Cynthia G. Mason

Quitter's Claim (2007)

  • 03:25 Lyrics
    Like A Lifer Out For Good

    like a lifer out for good just as the drive was meant to hold up some illusion of intent well i was swayed and i held to my place like a lifer out for good but good was hinging on concessions that i made now i’ll put my right hand up on the dashboard i’ll put a semblance of an oath together here if by chance i should aggravate the luck that leaves me baffled i’ll just keep my cash and my superstitions near i left that old stretch and i left that inclination i left the vague idea that we’d be off somewhere when i got out of place that event lost its effect it was just an anecdote not the thing that drove me there

  • 03:16 Lyrics
    Evergreen

    evergreen evergreen you’ll stay evergreen you’ll break for the winter it won’t be today but it will work its way out like a splinter the property hangs for things you can’t plan will witnesses pick the wrong man oh call an ambulance before the fade make this innocence a fair trade there’s been upheaval since they left but you stayed every other day you’re put on the spot and it hits you put things away you break evergreen into bits the company wants a crack at the plan but you’re moving as fast as you can

  • 05:03 Lyrics Breaks The Drill

    breaks the drill i was steering but it was telling still employing those adolescent brakes and you knew the drill i was nearing but it was telling still expecting some adolescent breaks and you knew the drill but you brought me still so what’s next will i rise to the occasion who’s next if i’m the student of evasion who’s in line for the occasion there were greeting cards full of flattery and pity you were the picture of restraint in secluded corners clear across the city i’d pore over each complaint but i’m a bad detective the obvious seems tricky and you can’t be objective when it’s me

  • 03:44 Lyrics Fits & Starts

    fits & starts i keep threatening to disconnect my name from the subject but i’m doing that less and less because i made all the arrangements now i’m following through i guess but there’s only progress in fits and starts and there are some problems with each direction those in the know discreetly take each lead apart so i’ll look harder for the information another hour billed another gone and when the hand hits five i’ll have until dawn a chart to regulate the sleep-deprived and what an hour is worth before it’s five the way it’s designed there isn’t much room for invention there were things i could find there were things that they forgot to mention things that they failed to mention why exaggerate for effect when i could tear through the subject so i’m following through i guess because i made all the arrangements because i’m learning to work with less and there’s always progress in fits and starts though there are some problems with each direction when they stop threatening to take each lead apart i won’t be wasteful with the information

  • 03:47 Lyrics Thrown

    thrown when i thought here goes nothing and threw you caught what you could that was all a reflex would do but now what’s the burden to you is it what you received or is it what you can’t do i must have sent you something more than once and with an amateur’s aim here if you just look at the numbers no one is crying wolf but it comes off the same what began as an innocuous test ended at best as an imposition just one catch can escalate when you’re altruistic into more than what you thought that you bargained for and it might be a way to commiserate it might be better off up in the air when i thought here goes nothing and threw you dodged what you could that was all a reflex would do but now what’s the burden to you is it what you received or is it what you can’t do just one catch can escalate when you’re absent-minded turn to more than what you thought that you bargained for

  • 04:13 Lyrics Claim

    claim you left that apartment cursing and crazed we swept and we packed up souvenirs from the children you raised it was the passage that you wouldn’t claim we weren’t observant but you mistook it for shame all of the sifting and the sorting each clipping you saved it was unnerving but it was just the thing that we craved a glimpse of what you might have thought fleshing out the glimpse that you gave we welcomed the labor with a sterile embrace we felt like intruders laying claim to the things in your place all of the sifting and the sorting each photo you saved were we deserving and was it just the thing that you craved a glimpse of what the camera caught fleshing out the glimpse that we gave

  • 04:00 Lyrics To & Fro

    to & fro we hung a pendulum weighted with steam the ideas will come we’re devising a scheme and there’s a swing to it we’ll work off the swing with a gain in momentum this one’s bound to sting we made light of the gravity poking and prodding the thing then we fueled it until we corrupted it hell-bent on making it swing we hung this pendulum now it’s blowing off steam the ideas still come but we’re revising our theme now there’s a sting to it we’ll work out the sting what we hung as an emblem broke out of its swing

  • 04:07 Lyrics Nerve

    nerve at the drop of a hint at the drop of a hat we’re both taken with it and it takes some nerve to pull it off could the option be enough at the drop of a hint at the drop of a hat how we emulate it sure all the fuss is fair enough let the novelty wear off let it wear off but we’re more giddy than daring the fallout is a rain of replicas each one close but still askew i think the difference is glaring but i’ll leave it up to you at the drop of a hint at the drop of a hat we’re embroiled in it how will we know when we’ve done enough when any miss could shut it off

  • 03:48 Lyrics
    The Way The Morning Came

    the way the morning came sunday struck pins and needles then awaking to your name that was some dumb luck the way the morning came every minute was a track star with no skill for running late the promised pause that never came every detail and disorder every feeble human trait i would give each one a name even if i knocked the clock off let you stir even if i doctored pages from the calendar time would be the same it could be illinois or texas i couldn’t keep the order straight but i fit the landscape in a frame and i got what the allure was i myself could hardly wait i’d be there when the hour came so when you go the ways we mark it will differ though time will be the same

  • 03:51 Lyrics Quit While You're Misled

    quit while you’re misled we’re making deals to make it so just one more heartbreak and it’s come to this i don’t know how a shake of hands and it’s a go for now would you believe i didn’t know that bit of business it eluded me somehow i’ll act insulted just for show just for now there were other avenues and some appealing arguments with more persuasive hooks better ones than mine if lightning were striking twice if black cats were crossing then even i’d relent i’d take it as a sign so where’s the deal to make it so just one more letter and the great deluge becomes a drought but it takes some heartbreak that i know and i’m worse without with such arbitrary means the end is pending cooped up waiting for the planets to align if lightning is striking twice if black cats are crossing then even i’ll relent i’ll take it as a sign