yer smoking on the phone

by Eli Wallis

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released April 14, 2017

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Eli Wallis Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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Track Name: antares
three burns on his hand, like orion's belt
what scares you now? don't you know the myths?

you're not a god of war
you just look like one
those are not battle scars
that's just how that cat loves

you said, "I don't wanna stop."

can you feel the change?
it's warm enough for rain
fog billows from the snow
and you just, you just don't know

in the wind on the oval
in that sheeran song
in your bedroom eyes
where we talked all night long

you said, "I don't wanna stop."
Track Name: yes, it's raining here as well
I start to miss home
while yer smoking on the phone
yes, it's raining here as well

I've been having this dream
about collecting bones
up to lake banook
along the road
my roomate says that it's clear
I don't know what I'm doing here

I always liked you as a brunette
when was the last time? I forget

radiation burns on the top of your cheeks
this is some rain, hell, I'd call it sleet

yes, it's raining here as well
Track Name: three days' leave
that doll doesn't look a thing like me

mondrian did not like his trees

the sound of clorox and the smell of rain
I did not think I'd be back here again

can this go on? can I go on?
what do I need, ice cream and three days' leave?

I'm a new man baby
I'll shave my face
I'll drop the a
tell me, what does it take?

I'm a new man baby
no diagonals here
I'll eat my fears

that I cannot build you a home
that my blood is a clock ticking near
that this it and I've fucked up
that we have will disappear

I'm a new man baby
I'll shave my face
I'll drop the a
tell me, what does it take?
Track Name: maxims
hey, didn't I see you fly this way
in that westerly last labour day?
you've got a bit of sadness, baked in your eye
but that looming cloud, it's just the blackflies

2 degrees and the lake is still frozen
canvas stretched and primed but your pigment's dry
go ahead talk your way out of this one
it's not a sin to run, just run, just run and fly

quote your lyrics and scattered maxims
as if your life can be roped fragments
"dream like a bird" and "walk like a matador"
and your favourite, "run from what's comfortable"

hey, didn't I see you build a nest
in the claws of that old norway maple?
you know that thing's an obelisk
nothing grows around it, nothing, nothing
Track Name: thugs
everyone's got their breaking point
with me it's spiders, with you it's me
thugs in perpetuity

when we're excited little birds around the feeder
the cat's indifferent or he's just furious, it seems that he's never neither

you do the rolling, I'll do the details

hairbird plucks a hair from a sleeping dog to build her nest
she says, "I've looked around and I like your hair the best"

you do the rolling, I'll do the details

ruby, honey, are you mad at your man?

you do the rolling, I'll do the details
Track Name: "a gasoline rainbow"
cool air through an open door
and the sense of an ending
you've never seen spring here before
but already you're leaving

and I am stuck behind the bus on portland street
singing big time to myself
the way we did all those times last summer
you said you hate it but you don't

"bangs of rain on your glass"
"a gasoline rainbow"
cliché lines you've saved
what for, you don't know

it's funny how all these things come together
the storm sounding bored outside
incessant drops in our dirty sink
behind your quiet guitar

you said you hate it but you don't