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This evolving album contains tracks that are either unmastered demos or songs which have not yet been released in any physical form.

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released July 15, 1986

all lyrics/music/production/execution by Ian McQuary with the exception of lyrics to 'I Am Love' written by Kevin Gray

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Track Name: MK-ULTRA
We will burrow into your mind
We don't care if you mind
We will burrow into your mind
We're already into your mind

You won't forget that you're mine

Will you believe in me?
Will you believe in me?
You will believe in me
We'll make you believe in me

You won't forget that you're mine

Bluebird
You won't forget that you're mine
Track Name: Merits of a Sleep Worn Couch
I hadn't been there for the longest time
You brought me there
The song that burned love deep into your heart
Burned holes into mine
The longest time

If I'd have known I would be sleeping alone
Twin sized would do
Discussed the merits of a sleepworn couch
I saw we all slept alone
We all sleep alone
Track Name: Lemonade
My friends are all here
And I am not
The doors are all closed
And they lock

I just need some time to myself
I just need some time for my health

The doors are all closed
And they're locked
But the door is exposed
And they knock

I just need some place for my head
I just want some space in my bed
Track Name: Zombie Phoenix
We burned alive
In the fire

First my wings
Then my heart turned black
I can change it back

We got buried alive
Under dirt

Soiled my wings
Then my heart turned brown
I can turn around
Track Name: Black Magic
My world is made of black magic
And I won't share it
Take all the colors you want out of me
But please leave my evil

I was once told I am broken
No wiser words spoken
Take all my smiles and my good qualities
But please leave my damage
Track Name: Head in the Sink
My head is in the sink
My head's in the sink
My arm is in the bed

My head is in the bed
It'll be such a treat
To put up these feet

I'm drained
Completely drained

My heart's to the brim
My heart's to the brim
My hands are in my hair

My heart's in my hair
Wobbling around
Spilling some on the ground

I'm full
Entirely full
Track Name: Ambergris
To hard to digest
Try a permanent rest
You're bubbling up dear
Make sure your spleen becomes clear

Ambergris
Piling up in the middle of the room
Catching a whiff
Smells just like your favorite perfume

Beautiful are the cannibals
Who speak while their mouths are full
Expressing all over alcohol
Erupt emotional pulp

Ambergris
Piling up in the middle of the room
Catching a whiff
Smells just like your favorite perfume
Track Name: I Am Love
I spit the seeds of a god into the sea
And fall back into his arms
In my youth I enjoyed this
When I drove the divine chariot
But I know what I am
I am not ashamed
I'm not ashamed

The warm breath on my neck
And the familiar
Rhythmic pressure
It was nothing new to me now
It was business, just business
And I know what I am
I am not ashamed
I'm not ashamed

And well now I am murder
King Oenomaus is dead by my hand
It had little to do with him

He was a means
I cheated him and I killed him
Changed his name to mine
But I know what I am
I am not ashamed
I'm not ashamed
Track Name: Live From My Bed
Recording live
From my bed
Open up
All is said

A thousand miles
From my old room
Where they changed the curtains
Much too soon

Tried to pack up
All I could
But I couldn't
Pack the wood

Yet I'm sitting
In it now
And I'd bet
You're wondering how

The memory
Is in my head
I travel there
When I'm in my bed

Recording live
From my bed
Track Name: My Only Amendment
Love in the time of the lion
Are we ruled by the stars?
Or maybe just an alliance

Clouds covering, whats to notice?
Alone, shining through, Mercury
Is part of each of us

Rather than notice

Where is the moon when you need it?
Pulling me out, in again
It is my only amendment

Fuel has all gone, melancholy
Wishes we give
Instead of hold funerals for the fallen

Rather than notice
Track Name: Coils of Goldenrod
Slow down, you move so fast
I can hardly catch your smile
And I'm high on Spring, I'm sprung
All wrapped up like coils of Goldenrod

You fill my head
Can I fill your bed?
I've done this before
I can do it again

I'm the Springtime fantasy champ

I'll crush this one like the one before
This is the one before
Track Name: Dictionary Girl
I want to find a dictionary girl
And never correct any word she says
Learn a new word a day for the rest of my life
Lay her down in my bed
Her red and golden spine

Short stories girl, her short glories swirl
Moving forward and forward, never gets too stale
And when I turn the page she shows herself to me
But never shares the details
Leaves them up to me

Encyclopedia girl is the one I need
She can teach me the world from A to Z
She'd never lie to me, never lie to me
Encyclopedia girl is the one I need
Track Name: Raw Truth
I never told such raw truths
As I did with you that night
I think we learned a lot about me
The way I conquer my emotions

I told you that I understand you
I wouldn't want it to be so easy for you
Now that you know this
We can start our moving
I will continue to conquer my emotions
Track Name: Ride Off
Wind meets my face
The sun enters my shoulder blades
I know there's nowhere to go today
Something tells me I should ride off anyways

Hair defies gravity
Sweat gathers along my sleeve
I heard there's no one around to see
Something tells me I should ride off anyways

Now this is my town
Legs, gunshots towards the ground
I know there's no answers to be found
Something tells me I should ride off anyways
Track Name: River Rats
We're just river rats
We find smooth stone treasures
Just to throw them away
In the fanciest ways

So fuck you troll
You knew this was our home
It's our home, troll
It's our home, troll
It's our home, troll
Find your own, troll

I've got ivy leg
But ivy leg's a small price to pay
For some memories
That just won't fade away

Fuck you troll
You knew this was our home
It's our home, troll
It's our home, troll
It's our home, troll
Find your own, troll
Track Name: Its Really Nothing
i live inside my head
though some thoughts spill out every now and then
never meant to be read
i know you want what's best for me but
i do things my way and choose not to introduce you
to the corners and
the closets and the dark secrets
rotting holes in my floor and
casting shadows on my impressions
so don't you waste your precious time
grabbing for things that are beyond your reach
never meant to be touched they'll fall and break
and crumble underneath
the slightest breath
shot from the promises
prayers and lullabies and curses from the saviors lips

this mule will carry its load
through the grass and the mud
with buckled knees set steady
by white tablets and chemistry
my calloused brain is trained to ignore
or brush away the reoccurring nightmares
and the repeated offenses

its getting bolder now
like some rose bush kept down for twenty years
but fed consistently with
light from fires
water from trenches and
now your words have set it free
but don't get me wrong
i cannot blame you my dear
we're social animals and empathy
is what sets us apart but
so does invention
self-recognition and
i'm close with the problem and
assure you i can come up with
creative plots
to stunt the growth and to prevent the spread
without the help of your
collective farming
tractor stations and
pesticide only works
for the ones who aren't immune to it