Thank God for the Night

by Parlour Bells

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1.
Airwaves (free) 04:12
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.
2.
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.
3.
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…
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You Don't Wear That Dress, The Dress Wears You Dresses were made to be worn A body prefers 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
5.
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
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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
7.
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.

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released January 18, 2013

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