Being Watched

by Truce Cannon

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released June 9, 2015

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A stone's throw from a cemetery, in a place once known as Tropico, lie the 13 walls that make up The Weirdhouse. Truce Cannon was born inside.

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Track Name: Lose It
In the late shadow of a blaze
and steadied by these long days
is where my lover sleeps
and where I wake

I'm free to burn in more than one
black cloud or one blue sun
if I won't play for keeps
and there are other ways

I know that I could lose my mind

My worries come to me in smoke
The crickets come to me alone
or when my secrets leak
To strangers in their sleep

I'm free to burn in more than one
black cloud or one blue sun
I dreamed in red all week
I guess she got to me

They think they're watching me unwind
oo
Lose your mind with me


Her chainslapping nature was unkind
Unjinxed and unjustified in taking my shivers away
She pulled a breath of techno sadness
made true by old starving film
And then I closed the book on the wind
just to forget whose name it is and I said
"I can play it backwards
I can walk upside-down"
If I get wound in the warmth for too long
The release is just enough
For her shadows on the wall to recede
From watching me
and I know that I could lose my mind

I know that I could lose my mind
oo
Lose your mind with me


The arms she dreamt to be between
Were heavy like a bad dream
She'll tell me to forget it
and I'll know just what she means

The black clouds covered up sun
No jinxes to ride on
Tell the witch doctor to bet it
yeah, everything he won

I don't believe our stars aligned
oo
Lose your mind with me
Track Name: Talking Walls
Yeah it’s true
that everything I told you was a lie
And as we’re growing old you’ll tell me "I
just can’t walk on"

And so
the walls that talk are telling me I’m wrong
but I can only tell you in a song
not to your face


I’ll bet your gypsy veins
were in ruins, were in flames


Now I tell ya
not everything depends on talkin’ walls
'cause in these silent, interlocking halls
I’ll find my place

And now
the lies like acid rain in silver streams
were figments of my histrionic dreams
they’re blood straight and gone


We’ve gone so far and so far away
We’ve gone so far


I’ll bet your gypsy veins
were in ruins, were in flames


I’ll bet you’ve told your mother all about me
I’ll be you’re set to roll along without me…
Track Name: Deathdrop
Sea anemones moan from her old purple crown
when she's alone yes
dreaming to drown or to strangle

Like a periscope stuck and the lights of the mirrors are tangled

Gathering rust in the mirrors of love
is the face I don't trust yes
the great envy of gods and nations

Through a telescope darkly the stars have abandoned their stations


And then she danced her way
into my blood to say
"It will never never be light
if you stay"


Why'd she call for me then when the water was high
with crystal balls, yes
disco eyes that outgrew her

What the stethoscope heard in the grass was the will to outdo her

Her eyes look alive
and make Buckingham Palace guards shiver

Like a kaleidoscope tangling lights in a black river


And then she danced her way
into my blood to say
"It will never never be light
if you stay"
Track Name: Giuliana
I found your eyes on a night you were tryna stay hid
I was down by your den, they were christening my cousin's kid
the Huddle called to me but I was alone
They were laughin' inside
My expression was precious stone

Then your friend was spying like daylight charades
You'd forgotten my name and I'd forgotten your face
and I
know you didn't think too much of me
your eye was on some dog and mine
on bein' free

But eyes have a funny way of changing in time
with the rhythm of a laugh and the slap of a rhyme
when I hold back my heart, it's a curious art and I'm
a goner


Hey hey hey Giuliana
if you're gonna get me crazed and hazy
oo la la, Giuliana
ain't you wanna be my lady baby


So you and I, we got lost all over
moving pictures, makin' eyes at each other
my bed was a driver's seat, a fountain my well
So we laid our sleepy heads in a Palmdale motel

Oh the desert's a Nile witch, it curses you
so we cursed it back with our white city voodoo
and your warehouse wolf bay was the meanest I'd heard
and it widened the eyes of a shy baby bird

And eyes have a funny way of changing in time
with the rhythm of a laugh and the slap of a rhyme
when I hold back my heart, it's a curious art and I'm
a goner


Hey hey hey Giuliana
if you're gonna get me crazed and hazy
oo la la Giuliana
ain't you wanna be my lady baby


And a-wooooooo
don't you scowl, just howl
a-wooooooo
All I need to hear now is
a-wooooooo
that's Giuliana on the prowl


I found your eyes on a night you were tryin' to stay hid
and that didn't do us any good, did it
now you're haunting the strings of my Hellcat guitar
and you're haunting the strings of my wanderlust heart


Hey hey hey Giuliana
if you're gonna get me crazed and hazy
oo la la Giuliana
ain't you wanna be my lady baby
Track Name: Paid Well
You used to come to me in smoke uh huh
but you've been leaving me alone uh huh
And at the rise of every road uh huh
it's a gamble, don't you know

Daylight smoke from cold cold fire
Last I heard you was through the wires saying
"Shout at the sunlight if you will
everyone's just trying to get there, Phil."


Are you real or are you paid well?


My medicine is dried cement
I'm rolled over like evidence
I have good news:
They can't accuse me of dying young

It is big of you to dig me out uh huh
You've borne that weight without a doubt uh huh
Forgive me if I'm a little stiff
like a portrait hung


Are you real or are you paid well?


I'm on the mend but my ties are torn
I lost the need to be reborn
Maybe one day you'll clear the scorn
I've always hidden, always worn

(My medicine is dried cement
I’m rolled over like evidence
My medicine is dried cement
I’m rolled over like…)

Are you real or are you paid well?
Track Name: Slow Burner
shhh shhh

When she walked the moon
Father Time just slept
and the Planck satellite
missed her first few steps

She's my short-pantser romancer freelancer Charleston dancer
bobby-soxer kickboxer '66er Manhattan mixer


It's never cold here
And I move too fast
She's a slow burner
burning down at last

(you don’t know what’s gonna happen)


When she knows a joke
the Crown can take her time
and her jet pageboy
makes thirteen cats climb


She's freakshow chic aquatica sleek crows and bones with a motel jones
my bow-slinger low singer hint-dropper heart-stopper


It's never cold here
and I move too fast, too fast
She's a slow burner
burning down at last, at last

(you don’t know what’s gonna happen)


shhh shhh
Track Name: Winding/Sleep/Thrills
Winding

With painted claws extending to the ground
in a hoops of smoke I was crowned
but I left that ring
it was just another thing to carry around
(write first and pencil me in)
carry around yeauh

So I kept my tongue at the backa my teeth and SHARP
and I opened her darkest sayings upon the harp
and I slid like orange rain down the middle of her street
The police came at daybreak but didn't catch my speed
And she was my silent drummer, how she wound me up so tight
In my days of inward singing I was underneath the night

And if a saint were to ask her, "Is he one of ours?"
Pausing for the king of the hours
she’d think of me standing straight
unable to wait,
she’d answer then with her powers
and speaking in codes
(write first and pencil me in)
she’d say
"He’s yours and mine
and we’ll pour him like wine on winding Spanish roads"

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Sleep

Sleep, love,
deep in a world
breath of a panther in mouth of a girl

Sleep off hate as it gleams
Planets are winding to dizzy your dreams
(write first and pencil me in)
dizzy your dreams yeauh

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Thrills

So I keep my tongue at the backa my teeth and SHARP
And I open her darkest sayings upon the harp
and I'm talkin' like Tom Sawyer and I'm older than the hills
like a deep-fried southern lawyer like stentorian big thrills
But they took me to confession and I took notes in code
So the good girls wouldn't get it, so the good girls wouldn't know
that

Sometimes when I skate, man I skate on the edge
And then, should I die, I shall die as a legend
I'd die intestate, though I may pick and choose
I lost my best skates, but I don't mind these shoes yeauh
Well who are you
to say how my feet should move?
Just what are you trying to prove?
Get out of my view

With painted claws extending to the ground
in a hoop of smoke I was crowned
but I left that ring
it was just another thing to carry around
(write first and pencil me in)
carry around yeauh
Track Name: Hawaiian Crow
Claws aimed at our eyes
Hawks all dream to say "here lies your good communion"

It brought them down we thought to lose
Their red hearts to make the news and miss reunions

You left a light on through the blue
until the sun worshiped you made them hate it

and when you offered no because
good god I must admit I was intimidated


What she hates she says she loves
It gets me down
What she hates she says she loves
and a cat meows
And away I go
like a free Hawaiian crow


Headhunters don't know of their wrongs
when they aim with crying songs and take their bounties

When every drag is dangling bait
red letter days when love is great, you feel my unease

I remember sideways eyes
Wondering do I womanize in other counties

But I got nothin for you hawks
So drop your whips & toss your rocks
And listen now please


What she hates she says she loves
It gets me down
What she hates she says she loves
and a cat meows
And away you go
like a free Hawaiian crow


In a delirious headspin
I checked in, I punched out
Now I swell to be there
In a cage and no one cares where


What she hates she says she loves
It gets me down
What she hates she says she loves
and a cat meows
And away you go
like a free Hawaiian crow
Track Name: American Wanderlust
Like a black ant fighting fire ants
watched closely by Thoreau
first you go down swinging soft
in fear of reaping what you sow
Then you find within you wanderlust
like Eros with his bow
and you dream to find your quiver
wandering whither arrows blow
You learn footsteps wake you faster
when they're quiet and they're slow
You are captured watching cavalcades
in coal dust as they go
And your avarice is aimed
at names they named in sheets of snow
But you'd best lay down your weapons
you're American, you know


Littered sidewalks laughed you off
and while you slept beneath a tree
project windows peeled their boards
and moaned "Reality is free"
So you cast new constellations
of your laughing effigy
built art deco in Asmara
and poured salt in Galilee
Then the charming and cavorting
break your banks like crates of tea
Now you dream that borderlines
you never crossed all softly plea
"Come to Salem, be our pet"
which would be foolish as can be
So you'd best retire the spellbook
you're American, you see


Still those footsteps wake you quickly
slow and silent as the dew
Still you're captured watching cavalcades
carousing as they do
And there's still that horrid itch
when they sing names you never knew
so I see you've kept your weapons
how American of you
Track Name: One Of Me
The caution tape is rolling 'round a death in the afternoon
And my ego is the silence hanging over this room
And if I'm a wounded soldier, you should drink until I'm through
You know I can't look at anyone if they're looking at me too


But far be it from me
to throw this to the rolling sea
I’m one of you
You're one of me


Almost hung me up and drained me but I made some room to breathe
So I listened to you closely, hoping I'd forget my speech
To forget's a violent mercy mercy mercy aura touchstone of relief
When the awkward trappings of a fight start showing on my teeth


But far be it from me
to throw this to the rolling sea
I’m one of you
You're one of me


I’m up here in a corner of the Saturn moon’s hot sea
far away from my breath
I wrote you in my testament, but kept it low you see
and how I could I forget

That my ego was the silence hanging over that room
And they rolled out the caution tape 'round a death in the afternoon
With champagne like god’s own mercy mercy mercy and a little green fairy too
You were looking at me baby baby and I was looking at you