The Careless Flame

by Kill the Vultures

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released October 24, 2006

Track #2 contains elements from collected Syrian folk songs played by Tasha Baron 1943. Track #9 contains saxophone elements from Sean Behling's live improvisations at the Ohio Jazz Festival 1974.
Mixed by Mike Whitney.
Mastered by Dave Gardner.
Cover Art by Scott Brown.
Design by 308 Photo Graphic.

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Track Name: Moonshine
WHEN I'M LAYIN' ON THE BOTTOM OF MY BATHTUB
WONDERIN' IF I SHOULD COME UP FOR AIR
THE ONE THING THAT'LL ALWAYS BRING ME BACK UP
IS REMEMBERIN' THAT MY MOONSHINE IS THERE

I GOT MOONSHINE, DRINK IT ALL THE TIME
GOES DOWN ROUGH BUT IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR DIME

SOME PEOPLE NEED FRIENDS TO BE HAPPY
SOME PEOPLE NEED TO SPEND A HUNDRED BUCKS ON CLOTHES
SOME PEOPLE NEED CARDS AND BIRTHDAY CAKE
BUT ME I DON'T NEED NONE OF THOSE

CHORUS

THEY SAY HUMANS ARE MADE OF MOSTLY WATER
THEY SAY THIS PLANET IS TOO
ME I AIN'T NEVER REALLY CARED FOR THE TASTE
AND I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU

CHORUS

I GOT A LOVE/HATE THING WITH NEW YORK CITY
NEVER KNEW A PLACE THAT FELT SO BUSY
RAN CIRCLES ROUND ME 'TILL I GOT DIZZY
WHAT'S THE PRICE TO GET YOUR BALANCE, BOYS?
ABOUT A DOLLAR FIFTY

CHORUS
Track Name: Dirty Hands
YOU COULD NEVER WASH THE DIRT FROM MY HANDS

ALL YOU ANGELS WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES
YOU EAT THE SAME TRASH YOU WALK THE SAME ROAD
WHEN YOU WERE DAYS OLD/ WENT CHASING RAINBOWS
YOU SAW THE PLANE CRASH/ AND LOST YOUR HALO

YOU LOOKED AT YOUR HANDS/ EYES WIDE AS DINNER PLATES
YOU SHOOK YOUR THUNDERSTORMS/ YOU FELT A THINNER FACE
YOU FELL ON WOUNDED KNEE/ YOU CRIED YOUR METAL EYES
YOUR HANDS ROSE TO THE TREES/ YOU BEGGED THOSE YELLOW SKIES

CHORUS

HELP ME, I CAN'T HELP YOU, WON'T YOU HELP ME HELP YOU OUT?
THE BEGGARS WEAR A SUIT AND TIE/ A SANDWICH BOARD OF ALL THEIR DOUBT
LOST THEIR WINGS, FELLTO EARTH/ NO CLUE WHERE THEY SHOULD LAND
JUST QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MYSTERIES AND DIRT ON YOUR HANDS

THE PROSTITUTES CAN TELL YOU WHAT YOUR BODY'S WORTH TO BUSINESS MEN
IN THE ALLEY, IN THE COURTROOM, IN A TAXI, WITH A FRIEND
THE SENATORS THEY FIX MUST HAVE A BRIEFCASE OF YOUR PLANS
AND EVERY DAY THEY TRY TO SELL THE DIRT ON YOUR HANDS

I USED TO DIG FOR EARTHWORMS, MAKE MUD PIES, DANCE IN RAIN
WITH LIGHTENING BLAZING OVERHEAD/ THE KING OF WALKING STAINS
THE FUCK UPS AND THE FALL DOWNS MUST MAKE ME WHO I AM
EVERYBODY LAY YOUR BURDENS RAISE THEM DIRTY HANDS
Track Name: The Spider's Eyes
THE DEVIL'S IN THE DETAILS/ WHY AIN'T YA LOOKIN'?

WHEN ALL OF YOUR SUMMER DAYS PACK UP AND RUN AWAY
FROM THE SAME UNDERAGE STAIN OF THE YOUNGER DAYS
NO MORE CRYIN' 'CAUSE THE TUMBLIN' THUNDER CAME
BETTER GET USED TO THE RUMBLIN' HUNGER PAINS

THERE'S FIREFLIES IN THE SPIDER'S EYES
FIREFLIES IN THE SPIDER'S EYES
FIREFLIES IN THE SPIDER'S EYES
AND THEY SPELL 'CRASH LANDING' ON THE CITY'S TIRED SKY

HEAT PIPES COUGHIN'/ SWEATIN' EXHAUSTED
PUMPIN' BLOOD TO THE RHYTHM OF A BED FRAME ROCKIN'
WHERE'S AUTUMN? FROZEN FROM A MERCILESS WINTER
THE FIFTH SEASON: REGRET, JUST ATE MY EGO FOR DINNER

I'M UNDER COBWEB CORNERS FULL OF MOTHS AND FRUIT FLIES
BELLY OF THE BURDEN WHERE TRUTH LIES IS TOO WIDE

THE DEVIL'S IN THE DETAIL, WHY AIN'T YA LOOKIN?

DANCEHALL BASS GIVING HELL TO MY BRICK WALL
CENTIPEDE'S GIVING ME THICK SKIN, IT CRAWLS
PITFALLS, MAKER'S MARK, L-M-N-O-P
DRUNK NEIGHBORS DONE LIT A BONFIRE IN THE STREET

I DIDN'T WANNA KILL THE PRAYING MANTIS WITH A DUST PAN
DIDN'T WANNA HIT THE MAN LIVING ON CRUSHED CANS
DIDN'T WANNA PISS ON YOUR PORTRAIT OF PROPER
DIDN'T WANNA TELL YOU THAT YOUR LUCKY PENNY WAS COPPER

A REAL HEART-STOPPER/ SPINE-TINGLING FREAK FEST
SMOKE N ASH/ BROKEN GLASS
LET'S KEEP QUIET, LISTEN TO THE CITY, IT TALKS
OR STAY STILL, STARING AT THE IDIOT BOX

WE WERE ROOFTOP GODS CONTROLLING THE STARS
HEAR THE SOUNDS, THE TENSION, THE POLICE CARS
LET'S LAUGH AT THE CLOWN CAST DANCING ON BROWN GLASS
I'M THE HOPING THEY DROWN FAST AS SOON AS THE SOUNDS PASS

DOLLAR TO MY NAME IS IN MY FRONT POCKET
BOUT TO PUT IT ON THE COUNTER BABY, TELL ME TO WATCH IT
FOUND A LOCKET IN THE GUTTER WITH SOMEBODY'S MOTHER
GUESS THEY SHOULDN'T BE EXPECTING THEIR LOVED ONE FOR SUPPER

THIS CITY WAS BUILT ON METAL PIPES AND GUILT
WE PAY A MONKEY IN A SUIT TO PRETEND THAT HE RUN IT
WE'RE SHIT STAINS ON A QUILT, MAKE LOVE TO THE FILTH
WE BETTER LEAVE, HON, I THINK I HEAR THE FIRE TRUCKS COMING

THE DEVIL'S IN THE DETAIL, WHY AIN'T YA LOOKIN?
Track Name: Days Turn Into Nights
TELL ME SHE'S YOUR FIRST/ TELL ME SHE'S YOUR LAST
TELL ME THAT IT MEANT SO MUCH TO YOU
SO MUCH THAT YOU WOULDN'T TAKE IT BACK

LUST IN YOUR VEINS/ HOW MANY TOOK TURNS
GO AHEAD, LET IT BURN/ YOU'VE ALREADY GOT THE MATCH LIT
FLESH UPON FLESH, TRUST YOUR ANIMAL URGE
TELL ME HOW IT FELT TO HAVE AN ANGEL ON YOUR MATTRESS

COULD YOU SEE IT IN HER EYES, COULD YOU SEE IT IN HER EYES?

SNAKE SKIN KISS/ SLITHER N' HISS
TWIST OF THE HIPS/ SMEARED CHERRY RED LIPS
JEANS 'ROUND HER ANKLES/ CEILING FAN SPINS
MASCARA RIVERS DRIPPING OFF OF HER CHIN

ADRENALINE, HORMONES/ ALCOHOL, TORN CLOTHES
TELL ME WHO'S UPSTAIRS AND WHY IS THE DOOR CLOSED
HAND FULLS OF MEAT, BLOOD AND SETTLE
TELL ME HOW SHE LOOKED IN THE EYES OF THE DEVIL

COULD YOU SEE IT IN HER EYES?

NOBODY BURNED THEIR LONG WHITE CANDLES
NOBODY HELD THEIR BREATH
NOBODY CROSSED THEIR HEARTS OR HOPED TO DIE
NOBODY POURED PISS WARM BEER ON THE STEPS

DAYS SLIP INTO NIGHTS/ NIGHTS SLIP INTO CALENDARS
YEARS AIN'T NOTHING TO A DEAD MAN'S WATCH
EVERY SECOND RINGS A QUESTION IN THE BACK OF MY SKULL:

COULD YOU SEE IT IN HER EYES?
Track Name: Strangers in the Doorways
THE STRANGERS IN THE DOORWAY EMBRACE UNDER THE PORCHLIGHT
LINGERING LIKE CANDLES 'TIL OUR MORNING FADES 'EM DOWN
THE WOMAN'S LEGS ARE GOLDEN AND THEIR BURNING LIKE A TORCH MIGHT
BUT I'VE NEVER SEEN A FIRE FLOAT SO CARELESSLY AROUND

OUTSIDE THE RAIN IS FAST AND SHARP/ BUT IN MY HEAD IT'S WARM
SLEEPING CARS OUT IN THE STREET ARE NOW ABANDONED BOATS
THE STRANGERS SHARE A CIGARETTE/ AN EMBER IN THE STORM
I THINK MAYBE I KNOW THEM WELL/ BUT ALL I SEE IS SMOKE

CHORUS:
A CARELESS FLAME DON'T BURN THE SAME
A CARELESS FLAME AIN'T YOURS TO TAME

THE STRANGERS IN THE DOORWAY ARE ACTING OUT A CLASSIC
THE WOMAN HOLDS HIM TIGHTLY AS IF HE'S HER DARKEST SECRET
ELECTRIC VEINS ACROSS THE SKY STRIKE A LONELY ATTIC
AND NOW THE FLAMES ARE SPREADING FAST, THE WIND JUST HELPS TO FEED IT

THE STRANGERS IN THE DOORWAY ARE DRIPPING WET WITH TENSION
THE NEIGHBORHOOD'S ON FIRE AND SHE'S LOOKING AT HER MOOD RING
SHE MURDERS ME WITH DIGNITY AND SEVERS EVERY SENTENCE
BUT WE ALL KNOW MAN-EATERS SINK IF THEY DON'T CONTINUE MOVING

CHORUS

THE STRANGERS IN THE DOORWAY ARE ARGUING IN THUNDER
THE WATER'S AT THEIR ANKLES AND THE FIRE SPREADS METHODIC
SHE CURSED THE DAY SHE MET ME/ SHE'S SET TO PUT ME UNDER
THE CITY MELTS AROUND US AND THERE AIN'T NO TIME FOR LOGIIC

CHORUS
Track Name: Birchwood
WON'T YOU SPEAK WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND
I MAY BE DEAF BUT I AIN'T BLIND
MISERY COMES RIGHT ON TIME
WHILE YOU STAND AT THE STATION

THE FLESH HANGS LOOSELY FROM YOUR WORDS
THEY BEG FOR CHANGE OUT ON THE CURB
WITH BOTH HANDS OUT THEY HAVE THE NERVE
TO ASK ME FOR MORE PATIENCE

YOUR SILENCE IS A KILLER'S KNIFE
A KILLER WITH A LOVELY WIFE
A BRIDE WHO THREW BOUQUET'S OF ICE
THAT I CAUGHT QUICK A LIGHTENING

THE AIR IS THICK AND I CAN'T BREATHE
I WISH YOU WERE OFF OVERSEAS
INSTEAD YOU'RE BURNING NEXT TO ME
AND TRYING TO READ MY WRITING

A PEN HAS MORE TO SAY RIGHT NOW
THAN TWO KIDS WHO ARE WONDERING HOW
THEY GOT HERE UNDER TOXIC CLOUDS
FUCK YOU AND YOUR FORECAST

MY SUMMER NEVER FELT SO COLD
YOUR WINTER NIGHTS ARE GETTING OLD
BUT LEGALLY I CAN'T LET GO
ONCE YOUR BEDROOM DOOR'S LATCHED

YOU'LL HAVE A DRAG BUT YOU DON'T SMOKE
YOU SWIM IN LIES BUT YOU DON'T FLOAT
YOU CAN'T BE BLAMED AND YOU DON'T VOTE
YOU'RE PERFECT AS A TRAIN WRECK

GO CRAWL BACK IN YOUR SHATTERED SHELL
COLLECTING ALL YOUR PARTS THAT FELL
THEN CLIMB BACK UP TO THE TOP SHELF
JUMP AND MAKE THE SAME MESS

I'VE SEEN THE WORLD IN BROKEN PARTS
FALLEN DOWN, COLLECTED SCARS
I HAVE MY THEORY WHERE IT STARTS
AND YOU WILL SURELY END IT

THE JESTERS TELL YOU YOU'RE THE KING
THE FOOLISH ONE BELIEVES THESE THINGS
STOP LOOKING AT YOUR DIAMOND RING
AND SAVE YOUR SINKING FRIEND SHIP

ONE ANGEL ON YOUR SHOULDER SITS
WITH BROKEN HEART AND OPEN WRISTS
SHE TELLS YOU WHAT YOUR PROBLEM IS
SHE TELLS YOU ALL OF MINE, TOO

I REACHED FOR YOU AND YOU WERE GONE
LIKE SMOKEY MOONLIGHT IN THE DAWN
I'LL LOOK BACK TO WHERE I WENT WRONG
AND I KNOW THERE I'LL FIND YOU
Track Name: The Wine Thief
WHO IS THIS WINE THIEF AND WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?

SOMEONE AROUND HERE IS GONNA GET HUNG
I'M LOOKING FOR THE ONE WITH THE PURPLE TONGUE, IT AIN'T FINE
LAST NIGHT I WENT AND BOUGHT A BRAND NEW BOX
AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE DECENCY TO SAVE ME A DROP

WHO'S BEEN DRINKING ALL MY GODDAMN WINE?

MY ROOMMATES ALL TELL ME IT MUST'VE BEEN A MOUSE
SO I WENT AND GOT SOME DYNAMITE AND BLEW UP MY HOUSE, I DON'T MIND
THEY TELL ME I TOOK OUT HALF OF THE BLOCK
THEN I WENT AND BOUGHT ANOTHER BOX BEFORE I GOT CAUGHT, IT'S A CRIME

WHO IS THIS WINE THIEF AND WHERE DID THEY COME FROM
THE KITCHEN WAS CLEAR, THE CORK CAME UNDONE
POLISHED THE BOTTLE OFF AND MURDERED THE BOX,TOO
HAD IT ALL PLANNED OUT AND FOLLOWED THE JOB THROUGH
Track Name: Vermillion
It’s hard to believe we’re both under the same moon
Feeling the same winds, the season’ll change soon
And I’ll still be here, right where we left off
Next to the street light gathering dead moths

I’m on dirt roads/ it’s thousands of miles home
You said we should stop talking and then came the dial tone
I’ve played that scene over and over a dozen times
Why’s it hard to let go of something that wasn’t mine?

Chorus:
When it falls, let it fall right there
Over the north shore, under the night air
When it drops let it drop right there
Somewhere between Vermillion and nightmares

Nothing’s the same now/ I honor the difference
I’m used to the silence/ I’m used to the distance
I’m used to the long night/ I’m used to the fall
But I ain’t used to not having nobody to call

I call her gypsy woman/ watching me sink
Down to the bottom of a bottomless drink
Call her gypsy woman/ watching me sink
Down to the bottom of a bottomless drink

Fade to a film strip when everything felt right
Clutching your sketches under a flickering cell light
Made sense that I held tight/ so tight you can’t breathe
Spoon-feeding a dead body/ keeping it clean

Ashes to ashes/ whatever’s been said’s done
Twisted and hung high/ Prince of the bread crumbs
I sleep with a bad heart/ I ache and my head’s numb
Memories are dry bones under a red sun

Chorus

I look to the West/ I see nothing but fire
Black smoke in the sky/ burnt parts of desire
Drops of black blood that lead to the junk yard
It’s covered by one guard/ he’s drunken and unarmed

It’s hard to believe we’re both under the same moon
Singing the same song/ cleaning the same wounds
Watching the crows eat/ hearing the phone ring
Running on no sleep and doing our own thing

Rolling from my mouth into the thick air
Whispering your name/ watching it stick there
Passing your old house/ living in what was
Watching the sun crawl/ just like my blood does

Moving through hard snow/ hearing the plants die
Carving a new mask/ knowing I can’t hide
Walking the cliff’s edge/ looking down the side
Dropping all I know/ knowing all my life

Chorus
Track Name: How Far Can A Dead Man Walk?
TEN MILES, BARE FEET ON JAGGED ROCKS
NINE MILES, I'M CIRCLED BY THE HAWKS
EIGHT MILES, MY SKY BEGINS TO TALK
BUT HOW LONG CAN A DEAD MAN WALK?

HOW LONG CAN A DEAD MAN WALK?

SEVEN MILES OF SCORPIONS AND ANTS
SIX MILES, FIVE HAVEN'T GOT A CHANCE
FOUR MILES, MY SKY BEGINS TO TALK
HOW LONG CAN A DEAD MAN WALK?

THREE MILES, NO WATER, FOOD OR CLOTHES
TWO MILES, I DON'T SUPPOSE THAT
ONE MILE WOULD LEAVE ME HERE TO ROT
HOW LONG CAN A DEAD MAN WALK?