Black Collar Vices

by Almanac Mountain

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LATE TO BED AND RISING EVEN LATER AND LOSING PATIENCE FOR POUROVER COFFEE AND THE DRIVE-THRU GIRL SOUNDED NICER THAN SHE WAS BUT WHO THE HELL AM I TO HAVE EXPECTATIONS? LATE TO SLEEP AND SLOWER TO AWAKE A BEAR UNTIL I GET MY POUROVER COFFEE THERE’S A PARTY DOWNSTAIRS AND I SAID THAT I’D APPEAR BUT I’LL TAKE ANY EXCUSE I CAN TO BACK OUT OF THERE IT’S THE SAME OLD DAY I GET TO WATCH THE SETTING SUNLIGHT TURN TO GREY IT’S THE DEAD PARADE SO MANY MILLIONS SERVED UP SOMETHING FROM THE GRAVE WHEN I WAS YOUNG IT WAS SELFISH TO DESIRE IT STAYED IN MY HEAD ALONG WITH THE WANTING IS IT MUCH TOO PLAIN DO I ACT IN VAIN IS IT BECAUSE A MEETING WITH YOUR EYES I CANNOT SUSTAIN IT’S THE SAME OLD DAY I GET TO WATCH THE SETTING SUNLIGHT TURN TO GREY IT’S THE DEAD PARADE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS SERVED UP SOMETHING FROM THE GRAVE
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03:46
SHE HAD A SECRET HISTORY SHE COULDN’T WAIT TO SHARE WITH ME BLUEBERRY LIPS AND MURMURINGS UNDER HER ROSE BREATH WHISPERING PULL ME CLOSE TO YOUR FACE AND I’LL DISAPPEAR WITHOUT A TRACE DRAW ME DEEP INTO YOUR EYES AND WE’LL TEAR APART THE SKIN OF YOUR DISGUISE OH JANE A HEART AWOKEN YEARS BEHIND A HIDDEN LONGING IN HER MIND A DOZEN CANDLES SET THE SCENE HER GRECIAN EYES GLOWED TANGERINE PULL ME CLOSE TO YOUR FACE AND I’LL DISAPPEAR WITHOUT A TRACE DRAW ME DEEP INTO YOUR EYES AND WE’LL TEAR APART THE SKIN OF YOUR DISGUISE THROW YOUR HAIR TO THE SKY NO I DON’T DESERVE A LONG GOODBYE I DIDN’T COME TO CLEAN A MESS OR UNRAVEL ALL THE DELICATE MYSTERIES INSIDE JANE PULL ME CLOSE TO YOUR FACE AND I’LL DISAPPEAR WITHOUT A TRACE DRAW ME DEEP INTO YOUR EYES AND WE’LL TEAR APART THE SKIN OF YOUR DISGUISE SO DEPART THIS HOTEL NO I DON’T DESERVE A FOND FAREWELL I DIDN’T COME TO CLEAN A MESS OR UNRAVEL ALL THE DELICATE MYSTERIES INSIDE JANE
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03:24
I NEARLY LOST YOU TRYING TO LOSE YOU LOVE AND NOW I’M NEITHER OUT NOR IN IT’S A LONELY PLACE FOR THE BOTH OF US SO WHERE DO WE BEGIN? I MET A FRIEND WHO SAID I LOST MY HEAD WHILE HIS BISHOP TOOK PAWN THREE HE CLEARLY HAD NO INTEREST IN WASTING BREATH ON ME WHERE’S MY CONNECTION? THAT’S PRIORITY NUMBER ONE OVERPROTECTION DON’T NEED ANYONE DRY DAISY PETALS THAT WITHER ON THE STEM REPOT REWATER START OVER AGAIN I NEARLY LOST YOU TRYING TO LOSE YOU LOVE AND NOW IT’S SINK OR STAY AFLOAT IT’S A COLD AND DIRTY RESERVOIR I’M UP TO MY THROAT NOW DO WE DIG BACK THROUGH SOME HISTORY OR DO WE LOOK AHEAD IN TIME? WHEN YOU’RE HERE I’M NOT BUT WHEN YOU GO YOU’RE OFTEN ON MY MIND I DREAMED YOU MOVED TO SOME BLISTERING SOUTHERN STATE I WANTED BOTH OF US TO BE BLUE BUT YOUR ATTITUDE WAS GREAT I WAS BOTHERED BUT YOU WERE COOL OH IT STARTLED ME AWAKE STARTLED ME AWAKE
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04:05
I CAN'T GET TO SLEEP I THINK ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS OF DIVING IN TOO DEEP AND POSSIBLY THE COMPLICATIONS ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT I WORRY OVER SITUATIONS I KNOW WILL BE ALL RIGHT PERHAPS IT'S JUST IMAGINATION DAY AFTER DAY IT REAPPEARS NIGHT AFTER NIGHT MY HEARTBEAT SHOWS THE FEAR GHOSTS APPEAR AND FADE AWAY ALONE BETWEEN THE SHEETS ONLY BRINGS EXASPERATION IT'S TIME TO WALK THE STREETS SMELL THE DESPERATION AT LEAST THERE'S PRETTY LIGHTS AND THOUGH THERE'S LITTLE VARIATION IT NULLIFIES THE NIGHT FROM OVERKILL DAY AFTER DAY IT REAPPEARS NIGHT AFTER NIGHT MY HEARTBEAT SHOWS THE FEAR GHOSTS APPEAR AND FADE AWAY COME BACK ANOTHER DAY I CAN'T GET TO SLEEP I THINK ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS OF DIVING IN TOO DEEP AND POSSIBLY THE COMPLICATIONS ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT I WORRY OVER SITUATIONS THAT I KNOW WILL BE ALL RIGHT IT'S JUST OVERKILL DAY AFTER DAY IT REAPPEARS NIGHT AFTER NIGHT MY HEARTBEAT SHOWS THE FEAR GHOSTS APPEAR AND FADE AWAY GHOSTS APPEAR AND FADE AWAY GHOSTS APPEAR AND FADE AWAY
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03:50
I DON’T THINK EVERYTHING YOU SAY IS A LIE I DON’T THINK EVERY BOY CATCHES YOUR EYE BUT I’VE BEEN TOLD YOU’VE GOT A QUEER CONDITION A HEART SO ON DISPLAY IT’S AN ART EXHIBITION SHOULD’VE KNOWN, ALL THE WARNINGS WERE CLEAR YOU’RE JUST AS YOU APPEAR SOME NERVE THINKING I MIGHT CHANGE YOUR HEART WHAT AN EGO, DAUNTLESS, DELUSIONAL THAT WAS THE END OF A REVERIE ART AND LOVE, NEITHER CAN BE DEFINED EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN DESIGN BUT FOR THOSE WITH A TASTE FOR THE ORDINARY YOUR AESTHETIC IS JUST TOO EVOLUTIONARY MEANING WELL IS JUST THE HALF OF IT DEAR HOLD TIGHT OR DISAPPEAR I’LL NEVER HOLD A SWINGING DOOR AGAIN HELL OF A RECOIL, STAND BACK OR TAKE A HIT THAT WAS THE END OF A REVERIE
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LOOKING OUT THROUGH MY WINDOW WATCHING THE NEW SNOW FALL ON THE BROWN GROUND AND I WAS WONDERING ABOUT YOUR WEATHER IN PENNSYLVANIA ON THE STREETS OF YOUR NEW TOWN – DOES IT COME DOWN? LIVING IN AN APARTMENT SUCH AN ALLOTMENT OF DIRTY DISHES TO CLEAN AND IF I COME BY I’LL HELP YOU GET THEM ALL WASHED AND POLISHED PERFECT FOR COMPANY MISSING SOMETHING WITHOUT YOU IS A REMINDER, A GO AND FIND HER THERE’S NO FORGETTING THIS COULD BE LETTING GO OF AN ANSWER, GO OF A PROMISE NOT MADE TO KEEP THERE IS SOMETHING OF ANSWERS SNOWFLAKES OR RAINBOWS EACH ONE IS DIFFERENT ONE AND THE SAME

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released May 18, 2018

Produced by Chris Cote

Music & Lyrics by Chris Cote except for "Overkill" (Music & Lyrics by Colin Hay) and "Perfect For Company" (Music & Lyrics by Brian James).

Chris Cote - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Melodica, Drums & Percussion

Brian James - Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards

Andy Klosenski - Electric Guitar


Mastering and co-production by Brian James

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Almanac Mountain Portsmouth, New Hampshire

“a swooning, antiquated delight.”
-GoldFlakePaint

“his songs are large and lush and lathered in strangeness, built of a sense of experimentation that flips out of any convention the moment you recognise it. .”

-Various Small Flames

"a searching, fuzzy-headed, lyrically precise stab into reason and wincing memory."

-Lyrically Addicted
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