Underwater Gospels

by golden curtain

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released June 9, 2017



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Track Name: Heart Attack Summer
It's a heart attack summer,
the waves aren't even for surfers,
the sky goes dark, the wolves turn blue
and the beach is made of murder

You broke down all winter,
dreamt of sharks and boulevards and hearts
And then you got better

You can't remember if she was a dancer,
or if she just wanted to be one
She'd keep the lights on in the candle shop
disappear down the coastline

She never called again
She never moved back to Queensland
You heard somewhere's she's a chef
throwing knives across crowded kitchens

There's a juggler in the shadows
there's an actor that's gone missing
there's regret across the shipyard
and that's the way it's always been

The fortune teller's got nothing
says that's the way it is
says there's no more magic or miracles or rescues
and your heart's going to stay like this
Track Name: Sharks and Stars
In a summer of storms, there are no lights in the harbor
it's you in the dark with the radio and what's left of your heart

The Captain's gone, the boat is on fire
and at the university
boys play guitars for
girls wearing dresses

The season's turned to static, the surf's gone to blades,
what you were going to say doesn't make any difference

the turn of the highway, the pull of the suburbs
in the rearview mirror, the broken back of the city

She gets in the car and they drive into the night
And that's how fast it takes to never see someone again

Your heart's gone in the valves, the waves are all breaking wrong
and your dreams are fevers of sharks and stars
Track Name: Amen
Let the surf slide open,

let the summer stand still,

let the girl in the car put the top down and turn up the radio,

let the music hover,

let the waves explode,

let two people mean everything they say for once.

Can I get an Amen? Amen?

let the waves turn to muscle,

Let the boat rock,

let the night go long to the knives shot from fountains,

let the surfboard snap,

let the sharks go loose.

And let the summer give up,

let's watch the summer dissolve.

Let the winter come and turn these fires to shadows.

Can I get an Amen? Amen?
Track Name: Hi Fi Heart
The man is late again
kisses her with a broken mouth
and it's not alright
On the trail the water spills
out of the side of the hill
like a wound, or a chorus about a wound,
or just a wound, she thinks
In her room she plays old records
that sizzle between songs
like glass popping under a shoe,
or the street clearing its throat

Learning to draw a hifi heart

Meanwhile someone younger
has run out of ways to get the chance
to say something
At the bakery the cookies are crooked
On the radio the DJ doesn't realise
he's not the point

And the planks in the bridge
by her father's house
are so loose now
when she walks over them,
she has to pretend she isn't there.

Learning to draw a hi fi heart
Track Name: I Changed My Mind For You
Inside the heat of grief
The summer's on its knees
And your heart's all over this stupid city

Downstream from the downfall
the dim lights getting distant
her cold shoulder
only getting colder

You're sorry in intervals
You misfired with the model
You stumble down the street
wishing you'd never sold your stereo

They're draining all the pools
You know nothing about your heart
It leads you into shadows
and keeps doing that thing in the dark

There's a blue wolf behind the bakery
there's a rock star who's retired
there's a Swedish girl, a card trick
and a pop song that's still on fire

I changed my mind for you
I changed my mind for you

You're better off alone
You're better drowning the shallows
You're better pressed against despair
feeling the decades run out of power

I changed my mind for you
I changed my mind for you
I changed my mind for you
I changed my mind for you
Track Name: So Easy
Summer starts by loosening from the mountains
and drifting into the valley like fathoms.
She changes her mind about you,
then changes it back again
soon enough she’ll forget about your hands
she won't even remember
if there had been one or two.

You've run out of things to say about the ocean
you don't know what the sound of water means.
Looking through the screen door you can see
the fuse is gone in the trampoline.
Every time you get on,
it just stands there.

The couple next door have been spraying each other
with a hose since May.
Everyone's in love
and this time they mean it.

You're sick of the way you run to her,
you're sick of the sounds your heart makes.
You fall asleep to the sharks in your dreams,
you fall apart in the dark
so easy.
Track Name: Etc Etc
They called off the search,
stopped dragging the shore,
And it's been dark so long
it doesn't mean anything anymore

The lights are all out in Christchurch
the city's gone smooth as ashes
You finally got rich and famous
and it didn't make much of a difference

They unplugged the amp
but the chorus stayed in your head
and she gave you her number
told you to call
but you never did

It's blue wolves and breakups
It's the curse of the coastline
it's the knives of the waves
grinding together all night

There are stingrays on the dance floor
and your stereo's on fire
and nobody cares that you've felt
the wrong way for a long time

Who needs the backbeat
Who needs the kick drum
Who needs a house on a street
and a heart that goes forward and backward

And the sharks are all loose
Looks like the tide's turned to silver
it's summer, you're done for
but you still love her
etc etc etc
Track Name: The Captain
The last time you saw the Captain
It was raining, a record you can’t remember
spun silver in the nightclub
and the future was a knife at your throat.
In the darkness her blinking skirt flashes
like a map of dying stars
Caught in the middle with rain
like being at a surprise party
for someone you don’t know,
you try to blend in by staying
close to the puddles.
The girl keeps being gone
every time you show up
thick and dripping on the driveway
with a prepared speech about
how the heart can turn its head
all the way around like an owl.
Nobody is meeting anyone tonight;
doesn’t matter how many amazing things you’re thinking,
she won’t know them at least until tomorrow,
and who knows after that.
Who knows, they might change the locks
or call you into the office to talk about a leak.
Either way you’ll have to explain--
either way there will be math
and the figuring out of floods.
Track Name: Submarine Shadows
Lost the last of my heart on the longboard
lost the girl from surf city
left the freeway spinning, the whole world
dragging behind me

That's the last of the time that we're out of
no more pulling of oars, or the turning
of taverns to orange

What do we do with the radio
what do we do with all this bad luck

What do we do to each other
Why does it matter so much

Well the submarine shadows of sharks no longer scare me
All I do is stay up in the dazed blue of late night
waiting for something

The x-ray looks like film without sound
like two trains together
in flames on the outskirts of town
and the doctor says you're better
but you'll never be alright
says you're heart's never wrong
but it wastes a lot of time

That's the last time that we're out of
no more pulling of oars, or the turning
of taverns to orange.
Track Name: The Pier
Stand by for the shutout/
And your heart to turn into static/
Leave the car at the beach/
Spend one more night with your brother's girlfriend/

Summer's over already/
Nothing in the sun made a difference/
She puts her hands through your hair/
And you can't even feel it/

The record player's holding steady/
the record player's all you've got/
it rolls and it spins/
Sees better than you in the dark/

You'll write the actress in America/
send a postcard to her from the Pacific/
Quote Satre' and Chekov/
Say everything but the one thing you mean/

And the surf breaks like decades/
And the pier's lined in lights/
And it won't take much longer/
to finally be out of time