Thank God for the Night

by Parlour Bells

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WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR BACHELOR HOURS (JUST NOMINATED FOR A 2013 BOSTON MUSIC AWARD): www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWaJkH3as_A

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released 18 January 2013

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Track Name: Airwaves
Airwaves

I heard it late in the evening,
thought that I was alone
I heard it down in the courtyard
Playing 'round on my phone
It's all about the suggestions and the subtleties
I am future's fool, the antiquity

Old fashioned, ain't what it used to be...

Now my radio dial is missing two front teeth
Did someone punch them out or did we forget to eat?
All these goddamn celebrities, who can't even read
I'm going make you believe in me, just wait and...see

Old fashioned, ain't what it used to be

When I lay down, hear myself again
On the airwaves, postmeridian
Then I look around, and find that you aren't there
I think a radio station just went off the air

Old fashioned, ain't what it used to be

I came upon the Prudential and the Hancock tower
They signify that I'm home, at this dusky hour
An angel and an archangel Michael at the gate
Of our City frequencies that crackle at eight

And they know when it's raining, if it's raining
And they know if it's sunny 'cause we share it

When I lay down, hear myself again
On the airwaves, postmeridian
Then I look around, and found that you aren't there
I think a radio station just went off the air

Old fashioned, ain't what it used to be
Old fashioned, ain't what it used to be

In the stillness,
of the evening

In the stillness,
of the evening.
Track Name: Bachelor Hours
Bachelor Hours

It's here we keep bachelor hours,
you'll find us at the height of our powers.
What she thought was a diamond ring,
Turned out to be a squirting flower.

She said

Where are the brand new good times?
Here's to the brand new good times!

A martini for the marionette,
He doesn't know that he's a puppet yet,
Cocktail napkin manifesto right
Before his green with envy olive eyes

He said

Where are the brand new good times?
Here's to the brand new good times!

For pushing me across the line
And saved in the nick of time
When all I needed was a partner in a crime

Hard to please, harder to find

What have we here, amateur hour?
It's like St. Patrick's Day in this motherfucker
There's a limo at the end of the night
Goes to a cocktail party in the sky

They said

Where are the brand new good times?
Here's to the brand new good times!

For pushing me across the line
And saved in the nick of time
For pushing me across the line
And saved in the nick of time
When all I needed was a partner in a crime

Hard to please, harder to find
Shouldn't be so hard to find.
Track Name: Out of the Ether
Out of the Ether

You made me believe in legend,
And now I don’t want to burn Camelot down
At least for now, I’m going to leave that town
Standing alone, with other ones, like Shangra Lai
Eden and Oz, Hollywood and all my idealistic visions—I must be in ecstasy

Because it feels like you’re coming ‘round again,
Are you in love with me, 'cause I’m in love with you
And it feels like the stars are in alignment again
Are you in love with me, 'cause I’m in love
With you

Reconnecting the constellations
With the webs that you weave between mysteries
As I proceed to climb these trees
Of knowledge and death, I run out of breath
And out of limbs—I sing these hymns
She stepped out of the ether,
Now I lay here beneath her—my hands on the stars
Now I know what you are

Because it feels like your naked back is growing wings
Beneath my fingertips—are you in love with me?
And I swear that my broken heart is seeing things
But I can feel you too—are you in love with me?
And when you breath deep enough, I can here angels sing
Are you in love with me, 'cause I’m in love…
Track Name: You Don't Wear That Dress, The Dress Wears You
You Don't Wear That Dress, The Dress Wears You

Dresses were made to be worn
A body prefers to the term adorned
We plunge into necklines, swim the depths
And we hope for the best
But you don't wear that dress,
The dress wears you
The dress wears you

Fashion's an empty vessel
A glass that is only half full
Hiked up to the hips on a balcony
You’ve got me on my knees

But you don't wear that dress,
The dress wears you
The dress wears you

A disco of sequins cling to you
Hold tight as the stars fly around the room
She asks that you're fashionably late
And not to come too soon

'Cause you don't wear that dress,
The dress wears you
The dress wears you

You don’t wear, You don’t wear,
You don’t wear that dress
You don’t wear it, It wears you
Track Name: Chemistry Set/Balancing Act
Chemistry Set Balancing Act

Chemistry set balancing act,
Delicate thing, about to collapse
The risk that we take just to relax
Chemistry set balancing act

Cozy up to your sleeping pill, it’s a long and lonely night
Wave goodbye from your windowsill, let the pill put out the lights
One milligram, away, from a state of Zen with a room to rent
Though your skin is milky white, you are perfectly tan on the inside

Chemistry set balancing act,
Delicate thing, about to collapse
The risk that we take just to relax
Chemistry set balancing act

You’re a blacker shade of blue,
I could never change your mind, but I can change your mood

Terrified of the way you look, it’s a long and lonely night
Horrified by the pills you took, it’s a long and lonely night
Don’t want to hear that everybody gets this way, I am certain I’m the only one
Step away from your windowsill, you’re not the first angel God has up and abandoned

Chemistry set balancing act,
Delicate thing, about to collapse
Risk that we take just to relax
Chemistry set balancing act

You’re a blacker shade of blue,
I could never change your mind, but I can change your mood

Waitressing plates, towering stack
Teetering on hollering crack
Chemistry set balancing act,
Juggling bones, the earth on my back

Chemistry set balancing act,
Delicate thing, about to collapse
Risk that we take just to relax
Chemistry set balancing act
Chemistry set balancing act
Chemistry set balancing act
Track Name: Thank God for the Night
Thank God for the Night

Soon the moon will fill your mouth with awe
And the world will roll back in your head
when the clocks start spinning off the road
Then you'll know, yeah then you'll know

Until the daybreak robs us blind,
And our dreams are exposed to light
Thank God for the Night
Thank God for the Night
Thank God for the Night

On currents of sheets we lie,
With this book as our only reply
(Hear it say, drift away)

But it not that we need the rest,
just the freedom to howl at the breast
(cold and white, jewel of the night)

To destroy ourselves each time
It's a hunger it's instinct, it's a rite
Thank God for the Night
Thank God for the Night
Thank God for the Night

with our pupils open wide
We can swallow the dancers alive
It's where the actors and janitors cry
And pay the same for a light

The musicians have arrived
To equalize their gripes
Thank God for the Night
Thank God for the Night
Thank God for the Night

Until the lullabies subside
And our dreams are exposed to light
Thank God for the Night
Thank God for the Night
Thank God for the Night
Track Name: Bachelor Hours (Clean)
Bachelor Hours

It's here we keep bachelor hours,
you'll find us at the height of our powers.
What she thought was a diamond ring,
Turned out to be a squirting flower.

She said

Where are the brand new good times?
Here's to the brand new good times!

A martini for the marionette,
He doesn't know that he's a puppet yet,
Cocktail napkin manifesto right
Before his green with envy olive eyes

He said

Where are the brand new good times?
Here's to the brand new good times!

For pushing me across the line
And saved in the nick of time
When all I needed was a partner in a crime

Hard to please, harder to find

What have we here, amateur hour?
It's like St. Patrick's Day in this mother
There's a limo at the end of the night
Goes to a cocktail party in the sky

They said

Where are the brand new good times?
Here's to the brand new good times!

For pushing me across the line
And saved in the nick of time
For pushing me across the line
And saved in the nick of time
When all I needed was a partner in a crime

Hard to please, harder to find
Shouldn't be so hard to find.