Chickenscratch

by Temporal Walker

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My first full length album is finally here!

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released February 2, 2014

Everything you hear is done by me except for these fine collaborators of mine:

Mastering by Monarch Audio Mastering
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Tracks 2, 5, and 7 beats produced by [voodoopony]
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Track 3 guitar performed by Connor Rothstein
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Graphic Design and Track 4 guitar performed by Howard Ott
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Chorus vocals on track 4 performed by Cyril The Wolf
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Track 6 nylon string acoustic guitar performed by Victor Switenko
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Track 8 is a remix by The Living Tombstone
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Track 9 is a remix by Whitetail, who also did some chorus vocals on track 4
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Track 10 is a remix by Kumquaticus
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Track Name: To The Floor
1) To The Floor

V1:
He can't stop, bouncing your head up off the blacktop
Black spots, cover up your vision and your back's popped
Cracked top, spittin' up your guts until you hack n' cough
Can't walk, still got some breath left to smack talk (fuck off!)

Skin under your nails, clumps of hair in your digits
Win and never fail, (yeah,) beat him til' he figits
No sin and no sale, (man) he'll never match your riches
Kin, but don't wail, he's the part of you that only bitches

(Yo,) He's the part of you that keeps you from a lot
He's the motherfucker who fills your head with bad thoughts
He's you, and if you let him, he'll be the one to make you drop
So you gotta take charge; wring his neck til he stops

Break his fuckin' jaw, stab him in his eyes
The only thing he does is spew all his lies
Everybody has him, we all got this side
But it's up to you to let him in, so keep him outside

C:
(you gotta) Take him to the floor
Beat him til he's raw
And never forget just what you're fighting for

Take him to the floor
Beat him til you're sore
And s how yourself exactly what you stand for


V2:
He: is every single voice in your head
He: is the source of the doubts inbred
He is the one who makes you wish you were dead
And he is the one who haunts you in your bed

Split apart, jagged edges tearing open old wounds
Spittin' far, ragged breath is bearing broken gold looms
Grippin' hard, draggin dead wearing stolen cold plumes
Rippin' hearts, maggots ready, baring token mold fumes

If you can't make peace with him, fight back
You gotta take a piece of him, like that
Pull off a cease and desist, to smite flack
Bring him down with ease with the might he lacks

Look forward to the future, make friends with the past
Don't let anybody tell you the good times won't last
Especially yourself, the possibilities are vast
Cause what happens tomorrow could be a huge contrast

C:
(you gotta) Take him to the floor
Beat him til he's raw
And never forget just what you're fighting for

Take him to the floor
Beat him til you're sore
And show yourself exactly what you stand for
Track Name: Final Transmission (with [voodoopony])
2) Final Transmission
beat produced by JonAlexi

V1:
There used to be a day when they said he wasn't like this
And if there was a way, then I guess he'll never find it
Pushing off the payload, no cable to rewind him
He's headed far away now, the Earth a small reminder

Bound for higher places, the universe is all in part
Fallin' into deeper spaces, they all begged with all their heart
Inside them he'll awaken the pain he felt right from the start
Sound before the bass hits, he's in the sky among the art

Silent protest, the planets all gaze down
Violent expressed, terror knows no bounds
Diamond excess, escape is what hefound
Quiet distress turned to peace as he leaves the ground

Floating in the sky, it feels like a dream
Gloating as he flies, it's exactly what it seems
Goading with his eyes, it's exactly what it means
Going with a sigh, better than what he flees

C:
Tapestry of nightlights above and below
Sanity coiled tight, the Earth he'll out grow
Amnesty a slight, too late to forego
Vanity benight, all to do now is let go

V2:
He feels it in his stomach and his bones
The weight is lifted now, he's never going home
Drifting in silence now he's all alone
Difference is that now, there's no need to atone

Spaceman, that's what they said he was
Head up in the clouds, never put up a fuss
We were his friends, everyone had his trust
But when he left, we're left like "What about us?"

Maybe he knew somethin' that we didn't
Staring in the mirror with a different vision
Lookin' down, maybe the world's as he invisioned
Auroras for tears , and oceans for the incisions

Eyelids getting heavy, sleep it off now kid
Everyone now knows exactly what you did
Go on, finish up the fuse that you lit
It doesn't matter now, cause we'll see you in a bit

C:
Tapestry of nightlights above and below
Sanity coiled tight, the Earth he'll out grow
Amnesty a slight, too late to forego
Vanity benight, all to do now is let go
<x2>
Track Name: Diamond Dogma
3) Diamond Dogma
Guitar performed by Connor Rothstein

V1:
Floor caved in, and the fours fall down
But when the fourth fell, he went and lost his crown
He fell for the lure, face etched in a frown
No longer pure, man, he's lucky he didn't drown

So where were you when our fathers were in the trenches?
Computer screen basted in saliva, privilege your defenses
You for future reference, me eatin' my Chex Mix
Scrollin' through your blog as if it was your hitlist

V2:
Lookin' in the mirror pool, he don't like what he sees
Lampent lunacy he believes under cover of moss and trees
Passion for the priest, all food for the beast
Ravenous for deceit, a feast for the fleas

Childish in the worst way, never knew the backhand
Wild he stays, while the rest all clean his mess and
Instead of acting like a grown man
He's off playin' in never never land

B:
You actin like our differences divide us, but you're wrong,
they're the ties that bind us
They don't confine us
So don't you ever try to define us

Incoherent Yelling:
Diamond
Dogma
No more
Dogma
Track Name: Under Thumb
4) Under Thumb
Guitar performed by Howard Ott.
Chorus vocals performed by Whitetail and Cyril.

C:
No way to deny your stranglehold
You grip and you claw until you grow cold
You're nothing more than rotten scum
Everything dies under your thumb

V1:
You struggle and struggle to keep control of your hold
As your mettle is muddled to seek your rolls of gold
Between molded cold, your soul is enrolled
Until finally you find yourself in a broken home

And yet you act surprised when your web of lies
Conspires and rewires into a net of dead flies
Your collection of prizes tripled in size
Cuttin' off your ties, runnin' low on allies

But unbeknownst to you, you're brewin' a rancid stew
And caught under the wheels is a different kind of dude
He is never impressed with the shit you're willin' to spew
And thus you're hammerin' down on him until your fuckin' fingers prune

You gonna be puttin your fist up in the air, expectin' to hear applause
Listenin' to them groans from your lair, grinnin' n' gnashin' your jaws
But you're forgettin' about the aware, the ones who avoided your paws
Offerin' up a prayer, beware, you're committin' a faux pas

C:
No way to deny your stranglehold
You grip and you claw until you grow cold
You're nothing more than rotten scum
Everything dies under your thumb

V2:
Suckin' up all you can, suckin' up all you can fuckin' suck n'
Fuckin' up all you can fuckin' fuckin' up all you can fuckin' fuck up
Duckin' in, tuckin' in when your sucky luck is fuckin' lucked out
Tuckin' in, struck up a sucky stuck up way to fuckin' duck out

Clutching reins you think that you have wrapped around your middle finger
Touchin' the brain, but in reality your fingers wrapped around your dick are
Much in the vein of how much control your influence has really lingered
The crutch and the bane of your made up fog machine is slowly gettin' bigger

The muscles in your arms are pressin' down with all their vigor
The iron clad mother fucker under your thumb is startin' to snigger
When most of your prey start to chitter you prepare your dinner
But in the face of your better you know that you won't see ever him flicker

Your reign of pseudo terror is at its end but you don't see the signs
To late to see your error as he breaks your thumb and his confines
Starin' at your pall-bearer, too thick to read between the lines
Death is growin' nearer as he puts you under for all time

C:
No way to deny your stranglehold
You grip and you claw until you grow cold
You're nothing more than rotten scum
Everything dies under your thumb

Incoherent Yelling:
Everything dies
Everything dies
Everything dies
Under your thumb
Track Name: The Veneer (with [voodoopony])
5) The Veneer
Beat produced by JonAlexi.

C:
You two don't know what the other is thinking
You two don't know how the other is living
You two batter at each others walls in hate
Then you're both surprised when the dam breaks
You two don't know each other and you never did
You two don't love each other and you never did
Stuck together like used gum and a desk
And you wonder why there's such unrest

V1:
Seems as though it was a shock to you only
But even so you were a rock when she said she was lonely
You never cared about the plots of her mourning
And you never gave a thought to what she wanted

But ignorance takes two as with love and loss
And you never seemed to think of him a lot
When you were pickin' at him like a rare rock
And you were shocked when he finally broke the door off

it's fucking hinges while telling you to stop
And when you fought you thought that it meant a lot
But you wrought a hell that was all for naught
And you tried to act like he had you caught

but all that you fuckin' brushed off
When I brought it up, and I'm at a loss
As to how you think it's a far toss
To think you yourself wrought your own divorce

Listen, <C>

V2:
You think it's unfair for me to be mad?
Woman, don't you dare, I got a right to be mad
You really had me scared to be alone with dad
Peelin' back the layers is leaves me fuckin' sad

You tried to drag me with you, I felt unsafe
I cried my fucking eyes out, thought I had no place
Came time, dad put all his feelings on display
And I realized what you were tellin' me was a mistake

And I caught it. You tried to pluck me off of the vine
And I fought it. Leaven' home before my fuckin' time
But first I bought it without even a question why
Because I thought at firs that you were right

But take another fuckin' look, we're doin' fine
And dad is holdin' up, he'd never hurt a fly
So I don't fuckin' understand why you'd decide
He'd ever hurt me, bitch, he hasn't even tried

So here's what I decide: <C>
Track Name: Chickenscratch
6) Chickenscratch
Nylon string acoustic guitar solo performed by Victor Switenko.

V1:
When I was a lot younger I used to hate myself
I felt constantly under-foot and ignored and hell
Teachers wondered where I was, absence I was dealt
When under their blundering noses is where I dwelt

During hide-and-seek I'd always win
And emerge the victor with a grin
Recess was over and all the kids went in
Leaving me alone inside the garbage bin

I felt invisible, with none to really talk to
None to share their wisdom, it's impressive I got through
Us and them and the schism was the only thing I knew
Under the grid of the system, my unease grew

I got sad a lot, alone with all my curses
Within dark thoughts in my careless cursive
I wrote myself a plot, death that I thirsted
Figured they'd be better off, myself the one worsted

C:
But I was wrong and I'll never live it down
I remained strong, with every smile comes a frown
Life is long, man, and you may not get it back
You're here and then gone, your story chickenscratch
<x2>

V2:
When I was younger I prayed for cancer
Now I'm older and fear those prayers will get answered
Wishing for somethin' like that isn't worth the chance n'
Life is too long to be spent thinkin' in that manner

It's important not to be a cynic but
That don't make me less of a hypocrite
As a realist I live for that gimmick
But turned internal that shit is sickness

The final frontier is the space between your ears
It's the place where all your fears become all your peers
If you let them, and they'll take some shears to your years
Before they drown you in both your tears and some beers

I thought I was all alone, and the note I wrote said as such
Didn't think I had a home, and my own existence was a crutch
To those I called my own, and that I didn't matter much
And that I was a drone, heart made of stone

C:
But I was wrong and I'll never live it down
I remained strong, with every smile comes a frown
Life is long, man, and you may not get it back
You're here and then gone, your story chickenscratch
<x2>

E:
Be careful what you wish for
You have so much to live for
Track Name: Bittersweet (with [voodoopony])
7) Bittersweet
Beat produced by JonAlexi.

V:
Lookin' in my rear view
Tryin' to find something new
But inside a feeling brews
To find a different path to choose

You used to be my number one
But it's lookin' like our time is done
It ain't the kind of thing
That we can really overcome

Ain't no way that we can stay
The future's here and now today
So get your friends and go n' play
But I ain't among em, neigh

Left behind, alone to cry
No reason I will wonder why
Different ties of friends arise
So our demise is just as fine

Huh, "I got my amazing friends" I said
And I meant it, no lies invented
But time cemented the end for us
In among the sediment

In a dilemma we can't broach
Sad, caught in my throat
Not mad, not gonna boast
But you are never gonna see me choke

You know, you meant a lot, shame to see you go
But It's okay though, I'll see you down the way I know
In a better place, see you there I hope
But if I don't I won't mope

C:
And so I eat these Bittersweets
Feel it through my feet
And so I eat these Bittersweets
I'm still alive, I can still feel me.
And so I eat these Bittersweets
N' feel it through my feet.