Upturned In Everest

by Mercy Choir

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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 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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Track Name: Mockingbird
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
Track Name: Do You Know What I Mean?
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
Track Name: Needles and Vinegar
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
Track Name: A Weight Has Been Lifted
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
Track Name: Star Of The Show
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
Track Name: The Muted
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
Track Name: Wash Away
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
Track Name: My Own Sort Of Bargain
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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