Concrete Nature

by Mallard

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released January 1, 2011

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Track Name: Swear by Your Independence
Swear by Your Independence

Going solo is sometimes better
Sleep in alone and get some rest
She says I am an original
Bad but not necessarily the best

All the girls I go with swear by their independence

Cause deep down they care about what I think
You find another reason to give in again
And we hope for a second adolescence
We swear by our independence

I hit you where it counts, get you where it counts, hate you where it counts
Swear by your independence

I don’t want to be popular I want to be famous
F A M O S and his little artisans
And we hope for a second adolescence
We swear by our independence

I hit you where it counts, get you where it counts, hate you where it counts
Swear by your independence
Track Name: Muse
Muse


I need myself a patron
Someone to help my situation
Someone to question my persuasion
A beautiful bug, one syllable away

There’s no telling what that patron would bring
Some funding, some folk rock bling-bling
But hopefully some color and insight
And put an end to the floundering

Selfish, but I smile enough
Cause my teeth are straight
Even though they are
Smoke and coffee stained

I never questioned much
Accept my lack of energy
But I’m beautiful enough to persuade
Anyone that has it made

Oh I’ll love any muse that comes my way

There’s no telling what that patron might bring
Maybe we’ll find out where it is that I have been looking
If nothing else, make something worth believing in again

Oh I will love any muse for just one evening
Or till the bitter end
Track Name: Pity
Pity

Never get enough time, never get enough sleep,
Never take your boots off please
Cause we are on call till the last chord rings out and the stage is struck
That’s all we are here for till the sun comes up
Complain about the days, complain about the ways
That they keep us from our dreams
But we are getting paid, we are tax free

Don’t pity your suffering
Can’t be bothered to stall
I can wait forever
I won’t be making a sound

Self defence, pity them, lock me up, for protecting
Anyone who’s willing

Don’t pity your suffering
Can’t be bothered to stall
I can wait forever
I won’t be making a sound

Don’t pity your suffering
Can’t be bothered to fall
I will wait forever
I won’t be making a sound

Stay safe; stay brave, stay with this?
Play it safe; be afraid but not of this
Selfish things silently
I have been calling, hold me, don’t be afraid

Lock you up for protecting, or leave me out
Track Name: Stumbling or Straight
Stumbling or Straight

We’re not so old and boring yet
But I only know you when we are walking
To the DQ or the Timmy Ho’s for a treat
Yours is always tasty but our stars are better
Under the bridge by the water treatment plant
No commitment you tell me
And I want to touch you

Stumbling or straight you are a good walker
So have as much as want but leave the rest for me
Stumbling or straight you are a smooth talker
So have as much as you want but we’re leaving the car at home tonight

Furious family of words without meaning
Sitting through the stabbings of some poor suckers fate
Twisting and flailing the free love before us
And how I long to bite you and draw blood
Conversation in tongues is better than none
Open up your book look up all of your demons
We might be crazy, but we have the same reasons
Our unrest hath made us but heathens

Stumbling or straight you are a good walker
So have as much as want but leave the rest for me
Stumbling or straight you are a smooth talker
So have as much as you want but we’re leaving the car at home tonight

Might only be good for you know what, but I’ll tell you what I’ll give it up
Cause in the morning we can renegotiate everything anyway

Stumbling or straight you are a good walker
So have as much as want but leave the rest for me
Stumbling or straight you are a smooth talker
So have as much as you want but we’re leaving the car at home tonight
Track Name: Eyeless In Gaza
Eyeless In Gaza

Right in front of the TV again
Checking up on my weekly entertainment
Who’s playing in town this weekend
The I Don’t Care and The I Don’t Give A Damns

Got to cut the damn cable
Got to stop waiting for the phone to ring

She says she wants to cut my hair again
Style it right just for the season
If she messes it up it will grow back by spring
But I trust her steady hands

Eyeless in Gaza at the mill with the slaves
Push the pillars in and level the whole damn thing
She’s my strength and weakness
Push the pillars in and level the whole damn thing
Track Name: Mallard Time
Mallard Time
I live for the fall, for nothing at all, except to sport my autumn colors.
On our way down south, miss my Canadian house, but home is where the fowl live.

Fly on Mallard, gotta keep that flock flying together

Sometimes I help too much, leave myself in the dust,
With no one left to groom my feathers
Sometimes I dive too deep, get tangled in the reeds
Stirred up by the rivers current

Fly on Mallard, gotta keep the flock flying together

On our way down south took some lead in the mouth
Greasy meat for a lonely hunter
And as I die in the reeds, I can hear the dogs
Coming for their supper
Don’t slow down, don’t fly any lower
Just remember that I was the helper
Don’t slow down don’t fly any lower, just remember that I was your brother
Fly on Mallard gotta keep that flock flying together
Track Name: Going With the Gut
Going with the Guts

Second hand smoke and second hand sweat
All night they whirl and run
Don’t worry baby, I’ll step out
And breathe some fresh air in

Back after smoke break it’s all I know
I’m entertained when I’m choking
Back inside babe have another one on me
I don’t think I yet owe

Putting the time in
Singing for our dinner
Taking it out on others
Trying to get the words in order

Bitter on the down time
Filling up Betty Beau Ville
Tricking my friends
And my poor Christian mother

It’s a fine evening

I’m going with this gut
It seems all knowing
Except for on the weekends
It just wants me to fill it

Fuel for the fire
And grease for the motor
Better put that movie in
Before it takes over

Living room boredom
I’ve got to make a phone call
See what’s going on
Get into a little trouble
You can buy me a drink
Or we can split a dozen
Or get something harder
Just depends how you are rolling

Wait for the go ahead
Load in load up
Twisting the story
So I get all the pay out
Shipping and receiving
Singing and believing
Terribly drunk on this fine evening
It’s a fine evening

Work is all done time for some fun
You are dripping with sweat
And we smoke cause we got ‘em
Light it up and smoke ‘em if you got ‘em
Track Name: Joy in Numbers
Joy in Numbers

The sun is up but it is cold out.
Seems to take the whole afternoon to warm up now.
But I’ve been sleeping in too long lately,
Been feeling kind of tired and lazy.
Hope it’s not because the summer is fading,
Hope it’s not because I’ve been lying again.

Back to school chatter is in the air.
But I don’t feeling like learning anything today.
Rather work on keeping my beauty up,
By sleeping in till it’s too late to start.
I try to convince myself that I can keep it up,
That my bills will get paid somehow.

Join me at my table.
Join hands with me.
You don’t need no money
To be part of my family.

But I just can’t seem to stay full,
Just like bottles of steam whistle
And if this doesn’t cure me baby what will.
For wanting too much,
For saying that you’d leave him,
For sticking around to see if you did
So why did I quit again

Join me at my table. Join hands with me
You don’t gotta be loaded to be part of my family
Join me at my table and pray with me
You don’t gotta be loaded to be part of the family

Join me, Join me.