Image Fiction

by Scout Ripley

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released November 4, 2014

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Track Name: Buster Moves to the Kitchen
Remember the dialogue, forget all the cues
Forgive that my prose takes on lavender hues
Let the neighbors despise me
What matters to them doesn’t matter to you

And maybe if we don’t breathe
They’ll forget we’re here and leave
It’s unbelievable
How people are living these days

Our lungs don’t have to work
Nothing we say makes any sense
Anyway

Forget how to marvel, remember to try
Make peace with the shadows under my eyes
Don’t know why they surprise me
But at least I’ve got something to remember you by

And maybe if we don’t breathe
They’ll forget we’re here and leave
It’s unbelievable
How people are living these days
It’s unbelievable
How we are living these days

Our lungs don’t have to work
Nothing we say makes any sense
Anyway
Track Name: Running From
Spare me all of the truth you’ve found
Spare me the inevitable descent
Own life, own end
I have no reason to fear the bruises
When I hit the ground

I’ll join this vitriolic enterprise
My voice may begin to shake
But I’ve got eyes
Feed the crowd, dare to try

And I still have to learn
What’s worth running from
And I’m not strong enough
For the both of us

Beat your head against the wall enough
Can not be afraid to draw some blood
Careful now, calming down
My growing desperation to be slight
It’ll be alright, it’ll be alright

And this year is ripping me to shreds
But I am quietly building confidence
Alive and awake, with nothing left to build
Oh my love, my admission of guilt
My love, my loneliness

And I still have to learn
What’s worth running from
And I’m not strong enough
For the both of us
Track Name: Before the Fall
Pictures of us
Scatter the night
The light, as it flickers
Brightens your eyes

Detailing the views
Incredible sights
I’m sorry, I’m sorry

So Lay your head down wherever
We’ve never had better weather
Before the fall
You can brush it off
Before the fall
Again

The images move
In black and white
The tempo lilting
A worthy disguise

They’re dancing with you
Under storm-laden skies
I’m sorry, I’m sorry

So lay your head down wherever
We’ve never had better weather
Before the fall
You can brush it off
Before the fall
Again
Track Name: Making it Up
Nervous grins and secret tells
Weathered hats and old hotels
You wear them well, wear them well
Don’t you

The room looks like a battleground
and the weather’s raging all to hell
but I will wait it out, wait it out
Waiting for you

And maybe we’re making it up
But darling no one can tell
I’ll wait for you forever
Waiting to let you down

And by the time they ask for us
We’ll move on to another town
Alone, together
Making it up

Running lights and singing songs
Playing records way too long
I can hear it now, hear it now
That wondrous sound

Stand back to back, and face the crowd
Telling stories about ourselves
I’m ready now, ready now
Ready for you

And maybe we’re making it up
But darling no one can tell
I’ll wait for you forever
Waiting to let you down

And by the time they ask for us
We’ll move on to another town
Alone, together
Making it up

I am ready to bury what we’re running from
I will carry what’s left to make of us

In the hazy glow of approaching dusk
When Time has done its work on us
You’ll wear it well, waiting it out
I’m waiting for you

And maybe we’re making it up
But darling no one can tell
I’ll wait for you forever
Waiting to let you down

And by the time they ask for us
We’ll move on to another town
Alone, together
Making it up
Track Name: Waiting
Let the lights go out
Do your best thinking when asleep
But it’s the dreams you fear the most
Wind them up and watch them go
not intended for the weak

And you’re sensing mutiny

So you find the will to speak
All the same patterns of speech
comfort in the sound
Your audience awaits
But you no longer trust the words
That occupy your mouth

They’re waiting for you now
You’re waiting for the fear

No more space between the sidewalks
There’s nowhere else for you to go
But to stumble on shut doors
No way this fight is fair
Blurry eyes and aching bones

Maybe you’re better off alone
No one to witness your defeat

But now you’re calling out
To fight for better odds
The lonely matching up
There’s nothing that’s so strange
You’re not the only one
At least that’s what you tell yourself
You’re just glad the weekends over
And you know it’s not ideal


They’re waiting for you now
And you’re waiting for the fear
Track Name: Midwestern Image Fiction
Getting started young, Giving summers up
All our future ghosts living in our guts
Learning how to start fires just for us
I miss you like I miss the coast
To rely on

Watching the sun come up through the holes in the ceiling
Tired eyes looking for kinder lights, riffling through tired sky
Watching the sun come up through the holes in the ceiling

Learn by giving upstanding profiteers
Language too corrupt, message too severe
And does it come as a comfort that we will carry on?
The panic will subside, oh on hollow ground
But the ache it never does (something to rely on)

Watching the sun come up through the holes in the ceiling
Tired eyes looking for kinder lights, riffling through tired sky
Watching the sun come up through the holes in the ceiling

Don't ask me about the hours that I keep
Ohio, remember me
Was I in love with you? Was I clear enough?
I miss you like I miss the coast to rely on

Tear it down, baby, back it up
Figure out what's enough for us
When you can't lawyer up the holes in the ceiling
Track Name: King of the Weimar Republic
If I ask you to wait by the shoreline
I'm finally coming in
Will you tell me again how you wish we were older or better yet
That it was '96 again

Remember when?

But I'm finding out that you've already gone outside
And I'm left biting fingernails
Blissfully unaware of the blessings of bitter dissapointment

Will you remember then?

"God save the king, although I be not he. Did they not cry all hail to me?"
But my words are not good, and I am not kind
So I will stay here for the rest of my, rest of my life

No matter how much I wish it was 1996 again