Unlucky Seven

by Glen Phillips

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released March 20, 2006

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Track Name: The Hole
Behind the house the ground has opened up
And it’s so deep a hole its bottom can’t be found
It sucks the air inside
And makes quiet sea sounds

We sometimes stand and linger at the edge
We like to dare each other how close we can get
And there’s a pact we’ve made
If one should fall the other follows in

We started small with trash and rotten food
And then the neighbors came with cars and sofas, too
And soon the government had midnight dumps
Of what, we never knew

A letter came the other day
From clear around the globe
It said “We hope that you’re the ones
“On the other end of the hole
“Could you please take a few things back
“Our country’s getting full”

Behind the house
The ground has opened up
Track Name: Brain Trust Kid
Brain trust kid, you’re not getting smarter
If you can’t adapt, it only gets harder
Things used to be so clear
Sad soul songs you sing to yourself
In your cell, awaiting the help
You were promised that never appeared

Oh, brain trust kid
There’s nothing in the world to save you

The big word whiz with nothing to say
But a little attention a whole foot away
Could’ve changed everything for us all
And all the brain trust kids, are just getting older
On the skids and losing their lustre
I remember when you were a star

There’s nothing in the world to save you now
As everyone lines up to blame you
Oh, brain trust kid
Oh, brain trust kid

So much for the best laid plans the world has never seen
But we’ll stay heroes in each other’s eyes
Beloved in our dreams

Oh, brain trust kid
Oh, brain trust kid
There’s no one in the world to save you
Track Name: Chapel Perilous
All my life I’ve disappeared
Told myself it would get better
So my wife you lead me here
To Chapel Perilous, I enter
All the blessings of the world
Could not heal the sadness in me
As poppies in the light unfurl
So might I if truth shine near me

Take me
Guide my hand
Take me in

The hand that left its mark on me
Is the only hand to heal me
Or the gates to paradise
Are barred and bolted, all locked to me

Take me
Guide my hand
Take me in
Take me
Guide my hand
Take me in

And the mouth that took the breath from me
And left my tongue a burning desert
I will kiss so hard it bleeds
I will bring the rains to wet it

Take me
Guide my hand
Take me in

Here in Chapel Perilous
Kings are made and lives are ended
And I will learn to trust my love
Until the bonds we severed are mended

Take me
Guide my hand
Take me in
Take me
Guide my hand
Take me in
Track Name: Black Dog Beside Me
Black dog beside me
Keep me from trouble
Rain on the road
And no fence in sight
Black dog beside me
Follow the highway
Once 'round the ring
And out of the night

Is somebody dreaming us
Even the gold has gone to rust
Is somebody dreaming us
Dry mouth, I taste dust

Soon as you leave me
Trouble come my way
Rain on the road
And pack on the prowl
Lost my confessor
Lost my protector
Matter of time
And the pack will come down

Is somebody dreaming me
Painted eyes, wooden teeth
Is somebody dreaming me
But the black dog is no dream

Hey, why you run off so far from home
Pack tear you up and chew on your bones
They'll bury you under a piece of would that say
"He who run off always come home for good"

Black dog beside me
Keep me from trouble
Rain on the road
And no fence in sight
Walk beside me
Follow the highway
Twice 'round the ring
And into of the night
Track Name: Let's Ruin Everything Tonight
Don't be so sad
You've got more than one chance to love
Change should be a friend
Let go the past and come to me
Give up control
You're driving yourself crazy
Let me console you
Lose yourself in me

Let's ruin everything tonight
No good, no evil
No sin, no devil
Just you and me
And no consequences waiting

Your little world
Built on big dreams
Is ready to fall down
You're ready to be released
She's gone and now
It soon will be revealed
Your perfect little world
Was just a perfect little jail

We'll ruin everything tonight
And when we wake to morning light
We'll open our eyes and see
We didn't ruin anything
Open our eyes and see
We didn't ruin anything

You'll be happy with what you've got
You'll be happy with what you've got
And you'll have me if you want
Track Name: The Innocent
We used to fit together, she was so open
Let me in deep, fed my hope and
The years flew by now we’re older and broken
What did I do to make this bright light go dim

My, my, how things change
Bitter is the fruit of the love we made
Good god, what did I say
To make you repeat my mistakes this way

I’ve never prayed, you owe me nothing
But if it’s judgment day leave her and take me
She’s the innocent, I’m the one you’re wanting
If it’s judgment day leave her and take me

You used to sleep on my chest, your body so warm
The top of your head still smelled like a newborn
You were salvation, I thought you could atone for me
But I’m just the same and you’ve sins of your own, I see

My, my, how we grow
Crooked as the seed that our fathers sow

I’ve never prayed, you owe me nothing
But if it’s judgment day leave her and take me
She’s the innocent, I’m the one you’re wanting
If it’s judgment day leave her and take me

Good god, it’s the family disease
We’re bent as the branch on the cottonwood tree

I’ve never prayed, you owe me nothing
But if it’s judgment day leave her and take me
She’s the innocent, I’m the one you’re wanting
If it’s judgment day leave her and take me
Leave her and take me