Black Mirage

by The Horse I Rode

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released 12 June 2013

Roger Hallaway – vocals, screams, guitar
Brandon Mendez – guitar, vocals
Austin Martin – bass, vocals
Adan Alcala – drums

Additional vocals by Nathan DeRaud, Tyler Isch, Shredded JC, Dalton "Bigxwerm" Smith, Luna Tuna, Ezra Wright, and our buddy Dylan
Blooding curling scream by Lindsey Randle

Produced by Matthew Bedrosian @ No Magic, Fresno, CA

All vocals recorded by Austin Martin and Brandon Mendez
Courtesy of John Martin III

Artwork by David Hallaway

Special thanks to Anthony Barba, Cami Carrillo, Nathan DeRaud, Michelle Martin, and most of all John Martin III

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Track Name: Pitfall
Are you still there or has the line been cut?
Glad you picked up, now could you pick me up?
Is he in you, or is he out as planned?
No, I'm sober
At least I think I am

These feelings are intransient
Motives known, this drink is setting in
You've held your ground, but your gravity grows tense
Losing your balance

We lived before
In smoke and summer winds aflame
I never stopped to see how wrong it was to stay

Tell the narcissist our hard-wired parts are far from parked
Alarmed cars though scarred can still part the dark

Is he as great as you make him to be
Or do you make him to be greater than he is?
Framing photos of your nights in bars
Am I to revel in his progress?

Are you still there or has the line been cut?
Glad you picked up, now could you pick me up?
Is he in you, or is he out as planned?
No, I'm sober
At least I think I am

Forgetting our own autonomy
We let these hotel calls consume our past
Go on
Breathe him in

I burned your good intentions at my workplace
All the girls laughed and filmed the scene just in case
Since then I've been feeling so unwanted
We should go out sometime
Just ditch your new thrill

Are you still there or has the line been cut?
Glad you picked up, now could you pick me up?
Is he in you, or is he out as planned?
No, I'm sober
At least I think I am

(When could we make the time?)

(Without it all)
(When could we make the time?)

Death?

(When could we ever make the time?)

Cover all the bases and touch each other's faces and
Recall how we used to
Live
Track Name: Elon Musk
I'm done here, you were always dosed
(I can't believe that you made the scene)
As for how I've been
(Well)
(Just open up, what's left to lose?)

This is the happiest I've ever been
Drying my ties out to soak up in trends
If you need something just look for my friends
Lifting smoke signals from the roof of my Benz

I see your face after hours
Through one more drink, your distance lessens
Is it a lie?
You taught me how to cope
You can't be seen

Little fires, imposing on glass ends
A snake with venom who can take me in
I'm making moves on your high school sweetheart
Schooling her on sweetness while she's high on this

Turn the clock back, I'm watching a picture
A documentary following the culture of drugs
You think you're wholesome when you're quoting your scripture?
Watch your back because he's rolling with us

(Drink with me, I'll watch your back)
(Come drink with me, I'll watch your back)

I will never deny pleasure

You need a kick to the face?
He was always there
(You think you're wholesome when you're quoting your scripture?)
(Watch your back because he's rolling with us)
As for all my friends, best regards
(You think you're wholesome when you're quoting your scripture?)
(Watch your back because he's rolling with us)

Fuzzy moments with blackouts in bed
Window shopping while losing my head
Race car forearms but I couldn't care
Up comes the comedown so come down from there

It's safe to say you're hurt
I understand your pain
The act of cutting ties
If you could just hold on, I'd let go of you
Your wasted footing
Track Name: House of Apes
Girl, you know how I want it
My eyes are closing your blinds but don't get smart
See, if you're the type to stay the night
Let's stop right here
Stop right here

And all of the sheets that you tore?
I heard he buried his seed in your slit
They drugged me and left me for dead
It was a cash-flow relationship

I can't believe you would put him through this
And now it's clear you would

You want more
So ditch your friends
Your hands are worn
Let's just find us a bed

And now it's time to cut the cord
(Just breathe)
And I can do this on my own
(Just breathe)

Girl, you know how I want it
My eyes are closing your blinds but don't get smart
See, if you're the type to stay the night
(Stay the night)
Let's stop right here
(Stop right here)
Stop right here

You want more
So ditch your friends
Your hands are worn
Let's just find us a bed

And I can do this on my own
(No regrets now take your life)
These scars are mine to keep
(You did this)
Track Name: Writing Tools For Ghosts
Take care, I've settled my debt
But you could still opt out
You don't want this

I heard those were words that you wanted to say
Before you swallowed those reds and got caught in the fade
I've been roaming these halls for weeks
Loaded on uppers and climbing in trees

Misdirected lust guides me to her blood

Take care, I've settled my debt
But you could still opt out
You don't want this

(But what will happen if I'm too far gone?)
I'm hollowed out
(I'm hollowed out, so undecided)
I'll take her hand

Are we lost
Or losing air?
Take me to there

Are we lost or losing air?

Your breath was staggered that night
Your girl was dressed in white
With nowhere else to go
Her only care had failed to show

(Don't be afraid to want more than this)
Who cares that her heart skips?
I just want to be missed
(Just don't be afraid to want more than this)

Take care, I've settled my debt
But you could still opt out
You don't want this
Track Name: White Heat
Breathe in
Breathe in this air, no trace of haze
But the water's warm
Just stay awake
Don't lose your brave

And it's so sick
The way he bruised your wrists
I'll try to hold, hold on to this
The only beds we've built
Without all the voices and pills

She said, "I want a way out
But these lights and tabs are blinding
And the only road is winding"

(Tripping over your feet under the porch light)
(Broke my fall on the gate, but I still had my sights aligned)
(Man, my hand's on your waist)
(But I still haven't met your eyes)
(You said you wanted a drink tonight)
(I think you need your sleep tonight)
(Follow this driveway out to the road and don't worry)
(I'll take the bus home)

My eyes were sown shut
We knew what we'd become
Two hearts caught in the wash
And they watched us grow lost
Track Name: Holding Hands On Bengali Holiday
I've got lot of phrases to try on you
This night won't be over until my words ring through
And maybe I'm eyeing those eyes of yours
You wore less to impress, but I want more

Let's find a happy ending
With the lights on from the start
They'll see the time that we're spending
But they won't tear us apart

Girl, you're looking lost
With that thousand-yard stare
I've been here too long
To let you fade away

I've got a backseat where I can take you there
I bet that look that you're wearing is accustomed to scaring away
But not me
(Not me)
I want to help you escape that dress
You wore less to impress but I want more

Rushing the entrance
Ditching our friends and
Staying until the show ends, just to have time
Swimming through bottles
Burning through our wallets
Hiding our feelings, looking for signs
Yeah I'm young, and full of hate
But that doesn't mean that you can't stay

Let's find a happy ending
With the lights on from the start
They'll see the time that we're spending
But they won't tear us apart

She got those open eyes, closed hearing
But it's not shut in theory
Her arms are far apart but she can't help but always see me
We got these hideaways and
Sometimes we hide for days and
Maybe I'm constantly amazed by who I share my sheets with
Incense burning white and it's turning to night
Not a backseat romance we prefer under skies
No lies
I can't decide if she's just too kind
But I can't help but wish that she'd try to look past my smile

And I could make this right
Your hands feel so worn
No dreams in shades of black
This could be all the past
Let me make this right

But something was misunderstood
It fell apart so fast
I woke up to your change of heart
An emptied bed
There was a part of me that cared from the start
And somehow I got lost
You wanted just a night of warmth
I wanted more

Stay
If you answered your phone then you'd know
Don't go
Track Name: I'm Not Calling It Grizzly City
I said I'll end it tonight, but I'm breaking
(You had your chance, you lost your touch)
I never wanted to lie awake

Your body heat
It brings me down
Breeding renewed feelings

(Leave)
We were stuck in different worlds
My only vice?
(Ignoring the phone calls)
(Was this how you wanted to sleep?)
I was hung up your touch
And you knew
(I've displayed my standings)

Was I pathetic
Trying to impress the mannequin signals you sent my way?
Was it just natural to want somebody who could still hold me
Despite my stains
This has been eating all of my hours
Struggling with guilting visions of you
Somehow I find myself still just hoping
Someday you'll end up sober again

I will not tear myself
To be within your breath
There's more to this than hate
I miss you none the less
And as for all our talks
I can't clean up your mess
There's more to this than hate
I miss you none the less

Facts stand, you're just his
Back to your old habits

Don't hold me back
I've been gone too long
This midnight hour
You could die

(Leave)
We were stuck in different worlds
My only vice?
(Ignoring the phone calls)
(Was this how you wanted to sleep?)
I was hung up your touch
And you knew
(I've displayed my standings)

Knocking on the doors
Asking for our names
Our license has expired
And we're tired of the same

I said I'll end it tonight, but I'm breaking
(You had your chance, you lost your touch)
I never wanted to lie awake

An elevator scene
Sharing stares and smiles
Focused on other things
Maybe another time

Stay back
Words were spoken
Stay back
I know your motives

Anchored lights
In tangent forms of hope
I've gone through replicas of souls
Away I fall
In oceanic permutations
We drift away
It fades to white