. I want to feel alive again with you.

Let me whisper in your ear. Watch my secret disappear. Things are different. We have changed. But I still carry such a flame. I remember every taste - how you'd tease me, how you'd play, in slow motion on the floor, drunk on midnight, aching for more. I want to feel alive again. I want to feel alive again with you.
Track Name: I Must Want It This Way
I never thought that I'd sell out. I never thought that they'd buy in. I fought the devil with his handcuffs on, then I just let that bastard win. I've got countless excuses. I can explain it away. But when you boil it down, I must want it this way.

I deal in gazes made of glass. I traffic smiles made of stone. I've built this hollow empire to the sky, and now I live here all alone. I can justify everything. I can excuse it away. But when you boil it down, I must want it this way

I know exactly what happened. I know just what went wrong. I know you're right here beside me and you've been there all along. If I just opened my eyes… If I just unchained my hands… If I just hoisted this anchor… If I just abandoned this plan...

I can frame this in context. I can absolve any blame. But when you boil it down, I must want it this way.
Track Name: The Pattern
My life won't matter: it's a planned disaster made of plaster - made to shatter. It's all strictly compromise. Shallow breathing, duck and weaving, constant needing, always heeding some unseen authority. This is something I'm now used to. I'm disgusting and beneath you. This is something I'm now used to. I'm disgusting and beneath you. Is that what you need to hear? How does it make you feel? Is that what you need to hear? How does it make you feel?

I live the pattern: empty chatter, getting fatter. What's it matter when the days are all the same? I'm alive, though nothing's vital. Stuck in idle but I'm not suicidal 'cause I don't deserve to die. Don't look down here. I'm not worth it. Just keep taking 'cause you deserve it. Don't look down here. I'm not worth it. Just keep taking 'cause you deserve it. Is that what you need to hear? How does it make you feel? Is that what you need to hear? How does it make you feel?

This is something I'm now used to. I'm disgusting and beneath you. Don't look down here. I'm not worth it. Just keep taking 'cause you deserve it. Is that what you need to hear? Does that make love appear? Is that what you need to hear? Does that take away your fear?
Track Name: The Anger Remains
I have to strain to see you in this pouring rain. How long's it been? Too long, we agree, and then the test begins. I touch your hand, 'cause you're the one who understands, but you pull away. No time to talk… such a busy day… But these are questions only you can answer, and the answers are withheld without a cause. Still, your reasons can't address my anger, so the anger remains.

You take a call. I stay close as you try to stall. The rain slows down. You finally hang up but you can't stick around. My voice sounds thin. I ask you for the truth again, but you... You dash away with the same old line about your hectic day. But these are questions only you can answer, and the answers are withheld without a cause. Still, your reasons can't address my anger, so the anger remains.

Do I somehow deserve this? I don't know. Did I somehow create this? I don't know. Is there some way to fix this? I don't know. Should I stand and accept this? I don't know. But these are questions only you can answer, and the answers are withheld without a cause. Still, your reasons can't address my anger, so the anger remains.
Track Name: Someone Else
I need to walk away. I know I can not stay. I swear I'd love to play with someone else. Right here below the stairs. So fast a zipper tears. Conducting my affairs with someone else. Lord knows… Lord knows I want to.

I feel my heart rate change. Instead of feeling strange, the beats move back in range of someone else. My egg shell cracks a bit. Ray shielding takes a hit. I feel the benefit of someone else. Break down. Lord knows I need to.

I'll only take a sip. One little taste. It's just a minor shift, then back in place.

Just under there, beneath the waxy glare, you'll scream and pull my hair as someone else. A fragile change of plan. I know you understand this shatterproof demand for someone else. Strip down. Lord knows you want to.
Track Name: Extrasensory
Sweetheart, please look at me. I want to see. Sometimes I'm lonely. Sometimes I'm lonely but I know the truth when it comes to you. Though you try and can not say it, your love has a way of coming through... through… through your eyes.

Sweetheart, please reach for me. I want to feel. It hurts to love you - such pain to need you, but I know the truth when it comes to you. Though you may not always show it, your love has a way of coming through... through… through your touch.

The words may never flow from you. I may never hold the proof. But I know what you mean to say. Your glances are the giveaway.

Though you may not ever say it, your love has a way of coming through... through… through your eyes.
Track Name: Strange Game
You set your mind: pull back your doubts and thrust the spring to lock the trap. It sets you back. You start again. Increase your stride  and race the doubters to the wall. And there you fall. Every move is wrong. Strange game. The only way to win is not to play. Strange game. Every turn in vain, but here you stay.

You catch her eye: pull back your fear release the latch and say the words. They sound absurd. Alone again: login to scan for signs of life beyond the screen. They can't be seen. Every move is wrong. Strange game. The only way to win is not to play. Strange game. Just stop to end the pain, but you obey.

Strange game. The only way to win is not to play. Strange game. You end where you begin, so here you'll stay.
Track Name: Violet
Violet, I want to love you. I would hold on to your every word. Oh, Violet. I know you're waiting, but our chance is fading. Please just hold on. You're dancing through my eyes all night. There is no better trick of light. You guide my days, though we have yet to meet. Framed by locks of auburn hair. Your universe without despair - where black and white will go to meet their end. Violet.

Violet, my thoughts are treason. I've lost all reason. I need you here. Violet, I'll do my part. I'll break her heart to set you free. With every beat and every breath I wonder how I haven't found you, yet there is so much here in the way. A few more months, perhaps a year. A few more breakdowns, then we're clear. Your pixels will combine to shift the world. Violet. You're dancing through my eyes all night…