Polycardiac

by The Patient Zeros

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Pseud0bread Fantastically bluesy rock tunes from some local boys. Why some of the B-sides didn't make it is beyond me, but I'm glad I picked up both of these albums. Favorite track: Rattle.
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about

if i could have written this book backwards, then you could start from the end
the epilogue written in the voice of a friend
a hum you could hear if you weren't too old to pretend
or too young to fear
my ribs moan

the sun is above us now that we've let the earth bend
so we work harder to bloom and faster to mend
but when you're feeling the eyes of those who will lend you a stare
remember when the sun is below you
you've got your feet in the air

i got into this without knowing what to intend
what fight i'm prepared to defend
but when i'm reaching, i feel
that the apples are real
and every falling leaf reveals one definite end
so my ribs moan

credits

released April 17, 2013

Recorded largely at Elm Street Recording with Ryan Wert, largely by The Rat in Lansing, somewhat at Module Overload Studios with Jamie Hillyer, but mostly in the dark by ourselves at The Alamo. The Patient Zeros are CJ Kjolhede and Joe Schramm. Additional musicians: Jason Marr, Pinetop Deadfish, Eric Robins, Shane Ellis, Kelsey Turek, Jill Griffin, Brittany Ashley, Caleb Knight.

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Track Name: Rattle
depress me, undress me, i confess that you're going about it wrong
just let me impress these words serve to imagine the truth
from ashes to urn, the spark and the burn were inspired by
the victimized host who thinks its a joke
he'll wait for his turn at the mic while he learns disconcerting
accounts of his quotes

and the heartbroken kid's heart is breaking
so full of love
i have a habit of taking
too much
polycardiac in the making

i've navigated the hand that we're shaking in the midwest
this glove of a state has knuckles and nails and an audience
too easy to exaggerate
too easy to write into the play, but they way they came is this way

and the heartbroken kid's heart is breaking
so full of love
i have a habit of taking
too much
polycardiac in the making

one, four, five if the blues are alive then i'll commit to abuse them again
one, four, five if the blues aren't mine then i could take it from the hand of a friend

the muse will accuse me of writing confusing cartoons
instead of women and instead of men
and depending on if you count in fingers or fists
i've bruised in twos or in tens

and the heartbroken kid's heart is breaking
so full up
i have a habit of taking
so much
polycardiac in the making

can you feel another heartbeat?
Track Name: If You Don't Like the View, I'll Put Up a Mirror
you oughta see now, it was hopeless to grieve
lay down your fees and the american scream in your head
a smile to yourself is worth more than a smile to me
i heard you laugh a little too loud to believe

if you could unload the gun
you'd still stare it down
just to be sure

here's some advice, stop taking advice
lay down your prescriptions, lay down your caffiene
lay them next to me, i mean
if you don't like the view, i'll put you up a mirror
and you can see there's no safety in truth
there's no real win or lose
and you don't have to worry if your wallet has a bruise

if you could unload the gun
you'd still stare it down
just to be sure
and still you'd try and vacate every chamber
what would you do?

the city's in stacks so you gotta stand tall to be seen at all
you're not someone you could smile to like you once supposed
if you don't have a joke then i better hear you laughing
cause we're three verses deep and your eyes are still closed

if you could unload the gun
you'd still stare it down
even if your smile could support your crown
and still you'd try and vacate every chamber
and still you'd try and vacate every chamber
what would you do?
Track Name: Cardiectomy
i can see you arguing with a ghost
shaking up your fist again
shake up from your toes
you know you're so much like your brother
you put one thought in front the other and stutter so

if we die a little all the time
what are you dying for today?
you have got your michigan
and your name
yeah you've got your name

i'm dying with a girl i know
so cliche
she's alive enough for both of us
so we'll be ok
if i don't bring home the money
she don't care, guess she's funny like that
i love her so

cj are you listening?
you feel no pain
you don't give a single thing
to the game
yeah you feel no pain

from across the country you can't see
that i'm almost buried standing up on glass feet
if you can't hear me singing through the ice
if you don't see the evidential fight
and if you still think i don't sacrifice
then i guess
we'll perform a cardiectomy
you can have my heart
Track Name: Grouch
you've got a lifetime to hat yourself when you realize your mistake
and you realize you've realized just a moment too late
like a boy who's murdered his first bird
there wasn't a word in his ear to stop him from shooting the gun
but now that he's done he'll lay off the trigger just as his regret's begun

sometimes it takes a tear to let me know you're still here
and what i said can't be undone
hearts don't forgive
dead friendships wish to be unlived like losing minds wish for themselves to be won
its the truth for somebody
its the truth for someone
so before you're done, and although you're near,
i hope that i can remember all this was said in a tear

so while i'm tearing myself up and heaving both fists on the floor
don't let me forget that its me the moment's for
so who's heart's torn owes mine the pleasures of being weathered and worn
and if it wasn't for fun
don't ever again put my hand on the gun
in the wake of that moment you can trust yourself to truly see both directions
where regret's born and where your mind will be
and before you own up, the bird is left to bleed
alone and stuck in a moment you'd both do anything to leave

and you know what you did
the bird wants to sing
but because of you, kid
she can't get enough wind under her wings
you're left with a life to regret what you did
she don't even get time to clean
the blood off her chin
Track Name: 5bullet
if i'm as close to my next dose as my last
and still i taste the fruit of which my fingers hold the cast
then the bomb's diffused
my hands are used to doing everything i ask
and i'll be saved by the chamber thats in debt
when i demand the gun in a game of 5bullet roulette
in my dreams i have been found
i will not listen to you now

can you explain why some always remain?
the umbilical cord is untouched and is unpained
the gallows holding aging fruit are bound and fated to be stained
we just wait as we ferment to stone
there's no seed there to be found
eat past the skin and to the bone
in my dreams i have been found
i will not listen to you now

if i can mate where my feet pressure the land
my body's fertile ground if i can remain where i stand
you plant the seed and then my greed is satisfied by my own hand
and i'll depend upon the vine that i'm attached
the wind won't undo skin without first giving me a scratch
in my dreams i have been found
i will not listen to you now
i will not listen to you now
Track Name: Scarecrow
i admit i am the lucky one
to leave a place and take with me just the best
we've waited so long
if her perfume is knotted
then she's who pulls the strings
she showed me the angels
i couldn't see the wings

god has left the garden to the breeze
and in his place is a scarecrow
oh my lord, how the trees have bloomed here
she showed me the apple
the gardner grew alone
if i've been standing naked
i think i'd rather know

i'd do the same for you
i'd do the same for you
if you'll break my heart in two
half for me and half for you
Track Name: Hum
i heard a hum
it came from the crooked branches
it was branches born
it was branches died

who can tell a hum from a sigh?
if you can hear me sing can't i?
to a polycardiac on the vine

we're animals
and we ate each other

don't look so surprised
we were bound to take a bite
of a polycardiac on the vine

i heard a hum
it came from the crooked branches
it was born to breathe
and it died a sigh
polycardiac on the vine
polycardiac on the vine
Track Name: Rusted
my heart pumps caffeine
my heart pumps merlot
i know i can't survive on only bread and water alone
is my revolution over?
has it even yet begun?
i know that i can't clean my fingers on the trigger of a gun

i sing and i shake, and i bruise my fingers
rusted, spit red, as i face the clock
i saved our heartbreak, it could have been a double feature

thanks a lot
but if i gather what i've got
you'd probably take a little and you might take a lot
but if i'm singing in earshot
then its free unless its not
you're the decay to my rot, don't think that i could have forgotten

i sing and i shake, and i bruise my fingers
rusted, spit red, as i face the clock
i saved our heartbreak, it could have been a double feature
if i read from my own book, maybe you'd believe the preacher

if you say that you love me
you might even start to believe
and with a heart full of carbon you could say that you mean it
i mean if you've seen it
love, i mean,
then mean it
Track Name: Peel
i was born a fingerprint, this is how i came
the devil and god made me a man, gave me a way
you can take my body dead, but you can't have my name

i was born with empty hands that fed the state
born an only hearted man, just another face
reduce me to a number then, but you won't get my name

a heartbeat eats a human being, its just another day
no one's equal till they die the same
the devil and god both made the man, but i made the name

dig the garden full of holes, and seed your graves
take your time to getting old, your golden years are safe
god can keep the time he stole, but i'll keep my name

someone grew the apple tree from which you ate
you blame johnny appleseed, you blame the snake
the only one you can't defend is your own name

sell me sick when i am well, make me play
if god intended something else, he didn't say
i don't owe heaven or hell for my own name
well take my health, my house, and land, take away my faith
i'll dig a hole so i can turn inside my grave
you can mark the stone above with a set of dates
and with my name
Track Name: The Hive
i said i'd be around
but it'll be a while if i keep hitting every red light in town
if i'm circling the hive
its cause the beaten streets are where i know that i've been

if time can grow between the leaves
then i'll do my best to save a peel or two for eve
i'm supposed to find another hive
but any heaven would decay waiting for her to arrive

slow down but don't stop
i can't wait around on time i haven't got

i can see when the sun goes down
that there's a light i'm supposed to follow out of town
my mouth is dry, and my hands are wet
i'm only twenty-two, i'm not really used to all this beauty yet

slow down but don't stop
i can't wait around on time i haven't got

if you would say that i can't go
i would stay right here
i would stay right now, right now

slow down but don't stop
i can't wait around on time i haven't got

slow down but don't stop
slow down but don't stop
slow down but don't stop
slow down
Track Name: The Epilogue
every falling leaf reveals
that the apples are real
so if you have a gun to start, then aim for the heart

you can keep the broken parts
they're in need of some repair
unless you want it with the others, then you'll have a broken pair