ALBUM LYRICS // Phosphorescent – ‘Muchacho’

Sun, Arise! (An Invocation, An Introduction)

Sun a-rising. Ease. Easy oh.
Dark as I been. Ease. Easy oh.

Be easy oh.

Dark as I been. Ease. Easy oh.
Sun’s a-rising. Easy. Easy oh.

Be easy oh.
Be easy oh.
Be.

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Song For Zula

Some say love is a burning thing
That it makes a fiery ring
Oh but I know love as a fading thing
Just as fickle as a feather in a stream
See, honey, I saw love. You see, it came to me
It put its face up to my face so I could see
Yeah then I saw love disfigure me
Into something I am not recognizing

See, the cage, it called. I said, “Come on in”
I will not open myself up this way again
Nor lay my face to the soil, nor my teeth to the sand
I will not lay like this for days now upon end
You will not see me fall, nor see me struggle to stand
To be acknowledge by some touch from his gnarled hands
You see, the cage, it called. I said, “Come on in”
I will not open myself up this way again

You see, the moon is bright in that treetop night
I see the shadows that we cast in the cold, clean light
My feet are gold. My heart is white
And we race out on the desert plains all night
See, honey, I am not some broken thing
I do not lay here in the dark waiting for thee
No my heart is gold. My feet are light
And I am racing out on the desert plains all night

So some say love is a burning thing
That it makes a fiery ring
Oh but I know love as a caging thing
Just a killer come to call from some awful dream
O and all you folks, you come to see
You just stand there in the glass looking at me
But my heart is wild. And my bones are steam
And I could kill you with my bare hands if I was free


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Ride On / Right On

Let’s go for a ride, hej you turn me right on
Let’s get on the bike, hej you turn me right on
Ain’t nothing to hide and hej you turn me right on
The city at night, hej she turn me right on

The kids in the park, hej they turn me right on
The city at dark, hej it turn me right on
Rose on the back, hej she turn me right on
Ain’t nothing will last but hej she tell me, “Ride on”

Take your greedy hands, lay em on me
Take your greedy hands, honey, lay em on me

It’s not in the heart, but hej you turn me right on
We sit at the bar and hej you turn me right on
We lay in the dark, honey, hej you turn me right on
We wait for the part and hej you turn me right on

Take your greedy hands, lay em on me
Take your greedy hands, honey, lay em on me

Moving too fast, hej it turn me right on
Shifting to pass, hej it turn me right on
I know nothing can last, but hej you turn me right on
And Rose on the back, hej she tell me, “Ride on”

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Terror In The Canyons (The Wounded Master)

I could be the tiger, I could be the snake
I could be the fire, I could be the lake
I could be the sky-bird waiting on the wind
I could be the devil waiting to begin

See, I was the wounded master, oh then I was the slave
My hands and my mouth, aw honey, they would not behave
See, I was the holy writer then I was the page
I was the bleeding actor then I was the stage

But now you’re telling me my heart’s sick
And I’m telling you I know
And you’re telling me you’re leaving
And I’m telling you to go
And I’m not so sorry for the heart-wreck
But for each season left unblessed
The new terror in the canyons
The new terror in our chests

I could be the tether, I could be the place
I could be forever or just a couple days
I could be the morning that breaks upon your skin
I could be the devil and do it all again

See, I was the wounded master then I was the slave
My hands and my mouth, aw honey, they was caught in a rage
See, I was the holy lion then I was the cage
I was the bleeding actor then I was the stage

O but now you’re telling me my heart’s sick
And I’m telling you I know
And you’re telling me you’re leaving
And I’m telling you to go
And I’m not so sorry for the heart-wreck
But for each season left unblessed
The new terror in the canyons
The new terror in our chests

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A Charm / A Blade

Give me ten long limbs, I’ll hold
Lazy rolling things of gold
Dress me down in a New York crowd
Lay me down an bawl me out

Tell me everything’s been sold
Tell me everything. I’ll go
Pressed apart those skins still hold
This can’t be what you want, hej
This can’t be what you want

There’s a charm, there’s a blade
There’s a lot in the way
There’s a child, there’s a grave
There’s a lot in the way
There’s a colt, there’s a cane
There’s a lot in the way
There’s a heart, there’s a chain
There’s a lot in the way

Hej cut my heart but do it fast
We don’t want that hurt to last
Take that violence from your brow
Shake it down and hold it out

Tell me anything’s my home
Tell me anything. I’ll go
Pressed apart those skins still hold
This can’t be what you want
Hej, it can’t be what you want

There’s a charm, there’s a blade
There’s a lot in the way
There’s a heart, there’s a grave
There’s a lot in the way
There’s a colt, there’s a cane
There’s a lot in the way
There’s a child, there’s a chain
There’s a lot in the way

There’s a mark, there’s a stain
There’s a lot in the way
There’s a phone, there’s a flame
There’s a lot in the way
There’s a fawn, there’s a fang
There’s a child in the rain
There’s a charm, there’s a blade
There’s a lot in the way

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Muchacho’s Tune

I sang, “Roll away the stone”
Set up a trembling in my bones
I sat there all alone
Just cried and cried

I saw the moonlight’s mirrored glow
On that old dirty city’s snow
I sat there feeling low
O my, O my

I found some fortune, found some fame
I found they cauterized my veins
Hej, I’ve been fucked up. And I’ve been a fool
But like the shepherd to the lamb
Like the wave unto the sand
I’ll fix myself up. To come and be with you

See I was slow to understand
This river’s bigger than I am
It’s running faster than I can
Tho, Lord, I tried

Between the shadow and the storm
A little pup was being born
A little whelp without his horns
O my, O my

Hey mama, meet me ‘neath the moon
I will be humming out that tune:
“I’ve been fucked up. And I’ve been a fool.”
But like the shepherd to the lamb
Like the wave onto the sand
I’ll fix myself up. To come and be with you.

Like the shepherd to the lamb
Like the wave onto the land
I’ll fix myself up. To come and be with you
Aw now, mama, here I stand
Mama, reaching for your hand
I fix myself up. Come and be with you.
Fix myself up. Come and be with you.
Fix myself up. Come be with you.

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A New Anhedonia

The call of the night came and we called it a day
The howling at midnight had called me away
Out in the moonlight on a half-bended knee
I said, “O now, cousin, Hej, what’s happened to me.”

All of the colors I couldn’t believe
I called out, “Now, cousin, “Hej, are you foolin with me?”
All of the pleasures now avoiding me
All the music now boring to me

Oh it’s unbearable then
To find you feeling so terrible, friend
I know you were chasing it, ah well you had to have been
So holy and wasted, like a prayer in the wind

Out of my shoes I stepped clear of the trees
Out on the dunes among the towering reeds
Out in the blue we both bowed in the breeze
All the music now all now foreign to me

Oh it’s unbearable then
To find you feeling so terrible, friend
To know you were chasing it, ah well you had to have been
So holy and wasted, like a prayer in the wind
All holy and wasted
Just a prayer in the wind

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The Quotidian Beasts

Well it woke me up early I went and I drew me a bath
Yeah I knew she’d been coming and she had got here at last
Well I started to scold her aw she just started to laugh
Yeah the beast came upon me, I guess it wasn’t so bad

I said “It’s you took your claws you slipped em under my skin
There’s parts that got outside, honey I want to put em back in
We’ve been playing like children, honey, now we’ll play it like men
Those parts that got outside, I’m gonna put them back in.

She took the beak of a raven ah she laid it out just for show
She spun it round on the table, honey. Hej, I thought you should know
I saw the streets were of lightning all out the window below
Yeah the beast was upon me, honey. I thought you should know

Her ancient eyes were upon me. They were familiar and black
She laid her claws all up on me. She had found me at last
Ah it woke me up early. I went and I drew me a bath
Ah, the beast was upon me, honey. I guess it wasn’t so bad

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Down To Go

Leave another, how can you go?
How can’t you know, I mean by now?
We’re kids forever, ain’t we tho?
Ain’t we so high and wild?

You say, “Oh, you’ll spin your heartache into gold”
And I suppose but it rips my heart out don’t you know
But if I’m waking each morning babe
All aching and ornery babe
All vacant and thorny, hej I’m down to go

The kids of summer, don’t we glow?
Oh ain’t we bold, just wilding out
Hej can this kill me? Hej, I don’t know
But I been sho finding out

You say, “Oh, you’ll spin this heartache into gold”
And I suppose but it rips my heart out don’t you know
But if I’m waking each morning babe
All aching and ornery babe
All vacant and thorny, no, it’s time to go

Leave the city. Can’t we go?
Can’t we tho? I mean, right now.
I know it’s a pity. Hej, but it’s getting cold
And it’s getting old, this whoring around

You say, “Oh, you’ll spin this heartache into gold”
And I suppose, I ain’t got much choice now do I tho?
See I can’t wake every morning babe
All aching and ornery babe
All jaded and thorny, no, I’m down to go

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Sun’s Arising (A Koan, An Exit)

Sun a-rising. Ease. Easy oh.
As dark as I been, well. Ease. Easy oh.

Be easy oh.
Be easy oh.

As dark as I been, well. Ease. Easy oh.
The sun is rising. Easy. Easy oh.

Be easy oh.
Be easy.
Be.
Be.

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