Survival of the Softest

from by The Classical

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    100 copies made, featuring portrait of The Classical by Imani Sayyed. Cassette in Heineken bottle green.

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Gods in your petulance
Spit in my mouth again
Anyway, nobody’s listening

Roads and utilities
Personal property
Wish they would spare me this misery

Maybe it’s almost done
And maybe it’s taken far too long
Either way I’m calling it
The stars are falling in
Gossiping to my friends
That I am delighted
But I’m so frightened
How well am I hiding it?
I’m barely fighting back

Come for me destiny
Taste this anxiety
If you can even contend with me

Ἁειδε Μουσa μοι φιλη
Don’t you abandon me
Lead me to the water’s edge
Drink and then forget the living
Every unbearable memory

Mustn’t name him too loud
Or maybe you’ll dream his hateful power
But they did again and again and again
It was entertainment then
Towering through
The blistering membrane
Over the refrain
Inane bitter decadence
As all the faults collapse

Singer and prophetess
Ordinary weathermen
Everyone’s personal betterment

Lovers who lied to me
Mothers who read to me
All y’all are already dead to me

Maybe the name was wrong
I wonder what’s taken him so long
I have second thoughts again
Again, again, again

The river was just muddy tire tracks
I remember everything, I do, and I miss you
And even in death I’m the worst romantic

Come for me destiny
Taste this anxiety
Night sky is opening
Low distant rumbling
The dead ones lie dreaming

Pieces of ceiling
Faces green and ashen
Pinned by my neck again
Ἁειδε Μουσa μοι φιλη
Don’t you abandon me
Sing down the trees and inspire me


from Survival of the Softest, released August 11, 2017
Backing vocals by Noah Quillec and Drew Pearson



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