Vox Unhumana

by Jake Zavracky

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released 20 March 2012

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Track Name: White Cloaks
Three white cloaks and a bloody dagger
Lying outside my door in the hallway
In front of my little apartment

Have you met John?
He’s only right behind me
with a knife and a creeping smile
hanging upside down from the ceiling
with the look of a rusty surgeon
who is taking the anesthesia
with his prosthetic hand.

I found the crucifix under your bed
I found your crucifix nailed to my head.
I found the crucifix under your bed
I found your crucifix nailed to my head.
I found your crucifix nailed to my head.
I found your crucifix.
Track Name: Shapeshifter
I am a shapeshifter shifting shapes
Once a cockroach
Now a king-snake
You just say it and you know I’ll play it for you

I am a dragonslayer fighting snakes
In the sewers
of Manhattan
You just say it and you know I’ll play it for you

I will tell you anything
I’ll be what you want

I am a shadow puppet making shapes
On the white walls
of your bedroom
You just say it and you know I’ll play it for you

I am a broadly grinning serpentine fake
Don’t come near me
If you hear me
You just say it and you know I’ll play it for you

I will tell you everything
I’ll be what you want

I am the one who made your poor heart break
I’m the villain
I’m the actor
You just say it and you know I’ll play if for you.
Track Name: Usurper
Oh usurper
smiling broadly
with your pockets full of cash

Come to take your
retribution
and to show me who is king.

I never thought you would go this far
I never thought you would run me over

Drunk at the wheel of a speeding car
I was the deer in your headlights

Oh supplanter
In your chambers
Plucking petals from a rose

In your great hall
with your maidens
and your stolen silver throne

I never thought you would go this far
I never thought you would run me over

Drunk at the wheel of a speeding car
I was the deer in your headlights

Oh usurper
Oh usurper
Track Name: Xerxes
Xerxes, you have made it a point to destroy me
just as you destroyed Sparta.
Armies rising up, coming out of the sewers
coming for me now in my apartment.
So politely asking for my sword.
But you will never live to see my grave.

Xerxes you’ve already laid waste to my homeland.
Can’t we talk this out like adults?

So politely asking for my sword.
But you will never live to see my grave.

Can’t we talk this out
We don’t we just calm down for a minute.
Don’t slam doors in my face

You’re getting mad.
Let’s not say something we’ll both regret later

I need a bath
not a soaking bed sheet
Track Name: The Crocodile
The Crocodile

Crocodile
In my bloody mouth
lie the hearts of my victims

Stay a while
let me lay you down
let me kiss your neck
I won’t hurt you

Lay down
Bluebird lay down
Don’t you fly away

Lay down
Bluebird lay down
Stay
Track Name: The Monitor
She thinks I’m a reptile
hiding in the sun
I change my colors
to blend with everyone

And when it’s right I strike

She thinks I’m a reptile
but my skin’s too thin
I stand 6 11
so I can’t fit in

But when it’s right I strike
Track Name: The Viper
She hides herself somewhere in Red Hook
When you see her come, you better run.

There she goes again.
The viper.

Making her way, sliding past Bedstye
Fangs hanging out, dripping with venom.

There she goes again.
The viper.