Horses In The Chest

by Short Hand

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1.
So a devil in the past He just barks and barks Got a devil in my soul He just ask and just asks If there's anything he's done? And there's nothing to say What's to say, anyway? There’s nothing to say You keep your mouth shut and hope That the devil goes away. I thought you would always love me, But I found something different when you left. He either goes or he stays He either goes or he stays Either way, it gets cold He's the same cold And it snows And there's nothing to say What's to say, anyway? There’s nothing to say You hope the cold snow goes And the devil goes away Need a devil overcoat Need a devil over coat. … Period.
2.
The Bombs 02:59
When the doors open and the sun floods out all it's hopeless causes I can still awake, Half staked on my careless crosses And pushing memories, pushing and pushing and pushing I still awake With a face I can't name With a name I can't change or replace But taken, be as that may, there's the pillow I put my head on And the dawn over me Either side of the ocean And somewhere there, out of time, the lights in the dark coming on And I lie awake I hear the train braking With a face I can't change or replace And when everything is said and done. She's on my side like no one. When everything is gone and gone I swear that she is on my side I never meant to mention her, to mention the sun, the moon or the door I half see the point On the other hand I don't I was young when I didn't know her, I'm older now and I know it too We both know about youth We don't know the future We just know the bombs We breathe on.
3.
When you get ready When you undress When you can't move Horses in the chest Don't even answer Don't even guess Don't even mention Horses in the chest And horses in the chest That's the question (Ask the questions) Do everything else Horses in the chest When eyes open With nothing said The floor of the ocean Horses in the chest An egg is a mess An egg in the nest A robin you confess Horses in the chest And horses in the chest That's the question (Ask the questions) Do everything else Horses in the chest Nearly every smile Nearly every bed Nearly every sound is Horses in the chest Nearly every yes Nearly every yet And nearly every breath Horses in the chest And horses in the chest That's the question Ask the questions Do everything else The horses in the chest Long gone summer Not wet but yet Grass grew longer Horses in the chest No one behind us No one sunset No one under Horses in the chest And horses in the chest That's the question (Ask the questions) Do everything else Horses in the chest
4.
You never know what to do You never know what to say Even your whole life gets twisted Even your whole life gets twisted You never know what you know You never know what you don't And even your whole life is twisted Even your whole life is twisted Even your whole life is twisted in pieces You never know if it fits You're never what exactly fits Even your whole life gets twisted Even your whole life gets twisted A little bird in a little church Little bird, little church Even your whole life is twisted Even your whole life is twisted Even your whole life is twisted in pieces A thing you can't describe A word you can't even type And your whole life just barely fits And your whole life just barely fits A tiny watch on your wrist The tiny time on your wrist Even your whole life is twisted Even your whole life is twisted And even your whole life is twisted in pieces.
5.
No Cure 01:54
People got no cure People got no cure Not in a tribe nor in a suburb What hurts, hurts a lot What hurts, hurts a lot What's sure is just what you got Throw stones at a whore Throw stones at a whore It won't make you pure Dig a hole in the earth Dig a hole in the earth It won't make you sure. You can't get sure. People got no cure People got no cure Not in a try nor in a suburb
6.
I feel like the night (yeah) ain’t ever long enough What's long in the daybreak is short in the dusk, The trouble is troubling And when it begins, it never seems to end And deep in the dark (yeah, yeah) things begin to repeat You sleep on your side, you put a pillow between your knees Uneasy, dreams creep like sins And when it begins, in never seems to end Do you feel like a knot (yeah yea) hung around a neck What's good for you at breakfast ain't necessarily good at sunset But anyway, you manage to breathe in And when it begins, it never seems to end As for the end (yea, yea, yea) as for the scary As for the ink, in the obituary The trouble with the coffin, isn't in the hinge And when it begins, it never seems to end
7.
O, she said, the way you look this morning makes me sad That you have to walk out that door. O my head, so full of worry and sorrow like a bottle on a sill In another time and place With my brothers I can feel something under And my brothers Come on brothers, I need you, I need you And the snow, it blows in the backyard and it's cold, it's cold The winter never really over Going onward, on wheels that struggle through storms And I struggled through hopes and love With my brothers I can feel something under And my brothers Never been something better than my brothers And kids play together And kids get bigger And I've always had my brothers Over now, the date looks like a silver dollar you haven’t Seen in years or even thought about And o back then, in the house I grew up in there were windows In their window frames, somehow everyday With my brothers I am sleeping and talking Watch out brothers I can feel something tugging me under Oh my brothers Oh my brothers, I love you I love you Oh my brothers Never been something better than my brothers
8.
yes, Dear 06:07
I love you better than I loved that girl I love you whether everyone is numb I drive to Indy and call you on the phone I fly to Denver and call from the hotel Every little yes I walk for hours and stand in the kitchen I know the flowers open clothes open I passed the guards and board the aeroplane I drive for hours when every name is home Every little yes I love you better then aeroplane I know you better than a cigarette I have the choir sing Frank Sinatra dumb I love you even as you open close open Every little yes Every little breath Yes dear
9.
On A Bike 02:25
Riding on a bike, Riding on a bike, Do what you like, Riding on a bike Rolling in a car Rolling in a car Go pretty far Rolling in a car Sitting on the bus Sitting on the bus Behind a pickup truck Sitting on a bus Riding on a train Riding on a train, Everything looks the same, Writing on a train Flying in a plane Flying in a plane The world is very strange Flying in a plane Walking on your feet Walking on your feet You get across the street Walking on your feet Knocking on a door Knocking on a door There's not anything more Than knocking on the door Sleeping in the dawn Sleeping in the dawn The day comes on Sleeping in the dawn Riding on a bike Riding on a bike Do what you like Riding on a bike

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It’s not 1975, but it could have been. It depends on where you’re from. For me, it’s like living in the country. Not real far out, but far enough that when you need something you have to “go into town.” It’s acoustic music played with electric guitars. One song is called “Little Bird, Little Church” and that’s certainly one way of thinking about it.

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released January 1, 2010

All music, vocals, and lyrics by Shorthand P. Davis ©2010

Mastering and Post-Production by Kyle P. Snyder

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Short Hand figures that it's easier to learn to play an instrument than it is to find someone who can play it. He also figures that it's easier for him to do the writing, recording, mixing, artwork, and anything else that might need to be done. In the end, a set of sounds collect themselves into different shapes one might call "albums." Some sound like this and some sound like that. ... more

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