Gnawed Bones

by Mongrels

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Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Daniel Davis at VAMP Studios

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released October 9, 2014

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Mongrels Lynchburg, Virginia

Virginia Hardcore

Kyle
Tyler
Adam
Ruberg
Doug

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Track Name: Long Nails/Black Teeth
Long nails
Black teeth
Longer trails
Of blacker grief
Track Name: Polyglot
Your tongue sheds it's skin so easily
How can you keep everything in line
Can you remember all the nuanced lies?

How can reality survive
When your tongue twists it's fabric
So lightly as you speak

Your open mouth annihilates
As swiftly as an atom bomb
I can't make sense of what you say
What pours from your mouth

Is it honesty or lies?
Is it black or white?

Your tongue sheds it's skin so easily
How can reality survive
When your tongue keeps adding strands
To it's web
Track Name: Dark Human Heart
I've dreamt long of tearing
Your throat from your skin
But it ain't my place
And it ain't my way
I won't soil my hands with your blood
It steams and reeks and feels like oil
Spill it across the floor
Let your life be no more
But not by my hands
I won't soil them
You're not worth the effort
It would take to choke your throat
You're not worth the effort
It would take to make you croak
All I want is to see you grovel
With a noose around your neck
What you took is worth so much more
Than anything you have
What you took is so much more precious
Than your life
Worthless, you're worthless
The noose will find your neck
Not by my hands
I am the better man
Not by my hands
I am the better man
Track Name: Slack Jawed
I'm doing the best I can to avoid your eyes
Cuz I know if you catch mine
You'll catch the truth
It's not that I don't care
It's that I got bored
With the day in, day out routine

Bored stiff
Dull moments
Too blank
Can't bear it

Bored stiff
Dull moments
Too blank
Can't bear it

Day in, day out
Day in, day out routine
Track Name: All Heartbeat
Throw me a hook, throw a bone
Throw me a hook, I can't go home

You own no one but yourself
Don't own a thing but your skin
You own no one but yourself
Don't own a thing but your thoughts

You alone are culpable for your misdeeds and wayward thoughts
Learn to ignore the voice that says “I have done no wrong”

A child finds a way to shift the blame
But I must be Atlas and bear the weight
All you own is your heartbeat.
Let it beat with love
Let the record show
The heartbeats of dead men
Beating with love

Live dead.
All heartbeat.
Live dead.
All heartbeat.
Track Name: Wounded and Waiting
All I have to offer up is coal, set in my crown
Dirty and jagged though it be, it's all I have to give
Do with this gift what you will
This is the best of me I'm free to offer
Can you see beyond the tarnished silver?
As it mottles the crown I've made for myself
With what meager means I could
Dirt got in the metal as I forged it

I gave my life to the earths bones
Digging through the marrow
Sifting through waters
I wear my crown of coal
I wear my crown
I was a hard worker
Holy man, may I be proud now?
Have I done well?

Wounded and waiting

Death stands at the doorway
His hand outstretched
Cold grin full of teeth
He's waiting for me

Death is never lonely

And now I'm wounded
And now I'm waiting
Track Name: Bitter Tongue
Give me a reason to listen
I will
Give me a reason to see
And I swear I will

You're just a voice alone
And I don't care

They crawl and slither
Here and there
They scrape their bellies across the earth

I am surrounded by hissing vipers and I'm alone

You're such a small voice and I don't care
I can't tell you how much I don't care at all

I'm alone