Portrait of Portraits

by Riverdistrict

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1.
Preface 01:26
Take me from this place I'll follow in silence my head low I never meant to stay The lights here are blinding me let's all go... But before I sleep I'll softly speak to my ghosts A story blows in through my open window
2.
You're a government man you'll state your name You're a government man you'll face no blame When demons call You will fall You'll be redefined as a man You're a government man you'll state your case Please government man don't hide your face When demons call You will fall You'll be redefined as a man Government man you'll be all right this time Government man you'll be fine Didn't we think you wouldn't last a day I hope you find your way Government man you'll be alright this time Government man you'll be fine Didn't we think you wouldn't last a day I hope you find your way You're the type of man that the people never see You're the type that they breed so carefully But I will see you when you are on your knees You're the man we all wanted to be
3.
Hearts and vains of the deepest blue Drawn from paint to speak the truth All the ghosts we have seen Of kings and queens They're portraits of portraits we see No I don't know how to look away No I don't know what they will say But maybe they just show What happens when we go... Gestures, poses on palace walls Starry eyes have seen it all With a face to keep They'll never sleep They're portraits of portraits we see No I don't know what they will say No I don't know how too look away But maybe they just show What happens when we go...
4.
Coloured roses and sticks and stones Were all the clues you had A million flees and summer bees All crawled along your path Burrowed holes and woodland souls Mean you'll never sleep alone Your hour shows that you should go Don't leave the cinders glow But all the things you find outside are growing And all she does is take the world but slowly But slowly, but slowly, but slowly...
5.
When the night smells of ink and church bells The hand of sleep grabs a hold I become a fighter of tanks tigers The buildings fall to the floor It's the same thing that you had When soldiers surround you you have to prioritize, prioritize And no one held you by the hand The crawling and biting You fail to prioritize, prioritize As for now, I'll take a vow of silence and... But in my head And in my heart I could fight all the wars And from my bed I'll defy all the laws Ooh....somewhere..... I can't forget, the song we sang Even while we slept
6.
I swallow glass and stones My lungs are filled with smoke The thorns are in my side My head is going white Watch me sink into the floor You better run 'cause now your day is gone I close my hands and my eyes 'Cause now your day is gone! It drives you up the wall The heavens start to fall My head is filled with lies I'll find a place to hide Watch me sink into the floor You better run 'cause now your day is gone I close my hands and my eyes 'Cause now your day is gone!
7.
No way to fake it Some things are sacred What comes to bloom Can wilt so soon My eyes can't take it But still they make it With smiles so gray Don't miss a day I want to believe everything I see On polaroid prints and color TVs In Lebanon they're calling for peace And the ice grows back on the arctic seas Clips from kids from the underground Where the giants and kings come falling down A trip to the moon in a yellow bus And it's all about them and it's all about us
8.
Garçon 03:17
You put 'm in a home You lock 'm in a room So when the next visitor calls He'll be right there where you left him Say what you like And do it all the time Taste what you like And do it all of the time Let's put 'm in a boat And push 'm out to sea And watch them pray When the waves Slowly Swallow them whole Say what you like And do it all the time Taste what you like And do it all of the time There were names I couldn't read In the place I couldn't see
9.
I winged some stuff But hoped you couldn't tell When we sat around the room you tripped You broke and nearly fell You could be some kind of saint Pull your fingers through my brain La la la la la Took some time to see That you never really walked You floated upon air Took some time to see That you could have been a goddess To a man that never knelled I came home to tell about That I want to forget about But if you bite your lips I'll do the same Shoot your poison in my veins La la la la la
10.
Isaac Newton 03:48
Forging golden bars from lead The light of Venus on your head And the side effects of And the side effects of Drinking all that mercury In the seventeenth century Natural philosopher You dig up bones You're throwing stones Off the highest bridge All our actions fixed By equations drawn from principles Making all those apples fall We don't have a clue But it's science so it's true Natural philosopher You dig up bones You're throwing stones Of the highest bridge All our actions fixed By the rules that make the cosmos run Swinging earth around the sun Peering through a telescope See Saturn's rings throwing shadows But still I have a fear so old Of falling of the edge of the world Falling of the edge of the world We don't have clue That is what we learned from you
11.
Underneath my knife I'm putting down the lines I'm drawing eyes on you I'm cutting into lines I'm drawing smiles from you Like falling down the stairs at night Like falling down the stairs... When we are alone Your skin is just like bone See what my knife can do Make you beautiful 'Cause I'm spending all my life with you Spending all my life with you The world crawls across your face in silence again When the night sets in I close my eyelids again I wake, I know, it's too close to the bone Like falling down the stairs at night Like falling down the stairs... The world crawls across your face in silence again When the night sets in I close my eyelids again I wake, I know, it's too close to the bone

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NIGHTMARES: Come from the stomach.
OPTIMIST: Synonym for idiot.
MUSICIAN: The characteristic of the true musician is to compose no music, to play no instrument, and to despise virtuosos.
- Flaubert (from the Dictionary of Received Ideas)

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released November 1, 2010

All music by Tim Nolet / Riverdistrict. Recorded at home in the Rivierenwijk, Utrecht, NL.
Mastering by Mandy Parnell. Artwork by Patrick van Vliet.

visit at: www.riverdistrictmusic.com
mail at: contact@riverdistrictmusic.com

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Riverdistrict is a one-man-band turned 4-man band from Utrecht, Rivierenwijk.

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