Upturned In Everest

by Mercy Choir

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1.
Mockingbird 05:30
Mockingbird make sure you know Just where i intend to go If you could read my heart My shining counterpart You'd know I’m grain and seed On which all mockingbirds feed And I’m here for the taking darling that’s guaranteed It’s Wednesday night have you seen my mates? Last time we were together was a celebration We strapped on our guitars And closed down all the bars We played the Angry Crow At almost every show So let me ask you mockingbird Do you feel your voice was heard? Did you ride your hobby horse? I wanna hear it from the source You'd know I’m grain and seed On which all mockingbirds feed And I’m here for the taking and darling that’s guaranteed
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Around the 2nd verse You’ll want to intervene By jumping right into this song if you know what I mean The fourth wall smashed to bits And doused in gasoline Let me invite you in and I think you know what I mean do you know what i mean? A mountain in the clouds Tallest he’s ever seen He’s longed to reach the summit Ever since he was 19 He laced up his new boots He filled up his canteen But he never packed his map and I think you know what I mean do you know what I mean? Little Richard in a wheelchair No makeup and no hair Giving a sermon on a Christian youtube channel where He tells the attendees he fled the music scene And sold his soul to jesus” I think you know what he means
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The Haunted 00:57
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My love is a sentimental love Spinning in circles: Call me the great, gramophone Together, we’re sharp like needles and vinegar. Darling: a sentimental love, Shining like gold alone I’m a dandelion But nothing quite Like needles and vinegar. The sky is red, The horizon is clear Needles and vinegar, my dear My love is an ordinary love Calmer than christmas Call me the great garbageman Together we’re sharp Like needles and vinegar The sky is red, The horizon is clear Needles and vinegar, my dear Call me the vinegar man The boy with the roses Call me whatever you like Together we’re sharp Like needles and vinegar The sky is red The horizon is clear You stare at my face Until i disappear Our love is serene Our love is severe Needles and vinegar, my dear
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I bought myself a golden ring To celebrate the start of spring I opened up my lips to sing “Happy birthday to the king” I looked around to find my crown And in the mirror saw a clown He gave a smile and then a frown And said “the king is stepping down” And it feels like a weight has been lifted I was silent in the library when I voted in the primary And the nominees, they promised me That we’ll agree to disagree So, I grew a little money tree Gave some away, kept some for me I bought a new widescreen TV And helped save the native honeybee And it feels like a weight has been lifted I fired a pistol in the sky it made me feel like a real tough guy But when I looked up to say goodbye the bullet fell into my eye So I called the local ambulance And the doctor said “well, at first glance It was a million to one chance” I was a victim of circumstance And it feels like a weight has been lifted I meditated all day long I chanted mantras like a song My thoughts were clear, my voice was strong I felt alright, But I was wrong So i opened up my horoscope I said, “Maybe that’s how I can cope” It read “planets pull you like a rope” So i guess i’ll buy a telescope And it feels like a weight has been lifted i walked into a mirrored room I saw infinity in bloom And clear as day i saw a tomb I saw a preacher preaching doom I saw my body lying there With pale face and silver hair Beside me was a weeping mare Her mane was soft and it was fair And it feels like a weight has been lifted
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I’m too drunk to model I can’t stand up straight This catwalk’s a catwaddle And i am a mouse who has taken the bait I’m too tired to sleep now I refuse to leave the couch I’m like a baby kangaroo Tucked in tightly to my mommy’s pouch I’m a crosstown bus (he’s a crosstown bus) Driving in the snow (driving in the snow) I finally feel like i’m the star of a show There’s a woman beside me And our love is complete And the taste of our kisses Is perfectly bittersweet There’s blood on the apple she picked out for me It looked clean and shiny Before she reached out and ripped it from the tree I’m a crosstown bus I got brand new shoes And i finally got rid of the asylum blues I’m too loud to whisper I’m too cute to ignore I may be past my prime But when I knock you’re gonna open the door I hope you can hear me Though this tiny machine And you can’t get enough Of these songs about birds, knives, and nicotine I’m a crosstown bus So, c’mon if you’re ready to go We can finally feel like we’re the stars of a show
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The Gray God 02:29
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The Muted 06:24
Just sit down and write yourself a note Read back slowly everything you wrote If any of the words get stuck in your throat Sit back down and write yourself a note Begin: to whom it may concern The oceans boil and the forests burn Just like i do till you return The oceans boil and the forests burn We’ll grow a garden from our hardened hearts and watch it rise We’ll grow a garden watch our garden grow before our eyes Just lay down by the cemetery stones Listen close for the melodies and moans On a bed of ghosts and a pillow of bones Lay with me by the cemetery stones We’ll grow a garden from our hardened hearts and watch it rise We’ll grow a garden watch our garden grow before our eyes Just sit down and write yourself a song Teach it to me and I’ll play along The words are wild and the rhythms are strong Just sit down and write yourself a song
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Wash Away 04:50
The branches of a lilac tree The hinges of a door The half empty beer bottles you left strewn across the floor The bracelet that your sister found when she was twenty two Drift into the open ocean silently Wash away with you The walking ghosts of Arlington Are stumbling up the street They’re knocking your neighbors door And saying trick or treat You grab your tape recorder To conduct an interview But quick as they arrived Their spirits Silently Wash away with you And if the skies turn black and red And suddenly you’re free From memories that would haunt you and the things you used to be And all the swarming vultures And the charging caribou Collapse into a pile of dust and Silently Wash away with you
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Meet me in the morning or the night Meet me in the morning or the night Either hell or heaven depends on your appetite Meet me in the morning or the night Meet in the september of our lives Meet in the september of our lives Meet me in September and we'll pretend it’s July Meet in the september of our lives I made my own sort of bargain

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released August 16, 2019

Written, recorded, performed, and mixed by Paul Belbusti

With:
Erik Elligers: Saxophone, flute, vocals
Lys Guillorn: Vocals
Kierstin Sieser: Vocals
Mastered by Todd Tobias

Recorded in The Shed. Guilford, CT
2019 ©
Dead Language Records

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Mercy Choir

Mercy Choir is the musical project of Paul Belbusti, a person from the New Haven, Connecticut area of the United States of America.

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