Amiable Monster

by Andrew's Ether

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written/recorded in three weeks flat in
Will's bedroom in
Columbia, Missouri in
June 2016.

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released August 10, 2016

Sam Harbison - guitar, bass, keyboard
Calum Foster-Bayliss- vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard, lyrics
Will Harbison- drums, percussion, keyboard
Kellie Johnson - vocals, guitar, bass, lyrics

Pipa on The Other Side performed by Chris Stephens

All tracks produced by Will Harbison

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Track Name: The Other Side
you see me out here, day by day,
I'm looking for whomever cross my mind
I'm looking for a better, better way
day by day
I'd settle for a little more this time
I'm looking for some better, better pay

maybe a mask I'll never find
maybe the wasteland is the shrine
I'm coming up dirty, laughing, wise
you can on the other, other side
have you ever seen the other side?
ever kill to keep your dream alive?
have you ever died inside your womb?
have you met the one who carried you?

is the water deep, is the water full?
is the water deep, is it wonderful?

there's so much noise, confusing place
I'm picking my eyes up off the ground
I'm picking at the wires of the cage
confusing place
I'm walking my circles 'round the sun
I'm doing my time out of the shade

not easy to reach the other side
I'm pulling up dead weight mile
they tell me it's right outside my door
but I'm gluing my forehead to the floor
now, keep that head up
and keep that arrow straight
no one said it would be easy to face
no more golden sun, holy father
only rising roads and breaking waters

is the water deep, is the water full?
is the water deep, is it wonderful?

the dream is alive here,
have you seen her?
nightshade on the windowsill
and mold in the mirror



keys, percussion: Will Harbison
lyrics, vocals: Kellie Johnson
keys: Calum Foster-Bayliss
guitar: Sam Harbison
pipa: Chris Stephens
Track Name: Prophets and Posers (Propaganda Preset No. 420)
Mild mannered, coffee dumb
how you’re feeling matters none
sentimental and too young
up for whatever, down for love, for love
you’re so gracious when you’re buzzed
you don’t have to spill your blood
we turn water into wine
we can save you for a price


so kick your shoes off and watch
the skinny people fight the cops (2x)


if god is real his humor’s fucked
modern apostles in four door trucks
poppin xannies staying high
the joys of burning subsidized
by foreign weapons and saudi ties
keeping christmas warm and white
pump out the toys for the others guys
then sleep the coke off while jesus drives


sleep the coke off
(jesus drives)
how bout some smirnoff
(jesus drives)
now fuck your gold cross
(jesus drives)
turn up my punk-pop


I’m sorry grandma I’m a nightmare
I’m sorry stranger I’m no friend
I’m sorry lover I’m in love
with everyone pretend


I’m sorry judge I shot the sheriff
before I fucked the deputy
I’m sorry dude if you’re embarrassed
because you’re so attracted to me


we’re so smart that we’re retarded
we’re so tame we’re avant-garde
we’re so open that we’re guarded
we’re so soft we’re getting hard


we’re so out there that we’re pop art
and we’re so brave that were afraid
and we’re so vacant that we're OCCUPIED
all the same


and we’re so crazy that we’re sober
we’re so in your face
we’re so self-aware we’re blameless
we’re out of our minds
and we’re in your brain


we’re so underground we’re famous
we’re so rich we’re underpaid
we’re so well-read that we’re jaded
we’re to privileged we act like slaves


we’re the voice of a generation
welcome to the information age
I got a job to go on vacation
became a priest to get myself laid



drums: Will Harbison
lyrics, vocals, keys: Calum Foster-Bayliss
lead guitar: Sam Harbison
lyrics, vocals, guitar, bass: Kellie Johnson
Track Name: Blasts / Sleeper's Lullaby
waiting for you to come downstairs
I was wildlife stalking my stars

I was just listening for blasts (3x)


shocked my senses to come inside
drowned my ego to fall in line

I was just waiting for the past (3x)


I ride patient and stormy sands
left my lightning with your dead

I was just digging up the glass (3x)



bass, lyrics, vocals: Kellie Johnson
guitar: Calum Foster-Bayliss
drums: Will Harbison
Track Name: Channel Changer
Psalms knelt before me
and I bowed, talking
to witness lines founded upon


choking and lip stains
white aisles and french braids
and whom did they all kiss?
another girl in stolen hysterics


I give you images to clear my mind
alleviate the space
your witches are my humankind
but I've got that in spades
so be uptown in make-up
at half past 17
so I can finally shake one loose
you pretty little thing


I've been okay, I've been sleeping in
I've been learning how to resent my friends, hey
I've been okay, I've been writing a lot
I've been telling lies and I've been getting caught


sing,
swallow me whole, swallow me whole
my mama taught me how to get sold (2x)


stay tiny and sober,
marigold shoulders
oh, what to do with me
just another girl trying to get
young and married


so now you say that you've got a man
and you like to keep it clean
but you murder when you wash your hands
don't play that shit with me
I got a right mind to suds you up
front and back
so you can grin and squeal
when you feel every little death


swallow me whole, swallow me whole
my mama taught me how to get sold (2x)


white lily, black tea, lentil, salt, whiskey



bass: Calum Foster-Bayliss
guitar, lyrics, vocals: Kellie Johnson
drums: Will Harbison
Track Name: Welcome Coven
REFRAIN:
haven't you wrung me out?
haven't you heard me sing?
haven't you cried for more?
haven't you cried for more?
there is no underground
we are not anything
why don't you cry for more?
haven't you cried for more?

{ said the vining in the tree
said the vining welcome me
old oak tree
said the vining welcome me }


limp off the scene and wise from its meaning
you'll pay the price the judging isn't seeming
to look twice for alibis
in the dark

laughing and waving, a poster of ravishing
motion abysmal the timelines are hemorrhaging
so which of us stays
in the car?

come on and show me the way I decided
to leave all the crazy for love unrequited
and didn't I
sleep and die hard?

REFRAIN


keys: Calum Foster-Bayliss
guitar: Sam Harbison
lyrics, vocals: Kellie Johnson
gratitune, other percussion: Will Harbison
Track Name: Icon
take your time now sweet

in bitter asking gestures

hope your questions pose to kill

isn’t this still

the target for your market

smart but desperate

I got breath left to steal

you should come take the wheel

or come take a seat

watch me dance on your screen

make believe with me

and let the world watch

itself burn

in my eyes



I am an Icon

I am an H-bomb

I am a light on

in the dark

you are an ocean

blue with devotion

you are an angel

with no heart



the secrets that we keep

keep us passive in our acting

cool for present company

your tongue is stuck between your teeth

still half laughing, love is fashion

tell me who’d you wear this week

I catch you wincing as we speak

loose lips sink bigger ships than these

your heart is on your sleeve

but that don’t mean that it beats

or bleeds the same as others do

but I don’t need them and I don’t need you

because, now hun



I am an Icon

I am an H-bomb

I am a light on

in the dark

you are an ocean

blue with devotion

you are an angel

with no heart



well everybody feeds

from the media's reflection

who am I supposed to be?

my dreams all read like magazines

empty, polished, clean

idolized perfection

there’s no secret meaning

see the young are fiending

for the new and trendy

the poisonous but friendly

o dear god and MTV

am I righteous? am I chic?

live to you by satellite

you can watch me day and night

I’ll keep you company

explain the things you see

when to shit and when to speak

when to piss and brush your teeth

who to kill and why

I’ll put you to sleep at night



I am an Icon

I am an H-bomb

I am a light on

in the dark

you are an ocean

blue with devotion

you are an angel

with no heart



lyrics, vocals, guitar: Calum Foster-Bayliss
backing vocals: Kellie Johnson
percussion: Will Harbison
Track Name: 2 Have 2 Believe
she was an apathetic cynic

but her heart it wasn’t in it

took the five to the line

then she sat there a minute

the sun came up like yesterday, do tell

how it fell



when these business men are finished

they’ll kill the daily grimace

with a cocktail and cock-tease

then with rat-race as jockey

back home to wife or mistress

where they can sit up in their thinking

how we take comfort in our hell



help I don’t want to live

just another person

help I don’t want to live

without a purpose

I don’t want to be

just another fish in the sea

I don’t want to have

to believe



when she was a child she believe in a god

amongst the trees and the sod, the white porch facade

time stood still in the missouri heat

daddy pick me up, now baby brush your teeth

well daddy was a military man

because his daddy was a military man

went off to shoot the japs in vietnam

flew around the world in a tin can

her tin can was a telephone

no one called when they brought his bones



help I don’t want to die

just another person

help I don’t want to die

without a purpose

I don’t want to be

just another fish in the sea

I don’t want to have

to believe



she knew who she was by who she could please

strippin in clubs going down on her knees

for drugs sometimes for currency

the two of which the line thinned between

said "give me something I can stick in my vein

I want to know a God who takes away the pain

at least detox is a devil that the doctors can name"

and heroins a father who stays



help I don’t want to live

just another person

help I don’t want to live

without a purpose

I don’t want to be

just another fish in the sea

I don’t want to have

to believe




acoustic guitar, vocals, lyrics, keys: Calum Foster-Bayliss
electic guitar: Sam Harbison
backing vocals: Kellie Johnson
Track Name: Baba Fururu
Baba fururu

ore reo

okanyenye eleyibo

eleri fao basi ba sawo

eyiborere basi bawo

enuaye yawalo

eyawaloro eleseo kaan



guitar, bass: Sam Harbison
drums: Will Harbison
vocals: Kellie Johnson
Track Name: Blow Me Away
talk is cheap
don't you speak
your eyes are wide
but you're not sayin a thing
talk is cheap
so you don't speak
but you look alive
for the boy of the week
you're his girl
and he's your world
you take him to town
then you give him a whirl
be my girl ,
daybreaker

and blow me away
blow me away
blow me away

they say we don't fight
we place nice
we keep our fences occupied
we don't fight
we just name the price

they want this dog to bite
I'll burn their flags alive

so can your christian skin
be my sacrifice


before they blow me away
before they blow me away
before they blow me away


there's not much time
take my hand
don't leave me cold
in a militant land
there's not much time
they've tied my hands

oh, stars of love
in darkened days
say you'll watch me detonate
they want my blood
she's on her way

talk is cheap
so we don't speak
our eyes are wide
no need to say a thing
when we go down
resistance rising


so you can blow me away
yeah you can blow me away
go on and blow me away



acoustic guitar, lyrics, vocals: Kellie Johnson
drums: Will Harbison
bass, keys, electric guitar: Calum Foster-Bayliss
Track Name: The Way Out
I am the writing on your wall

I am a checkmark

I am a bloodstain

I am a music and I am a curse

I am your pretty bird

I am hunting



way out, way out



there goes another one

along the path

short-sighted fellow

naked in the grass

here comes another time

gone til its end

oh, make to the gate

and back again

back again



you should sell it with a sharp shot of novocaine

the kids’ll tell it like they live long to know the pain

and chase the credits with a hey man I know that name

we could all be erased



well she’s an actor but she doesn’t like her face today

well he’s a captive but he likes the size of his cage

the bartender makes her tips off charades

but they will all be erased



sweet jesus and a bloody mary

I woke up in the obituary

a half a sentence with a picture of my face

but they will be erased



my heart is heavy as a hand grenade

my body’s been around like a cheap cliche

I promise my promises break

and you will be replaced



when I was younger I would worship what they praise

now that I’m older I’m the person that I faked

on the shoulders of my father on the shoulders of his

it’s kinda hard to hold the world when you’re just a little kid



well you know you gotta work cause you know you gotta live

cause you know you’re gonna die but you know you gotta give

your best today, just like everyday

wake up, pour a cup, shave a stranger's face



drinking blood at my dinner table

sitting across from a crooked angel

it’s kinda strange to confuse fear with faith

but I guess we make mistakes



once i knew a lady in a cardboard house

when I wouldn’t play cards she kicked me out

and the city was big and all the same

street signs like fingers pointing up at names



well from way way up we’re just a blip in space

a spec of dust on a razorblade

all our monuments and their graves

are soon to be erased



well heaven’s gate has got a doorman too

and guess what kid he’s better dressed than you

showing up late in your birthday suit

out of the blue, out of the blue



a god ignored is a demon born

both gods and demons take human form

so be careful which you adore

are we bored? are you bored?



a god ignored is a demon born

both gods and demons take human form

so be careful which you adore

are you bored? are you bored?



both gods and demons take human form

a god ignored is a demon born

so be careful which you adore

are you bored? are you bored?





electric guitar, bass: Sam Harbison
lyrics, acoustic guitar, vocals: Calum Foster-Bayliss
lyrics, vocals: Kellie Johnson
drums: Will Harbison