A Composite of Straight Lines

by Vivek Shraya

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1.
03:18
Wore my knees, beliefs Deep enough to free The bone and the fact I found there Spun and spun the circles, And stretched and stretched the cycles Wide enough to pin them into squares And the logic is steady And the logic is heavy And best of all the logic is fair-- But if I'm not a believer Then what is pushing me forward door to door to door? And if I'm not a believer Then what am I holding out for? Took a chance and bet it Along with luck and fate Guess they were not destined to be mine Seek it out, relentless No second guesses My love is a straight line And color never looked this bright Never looked this alive Never was as honest as this black and white-- But if I'm not a believer Then what is pushing me forward door to door to door? And if I'm not a believer Then what am I holding out for? Right to the edge I go Right to the edge I hold Right to the edge I go Right to the edge I hold So if I'm not a believer Then what is pushing me forward door to door to door? And if I'm not a believer Then what am I holding out for? Right to the edge I go Right to the edge I hold
2.
04:02
I am a ruin of loose ends Knots tied, abandoned in the dusk 26 letters in the alphabet I write letters but all the lines are dead Don't be less We could be something bigger I own a mountain of disappearances Sentenced to a sentence that's senseless How much attention does no attention warrant? I write letters but no one writes back Don't be less We could be something bigger Than anything I could spell I always wanted the things you couldn't tell I am a hard lover Maybe I have never Loved anyone but apparitions Don't be less
3.
02:58
There's a sunrise in my stomach 48 hours of night and day and mood A solar system of good intentions Can't help me to live within my limitations What am I? Every line around your eyes, I've memorized Every line and every space in you I'll grow my seed Every line on my palm is a promise To hunt you and consume you with all my heat And just you try Just you try to fool yourself that the warmth you feel is not about me Just you try There's a sun setting in my stomach 48 hours of wet and sweat and mood A solar system of good intentions Can't help me to know what I am to you What am I?
4.
I count the years ahead backwards I discount the decade behind as borrowed I figure, I'll figure the rest, as and when But I document this day, just the same I count our years ahead with vigilance Will we be merry, will you be crying? We figure we'll figure it out as and when But I document our days, just the same And we won't let the sun blind us As the days get longer So will these pages And we won't read or reminisce Long for or miss When we are all the ages I count the years ahead in my head But I don't count them as numbers or fragments It figures that it figures itself out in the end But these documents, they keep us These documents, they keep us These documents, they keep us present
5.
04:30
There was a war Now there are bones As they sit, do they reminisce of the flesh That hid their form? That held them warm As they lay down and wait anyday now to be eroded away? And what will be missed Is when our bodies kissed Our bones learnt something new about their own shape They say it's just life They say it's just death Just say I'm not just There was a land And it had No color or hue to what we went through And where we would go Just an army of hope Before there was light There was desire to make something whole And what will we do When another moon Has shone and gone and we're still fighting? They say it's just time They say it's just sex Just say I'm not just There were five minutes When the armour was lifted And we saw each other for the first time They say it's just love They say it's just money Just say I'm not just
6.
I know there is a will in me It runs right up my core Right from my feet It runs me out into the streets and in those I meet--it's not there And with the planet prone to tilting, The buck prone to passing It's not clear It's not clear How could this mean That I could lean Without worrying about the weight? I know there is a will in we It runs as a current of electricity It runs these lamps, the bread we eat and through our sheets-- It's there It's there Could this mean That I could lean Without worrying about the weight? Could this mean That I could-- Leaning towers seldom reach the clouds And towers built on ideals seldom touch the ground So we spread it out And somehow balance is found Could this mean That I could lean Without worrying about the weight?

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A bright and spacious wash of organs, acoustic guitars, and tambourines, with guest vocals on “The Alphabet” by Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara.

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released September 20, 2005

Written by Vivek Shraya.
Produced & performed by Vivek Shraya & Greg Johnston.
Mastered by Chris Sturwold.
Additional vocals on Track 2 by Tegan Quin.
Photography by Joanne Klimaszewski.

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