Animals

by Les Sages

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"Animals was a study in innovation and theatrical songwriting. We had a lot of fun writing it and continuity was not our goal, so some songs are far different from others. But you're sure to find a few songs on Animals that strike a chord with you. This album is about living right, treating others well and understanding ourselves. Our major influences on the album include Copeland, The Early November, Matchbook Romance, The Arcade Fire, Johnny Cash, The Killers, Bright Eyes and The Faint. Animals is named for the diversity of its songs, like an entire zoo of different animals. We also felt like the dramatic polarity of emotions throughout the album gives it an animalistic character" says Joe Larson. (DER-504)

Les Sages' debut full-length Animals (completed in August 2008) has been re-released worldwide on Deep Elm. Their new album Share This was released on Deep Elm in May 2010.

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released August 21, 2008

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Track Name: Showing Up
Sitting on the side, living in this life;
Fighting in this fight, leading in this light; I've seen enough to know that it never will suffice, never makes the slice; that is never is enough, never makes the cut to forget and go.

Are you willing to forsake your ways? To shed tears and to stay your case?

Your showing up on time, letting everyone know that you're changed. And everything's okay.

Watching friends debase, falling on their face. Looking for an ace, but chasing after fakes. It hurts enough to show. But this world can find its faith and take its proper shape, I know.

Your showing up on time, letting everyone know that you're changed. And everything's okay.
Track Name: Little Joe
We never (You'll have your nose back) answer (by golden sinks and) for the tears and the terrors pushed in pillows tonight. (Oh your heads a gyroscope!) If you can hear this (And then you'll sink back) listen! (and put your face in your hands) The attack of the Great Green Monster renders insecure. (and cry "oh no!")

Wash your eyes. Wash your nose. You will feel and you will hope you don't get what you deserve. Because the sum of your reward is a deserted resort. Close your eyes bind your arms board your brain. And you won't, because you can't speak to the loved ones that are gone. Still you surrend to the worst intentions.

Don't you grind me there, as far as I'm your private cell. Before you try to make this work out for Mihai
it's right.

We never (You'll have your nose back) answer (by golden sinks and) for the tears and the terrors pushed in pillows tonight. (Oh your heads a gyroscope!) If you can hear this (And then you'll sink back) listen! (and put your face in your hands) The attack of the Great Green Monster renders insecure. (and cry "oh no!")

Once you're spent I'll ask you to give yourself a rake for some thought mete for your emotional health. See, you must see how the green stinks, composting on the shelf, and not surrend to your worst intentions.

You surrend and write it off. You never right a wrong. You see me cough; you turn away in scoff and you write it off. You write it on your crown.

We never (You'll have your nose back) answer (by golden sinks and) for the tears and the terrors pushed in pillows tonight. (Oh your heads a gyroscope!) If you can hear this (And then you'll sink back) listen! (and put your face in your hands) The attack of the Great Green Monster renders insecure. (and cry "oh no!")
Track Name: Five-Four
So you're on the key way now. The sun is almost done. So let's light the beacons fire and crank the sound before the darkness breaks and green lights change and hide the fire.

Don't wait for me, I'm still growing leaves, and this silence is required. For me it's just a little bit longer.

You'll reign down! Just wear your brightest smiles and sing out, and make plans from A to Z. Then just wear the piano out and thrill them with the sound.

So we're making, breaking time. It slides by, but still the sun's in flight. And we'll make it to the world's edge and catch it in our golden nets.

And we'll wait for you with fire in our hands and consume it every morning. And when you get back through you'll see we've got a portion for you.

We'll reign down! And smile from ear to ear as we shout all the plans we will achieve. Put the piano in the ground, because we used up all its sound.

We'll reign down! And just ring out, sing, shout, and say that you'll see what we have found. We're always gaining ground. You'll see it B.J.
Track Name: Ride On
Well sometimes out here in the west we be coming across the bad boys. They comin' to take away our womens, and takin' our lands, and putting our children's noses to the grindin' rock. This is what we say to them:

Get out of our dusty land! You want some? Go get your own! I hear they be giving it away by the armful in Kentucky. Get on out of here and leave us alls alone.

Ride on! Ride on! In the sattle you’re a terror to be put down. Your eyes are like the shadow of the laziest town. Ride on! My brother ride on.

Well just such a day while stampin' ears I saw the ghost of Casey Jones coming through proclaimin' all my fears. He said, "Look out son, they're coming your way, infact they attacked me just yesterday, so I'm heading east to finish off my years."

Well, Casey Jones ain't no jelly bones, so I sattled up and rode straight home, fumblin' to pack up all my things. But they caught me there, so I fought like a bear and tore them all from ear to ear and that's why they call me the horror of the fiends.

Even the bad guys that scared Casey Jones couldn't do nothin' to me. Look out bad guys, I'm so strong,
And I'm number one.

Aww yeah! This is A.B.L. comin' 'round scarin' all y'alls whiskers back inside your rooty cheeks! Well, I'm gunna stick around, keep a watch o'er my little flock, 'cause retribution on the enemies of our peace will be my duty 'till the day we fly!

So if you be awearin' spurs, black shirts and slingin' heat, keep a look out for the warning signs at the edge of our town. It just might save your hide, it says, "BAD BOYS YOU LEAVE US ALONE!"

Ride on! Ride on! In the sattle you’re a terror to be put down. Your eyes are like the shadow of the laziest town. Ride on! My brother ride on.
Track Name: Rain
Like rain on a sunny day, I'm falling painful on the pavement. You watch in joy in spite of my plight. If you get over here fast then maybe we'll save some lives.

Or maybe not! All you little kids, who cares what you say? I don't! I'm about to see the world! Yeah, I'm gunna see it! I'm gunna see the whole thing! And before you even know, I am gunna see everything that you want to see with me, but I'm gone!

Like fame, was a big mistake, running headless in the darkness. You watch in joy, in spite of the night. If you get over here fast then maybe you'll save my life.

'Cause even if I told you the whole story you wouldn't believe, you wouldn't believe me. (You wouldn't believe the things I say to you.) 'Cause even if I told you the whole story you wouldn't believe, you wouldn't believe me. (You wouldn't believe the things, I told you so.) I am gunna say only what you want me to say so we can go get on the train.
Track Name: Circus Animals
Swing, swing yourself along. Stop to bang on the drum at the circus. Make your getaway. Look out for lucky liger. I shot the tiger, but I tore my sweater on the lion's tooth. You've got to fly away from all the silly mimes trying to get inside your head. Don't let them in.

All right my brothers, today is a very special day, because today is the day you have a moral breakthrough. Mark it up on all your calendars! Engrave this on all your lips. For when I snap my fingers you will awake from this sleep. And then will be your time to rectify the pillars of your mind.

Oh gently take the time to cleanse the filth that clouds your life. For when your clean you'll see just how good a choice it be.

Swing, swing yourself along. Stop to bang on the drum at the circus. Make your getaway. Look out for lucky liger. I shot the tiger, but I tore my sweater on the lion's tooth. You've got to fly away from all the silly mimes trying to get inside your head. Don't let them in.

Oh softly take this boat and make your way back home. Past the bears and through the crowd and under the gate that's a scary shroud. Don't be fooled my dearest friend, the world is a circus that never ends. Escape the tents of styrofoam and let the loud illusion go.

Swing, swing yourself along. Stop to bang on the drum at the circus. Make your getaway. Look out for lucky liger. I shot the tiger, but I tore my sweater on the lion's tooth. You've got to fly away from all the silly mimes trying to get inside your head. Don't let them in.
Track Name: The Fever
Instrumental
Track Name: Fizz
Without and exterior face, I'm all up in the place where you used to go. A fire frenzy in my hall, you flood it out and never even know about me. You're sure without me. Collect all your friends. Put them in a bottle. Glue it up for time and turn it in. A dime guest list. And I won't pretend it's not.

You hock and cough a greasy little insult. It builds you up but not enough for results you thought you'd receive. And if you rip it off your face you'll see you're awesome. You'll pull it off (your task), you'll make it awesome in time for you to see that without and exterior face your majesty is all and all.

Rescind it one more time. Take some time to turn it around. And you can, but you won't breathe all this time. Bring sight for something that you want. Bring it back now. Save your face somehow. Take it back, sop it up and throw it away, because it's all you'll want when you know:

Yours is a face of beauty if you can just reveal it and shine a light of realness to crack your mask of darkness. Remove your ribs for softness and if you bruise it's better. At least you felt it, feller, release your fears of weakness. Together we can top this. These are the days of our time. Be sure to spend yours alive.
Track Name: Mop It Up
You wouldn't expect her to reject you ambitious conjecture of union so fine. You remind her how you've cried for her and she sighs, "I know, it's a crime dear, but he buyed for me things that cost big money."

So you ache and wait for the rain saying faith has only brought you pain, but you mistake in saying so. Though upside-down now you are made whole.

Mop, mop, mop it up. Your red eyes cry a cup to clean up after the retreat. Please tell your self you smelt dirt a million miles away before you felt hurt. It's faith not self deceit.

You should have re-read this. She took your bed. Now it's sad because you're restless and sleeping on your own. That's reckless, and you know this, but you're no more the nice guy nor the sucker, shirtless. And you've decided for. You ain't gonna hurt no more.

Well something that we did not know is it’s better to just let it go. And tell ourselves we still have friends, so don't make walls that hurt at them. Instead we'll live in black and white. And swing our picks and frown and fight with charcoal faces dark as night. But from each end the smirks will curl, and twinkling eyes will, like, concur: We all have faces made of pearl.

Mop, mop, mop it up. Your red eyes cry a cup to clean up after the retreat. Please tell your self you smelt dirt a million miles away before you felt hurt. It's faith not self deceit.

Mop, mop, mop it up. Your red eyes cry a cup to clean up after the retreat. Please tell your self you smelt dirt a million miles away before you felt hurt. It's faith not self deceit.
Track Name: My My
You said you want to cross the line. I'm fine, you're fine, that's fine, we're fine. Just keep your hands off my behind. Just keep your bum off of my side.

I don't want you to make us evil. Freeze, hey, stable! Please foot in sock in shoe on floor, don't make me make my future wife go home.

My, my darling you've got a terribly foul mouth. You've met prince charming, it's time to put it on the shelf.
Track Name: Counseling
In an instant eclipse I'm shaking my hips to the music, making you sick. Well it's never been me to say anything about this or anything, it's just baby...

I am found facing a mountain. From this silent mound springs forth a fountain that I was not expecting. Let's sit down and talk. You stop objecting. That look, it says you're heart's not here. Just stop this, just smile, come here.

You say I'm too much like a child; That you're embarrassed cause I'm wild when I'm beside you. Ooo-ooo doo-doo-doo-doo-doo! It's a harsh word, it scrapes, but it's not about to change my whole face. I'm the same as back before you changed.

Now, I am found facing a mountain. From this silent mound springs forth a fountain that I was not expecting. Let's sit down and talk. You stop objecting. That look, it says you're heart's not here. Just stop this, just smile, come here.

And all the kings’ gentlemen can cheer and give me high fives and say I'm the man and that I can. But please don't mistake that I'm dragged across the rake every time you go the least bit below optimistic. You know that you're the only thing that makes me feel secure.

I'm broken up now. I'm inside of a cold room sideways. (Don't plug your ears. You won't want to hear this now.) Even sideways, I'm in love with all she's done. (Can't you see, aren't you finding, she's just tying you down?) No sirs we're just fine. We may just need some time. (Listen you're a lion in the dirt.) The light's too bright. Can I go inside and shut the blinds and close my eyes? (The light will sharpen you're teeth and make you fierce and stronger to fight.)

Come on now please won't you let me in so we can talk about everything that went down here. Come on now please now the situation's clear. Let's talk about everything that went down here.

'Cause I was not expecting this. Just sit down, let's talk. You stop objecting this. That look, it says you're heart's not here. Just stop this, just smile, come here.
Track Name: Effects
Yes there's so much color there. Yes there's too much color there. And through these greedy selfish eyes she lies. And she left the cupboard open. Before she knew it, oh, the mouse king came and turned her into a neon sign.

"Plug it in; take it down to the corner and vice their heads to show them all just what you mean. Hit the lights and make it happen." If you wanted it right then try starting, instead, with yourself.

And you wake up the world, shouting prophesies you shake up to fit your bill, but the frame goes still and then you see. And you wake up.

"Yes there's so much color there." Yes there's too much but wait. Please just remove those beady selfish lies. "No, I will fight this; take this plane right down and watch the sunbeams radiantly shine." Wait, just, please, just stop this fake parade, this slight, and save the sons from vainly dying.

Still, you plug it in; take it down to the corner and vice their heads to show them all just what you mean. Hit the lights and make it happen. If you wanted it right then try starting, instead, with yourself.

And you wake up the world, shouting prophesies you shake up to fit your bill, but the frame goes still and then you see. And you wake up the world.
Track Name: Beautiful Haze
Those who lived at the fort dealt with the isolation by devising their own diversions. At times the activities got out of hand. But those who live in a shoe don't know how to cry "boo-hoo" and let it all out; let it all go. Like a shot to the knee as you bleed in your boot.

Beautiful day. Beautiful haze. Look at that gaze; beautiful way. Beautiful blood turns into mud; falls in the hay. Build it some day.

The doctor from the beaver dam said that there was nothing we could do, so we poured Jacob’s oil in the hole and let it all go. The morning dew that sticks to him will not become our evening gin, because we're all gone; because we've all moved on on this terrible...

...beautiful day. Beautiful haze. Look at that gaze; beautiful way. Beautiful blood turns into mud; falls in the hay. Build it some day.